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Child Development

Attachment

Why attachment is important

about the world around them.
Although this two-way process
doesn’t happen overnight (think
of it as more of a journey than
a destination), it is the most
important journey you can take

From the moment they arrive,
babies are ready to teach us what
they need. And as you learn,
recognize, and provide what they
need, you will teach your children

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Does this mean an adopted child
or one born into a blended family
is at a disadvantage from the start?
No. Does it mean that working or
divorced parents can’t give their
children enough attention to grow
into healthy adults? Absolutely
not! Whether you are a single
parent, grandparent, stepparent,
adoptive parent, foster parent, a
CEO or unemployed, you can form
a healthy attachment with your
baby.

What happens if your baby
doesn’t connect with you?
About 35 percent of babies form
unhealthy, insecure attachments.
In their young minds, it’s not
clear that their parents will come
through for them. Often, these
babies do the best they can to
maintain a connection, sometimes
trying to get their caregiver’s
attention and sometimes giving
up. As a result, these children
can become over-dependent
(terrified when their caregivers
leave them) or inappropriately
independent (they barely notice).
Still others are scared or chaotic
in the presence of their parents.
These children may be vulnerable
to problems like anxiety,
anger, and depression. They
may also have trouble socially
(withdrawing, acting out, or
behaving disobediently) and lack
motivation in school.

To understand why, it helps to
know a bit about what’s called
attachment theory. All infants
naturally attach to their primary
caregivers, even to adults who are
less nurturing. But it’s the nature
of the attachment (whether it’s
secure or insecure) that makes
the lifelong difference. By the
way, when psychologists say
“attachment” they are talking
about the child’s relationship to
you. “Bonding” refers to your

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Babies with a healthy, secure
attachment understand that the
parent or caregiver is a source
of comfort and a solid base from
which to explore and play. These
babies will miss their caregivers
when they leave and feel relieved
when they return.
With a
strong emotional foundation of
trust, they grow into confident,
competent, independent, caring
adults.

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Attachment theory is one of the
most popular and empirically
grounded
theories
relating
to parenting.
According to
a growing body of scientific
evidence,
children
with
responsive caregivers during the
first year of life develop a stronger
ability to manage stress, form
healthier relationships, perform
better in school, and enjoy higher
self-worth. Overall, they have a
greater shot at a well-balanced
and fulfilling life.

Do you want your baby to be
happy? Of course! But it’s hard
to know where to draw the
line sometimes. Will too much
snuggling make the child clingy
and insecure? Will too much
love smother the poor thing? In
many circles, it’s been considered
common wisdom to let a child cry
You can make a difference
in order not to spoil the kid. But
a growing number of studies are
Most scientists believe that what
shedding new light on the issue.
makes the difference between
More often than not, experts now
healthy and unhealthy attachment
advise: Respond to that child as
soon as possible.

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is the parent’s response. Ignoring
or rejecting the baby’s needs, or
reacting inconsistently to them,
tends to create an insecure
attachment.
Self-absorbed,
controlling, abusive, and hostile
caregiving can have long-lasting,
damaging effects.

It must be terrible to have a wet
diaper. I bet you’ll feel so much
better, and then we can go
outside. Won’t that be fun?” The
words may not mean anything,
but your tone reassures the child
that you get it. You understand
your baby’s discomfort or pain.

When parents react sensitively,
reassuringly, and consistently to
their child, they create a secure,
healthy attachment. To an infant,
it is essential that caregivers
understand what he or she needs.
When that happens, the baby
learns to trust.

Why the first year is key

This kind of attention is especially
important during the first year
because that’s when the brain is
growing the fastest. In particular,
the emotion-focused right brain is
developing rapidly (it slows down
in the second year). While babies
may not remember specific
Dependence leads to
moments during these early
independence
months, they rely on what they’ve
A key concept in attachment experienced to retrieve emotions.
theory is that a child’s early
dependence ultimately leads to For instance, babies will turn
independence. In other words, toward a comforting person for
it’s only when children feel they help in managing the stress of
can count on their parents to their world, especially if they’ve
be available, and when they had a loving exchange with that
consistently find the world to be person before. Being responsive
a safe and approachable place, and emotionally available to your
that they develop the confidence child reinforces this connection.
to fully explore and play on their Building a healthy attachment is
own.
an ongoing process. As children
That’s not to say the child should
get whatever he or she wants,
notes child psychologist Kori
Skidmore.
Rather, when the
baby expresses a need or desire,
the parent should give an “I hear
you” sign.
For example, you stop into a
shopping mall restroom to change
a diaper and your 6-monthold stages a loud protest. You
don’t give in – you just calmly
start changing the diaper while
acknowledging the child’s distress
by saying, “I know it’s annoying.

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grow and gain the confidence to
reach out into the world, parents
are their teachers. Even teenagers
need a safe place to turn and
responsiveness from people who
care. The emotional connections,
established in the first year and
strengthened over childhood
and adolescence, will help your
baby become a happy, productive
adult. Of course, you’ll be a much
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J. Lipari, “First Impressions Count with Your
Newborn: Early Months Time for Emotional,
Cognitive Development,” Boston Herald (Aug
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A. N. Schore, “Effects of a Secure Attachment
Relationship on Right Brain Development,
Affect Regulation and Infant Mental Health,”
Infant Mental Health Journal 22, 1-2 (2001):
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Library Voice
Sure, some are guilty pleasures,
but I don’t see that as a bad thing,
seriously. Others are too sublime
to be missed by teens and adults
alike.

by Kristen Barnhart

The second week in October
(12th-18th, 2014) is Teen Read
Week, “Turn Dreams into
Reality,” so I sent out this plea
on Facebook: “QUICK! What is,
or what was, your favorite book
as a teen?” I wanted to get a
very scientific cross-section, so I
figured in my daughter’s friends
for Millennials and my friends for
the remembering. OK, so not too
scientific, nor much of a crosssection, but hey, it works for me!
I also asked around at my job site,
not much of a stretch working in a
library, and what I found was that
the commonality of all ages is a
certain passion attached to teen
favorites.
A new national survey by the
Pew Research Center shows
that teens and young adults, i.e.
Millennials, are reading more
than adults! And more adults are
reading teen books, especially
movie tie-ins, such as Hunger
Games, Divergence, The Fault in
Our Stars, If I Stay, The Giver, and
The Maze Runner.
Much like that first love we
experience as teens, we are
shaped by those beloved books;
Jane Eyre, Dr. Zhivago, The
Odyssey, Island of the Blue
Dolphins, Portrait of the Artist as
a young Man, The Drifters, and
Five Smooth Stones showed up
on my Boomer friend’s lists, lots
of angst and unrequited love
tempered with adventure and
exotic locations. We didn’t have
today’s genre phenomenon of
Young Adult/Teen books written

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directly for and targeted to us. It
was word of mouth, or whatever
was lying around the house; an
extension of the “benign neglect”
style of parenting that somehow
managed to stay loving; yet left
them fairly clueless about us, their
teenage children.

There were no mother/daughter
book clubs or youth librarians just
waiting (or lying in wait!) to share
the greatest and latest books
with teens then, as there are now.
Because, or maybe in spite of, our
input teens are reading more than
ever. The main trend: series. We
watch as Harry Potter, Twilight,
Sisterhood of the Traveling
Pants, Artemis Fowl, Tamara
Pierce’s numerous quartets,
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
and more; many more, capture
the hearts and minds of today’s
teens. Fantasy and hard-hitting
realistic fiction go mano a mano
for teen loyalty and surprisingly
enough, they both win.

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Ask your librarian, your own kids,
or any teen with whom you may
find yourself standing in line, to
recommend a book. Step out of
your comfort zone into the Teen
Zone, where there is still lots
of angst and unrequited love
tempered with adventure and
Fabulously fickle, many of our exotic locations. Trust me, you
teens are reading it all: mixing won’t regret it.
coming of age and coming out of
the closet with magic, myth and
mayhem with historical romance,
science fiction, suspenseful
spies, and forensics with hilarious
diaries from the world over.
Sure, there are those who can’t
see beyond the Manga racks or
would rather read Ender’s Game
(again) than try something new,
but they are the exceptions. Not
that rereading is an exception; in
fact it too is on the rise. Kids want
to share books in “real time” in
the same way they love watching
movies together multiple times.
They love to revisit both to the Visit www.slolibrary.org and
point of memorizing lines, songs follow us on facebook for
,and dance steps. Isn’t that just updates on October events and
ongoing Story-Times in all the
grand?
SLO County branch libraries. And
don’t forget our new extended
hours. Teens can hang out at the
three regional libraries until 7:00
pm Mondays through Thursdays.
Holds are free now too!

Reading isn’t just the solitary
respite it once was. It can create
interaction and even online
communities with websites like
“Goodreads” and “Facebook.” I
believe many of these Teen Zone
books reflect some of the best
fiction being published today.

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.

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November 2nd is the day! The
first Sunday in November means a
change from Daylight Saving Time
back to Standard Time. It’s time
to fall back (adjust clocks from
1:59 am to 1:00 am), and enjoy
more daylight in the morning.

have a little one that normally
wakes at 6:00 am, they will now
be waking at 5:00 am! That’s no
fun.

change, start slowly shifting
your child’s nap times and
bedtimes. Start with 15 or 30
minute increments. If your child
normally takes a nap at 1:00 pm,
two or three days before the time
change, put him down at 1:15 or
1:30 pm. If your child normally
goes to bed at 7:00 pm, make
bedtime 7:15 or 7:30 pm. Then, by
the time Sunday comes around, it
won’t be a huge change.

So, what can parents do to ease
their child’s transition to a new
sleep schedule? “Fall back” tends
Before you had kids, the time to be a little tougher to manage
than “spring forward,” but it will
change wasn’t that big of a deal.
Your child will probably wake
all come together.
In fact, you probably loved the
early on that Sunday morning, so
extra hour of sleep. But, if you A couple of days before the time try and keep her in dim lighting
for the first hour after waking, to
help her body clock reset.

On Sunday evening, try your best
to help your child make it to their
normal bedtime. If he is utterly
exhausted, it’s okay to let him
fall asleep 15-20 minutes early.
Use your best judgment. Please
remember that every child is
different. Some kids take the time
change in stride, and others take
a few days to fully adjust. Just be
We all have a circadian rhythm or
patient, and it will all fall back into
body clock. The word circadian
place.
means approximately 24 hours.
Our bodies go through a series If you have a toddler, a sleep clock
of changes each day at certain (such as My Tot Clock) with timetimes,
including
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releases, temperature and heart helpful in letting her know when
rate fluctuations, etc. We also it is okay to get up for the day.
have “sleepy awake” and “alert
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parents concentrate on the timing you are consistent, your child’s
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and you change those clocks, no
more adjustment time. Switch
cold turkey! This rule also goes
for those who don’t get around
to readjusting a child’s schedule
(I have done this many times
myself). It might take a few days,
but your child will adjust!

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Fun & Games

Jack’s Jokes
What kind of lunch is Dracula afraid of?
A stake sandwich!
Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road? He didn’t have the guts!
What is a witch’s favorite subject in school?
Spelling!

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Money

When to Make
Portfolio Changes
by Molly Peoples

The kids are back in school and
summer vacations are now just
fading memories, so it must be
autumn. But, the seasons don’t
just move on the calendar —
they also change in your life.
Speaking of changes, you’ll have
to make many of them as you
move through the years and
that includes changes to your
investment portfolio. But, how
will you know when it’s time to
take action?
Just as Mother Nature sends out
“signals” to indicate a change
in seasons (blooming flowers,
falling leaves, warmer or colder
temperatures, longer or shorter
days, etc.) your portfolio will
frequently “tell” you when you
need to make adjustments. Here
are a couple of indicators you may
want to heed:

value, and protection of your
principal is not guaranteed. Yet
you can at least help defend
yourself against market volatility
by balancing your portfolio with a
mix of stocks, bonds, government
securities, certificates of deposit
(CDs), and other investments,
with the percentage of each type
of asset based on your individual
goals, time horizon, and risk
tolerance.
• “Overweighting” of individual
investments: Related to the point
made above, you can also have
too much money kept in a single
investment, such as an individual
stock or bond. Sometimes, this
“overweighting” can happen
almost on its own, as when a
stock, or stock-based vehicle, has
increased so much in value that it
now takes on a larger percentage
of your portfolio than you had
intended (possibly bringing with
it more risk than you’d intended,
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investment should take up more
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changes you need to make to
your investment and financial
strategies. Here are just a few of
the milestones that may trigger
necessary moves:
• New child: You will need to
review your life insurance to make
sure it’s sufficient to help provide
for a newborn or newly adopted
child should anything happen to
you. You may also want to begin
investing in a college savings
vehicle, such as a 529 plan.
• New job: Assuming your new
job offers you a retirement plan
such as a 401(k) or similar vehicle,
you’ll have some choices to
make. How much can you afford
to contribute? How should you
allocate your dollars among the
investment choices offered in the
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to avoid duplication?
• Impending retirement: As you
enter retirement, you may want
to adjust your portfolio to help
reduce its short-term fluctuations
and to provide more current
income opportunities. At the
same time, you may still need to
invest for growth — you could be
retired for two or three decades,
and you’ll need to stay ahead of
inflation.
Pay close attention to these
messages coming from your
portfolio, and from your life.
These “signals” will give you a
good idea of when it’s time to
make the right investment-related
moves.
Molly Peoples is a financial advisor at Edward
Jones in San Luis Obispo. She can be reached
at (805) 784-9013. © 2014 Edward Jones. All
rights reserved. Member SIPC.

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Local History

History Homework
by Guy Crabb

School is back in session and
I have another great class full
of wonderful students. Teach
Elementary School has moved
next to Cal Poly and we are loving
the new location and lots of new
kids. I have started assigning
homework, much to the chagrin
of my students. Since I am in the
mood, I would like to give my
readers a homework assignment
that will be fun and exciting.
I want you to take a picture
of yourself as you begin this
Argonaut adventure.
Here’s the assignment: go to as
many of the following historical
places as you can this month. As
you complete this assignment,
snap a picture of yourself in front
of one or more of these incredible
places and send it to me.

2.____ Dorn Pyramid on lower
Higuera Street. As far as I know,
this is one of the few pyramids
in the great state of California,
which makes this one of your most
interesting picture locations. In
1905, Fred Adolphus Dorn had
this 25-foot-tall memorial built in
honor of his wife and newly born
son. They both died due to a very
difficult childbirth. The monument
is built of granite quarried near
Porterville, California. In later
years, Mr. Dorn remarried and
had several children and lived in
the San Francisco area, where he
died and is buried. There is a great
ghost story that goes along with
the pyramid too, but I have told
that tale before. You can easily
see the Oddfellows Cemetery
monument from Higuera Street
or from Elk’s Lodge parking lot.

Here are the historic buildings you
3.____ San Luis Obispo Train
can visit:
Depot. Park the car, walk into
1____ Dallidet Adobe: This is one of the train station, and step back in
those wonderful historic locations time. The building looks and feels
that you hear about, but either old. I have taken the train from
can’t or simply have not taken the this depot on several occasions. I
time to find. This home was built love coming here to take a short
in the mid-1850s by a Frenchman trip to Santa Barbara for the night
named Pierre Hyppolite Dallidet. and back home the next day. The
He planted a vineyard nearby original building was built around
and created beautiful gardens in 1894. It has been remodeled a
other sections of his property. few times over the years, but it
You will find it hard to pick out still retains the feel of yesteryear.
one great background setting for If you are lucky, a train may pull up
your photo, because there are so for a few minutes before heading
many. The address is 1185 Pacific down to Santa Barbara and
Street, near downtown.
finally to Los Angeles. Take your
picture on any side of the building
because you can get a cool shot
from anywhere. I do recommend
taking that overnighter to Santa
Barbara, because you can walk
to several nice hotels that are
located close to the train station.

green and two stories high. Lots
of people live here, so take your
picture on the sidewalk in front
of the building. This building
was constructed in the late 1880s
at the corner of Monterey and
Morro. It was originally known
as the Call Building. A few years
past, Mr. Call decided to move
this building to Osos Street
and build a new Call Building
(where Bladerunner Salon is now
located). It was used as a hotel
with lots of business from train
passengers. People continue to
rent rooms to this day.
5.____ The Wall. I am not talking
about the walls of Bubble Gum
Alley, but something more
historic—not a lot of people even
know it’s there. The Wall I am
referring to is the last remaining
piece of the original Mission wall.
The Mission that we see today
has been rebuilt over many years.
I would guess this is one of the
oldest pieces of San Luis Obispo
history, and yet the Wall is hardly
noticed by visitors or locals. The
Wall is behind the History Center
at the corner of Broad and
Monterey. You can step off the
sidewalk and walk up to the Wall
to take a great picture. Since
you are at the Wall, turn around
and look at the Mission and see if
you can find the religious symbol

that was mysteriously included
in the rock wall that is part of the
Mission building.
6.____ OK, OK if you insist--your
last assignment is to take a picture
in Bubble Gum Alley. This is one
area in town that always grosses
me out. Bubble Gum Alley started
years ago when local high school
kids had a rivalry with students
from Cal Poly. Each group would
write a message with gum and
soon there were gum messages
all over the walls. The alley was
cleaned on a few occasions in the
1970s, and the idea of cleaning off
the walls comes up every now and
then. It has become such a fun
tourist attraction, it may never be
cleaned again. You can take your
picture anywhere within the alley,
but, for heaven’s sake, do not
touch the wall. Yuck!
Please include your name with
your photos, and email your
homework to crabbx5@charter.
net. I can’t wait to see what type
of history adventurers we have in
town. Have a great school year!
Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach
Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He
graduated from Cal Poly SLO and has been
teaching for 30 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.

4.____ The Establishment at 103
Santa Barbara Street. This place
is easy to find, especially if you
enjoy getting one of the best
sandwiches in town. If you go to
Gus’s on Osos Street and sit down
to enjoy eating your lunch, you
can look across the street and see
The Establishment. It’s big and

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Education
CS Perryess
writes

about words
Crawling Buzzard-Monkeys
Often, idioms act as advice or
sage observation, and it should be
no surprise that multiple cultures
might have the same things to
say to future generations. This
week’s post takes a look at one
English idiom as stated in five
other languages. The English
idiom of the day is You can’t make
a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
Below are three lists:
each idiom loosely translated
into English
the language from which each
idiom hails, and
each idiom in its original tongue
However, I’ve changed up the
order in each list. Your task is to
match each translated idiom with
its original language and wording:
A. You can’t turn a buzzard
into a sparrowhawk.
B. A monkey in silk is still a
monkey.
C. To celebrate a wedding with
dried figs.
D. Even if the monkey wears a
golden ring it remains ugly.
E. If you’re born to crawl, you
can’t fly.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Make a list of your corresponding
letter, Arabic number, and Roman
numeral. Let me know how well
you did and what you have to say ships were once maintained by
about sow’s ears, or silk-wearing rubbing slush into the wood. This
slush was the waste grease from
monkeys, or even dried figs.
the galley. After a ship’s masts
And the answers are...
were happily greased, the cook
A–4-V
could sell the remaining grease,
B – 3 - III
which put money in his pocket –
C–2-I
money he could spend however
D – 1 - IV
he liked; his slush fund.
E – 5 - II
Dull as dishwater – Oddly, this
Traceable Idioms
is a fishing term. Fishing in a
pond, river, lake, or bay wasn’t
Idioms abound, yet they usually dull at all, but fishing in a ditch
have shaky or completely rarely produced a fish, and was
untraceable origins.
Hard- therefore, tedious. The idiom
working word sleuths have appears to originally have been
uncovered the origins of only a dull as ditchwater, or dull as
fraction of English idioms. Here fishing in ditch water. In time, it
are a few.
changed to the idiom we know
today.
Point blank – the term appears to
come from French, point blanc, a Nick of time – During the Middle
term in which the blanc refers to Ages, attendance at church and
the white circle in the center of university was taken by carving
a target and point means exactly tally marks, or nicks, in a piece of
that – aim.
wood. Those who arrived on time
received a nick. It’s intriguing that
Slush fund – The masts of sailing we don’t refer to those arriving

late as nickless, nick-free, or
unnicked.
Pillar to post – Criminals were
once either pilloried (physically
restrained for public humiliation)
or tied to a post and whipped. The
even less fortunate were dragged
from one of these two forms of
torture to the other, sometimes
multiple times. In time, from
pillory to post morphed into from
pillar to post.
Peeping Tom – apparently when
the famous (or infamous) Lady
Godiva rode through the streets
without a stitch on, the one chap
who ogled her and got caught
doing so was named Tom. Some
sources suggest that neither
Tom’s peeping nor his punishment
(going blind) was part of the
original tale, but the addition
appears to be the origin of this
idiom.
My thanks to sources: Translate.net, Adam
Jacot de Boinod’s Toujours Tingo, Learning
English with Idioms, Phrase Finder, Etymonline,
the OED, and Jordan Almond’s Dictionary of
Word Origins.

Dutch
Italian
Spanish
French
Russian

I. fare le nozze con I fichi secchi
II. rozhdennyj polzat letat ne
mozhet
III. aunque la mona se vista de
seda, mona se queda
IV. al draagt een aap een gouden ring, het is en blijft een
V. on ne peut faire d’une buse
un épervier

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books, and ponders the wonder of words
in a foggy little town on California’s central
coast. Find more of his blog posts at http://
csperryess.blogspot.com, or reach him at
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October 2014 Free Ongoing Events
SUNDAY
28

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

October is:

MONDAY

TUESDAY

29
FARMERS MARKET:

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

Birthstone: Opal

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

Flower: Calendula/Marigold

5
FARMERS MARKET:

6
FARMERS MARKET:

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

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

30
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

WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
1
2
FARMERS MARKETS:
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
poetry day

world
vegetarian
day

7
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

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

8
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

9
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

world
teacher day

bald &
free day

SATURDAY

3
4
BINGO VETS HALL MB - 1st FRI 5:00pm FARMERS MARKETS:
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

techies day
Look at Leaves day

name your
car day

child health day
card making day

FRIDAY

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 golf day

10
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

Eleanor
Roosevelt’s
birthday (Born in 1884)

11
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

national
childrens day

thomas edison
shows 1st motion
picture (in 1889)

take your
teddy bear
to work day

FULL MOON

1st telephone call
(in 1876)

12
FARMERS MARKET:

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

13
FARMERS MARKET:

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

national
costume swap day
farmer’s day

14
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

15
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
face your
fears day

columbus
day

19
FARMERS MARKET:

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

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

Boss’s day

national
grouch day

indigenous
people’s day

16
FARMERS MARKETS:

17
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

18
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

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

alaska day

world food day
dictionary day

20
FARMERS MARKET:

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

mickey
mantle’s
birthday
(Born in 1931)

21
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

22
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

23
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

sweetest day

24
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

25
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

babbling day

pablo picasso’s
birthday (Born in 1881)

garbanzo
bean day
thomas edison
shows electric
light (in 1879)

26
FARMERS MARKET:

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

International red
cross organized
(In 1863)

mother-in-law’s
day

national nut day
national
stuttering
awareness day

27
FARMERS MARKET:

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

28
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

29
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

statue of liberty’s
birthday
(gift from France in 1886)

theodore
roosevelt’s
birthday
(Born in 1858)

national
organization
day

30
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 candy
corn day

united nations day

31
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

1
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

Halloween

john adam’s
birthday (Born in 1735)

navy day

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Family Events
THU SEP 25-SUN NOV 16 (times
vary): SCARY POPPINS at The
Great American Melodrama, 1863
Front St, Oceano. It’s Super-NannyGone-Ballistic-Expialidocious
in
this hilarious musical spoof full of
outrageous characters, hilarious
song satires and pop culture
references. It’s a “practically
perfect” parody for the whole
family! Cost: $18-22, discounts for
groups, seniors, students, military,
and children. The in-house snack
bar serves great food and drinks.
Contact:
americanmelodrama.
com or 489-2499.

Bring the kids to explore this
spectacular event featuring local
High School, Elementary and
College Robotics teams. Meet
local and international robotics
companies (iRobot, Lockheed
Martin, SRI, Party Robotics) and
universities (CalPoly SLO, USC, and
UCSB) and see their innovative
technology up close. Cost: free.
Contact: 781-2600 or http://softec.
org.
WED OCT 1-SAT NOV 8: A
GATHERING OF SCARECROWS
at the Los Osos Library, 2075
Palisades. For artists of all ages.
Enter your scarecrow to be
displayed on the lawn and around
the library. Come in to the library
for guidelines and entry forms.
You can also download an entry
form online. Cost: free. Contact:
slolibrary.org or 528-1862.

THU AUG 28-SUN SEP 28 (times
vary): PCPA THEATERFEST at
Severson, Allan Hancock College,
800 S College, Santa Maria. The
San Patricios enjoys its world
premiere Aug 28 through Sep 7 at
the Solvang Festival Theater. 36
Views shows Sep 11 through 28.
Cost: $30-38. Contact: pcpa.org or SAT OCT 4 10:00 am-10:00 pm &
922-8313.
SUN OCT 5 10:00 am-6:00 pm: 18th
Annual INTERTRIBAL POW-WOW
SAT SEP 27 10:00 am: TEA PARTY at at Live Oak Camp, Highway 154,
Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. Santa Ynez Valley. The Santa Ynez
Come to a Tea Party for children Band Of Chumash Indians present
ages 5 and older. There will be this family event featuring music,
activities, games, fun, tea, and dance, healing, and socializing.
treats. Cost: free. Contact: 528- Cost: $5 for parking, $25 for
1862.
camping. Contact: 688-7997.
SUN SEP 28 1:00 pm: SLOMA
EXHIBITION TOUR at San Luis
Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad
St, SLO. Join SLOMA Curator Ruta
Saliklis for a monthly “Look, Think,
and Respond” tour of exhibitions
in the museum galleries. Cost:
free. Contact: sloma.org or 5438562.
MON SEP 29 to MON OCT 6
PUMPKIN PALOOZA at Paso
Robles City Library, 1000 Spring St.
Come to the 1st annual pumpkin
decorating contest featuring
creations by the area’s most
creative crafters,. Children and
adults are invited to decorate their
pumpkin in one of four categories.
Cost: free. Contact: 237-3870.

SAT OCT 4-SUN OCT 5 10:00 am6:00 pm: MORRO BAY HARBOR
FESTIVAL at Main Fishing Pier,
Embarcadero Rd. Centered at the
pier and waterfront, this annual
family event features a wine and
seafood faire, arts & crafts, and
live entertainment. Cost: $5-25.
Contact: www.mbhf.com or 7721155.
SUN OCT 5 12:00-4:00 pm: AVILA
APPLE FESTIVAL on Front St,
Avila Beach. Everything apple
in downtown Avila Beach! Local
apple growers, food booths,
contests, prizes, educational
demos, and games and crafts for
the kids. Win an Apple iPad Mini.
Cost: free. Contact: 595-4095 or
http://avilaapplefestival.com.

Museum, 2251 Center St, Cambria.
Join in family fun and festivities,
food and beverages at reasonable
prices, live music by Mitchell
Quartet, book signing by local
authors, and much more. Children
can decorate pumpkins and enjoy
other crafts. 1:00-3:00 pm sample
home-baked pies, 5 tastes for
$5; vote for your favorite. See
famous scarecrows here and
around town. Proceeds benefit
the Cambria Historical Society
Museum and Heirloom Gardens.
Cost: free. Contact: www.
cambriahistoricalsociety.com or
927-2891.



FRI OCT 17 & SAT OCT 18 7:00-10:00
pm: AREA 55 BE SCARED at Los
Osos Middle School, 1555 El Moro
Ave, Los Osos. Worlds apart from
the usual haunted house, Area
55 stands out as a unique hightech sci-fi blend with interactive
challenges for participants on a
search and rescue mission. “No
Blood. No Gore. Just fear and
MON SEP 29 6:00-8:00 pm: SOFTEC
humor.” Exciting, funny, and
6th annual Student Robotics Expo SAT OCT 11 11:00 am-4:00 pm: scary, this popular annual event
at Elks Lodge, 222 Elks Lane, SLO. HARVEST MARKET at Historical ends with a surprising LOMS band

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performance. Created by LOMS
students with support from local
law enforcement agencies, Cal
Poly, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs,
and local businesses. Cost: $10 or
2 for $15. Discounts on facebook.
Proceeds
benefit
Central
Coast MakerSpace @ LOMS.
Contact:
www.facebook.com/
Area55BeScared.
FRI OCT 17 at 7:00 pm: CIRQUE
ZUMA ZUMA at the Cohan Center,
1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Cal
Poly Arts presents a world music
and dance event that the entire
family will enjoy. With live music
and percussionists, the talented
cast dazzles with pole and aerial
acts, Egyptian limbo dances,
South African gumboot dances,
Gabonese tumbling, and South
African contortionist feats. Cost:
$16-32. Contact: 756-4849 or
http://pacslo.org
SAT OCT 18 7:30 am: WALK TO
END ALZHEIMER’S at Laguna
Lake, SLO. This is the nation’s
largest event to raise awareness
and funds for Alzheimer care,

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recreation or 773-7063.

No Blood. No Gore. Just Fear & Fun.

SUN OCT 26 9:00 am - 5:30
pm: Los Osos/Baywood Park
OKTOBERFEST in Downtown
Baywood Park, 2nd St, Los Osos.
This 35th annual family event
includes live music, car show,
food, crafts, jewelry, children
activities, 5k race, aerial artists,
face-painting, bounce houses,
balloon sculptures, Beer Garden,
arts & crafts. 7:30 am: registration
for 4- Mile Run. 8:00 am: Pancake
Breakfast. Cost: free. Contact:
www.lobpchamber.com or 528
4884.

OCT
17 & 18
7:00 - 10:00 pm

at Los Osos Middle School, 1555 El Moro Street, Los Osos

FRI OCT 24 5:00-8:15 pm: 6th
Annual MUNCHKIN MARCH at
Meadow Park, SLO. A benefit for
the Food Bank Coalition of SLO
County. Children come dressed
in costume and bring a can or
cash donation for the food bank.
They provide music, activities,
food trucks, photo booth, and
an outdoor movie. Cost: free.
Contact: mindfulmothers.org.
support and research.
Enjoy
family friendly activities and
ask onsite professionals about
encouraging developments in the
care and treatment of dementia.
After the Walk/Run, participants
are treated to a fun post-race
party and meal. Cost: free, but
donations are welcome. Contact:
alz.org/cacentral or 547-3830.
SAT OCT 18 8:00 am-12:00 pm: 21st
Annual WIGGLE WAGGLE WALK
FOR WOODS at Mitchell Park,
1400 Osos St, Downtown San
Luis Obispo (NEW LOCATION).
1 Mile K9 Pledge Walk through
downtown SLO, Pet Fair, K9
Contests, Raffle, BBQ Lunch, and
more! This year’s theme is A K-9
Superhero Tail of Who Rescued
Who. Don’t forget to dress your
pup in his or her best superhero
costume for a chance to win great
prizes in the Costume Contest.
Cost: $15 for walkers; includes
t-shirt and K-9 goodie bag. Under
12 walk free! Proceeds benefit the
Woods Humane Society. Contact:
www.woodshumanesociety.org.

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SAT OCT 18 at 11:00 am-12:00
pm: RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
SUPPORT GROUP Launch at
Whole Foods Meeting Room
(formerly New Frontiers), 1531
Froom Ranch Way, SLO. Meet
and greet fellow “Joint” Chiefs
of Staff, compare experiences,
and share information. Cost: free.
Contact: 546-0202.
SAT OCT 18 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY
MOVIE at the Los Osos Library,
2075 Palisades. The library will
screen a fun animated film for
little ones. This film is rated
PG. Popcorn will be provided.
Sponsored by the Friends of Los
Osos Library. Cost: free. Contact:
slolibrary.org or 528-1862.
SAT OCT 25 10:00 am-2:00 pm:
27th Annual PUMPKINS ON THE
PIER at Pismo Beach Pier. Join
in Halloween-themed activities
including pumpkin decorating,
costume contests, games, crafts,
bounce houses, and Trick or Treat
Extravaganza at participating
downtown businesses. Cost: free.
Contact:
pismobeach.org/73/

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Recurring Events
& Resources
Every FRI 6:00-8:00 pm: MAKER
FRIDAYS KID’S NIGHT Create and
Learn at SLO MakerSpace, 3988
Short St, Ste 100, San Luis Obispo.
Friday Kid’s Nights are a 2 hour
long kids “camp” held each week
through OCT 31. There will be a
new science or technology related
activity each week for the kids and
their parents/guardians. Cost: $5
/ members, $10 / non-members.
Contact: 242-1285.
Twin Cities Community Hospital
Volunteers, a non-profit providing
support to patients, doctors,
and nurses of the hospital, seek
volunteers to work in the gift shop
and Obstetrics (OB) Dept. AM and
PM 4 hour shifts are available.
Contact: 434-4524.

Last FRI every month at 6:00 pm:
Family Fun at Unity Church, 1165
WED OCT 29 at 3:00 pm: GOURD Stubblefield St, Orcutt. Contact:
PAINTING at the Los Osos Library, 937-3025.
12075 Palisades. School age
children will have a chance to
decorate a gourd for the harvest Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm &
holiday season. Sponsored by the SAT 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration
Friends of Los Osos Library. Cost: Station Interactive Science Center
free. Contact: slolibrary.org or welcomes families at 867 Ramona
Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2528-1862.
3. Contact: 473-1421 or http://
explorationstation.org.
FRI OCT 31 at 5:30-8:30 pm: 11th
Annual FALL FESTIVAL at El
Morro Church of the Nazarene, 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00
1480 Santa Isabel Ave, Los pm: Grief Support Group at Central
Osos. Shuttle provided from Los Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr,
Osos Middle School. No scary Ste D, San Luis Obispo. This free
costumes, please. Cost: donations group is for anyone suffering the
loss of a loved one who is in need
accepted. Contact: 528-0391.
of support. Contact: 540-6020.
SAT NOV 1 10:00 am-3:00 pm: DIA
DE LOS MUERTOS (day of the
dead) celebration and procession
in Mission Plaza, 1010 Broad St,
San Luis Obispo. In collaboration
with SLO Museum of Art and
SLO Mission Church de Tolosa,
artists, performers and local
organizations participate. Cost:
free. Contact: 547-7025 or http://
wilshirehcs.org.

2nd SAT of every month FEBNOV at 9:00 am: Santa Maria
Recreation and Parks Dept offers
free docent-led nature walks in
Los Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion
Rd, Santa Maria. Contact: 9250951 x 263.
2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00
pm: Caregiver Support Group

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Local Resources
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: 4587484.

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
Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: medical referrals. Contact: 481Remain Independent Despite 2692 or 788-0827.
Vision Loss at Santa Maria Terrace,
1405 E Main St. New ways of 1st WED every month at 12:00
doing daily tasks are taught by pm: Disabled American Veterans
the Braille Institute, such as home luncheon at Veterans Memorial
managment, traveling, and using Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa
talking library books. Contact: Maria. Contact: 345-0402.
462-1225.
Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm:
2nd & 4th MON every month Widowed Support Group at New
at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of Life Church, 990 James Way, Rm
Preschoolers) meet at Pacific 14, Pismo Beach. Arrive 10 min
Christian Church, 3435 Santa early for 1st meeting. Offered by
Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544is provided. Contact: 934-3491 or 2266 or www.hospiceslo.org.
www.pacificchristian.net.
Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon
Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI Family Support Group at Luis
3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares
Program at Arroyo Grande EOC Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750.
Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand
Ave. Health services, including 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm:
reproductive health, in a safe How to Survive Divorce seminar
environment with staff trained at the San Luis Obispo Women’s
to screen, assess, and to provide Community Center, 1124 Nipomo
intervention. Appointments are St, #D in SLO. Practical tips,
preferred. Contact: 489-4026.
pointers, and suggestions for
handling family law issues. $10.00
1st WED every month at 9:00 am: donation requested for handout
Community Action Partnership materials and book. Contact: 544Senior Health Screening at First 9313 to register.

Women’s Shelter

of San Luis Obispo County
crisis line: 781-6400
business phone: 781-6401
email: info@wspslo.com
www. womensshelterslo.org

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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.

Free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
jackshelpinghand.org.

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 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 sign:
Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and
listen to good music. No fees; no
dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481
or dg17@juno.com.

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. CostFree! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
jackshelpinghand.org.

Literacy Council for San Luis
Obispo County has an ongoing
and urgent need for volunteer
Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: tutors and offers free training in
ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051 SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or www.
Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats sloliteracy.org.
are available for adoption through
NCHS. Dogs are available through 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm:
Short n’ Sweet Dog Rescue. Commission on the Status of
Women meets at Coast National
Contact: 466-5403.
Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis
This official advisory
Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED Obispo.
group
to
the
SLO County Board
3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy
Lending Library-Jack’s Helping of Supervisors identifies issues
Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, of concern to women that
21 Zaca Lane, #100, San Luis are not currently the focus of
Obispo. Traditional and adaptive other advocacy or advisory
toys for children with all types of organizations. Contact: 788-3406.
disabilities to check out. In-home
appointments available.
Cost: Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm:

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Educatious International is seeking host families
in San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, and Santa Barbara
Host families are asked to provide a bed, desk and dresser, a
quiet place to study, meals, love and guidance.
A monthly stipend is provided.
Students come with their own spending money for
personal needs and activities they wish to get involved in.

Growing With Baby, an infant
feeding office for breastfeeding
mothers and their babies (010 mos), offers a free class on
feeding, crying, and sleep at
1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo.
Pediatric nurse practioner and
lactation
consultant
Andrea
Herron will answer questions.
Dads are always welcome! Call to
reserve a spot. Contact: 543-6988.
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. Offices
in San Luis Obispo and Paso
Robles. Contact: 544-2266.

We offer 24/7 national support, as well as local support.
This is a wonderful opportunity to share America and
learn about another country.
We bring students from 30 different countries!

For more information, and answers
to all of your questions, contact:
Juliana Trombly
(949) 212-6647
juliana.trombly@educatius.org

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
monthly at Wilshire Community
Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO.
Contact: 547-7025 x 17.

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
Volunteer at San Luis Obispo just for parents. Cost: $74 for 10
Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010 wks. Contact: 549-1222 or http://
Broad St (Mission Plaza) or email parentparticipation.org.
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.centralcoastastronomy.
org. Contact: Aurora Lipper at

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Concerned for someone you care about?

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Confidential
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A program of Transitions Mental Health Association

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Education

by Kathleen Deragon

Interested in learning to tie
knots, tell a story, make cheese,
raise chickens? You will have an
opportunity to learn all those
things and more at 32 hour-long
workshops to be offered at the
ReSkilling Expo on November
9th, 10:00 am-5:00 pm at the Vets
Hall at 801 Grand Avenue in San
Luis Obispo.

or canning food.
Some of
them would make us more selfsufficient, like planting our own
vegetable garden, propagating
fruit trees, and raising chickens.
And some skills that our ancestors
may not have used but we know
how to do would make our lives
and homes more environmentally
friendly, like taking advantage of
passive solar heat in our homes,
What is “reskilling?” It is learning recovering graywater from our
how to do things that our parents laundry for garden irrigation, or
and/or grandparents could do, cooking with the sun.
but that we have not learned
because of mechanization and Local community members are
industrialization.
volunteering to show you how
to do all of those things—and
Some of those skills would be more! Workshops will show you
fun to know how to do, like how to repair and maintain your
darning, knitting, and crocheting, bicycle, make your own musical
instruments, make sauerkraut
and other fermented foods, take
old or thrift store clothes and redesign them into something new,
make a compost pile or set up a
worm bin so you can create soil
for your garden from food scraps.
The event is being offered to you
by SLO Transition Towns, a group
of local people involved in the
grassroots Transition Movement,
who are working with other likeminded groups to develop local
sustainability and community
resilience as we face the challenges
of responding to climate change,
moving to more renewable
energy, and creating a vibrant
local economy. To learn more
about the Transition Movement,
go to www.transitionus.org and
www.transitionnetwork.org.

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Visit www.SLOTransitionTowns.
org for a printable event flyer and
updates to the schedule. Visit our
Facebook page for information
about some of the presenters.
Plan to join us on Sunday,
November 9th at the Vets Hall
at 801 Grand Avenue in SLO.
Registration will begin at 9:15 am.
There will be an opening ceremony
at 10:00 am, and workshops begin
at 10:30 am and run until 5:00 pm.
The cost for whole families is only
$10 and $5 for individuals. Don’t
miss the ReSkilling Expo to learn
hands-on practical skills for living!

Kathleen Deragon is a member of the SLO
Transition Towns hub group, which connects
with other local organizations that are also
involved in activities to bring us together as a
community and make us more sustainable and
resilient. You can reach her at 805-801-8168.

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Local Resources

Pumpkin Patches
& Harvest Fun
©

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

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

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

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mail@lovorganicfarm.com

(805) 242 6789

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