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Central Coast

December 2014

Family
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Getting Out

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Library Voice

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Education

Fun & Games
Money

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Local History

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Wordmonger

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Calendar

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Family Events

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Local Resources
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Holiday Travel / Love Stories / Behavior & Learning / SLO Changes / Anagrams & Auld Lang Syne

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Getting Out

Holiday
Travel
with
Kids

Preparation is key!
Children
need to know what is happening,
and do better when they have
consistent routines.
School
vacations and free time may be
fun, but may also be stressful
because of the change in
routines.

Sometimes children benefit from
looking at pictures of family
members you visit infrequently.
They also appreciate having a
general schedule ahead of time.
Children with developmental
by Stephanie M. Foster, PhD, OTR/L
concerns need to be prepared
to make a trip as comfortable as
December can be a month of self-regulation.
The
holiday possible for them, as well as for
wonderfully fun family times, and season can include a heightened the other people traveling.
a time when many go on vacation level of stress for these children,
and travel to visit relatives or with changes in routine and Initial preparation can be
friends. Although primarily a additional sensory stimulation at individualized for your children.
time for rest and relaxation, this home and in public. This article It is often helpful to provide a
can also be a stressful season for will explore some tactics to trip countdown chart for a visual
our children. It can be doubly make the month a smooth one, guide; such as a calendar or
hard for children with behavioral focusing on tips for travel and countdown rings. It is possible
problems and difficulties with helping you to remain grounded. to create a book with pictures of
family members to let your child
Santa’s House San Luis Obispo know what they can expect. In
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their anxiety will be beneficial.
In addition, it may be helpful to
dry-run the trip, or review the
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Out of the Blue

At any time of year, airports can
be chaotic and over stimulating.
During the holiday travel season,
crowds, noise, and confusion
increase. If possible, plan air
travel on less popular days.
Remember that delays are often
inevitable, and can make travel
more difficult for children.
Arrive with plenty of time,
decreasing the need to hurry
throughout the airport.
In
addition, make sure your children
dress comfortably and travel
with necessities.
Remember
to bring toys and books to feed
their sensory systems and to
keep them calm and regulated.
Once you make these initial
preparations, you are ready to
start the trip.
Keeping your children regulated
prior to boarding a plane
and while up in the air is very
important. Make sure they have
had a proper meal. In case there
is a delay, make sure you have
snacks and games on hand. It is
easy to stash gum, hard candy,
and small toys in a side pocket
of your bag. Typically, I do not
recommend the use of electronic
toys for children. However, using
an iPad, MP3 player, or handheld game system may help keep
your children entertained and
provide a refuge from chaotic

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Getting Out
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much as possible. Give yourself
time now to prepare your family,
pack your backs (keeping them
under the weight limit), and get
ready for a “joyful” holiday trip
for everyone.
surroundings. Have them use
headphones to block out the
background noise. Never use
ear-buds as they can cause
permanent damage to delicate
eardrums.

Keeping yourself regulated
throughout the holidays will help
as well. Children easily read your
level of excitement and anxiety.
If you take care of yourself,
exercise, and maintain some
semblance of your home routine,
your children will notice. They will
see you as a positive role model.
One thing that will definitely help
is keeping a consistent bedtime.
Pediatricians recommend no
more than one-hour difference
between regular bedtimes and
special vacation bedtimes.

Your children might also enjoy
small hand fidgets to play with.
Some choices of hand fidgets
include any small squeeze or
tactile ball, a small Play-doh set
or Silly Putty, or a plastic baggie
filled with beans, dried pasta, or
corn kernels. Using weighted
items can be beneficial and easy
to take along, such as weighted Keeping yourself grounded is
critical during times of high
lap pads, vests, or neck pads.
stress and excitment. Be sure to
Devising travel games like ‘airport enjoy the present, and not get
bingo’ (asking children to find too caught up in plans for the
different people or objects or go future. While it is important to
on letter hunts), will help to keep plan ahead, it is also important to
everyone happy. Many travel appreciate your current activity.
size toys are available, including
coloring books, games, magnetic Don’t miss out on opportunities
drawing boards, puzzles, Etch-a- for family bonding because there
Sketch, and playing cards, that is too much to do for “tomorrow.”
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Library Voice
naturalist and artist could pull off
well. Running Out of Night will
make the kind of gift for middlegrade readers that will be handed
around through the whole family
and open doors to sharing your
by Kristen Barnhart
own family history. We might not
all find a Quaker-infused suitcase
Lavender for my Aunt Lil is how I Sharon’s gardening books are of letters about abolitionists of
first got to know Sharon Lovejoy legendary, so imagine my delight the Underground Railroad, but
many, many years ago. Sharon when she shared her dream of we all have stories to pass on and
would sit and knit in her tiny shop writing children’s fiction.
traditions to carry on.
a few doors up from the Cambria
Running Out of Night is a gripping Harold Miossi was born at the
Library and I would come in sniffing
historical novel inspired by a family–owned La Cuesta Ranch in
lavender and filling little bags to
treasure chest (ok suitcase) of Cuesta Canyon in 1922. His love for
freshen up Aunt Lil’s drawers. This
letters from Sharon’s Virginia the majesty of nature in our county
was a tradition from my childhood
ancestors. A nameless abused little is still felt by all of us who live here
that started when I first discovered
girl hides a runaway slave girl in her now. Harold’s four grandparents
hunks of Yardley Lavender soap in
basement and decides to join her were among the Swiss-Italian
her suitcase when Lil would come
in finding a new beginning in the emigrants who built the dairy
stay with us. Real lavender seemed
northern free states. The journey industry here between 1864 and
much cooler!
is heart-stopping, heart-racing, 1870. His parents were both born in
After Sharon moved her lovely heart-breaking and eventually San Luis Obispo County: his father
Heart’s Ease shop into Patrick heart-easing. I nearly ran out of Bernard Miossi on a ranch near
Pullen’s antique store on Burton night while reading this book and Pismo and his mother Vera Gnesa
and transformed the lot into a finished it just before 3:00 am! Miossi on a ranch in Green Valley
magical garden, my freckled fairy Amidst the exciting story, Sharon between Cambria and Harmony.
daughter continued the tradition weaves in wonderful old natureevery year at the Fairy Festival as I based homilies that give the story Harold was an active community
told stories under the honeysuckle. a richness that only a history-loving leader and a firm believer that
individuals shape the world in
which they live. He worked hard
to create and save some of our
most beloved open spaces, such as
Montana de Oro and Cuesta Grade.
Harold called the Cal-Trans plan
“burying of Cuesta Canyon alive”
and he went from being a lone
voice to having the ear of the San
Francisco Chronicle and L.A. Times,
which took the protest statewide
to victory. He led the force to
pass a bill protecting Santa Lucia
Wilderness all the way to President
Jimmy Carter, who signed the bill in
1978.

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Both Mr Miossi and Sharon Lovejoy
share an enormous love for nature
and the arts. Sharon spread the love
as a master gardener, artist, and
writer. Through a generous grant,
Mr Miossi’s Trust is now funding a
series of free performances at the
San Luis Obispo Library. Come into
the library on the corner of Palm
and Osos to pick up a family reading
log. Then read books, listen to
music and watch performances
celebrating the performing arts,
earn prizes, and maybe win your
own puppet theatre! Be sure to
mark your calendar for Live Free
Library Programs held in the SLO

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and, of course, your library!

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
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Education

Behavior Problems

&

Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz
of Yale University have referred
to this mismatch as “islands of
weakness in a sea of strength.”
And it’s not hard to see why.
For example:
• Some with LD can remember the
most obscure visual details and
recall long and involved lyrics to
songs, but have trouble retrieving
specific vocabulary words for
conversation, comprehending
spoken or written narrative, or
writing grammatically correct
narrative.

Learning
Disabilities
by Sheldon H. Horowitz, EdD

The Nature of Learning Disabilities well while struggling dramatically
One of the hallmark features to perform other tasks. This
of learning disabilities (LD) mismatch between ability,
is inconsistent performance. expectations and outcomes can
Research studies with children, cause terrific disappointment
adolescents and adults with LD and upset, resulting in a cascade
frequently point to sometimes of emotions and behaviors that
erratic and often confusing can interfere with everyday
profiles of individuals who seem functioning in school, at home
to be able to do some things quite and in the community.

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“learned helplessness.” After
• Young children with LD might be repeated disappointments and
able to draw well but struggle without any relief in sight, these
with handwriting.
children will assume a passive
• Some kids might demonstrate role and in effect stop believing
extraordinary ability running that there is anything they can do
and jumping but struggle with to improve their situation. These
bouncing a ball or mastering the children will often say that their
swing of a tennis racquet with successes are the result of luck
rather than intelligence and hard
precision.
work, and that there is nothing
• For some, reading is slow and they can do to achieve better
labored but doing math seems grades, be better liked by peers,
almost natural (or vice versa).
or be understood and appreciated
• Very often, individuals with LD by teachers and other influential
understand a topic well enough adults in the school community.
to answer questions and engage
And then There’s Puberty!
in discussion when information is
first presented, but do miserably As students enter the middle
on an exam or in a discussion on school years, they are particularly
vulnerable
to
behavioral
the same topic later that week.
challenges triggered by their
Frustrations on the Rise
struggle to learn. Some students
These inconsistencies and learning will cut classes rather than have
challenges can be frustrating to face a teacher (and fellow
to teachers and parents, but students) whom they perceive as
the toll they take on children is not being invested in their success
often devastating to their self- and whose expectations they are
esteem. I wish I had a nickel for clearly not able to meet.
every time a child told me that The school drop-out rate for
they felt “broken” or were called students with LD is many times
“stupid” by peers (and even higher than that of non-disabled
adults!). The emotional battering peers, and without an all-handsthey experience when they don’t on-deck approach to keeping
meet their own expectation for students with LD engaged in
success often results in feelings successful high-quality academic
of isolation and a loss of interest programming AND non-stressful
in learning. Stomach aches, social activities with peers, the
headaches, episodes of anxiety likelihood of truancy and school
(feeling nervous, feverish, dizzy drop-out is greatly increased.
or out of breath) are all frequently
Warning Signs
reported symptoms of children
who feel out of control and are Poor grades, somatic (physical)
not able to plan and execute complaints and school absences
strategies for school success.
are clear warning signs (and calls
For many, their repeated lack for help) for students with LD.
of success despite the efforts Unfortunately, these students
of well-meaning teachers and will often resort to getting into
parents (and hard work on their trouble, resulting in their being
part) results in a condition called removed from class or even

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suspended from school. This
shifts the focus of attention away
from their struggle with academic
learning and instead points to
some social or behavioral reason
for their being singled out.
Students with LD will often
complain about school, and in
many instances these complaints
can be red flags for behavior
problems to come. Some
examples of these kinds of
comments are:
• Laying blame on the teacher:
“The teacher is unfair and picks
on me, so I’m not going to do
her assignments,” or “It’s the
teacher’s fault that I didn’t do
well on the test because she
didn’t remind me it was today,
so I guessed at most answers.”
• Making excuses for bad behavior
to hide their insecurities about
struggling to learn: “The hallway
was too crowded, and when I
got to the cafeteria there was no
dessert left, so I trashed my tray
and got sent to the office instead
of going to my next class which,
by the way, is the one where I
don’t learn anything anyway.”
• Exhibiting an “I give up” attitude:
“School is just boring, the work
is dumb, the assignments are
too hard (or too easy), and the
teacher never checks homework
anyway, except when she knows
I don’t have it done.”
• Pulling away, or refusing to
communicate in order to avoid
confrontation: “What happened
in school today?” “I don’t want
to talk about it.”

to or triggering maladaptive
behavior. Parental expectations
and communication between
home and school personnel can
be very important as personal
stressors within families can have
a significant impact on behavior in
school. Also important is whether
the child has (or is at risk for)
other disorders such as ADHD or
medical or psychiatric conditions
that could impact learning,
behavior and attention. And let’s
not forget the critically important
realm of social and emotional
development. Individuals with LD
often experience considerable
frustration in this area, not
knowing how to ask for help,
being awkward in joining in with
peers, misreading social cues,
not knowing how to stand up to
teasing, or when it is appropriate
to engage in flirtatious behavior,
and being unsure about how to
deal with group pressure.

Children’s Christmas Program
Christmas

Sheldon H. Horowitz, EdD is the Director of
LD Resources & Essential Information at the
National Center for Learning Disabilities.
Reprinted with permission. ©2014 National
Center for Learning Disabilities Inc.

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Fun & Games

Jack’s Jokes
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Money

Charitable Giving

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by Molly Peoples

Americans are pretty generous.
In fact, 83 percent of us
donated money to charitable
organizations
last
year,
according to a Gallup survey.
Now that we’re entering the
holiday season, charitable giving
may be on your mind. Your key
motivation for making charitable
gifts, of course, is to help the
organizations whose work is
meaningful to you. However, by
supporting these groups, you
can also make life less “taxing”
for yourself.
Specifically, by making charitable
contributions, you may be able
to receive some valuable tax
breaks. To claim a deduction,
though, you need to itemize your
taxes, and you need to make
sure that the organization you’re
supporting is qualified, from a
tax-deductibility standpoint. If
you’re unsure whether a group
is qualified, just ask to see its

avoid paying the capital gains
letter from the IRS. (Many
taxes that would be due if you
organizations now post these
had eventually sold the stock
letters on their websites.)
yourself.
Here’s how the charitable tax
deduction works: If you give
$200 to a qualified charity,
and you’re in the 25 percent
tax bracket, you can deduct
$200, with a tax benefit of $50,
when you file your 2014 taxes.
Consequently, the net “cost” of
your donation is just $150 ($200
minus the $50 tax savings).

Keep in mind that if you want to
deduct your contributions for
the 2014 tax year, you’ll need to
make your gifts by December
31st. One more reminder: Retain
your paperwork. If you made
gifts totaling over $250 to any
single charity — or noncash
contributions of any items worth
over $500 — the IRS requires
Of course, you are not confined written acknowledgments for
to making cash gifts. In fact, your contributions.
if you donate certain types of
If you want to take a longernoncash assets, you may be able
term approach to charitable
to increase your tax benefits.
giving, while incorporating your
Suppose you give $1,000 worth
gifts in planning for your estate,
of stock in ABC Company to a
you might want to consider
charitable group. If you’re in
establishing
a
charitable
the 25 percent bracket, you’ll
remainder trust. Under this
be able to deduct $250 when
arrangement, you’d place some
you file your taxes. And by
assets, such as stocks or real
donating the ABC stock, you can
estate, into a trust, that could
then use these assets to pay
you a lifetime income stream.
When you establish the trust,
you may be able to receive
an immediate tax deduction
based on the charitable group’s

“remainder interest” — the
amount the charity is likely to
ultimately receive. (This figure is
determined by an IRS formula.)
Upon your death, the trust would
relinquish the remaining assets
to the charitable organization
you’ve named. This type of trust
can be complex, so to create
one, you’ll need to work with
your tax and legal advisors.
While the tax benefits associated
with charitable giving are
significant, they should not,
ultimately, drive your gifting
decisions. You should also
consider the effect your gift will
have on the other areas of your
estate considerations. So, make
sure you communicate your
plans to your family members.
In any case, though, be as
generous as you can this holiday
season and in the years to
come. Your generosity will be
a rewarding experience — for
everyone.

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

Changes in San Luis Obispo
by Guy Crabb

History is all about change and
downtown San Luis Obispo is about
to experience lots of change. We
have all known that Marsh and
Monterey Streets had big plans to
change, but nothing has happened
for many years since our city leaders
approved these plans.

probably look like the one across
the street. If you remember there
was once a cute pet shop and a
store that sold light fixtures for
homes. When the bulldozers tore
down those buildings, it was tragic
to see part of our history crushed
and loaded into the back of a truck.
If you live here long enough and
The first real change that hit me love the old buildings, you must
was the closing of Foster’s Freeze endure a series of broken hearts.
(officially known as Foster’s Old
Fashioned Freeze). I had heard Now we will wait for the bulldozers
several years ago that Foster’s to come in and take the building
was going to be torn down and down and scoop it into the back of
replaced with a big three-story a big truck and bring it to the dump.
monster building. I hated the idea It will remind me of when “they”
of tearing down what I considered bulldozed the old buildings on
to be a historic landmark. How Palm Street that were part of San
could our city leaders approve Luis Obispo’s Chinatown. If you
a land developer’s plan to tear have a camera, I suggest that you
down a beloved building where go down to Marsh Street and take a
generations of families in San few pictures of Foster’s, so you can
Luis Obispo have enjoyed treats. show your friends and family the
Foster’s was built around 1950, little building that once occupied
almost 65 years ago. I remember the corner. While you have your
taking my three daughters to camera, go up the street and take
Foster’s to order ice cream cones pictures of buildings that will soon
and hot fudge sundaes. We would be just a memory in the history of
also buy lunch sometimes, which downtown San Luis Obispo.
was my opportunity to order their
little deep fried burrito and fries. I If you have driven down Marsh
know it was bad for me, but buying Street lately, you probably noticed
that burrito was part of my history. that the old building on the corner
I am not the only person to savor an of Broad Street has been going
ice cream while sitting at the tables through changes. The last business
outside and watching the traffic that occupied this building was
drive by. It is a memory that will Couch Potato, which ironically
always be with me. The last time I moved to the new building across
had an ice cream there was with my the street from Foster’s.
The
grandson and granddaughter.
building on the corner of Marsh and
Broad Streets was a neighborhood
The new modern building that market for many years. Old timers
will soon occupy this corner will in town will remember that this

building once was occupied by
Sear’s Market (not the department
store chain, but a market owned
by Bob Sears). Bob had a modern
“complete market” that sold meat,
vegetables, and all other types
of groceries from around 1950 to
1955. It became Maury’s Market
briefly in the 1960s, and then the
home of San Luis Obispo Beauty
College from the mid 1960s to the
late 1990s. Many locals went to the
Beauty College for a cheap haircut.
Every time you sat down for a cut,
you never knew if you were going
to leave looking good or terrible.
I know this because I made a few
trips to the Beauty College when
funds were low.
As you drive by the old Sears Market/
Beauty College, you can see how it
has been gutted. It is not the only
slice of history that will soon see its
demise. At 720 Marsh Street, there
was a women’s hair salon in the
1990s and San Luis Obispo National
Bank in 1965. 722 Marsh Street was
recently a business called Bluebird
Salon. This location was home to
another hair salon from the late
1990s into the early 2000s. It was
also an electronics store, fabric
store, and even a doctor’s office in
the 1930s and 1940s.
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will experience changes. Just up
the street on Garden are three
small storefronts. I can’t say for
sure what will happen to them,
but I know how they came to
Garden Street. The addresses of
these buildings were originally
1129, 1131, and 1135. In 1887, Mr.
Warden bought some property
on Higuera Street and decided to
move these buildings to Garden
Street and build a large two-story
building on Higuera. Since San Luis
Obispo did not yet have plumbing
or electricity, these buildings were
simply big wooden boxes and were
relatively easy to move.
The town has been waiting for years
for developers to starting making
changes. Like it or not, change
will happen and the only thing we
can do is take some pictures and
remember when San Luis Obispo
was a small town with mom and
pop stores. Next time I have a
hankering for a little fried burrito
and a hot fudge sundae, I guess I’ll
just have to reminisce about this
special place called Foster’s.
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.

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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.

Happy

Holidays!

Students come with their own spending money for
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We offer 24/7 national support, as well as local support.
This is a wonderful opportunity to share America and
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For more information, and answers
to all of your questions, contact:
Juliana Trombly
(949) 212-6647
juliana.trombly@educatius.org

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Education
CS Perryess
writes

about words
FESTIVE ANAGRAMs

Popish lady hay
Aphid hay ploys

Anagrams are the sort of sick
fascination we word nerds
embrace. For those who
haven’t previously played with
anagrams, an anagram can be
made by using all the letters in a
given word, phrase, or sentence
and re-arranging them into
something new.
For instance, here are two
anagrams of Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer:

Festive Anagram 2

AULD LANG sYNE

Hydro jot towel
Jowly red tooth
Jetworthy lode
Do lower thy jot
Drooly Jethwo
Throw, pot, yodel

So what the heck does auld lang
syne mean, anyway? People all
over the English-speaking world
raise glasses, smooch, or eat a
dozen grapes while singing or
listening to that enigmatic song.

Festive Anagram 3

We of the English-speaking
world have the Scots to thank
for the phrase, and Robert
Burns to thank for popularizing
it (though others had put the
phrase to paper before Burns).

Reenact a hope
Prehost a cone
A coherent ape
Create a phone
A threep canoe

Deep northern lurid horse deed
Horror: deep tennis hurdle deed

Below are some anagrams. Each
group can be translated into a Enjoy translating the three
phrase we’re likely to hear this festive anagrams into their
time of year.
original forms and/or play
around with a festive anagram
Festive Anagram 1
of your own (old schoolers
prefer to create anagrams with
Ahoy, hippy lads
pen, pencil and grey matter,
Holy yap aphids
however online anagram tools
Ashy hippo lady
Soy aphid phyla
are speedier).

Auld lang syne is translated in
several ways, among them: times
long ago, times long since, old
times gone… At the end of the
year, we “raise a cup of kindness
to” all the events that preceded
the toast. Whether the events
were good or bad, the song
entreats us to look upon them
kindly, then make our way into
the new year wiser for having
experienced those times.
Auld is an Anglo-Saxon term that
means old. Born in the 1300s, it
survives today, still spelled auld
in Scottish. Its Anglo-Saxon root
meant aged, antique, primeval,
experienced, or adult. Auld
has its roots in a verb meaning
to grow or nourish.
Auld’s
relatives include the words
elder, eldest, alto, alumni, adult,
adolescent and alumnus. Though
many languages make a clear
distinction between adjectives
used for “old” inanimate things
and those used for “old”
sentient beings, auld (and its
modern pal, old) can be applied
to both.
Lang translates to long, some-

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thing that extends considerably
from end to end. It also showed
up in English in the 1300s. Its
relatives include along, lunge,
lounge, linger, prolong, elongate,
longitude, and longing, and ling
(as in ling cod).
Syne means since. Syne showed
up in Scottish in the 1300s. Oddly,
it took a couple of centuries
for its equivalent, synnes or
syns, to appear in English, and
another century or so for those
spellings to morph into since. It
means from the time when, or as
a consequence of the fact that.
Over time, its relatives appear
to have faded away, leaving it an
etymological orphan.
May you all have superb good
fortune this new year, especially
when it comes to looking kindly
upon past events and looking
forward to an auspicious future.
Many thanks to sources: Andy’s Anagram
Solver, OED, Etymonline and Wordnik.

CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
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
csperryess@gmail.com.

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December 2014 Free Ongoing Events
SUNDAY
26

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

MONDAY

TUESDAY

1
FARMERS MARKET:

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

December is:
Universal Human Rights Month
Hi Neighbor Month
National Stress Free Family
Holiday Month
Read A New Book Month
Safe Toy and Gift Month
Write to a Friend Month

7
FARMERS MARKET:

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

2
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

WORLD AIDS day

8
FARMERS MARKET:

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

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

special
education day

9
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

pearl harbor DAY
(Attacked by Japan in 1941)

10
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

15
FARMERS MARKET:

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

INTERNATIONAL
children’s day

11
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

(In 1911)

21
FARMERS MARKET:

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

16
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

edison patents the
phonograph (In 1877)

17
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

LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

SLO CO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO

12
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

FULL MOON

13
FARMERS MARKETS:

8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

NATIONAL
COcoa day

18
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

19
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

20
FARMERS MARKETS:

8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

oatmeal
muffin day

NATIONAL MAPLE
SYRUP DAY

23
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

games DAY

24
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

solstice

NEW MOON

25
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

26
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

27
FARMERS MARKETS:

8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

christmas

national
chocolate day

FIRST day OF WINTER

LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO

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

Wright Bros. day
(1st flight @ Kitty Hawk 1903)

bill of rights day
(Adopted in 1791)

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

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

Poinsettia day

emily dickinson’s
birthday(Born in 1896)

Beethoven’s
birthday (Born 1770)

22
FARMERS MARKET:

FARMERS MARKETS:

unicef
Anniversary
(Established in 1946)

Hanukkah begins

south pole
discovered

5
6
BINGO VETS HALL MB - 1st FRI 5:00pm FARMERS MARKETS:

Nobel Prize
awardS

NATIONAl
brownie day

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

SATURDAY

WALT DISNEY’S
BIRTHDAY
(Born in 1901)

NATIONAL ROOF-OVERYOUR-HEAD DAY

Human Rights
Day

14
FARMERS MARKET:

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

FRIDAY

NATIONAL
COOKIE day

INTERNATIONAL day
OF THE DISABLED
PERSON

Rosa Park’s Day
National pie day

WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
3
4
FARMERS MARKETS:
FARMERS MARKETS:

visit the zoo day

NATIONAL
egg nog day

kwanza begins

Christmas eve

boxing DAY

roots DAY

28
FARMERS MARKET:

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

29
FARMERS MARKET:

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

bowling ball
invented (In 1862)

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

31
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

Card playing 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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO

Birthstone:
Blue Topaz / Turquoise

3
FARMERS MARKETS:

8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

Flower: Poinsettia

Chewing gum
patented (In 1869)

new year’s
eve

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Family Events
THU NOV 20-WED DEC 31 (times vary):
SLOMA CRAFT ART MARKET at San
Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad
St, SLO. Shop for gifts of handmade art
and crafts. The Nybak Wing transforms
into a high-end art gallery boutique
of treasures created by local artisans.
Contact: 543-8562 or sloma.org.
MON NOV 24-SAT DEC 20 9:00 am-5:00
pm: SEE’S CANDY FUNDRAISER at Los
Osos Post Office, 1189 Los Osos Valley
Rd. The Kiwanis Club of Bay-Osos is
selling See’s Candy for the holidays. All
profits support children, local schools,
scholarships, the Special Olympics, and
Tolosa Children’s Dental Center, to name
a few. Don’t forget friends & colleagues!
Cost: varies. Contact: 801-8793.
THU NOV 20-WED DEC 31 (times vary):
HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA at The Great
American Melodrama, 1863 Front
St, Oceano. This three-part evening
opens with a heartwarming one-act
version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas
Carol. Laugh until your sides ache in a
hilarious fractured fairy tale opera and
celebrate the season with the Holiday
Vaudeville Revue. 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.
THU NOV 27 at 8:00 am: SOUTH COUNTY
TURKEY TROT at Pismo Beach will take
place on Thanksgiving Day starting
south of the Pismo Beach pier. Run
or walk a 10K, 5K, or one-mile course.
This is a fun family event and dogs on
leash are welcome. Meet Leonard, a
real live turkey! Teams and costumes
are encouraged. All proceeds go to
Food Bank Coalition of SLO County.
Cost: $1 donation. Contact: www.
SouthCountyTurkeyTrot.com.
FRI NOV 28-WED DEC 24 (times vary):
SANTA’S HOUSE at Mission Plaza, Chorro
& Monterey Sts, San Luis Obispo. Every
child who visits Santa will receive a free
candy cane, toy, and coloring book. Cost:
$5 for photo with own camera; $7.50 for
souvenir framed photo; $11 for both.
Contact: 541-0286 or downtownslo.com.
FRI NOV 28 10:00 am-4:00 pm: HOLIDAY
CRAFT BAZAAR at Downtown City Park,
12th & Spring Sts, Paso Robles. This
annual bazaar features arts, crafts, and
handmade goods from local purveyors.
Find a special gift, see local art, and
more! Cost: free. Contact: 238-4103 or
pasoroblesdowntown.org.
FRI NOV 28 10:00 am-5:00 pm & SAT NOV
29 9:00 am-4:00 pm: CENTRAL COAST
CRAFT FAIR & BOUTIQUE at Veterans
Memorial Building, 801 Grand Ave, San
Luis Obispo. Bring the family to shop
at over 130 vendor booths. Door prizes
will be given away every half hour.
Cost: free. Contact: 466-0191 or www.

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californiacraftshow.com.
FRI NOV 28 5:30-7:30 pm: DOWNTOWN
LIGHTING CEREMONY at Downtown City
Park, 12th & Spring Sts, Paso Robles. Join
Santa’s elves and Mrs. Claus as they make
sure downtown Paso Robles is ready
for Christmas at this 28th annual event.
Enjoy candlelight caroling, refreshments,
and the tree lighting. Cost: free. Contact:
238-4103 or pasoroblesdowntown.org.
SAT NOV 29 12:00-6:00 pm: ARTS
FESTIVAL at Avila Beach Community
Center, 191 San Miguel St, Avila Beach.
Enjoy a full day of fun activities for
the whole family. Cost: free childcare,
activities, Holiday goodie bag with
coupons. 5:30pm: tree lighting. Contact:
627-1997 or avilawinterholiday.com.
SAT NOV 29 at 7:00 pm & SUN NOV 30 at
3:00 pm: NUTCRACKER at Clark Center,
487 Fair Oaks, Arroyo Grande. Enjoy an
action-filled production by Everybody
Can DANCE and Santa Maria Civic Ballet
for all ages. Audience members can
meet characters after the show. Cost:
$20 adult, $15 child. Contact: 489-9444 or
clarkcenter.org.
SAT NOV 29-WED DEC 31 (times vary):
CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE at Hearst
Castle, 750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon.
The main house and guest houses are
decorated with a 1920s-30s theme for
Grand Rooms and Evening tours. Cost:
$12-36. Contact: (800) 444-4445 or
hearstcastle.org.
SUN NOV 30 11:30 am-12:30 pm: SANTA’S
DOGGIE PARADE at Front Street
Promenade, 380 Front St, Avila Beach.
Enjoy this annual event with over 100
dogs. Fun for all ages! Pre-registration
required. Cost: free. Contact: 627-1997 or
avilawinterholiday.com.
SUN NOV 30 at 3:00 pm: 10TH ANNUAL
HOLIDAY CONCERT at Trinity Lutheran
Church, 940 Creston Rd, Paso Robles.
Enjoy “The Messiah” by Händel,
traditional music of the season, and singalong carols by The New World Baroque
Orchestra Soloists, Community Choir,
and guest soloists. Cost: $20-35. Contact:
238-3575.
SUN NOV 30 3:30-8:00 pm: CHRISTMAS
CONCERT, PARADE & MOVIE at Grace
Bible Church, Traffic Way & Branch Sts,
Arroyo Grande. 3:30 pm: Celebrate
with a 50 voice Christmas music choir.
5:00 pm: parade followed by tree
lighting and Harvest Church Nativity.
6:30 pm: showing of “It’s A Wonderful
Life.” Cost: free. Contact: 474-4068 or
agchristmasparade.com.
MON DEC 1-TUE DEC 23 (times vary):
HOLIDAY IN THE PINES throughout
Cambria. Don’t miss this family
celebration that lights up the town and
features fun events like live music, gifts,
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and galleries. Cost: free. Contact: 9273624 or cambriaholidays.com.

open for tours. Cost: free admission,
donations accepted. Contact: 927-2891.

MON DEC 1-THU DEC 25 (times vary):
MIRACLE ON MONTEREY STREET at
Apple Farm, 2015 Monterey St, San
Luis Obispo. Throughout the month,
enjoy holiday activities including special
brunches, movie nights, and fun for the
whole family. Every SAT 9:30 am-12:30
pm: Santa on site. Cost: varies. Contact:
544-2040 applefarm.com.

THU DEC 4, DEC 11 & DEC 18 6:00-9:00
pm: HOLIDAY CAKE SALE at SLO Farmers
Market, HIguera St, San Luis Obispo.
Support the monks of the Monastery
of the Risen Christ in SLO and New
Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur by buying
their famous gourmet holiday fruitcakes,
date-nut cakes, and “Holy Granola.” All
proceeds go directly to their operations.
Cost: $12.50-43. Contact: 544-1810 or
monasteryrisenchrist.com.

WED DEC 3 at 7:30 pm: AUDRA
McDONALD at Harmon Hall, PAC, 1
Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Audra is
unparalleled in breadth and versatility
as a singer and actress with a record six
Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and
a long list of other accolades. Cost: $3686. Contact: 756-4849 or pacslo.org.

FRI DEC 5 3:00-7:00 pm: HOLIDAY
EXTRAVAGANZA at Paso Robles Public
Library, 1000 Spring St, Paso Robles.
Don’t miss this fundraiser for the library
with gift sales, refreshments, and photos
with Santa. Cost: free. Contact: 227-4232.

THU DEC 4 11:00 am-1:30 pm: CASA’S
VOICES
FOR
CHILDREN
Holiday
Luncheon at Madonna Inn, 100 Madonna
Rd, San Luis Obispo. Celebrate the
season and give a child a voice. Share
the holiday spirit and enjoy delectable
dining, enchanting entertainment, and
a “Jewelry with a Past” Sale. Cost: $60.
Contact: 541-6542 or slocasa.org.

FRI DEC 5 5:00-8:00 pm & SAT DEC 6
9:00 am-4:00 pm: HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE
at 9895 Santa Clara Rd, Atascadero. Six
crafters join together to offer quality
gift items: jewelry, photographs,
original art, hand sewn items, purses
and yummy home baked goods. Cost:
free. Discounted items Friday evening.
Contact: 466-3775.

THU DEC 4 at 6:00-8:00 pm: CHRISTMAS
TREE LIGHTING at 2251 Center St,
Cambria. Santa will light the 1905 Port
Orford Cedar and stay for photos. Treats
will be served and the museum will be

FRI DEC 5 5:30-8:00 pm: HOLIDAY
HARMONY & LIGHT UP at Pismo Beach
Pier, Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach. Kids
will have fun with fresh snow, a bounce
house, pictures with Santa, crafts, and

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Morro Bay High School &
Los Osos Middle School
Bands & Choirs
present a variety of seasonal music
at their annual

winter concerts
Christopher Cohan Center

Performing Arts Center
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Choirs:
TUE, December 16 at 7:00 pm
Bands:
WED, December 17
at 7:00 pm

cookie decorating. 5:30 pm: join Santa
and carolers before he makes his way to
the tree lighting ceremony. Cost: free.
Contact: 773-7063 or pismochamber.
com.
FRI DEC 5 6:00-8:30 pm: HOLIDAY
LIGHTING CEREMONY at Sunken
Gardens, 6505 El Camino Real,
Atascadero. Enjoy a great celebration,
face-painting, hot chocolate, pictures
with Santa, and a ribbon cutting
ceremony for the City Hall fountain.
Don’t miss this fun evening for the whole
family! Cost: free. Contact: 461-5000 or
atascaderochamber.org.
FRI DEC at 5 7:00 pm: HOLIDAY PARADE
starts at the corner of Palm & Chorro
Sts, San Luis Obispo. The 39th annual
parade includes nearly 100 bright floats,
music, marching bands, animal groups,
and classic carolers. Families come early
and set up blankets and chairs for prime
viewing spots. Cost: free. Contact: 5410286.
FRI DEC 5-SUN DEC 21 (times vary): A
CHRISTMAS STORY at SLO Little Theatre,
888 Morro St, San Luis Obispo. Celebrate
the holiday with Jean Shepherd’s
memoir of growing up in the midwest in
the 1940s following 9-year-old Ralphie
Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red
Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Cost: $1529. Contact: 786-2440 or slolittletheatre.
org.

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SAT DEC 6 at 10:00 am: SOUTH COUNTY
HOLIDAY PARADE begins at 16th St in
Grover Beach, travels west down Grand
Ave to 9th St, and finishes at Ramona
Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Ave.
This is the only daytime parade in South
San Luis Obispo County! Cost: free.
Contact: 473-4580 or grover.org.
SAT DEC 6 10:00 am-4:00 pm: SANTA’S
WORKSHOP FINE ART & CRAFT FAIRE at
Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Ave,
Grover Beach. Bring the family to shop at
this annual handmade / homemade only
craft faire. Held immediately following
the 48th Annual South County Holiday
Parade. Cost: free. Contact: 473-4580 or
grover.org.
SAT DEC 6 10:00 am-7:30 pm: FESTIVAL
OF TREES at Vet’s Hall, 1000 Main St,
Cambria. This annual event includes
public bidding on decorated trees,
followed by a reception, and a bed and
breakfast tour. Cost: $25-45. Contact:
927-3624 or www.cambriachamber.org.
SAT DEC 6 11:00 am-3:00 pm:
GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP at
SLO Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek

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9444 or clarkcenter.org.

SAT DEC 6 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ARTS &
CRAFTS FAIR at SLO MakerSpace, 3988
Short St, Suite 100, San Luis Obispo.
Come see the space (wood workshop,
pottery studio, 3D Printers, Laser Cutter,
CNC and more), chat with local makers,
take part in crafts, and be inspired! Ask
about our new lower membership price
of $45/month! Bring the whole family,
get crafty, and find unique gifts just in
time for the holidays. Cost; free. Contact:
brittany@slomakerspace.com.

SUN DEC 7 at 3:00 pm: BELLS FOR
CHRISTMAS at Cuesta College CPAC, Hwy
1, San Luis Obispo. Get into the holiday
spirit with wind band arrangements of
familiar tunes and traditional audience
sing-a-longs. Cost: $10-20. Contact: 5463198 or cpactickets.cuesta.edu.

SAT DEC 6 12:00-4:00 pm: ANNUAL OPEN
HOUSE at Woods Humane Society,
875 Oklahoma Ave, San Luis Obispo.
Attendees can bring pets to pose for a
picture with Santa Claus, enjoy real snow,
feline art, shelter tours, and kids holiday
activities. Cost: wish-list donation.
Contact: 543-9316 or woodshumane.org.

SAT DEC 6 at 8:00 am: REINDEER RUN 5K
RUN/WALK at Mitchell Park, 1400 Osos
St, San Luis Obispo. Registration opens
at 7:00 am, the run starts at 8:00 am.
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Contact:
781-7067.

Rd, San Luis Obispo. Celebrate the season
with family bonding and gingerbread
fun! Budding architects and sweetlovers will have a great time building and
decorating. All materials provided. 2-4
people can work on a house! Cost: $4050. Pre-registry required. Contact: slobg.
org/gingerbread.

SAT DEC 6 4:00-7:00 pm: WREATH
MAKING PARTY at Jack Creek Farms,
5000 Hwy 46, West Templeton. Enjoy
a farm to house wreath making party.
Gourmet s’mores, holiday music, and all
the supplies for a fresh wreath. Proceeds
go to benefiting the San Luis Obispo
Special Olympics.. Cost: free family
admission for $30 wreath purchase.
Contact: 544-6444 or sosc.org/sloc.
SAT DEC 6 6:00-8:00 pm: LIGHTED BOAT
PARADE in Morro Bay Harbor. Decorated
boats of all sizes will cruise the harbor.
Christmas music will be performed by
the White Caps at the North T-pier. Cost:
free. Contact: 225-1633 or morrobay.org.
SAT DEC 6 at 7:00 pm: CHRISTMAS LIGHT
PARADE in Downtown Paso Robles, 12th
& Spring Sts, Paso Robles. 53rd annual
parade theme: Celebrating 125 years in
Downtown. Cost: free. Contact: 238-4103
pasoroblesdowntown.org.

SUN DEC 7 11:00 am-4:00 pm: FAIR
TRADE HOLIDAY GIFT EXTRAVAGANZA
at Congregation Beth David, 10180 Los
Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy
a Holiday Food Fest and Gift Fair. Cost:
free. Contact: 215-3178

SUN DEC 7 4:00-8:00 pm: ELEGANT
CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE in Arroyo
Grande Village. Featuring live music,
luminaries that line the street, and store
owners dressed for the season. Cost:
free. Contact: 473-2250.
SUN DEC 7 at 5:00 pm: CAYUCOS TREE
LIGHTING at Ocean & D St, Cayucos.
Cost: free. Contact: 995-1200.
WED DEC 10 10:00 am-1:00 pm:
SUCCULENT WREATH WORKSHOP at
SLO Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek
Rd, San Luis Obispo. Create your own
living wreath in time for the holidays!
With care, your wreath will last for years.
Hang it or use it as a centerpiece. All
materials provided. Cost: $45-55. Preregistry required. Contact: slobg.org/
wreath.
FRI DEC 12 4:00-6:30 pm & SAT DEC 13
9:00 am-1:00 pm: HOLIDAY BAZAAR
at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5318
Palma Ave, Atascadero. Find gifts for all
ages, as well as home decorations, and
baked goods, jams and jellies. Cost: free.
Contact: 466-0379.
FRI DEC 12 5:00-9:00 pm: WINTER
WONDERLAND at Sunken Gardens 6505,
El Camino Real, Atascadero. Enjoy fresh
snow slides, live music, dozens of food
and craft vendors, Christmas characters,
bounce houses, and pony rides! Cost:
free. Contact: 305-3300.

SAT DEC 6 at 8:00 pm: A CHRISTMAS
CELEBRATION at Harmon Hall, PAC,
1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. The
University Singers, PolyPhonics, the
Early Music Ensemble, and the Cal Poly
Brass Ensemble present their annual
performance of music for the holidays,
including works by Antonio Vivaldi. Cost:
$9-18. Contact: 756-4849 or pacslo.org.

FRI DEC 12 at 7:00 pm: WINTERDANCE:
CELTIC CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION at St
Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2220 Snowy
Egret Ln, Los Osos. This 9th annual show
by Molly’s Revenge includes Christmas
songs with a Celtic twist, and selections
from the band’s new holiday album.
This concert captures the spirit of the
season and warm the hearts of all. Cost:
$20-24. Contact: 215-0306 or www.
mollysrevenge.com.

SAT DEC 6 & SUN DEC 7 (times vary):
BABES IN TOYLAND at Clark Center,
487 Fair Oaks, Arroyo Grande. Coastal
Chamber Youth Ballet’s presents a
magical holiday ballet sure to delight the
entire family. Come enjoy this wonderful
Central Coast holiday tradition, now in
its seventh year. Cost: $18. Contact: 489-

FRI DEC 12-SUN DEC 21 (times vary):
THE SANTALAND DIARIES at SLO Little
Theatre, 888 Morro St, San Luis Obispo.
Kevin Harris stars in this one-man holiday
show, adapted by Joe Mantello from
David Sedaris’ story “The SantaLand
Diaries.” Cost: $20. Contact: 786-2440 or
slolittletheatre.org.

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SAT DEC 13 10:00 am-4:00 pm: HOLIDAY
OPEN HOUSE at SLO Railroad Museum,
1940 Santa Barbara St, San Luis
Obispo. Enjoy the fun kid’s area, festive
decorations, treats, train models,
exhibits, gift shop, and 1926 Pullman car,
or just wave at passing trains! Cost: $0-3.
Contact: 548-1894 or slorrm.com.
SAT DEC 13 10:00 am-7:00 pm: NEEDS ‘N
WISHES Fundraiser at So Bay Community
Center, 2180 Palisades Dr, Los Osos. A
day of Holiday fun for everyone! Cost:
free. Contact: 528-5800.
SAT DEC 13 at 10:30 am: TEDDY BEAR TEA
PARTY at SLO Library, 995 Palm St, San
Luis Obispo. Bring your favorite stuffed
animal and enjoy treats, crafts, and a
visit from the Snow Queen herself. Preregistration required. Ages 2-10. Cost:
free. Contact: 781-5775 or slolibrary.org/
eventcal.htm.
SAT DEC 13 1:00-3:00 pm: ANCIENT TREES:
BRISTLECONE PINES at SLO Botanical
Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis
Obispo. These little trees are found in
a very few places on earth, and some
were growing when the Great Pyramid
of Egypt was built! Find out where they
are, how to get there, and where to
stay. Cost: $5-10. Pre-registry required.
2:00 pm: free docent-led garden tour.
Contact: slobg.org/tree.
SAT DEC 13 6:00-9:00 pm: VICTORIAN
CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE on Vine St, Paso
Robles. Stroll back in time and enjoy
holiday caroling, entertainers, singers,
snow, Scrooge, The Grinch, and decorated
vintage homes. Cost: free. Contact: 2384103 or pasoroblesdowntown.org.
SAT DEC 13 & SUN DEC 14 (times vary):
THE NUTCRACKER at Cohan Center, PAC,
1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. The Civic
Ballet of SLO presents this classic holiday
story to delight the whole family. Cost:
$18-54. Contact: 756-4849 or pacslo.org.
DEC 14 11:00 am-3:00 pm: LIONS
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM at
Vet’s Hall, 1000 Main St, Cambria. This
Holiday celebration features fun with
Santa, games, clowns, stockings, and
more! Cost: free. Contact: 927-9903 or
visitcambriaca.com.
MON DEC 15 at 7:30 pm: AN IRISH
CHRISTMAS at Cohan Center, PAC, 1
Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Bring the
whole family for joy, hope, laughter,

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friendship, and celebration of life
through storytelling, music, seasonal
song, and dance in a night that sparkles
with life and a bit of “Celtic magic!” Cost:
$24-44. Contact: 756-4849 or pacslo.org.
TUE DEC 16 at 5:00 pm: HANNUKAH
DOWNTOWN in Mission Plaza, 989
Chorro St, San Luis Obispo. Bring the
family for candle lighting, followed by
a party including a Schmooze Zone and
Kid’s Zone, songs, games and treats.
Candlelighting continues 8 nights until
DEC 23. All events begin at 5:00 pm,
except SAT at 6:45 pm. Cost: free.
Contact: jccslo.com.
TUE DEC 16 at 7:00 pm: WINTER
CONCERT at Cohan Center, PAC, 1 Grand
Ave, San Luis Obispo. MBHS and LOMS
Choirs perform seasonal favorites.
Contact: 756-4849 or pacslo.org.
WED DEC 17 at 3:00 pm: CRAFT TABLE at
Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. Let it
snow! School age children are welcome
to craft snowflakes with materials
provided by the library. Cost: free.
Contact: 528-1862.
WED DEC 17 at 7:00 pm: WINTER
CONCERT at Cohan Center, PAC, 1 Grand
Ave, San Luis Obispo. MBHS and LOMS
Bands perform seasonal favorites.
Contact: 756-4849 or pacslo.org.
FRI DEC 19-SUN JAN 4 (times vary):
WINTER WONDER SLO at Madonna
Expo Center, 100 Madonna Rd, San Luis
Obispo. Seasonal ice-skating rink. Cost:
$9-100 includes skate rental. Contact:
996-0652 or winterwonderslo.com.
SAT DEC 20 11:00 am-2:00 pm: HOLIDAY
MAGIC at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9305
Pismo Ave, Atascadero. Santa will deliver
presents to all the animals. Also includes
holiday crafts for kids, and lots of hot
chocolate. Cost: $5-7. Contact: 461-5080.
SAT DEC 20 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY MOVIE at
Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. Enjoy a
Christmas classic film rated G. Popcorn
provided. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.
SAT DEC 20 2:00-4:00 pm: VICTORIAN
TEDDY BEAR TEA at Paso Robles Park
Ballroom, 1232 Park St, Paso Robles.
This 34th annual event includes Santa
and Mrs. Claus, Elves, Snow Queen
and King, entertainment, treats, and a
commemorative tea cup and saucer.
Cost: $7-15. Contact: 238-4103 or
pasoroblesdowntown.org.

A one-of-a-kind r esour ce
in San Luis Obispo County for those living with cancer and their families
Wellness and support services provide a bridge between standard
medical care and a full range of healing therapies
Our integrative approach offers a foundation for care that includes
programs designed to strengthen the body, educate the mind,
and alleviate the stress that often comes with a cancer diagnosis

1941 Johnson Ave
Ste 201A, San Luis Obispo
SUN DEC 21 at 4:00 pm: SING-ALONG
CONCERT at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks
Ave, Arroyo Grande. This 7th annual
concert features Christmas songs
performed by regional music and dance
groups. Audience members join family
and friends to sing favorite tunes, visit
Santa Claus, and enjoy free treats! Cost:
$6-12. Contact: 489-9444 or clarkcenter.
org.
SUN DEC 21 4:00-8:00 pm: CHRISTMAS
SNOWBLAST at Solid Rock Christian
Fellowship,
925
Bennett
Way,
Templeton. 40 Tons of snow, three 100foot sled runs, a Dickens village, free
chili, 3 bounce houses, a Polar Express
ride, Christmas carolers, a hay ride, living
Nativity scene, and prizes ($200 grand
prize!). Cost: free. Contact: 434-2616 or
srcf.info.
DEC 27 at 10:30 am: STROUD PUPPET
SHOW at SLO Library, 995 Palm St, San
Luis Obispo. Stroud Puppet Theatre
Ocean Fantasy intertwines music,
theater, and art to create a beautiful
display of creatures performing music
and stories with an ocean theme. For
ages 2 and up. Cost: free. Contact: 7815775 or slolibrary.org/eventcal.htm.
DEC 31 5:00 pm-Midnight: NEW YEAR’S
EVE CELEBRATION at Madonna Inn, 100
Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy
dancing, live music, a prix fixe menu,
champagne, party favors, and a midnight
balloon drop. Cost: $75-125. Children 2
and under free. Contact: 543-3000 or
madonnainn.com.

Recurring Events
& Resources
San Luis Obispo Special Education Local
Plan Area (SELPA) and Community
Advisory Committee (CAC) offer
parent orientation to special education
programs in SLO County. Contact: 7827301 or www.sloselpa.org/pro_dev.htm.

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( 805 ) 542-6234

Twin Cities Community Hospital
Volunteers, a non-profit org 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 Stubblefield St,
Orcutt. Contact: 937-3025.
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT
11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station
Interactive Science Center welcomes
families at 867 Ramona Ave, Grover
Beach. Cost: $2-3. 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 home
managment, traveling, and using 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.

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Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:005:30 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 Co) offers: Weekly Drop-In
Support Groups 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.

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Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A
PET at Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso
Robles. Cats are available for adoption
through NCHS. Dogs are available
through Short n’ Sweet Dog Rescue.
Contact: 466-5403.
Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:00-5:00
pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending LibraryJack’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 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 official
advisory group to the SLO County
Board of Supervisors identifies issues of
concern to women that are not currently
the focus of other advocacy or advisory
organizations. Contact: 788-3406.
Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Growing
With Baby, an infant feeding office 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)

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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 offers
free counseling, community education
and volunteer support to those grieving
a death or dealing with potential end-oflife issues. Offices 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 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.

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@centralcoast
astronomy.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 for 10 wks. Contact:
549-1222 or http://parentparticipation.
org.

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Speak Up!
Keep a Child Safe
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San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers
health screening, legal services, meals,
exercise, bridge, and bingo at 1445 Santa
Rosa St. Contact: 781-7306.

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Local Resources

Alternative Education
on the
Central Coast

Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality
choices for their children’s education. Following are some options for
those seeking secular alternative education. For more information on
independent and religious schools, go to: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/
sd or http://private-schools.findthebest.com/directory/a/California.
Parent Participation. Core classes to
enhance parenting skills, meet other
families, and allow children time to
play with others of the same age.
Enrichment classes are offered, such
as Spanish, Cooking and Gardening,
and a Cooperative Preschool at CL
Smith. Register through San Luis
Coastal Adult School. Contact: 5491222, ppp.slcusd.org/Home.html.
Charter Schools

Summit Academy charter school
serves K-12 grades, and provides
personalized home-based learning
that fosters investigation, skill
development and creativity, and
lifelong curiosity. Contact: (818) 4509810 or www.summitacademyca.org.
Nature Based Schools
SLOWanders. Offering nature-based
education in SLO County. Programs
include wilderness living skills,
naturalist studies, wildlife tracking,
awareness skills, and rites-of-passage
customized for after-school, homeschool, and personal one-on-one
mentoring. Weekend workshops
for adults. Contact: 215-0595, www.
slowanders.com.

CAVA – California Virtual Academies.
and K¹² give kids the chance to learn
at the pace and in ways that are right
for them. Online schooling aligned
with California state standards.
Teacher support as needed,
meetings and work samples required
quarterly. Contact: (866) 339-6790,
Outside Now. Summer, after-school,
www.caliva.org or www.k12.com.
and private nature-based education
Family Partnership. A tuition-free in SLO County. Contact: 541-9900,
K-12 independent study public school www.outsidenow.org.
serving Santa Barbara, San Luis
Obispo and Ventura counties. Home Coyote Road Regional School.
study charter schools in San Luis Natural Science and Outdoor
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Solvang, Education. Contact: 466-4550, www.
Santa Maria, and Cambria. Meet coyoteroadschool.com.
with teachers weekly and turn in
Independent Schools
work samples. Contact: 686-5339,
www.familypartnershipschool.com
Central Coast International School.
Olive Grove. Independent study Inquiry-based, small class, International
home school with sites in San Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school
Luis Obispo (165 Grand Ave), serving Grades 1-8 in SLO. One tablet
Santa Maria, Lompoc, Los Olivos, computer per child. Spanish and
and Santa Barbara. Meet with Mandarin taught four times weekly.
teacher weekly and turn in work Strong math, sciences music and
samples. Enrichment classes also arts. Caring community that nurtures
offered. Contact: 543-2701, www. learners. Contact: 858-8054, www.
ccisslo.com.
sbceoportal.org/losolivos.
Orcutt Academy Independent Study.
Affiliated with Orcutt Academy
Charter School at 500 Dyer St, this
free program offers home study and
blended classroom/home study for
grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or
www.orcuttacademycharter.net.

Central Coast Family

The Laureate School. Project-based,
differentiated learning to develop
critical thinking, in arts, technology,
foreign language, and character
development programs. In San Luis
Obispo. Contact: 544-2141, www.
laureateschool.org.

December 2014

Clarity Steiner School.
Waldorf college as well as secondary classes.
education for first and second Contact: 937-2051 X2761 or X2762.
graders. Class meets four days per
week in Nipomo. Contact: 929-6878. Templeton Independent Study
High School. WASC accredited.
Santa Lucia School. Independent Weekly meeting with teacher.
school on 5 acres in Templeton. Opportunity for early graduation
Peace education for over 25 years. and concurrent Cuesta College
Integrated curriculum founded on enrollment. Sites in Templeton and
life experiences, in-depth study, SLO at Los Ranchos Elementary
and active immersion in the arts for School. Contact 434-5833. http://
grades 1-8. Attendance Mon-Thu with tae.tusd.ca.schoolloop.com/tishs.
homeschool Fridays.
Carpooling
encouraged.
Contact: 434.2217, Trivium Charter Schools in Lompoc,
Santa Maria, and Arroyo Grande
www.santaluciaschool.org.
offer a hybrid program of classical
SLO Classical Academy. Private project-based classes 2 days per
school. Part time or full time classical week and homeschool 3 days per
education in SLO. Part time options week. Contact: 489-7474 or www.
are Tuesday/ Thursday or Monday/ triviumcharter.org.
Wednesday with a Friday enrichment
day.
Contact: 548-8700, www. West Mall Alternative School.
Independent Study Home School
sloclassicalacademy.com.
in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238,
Sage Creek Sudbury. Modeled after www.edline.net/pages/West_Mall_
Sudbury Valley School. Opening in Alternative.
the Fall of 2010. Contact: 489-3820,
Paso Robles Joint Unified School
www.sagecreeksudbury.org.
District
Home
School
and
Children’s
House
Montessori Independent Study Program serves
School in Atascadero strives to help kindergarten through 8th grade.
each child reach his/her greatest Students and parents work onepotential, by embracing learning on-one with credentialed teachers,
and appreciating and respecting the receive lesson plans, textbooks, and
world. Contact: 466-5068, www. teachers’ editions for every subject.
Academic classes, enrichment
childrenshouse.cc.
activities, and field trips are also
Montessori Children’s School in San offered. Contact: 769-1675.
Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion
for excellence, to nurture curiosity, Homeschool Organizations
creativity and imagination, and to
awaken the human spirit of every California Homeschool Network is
child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691, a statewide grassroots organization
dedicated to protecting the right of
http://montessoriofslo.com.
parents to educate their children.
Central Coast Montessori School in Their website provides information
Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized about current state and federal
academic environment to promote legislation affecting homeschooling
independence and optimum scholastic families, and how to get started.
achievement. Contact: 772-9317, Contact: 800 327-5339, http://
californiahomeschool.net.
www.centralcoastmontessori.com.
Heritage Montessori Preschool
in San Luis Obispo provides an
enriching and loving environment in
a beautiful country setting. Waldorf
and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5
years. Contact: 235-5589.
Public Schools
Cambria Montessori Learning Center.
Tuition-free public school in Morro
Bay for grades K-6th through the
Family Partnership Charter School.
Contact: 927-2337 or 541-2412.
Application forms are available at
familypartnershipschool.com.

Homeschoolers of the Central
Coast. An inclusive Yahoo! group
for homeschoolers meeting on a
regular basis for interaction and
scheduled field trips: http://groups.
yahoo.com/group/Homeschoolers_
of_the_Central_Coast.
Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
A Yahoo! group offering free
homeschool enrichment and support
in the Santa Maria Valley: http://
groups.yahoo.com/group/santa_
maria_inclusive_learners.

Templeton Unified School District
K-8 Home Schooling program:
Santa Maria Joint Union Home School. 434-5840 or http://tae.tusd.ca.
Accredited high school program at schoolloop.com.
Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive
student-parent-teacher partnership
providing educational resources, a Note: This feature is published as space
mentor teacher, and eligibilty for allows and is a work in progress. Please
sports, clubs, and activities. Students submit updates, corrections, or additional
may qualify to enroll in community resources to: ccfamilyed@gmail.com.

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