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Meet Our Marketing Team! Volume XXI, Number 7


Holidays - December 2006

from all of us at the Women’s Press

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CodePink Charity New or gently used sleeping bags is what every-


one at the homeless shelter wants. If you would
like to donate, you could do one of the follow-
Action for 2006: ing: drop off at Prado Day Center, attn: Dee
Torres or send a check to SLOCodePink at P.O. BOOKS! The perfect
Sleeping Bag Drive. Box 72, Arroyo Grande, Ca. 93421 and make a
note “sleeping bags for Prado.” We will take care
gift for everyone!
of the rest. Prado has a Christmas Eve Day party We carry all kinds, for all ages
and this is the big win - a sleeping bag. and books make great stocking stuffers, too!

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with no strings attached? If you have received hearted people are the only ones who do it.
such a gift, then you understand the meaning Our Feelings. We can be with others and
of “big hearted” and can be truly grateful for the seem to be interested in them, while in reality,
experience. Big-hearted people give up some- we are concerned with only our emotions. In
thing of themselves to make room for other peo- order to become “fully alive” for others, we must
ple in their lives. They are willing to face down yield our own feelings for ourselves. This is one
their own selfishness and put their own concerns of the most demanding and valuable ways of giv-
second to others. ing ourselves away.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “If you want Our Spirit. The word “magnanimous” comes
a good time, give something away?” To give of from the Latin word meaning great-spirited.
yourself is one of the most valuable gifts. How We can give this gift without taking anything
does this translate into action and operate on a away from us. We give it and don’t even know it.
practical level? Here are some ways in which lov- It means that the availability of our inner selves
ing people can give of themselves to others: to others can be passed on and shared.
Our Understanding. This is a rare There is an abundance of big-hearted people.
gift because it takes us beyond pay- They keep the world going even when the evi-
ing attention. Through it we make an effort to dence of selfishness is piled high. As we approach
enter the world of another person and compre- the holiday season, those near and dear to us will
hend it with appreciation and compassion. be bestowed with gifts to show our love. What if
Our Concern. There is a big difference in some of the “gifts” listed above were included? I
claiming to be interested in others and then wouldn’t mind adding some of them to my wish
proving it in a practical manner. When we give list. What about you? Happy holidays!
our attention to others, we make ourselves “pres-
ent” to them in an unmistakable way. Margaret Hennessy is a community volunteer
Our Time. Time for ourselves is hard to and can be reached at mtnhen@yahoo.com
come by. When we give it away to others there

The Heart of Christmas


By Laura Hyde

she had been serving food to the homeless all her


Blessed is the season which life. It may not be her favorite Christmas mem-
engages the whole world in a ory, but it planted a seed that fostered a very
compassionate and giving young woman.
conspiracy of love. The holidays are a wonderful time to renew
— Hamilton Wright Mabi our emphasis on community rejuvenation.
Everywhere we turn, we are presented with
opportunities to turn our attention to the home-
less, the incarcerated, the less fortunate, and
The holidays--with all of the fanfare, feasts give them a Christmas every day of their lives.
and festivals--is a time, they say, for sharing and
celebration. Yet for many, it’s a time when much
of the love and joy is hidden underneath bulg-
For Christmas is not merely a date, but a state of
mind. A beautiful quote that embodies the truth
of Christmas was once penned by George Mat-
Business
Profiles
ing bundles and the pressure of meeting fam- thew Adams, “Let us remember that the Christ-
ily obligations. A radical shift in our thinking mas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that
is needed so that we might move away from thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus
the love of things, toward the love of people, in stands as the most significant event in all history,

are now
both our close circles and the communities in because it has meant the pouring into a sick world
which we live. As we affirm the love of people, of the healing medicine of love which has trans-
we recapture the spirit of what the holidays are formed all manner of hearts for almost two thou-
truly about: compassionate and consistent ways sand years...Underneath all the bulging bundles is
of caring.
I remember one Christmas, several years ago,
when our daughter, Alexis, was about eleven
this beating Christmas heart.”
Gifts are fine if they are an expression of
authentic celebration, of real care and joy, but if
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years old. A couple of days before Christmas, I there is merely an automatic exchange, it is con-
excitedly announced that we would be celebrat- tradictory to the spirit of Christmas. This holiday
ing Christmas “differently” this year. And by dif- season let us be reminded of the true meaning
ferently, I meant we would be sharing our energy of Christmas -- to leave an indelible mark of
and love at a local soup kitchen, which at that compassion on our community throughout the
time, was in Flint, Michigan. “Alexis was both entire year. Because after all, Christmas is not an
unsure and curious about spending Christmas
this way, but she went and helped out as though
external event at all, but a piece of one’s home
that one carries in one’s heart. Call 544-9313
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Discover the Chef In You Woman-Centered Birth


Throughout history and all over the world,  At Holistic Midwifery Care, we offer ser-
women have given birth under their own power vices that center around the woman.  We have
accompanied only by caring attendants. The a California State Medical Board Licensed Mid-
midwifery model of care looks at birth as a wife, a midwife’s assistant, and three apprentice
woman’s rite of passage into motherhood, an midwives.  We provide certified doula care and
empowering event for both mother and child. certified childbirth education.  We offer sensi-
Education, experience, wisdom, and intuition tive and personalized well-woman care, prenatal,
guide the interaction between midwife and cli- birthing, and postpartum care, assistance with
ent throughout pregnancy, labor, birth, and the breastfeeding: all with enough time during vis-
postpartum period. Physician-attended hospi- its for meaningful discussions.  You have choices
tal birth is a relatively new trend, beginning in in how you want to birth your baby, and Holis-
the last several decades. For those cultures that tic Midwifery Care can help you create the birth
have moved away from the midwifery model, experience you want.
many are now coming back and encouraging  
homebirths and midwifery care as viable and
safe options for women.  Most recently, the Brit-
ish Department of Health has moved to pro-
Meet Cindy Langford, an Executive Director tions. mote home birth and midwifery care in order
with The Pampered Chef. The company tag line HELP WANTED! “I am looking for to “demedicalize” the birth process (http://news.
is “discover the chef in you” and that is what friendly, self starters who are motivated to be bbc.co.uk  May 15, 2006)  Also, in June of 2005,
Cindy has been doing since April 1993. their own boss and design a lifestyle that works the British Medical Journal published a North
As a Pampered Chef consultant, Cindy sells for them! In my role as an Executive Director American study of over 5000 women praising
cooking tools at her cooking shows. The cook- with The Pampered Chef, I most enjoy recruit- the safety of homebirths attended by midwives.  Holistic Midwifery Care
ing show is an opportunity for her clients and ing, coaching, and developing the individual 805-462-1100
guests to learn how to make simple, delicious gifts of each coworker with whom I work.” midwife93465@yahoo.com
and healthy recipes with very little effort.  People For more information regarding hosting
love watching cooking shows and what makes your own cooking show or if you’d like to meet
The Pampered Chef Cooking Show experience with Cindy to find out if The Pampered Chef is
different is that people have the chance to try a good fit for you, call Cindy at (805) 544-1710
the tools before they purchase them.   
Cindy decided to join The Pampered Chef
because she was looking for a part-time job
or e-mail her at chefcindy@charter.net.
Green Goods
that would allow her to stay at home with her Business: Green Goods
two young children but still add to her family Owners: Mikel and Brian Robertson
income. With Pampered Chef, she could decide Retail store located at:
when she wanted to work, earn approximately 6100 B El Camino Real
$20/hour when she did cooking shows, and earn Atascadero, CA 93422
free tools and points towards incentive vaca- Phone: 805-462-9900
Store Hours:
9am to 5pm Monday through Friday,
and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays

Bringing together their experiences in con- spaces. The company sells and installs all types
struction and sustainable design to address the of flooring, countertop materials, paints and
common needs and opportunities available to finishes and tiles. They also feature the highest
more conventional building, Mikel and Brian quality, custom cabinetry and woodswork for its
Roberston, co-owners of Green Goods, were clients.
inspired to open their eco-friendly building sup- Addressing issues of resource deprivation and
ply store in January of 2005. toxic environments, Green Goods specializes in
Mikel’s experiences in conservation con- helping design and build living spaces with the
struction and the co-founding of Four Elements client’s intention and health in mind. They meet
Organic Farm are coupled with Brian’s back- each customer’s unique needs through custom
ground in sustainable communities and renew- consultations aimed at simplifying the “green”
able energy concepts, and an extraordinary talent decision-making process. As a leader in the
in woodworking. This union provides the adept field of green building, they guide their clients
foundation for Green Goods. through the process of creating a more energy
Green Goods is the only eco-friendly build- efficient and resource-conserving living space
ing supply company on the Central Coast pro- with a healthy indoor air environment.
viding consultation, design, and installation
services, using sustainable materials necessary
to help clients build healthy and vibrant living
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Meeting Functional Needs Merry Maids


“Today’s modern lifestyles mean that we have a You can rely on their word - they have a lot to
lot less time than in the past; increasingly we lose if they don’t show up on the day your clean-
are working longer hours, leaving less time to fit ing is scheduled. They do background checks on
in all the other essentials in our lives. More and each employee before hiring and they profes-
more busy people are hiring cleaning services on sionally train all of their employees to clean in
a regular basis. a detailed, thorough manner so that all cleaning
Finding a reliable Housekeeper can be diffi- is consistent.
cult. Be aware that if you hire an Independent “The girls do such a wonderful, consistent
Phyllis L. Borgardt and Louise E. Barcus are housecleaner, you are responsible to cover their job. It’s a relief to know I am coming home to
partners in Mobility Therapy, a durable medi- taxes, and you are liable if anything should hap- a beautifully clean home!” says businesswoman
cal equipment business off Oak Park Blvd. in pen to your home or the person you hire while Jane Hind.
Arroyo Grande. they are in your home. “I really appreciate their detailed work and
Each of them have been occupational ther- For this reason and many others, we are thoroughness...all the girls are so friendly and
apists with different experiences for 25+ years. noticing a trend in people hiring professional accommodating” says Los Osos resident Ruth
Louise worked for C.C.S. for 32 years. She has cleaning services. One such company in our Lusko.
lots of experience in seating and positioning area is ‘Merry Maids of San Luis Obispo.’ Merry Make an appointment at (805) 542-9400 or
of youngsters in wheel chairs. Phyllis’ back- Maids has been in business for 27 years with an check their web site www.merrymaids.com
ground was in rehabilitation and working with outstanding reputation and the honor of being
home health needs. Both had their O.T. train- the USA’s #1 cleaning company. Merry Maids
ing at Washington University but they didn’t covers all taxes, worker’s compensation and lia-
meet there. In 1996, Phyllis was running a bility insurance, as well as cleaning equipment.
home health agency in Fresno and Louise had
retired; both had been widowed. When they met
through a W.U. alumni, they formed their own
support group, became fast friends, and Louise going to sell anyone anything they don’t need.
came to work with Phyllis. In Jan. another O.T. will be joining the staff,
They had been in the business of durable Sharon Ireland Burke, a liaison person for Santa
medical equipment service for 5 years before Barbara Rehab. They also have Victoria, the
opening their own shop in 2005. These partners office assistant, and Ovid who makes deliveries
went into this business because they are inter- and “muscles around” the heavier equipment.
ested in people getting their functional needs
met. They tried to keep it small but it has just 191 S.Oak Park Blvd #5
grown. (behind China Buffet and across from Von’s)
They offer their services from Paso Robles 9-5 M-F and 10-3 Sat.
to Solvang. This is the only business of this type 805 489-9335 or toll free 888-215-4326
When the Merry Maids cleaning bug is coming, you can “relax, it’s done”
in the area run by O.T.s. They make free home www.mobilitytherapy.com
evaluations to see what is appropriate; they’re not

Challenges of Aging

Bates Care Management is one of the lead-


ing elder care services that assist seniors in San
Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. The owner, Mer-
edith Bates has more than 20 years of experience
in geriatric care and medical and disability case
management. She also has extensive experience
in providing social services needs assessments
and private vocational rehabilitation counseling.
Meredith Bates, owner of Bates Care Management Cheryl B. Kippen, MS, CMC, certified manager
of care, has 6 years experience working exclu-
Elder care is the term used to describe the issues sively with geriatric clients and is a University
and care concerns for the frail elderly who of Cal Poly graduate, who worked as a therapist
make up 5% of the over-65 population. For the and social worker for 12 years before entering
approximately 45 million frail seniors currently senior care.
in the U.S., navigating the complex and often Bates Care Management understands that
convoluted and disconnected maze of commu- each situation is unique and provides individ-
nity-based services can be a daunting challenge. ualized care plans. A broad range of services
It can be difficult to determine what kinds includes: In-Home Assessment, Care Planning,
of help or services could prove most useful to a Consultation, Ongoing Monitoring, Liaison
particular situation such as home care vs. senior to families living at a distance and Relocation
center-based socialization vs. placement in an Assistance.
assisted living facility. It can be reassuring to For more information, visit their user-
know that there exists a set of well-trained well- friendly web site at www.BatesCare.com or call
versed professionals in the aging service commu- (805) 771-9124.
nity who can help consumers through the care
option process.
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New collaborative ownership opens ART Works, In Rhythm With Winter


Gallery & Eco-Design Center of SLO By Margaret Hennessy
December 21st is the winter solstice, the short- foods are cooked longer and at lower tempera-
By Evelyn Adams tures than foods during other seasons. Fruits
est day of the year. During the winter, as the
This month a new artisan collaborative is launch- website, MADEinSanLuisObispo.com (to days get shorter and our exposure to strong light are less seasonal and therefore are a smaller part
ing a gallery of contemporary art, with fine launch sometime in December) , and at other gets less, our internal “body clock” can get out of the winter diet. In contrast, root vegetables
eco-craft goods made in SLO, to benefit local retail outlets. of rhythm. Some scientists believe the winter’s such as yams, turnips, onions, garlic, and pota-
children and women’s nonprofits. The collaborative plans to host a HOLIDAY lower levels of strong light -- sunlight -- may toes make up a bigger portion of a winter diet.
Brave New Wares Development Group KIDS ARTS KAMP from December 18 -January cause the body to produce an increased amount By winter, most plants have shed their seeds or
(BNWDG), in collaboration with CARRIED 5 for children ages 8 years old and above, from of melatonin, a mood-controlling hormone the stored their life forces in their roots. Root veg-
AWAY ART, has opened an expansive artisan 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.—Monday through Friday. brain produces during periods of darkness. etables are a good choice. Cooked whole grains
gallery, with an additional 2,000 square foot The eco-crafts-based fun will include puppetry,  Winter energy affects each person differ- such as millet, barley, brown rice, wheat, oats,
OPEN Studio PLAYshoppe at 1200 East Grand mosaic, fashion design, and mixed-media art ently. Symptoms may include irritability, anxi- and buckwheat are good body heaters. Cooked
Avenue in Arroyo Grande. The new artisan col- classes, using recycled products. ety, weight gain, sleep problems, lack of energy, with legumes such as black beans, lentils, and
laborative, formerly ARTaCulture Center, is The artisan collaborative also offers area non- depression, daytime drowsiness, a need for more kidney beans, these make a warming and nutri-
now ART Works, Gallery & Eco-Design Cen- profits opportunities to consign their donors’ sleep than during the summer months, increased tious meal. Onion soup made with fresh garlic,
ter of SLO. Its two principals are Evelyn (Eve) fine rummage for renewal in Brave New Wares PMS in some women, and a craving for carbo- parsley, kelp seaweed, and red peppers makes a
Adams, BNWDG, and Shawn Collins, CAR- FOUND Treasure PLAYshoppe, which is also hydrates. terrific winter dish, especially served with some
RIED AWAY ART. open to the public. Children and women’s ser- Winter is a time of moving deep inward. warm French bread.
BNWDG develops eco-designs with high vice organizations will receive from 15-35% of It is a time of conservation, rest, storage and This winter take the time to cuddle up in a
recycle and natural content products. These resale proceeds, dependent on their nonprofit’s quiet replenishment. When winter comes upon warm and cozy place. Spend time meditating
“goods that do good” are licensed for produc- participation levels. us there is a darkening of skies and a blanket- and listening to yourself. Dream, reflect, and
tion only to nonprofit work-to-learn centers and ART Works, Gallery and Eco-Design Cen- ing of growth. The cold drives us to huddle in store up energy and vitality. Sip strengthening
by their BNWDG-sponsored, All Women’s Cre- ter seeks area artisans, nonprofit marketing part- our “den” and seek warmth from within. Win- herbal tonics. Foods such as black tea spiced
ative Cooperatives (AWCC). The new 5-Cities ners, and production partners to participate in ter is the time of rest. You may find that you with powdered star anise, cardamom, and clove
AWCC craft cooperative will provide creative the development of our community enterprise, need more sleep and require more “down time.” improve energy. Cinnamon teas are also good.
work options for all women, including women as we make Brave New Wares--- for brave new In winter, you may need an earlier bedtime and Ginger tea helps digestion and is also warming.
at risk. Brave New Wares’ innovative functional options. a later awakening time. Because of this pull For every season there is a reason. It is the
art products, designed by area artisans; will be For more information call Evelyn Adams at toward rest, you may also be drawn to medi- earth’s cycle and we are all a part of it. The nat-
taught, made, and marketed in San Luis Obispo 805-815-8700. ate, pray, dream, or contemplate more deeply to ural rhythm of life. Enjoy the quiet and natural
this winter at the ART Works Gallery, on their restore your spiritual energy. introspection that is part of this winter season.
Because winter temperatures are some-
what colder, your diet will need to produce Margaret Hennessy is an astrologer and com-
more warmth and heat. Warm hearty soups, cas- munity volunteer. She can be reached at mtnhen@
seroles, and stews (all water-rich foods) will take yahoo.com
center stage during the winter months. Winter

SHOW UP! for HOLLY NEAR Holiday stress reduction


35 Years of Social Change Music food plan
By Cindy Maynard, MS, RD
Mark your calendars now, and SHOW UP! Reprinted from Strive Magazine, November/December 2000
for HOLLY NEAR. Let’s gather together
once again to welcome Holly Near to the
Clark Center stage on March 9, 2007, at It’s hard to eat smart when you’re under stress,
8 PM. Tickets are available now at the Clark such as during the holiday season, but that’s the
Center box office, www.clarkcenter.org or
through the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,
time your body and brain need it the most.
544-1669. $25 General Admission/$22 Seniors/
Students.
Holly’s last concert at the Clark Center was
in Spring, 2003. The war in Iraq had just begun.
The audience was made up of people from many
different constituencies: peacemakers, women,
gays and lesbians, environmentalists, and lovers
of song—all waiting anxiously for Holly Near to
sing to our hearts! Holly and her pianist of 21
years, John Bucchino, took the stage, and what Don’t miss this chance to see Holly, and hear
a concert it was! the songs and the stories she will share. Holly
Today, Holly says, “Now more than ever, the Near, singer/songwriter, entertainer and sto-
peace-loving people of the United States would ryteller: March 9, 2007, Clark Center, Arroyo
be wise to put forth an alternate perspective to Grande. Let’s make it a sell out this time!
war, revenge, and fear-based home security. We
can gather together to remember our highest A fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalist
selves and find the courage to stand up for peace Fellowship of SLO County
and justice. Our country has been a leading 232 Foothill Blvd., SLO 93405
model of social change movements in the past. (805) 544-1669
We can do it again. Create events and oppor- Call Gina Whitaker for more info: 481-0788
tunities for community—to think, feel, debate,
organize, get to know each other, dance, and
sing.”

Want to help the Women’s Community


Center and Cal Poly Women’s Center put
on a women’s film event on March 10?

Call 474-6444
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ECOSLO’s 4th Annual


New Year’s Eve Your
Fundraiser Gala Ad
By Shaba Mohseni

Celebrating a 35-year History of Environmental Advocacy


Could
in San Luis Obispo County
Be
HERE
The usual hum down at Environmental Cen-
ter of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) on Nipomo
Street has increased to a buzz as of late. With the New Belgium Brewing Company, famous for
welcoming of new staff members, Morgan Raf- their sustainable business practices and deli-

544-9313
ferty as Executive Director and Kelly Hayes as cious ales will be a favorite at the cash bar. SLO
the Center’s Coordinator, many exciting projects County 5th District Supervisor Jim Patterson
and partnerships are being developed. And with will emcee the event, introducing guest speak-
the holiday season upon us, ECOSLO is also ers who will take us back through the highlights
planning its 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala, of ECOSLO’s esteemed history. And of course,
its most important community fundraiser of the the hall will be set for a night of dancing, vis-
year. The event focuses on celebrating its 35th iting with friends old and new, bidding on the
birthday, which influenced this year’s theme: season’s best auction items, and celebrating the
“Reflecting Back and Looking Forward: A Toast past, present, and future with a complimentary
to 35.” Embarking on a reflection of years past champagne toast.
has involved the creation of a timeline of ECO- The event is for the whole family, and tick-
SLO’s many achievements from its beginning in ets are available for children and adults online
1971 to 2006. (See box) at www.ecoslo.org, or by calling 544-1777 for
ECOSLO will host its 4th Annual New other ticket locations. Tickets are $40 for adults,
Year’s Eve Gala at the Veteran’s Hall in San Luis $15 for ages 10-16, FREE for children under 10.
Obispo on Sunday December 31st from 7:30 pm (Prices at the door are $50 and $20.)
to 12:30 am. A delightful array of fun awaits par- ECOSLO is excited to share its birthday with
ticipants. This year’s live musical guest, Cello the whole community and to kick off another 35
Bossa, sets a smooth Brazilian Jazz tone with years of accomplishments and memories as 2007
their samba, salsa, and bossa nova flare mixed
with rhythm and blues. A delicious spread of
begins.
Give the Gift of a Donation in
fresh and organic hors d’oeuvres will be offered.
your Name this Holiday Season
ECOSLO History Remember someone special by giving the gift of
a donation to the Women’ Community Center
of SLO, publisher of the Women’s Press Your
donation to the Center can be a way to show
ECOSLO was created in 1971 out of a need to Hosting events is another big role that the gratitude for that special occasion or person,
genuinely combat the issue of creek pollution. organization assumes, striving to educate partici- while sharing your interest in supporting ser-
By1972, it opened the first recycling center on pants about the importance of being waste-con- vices and programs for women.
Palm Street, a precursor to the curbside recy- scious. Last year’s New Year’s Eve Gala produced To donate, contact 544-9313 or info@wccslo.
cling we have today. The organization went on a mere 5 pounds of rubbish, with the rest of org
to become an advocate for the environment in a waste diverted to compost and recycling bins. In
myriad of ways, from collaborating with the City aiming for zero-waste events, ECOSLO portrays
in 1995 to form Natural San Luis, a program that the feasibility of throwing a great party, while
educates the community about the value of and remembering to honor the Earth by reducing
access to our City’s open space and its natural our footprint.
resources, to spearheading the coastline protec-
tion coalition SLO Coast Alliance in 2002.
ECOSLO has grown to serve a unique pur-
pose in our County as a pulse point for envi-
ronmental issues. It responds to community
inquiries about recycling, pesticide education,
water protection, appropriate agency contacts,
and volunteer opportunities.

Free “Offerings” Classes


at Sycamore Mineral Springs in Avila Beach

Sunday, December 17th, 12-5 pm • 12 pm, Tai Chi with Xiaoping — bal-
FREE day of classes exploring winter season well- ance your mind body and spirit to get you
ness held at the Healing Arts Institute at Sycamore through the winter
Mineral Springs Resort. • 1 pm, Color Therapy for Winter with
Constance Hart — learn about specific
color energies for optimal health during the
winter season
• 2 pm, Astrology for Health with Marga-
Promote Your Business,
ret Hennessy — gain valuable information
through astrology for your winter health
• 3 pm, Self Massage with Deborah
Support Your Community,
Caldwell — one of Sycamore’s expert mas-
sage therapists will guide you through self
help massage techniques Advertise in the Women’s Press!
• 4 pm, Nutrition for Life with Mark
Kay Stenger — nutrition tips for staying
healthy through out winter season
Call 544-9313
Places to go, Things to see Where to find Women’s Press
All SLO County Libraries and the following exceptionally fine establishments!
• NORTH COUNTY: Atascadero – The Coffee House and Deli, Starbuck’s at
Von’s Plaza, Carlene’s Café, Green Goods, Player’s Pizza, Harvest Health Food
Store, North County Connection, Senior Center, Women’s Resource Center/Shel-
Craft Art Market Best Christmas Pageant Ever ter Office; Paso Robles – Café Vio, Chelsea Bookshop/Café Novella, Curves, Old
Broad at Monterey at the Mission Plaza Staged Reading Mission Coffee House, Wilmot Market, DK Donuts, Panolivo French Cafe, NCI
Downtown SLO By Houselights Theatre Village Thrift Shop, Paso Robles Health Foods; Templeton –  Magic Windows
11 – 5 daily through December 31 At Pewter Plough Playhouse, Cambria Coffee Café, Twin Cities Hospital, Templeton Market & Deli; Santa Margarita–
FREE Sunday, December 10, 7:30 PM Santa Margarita Mercantile
Tickets $10 • NORTHERN COAST: Baywood – Coffee & Things; Cambria – Cambria Con-
Holiday Extravaganza 771-9394 nection, Cambria Pines Lodge, Chamber of Commerce, Gym One, La Crema, 7
Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville Sisters, Azevedo Chiropractic, Lilly’s, Alloco’s; Cayucos – Cayucos Super Market,
Highway 1, Oceano Arroyo Grande Community Chorus Kelley’s Espresso & Dessert, Lily’s Coffee House, Ocean Front Pizza, Chevron
Through December 31, Times Vary Arroyo Grande United Methodist Church Station, Chamber of Commerce; Los Osos – Starbuck’s, Baywood Laundry, Cad’s,
Tickets $17-19 Tuesday, December 12, 7 PM Carlock’s Bakery, Chamber of Commerce, Copa de Oro, Garden Café, Los Osos
489-2499 Free, 489-1814 Deli, Valley Liquor, Volumes of Pleasure; Morro Bay – Backstage Salon, Coalesce
Bookstore, Coffee Pot Restaurant, The Rock, Southern Port Traders, Sunshine
Irving Berlin’s Music Box Irish Tenors Christmas Health Foods, Two Dogs Coffee
Pewter Plough Playhouse, Cambria Cohan Center, SLO • SAN LUIS OBISPO: Art Café, Booboo Records, Creekside Center, GALA,
7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays Tuesday, December 12, 8 PM Marigold Nails, Palm Theatre, Susan Polk Insurance, Susan Rodriquez Insurance,
3:00 pm, December 10 and 17 Tickets $46-58
Utopia Bakery, Unity Church, Zoe Wells, Naturopath, Cal Poly Library, Center
Through December 31 756-2787
for Alternatives to Violence, Chamber of Commerce, Cuesta College Library, EOC
Tickets $23-25 Health Services Clinic, Garden St. Essentials, HealthWorks, Healing Alternatives,
927-3877 The Nutcracker
Jamaca You, Karen Hale Chiropractic, Laguna Laundry, Linnaea’s, Monterey
Clark Center, Arroyo Grande
Express, Natural Foods Coop, New Frontiers, Nautical Bean, Outspoken Beverage
Friday and Saturday, December 15 and 16
Concerts Tickets $12-18
Bistro, Phoenix Books, Planned Parenthood, Rudolph’s Coffee & Tea, San Luis
489-9444
Obispo Housing Authority Office, SARP, The Secret Garden, SLO Perk Coffee,
North County Chorus Spirit Winds Therapy, The Studio Fitness for Women, Two Dogs Coffee, Uptown
and Wind Ensemble Cafe, Yoga Centre, Ahshe Hair Salon, Apropos Clothing, Soho Hair Salon, Tom-
Mozart’s Messiah
Sunday, December 10, 7 PM Mel Beauty Center, Hempshack, YMCA, KCBX, Fairchild Salon, Jaffa Café
Cuesta Master Chorale
Paso Robles Inn • SOUTH COUNTY: Arroyo Grande – Natural Balance, Mongo’s, World Gym,
Saturday, December 16
Tickets $7-10
Cohan Center, SLO Act II Boutique, Andreini’s, Central Coast Yoga, CJ’s Restaurant, Country Kitch-
546-3198
Tickets $15-30 en, Curves-AG, Cutting Edge, EOC Health Services Clinic, Family Chiropractic,
Girls Restaurant, Grande Whole Foods, Hunter’s Landing, Kennedy Club Fitness;
Alan Hancock College Jazz Band
Avila Beach– Custom House, Sycamore Hot Springs; Grover Beach – World
Unity Chapel of Light, Orcutt
Gym, Back Door Deli, Cindi’s Wash House, Nan’s Pre-owned Books, Therapeutic
Sunday, December 10, 7 PM
Body Center, 30-minute Fitness; Halcyon – Halcyon Store; Nipomo – Anna’s
Tickets $5-10
922-6966
Creekside Coffee House, Healing Touch Spa, Curves, La Placita Market, Slender
Lady, Brianna Nicole Spa, World Gym; Pismo Beach – HealthWorks, Honeymoon
Café, Pismo Athletic Club, Zadok’s; Shell Beach – De Palo & Sons Deli, Seaside
Cafe, Steaming Bean
• SANTA MARIA: Café Monet, Hunter’s Landing, Library, Marian Medical
Center, Curves on Main and on Broadway, The Bookworm, Lassen’s.
• ORCUTT: Loading Dock, Café Ole

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