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Teaching Kids Empathy / Black History Month / Cuesta Grade / Great American Melodrama! Pg 2

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The Arts
Great American Melodrama
Presents

Bullshot Crummond
Shots in the dark! Late night
car chases! The Great American
Melodrama kicked off their 2015
season on January 22nd with the
hilarious “Bullshot Crummond,”
a parody of a low-budget 1930s
British detective movie, written
by Ron House, Diz White, John
Neville Andrews, Alan Shearman
and Derek Cunningham.

(Alex Sheets), who discovered
a formula for making synthetic
diamonds.

The play opens as German villain
Otto Von Brunno (Sam Hartley)
and his evil mistress Lenya
(Meggie Siegrist) crash their
plane in the English countryside,
yet still succeed in a plot to kidnap
famed Professor Rupert Fenton

Distraught by the disappearance
of her father, his daughter
Rosemary (Sierra Wells) calls
upon the WWI ace fighter pilot,
racing driver, part-time sleuth
and all-round spiffy chap Bullshot
Crummond (Toby Tropper), to aid
in his rescue. Dangers await our
heroes at every turn, including
a car chase, sword fight, giant
tarantula, as well as weapons
used against them called “Cranial
Stimulant X” and “The Converse
Force Field.”

Cover Photo:

Sam Hartley and Meggie Siegrist
in Bullshot Crummond
The Great American Melodrama

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Directed by Melodrama Artistic Hoit and Leah Kolb.
Director Eric Hoit, this is a sure-fire
evening of sight gags, slapstick “Bullshot Crummond” and the
“Coffeehouse Vaudeville Revue”
and some serious silliness!
play Thursdays through Sundays
Following “Bullshot Crummond” from January 22 until March 8.
at each performance is the Performances are Thursdays and
“Coffeehouse Vaudeville Revue,” Fridays at 7:00 pm, Saturdays
which takes a look at our national at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and
(On
obsession with coffee.
This Sundays at 6:00 pm.
affectionate look at the goings Thursday, January 29, a 2:00 pm
on in and around a coffeehouse matinee will replace the 7:00 pm
is told through song, dance, and performance.)
comedy.
The Melodrama’s in-house snack
Highlights include a jazzy quartet bar features great food and
singing the classic, “Black drinks served before the show
Coffee,” a flashback to the time and during intermissions. Tickets
when coffeehouses were a venue are $19 to $25, with discounts
for hippie folk music performers, available for groups, seniors,
as well as sketches about a barista students, active military, and
job applicant and a look at why children.
some of our favorite “Friends”
The Great American Melodrama
hang around in a coffeehouse.
is located at 863 Front Street
The “Coffeehouse Vaudeville on Highway 1 in Oceano, just
Revue” is directed by Eric Hoit, three miles south of Pismo
with musical direction by Kevin Beach. The Melodrama has been
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entertainment on the Central The Great American Melodrama’s
next
production,
“Leading
Coast since 1975.
Ladies” by Ken Ludwig, will start
The Melodrama welcomes new on March 12th and performances
actors! Sierra Wells is a graduate will run through April 26th. In
of the Pacific Conservatory this hilarious comedy, two downTheatre, and is thrilled to make on-their-luck
Shakespearean
her debut at the Melodrama. actors, Leo Clark and Jack Gable,
Favorite roles include Ophelia discover a newspaper article
in Hamlet, Little Red in Into The announcing an elderly woman
Woods and Liesl in The Sound of has been unable to find two
Music. Sam Hartley is Nebraska long lost relatives to include
born and comes to us via New them in her multi-million dollar
York City. Favorite roles include inheritance.
Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf in
Into the Woods, Enjolras in Les Leo and Jack resolve to pass
Miserables, Dr. Frankenstein themselves off as “Max” and
in Young Frankenstein, and “Steve” and get the cash. Many
Jacob Marley/Bob Cratchit in A surprises await the duo when
they find out the long lost
Christmas Carol.
nephews are really long lost
Toby Troper is a 2013 graduate nieces! Comedy ensues with
of PCPA. Favorite roles include romantic entanglements and
Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin zany antics in this “don’t miss”
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Library Voice

Black History
Month

1960s twirl around me. I knew
that I had to find a way to be part
of the solution, to fight injustice
and to seek a better way to live as
one people. I never dreamt that
my path was to change the world,
one book in the right child’s hands Congressman John Lewis, who is
by Kristen Barnhart
the last surviving member of the
protestors suffered beatings (for at a time!
“Darkness cannot drive out
“Big 6” civil rights leaders from
darkness; only light can do that. no reason other than their skin
that Bloody Sunday in Selma,
color and desire to exercise the
wrote an autobiographical graphic
right to vote) on our black and
Hate cannot drive out hate;
novel titled March. It begins on
white TV was devastating. Seeing
only love can do that.”
the Edmund Pettus Bridge in
those events portrayed in full
Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965,
Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
color on the huge movie screen
and then traces his childhood and
bent me over in grief and pain all
the early years in the civil rights
I spent some time in deep over again. My friend and I clung
movement. Lewis shares his story
remembrance of Martin Luther to each other as we wept openly
on President Obama’s January 20,
King Jr on the day our nation in the theater, feeling the anguish
2009 inauguration by reminiscing
observes the anniversary of his and, surprisingly, some healing February is Black History Month in his office about being a
birth. Seeing the movie Selma overcoming old anger. This movie and there is so much available sharecropper’s son who grew
brought up just how much he brought light to the darkness of to enlighten at your library. The up to be an elected member of
influenced and helped to define long-held emotions that no longer wonderful non-fiction picture the United States Congress. This
book Martin and Mahalia: His
my values and worldview. Each serve us.
beautifully told and illustrated
Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis
scene swept me back to my
format resonates with teens as
pre-teen self. Watching those I was sure that I wanted to be Pinkney fills in the back story of they can see themselves in him,
“we interrupt this broadcast” a lawyer or a minister when I one of my favorite moments in and how their own choices can
moments of horror as peaceful watched the turbulence of the the film. Dr. King gets up out of define them and their generation.
bed in a long dark night of the
It is the first of a proposed trilogy
soul, makes his way to the kitchen
exploring Congressman Lewis’
phone, and calls Mahalia Jackson.
life and his continued influence on
She leaves her bed knowing what
our American ideals.
he needed to hear:
Precious Lord, take my hand

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Through the storm,
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Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord,
lead me home
Hearing her singing through his
pain, in the darkest of nights, was
like being tucked into bed under
a quilt handmade by a devoted
grandmother. I love the way
Pinkney’s words and illustrations
capture that same strong bond.
After reading it with your children,
be sure to check out some of the
YouTube clips of her marvelous
presence and voice, to breathe life
into the story. The library is also a
goldmine of documentaries and
classic movies on civil rights, free
for the requesting and borrowing.

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February has some long weekends
for traveling that offer your family
the perfect opportunity to listen
to great audio books together
in the car. The 1977 winner of
the John Newbery Medal, Roll of
Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred
Taylor (powerfully read by Lynn
Thigpen) is a great choice for
families with middle graders
up through high school. This
is a vivid story of a black family
whose love ties them not only to
each other, but also to their land,
and gives them strength to defy

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rural Southern racism during the
Depression. The novel shows the
rich inner rewards of black pride,
love, and independence despite
the certainty of outer defeat as
they face Klan nightriders and
daily humiliations. Be sure to help
your driver keep his eyes on the
road, since this is such a riveting,
look at the speakers, production!

LeVar Burton reads another
Newbery honor winner, The
Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis, who
is one of my favorite authors.
This story follows a family from
Flint, Michigan to visit their
grandmother in Birmingham
during a dark time in our history.
The wonderful thing about
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family stuff that we can all relate
to. This allows the listener /
reader to feel completely present
in the story when it gets heavy.
The Watson kids face the reality of
racism for the first time and your
children can walk along in their
shoes. Elijah of Buxton is another
Newbery Award winning book by
Christopher Curtis that features
a small town in Canada settled
by freed and runaway slaves.
Again, Curtis writes in such a way
that readers will laugh out loud
and sit on the edge of the seat in
suspense. Both of these books
can open up discussion for your
family to explore and grow.

like Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and WED APR 8 at 10:30 am: SLO Opera
Live for Little Guys
Gandhi, who they may then want
to learn about. When children
get to know history through the FRI APR 10 at 10:30 am: PCPA
Presents Tomas & the Library
experiences of children their own
Lady
age (fictional or otherwise), they
can make the connection to how
they can live lives of service and SAT APR 11 at 10:30 am: Central
Coast Children’s Choir
importance.

Great fiction fosters empathy in
readers of all ages, which is why
I adore it and love to spark the
joy of reading in children. The
characters in fiction can logically
lead readers to the stories of
real people who made the
history reflected in novels, and
your library has a plethora of
biographies to feed that curiosity.
When children read about Martin
Luther King Jr, they will learn the
names of other interesting people

Don’t forget the Live Free Library
Programs held in the SLO Library
Community Room during winter
and spring.

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“The time is
ALWAYS
right to do
RIGHT”
Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

SAT FEB 14 at 10:30 am: SLO Ballet
Theatre Performance
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Kristen Barnhart has been telling stories,
recommending books, and stamping little
hands for over 36 years throughout SLO
County. She is currently a Youth Services
Librarian at the San Luis Obispo (TUE 10:30
am Storytime) and Atascadero (MON 10:30
am Storytime) Libraries. Kristen can be
reached at (805) 781-5775 or kbarnhart@
slolibrary.org.

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Child Development
2. Model empathic behavior. A
parent might say, “Your sister
seems upset. Let’s ask her
what bothers her.” Or “Noel
is sad that her friend cancelled
their sleepover. How could we
help her feel better?”

Teaching Empathy
by Lauren Zimet and Sharon Sokolik

For children to learn empathy for
others, they must first experience
empathy for themselves. As a
child is cared for, he learns to
care for others. However, many
children benefit from guidance
in relating, reading social cues,
discerning the emotions of
others, and developing the ability
to empathize.
Being empathetic is a key
component of building a
relationship with someone else.
Here are some signs that your
child may need assistance to
understand the feelings of others:
He can’t seem to read nonverbal
hints or cues given by peers
(i.e. facial expressions, body
language, and tone of voice).
She has difficulty understanding
how someone might think or feel.
He has difficulty expressing
appropriate responses for what
others feel.
She isn’t able to recognize that
there are consequences that
result from her response to
others.
He is unable to validate emotions
that others are expressing, telling
them to just “let it go” or “get
over it.”
What parents can do
To be in an empathic relationship

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with
another
person
or
group is the opposite of selfabsorption. Empathy implies a
departure from a state of selfcenteredness, and immersion
in the subjective experience of
others. By definition, empathy is
pro-social, because it emphasizes
the value of comprehending and
appreciating the thoughts and
feelings of other people.

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3.
Encourage your child to
see things from another’s
perspective.
“You’re really
good at soccer, but Bradley
isn’t. Do you think he wants to
do something else?
4. Remind your child that people
have different interests and
preferences. See if your child
can list the favorite colors of
family members and friends.
Or ask what people do for
fun: Who plays baseball? Who
builds with Legos? Who plays
cards? Who plays video games?
S. K. Adams and J. Baronberg,
authors of Promoting Positive
Behavior, suggest activities to
help a child discern body language.
1. While reading stories to
your child, stop occasionally
and ask him to identify the
characters’ feelings. Discuss
how the characters’ observable
behaviors reveal their feelings.

Many kids do not naturally
understand this value of knowing
what others feel.
They feel
left out, but they don’t know
how to be a friend and sustain
relationships. Fortunately, for 2. Do simple role-plays by asking
most kids struggling socially,
your child, “Show me how your
empathy is a skill that can be
body and face would look if:
taught and nurtured. Even very
You got a birthday present.
young children can be taught to
A big dog barked at you.
recognize basic facial expressions
that show “happy,” “sad,” and
A friend put a worm in your
“mad.” There are many ways
hand.
for parents to make teaching
You found a snake on the
empathy a part of the everyday
playground.
routine.
Below are activities
You fell down and tore your new
suggested by some experts.
pants.
Dr. Meryl Lipton, a behavioral
A friend knocked down your
pediatric neurologist, offers the
blocks.
following ideas.
3. Help your child realize that
1. If a young child seems baffled by
people may have different
or indifferent to the emotions
feelings about the same thing.
of others, try drawing faces
“Jim is excited when there is a
together, or take turns making
thunderstorm, but Claire gets
a face that’s happy, sad, calm,
scared.” “Tim likes to climb
bored, angry or surprised, and
high, but Sam doesn’t.”
guessing what the other’s face
expresses.
4. Help your child recognize that

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her feelings about a situation
may change. “You are feeling
sad now and want to sit alone,
but later you may feel better
and want to join the group.”
Modeling empathy and talking
about emotions is a good starting
place. Leading by example is a
great way for your child to make
connections with his feelings.
Getting your child involved in a
social group that incorporates
perspective taking and problem
solving with peers can be
extremely beneficial. Becoming
more empathetic can be a
challenging task for anyone. With
the right support (for child and
family), it can be done!
For more information, visit the
following websites:
parentingscience.com - Dr. Gwen
Dewar is a parent and professional
who writes on the many issues of
parenting and child development
in an informative blog.
positivediscipline.com - Author
Jane Nelsen is a licensed marriage,
family, and child therapist and
the co-author of the Positive
Discipline series.
socialthinking.com - Click on
“books and products” for a list of
tools to help parents teach social
thinking to kids.
Lauren Zimet, M.S.,CCC/SLP and Sharon
Sokolik, M.A.,CCC/SLP are licensed speech
pathologists who facilitate social thinking
groups for children.
Excerpted with permission. © Kids Enabled,
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Fun & Games

Jack’s Jokes
What did the painter’s Valentine say? I love you with all my art!

Help the Two Hearts
Find Each Other

What do friendly snakes give each other? A hug and a hiss!
Why do skunks give Valentines? They’re Scent-imental!

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by Molly Peoples
Year’s resolution into effect by
Now that 2015 is upon us, you a child’s college education. Or contacting your human resources
may be thinking about making you might discover that you need or benefits department.
some New Year’s resolutions. to place additional resources in a
Perhaps you’ll decide to take up particular asset class to achieve Eliminate “unhealthy” investment
a musical instrument, or hit the proper diversification, which habits. As part of your general
gym more often, or even learn can help reduce the impact New Year’s resolutions, you
a new language. All these are of market volatility on your may have decided to cut back
worthy goals of course, but you portfolio. (Keep in mind, though, on “carbs” and sugar-laced soft
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moves, such as chasing after
Year’s financial resolutions.
Fill “gaps” in your investment
“hot” stocks (which may already
portfolio. From time to time, Boost your 401(k) contributions. have cooled off by the time you
you (or possibly your financial If your salary has gone up with find them) or selling quality
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sure they are still current with
your wishes. It is especially
important to update beneficiary
designations on your insurance
policies and retirement accounts
so they are aligned with the
wishes you have expressed in
your will. If you haven’t drawn
up your estate plans yet, make a
New Year’s resolution to do so in
2015, because it’s never too soon
to take steps necessary to protect
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Unlike some New Year’s
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Local History

Cuesta Grade
by Guy Crabb

Have you ever driven over the
Cuesta Grade? I have been driving
to Atascadero lately and I have
mixed feelings about climbing
over “The Grade.” Sometimes I
love the drive when there is little
traffic and I can enjoy the beautiful
scenery. Other times when there’s
more traffic including large trucks
and some guy driving an old Pinto
about 45 mph in the fast lane, it is
not so enjoyable. It seems that the
drive over the grade is either magic
or tragic. On those beautiful days
with little traffic, you can imagine
what it must have been like on this
road 100 years ago.
Cuesta Grade has some wonderful
history of its own. Some of the
stories I am familiar with are
incredible. Of course, there is the
story of Black Bart who owned a
saloon in Santa Margarita in 1888.
He would listen to his stagecoach
patrons talk about the money they
were carrying to buy cattle in the
south. Black Bart was famous
for meeting the evening stage on
moonlit nights and robbing the
passengers of all their valuables.

One of my other exciting Cuesta
Grade stories took place back in
the early 1950s. Back in those
days, Higuera and Monterey
Streets were part of Highway 101,
and everyone had to drive through
San Luis Obispo to continue on
their journey up the coast or down
south. Coming off of the grade,
the freeway used to curve left to
go down Monterey Street when
you entered town. In this story,
a truck driver was heading down
the grade. When he was about
half way down, he realized that
his brake pedal was going all the
way to the floor of the truck. I am
sure the driver tried to pull on his
emergency brake, if he had one.
As he made it around the curve
and continued to speed down the
beginning of Monterey Street,
the truck flew past by the Motel
Inn (no longer there today) and
in a blur he was headed toward
downtown San Luis Obispo.
There were people walking down
Monterey Street who watched
in horror as this tragic accident
happened. As he passed Monterey

Building the Cuesta Grade Tunnel in 1890

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and Santa Rosa Streets, the truck
driver realized that he was headed
directly for the Laser Building at
the intersection of Monterey and
Chorro Streets (just to the right
of Luna Red’s location today). At
the time Monterey Street had this
slight curve to the right at Chorro
Street and the street continued
to go past the Mission (where
Mission Plaza is today). The truck
driver probably realized that he
had to slam into the Laser Building
or he would hit the Mission. He
really had no choice at his speed.
The Laser Building finally stopped
his runaway truck.
Cuesta Grade was first used by
the Native Americans who lived in
the area or were passing through
to find a new village. Long ago,
the footpath that went over the
grade was narrow and meandered
through trees. The grade has
always been a problem. People
just wanted to travel over the pass,
which would typically take a day or
two to walk. As time went on, and
the Spaniards introduced the horse
to California, the path became
wider to accommodate the horse
riders. The path remained rocky
with gullies from rain, and riders
needed to take precautions as
they rode down the hill.
Naturally, the path became a road
when the horse drawn wagon
and stagecoach became popular
means of transportation. Cuesta
Grade grew with the times and
continued to link San Francisco
to Los Angeles. As San Luis
Obispo grew, so did the need to
accommodate traffic. The first
time I have found action by the
City Council to work on the grade
was in 1876. In that year, the city
issued $20,000 in bonds for road
improvements.
Some of this
money went to Ah Louis, who
hired labor crews of Chinese
immigrants to blast, dig, and
brave the hazards of working on
the steep cliffs and hills. Ah Louis
was first hired by John Harford to
build Harford pier in Avila Beach.
Louis soon became a leader in the
Chinese-American community and
he brought many workers from
China to help build the wild west.

In the 1880s, there was speculation
that the railroad may extend to San
Luis Obispo. In 1888, the railroad
tracks stopped in Templeton and
the owners refused to go any
further south. Word was leaked
that the railroad people were
considering building the railroad
over to Morro Bay, bypassing San
Luis Obispo. This surprise rumor
motivated the city to invest even
more money in building a road.
After the stagecoach was robbed
on multiple occasions in the 1880s,
the city realized if they did not
build a safer road for travelers,
they would take a steamer ship to
San Francisco instead of traveling
through the beautiful city of San
Luis Obispo. In 1892, William
Sandercock built wagon roads
to the areas where tunnels were
being built for the railroad. This
helped with the development of
the road over the grade.
Due to the popularity of the
new Model T Ford around 1908,
leaders realized that they needed
to improve roads throughout the
state. The newly formed California
State Highway Department began
to provide money to improve the
old Cuesta Road. In 1911, the local
newspaper warned automobile
drivers to slow down on the
grade. They were encouraged to
drive at a safe speed of 4 MPH.
By 1915, an improved automobile
road was finally built, and more
improvements came in 1923.
The Cuesta Grade road continues
to improve. Today, the multiplelane highway is a safe route for
drivers who are not in a big rush.
We don’t have to worry about
stagecoach holdups any more,
thank goodness. Now we just
have to watch out for drivers
in a hurry or distracted by their
smartphones. The next time you
drive over the grade, keep your
eyes on the road, but also enjoy
the beauty of the area we call
home.
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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Education
CS Perryess
writes

about words
Though not all etymologists
agree, it’s very likely smarati  is
the unlikely root for tirade.  It
seems tirade, which appeared in
English in the early 1800s, from
French, initially meant a volley
of words, which comes from the
Old French, martirer,  to endure
martyrdom. Isn’t it delicious
that putting up with a verbal
tirade is etymologically equated
with being burned at the stake?

 “By the time you swear you’re his,
Shivering and sighing.
And he vows his passion is,
Infinite, undying.
Lady make note of this -One of you is lying.”
“That woman speaks eighteen
languages, and can’t say ’No’ in
any of them.”

Grandmother Smarati Of course, the word martyr  also
The Sanskrit word smarati,
meaning  remember, is the
grandmother of many words.
Here are a few.
The word memory  came to
English in the 1300s, from
the French word memoire,
which came from the Latin
word  memoria, all meaning
pretty much the same thing.
And memoria came about after
the Sanskrit word, smarati made
its convoluted way across a
continent, through Proto-IndoEuropean, losing its last two
syllables, shifting a vowel from
a to e, to become smer, then
losing its initial consonant to
become mer.

originated with the Sanskrit
smarati, as did the even more
unlikely word, retire. It seems
Dorothy Parker
reasonable that retire  would
Tribute
have something to do with
being tired, however, there I’ve always had a somewhat
appears to be no etymological twisted fondness for author,
poet, and critic Dorothy Parker
support for that.
(1893-1967). Generally, I try to
see the silver lining, take the
Instead,  retire  entered English high road, and all that. When it
in the 1530s as a military term, comes to the searingly mean wit
to withdraw to some place for of Dorothy Parker though, I throw
silver linings and half-full glasses
the sake of seclusion, which came
to the winds and revel in her
from the Old French tirer, which wickedness. Below are some of
has its roots in that wonderful my favorite Dorothy Parkerisms.
grandmother of a Sanskrit
word  smarati, who, let’s hope “The first thing I do in the morning
– after all that good work – has is brush my teeth and sharpen my
finally withdrawn somewhere for tongue.”
the sake of seclusion.
“This is not a novel to be tossed

aside lightly. It should be thrown
Followers – have any of you felt  with great force.”
martyred  to someone’s tirade?
“Beauty is only skin deep, but
Do any of you take heart that
ugly goes clean to the bone.”
the root of mourn  is more
fundamentally about remembering  “She runs the gamut of emotions
than it is about sadness?
from A to B.”

It’s pretty easy to see the
resemblance between memory,
memoir 
and 
remember,
but smarati  also managed to be
the impetus for the word mourn,
which came from the ProtoGermanic  murnan  or  mearn,  to
remember sorrowfully, which
“If you want to know what God
came from smer, which started Any other thoughts about thinks of money, just look at the
smarati and its offspring?
people he gave it to.”
out, of course, as smarati. 

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“The best way to keep children
at home is to make the home
atmosphere pleasant, and let the
air out of the tires.”
“That would be a good thing for
them to cut on my tombstone:
Wherever she went, including
here, it was against her better
judgment.”
She’s the best (or would that be
the worst?).
My thanks go out to sources: OED,
Etymonline, Women’s History, GoodReads, and DorothyParker.com.

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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February 2015 Free Ongoing Events
SUNDAY
1

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

MONDAY

TUESDAY

2
FARMERS MARKET:

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

world wetlands day
superbowl xlIX

3
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

GROUNDHOG
DAY
FULL MOON

national
FREEDOM DAY

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

autism day
Kite flying DAY

9
FARMERS MARKET:

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

hershey’s chocolate
founded (in 1894)

boy scout day
(Founded in 1910)

10
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

umbrella DAY

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

CHARLES LINDBERGH’s
birthday(Born in 1902)
ROSA PARK’s
birthday(Born in 1913)

11
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

don’t cry over
spilled milk DAY

clean out your
computer DAY

make a friend
DAY

16
FARMERS MARKET:

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

president’s day
(honoring Lincoln & Washington)
george washington’s
Birthday (Born in 1732)

17
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

random acts of
kindness DAY
mardi gras

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

18
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

world thinking day

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

24
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

12
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

6
7
BINGO VETS HALL MB - 1st FRI 5:00pm FARMERS MARKETS:
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

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

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

babe
ruth’s
birthday
(Born in 1895)

13
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

take your child to
the library day
charles dicken’S
BIRTHDAY(Born in 1812)
laura wilder’S
BIRTHDAY(Born in 1867)

14
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

Valentine’s day

get a
different
name day

19
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

mr roger’s
neighborhood
debut (In 1968)

25
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

international
dog biscuit
appreciation day

world radio day

20
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

love your pet day

21
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

john glen
orbited earth
(In 1962)

pluto discovered
(By Clyde Tombaugh in 1930

NEW MOON

23
FARMERS MARKET:

hank aaron’s
birthday (Born in 1934)

abraham lincoln’s
birthday (Born in 1809)

white t-shirt
DAY

Susan B. anthony’s
birthday (Born in 1820)

22
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

SATURDAY

national
inventor’s DAY

toothache DAY

stop bullying dAY

15
FARMERS MARKET:

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

FRIDAY

world cancer day

Langston Hughes’
Birthday (Born in 1902)

8
FARMERS MARKET:

WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
4
5
FARMERS MARKETS:
FARMERS MARKETS:

26
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

toothpick
patented
(In 1872)

27
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

28
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

international stand
up to bulllying day

quiet DAY

be humble day

public sleeping
day

polar bear dAY

1
FARMERS MARKET:

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

February is:

American Heart Month
American History Month
Black History Month
Children’s Dental Health Month
National Wild Bird Feeding Month
Responsible Pet Owners Month
International Friendship Month

carnival DAY

national tortilla
chip DAY

tennis day

2
FARMERS MARKET:

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

Birthstone: Amethyst

3
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

tell a fairy tale day

4
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

5
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

henry wadsworth
longfellow’s
birthday (Born in 1807)

6
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

7
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: Iris or Violet

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Family Events
TJAN 22-MAR 8 (days & times
vary): BULLSHOT CRUMMOND at
The Great American Melodrama,
1863 Front St, Oceano. Shots in
the dark! Late night car chases!
This parody of a low-budget 1930s
detective movie begins when
German supervillain Otto Von
Brunno and his evil mistress Lenya
crash their plane in the English
countryside.
Their
mission?
To kidnap the absent-minded
Professor Fenton, who has
discovered a formula for making
synthetic diamonds. The dashing
Bullshot Crummond, a WWI ace
fighter pilot, Olympic athlete,
racing driver, part-time sleuth and
all-round spiffy chap, is called to
the rescue. All clues point to an
evening of sight gags, slapstick,
and some serious silliness! 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.
TUE JAN 27-SUN FEB 1 10:00 am5:00 pm: ART ACTIVITY: WINTER
BIRCH TREES at San Luis Obispo
Children’s Museum, 1010 Nipomo
St, SLO. Join us for a wonderful
watercolor project, Winter Birch
Trees, using painters tape, blue
paint and kosher salt. Contact:
545-5874 or http://slocm.org.
THU JAN 29-SAT JAN 31 at 8:00
pm: ORCHESIS DANCE CONCERT
at Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave,
San Luis Obispo. Release, Cal
Poly’s Orchesis Dance Company’s
45th anniversary concert, offers
a diverse range of choreography
and performance. Cost: $20.
Contact: 756-6436 or http://
orchesis.calpoly.edu.
FRI JAN 30-FRI MAR 6 2:30-4:30
pm: VIDEO GAME CREATION Create and Learn at Colony Park
Community Center, 5599 Traffic
Way, Atascadero. If you have a
passion for video games or want
a simple introduction to game
programming, this class is the
perfect match for you. Learn
to create a multi-level arcade
or platform style video game,
like Super Mario. Cost: $67.50.
Contact: 470-3360
FRI
JAN
30
7:30
pm:
SCHOOLHOUSE MUSIC chamber
concert at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley
Episcopal Church, 2901 Nojoqui
Ave, Los Olivos. Enjoy this
musical program pianist Zeynep

Central Coast Family

Ucbasaran. Cost: $20 donation.
Contact: 688-4454 or http://smitv.
org.
SAT JAN 31 12:00-3:00 pm: BATTLE
OF THE BANDS at Orcutt Academy
High School, 610 Pinal St, Orcutt.
Enjoy this popular annual event
with the whole family. Cost: $5.
Contact:
http://facebook.com/
OAHSPTSA.
SAT JAN 31 & SAT FEB 7 10:00 am3:30 pm: ADULT ENGLISH TUTOR
TRAINING at SLO County Library,
995 Palm St, San Luis Obispo. The
Literacy Council has a countywide
need for tutors, crucially in North
and South Counties. Volunteers
can attend this 2-part, Tutor
Training Workshop. Help someone
in your community learn valuable
skills! Cost: $25. Contact: 541-4219
or http://sloliteracy.org.
SUN FEB 1 12:00-3:00 pm: MARTIN
LUTHER KING JR. SCHOLARSHIP
BBQ at Elks Lodge, 222 ELks Ln,
San Luis Obispo. Take out or eat
in to fund local scholarships. Each
ticket buys a meal of delicious
barbecued chicken, baked beans,
potato salad, and garlic bread.
Reserve tickets by calling 5952526. Cost: $10. Contact: 595-2526 Enjoy a social hour, dinner, and
program with retired Atascadero
or http://mlkfund.org.
Police
Chief
John
Couch.
MON FEB 2 10:00 am-8:00 pm: Reservations required. Cost:
GROUNDHOG DAY CELEBRATION $17. MON-THU 10:00 am-4:00
at Paso Robles City Library, pm: museum features aircraft,
1000 Spring St, Paso Robles. vehicles, artifacts, classic cars, hot
What do Punxsutawney Phil, TV rods, and race cars. Contact: 296weathermen, and Sonny and 1935 or ewarbirds.org.
Cher’s hit song “I Got You Babe”
have in common? They will all be WED FEB 4 6:00-9:00 pm: BEST
part of the Groundhog Day family IN SHOW FILM BENEFIT at Park
celebration! Cost: free. Contact: Cinemas, 1100 Pine St, Paso
Robles. Special film showing of
237-3870.
Best in Show, an improvisational
MON FEB 2 10:30 am-1:00 pm: TAKE comedy film that won numerous
YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY awards, as a benefit for non-profit
DAY at Paso Robles City Library, organization Sherwood Dog.
1000 Spring St, Paso Robles. Cost: $12 in advance; $15 at the
Celebrate Take Your Child to the door. Contact: 239-4437 or http://
Library Day, an annual nationwide parks4pups.org.
event to encourage parents and
caregivers to bring children to the WED FEB 4 at 7:00 pm: ANOTHER
library on a regular basis. Cost: TYPE OF GROOVE SPOKEN WORD
free. Contact: 237-3870.
SERIES at Cal Poly Chumash
Auditorium, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis
MON FEB 2 at 5:30 pm: BLACK
Obispo. Cal Poly MultiCultural
HISTORY MONTH FILM at San Luis
Center celebrates Black History
Obispo Library, 995 Palm St, San
Month featuring artist Judah 1.
Luis Obispo. Enjoy a family film
Cost: free. Contact: 756-6256.
screening about the life of Jackie
Robinson. Cost: free. Contact: FRI FEB 6 8:00 am-2:00 pm &
461-6161.
SUN FEB 8 9:00 am-1:00 pm:
UMCC RUMMAGE SALE at United
WED FEB 4 at 6:00 pm: Estrella
Methodist Children’s Center, 1515
Warbirds Museum Dinner
Fredericks St, San Luis Obispo.
at 4251 Dry Creek Rd, Paso Robles.

February 2015

This 23rd annual event is a
treasure trove for all ages! Cost:
free admission. Contact: 5490332.
FRI FEB 6 6:00 - 9:00 pm:
SPAGHETTI DINNER BINGO NIGHT
at Avila Beach Community Center,
191 San Miguel Street, Avila Beach.
This event benefits Community
Center programs. Cost: $10
adults, $5 ≥ age 10 includes 1 bingo
card. Contact: 627-1997 or www.
avilabeachcc.com.
FRI FEB 6 6:00-9:00 pm:
VALENTINE ART PROJECT in
Gallery at the Network, 778
Higuera St, Ste B, San Luis Obispo.
Join children’s book author and
artist Beryl Reichenberg as she
demonstrates a Valentine art
project and signs her books.
All ages welcome. Cost: free.
Contact: 788-0886 or http://
galleryatthenetwork.com.
FRI FEB 6 at 8:00 pm: A NIGHT
AT THE MISSION CHAMBER
CONCERT at Mission San Luis
Obispo, 751 Palm St, SLO. Several
of Cal Poly’s finest student
music ensembles will perform
traditional and contemporary
chamber music. An annual event,
this concert has long been a

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favorite. Cost: $9-12. Contact: 7564849 or http://tickets.calpoly.edu.
SAT FEB 7 9:00 am-3:00 pm:
TORMENTED YOUTH: CYBER
BULLYING & ITS EFFECTS ON
KIDS at Student Services Bldg,
227 Bridge St, Arroyo Grande.
An interactive workshop for
students, parents, teachers,
and all interested members of
the community. Get the facts
on this relevant, on-the-rise
issue. Limited space available.
Call to reserve your seat. Cost:
$25. Contact: 481-2823 or http://
brownepsychservices.com.
SAT FEB 7 at 12:00 pm: GEO-CACHE
FAMILY GROUP at Grandma’s
Frozen Yogurt & Waffle Shop, 307
Morro Bay Blvd, Morro Bay. New
group forming for all ages. Meet at
noon every SAT before exploring
hidden treasures in Morro Bay.
Complimentary frozen yogurt for
all new group members! Cost:
free. Contact: 704-9866.
SAT FEB 7 3:00 - 6:00 pm:
SUCCULENT VALENTINE WREATH
WORKSHOP at Studios on the
Park, 1130 Park St, Paso Robles.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by
creating a heart shaped succulent
wreath. Learn how to “paint”
with succulents to create unique
wreaths for the special someone
in your life. Cost: $85. Contact:
238-9800.
SAT FEB 7 6:00-8:30 pm: FATHER
DAUGHTER DANCE at Veterans’
Hall, 780 Bello St, Pismo Beach.
Enjoy a Jungle Fantasy party for
this 7th annual event for young
ladies 3-18 years old, and the
special man in her life. This event
allows fathers, grandfathers, or
uncles to treat their young ladies
to a semi-formal night of dancing
and fun. Affordable portrait
packages will be available. Preregistration required. Cost: $30
per couple, plus $10 for each
additional child in the same
family. Snacks and beverages
provided. Contact: 773-7063 or
http://pismobeach.org.
THU FEB 12 5:00-8:00 pm: GROOVY
GIRLS SEWING CLUB at 3536 S
Higuera St, San Luis Obispo. This
class is great for beginners and fun
for everyone! Each session offers
a project that teaches a skill. 2nd
THU of each month through MAR
4. Cost: $25 registration & $10 per
month. Contact: 439-1366.
THU FEB 12 5:30-8:30 pm: SLO

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CULINARY CARNIVAL at Embassy
Suites Hotel, 333 Madonna
Rd, San Luis Obispo. This
popular event is the 7th Annual
fundraiser for the Prado Day
Center. Cost: $60. Contact: www.
sloculinarycarnival.com.

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SAT FEB 14 10:00 am: VALENTINE’S
TEA at Los Osos Library, 2075
Palisades.Love of crafts and fun is
in the air! Kids 5 and up can make
a Valentine’s Day craft and enjoy a
special treat. Cost: free. Contact:
THU FEB 12 at 6:00 pm: STAR 528-1862.
TREK VALENTINE’S DAY at The
Bunker, 810 Orcutt Rd, San Luis SAT FEB 14 10:00 am-4:00 pm:
Obispo. Treat your number one to OPEN DAY AT SLO RAILROAD
the best treat in the Galaxy. Learn MUSEUM at SLO Railroad
how to make classic heart cookies Museum, 1940 Santa Barbara St,
stunning in a classic Star Trek San Luis Obispo. Enjoy the kids
uniform, or order a dozen already area, exhibits, model trains, gift
made by HoneyBee Cakery. Cost: shop, and 1926 Pullman car. Cost:
$25. Contact: 225-4484 or http:// $3 and under. Contact: 548-1894

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SAT FEB 14 at 10:30 am: SLO
BALLET THEATRE PERFORMANCE
in the Community Room, San Luis
Obispo Library, 995 Palm St, SLO.
Cost: free. Contact: 781-5775 or
slolibrary.org.
SAT FEB 14 at 12:00 pm: GEOCACHE FAMILY GROUP at
Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt &
Waffle Shop, 307 Morro Bay Blvd,
Morro Bay. All ages meet up at
noon every SAT before exploring
hidden treasures in Morro Bay.
Complimentary frozen yogurt for
all new group members! Cost:

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Family Events
free. Contact: 704-9866.
SAT FEB 14 3:00-6:00 pm: LIVE
MUSIC BY LENNY BLUE &
FRIENDS at Grandma’s Frozen
Yogurt & Waffle Shop, 307 Morro
Bay Blvd, Morro Bay. Relax in the
courtyard and watch the Farmer’s
Market come alive. Cost: free.
Contact: 704-9866.

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70. Contact: cencal.scbwi.org or
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SAT FEB 28 at 12:00 pm: GEOCACHE FAMILY GROUP at
Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt &
Waffle Shop, 307 Morro Bay Blvd,
Morro Bay. All ages meet up at
noon every SAT before exploring
hidden treasures in Morro Bay.
Complimentary frozen yogurt for
WED FEB 18 at 3:00 pm: MAKE ‘N’ all new group members! Cost:
TAKE CRAFT at Los Osos Library, free. Contact: 704-9866.
2075 Palisades. Kids 5 and up
can make festive New Orleans SAT FEB 28 1:00-2:30 pm: KIDS
inspired masks and jester hats. WET & WILD WATER at SLO
Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.
Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy
Creek Rd, SLO. Winter is a great
FRI FEB 20 at 6:30 pm: STAR time to explore our creek. Join
PARTY at Los Osos Library, 2075 Watershed Stewards Program as
Palisades. Ever wonder what we learn, play, explore, and craft.
the night sky looks like through Join us at the Children’s Garden
a gigantic telescope? Join the to learn how the whole family
Central
Coast
Astronomical can save water and preserve our
Society and find out! Meet in the waterways. Cost: $5 suggested
parking lot. Please do not bring donation. Contact: slobg.org/
flashlights, and do dress warmly. water.
Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.
SAT FEB 21 at 12:00 pm: GEOCACHE FAMILY GROUP at
Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt &
Waffle Shop, 307 Morro Bay Blvd,
Morro Bay. All ages meet up at
noon every SAT before exploring
hidden treasures in Morro Bay.
Complimentary frozen yogurt for
all new group members! Cost:
free. Contact: 704-9866.

Recurring Events
& Resources
JAN-MAR Every TUE & THU 6:007:30 pm: AIKIDO CLASSES at San
Luis Coastal Adult School, 1500
Lizzie St, Bldg J4, SLO. Learn the
peaceful martial art of Aikido.
This class is for adults of all ages.
Contact: aikidosanluisobispo.com
or 549-1222.

SAT FEB 21 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY
MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075
Palisades. Bring the family to
enjoy a Disney classic about a
mermaid (rated G). Popcorn will JAN 26-FEB 18: CAMP FIRE CANDY is
be provided. Cost: free. Contact: being sold by kids throughout SLO
528-1862.
County. World famous Camp Fire
SAT FEB 28 9:00 am-4:00 pm: Mints, Almond Caramel Clusters,
REDISCOVERING YOUR TRUE Almond Rocca, P-Nuttles, Trail
VOICE with Robin LaFevers at Mix, Mint Meltaways, and Caramel
San Luis Obispo Art Center, 1010 Whirls are $5 / box. Ask about
Broad St, SLO. This roll up your “Operation Home Front” to send
sleeves master class for children’s candy to our troops. Contact: 481book writers is a part writing 5618 or camfirekm.wordpress.
intensive, part therapy session com.
designed to put you in touch with WED FEB 4 at 6:00 pm: Estrella
the core stories that spring from Warbirds Museum Dinner at 4251
your most authentic self—those Dry Creek Rd, Paso Robles. Enjoy
stories only you can tell. Cost: $50- a social hour, dinner, and program

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Our integrative approach offers a foundation for care that includes
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with retired Atascadero Police
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required. Cost: $17. MON-THU
10:00 am-4:00 pm: museum
features
aircraft,
vehicles,
artifacts, classic cars, hot rods,
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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: $23. Contact: 473-1421 or http://
3rd WED of every month at 6:30 explorationstation.org.
pm: Prepared & Natural Chidlbirth
Classes at Twin Cities Community 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00
Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas, pm: Grief Support Group at Central
Templeton. This is a 6-series Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr,
class addressing all matters of Ste D, San Luis Obispo. This free
childbirth in the form of a lecture group is for anyone suffering the
as well as hands-on demos and loss of a loved one who is in need
practice techniques. Cost: free. of support. Contact: 540-6020.
Contact: 434-4654.
2nd SAT of every month FEB2nd THU of every month at 6:30 NOV at 9:00 am: Santa Maria
pm: Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Recreation and Parks Dept offers
Cities Community Hospital, 1100 free docent-led nature walks in
Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. In this Los Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion
introduction to breastfeeding Rd, Santa Maria. Contact: 925class you and your family will 0951 x 263.
learn about the practical aspects 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00
of feeding your newborn from pm: Caregiver Support Group
an Internationally Board Certified at Cayucos Community Church,
Lactation Consultant. Cost: free. Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. Free
Contact: 239-4443.
support for caregivers and family
San Luis Obispo Special Education members dealing with long-term
Local Plan Area (SELPA) and illness, memory loss, dementia,
Community Advisory Committee and Alzheimer’s. Contact: 458(CAC) offer parent orientation 7484.
to special education programs in Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm:
SLO County. Contact: 782-7301 or Remain Independent Despite
www.sloselpa.org/pro_dev.htm. Vision Loss at Santa Maria Terrace,
Twin Cities Community Hospital 1405 E Main St. New ways of
Volunteers, a non-profit org doing daily tasks are taught by
providing support to patients, the Braille Institute, such as home
doctors, and nurses of the managment, traveling, and using
hospital, seek volunteers to work talking library books. Contact:
in the gift shop and Obstetrics 462-1225.
(OB) Dept. AM and PM 4 hour 2nd & 4th MON every month
shifts are available. Contact: 434- at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of
4524.
Preschoolers) meet at Pacific
Last FRI every month at 6:00 pm: Christian Church, 3435 Santa
Family Fun at Unity Church, 1165 Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare
is provided. Contact: 934-3491 or

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Local Resources
Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone?
Concerned for someone you care about?

Suicide Prevention
Mental Health and
Emotional Support
Free
Confidential
24 hours of every day
A program of Transitions Mental Health Association

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Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI
3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness
Program at Arroyo Grande EOC
Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand
Ave. Health services, including
reproductive health, in a safe
environment with staff trained
to screen, assess, and to provide
intervention. Appointments are
preferred. Contact: 489-4026.
1st WED every month at 9:00 am:
Community Action Partnership
Senior Health Screening at First
United Methodist Church, 275
N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande.
Free and low-cost services are
offered for people 50 and older:
blood pressure, pulse, weight,
total
cholesterol,
screening
for anemia, diabetes, and fecal
blood, nutritional counseling, and
medical referrals. Contact: 4812692 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: 5442266 or 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

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donation requested for handout dancing, this is the place! Look
materials and book. Contact: 544- left of the bandstand for sign:
Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and
9313 to register.
listen to good music. No fees; no
4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481
Legal Clinic for Self-Represented or dg17@juno.com.
Litigants at the San Luis Obispo
County Courthouse Law Library, Literacy Council for San Luis
1050 Monterey St in SLO, #125. Obispo County has an ongoing
SLO County Bar Assn Family Law and urgent need for volunteer
Section & Women’s Community tutors and offers free training in
Center provide one-on-one legal SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or www.
advice for persons filing divorces sloliteracy.org.
w/o an attorney, and a document
1st THU every month at 6:15 pm:
preparer to assist in completing
Commission on the Status of
court-required forms. Min. $40.00
Women meets at Coast National
donation. Limit: 12 participants.
Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis
Contact: 544-9313.
Obispo. This official advisory
RISE (formerly Sexual Assault group to SLO County Board of
Recovery
and
Prevention Supervisors identifies issues of
Center of San Luis Obispo Co) concern to women that are not
offers: Weekly Drop-In Support the focus of other advocacy or
Groups for Sexual Assault advisory organizations. Contact:
Survivors; 24 Hour Crisis Line; 788-3406.
Advocacy and Accompaniment; Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm:
Peer
Counseling;
Individual Growing With Baby, an infant
Clinical Counseling; Prevention feeding office for breastfeeding
and Education Programs; and mothers and their babies (0Women’s Empowerment and Self 10 mos), offers a free class on
Defense Workshops. Contact: feeding, crying, and sleep at
545-8888 or www.sarpcenter. 1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo.
org.
Pediatric nurse practioner and
Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: lactation consultant Andrea
ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051 Herron will answer questions.
Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats Dads are always welcome! Call to
are available for adoption through reserve a spot. Contact: 543-6988.
NCHS. Dogs are available through Morro Bay Museum of Natural
Short n’ Sweet Dog Rescue. History offers Adventures With
Contact: 466-5403.
Nature & Mind Walks. Find the
Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED schedule at: www.ccnha.org/
3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy naturewalks.html.
Lending Library-Jack’s Helping Central Coast Commission for
Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, Senior Citizens offers many free
21 Zaca Lane, #100, San Luis services: Senior Connection Obispo. Traditional and adaptive connecting callers with local
toys for children with all types of resources;
HICAP
(Health
disabilities to check out. In-home Insurance
Counseling
and
appointments available. Cost: Advocacy Program) one on
Free! Contact: 547-1914 or www. one assistance for Medicare
jackshelpinghand.org.
beneficiaries, advise and referrals
Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI for long term care options, and
4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy help with billing / appeals; Vial of
Lending Library - Jack’s Helping Life magnetized containers with
Hand at Pat’s Place in Nipomo medical information; a Senior
Recreation Community Rm, 671 Resource Directory for SLO and
W Tefft St, Ste 2, Nipomo. Toys SB counties, and much more.
for children with all types of Contact: 925-9554 or www.
disabilities to check out. In-home centralcoastseniors.org.
appointments also available. Hospice of San Luis Obispo
Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or County provides free grief
www.jackshelpinghand.org.
counseling,
group
support,
counseling, crisis intervention,
Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior
and wellness education to those
Ballroom Dancing at Madonna
with a life-limiting illness, their
Inn. If you are a senior (single
families, and the bereaved. This
or attached) and like ballroom

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non-profit agency offers free
counseling, community education
and volunteer support to those
grieving a death or dealing with
potential
end-of-life
issues.
Offices in San Luis Obispo and
Paso Robles. Contact: 544-2266.
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.
San Luis Obispo Senior Center
offers health screening, legal
services, meals, exercise, bridge,
and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St.
Contact: 781-7306.
Central
Coast
Astronomical
Society sponsors a Dark Sky
Star Party every month at Santa
Margarita Lake KOA Campground
at sunset. CCAS also sponsors
special guest speakers and
public programs periodically.
Find event schedules, weather
updates, and resources at:
www.centralcoastastronomy.
org.
Contact:
aurora@
centralcoastastronomy.org.
San Luis Coastal Adult School’s
Parent Participation Program
offers Core Parenting and
Enrichment classes in SLO,
Morro Bay, and Los Osos. Bring
your child to a parent and child
activity class, or find support and
education just for parents. Cost:
$76 for 10 wks. Contact: 549-1222
or parentparticipation.org.

Listen
Speak Up!
Keep a Child Safe
from Sexual Abuse

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Fit & Well
large stressors of the day add
up, people often look for ways
to de-stress. Unfortunately, this
urge often results in unhealthful
activities that do little to
meaningfully reduce stress, such
as: binge watching favorite TV
shows, eating comfort food,
or drinking alcohol. While all
of those things may be fine in
moderation, switching up your
routine to include exercise can
truly help reduce stress.

Health
Benefits of Exercise

If time is an issue, break exercise
sessions into 10 minute workouts
throughout the day, go for a brisk
walk during your lunch break, or
when you take your children to
the playground, turn that time
into your workout by playing a
game of tag with them or simply
use the playground equipment as
an outdoor gym.

by Renee P. Mosier

Despite the well-established
physical and emotional benefits
associated
with
regular
participation in physical activity,
most Americans are not getting
enough of this important and life
sustaining behavior to reduce
their risk of many diseases.
Those who don’t perform regular
exercise are also more likely to
become depressed or anxious.
Physical activity is a good way to
reduce mood swings and it helps
people to maintain a sense of
emotional well being.

or losing weight, which leads
to a reduced risk of diabetes,
stroke, cardiovascular disease,
hypertension, arthritis, and several
common types of cancer. People
who get regular physical exercise
have a more efficient immune
system, which also helps to ward
off various everyday illnesses,
such as colds and flu. While
these are all great reasons to
get a regular workout, there are
several additional health benefits
that you can gain from exercising
to improve your daily life.

Lack of sleep can leave you feeling
fatigued, and uninspired to start
your day. Physical exercise is
very important for decreasing
insomnia and improving sleep
quality. Without enough deep
sleep, you are less likely to feel
motivated about waking up, much
less performing at your best.

The great news is that research
shows that even those with
chronic insomnia will find that
exercise helps to decrease time
falling asleep and increase the
We all know that exercise is a Reduction of stress is a great amount of sustained sleep. In
big component of maintaining benefit of exercise. As small and addition to getting enough sleep,
you can give yourself some prep
time to start your day with by
doing supportive things, such as
preparing yourself a healthful
lunch, or setting out your clothes
for the following day before you
go to bed. By doing this, you
reduce distractions to think about
before you fall asleep.
If you find yourself forgetting
things more frequently, like
people’s names, or descriptive
words, you may want to consider
adding both a cardio and weight
lifting regimen into your weekly
activities. Research has shown
that each type of exercise effects
a different part of the brain that

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is related to increasing cognitive
function.
With age-related
dementia,
Alzheimer’s
and
Parkinson’s disease becoming
increasingly prevalent in our
society, this is one of the ways
you can help to keep your brain as
fit as the rest of your body.
With all of these great benefits,
you will want to ensure that
you stick with exercise over the
long haul. Before committing
to a workout routine, make sure
that your activity of choice is
something that you can enjoy.
Whether you choose walking,
taking a group fitness class,
hiking, biking, lifting weights,
or yoga, be sure it is something
that you like to do. If you commit
yourself to an activity you dislike,
you might feel discouraged and
stop working out all together.
So search around, try some new
activities, and if it helps, get
your friends or family members
to join you.
Getting other
people involved in your healthful
lifestyle can help to increase your
enjoyment and accountability.

Renee P. Mosier is an ACE Certified Personal
Trainer at MZR Fitness in San Luis Obispo.
She can be reached at renee@mzrfitness.
com or (805) 543-9800.

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