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March 2015


Child Development
Library Voice
Family Life



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Family Events


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Colic and Crying / March at your Library / Hiking with the Family
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Child Development
How can you tell if its colic?


About 20 percent of all babies
develop colic, a catch-all phrase
for uncontrollable crying in an
otherwise healthy baby. A baby
with colic cries or fusses for more
than three hours a day, for more
than three days in one week.
It occurs with equal frequency
among first- and later - born
children, and in boys and girls.

Its hard to know who finds

colic harder, a parent or a baby.
A colicky baby is obviously in
distress, uncomfortable, and
cant soothe himself. But a parent
can be just as upset - listening to
a babys cry for hours on end is
enough to drive you to tears of
your own. A parents discomfort
can include feeling helpless.

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Out of the Blue

overstimulated, and that colic is

his way of blocking everything
All babies cry sometimes; in out so he can sleep. Babies who
fact, the average baby cries are exposed to smoke are also
about two and a half hours a more likely to develop colic.
day. But in addition to persistent
crying, a colicky baby looks
Is colic serious?
truly uncomfortable. He may
alternately extend or pull up his Not really -- apart from the
legs and pass gas. Colic usually household tension it creates.
occurs between 6:00 pm and However, it is wise to seek
midnight, though it can occur assurance from your doctor or
around the clock, generally early childhood nurse that the
becoming worse in the evening. root of your childs prolonged
crying isnt a more serious
Generally, a baby becomes colicky medical problem.
at around two to four weeks of
age and is over it by about three Can a mothers diet cause colic?
months or, in less fortunate
Both formula and breast milk can
cases, six to nine months.
be linked to a babys colic.
Why do some babies get colic?
Occasionally breastfed babies
Scientists have been trying to become colicky because of
answer that question for more something in their mothers
than 50 years. Colic is often diet. Some mums find that if
blamed on the babys immature they stop drinking cows milk
digestive system. In fact, the and other dairy products, the
word colic comes from a Greek situation improves. If youre
word, kolikos, which roughly breastfeeding, try cutting out
translates as colon. There is dairy products for a few days to
also some science to back this see if that makes a difference. If
up. For instance, a newborns your babys colic improves, you
digestive tract contains very have your culprit. Breastfeeding
few enzymes or digestive mothers need calcium and other
juices, which break down food nutrients provided by dairy
substances. Or, according to products in their diet, so get
some, a childs still-developing some advice on how to ensure
nervous system simply tenses your own nutrition is looked
up. Others subscribe to the after before permanantly cutting
theory that the baby is tired or out dairy products.

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Child Development
Some breastfed babies seem to
be bothered if mom indulges in a
lot of spicy food, wheat products,
or cruciferous vegetables. Again,
to test if these foods are making
avoid eating cabbage, broccoli,
cauliflower, garlic, caffeine,
alcohol, and other irritants for
a few days. If your baby seems
better, reintroduce the foods
into your diet, one at a time,
allowing a few days between
reintroductions. It should be
fairly easy to pinpoint which one
is causing your baby problems:
if he starts fussing again after
a food is reintroduced, then
youll know thats the offending
substance. Youll have to abstain
from it until your baby outgrows
his sensitivity, which is usually
at around 3 months, but thats
a small price to pay for a happy

the sound of close crying.

Some experts believe that
over-stimulating a baby can
make colic worse, so keep the
room quiet and dark. And if
you dont feel that holding her
is helping, put her in her cot or
bassinette for a few minutes.
Your baby may cry less if she
is kept in motion. Carry her in
a sling, rock her in a swing, or
push her around in her pram.
Try massaging her tummy
very gently with clockwise
movements to help move
along trapped gas.

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She may settle when you

expose her to repetitive
noise or vibrations. You could
catch up on the vacuuming or
take her for a car ride. Some Talk to your child health nurse
and practical suggestions.
babies are soothed by the
or pediatrician, who can offer
steady rhythm of the washing
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machine. (Never put your baby
If your baby is bottle-fed, you
on top of a washing machine
might try switching formulas
or tumble dryer. Always put
to see if thats the irritant. And
her on the floor next to it.)
whether youre feeding your
baby formula or breast milk, Your baby may calm down if
make sure that youre burping
she sucks on a pacifier.
him during and after feedings - it
helps relieve the pressure that Burp your baby after every feed
to help prevent painful gas.
builds up when he swallows air.
Hold her over your shoulder,
Will all that crying hurt a child?
sit her upright on your lap, or
In truth, it may be more painful
place her face down on your
for the parents who must endure
lap. Then pat or rub her back
the alternately heart-rending
to bring up gas.
and irritating crying of a child.
Colicky babies do just fine. In
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continue to gain weight, not just
help reduce gas. Also check
average-well but better than
that she is latched on properly.
average. They are hungry babies.
They gulp down their whole If she is bottle-fed, make sure
feeding. And one study even
she isnt swallowing air from
found that colicky babies turned
the bottle. Try to sit her upright
out to be better problem solvers
to feed her, and tilt the bottle
Robert Flores D.M.D. & Robyn Flores D.M.D.
later in life.
enough so that the milk covers
the entrance to the teat.
Here are some methods that
might help to soothe your crying If you start to feel tense and
anxious, ask your partner or
a friend to babysit for a short
Hold your baby close to you,
while. Have a long bath, or lie
wear her in a pouch or sling or
down in a quiet room. Even
wrap her snugly in a blanket.
just an hour away can give you
Wearing earplugs or ear
the energy to go back to your
phones may help you deal with

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Library Voice

March on In
by Kristen Barnhart

March is certainly roaring in like

the MGM Lion at the San Luis
Obispo County libraries! I know
book lovers up and down the
entire Central Coast eagerly
anticipate SLO Friends of the
Librarys annual Book Sale at the
Veterans Memorial Building on
Grand Ave, just off Monterey.
This year, the Book Sale will be
held Thursday through Saturday
March 5th-7th. The doors open
at 6:00 pm on Thursday for the
members only experience. Not a
member? No worries, for $10.00
you can join right at the door!
Fridays hours are 10:00 am-5:00
pm, and Saturday you can shop
from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. There will
be over 20,000 books and 4,400
audio-visual items.
books lead the way with the
largest selection and other supersized subjects this year are: art
books, literature, history, cooking,
and health.
We make it affordable for every
home to be filled with books!
Books are priced at only $1 per
inch. CDs and DVDs at $1 each,
and tapes of all kinds will be
50 cents each. For collectors,
there will be specially priced
selections including rare and
unusual titles. Proceeds from
the sale will go toward materials,
improvements, and all those
amazing performances we offer
during the Summer Reading
Program at SLO City Library. This
is a fun and important community
event that promotes literacy in
a festive environment, so grab
some friends, some bags, and all
your spare change, and head on
over to the SLO Vets Hall!

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March is Womens History

(Herstory?) Month and many
libraries feature special programs
to celebrate. Atascadero Library
will be hosting three programs.
History Comes Alive, where youll
meet living representations of
famous women March 3rd-7th
sounds super interesting. On
Saturday, March 7th at 10:30 am,
they will present Julia Morgan:
Pioneering Architect by Victoria
Kastner, so plan on taking a
day trip to see Hearst Castle or
the Monday Club afterwards.
On Friday, March 20th at 10:30
am, they will be showing the
documentary A League of Their
Own, chronicling the history of
the All American Girls Professional
Baseball League.
Award-winning documentary The
Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter
tells the story of the symbol of
working women during World War
II through interviews, newsreels,
photographs, and music. Shell
Beach Library will screen it on
Wednesday, March 11th at 3:00
pm, and Creston Library will show
it on Tuesday, March 24th at 4:00
pm. Combine this program with a
walk on the beach or through the
North County wildflowers.
On Friday, March 13th at 6:30 pm,
take yourself over to the Los Osos
Library for 100 Years of Womens
Suffrage presented by the League
of Women Voters. Drop into the
Santa Margarita Library all month
where they will play 2 minute
excerpts on the hour from Guy
Rathbuns radio program The Fair
Sex Calendar: Today in History
by Donna Leon. If you havent
visited Santa Margarita in a while,

March 2015

take some time to explore the on Wednesday, March 11th 5:00new shops and restaurants.
6:00 pm. Join Brandy Swain from
the Sheriffs Department to learn
Nipomo Library will offer Historical how to protect your identity
Elements and Geographical Places online and in social media. This
in Books, presented by a panel of event will be geared for ages 12
local authors on Saturday, March and up. Saturday, March 14th
28th at 2:00 pm. Who knows? 11:00 am-12:00 pm, we will be
Maybe that bear will show up invaded by SLO-BOTICS Robot
again! The next Saturday at 2:00 Demonstration! Come and checkpm, they will screen Triangle out the latest robots from the
Fire, a PBS American Experience SLO High School Robotics Team.
documentary about one of the Beep Beep!
worst tragedies in U.S. labor
history when 146 garment Be sure to keep checking our
workers (mostly young immigrant website for more
women) locked into a shirt factory programs and directions to
were killed.
the libraries, and follow us on
Facebook as we try to keep you
A League of their Own (the informed and delighted with all
documentary) will return for the fabulousness that is Your
a second showing at the SLO Library!
Library on Saturday, March 21st at
2:00 pm. But wait, theres more,
you will have the opportunity
meet director Kelly Candaele, and
hear the fascinating story of how
she came to create this film.
Our Miossi Grants Arts Live
will continue with a March
performance on Saturday March
14th at 10:30 am at SLO Library.
Families are invited to a Hunk-taBunk-ta Musical Party! There is
still plenty of time to pick up your
reading log at the Childrens Desk
at SLO Library. Combine any ten
performing arts books, CDs, and
DVDs and earn a gift of music!
You will also be entered into a
drawing for Your Own Puppet
Theatre (jazz hands)!
March 8th- 14th is National Teen
Tech Week! SLO Library will be
offering an Internet Safety for
Students and Parents workshop

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@

Libraries will get you through

times with no money, better than
money will get you through times
with no Libraries!

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Family Life
Laguna Lake Laguna Lake Loop
Trail, in the city of San Luis

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Fun Family Hiking

on the Central Coast

by Steven Smith

Getting outdoors was one of

my favorite activities when I
was little. Most children love
to get outside and enjoy the
abundance of plants and animals
on the Central Coast.

for planning hikes in San Luis

Obispo County at: http://
Santa Barbara County hikes go to:

Going on a family hike is a great

way for children to get exercise,
spend quality time together,
learn more about nature, and
have lots of fun. Kids like beach
hikes, nature hikes, bird hikes,
rock hikes, flower hikes, and
even night hikes!

You can plan your hike around

the distance of the trail, the type
of terrain, things you can see on
the hike (like plants, insects, and
animals) and historical or cultural
sites you might visit. The Central
Coast offers amazing diversity
of terrain and views. You can
find oceanfront cliffs; coves and
tide pools; white sand beaches
and windswept dunes; light
houses; stream-fed canyons and
waterfalls; redwood forests or
decidous trees; canyon lakes;
mountain peaks; and varied
ecological habitats! Whatever
hiking location you choose,
incredible scenery and fresh air
await you.

you can find resources and
information about the trails
at certain parks. El Chorro
and Bishops Peak are two
of my favorites listed there.
Of course, specific trails vary
in difficulty and length. The
distance and terrain of the trail
are very important factors to
consider when deciding what
little children can handle while
hiking. I wouldnt recommend
steep, winding paths or paths
along oceanfront cliffs. The
things children can see on a
hike are also very important for

Here are some of the many places

that your family might enjoy:
Elfin Forest Natural Area in
Morro Bay;
Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in
Los Osos;

San Luis Obispo County Trail Oso Flaco Lake Trail in Guadalupe;
Guide by the Santa Lucia Chapter Los Osos Oaks State Reserve in
of the Sierra Club (3rd Edition)
Los Osos;
is a useful resource for families
planning a hiking adventure. Monarch Butterfly Grove in
Pismo Beach;
Find helpful information online

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Cuesta Ridge Botanical Area in

Santa Margarita, and
Lopez Lake Recreation Area in
Arroyo Grande.
Things children might look for
and discuss while hiking include:
animals tracks; geology and
rocks; plants and birds; and
insects (be sure they know which
ones to avoid). Spend some time
reading with your child about
the plants and animals you might
encounter on your hike and the
type of landscape you might see.
Some great guide books to
bring along include: Shorebirds
by Jonathan P. Latimer; The
National Audubon Society First
Field Guide to Birds by Scott
Weidensaul; Smithsonion Kids
Field Guides: Birds of North
America West by Jo S. Kittinger;
Central Coast Wildflowers by
Mary Coffeen; Wildflowers of San
Luis Obispo, California produced
by the SLO Chapter of the
California Native Plant Society;
and Early Uses of California
Plants by Edward K. Balls.
It is very important to teach
children common trail rules
and hiking etiquette.
good website featuring this
information can be found at
Go a step further and talk
with your kids about hiking
Children need to
know what to do if they become
separated from the family
or if they become lost. You
can explain how to avoid the
types of hazards people might
encounter on a hike, such as
poison oak, bees, poisonous

snakes, and ticks. Make sure

your children understand not to
drink untreated water that may
contain parasites and bacteria.
There are a number of excellent
books that adults can use to
learn more about hiking. For
example, flip through The Joy of
Hiking: Hiking the Trail Master
Way by John McKinney or The
Hiking Companion: Getting the
Most from the Trail Experience
by Michael W. Robbins to read
up on tips for hiking with babies,
small children, and teens.
Before you set out on a hike,
always be sure to check the
Bring appropriate
clothing and gear, water, snacks,
sun protection, and a phone and
flashlight (for safety).
I have found that hiking helps me
reconnect with nature. I forget
about my everyday worries and
observe how plants and animals
adapt and make the most of
what they have. We really are
fortunate to live where we can
easily visit the ocean, mountains,
dunes and forests. So round up
the family and start exploring all
the great trails!
Steven Smith is a resident of San
Luis Obispo and a graduate of CSU
Long Beach with a degree in Creative
Writing. Steven is currently a painter/
muralist and a freelance writer. His
art can be viewed above and at www.
Steven can be reached by e-mail at:

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Fun & Games

Leprechaun Spot the Differences

Jacks Jokes
Why dont bears wear socks?

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What happens if you get a gigabyte?

What is unique about a goose?

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Are you Following

a Tax Smart
Investment Strategy?
by Molly Peoples

Were getting closer to April 15:

Tax Filing Day. While there may
not be much you can do to change
your results for the 2014 tax year,
you can certainly look closely at
your tax returns to find areas you
might be able to improve next
year and one such area is your
investment portfolio.
Of course, you may also find
opportunities in other places,
too. Could you have taken more
Could you have
moved some of your debts into
a tax-deductible loan, such as a
home equity loan or line of credit?
Youll want to consult with your
tax advisor to determine areas of
potential savings.
However, you might be able to

brighten your tax picture by

investment moves, such as the
Resist the urge to trade
It can be costly
to constantly buy and sell
investments. In addition to the
commissions you may incur, and
the possibility that such excessive
trading can impede a consistent
investment strategy, you could
rack up a sizable tax bill. If you
sell an asset that youve held for
a year or less, any profit you earn
is considered a short-term capital
gain, which is taxed at the same
rate as your ordinary income.
So, for example, if you bought
Investment ABC for $1,000 on
January 5, 2014, and you sold it

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for $1,250 on Dec. 31, 2014, youd
be taxed on your $250 gain. If you
are in the 28% tax bracket, youd
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waited until January 6, 2015, and
you sold your investment for the
same $250 gain, youd pay the
more favorable long-term capital
gains tax rate of 15%, which
translates into $37.50 in taxes
just over half of what youd owe
at the short-term rate. If you
habitually sold investments after
owning them less than a year, the
taxes could really add up, so try to
be a buy-and-hold investor.

If you arent
already participating in your
401(k) or similar plan, start now.
And if you are contributing, boost
your contributions whenever your
salary goes up. You typically put
pretax dollars in your 401(k), so
the more you add, the lower your
annual taxable income. Plus, your
earnings can grow tax deferred.
Max out on your IRA.
Depending on your income level,
you may be able to deduct some,
or all, of your contributions to
your traditional IRA and these
deductible contributions can
lower your taxable income. Plus,
your investment can grow tax
deferred. (Keep in mind, though,
that taxes will be due upon
withdrawal, and any withdrawals
made before you reach 59 are
subject to a 10% IRS penalty.)
If you contribute to a Roth IRA,
your contributions are never
deductible and wont lower
your taxable income, but your
earnings are distributed tax free,
provided youve had your account
at least five years and you are
older than 59. In 2015, you can
contribute $5,500 to your IRA,
plus an additional $1,000 catch-up
contribution if you are 50 or older,
and its almost always a good idea
to max out your contributions
each year.
By following a buy-and-hold
investment strategy and using
those tax-advantaged accounts
available to you, you may be able
to help yourself at tax time and
Edward Jones, its employees and financial
advisors are not estate planners and cannot
provide tax or legal advice. You should consult
your estate planning attorney or qualified tax
advisor regarding your situation.
Molly Peoples is a financial advisor at Edward
Jones in San Luis Obispo. She can be reached
at (805) 784-9013. 2014 Edward Jones. All
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Local History

Buried Treasure

over the treasure to Mr. Teach.

Im not sure if they got a reward
for finding the buried treasure.
It was said that the gold may
by Guy Crabb
have been loot that the famous
We have been moving from district and had a reputation as a robber and murderer Joaquin
Murrieta had buried. Murrieta
our old house to another home no-nonsense leader.
supposedly had a girlfriend who
nearby and we have boxes
everywhere. I made a big mistake The treasure story begins with lived near where San Luis Obispo
and started boxing up my office a couple of boys who were High School is today.
early, and then I realized that I in high school. The boys got
had buried my history books in themselves into trouble at school The Masons, who have an
a pile of boxes. My books are and Mr. Teach handed down the incredible lodge on Marsh
treasures that I use all the time. punishment for these two young Street, recently excavated a box
As a local historian, I have bought rascals. They were ordered to of treasures buried around 100
or been given many books on the clean out the bushes on Johnson years ago. I was there when
history of San Luis Obispo. I really Street as it went under the they opened up the sealed box.
do consider these books a kind of train bridge near where French Actually it was a box inside of
treasure, so I am going to tell you Hospital is today. At that time, another box. As lodge members
about some other treasures that in the 1930s and 40s and even opened the inner box, people in
I know a little bit about.
earlier, the road under the train the room were on the edge of
their seats. Each item was pulled
bridge was only one lane.
out and described. The treasure
One of my favorite treasure
stories involves the man that As they were digging, one of consisted of names of people
my school is named for. I teach the boys realized that he had hit who were community leaders
at Charles E. Teach Elementary something metal with his shovel. and Masons. There were small
School. It is an amazing school Both boys threw down their bottles that contained symbols of
with great families and super shovels to dig out the treasure the Masons. Newspaper articles
students. Charles Teach was a with their bare hands. As they and money were other items that
very strong leader in education reached into the hole in the had been sealed away for the last
and the community.
Mr. ground, they pulled out an old 100 years.
Teach was one of the founding leather bag that had several gold
members of SESLOC Federal coins inside. You can imagine the The History Center on the corner
Credit Union back in 1943. He was excitement that the boys felt until of Monterey and Broad Street
the superintendent of the school they realized they had to turn was once the Carnegie Library
that was built in 1905 at a cost
of $10,000. Mr. Carnegie was
one of the worlds richest men
at the turn of the century and
generously gave many small
towns across the country money
to build a city library. Architect
W. H. Weeks was asked if the
community could bury some
treasure under the corner stone
of the building and their wish
was granted. I cannot remember
if that treasure was unburied 10
years ago, but it was said that the
treasure box had newspapers,
money, and small mementoes of
the time.

March 2015

I recently found out that there

is a time capsule buried at a
local school. The school was
the home of what was known
as the Alternative School,
which eventually became what
is known as Teach School. Val
Wright was a popular teacher at
the Alternative School and she is
still teaching. I had a chance to
talk to Val and he informed me
that he and others may dig up
the time capsule that was buried
about 30 years ago. Val probably
remembers the items that were
buried, but I am hoping I will
be invited when someone digs
up the treasure buried by the
students and staff. I know it
will not contain a bag of gold,
but treasure comes in all shapes
and sizes. I think letters written
by students 30 years ago are
priceless treasures.

Who knows what buried

treasures are still out there? It
may be gold, jewelry, a bottle,
or maybe even a map that shows
where X marks the spot. Isnt
it great to live in an area where
some treasures are buried in
the ground, and others (like our
In the 1800s, our little part of historic Mission) are above the
the world was a very dangerous ground for us to enjoy every day?
place. We had our share of road
agents or robbers and our share Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach
of travelers who had bags of Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He
graduated from Cal Poly SLO and has been
gold attached to their bodies. teaching for 30 years. Guy was a Teacher of
Year in 2006 and currently teaches at a
travelers the
National Blue Ribbon School. Reach him at
would stop their horses to bury

Contents of the Masonic Lodge treasure box

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their gold outside of town before

going in. This method kept their
gold safe from robbers that they
met in town. There are some
instances when the traveler was
killed and never returned to
retrieve their treasure. There is
a very good possibility that bags
of gold could remain buried in
the hills that surround the sleepy
little town of San Luis Obispo. It
makes a person want to buy a
metal detector and start walking
around the hills at the bottom of
Cuesta Grade. I would guess a
traveler would bury his treasure
a few miles from the center of
town. Wouldnt it be fun to find
some buried treasure?

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and The Oxford English Dictionary
definitely connect capricious with
those flighty, tricky, pranking

CS Perryess

about words
A Wirdbalk

a dine finner of roast sau and


This week its time for a birdwalk a little wordplay the spoonerism. If you havent indulged yourself
in this manner before, take the
Spoonerisms are named after the hull by the borns and spoonerize
Reverend William A. Spooner, the following list of random wellwho suffered from a speech known names:
disorder involving involuntary
transposition of sounds in
William Shakespeare
words, typically initial sounds.
Judy Garland
Though historians question the
Benjamin Franklin
authenticity of many gaffes
Margaret Thatcher
attributed to Reverend Spooner,
Marie Curie
lists of his gaffes typically include
this bungled tribute to Queen
Groucho Marx
Victoria, Three cheers for our
Benito Mussolini
queer old dean!
Virginia Woolf
In tribute to Reverend Spooner,
those who enjoy playing with
tweaked any number of perfectly
fine stories, many of which can
be found on Matthew Goldmans
Goonerisms Spalore, the most
well known being the many
versions of Indercella (in which
our unhortunate feroine attends
a bancy fall and slops her dripper).
For something a bit different,
heres Goldmans take on the
climax and denouement of
another old fairy tale:
May I come in, and hee your
sitty prome?
Tho, Tho, a nousand times, Tho,
pied the crig, Not by the chair
of my hinny hin, hin!
Then Ill huff, and Ill duff, and Ill
hoe your blouse down, growled
the wolf.
And with that, the wolf chuffed
up his peeks, blew the smith to
housereens, and sat down to

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Flighty Goats and

Fearful Hedgehogs

Less traditional sources disagree.

The folks at Wordinfo, and Anu
Gargs A Word a Day (a fascinating
daily glance into etymology),
appear to have used a bit more
scrutiny. These sources explain
that the similarity of capro, or goat,
to the word capricious shifted
the meaning toward flighty,
pranking, goatlike behavior, and
away from its original meaning.
These sources claim capricious
was actually constructed from
the word parts, capo-, head, and
riccio, hedgehog. Thats right;
the word in question may have
initially meant hedgehog-head. In
the early 1500s, capricious started
out meaning afraid, or hairstanding-on-end, like the spines
of the hedgehog. After years the
similar term capro- rubbed off
enough to shove the meaning of
the word toward goatliness (or,
goat allies might claim, toward
perceived goatliness).

Pranking, tricky goats or hairThe other day a lurking follower on-end hedgehogs? Which story
laughingly commented on the carries the ring of truth?
capricious nature of the topics
for Wordmonger posts. It would
be poetic if I were to claim that
upon hearing this, my hair stood With Saint Patricks Day fast
on end, but I have little hair left to approaching, why not take a look
engage in such shenanigans, and at the etymology of leprechaun?
the capricious shoe fits, so Im
The word leprechaun involves the
perfectly happy to wear it.
blending of Gaelic and Latin. The
Capricious is one of those earliest written English record
wonderfully rich words of of the term occurred in 1604,
questionable heritage. More spelled lubrican. This spelling traditional sources mention the and a boatload of early alternate
flighty, capering nature of goats, spellings - start with lu-. the Gaelic
and cite the Latin word capriolus, combining form for small. In
or wild goat as the grandmother Old Irish leprechaun was spelled
of capricious. In the late 1500s luchorpan, which allows us to
and 1600s, capricious and its see a hint of the Latin part of this
relatives meant prank or trick. word, meaning body. This same
It can be argued that the goat combining form is used in the
is a tricky critter, and that goat- words corpuscle, corporation,
like satyrs of myth were most Corpus Christi, and corporeal. So
decidedly pranksters. My two leprechaun translates simply to
most trusted sources, Etymonline, little body.

March 2015

Irish folklore (poo-pooed by, yet

titillating to etymologists), tells
us that because leprechauns
are sprites known for making or
repairing a single shoe, the name
comes from leithbragan, which
marries leith, meaning half, with
brag meaning brogue.
While one source bestows
leprechauns with a little lisping,
another Irish tale defines the
leprechaun as a pygmy sprite who
always carries a purse containing
a schilling.
Despite all this information, if
you find yourself at a bar on
Saint Patricks Day, and someone
sits at the next stool and begins
repairing a single shoe, speaking in
a lisping falsetto, and/or carrying
a purse, its wisest to keep your
assumptions to yourself. And
isnt that always true.
My thanks to sources:,
Spoonerisms Galore, the OED,,, and

CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio

books, and ponders the wonder of words
in a foggy little town on Californias central
coast. Find more of his blog posts at http://, or reach him at

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March 2015 Free Ongoing Events


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

pig DAY




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

read across
america DAY


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park

3:30-4:15pm AG


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
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG

2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay
6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO
10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG

Da Vinci
(in 1485)

Dr. Seuss
(Born in 1904)


anthem DAY




9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart

2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall

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


1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO

(Born in 1475))
dentist day

(Star Spangled Banner adopted in 1931)


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


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

womens DAY


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park

3:30-4:15pm AG


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
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

first paper
money issued
(In 1862)

daylight saving
time begins

no smoking DAY
first basketball
game (In 1892)

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

ides of march


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


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park

3:30-4:15pm AG


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
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

submarine DAY

everything you
do is right Day


9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart

2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall


3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG

2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay
6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO
10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG

uranus discovered
(By William Herschel in 1781)

(Pi) Day
of the century

Good samaritan day

albert einsteins
Birthday (Born in 1879)


9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart

2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall

goof off day


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

single parents day

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

3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park

3:30-4:15pm AG


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
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

toast day

poetry day
quilting day


3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG

2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay
6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO
10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG


9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart

10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall
2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall

(Born in 1874)


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

doctors day
pencil with eraser
patented (In 1858)

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3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park

3:30-4:15pm AG

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

If you cant
explain it simply,
you dont
understand it
well enough.

Joe day
(Everyone can be called Joe)

pancakes first
made (In NYC in 1882)




sing out day



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

teenagers day

1st walk in space

(In 1965)

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



first day of spring!



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


girl scout day
(Founded in 1912)



return day

St. patricks day

freedom of
information Day

3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG

2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay
6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO
10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG


Barbies birthday
(Introduced in 1959)



~ Albert Einstein


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
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

1st map of the

usa published

March 2015


3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG

2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay
6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO
10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG


9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart

2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall


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

Birthstone: Aquamarine

March is:
American Red Cross Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
Womans History Month
Music in our Schools Month
National Nutrition Month
National Craft Month
Youth Art Month

Daffodil or Narcissus

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Family Events
JAN 22-MAR 8 (days & times
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
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.
com or 489-2499.
FRI FEB 6-SUN MAR 8 (times
at Pewter Plough Playhouse,
824 Main St, Cambria. FRI & SAT
at 7:30 pm, and SUN at 3:00 pm.
Dont miss this classic comedy
about love and witchcraft.
Gilliana young witchcannot
fall in love, but that doesnt stop
her from casting a romantic spell
on a young man. Adding to the
mix are her offbeat family and
an eccentric author. Cost: $1722. Contact: 927-3877 or http://
FRI FEB 13-SUN MAR 15 (times
vary): SINGIN IN THE RAIN at San
Luis Obispo Little Theatre, 888
Morro St, SLO. FRI & SAT at 7:00
pm, and SAT & SUN at 2:00 pm.
The opening night celebration
includes food, wine, and a silent
auction. Cost: $35. Contact: 7862440 or
TUE FEB 24-SAT FEB 28 10:00 am5:00 pm: ART ACTIVITY: THANK
YOU NOTES at San Luis Obispo
Childrens Museum, 1010 Nipomo
St, SLO. Make thank you notes
for people who help you every
day: the postal worker, librarian,
grocery checker or garbage
collector. Cost: free. Contact: 5455874 or
FRI FEB 27 11:30 am-3:30 pm:

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CINDER at Los Osos Rexall, 989
Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos.
Pulled pork sandwiches, beans,
coleslaw, and drinks. Camp Cinder
is a free firefighter camp for girls
age 15-18. Cost: $10 tickets are
tax deductible at campcinder.
org. Contact: 550-1307 or http://
FRI FEB 27- SUN MAR 15 (times
vary): ON GOLDEN POND at Park
Ballroom, 1232 Park St, Paso
Robles. Set in a cabin by a lake,
the story is a humorous and warm
look at life, forgiveness, hope
and acceptance. Cost: $15-25.
Contact: (800) 838-3006 or http://
SAT FEB 28 8:15 am-11:00 pm:
JAMBOREE. Couples dancing at
Veterans Memorial Bldg, 1000
Main St, and line dancing at
Cambria Grammar School, 3223
Main St. Learn the new western
line dances or couple dances in
a whole day of workshops and
an evening dance. This event
offers 18 different western dance
classes and 10 world-class dance
instructors. Register at: www. Cost: $45
classes & night dance. $15 night
dance only. Contact: 927-3624.

Fairy & Leprauchan

Miniature Garden
Saturday, March 14th Noon-2:00 pm
at Grandmas Frozen Yogurt & Waffle Shop

307 Morro Bay Blvd, Morro Bay

Learn how to create your own special place to dream!

$25-40 All-Inclusive Kits next-door at

Beads by the Bay, 333 Morro Bay Blvd.
Creative fun for all ages

March 2015

bring your inner child!

Register and
reserve your kit:
7 7 2 -3 3 38

Luis Obispo Childrens Museum,

1010 Nipomo St, SLO. Decorate a
tear-away sheet that you can post
at your library, grocery store, or
school offering kind gestures like
SAT FEB 28 9:00 am-4:00 pm: peace, strength, and a smile. Cost:
REDISCOVERING YOUR TRUE free. Contact: 545-5874 or http://
VOICE with Robin LaFevers at
San Luis Obispo Art Center, 1010
SAT FEB 28 at 12:00 pm: GEOBroad St, SLO. This roll up your
sleeves master class for childrens
Grandmas Frozen Yogurt &
book writers is a part writing
Waffle Shop, 307 Morro Bay Blvd,
intensive, part therapy session
Morro Bay. All ages meet up at
designed to put you in touch with
noon every SAT before exploring
the core stories that spring from
hidden treasures in Morro Bay.
your most authentic selfthose
Complimentary frozen yogurt for
stories only you can tell. Cost: $50all new group members! Cost:
70. Contact: or
free. Contact: 704-9866.
SAT FEB 28 at 10:00 am: KIDS SAT FEB 28 1:00-2:30 pm: KIDS
Library Community Rm, 995 Palm Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy
St, San Luis Obispo. This science Creek Rd, SLO. Winter is a great
workshop is designed to get kids time to explore our creek. Join
wildly excited about science. Watershed Stewards Program as
Participants will be zapping we learn, play, explore, and craft.
together circuits, switches, lights, Join us at the Childrens Garden
motors, and more as they learn to learn how the whole family
the basics of electricity. Cost: can save water and preserve our
free. Contact: 781-5775 or http:// waterways. Cost: $5 suggested
donation. Contact:
SAT FEB 28 11:00 am: TAKE WHAT
YOU NEED MINI-POSTER at San SAT FEB 28 at 7:30 pm: SLO


at Cuesta College CPAC, Hwy
1, San Luis Obispo. SLO County
High School Jazz Ensemble is
made up of the best high school
jazz musicians in SLO county and
Santa Maria. This concert will also
feature the Cuesta Jazz Ensemble.
Cost: $7-12. Contact: 546-3198.
SAT FEB 28 at 8:00 pm: POPS
CONCERT at Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand
Ave, San Luis Obispo. This year,
the music dept. bands will present
entertaining works from all areas
of popular culture written and
arranged for the modern concert
band. Cost: $9-14. Contact: 7562406 or
SUN MAR 1 8:00-11:00 am: SLO
at SLO Grange Hall, 2880 Broad
St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy bacon,
eggs, pancakes, juice, and
coffee. Donations are used for
the restoration of the historic
Grange Hall. Cost: $5-10 donation.
Contact: 543-0639.
SUN MAR 1 11:00 am-3:00 pm:
EXPO at Paso Robles Inn
Ballroom, 1103 Spring Street, Paso
Robles. Enjoy the 15th annual

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TUE MAR 3 at 3:00 pm: DR

Library, 2075 Palisades, Los Osos.
Celebrate the birthday of the
great Dr. Seuss with cake and a
special storytime. You may even
spot your favorite characters
roaming the library! This event for
the young and young at heart is
sponsored by Friends of Los Osos
Library. Cost: free. Contact: 528SUN MAR 1 11:00 am-7:45 pm: 1862.
Lanes, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis WED MAR 4 at 6:00 pm: FREE
Obispo. Bring the whole family to ADOPTION INFORMATION at
this Totally Awesome 80s theme Family Connections Christian
event. Get a team together and Adoptions, 1540 Marsh St, Ste 130,
help raise money for Big Brothers San Luis Obispo. FCCA is offering
Big Sisters of SLO. Call now to an adoption information session.
reserve your lane, they go fast. FCCA was established in 1983 and
Contact: 781-3226 or has placed over 4,700 waiting
children into forever families.
SUN MAR 1 2:00-4:00 pm: MORRO Cost: free. Contact: 542-9084.
Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, LIBRARY BOOK SALE at SLO
Morro Bay. Celebrate the Estuary Veterans Memorial Bldg, 801
anniversary Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. THU
with an art show focused on the 6:00-9:00 pm, FRI 10:00 am-5:00
beauty of the estuary. Artwork pm, and SAT 9:00 am-2:00 pm.
includes both 2-D pieces and film. Peruse over 20,000 books at $1
Refreshments will be served. per inch and 4,500 audio-visual
Cost: free. Contact: 772-3834 or items at $.50 to $1. Also special
price collectible books. Proceeds
EXPO and personal attention
from formal-wear boutiques,
florists, photographers, caterers,
limousine services, reception
sites, and more. Bridal and formal
wear will be modeled and prizes
will be awarded throughout
the event. Cost: free. Contact: or 2384103.

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March 2015

benefit SLO Library. Contact: 544-

3033 or
SAT MAR 14 10:00 am-4:00 pm:
& MEDICINAL PLANTS at SLO at SLO Railroad Museum, 1940
Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Santa Barbara St, San Luis Obispo.
Creek Rd, SLO. Discover the Enjoy the kids area, exhibits,
historic and modern uses of some model trains, gift shop, and 1926
of the many plants of SLO County Pullman car. Cost: $3 and under.
with herbalist Tellur Fenner. Cost: Contact: 548-1894 or http://
$5-10. Contact: or 541-
SAT MAR 14 10:30-11:30 am: HUNKSAT MAR 7 10:00 am-4:00 pm: TA-BUNK-TA MUSICAL PARTY for
SPRING VENDOR FAIRE at Kids at San Luis Obispo Library
Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe, Community Rm, 995 Palm St,
671 S Oakglen Ave, Nipomo. San Luis Obispo. Enjoy a unique
Enjoy music, face painting, tri-tip musical experience for children to
sandwiches, roasted corn, and join in, engage with and express
over 40 vendor booths. Cost: themselves. Children sing, dance,
free. Contact: 929-5679 or http:// laugh and play along with original
and traditional songs through live
performances and award-winning
SAT MAR 7 11:00 am-2:00 pm: music CDs. Cost: free. Contact:
PEOPLES DAY at La Purisima 461-6161.
Mission, 2295 Purisima Rd,
Lompoc. Re-enactors portray SAT MAR 14 at 12:00 pm: GEOpeople who used to call the La CACHE FAMILY GROUP at
Purisima Mission home. Cost: $6 Grandmas Frozen Yogurt &
parking. Contact: 733-3713.
Waffle Shop, 307 Morro Bay
Blvd, Morro Bay. New group
SAT MAR 7 11:00 am-2:00 pm: forming for all ages. Meet at
HERB HIKE at SLO Botanical noon every SAT before exploring
Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. hidden treasures in Morro Bay.
Spend the day hiking through a Complimentary frozen yogurt for
number of different plant habitats all new group members! Cost:
while identifying and discussing free. Contact: 704-9866.
many of the useful plants found
with herbalist Tellur Fenner. Cost: SAT MAR 14 at 12:00 pm: FAIRY
$45-55. Contact:
WORKSHOP at Grandmas Frozen
SAT MAR 7 at 12:00 pm: GEO- Yogurt & Waffle Shop, 307 Morro
CACHE FAMILY GROUP at Bay Blvd, Morro Bay. Learn how
Grandmas Frozen Yogurt & to create a miniature garden and
Waffle Shop, 307 Morro Bay create your own special place to
Blvd, Morro Bay. New group dream. Cost: $25-40. Space limited
forming for all ages. Meet at - pre register at Beads By the Way.
noon every SAT before exploring Contact: 772-3338.
hidden treasures in Morro Bay.
Complimentary frozen yogurt for SAT MAR 14 1:00-3:00 pm: OPEN
all new group members! Cost: HOUSE A Day in the Life
free. Contact: 704-9866.
at Wishing Well School, 880
Manzanita Dr (Sunnyside School),
SAT MAR 7 at 8:00 pm: THE Los Osos. Contact: 235-4401.
Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo SAT
Grande. Enjoy this tribute to the pm:
music of the Great American WORKSHOP at SLO Botanical
West. Cost: $29-45. Contact: 489- Garden, Create your own nature
9444 or
haven with a container garden.
Bring a container. Some plants
SUN MAR 8 1:30-4:00 pm: ST. provided and others for sale, or
PATRICKS DAY DANCE at Elwin bring your own. Soil, trowels and
Mussell Senior Center at 510 E Park gloves provided. Limited space.
Ave, Santa Maria. This celebration Cost: $10-15. Contact:
features a performance by the container.
Riptide Big Band. Cost: $10.
Contact: 775 843-2830 or http:// WED MAR 18 at 3:00 pm: MAKE

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Family Events

Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC)

7:30 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.
FRI MAR 20-SUN MAR 29 (times Contact:
vary): YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN or 549-1222.
in Coast Union High School
gym, 2950 Santa Rosa Creek Rd, 3rd WED of every month at 6:30
Cambria. Take a hayride through pm: Prepared & Natural Chidlbirth
a haunted pine forest for the Classes at Twin Cities Community
award-winning musical Young Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas,
Frankenstein by Mel Brooks. Templeton. This is a 6-series
FRI and SAT shows at 7:00 pm, class addressing all matters of
and SUN at 3:00 pm, with doors childbirth in the form of a lecture
opening 30 minutes before as well as hands-on demos and
curtain. Cost: $8-20 tickets at practice techniques. Cost: free.
Cambria Chamber of Commerce Contact: 434-4654.
or at the door. Contact: 975-2078.
2nd THU of every month at 6:30
SAT MAR 21 at 12:00 pm: GEO- pm: Breastfeeding Basics at Twin
CACHE FAMILY GROUP at Cities Community Hospital, 1100
Grandmas Frozen Yogurt & Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. In this
Waffle Shop, 307 Morro Bay introduction to breastfeeding
Blvd, Morro Bay. New group class you and your family will
forming for all ages. Meet at learn about the practical aspects
noon every SAT before exploring of feeding your newborn from
hidden treasures in Morro Bay. an Internationally Board Certified
Complimentary frozen yogurt for Lactation Consultant. Cost: free.
all new group members! Cost: Contact: 239-4443.
free. Contact: 704-9866.
San Luis Obispo Special Education
SAT MAR 21 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY Local Plan Area (SELPA) and
MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075 Community Advisory Committee
Palisades. Bring the family to (CAC) offer parent orientation
enjoy a stop-motion animated to special education programs in
adventure (rated G). Popcorn will SLO County. Contact: 782-7301 or
be provided. Cost: free. Contact:
Twin Cities Community Hospital
SAT MAR 28 at 12:00 pm: GEO- Volunteers, a non-profit org
CACHE FAMILY GROUP at providing support to patients,
Grandmas Frozen Yogurt & doctors, and nurses of the
Waffle Shop, 307 Morro Bay hospital, seek volunteers to work
Blvd, Morro Bay. New group in the gift shop and Obstetrics
forming for all ages. Meet at (OB) Dept. AM and PM 4 hour
noon every SAT before exploring shifts are available. Contact: 434hidden treasures in Morro Bay. 4524.
Complimentary frozen yogurt for
all new group members! Cost: Last FRI every month at 6:00 pm:
Family Fun at Unity Church, 1165
free. Contact: 704-9866.
Stubblefield St, Orcutt. Contact:
N TAKE CRAFT at Los Osos
Library, 2075 Palisades. Kids 5 and
up can make paper kites. Cost:
free. Contact: 528-1862.

Recurring Events
& Resources

Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm &

SAT 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration
Station Interactive Science Center
JAN-MAR Every TUE & THU 6:00- welcomes families at 867 Ramona

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

1941 Johnson Ave

Ste 201A, San Luis Obispo

( 805 ) 542-6234

Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2- talking library books. Contact:

3. Contact: 473-1421 or http:// 462-1225.
2nd & 4th MON every month
2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of
pm: Grief Support Group at Central Preschoolers) meet at Pacific
Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr, Christian Church, 3435 Santa
Ste D, San Luis Obispo. This free Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare
group is for anyone suffering the is provided. Contact: 934-3491 or
loss of a loved one who is in need
of support. Contact: 540-6020.
Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI
2nd SAT of every month FEB- 3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness
NOV at 9:00 am: Santa Maria Program at Arroyo Grande EOC
Recreation and Parks Dept offers Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand
free docent-led nature walks in Ave. Health services, including
Los Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion reproductive health, in a safe
Rd, Santa Maria. Contact: 925- environment with staff trained
0951 x 263.
to screen, assess, and to provide
intervention. Appointments are
2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 preferred. Contact: 489-4026.
pm: Caregiver Support Group
at Cayucos Community Church, 1st WED every month at 9:00 am:
Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. free Community Action Partnership
support for caregivers and family Senior Health Screening at First
members dealing with long-term United Methodist Church, 275
illness, memory loss, dementia, N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande.
and Alzheimers. Contact: 458- free and low-cost services are
offered for people 50 and older:
blood pressure, pulse, weight,
Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: total
Remain Independent Despite for anemia, diabetes, and fecal
Vision Loss at Santa Maria Terrace, blood, nutritional counseling, and
1405 E Main St. New ways of medical referrals. Contact: 481doing daily tasks are taught by 2692 or 788-0827.
the Braille Institute, such as home
management, traveling, and using 1st WED every month at 12:00

Womens Shelter

of San Luis Obispo County

crisis line: 781-6400
business phone: 781-6401

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

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

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
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 Womens
Community Center, 1124 Nipomo
St, #D in SLO. Practical tips,
pointers, and suggestions for
handling family law issues. $10.00
donation requested for handout
materials and book. Contact: 5449313 to register.
4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm:
Legal Clinic for Self-Represented
Litigants at the San Luis Obispo
County Courthouse Law Library,
1050 Monterey St in SLO, #125.
SLO County Bar Assn Family Law
Section & Womens Community
Center provide one-on-one legal
advice for persons filing divorces
w/o an attorney, and a document
preparer to assist in completing
court-required forms. Min. $40.00
donation. Limit: 12 participants.
Contact: 544-9313.
RISE (formerly Sexual Assault
Recovery and Prevention Center
of San Luis Obispo Co) offers:
Weekly Drop-In Support Groups
for Sexual Assault Survivors; 24
Hour Crisis Line; Advocacy and
Accompaniment; Peer Counseling;

Central Coast Family

Individual Clinical Counseling;

Prevention and Education, and
Womens Empowerment and Self
Defense Workshops. Contact:
545-8888 or www.sarpcenter.

Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm:

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

Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm:

ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051
Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats
are available for adoption through
NCHS. Dogs are available through
Short n Sweet Dog Rescue.
Morro Bay Museum of Natural
Contact: 466-5403.
History offers Adventures With
Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED Nature & Mind Walks. Find the
3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy schedule at:
Lending Library-Jacks Helping naturewalks.html.
Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics,
21 Zaca Lane, #100, San Luis Central Coast Commission for
Obispo. Traditional and adaptive Senior Citizens offers many free
toys for children with all types of services: Senior Connection disabilities to check out. In-home connecting callers with local
appointments available. Cost: resources;
free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
Medicare assistance, advise and
Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI referrals for long term care, and
4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy help with billing / appeals; Vial of
Lending Library - Jacks Helping Life magnetized containers with
Hand at Pats 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
appointments also available.
Hospice of San Luis Obispo
Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914 or
County provides free grief
Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior counseling, crisis intervention,
Ballroom Dancing at Madonna and wellness education to those
Inn. If you are a senior (single with a life-limiting illness, their
or attached) and like ballroom families, and the bereaved. This
dancing, this is the place! Look non-profit agency offers free
left of the bandstand for sign: counseling, community education
Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and and volunteer support to those
listen to good music. No fees; no grieving a death or dealing with
dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481 potential
Paso Robles. Contact: 544-2266.
Literacy Council for San Luis
Obispo County has an ongoing Volunteer as a Good Neighbor!
and urgent need for volunteer Make a difference in the life
tutors and offers free training in of an older or disabled adult.
SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or www. Once
and schedule hours at their
1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: convenience. Training is monthly
Commission on the Status of at Wilshire Community Services,
Women meets at Coast National 285 South St, Ste J, SLO. Contact:
Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This 547-7025 x 17.
official advisory group to SLO
County Board of Supervisors Volunteer at San Luis Obispo
identifies issues of concern to Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010
women that are not the focus Broad St (Mission Plaza) or email
of other advocacy or advisory
organizations. Contact: 788-3406. San Luis Obispo Senior Center

March 2015

offers health screening, legal

services, meals, exercise, bridge,
and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St.
Contact: 781-7306.
Society sponsors a Dark Sky
Star Party every month at
Santa Margarita Lake KOA
Campground at sunset. CCAS
sponsors guest speakers and
public programs. Find events,
weather updates, and resources
at: www.centralcoastastronomy.
San Luis Coastal Adult Schools
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

Speak Up!
Keep a Child Safe
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Local Resources
Clarity Steiner School in Nipomo.
Waldorf education for first and
second graders. Class meets four
days per week. Contact: 929-6878.

sports, clubs, and activities. Students

may qualify to enroll in community
college as well as secondary classes.
Contact: 937-2051 x 2761 or x 2762.

Santa Lucia School on 5 acres in

Peace education for
over 25 years. Integrated curriculum
founded on life experiences, indepth study, and active immersion in
the arts for grades 1-8. Attendance
Mon-Thu with homeschool Fridays.
Carpooling encouraged. Contact:
434.2217 or

Templeton Independent Study

High School. WASC accredited.
Weekly meeting with teacher.
Opportunity for early graduation
and concurrent Cuesta College
enrollment. Sites in Templeton and
SLO at Los Ranchos Elementary
School. Contact 434-5833 or tae.

SLO Classical Academy. Private

Part time or full time
classical education in SLO. Part time
options are Tuesday/ Thursday or
Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday
choices for their childrens education. Following are some options for enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700
those seeking secular alternative education in our region. For more or

Lompoc, Santa Maria, and Arroyo
Grande offer a hybrid program of
classical project-based classes 2
days per week and homeschool 3
days per week. Contact: 489-7474

offers pre-school, mixed age

kindergarden, and 1st-3rd grades.
The approach (educating the whole
child: head, heart, and hands) is
based on Rudolf Steiners Waldorf
model. Contact: 235-4401.

Independent Study Home School

in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238

Alternative Education
on the
Central Coast

information on independent and religious schools, go to:

Wishing Well School in Los Osos West Mall Alternative School.
re/sd or
Parent Participation. San Luis Coastal
Adult School offers core classes
to enhance parenting skills, meet
other families, and allow children
to play with peers. Also enrichment
classes such as Spanish, Cooking,
and Gardening, and a Cooperative
Preschool at CL Smith. Contact: 5491222 or
Charter Schools
CAVA California Virtual Academies.
and K give kids the chance to learn
at the pace and in ways that are right
for them. Online schooling aligned
with California state standards.
Teacher support as needed,
meetings and work samples required
quarterly. Contact: (866) 339-6790
or or
Family Partnership. A tuition-free
K-12 independent study public school
serving Santa Barbara, San Luis
Obispo and Ventura counties. Home
study charter schools in San Luis
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Solvang,
Santa Maria, and Cambria. Meet
with teachers weekly and turn in
work samples. Contact: 348-3333 or

Summit Academy charter school

serves K-12 grades, and provides
personalized home-based learning
that fosters investigation, skill
development and creativity, and
lifelong curiosity. Contact: (818) 4509810 or

School in Atascadero strives to help
each child reach his/her greatest
Nature Based Schools
potential, by embracing learning
nature- and appreciating and respecting
based education in SLO County. the world. Contact: 466-5068 or
Programs include wilderness living
skills, naturalist studies, wildlife
Montessori Childrens School in San
tracking, awareness skills, and ritesLuis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion
of-passage customized for afterfor excellence, to nurture curiosity,
school, home-school, and personal
creativity and imagination, and to
one-on-one mentoring. Weekend
awaken the human spirit of every
workshops for adults. Contact: 215child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691
0595 or
Outside Now. Summer, after-school,
Central Coast Montessori School in
and private nature-based education
Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized
in SLO County. Contact: 541-9900 or
academic environment to promote
independence and optimum scholastic
Coyote Road Regional School. achievement. Contact: 772-9317 or
Natural Science and Outdoor
Education. Contact: 466-4550 or Heritage Montessori Preschool
in San Luis Obispo provides an
Independent Schools

Olive Grove. Independent study

home school with sites in San Luis
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa
Maria, Lompoc, Los Olivos, and
Santa Barbara. Meet with teacher
weekly and turn in work samples.
Enrichment classes also offered.
Contact: 543-2701 or sbceoportal.

Central Coast International School.

Inquiry-based, small class, International
Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school
serving grades 1-8 in SLO. One tablet
computer per child. Spanish and
Mandarin taught weekly. Strong
math, sciences, music and arts. Caring
community that nurtures learners.
Contact: 858-8054 or

Orcutt Academy Independent Study.

Affiliated with Orcutt Academy
Charter School at 500 Dyer St, this
free program offers home study and
blended classroom/home study for
grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or

The Laureate School. Project-based,

differentiated learning to develop
critical thinking, in arts, technology,
foreign language, and character
development programs.
In San
Luis Obispo. Contact: 544-2141 or

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March 2015

Paso Robles Joint Unified School

Independent Study Program serves
K-8th grade. Students and parents
work one-on-one with teachers,
receive lesson plans, textbooks, and
teachers editions for all subjects.
Academic classes, enrichment
activities, and field trips are also
offered. Contact: 769-1675.
Homeschool Organizations
California Homeschool Network is
a statewide grassroots organization
dedicated to protecting the
right of parents to educate their
Their website provides
information about current state
and federal laws, and how to get
started. Contact: (800) 327-5339 or

Homeschoolers of the Central

Coast. An inclusive Yahoo! group
meeting on a regular basis for
enriching and loving environment in interaction and field trips: groups.
a beautiful country setting. Waldorf
and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5 the_Central_Coast.
years. Contact: 235-5589.
Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
A Yahoo! group offering free
Public Schools
Cambria Montessori Learning Center. support:
Tuition-free public school in Morro santa_maria_inclusive_learners.
Bay for grades K-6th through the
Family Partnership Charter School. Templeton Unified School District
Contact: 927-2337, 541-2412 or K-8 Home Schooling program.
Contact: 434-5840 or
Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.
Accredited high school program at
Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive Note: This feature is published as space
student-parent-teacher partnerships allows and is a work in progress. Please
provide educational resources, a submit updates, corrections, or additional
mentor teacher, and eligibilty for resources to:

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