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April 2015

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Earth Day / Summer Learning Loss / Women & Money / Drought History / Into The Woods! Pg 2

Free! Central Coast Family

The Arts
Director and Choreographer
Erik Austin, Co-Director Sandy
Schwarer and Musical Director
John Cribb head the creative
Austin has loved this
show since he was a student at
San Luis Obispo High School,
even convincing the school to
do the show, which became his
senior project. The rest of the
creative team includes backdrop
design by Grosh & Kenmark Inc.,
scenic painting by Sharon Doran,
costume design by Costume
Capers, stage management by
Ryan Manus, sound design by Ron
Eminhizer, and lighting design by
Richard Jackson.
While the film version of INTO
THE WOODS is still fresh in the
minds of movie goers, Kelrik
Productions will bring Stephen
Sondheims Tony Award winning
musical version to San Luis Obispo
set for a limited run of three live
performances at the beautiful
Cuesta Cultural and Performing

Arts Center on April 17 to 19.

The forests are not always what
they seem in this spellbinding,
romantic, and brilliant musical.
Weaving everyones favorite fairy
tales together, this delightful,
dark, and witty musical asks:
What happens AFTER happily
ever after?

Cover Photo:

Cortez Photography
Christian Clarno & Lizz Premer

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Tickets for INTO THE WOODS

are on sale now and may be
purchased online at www. or in
person at Cheap Thrills, 563
Higuera Street in downtown San
Luis Obispo.

In this story, you will see many Performances are Friday, April 17


Phone: (805) 528-0440

With music and lyrics by Stephen

Sondheim and book by James
debuted on Broadway in 1987
and ran for 764 performances.
The show garnered many awards
during its initial Broadway run
including Best Actress in a Musical
and Best Original Book and Score.
The unique show has spawned
numerous national tours and
revivals and remains one of the
American theatres best loved
musicals to produce.

fairy tale characters that you have

grown to love come to life in one
epic story. All of these tales are
woven together by an original
story that involves a baker and
his wife, whose wish to begin a
family sets off a series of twisted
events within the confines of the
dark woods. Audiences have a
very unique opportunity to see
two versions of INTO THE WOODS
in two different mediums, all
within months of each other,
said Austin, and The Cuesta
Performing Arts Center provides
a beautiful space for theatergoers to fully enjoy this epic and
extraordinary story. Schwarer
adds, Sondheim illustrates how
there are always consequences
to face when wishes are granted
and those consequences are
not always pretty. This story is
probably best for kids around age
8 and up.

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The Arts
and Saturday, April 18 at 7:00 pm,
with a Sunday, April 19 Matinee
at 2:00 pm. Parking is available
next to the Cuesta Cultural and
Performing Arts Center, located
on CA Highway One in San Luis
Obispo. This Kelrik production
is made possible through the
generous contributions of show
sponsors: Costume Capers,
Central Coast Family, and Cheap
Mark your calendars for Kelriks
summer production of PETER
PAN! Performances will be on
two weekends, July 10-12 and July
17-19 at Spanos Theater, Cal Poly
Performing Arts Center. Kelrik
is diligently searching for a new
home theater space in San Luis
Obispo and welcomes any input
on properties or buildings.
Kelrik Productions has given

San Luis Obispo high caliber

community theatre on the Central
Coast since 2004, becoming a nonprofit company in 2008. Kelrik
belives that giving back is a vital
part of a full and rewarding life.
Kelrik Productions partners with
some amazing volunteer groups
and non-profit organizations that
help local communities.

The Village Salon

April Showers
bring you to us to
Dry & Style your Hair

Five seasons ago, Kelrik adopted

the Kelrik Cares Program,
selecting a different organization
for each production, and raised
money and awareness for
causes. In the past five years,
cast members have collected
thousands of dollars with the
help of amazing guest volunteer
organizations, such as Woods
Humane Society, Big Brothers,
Casa, The Prado Day Center, and
Kids Cancer Research Foundation. For more information about Kelrik,
Productions and the Celebrate and be sure to find them on
2015 season, visit the website: Facebook and Twitter.

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Library Voice
Every Day is

by Kristen Barnhart

parenting workshops on Sleep

Pattern on Thursday April 23rd
at 5:15 pm, and Toilet Training on
Saturday April 23 at 11:00 am. We
even have a mobile catalog for
quick and easy access to materials
from your smart-phone or tablet.

at Your Library

When sharing ideas of green

living with children, the library
should be the first thing that pops
into your head. Not only do we
carry great books, some of which
Ill explore below, but we are
and always have been the model
of shared resources. With the
economy still challenging families,
your library is here for you with
more programs all the time, fresh
new books, movies, and smiles to
greet you at the door.

who thinks his neighbors gift of a

tree as a birthday present is pretty
lame. He dreams of a world, not
filled with cool robots, but with
a frightening polluted future.
He awakens as a changed boy,
empowered to save the world,
starting with a tree. Carl Hiassens
chapter books for middle grade
readers, Hoot and Flush, feature
laugh-out-loud adventures of kids
saving an endangered owl and a
polluted waterway.

Every week, families come in and

fill their canvas library bags (yes,
we offered them long before
Trader Joes) with books of all
shapes and sizes, music CDs,
audio books, video games, and
DVDs. They present a card, and
take it all home for free! Then,
oh frabjous day, they bring them
all back to the library and do it all
over again.

A movie never seen is a new

movie, so check out WALL-E if
your children were too young in
2008, and find love on an almost
dead planet earth. Have the
whole neighborhood over on
Saturday, April 22nd for an Earth
Day party and make something
new from something old! DVDs
now circulate for the same threeweek lending period as books and
CDs, so theres no need to panic
Cant find the item you want on about getting your items back to
your branch librarys shelf? No the library.
problem; requests are now free
too! Thousands of books are Every single day offers parents
being shared every day like smiles opportunities to share creative
between friends and neighbors. ways to help the world. Books
In fact, the library is the perfect on fun craft projects that use
place to meet up with old friends found and recycled items can be
and make new ones. Making a a beautiful way to make gifts.
play date at the park after Toddler Children love to get their hands
or Pre-school Story-Time can lead in the dirt and they love to eat,
to lifelong friendships for both so: plant an organic garden,
children and their parents.
learn to compost, and prepare a
homegrown meal together. You
Children can explore all the can even sing Oats Peas Beans
components of green living and Barley Grow while you work
starting with their favorite together.
resource: the childrens librarian!
We can recommend picture Your librarian can lead you
books such as Chris Van Allsburgs through the Dewey decimal
(Polar Express, Jumanji) Just a system to the craft books in the
Dream, with litterbug Walter, 745s, the gardening books in the

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635s, cooking books in the 640s,

and song books in the 780s.
Dewey love to help? Yes we do!
We also have books on global
warming, recycling, and Earth
Day in the 363.7s, and saving the
rainforest in the 333.7s. Dont
forget to ask for all the books
on animals and biographies on
inspirational people like John
Chapman, and Rachel Carson.
So, jump on the bus and take a ride
to your library, youll be amazed
by what you find and the RTA will
get you close to most of our larger
branch locations. I love recycling
so much, Ive even spruced up
and recycled this column!

Dont miss our last Harold J. Miossi

Charitable Trust Arts Live @ the
SLO Library performances this
month during Spring Break. On
Tuesday, April 7th at 10:30 am, a
Musical Petting Zoo will be joining
Story-Time; On Wednesday, April
8th at 10:30 am, Opera SLO for
Little Ones will fill the Community
Room; PCPA will present the play
Thomas and the Library Lady on
Friday, April 10th at 10:30 am,
and well end the week with a
performance from the always
fabulous Central Coast Childrens
Heres a little teaser: Summer
Reading is coming! This years
themes are: Every Hero Has a
Story @ Your Library for our
younger readers, and Unmask @
Your Library for our teens. Next
month, Ill have all the exciting
details. Happy Reading!

Your library can even be viewed

as an ever-growing and adapting
tree. The trunk is the San Luis
Obispo Library; the branches
include Atascadero, Cambria,
Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay, and
Los Osos. We even have twigs,
such as San Miguel, Shell Beach,
Oceano, Shandon, and Cayucos,
and all have programs for your
There are fifteen locations in all,
so visit, like us
on facebook: SLOCountyLibrary,
and discover your local library.
Also visit our website to view your
record, make lists of items you
may want to reserve later, renew
books, and place holds.

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

You can ask our calendar to send times with no money, better than
you a reminder when interesting money will get you through times
programs come up, including
with no Libraries!

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Central Coast International School

CCIS is a non-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school conveniently located in San Luis Obispo.
We set high academic standards, nurture whole-child development and encourage a global perspective.
CCIS is ideal for students who thrive in a small class
environment with individualized instruction. Our
curriculum includes literacy, math, sciences, music, art,
physical education and technology. Every student uses
a tablet computer and learns a foreign language.
With longer school days and a 197-day school year, we
meet the highest international standard.

CCIS is affordable and family-friendly. Now accepting

applications for the 2015/16 school year in grades 1-8.

Call for information or to arrange a tour:

( 805 ) 858-8054

Los Osos Valley

Organic Farm

(805) 242 6789

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on the
Central Coast
for over
100 years

Plan for

Small class size . Bible-based curriculum . Community service

Part-time electives available for homeschoolers

Accepting applications now for the 2015/16 school year
Call for more information and schedule a tour

(805) 489-2687

230 Vernon Street in Arroyo Grande

Be Creative
Students can experience learning
loss when they do not engage in
educational activities during the
summer months. On average,
students lose the equivalent
of two months of math and
reading skills during the summer
months. More than half of the
achievement gap between lowerand higher-income youth can be
explained by unequal access to
summer learning opportunities.
Spring is the perfect time to start
making plans to change that.
Together, parents, guardians, and
community members can help
give children the best foundation
for the upcoming school year.
Stay Engaged
Encourage reading all summer
long. This will help to prevent
the summer slide and provide

For Wildlife in Distress

Call Our Hotline:

805 543-WILD [9453]

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benefits for young readers that Summer is the perfect time to let
can be seen year-round.
childrens imaginations run wild
and stimulate creativity. Visit the
Visit your local library and help your following websites for ideas:
children put together personal
summer reading lists based on (
individual interests. Celebrate Find resources for arts and crafts
each time they finish a book. This projects that will keep children
will encourage them to complete engaged and their minds active
the list by the time the summer while having fun.
ends. Be sure to take advantage
of any summer programs and NGA Kids (
activities sponsored by your local Choose from a variety of activities
or projects from the National
Gallery of Art, enjoy an animated
During the school year, children musical adventure, take a tour
have busy schedules and often through the sculpture garden, and
have required reading for classes. more.
Summer is a time when children
can read what, when, and how Smithsonian (http://americanart.
they please. Dont set daily minute s i . e d u / e d u c a t i o n / i n s i g h t s /
requirements or determine the midnight) Are your children
number of pages they should fans of Night at the Museum?
read. Instead, make sure they Then this is the perfect activity
pick up books for fun and help for them. Here you are magically
find ways for them to choose to taken to the museums at night.
read on their own. Remeber, To get back home, you have to
if kids see the adults around solve mysteries and help your new
them reading often, they will friends find their artworks.
understand that literature can be
a fun and important part of their
Stay Active & Healthy
summer days.
In addition to academic risks,
Without the regular weekly children can also be at an
school regimen, adults and kids increased risk of weight gain when
may need more activities to fill they are out of school during the
the hours. Books that teach kids summer months. Sign your child
how to make or do something are up for local recreational or sports
a great way to get kids reading programs. Churches, community
and keep them occupied. Dont centers and schools usually host
forget to take your kids favorite events throughout the summer.
reading series along on day Let your child choose what
outings and long road trips.
interests them. They may even

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want to try something new.

Take advantage of the warmer
weather and keep youth active
outdoors. The following sites can
help you get started: (http://kidshealth.
org/parent/nutrition) How
do you feed a picky eater or
encourage a child to play outside?
Learn how to keep your child
healthy with the right foods and
Lets Move! (
get-active) Opportunities for
kids to be physically active, both
in and out of school and create
new opportunities for families to
be moving together.
USDA Summer Food Program
This U.S. Department of
Agriculture program provides free
meals to all children 18 years old
and under in areas with significant
concentrations of low-income
Plan to read together, register
for local programs, visit parks
and museums, and keep kids
learning and active during the
summer months. For additional
tips throughout the summer,
follow @usedgov on Twitter, and
check out the U.S. Department of
Education Facebook page.
Excerpted with permission. Office of
Communication and Outreach at the U.S.
Department of Education. http://www.

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Easter Sunday April 5th


Sunday Morning

Community Wide
Easter Egg Hunt

Continental Breakfast
for all services

12:15 pm: Egg Hunt by age

8:00 am . 9:30 am . 11:00 am

805 528-0391

(15,000 eggs)

El Morro Church of the Nazarene

1480 Santa Ysabel Avenue, Los Osos - 528-0391

Super FUNdamentals Program

(Boys and Girls ages 6-14)
APRIL 6-10 (M-F) 9 to Noon $145

Learn individual ball skills with emphasis on passing and

possession / positional games. Enjoy engaging small
sided games for advanced skill development.

Individual Soccer Player Development at its best!

Little Skillsbuilders Program

(Boys and Girls ages 4-6)

APRIL 6-10 (M-F) 9:30 am to 11 am $95

Program 1: Nor th County

Evers Field in Templeton
Program 2: San Luis Obipo
Hawthor ne Elementar y School

Learn simple moves, turns, fakes, many ball-control

techniques, and fun soccer-related games for new
soccer players.

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Fun & Games

Jacks Jokes
What is faster: Hot or cold? Hot - you can catch a cold!
A day without sunshine is like, night.
A paper cut is a trees way of getting the last laugh.

Easter Egg Maze


Earth Day
Word Search

Fill empty cells with numbers between 1 and 9 (1 number per cell).
A number should appear only once in each row, column, and region.

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April 6-10

Boys & Girls, Ages 3-13

Half Day 9:30am-12:30pm

Full Day 9:30am-2:30pm

Summer CAMP 2015

1 Friendship Camp JUN 15-19

5 Crazy Camp JUL 20-14

2 Summer Olympics Camp JUN 22-26

6 Tumblebugs Birthday Camp JUL 27-31

3 Super Hero Camp JUL 6-10

7 Safari Vacation Camp AUG 3-7

4 Circus Camp JUL 13-17

Pay before July 1st to receive

Pay before June 1st to receive

Early Pay Rate for

Early Pay Rate for

Summer Camps 5, 6 & 7!

Summer Camps 1, 2, 3, & 4!

Our coaches are USAG safety certified, USAG Professional &

Instructor members, SLO County fingerprinted and/or background
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by Molly Peoples

On March 8th, we observed

International Womens Day.
On this occasion, thousands of
events across the world honored
the cultural, political and social
achievements of women. In
many countries, women still face
significant economic challenges.
And even here in the United
States, women encounter more
obstacles than men in the pursuit
of financial security, particularly in
seeking a comfortable retirement
lifestyle. So if you are a woman
(regardless of marital status),
you will need to be aware of
these challenges and take steps
to overcome them.

years out of the workforce caring

for children or elderly parents,
compared with less than two years
for men, according to the Social
Security Administration. This time
away from work can translate into
less money in retirement plans
in fact, womens average 401(k)
balance is only about two-thirds
as large as mens, according to a
study by Fidelity Investments.
Potential solution: Take full
advantage of your 401(k) and IRA.

Women spend an average twelve

home residents are women,

according to the National Center
for Health Statistics. And the
average cost for a private room
in a nursing home is more than
$87,000 per year, according to the
2014 Cost of Care Survey produced
by Genworth, a financial services
company. Typically, Medicare
covers only a small percentage of
these costs.
Potential solution: Prepare in
advance for long-term care

Long-term care costs can be

enormous, but you do have some
protection-related options for
meeting these costs. Check with
your financial advisor to learn
which of these choices might
Social Security was designed to be most appropriate for your
supplement ones retirement situation.
Consequently, its essential that These arent the only financial
you make full use of your other issues facing women, but they do
More Retirement Years
sources of income, such as your give you a good idea of what you
Challenge: Women typically live 401(k), IRA and other investment may be facing. So, be proactive
more years in retirement and accounts. To make this money last, in meeting these challenges,
depend more heavily on Social youll need to create a sustainable because theres actually a lot you
withdrawal strategy early in your can do.
retirement, and stick to it.

Your care-giving obligations are

an issue to be decided by you,
your spouse and perhaps other
family members. But while you
are working, contribute as much
Lets consider a few of these
as you possibly can to your 401(k)
challenges and some possible
or similar employer-sponsored
plan. Also, try to fully fund your
Fewer Years in the Work Force IRA each year.
Challenge: Women spend more
time out of the workforce and
accumulate less money in 401(k)

Women reaching age 65 are

expected to live, on average, an
additional 21.6 years, compared
with 19.3 years for men,
according to the Social Security
reports that the average annual
Social Security income received
by women 65 years and older
was about $12,500. Furthermore,
Social Security comprises about
50 percent of the total income
for unmarried women age 65
and older, compared to just 36
percent for elderly men.
Potential solution: To become
less dependent on Social Security,
create a sustainable withdrawal
strategy for your investment

Long-Term Care
Challenge: Women are far more
likely than men to need some
type of long-term care.
More than two-thirds of nursing

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
rights reserved. Member SIPC.

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Local History

Drought Tolerance
by Guy Crabb

We are still in a drought. I really

thought that this would be the
year we would break the cycle.
Its hard to believe we are in a
drought with all the new homes
being built in our county. We
need water and we need lots of
it to refill our lakes, streams, and
our underground water supply.

of pain, the animals were shot

and the landowners cut out the
tongue and skinned the cow for
the hide. The tongue was about
the only thing left to eat and if
the hide was not filled with sores
resulting from starvation-related
skin diseases, the ranchers could
get a few dollars.

This is definitely not our first

Our county has
suffered several droughts over
the last several centuries. In
1862, a drought began in the
later part of that year that lasted
for 3 years. Less than half an inch
of rain fell in the fall of 1862 and
the county went completely dry
until the fall of 1864. Before the
drought began, there were huge
ranches with thousands of heads
of cattle. The cattle roamed
the hills grazing on rich green
grass, which made them fat and
profitable. Then the drought

Some ranchers in one area of

California were said to have
driven herds of cattle over the
side a cliff and into the ocean
and rocks below. Some ranchers
went to the extreme of saving
bullets and clubbing the cattle to
put them out of their misery.

It was a terrible time and it

wasnt just cattle that suffered.
Horses, sheep, pigs, chickens,
and all other animals suffered
due to the drought. It is said
that about 500,000 animals died
of starvation and dehydration
because of the lack of rain.
Visitors who came to the area
The first year of the drought saw hillsides littered with the
affected the number of calves skeletons of animals that could
being born to the cows that had not survive the years of drought.
much less to eat. By the beginning
of 1864, thousands of cattle had Eventually the drought ended in
already died of starvation and the fall of 1864. The rains finally
ranchers were forced to reduce arrived for a parched San Luis
the number of cattle on their Obispo County. Unfortunately,
ranches. To put their animals out most of the cattle were dead

by the time the rains fell. Most

ranchers were without money
to buy more cattle, so the only
option many of them had was
to sell parts of their land. The
Hollister family came to the area
in 1865 and bought huge sections
of land in the Los Osos, Camp
San Luis, Cuesta College area,
and other surrounding areas
of land. The Hollisters were a
wealthy and well-known family
and they bought land up and
down California. Hollister Peak
along Highway 1 in Chorro Valley
is named after the family.

and the hole would get deeper

as a worker would continue to
dig. Once the person dug so
deep that they could no longer
throw the dirt out of the hole, a
bucket was lowered down and
the worker would fill it up. The
bucket was then lifted out of
the hole and dumped. A well
would continue to be dug until
the underground water was
breached. Even then, the water
had to be tested to see if it was
drinkable. Digging a well must
have been back breaking work in
a small hole in the ground.

Another family that came to town

was named Steele. Brothers
George and Edgar Steele bought
thousands of acres of land in the
Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, and
surrounding areas. They bought
the land for around $1.10 an
acre in 1865, gambling that the
drought would soon end. The
rains came back and our county
once again became prime land
for raising cattle.

Most ranchers relied on surface

water or water in lakes and
streams. There are normally
many small lakes that dot the hills
in our county. You would only
know this if you were to fly over
the hills in a plane. Today, we are
in the middle of one the worst
droughts in recent memory.
Luckily we have technology to
help us find water deep under
the surface of the earth.

San Luis Obispo County gets its

water from underground water
and surface water. We are not
part of the California Aqueduct
system. In the 1860s, you could
dig a well on your land or use
some type of drilling tool to go
deeper into the ground, but in
reality many of the wells could
not go deep enough into the
earths surface. Back then, a well
started with a hole in the ground

When it comes to rain, California

can be a tough place to live. Even
when the Spaniards first arrived
in what is known as California in
1769, there had been drought
problems. At one point, the
people who lived at missions
were reduced to eating grass
and tree bark to get some type
of nourishment during periods
of drought. There were years
of drought at the turn of the
century, and in the early 1930s,
the late 1950s, and even into the
1960s and 1970s.
I was born in California and so was
my father. I have lived through
several periods of drought and
have learned that there is nothing
we can do but hope and pray for
rain. I sure am hoping that April
showers will bring May flowers
this year.

Bank note signed by the Steele Brothers

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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

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carpets clearly belonged on floors.
Oddly, rugs didnt start on
the floor either. The word rug
entered English in the 1550s, from
Norwegian rugga, meaning coarse
fabric or coverlet. It took until the
bloodthirsty not a word one
1800s for rugs to land soundly on
would expect in Psalms, but
the floor.
predictability is not the Old
Some rug and carpet tidbits:
Testaments strongest suit.
Though nobodys sure when uproar meaning to move, stir or
the term roll out the red carpet shake, or a revolt or commotion
or slave
became popular, the custom (appearing in Kings, Matthew
g. a gallant, an exquisite
of rolling out a red carpet to and Acts), from the German
celebrate royalty or popularity aufruhr, meaning tumult or riot,
h. an adjective meaning dainty,
appears to have begun in ancient and definitely not related to the
fine, elegant, pretty or neat
The last few OED meanings are Greek myth when Clytaemnestra word roar, which came to English
rolled one out for Agamemnon.
through Old English and Dutch
really out there.
from Sanskrit ragati, meaning
1769 to be snug as a bug in a rug
a. a small kind of ordnance
1823 to be called on the carpet
b. a type of peach
1940 theatre slang labeled a sackbut from the book of Daniel,
c. a type of lettuce
sackbut came from the French
toupee a rug
saquebute, a bass trumpet with a
d. a typesetters term identifying
1942 to cut a rug
trombone-like slide. Interestingly,
a medium-size font
1953 to sweep something under the instrument bore a striking
Some non - OED definitions
resemblance to the saqueboute,
the carpet
compiled by the wonderful folks
a hooked lance-like weapon of
1968 - the word rugrat was born
at Wordnik include:
northern France, used in battle
a. an obsequious follower or
to pull riders from their horses.
Myles Who?
Apparently Coverdale incorrectly
Let us consider some words first
used the term in Daniel to refer
b. a pert or saucy girl or woman
written down by Myles Coverdale,
to Aramaic instruments known as
c. loyal servant of a powerful
who, in 1535, published the firstsabbekha, a small triangular harp.
ever English translation of the
Im often in the minority when it
How did this one simple word Bible (predating the King James comes to religious/spiritual issues,
end up being its own antonym version by seventy-six years).
but it seems to me that a joyful
in multiple ways? And whats up Even though most etymologists noise is a joyful noise, no matter
with the lettuce, anyway?
believe many of the compound the nature of ones sackbut. Of
words Coverdale was the first course, the question remains
Carpets and Rugs
to write down were in common whether it was the French or
We walk on them all the time, but usage, the commoners using the Aramaic who first coined the
do we ever take the time to think them werent bothering to write phrase, Does this dress make my
them down, so the following sackbut look big?
of their etymologies?
words are known as Coverdale
The word carpet made its way
My thanks to sources: OED, Etymonline, English
into English in the 1200s,
Bible History, and Wordnik.
meaning coarse cloth, tablecloth fleshpot meaning luxuries
or bedspread. It entered English regarded with envy, though the
from the Old French word literal meaning was pots in which
carpite, which referred to heavy, flesh was boiled. One could argue
decorated cloth. This came from for either meaning in the Exodus
the Medieval Latin word carpite, verse in which the word appears.
which began with the word noonday a simple compound of
carpere, to card or to pluck. This noon and day, from Job
most likely had to do with the lovingkindness Ive always
fact that wool, cotton, and other associated this word with my
weaving materials required some mother, known in the family
sort of plucking before they could as Muz. She strived to live this
be wrassled into threads or yarn, word and most who knew her CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
and then woven into cloth.
would agree that she succeeded. foggy little town on Californias central coast.

CS Perryess

about words
For years now, I have been
laughingly referring to myself as a
minion. Officially, Im one of two
San Luis Obispo co-coordinators
for the Central-Coastal Region
of the Society of Childrens Book
Writers and Illustrators. The
tongue-tripping title has a causal
relationship to my preference for
the moniker minion.
In my California baby-boomer
upbringing, I understood that a
minion was a devoted helper
usually of some nefarious villain.
Nefarious villains aside, Ive
always had an affinity for the
word. Imagine my surprise upon
discovering that minion has a
myriad of deliciously disparate
The Oxford English Dictionary
(OED) devotes two thirds of a
page to minion, which appeared
first in English about the year
1500. Though most etymologists
believe it came from the Old
High German word minnja or
minna, meaning love, others put
its source in the Celtic combining
form, min- or small, which was
borrowed from Latin. The OEDs
definitions (slightly abbreviated)
for minion include:
a. a beloved object, darling or
b. a lover, lady-love, mistress or
c. a dearest friend or favorite
child, servant or animal
d. one who owes everything to
his patrons favor and is ready
to purchase its continuance by
base compliances
e. a form of address, meaning
darling or dear one
f. a hussy, jade, servile creature

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It wasnt until the 1400s that Lovingkindness appears in Psalms.

April 2015

Find more at,

or reach him at

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Camp Melodrama 2015

July 20 - August 10
Monday - Friday
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Showcase Performances on August 9 & 10
Ages 7 - 17

Cost: $450

To download a registration form, go to:
For more information, call:


The Great American Melodrama in Oceano . 3 Miles South of Pismo Beach

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April 2015 Free Ongoing Events


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

April is:

Autism Awareness Month

School Library Month
Keep America Beautiful Month
National Child Abuse
Prevention Month
Nat. Math Education Month
National Garden Month
National Frog Month
National Poetry Month


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




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

Birthstone: Diamond


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

Hans Christian
Andersons birthday

Fools DAY

Flower: Sweet Pea


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


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

3:30-4:15pm AG

no housework

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


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


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

zoo lovers DAY


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


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

3:30-4:15pm AG

(Born in 1743)


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


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

Da vincis birthday
(Born in 1452)
reach as high
as you can day


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


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

3:30-4:15pm AG

humorous day
(1st kindergarten in 1837)


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

2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade


8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St

find a rainbow day


1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO



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

2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade



8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St

Robinson Day

sibling day

north pole
(In 1898)

National read a
roadmap DAY



Childrens book day

health day



Income tax Day


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

earth day

1st public
library opened
(1833 in New Hampshire)


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

a young
writer day


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

2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade


8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St

slavery abolished
(In DC by Lincoln in 1862)

owners day

awareness 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

(Born in 1564)



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

10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall
2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade


8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St

arbor day

patriots day


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

telephone day


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


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
4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade

reading day
hug a friend
pretzel day

zipper day
tell a story

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8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St

honesty day

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Family Events
MAR 12-APR 26 (days & times
vary): LEADING LADIES at The
Great American Melodrama, 1863
Front St, Oceano. This hilarious
farce by Ken Ludwig follows the
exploits of two down-and-out
Shakespearean actors, Leo Clark
(Sam Hartley) and Jack Gable
(Toby Tropper), whose fortunes
have reduced them to touring
the Moose Lodge circuit in 1950s
Pennsylvania. In the Flyin High
Vaudeville Revue, the cast takes a
comedic look at various forms of
flight. Cost: $19-25, discounts for
groups, seniors, students, military,
and children. The in-house snack
bar serves great food and drinks.
com or 489-2499.
SAT MAR 28 9:00 am-5:00 pm
& SUN MAR 10:00 am-5:00 pm:
& SALE at South County Regional
Center, 800 W Branch St, Arroyo
Grande. Dont miss the 20th
annual Orchid Show and Sale,
including door prizes, demos,
plant doctors, food, and treats.
Cost: $5, kids free. Contact: 3432455 or
SAT MAR 28 9:00 am - 5:00 pm:
downtown Santa Margarita on
El Camino Real. This 4th annual
event includes Everyones Hidden
Treasure nature talks and walks
about our local area from the
wildlife to wildflowers, and CA
wildflower photo contest. Cost:
free. Contact: 235-2129 or http://

Oak Creek Commons Community

Rm, 635 Nicklaus St, Paso Robles.
Celebrate Spring! Jean Gorrindo
is caller; live music by Calamity
House. Cost: $7 adults; children
free. Contact: 602-2929.
SUN MAR 29 3:00 pm: SLO
at Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San
Luis Obispo. Enjoy a delightful and
educational afternoon of music
for the entire family. Features
maestro Michael Nowak, the San
Luis Obispo Symphony and jazz
vocalist Inga Swearingen. Cost:
$5-20. Contact: 545-5874 or www.
artwork due at Paso Robles City
Library, 1000 Spring St. Aspiring
North County artists in grades 6-12
are invited to submit paintings
and drawings to the 9th Annual
Juried Art Competition for Teens.
Winners selected by Juror Jack
Johnson on THU APR 2, and prizes
awarded at Gallery Reception on
FRI APR 3. The exhibit will show
the month of APR. A small entry
fee is charged to enter the event.
Contact: 237-3870 or www.prcity.

THU APR 2 & FRI APR 3 10:00 am7:00 pm, SAT APR 4 10:00 am-4:00
Robles Library conference room,
1000 Spring St. Find books, DVDs,
books on CD, books on tape
and VHS at bargain prices. THU
APR 2: Early access for Friends
of the Library members only.
Membership at the door: $10.
SAT MAR 28 10:00 am-3:00 pm: Contact: 227-4232.
Farm, 2015 Monterey St, San Luis SAT APR 4 at 2:00 pm: POETS
Obispo. Celebrate spring at this LAUREATE READING at SLO
8th annual festival with crafts, Library, 990 Palm St, San Luis
demos, petting zoo, egg races, Obispo. To celebrate National
kids scavenger hunt, bounce Poetry Month, several past Poet
slide, and BBQ for sale. Cost: free. Laureates and our current Poet
Laureate, Marguerite Costigan
will give readings. Cost: free.
SAT MAR 28 at 7:00 pm: THE Contact: 547-1318 or http://
CRUCIBLE at Spanos Theater,
1 Grand Ave, Bldg 6, San Luis
Obispo. The Civic Ballet of SLO APR 6-10 7:00 am-6:00 pm:
presents a dramatic new take AUSTRALIAN FUN SPRING BREAK
on this classic story. Directed CAMP: Legends from the Outback
by Drew Silvaggio. Cost: $18-32. at Sinsheimer Elementary, 2755
Augusta St, San Luis Obispo. Join
Contact: 544-4363.
Youth Services for swimming,
SAT MAR 28 7:00-9:00 pm: hiking, cooking, playing group
SPRING FLING CONTRA DANCE at games and exploring a challenge

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Serving grades K-8


SUN, May 3rd 12:00-2:00 pm

940 Templeton Hills Road
Enjoy a Day of Fun for the Whole Family
Bounce house, face painting,
picnic, and door prizes!
Educating to renew the mind, transform the
character and restore the soul to the image of God
course! Contact: San Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm
St, SLO. Young children will be
parksandrecreation or 781-7300.
introduced the exciting world of
MON APR 6 at 7:30 pm MAMMA opera through live performance,
MIA at Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, music, costumes, and interactive
San Luis Obispo. Inspired by the play. Cost: free. Contact: 805-781magic of ABBAs songs, this wildly 5775 or
popular show is a celebration
of mothers and daughters, old WED APR 8 6:00 pm: THE NEXT
friends and new family found. STEP talk by Robert Enns at
Cost: $60-90. Contact: 756-4849 Cayucos Library, 310 B St, Cayucos.
President of the Cayucos Sanitary
District will give a talk and answer
TUE APR 7 at 10:30 am: MUSICAL questions. Cost: free. Contact:
Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm
St, SLO. Come and meet the SLO THU APR 9 at 7:00 pm: TIME
Symphony instruments at this STANDS STILL at SLO Little
very special musical storytime. Theatre, 888 Morro St, San Luis
Stories by Ms. Kristen. Cost: free. Obispo. This preview of the Tony
Contact: 805-781-5775 or http:// Award-winning play will benefit
the SLO Library Fdn and Operation
Surf. Cost: $20. Contact: 546-1392
WED APR 8 at 10:30 am: SLO or

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Family Events
way Into the Woods and try to
get home before dark. Tickets at or Cheap
Thrills. Cost: $20-40. Contact:
SAT APR 18 10:00 am-2:00 pm:
Party For The Planet at Charles
Paddock Zoo, 9100 Morro Rd,
Atascadero. This 6th annual event
features interactive adventures,
hands-on activities, and lively
demos. Kids can bring old t-shirts
to transform into ZooperHero
costumes. Drop off handheld
electronics for recycling. Cost:
free with zoo admission. Contact:
SAT APR 18 & SUN APR 19 10:00
am-5:00 pm: BOOKS IN HARMONY
in the town between Cambria
and Cayucos on Hwy 1. Celebrate
World Book Days with a book fair
and a look-see into the future of
CAs favorite tiny town (pop. 18).
Glass blowing demos and free
books. Contact: 927-1028.


Obispo Library, 995 Palm St, SLO.
This play shares the tale of Tomas
Rivera and his first encounter with
the magical world of books. For
children ages 5 and up. Cost: free.
Contact: 805-781-5775 or http://
FRI APR 10 & SAT APR 11 at 7:30 pm:
Theater, 1 Grand Ave. Bldg 44, San
Luis Obispo. The co-opera with
Cal Polys Student Opera Theatre
and Opera SLO continues with
Lehars comic operetta. Student
sing key roles with pro opera
singers. Cost: $9-18. Contact: 5415369 or
SAT APR 11 10:00 am-12:00 pm:
PUPPET SHOW in Grandmas
Frozen Yogurt & Waffle Shop
courtyard, 307 Morro Bay Blvd,
Morro Bay. Cost: free. Contact:
SAT APR 11 10:00 am-3:00 pm:
Mission Plaza, 989 Chorro St, San
Luis Obispo. Children and their
families can explore creativity,
individuality, and diversity while
having fun and learning about

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SAT APR 18 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY

MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075
community resources. Cost: free. Palisades. Enjoy an Earth Day
Contact: 782-4723.
themed Dr. Seuss movie rated PG.
Popcorn will be provided. Cost:
SAT APR 11 at 10:30 am: CENTRAL free. Contact: 528-1862.
Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm St, MON APR 20 at 4:00 pm:
SLO. Cost: free. Contact: 781-5775 INVESTMENT BASICS talk at
Cayucos Library, 310 B St, Cayucos.
Scot McManus, Financial Advisor
TUE APR 14 at 7:30 pm: LILA with Edward Jones, will give a talk
DOWNS at Cal Poly PAC Cohan and answer questions. Cost: free.
Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Contact: 995-3312.
Obispo. The Grammy Awardwinning singer appears as part of WED APR 22 3:00 pm: EARTH DAY
her new Balas y Chocolate 2015 PROJECT at Los Osos Library,
tour. Cost: $24-56. Contact: 756- 2075 Palisades. Make your world
4849 or
a little greener and enjoy an Earth
Day activity and story time. Cost:
pm: free. Contact: 528-1862.
Library, 2075 Palisades. School MON APR 27 at 2:00 pm: BASIC
age children are invited to create BANKING at Cayucos Library, 310
recycled bird feeders. Cost: free. B St, Cayucos. Robert Brown,
Contact: 528-1862.
Rabobank Service Officer at the
Cayucos Branch, will give a talk
FRI APR 17 & SAT APR 18 at 7:00 and answer questions. Cost: free.
pm & SUN APR 19 at 2:00 pm: INTO Contact: 995-3312.
THE WOODS at Cuesta College
CPAC, Hwy 1, San Luis Obispo. FRI MAY 1 8:00 pm: ABBA-MANIA
What happens after Happily Ever at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave,
After? In Sondheim and Lapines Arroyo Grande. A rock musical
beloved musical retelling of that takes you back to the era of
the Grimm classics, a parade of ABBA. Cost: $35-47. Contact: 489familiar folktale figures find their 9444 or

April 2015

Easter Events
SAT MAR 28 11:00 am-2:00 pm:
KIDS DAY at Nipomo Community
Park, Pomeroy Rd & W Tefft.
Activities include an egg hunt,
BBQ, bounce houses, cake walk,
carnival games, pony rides,
and entertainment. Cost: free.
Contact: or
THU APR 2: 6:00-8:30 pm: BUNNY
Farmers Market. Join the eggscitement as E. Bunny invites
all children to Hop Along the
Bunny Trail, visiting businesses
collecting candy and treats.
Meet at the corner of Chorro and
Higuera to receive a free map of
participating shops and a bag
for treats. Watch for Downtown
Bunny! Cost: free. Contact: or 541-0286.
SAT APR 4 at 10:00 am: FAMILY
Street Park, 1221 Ash St, Arroyo
Grande. Free activities include
egg hunts for all ages, sack races,
and a raw egg toss contest. Other
paid activities include a carnival,
hot dog barbecue, and a bounce
castle. Bring a basket! Cost: varies.
Contact: 473-5474.
SAT APR 4 10:00 am-12:00 pm:
Bay Community Center, 2180
Palisades Ave, Los Osos. It begins
with contests for the best home
decorated egg or best costume.
10:30 am: Los Osos library story
time on the lawn. 11:00 am: egg
hunt for ages 2 to 7. Cost: free.
Contact: 528-0100.
SAT APR 4 10:00 am-12:00 pm:
at Mountainbrook Community
Church, 1775 Calle Joaquin, SLO.
Kids ages 2-10 can enjoy the
Easter Bunny, 12,000 eggs to find,
bounce houses, a petting zoo,
face painting, and popcorn. Cost:
free. Contact: 543-3162.
SAT APR 4 10:00 am-1:00 pm:
Dinosaur Caves Park, 2701 Price
Rd, Pismo Beach. In addition to the

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Family Events
Every SAT at 12:00 pm: GEO-CACHE
FAMILY GROUP at Grandmas
Frozen Yogurt & Waffle Shop, 307
Morro Bay Blvd, Morro Bay. For
all ages. Meet before exploring
hidden treasures. Free frozen
yogurt for all new members! Cost:
SAT APR 4 10:00 am-3:00 pm: free. Contact: 704-9866.
PARADE at Hardie Park, 3rd St, 3rd WED of every month at 6:30
Cayucos. Dress up your favorite pm: Prepared & Natural Chidlbirth
pooch in their best Easter Bonnet Classes at Twin Cities Community
and outfit for a parade! Prizes are Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas,
awarded for Best Costume, Best Templeton. This is a 6-series
Behaved, Best Bonnet and many class addressing all matters of
more. Plus an Easter Egg Hunt for childbirth in the form of a lecture
the kids and they can meet the as well as hands-on demos and
Easter Bunny. Sponsored by the
practice techniques. Cost: free.
Cayucos Lioness Club. Cost: free.
Contact: 434-4654.
Contact: 235-2289.
eggs-citing egg hunt, participants
can enjoy games, bounce houses,
face painting, a balloon artist,
and much more! Bring your own
basket or bag. Cost: free. Contact: or 773-7063.

SAT APR 4 11:00 am-1:00 pm: EGG

HUNT at Mitchell Park, 1400 Osos,
San Luis Obispo. Hippity Hoppity!
Join the Bunny for an exciting
adventure and search for prizefilled eggs. Cost: free. Contact:
781-7067 or
SAT MAR 28 11:00 am-2:00 pm:
EASTER BUNNY in the City Park
Holiday House, 12th & Spring St,
Paso Robles. Hell be in and out of
downtown shops leaving tracks.
Hop to it start at the gazebo,
follow Bunnys tracks, find him
and get some candy! Cost: free.
Contact: pasoroblesdowntown.
org or 238-4103.
SUN APR 5 at 8:00 am: EASTER
EGG HUNT at Shamel Park, 5455
Windsor Blvd, Cambria. Meet
the Easter Bunny. Balloons &
prizes for kids 8 yrs and under.
Special egg hunt for kids 2 yrs
and under. Cost: free. Contact:

Recurrin g
Events &
Resource s

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://

Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone?

Concerned for someone you care about?

2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00

pm: Grief Support Group at Central
Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr,
Ste D, San Luis Obispo. This free
group is for anyone suffering the
loss of a loved one who is in need
of support. Contact: 540-6020.

2nd SAT of every month FEBNOV at 9:00 am: Santa Maria

Recreation and Parks Dept offers
free docent-led nature walks in
Los Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion
2nd THU of every month at 6:30 Rd, Santa Maria. Contact: 925pm: Breastfeeding Basics at Twin 0951 x 263.
Cities Community Hospital, 1100
Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. In this 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00
introduction to breastfeeding pm: Caregiver Support Group
class you and your family will at Cayucos Community Church,
learn about the practical aspects Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. free support
of feeding your newborn from for caregivers and family dealing
an Internationally Board Certified with long-term illness, memory
Lactation Consultant. Cost: free. loss, dementia, and Alzheimers.
Contact: 239-4443.
Contact: 458-7484.
San Luis Obispo Special Education
Local Plan Area (SELPA) and
Community Advisory Committee
(CAC) offer parent orientation
to special education programs in
SLO County. Contact: 782-7301 or

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

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,
for anemia, diabetes, and fecal
blood, nutritional counseling, and
medical referrals. Contact: 4812692 or 788-0827.

Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm:

Remain Independent Despite
Vision Loss at Santa Maria Terrace,
1405 E Main St. New ways of
doing daily tasks are taught by
the Braille Institute, such as home
management, traveling, and using
talking library books. Contact:
Twin Cities Community Hospital 462-1225.
1st WED every month at 12:00
Volunteers, a non-profit org
pm: Disabled American Veterans
providing support to patients, 2nd & 4th MON every month luncheon at Veterans Memorial
doctors, and nurses of the at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa
hospital, seek volunteers to work Preschoolers) meet at Pacific Maria. Contact: 345-0402.
in the gift shop and Obstetrics Christian Church, 3435 Santa
Dept. AM and PM 4 hour shifts are Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm:
available. Contact: 434-4524.
is provided. Contact: 934-3491 or Widowed Support Group at New
Life Church, 990 James Way, Rm
Last FRI every month at 6:00 pm:
14, Pismo Beach. Arrive 10 min
Family Fun at Unity Church, 1165 Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI early for 1st meeting. Offered by
Stubblefield St, Orcutt. Contact:
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm &

Womens Shelter

of San Luis Obispo County

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

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ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051
Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats
are available for adoption through
NCHS. Dogs are available through
Short n Sweet Dog Rescue.
Contact: 466-5403.
Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED
3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy
Lending Library-Jacks Helping
Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics,
21 Zaca Lane, #100, San Luis
Obispo. Traditional and adaptive
toys for children with all types of
disabilities to check out. In-home
appointments available. Cost:
Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544- free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
2266 or
Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon
Family Support Group at Luis
OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares
Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750.

Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI

4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy
Lending Library - Jacks Helping
Hand at Pats Place in Nipomo
Recreation Community Rm, 671
W Tefft St, Ste 2, Nipomo. Toys
for children with all types of
disabilities to check out. In-home
appointments also available.
Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914 or

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 Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior
materials and book. Contact: 544- Ballroom Dancing at Madonna
Inn. If you are a senior (single
9313 to register.
or attached) and like ballroom
4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: dancing, this is the place! Look
Legal Clinic for Self-Represented left of the bandstand for sign:
Litigants at the San Luis Obispo Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and
County Courthouse Law Library, listen to good music. No fees; no
1050 Monterey St in SLO, #125. dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481
SLO County Bar Assn Family Law or
Section & Womens Community
Center provide one-on-one legal Literacy Council for San Luis
advice for persons filing divorces Obispo County has an ongoing
w/o an attorney, and a document and urgent need for volunteer
preparer to assist in completing tutors and offers free training in
court-required forms. Min. $40.00 SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or www.
donation. Limit: 12 participants.
Contact: 544-9313.
1st THU every month at 6:15 pm:
RISE (formerly Sexual Assault Commission on the Status of
Recovery and Prevention Center Women meets at Coast National
of San Luis Obispo Co) offers: Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This
Weekly Drop-In Support Groups official advisory group to SLO
for Sexual Assault Survivors; 24 County Board of Supervisors
Hour Crisis Line; Advocacy and identifies issues of concern to
Accompaniment; Peer Counseling; women that are not the focus
Individual Counseling; Prevention of other advocacy or advisory
and Education, and Womens organizations. Contact: 788-3406.
Empowerment and Self Defense
Workshops. Contact: 545-8888 or Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm:
Growing With Baby, an infant
feeding office for breastfeeding
Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: moms and babies (0-10 mos),

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offers a free class on feeding,

crying, and sleep at 1230 Marsh St,
San Luis Obispo. Nurse practioner
and lactation consultant Andrea
Herron answers questions. Dads
welcome! Call to reserve. Contact:
Morro Bay Museum of Natural
History offers Adventures With
Nature & Mind Walks. Find the
schedule at:
Central Coast Commission for
Senior Citizens offers many free
services: Senior Connection connecting callers with local
Advocacy Program) one on one
Medicare assistance, advise and
referrals for long term care, and
help with billing / appeals; Vial of
Life magnetized containers with
medical information; a Senior
Resource Directory for SLO and
SB counties, and much more.
Contact: 925-9554 or www.
Hospice of San Luis Obispo
County provides free grief
counseling, crisis intervention,
and wellness education to those
with a life-limiting illness, their
families, and the bereaved. This
non-profit agency offers free
counseling, community education
and volunteer support to those
grieving a death or dealing with
Offices in San Luis Obispo and
Paso Robles. Contact: 544-2266.

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:
Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! $76 for 10 wks. Contact: 549-1222
Make a difference in the life or
of an older or disabled adult.
choose services to contribute
and schedule hours at their
convenience. Training is monthly
at Wilshire Community Services,
Speak Up!
285 South St, Ste J, SLO. Contact:
547-7025 x 17.
Keep a Child Safe
Volunteer at San Luis Obispo
Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010
Broad St (Mission Plaza) or email

from Sexual Abuse

San Luis Obispo Senior Center

offers health screening, legal

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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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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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