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The Arts

SLO Little Theatres Academy of

Creative Theatre (ACT) childrens
theatre program is kicking off the
Little Theatres 2015-2016 Season
with a young performers version
of Gilbert & Sullivans beloved
operetta Pirates of Penzance. This

hilarious farce with sentimental

pirates, dim-witted young lovers
and an eccentric Major-General,
runs July 24-August 2, Fridays
Morro Street, in San Luis Obispo.
and Saturdays at 7:00 pm, and
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00
Set on the rocky coast of Cornwall,
pm at the SLO Little Theatre, 888
England, The Pirates Of Penzance
Cast of Pirates of Penzance, Jr. JR. begins with a group of pirates
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who are celebrating the birthday
of one of their own, Frederic,
who has reached his twenty-first
year. Finally having served the full
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the pirates.

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Out of the Blue

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Kristen Barnhart, Jennifer Best, Guy Crabb, Kerrin Edmonds,
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Jed Authier, Sarah Frederickson,

Penny DellaPelle, Micaela Morgan,
Linnaea Marks, Elizabeth Tharp,
Nadia Fournier, Amanda Takken,
Brooke Andris, Zoe Piette, Isabella
Grznar, Sophia Lea, Lydia Damron,
Carly Crow, and Jayda Monreal.
Tickets are $13 for children and
students, and $20 for adults.
Families can purchase tickets
online at or by
calling the theater Box Office at
(805) 786-2440.

Thus begins this gloriously silly

tale filled with Gilbert & Sullivans
classic patter songs and ridiculous
comedy. This young performers
edition of the classic operetta
serves as a great introduction to
live theatre for young children
and delightful entertainment for
all ages.
This production is directed by
Shelagh Garren, with musical
direction by Lacey McNamara,
and choreography by Molly
McKiernan, and features a cast
of talented Central Coast student
actors, including Conner Allen,
Riley Hutcheson, Isaac Capp,

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The San Luis Obispo Little

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theatrical training for youth
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theatrical production classes
inspire young performers and
technicians to develop skills that
will benefit them throughout
their lives, both on and off the
stage. Students involved in ACT
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from professional artists in
programs that combine process
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By offering hands-on, personal
instruction, ACT seeks to give
students the opportunity to
explore creative self-expression
and individuality, build selfconfidence, and develop lifelong
skills in the theatre arts. Whether
students choose to pursue theatre
as a future career, as volunteers,
or as audience members, their
experience at the San Luis Obispo

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production of A CHRISTMAS
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Little Theatre will help them to

develop a greater appreciation
of the theatre arts and a stronger
connection to their community.
The San Luis Obispo Little Theatre
recently announced their 69th
Season of live theatre in San
Luis Obispo. Since 1947, the
Little Theatre has been bringing
unforgettable characters and
extraordinary stories to the
Central Coast, presenting over
900 plays over the last 68 years.
Next seasons main stage
subscription season will feature
six award-winning plays, from
A.R. Gurneys hilarious love letter
to canine companions, SYLVIA,
to the Pulitzer Prize-winning
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Library Voice

by Kristen Barnhart

Yes, it is August already! Schools

are starting! I hope everyone is
having a fabulous summer. It
certainly has been filled with
surprises. We will all be talking
about that crazy storm on July
19th (which would have been my
moms 95th birthday) for years to
come. My mother always missed
the real summer thunderstorms
of her Midwest childhood, so I
figure she sent this one as another
way to celebrate her! My storytime families already help keep
her memory alive by singing Mr
Moon whenever they spot the
moon out during the day:
Mr Moon Mr Moon youre out
too soon
The suns still high in the sky.
Go back to bed and cover up
your head
And wait til the night is nigh.
Memories need sharing to stay
real. I envy families who manage
to stay close and celebrate their
lives together, keeping stories
alive through the generations.
I have been blessed with an
extensive web of chosen family
members who I cherish as deeply
as my family of origin. Live Oak
Music Festival is an epic family
reunion every Fathers Day
weekend, and I adore walking
through the layers of my life from
Cambria days, through Unity
Potluck family, library families, and
into my ever-growing Awakening
Ways family. My daughter gets
to hear how shes grown into
such a beautiful young woman a
dozen times a day from old family
friends, teachers, choir buddies,
and school chums. Then she

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meets some of my new friends for

the first time. Stopping, laughing,
and remembering gives our lives
context and meaning.
We make work families too, if
were lucky. I have had the great
pleasure and honor to have shared
my life with some remarkable
women at the SLO Library. As the
administration is revisioning the
County Library some of you may
be seeing new and different faces
in your local branch.
Its a bittersweet time for my little
work team, as I will no longer be
sharing a desk and hours with
my silent parenting partner of 20
years, Sallie. She has shared so
many triumphs and heartaches
as weve navigated life, adjusting
our librarian sail while balancing
our mama sail with hard laughter,
deep listening, and more than a
few tears. Weve measured time
by what our kids were involved
in: dance classes, baseball,
choir, more dance classes, plays,
robotics, graduations, colleges.
Sallie and I have wept through
the deaths of dogs and cats,
as well as parents and many
favorite fictional characters too!
But mostly, weve laughed over
the little things that really are
the big stuff in a relationship of
many years, as we have obsessed
over our childrens milestones,
Harry Potter, Louise Pennys
Three Pines, watching library kids
grow, Mo Willems Pigeon and
Elephant and Piggy, potty books,
and our love for the perfect cup
of coffee. It is a sweet comfort
to know that whenever we smell

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tuna, we share the memory of my

daughter scrunched under the
desk finishing her lunch between
school drop-off and dance class.
At a superficial glance, we may
appear to be an unlikely pair, but
we are kindred spirits of Anne of
Green Gables epic proportions,
and I am grateful beyond words
for our years together.
The Arroyo Grande Library will be
going through changes too, as
Sallie moves back with Margaret
to take the helm of their childrens
library and SLO welcomes their
longtime librarian Rebecca. She
built a mighty strong program for
South County kids and Im looking
forward to learning from and
working with her.

energy is coming our way to fill

up their big beautiful new library.
Be sure to introduce yourself to
some new faces already starting
at the circulation desk.
Both Los Osos and Shell Beach
libraries have new branch
managers coming their way
as people get promoted and
relocated. In my nearly 37 years
with the SLO County Library
system, I have never seen such a
year of change as this past one.
More days, longer evening hours,
technical advances including an
upcoming app, and more new staff
members are all coming together
to coalesce into an innovative
fresh library experience for

Your library continues to be a

living vibrant force in all the
communities on the Central
Coast. Each one is uniquely suited
to and a reflection of its patrons
and families, and provides a vital
piece of the puzzle that is our
famous quality of life. We live
where others vacation and dream
of staying, and celebrating change
The Atascadero Library is still is the privilege we share to keep it
spinning after their beloved Ms. home for all the kinds of familys
Joans retirement, and we are we belong to.
all wondering who will be their
next Youth Services Librarian. I Kristen Barnhart has been telling stories,
will continue on as the Monday recommending books, and stamping little
hands for over 36 years throughout SLO County.
childrens librarian and am She is currently a Youth Services Librarian at
continuing my Story-Time for kids the San Luis Obispo (TUE 10:30 am Storytime)
Atascadero (MON 10:30 am Storytime)
five and under at 10:30 am. We and
Libraries. Contact Kristen at (805) 781-5775 or
just cant wait to see what new
Rebecca is a tech queen, so my
multitude of computer questions
may finally be answered! Change
is good, and as much as I first
balk at it, I know we will all grow
in new ways and that makes me
excited. Im also ready to see how
our Youth Services department
continues to grow.

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Central Coast International School

Grow With Us!

CCIS is proud to announce the launch of a

Montessori Kindergarten

with classes starting in August

Our full-day program will promote academic
and social development as foundations for
educational success Enrollment is limited
to just ten students, so act fast to register
CCIS also has a few spots in Lower and Upper
Elementary programs for the 2015/16 school year
CCIS is a non-profit private school established in 2014
and conveniently located in San Luis Obispo
We serve grades K-8 and cater to students who thrive in a small class
environment with individualized instruction
Our International Baccalaureate-based curriculum includes literacy, math, science,
music, art, physical education and technology. Every student uses a tablet computer
and learns either Spanish or Mandarin Chinese
CCIS is affordable and family-friendly

Our campus is nurturing and bully-free

We set high academic standards, promote whole-child development and

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We are the new academic leader on the Central Coast

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Is Your Child Ready
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in schools, whether as a staff

person or a volunteer.

No single factor determines

whether a child is ready to start
school. Heres how to tell if your
child is mature enough physically,
socially, and cognitively.
What are the cutoff dates?
Cutoff dates are deadlines
schools use to determine who
can enter the next kindergarten
class. Your child must reach the
age of 5 by the cutoff date, which
is September 1 in California school
Many schools still use these
dates to determine who is ready
for school, but research shows
that your childs chronological
age isnt the best way to decide
whether he has what it takes to
be a successful kindergartner.

clearly, and interact well with

other children and adults are all
critically important to success
in school. A childs physical
development also needs to be
In reality, very few children
are equally competent in all
these areas. Many children who
are advanced mentally may
lag behind emotionally, while
children who are extremely adept
physically may be slower in terms
of language development.
How can I tell if my child is

Visiting a kindergarten class in

the school in which you plan to
enroll your child can also give you
invaluable information. As you
stand in the back of the room,
pay attention to how the other
children are behaving, how they
play with each other, and what
kinds of skills they have. Can you
picture your child sitting in one
of those chairs and joining in an
Ultimately, though, you know
your child best. Think about what
hes like when he plays with
others, and when hes alone in
his room. Then ask yourself the

1) Can my child listen to instructions

If hes in preschool, talk to the
and then follow them? Children
teacher. She probably has a good
need these skills to function
sense of his development and
in class, to keep up with the
how he compares with other
teacher and with their peers.
children who would be at his
Kindergarten readiness is the grade level.
2) Is he able to put on his coat and
real issue. In recent years, early
go to the bathroom by himself?
childhood educators have begun If your child is not in preschool or
Children need to be somewhat
to focus on a childs physical, you just want another opinion,
self-sufficient by school age.
social, and cognitive development check with your childs doctor.
rather than age.
She will know about your childs 3)
Can he recite the alphabet
physical development and can
and count? Most kindergarten
What is kindergarten readiness? offer helpful feedback as to
teachers assume that children
whether your child is ready.
have at least a rudimentary
Experts say no single or simple
familiarity with the ABCs and
factor determines whether a child You can also talk with family
numbers though these subjects
is ready for kindergarten. Instead, members and friends who know
will be covered as part of the
a childs development needs to your child well. Pay particular
kindergarten curriculum.
be evaluated on several fronts.
attention to the comments of
teachers, or those who have 4) Can he hold a pencil? Cut with
His ability to think logically, speak experience working with children
scissors? He will need these fine

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motor skills to begin working on

writing the alphabet and to keep
up with classroom projects.
5) Does he show an interest in
books? Does he try to read a
book by telling a story based on
the pictures? This is a sign that
his language development is on
a par with other kindergartners
and that hes ready to start
learning how to read.
6) Is he curious and receptive to
learning new things? If a childs
curiosity is stronger than his fear
of the unfamiliar, he will do well
in school.
7) Does he get along well with
other kids? Does he share and
know how to take turns? Hell be
interacting with other children
all day, so your childs social skills
are particularly important for
success in school.
Can he work together with
others as part of a group? The
ability to put his needs second,
to compromise and join in a
consensus with other children,
is also part of emotional
If you answered yes to most of
these questions and sometimes
to the rest, your child is probably
ready for kindergarten. If not,
your child might well benefit from
another year of preschool, or
from a transitional or pre-K class
offered by many schools.
Reprinted with permission. California
Department of Education Resources.

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What Will Be Your


by Molly Peoples

August is What Will Be Your

Legacy Month. If you knew this,
you have an unusual knowledge
of obscure celebrations. But
even if you werent aware of this
month, you can see that the
idea behind it (preparing to leave
a legacy) is an important one.
What should you do to ensure
that youll leave the type of legacy
you desire?
To begin with, identify those
people whom youd like to
directly benefit from your legacy.
What can you leave behind to
your children, grandchildren,
other family members or even
close friends? Then, think about
those charitable organizations
you support can you leave
something behind to them?

Once you have decided what

your legacy should look like, you
can take steps to implement your
ideas. Here are a few suggestions:
Draw up your will. A will is
probably the most essential legacyrelated document. Essentially,
you need a will to ensure that your
assets and personal belongings
will be distributed according to
your wishes. If you die intestate
(without a will), your belongings
will be distributed to your heirs
as defined by state laws, and
these distributions may not be at
all what you had in mind.

Plan for your charitable gifts.

To leave the legacy you have
envisioned, you might want
to do more than provide your
loved ones with needed financial
resources you may also want
to provide lasting support to
those charitable or educational
organizations whose work you
admire. Toward this end, you
might want to consult with your
tax and legal advisors about
Consider a living trust. Depending charitable gifting strategies that
on your situation, you may need can provide tax benefits, both
to go further than a will when now and in the future.
creating the estate plans that
help define your legacy. For Give your family the power to
act on your behalf. Like everyone
else, you want to be in charge of
your own destiny. Unfortunately,
however, you may someday
become mentally or physically
incapacitated for a while. If this

CC Flutes

example, you might want to

create a living trust, which can
allow your assets to go directly
to your heirs, avoiding the public,
time-consuming and potentially
expensive process of probate. A
living trust offers other benefits,
too, so you may want to consult
with a legal professional to learn
more about this estate-planning

were to happen, youll want your

family to be able to act on your
behalf with regard to financial
and health care decisions. To
grant your loved ones this power,
you may want to create a power
of attorney and a health care
Communicate your wishes. You
need to communicate to your
loved ones the actions you have
taken regarding your will, living
trust and other estate-planning
documents. By explaining your
wishes in advance, you may be
able to help your family members
avoid disputes and unpleasant
surprises and that lack of
drama can also be a key part of
your legacy.
What Will Be Your Legacy
Month will come and go. But by
definition, your legacy will last
beyond your lifetime so make
it a good one.
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

Morro Bay Mystery

by Guy Crabb

I am going to take you on a journey

to the wonderful city of Morro
Bay. I am going to tell you a story
that will solve a mystery and may
send you on a trip to explore a
cemetery. I hear people are dying
to get in! Sorry, thats an old joke.
Anyway I taught in Morro Bay
for over 20 years and began to
research its history so the kids in
my classes could learn about the
people who helped to found this
unique seaside city.

so our military could practice

beach landings; property lots in
1927 sold for $250 or $300 - for an
ocean view; or Morro Bay Blvd.
was once called 5th Street.

But today my story goes back to

the very beginning of the town.
Im not talking about way, way
back, which would have to include
the story of the ghost that haunts
Morro Rock (another cool story).
Im going back to the person who
gets credit as the founding father
I began my teaching career at of Morro Bay. He was one very
Morro Elementary School in 1985. enterprising young man by the
It was a very beautiful school site. name of Franklin Riley.
At lunch, I would sometimes walk
around town. I noticed some History says Riley came down to
odd-size buildings and others this area of California to search for
that were very unusual and I some government-owned land
wondered what businesses were that was not part of a Mexican
there in the past. I guess this land grant. He found a nice chunk
same curiosity motivated me to of land and built the first home
write my books about the history in Morro Bay. The location of
of downtown San Luis Obispo. his home was just about in the
I started reading a book called middle of what we know today as
Morro Bays Yesterdays, which downtown Morro Bay. His home
was full of great information was on the strip of land between
and photographs, and I talked to Morro Bay Blvd. and Harbor
many longtime residents.
Street. Franklin had a family: his
wife Hannah, two little girls, and a
Now, I could sit here and tell you boy, who were all foster children.
a fishing boat full of stories about He was a bright man who drew
Morro Bay, such as: in 1911, the out a plan for the city. Franklin
town had a restriction of only started his own farm and grew
taking 200 clams a day; there barley as his first crop. Now once
was a Navy base in town in 1941 again, I could go on and tell you
about his idea to plant eucalyptus
trees everywhere to block the
ocean breeze that would blow
in and bury his crops, or how he
helped build a wharf, but I want
to get down to the real mystery
of my story.

Some of you know about the

secret cemetery a little way out of
town, but thats a private family
site. After realizing that Morro
Bay has no public cemetery, I
decided to go in search of Franklin
My first thought was go to the
cemetery that was the closest
to Morro Bay. That happens to
be the Cayucos Cemetery off of
Highway One. This is also where
my father is buried, so one day
when my daughter Kasey and I
went to go visit my dads grave,
we decided to explore the older
grave stones in the lower part of
the cemetery. We actually had a
great time looking at all of the old
grave stones. It was interesting
to learn when and where people
were born before coming here
to the central coast of California.
After a while, we split up and
starting searching on our own. I
began to think that Franklin Riley
had just left the city in search of
new adventures.

After working in Morro Bay for

years and learning about its great
history, I couldnt help but wonder
what happened to the founding
father. Did he move away to
another state or did he die in an
accident? Then something else
struck me; Morro Bay does not Then, Kasey started yelling
have a cemetery. Yes, thats right. that she found Franklin Rileys

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gravestone. Next, she yelled

that Franklin was not alone. I ran
across the cemetery to where
she was standing, and found an
answer to the mystery of what
happened to Franklin Riley. He
was here, buried in the Cayucos
cemetery with his beloved wife
Hannah. They did not have the
biggest or best marker (or even
a clean marker), but here they
were. Their grave marker is a
few feet tall and about eight
inches thick and it reads Riley
on the top of the stone and on
the front it simply reads Franklin
1824 1897 and Hannah G. 1824
1904. I wont tell you exactly
where it is, so that you can plan a
morning to explore the Cayucos
cemetery and learn some cool
information about some of the
people who were founders of our
county. Isnt solving mysteries
fun? I hope everyone is having
the best summer ever.
Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach
Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He
graduated from Cal Poly SLO and has been
teaching for over 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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Monterey Street is getting a makeover.

Buildings are being renovated and the
parking lots are being dug up.
Buy your copy of Monterey/Marsh Sts
100 Year Book. Remember the past, as
the future is right around the corner.

Enjoy Your Memories!

Get an autographed copy at:

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CS Perryess

about words

Though earworms have haunted

me my whole life, I promise to
The word eavesdrop has a refrain from providing lists of likely
poetically beautiful etymology.
tunes that will haunt you forever.
The word earworm has interested
It comes from Middle English, me since it was first introduced to
born of the Old English word, me some time in the late 1960s by
an aunt who grew up in Germany
during the 1940s and 50s.
Eaves are, of course, those bits of
a houses roof that stick out from Only a few years ago, most
the house perimeter.
dictionary and etymology websites clearly credited James
Historically, the eavesdrip was Kellaris, a Milwaukee professor,
the line on the ground where the with the coinage of the word in
rain or morning dew dripped from 2001. Others credited Robert
the eaves. In time, this became Frietag (a well-traveled primary
a legal term, used to determine teacher) for bringing the term to
in part how close one house English in 1993. These Frietag and
could be built to the next house. Kellaris claims curdled my cheese
In time, the droplets falling from because (thanks to my Aunt Inge)
the eaves acquired the moniker my pals and I have been enjoying
eavesdrops. Soon after that, the word since I shared it at
nosey people who stood close Columbus Junior High over four
enough to their neighbors homes decades ago.
to hear what was going on inside
were called eavesdroppers, since Today, a search for earworm
standing so close put them in the etymology will produce over
eavesdrip. Soon, the British legal 40,000 hits. Thankfully, in the
system happily applied the term last few years, many etymologists
eavesdropper to nosey listeners. have dug a bit deeper, and while
praising Kellariss research on the
Is that poetry, or what?
phenomenon of the earworm,
have de-bunked the myth that
Writers out there, I would submit he coined the word. I find no
that we find more eavesdroppers arguments debunking the Frietag
in fiction than in real life true or origin, but Im, pleased to say that
unfounded hogwash?
at long last, most etymologists see
earworm as a simple translation
from the German word ohrwurm.
One of the 97 new words included
in the Merriam Websters
Collegiate Dictionarys Eleventh
Edition is earworm, a cognitively
infectious musical agent, more
informally known as one of those
annoying tunes that you cant get
out of your mind.

Confusing the issue is the fact

that the German word ohrwurm
also refers to dermaptera, the
lowly earwig, a nasty little bug
that has a tendency to make
many of us squirm and whose
name has inspired myths about
earwigs climbing into peoples

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August 2015

ears (pure balderdash, according

to entomologists). The whole
issue was likely further confused
by a practice popular in ancient
times (I cant find where),
of drying and grinding up
dermaptera, then inserting the
powder into infected ears as a
medical treatment.
So I say bravo to hundreds of
hard-working etymologists, to over time snog has come to mean
Merriam Websters Eleventh kiss. Its origins are a complete
Edition, and of course, Aunt Inge, mystery.
for the word earworm.
Smack is an imitative term from
Feel free to send me a comment the late 1550s, originally meaning
on all this hoopla, or share one to make a sharp noise with the lips,
of your most annoying, most then morphing within fifty years
invasive earworm tunes.
to mean a loud kiss.

Mwah, meaning a kiss or air-kiss,

is another imitative term. Mwah
Most words meaning kiss are came to the language in 1994.
imitative of the sound of a kiss,
yet these words dont all sound Smooch (my personal favorite),
the same. Could this reflect on arrived in English as a verb in
the nature of kisses in various 1932 and a noun in 1942, from the
cultures, or simply the vagaries of German schmutzen, to kiss, which
most likely was born of imitation.
Buss entered English in the 1560s
and seems to have come from
Welsh or Gaelic, bus, meaning lip.
Buss falls in the imitative kiss-word
camp. Robert Herrick clarified
busss shades of meaning in 1648:
Kissing and bussing differ
both in this,
We busse our wantons, but
our wives we kisse.
Kiss is another imitative word,
with precursors in Dutch, Old High
German, Old Frisian, & Norse. My
personal favorite precursor is
the Old Saxon word, kusijanan.
Imitative? Hmm.
One must
wonder about those old Saxons.

I also must admit a fondness for

the term Give me a little sugar,
which appeared in the script
of A Raisin in the Sun in 1959.
Though I find suggestions that
this euphemism was in use before
1959, I have yet to verify any.
My thanks go out to sources: Etymoniline.
com, Blue Harvest Forum, Word Origins.
org,, Wiktionary, Scriptorama,,, The Word
Detective, and The OED.

Osculate made its way into English

in the 1650s from Latin osculari,
and means little mouth. Try to say
kusijanan with a little mouth.
Snog showed up in the language
in 1945 as British slang, initially
meaning to flirt or cuddle, though

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 at,
or reach him at

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August 2015 Free Ongoing Events


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

3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk

August is:

Artist Appreciation Month

National Eye Exam Month
National Breastfeeding Month
Home Business Month
Whats Your Legacy Month
National Catfish Month
National Golf Month
National Inventors Month
National Water Quality Month


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

3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk




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

Birthstone: Peridot


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

book lovers day

international day
of the worlds
indigenous people

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

3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk


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


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

3:30-4:15pm AG

US coast
guard 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


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 1874)

hulk hogans
birthday (Born in 1953)

smores day

play in the sand 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

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

aviation day

(Born in 1786)

1st photo of earth

from the moon
(by Lunar Orbiter in 1966)


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

3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk


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

waffle day


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

3:30-4:15pm AG

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


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

lighthouse day


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


creamsicle day


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

julia childs

(Born in 1912)

relaxation day



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

senior citizens

tooth fairy day

orville wrights
(Born in 1871)


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

national dog day

equality day
(Won right to vote in 1920)

trail mix day

August 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

mother teresas
birthday (Born in 1910)

national banana
split day


bill clintons
(Born in 1946)

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

Central Coast Family

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

radio day

kiss & make up day



annie oakleys
(Born in 1860)


davy crocketts


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


(in 1981)
childrens day



wiggle your
toes day


bad poetry day

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

3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk


dollar day
(US Dollar created in 1786)

family day

homeless animals



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

(Born in 1930)

columbus 1st
voyage (in 1492)

archeology day
roller coaster day
(Patented in 1898)

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

girlfriends day

national rice
pudding day



francis scott keys

birthday (Born in 1779)

watermelon day

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

3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk


Flower: Gladiola

chocolate chip




1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO

sisters day

kids 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
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

dream day
(MLK Jrs I Have a Dream speech
in 1963)

1st scout camp

(Opened in 1934)

national cherry
turnover day


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Family Events
THU JUN 18-SAT SEP 19 (days &
times vary): LA RUES RETURN at
The Great American Melodrama,
1863 Front St, Oceano. Hows A
Bayou? Complete with jokes, puns
and pratfalls, this riotous romp
through the swamps of New
Orleans is sure to delight all ages!
The 40th Anniversary Vaudeville
Revue Part Two! features
favorite songs, dances, and
sketches from the theatres past.
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.

and up). Cost: $27-37. Contact:

489-9444 or
SAT AUG 1 at 9:30 am: 2015 BIG
LATCH ON in San Luis Obispo.
10:30 am: the Latch minute. BLO
is a family fun event gathering
nursing women and others who
are passionate about normalizing
breastfeeding. Cost: free. Contact:

SAT AUG 1 at 10:00 am: BIG LATCH

ON North County at Atascadero
Lake Park. 10:30 am: the Latch
minute. BLO is a family fun event
gathering women passionate
about normalizing breastfeeding.
Bring a blanket and/or lawn chair.
FRI JUL 3-SUN AUG 9 (times Cost: free. Contact: facebook.
vary): CHAPTER TWO at Pewter com/Laboroflovebloslo.
Plough Playhouse, 824 Main St,
Cambria. The Pewter Plough SAT AUG 1 12:00 - 6:00 pm: ACS
Playhouse presents Neil Simons LUMINARIA
Chapter Two, the story of a
recent widower, writer George
Schneider, who is encouraged by Bay Blvd, Morro Bay. Create
his younger brother Leo to start your own luminaria for American
dating again. This sends George Cancer Societys Morro Bay
into even more depression after Celebration on SAT AUG 15, when
a series of bad matches. Then Leo they will light up the beach! Gems,
comes up with Jennie Malone and feathers, coloring pens, and
shes a keeper. Still, its a bumpy Luminaria bags will be provided.
trip on the road to Dreamland Enjoy live music by Lenny Blue &
for these not-so-young lovers. Friends and complete a donation
Cost: $17-30. Contact: 927-3877 or plaque in your loved ones honor
to decorate the walls with your
memory or message of hope.
FRI JUL 24-SUN AUG 2 (days & times Grandmas be donating $1 for
vary): PIRATES OF PENZANCE every breakfast or dessert waffle
JR at SLO Little Theatre, 888 bought in August. Cost: $10
Morro St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy donation for luminaria. Contact:
a hilarious farce with sentimental 704-9866.
pirates, dim-witted young lovers
and an eccentric Major-General. SAT AUG 1-SAT AUG 22 (times
Cost: $13-20. Contact: 786-2440 or vary): MOVIES IN THE GARDENS at
Sunken Gardens Park, 6500 Palma
Ave, Atascadero. Bring low-back
THU JUL 30 7:30-10:30 am: chairs and blankets and enjoy the
PANCAKE BREAKFAST at at City great north county summer night
Park, 11th and Spring Sts, Paso and a movie! Featuring Big Hero 6
Robles. CA Mid-State Fair and the on AUG 1, Paddington on AUG 8,
Downtown Paso Robles Main St Planes: Fire and Rescue on AUG
Assn presents this annual family 15, and Cinderella on AUG 22. Cost:
event. Cost: free. Contact: 238- free. Contact:
4103 or pasoroblesdowntown.
SUN AUG 2 9:00 am-5:00 pm:
FRI JUL 31-SAT AUG 15 (times FAIR on Morro Bay Blvd to Main
vary): INTO THE WOODS at Clark St. Music, dancing, kids shows,
Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo food and gifts. This is your chance
Grande. With a cast of familiar to buy a unique item for yourself
humor or someone special. Cost: free.
and heart, clever dialogue and Contact: (877) 478-9477 or morroinventive songs, this is a show that
both adults and older children can
enjoy together (best for ages 10 SUN AUG 2 9:00 am-5:00 pm:

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FAIR FUN at Grandmas Frozen
Yogurt & Waffle Shop, 307 Morro
Bay Blvd, Morro Bay. Enjoy live
music and family activities all day
long. Cost: free. Grandmas real
Fruit Freezes and cold bottled
water will be for sale to raise
funds for the safety equipment for
Morro Bay High School athletes.
Contact: 704-9866.
PROGRAM ENDS. Finish up your
summer reading and bring your
reading logs to your local library
to pick-up your rewards! Cost:

the whole family. Doug Macrae

plays bluegrass and old timey
music on guitar with Ange Marie
on mandolin. Cost: free. Contact:
SUN AUG 9 7:00 am-9:00 pm:
Outlets Center, Arroyo Grande.
Leave Pismo Outlets at 7:00 am,
with food stop, leave Yosemite
at 4:00 pm, with food stop,
arrive Pismo Outlets at 9:00 pm.
No unaccompanied minors. No
smoking, alcohol or drugs. Cost:
$125 per person. Contact: 4745933.

SAT AUG 15 10:00 am-5:00 pm: 12th

Robles City Park, 11th and Spring
Sts. Bring the entire family for a
day dedicated to olives including
sampling, vendors, demos, and an
olive dish-cooking contest. Check
out the mobile olive oil press, or
take a stroll through Culinary Row
with local artisanal, farm-fresh
food, and be sure to try olive oil
ice cream! Cost: free. Contact:
SAT AUG 8 3:00-6:00 pm: DOUG
Grandmas Frozen Yogurt & SAT AUG 15 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY
Waffle Shop, 307 Morro Bay Blvd, MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2180
Morro Bay. Enjoy live music with Palisades. Enjoy popcorn and a
SAT AUG 8 11:00 am-1:00 pm:
Osos Library, 2180 Palisades. All
are welcome to support crafty
kids at this 7th annual family event.
Children aged 13 and younger can
bring hand-crafted items priced
$4 or less. Applications due JUL
25. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862

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Family Events
6:00-9:00 pm in San Luis Obispo.
Contact: 459-7808. 1st & 3rd THU
6:30-9:30 pm in Cayucos. Contact:
471-9342. 2nd & 4th THU 6:309:00 pm in Atascadero. Contact:
235-2774. Cost: free. Info: www.
WED SEP 2 6:00-8:00 pm:
SESSION at Family Connections Every day all summer: Food Bank
Christian Adoptions, 1540 Marsh Coalition of SLO County provides
St, SLO. FCCA was established in LOVIN LUNCHBOX free meals
1983 and has placed over 4,700 at 6 sites in SLO, Los Osos, and
waiting children into forever Morro Bay for all kids 18 years or
families. With 6 offices in CA, the younger. No ID or personal info
agency provides domestic and required. 11:45-12:45, M-F until
international adoption services. AUG 7: CL Smith, Hawthorne, Del
Cost: free. Contact: 542-9084 or Mar, and Baywood Elementary
SLO Library serves morning
FRI SEP 4-SUN SEP 6 (times vary): snacks. 12:00-1:00, T-TH: Morro
GOLDEN STATE CLASSICS CAR Bay Library serve lunch during
SHOW in downtown Paso Robles summer reading programs. RTA
and Paso Robles City Park, 11th and city busses are also free this
and Spring Sts. There will be pre- summer! Contact: 238-4664 or
1979 classic cars cruising Friday
night and showing in the park on
Saturday. Participants are invited 3rd SAT every month 3:00-6:00
to tour the citys entertainment pm: Interactive Indonesian Music
spots on Sunday. There should be at Grandmas Frozen Yogurt, 307
over 300 cars for this event. Net Morro Bay Blvd, MB. Instruments
proceeds will go to local charities. available for all. Play along with
Cost: free. Contact: 286-6408 or ru and Anna! Endang ru
and up. Call to find out more about
Rukandi is a master of the regional
this months craft sponsored
music of West Java. Cost: free.
by Friends of Los Osos Library.
Contact: 704-9866.
Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862 or
1st & 3rd THU every month
R e c ur ri n g
8:30 pm: Drop-in Dream Group at
E ve n t s &
FRI AUG 21-SUN SEP 6 (days &
St. Benedicts Episcopal Church,
times vary): SYLVIA at SLO Little
2220 Snowy Egret Ln, Los Osos.
R e s o u rc e s
Theatre, 888 Morro St, San Luis
This is a drop-in support
Obispo. Enjoy A.R. Gurneys
group to share dreams and the
modern romantic comedy about
relationship between dreams
a dog, the couple who adopts Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO and spiritual path, using Jungian
her and the comedy that results. CHESS CLUB meets at Carls Jr interpretive assumptions and
Cost: $15-30. Contact: 786-2440 or on Santa Rosa St, one block W language and Robert Johnsons
of Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. book Inner Work. Cost: free.
All ages welcome. Cost: free. Contact:
FRI AUG 21-SUN SEP 20 (times Contact: 441-7210 or slochess. net.
vary): STEEL MAGNOLIAS at com.
Pewter Plough Playhouse, 824
Every SAT at 12:00 pm: GEO-CACHE
Main St, Cambria. Concerned with Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: FAMILY GROUP at Grandmas
a group of gossipy southern ladies SLO CHESS CLUB meets at the Frozen Yogurt & Waffle Shop,
in a small-town beauty parlor, the big board on the Morro Bay 307 Morro Bay Blvd, Morro Bay.
play is alternately hilarious and Embarcadero at the west end of All ages meet before exploring
touchingand, in the end, deeply Morro Bay Blvd (down the stairs). hidden treasures. free. frozen
revealing of the strength and Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 or yogurt for all new members! Cost:
purposefulness which underlies
free. Contact: 704-9866.
the antic banter of its characters.
Cost: $17-30. Contact: 927-3877 or The Mankind Project mens 3rd WED of every month at 6:30
support group meetings: all issues pm: Prepared & Natural Chidlbirth
welcome. Find purpose, mastery, Classes at Twin Cities Community
SAT AUG 22 10:00 am-9:00 pm & healthy autonomy, and your lifes Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas,
SUN AUG 23 11:00 am-5:00 pm: mission and purpose. Gain skills Templeton. This is a 6-series
STONE SOUP MUSIC FESTIVAL to change your life or to become class addressing all matters of
& STREET FAIRE at 993 Ramona a better husband or dad. Call childbirth in the form of a lecture
Ave, Grover Beach. This fun ahead to confirm. 1st & 3rd TUE as well as hands-on demos and
family event features live music,
a salsa contest, health fair,
vendor booths, a dog parade, etc.
Cost: free. Contact: 489-1488 or

movie every 3rd SAT of the month.

A team of guinea pigs save the
day in this months movie rated
PG. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862
SAT AUG 15 2:00-6:00 pm:
at Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464
Ana Bay Rd. Unwind and relax
while watching live music, taking
in the breath-taking scenery at
the ocean, and eating plenty of
mac and cheese! Plus, there will
be tastings of wine, beer, and
spirits and opportunities to buy
full pours. 21 & over. Cost: $55.
Contact: themacandcheesefest.
SAT AUG 15 3:00-6:00 pm: ERU &
ANNA at Grandmas Frozen Yogurt
& Waffle Shop, 307 Morro Bay
Blvd, Morro Bay. Bring the family
to enjoy music and dance from
Indonesia. This is an interactive
performance and participants can
play with the musicians. Watch
Morro Bay Farmers Market come
to life from the courtyard. Cost:
free. Contact: 704-9866.
WED AUG 19 at 3:00 pm:
MAKENTAKE at Los Osos Library,
2180 Palisades. For children age 5

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Local Resources
practice techniques. Cost: free. NOV at 9:00 am: Santa Maria
Recreation and Parks Dept offers
Contact: 434-4654.
free docent-led nature walks in
2nd THU of every month at 6:30 Los Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion
pm: Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Rd, Santa Maria. Contact: 925Cities Community Hospital, 1100 0951 x 263.
Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. In this
introduction to breastfeeding 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00
class you and your family will pm: Caregiver Support Group
learn about the practical aspects at Cayucos Community Church,
of feeding your newborn from Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. free support
an Internationally Board Certified for caregivers and family dealing
Lactation Consultant. Cost: free. with long-term illness, memory
Contact: 239-4443.
loss, dementia, and Alzheimers.
Contact: 458-7484.
San Luis Obispo Special Education
Local Plan Area (SELPA) and Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm:
Community Advisory Committee Remain Independent Despite
(CAC) offer parent orientation Vision Loss at Santa Maria Terrace,
to special education programs in 1405 E Main St. New ways of
SLO County. Contact: 782-7301 or doing daily tasks are taught by the Braille Institute, such as home
management, traveling, and using
Twin Cities Community Hospital talking library books. Contact:
Volunteers, a non-profit org 462-1225.
providing support to patients,
doctors, and nurses of the 2nd & 4th MON every month
hospital, seek volunteers to work at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of
in the gift shop and Obstetrics Preschoolers) meet at Pacific
Dept. AM and PM 4 hour shifts are Christian Church, 3435 Santa
available. Contact: 434-4524.
Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare
is provided. Contact: 934-3491 or
Last FRI every month at 6:00 pm:
Family Fun at Unity Church, 1165
Stubblefield St, Orcutt. Contact: Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI
3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & Program at Arroyo Grande EOC
SAT 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand
Station Interactive Science Center Ave. Health services, including
welcomes families at 867 Ramona reproductive health, in a safe
Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2- environment with staff trained
3. Contact: 473-1421 or http:// to screen, assess, and to provide
intervention. Appointments are
preferred. Contact: 489-4026.
2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00
pm: Grief Support Group at Central 1st WED every month at 9:00 am:
Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr, Community Action Partnership
Ste D, San Luis Obispo. This free Senior Health Screening at First
group is for anyone suffering the United Methodist Church, 275
loss of a loved one who is in need N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande.
free and low-cost services are
of support. Contact: 540-6020.
offered for people 50 and older:
2nd SAT of every month FEB- blood pressure, pulse, weight,

Womens Shelter

of San Luis Obispo County

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

Central Coast Family

August 2015

for anemia, diabetes, and fecal
blood, nutritional counseling, and
medical referrals. Contact: 4812692 or 788-0827.
1st WED every month at 12:00
pm: Disabled American Veterans
luncheon at Veterans Memorial
Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa
Maria. Contact: 345-0402.

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.

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 RISE (formerly Sexual Assault
Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544- Recovery and Prevention Center
of San Luis Obispo Co) offers:
2266 or
Weekly Drop-In Support Groups
Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon for Sexual Assault Survivors; 24
Family Support Group at Luis Hour Crisis Line; Advocacy and
OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares Accompaniment; Peer Counseling;
Individual Counseling; Prevention
Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750.
and Education, and Womens
3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: Empowerment and Self Defense
How to Survive Divorce seminar Workshops. Contact: 545-8888 or
at the San Luis Obispo Womens
Community Center, 1124 Nipomo
St, #D in SLO. Practical tips, Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm:
pointers, and suggestions for ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051
handling family law issues. $10.00 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats
donation requested for handout are available for adoption through
materials and book. Contact: 544- NCHS. Dogs are available through
9313 to register.
Short n Sweet Dog Rescue.

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Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC)

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

identifies issues of concern to

women that are not the focus
Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED of other advocacy or advisory
3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy organizations. Contact: 788-3406.
Lending Library-Jacks Helping
Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm:
21 Zaca Lane, #100, San Luis Growing With Baby, an infant
Obispo. Traditional and adaptive feeding office for breastfeeding
toys for children with all types of moms and babies (0-10 mos),
disabilities to check out. In-home offers a free class on feeding,
appointments available. Cost: crying, and sleep at 1230 Marsh St,
free! Contact: 547-1914 or www. San Luis Obispo. Nurse practioner
and lactation consultant Andrea
Herron answers questions. Dads
Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI welcome! Call to reserve. Contact:
4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy 543-6988.
Lending Library - Jacks Helping
Hand at Pats Place in Nipomo Morro Bay Museum of Natural
Recreation Community Rm, 671 History offers Adventures With
W Tefft St, Ste 2, Nipomo. Toys Nature & Mind Walks. Find the
for children with all types of schedule at:
disabilities to check out. In-home naturewalks.html.
appointments also available.
Central Coast Commission for
Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914 or
Senior Citizens offers many free
services: Senior Connection Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior connecting callers with local
Ballroom Dancing at Madonna resources;
Inn. If you are a senior (single Insurance
or attached) and like ballroom
dancing, this is the place! Look Medicare assistance, advise and
left of the bandstand for sign: referrals for long term care, and
Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and help with billing / appeals; Vial of
listen to good music. No fees; no Life magnetized containers with
dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481 medical information; a Senior
Resource Directory for SLO and
SB counties, and much more.
Literacy Council for San Luis Contact: 925-9554 or www.
Obispo County has an ongoing
and urgent need for volunteer
tutors and offers free training in Hospice of San Luis Obispo
SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or www. County provides free grief
counseling, crisis intervention,
1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: and wellness education to those
Commission on the Status of with a life-limiting illness, their
Women meets at Coast National families, and the bereaved. This
Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This non-profit agency offers free
official advisory group to SLO counseling, community education
County Board of Supervisors and volunteer support to those
Contact: 466-5403.

Central Coast Family

August 2015

grieving a death or dealing with

Offices in San Luis Obispo and San Luis Coastal Adult Schools
Paso Robles. Contact: 544-2266. Parent Participation Program
Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! offers Core Parenting and
Make a difference in the life Enrichment classes in SLO,
of an older or disabled adult. Morro Bay, and Los Osos. Bring
volunteers your child to a parent and child
choose services to contribute activity class, or find support and
and schedule hours at their education just for parents. Cost:
convenience. Training is monthly $76 for 10 wks. Contact: 549-1222
at Wilshire Community Services, or
285 South St, Ste J, SLO. Contact:
547-7025 x 17.
Volunteer at San Luis Obispo
Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010
Broad St (Mission Plaza) or email
San Luis Obispo Senior Center
offers health screening, legal
services, meals, exercise, bridge,
and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St.
Contact: 781-7306.

Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone?

Concerned for someone you care about?

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,

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

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Local Resources

Alternative Education
on the
Central Coast

Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality

choices for their childrens education. Following are some options for
those seeking secular alternative education in our region. For more
information on independent and religious schools, go to:
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 their own pace. Online
schooling is aligned with California
state standards. Teacher support as
needed, meetings and work samples
required quarterly. Contact: (866)
339-6790,, 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
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.
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
Summit Academy charter school
serves K-12 grades, and provides

Central Coast Family

days per week. Contact: 929-6878.

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
SLO Classical Academy. Private
Part time or full time
classical education in SLO. Part time
options are Tuesday/ Thursday or
Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700

Wishing Well School in Los Osos

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
personalized home-based learning model. Contact: 235-4401.
that fosters investigation, skill Childrens
development and creativity, and School in Atascadero strives to help
lifelong curiosity. Contact: (818) 450- each child reach his/her greatest
9810 or
potential, by embracing learning
and appreciating and respecting
Nature Based Schools
the world. Contact: 466-5068 or
SLOWanders. Offering nature-based
education in SLO County. Programs Montessori Childrens School in San
include wilderness living skills, Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion
naturalist studies, wildlife tracking, for excellence, to nurture curiosity,
awareness skills, and rites-of-passage creativity and imagination, and to
customized for after-school, home- awaken the human spirit of every
school, and personal one-on-one child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691
mentoring. Weekend workshops or
for adults. Contact: 215-0595 or
Central Coast Montessori School in
Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized
Outside Now. Summer, after-school, academic environment to promote
and private nature-based education independence and optimum scholastic
in SLO County. Contact: 541-9900 or achievement. Contact: 772-9317 or
Coyote Road Regional School. Heritage Montessori Preschool
Natural Science and Outdoor in San Luis Obispo provides an
Education. Contact: 466-4550 or enriching and loving environment in
a beautiful country setting. Waldorf
and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5
Independent Schools
years. Contact: 235-5589.
Central Coast International School. Academics and More is a Homeschool
Inquiry-based, small class, International Helper class for 7th-8th grade at
Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school
Ludwick Community Center in SLO.
serving grades 1-8 in SLO. One tablet
computer per child. Spanish and Offered in partnership with City of
Mandarin taught weekly. Strong SLO, this class includes a convenient
math, sciences, music and arts. Caring cost-effective way for students to
community that nurtures learners. gain access to a tutor, community
involvement, assistance with their
Contact: 858-8054 or
school work, time management and
The Laureate School. Project-based, organization skills, and more. Contact:
differentiated learning to develop
critical thinking, in arts, technology,
Public Schools
foreign language, and character
development programs.
In San
Luis Obispo. Contact: 544-2141 or Cambria Montessori Learning Center.
Tuition-free public school in Morro
Bay for grades K-6th through the
Clarity Steiner School in Nipomo. Family Partnership Charter School.
Waldorf education for first and Contact: 927-2337, 541-2412 or
second graders. Class meets four

August 2015

Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.

Accredited high school program at
Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive
student-parent-teacher partnerships
provide educational resources, a
mentor teacher, and eligibilty for
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.
Templeton Independent Study
High School. WASC accredited.
Weekly meeting with teacher.
Opportunity for early graduation
and concurrent Cuesta College
enrollment. In Templeton and SLO
at Los Ranchos Elementary School.
Contact 434-5833 or tae.tusd.
Trivium Charter Schools in 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 or
West Mall Alternative School.
Independent Study Home School
in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238
Paso Robles Joint Unified School
District Home School & Independent
Study Program serves K-8th grade.
Students and parents work one-onone with teachers, receive lesson
plans, textbooks, and teachers
editions for all subjects. Classes,
enrichment activities, and field trips
are also offered. Contact: 769-1675.
Homeschool Organizations
California Homeschool Network is
a statewide grassroots organization
to protect the right of parents to
educate their children. Their website
provides information about current
state and federal laws, and how to
get started. Contact: (800) 327-5339
Homeschoolers of the Central
Coast. An inclusive Yahoo! group
meeting on a regular basis for
interaction and field trips: groups.
Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
A Yahoo! group offering free
Templeton Unified School District
K-8 Home Schooling program.
Contact: 434-5840 or
Note: This feature is published as space
allows and is a work in progress. Please
submit updates, corrections, or additional
resources to:

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