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kids to prevent home fires and help
them react in fire emergencies.
Many home fires occur in the kitchen
while cooking and these are a leading
cause of injuries from fire. However,
other common causes of fires are
discarded cigarettes, candles, sparks
from fireplaces, and old or improper
electrical wiring. These fires can be
particularly dangerous because they
may smolder for a long period of
time before being discovered.

by Steven Smith

Statistics indicate that each year

more than 850 children under age 14
die in house fires, and another 2,800
kids are seriously injured. Fires are
considered the third largest cause
of fatal home injuries in the U.S.
October 9 - 15 is Fire Prevention Week
and a perfect time to teach your kids
about fire safety in the home.
I grew up watching commercials on

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TV that featured Smokey the Bear.

Today, kids are hearing about fire
prevention from Sparky the Fire Dog
( and the Danger
Rangers (
It is very important for parents to
educate their children about fire
safety and how to evacuate to
prevent unnecessary death and
injury from fires. Understanding the
causes and dangers of fire can help

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On a regular basis, practice escaping

from your home. Read some of
these books to your young ones to
help them get ready for the fire drill:
Fire Drill by Paul Dubois Jacobs for
ages 4 and up, Arthurs Fire Drill by
Marc Brown for ages 5 and up, or
What if there is a Fire by Anara Guard
for ages 5 and up. Try escaping both
in daytime and in the dark and try out
the primary and secondary routes.
Be sure that windows are not stuck
and screens can be taken out quickly.
Talk with children about how to
determine if the primary route (for
example, the main door of the room)
is the safest exit route. Demonstrate
to kids how to check:
Feel the door for heat by using the
back of your hand to touch the top of
the door, the door knob, and the crack
between the door and door frame, to
make sure fire is not on the other side.
If the door knob feels hot, use the
secondary escape route.
Even if the door feels cool, open it
slowly and carefully.
If heat and smoke come in, close the
door and try a secondary escape route.

Plan for two ways out of every

room in the home, in case one way
is blocked by fire. If the primary
way (door) out is blocked by fire or
smoke, you will need a second way
out (a window). Windows and doors

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Practice & Test Evacuation

Make a drawing for kids showing exit

routes from the home and post the
drawing in an easy to see spot like
on the refrigerator. Additionally for
young children, post a drawing in
their room where they can see it at
all times. It is important for kids to
understand that they need to get out
of the home as quickly as possible in
case of a fire.

Eric Woodards

Designate a safe meeting place

outside your home for the family to
gather. Show kids where to go once
they have left the house in case of a
fire. If you all meet at the end of the
driveway or front sidewalk, you will
know that everyone has gotten out.

Create a Home Evacuation Plan

Kristen Barnhart, John J. Cannell, Guy Crabb, Kerrin Edmonds,
Renee Mosier, Molly Peoples, CS Perryess, Steven Smith

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Clothing fires occur when children

set their clothes ablaze by getting
too close to a heat source, such
as an open fire, campfire, stove,
or jack-o-lantern, or when playing
with matches or lighters. In the
1970s, the Flammable Fabrics Act
was created requiring childrens
sleepwear (sizes 0-6X) to be flame
retardant. However, children often
nap or fall asleep in garments like
tee shirts and knit pants that are
classified as daywear. Although
these garments resemble sleepwear,
they may not be fire retardant.
When a childs clothing catches fire,
the childs first reaction is to run.
Teach them that If your clothes
catch on fire, STOP, DROP, and
ROLL - drop to the ground, cover
your face with your hands and roll
repeatedly to smother the flames.
Practice with kids so they get used to
dropping and rolling. Have your child
read the book Stop, Drop and Roll by
Margery Cuyler for ages 5 and up.

Associate EDITOR
Claire Vogel


Children playing with matches or

lighters is a another leading cause of
home fires. Teach children that fire
is a tool not a toy. Tell kids to never
pick up matches, and dont allow
a young child to light candles on
birthday cakes or turn on the stove.
Store all matches and lighters in a
locked cabinet out of the sight and
reach of children.

with security bars need quick release

devices to allow them to be opened
quickly in an emergency. Escape
ladders should be kept in all occupied
rooms above the main level.

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Use the safest exit route, but if
you must escape through smoke,
remember to crawl low to the floor
and under the smoke to avoid smoke
inhalation and provide the clearest
view. Remind children to never hide
in a closet or under a bed, and to
never go back for a toy or try to find
a loved one or pet.

are in working order, that circuits are

not overloaded, and that there are
fire extinguishers readily available
throughout your home.
Install & Check Smoke Detectors
Every home should have at least
one working smoke detector/alarm,
and multilevel homes should have
at least one on every level and near
sleeping areas. Put smoke alarms
near bedroom doors. If you sleep
with bedroom doors closed, you
might want to add smoke alarms in
the bedrooms as well.

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After getting out of the burning

building, go to the designated
meeting spot to check that everyone
is present and then have someone
go to a neighbors house to call 9-11. If anyone is missing, wait for help
from the firefighters, since they are Statistics show that a working smoke
equipped to perform rescues safely. alarm can double your chances
of survival, so test your alarms
Conduct a Home Fire Inspection
regularly. The primary job of a smoke
Tour your home with your child, alarm is to alert you in case of a fire,
looking for potential problems and especially if you are asleep. But dont
possible fire hazards. This gives rely on fire alarms to wake sleeping
your child the opportunity to ask you children, since many kids are heavy
questions and learn about fire safety sleepers. You should test the alarm
hazards and what to do in case of a when children are asleep to see if the
problem or emergency. You can find sound will wake them. If you have homes are also equipped with fire for kids,
a home inspection checklist online a home security system, you might sprinklers.
and there are many informative
at Examine smoke include a fire alarm, which provides
websites online for parents, such
Take Precautions
detectors and alarms to be sure they monitoring services for fires. Some
as the National Fire Protection
Associations site:
Think safety first and plan ahead
when possible. Here are just a few
Be especially careful during harvest
tips for parents with young kids:
and Halloween season. Light jackNever leave your young children
o-lanterns with battery powered
alone or unattended at home. Child
lights, not candles.
Buy only
proof your home. Use safety caps
costumes made of flame-retardant
to cover all unused outlets. Avoid
material. Be sure that hemlines are
portable or space heaters, if possible.
short enough to prevent tripping
If you must use them, keep anything
and avoid baggy sleeves or billowing
combustible at least three feet away.
skirts. Keep flammable decorations
Always supervise children near the
(cornstalks and other harvest season
kitchen stove or oven.
items) away from heat sources.
Educate Kids about Home Fire Safety
Look for safe alternatives to trickFire safety education is the key to or-treating, such as neighborhood
preventing fires in the home. Young or community parties or events. If
children are often curious about fire. your kids do go out to trick-or-treat,
Parents can teach kids fire safety be sure they can be seen easily with
skills by using games, coloring sheets, glow sticks, light colors, and/or
crossword puzzles, and quizzes. reflective tape. Because face masks
Many resources are available online can obstruct vision, make-up is safer.
If you expect Halloween visitors,
or at your local fire department.
clear a wide path to your door and
In addition, kids can watch cartoons keep it well lit.
with fire safety themes (such as
Fireman Sam or Danger Rangers). Dont let your children become part
Read books about fire safety with of the national statistics. Help them
young children, such as the Fireman learn what to do in case of a fire.
Sam story books, Sparky the Fire Watch for the Fire Prevention Week
Dog by Don Hoffman, and No family events in your community this
Dragons for Tea by Jean E. Pendziwol October and join in the activities, or
create your own.
for ages 3 and up.

Try a new color,

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Visit your local fire department

station during an open house, so
kids can meet firemen and see the
fire truck up close. The U.S. Fire
Administration Kids (USFA Kids) has
an excellent website www.usfa.

Steven Smith is a resident of San Luis

Obispo and a graduate of CSU Long Beach
with a degree in Creative Writing. Steven
is a painter/muralist and freelance writer. His
art can be viewed at
sloartiststevensmith. Contact Steven at:

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Got Kids?

Join best-selling author Craig Jutila

to Discuss Parenting, Marriage, and Work-Life Balance
Saturday, OCT 17, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm . Doors open at 8:00 am
El Morro Church of the Nazarene, 1480 Santa Ysabel, Los Osos
Free, donations welcome . Coffee and snacks available

Call: (805) 528-0391
Craig has authored several books and appeared on
numerous radio and TV shows to discuss leadership and
family. His most recent book is, Faith and the Modern
Family: How to Raise a Healthy Family in a Modern World.
Group Magazine voted Craig one of the top 20
influencers in Family Ministry. He is the president and
founder of Empowered Living, whose mission is to
empower leaders and their families for life.

Three sessions include:

What should I feed my time starved kids?
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Child Development
Musically Rich
by Debra Newby

Those of us who are raising

families know we are rich. We
are rich in love and laughter and
in memories and opportunities.
As parents, we are always looking
for ways to invest in this great
family treasure. Sharing music
with our families allows us to
bring joy and creativity to our
home in abundant ways.

an instrument teaches patience,

gratification. Music is the most
fun when played with others. In
group settings, musicians learn
to connect and work together
as a team. A family that has a
musically rich environment at
home can experience these many your children, How does this
music make you feel? Does this
music make you want to move?
How to begin?
Music with a faster beat can help
Listen! Most of us have access to the family find more energy to get
musical recordings in numerous chores done. Songs with a slower
locations. By listening to various beat can help everyone relax and
musical genres at home, you wind down after a busy day.

Music benefits the whole family.

For the youngest child, the early
years are crucial for developing
hand-eye coordination, language
skills, and mental processes.
Studies have shown that music
helps in all of these areas. For provide a starting point for Sing! The first instrument we
older students, learning to play discussions about music. Ask all possess is our voice. Singing
simple songs with young children
helps them internalize music.
New words can be put to familiar
childrens songs, such as Twinkle
Twinkle Little Star. You can sing,
Now its time to clean your
room to that tune and help your
child connect the cleaning activity
with a happy song. Folk songs
work well with small children
because the beat is consistent
and the music pattern is simple.
Play! One of the greatest impacts
you can have is playing music with
your child. When you are willing
to learn a new instrument with
along with your kids, you send a
message that music is worth the
time and effort it takes to learn
to play. A great place to begin
is with a percussion instrument,
such as a xylophone for a younger
child, or a piano for an older child.
A percussion instrument allows a
student to see the actual spaces
and patterns between the notes,
which helps them understand
note progression.
Memorizing songs is important,
and those memorization skills
help students in academic areas
as well. If your child is having

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difficulty learning a song, you can

help them by connecting the song
to a story. When my youngest
daughter was learning Gossett
Gavotte, a Suzuki violin piece,
she was having a challenging
time memorizing the order of the
different parts of the song. We
decided to make up a story about
a bear that went with the song,
and as each section of the song
changed, the bear did a different
Move! All of us have seen young
toddlers mesmerized by a live
band, bouncing up and down on
their little feet to the rhythm.
Many songs make us want to
move. With a small infant in our
arms, we naturally sway back and
forth while listening to soothing
music. A song with a faster beat
causes us to want to dance. Play
some fun music and have a dance
party in the living room with your
You are your childs number one
role model. You can incorporate
music into your home in many
meaningful ways. By instilling a
love of music in your family, you
are helping them develop an
understanding, respect, and love
for music that will be carried as a
special treasure for a lifetime.

Debra Newby is a longtime educator and

mother of two Suzuki violin teachers. She
has been listening, singing, playing, and
dancing with her family for over two decades.
Debra tutors math, teaches group dancing,
and writes music pattern song books for
xylophones. She can be reached at info@

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October 1st to 4th


San Luis Obispo County

Details and schedules:

Fun for the

Whole Family!
Model Train Displays
Train Rides
SLO Farmers Market booth with Kid Activities
Childrens Area at SLORRM
September Story Times at SLO County Libraries

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History Programs
Railroad Presentations
Rail Safety Presentations
Displays of Historic Rail Equipment
Railroad Art and Photos

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Fun & Games

Jacks Jokes
What is a witchs favorite school subject?

Find 7 Differences Between These Pictures

When is it bad luck to meet a black cat?


When youre a mouse!

Who wins a skeleton beauty contest?

No body!

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5 3 9
7 6
1 2 8
7 6 8
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Financial Moves
for Growing Families

by Molly Peoples

When you add a child to your

family, either through birth or
adoption, its obviously an exciting
and joyful time in your life. Its also
a busy one, as you deal with all
the challenges and commitments
faced by all parents. However,
hectic as your life may be, youll
still need to think about making
some key financial arrangements
to accommodate your new child.

Build an emergency fund.

Obviously, a new child may mean
a variety of new expenses. If
you arent prepared for these
costs, many of which may crop
up suddenly, you might be
forced to dip into your longterm investments. Such a move
could slow your progress toward
your important goals, such as a
comfortable retirement. To avoid
this potential problem, try to build
Here are some suggestions to an emergency fund containing six
months worth of living expenses.
Put the money in a liquid account
Get a Social Security number. so you can access it quickly and
Youll want to obtain a Social without penalty.
Security number for your child as
soon as possible.
Research options for a special
needs child. If you have a special
Speak with a tax advisor. If needs child, you may want to
youre adopting a child, you might explore any available government
be eligible for federal income tax benefits and consider speaking
with an attorney about your legal


switch beneficiaries, if necessary.

Consider disability insurance.

You may want to purchase
disability insurance, or review
your current policy, to ensure
your familys needs are covered
should you become ill or disabled
and cannot work for a while.

Review / Add beneficiary

designations. You may want to
change or add beneficiaries to
your IRA, 401(k), life insurance,
annuities and other accounts.

Review your life insurance.

Its essential that you maintain
adequate life insurance to cover
your familys future financial
needs, including education costs.
While your employer may offer
you a group policy, it might not
be sufficient to keep up with
your growing family. Theres no
one formula for determining
the appropriate amount of life
insurance, but a professional
financial advisor can review your
family situation and recommend
suitable coverage.
Save for college. Given the high
costs of higher education, its
never too soon to start putting
away money for college. You may
want to consider a tax-advantaged
account, such as a 529 plan, which
offers high contribution limits and
provides you with the flexibility to

Explore a custodial account.

You might want to consider a
custodial account, such as an
UGMA or UTMA, that allows you
to transfer assets for the benefit
of a child under 21. (Consult with
your tax and legal advisors before
making this move.)
Of course, you dont have to take
care of all these items at once.
But by methodically working
your way through this list, you
will eventually adjust your overall
financial strategy to include your
new child, which means youll
help your growing family make
progress toward important goals.
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

Founding of Atascadero
by Guy Crabb

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.

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Construction of the Rotunda Building at 6500 Palma Avenue in Atascadero 1914-1918

The founder of Atascadero, E.G.

Lewis, completed his autobiography
while sitting in McNeil Island Federal
Prison in 1928. How do you like that
for a great hook? Believe me, youre
going to want to read the rest of this
article. Over years of research for
three historical books on downtown
San Luis Obispo, I have made it a
point to collect as many documents,
books, and other types of artifacts
as I could. Several years ago, I was
perusing the shelves of Leons Used
Book Store (I really miss Leons). Of
course, my favorite section was local
history. Often I would find books at
Leons that I had never seen before.
On these treasure hunts, every once
in a while I would find a treasure.
One day, I chanced upon a very thin
booklet. I pulled it out to find the
autobiography of E.G. Lewis, the
founder of Atascadero.
The entire booklet is just 30 pages
with only 11 of those pages being
written by Mr. Lewis. I have read
lots of information on some of our
county founders, but this booklet
was fascinating. Edward Gardiner
Lewis was born in Connecticut, the
son of an Episcopal clergyman. He
attended private schools, a military
academy, and then attended Trinity
College in Connecticut at the age of
19. After 3 years, he quit college to go
into business and became a general
salesman for a watch company.
Lewis was married at Biltmore in 1890
to Mabel Wellington. He then moved
to Nashville, Tennessee, and started a
business dealing in wholesale drugs.
Lewis also began a publication, The
Womens Magazine, in 1901. At
one point, he claimed to have the
largest circulation of any publication

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in the world. I wonder if Mr. Lewis

was aware of another publisher
named William R. Hearst. Everything
sounds so wonderful, doesnt it? He
soon purchased the St. Louis Daily
newspaper and bought up large
tracts of vacant land just outside
of St. Louis. Lewis laid out a model
of the city and also built what he
claimed was the largest and finest
publishing facility in the world. He
was becoming a very influential
Failing to get parcels post and a
postal bank system adopted by
Congress, Lewis organized a bank
called the Peoples United States
Mail Bank (in competition with the
U. S. Post Office) with $5,000,000
he had acquired from investors. In
1904, he began to have a conflict with
the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal
Service felt that his publications were
being mailed at an incorrect postage
cost, and eventually denied him use
of the Postal Service for distribution.
The battle raged for 7 years, during
which time Lewis was indicted by the
Postal Inspectors 14 times. He was in
and out of court fighting this battle
against the Federal government
until 1910, when he found himself
Lewis was not only ruined financially,
but his health also began to fail
him. He decided to go to California
with 3,500 mid-western and
eastern families who agreed to
follow him to make their homes in
a new community. The new city
would be especially adapted to the
automobile, with small orchard
estates, residential sections, schools
and businesses. In 1913, he purchased

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the Atascadero Rancho in San Luis

Obispo County for approximately
$1,000,000 acquired from various
investors in St. Louis. Lewis indicates
in his autobiography that when he
arrived in California in 1913, he had
only $2,000, all of it being borrowed
money. Uh oh are you getting a
bad feeling about this too? Let me
The forests were completely cleared
from the Rancho property, 3,000
acres of orchards were planted, 100
miles of fine roads and streets were
constructed, and approximately
$1,000,000 was spent on churches
and schools. $3,000,000 was spent
on the building of private homes.
All of this money was invested by
Lewis followers. Then in 1914, World
War I broke out. He suddenly found
that workers on private projects
became scarce, and the cost of
labor and materials doubled. Soon
construction and development came
to a standstill, yet the bills continued
to mount up in the hundreds of
thousands of dollars until once again
Lewis was heavily in debt. He then
decided to go into the mining and oil
Lewis borrowed several million
dollars on his personal notes and
bought a number of mines and oil
fields in Montana. He also acquired
16,000 acres of leases in oil fields in
Wyoming, but soon after abandoned
them on advice from eminent
Next, after finding
oil and mining a failure, Lewis
contracted with the government
to make immense amounts of
dehydrated vegetables for the army.
He then built the largest dehydrating
plant in the world (according to him)
in Atascadero. Soon the war ended,
and the government cancelled all
of their contracts for dehydrated
products with Lewis, which once
again caused him to go broke. His
great plant was a total loss and he
continued to incur heavy losses

in his oil and mining ventures, as

well. With the sudden end of the
war and the world-wide depression
that followed, Lewis found himself
heavily in debt. By 1922, his personal
indebtedness had accumulated to
about $8,500,000. Whoa!
Ultimately, in the summer of 1927,
two indictments were brought
against Lewis for conspiracy to use
the mail to defraud. In the first jury
trial, he was found guilty. In the
second trial, Lewis acted as his own
attorney due to lack of funds. On
May 1, 1928, he arrived at McNeil
Island Federal Prison. He died in
After reading this, I leave it to my
readers to decide whether E.G.
Lewis was a fraud or a friend,
which is actually the title of his
autobiography E.G. Lewis
Fraud or Friend? Isnt the history of
our county shocking sometimes?

Edward Gardiner Lewis 1868-1950

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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CS Perryess

about words
Facewear II
The verb smile showed up
in English about 1300, from
Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, or
possibly Middle Low German.
It eclipsed smearcian, the Old
English word for smile, forcing
smearcians unfortunate progeny
to become the unpleasant word,
smirk. Smile didnt enter the
realm of nounliness until 1560,
and all along it has meant exactly
the same thing.
Frown has been an English
word since the early 1500s, and
came from the Old French word
frognier, to frown, scowl, snort,
or turn ones nose up. It appears
to have entered French from the
Gaulish word for nostril, frogna.
Frown became a noun in the
Blush also entered the language
as a verb, appearing in the mid1300s, from the Old English word
blyscan, to glow, blush, or become
red. Blush is related to a Germanic
word for torch, a Danish word for
blaze, and a Proto-Indo-European
word meaning to shine, flash or
burn, which is the grandmother of
the word bleach. In the mid 1300s,
the noun form of blush meant a
look or glance. This understanding
of the word shows up today in
the phrase, at first blush. It wasnt
until the 1590s that these two
noun meanings of blush started
competing, with the redness in
the face meaning quickly eclipsing
the look or glance meaning. By
1818, the noun blush became
something one could apply
manually to ones face.

This demonizing of the word

demon occurred about the time of
the establishment of Christianity.
Though Socrates wrote of his
demon as the divine principle
or inward oracle, over time, the
grandmothers of our modern
word demon were translated to
words like idols, fiends, devils and
hellknights, How different would
our world be today if demon had
maintained its Socratic flavor, and
had been equated with that still
small voice within?

the origin of zit (along with some

arguably less judicious terms). Zit
is a word with unknown origin,
and showed up in English in 1966,
introduced by American teens.
Interestingly, zits synonym,
pimple, also has no confirmed
linguistic source, though its
been around singe 1400. Some
etymologists have suggested
pimple may have come from
pipligende, an Old English word
If it gives you a chuckle, may you
meaning to have shingles.
hear some still small voices at
your door the evening of October
31st. If youd rather embrace
devilish and angelic
your inner curmudgeon, may the
As All Hallows Eve comes closer little devils walk right past your
place to spread their brand of joy
The word devil, has always elsewhere.
referred to something bad or
at least something dangerous.
Deofol was an Old English word
meaning evil spirit, false god, or
diabolical person. It came from
Late Latins diabolus, a term used
both in Christianity and Judaism to
mean Satan, accuser or slanderer.
By 1600, English speakers had
added the meaning clever rogue,
as in you devil, you. By 1835 in
American English the word devil
also referred to sand spouts and
dust storms.

October 2015

Spirit showed up in English in

the 1200s, meaning animating
principle in man and animals. It
came from the Latin word spiritus,
meaning soul, courage, vigor, or
breath, from the verb spirare,
which meant to breathe, to blow,
or to play the flute. By the 1300s,
spirit also referred to supernatural
beings, by 1610 it picked up the
meaning volatile substance, by
the 1670s it began to mean strong
alcoholic liquor, and by the 1690s
spirit also meant the essential
principle of something.

The Scots gave us the word

wraith. Its roots may be in the
Old Norse word vorr, meaning
guardian, or the Gaelic word
Ghostly Etymologies
arrach, meaning apparition or
spirit. Even as I type, intrepid
It seems the right season and dedicated etymologists are
to consider some ghostly duking it out over wraiths true

Ghost was spelled gast in Old

English, and meant soul, spirit, life,
breath, angel or demon (yes, both
good and bad spirits). It made it to
English through various Germanic
languages, all beginning with
the Proto-Indo-European root
gheis-, to be excited, amazed or
Demon, on the other hand, went frightened.
from good to bad over time.
Demon entered English as early Spook showed up in the language
as 1200. It came from the Latin in 1801 from the Dutch word,
word daemon, meaning spirit. spooc, meaning spook or ghost.
The Latin came from the Greek, Its sister words include: from
daimon, which meant deity, divine Danish, spg, meaning joke, from
power, lesser god, guiding spirit, German, spuk, meaning ghost or
tutelary deity, or souls of the dead. apparition, from Swedish spoc,
Daimon also had an intriguing meaning scarecrow. It may have
secondary meaning: ones genius, relatives in Lithuanian, Lettish, and
lot, or fortune. The Greek and Prussian, where the root words in
Latin meanings are a far cry from question meant respectively to
Reader S.K. Figler asked about demons negative meaning today. shine, dragon or witch, and spark.

Central Coast Family

Spook didnt move into the world

of verbs (meaning to unnerve)

My thanks to sources: the OED, Etymonline.

com, and Wordnik.

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 http://csperryess., or reach him at csperryess@

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SAT, October 31

th nua


5:30-8:30 pm

1480 Santa Ysabel Ave

Los Osos, CA 93402

Family Fun!

Call 528-0391 with questions

Please, No Scary Costumes!

Donations Accepted

Visit us at:
Parking at Los Osos Middle School
Shuttles provided!

New this year:

4 Age Groups:
Grades 1-5,
Junior High, High School

Scarecrow Contest

Longboard Skateboard
iPod . Bicycle
Cash . Portable Speaker

Guidelines: Scarecrows must be mostly made by the person whose name appears on the registration form. There are no themes, but please
think family friendly (we dont want to frighten little children). No prefabricated scarecrows. No entry fee. All registration forms must be received by Tuesday, OCT 27, 5:00 pm. Register online at, or drop off or mail your registration form to the church office. There
will be prizes for the winner of each age group! Winners will be decided by Fall Festival participants. One entry will be awarded Best of Show
by the judging committee. Entrants are responsible for bringing and installing their fully assembled scarecrows to the Church of the Nazarene
office by Friday, OCT 30, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm or Saturday, OCT 31, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Winners will be announced Saturday, OCT 31, 6:00 pm.
Need not be present to win.
Name___________________________________________ Phone__________________________
Address_________________________________________ City____________________________
Entry Group: Preschool / Kindergarten___ Grades 1-5___ Junior High____ High School____
Title of Scarecrow_________________________________________________________________

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Central Coast Family

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October 2015 Free Ongoing Events


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

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




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

October is:


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

3:30-4:15pm AG

Birthstone: Opal
Adopt-a-Shelter-Animal Month
Computer Learning Month
Family History Month
National Apple Month
Flower: Calendula/Marigold
National Clock Month
National Roller Skating Month
Polish American History Month
National Stamp Collecting Month


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

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


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

golf day

child health day

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

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


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

take your
teddy bear
to work day

8:30-11am AG Spencers Market

12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI



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
3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

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

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

alaska 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

making day


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

3:30-4:15pm AG


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market

12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier
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

face your
fears day

farmers day

bald &
free day

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

thomas edison
shows electric
light (in 1879)


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

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

8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

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


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

3:30-4:15pm AG

techies day
Look at Leaves day

name your
car day


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

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


8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

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

swap day
(Born in 1884)

1st telephone call

(in 1876)

peoples day



poetry 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



1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO

thomas edison
shows 1st
motion picture
(in 1889)

teacher day



grouch day


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market

12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier
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


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

Bosss day

sweetest day

world food day

black poetry day

(honoring Jupiter Hammon, 1st
African-American published poet)

dictionary day


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

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


8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

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

united nations day

babbling day
bean day

national nut day

mickey mantles
(Born in 1931)


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

national stuttering
awareness day


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market

12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
Pismo Beach Pier
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

navy day

pablo picassos
birthday (Born in 1881)

International red
cross organized
(In 1863)

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

organization day

(Born in 1858)


statue of libertys
(gift from France in 1886)

October 2015


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

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


8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

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


john adams
birthday (Born in 1735)

candy corn day

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Family Events
SAT AUG 8-THU OCT 8 10:00
the Hope Chest, 445 Higuera
St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy an
Disney Memorabilia spanning
40 years. Unleash the Disney
child in you and dig through a
treasure chest of memorabilia,
all for a good cause. Proceeds
benefit Wilshire Hospice Care.
Contact: 545-5955.

for the whole family. Cost: most

events free. Contact: www.ccrrf.

OCT 2-11 (days & times vary):

Clark Center for the Performing
Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo
Grande. Join the Central Coast
Follies, a group of multi-talented
performers, ages 5 to 85, as
they perform song and dance
favorites and raise money to
SEP 24-NOV 15 (days & times fight Parkinsons Disease. Cost:
vary): FRANKENSTEINS BRIDE $21-32. Contact: 489-9444.
or the Girl of my Screams! at The
Great American Melodrama, SAT OCT 3 10:00 am-2:00 pm:
1863 Front St, Oceano. Like last KIDS DAY & FAMILY EXPO at
years popular Scary Poppins, Sunken Gardens, 6505 El Camino
this horror spoof hilariously Real, Atascadero. Enjoy a day
reconstructs a classic tale by filled with kid-friendly activities
injecting it with musical parodies, including bounce houses, face
pop culture references and one- painting, live shows, local
liners. The Monster Vaudeville vendors, BBQ, and much more!
Revue follows each show with All proceeds will be used to
song, dance, and comedy. Cost: help build JOY Playground, an
$19-25, discounts for groups, inclusive park for children of all
seniors, students, military, and abilities. Cost: free admission.
children. The in-house snack bar Contact:
serves great food and drinks.
Contact: americanmelodrama.
SAT OCT 3 12:00-9:00 pm:
com or 489-2499.
SAT SEP 26 (all day): BATMAN on the Embarcadero in Morro
DAY at Los Osos Library, 2075 Bay. Bring the family to enjoy the
Palisades. Wear your batman 34th annual celebration of our
costumes to the library as we local fishing community, with
celebrate the caped crusader. interactive kids activities, baiting
Batman, the Movie starring and netting demos, fish displays,
Adam West will be shown at a touch tank, BBQ albacore,
2:00pm. All superheroes are and much more. There will also
invited! Cost: free. Contact: 528- be maritime heritage venues,
races and watercraft demos in
1862 or
the Bay, live music all day, and
OCT 1-NOV 28: A GATHERING a spectacular fireworks show at
OF SCARECROWS at Los Osos dusk. Cost: free. Contact: www.
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave.
Artists of all ages can enter a
scarecrow to be displayed on SAT OCT 3 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY
the lawn and around the library. MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075
Sponsored by Friends of Los Palisades Ave. We supply the
Osos Library. Cost: free. Contact: popcorn and movie the 1st SAT
of each month. Puppies go on
a spooky adventure, G rated.
OCT 1-4 (times & locations vary): Call for movie title. Sponsored
CENTRAL COAST RAILROAD by Friends of Los Osos Library.
FESTIVAL! The 2015 festival Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.
focuses on rail history, exhibits,
programs, demos, music, safety SUN OCT 4 1:00 pm-5:00 pm:
education, rides, art displays, HOLISTIC WELLNESS FAIRE at
rail excursions, and model Atascadero Library Community
railroading of all types. Great fun Rm, 6555 Capistrano Ave. Learn

Central Coast Family

October 2015

about the many approaches to

holistic healing available in our
community with presentations,
demos, giveaways and more.
Cost: free. Contact: 350-0578.

the popcorn and movie the 3rd

SAT of each month. In this PG
movie, Sleeping Beautys story
is told anew. Call for movie title.
Sponsored by Friends of Los
Osos Library. Cost: free. Contact:
SAT OCT 10 10:00 am-3:00 pm: 528-1862.
HOUSE at San Luis Obispo SAT OCT 18 11:00 am-4:00 pm:
County Regional Airport, 903 PITCH & PUTT at Morris &
Airport Dr, San Luis Obispo. Garritano, 1122 Laurel Lane, San
Bring the whole family to enjoy Luis Obispo. Come out for a
vintage airplanes, static displays, round of mini-golf at this annual
guided tower tours, food and event to benefit Big Brothers
music, kids activities, and free Big Sisters SLO and SLO Blues
parking. Cost: free. Contact: Baseball.
Local businesses
construct mini-golf holes along
with a bounce house, BBQ, and
THU OCT 15 7:00 pm: HAMLET refreshments. This family event
live from Londons National is fun for all ages. Contact: 781Theatre at the PAC, 1 Grand Ave, 3226.
SLO. Cal Poly Arts presents a
special screening of Benedict SUN OCT 18 12:00-4:00 pm:
Cumberbatchs star turn in SKELETON SUNDAY at Morro
a stellar production of one Bay Museum of Natural History,
greatest 20 State Park Rd, Morro Bay. This
tragedies. Cost: $12-28. Contact: annual family event celebrates
756-2787 or
the season by showcasing the
museum bone collections. Enjoy
SAT OCT 17 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY displays, games with prizes, owl
MOVIE at Los Osos Library, pellet dissection, skull ID, and
2075 Palisades Ave. We supply art projects, all centered around

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Family Events
SAT OCT 31 2:00-5:00 pm:
downtown Morro Bay. 2:00
pm: Trick or Treat at over
ninety downtown Morro Bay
Merchants. (Maps are available
at Grandmas Frozen Yogurt &
Waffle Shop). 4:00 pm: Costume
Parade & Contest through Morro
Bay Blvd. Cost: free. Contact:

Fall Concert
Morro Bay
High School Choir

1st & 3rd THU every month 7:008:30 pm: Drop-in Dream Group at
St. Benedicts Episcopal Church,
2220 Snowy Egret Ln, Los Osos.
This is a drop-in support
Recurring Events group to share dreams and the
relationship between dreams
& Resources
and spiritual path, using Jungian
interpretive assumptions and
language and Robert Johnsons
book Inner Work. Cost: free.
Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS
Contact: bobpelfrey@charter.
TO READ at Los Osos Library,
2075 Palisades Ave. Read to
Berkeley, a golden retriever, 3rd WED of every month at
who loves to listen to children 6:30 pm: Prepared & Natural
read. Cost: free. Contact: 528- Chidlbirth Classes at Twin Cities
Community Hospital, 1220 Las

Directed by Colleen Wall

Thursday, October 22

7:00 pm
Performing Arts Center
One Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo

skeletons. Cost: adults $3, under Enjoy the 2nd annual Pumpkins
17 free. Contact: 772-2694.
for Books fundraiser for Morro
Bay Library. Prizes for the most
WED OCT 21 at 3:00 pm: creative pumpkins! Cost: free.
MAKENTAKE at Los Osos Contact: 704-9866.
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave.
School age children will have FRI OCT 30 5:00-8:00 pm:
a chance to decorate a gourd CARVED PUMPKIN CONTEST &
for the harvest holiday season. Halloween Activities at Ramona
Sponsored by Friends of Los Garden Park Center, 993
Osos Library. Cost: free. Contact: Ramona Ave, Grover Bch. Bring
your decorated or carved funny,
scary, spooky, or goofy pumpkin
THU OCT 22 10:30 am: READ FOR and enter it in the contest to
THE RECORD at Los Osos Library, win great prizes! Enjoy carnival
2075 Palisades Ave. Participate games, free hot dogs, Ballooney
in the worlds largest shared the Clown, and much more!
reading experience. Well be Pumpkin contest registration
reading Not Norman, a Goldfish ends at 6:15 pm. Note: Only
Story by Kelly Bennett. Help us decorated (not cut or carved)
break the world record (again!) pumpkins will be accepted for
for the most people reading the ages 6 and under. Cost: free.
same book on the same day. Contact:
Sponsored by Friends of Los
Osos Library. Cost: free. Contact: SAT OCT 31 9:45-10:45 am:
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave.
SAT OCT 24 2:00-5:00 pm: There will be fun and games,
DECORATING tricks and treats. Come in
CONTEST at Grandmas Frozen costume. Sponsored by Friends
Yogurt & Waffle Shop, 307 of Los Osos Library. Cost: free.
Morro Bay Blvd, Morro Bay. Contact: 528-1862.

Central Coast Family

October 2015

Music at Grandmas Frozen

Yogurt, 307 Morro Bay Blvd,
MB. Instruments available for
all. Play along with ru and
Anna! Endang ru Rukandi is
a master of the regional music of
West Java. Cost: free. Contact:

Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO

CHESS CLUB meets at Carls Jr
on Santa Rosa St, one block W
of Foothill, across from Cal-Poly.
All ages welcome. Cost: free.
Contact: 441-7210 or slochess.
Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm:
SLO CHESS CLUB meets at the
big board on the Morro Bay
Embarcadero at the west end
of Morro Bay Blvd (down the
stairs). Cost: free. Contact: 4417210 or
The Mankind Project mens
support group meetings: all
issues welcome. Find purpose,
mastery, healthy autonomy, and
your lifes mission and purpose.
Gain skills to change your life or
to become a better husband or
dad. Call ahead to confirm. 1st
& 3rd TUE 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 6:30-9:00 pm in
Atascadero. Contact: 235-2774.
Cost: free. Info:

Tablas Rd, Templeton. This is

a six-series class addressing all
matters of childbirth in the form
of a lecture as well as hands-on
demos and practice techniques.
Cost: free. Contact: 434-4654.

2nd THU of every month at 6:30

pm: Breastfeeding Basics at Twin
Cities Community Hospital, 1100
Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. In this
introduction to breastfeeding
class you and your family will
learn about the practical aspects
of feeding your newborn from an
Internationally Board Certified
Lactation Consultant. Cost: free.
Contact: 239-4443.
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

Twin Cities Community Hospital

Volunteers, a non-profit org
providing support to patients,
doctors, and nurses of the
hospital, seek volunteers to work
3rd SAT every month 3:00-6:00
in the gift shop and Obstetrics
pm: Interactive Indonesian
Dept. AM and PM 4 hour shifts

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Local Resources
are available. Contact: 434-4524. such as home management,
traveling, and using talking
Last FRI every month at 6:00 pm: library books. Contact: 462-1225.
Family Fun at Unity Church, 1165
Stubblefield St, Orcutt. Contact: 2nd & 4th MON every month
at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers
of Preschoolers) meet at
12:00-5:00 Pacific
pm & SAT 11:00 am-5:00 pm: 3435 Santa Maria Way, Santa
Exploration Station Interactive Maria. Childcare is provided.
welcomes Contact: 934-3491 or www.
families at 867 Ramona Ave,
Grover Beach.
Cost: $2-3.
Contact: 473-1421 or http:// Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI
3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness
Program at Arroyo Grande EOC
2nd THU of every month 6:00- Health Services Clinic, 1152 E
7:00 pm: Grief Support Group Grand Ave. Health services,
at Central Coast Hospice, 253 including reproductive health,
Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis in a safe environment with
Obispo. This free group is for staff trained to screen, assess,
anyone suffering the loss of and to provide intervention.
a loved one who is in need of Appointments are preferred.
support. Contact: 540-6020.
Contact: 489-4026.
2nd SAT of every month FEBNOVat 9:00 am: the Santa Maria
Recreation and Parks Dept
offers free docent-led nature
walks in Los Flores Ranch, 6271
Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Cost:
free. Contact: 925-0951 x 263.

1st WED every month at 9:00 am:

Community Action Partnership
Senior Health Screening at First
United Methodist Church, 275
N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande.
free and low-cost services are
offered for people 50 and older:
blood pressure, pulse, weight,
total cholesterol, screening
for anemia, diabetes, and fecal
blood, nutritional counseling,
and medical referrals. Contact:
481-2692 or 788-0827.

2nd MON every month 6:308:00 pm: Caregiver Support

Group at Cayucos Community
Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St.
free support for caregivers and
family dealing with long-term
illness, memory loss, dementia, 1st WED every month at 12:00
and Alzheimers. Contact: 458- pm: Disabled American Veterans
luncheon at Veterans Memorial
Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa
Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Maria. Contact: 345-0402.
Remain Independent Despite
Vision Loss at Santa Maria Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm:
Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New Widowed Support Group at New
ways of doing daily tasks are Life Church, 990 James Way, Rm
taught by the Braille Institute, 14, Pismo Beach. Arrive 10 min

Womens Shelter

of San Luis Obispo County

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

Central Coast Family

October 2015

early for 1st meeting. Offered in completing court-required

by Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: forms. Min. $40.00 donation.
Limit: 12 participants. Contact:
544-2266 or
Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon
Family Support Group at Luis RISE (formerly Sexual Assault
OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares Recovery
Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750. Center of San Luis Obispo Co)
offers: Weekly Drop-In Support
3rd WED every month at 7:00 Groups for Sexual Assault
pm: How to Survive Divorce Survivors; 24 Hour Crisis Line;
seminar at the San Luis Obispo Advocacy and Accompaniment;
Womens Community Center, Peer Counseling; Individual
1124 Nipomo St, #D in SLO. Counseling; Prevention and
Practical tips, pointers, and Education,
suggestions for handling family Empowerment and Self Defense
law issues. $10.00 donation Workshops. Contact: 545-8888
requested for handout materials or
and book. Contact: 544-9313 to
Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm:
ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051
4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Theater Dr, in Paso Robles.
Legal Clinic for Self-Represented Cats are available for adoption
Litigants at the San Luis Obispo through NCHS.
Dogs are
County Courthouse Law Library, available through Short n Sweet
1050 Monterey St in SLO, #125. Dog Rescue. Contact: 466-5403.
SLO County Bar Assn Family Law
Section & Womens Community Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED
Center provide one-on-one 3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive
legal advice for persons filing Toy
divorces w/o an attorney, and Helping Hand at Central Coast
a document preparer to assist Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, #100,

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Local Resources

Los Osos Valley

Organic Farm

schedule at: and Paso Robles. Contact: 544naturewalks.html.


Central Coast Commission for

Senior Citizens offers many free
services: Senior Connection
connecting callers with local
(805) 242 6789
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
San Luis Obispo. Traditional and organizations.
Contact: 788- Resource Directory for SLO and
SB counties, and much more.
adaptive toys for children with all 3406.
Contact: 925-9554 or www.
types of disabilities to check out.
In-home appointments available. Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm:
Cost: free! Contact: 547-1914 or Growing With Baby, an infant
feeding office for breastfeeding Hospice of San Luis Obispo
moms and babies (0-10 mos), County provides free grief
Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI offers a free class on feeding, counseling, group support,
4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive crying, and sleep at 1230 counseling, crisis intervention,
Toy Lending Library - Jacks Marsh St, SLO.
Nurse and and wellness education to those
Helping Hand at Pats Place in lactation consultant Andrea with a life-limiting illness, their
Nipomo Recreation Community Herron answers questions. families, and the bereaved.
Rm, 671 W Tefft St, Ste 2, Nipomo. Dads welcome! Call to reserve. This non-profit agency offers
free counseling, community
Toys for children with all types of Contact: 543-6988.
education and volunteer support
disabilities to check out. In-home
appointments also available. Morro Bay Museum of Natural to those grieving a death or
Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914 or History offers Adventures With dealing with potential end-of-life
Nature & Mind Walks. Find the issues. Offices in San Luis Obispo

Volunteer as a Good Neighbor!

Make a difference in the life of an
older or disabled adult. Trained
volunteers choose services to
contribute and schedule hours
at their convenience. Training is
monthly at Wilshire Community
Services, 285 South St, Ste J,
SLO. Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
Volunteer at San Luis Obispo
Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010
Broad St (Mission Plaza) or email
San Luis Obispo Senior Center
offers health screening, legal
services, meals, exercise, bridge,
and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St.
Contact: 781-7306.
Central Coast Astronomical
Society sponsors a Dark Sky
Star Party every month at Santa
Margarita Lake KOA Campground
at sunset. CCAS sponsors guest
speakers and public programs.
Find events, weather updates,
and resources at: www.

Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior

Ballroom Dancing at Madonna
Inn. If you are a senior (single
or attached) and like ballroom
dancing, this is the place! Look
left of the bandstand for sign:
Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and
listen to good music. No fees;
no dues; just fun! Contact: 4895481 or
Literacy Council for San Luis
Obispo County has an ongoing
and urgent need for volunteer
tutors and offers free training in
SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or www.
1st THU every month at 6:15 pm:
Commission on the Status of
Women meets at Coast National
Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This
official advisory group to SLO
County Board of Supervisors
identifies issues of concern to
women that are not the focus
of other advocacy or advisory

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Local Resources

Pumpkin Patches
& Harvest Fun

Avila Valley Barn, 560 Avila Valley

Drive, San Luis Obispo: Fresh
produce, pumpkin patch (u-pick
in the field or gathered), straw
bale maze, gift shop, snacks and
refreshments, restrooms, picnic
area, tractor-pulled hay rides,
petting zoo, parking. Open daily

Central Coast Family

Elle Rose Photography

9:00 am-6:00 pm. Contact: 5952810 or http://avilavalleybarn.

Big League Produce, 1603 So.
Bradley Rd, Santa Maria Pumpkins (8 varieties) in the
shop or farmstand, pumpkin

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patch. Open daily October 20-30 snacks
10:00 am-9:00 pm. Contact: 260- restrooms, picnic area, pony
rides. Open weekends 10:00 am4154.
6:00 pm. Contact: 237-9560.
Cal Poly SLO Fruits & Crops,
Highland Drive off of Hwy 1, San Reis Family Ranch, 3535 Los Osos
Luis Obispo: Pumpkin patch-pick Valley Rd (new location near Turri
in the field, corn maze, haunted Rd), Los Osos: Pumpkin patch,
corn maze, u-pick apples, harvest produce, corn maze,
produce, honey from hives on haunted forest, restrooms, and
the farm, restrooms, school a jail on a working farm. New
tours. Open SAT 10:00 am-1:00 this year: pumpkin launcher!
pm. Free parking. Contact: 756- Open daily. Contact: 528-0636.
2224 or
River K Pumpkin Patch and
Corn Maze, 7325 N River Road,
Cheesebrough Farm, 790 Moss Paso Robles: Pumpkin patch
Pumpkin u-pick, corn maze, horse-drawn
patch. Open daily 10:00 am-6:00 hayrides, picnic area, school
pm. This is a working farm with tours. Open daily 9:00 am-dusk.
fields at different stages, barn, Contact: 467-3737.
tractors, small cattle operation.
Farm stand and pumpkin patch San Marcos Ranch, 775 San
available in October only. Marcos Rd, Paso Robles:
Contact: 434-0843 or http:// Pumpkin patch (u-pick in the field
or gathered), Fall festival, corn
maze, child-sized hay bale maze,
Dos Pasos Ranch, 4330 Santa haunted house, restrooms,
Rosa Creek Road, Cambria: picnic area, pony rides, farm
Pumpkins, gourds, and other animals. Open MON-SUN 10:00
produce at unmanned farm am-dusk. Contact: 467-3315.
stand. Open weekends 9:00 amSLO Creek Farms, 6455 Monte
5:00 pm. Contact: 924-1008.
Rd, San Luis Obispo Pumpkins
Jack Creek Farms, 5000 Hwy in the farmstand or pick in the
46 West, Templeton: Organic field, pick-your-own apples,
patch tractor-pulled hay rides, honey,
(u-pick in the field or gathered), porta-potties, picnic area. Open
Fall festival, child-sized haybale everyday 11:00 am-5:00 pm.
maze, honey from hives on Contact: (702) 245-3135 or http://
the farm, gift shop, snacks and
refreshments, restrooms, picnic
area, farm animals, birthday Sunny Acres Pumpkin Patch,
parties, school tours.
Open 10660 Los Osos Valley Rd, San
MON-SAT 10:00 am-6:00 pm Luis Obispo: Families can choose
(except WED), SUN 11:00 am- their own pumpkins grown on6:00 pm. Contact: 238-3799 or site and support community
recovery programs. Prices start
at $1 cheapest in SLO! Contact:
McCall Farm B&B, 6250 Santa
Rosa Creek Rd, Cambria:
Pumpkins, produce. Open daily. The Tiny Trotters - Pony Rides,
Contact: 927-3140. Contact: 2210 Cimarron Way, Los Osos:
Wagon rides, pony rides, birthday
parties, shows and school tours.
Oak Flat Pumpkin Patch, 4760 Limited availability call first to
Oak Flat Road, Paso Robles: schedule a visit. Contact: 748pumpkin patch (gathered), child- 9158 or http://thetinytrotters.
sized haybale maze, produce, com.

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The Gathering Place Where All Ages Come Together

307 Morro Bay Blvd in Morro Bay

(Corner of Main Street & Morro Bay Blvd)

(805) 704-9866

Find us on FACEBOOK!

SUN -THU 10:00 am - 7:00 pm & FRI - SAT 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Our Courtyard is Open to the Public with Complementary Non-Electronic
Board Games, Hula Hoops, and Game Groups
SAT 10:00-Noon: Storytime & Puppet Theatre with Alexis & Gigi
SEP 26 (3rd SAT each month) 3:00-6:00 pm: Interactive Indonesian Music
Instruments available for all. Play along with ru and Anna!

Find more Special Event Listings on Pages 18-19

Enjoy our new YUMM Topping Bar
as you pour your REAL frozen yogurt!
REAL Belgian Breakfast and Dessert
Waffles Served All Day Long! Includes
a Dab of Frozen Yogurt of your choice


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for the complex task of handwriting.
We use a multisensory approach
to teach your child a method of
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In our supportive, safe, and fun
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Pediatric Occupational Therapists Sande Rutstein OTR/L & Nicole Drake OTR/L
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Call: 805.474.6811 or visit:

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