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Children need to be able to use
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Study after study shows that
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when their parents are involved
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Statistics have demonstrated
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organizing skills. Give your child
a catalogue or flyer to cut out
groups of objects. Have him find
and cut out pictures of appliances,
or clothes you wear outside. He
can paste them onto paper to
make a little book about groups.
To get involved with your child,
talk about how to organize her

Cooking and baking together
are great ways to learn names
for ingredients as well as action
words such as blend, stir, and mix.
Play “I Spy” to teach describing
words. Ask your child to find
something that flies or crawls,
something that has four legs but
cannot walk, or something that
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have your child locate or make
a list of different noises, moving
things, or rectangular things she
sees along the way. Give each
child in the car a different job.
Use informational books and
children’s magazines. Learn all
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The following household activity
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Child Development
bedroom and her toys. Let her
decide how to sort things into
groups.
Make a grocery list together.
Decide what fruits and vegetables
to buy. Talk about how the
grocery store is organized. Let
your child help unpack your
groceries.
Almost any family activity can
become an opportunity for
education, developing new skills,
and building on what children
learn outside the home and in
school. Make learning a feature
of everything you do together as
a family.

reading and literacy skills when
they enter school. When you
read interesting books that your
child can understand, including
those about similar families
and cultures, reading becomes
meaningful and engaging. Talking
with your child about books and
sharing your own stories can
foster imagination and open the
door to new worlds.
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how parents and other family
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resources/activities/
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home, and develop print Literacy activity Guide: http:// The Family Literacy Project of the
awareness have a head start on w w w . f a m l i t . o r g / f r e e - Gevirtz Research Center at the
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Library Voice

Spirit of Thanksgiving
by Kristen Barnhart

Bullying and bullies seem to be
on everyone’s mind. October
16th was Spirit Day, a day
dedicated to honoring suicide
victims who have been bullied
to death by their classmates
because they were gay, or
thought to be gay. Wearing
purple was a way to remind
those around us that bullying is
never OK. Never. The overriding
theme to come from this was
“It’s going to get better.”
It really does get better, and
by believing that, we are able
to stand up to bullying and
take positive action; even
pack up our lives and sail away
to a whole new world. We
are a nation of immigrants.
Even when we move from
childhood into adolescence
and then adulthood, we can
feel like pilgrims as we learn
to navigate through personal,
yet still foreign, landscapes.
It will get better, but it won’t
happen overnight.
We have all gotten used to
overnight as the norm, and
young people have grown up
in a world where even that
seems a little slow. I’m not
longing for some mythical
“olden days.” I’ve read enough
history, and even lived through
enough history, to know I don’t
want to go back. Prometheus
Unbound and all that; but some
things just take time. Parents
don’t wait until they meet their
babies to discover gender; they
have names picked out, rooms
decorated, and status posted
on Facebook even before the
mother’s body “shows” the
pregnancy.
In some areas
doctors ask, on the first prenatal
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How can an idea gestate
into a book, a movement, or
a theorem, if even a baby’s Barbara Cohen’s wonderful
gestation is challenged?
book Molly’s Pilgrim is a
great story for families to read
Having faith that “it’s going to together and talk about over
get better” requires patience. their holiday table. Molly’s
In an era of instant gratification, family moved from New York
patience is more of an art- City to a small town, where she
form than a virtue, an obstacle is the new girl in third grade.
instead of a journey, and an She is also the first Jewish child
all around bother to most. in the school, becoming an easy
The fate of a movie lies in its target for the class mean girl
first weekend’s profit. Even to pick on with a playground
the most wonderful film taunt:
could be gone before people
Jol-ly Mol-ly,
can discover it. The chance
Your eyes are awf’ly small.
of friendships developing is
Jol-ly Mol-ly,
fleeting, especially for our over
scheduled kids. Walking home
Your nose is awf’ly tall.
from school allowed the luxury
of time for private conversation Crying to her immigrant mother
and discovery between kids is Molly’s only release, but even
without the oversight of well her mother’s story of escaping
meaning car-pool drivers. the Cossacks for a better life
Whole relationships now begin can’t lessen the sting. As
and end as text messages. Thanksgiving approaches, the
The name-calling neighborhood children are told to dress
bully has become a cyberbully clothes-pin dolls for a village
with words and images that they created in the classroom:
can never be taken back and the boys splitting up the Pilgrim
can instantly become global.
and Indian men, with the girls
taking the women. Molly’s
Thanksgiving is a chance to slow mother is delighted to make
down, and to take a gratitude an outfit for her doll but, to
inventory. It is an opportunity Molly’s dismay, her Pilgrim is
to see how far we’ve come, dressed as a traditional Polish
what we’ve lost along the way, woman. Her mother took to
and where we want to go. It heart Molly’s definition of a
is a time to be aware of all the pilgrim as “Someone who came
pilgrims arriving now in our here from the other side to find
country, and why we not only freedom.” She declares “That’s
maintain freedom of religion, me, Molly. I’m a Pilgrim!”
but a firm separation between
church and state.
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Molly’s peers is so disrupting
that their teacher steps in. In
what we now call a “teaching
moment,” she explains that
there are indeed many modern
Pilgrims, like Molly’s mother.
Not only that, but the teacher
reveals that the Thanksgiving
feast is derived from the Jewish
harvest festival Sukkos.

This Thanksgiving, as you go
around the table sharing what
you’re most thankful for, stop
and share the Pilgrims in your
family tree. Turn off the TV
(TiVo the game!) and smell
the feast cooking. Include the
whole family in the preparation,
as even the smallest child can
help with something. And let’s
all reclaim the word ‘bully’ in
true Teddy Roosevelt fashion
and say “Bully for you and
the wonderful things you do!”
Hey, it’s getting better already.
Kristen Barnhart has been telling stories,
recommending books, and stamping little hands
for over 36 years throughout SLO County. She is
currently a Youth Services Librarian at the San Luis
Obispo (TUE 10:30 am Storytime) and Atascadero
(MON 10:30 am Storytime) Libraries. Contact Kristen
at (805) 781-5775 or kbarnhart@slolibrary.org.

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Education

Music & Math
by Debra Newby

The ancient Greeks considered
music to be a math subject dealing
with
number
relationships,
ratios and fractions, and they
placed music on the same level
as geometry, astronomy and
arithmetic. Music was considered
the science of sound and harmony.
Today, our schools focus on math,
science, and language, while time
for “less important” subjects like
music and art is reduced.
College entrance exams, including
the SAT, test math and language
skills. Interestingly, the College
Entrance Examination Board
found that students involved in
music programs scored 107 points
higher on SAT tests than students
who did not participate. Perhaps
we should borrow the idea from

ancient Greeks that a music class
is a math class. Here’s how music
and math are connected.
Counting and Arithmetic:
Children around the world learn
to count by singing and playing
rhythm games that involve
jumping in time with the beat
of the song. Songs like “One,
Two Buckle my Shoe” introduce
counting and rhyming to young
children. Some songs that are fun
to sing like “Ten Little Monkeys
Jumping on the Bed,” are great
for introducing small children to
subtraction.
Patterns: When a non-musician
looks at a piece of music, he sees
symbols that have no meaning.
But after some training, this same
individual understands that the

symbols are arranged in repeating
patterns that form the basis of
a song. After understanding the
symbols and patterns, he finds he
can play a melody.
It is the same way with math.
Each symbol provides some
information needed to solve
the problem. Music and math
both have repeating patterns. In
math, students who can easily
recognize patterns have an
easier time spotting the process
needed to solve an equation. For
musicians, recognizing repeating
patterns makes it easier to play
and memorize songs.
Fractions: Each piece of
music is divided into measures
or bars that represent repeating
segments of music. Each section
is divided still further into smaller
pieces called beats. These are all
mathematical divisions of time.
Notes are divided into fractions
as well. In a song with a 4/4 time
signature, whole notes take
up the whole four beats of a
measure. A half note takes up half
that amount or only two beats.
A quarter note is played for one
fourth of the measure, and we
count it for one beat.
Proportions and Ratios:
Pythagoras is familiar to high
school students taking algebra
and geometry because they use
the Pythagorean Theorem in
math classes. Besides coming up
with a handy formula for finding
the length of a third side of a right
triangle, Pythagoras also was the
one who realized that the pitch of
a vibrating string is proportional
to the length. Strings that are

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halved in length are one octave
higher than the original string.
It is often easier for a student to
understand math if he or she has
first been introduced to music.
Both the mathematician and the
musician must count, examine
sequences, look for patterns, and
recognize shapes, as they depend
on basic concepts and rules to
remain constant no matter what
action is taken.
Parents with small children may
not have time to think of college
entrance exams many years away.
However, the clear connection
between music and math, shows
that it’s worthwhile to introduce
children to a musical instrument
and training for their enjoyment
and academic success.
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe
Three, four, knock on the door
Five, six, pick up sticks
Seven, eight, lay them straight
Nine, ten, a big fat hen...
Monkeys on the Bed
Five little monkeys jumping on the
bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the
doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the
bed
Four little monkeys jumping on
the bed…
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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Fun & Games

Jack’s Jokes
Why do turkeys “gobble gobble?”

How do you keep a turkey in suspense? I’ll let you know next week!

Can you find all of the
hidden treats?

Thanksgiving

Hidden
Treats

They have bad table manners!

If pilgrims were alive now, what would they be famous for? Their age!

1 fork
3 pumpkins
1 milk carton

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3 corncobs
2 apples
1 spoon
2 pilgrim hats
3 turkeys
2 loaves of
bread

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Money
When
Investing
Put Time
On
Your
Side
by Molly Peoples

Now that we’re well into autumn,
the days are getting noticeably
shorter. The change in seasons
reminds us that time is passing,
and that it’s important to use
that time wisely. When used
well, in fact, time can be your
greatest gift in many walks of
life. That’s certainly true when
you invest.

$640,000 after 40 years, when
you reach 65 and are ready to
retire. (Keep in mind that you
will be taxed on withdrawals.)
Now, though, suppose you wait
until you’re 55 before you start
saving seriously for retirement.
If you put that same $3,000 per
year in that same IRA, earning
that same hypothetical 7%
return, you’d only end up with
slightly more than $44,000 after
10 years, when you reach 65.
And to accumulate the $640,000
you would have gotten after 40
years by contributing just $3,000
per year, you would have had to
put in about $43,500 per year
for the 10 years between ages
55 and 65.

To illustrate the importance of
time, let’s look at a scenario.
Suppose you start saving for
retirement when you are 25
year of age. If you invest $3,000
per year in a tax-deferred
vehicle, such as a traditional
IRA, and you hypothetically
earn a 7% annual return, you will
have accumulated more than

Clearly, it’s a lot easier to come
up with $3,000 per year than
$43,500.
So, to accumulate
the resources you need for a
comfortable retirement, you’ll
help your cause greatly by saving
and investing as early in your
working life as possible, and
then continue to save and invest
right up to, and even during,
your retirement years.

money is used only for qualified
higher education expenses.
(Withdrawals for other purposes
will be taxed and may be subject
to an additional penalty.)

You can also use time as a signal to
adjust your investment strategy.
If you’re going to retire in, say,
two or three years, you might
want to shift some (but certainly
not all) of your assets from
The ability to potentially grow growth-oriented investments to
your portfolio sizably is the income-producing ones.
key benefit of using time when
you invest, but it’s not the only As you know, the market will
benefit. You can also use time always fluctuate, so you don’t
as a target, or a way to frame a want to be in a position where,
once you retire, you need to start
specific investment goal.
taking significant withdrawals
For example, suppose you have (i.e., selling investments) when
an 8-year-old child whom you the market is down. Remember
want to send to college in 10 the time-honored rule of
years. When that day arrives, investing: “Buy low, sell high.”
wouldn’t it be nice to know that
you’ve been saving money for
a decade? One popular college
savings vehicle is a 529 plan,
which has high contribution
limits and allows tax-free
withdrawals,
provided
the

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

Photo Collection

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Education
CS Perryess
writes

about words
THANKS
Gratitude is a fine thing, and in
honor of the one holiday that
focuses on gratitude, let’s dip
our toes into the etymology of
the word thanks. It came to Old
English through a heap of loosely
related
languages including
Old Saxon, German, Old Norse,
Danish, and Old Frisian. We can
still see the relationship with the
modern German word danke.

modern meaning of dream took a
several-century snooze.
The word dream occurs with both
meanings in Middle English, which
suggests that both meanings
were present in Old English, but
one of them somehow avoided
the printed page till the darnclose-to-contemporary year of
1179.

Along the way, there are some
great tweaky meanings for dream
All these terms shared the simple and its cognates, which include
meaning, “to thank.” What I find but aren’t limited to:
fascinating is that the ProtoIndo-European grandmother of • joy, pleasure, gladness, mirth,
all these gratitude-expressing
rejoicing
words instead meant “to think • music
or to feel.” This might suggest • merriment
that one must be thinkful in • a cherished desire
order to be thankful. The flipside • deception, illusion, phantasm
being that thinklessness causes • a train of thoughts, images or
thanklessness.
fancies passing through the
mind during sleep
I’m hoping that you’ll take • a fancy voluntarily indulged in
some time to indulge yourself in
while awake
thinkfulness and thankfulness, • a state of abstraction or trance
and expressions of gratitude.
• a wild fancy or hope
• a reverie
DREAM
And those are only the nouns.
So often, we authors are Dream’s verb forms deserve an
perceived as dreamers. A look into entry of their own.
etymology, though, finds that
we artsy writerly types aren’t the Naturally, there are steaming
only ones who take an occasional heaps of quotes having to do with
snooze. So do words.
dreams, dreamers and dreaming.
I like the dreamlike nature of this
When it comes to the word one from Carl Jung:
dream, some form of the meaning
we know today existed in most “Who looks outside, dreams; who
the languages that led into Old looks inside, awakes.”
English, but the written record
of Old English only employs a Are your works manifestations
meaning of the word dream that of your dreams, or the other way
we don’t acknowledge at all around?
today: make a joyful noise. The Do any of the alternate meanings
written record suggests that the appeal?

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COMPOSE
The OED offers one full page on
the word compose and over two
pages on its forms (composition,
composed, compose, composer,
composedness…).

joy from weaving unlikely themes
and topics and together. There
are days when any of us feel as
though all we’re doing is forming
“words and blocks of words” that
we pray will have some value the
following day.

Surprisingly, the word compose
was used to refer to putting words
on paper as early as the 1480s, yet
wasn’t applied to writing music
until the 1590s.

On a more twisted note, a
quick visit to Brendan’s On-Line
Anagram Generator produces
six anagrams for compose, my
favorite three being:

Compose comes to English from
Latin through French. It’s made
up of com- which means together
and -posere, which means to
place or put down. This basic idea
makes lots of sense. What I find
most intriguing are the varied
meanings of compose over the
years. I love how they tweak
my thinking about what it is to
compose.

• cop some
• spec moo
• scoop me
And what kind of light does that
throw on the subject? Which
shades of meanings appeal to you
and your composing process?

My thanks to sources: etymonline.com, the
OED, carl-jung.net, Brendan’s On-Line Anagram
Generator, and wordnik.com.

Here are a few from a very long
list:
to invent and put into proper form
to arrange artistically
to tranquilize
to form words and blocks of words
(to set type)
to compound or to mix
to settle, adjust or arrange
to make seemly and orderly
to lay out a dead body
Modern mystery writers take that
last definition so seriously, they
try to “lay out a dead body” in the
first chapter of every novel. John
Irving, Robertson Davies and
their devotees really take the “to
compound or to mix” definition
seriously, getting some of their

CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
books, and ponders the wonder of words
in a foggy little town on California’s central
coast. Find more at http://csperryess.
blogspot.com, or reach him at csperryess@
gmail.com.

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November 2015 Free Ongoing Events
SUNDAY
1
FARMERS MARKET:

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk

daylight
saving
time ends
(Fall Back 1 Hour)
daniel Boone’s
birthday (Born in 1734)

8
FARMERS MARKET:

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk

X-Ray day
(Discovered in 1895)

15
FARMERS MARKET:

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk

national
clean out
your
refrigerator
day

MONDAY
2
FARMERS MARKET:

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

Birthstone:
Citrine/Topaz
Flower:

Chrysanthemum

9
FARMERS MARKET:

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

TUESDAY
3
FARMERS MARKET:

3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB
3:30-4:15pm AG

sandwich day
(Birthday of J. Montague)

10
FARMERS MARKET:

3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB
3:30-4:15pm AG

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk

go for a
ride 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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT,
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

1st
wagon train
in california
(in 1841)

11
FARMERS MARKETS:

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT,
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

Aviation Month
Child Safety Month
Good Nutrition Month
National Family Literacy Month
National Adoption Month
National Epilepsy Month
Latin American Month
Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

16
FARMERS MARKET:

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

button day

veteran’s
day
US MARINE
CORPS EST.
(1775)

17
FARERS MARKET:

3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB
3:30-4:15pm AG

national young
reader’s day

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

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT,
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

24
FARMERS MARKET:

3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB
3:30-4:15pm AG

national
cashew day

mickey mouse’
birthday
(Created in 1928)

william tell day

FARMERS MARKETS:

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

25
FARMERS MARKETS:

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT,
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

stop the
violence day

30
FARMERS MARKET:

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

1
FARMERS MARKET:

3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB
3:30-4:15pm AG

12
FARMERS MARKETS:

3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG
2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay
6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB,
10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG

BOOK LOVERS
DAY

13
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

2

14
FARMERS MARKETS:

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

Elizabeth cady
stanton day

national
pickle day

fantasia
released
(by Disney in 1940)

19
FARMERS MARKETS:

3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG
2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay
6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB,
10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG

gettysburg
address
delivered
(by Lincoln in 1863)

26
FARMERS MARKETS:

3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG
2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay
6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB,
10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG

thanksgiving
day

20
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

21
FARMERS MARKETS:

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

national
adoption day

universal
children’s day

27
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

28
FARMERS MARKETS:

8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

national
native
american
day

pins &
needles day

FULL MOON

FARMERS MARKETS:
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
\
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT,
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

hug
a
bear
day

(Forced to shoot an apple
off his son’s head in 1315)

zachary taylor’s
birthday (Born in 1784)

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk

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

world prematurity
awareness day
homemade
bread day

23
FARMERS MARKET:

18
FARMERS MARKETS:

SATURDAY

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

NEW MOON

John F Kennedy
Jr’s birthday
(Born in 1960)

29
FARMERS MARKET:

3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG
2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay
6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB,
10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG

FRIDAY

November is:

take a hike day

22
FARMERS MARKET:

WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
4
5
FARMERS MARKETS:
FARMERS MARKETS:

3
FARMERS MARKETS:

3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG
2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay
6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB,
10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG

4
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

mark twain’S
birthDAY
(Born in 1835)

5
FARMERS MARKETS:

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

stay
home
well
day
king tut’s tomb
opened (in 1922)

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SEP 24-NOV 15 (days & times vary):
FRANKENSTEIN’S BRIDE or the Girl of
my Screams! at The Great American
Melodrama, 1863 Front St, Oceano. Like
last year’s popular Scary Poppins, this
horror spoof hilariously reconstructs a
classic tale by injecting it with musical
parodies, pop culture references and
one-liners. The Monster Vaudeville
Revue follows each show with song,
dance, and comedy. Cost: $19-25,
discounts for groups, seniors, students,
military, and children. Contact:
americanmelodrama.com or 489-2499.
OCT 1-NOV 11 (anytime): HOLIDAY
POINSETTIAS, WREATHS & TREES at
Morro Bay High School, 235 Atascadero
Rd, MB. Get the freshest flora for the
season and support MBHS Choir and
Band programs. Orders due by NOV
11. See CCF back cover. Credit cards
accepted! Cost: $10-58. Contact: 5280440.
OCT 1-NOV 28: A GATHERING OF
SCARECROWS at Los Osos Library, 2075
Palisades Ave. Artists of all ages can
enter a scarecrow to be displayed on the
lawn and around the library. Sponsored
by Friends of Los Osos Library. Cost:
free. Contact: 528-1862.
FRI & SAT OCT 9-31 (times vary):
THE HAUNT at 5805 El Camino Real,
Atascadero. Two of the best haunted
houses on the central coast (TNT Terrors
and Midstate Scare) have combined
forces to bring you this moderately
scary PG-13 haunt. Cost: $10. Contact:
305-0726.
FRI OCT 9-SUN NOV 8 (days & times
vary): SEA MARKS at Pewter Plough
Playhouse, 824 Main St, Cambria. The
Pewter Plough Playhouse presents
Gardner McKay’s Sea Marks, a poignant
love story of a fisherman living on a
remote Irish island who has fallen in
love with a woman he’s glimpsed only
once. Cost: $17-30. Contact: 927-3877.
OCT 15-31 (days vary) 7:00-10:00
pm: NIGHTMARE ON MAIN STREET
HAUNTED HOUSE at 99 Main St,
Templeton. You’re guaranteed a heartracing, flesh-crawling, spine-tingling
experience. Not recommended for
children under 10. Cost: $10. Contact:
434-4904.
THU OCT 29 2:00-6:00 pm: A BLOODY
GOOD DEED FOR HALLOWEEN BLOOD
DRIVE at United Blood Services, 4119
Broad St, Ste 100, SLO. Free pair of
fangs provided by Scarecrow Vampire
Fangs. Cost: free. Contact: 543-4290.
FRI OCT 30 5:00-8:00 pm: CARVED
PUMPKIN CONTEST & Halloween
Activities at Ramona Garden Park
Center, 993 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach.

Central Coast Family

Bring your decorated or carved funny,
scary, spooky, or goofy pumpkin and
enter it in the contest to win great
prizes! Enjoy carnival games, free hot
dogs, Ballooney the Clown, and much
more! Pumpkin contest registration
ends at 6:15 pm. Note: Only decorated
(not cut or carved) pumpkins will be
accepted for ages 6 and under. Cost:
free. Contact: grover.org.
FRI OCT 30-SAT OCT 31 6:00-9:00
pm: SOPA SPOOKTACULAR Haunted
House at Studio of Performing Arts,
805 West Grand Ave, Grover Beach.
This is a great way to stay within your
community while helping our young
talented dancers and actors raise funds.
Free candy and lots of scares! Cost: $7.
Contact: 473-0377.
FRI OCT 30-SUN NOV 15 (days & times
vary): THE FOREIGNER at SLO Little
Theatre, 888 Morro St. An inspired
comic romp that demonstrates what
can happen when a group of devious
characters must deal with a stranger
who (they think) knows no English.
Cost: $15-30. Contact: 786-2440.
SAT OCT 31 9:45-10:45 am: HALLOWEEN
PARTY at Los Osos Library, 2075
Palisades Ave. There will be fun and
games, tricks and treats. Come in
costume. Sponsored by Friends of Los
Osos Library. Cost: free. Contact: 5281862.
SAT OCT 31 at 2:00 pm: DAY OF THE
DEAD at Volumes of Pleasure, 1016
Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos. This
multicultural family event will feature
Gamelan, traditional Indonesian music
by ERUNA, refreshments, and a storewide sale. Cost: free. Contact: 528-5565.
SAT OCT 31 2:00-5:00 pm: HALLOWEEN
ACTIVITIES in downtown Morro Bay.
2:00 pm: Trick or Treat at over ninety
downtown Morro Bay Merchants.
(Maps are available at Grandma’s
Frozen Yogurt & Waffle Shop). 4:00 pm:
Costume Parade & Contest through
Morro Bay Blvd. Cost: free. Contact:
704-9866.
SAT OCT 31 at 3:00 pm: Organ
Spooktacular at First Presbyterian
Church of SLO, 981 Marsh St. This
Halloween program for all ages features
music from The Nightmare Before
Christmas, Phantom of the Opera, and
more, a SAFE haunted house, trick-ortreating, and a reception for adults.
Cost: $15. Contact: 543-5451.
SAT OCT 31 4:00-7:00 pm: SAFE AND
FUN HALLOWEEN DOWNTOWN at
Downtown Paso Robles, 12th & Park
Sts. Trick or treat with merchants,
watch dance demos, and have your
picture taken with a coven of witches.

November 2015

Thanksgiving Day

NOVEMBER 26th at 8:30 am
Avila Beach Community Park
Pismo Beach Pier
Rain or Shine Run, Walk, Jog, or Crawl
Families, Dogs on leash & Costumes Welcome!
Entry: $1-10 Donation to SLO County Food Bank Coalition

www.SouthCountyTurkeyTrot.com
Cost: free. Contact: 238-4103.
SAT OCT 31 4:30-7:00 pm: HALLOWEEN
CARNIVAL at Atascadero United
Methodist Church, 11605 El Camino
Real, Atascadero. Bring the family
for games, trunk or treating, music,
a puppet show, food, arts and crafts,
and a costume contest. This event is
geared toward children in the 5th grade
and younger. Rain or shine. Cost: free.
Contact: 466-2566 or atascaderoumc.
org.
SAT OCT 31 at 7:00 pm: FRIGHT NIGHT
RUN at Meadow Park, 2333 Meadow
St, SLO. A fun-run through a cemetery,
in the dark, on Halloween! Get a glowin-the-dark shirt just for signing up. It’s
a surprise course of approx. 3 miles.
Benefitting Family Care Network. Cost:
$30. Contact: frightnightrun.com.
SAT OCT 31 9:30-11:30 pm: How’oween
at Sherwood Dog Park at Sherwood
Dog Park, 290 Scott St, Paso Robles.
Dogs are invited to trick-or-treat and
celebrate the holiday. A pet costume
contest will be held with prizes for the
winners. Enjoy free coffee and hot cider.
Bake sale items for sale. Microchip clinic
and family photos available. Cost: free.
Contact: 239-4437.
SUN NOV 1 at 8:00 am: Pancake
Breakfast at SLO Grange Hall, 2880

Broad St. Enjoy a good old-fashioned
pancake breakfast of pancakes, bacon,
eggs, juice, and coffee. Cost: $5,
proceeds benefit SLO Grange Hall 639.
Contact: 550-1595.
SUN NOV 1 11:00 am-4:00 pm: DIA DE
LOS MUERTOS at SLO Mission Plaza
at Chorro & Monterey Sts. Wilshire
Hospice presents this 2nd Annual
family-friendly celebration that bridges
cultures to honor the dead and comfort
the living. Traditional folklorico dancing,
mariachi, Aztec dancers, Mexican food,
and altars. Cost: free. Contact: 269-0141
or wilshirehcs.org.
SUN NOV 1 1:00-4:00 pm: DIA DE LOS
MUERTOS at DANA Cultural Center, 671
S Oakglen Ave, Nipomo. This colorful
family friendly celebration will include
a Chumash blessing, altars, recipe
handouts, sugar skull painting, baile
folklorico, speakers, face painting, and
Mexican décor. Cost: free. Contact: 9295679 or danaadobe.org.
SUN NOV 1 at 3:00 pm: 32ND ANNUAL
SLO POETRY FESTIVAL at Steynberg
Gallery, 1531 Monterey St, San Luis
Obispo. Poetry featuring Gary Young,
Jeanie Greensfelder, Phoebe McAdams
and Kyra Kitts. Open reading to
follow. Cost: free. Contact: 547-1318 or
languageofthesoul.org.
SUN NOV 3 at 7:30 pm: PACO PENA -

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story of working with condors, what is
being done and what CAN be done to
make sure condors thrive. Cost: $5-10.
Contact: slobg.org/condor.
TUE NOV 17-WED NOV 18 at 7:30 pm:
RIVERDANCE 20TH ANNIVERSARY
TOUR at Cohan Center, PAC, 1 Grand
Ave, San Luis Obispo. The Irish dance
phenomenon takes the stage. Cost:
$50-80. Contact: 756-6556 or http://
calpolyarts.org.
WED NOV 18 at 3:00 pm: MAKE’N’TAKE
at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades
Ave. School age children will make an
Autumn-themed paper craft. Cost: free.
Contact: 528-1862.
THU NOV 19-THU DEC 31 (days & times
vary): HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA at The
Great American Melodrama, 1863 Front
St, Oceano. Scrooge finds his Christmas
spirit in this magical holiday musical. The
Vaudeville Revue follows each show
with song, dance, and comedy. Cost:
$19-25, discounts for groups, seniors,
students, military, and children. The inhouse snack bar serves great food and
drinks. Contact: americanmelodrama.
com or 489-2499.

FLAMENCURA at Cohan Center, PAC, 1
Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. A flamenco
performance by guitarist Paco Pena
exploring the alchemy between the
interpreter, dancer, and audience.
Cost: $22-56. Contact: 756-6556 or
calpolyarts.org.
WED NOV 4 at 7:30 pm: JEFF DANIELS
& THE BEN DANIELS BAND at Cal Poly
PAC, One Grand Ave, SLO. Jeff Daniels
spent the past 12 years performing with
Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt and Keb Mo’ and
his son’s group, The Ben Daniels Band.
Cost: $22-48. Contact: calpolyarts.org or
756-4849.
FRI NOV 6 at 8:00 pm: VOCAL JAZZ
FESTIVAL CONCERT at Cuesta College
CPAC, CA-1, San Luis Obispo. Featuring
Sara Gazarek with the New West Guitar
Group. Cost: $12-17. Contact: 546-3100
or cpactickets.cuesta.edu.

master gardeners and botanists. Cost:
free admission. Contact: cnpsslo.org.
SAT NOV 7 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY MOVIE
at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades
Ave. Enjoy free popcorn and movie on
the 3rd SAT of every month. Some call
him bad, “they” call him dad. Find out
who it is in our PG-rated film. Cost: free.
Contact: 528-1862.
MON NOV 9 at 7:30 pm: CHRIS THILE
LIVE at Cohan Center, PAC, 1 Grand Ave,
San Luis Obispo. Thile is a mandolin
virtuoso, composer, vocalist, and
member of Punch Brothers and Nickel
Creek. Cost: $24-45. Contact: 756-6556
or calpolyarts.org.

SAT NOV 7 at 8:00 pm: BEST OF DOO
WOP at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks
Ave, Arroyo Grande. Featuring Leon
Hughes, the Vibrations, and a tribute to
The Platters. Cost: $42-54. Contact: 4899444 or clarkcenter.org.

TUE NOV 10 12:00-3:00 pm: Succulent
Wreath Workshop at SLO Botanical
Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd. Create
your own beautiful, living wreath just
in time for the holidays! With care,
your wreath will last for years. Hang it
or use it as a centerpiece throughout
the season. All materials are provided
for this hands-on class, and proceeds
benefit the Garden. Cost: $55-65. Class
is limited. Contact: slobg.org/wreath.

SAT NOV 7 9:00 am-2:00 pm: NATIVE
PLANT SALE at Pacific Beach High
School, 11950 Los Osos Valley Rd, SLO.
Shop for low maintenance droughttolerant plants, and get advice from

SAT NOV 14 1:00-3:00 pm: Condors
- Back from the Brink at SLO Botanical
Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd. Join
lead Biologist of the Condor Recovery
Team, Dave Clendenen, as he shares his

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FRI NOV 20 at 7:00 pm & SAT NOV 21 at
2:00 pm & 7:00 pm: WHEN THE RAIN
STOPS FALLING at SLO Little Theatre,
888 Morro St, San Luis Obispo. Other
Shoe Staged Reading series presents
Andrew Bovell’s intimate story of four
generations of the same family from
1959 to 2039. Cost: $12. Contact: 7862440.
SAT NOV 21 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY MOVIE
at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades
Ave. Enjoy free popcorn and movie
on the 3rd SAT of every month. In this
PG-rated film, find out who’s the good
guy… When the world needed a hero,
they called a villain. Cost: free. Contact:
528-1862.
THU NOV 26 at 8:30 am: Turkey Trot
fundraiser at Avila Beach Community
Park on San Juan St. Start Thanksgiving
day (rain or shine) having fun jogging or
walking as a community to raise funds
for the food bank. Cost: $10 donation.
Contact: southcountyturkeytrot.com.
THU NOV 26 at 8:30 am: Turkey Trot
fundraiser at Pismo Beach Pier. Start
Thanksgiving day (rain or shine) having
fun jogging or walking as a community
to raise funds for the food bank. Cost:
$1. Contact: southcountyturkeytrot.
com.
FRI NOV 27-THU DEC 31: HAVE A HART at
Pewter Plough Playhouse, 824 Main St,
Cambria. Enjoy this delightful holiday
musical. Cost: $17-22. Contact: 927-3877
or pewterploughplayhouse.org.

SUN NOV 29 11:00 am-Dusk: CLIMATE
FEST at Back Bay Inn, 1391 2nd St,
Baywood Park/Los Osos. Enjoy great
live music, and be part of photo and
video messages sent to world leaders
re: climate change. Cost: free. Cotact:
baywoodclimatefest.org.
MON NOV 30 at 7:30 pm: 42ND STREET
at Cohan Center, PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San
Luis Obispo. Musical comedy about
a chorus girl who becomes a star.
Contact: 756-6556 or http://calpolyarts.
org. Cost: $60-90. Contact: 756-6556
TUE DEC 1 at 7:30 pm: TEN TENORS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS at Cohan
Center, PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis
Obispo. Australia’s The Ten Tenors
present a magical holiday performance.
Cost: $40-90. Contact: 756-6556 or
http://calpolyarts.org.
THU DEC 3-SUN DEC 6 (times vary):
REFRIED ELVIS at Cuesta College CPAC,
CA-1, San Luis Obispo. A white hot twist
in the night. A jamboree. A revival with
an irreverent shake of the hips. This new
slicked-backed thrill ride reimagines the
origins of Rock and Roll and thrusts
the audience center stage. Cost: $5-15.
Contact: 546-3100 or http://cpactickets.
cuesta.edu.
SAT DEC 5 8:00 pm: CAL POLY CHOIRS’
A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION at Harman
Hall, PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo.
Featuring Polyphonics, University
Singers, Early Music Ensemble, Brass
Ensemble, Susan Azaret Davies, Paul
Woodring, and a cappella groups That’s
the Key, and Take It SLO. Cost: $9-14.
Contact: 754-4849 or http://music.
calpoly.edu.
SAT DEC 5-SUN DEC 20 (times vary):
A CHRISTMAS STORY at SLO Little
Theatre, 888 Morro St, San Luis Obispo.
Based on the motion picture of the
same name, A Christmas Story follows
Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a Red
Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. Cost: $1533. Contact: 786-2440.

Recurring Events
& Resources
Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS
TO READ at Los Osos Library, 2075
Palisades Ave. Read to Berkeley, a
golden retriever, who loves to listen to
children read. Cost: free. Contact: 5281862.
Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO CHESS
CLUB meets at Carl’s Jr on Santa Rosa
St, one block W of Foothill, across from

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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.

Cal-Poly. All ages welcome. Cost: free.
Contact: 441-7210 or slochess.com.
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: 441-7210 or
slochess.com.

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: 7827301 or www.sloselpa.org/pro_dev.
htm.

The Mankind Project men’s support
group meetings: all issues welcome.
Find purpose, mastery, healthy
autonomy, and your life’s 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: 4719342. 2nd & 4th THU 6:30-9:00 pm in
Atascadero. Contact: 235-2774. Cost:
free. Info: www.mkp.org.

Twin Cities Community Hospital
Volunteers, a non-profit org providing
support to patients, doctors, and nurses
of the hospital, seek volunteers to work
in the gift shop and Obstetrics Dept.
AM and PM 4 hour shifts are available.
Contact: 434-4524.

3rd SAT every month 3:00-6:00 pm:
Interactive Indonesian Music at
Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt, 307 Morro
Bay Blvd, MB. Instruments available
for all. Play along with “Ëru” and Anna!
Endang “Ëru” Rukandi is a master of
the regional music of West Java. Cost:
free. Contact: 704-9866.

Last FRI every month at 6:00 pm: Family
Fun at Unity Church, 1165 Stubblefield
St, Orcutt. Contact: 937-3025.
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT
11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station
Interactive Science Center welcomes
families at 867 Ramona Ave, Grover
Beach. Cost: $2-3. Contact: 473-1421 or
http://explorationstation.org.

1st & 3rd THU every month 7:008:30 pm: Drop-in Dream Group at St.
Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2220
Snowy Egret Ln, Los Osos. This is a
“drop-in” support group to share
dreams and the relationship between
dreams and spiritual path, using Jungian
interpretive assumptions and language
and Robert Johnson’s book Inner
Work. Cost: free. Contact: bobpelfrey@
charter.net.
3rd WED of every month at 6:30 pm:
Prepared & Natural Chidlbirth Classes
at Twin Cities Community Hospital,
1220 Las 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: 4344654.
2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm:
Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Cities

2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm:
Grief Support Group at Central Coast
Hospice, 253 Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis
Obispo. This free group is for anyone
suffering the loss of a loved one who is
in need of support. Contact: 540-6020.

Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain
Independent Despite Vision Loss at
Santa Maria Terrace, 1405 E Main St.
New ways of doing daily tasks are
taught by the Braille Institute, such
as home management, traveling, and
using talking library books. Contact:
462-1225.

2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOVat
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.

2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm:
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet
at Pacific Christian Church, 3435 Santa
Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare is
provided. Contact: 934-3491 or www.
pacificchristian.net.

2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 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, and
Alzheimer’s. Contact: 458-7484.

Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:005:30 pm: Teen Wellness Program at
Arroyo Grande EOC Health Services
Clinic, 1152 E Grand Ave. Health services,
including reproductive health, in a
safe environment with staff trained
to screen, assess, and to provide
intervention.
Appointments
are
preferred. Contact: 489-4026.

Women’s Shelter

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.

of San Luis Obispo County
crisis line: 781-6400
business phone: 781-6401
email: info@wspslo.com
www. womensshelterslo.org

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1st WED every month at 12:00 pm:
Disabled American Veterans luncheon
at Veterans Memorial Bldg, 313 W.
Tunnell St, Santa Maria. Contact: 3450402.
Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed
Support Group at New Life Church, 990
James Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Arrive
10 min early for 1st meeting. Offered by
Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266
or hospiceslo.org.
Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family
Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior
Center, 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt.
Contact: 937-9750.
3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm:
How to Survive Divorce seminar at the
San Luis Obispo Women’s Community
Center, 1124 Nipomo St, #D in SLO.
Practical tips, pointers, and suggestions
for handling family law issues. $10.00
donation requested for handout
materials and book. Contact: 544-9313
to register.
4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Legal
Clinic for Self-Represented Litigants at
the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse
Law Library, 1050 Monterey St in SLO,
#125. SLO County Bar Assn Family Law
Section & Women’s Community Center
provide one-on-one legal advice for
persons filing divorces w/o an attorney,
and a document preparer to assist in

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Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC)

crying, and sleep at 1230 Marsh St,
SLO. Nurse and lactation consultant
Andrea Herron answers questions.
Dads welcome! Call to reserve. Contact:
543-6988.

A one-of-a-kind r esour ce

Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
offers Adventures With Nature & Mind
Walks. Find the schedule at: www.
ccnha.org/naturewalks.html.

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
completing court-required forms. Min.
$40.00 donation. Limit: 12 participants.
Contact: 544-9313.
RISE (formerly Sexual Assault Recovery
and Prevention Center of San Luis
Obispo Co) offers: Weekly Drop-In
Support Groups for Sexual Assault
Survivors; 24 Hour Crisis Line; Advocacy
and Accompaniment; Peer Counseling;
Individual Counseling; Prevention and
Education, and Women’s Empowerment
and Self Defense Workshops. Contact:
545-8888 or www.sarpcenter.org.
Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A
PET at Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso
Robles. Cats are available for adoption
through NCHS. Dogs are available
through Short n’ Sweet Dog Rescue.
Contact: 466-5403.

( 805 ) 542-6234

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.sloliteracy.org.
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 organizations. Contact:
788-3406.
Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Growing
With Baby, an infant feeding office for
breastfeeding moms and babies (0-10
mos), offers a free class on feeding,

Central Coast Commission for Senior
Citizens offers many free services:
Senior Connection - connecting callers
with local resources; HICAP (Health
Insurance Counseling and Advocacy
Program) one on one Medicare
assistance, advise and referrals for
long term care, and help with billing
/ appeals; Vial of Life magnetized
containers with medical information; a
Senior Resource Directory for SLO and
SB counties, and much more. Contact:
925-9554 or www.centralcoastseniors.
org.
Hospice of San Luis Obispo County
provides free grief counseling, group
support, counseling, crisis intervention,
and wellness education to those with
a life-limiting illness, their families, and
the bereaved. This non-profit agency
offers free counseling, community
education and volunteer support to
those grieving a death or dealing with
potential end-of-life issues. Offices
in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles.
Contact: 544-2266.

Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! Make
a difference in the life of an older or
disabled adult.
Trained volunteers
choose services to contribute and
schedule hours at their convenience.
Training is monthly at Wilshire
Community Services, 285 South St, Ste
J, SLO. Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum
of Art! Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission
Plaza) or email volunteer@sloma.org.
San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers
health screening, legal services, meals,
exercise, bridge, and bingo at 1445
Santa Rosa St. Contact: 781-7306.
Central Coast Astronomical Society
sponsors a Dark Sky Star Party every
month at Santa Margarita Lake
KOA Campground at sunset. CCAS
sponsors guest speakers and public
programs.
Find events, weather
updates, and resources at: www.
centralcoastastronomy.org.
San Luis Coastal Adult School’s Parent
Participation Program offers Core
Parenting and Enrichment classes in
San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, and Los
Osos. Bring your child to a parent and
child activity class, or find peer support
and education just for parents. Cost:
$76 for 10 wks. Contact: 549-1222 or
parentparticipation.org.

Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:005:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending
Library-Jack’s Helping Hand at Central
Coast Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, #100,
San Luis Obispo.
Traditional and
adaptive toys for children with all
types of disabilities to check out. Inhome appointments available. Cost:
free!
Contact: 547-1914 or www.
jackshelpinghand.org.
Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00
pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library
- Jack’s Helping Hand at Pat’s Place in
Nipomo Recreation Community Rm,
671 W Tefft St, Ste 2, Nipomo. Toys for
children with all types of disabilities to
check out. In-home appointments also
available. Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914
or www.jackshelpinghand.org.
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: 489-5481 or dg17@juno.
com.

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days per week. Contact: 929-6878.

Alternative Education

Santa Lucia School on 5 acres in
Templeton.
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 santaluciaschool.org.

on the
Central Coast

SLO Classical Academy. Private
school.
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
or sloclassicalacademy.com.

Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality
choices for their children’s education. Following are some options for
those seeking secular alternative education in our region. For more
information on independent and religious schools, go to: cde.ca.gov/
re/sd or private-schools.findthebest.com/directory/a/California.
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 parentparticipation.org.
Charter Schools
CAVA – California Virtual Academies
and K¹² 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, caliva.org, or k12.com.
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
fpcharter.org.
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.
org/losolivos.
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
orcuttacademycharter.net.
Summit Academy charter school
serves K-12 grades, and provides

Central Coast Family

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 Steiner’s Waldorf
personalized home-based learning model. Contact: 235-4401.
that fosters investigation, skill Children’s
House
Montessori
development and creativity, and School in Atascadero strives to help
lifelong curiosity. Contact: (818) 450- each child reach his/her greatest
9810 or summitacademyca.org.
potential, by embracing learning
and appreciating and respecting
Nature Based Schools
the world. Contact: 466-5068 or
SLOWanders. Offering nature-based childrenshouse.cc.
education in SLO County. Programs Montessori Children’s 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 montessoriofslo.com.
for adults. Contact: 215-0595 or
slowanders.com.
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
outsidenow.org.
centralcoastmontessori.com.
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
coyoteroadschool.com.
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 ccisslo.com.
school work, time management and
The Laureate School. Project-based, organization skills, and more. Contact:
differentiated learning to develop EarthAdventuresForKids.com.
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
laureateschool.org.
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 familypartnershipschool.com.

November 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.
ca.schoolloop.com/tishs.
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
triviumcharter.org.
West Mall Alternative School.
Independent Study Home School
in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238
or
edline.net/pages/West_Mall_
Alternative.
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
or californiahomeschool.net.
Homeschoolers of the Central
Coast. An inclusive Yahoo! group
meeting on a regular basis for
interaction and field trips: groups.
yahoo.com/group/Homeschoolers_of_
the_Central_Coast.
Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
A Yahoo! group offering free
homeschool
enrichment
and
support: groups.yahoo.com/group/
santa_maria_inclusive_learners.
Templeton Unified School District
K-8 Home Schooling program.
Contact: 434-5840 or tae.tusd.ca.
schoolloop.com.
Note: This feature is published as space
allows and is a work in progress. Please
submit updates, corrections, or additional
resources to: ccfamilyed@gmail.com.

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