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Montessori Education / School Readiness / Family History / Avoid Brain Drain

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of the whole child—physical, periods, or windows of
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Montessori Hallmarks of Montessori
students develop, Montessori
teachers match appropriate
lessons and materials to these

EDucation Components necessary for sensitive periods when learning
a program to be considered is most naturally absorbed and
authentically Montessori include internalized.
multiage groupings that foster
peer learning, uninterrupted In early childhood, Montessori
blocks of work time, and guided students learn through sensory-
choice of work activity. In addition, motor activities, working with
a full complement of specially materials that develop their
designed Montessori learning cognitive powers through direct
materials are meticulously experience: seeing, hearing,
arranged and available for use tasting, smelling, touching, and
in an aesthetically pleasing movement.
In the elementary years, the
The teacher, child, and school child continues to organize his
The Montessori Method of throughout the world. environment create a learning thinking through work with the
education, developed by Dr. Maria triangle. The classroom is Montessori learning materials and
Montessori, is a child-centered It is a view of the child as one who carefully prepared by the teacher an interdisciplinary curriculum
educational approach based on is naturally eager for knowledge to encourage freedom within as he passes from the concrete
scientific observations of children and capable of initiating learning limits, independence, and a sense to the abstract. He begins the
from birth to adulthood. Dr. in a supportive, thoughtfully of order. The child, through application of his knowledge to
Montessori’s Method has been prepared learning environment. individual choice, makes use of real-world experiences.
time tested, with over 100 years It is an approach that values the what the environment offers to
of success in diverse cultures human spirit and the development develop himself, interacting with This organization of information—
the teacher when support and/or facts and figures—prepares the
guidance is needed. child for the world of adolescence,
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invaluable information. As you 5) Does he show an interest in
No single factor determines in school. A child’s physical stand in the back of the room, books? Does he try to “read” a
whether a child is ready to start development also needs to be pay attention to how the other book by telling a story based on
school. Here’s how to tell if your considered. children are behaving, how they the pictures? This is a sign that
child is mature enough physically, play with each other, and what his language development is on
socially, and cognitively. In reality, very few children
kinds of skills they have. Can you a par with other kindergartners
are equally competent in all
picture your child sitting in one and that he’s ready to start
What are the cutoff dates? these areas. Many children who
of those chairs and joining in an learning how to read.
are advanced mentally may
Cutoff dates are the deadlines activity?
lag behind emotionally, while 6) Is he curious and receptive to
schools use to determine who can children who are extremely adept Ultimately, though, you know learning new things? If a child’s
enter the next kindergarten class. physically may be slower in terms your child best. Think about what curiosity is stronger than his fear
Your child must reach the age of 5 of language development. he’s like when he plays with of the unfamiliar, he will do well
by the cutoff date (September 1 in
others, and when he’s alone in in school.
California school districts). How can I tell if my child is ready?
his room. Then ask yourself the
7) Does he get along well with
Many schools still use these If he’s in preschool, talk to the following:
other kids? Does he share and
dates to determine who is ready teacher. She probably has a good
know how to take turns? He’ll be
for school, but research shows sense of his development and 1) Can my child listen to instructions
and then follow them? Children interacting with other children
that your child’s chronological how he compares with other
need these skills to function all day, so your child’s social skills
age isn’t the best way to decide children who would be at his
in class, to keep up with the are particularly important for
whether he has what it takes to grade level.
teacher and with their peers. success in school.
be a successful kindergartner.
If your child is not in preschool or
Can he work together with
Kindergarten “readiness” is the you just want another opinion, 2) Is he able to put on his coat and
go to the bathroom by himself? others as part of a group? The
real issue. In recent years, early check with your child’s doctor.
Children need to be somewhat ability to put his needs second,
childhood educators have begun She will know about your child’s
self-sufficient by school age. to compromise and join in a
to focus on a child’s physical, physical development and can
consensus with other children,
social, and cognitive development offer helpful feedback as to
3) Can he recite the alphabet is also part of emotional
rather than age. whether your child is ready.
and count? Most kindergarten competence.
What is kindergarten readiness? You can also talk with family teachers assume that children
have at least a rudimentary If you answered “yes” to most of
members and friends who know
Experts say no single or simple familiarity with the ABCs and these questions and “sometimes”
your child well. Pay particular
factor determines whether a child numbers though these subjects to the rest, your child is probably
attention to the comments of
is ready for kindergarten. Instead, will be covered as part of the ready for kindergarten. If not,
teachers, or those who have
a child’s development needs to kindergarten curriculum. your child might well benefit from
experience working with children
be evaluated on several fronts. another year of preschool, or
in schools, whether as a staff
4) Can he hold a pencil? Cut with from a transitional or pre-K class
person or a volunteer.
His ability to think logically, speak scissors? He will need these fine offered by many schools.
clearly, and interact well with Visiting a kindergarten class in motor skills to begin working on
other children and adults are all the school in which you plan to writing the alphabet and to keep Reprinted with permission. California
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childhood, so these findings are

Vitamin D
of high public health relevance.”
“The findings highlight the

importance of conducting such
trials in populations that have
the greatest potential to benefit,
namely those in whom vitamin D

Infants & insufficiency is more common
and for whom respiratory
infections in early childhood are

Children a particular issue,” he says.

“Extra vitamin D benefits infants” http://
by John J. Cannell, MD

Extra vitamin D benefits infants also determined in the study. The research, published in the
Infants whose mothers take “This careful and thorough Researchers recommend American Journal of Clinical
vitamin D supplements during review of the primary care vitamin D guidelines to Nutrition, found 17 per cent of
pregnancy and infancy are records enabled us to decrease the risk of pregnancy pregnant women had a Vitamin
less likely to get respiratory determine that daily vitamin complications in Europe D deficiency among almost
infections, according to research D supplementation given to A recent study conducted 1,800 who were surveyed. This
from the University of Auckland. the mothers during the latter by researchers at University compared to 12 per cent among
half of pregnancy, and then College Cork determined that women who were not pregnant.
Researchers conducted a trial
their infants to age 6 months, higher vitamin D status was The researchers say their
of vitamin D supplementation
resulted in a smaller proportion associated with a lower risk findings highlight the need for
during pregnancy and infancy
of infants making any primary of birth complications, such national guidelines on nutritional
with pregnant women attending
care visits for respiratory as preeclampsia and low birth intake, include Vitamin D levels,
a maternity care clinic in South
infections up to age 18 months,” weight, and that guidelines for or pregnant women.
says Dr Grant. “Interestingly the pregnant women are needed
The study showed that, in effect appeared to persist after in order to decrease the risk of “The data highlights the need
comparison to a placebo group, the vitamin D supplementation complications in Europe. to conduct nutrition research in
vitamin D supplementation was discontinued.” vulnerable populations, such as
during pregnancy and infancy Expecting mothers with high pregnancy and breastfeeding
“By starting vitamin D during levels of vitamin D are less women and children, in order
resulted in a smaller proportion
pregnancy and giving it as a likely to have serious pregnancy to develop life-stage specific
of infants making primary care
daily dose, rather than a larger complications, new Irish recommendations for nutrient
visits for respiratory infections.
dose less frequently, we were research indicates. intakes,” according to Prof
The findings were recently able to safely and effectively Mairead Kiely.
published on line in the journal improve the vitamin D status of High vitamin D status is associated
Acta Paediatrica. the infants from birth,” he says. with lower risk of complications “Currently in Ireland, there are
such as pre-eclampsia and no pregnancy-specific guidelines
The main aim of this clinical trial, Dr Grant says the research small-for-gestational age (SGA) for vitamin D intake.”
(funded by the Health Research team are now concentrating birth, according to the study by
Council of New Zealand, the on determining how vitamin scientists in University College The study surveyed 1,786
University of Auckland and Cure D supplementation may have Cork. mothers who attended Cork
Kids), was to determine the caused this beneficial effect. University Maternity Hospital
vitamin D dose during pregnancy
“That the effect of vitamin
and infancy necessary to
D persisted after the
prevent vitamin D insufficiency
supplementation was
during infancy.
discontinued suggests that
The research team led by vitamin D may have caused
pediatric specialist Associate some adaptation of the
Professor Cameron Grant from children’s immune system that
the University of Auckland and resulted in them either being
Starship Children’s Hospital less susceptible to infection
completed this latest study as a with a respiratory virus or less
secondary analysis. prone to becoming unwell once
Consent from participating infected,” he says.
mothers was gained for review “Respiratory infections are a
of the primary care records leading cause of primary care
of the enrolled children. The visits and hospital admissions
reason for each primary care both in New Zealand and
visit up to age 18 months was internationally during early

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(measured when the child was “Early life events, including
18 months old),” says Dr. Grant. those before birth, can influence
“Based upon a careful review a baby’s later sensitivity to
of the records of the children’s allergens,” says Dr Grant.
visits to their family doctor, “Vitamin D receptors are present
we also saw that this vitamin D on many immune cells and so
supplementation reduced the vitamin D can affect how the
proportion of children making immune system works,” he says.
primary care visits that their “In theory maintaining normal
family doctor thought were due vitamin D status when that
to asthma,” he says. sensitivity is developing late in
“It’s the first study to show pregnancy and early in infancy,
that correcting poor vitamin D could prevent later allergy
status during pregnancy and sensitivity in the child.”
infancy might prevent childhood
asthma.” Dr Grant says, “an Provided by University of Auckland. “Vitamin
interesting aspect is that the D helps reduce childhood allergy rate” http://
effects we saw were measured
a year after the vitamin D childhood-allergy.html
supplementation was stopped.”
“This implies that vitamin D John Cannell, MD has over 35 years of
caused some change in the clinical experience. He is board certified by
the American Academy of Psychiatry and
child’s immune system as it Neurology and obtained his MD degree from
was developing in utero and the University of North Carolina School
during early infancy, which then of Medicine. Dr. Cannell has published 17
resulted in differences in the scientific papers in peer-reviewed medical
literature; three of his papers are the
immune response to house dust most cited papers in the history of their
mites at age 18 months.” respective journals.

and was designed to explore vitamin D supplements may also
whether there was a connection help prevent asthma developing
between vitamin D status in in young children.
early pregnancy and any major The study report notes that
pregnancy complications. in New Zealand there is a sun-
Vitamin D is produced in the avoidance public health policy,
body by exposure of the skin diet has a low vitamin D content,
to sunlight. It is also found in and vitamin D supplements are
oily fish, egg yolks and fortified not widely used.
foods such as milk, breakfast Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent
cereals and infant formula. with 57 percent of New
Zealand newborns having low
© 2016 concentrations of vitamin D at
Both asthma and allergies are
Vitamin D helps reduce
highly prevalent in New Zealand
childhood allergy rate
with 25 percent of six to seven
Vitamin D supplements during year olds reported with asthma,
pregnancy and infancy may help and 35 percent of 11 to 12 year
to reduce New Zealand’s high olds having an allergic response
childhood allergy rate. to house dust mite, plant, food,
In a study, published in the or other allergens.
internationally ranked journal “In our clinical trial of vitamin
Allergy, Associate Professor D supplementation during
Cameron Grant from the pregnancy and infancy, we
University of Auckland (and showed that when these
pediatrician at Starship supplements were started in the
Children’s Hospital), showed mother at 27 weeks gestation
for the first time, that vitamin and then continued in her child
D supplements prevent allergy until the child was six months
sensitisation to house dust old, they prevented sensitisation
mites in children. He believes of the child to house dust mites

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Brain Drain Remedies
by Karyn Lutes, MA, CCC-SLP

Summertime brings to mind hot parent Melanie created a ‘bucket
days spent in a swimming pool, list’ of activities and adventures
camping, sleepovers, and freedom to tackle this summer with her
from the demands of school. It’s children, like: kayaking, spa mani-
a great season to spend quality pedis, creating a loom necklace,
time with your kids and help and washing the car in swimsuits.
them to keep up their brain skills She posted their fun pictures and
so the transition back to school crafts on facebook to share with
won’t be such a shock. For bright others. These types of creative
children with attention, behavior, activities help to build new
or learning challenges, it is even neuropathways and a reserve of
more critical that skills are not lost. mental energy that protects the
There are many ways to support brain from neuron damage, which
cognitive skills with summertime can lead to learning, attention,
activities. and behavior problems.
Influence the pillars of brain health Foster critical thinking skills
during quality time
The pillars of brain health include
exercise, nutrition, and sleep. By tapping into your child’s natural
Summer is often a time for curiosity, you can help him build
popsicles, popcorn, and fried fair language and critical thinking skills,
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snacks (raw almonds, yogurt, activities and locations including Create a ‘safety net’ for the next Summer is a wonderful time to
baked or broiled free-range those at home (dinner table, school year enjoy activities with your child–
hormone-free chicken or fish), yard), around town (bank, library), especially those that support and
healthful fats (nuts, seeds, fish) on transportation (airplane,Difficulty with attention, behavior, build mental skills that reinforce
and whole grains (crackers and bus), at public places (bookstore, or academics strongly suggests that academic progress. Include the
bread). Good nutrition forms and movie theater), and recreational your child is missing foundational pillars of brain health, enjoy
supports neurotransmitters in the locations (campground, zoo). She learning skills. These are mental creative adventures, build critical
brain, which influence feelings of emphasizes the need for parents processing skills that all learning is thinking skills during everyday
well-being and the brain’s ability to to make a conscious effort to look built upon. They are not taught in experiences, and read and review
solve problems, make connections, for “the teachable minute” during school or at tutoring, but rather at past academic concepts and
and learn. Exercise also influences everyday activities and outings to specialized brain-training centers. vocabulary. Your child will gain
feelings of well-being by reducing encourage thinking and learning. Compounding the demands of skills and be better prepared to
stress hormones, transporting enter the next grade level. If you
Read and preserve concepts and school on top of a weak foundation are worried about your child’s
more oxygen to the brain, and vocabulary only creates more frustration,
stimulating new cell connections learning foundation, it is critical
stress, homework battles, less
(brain plasticity). Consistent sleep Academic concepts and vocabulary to create a ‘safety net’ by getting
confidence, and poor behavior.
and wake times are critical for can be lost over long breaks from the help needed to support your
mental and physical rejuvenation school. By setting aside 20-45 These are merely symptoms of child’s future. The next school year
and repair, and play a critical role minutes per day to review skills a deeper problem that needs to and homework time can be better
in brain development. from the past school year, your and you can make it happen!
be accurately identified (not just
child will gain a head start on the
Create a ‘mental reserve’ with labeled) and then addressed at
new school year. Academic review
stimulating activities the root level by changing the way Hebert, Dr. Connie, The Teachable Minute: The Secret
workbooks, such as Brain Quest To Raising Smart And Appreciative Kids, Morgan
Most children default to electronic Workbooks and Summer Bridge your child processes information. James Publishing, New York City, New York, 2013.

devices to play games and connect Activities series provide a good When you address the missing Karyn

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Just about every month, I get an to find Cottontown. that this might be the case. But Something that we did find was
email from a person who would I was surprised to see that, the Cottontown schoolhouse
like to find some history on their People who have emailed me although some gravesites were where Leon Crabb received an
family. This summer, I decided about geneology have also well maintained by the current education in 1914. The only reason
to find information on my own informed me that they have owner of the property, others we found the old schoolhouse
family. After years of doing never been to San Luis Obispo were overgrown with weeds or was that we stopped along the
research on the Crabb family, I and asked me to describe the the grave markers were broken, roadside at a yard sale and talked
asked my wife if we could take town. Sometimes people want and many gravesites were not to a local selling rusty old antiques.
a vacation to Tennessee for two me to tell them what San Luis fenced at all. You need to have a The lady selling her goods was
weeks. We were going to spend a Obispo was like in the past, such keen eye to find these gravesites. very old and talked with an accent
few days of our vacation in search as in the 1950s or 1910s. I can now that challenged my listening skills.
of dead Crabbs. These few days tell people that you will never In San Luis Obispo, we must
would be full of surprises and understand our area unless you have developed laws years ago She was charming and very sweet
give me a better understanding come here and walk around it, to have our loved ones buried and she knew everything about
of the people that contact me look at the mountains and ocean in community cemeteries. Our Cottontown because she was
to find information on their that surround our city, and feel cemeteries are very large and born there. I showed her a picture
families. When doing research, the ocean breeze come up in the have some very old grave of my relative and his classmates
time becomes a big factor. One afternoon. markers. I have completed some standing next to the Cottontown
small question can take hours to of my most interesting research schoolhouse. She was shocked
research, and at times I can’t find Cottontown isn’t really a town. in graveyards. I tell people that to see the picture and started
any information at all. You can ask It’s an unincorporated area that is they may find relatives in our revealing the names of the kids,
my wife and she will tell you with part of a district in Sumner County. cemeteries in the county. Most of recognizing most of them. That’s
loads of wonder about how I can The area is mostly rural homes and our cities have public cemeteries. when she mentioned that the
sit and do hours of research day farms, a post office, two churches, The only private family graveyard building is still standing and she
after day and not go crazy. But a community center, and a new in our county is in Morro Bay. pointed behind me. When I
then, I wonder how on earth she “Dollar General” store. A notable turned around, I saw the big white
can sit and knit hour after hour. thing about Cottontown is that it Janet and I continued our wooden schoolhouse that is now
is very green. There are thousands journey, pulled off to the side used as a community center. I was
I have spent a couple of hundred of trees everywhere. Everything of the road, and walked on amazed. We said goodbye, drove
hours researching my family is green, and yet I heard a person someone’s property to check a hundred feet down the road to
history. I am just going to tell you complain about their “drought.” out a small gravesite with 10 to the community center, and sure
about the Crabb side of my family. They have no idea what a drought 12 people. We found no Crabb’s. enough it was the exact building
John Knight Crabb was born really is, compared to our drought. We knew where one Crabb was in the picture.
about 1778 in either Virginia or Some areas were kind of flat and buried, but the site was behind a
Tennessee. The more important others had rolling hills and ponds vegetable garden, inside a fence It’s wonderful trying to help
fact is that he ended up settling everywhere. line overgrown with weeds, and people discover their roots. I
in a little area called Cottontown the old fence surrounding the hope this article inspires you to
in Sumner County, Tennessee. As we drove down the road, we gravesite was falling down. We look into your family’s history.
He was married “before 1800” saw some very nice homes on had tried all day knocking on the Have fun researching your roots
in Cottontown. He also died in giant lots of land and we started door and eventually realized these and living in the world’s best place
Cottontown in 1828. I wanted to looking for graveyards. Here’s my people were not coming home. to live.
go to find out where Cottontown first surprise for you loyal readers. Normally, I would not let that
was located and what the area In Tennessee back in the 1700s and stop me, but what did stop me
was like. I knew on the map that 1800s, if a member of the family was a huge dog that looked like Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach
Cottontown was about 30 minutes died they would often times just Cujo running from the backyard. Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He
graduated from Cal Poly SLO and has been
north of Nashville. We spent our bury them in the backyard in a Even if I had a chance to go into teaching for 30 years. Guy was a Teacher of
the Year in 2006 and currently teaches at a
first few days in Nashville, which small area a few hundred feet the site, who knows what I would National Blue Ribbon School. Reach him at
was really cool, and then set out away from the house. I knew have found?

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1939 – aha moment
1919 – gassed
1904 – energy drink
1859 – mash-up
1802 – earworm
CS Perryess So, fellow lovers of language,
writes what say you to the official birth

about words
of 97 words and the formidable word is a hodgepodge itself, the
patience of many of them? first bit coming from Old French,
meaning to shake, and the second
play, sport, compete sport, or competition. How about food = Mess part coming from German,
that initial meaning of competere? probably derived from Late Latin,
This week, how about a look at When it comes to etymologies, meaning cooking vessel (related
Olympic-inspired words? dictionary nerd news food is messier than one might to our modern day cooking
think. vessel, the pot). Though multiple
Sport came into English in the In August 2012, word nerds sources list possible ingredients
1500s, meaning both a pleasant worldwide were either jazzed Though some have assumed the for this kind of stew, each source
pastime and a game involving or all het up due to Merriam- military term mess comes from seems to provide a different list.
physical exercise. In the 1660s, Webster’s 11th Edition Collegiate the Latin word for table (mensa), My read on this is that nearly
Shakespeare crowned war- Dictionary. The big news had it actually comes from another anything one shook into the pot
making the sport of kings. By to do with the 97 new words (I Latin word, mittere, to send away for a few centuries on the British
the 1880s, the noun sport, came promise, I won’t list them all). or put, and simply suggests that Isles could’ve been referred to as
to mean good fellow in American someone has put the food on the hodgepodge.
English while down under, the The biggest splash was made table. It appeared in our language
word sport grew to become a by – what a surprise – the most in the late 1300s. Interestingly, In 1894, a variant of bologna was
way to address a man (1935). titillating words of the bunch: mass in the religious sense comes born – baloney! The term referred
sexting and f-bomb. I agree from the same source. So, the to a sausage made of odds and
Play comes from the Old English that these words are notable, word mess isn’t really a mess at ends. By 1922, possibly through
plegian, to exercise, frolic, or but I find myself most intrigued all, but these food words are: association with the term blarney,
perform music. Its Middle Dutch by comparing the dates when baloney came to mean nonsense,
ancestor plegan meant to rejoice the “new” words were first Hash comes from the French which isn’t quite a synonym with
or be glad. Some play-based introduced to the language to word hacher, to hack or chop into mess, though one could argue
idioms include: the years they made it into the small pieces. It entered English in that the odds and ends that went
dictionary. the 1660s. The French word came into bologna/baloney might
mid-1500s to play fair from the Old French word for qualify as such.
1861 to play for keeps The following “new” words were ax, hache. It doesn’t take much
1886 to play the ___card coined from 2000-2007: imagination to see that hash Anyone who has ever bussed a
1896 to play with oneself bucket list and hatchet are related. Here’s table or eaten in the vicinity of a
1902 to play favorites cloud computing hoping nobody’s hash was hacked two-year old is familiar with the
1909 to play up geocaching or chopped into small pieces with equation food = mess. Might
1911 to play it safe sexting a hatchet (a messy process at these etymologies simply reflect
1927 play-by-play best). By 1735, hash acquired that reality?
1930 to play down These “new” words hail from the the secondary meaning, a mix or
1936 to play the field 1990s: mess. My thanks go out to sources Etymoniline.
com, The LA Times, The Washington Post, Mad
e-reader Music, Hugh Rawson’s Devious Derivations
Also, in 1959 Play-Dough was flexitarian Shambles showed up in English (Castle Books, 2002), Wordnik, and the OED.
born. game changer in the late 1400s, meaning meat
gastropub or fish market, and came from
The word compete came to man cave the Old English word scomul
English in the early 1600s. shovel-ready (or scaemul), meaning stool or
Centuries beforehand, it started table for vending. By the 1540s,
as the Latin word competere, It took these words from the ‘70s shambles meant slaughterhouse.
when it meant to come together, and ‘80s over thirty years to be This meaning became generalized
to agree, or to be qualified. In acknowledged: by 1590 to mean place of butchery,
Late Latin, competere came to f-bomb and it wasn’t until 1901 that the
mean to strive in common. On its life coach meaning of shambles became
way through French to English, its obesogenic generalized enough to mean
meaning shifted to mean to be in systemic risk confusion or mess.
rivalry with. CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
But take a look at the patience of Hodgepodge entered English in books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
the late 1300s as hotchpotch, a foggy little town on California’s central coast.
Good followers, I’m hoping you’ll these mighty words: Find more at,
have something to say about play, 1959 – tipping point kind of stew. It appears that the or reach him at

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August 2016 Free Ongoing Events
5 6
11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG FARMERS MARKETS: 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
3:30-4:15pm AG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
August is: 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG
Artist Appreciation Month francis scott key’s SLO CO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
National Eye Exam Month birthday (Born in 1779) 1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
National Breastfeeding Month national US coast
watermelon day guard day wiggle your
Home Business Month toes day
What’s Your Legacy Month national
girlfriends day national
National Catfish Month NEW MOON columbus’ 1st chocolate chip
National Golf Month voyage (in 1492) cookie day neil armstrong’s
National Inventors Month birthday (1930-2012)
National Water Quality Month

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
family day IBM Pc
dollar day
(US Dollar created in 1786) book lovers day herbert hoover’s hulk hogan’s birthday announced (in 1981)
national birthday (Born in 1874) (Born in 1953)
sisters day middle international
international day national play in the sand day children’s day Left-handers
of the world’s s’mores day day
kids day indigenous people
annie oakley’s
national national rice birthday (Born in 1860)
lighthouse day pudding day

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
julia child’s
birthday (Born in 1912) roller coaster day national
(Patented in 1898) aviation day national radio day

national international
relaxation day bad poetry day bill clinton’s birthday homeless animals day
(Born in 1946)

FULL MOON orville wright’s
creamsicle day
davy crockett’s (Born in 1871)
birthday (Born in 1786)

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

national senior
citizens day 1st photo of earth mother teresa’s
from the moon kiss & make up day birthday (Born in 1910)
(by Lunar Orbiter in 1966)
national banana
split day

national dog day
tooth fairy day national women’s
waffle day equality day
(Won right to vote in 1920)

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
1st scout camp LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
(Opened in 1934) 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
national cherry
turnover day Birthstone: Peridot

dream day trail mix day
(MLK Jr’s “I Have a Dream”
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marshmallow day

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Family Events
THU JUN 16-SAT SEP 17 (times
2016 season productions are
William Shakespeare’s Romeo
CC Flutes
at The Great American and Juliet, and Oscar Wilde’s The Band
Melodrama, 1863 Front St, Importance of Being Earnest.
Oceano. A clam and a gull fall in Cost: $10-20. Contact: 441-4325 Instruments
love in this wacky musical that or
will delight the whole family. New and Used Instruments . Band Instrument Rental
Vaudeville Revue follows each FRI JUL 15-SUN JUL 31 (times Locally Owned and Operated . Amazing Discounts!
show with song, dance, and vary): THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS Personal Knowledgeable Service by Flexible Appointment
comedy. Cost: $19-25, discounts at San Luis Obispo Little Theatre,
for groups, seniors, students, 888 Morro St, San Luis Obispo.
military, and children. In-house SLO Little Theatre’s Academy
snack bar serves food and drinks. of Creative Theatre presents
Contact: americanmelodrama. a delightful adaptation of the
com or 489-2499. classic Disney animated film. Community Day at the Mid- MON AUG 1-FRI AUG 6 (times
Cost: $15-30. Contact: 786-2440 State Fair. Cost: free with ticket vary): ELECTRONIC RECYCLE at
THU JUL 14-SUN SEP 18 (times or from participating downtown Trinity United Methodist Church,
vary): A WITLESS ROGUE at The merchants. Contact: 238-4103 or 490 Pine St, Los Osos. Rotary
Great American Melodrama, WED JUL 20-SUN JUL 31 12:00 Club of Los Osos sponsors free
1863 Front St, Oceano. Duke pm-12:00 am: CALIFORNIA electronic recycling in the church
Phillipo wishes to marry Laura, MIDSTATE FAIR at Paso Robles FRI JUL 29 at 7:00 pm: LITTLE parking lot. MON-FRI 5:00-7:00
but Laura loves Paolo! Find Event Center, 2198 Riverside RED RIDING HOOD at United pm; SAT 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Cost:
out what happens in this Ave. Live music, rodeos, bull Methodist Church, 1515 free. Contact: 528-1257.
swashbuckling melodrama. riding, prize farm animals, arts Fredericks St, San Luis Obispo.
Vaudeville Revue follows each and crafts displays, carnival Opera San Luis Obispo presents TUE AUG 2 5:00-7:00 pm:
show with song, dance, and rides, rodeos, monster trucks, this family classic by Seymour NATIONAL NIGHT OUT at
comedy. Cost: $19-25, discounts wine tasting, food, and much Babar performed by children in Cloisters Park, Morro Bay.
for groups, seniors, students, more. Cost: varies. Contact: the opera’s summer camp. Cost: Join the Morro Bay Police
military, and children. In-house or (800) 909- free. Contact: 541-5360. Department and Neighborhood
snack bar serves food and drinks. 3247. Watch members for a potluck
Contact: americanmelodrama. SAT JUL 30 11:00 am-2:00 gathering featuring hot dogs,
com or 489-2499. THU JUL 28 7:30-10:30 am: pm: BUELLTON BARBECUE prizes, fun, and face painting.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST at Paso BONANZA at River View Park, Cost: free. Contact: 459-9900 or
THU JUL 14-AUG 7 at 7:30 pm: Robles City Park, 12th & Spring 151 Sycamore Dr, Buellton. Parks
CENTRAL COAST SHAKESPEARE St, Paso Robles. Enjoy pancakes, and Recreation presents this
FESTIVAL at Filipponi Ranch, 1850 eggs, sausage, orange juice, 14th annual fun family event. FRI AUG 5 at 3:00 pm: WILD SEA
Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo. and coffee to celebrate Cost: free. Contact: 688-1086. BIRD OLYMPICS at Los Osos
Library, 2075 Palisades. Compete
SAT JUL 30 8:30-9:30 pm: to learn about the wild birds
Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC) CHUMASH CULTURE CAMPFIRE of the Central Coast, with park
SHOW at Lopez Lake, 6800 ranger Cara O’Brien. Cost: free.
Lopez Dr, Arroyo Grande. Join Contact: 781-5775 or slolibrary.
the Nature Center near the org
Marina for a fun educational
campfire show. Rain cancels. SAT AUG 6 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY
Cost: $10 per vehicle. Contact: MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075
788-2381. Palisades Ave. Enjoy popcorn
A one-of-a-kind r esour ce
and a G/PG movie every 1st SAT
in San Luis Obispo County for those living with cancer and their families SUN JUL 31 12:00-5:00 pm: of the month. Call for title. Cost:
Wellness and support services provide a bridge between standard OBON FESTIVAL at Veterans’ free. Contact: 528-1862.
medical care and a full range of healing therapies Memorial Community Center,
Our integrative approach offers a foundation for care that includes
313 W Tunnell St, Santa Maria. FRI AUG 12 at 3:00 pm: PAWS TO
programs designed to strengthen the body, educate the mind, Bring the whole family to enjoy READ at Los Osos Library, 2075
and alleviate the stress that often comes with a cancer diagnosis this Japanese Buddhist custom Palisades Ave. There’s a new
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Family Events
and a variety of vendors. Cost: request or modify child support,
free. Contact: 937-8521 or custody and/or visitation orders. An overview of the legal process
is followed by time to prepare
FRI AUG 26 $ SAT AUG 27 10:00 forms and ask questions. Cost:
am-4:00 pm: MOUNTAIN MEN free. Contact: 788-3418.
at La Purisima Mission State 1st & 3rd SAT every month at 2:00
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Lompoc. Buckskin clad members Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Enjoy
of the American Mountain Men popcorn and a G/PG movie. Call
share history and skills including for title. Cost: free. Contact: 528-
cooking, hide prep and tanning, 1862.
leather working, rope making, 2nd FRI every month at 3:00
and blacksmithing. Equipment pm: PAWS TO READ at Los Osos
will be on display and tall tales Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Come
will surround the campfire. Cost: share your stories with adoring
$5-6 per vehicle. Contact: 735- listener Carly. Cost: free. Contact:
2174 or 528-1862.
Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS
SAT AUG 27 10:00 am-9:00 TO READ at Los Osos Library, 2075
pm & SUN AUG 28 11:00 am- Palisades Ave. Read to Berkeley,
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FESTIVAL & STREET FAIRE at children. Cost: free. Contact: 528-
993 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. 1862.
Cost: free. Contact: 489-1488 or
3rd WED every month at 3:00 pm: KIDS CRAFT at Los Osos
Library 2075 Palisades. School
Come share your stories with Cost: $15-35. Contact: 786-2440 age children make ’n’ take a craft.
Carly every 2nd FRI. Cost: free. or
ON-GOING Resources Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.
Contact: 528-1862. EMON-THU 8:30-11:30 am: Walk-In Every SUN 12:00-4:00 pm:
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FRI AUG 12 27-SUN SEP 11 (times CONDOR RECOVERY at San Courthouse Annex, 1035 Palm St, Brewery, 950 Orcutt Rd, San
vary): THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio with
at Pewter Plough Playhouse, 3450 Dairy Rd, San Luis Obispo. Courthouse, 901 Park St, Rm your family. Bring the kids to
828 Main St, Cambria. Enjoy Enjoy the latest update on 112. First-come, first-serve help play family-friendly games and
a Southern comedy that is a endangered CA condors and how with divorce, child and spousal drums! Cost: free. Food and craft
very funny testament to the a remote, historic fire-lookout support, domestic violence, beer available for sale. Contact:
guardianship, civil harassment, or
enduring power of friendship. was transformed into a field
and name or gender change. 242-8372.
Cost: $20. Contact: 927-3877 or research site where education and tracking provides vital info Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Every FRI 6:00 am-4:00 pm:
for protection and recovery. Legal Clinic for Self-Represented Early Bird Flea Market at Santa
WED AUG 17 at 3:00 pm: KIDS Cost: $5-10. Contact: 541-1400. Litigants at the SLO County Maria Fairpark, 937 S Thornburg
CRAFT at Los Osos Library, 2075 Courthouse Law Library, 1050 St. Browse many vendors with
Palisades. School age children SAT AUG 20 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY Monterey St, SLO, #125. One-on- antiques, fruits, vegetables, new
one legal advice for persons filing and used items, and more! Cost:
make’n’take a craft on the 3rd MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075
divorces w/o an attorney, and a free. Contact: 258-1765.
WED of every month. Cost: free. Palisades Ave. Enjoy popcorn
document preparer to assist in
Contact: 528-1862. and a G/PG movie every 1st SAT completing court-required forms. Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny
of the month. Call for title. Cost: Cost: free. Contact: 788-3418. Tunes Music & Movement at
FRI AUG 19-SUN SEP 11 2:00 free. Contact: 528-1862. Music Motive, 3440 S Higuera
& 7:00 pm: THE DROWSY Every TUE & THU at 1:30 St #130, SLO. This parent
CHAPERONE at San Luis Obispo SUN AUG 21 11:00 am-4:00 pm: pm: Divorce & Child Support participation program for ages
Workshops at SLO Court Support 1-5 includes activities based
Little Theatre, 888 Morro St, FAMILY DAY IN THE PARK at
Services, 1120 Mill St, Ste A, San on music psychology and child
SLO. Enjoy this hilarious Tony Waller Park, 300 Goodwin Rd,
Luis Obispo and Paso Robles development. Cost: $80 per mo.
Award-winning musical within Santa Maria. Bring the family Courthouse, 901 Park St, Paso
a comedy on THU, FRI and SAT to enjoy carnival style games, Contact: 543-0377.
Robles. Help is provided to start
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Local Resources
Partners in Equestrian Therapy in dreams and the relationship Center welcomes families at
Atascadero offers riding lessons between dreams and spiritual 867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach.
for special needs children, adults, path, using Jungian interpretive Cost: $2-3. Contact: 473-1421 or
and veterans. Volunteers needed. assumptions and language Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone?
Contact: or 235-2787. and Robert Johnson’s book Concerned for someone you care about?
Inner Work. Cost: free. Contact: 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00
2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm: pm: Grief Support Group at Central
Book Group at Cayucos Library, Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr,
310 B St. Join other readers to 3rd WED of every month at 6:30 Ste D, San Luis Obispo. Free group
discuss whatever you’re reading pm: Prepared & Natural Childbirth for anyone suffering the loss of Suicide Prevention
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and to discover, ponder, and Classes at Twin Cities Community a loved one who is in need of Emotional Support
share insights about what others Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas Rd, support. Contact: 540-6020. Free
are reading. Cost: free. Contact: Templeton. This six-series class Confidential
995-3846. addresses all matters of childbirth 2nd SAT of every month FEB- 24 hours of every day
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A program of Transitions Mental Health Association

with a lecture, hands-on demos,
Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO Recreation and Parks Dept offers
and technique practice. Cost:
Chess Club meets at Carl’s Jr free docent-led nature walks in
free. Contact: 434-4654. and low-cost services for ages
on Santa Rosa St, 1 block W of Los Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion
50 and older: blood pressure,
Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. All 2nd THU of every month at 6:30 Rd, Santa Maria. Cost: free.
pulse, weight, total cholesterol,
ages. Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 pm: Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Contact: 925-0951 x 263.
screening for anemia, diabetes,
or Cities Community Hospital, 1100
Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. Learn 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 and fecal blood, nutritional
Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO
about practical aspects of feeding pm: Caregiver Support Group counseling, and medical referrals.
Chess Club meets at the big board
your newborn from a Lactation at Cayucos Community Church, Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827.
on Morro Bay Embarcadero at Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. Free support
Consultant. Cost: free. Contact: 1st WED every month at 12:00
west end of Morro Bay Blvd (down for caregivers and family dealing
239-4443. pm: Disabled American Veterans
the stairs). Cost: free. Contact: with long-term illness, memory
luncheon at Veterans Memorial
441-7210 or SLO Special Education Local Plan loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.
Bldg, 313 W Tunnell St, Santa
Area (SELPA) and Community Contact: 458-7484.
Mankind Project men’s support Maria. Contact: 345-0402.
Advisory Committee (CAC) offer
group meetings: all issues Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm:
parent orientation to special Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm:
welcome. Find purpose, mastery, Remain Independent Despite
education programs in SLO Widowed Support Group at New
healthy autonomy, and your life’s Vision Loss at Santa Maria
County. Contact: 782-7301 or Life Church, 990 James Way,
mission and purpose. Gain skills Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New ways Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Offered by
to change your life or to become of doing daily tasks are taught by
Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544-
a better husband or dad. Call Twin Cities Community Hospital the Braille Institute, such as home
2266 or
ahead to confirm. 1st & 3rd TUE Volunteers provide support to management, traveling, and using
6:00-9:00 pm in San Luis Obispo. patients, doctors, and nurses, and talking library books. Contact: Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon
Contact: 459-7808. 1st & 3rd THU seek volunteers to work in the 462-1225. Family Support Group at Luis
6:30-9:30 pm in Cayucos. Contact: gift shop and Obstetrics Dept. AM OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares
471-9342. 2nd & 4th THU 6:30- and PM 4 hour shifts are available. 2nd & 4th MON every month
Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750.
9:00 pm in Atascadero. Contact: Contact: 434-4524. at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of
235-2774. Cost: free. Contact: Preschoolers) meet at Pacific 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: Last FRI every month at 6:00 pm: Christian Church, 3435 Santa How to Survive Divorce seminar at
Family Fun at Unity Church, 1165 Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare SLO Women’s Community Center,
1st & 3rd THU every month 7:00- Stubblefield St, Orcutt. Contact: is provided. Contact: 934-3491 or 1124 Nipomo St #D, SLO. Tips and
8:30 pm: Drop-in Dream Group at 937-3025. suggestions for handling family
St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, law issues. Cost: $10. Contact:
2220 Snowy Egret Ln, Los Osos. Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI
544-9313 to register.
This support group is to share SAT 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration 3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness
Station Interactive Science Program at Arroyo Grande EOC 4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm:
Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand Legal Clinic for Self-Represented
Ave. Health services, including Litigants at the SLO County
Women’s Shelter
reproductive health, in a safe Courthouse Law Library, 1050
environment to screen, assess, Monterey St, SLO, #125. One-on-
of San Luis Obispo County and provide intervention. Appts one legal advice for persons filing
preferred. Contact: 489-4026. divorces w/o an attorney, and a
crisis line: 781-6400 document preparer to assist in
1st WED every month at 9:00 am:
business phone: 781-6401 completing court-required forms.
Community Action Partnership
Cost: Min $40 donation. Contact:
email: Senior Health Screening at First
United Methodist Church, 275 N
www. Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Free RISE offers: weekly drop-In

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support groups for sexual assault
survivors; 24 hour crisis line;
Los Osos Valley
Organic Farm
advocacy and accompaniment;
peer counseling; counseling;
prevention and education, and
empowerment and self defense
workshops. Contact: 545-8888 or
Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm:
ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051
(805) 242 6789
Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats
from NCHS and dogs from Short
n’ Sweet Dog Rescue. Contact:
Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED
3:00-5:00 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.
In-home appts available. Cost:
free! Contact: 547-1914 or www. County Board of Supervisors Hospice of SLO County provides speakers and public programs.
identifies issues of concern to free grief counseling, individual Find weather updates, and local
Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI women that are not the focus and family support, counseling, astronomy resources at: www.
4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy of other advocacy or advisory crisis intervention, and wellness
Lending Library - Jack’s Helping organizations. Contact: 788-3406. education to those with a life-
Hand at Pat’s Place in Nipomo limiting illness, their families, and San Luis Coastal Adult School’s
Recreation Community Rm, Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Parent Participation Program
the bereaved. Services offered
671 W Tefft St, Ste 2, Nipomo. Growing With Baby, an infant offers Core Parenting and
at offices in San Luis Obispo and
Toys for children with all types feeding office for breastfeeding Enrichment classes at centers
Paso Robles. Contact: 544-2266.
of disabilities to check out. In- moms and babies (0-10 mos), offers in San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay,
Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! and Los Osos. Bring your child to
home appts available. Cost- a free class on feeding, crying, and
Make a difference in the life of an parent and child activity classes,
free! Contact: 547-1914 or www. sleep at 1230 Marsh St, SLO. Nurse
and lactation consultant Andrea older or disabled adult. Trained or find individual peer support
Herron answers questions. Dads volunteers choose services to and education just for parents.
Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior welcome! Call to reserve. Contact: contribute and schedule hours Cost: $76 / 10 weeks. Contact: 549-
Ballroom Dancing at Madonna 543-6988. at their convenience. Training is 1222 or
Inn. If you are a senior (single monthly at Wilshire Community
or attached) and like ballroom Morro Bay Museum of Natural Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO.
dancing, this is the place! Look History offers Adventures With Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
left of the bandstand for sign: Nature & Mind Walks. Find the Law Offices of
Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and schedule at:
Volunteer at San Luis Obispo
Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010 David S. Vogel
listen to good music. No fees; no naturewalks.html. Broad St (Mission Plaza) or
dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481 Central Coast Commission for email Serious Injury
or Senior Citizens offers many free for information about multiple Car,Truck & Motorcycle Accidents
Wrongful Death, Head Injury
Literacy Council for San Luis services: Senior Connection for volunteer opportunities. Burns, Medical Malpractice

Obispo County has an ongoing connecting callers with local San Luis Obispo Senior Center
Nursing Home Neglect
No Recovery . No Fee
and urgent need for volunteer resources; one on one Medicare offers health screening, legal
tutors and offers free training in assistance, advice and referrals services, meals, exercise, bridge,
SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or www. for long term care, and help
Former Prosecutor with 30 years of Experience

with billing and appeals; Vial and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St. Honored with the highest rating (AV Preeminent) in the Contact: 781-7306. Peer-Reviewed National Law Directory Martindale-Hubbell
of Life magnetized containers
1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: with medical info for emergency Central Coast Astronomical
Commission on the Status of responders; a Senior Resource Society sponsors a Dark Sky
Women meets at Coast National Directory for SLO and SB counties,
(805) 540-7100
Star Party every month at Santa
1026 Palm Street, Suite 214
Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This and more. Contact: 925-9554 or Margarita Lake KOA Campground
San Luis Obispo
official advisory group to SLO at sunset. CCAS sponsors guest

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Local Resources
Mon-Thu with homeschool Fridays. mentor teacher, and eligibilty for

Alternative Education
Carpooling encouraged. Contact: sports, clubs, and activities. Students
434.2217 or may qualify to enroll in community
college as well as secondary classes.
SLO Classical Academy. Private Contact: 937-2051 x 2761 or x 2762.
school. Part time or full time

on the
classical education in SLO. Part time Templeton Independent Study
options are Tuesday/ Thursday or High School. WASC accredited.
Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday Weekly meeting with teacher.

Central Coast
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700 Opportunity for early graduation
or and concurrent Cuesta College
Wishing Well School in Los Osos enrollment. In Templeton and SLO
offers pre-school, mixed age at Los Ranchos Elementary School.
kindergarden, and 1st-3rd grades. Contact 434-5833 or tae.tusd.
The approach (educating the whole
child: head, heart, and hands) is Trivium Charter Schools in Lompoc,
based on Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf Santa Maria, and Arroyo Grande
model. Contact: 235-4401. offer a hybrid program of classical
Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality Children’s House Montessori project-based classes 2 days per
School in Atascadero strives to help week and homeschool 3 days
choices for their children’s education. Following are some options for each child reach his/her greatest per week. Contact: 489-7474 or
those seeking secular alternative education in our region. potential, by embracing learning
For more information on private, independent and religious schools, and appreciating and respecting
the world. Contact: 466-5068 or West Mall Alternative School.
go to: Independent Study Home School
in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238
Parent Participation. San Luis Coastal grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or Montessori Children’s School in San or
Adult School offers core classes Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion Alternative.
to enhance parenting skills, meet for excellence, to nurture curiosity,
other families, and allow children Summit Academy charter school creativity and imagination, and to Paso Robles Joint Unified School
to play with peers. Also enrichment serves K-12 grades, and provides awaken the human spirit of every District Home School & Independent
classes such as Spanish, Cooking, personalized home-based learning child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691 Study Program serves K-8th grade.
that fosters investigation, skill or Students and parents work one-on-
and Gardening, and a Cooperative one with teachers, receive lesson
Preschool at CL Smith. Contact: 549- development and creativity, and Central Coast Montessori School in plans, textbooks, and teachers’
1222 or lifelong curiosity. Contact: (818) 450- Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized editions for all subjects. Classes,
9810 or academic environment to promote enrichment activities, and field trips
Charter Schools independence and optimum scholastic are also offered. Contact: 769-1675.
Nature Based Schools
CAVA – California Virtual Academies achievement. Contact: 772-9317 or
and K¹² give kids the chance to SLOWanders. Offering nature-based Homeschool Organizations
learn at their own pace. Online education in SLO County. Programs Heritage Montessori Preschool
schooling is aligned with California include wilderness living skills, California Homeschool Network is
in San Luis Obispo provides an
state standards. Teacher support as naturalist studies, wildlife tracking, enriching and loving environment in a statewide grassroots organization
needed, meetings and work samples awareness skills, and rites-of-passage a beautiful country setting. Waldorf to protect the right of parents to
required quarterly. Contact: (866) customized for after-school, home- and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5 educate their children. Their website
339-6790,, or school, and personal one-on-one years. Contact: 235-5589. provides information about current
mentoring. Weekend workshops state and federal laws, and how to
Family Partnership. A tuition-free Academics and More is a Homeschool get started. Contact: (800) 327-5339
for adults. Contact: 215-0595 or
K-12 independent study public school Helper class for 7th-8th grade at or
serving Santa Barbara, San Luis Ludwick Community Center in SLO.
Obispo, and Ventura counties. Home Outside Now. Summer, after-school, Offered in partnership with City of Homeschoolers of the Central
study charter schools in San Luis and private nature-based education SLO, this class includes a convenient Coast. An inclusive Yahoo! group
Obispo (1981 Vicente Dr), Morro Bay, in SLO County. Contact: 541-9900 or cost-effective way for students to meeting on a regular basis for
Solvang, Santa Maria, and Cambria. gain access to a tutor, community interaction and field trips: groups.
Meet with teachers weekly and turn involvement, assistance with their
in work samples. Contact: 348-3333 Coyote Road Regional School. school work, time management and the_Central_Coast.
or Natural Science and Outdoor organization skills, and more. Contact:
Education. Contact: 466-4550 or Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
Olive Grove. Independent study A Yahoo! group offering free
home school with sites in San Luis Public Schools homeschool enrichment and
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa Independent Schools support:
Maria, Lompoc, Los Olivos, and Cambria Montessori Learning Center. santa_maria_inclusive_learners.
Santa Barbara. Meet with teacher Clarity Steiner School in Nipomo. Tuition-free public school in Morro
weekly and turn in work samples. Waldorf education for first and Bay for grades K-6th through the Templeton Unified School District
Enrichment classes also offered. second graders. Class meets four Family Partnership Charter School. K-8 Home Schooling program.
Contact: 543-2701 or sbceoportal. days per week. Contact: 929-6878. Contact: 927-2337, 541-2412 or Contact: 434-5840 or
Santa Lucia School on 5 acres in
Orcutt Academy Independent Study. Templeton. Peace education for Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.
Affiliated with Orcutt Academy over 25 years. Integrated curriculum Accredited high school program at
Note: This feature is published as space
Charter School at 500 Dyer St, this founded on life experiences, in- Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive allows and is a work in progress. Please
free program offers home study and depth study, and active immersion in student-parent-teacher partnerships submit updates, corrections, or additional
blended classroom/home study for the arts for grades 1-8. Attendance provide educational resources, a resources to:

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