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Central Coast

September 2016

Day! SEP 11

SLO Maker Movement / Family Fun Night / Safe Sleep / Coastal Cleanup Day

Free! Central Coast Family

Getting Out
What is
Coastal Cleanup Day?

Coastal Cleanup Day 2016
Saturday, September 17th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

“any manufactured or processed
solid waste material that enters
the marine environment from
any source.”
Marine debris
impacts human health and
safety, endangers wildlife and
Walk down any beach and you aquatic habitats, and costs local
will find marine debris, defined as and national economies millions

Cover Photo:

Cleanup at Montana De Oro Sandspit

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(805) 528-0440
PO Box 6424, Los Osos, CA 93412
Our goal is to connect Central Coast families with the resources they need to thrive!

Patrice Vogel

Associate EDITOR
Claire Vogel

Jack Vogel



Out of the Blue

in wasted resources and lost for healthy coasts, shorelines,
and oceans. Last year, over 900
volunteers removed trash and
Most of the debris (80%) is due recyclables throughout San Luis
to land-based sources, like litter Obispo County.
(from pedestrians, motorists,
industrial Participate in the 2016 Coastal
discharges (in the form of plastic Cleanup Day Event! Coastal
pellets and powders), and Cleanup Day presents a perfect
garbage management (ill-fitting opportunity to get the whole
trash can lids, etc). Some marine family out for mild physical activity
debris comes from ocean going and to teach kids about ecology
and community service. Visit
ships and boats. to sign up to
Beaches in California attract volunteer at one of 30 locations in
millions of tourist visits each year, beautiful San Luis Obispo County.
most during the summer. Thus, You can also email ccd@ecoslo.
we focus our efforts on cleanup org or call 544-1777 to learn more
at the end of each summer.
about volunteering.
The annual Coastal Cleanup Day
event engages volunteers from
our community to clean up trash
and debris. Every year since 1986,
we coordinate beach cleanups
from San Simeon Point to Oso
Flaco Lake. Even though Central
Coast beaches are cleaner than
some, last year we removed
nearly 5,500 pounds of trash and
recyclables from our beaches and
In California, Coastal Cleanup Day
holds the distinction of drawing
the most participation of any
volunteer event over its thirty year
history. As County Coordinator,
ECOSLO works with the California
Coastal Commission to bring out
our community in the campaign

1. Hearst State Beach / San
Simeon Cove
2. San Simeon, Pico Creek
3. San Simeon Campground
4. Moonstone Beach – Cambria
5. Fiscalini Preserve
6. Estero Bluffs
7. Cayucos Pier
8. 24th Street – Cayucos
9. Morro Stranc Dog Beach (Toro
Morro Strand North/State
Beach Campground
11. Morro Strand South/HWY 41
12. Morro Rock/Harbor

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Kristen Barnhart, John J. Cannell, Guy Crabb, Kerrin Edmonds,
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Getting Out
13. Morro Bay Sandspit – North

28. Arroyo Grande Creek

14. Morro Bay Sandspit – Central

29. Lopez Lake County Park

15. Morro Bay Embarcadero

30. Oso Flaco Lake

16. Baywood Pier / Paradise Point

The Village Salon


Can you spell

17. Montana de Oro: Sandspit

The Environmental Center of
San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO)
18. Montana de Oro: Spooners
is a nonprofit membership
19. Santa Margarita Lake County protecting and enhancing the
natural environment and human
wellbeing through community
20. Avila Beach
based action, advocacy, and
21. Olde Port Beach (Avila)

Yes, School is in!
Call or Stop By...
Toni & Toni (805) 489-5100

For 45 years, ECOSLO has strived
to support and create resilient,
23. Shell Beach
115 East Branch Street in Arroyo Grande
healthy, natural systems and
lifestyles in San Luis Obispo
24. Pismo Beach Pier
County. ECOSLO is committed
25. Pismo Beach at Sea Venture
to a sustainable future while
26. Grover SE End / Grand Ave / working to improve the quality of building, ECOSLO acts to protect plans and regulates the use of
life and economic vitality in our
communities. Through education, the natural environment and land and water in the coastal
27. Oceano Dunes
community environmental health on the zone, including construction of
Central Coast.
buildings, divisions of land, and
activities that change the intensity
California Coastal Commission’s
of use of land or public access to
stated mission is to “Protect,
coastal waters. Among its many
conserve, restore, and enhance
programs, the Commission is the
environmental and human based
statewide event coordinator for
resources of the California coast
Coastal Cleanup Day.
and ocean for environmentally
sustainable and prudent use by For more information about the
current and future generations.” California Coastal Commission’s
The Commission, in partnership education programs, visit www.
with coastal cities and counties,
22. Pirates Cove (Avila)

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S LO Maker
M ov e m e n t

by Clint Slaughter, MD

What is “The Maker Movement,”
you ask? The Maker Movement
is a grass-roots movement to
reclaim our artisan and industrial
heritage from the ground up. It
celebrates creativity, ingenuity,
building, upcycling and repairing
things, and general craftiness.
It reminds us that there is much
more to be learned than what is
taught sitting at a desk, and that
hands-on experiences allow us to
grow in new and exciting ways.
The Maker Movement has been
a rising force since early 2005,
starting with hackerspaces and
DIY shows, then with Make
Magazine, the San Mateo and
World Maker Faires. Websites like and thingiverse,
coincide with the development
of many inexpensive and open
source prototyping platforms
and “making” equipment like
Arduinos and 3D printers.
The Maker culture has already
spawned an incredible amount
of innovation along with a
top-down push for Maker
education in our public schools
Technology, Engineering, Arts,
and Mathematics) initiatives.
Now we’re seeing the Maker
Movement featured all the way to
the White House, which hosted it’s
first Maker Faire in the summer of

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2014. Many makers believe that
this is just the beginning!  
However exciting these cultural
opportunities are, some of the
most inspiring parts of the Maker
Movement are what it brings
to individuals and communities.
Local Maker Spaces, Hacker
Spaces, artist’s cooperatives,
community workspaces, and
tool libraries are popping up in
cities all over the world. Through
these collaborative resources,
communities are nurturing the
the development of tools and
partnerships to relearn our
waning industrial skills, helping
students bring theory into real
world applications, and giving
ideas a place to grow into jobs.

welder, and more! We have new
workshops all the time, Maker
Kid’s birthday parties, and our
regular Maker Fridays from 6:008:00 pm have been a hit with kids
as well as parents.

In the years that we’ve been
working on SLO MakerSpace,
we’ve had an incredible amount
of support and excitement from
the community. We’re teaching
classes in partnership with local
schools, working with local
businesses, building curriculum
with Cal Poly interns, and starting
a program for hands-on “Maker
Education” job training.

As membership grows, so does
our ability to foster our local
Maker community. This exciting
resource is continually evolving
with new collaborations and
opportunities. Jump into the
Maker Movement by joining
SLO MakerSpace as a Member
or Family, a Private WorkSpace
Member, a Community partner,
or a Corporate Member.

Our academic programs are
expanding with regular classes
on how to use our machines,
such as 3D printers, laser cutter,
CNC router, pottery studio, MIG


September 2016

Where can I learn more about the
Maker Movement?
incredible publication with articles

featuring Makers, the movement,
new technology, and fun projects
to get you started!
Where can I learn more about SLO
Go to
to see our equipment, calendar,
and programs.
How can I get involved?
Come to 81 Higuera Street, Suite
160 in SLO for a tour on Mondays
and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm or
Sundays at 4:00 pm. Show up at
our Kids Night on Mondays 6:008:00 pm. Like us on facebook and
join our mailing list to stay up to
date on what we’re making!
SLO MakerSpace CEO Clint Slaughter, MD is
an emergency physician in San Luis Obispo at
French and Arroyo Grande Hospitals and has
been a lifelong maker. He is excited to develop
an advanced educational and innovation
laboratory for the community and for his two
young sons to learn in. Dr. Slaughter can be
reached at (805) 242-1285.

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Enhance your child’s physical and cognitive development and build strength.
Enjoy parent / child bonding and a healthy and active lifestyle!

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BEETLE (ages 4 – 5 yrs)

Gym-N-Learn (ages 3.5 – 5 yrs)
1 hr gym & 1 hr learning

FAMILY FUN PLAY (ages 2 – 12 yrs)
Parents too!


SUPER HERO CLASS (Boys & Girls 5 – 11 yrs)

Learn agility, tumbling. trampoline, gymnastics, and flexibility on our obstacle course!

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Our coaches are USAG safety certified, USAG Professional &
Instructor members, SLO County fingerprinted and/or background
checked with NCSI & USAG, and CPR and First Aid certified.

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Family Life
Plugs, Pure Fun by Bobbi Conner.


If your family enjoys playing
cards, try games such as Go
Fish, Concentration, Old Maid,
and My Ship Sails. You can find
instructions on many card games
in Joanna Cole’s book Crazy
Eights and Other Card Games.
And don’t forget charades! This
activity works well for all ages,
is very simple to play, and most
kids love to act out ideas.

by Steven Smith

Today’s families always seem
to be on the go, rushing off in
all directions. With such busy
schedules, it is hard to find time
when everyone can be together.
The answer is – Family Fun
Night! You can schedule them
once a week, once a month, or
whenever you like. Many of
my friends grew up observing a
special night when their whole
family could spend quality time
together. No matter what time
you choose, just remember to
put it on your family’s master
calendar and keep it “family

Since board games are easy to
set up, this makes them a popular
choice. There are over 5,000
board games available, but most
families have their favorites.
Make sure that everyone will
enjoy playing the games, and let
each family member help choose
the games. Consider games that
match age and skill levels, and
vary the games you play so that
no one gets bored or tired.

If you need help finding new
games or learning more about
a particular game itself, go
online and find this website:

An Arts and Crafts Night is a
fantastic way for the family
to interact. This was always a
favorite activity in our household.
Collect ideas for craft projects
and file them in a three-ring
Games fit into different types: binder by categories. Start a
classic, strategy, multi-faceted, crafts supply box to store art and
skill and action computer games, craft supplies.
and even kitchen table games.
Classic games include Scrabble, Family members can work on
Chutes their favorite project or learn
and Ladders, Clue, Monopoly, new skills, either working on
Operation, Othello, Parcheesi, a cooperative or individual
Pictionary, Sorry, Trivial Pursuit, project. At our house, we made
and Trouble. Strategy games homemade gifts for our family
(for those who like a challenge) and friends, for Mother’s Day,
are Battleship, Checkers, Chess, Father’s Day, birthdays, and
Backgammon, or Parthenon. holidays. Some good ideas for
Younger kids often like physical family crafts are model building,
games like Twister.
Multi- scrap booking, jewelry making,
Faceted Games (that combine and creating holiday decorations.
different kinds of skills) are
Cranium, Cranium Family Fun,
Hoopla, Whonu, and Catan.

Children will look forward to
family nights, especially if they
help with the planning. Babies
and toddlers are fascinated by
all the sounds and action. On
these nights, turn off cellphones,
check to be sure homework and
chores are done, and start with
a nutritious meal. Family nights
can include indoor or outdoor
activities, at home or nearby.
You can have a Game Night, an
Arts and Crafts Night, a Hobby
Night, a Dinner and Movie
Night, a Backyard Adventures
Night, a Reading Night, a Magic
Night, or even a Night Out
Night. If you are short on ideas,
go online to sites like: http://
familyactivities1.html or browse
through An Introduction To
Family Nights: Family Nights Tool
Chest by Jim Weidmann.

Get outside and share some
excitement with a
Backyard Night. Set up the grill
and barbecue some hot dogs
and hamburgers. Put up the
badminton net, try croquet, or
just toss a ball around. Some of
my friends used to pitch a tent in
the backyard and have a cook out
around a campfire. After dinner,
they sat around the campfire
telling spooky ghost tales, looking
at the stars, and making the alltime favorite camping dessert:
s’mores. For more backyard
game ideas, try looking through
Mom’s Handy Book of Backyard
Games by Peter Cava, and Run,
Jump, Hide, Slide, Splash: The
200 Best Outdoor Games Ever
by Joe Rhatigan.
A new popular activity for family
night is to hold a music night with
your own version of “American
Idol.” Plug in a Karaoke machine
and microphone, or sing along to

If your family prefers to play skill
and action computer games,
look at some of the newer DVD
games like Captain Bones Gold
from Spin Master, or Ker-Plunk
from Mattel.
Dinner games
work well because you can play
them while the family is at the
dinner table, and they are quick
and easy (many take only a few
One of the most common family minutes each). Scope out ideas
nights is Game Night. You can for dinner games from the book
play outdoor or indoor games. Unplugged Play: No Batteries, No

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people can draw and write on
their cupcakes, or let everyone
get creative with other edible
decorations. You can even create
your own family cookbook.
Everyone can have a part in
picking their favorite recipes
and creating interesting pages
Having a Kitchen Night ranks for each dish. These cookbooks
high on most family lists, since make great gifts for friends and
everyone likes to eat.
Set family.
themes for each week, put
up decorations, and dress in Movie night is always a big
costumes whenever possible. hit. Let the kids make tickets
Cook your favorite Mexican and set up a concession stand
dishes; serve a Chinese buffet with popcorn, theater candy,
and eat with chopsticks; prepare and lemonade, and watch a
a French soirée, or experiment blockbuster movie. Everyone
with sushi and rice wrapped in can have a job. Try dinner and
a movie, or make it an old home
movies night. Pizza works well
For a special treat, have an Ice for dinner. You can even set up
Cream Social: parents supply a big screen in the backyard to
the ice cream and toppings, watch movies!
and kids build their favorite
ice cream sundaes or banana Magic Night gives kids a chance
splits! Consider fruit, chocolate, to learn and perform magic tricks.
nuts, candy, and broken cookies Kids can find tricks in books like
for yummy toppings. Or hold Magic for Kids by Fay Presto
a cupcake decorating party. Rope, which tells how to do “the
Simple Sleight-ofUse squeezable icing tubes, so Wriggler.”
musical accompaniment. Kids
and adults can dress in costumes
and perform by singing, dancing,
or both. Pick a family member
or two to judge, prop up a few
stuffed animals for an audience,
and let the show begin!

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Hand: Card and Coin Tricks for
the Beginning Magician by Paul
Zenon gives instructions on how
to do the “3 cups - marking cup
trick,” “the vanishing coin trick,”
and the “French drop trick.” In
addition, kids can learn to do
“the torn napkin trick” from The
Big Book of Magic Fun by Ian
Keable. In the book That’s Magic
by Richard Jones, kids can learn
how to do the cut and restored
rope trick and a multitude of
other card tricks.
A Night Out is a great way for
families to enjoy their community
together by attending a concert,
a play at the local melodrama,
a sports event, or just catching
a Friday night flick at the local
movie theatre.
Young children might enjoy a

Reading Night where they can
share their favorite stories with
parents and siblings. For ideas
on good picks to read, check
out the book Family Reading
Night by Darcy J. Hutchins, ask
your favorite youth librarian,
or go online to: http://www.
Family fun nights can be a
wonderful way for families to
share quality time, grow closer,
and to have good old-fashioned
fun. Try to make them a tradition
in your family.
Steven Smith is a resident of San Luis
Obispo, a graduate of CSU Long Beach
with a degree in Creative Writing, and a
painter/muralist and freelance writer.
View his art at
stevensmith. Steven can be reached at:

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Fun & Games

Jack’s Jokes
What do you call a fly when it retires?
What do you call a baby whale?

A flew!
A little squirt!

What’s black and white and eats like a horse?

A zebra!

Grandparents Day
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A number should appear only once in each row, column, and region.

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Child Development

Safe Sleep
by Kerrin Edmonds

Keeping babies safe is of utmost
importance to any parent. But
what is the best way to ensure
their safety during sleep? Most
newborns thrive. However, for
every 1,000 babies born, six die
during their first year. Infant
deaths during sleep usually result
from unsafe sleep environments.
Some are caused by entrapment,
suffocation, and strangulation.
Sudden infant death syndrome
(SIDS) is the leading cause of
death among babies between
one month and one year of
age. Fortunately, research has
found ways for parents to keep
their sleeping baby safe. These
recommendations are helpful
for reducing the risk of SIDS and
all other sleep related accidents,
injuries, and deaths.

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Make sure your baby is sleeping
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your baby a sleep area in the same Give your baby interactive tummy
room as you. Room sharing— play-time. This should never be in
Do not use pillows, blankets, etc. keeping baby’s sleep area in the a bed. A good place for this is on a
in your baby’s sleeping area. If same room and next to where you play mat on the floor. Never leave
your baby needs extra warmth, sleep—is recommended by the him on his stomach unattended.
use a sleep sack.
AAP. If you bring your baby into Play with him as he does baby
Keep all toys, stuffed animals, bed with you to feed, put her back push-ups.
positioners, and bumper pads, in a separate sleep area, such as a If you take your baby to daycare or
out of your baby’s sleeping area. safety-approved crib, bassinet, or leave him with a sitter, provide a
portable play yard, next to where
copy of this list to them. Make sure
Make sure there is nothing on you sleep when finished.
they follow all recommendations.
your baby’s head.
Place your baby to sleep on their
Your baby should not sleep in an back. Babies up to 1 year of age If your child is sleeping in a
adult bed, couch, chair, etc. with should always be placed on their toddler or regular bed, make sure
you or alone. If possible, give backs to sleep during naps and they are old enough to follow
rules. Sleeping in a “big kid
at night. However, if your baby
bed” is a privilege and should be
has rolled from his back to side
accompanied by big kid behavior.
or stomach on his own, he can
be left in that position if he is If your child is in a toddler bed,
able to roll from tummy to back make sure all furniture that can be
and back to tummy. If your baby climbed is fastened to a wall.
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sleep surface as soon as possible.
can wander around the house
If you can, breastfeed. This can unattended at night is not safe.
produce a healthier baby and can
Make sure you discuss safe sleep
help soothe a fussy newborn. A
practices with your pediatrician.
recent meta-analysis found that
breastfeeding reduces the risk of Because of the USA “Back to
Sleep” campaign, SIDS has been
sudden infant death syndrome.
significantly reduced. Hopefully,
Do not smoke or let anyone
in our lifetime we can see it
smoke around your baby.
become a thing of the past!
Do not let your baby get too
hot. Keep the room where your * To confirm the safety of your baby’s mattress
crib contact the Consumer Product Safety
baby sleeps at a comfortable or
Commission at 800-638-2772 or
temperature, between 68-70° F.
R. Hauck, MD, MS, et al. Breastfeeding
In general, dress your baby in no Fern
and Reduced Risk of Sudden Infant Death
more than one extra layer than Syndrome: A Meta-analysis. PEDIATRICS Vol.
you wear. Your baby may be too 128 No. 1 July 1, 2011 pp. 103 -110.
hot if she is sweating or if her For more information, visit the American
chest feels hot. If you are worried Academy of Pediatrics website
that your baby is cold, use infant
sleep clothing designed to keep
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covering their heads.
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Local History

Monterey Street is getting a makeover.
Buildings are being renovated and the
parking lots are being dug up.
Buy your copy of Monterey/Marsh Sts
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by Guy Crabb

in Los Osos. I was placed in
a kindergarten class with the
wonderful Linda Estes, who was
my master teacher. Kindergarten
is a grade that needs a very special
teacher. My story starts with my
first day of school with about 25
five-year-olds. I was trying to get
them rounded up to sit in a circle
in the middle of the class and I
was missing one little boy. His
name was Billy, and I learned that
he was a handful after knowing
him for a few short hours.

School has started and since I
am a teacher and historian, I’ve
been thinking about how much
it cost in the past for back-toschool supplies. It took me a
couple of hours of research to
understand that yesteryears’
different than it is today. My
research was frustrating because
I couldn’t find school supply ads
in 1930s-60s newspapers. After
contemplating this mystery, it hit
me. When I was in elementary
school during the 1960s, the only
thing I brought to school was my
lunch. I remember buying clothes
and shoes before going back to
school, but I never recall buying
school supplies. Schools always
supplied everything that students
needed. In elementary school, we
needed a pencil, some paper, and
a box of crayons. In reality, school
isn’t so different now. I give out
pencils, paper, and crayons, but
today’s kids also have binders,
weather-proof lunch boxes,
backpacks, highlighters, rulers,
sticky notes, dry erase markers,
flash drives, ear buds, and the
list goes on. That doesn’t even
include clothes, which can cause a
parent with three kids going back
to school to contemplate taking
out a bank loan.

“Billy, Billy, what are you doing
back there?” I asked after
discovering him alone in the back
corner of the room with his back
to me. I didn’t dare leave the other
24 kids alone, so I was talking to
Billy from across the class. He did
not respond or even turn around,
but I noticed that he was doing
something back there. “Billy,
I need you in the circle now.”
Still nothing. “Billy, turn around
immediately.” I requested. Then
as Billy turned around, there was
a gasp from not only me but from
the rest of my students. When
Billy turned around, he had the
colors of the rainbow drooling
out of his mouth and he was still
chewing something.
I immediately ran back there
(Mrs. Estes was not in the room
for that brief moment) and told
him to spit out whatever he was
chewing. Like a knucklehead, I
stuck out my hand for him to spit
out the contents of his mouth.
Instantly, I ended up with a
handful of crayons that had been
ground up from several minutes
of chewing. Gross… I had him
rinse out his mouth as I checked to
make sure the crayons were non-

So instead of writing about school
supplies, I am going to share some
fun information about going back
to school in the past and a story or
two about my own experiences.
I will start off with one of my
favorite teaching stories. It was
around 1982. I was a student at Cal
Poly, working to get my teaching
credential. I was given my first
student teaching assignment at
Sunnyside Elementary School

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toxic. I looked at him after things
returned to normal and asked,
“Why?” He looked me right in
the eye and said, “They looked
good, so I ate them.” That’s
when I realized that these young
people needed me to guide them
through a part of their life.
The best principal I ever worked
for was a man named David
Moore. He was a wonderful and
very supportive principal, but
one day he got the shock of his
life. I remember it well because I
watched the whole incident from
my classroom window. He got a
call from one of our kindergarten
teachers about a student who
became a big problem in class.
After getting the call, I watched
Dave almost running down
to the kindergarten room at
Morro Elementary. Within a few
minutes, I saw him carrying one of
the students under his arm kicking
and screaming. Then suddenly,
I watched the kid grab Dave’s
arm and bite him. My entire class
and I were in shock at the biting
incident, but Dave just yelled
“Ouch” and kept on carrying the
kid to the office. I learned that
day that a kindergartener can
be cute, but they can also bite
without warning.
The history of school in our county
goes all the way back to 1850, when
California first became a state.
The first school was conducted in
Spanish by teacher Don Guillermo
Searles. He was given one room
at Mission San Luis Obispo for
the children. He was succeeded
by Don Miguel, who was not only
a teacher but a merchant and
fisherman. He began teaching
the students in English and he

occasionally received a salary of
$100 per month. In 1854, there
were only about 40 children in the
entire county who could speak in
the English language. The whole
state only had 53 schools with
about 56 teachers.
During this time, several of our
schools did not even have a
building. There was Oak Tree
College in Arroyo Grande, which
was literally held under a very
large oak tree. In San Miguel,
there was also a school named
Oak Tree School held under
a big oak tree. Some schools
were held in abandoned adobe
structures. If the weather was
bad, school was called off. When
families began arriving in our
county from the gold fields in the
San Francisco area, small towns
like San Luis Obispo and Pismo
realized that children needed
a better place to go to school.
Usually, the wealthiest rancher
or farmer in the area built a oneroom schoolhouse.
Welcome back to school
everyone! I hope you have a great
year. I know that I will have a
wonderful year, because this will
be my last year of teaching as I will
retire after 32 years. I also want
to give some advice to our new
kindergarten teachers. Watch
out because some of those little
guys have sharp teeth. My advice
for all teachers is to love your
students and share with them a
love for learning.
Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach
Elementary in San Luis Obispo, a National Blue
Ribbon School. He graduated from Cal Poly
SLO and has been teaching for 31 years. Guy
was a Teacher of the Year in 2006. Reach him

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CS Perryess

about words

neonatal (1883)

The Urban Dictionary defines
sheeple as people who follow trends
mindlessly. Though I tend to fall into
the odd duck category when it comes
to most trends, I admit to finding
one etymology and mindlessly
letting it lead me to the next and the
next. Instead of trends, I mindlessly
follow word histories. I refer to this
practice as etymosheepling. Here’s
an example:

Renaissance (1840s – I would’ve
guessed earlier)

I randomly land on the word genuine,
meaning natural or not acquired. It
arrived in English in the 1590s, its
Latin root being gignere, meaning
beget. Genuine’s etymological notes
suggest that its form (ending in –ine)
may have been influenced through
contrast to adulterinus, which meant
spurious or false.

nee, as in Jacqueline Kennedy, nee

Adulterinus? It must be associated
with adultery, but is it associated
with adult? This leads my mindless
mind to look up adultery and adult.
Adultery is related to adulterate,
both words coming from the Latin
word adulterare, to corrupt. Adult –
on the other hand – came from the
Latin adultus, meaning grown up,
mature, adult or ripe. Adult came into
English in the 1530s. The etymological
notes under adult explain – and I
can’t believe I never imagined the
connection – that adultus is the past
participle of adolescere, to grow up,
mature, or be nourished. This means
that the root words for adolescent
and adult reflect the same sort of
growth reflected by in-the-flesh
adolescents as they change to adults.
Nascent arrived in English in 1620
from the Latin word nascentum,
meaning immature, arising, or young.
Nascentum comes from the Latin
word nasci, or to be born.
What other words also come from
nasci? A quick search reveals a
smoking heap of them. Obvious ones
associated with birth include:
natal (late 1300s)

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Not-so-obvious ones include:
cognate, meaning of common
descent. Though the words springing
from nasci in this list are broadly
related cognates, cognates are
typically more closely related (like
the French nuit, German nacht and
English night).

innate, as in innate talents
Noel, as in Christmas
native, nation and nature
And my favorite of the bunch, puny,
which entered English in the 1570s,
meaning inferior in rank, from the
Middle French word, puisné, which
came from Latin that I’ll simplify as
post-nasci, meaning after being born.
Thinking Etymosheepishly, the word
puny leads me to wonder about other
words meaning small (teeny, tiny,
teensy), and whether they owe their
–y endings to nasci, (as puny does) or
to the more traditional diminutive –y
ending we find in puppy or baby.
The answer is… maybe. It turns out
both teensy (1899) and teeny (1825)
are alternative forms of tiny (1400),
which appears to have come from
the word tine, (as in tines of a fork).
The term reduplication fascinates
me. Wouldn’t the term duplication
do the job? I love the fact that a
redundant-sounding word is used
to signify redundancy. According
to Merriam Webster, reduplication
is an act or instance of doubling or
Years ago when I lived on the island
of Tutuila in American Samoa, I was
fascinated by the culture’s take on
many European traditions. One of

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those was the tradition of the use of
Junior. In Samoa, Junior was applied
to boys whose first name mirrored
his family name. The full name of the
first Junior I met was Eliapo Eliapo,
Jr. I met a Tasi Tasi, Jr., a Malie Malie
Jr., and many others.
Bonbon showed up in English in
1796 from the French word bonbon
– a reduplication of bon, or good.
And doesn’t a bonbon deserve the
moniker goodgood?
In 1954, boo-boo came to English. Its
parent word boob entered English
20 years earlier, meaning foolish
mistake. Boo-boo is a reduplication
of boob.
Pompom entered English in 1748,
meaning ornamental round tuft. It
was originally pompon (1725) and may
have come from the French pompe,
meaning pomp. It doesn’t appear to
be a true reduplication, but it sure
looks like one. Many arguments exist
for why an ornamental round tuft
might display pomp.
Beriberi came to English in 1725. It
defined a paralytic disease prevalent
in India. It came from Sinhalese, in
which beri meant weakness, but the
degree of weakness brought on by
the disease was greater than your
average weakness, thus beriberi.
The word for the frilly skirt worn
in ballet came to us in 1910 from
French. Tutu was originally cucu, a
reduplication of a part of the body
the tutu is intended to cover. A
somewhat refined literal translation
of tutu is derriere-derriere.
Another reduplication is the word
pooh-pooh, which showed up in
English in 1827, built on the word
pooh, which (like its reduplication)
meant to dismiss lightly and
contemptuously. Pooh was first put
on paper by William Shakespeare.
The bard’s first pooh was uttered by
Ophelia in Hamlet.
It’s likely that frou-frou is a
reduplication of the rustling sound
of a dress. It came to English in 1870
from French. Froufrou’s meaning
today is fussy details, though many
folks use the word froufrou to refer
to knick-knacks or frilly decorations.
Which brings us to knick-knack, a
varied reduplication of knack, as in,
“he’s got a knack for machines.”
Knick-knack’s primary meaning is a
pretty trick or subterfuge, which came

to English in 1618. By 1682, knickknack had picked up the secondary
meaning, a curious or pleasing trifle
more ornamental than useful.
A related reduplication is the term
chichi or chi-chi, which arrived
from France in 1908, carrying
two meanings: sophisticated, and
pretentious fussiness.
Bye-bye is also a reduplication. It
started in 1630 as a sound used to lull a
child to sleep. By 1709 its similarity to
good-bye rubbed off on its meaning.
Jibber-jabber is a varied reduplication
of jabber, and showed up in 1728
meaning to talk gibberish.
Pee-wee is most likely a varied
reduplication of wee, meaning little.
It came to English in 1848 to describe
a small marble, and by 1877 became
a bit more generalized, meaning for
children, small, or tiny.
Etymologists are pretty sure
humdrum is a varied reduplication
of hum, the sound one might make
upon experience tedium, which
explains why it means tedious or
monotonous. Humdrum entered the
language in the 1550s.
Hip hop is a varied reduplication
most of us might guess came to
English recently. Surprisingly, Hip
hop was in use to mean a successive
hopping motion as early as the 1670s.
To denote the popular music style,
hip hop was first used in 1982.
Boogie-woogie is another musicrelated varied reduplication. Its
earliest ancestor appears to have
shown up in 1912 as boogie-boo. By
1917 a rent party was referred to as a
boogie, and by 1928 that blues style
and the term to describe it, boogiewoogie was born.
So so (or so-so) came to English
in 1520, meaning in an indifferent,
mediocre, or passable manner or
degree. And to make so-so even
more so, in 1835 someone unveiled
so-soish (I kid you not), meaning
somewhat so-so, or rather indifferent.
Apparently, so-so wasn’t indecisive
enough as it stood, so it needed an
indecisive ending.
My thanks to sources: Merriam Webster, OED,
Wordnik, Etymonline, and Urban Dictionary.
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,
or reach him at

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September 2016 Free Ongoing Events

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

September is:

Baby Safety Month
Better Breakfast Month
Library Card Sign-Up Month
National Honey Month
National School Success Month
Women of Achievement Month
National Courtesy Month
Classical Music Month


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


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

Birthstone: Sapphire


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
3:30-4:15pm AG


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

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


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


1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO


VJ day (WWII)


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


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
3:30-4:15pm AG


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI



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


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


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


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


literacy day

teddy bear day


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
3:30-4:15pm AG


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI


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


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

national working
parents day


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


citizenship day

stepfamily day


make a hat day
national hispanic
heritage month
(through October 15)

thinking day

patriot day

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

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


national video
game day



(published in 1830)

cheese pizza day

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



mary had a
little lamb day

Flower: Aster

labor day




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


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
3:30-4:15pm AG

talk like a
pirate day


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI


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

Play-doh day


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


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

first day of autumn

punctuation day

ice cream cone
invented (in 1903)


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


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

johnny appleseed’s
birthday (Born in 1774)


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
3:30-4:15pm AG

day of peace


gratitude day

native american day


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
Pismo Beach Pier
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

good neighbor day

Crush a can day

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


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

Safety Pin invented


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


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Family Events
(times vary): UNDER THE
BOARDWALK at The Great
American Melodrama, 1863
Front St, Oceano. A clam and
a gull fall in love in this wacky
musical that will delight the
whole family. Vaudeville Revue
follows each show with song,
dance, and comedy. Cost:
$19-25, discounts for groups,
seniors, students, military,
and children. In-house snack
bar serves food and drinks.
Contact: americanmelodrama.
com or 489-2499.
THU JUL 14-SUN SEP 18 (times
vary): A WITLESS ROGUE at The
Great American Melodrama,
1863 Front St, Oceano. Duke
Phillipo wishes to marry
Laura, but Laura loves Paolo!
Find out what happens in this
each show with song, dance,
and comedy. Cost: $19-25,
discounts for groups, seniors,
students, military, and children.
In-house snack bar serves
food and drinks. Contact: or


at Cayucos Historical Museum,
41 S Ocean, Cayucos. Cayucos
American exhibit. Cost: free.
Contact: 235-2176.
FRI AUG 12-SUN SEP 11 (times
at Pewter Plough Playhouse,
828 Main St, Cambria. Enjoy
a Southern comedy that is a
very funny testament to the
enduring power of friendship.
Cost: $20. Contact: 927-3877 or
FRI AUG 19-SUN SEP 11 2:00
& 7:00 pm: THE DROWSY
CHAPERONE at San Luis Obispo
Little Theatre, 888 Morro St,
SLO. Enjoy this hilarious Tony
Award-winning musical within
a comedy on THU, FRI and SAT
at 7:00 pm and SAT at 2:00 pm.
Cost: $15-35. Contact: 786-2440


(805) 550-3916

hide prep and tanning, leather
working, rope making, and
blacksmithing. Equipment will
be on display and tall tales will
surround the campfire. Cost:
$5-6 per vehicle. Contact: 7352174 or

FRI AUG 26 $ SAT AUG 27 10:00
am-4:00 pm: MOUNTAIN MEN
at La Purisima Mission State
Historical Park, 2295 Purisima
Rd, Lompoc. Buckskin clad
members of the American
AUG 12-OCT 2 11:00 am- Mountain Men share history
4:00 pm: SAN LUIS OBISPO and skills including cooking, SAT AUG 27 10:00 am-9:00
pm & SUN AUG 28 11:00 am5:00 pm: STONE SOUP MUSIC
Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC) FESTIVAL & STREET FAIRE
at 993 Ramona Ave, Grover
Beach. Cost: free. Contact: 4891488 or

SAT SEP 17 9:00 am-12:00 pm:
Recurri ng
various locations in SLO County.
Bring your whole family to have
Ev ent s &
fun while cleaning up our local
beaches. Find info, sign up to
volunteer, and download forms
at ECOSLO website. Cost: free.
MON-THU 8:30-11:30 am: WalkIn Legal Clinic in 3rd Floor
FRI SEP 30-SUN OCT 9 (times Atrium of Courthouse Annex,
COAST 1035 Palm St, San Luis Obispo
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Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande.
What’s In A Name? the 14th
annual benefit for Parkinson’s
Disease research. Don’t miss
this opportunity to conjure up
old memories and create new
ones as you sing along and tap
your feet to songs we all know
and love; “Lady Marmalade,”
“Mr. Bojangles,” “Hit the Road
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Family Events

901 Park St, Rm 112. Firstcome, first-serve help with
divorce, child and spousal
support, domestic violence,
guardianship, civil harassment,
and name or gender change.
Every TUE & THU at 1:30
pm: Legal Clinic for SelfRepresented Litigants at the
SLO County Courthouse Law
Library, 1050 Monterey St, SLO,
#125. One-on-one legal advice
for persons filing divorces w/o
an attorney, and a document
preparer to assist in completing
court-required forms. Cost:
free. Contact: 788-3418.
Every TUE & THU at 1:30
pm: Divorce & Child Support
Workshops at SLO Court
Support Services, 1120 Mill St,
Ste A, San Luis Obispo and
Paso Robles Courthouse, 901
Park St, Paso Robles. Help is
provided to start or respond
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and/or visitation orders. An
overview of the legal process
is followed by time to prepare
forms and ask questions. Cost:
free. Contact: 788-3418.
1st & 3rd SAT every month at
2:00 pm: FAMILY MOVIE at Los
Osos Library, 2075 Palisades
Ave. Enjoy popcorn and a G/PG
movie. Call for title. Cost: free.
Contact: 528-1862.
2nd FRI every month at 3:00
pm: PAWS TO READ at Los
Osos Library, 2075 Palisades
Ave. Come share your stories
with adoring listener Carly.
Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.
Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS
TO READ at Los Osos Library,
2075 Palisades Ave. Read to
Berkeley, the dog who loves
to listen to children. Cost: free.
Contact: 528-1862.
3rd WED every month at 3:00
pm: KIDS CRAFT at Los Osos

September 2016

Library 2075 Palisades. School All ages. Cost: free. Contact:
age children make ’n’ take a 441-7210 or
craft. Cost: free. Contact: 5281862.
Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm:
SLO Chess Club meets at
Every SUN 12:00-4:00 pm: the big board on Morro Bay
Family Funday at Bang the Embarcadero at west end of
Drum Brewery, 950 Orcutt Morro Bay Blvd (down the
Rd, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy stairs). Cost: free. Contact: 441the patio with your family. 7210 or
Bring the kids to play familyfriendly games and drums! Mankind
Cost: free. Food and craft beer support group meetings: all
available for sale. Contact: issues welcome. Find purpose, or mastery, healthy autonomy,
and your life’s mission and
purpose. Gain skills to change
Every FRI 6:00 am-4:00 pm: your life or to become a
Early Bird Flea Market at Santa better husband or dad. Call
Maria Fairpark, 937 S Thornburg ahead to confirm. 1st & 3rd
St. Browse many vendors with TUE 6:00-9:00 pm in San Luis
antiques, fruits, vegetables, Obispo. Contact: 459-7808.
new and used items, and more! 1st & 3rd THU 6:30-9:30 pm in
Cayucos. Contact: 471-9342.
Cost: free. Contact: 258-1765.
2nd & 4th THU 6:30-9:00 pm in
Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny Atascadero. Contact: 235-2774.
Tunes Music & Movement at Cost: free. Contact:
Music Motive, 3440 S Higuera
St #130, SLO. This parent 1st & 3rd THU every month 7:00participation program for ages 8:30 pm: Drop-in Dream Group
1-5 includes activities based on at St. Benedict’s Episcopal
music psychology and child Church, 2220 Snowy Egret Ln,
development. Cost: $80 per Los Osos. This support group
is to share dreams and the
mo. Contact: 543-0377.
relationship between dreams
Every TUE & SAT (by appt and spiritual path, using Jungian
only): Partners in Equestrian interpretive assumptions and
Therapy in Atascadero offers language and Robert Johnson’s
riding lessons for special needs book Inner Work. Cost: free.
children, adults, and veterans. Contact: bobpelfrey@charter.
Volunteers needed. Contact: net. or 235-2787.
3rd WED of every month at
2nd FRI every month at 1:00 6:30 pm: Prepared & Natural
pm: Book Group at Cayucos Childbirth Classes at Twin Cities
Library, 310 B St. Join other Community Hospital, 1220 Las
readers to discuss whatever Tablas Rd, Templeton. This
you’re reading and to discover, six-series class addresses all
ponder, and share insights matters of childbirth with a
about what others are reading. lecture, hands-on demos, and
Cost: free. Contact: 995-3846. technique practice. Cost: free.
Contact: 434-4654.
Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO
Chess Club meets at Carl’s Jr 2nd THU of every month at
on Santa Rosa St, 1 block W of 6:30 pm: Breastfeeding Basics
Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. at Twin Cities Community

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Local Resources
Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas
Rd, Templeton. Learn about
practical aspects of feeding
your newborn from a Lactation
Consultant. Cost: free. Contact:

one who is in need of support. Health Services Clinic, 1152 E
Contact: 540-6020.
Grand Ave. Health services,
including reproductive health,
2nd SAT of every month FEB- in a safe environment to
NOVat 9:00 am: Santa Maria screen, assess, and provide
Recreation and Parks Dept intervention. Appts preferred.
offers free docent-led nature Contact: 489-4026.
SLO Special Education Local Plan walks in Los Flores Ranch, 6271
Area (SELPA) and Community Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. 1st WED every month at 9:00 am:
Advisory Committee (CAC) Cost: free. Contact: 925-0951.
Community Action Partnership
offer parent orientation to
Senior Health Screening at First
special education programs in 2nd MON every month 6:30- United Methodist Church, 275
SLO County. Contact: 782-7301 8:00 pm: Caregiver Support N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande.
Group at Cayucos Community Free and low-cost services
Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. for ages 50 and older: blood
Twin Cities Community Hospital Free support for caregivers and pressure, pulse, weight, total
Volunteers provide support to family dealing with long-term cholesterol, screening for
patients, doctors, and nurses, illness, memory loss, dementia, anemia, diabetes, and fecal
and seek volunteers to work and Alzheimer’s. Contact: 458- blood, nutritional counseling,
and medical referrals. Contact:
in the gift shop and Obstetrics 7484.
481-2692 or 788-0827.
Dept. AM and PM 4 hour shifts
are available. Contact: 434- Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm:
Remain Independent Despite 1st WED every month at
Vision Loss at Santa Maria 12:00 pm: Disabled American
Last FRI every month at 6:00 Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New Veterans luncheon at Veterans
pm: Family Fun at Unity Church, ways of doing daily tasks are Memorial Bldg, 313 W Tunnell
1165 Stubblefield St, Orcutt. taught by the Braille Institute, St, Santa Maria. Contact: 345Contact: 937-3025.
such as home management, 0402.
traveling, and using talking
12:00-5:00 library books. Contact: 462- Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm:
Widowed Support Group at
pm & SAT 11:00 am-5:00 1225.
New Life Church, 990 James
Interactive Science Center 2nd & 4th MON every month Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach.
welcomes families at 867 at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers Offered by Hospice of SLO
Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. of Preschoolers) meet at Co. Contact: 544-2266 or
Cost: $2-3. Contact: 473-1421 or Pacific
3435 Santa Maria Way, Santa
Maria. Childcare is provided. Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon
2nd THU of every month 6:00- Contact: 934-3491 or www. Family Support Group at Luis
OASIS Senior Center, 420
7:00 pm: Grief Support Group
Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact:
at Central Coast Hospice, 253
Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 937-9750.
Obispo. Free group for anyone 3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness
suffering the loss of a loved Program at Arroyo Grande EOC 3rd WED every month at 7:00
pm: How to Survive Divorce
seminar at SLO Women’s
Women’s Shelter
suggestions for handling family
of San Luis Obispo County
law issues. Cost: $10. Contact:
544-9313 to register.
crisis line: 781-6400

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

Library, 1050 Monterey St, SLO,
#125. One-on-one legal advice
for persons filing divorces w/o
an attorney, and a document
preparer to assist in completing
court-required forms. Cost: Min
$40 donation. Contact: 5449313.
RISE offers: weekly dropIn
sexual assault survivors; 24
hour crisis line; advocacy
and accompaniment; peer
prevention and education,
and empowerment and self
defense workshops. Contact:
545-8888 or www.sarpcenter.
Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm:
ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051
Theater Dr, in Paso Robles.
Cats from NCHS and dogs from
Short n’ Sweet Dog Rescue.
Contact: 466-5403.

Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED
3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive
Toy Lending Library-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.
4th TUE every month at 5:30 Cost: free! Contact: 547-1914 or
pm: Legal Clinic for Self-
Represented Litigants at the
SLO County Courthouse Law Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI

business phone: 781-6401

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Local Resources

Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC)

A one-of-a-kind r esour ce
in San Luis Obispo County for those living with cancer and their families
Wellness and support services provide a bridge between standard
medical care and a full range of healing therapies
Our integrative approach offers a foundation for care that includes
programs designed to strengthen the body, educate the mind,
and alleviate the stress that often comes with a cancer diagnosis

1941 Johnson Ave
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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 appts available.
Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914 or

Growing With Baby, an infant
feeding office for breastfeeding
moms and babies (0-10 mos),
offers a free class on feeding,
crying, and sleep at 1230
Marsh St, SLO. Nurse and
lactation consultant Andrea
Herron answers questions.
Dads welcome! Call to reserve.
Contact: 543-6988.

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

Morro Bay Museum of Natural
History offers Adventures With
Nature & Mind Walks. Find the
schedule at:

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
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.

Central Coast Commission for
Senior Citizens offers many free
services: Senior Connection
for connecting callers with
local resources; one on one
Medicare assistance, advice
and referrals for long term
care, and help with billing and
appeals; Vial of Life magnetized
containers with medical info
for emergency responders;
a Senior Resource Directory
for SLO and SB counties, and
more. Contact: 925-9554 or

Hospice of SLO County
provides free grief counseling,
individual and family support,
counseling, crisis intervention,
and wellness education to
those with a life-limiting
illness, their families, and the
Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm: bereaved. Services offered at

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offices in San Luis Obispo and Rosa St. Contact: 781-7306.
Paso Robles. Contact: 5442266.
Central Coast Astronomical
Society sponsors a Dark Sky
Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! Star Party every month at
Make a difference in the life of an Santa Margarita Lake KOA
older or disabled adult. Trained Campground at sunset. CCAS
volunteers choose services to sponsors
contribute and schedule hours and public programs. Find
at their convenience. Training is weather updates, and local
monthly at Wilshire Community astronomy resources at: www.
Services, 285 South St, Ste J,
SLO. Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
San Luis Coastal Adult School’s
Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Parent Participation Program
Museum of Art! Stop by at offers Core Parenting and
1010 Broad St (Mission Plaza) Enrichment classes at centers
or email in San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay,
for information about multiple and Los Osos. Bring your child
to parent and child activity
volunteer opportunities.
classes, or find individual
San Luis Obispo Senior Center peer support and education
offers health screening, legal just for parents. Cost: $76 / 10
exercise, weeks. Contact: 549-1222 or
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Local Resources

Alternative Education
on the
Central Coast

Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality
choices for their children’s education. Following are some options for
those seeking secular alternative education in our region.
For more information on private, independent and religious schools,
go to:
Parent Participation. San Luis Coastal
Adult School offers core classes
to enhance parenting skills, meet
other families, and allow children
to play with peers. Also enrichment
classes such as Spanish, Cooking,
and Gardening, and a Cooperative
Preschool at CL Smith. Contact: 5491222 or
Charter Schools
CAVA – California Virtual Academies
and 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,, or

grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or
Summit Academy charter school
serves K-12 grades, and provides
personalized home-based learning
that fosters investigation, skill
development and creativity, and
lifelong curiosity. Contact: (818) 4509810 or
Nature Based Schools

SLOWanders. Offering nature-based
education in SLO County. Programs
include wilderness living skills,
naturalist studies, wildlife tracking,
awareness skills, and rites-of-passage
customized for after-school, homeschool, and personal one-on-one
mentoring. Weekend workshops
Family Partnership. A tuition-free
for adults. Contact: 215-0595 or
K-12 independent study public school
serving Santa Barbara, San Luis
Obispo, and Ventura counties. Home Outside Now. Summer, after-school,
study charter schools in San Luis and private nature-based education
Obispo (1981 Vicente Dr), Morro Bay, in SLO County. Contact: 541-9900 or
Solvang, Santa Maria, and Cambria.
Meet with teachers weekly and turn
in work samples. Contact: 348-3333 Coyote Road Regional School.
Natural Science and Outdoor
Education. Contact: 466-4550 or
Olive Grove. Independent study
home school with sites in San Luis
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa
Independent Schools
Maria, Lompoc, Los Olivos, and
Santa Barbara. Meet with teacher Clarity Steiner School in Nipomo.
weekly and turn in work samples. Waldorf education for first and
Enrichment classes also offered. second graders. Class meets four
Contact: 543-2701 or sbceoportal. days per week. Contact: 929-6878.
Santa Lucia School on 5 acres in
Peace education for
Orcutt Academy Independent Study. Templeton.
Affiliated with Orcutt Academy over 25 years. Integrated curriculum
Charter School at 500 Dyer St, this founded on life experiences, infree program offers home study and depth study, and active immersion in
blended classroom/home study for the arts for grades 1-8. Attendance

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Mon-Thu with homeschool Fridays. mentor teacher, and eligibilty for
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.
Part time or full time
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.
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700 Opportunity for early graduation
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
Montessori project-based classes 2 days per
School in Atascadero strives to help week and homeschool 3 days
each child reach his/her greatest per week. Contact: 489-7474 or
potential, by embracing learning
and appreciating and respecting
the world. Contact: 466-5068 or West Mall Alternative School.
Independent Study Home School
in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238
Montessori Children’s School in San or
Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion Alternative.
for excellence, to nurture curiosity,
creativity and imagination, and to Paso Robles Joint Unified School
awaken the human spirit of every District Home School & Independent
child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691 Study Program serves K-8th grade.
Students and parents work one-onor
one with teachers, receive lesson
Central Coast Montessori School in plans, textbooks, and teachers’
Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized editions for all subjects. Classes,
academic environment to promote enrichment activities, and field trips
independence and optimum scholastic are also offered. Contact: 769-1675.
achievement. Contact: 772-9317 or
Homeschool Organizations
Heritage Montessori Preschool
California Homeschool Network is
in San Luis Obispo provides an
enriching and loving environment in a statewide grassroots organization
a beautiful country setting. Waldorf to protect the right of parents to
and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5 educate their children. Their website
provides information about current
years. Contact: 235-5589.
state and federal laws, and how to
Academics and More is a Homeschool get started. Contact: (800) 327-5339
Helper class for 7th-8th grade at or
Ludwick Community Center in SLO.
Offered in partnership with City of Homeschoolers of the Central
SLO, this class includes a convenient Coast. An inclusive Yahoo! group
cost-effective way for students to meeting on a regular basis for
gain access to a tutor, community interaction and field trips: groups.
involvement, assistance with their
school work, time management and the_Central_Coast.
organization skills, and more. Contact:
Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
A Yahoo! group offering free
Public Schools
Cambria Montessori Learning Center. santa_maria_inclusive_learners.
Tuition-free public school in Morro
Bay for grades K-6th through the Templeton Unified School District
Family Partnership Charter School. K-8 Home Schooling program.
Contact: 927-2337, 541-2412 or Contact: 434-5840 or
Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.
Accredited high school program at
Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive
student-parent-teacher partnerships
provide educational resources, a

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