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November 2016

Getting Out
Tek Talk



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Local History








Family Events


Local Resources


Pumpkin Patches



Autumn Fun / Thanksgiving / Diablo Canyon / Earthquakes / SLO Past & Future

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Getting Out
Stormy Weather?
Enjoy the Great Indoors!
by Jennifer Best

One of the great things about

living on the Central Coast is
spring-like weather almost year
round. While other parts of the
nation suffer with sleet and snow,
ice and cold, tornado season,
hurricane season, and more,
were blessed with weather that
beckons us outdoors almost every
day of the year. Almost.

at the beach or the park, or on the

trail. This can be a challenge for
families with active children used
to everyday jaunts in the sunshine,
particularly during the coming
holiday season. Winter vacations
and holidays bring not only cooler
temperatures, but houses full of
visitors looking for adventure and

Now and again, temperature dips Childrens museums are the easy
drive our temperate souls inside, go-to for the younger set. All
or rain douses our plans for a day of the childrens museums on

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challenge of getting the ball to

the lane, let alone hitting the pins
down the alley. Pismo Bowl on
Pomeroy offers classic play on
wooden lanes, while Mustang
Lanes at Cal Polys Julian McPhee
University Union offers the latest
amenities including automated
bumpers. Food is available at or
near each of these alleys. Rancho
Bowl at 28 East Donovan Road in
The Paso Robles Childrens Santa Maria has an arcade, caf,
Museum, 623 13th Street in Paso and kids party room.
Robles, is centered around a
vintage fire engine, which was Cold, rainy days present perfect
donated along with the old fire opportunities to explore the arts
house where the museum is by visiting any of a number of
located. Santa Marias Discovery museums throughout the Central
Museum on McClelland Avenue Coast. With any art museum,
offers an agricultural focus, parents may want to consider prewhile the Exploration Station, running the exhibits. Artists are
867 Ramona Avenue in Grover free to express themselves, and
Beach, strives toward scientific sometimes resulting images may
offend some visitors or frighten
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Active water babies of all ages are often welcome in museums,
still can get in a splash on the the adults who accompany them
coolest or rainiest of days in the are expected to maintain control
comfort of the indoors. 5 Cities of youthful exuberance: visitors
Swim School in Arroyo Grande should keep their voices low and
features a 90 degree heated pool their hands to themselves.
and classes for all ages. Lompoc
Aquatic Center offers three indoor In San Luis Obispo, children are
pools, including a cooler lap pool, always welcome at SLO Museum
warm play pool with water slides of Art, 1010 Broad Street, just
and climbing structures, and a off Mission Plaza downtown.
very warm therapy pool. Dressing Museum exhibits rotate regularly
rooms and showers are ample at and may feature any media, from
this less-expensive option, though blown glass to fabric sculptures,
open hours are more limited than paintings to photography.
those at 5 Cities Swim School.
Budding artists might also try
Or try something completely their hand at the wheel at Anamdifferent: bowling. Kids love the Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey
the Central Coast are works in
progress after relatively recent
moves or expansions. San Luis
Obispo Childrens Museum, 1010
Nipomo Street, includes a fun
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Street, #101. This working clay
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as open studio hours for students
and guests. Call ahead for their
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to feel a shark skin or compare

seabird eggs.
Across town,
Santa Maria Museum of Flight,
3015 Airpark Drive, shelters a
variety of aircraft and World War
II paraphernalia. The hangar can
be cold, but it is protected from
the rain and wind, and chances
For the more musically inclined, are very good that the volunteer
head to Boo Boo Records, 978 docent on hand has stories to tell
Monterey St., in San Luis Obispo. if youre willing to ask.
Music is always the focus at Boo
Boo, but every Wednesday for On the north coast, head for the
more than a decade the back Museum of Natural History in
room has turned into a musical Morro Bay State Park for handsplay area for the preschool set. on science exhibits and one of
Take a seat on the floor and play the best views of Morro Bay and
with stories, songs, instruments, Morro Rock.
and other impromptu musical
offerings designed specifically The Pioneer Museum, at 2010
for the youngest musicians and Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles,
music fans.
offers myriad antiques and
collectibles from area farms and
The Central Coast also offers families.
several indoor attractions that
include historical education. When in doubt, check in with
One of our favorites is Solvangs the local library. Central Coast
Elverhoj Museum, 1624 Elverhoj libraries offer fantastic collections
Way. Children are treated like for the entire family. Theyre
honored guests by volunteers, free! And they often offer special
who talk about the history of events including story times,
Solvang and the Danish culture book clubs, and performances.
that survives there.
For your closest library location,
hours, events, and activities, visit
Head to Santa Marias Natural
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Thanksgiving Lore
by Steven Smith

If you mention the Thanksgiving

holiday, most people first think of
a large family dinner complete with
turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and
gravy, cranberry sauce, and a freshly
baked pumpkin pie. Many families
share traditional activities, such as
watching the Macys Thanksgiving
parade in the morning, a football game
in the afternoon, and sitting down to
a big dinner. Thanksgiving began as
a festival to celebrate the harvest.
Although it is believed to have started
in America, harvest festivals have
been held around the world for as
long as people having been growing
and gathering food. In present times,
Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate
family and friends and express
gratitude for what we have.
The history of Thanksgiving in the
United States can be traced back to
1621, when the Pilgrims at Plymouth
Rock held a feast to celebrate a
successful harvest in the new land.
Native Americans taught the English
colonists how to grow corn and thus
helped the colonists survive their first
year in the new world. After 1621,
Thanksgiving celebrations occurred
in each state at different times of the
year until in 1863, President Abraham
Lincoln proclaimed a national day of
Thanksgiving. Finally in 1941, President
Franklin Roosevelt fixed the date on
the fourth Thursday in November and
made it a federal holiday.
Several symbols have become
associated with the holiday. Though
there is no real evidence that turkey
was served at the first Thanksgiving,
it has become the center of the meal
for the Thanksgiving dinner. Scholars
believe that venison and fish were
served at the first feast. Benjamin
Franklin was instrumental in getting
the wild turkey attention when he
favored making it the national bird
(in lieu of the Bald Eagle), and the
tradition of turkey is mentioned in
the History of Plymouth Plantation
written by William Bradford.
Corn is another very popular symbol
of Thanksgiving. To some Native
Americans, corn is sacred. Indians
were growing corn when the Pilgrims
arrived and they taught the Pilgrims
how to cultivate and use it as food
through the winter months. At first,
the Pilgrims did not eat corn on the
cob since the Indians grew corn that
was only used for corn meal.
The pumpkin was another staple in
the Pilgrims diet. The word pumpkin
originates from the Greek Pepn,

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which means large melon. Native

Americans used pumpkin as a staple
food source and probably taught the
Pilgrims how to grow it. Originally,
the Pilgrims removed the seeds and
filled the cavity with cream, honey,
eggs, and spices before cooking in
hot ashes. After the pumpkin was
cooked, the Pilgrims would scoop
out the contents, which looked like a
custard. The first recorded pumpkin
pie recipe is found in a 1651 cookbook
by chef Francois Pierre de la Varenne.
This Pilgrim verse from ~1633 shows
the importance of the pumpkin in
their diet:
For pottage and puddings and
custards and pies,
Our pumpkins and parsnips are
common supplies,
We have pumpkins at morning
and pumpkins at noon,
If it were not for pumpkins we
should be undoon.
The cornucopia or horn of plenty
is a horn-shaped container filled with
harvest produce. The original horn of
plenty was made from a curved goat
horn and filled with fruits and grains.
The Greek legend is that Amalthea
(a goat) broke off one of her horns
and offered it to the Greek God Zeus
as a sign of reverence. Zeus made
an image of the goat in the sky that
we now know as the constellation

Womans Festival is celebrated in

China at the end of harvest in August.
The most popular food is moon cake,
a small round yellow pastry with an
egg yolk center. The Chinese honor
the lady on the moon or the moon
maiden. Legend has it that you can
make a wish and the lady on the Moon
just might grant it.

The cranberry, originally called crane

berry got its name from the pink
blossoms and drooping head. The
pilgrims thought the plant resembled
a crane. Pilgrims used maple sugar to The Vaisakhi or Baisakhi is a harvest
sweeten the bitter cranberries.
festival celebrated in Northern India.
Thanksgiving festivals are held in In Southern India, the annual harvest
many countries, although they go festival is called Onam. The Vaiskhi
by different names and are held is usually around April the 13th or
at various times. Most of these 14th while the Onam festival is held
involve communal dinners and giving in August or September and lasts for
thanks for the harvest. The Autumn ten days. Another festival in India is
Equinox: Celebrating the Harvest by Pongal or the Rice Harvest Festival,
Ellen Jackson is an excellent book for which is a three-day celebration in
children to explain the beginnings of South India beginning January 14.
Each day represents thankfulness: the
autumn celebrations.
first day is for rain, the second day is
In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated for sun, and the third day is to thank
the second Monday in October and the family cattle. This festival is named
it is a three-day weekend. Canadians after a sweet rice dish.
have a traditional feast with turkey
like the United States. In the African For over 3,000 years, Jewish families
countries Ghana and Nigeria, people have celebrated Sukkot (the Feast
hold the Yam Festival in August at the of Tabernacles), a seven-day harvest
end of the rainy season when yams are celebration held in late September
one of the first crops to be harvested. or October. Families build a hut
of branches called the sukkah
Ancient Chinese observed Chung (tabernacle). It is decorated with olive
Chiui to celebrate the harvest moon. branches and covered on three sides
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live, worship, and share meals in the

sukkah. The Pilgrims probably got the
idea for a Thanksgiving feast from this
joyous Biblical holiday.
In Korea, the harvest festival is called
Chusok (meaning great day in the
middle of August). During this threeday celebration, people honor their
ancestors by visiting their tombs
and offering food and drink. One of
the primary foods is Songpyeon, a
crescent-shaped rice cake.
There are quite a few Thanksgiving
books available from local libraries
and book stores. One favorite book
for children is Its Thanksgiving
by Jack Prelutsky, an illustrated
collection of poems. Another classic
is Mollys Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen, a
moving story about the present day
pilgrims in America. For more great
titles, check your local library.
Thanksgiving is a celebration that
centers on family, friends, food, and
tradition. Wherever we are, its a time
to give thanks. This Thanksgiving,
remember the words of Albert
Schweitzer: The greatest thing is
to give thanks for everything. He
who has learned this, knows what it
means to live. He has penetrated the
whole mystery of life: giving thanks
for everything.

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Tek Talk

Power Plant II

by Stan Horspool

Economic Impact on Schools

about 7,500 students, has a healthy,

unencumbered reserve of about $14
County K-12 school districts received
million. On top of that, it may be
about $12.9 million in property taxes
eligible to receive some of the $50
from PG&E in the current fiscal year
million that PG&E has set aside for
ending June 30, 2017.
community aid.
San Luis Coastal Unified School
At the rest of the countys schools,
District (SLCUSD) will be the agency
the losses wont likely be felt as hard
hardest hit in the county; it receives
because most of the money they
about $9.5 million a year in property
receive is based on enrollment, not
tax revenue from PG&E about
property taxes.
11 percent of the districts total
SLCUSD board president Marilyn
Rodger said its far too early to
say whether there will be a need
for layoffs or other cuts, saying
instead that the district will go into
planning mode as it gathers more
The school district, which serves

a lifetime in the core of about five

years, after which time it no longer
produces the desired amount of
heat energy and must be replaced.
At Diablo Canyon, on average, 88
of 193 fuel assemblies are replaced
during a refueling outage every 18 to
Nuclear Waste and Storage
21 months to maintain electric power
As with all 104 commercial nuclear operations.
reactors in the USA, inch uranium Total California nuclear waste as of
pellets contained in fuel rods 2013 is 2970 metric tons (2205 lbs)
grouped into fuel assemblies and distributed between the 4 nuclear
placed in the reactor core, fuel the power plants: Humboldt Bay has
electricity produced at Diablo Canyon 160 metric tons, Rancho Seco has
Power Plant. Each fuel assembly has 202 metric tons, San Onofre has

1465 metric tons and Diablo Canyon

has 1027 metric tons. Diablo Canyon
continues to generate nuclear waste.
There are no plans to store this waste
at a central location. The proposed
storage site at Yucca Mountain in
Nevada was defunded by the Obama
administration in 2011.

Storage Pools
When used fuel is removed, it is
secured in special racks in stainless
steel-lined, concrete-walled pools
of borated water; one pool for each
reactor. The steel, concrete, and
water protect workers and the public
from residual radiation. The water is
continuously circulated to keep the
fuel cool.
Like most other nuclear power
plants around the country, Diablo
Canyon has limited capacity to store
fuel in its pools, and since the federal
government has not provided a
federal repository as directed by law,
an interim used fuel storage facility
was built on-site.

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Dry Storage Casks

Once used fuel has cooled
substantially in the pools for about
five years, it can be sealed in a
helium-filled canister and set inside
a 20 foot tall, concrete-filled, steel
storage cask, where the canister
continues to be cooled by natural air
convection through vents in the cask.
The storage casks are bolted to a 7
foot thick steel-reinforced concrete
pad to ensure seismic stability (a
feature unique to Diablo Canyon).
The storage casks are located in a
secure, protected area adjacent to
the power plant.
Dry storage is currently used at more
than half of the U.S. nuclear plants.
The storage systems are approved
and licensed by the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission for storage
of used fuel beyond the plants
current licensing period, if necessary.
Like the reactor containment vessel,
the storage systems are robustly
designed to withstand numerous
physical threats, including severe
weather, earthquakes, and other
potential hazards.
Nuclear Fuel Storage at DCPP
High-level radioactive waste is the
spent fuel from the hot core of
commercial nuclear power plants.
This highly irradiated fuel is the most
intensely radioactive material on the
planet. Depending on its time out
of the reactor, it can deliver a lethal
dose of radiation within seconds
to an unprotected person nearby.
Highly irradiated waste accounts
for about 95% of the radioactivity
generated in the last 50 years from all

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the heavy plutonium 239, they are

more easily dispersed over large
areas. Both are strong gamma ray
emitters and accumulate in the food
chain. Cesium 137, with a half-life
of 30 years (hazardous 300), is of
particular concern because when it
burns it assumes the consistency of
talcum powder.
How much is stored at Diablo now?

sources, including nuclear weapons

Uranium is first enriched, then
processed into fuel rods and loaded
into nuclear power reactors where
it undergoes the nuclear fission
reaction. After three to four years,
it becomes inefficient to produce
electricity and is removed from the
reactor core. This waste material
is then about 1 million times more
radioactive than when it was first
loaded as fuel. The increase in
radioactivity is due to the formation
of more than 200 intensely
radioactive radioisotopes during the
fission process, such as cesium 134
and 137, strontium 90, cobalt 60,
and plutonium 239. For each 1,000
megawatts, a nuclear power plant
produces about 30 metric tons of
high-level radioactive waste. Diablo
produces about 70 tons annually.

Half-Life versus Hazardous Life

The half-life of a radioactive isotope
is the amount of time it takes for
one-half of the quantity of that
isotope to decay, either to a stable
form or to another radioisotope in
a decay chain. Generally, 10 halflives are called the hazardous life of
an isotope. Example: Plutonium-239,
the most toxic isotope, has a halflife of 24,400 years. It remains
dangerous to human health for a
quarter of a million years, or about
8,000 human generations. As it
decays, uranium-235 is generated
with a half-life of 710,000 years.
Thus, the hazards of irradiated fuel
will continue for millions of years.
However, when contemplating the
risks of accidents or acts of malice,
mid-life fission products, such as
strontium 90 and cesium 137 are
more dangerous because, unlike

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As of November 2013, there were

2,848 waste units, called spent fuel
assemblies, stored at Diablo. An
assembly consists of 225 fuel rods,
each about 12 feet in length. Each
of Diablos two reactors operates
with 193 assemblies at a time. Every
18 to 21 months, a portion needs
to be replaced, adding another 70
to 90 spent fuel assemblies to the
storage inventory with each year of
operation. When coming out of the
reactor, these assemblies are so hot
(radioactively and in temperature)
that they need to cool off (submerged
in 40 feet of water for at least 5
years). In November 2013, Diablos
spent fuel pools contained 1,920
assemblies. In addition, another 928
assemblies are stored in dry casks,
generally considered a safer means
of storing high-level nuclear waste
for prolonged periods of time.

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to expand Diablo Canyon nuclear
power plants desalination plant to
supply as much as 1,300 acre-feet
of water a year to South County
residents. That would be enough
water to supply 4,000 homes.

How much does PG&E plan to store

in the future?
According to PG&E, Diablo will have
generated a total of 4,310 assemblies
by the end of its current licenses in
2025. There are presently no plans to
transport any radioactive waste offsite before 2025. Diablo would then
be storing about nine times more
than was projected when the plant
was built.

The project is expected to take at

least two years to complete and
could cost as much as $36 million.
The water would be used in the Five
Cities and Avila Beach areas.
The cost of building and operating
the pipeline would be paid by the
customers who use the water.
Wade Horton, county public works
director, said it was too early to
know how much a typical customers
water bill would increase to pay for
the pipeline.

In 1986, the pools at Diablo were

filled to capacity under their original
design: about 270 spent fuel
assemblies each. PG&E, with NRC
approval, re-racked the pools at
Diablo. Neither SLO County nor any
other county or state agency was
part of the decision-making. As a
consequence, both pools contain at
the present time nearly four times
more radioactive waste than they
were originally built, licensed, and
designed for.

Diablo Canyon is licensed to produce

as much as 1.5 million gallons of
water a day but only produces about
40 percent of that, or about 600,000
gallons. An acre-foot of water is
325,853 gallons.

Future Uses of DCPP Site

Desalination Plant

Open Space vs Development

Citing the need for more drought

resiliency, the San Luis Obispo
County Board of Supervisors is
enthusiastically backing a proposal

Around 12,000 acres surround the

Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Of that,
2,100 acres make up Wild Cherry
Canyon. Its one of three parcels

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known as the Diablo Canyon

Lands. Currently, the land is owned
by PG&E but leased by HomeFed, a
development corporation based in
In the residential kind of a scenario,
the plan was always to develop ten
percent of the property and preserve
90 percent of it, Blessent said. In
a recreational scenario, we would
only be developing two percent
of the property and the other 98
percent would be in some kind of
open space. Kara Woodruff lives in
San Luis Obispo and is a member of
the Friends of Wild Cherry Canyon,
a group of conservationists looking
to make the 2,100 acres surrounding
Diablo Canyon open to the public
for recreational use. Our vision
for the land is that Montaa de Oro
would stretch all the way from its
existing boundaries, clear through
the Irish Hills, touching Avila Beach,
Woodruff said.

Next time: renewable energy.

Stan Horspool is a Software Engineer,
central coast explorer, and musician.
He can be reached at: or

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Fun & Games

Jacks Jokes
Why do turkeys gobble gobble? They dont have good table manners!
How do you keep a turkey in suspense?

Ill let you know next week!

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Prepare, Survive, Recover

planning now, you will be ready

for the next emergency.

Step 1: Secure it now!

Step 3: Make Disaster Kits

Reducing and/or eliminating

hazards throughout your home,
neighborhood, workplace and
school can greatly reduce your
risk of injury or death following
the next earthquake or other

Everyone should have disaster

supplies kits stored in accessible
locations at home, at work and in
your vehicle. Having emergency
supplies readily available can
reduce the impact of an
earthquake, a terrorist incident or
Conduct a hazard hunt to help other emergency on you and your
identify and fix things such as family.
unsecured televisions, computers,
bookcases, furniture, unstrapped Your disaster supply kits should
water heaters, etc. Securing these include food, water, flashlights,
items now will help to protect you portable radios, batteries, a first
aid kit, cash, extra medications, a
whistle, fire extinguisher, etc.

Step 2: Make a Plan

Planning for an earthquake,
terrorist attack, or other
emergency is not much different
from planning for a party
or vacation. Make sure that
your emergency plan includes
evacuation and reunion plans;
your out-of-state contact persons
name and number; the location
of your emergency supplies and
other pertinent information. By

unbraced cripple walls, soft first

stories, unreinforced masonry,
outdated electrical systems,
and vulnerable pipes. Consult
a contractor or construction
engineer to help you identify your
buildings weaknesses and begin
to fix them now.

Step 5:

Learn what to do during an

earthquake, whether youre at
home, at work, at school or just
Most houses are not as safe as out and about. Taking the proper
they could be. Whether you are a actions, such as Drop, Cover,
homeowner or a renter, there are and Hold On, can save lives and
things that you can do to improve reduce your risk of death or injury.
the structural integrity of your
During earthquakes, drop to the
floor, take cover under a sturdy
Some of the things that you desk or table, and hold on to it
might consider checking include firmly. Be prepared to move with
old or inadequate foundations, it until the shaking stops.

Step 4: Is your place safe?

prepared to report damage to city

or county government.

Step 7:
Communicate & Recover!
Following a major disaster,
communication will be an
important step in your recovery
efforts. Turn on your portable
radio for information and safety
If your home is damaged, contact
your insurance agent right away
to begin your claims process.
For most Presidentially declared
disasters, resources will also be
available from federal, state, and
local government agencies.
For more information, find materials
created by the Emergency Survival
Program (ESP), and based on The
Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety
in the handbook Putting Down Roots
in Earthquake Country, which can be
downloaded at: http://earthquake.

Step 6: Check it out!
One of the first things you should
do following a major disaster is to
check for injuries and damages
that need immediate attention.
Make sure you are trained in first
aid and in damage assessment
You should be able to administer
first aid and to identify hazards
such as damaged gas, water,
sewage and electrical lines. Be

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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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Pa s t & F u t u r e

San Luis Obispo

by Guy Crabb

We are living at a time when we

can see the present becoming the
future in downtown San Luis Obispo.
We can envision the future as new
construction changes the profile of
streets in various places. Monterey
Street is changing every day.
Construction is being completed
and new stores are opening up to
the delight of many community
members. Garden Street is changing;
and Santa Rosa Street will also have
new buildings going up soon.
San Luis Obispo has experienced
many spurts of growth over the last
120 years. The 1890s was a decade
that saw a lot of new growth in
town. In the 1950s, many buildings
were torn down due to inadequate
earthquake safety and old age. The
1970s also saw both demolition and
growth in town.
Just this year, two parking lots on
Monterey Street disappeared as new
buildings replaced them. I parked in
those lots for many years. I love it
when I can say, I remember when I
used to park my car right where that
building is today.
There are still people living in SLO
County who remember stores that
occupied these lots before they

were parking lots. Yes, these lots

were built on before. There were
restaurants on Monterey Street,
as well as several saloons. In
addition, paint shops, meat stores,
drugstores, and other businesses
occupied Monterey between Chorro
and Osos Street. In fact, 120 years
ago, Monterey was the main street
in San Luis Obispo. It had several dry
goods stores, such as Sinsheimer
Brothers in the Sinsheimer building,
and Pedro Quintana General
Merchandise located in the Quintana
Block building. These were two of
the most popular businesses in town
in the 1880s.
The parking lot that was across from
Fordens once contained restaurants
and markets with the addresses
of 856, 858, 860, 862, and 864
Monterey Street. There was the
American Caf in 1920, Savoy Grill
in 1925, and Monterey Caf in 1945.
There were also saloons and markets.
Oigiati Market was located at 860
Monterey in 1920. This location was
a neighborhood market from the
1920s into the 1930s. From 1960 to
1965, this address housed a Travel
Service. By the late 1960s, all of these
buildings were torn down and the
city parking lot was created.

Also available at Barnes and Noble, Crushed Grape, Antiques of Monterey,

History Center, Apple Farm, and Boo Boo Records.

I remember recently reading a

newspaper story about shells found
in the ground during the beginning
phases of the Chinatown Project.
Some people even wondered if
the Chumash left them years ago.
When I looked back in my book 100
Years of Downtown Businesses:
Monterey Street, I realized those
shells could have been buried by the
historic restaurants and markets on
Monterey Street.
The other old parking lot that is now
the site of a new building is located
at 874 Monterey Street. It is across
the street from Ross Dress for Less.
Before it was a parking lot, the
famous Maino Automotive Garage
and Sales was at this location from
about 1919 to 1944. Before Maino
Auto, the San Luis Theater was
located at this address in 1912.
On July 3, 1933, one of the most
spectacular destructions of a building
on Monterey Street occurred when
the St. James Hotel burned to the
ground. St. James Hotel was located
where Beverlys is today. Not only
did the St. James burn, but several
other businesses on the first floor
were also destroyed. The United
Cigar Store, Joe Keys Shoeshine
Parlor, St. James Barbershop, and
a few other businesses all went up
in smoke. This lot stood empty for
years after the fire. A new building
was finally built in the early 1970s.
Put Ons was a clothing store at this
location from about 1975 to the early
1990s when Beverlys opened.
There was another very large hotel
that burned down on Monterey
Street. The land that the hotel
was built on has never had another
building built on it to this day. French
Hotel was located directly across
from Mission San Luis Obispo when
Monterey Street still went through
where the Mission Plaza is today.
French Hotel was built of adobe

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bricks in the mid 1800s. It was very

large and two-stories high. It appears
to have had 40 rooms for rent. Over
the years, the adobe was covered
with wood siding so the new people
who came to town would not think
we still lived in mud-brick houses. It
became an old, decrepit building,
and burned down one night in 1908.
When the first sign of daylight came
the next morning, the townspeople
came over to Monterey Street to see
the spooky remnants of the adobe
walls still standing. Over the years,
the building was either torn down or
just deteriorated into the creek that
ran directly behind the building.
Our creek was once a dumping
ground for refuse and debris. In
fact, before the 1960s, sewage pipes
from many businesses that backed
up to the creek drained into the
water and the contents were carried
down to the ocean in Avila Beach.
Yuck! Our environmental conscience
developed in the 1960s-70s, and the
creek was cleaned up and became
something we could be proud of.
Today, Monterey seems to be making
a play to be the main street in San Luis
Obispo once again. The Street got its
name because Monterey was a city
that many visitors went to or were
coming from. The tourists coming
to town from the north came down
Monterey Street, which made it one
of the most important streets to the
economy of San Luis Obispo. I would
like to say how wonderful it is to have
Giusseppes Restaurant move into
the old Sinsheimer Building, joining a
happy tradition of restaurants in this
block on Monterey Street. Happy
Holidays everyone!
Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach Elementary
School in San Luis Obispo. He graduated from Cal
Poly SLO and has been teaching for over 30 years.
Guy was selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007. Reach
him at

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made its way into the world of
English nouns.

CS Perryess

about words
What are you feeling?

animated in a non-physical sense

Nothing inspires an emotional quickened roused to action

response like politics. Whether
the present election cycle is
getting you down or goading you
to action, its affecting you. Join
me in exploring the nuances of
words that might pertain to your
feelings. On the not-so-positive
side, you might be feeling:
appalled terror or dismay
at a shocking but apparently
unalterable situation
daunted disheartened or
dismayed fear or
discouragement at the prospect
of some difficulty or problem
which one doesnt know how to
horrified -- horror, loathing or
irritation at that which shocks or
offends one
enervated a loss of force, vigor,
or energy
debilitated temporarily

The Mysterious Dog

Back in 897, the English word that
applied to any kind of dog was
hundas, which soon changed to
hund, and later to hound. Hound
reined supreme as the overall
word for canines, until it was
usurped by an unlikely candidate,
a word with no known origin, a
word which in 1050 referred to
a powerful, large breed of dog
(nobodys even sure what breed
that was).

The mysterious usurper was dog.

In a mere three centuries, hound
undermined or sapped
had been relegated to mean only
weakened or impaired by subtle,
dogs used for hunting, while dog
gradual, or stealthy means
took its place as the generic term
Or you might find this race for for canines. I find it intriguing
president is filling you with energy. that though the word dog takes
If so, you might be feeling:
up a full three pages in the OED,
nobody is sure of its origin.
exhilarated an enlivened
elevating of the spirits
And wouldnt you think the Latin
synonym would pre-date most of
stimulated roused from inertia,
the others? Not so. Canine came
inactivity or lethargy
to English in the 1500s from Latin,
through French, but acted for over
invigorated filled with vigor or
three hundred years exclusively
energy in a physical sense
as an adjective meaning doglike.
vitalized invigorated or
It wasnt until 1869 that canine

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Mutt offers more mystery.

Though mutt first entered
American English in 1901 meaning
stupid or foolish person, it gained
the meaning of mongrel dog
by 1904. Though etymologists
cant find a connection between
them, its assumed the first
meaning may have come from the
contemptuous word muttonhead,
which made a brief appearance
in the early 1800s referring to
a dim person. This usage has
mysteriously disappeared since,
though its such a lovely word, Id
be pleased to see it re-appear on
the linguistic scene.
Oddly, the English word pooch
and the Spanish word perro, are
also of unknown origin. Thank
heavens for cur and puppy, whose
origins are clear. Puppy came to
English meaning a womans small
pet dog. It came from the Middle
French word poupe, meaning
doll. Though the word cur now
clearly eschews the nobility of the
dog in question, cur originally was
attached to no such prejudice. Cur
first arrived in English in the 1300s
and is onomatopoeic, mirroring
the growl of a dog.

searchers. Miraculously, Singer

spent all those years pondering
sadness, disappointment, torture,
inequity and cruelty, yet managed
to hold onto hope. He won the
1978 Nobel Prize in Literature,
two National Book Awards,
countless other awards, and the
love of many readers.
A smattering of Singer wit and
wisdom follows:
If you keep on saying things are
going to be bad, you have a good
chance of being a prophet.
The waste basket is the writers
best friend.
There will be no justice as long as
man will stand with a knife or with
a gun and destroy those who are
weaker than he is.
For those who are willing to
make an effort, great miracles and
wonderful treasures are in store.

Followers, what have you to Kindness, Ive discovered, is

say about all these dog-related everything in life.
mysteries? Are you with me
in hopes of reviving the word
Big thanks to sources: Merriam-Webster,
Wordnik, Etymonline, Collins Dictionary,

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Websters New World Dictionary of the

American Language, 1959, the OED, The Library
of America, and Goodreads.

For a change of pace, Id like

to celebrate a writer, generally
fascinating chap, and certifiable
mensch during the month of what
would be his 114th birthday.
Isaac Bashevis Singer once wrote,
When I was a little boy, they called
me a liar, but now that I am grown
up, they call me a writer.
He wrote countless short stories
and any number of novels,
some arguably memoir. Many
of his stories featured holocaust
survivors and/or the struggles
and joys of the lives of Jews and

CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio

books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
foggy little town on Californias central coast.
Find more at,
or reach him at

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November 2016 Free Ongoing Events


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




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

November is:



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


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

3:30-4:15pm AG

Aviation Month
Child Safety Month
Good Nutrition Month
National Family Literacy Month
National Adoption Month
National Epilepsy Month
Latin American Month
Peanut Butter Lovers Month


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

time ends
(Fall Back 1 Hour)


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market

12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

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

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

3:30-4:15pm AG


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI



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


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

3:30-4:15pm AG

clean out



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


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

3:30-4:15pm AG

childrens day
go for a
ride day


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market

12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI

button day

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


wagon train in
california (in 1841)


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

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



8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

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

Elizabeth cady
stanton day



3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG

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

world prematurity
awareness day
bread day
take a hike day


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market

12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI


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

zachary taylors
birthday (Born in 1784)


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

pins &
needles 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
5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI


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

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


8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

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

mickey mouseS
(Created in 1928)

adoption day
(by Lincoln in 1863)

william tell day

(Forced to shoot an apple
off his sons head in 1315)


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

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


8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

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

stop the
violence day

cashew day

hello day



8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

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



pickle day

(by Disney in 1940)

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

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


X-Ray day
(Discovered in 1895)

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



1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO

sandwich day
(Birthday of J. Montague)




daniel Boones
birthday (Born in 1734)





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

John F Kennedy
Jrs birthday
(Born in 1960)


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

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


8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade

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

king tuts
tomb opened
(in 1922)
mark twainS
(Born in 1835)

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well day

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Family Events
THU SEP 29-SAT NOV 13 (times
vary): TRUDY & THE BEAST at
The Great American Melodrama,
1863 Front St, Oceano. Enjoy this
new spin on a favorite fairy-tale
blended with a sci-fi classic and
sprinkled with song parodies and
pop culture references. Frank
Sinatra Vaudeville Revue follows
each show. OCT 7, 14, & 21 at
6:00 pm: Oktoberfest Fridays
pre-show music and Bavarian
menu! Cost: $19-25, discounts
for groups, seniors, students,
military, and kids. Snack bar
serves food and drinks. Contact: or 4892499.

Clubs, and local businesses. Cost:

$12. Contact:
FRI OCT 28-NOV 13 (times vary):
at San Luis Obispo Little Theatre,
888 Morro St, SLO. A powerful
drama unfolds with humanity,
surprising humor, and hope.
Cost: $15-32. Contact: 786-2440 or

at Los Osos Middle School

1555 El Moro Street, Los Osos

SAT OCT 29 at 9:00 am: WALK

Plaza, Chorro St, SLO. Author
Wendelin Van Draanen launches
arts & crafts. 7:30 am: registration
her book The Secret Life of Lincoln
for 4- Mile Run. 8:00 am: Pancake
Jones and proceeds will benefit
Breakfast. Cost: free. Contact:
FRI OCT 28 at 5:00 pm: MOVIE the Alzheimers Assn. or 528 4884.
Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay SAT OCT 29 10:00 am-1:00 pm:
Dr, Avila. Enjoy the film Hotel PUMPKINS ON THE PIER in SUN OCT 30 12:00-4:00 pm:
Transylvania with the whole Downtown Pismo Beach. Enjoy BATTY BALL at Santa Maria
family. Cost: $5. Contact: 595- this family-fun event including Valley Discovery Museum, 705
a costume contest, pumpkin S McClelland St, Santa Maria.
decorating, a climbing wall, Enjoy Halloween fun for the
FRI OCT 28-SAT OCT 29 6:00- bounce house, balloon typhoon, whole family with face painting,
9:00 pm: AREA 55 BE SCARED face painting, carnival games pumpkin decorating, a kids
at Los Osos Middle School, 1555 and more. 11:30 am-12:10 pm: costume contest, crafts and
El Moro Ave, Los Osos. Worlds Kids Costume Contest (most more. Cost: free with admission.
apart from the usual haunted original, scariest, funniest, and Contact: smvdiscoverymuseum.
house, Area 55 is a unique high- most decked out). Adult costume org.
tech sci-fi blend with interactive contest follows. 12:00-2:00 pm:
challenges on a search and rescue Trick or Treat Extravaganza at MON OCT 31 4:00-7:00 pm:
mission. Exciting, funny, and participating local downtown SAFE & FUN HALLOWEEN at
scary, this popular annual event businesses. Cost: free. Contact: Downtown City Park, 11th &
Spring St, Paso Robles. Trick or
is created by LOMS students with 773-7063.
treat at downtown businesses,
local law enforcement agencies,
Cal Poly, Kiwanis and Rotary SAT OCT 29 5:00-8:30 pm: ZOO bring your own carved pumpkin
BOO at Charles Paddock Zoo, to enter in contest, take photos
9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero. This with witches! Cost: free. Contact:
annual Halloween event includes
carnival games, a haunted house,
and tricks & treats! Wear your TUE NOV 1 10:00 am-4:00 pm: A
costume and bring the whole BRUSH WITH THE BUTTERFLIES
family to a not-too-scary and wild at Monarch Butterfly Grove,
night at the Zoo! Bring your own Pismo Beach. Enjoy a fine art,
reusable bag for treats. Cost: $9- photography, and craft outdoor
10. Contact: event to celebrate the return of
the Monarch butterflies to the
or 461-5080.
central coast. Cost: free. Contact:
SUN OCT 30 9:00 am-5:30 pm:
Baywood Park, 2nd St, Los Osos. SAT NOV 5 10:00 am-1:00 pm:
This 38th annual family event FALL PLANT SALE at San Luis
includes live music, car show, Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450
food, crafts, jewelry, children Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. At this semiactivities, 5k race, aerial artists, annual plant sale, you can find
face-painting, bounce houses, the perfect plants for your yard,
balloon sculptures, Beer Garden, get expert advice, and find great

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deals. Cost: prices vary; all taxfree! Contact: or

541-1400 x 303.
SAT NOV 5 10:00 am-3:00
MUERTOS at San Luis Obispo
Museum of Art, 1010 Broad
St, SLO. Enjoy a fun Dia de los
Muertos celebration. The museum
will provide all the materials to
decorate sugar skulls and make
colorful paper picadors. Cost:
free. Contact: 543-8562 or sloma.
SAT NOV 12 at 11:00 am: SLO
at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San
Luis Obispo. Contact: 756-4849 or
SAT NOV 12 1:00-5:00 pm: SEW
& SWAP at SLO Guild Hall, 2880
Broad St, San Luis Obispo. SwapO-Rama-Rama encourages artistic
reuse of unwanted clothing.
Learn to upcycle with workshops
on basic sewing, hat making,
alteration, screen printing, etc.
Sewing machines will be available
to modernize, accessorize, or
redesign. Proceeds benefit Sierra
Club Santa Lucia Chapter. Cost: $5
in advance, $10 at door, plus clean
clothing to swap. Contact: www.
MON NOV 14 at 7:30 pm: DAVID
SEDARIS at the Cohan Center, 1
Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy
readings from his forthcoming
book Theft by Finding and more.
Cost: $30-58. Contact: 756-6556 or

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Family Events
St. Start Thanksgiving day (rain
or shine) having fun jogging
or walking as a community to
raise funds for the food bank.
Cost: $10 donation. Contact:

SUN DEC 4 at 3:00 pm: NORTH

CONCERT at Atascadero Lake
Pavilion, 9315 Pismo Ave,
Atascadero. Bring the whole
family to enjoy Holiday music.
Cost: $10-12, free for veterans.
THU NOV 24 at 8:30 am: TURKEY Contact: 546-3198 or cpactickets.
TROT fundraiser at Pismo Beach cuesta.
Pier. Start Thanksgiving day (rain
or shine) having fun jogging or
walking as a community to raise
Recurring Events
funds for the food bank. Cost: $1.
Contact: southcountyturkeytrot.
& Resources
THU NOV 24 at 3:00 & 9:00 pm:
Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo
Grande. Bring the whole family to
be amazed by this show of canine
talent. Cost: $20-35. Contact: 4899444 or

Every THU 10:00-11:00 am: La Leche

League Mother Support Meetings
in North Co, SLO, AG and SM.
Breastfeeding and parenting support
and information offered. Cost: free.
Contact: 242-2294 or

MON-THU 8:30-11:30 am: Walk-In

Legal Clinic in 3rd Floor Atrium of
Courthouse Annex, 1035 Palm St,
San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles
Courthouse, 901 Park St, Rm 112.
Get help with divorce, child and
spousal support, domestic violence,
guardianship, civil harassment, and
SAT NOV 26 at 7:00 pm & SUN name or gender change.

FRI NOV 25-SUN DEC 18 (times

Pewter Plough Playhouse, 824
Main St, Cambria. Contact: 9273877 or pewterploughplayhouse.

TUE NOV 15 10:00 am-1:00

WORKSHOP at SLO Botanical
Garden at SLO Botanical Garden,
3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis
Obispo. Learn to make your own
unique succulent-wreath for the
holidays. All materials provided.
Cost: $60-70. Contact:
wreath or 541-1400 x 303.
TUE NOV 15 at 7:30 pm: LIZT
at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave,
San Luis Obispo. Dancers and
musicians showcase the music
of Cuba from the 50s to today.
Cost: $28-66. Contact: 756-6556
or calpolyarts.
THU NOV 17-SUN JAN 1 (times
HOLIDAYS at Studios on the Park,
1130 Pine St, Paso Robles. Premier
craftspeople are featured in
this invitational exhibition and
retail sale. Contact: 238-9800 or

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SAT NOV 19 1:00-2:00 pm: DRIP

Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy
Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo. Learn
to make the switch to more
efficient irrigation with Cal Poly
professor Franklin Gaudi. Cost: $510. Contact: or 5411400 x 303.

NOV 27 at 3:00 pm: NUTCRACKER

at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave,
Arroyo Grande. This is a family
event for ages 3 and up. Meet the
characters after the show! Cost:
$15-20. Contact:

WED NOV 30 6:00-8:00 pm:

House at Cabrillo High School
Aquarium, 4350 Constellation Rd,
Lompoc. Contact: 742-2888 or
SAT NOV 19 2:00-4:00 pm: BABES
IN TOYLAND at Arroyo Grande
Library, 800 W Branch, Arroyo SAT DEC 3-SUN DEC 4 (times
Grande. Students at Coastal Dance vary): BABES IN TOYLAND at Clark
And Music Academy present this Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo
annual show. Cost: free. Contact: Grande. Coastal Dance & Music
Academy presents this annual
781-5783 or
Holiday spectacle. Cost: $18-30.
SAT NOV 19 at 7:30 pm: SAN LUIS Contact: 489-9444 or clarkcenter.
Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San
Luis Obispo. Cost: $10-15. Contact: SAT DEC 3-FRI DEC 23 (times vary):
546-3198 or cpactickets.cuesta. A CHRISTMAS STORY at SLO Little
Theatre, 888 Morro St, San Luis
Obispo. Enjoy the beloved holiday
THU NOV 24 at 8:30 am: TURKEY tale of Ralphie Parkers high
TROT fundraiser at Avila Beach expectations for a Christmas gift.
Community Park on San Juan Cost: $15-35. Contact: 786-2440.

November 2016

Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Legal

Clinic for Self-Represented 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.

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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 to a divorce case, or request
or modify child support, custody 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.

Music & Movement at Music Motive,

3440 S Higuera St #130, SLO. This
parent participation program for
ages 1-5 includes activities based
on music psychology and child
development. Cost: $80 per mo.
Contact: 543-0377.

Every TUE & SAT (by appt only):

Partners in Equestrian Therapy in
Atascadero offers riding lessons
for special needs children, adults,
and veterans. Volunteers needed.
1st & 3rd SAT every month at 2:00 pm: Contact: or 235-2787.
FAMILY MOVIE at Los Osos Library,
2075 Palisades Ave. Enjoy popcorn 2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm:
and a G/PG movie. Call for title. Cost: Book Group at Cayucos Library, 310
free. Contact: 528-1862.
B St. Join other readers to discuss
whatever youre reading and to
2nd FRI every month at 3:00 pm: discover, ponder, and share insights
PAWS TO READ at Los Osos Library, about what others are reading. Cost:
2075 Palisades Ave. Come share your free. Contact: 995-3846.
stories with adoring listener Carly.
Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.
Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO Chess
Club meets at Carls Jr on Santa Rosa
Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS St, 1 block W of Foothill, across from
TO READ at Los Osos Library, 2075 Cal-Poly. All ages. Cost: free. Contact:
Palisades Ave. Read to Berkeley, the 441-7210 or
dog who loves to listen to children.
Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.
Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO
Chess Club meets at the big board
3rd WED every month at 3:00 pm: on Morro Bay Embarcadero at west
KIDS CRAFT at Los Osos Library 2075 end of Morro Bay Blvd (down the
Palisades. School age children make stairs). Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210
n take a craft. Cost: free. Contact: or
Mankind Project mens support
Every SUN 12:00-4:00 pm: Family group meetings: all issues welcome.
Funday at Bang the Drum Brewery, Find purpose, mastery, healthy
950 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo. autonomy, and your lifes mission and
Enjoy the patio with your family. purpose. Gain skills to change your
Bring the kids to play family-friendly life or to become a better husband or
games and drums! Cost: free. Food dad. Call ahead to confirm. 1st & 3rd
and craft beer available for sale. TUE 6:00-9:00 pm in San Luis Obispo.
Contact: Contact: 459-7808. 1st & 3rd THU
or 242-8372.
6:30-9:30 pm in Cayucos. Contact:
471-9342. 2nd & 4th THU 6:30-9:00
Every FRI 6:00 am-4:00 pm: Early pm in Atascadero. Contact: 235-2774.
Bird Flea Market at Santa Maria Cost: free. Contact:
Fairpark, 937 S Thornburg St. Browse
many vendors with antiques, fruits, 1st & 3rd THU every month 7:00vegetables, new and used items, and 8:30 pm: Drop-in Dream Group at
more! Cost: free. Contact: 258-1765.
St. Benedicts Episcopal Church,
2220 Snowy Egret Ln, Los Osos. This
Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny Tunes support group is to share dreams

Womens Shelter

of San Luis Obispo County

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

Central Coast Family

and the relationship between

dreams and spiritual path, using
Jungian interpretive assumptions
and language and Robert Johnsons
book Inner Work. Cost: free. Contact:
3rd WED of every month at 6:30 pm:
Prepared & Natural Childbirth Classes
at Twin Cities Community Hospital,
1220 Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. This
six-series class addresses all matters
of childbirth with a lecture, hands-on
demos, and technique practice. Cost:
free. Contact: 434-4654.

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

2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm:

Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Cities
Community Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas
Rd, Templeton. Learn about practical
aspects of feeding your newborn
from a Lactation Consultant. Cost:
free. Contact: 239-4443.

Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain

Independent Despite Vision Loss at
Santa Maria Terrace, 1405 E Main St.
New ways of doing daily tasks are
taught by the Braille Institute, such
as home management, traveling, and
SLO Special Education Local Plan using talking library books. Contact:
Area (SELPA) and Community 462-1225.
Advisory Committee (CAC) offer
parent orientation to special 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30
education programs in SLO County. pm: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Contact: 782-7301 or meet at Pacific Christian Church,
3435 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria.
Childcare is provided. Contact: 934Twin Cities Community Hospital 3491 or
Volunteers provide support to
patients, doctors, and nurses, and Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:00seek volunteers to work in the 5:30 pm: Teen Wellness Program at
gift shop and Obstetrics Dept. AM Arroyo Grande EOC Health Services
and PM 4 hour shifts are available. Clinic, 1152 E Grand Ave. Health
services, including reproductive
Contact: 434-4524.
health, in a safe environment
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT to screen, assess, and provide
11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station intervention.
Interactive Science Center welcomes
families at 867 Ramona Ave, Grover
Beach. Cost: $2-3. Contact: 473-1421 1st WED every month at 9:00 am:
Senior Health Screening at First
United Methodist Church, 275 N
2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Free and
pm: Grief Support Group at Central low-cost services for ages 50 and
Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr, Ste older: blood pressure, pulse, weight,
D, San Luis Obispo. Free group for total cholesterol, screening for
anyone suffering the loss of a loved anemia, diabetes, and fecal blood,
one who is in need of support. nutritional counseling, and medical
referrals. Contact: 481-2692 or 788Contact: 540-6020.
2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOVat
9:00 am: Santa Maria Recreation
and Parks Dept offers free docentled nature walks in Los Flores Ranch,
6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Cost:
free. Contact: 925-0951.
2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm:
Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos
Community Church, Ocean Ave & S
3rd St. Free support for caregivers
and family dealing with long-term
illness, memory loss, dementia, and
Alzheimers. Contact: 458-7484.

November 2016

Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone?

Concerned for someone you care about?

1st WED every month at 12:00

pm: Disabled American Veterans
luncheon at Veterans Memorial
Bldg, 313 W Tunnell St, Santa Maria.
Contact: 345-0402.
Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed
Support Group at New Life Church,
990 James Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach.
Offered by Hospice of SLO Co.
Contact: 544-2266 or
Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family

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Local Resources

Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC)

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

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

1941 Johnson Ave

Ste 201A, San Luis Obispo

( 805 ) 542-6234

Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Lending Library - Jacks Helping Hand
Center, 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. at Pats Place in Nipomo Recreation
Contact: 937-9750.
Community Rm, 671 W Tefft St, Ste
2, Nipomo. Toys for children with
3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: all types of disabilities to check
How to Survive Divorce seminar at out. In-home appts available. CostSLO Womens Community Center, free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
1124 Nipomo St #D, SLO. Tips and
suggestions for handling family law
issues. Cost: $10. Contact: 544-9313 Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom
to register.
Dancing at Madonna Inn. Look left
of the bandstand for sign: Senior
4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Dancers. Dance, chat and listen to
Legal Clinic for Self-Represented good music. No fees; no dues; just
Litigants at SLO County Courthouse fun! Contact: 489-5481 or dg17@
Law Library, 1050 Monterey St,
SLO, #125. One-on-one legal advice
for persons filing divorces w/o an Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo
attorney, and a document preparer County has an ongoing and urgent
to assist in completing court-required need for volunteer tutors and offers
forms. Cost: Min $40 donation. free training in SLO. Contact: 541Contact: 544-9313.
4219 or
RISE offers: weekly drop-In support
groups for sexual assault survivors;
24 hour crisis line; advocacy and
accompaniment; peer counseling;
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 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-Jacks 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: 5471914 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.
Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm:
Growing With Baby, an infant feeding
office for breastfeeding moms and
babies (0-10 mos), offers a free class
on feeding, crying, and sleep at 1230
Marsh St, SLO. Nurse and lactation
consultant Andrea Herron answers
questions. Dads welcome! Call to
reserve. Contact: 543-6988.
Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
offers Adventures With Nature &
Mind Walks. Find the schedule at:

Central Coast Commission for Senior

Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI Citizens offers many free services:
4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy Senior Connection for connecting

Central Coast Family

November 2016

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 bereaved in
SLO and Paso. Contact: 544-2266. for information about

multiple volunteer opportunities.
San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers
health screening, legal services,
meals, exercise, bridge, and bingo
at 1445 Santa Rosa St. Contact: 7817306.
Central Coast Astronomical Society
sponsors a Dark Sky Star Party
every month at Santa Margarita
Lake KOA Campground at sunset.
CCAS sponsors guest speakers
and public education programs.
Find weather updates, and local
astronomy resources at: www.

Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! Make

a difference in the life of an older or
disabled adult. Training is monthly
at Wilshire Community Services, 285
South St, Ste J, SLO. Contact: 5477025 x 17.

San Luis Coastal Adult Schools Parent

Participation Program offers Core
Parenting and Enrichment classes
at centers in San Luis Obispo, Morro
Bay, and Los Osos. Bring your child
to parent and child activity classes,
or find individual peer support and
Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum education just for parents. Cost:
of Art! Stop by at 1010 Broad St $76 / 10 weeks. Contact: 549-1222 or
(Mission Plaza) or email volunteer@

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Local Resources

Pumpkin Patches
& Harvest Fun

Avila Valley Barn, 560 Avila Valley

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

Central Coast Family

Elle Rose Photography

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

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

November 2016

patch. Open daily October 20-30 snacks
10:00 am-9:00 pm. Contact: 260- restrooms, picnic area, pony
rides. Open weekends 10:00 am4154.
6:00 pm. Contact: 237-9560.
Cal Poly SLO Fruits & Crops,
Highland Drive off of Hwy 1, San Brookshire Farms, 4747 Los Osos
Luis Obispo: Pumpkin patch-pick Valley Rd (La Familia Ranch),
in the field, corn maze, haunted San Luis Obispo: Pumpkin patch,
corn maze, u-pick apples, harvest produce, corn mazes,
produce, honey from hives on bounce houses, restrooms, and
the farm, restrooms, school hay rides on a working farm.
tours. Open SAT 10:00 am-1:00 Open daily. Contact: 549-8733 or
pm. Free parking. Contact: 756-
2224 or
River K Pumpkin Patch and
Corn Maze, 7325 N River Road,
Cheesebrough Farm, 790 Moss Paso Robles: Pumpkin patch
Pumpkin u-pick, corn maze, horse-drawn
patch. Open daily 10:00 am-6:00 hayrides, picnic area, school
pm. This is a working farm with tours. Open daily 9:00 am-dusk.
fields at different stages, barn, Contact: 467-3737.
tractors, small cattle operation.
Farm stand and pumpkin patch San Marcos Ranch, 775 San
available in October only. Marcos Rd, Paso Robles:
Contact: 434-0843 or http:// Pumpkin patch (u-pick in the field
or gathered), Fall festival, corn
maze, child-sized hay bale maze,
Dos Pasos Ranch, 4330 Santa haunted house, restrooms,
Rosa Creek Road, Cambria: picnic area, pony rides, farm
Pumpkins, gourds, and other animals. Open MON-SUN 10:00
produce at unmanned farm am-dusk. Contact: 467-3315.
stand. Open weekends 9:00 amSLO Creek Farms, 6455 Monte
5:00 pm. Contact: 924-1008.
Rd, San Luis Obispo Pumpkins
Jack Creek Farms, 5000 Hwy in the farmstand or pick in the
46 West, Templeton: Organic field, pick-your-own apples,
patch tractor-pulled hay rides, honey,
(u-pick in the field or gathered), porta-potties, picnic area. Open
Fall festival, child-sized haybale everyday 11:00 am-5:00 pm.
maze, honey from hives on Contact: (702) 245-3135 or http://
the farm, gift shop, snacks and
refreshments, restrooms, picnic
area, farm animals, birthday Sunny Acres Pumpkin Patch,
parties, school tours.
Open 10660 Los Osos Valley Rd, San
MON-SAT 10:00 am-6:00 pm Luis Obispo: Families can choose
(except WED), SUN 11:00 am- their own pumpkins grown on6:00 pm. Contact: 238-3799 or site and support community
recovery programs. Prices start
at $1 cheapest in SLO! Contact:
McCall Farm B&B, 6250 Santa
Rosa Creek Rd, Cambria:
Pumpkins, produce. Open daily. The Tiny Trotters - Pony Rides,
Contact: 927-3140. Contact: 2210 Cimarron Way, Los Osos:
Wagon rides, pony rides, birthday
parties, shows and school tours.
Oak Flat Pumpkin Patch, 4760 Limited availability call first to
Oak Flat Road, Paso Robles: schedule a visit. Contact: 748pumpkin patch (gathered), child- 9158 or http://thetinytrotters.
sized haybale maze, produce, com.

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Local Resources

Alternative Education
on the
Central Coast

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

choices for their childrens education. Following are some options for
those seeking secular alternative education in our region.
For more information on 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

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

CAVA California Virtual Academies

and K give kids the chance to
learn at their own pace. Online
schooling is aligned with California
state standards. Teacher support as
needed, meetings and work samples
required quarterly. Contact: (866)
339-6790,, or

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

Central Coast Family

November 2016

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 Steiners 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 Childrens 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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