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Step Family Holidays / Vit D & ADHD / Renewable Energy / Safe Swaddling

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Family Life
For most, it’s how the adults
manage the situation that
determines the health and safety
of the heart part of the new
configuration of the family.

Step Family Holidays
by Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

“You hear a lot of dialogue on
the death of the American family.
Families aren’t dying. They’re
merging into big conglomerates.”

holidays highlight the departure
from what has been seen as the
“traditional” family.
As with most things, this can
be an affirmation of successful
reconfiguration of one’s family or
a reminder of all the things that
were, and perhaps still are, wrong.
For most, it’s a complicated mix
of regrets, relief, anger, sorrow
and joy.

~ Erma Bombeck

They are called step families,
blended families, reconstituted or
reconfigured. The modern family
often includes multiple people
from multiple relationships. More
than any other time of year,

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However committed, enthusiastic,
and in love new partners may be,
the children who share heredity
with only one member of the
couple have a different experience
and therefore different feelings
about the season than the adults.
It’s important to remember that
in the vast majority of cases, the
children of divorce didn’t want
it. They often worry that they’re
at fault. They have competing
loyalties to both parents. They
often wish there were a way to
get their original family back to
whatever they experienced as
“normal.”
However wonderful mom’s or
dad’s new partner may be, they
are prepared not to like him or her.
They often grieve their former
family quietly — or not so quietly
— for years. As a result, they
are often even more ambivalent
and conflicted about holiday
traditions than the adults. While
the adults are enthusiastically
trying to make the holidays bright
and joyful, the children may find
it a painful time of revisited loss
of the actual family that was or
the myth of how the family might
have been if only…

is shadowed by the knowledge
that they have left the “loser”
alone. When both parents insist
on having the kids be part of
Christmas Day or when kids are
expected to eat a huge meal at
two Thanksgiving dinners, the
kids often end up overwhelmed
and emotionally and physically
exhausted.
Lighten up. Holidays are only 24
hours long. But the season lasts
a couple of months. Everyone
can have a holi-DAY. Alternate
years for the actual holiday if you
must, but don’t make the day
with the other parent seem like
a second-rate event. It’s not. It’s
that parent’s special day with the
children.
Be Flexible about Traditions
The adults may want to start new
traditions for the new family. But
kids are stubborn little creatures
who thrive on predictability
and sameness. Consider which
traditions can be transferred to
the stepfamily scene. If there are
kids from both former marriages,
help the children from each side
introduce one or two special
traditions to the mix. Then add
a new tradition or two that isn’t
tied to a particular family or a
particular day.

The key to transitioning to
a different sense of “familyness” is flexibility on the part of
adults. Adults, being the adults,
need to respect their children’s
reluctance and understand where
it’s coming from. By tuning in and
being flexible about how holidays
are celebrated, the adults can
help create new traditions that
nurture the heart of the new
“conglomerate” called their
family in all its complexity.

A visit to Santa or a ride to view
neighborhood lights can happen
any time between Thanksgiving
and New Year’s. Making candles
for the menorah can happen any
time before Hanukkah. Making
and sending greeting cards can be
a family event that happens well
before the holiday week. Creating
new traditions like these doesn’t
compete with the children’s
enjoyment of their other parent’s
celebration and are part of
defining the new family’s sense of
“us.”

Be Flexible about Dates

Be Flexible about Defining Family

For some, it’s a radical idea: Dates
aren’t important. Feelings are.
When children are caught in the
debate of who “gets” Christmas
morning or Hanukkah first night,
the time with whoever “wins”

Those who divorce well separate
without hatred or rancor. They
agree that they couldn’t keep the
marriage going but feel no need
to revisit the conflicts and pain
that caused them to part. They

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Family Life
keep their children out of the
middle and appreciate what the
other parent has to offer. Yes, it
does happen.
For such families, it’s not a stretch
to create moments in the holiday
season where everyone can be
in the same place at the same
time. Mom, her new partner, his
kids, her kids, her kids’ father and
new partner and her kids, can get
together to do something lowstress like attending an event
together or volunteering to help
at a charity. Such activities bring
people together but don’t require
one group to host the other.

him or her for what was done that
made staying married impossible,
no matter if child support isn’t
coming as regularly as it should
or if your former partner is
irresponsible about finances,
no matter how threatened your
current partner is by the kids’
relationship to their other parent
— those are the adults’ problems,
not your children’s.

Be Flexible even When it Hurts

Separate flexibility for honoring
family holidays from unfinished
emotional, psychological, or
financial matters that were part
of your divorce. If you refrain
from making negative comments
about their other parent and
support the children in having a
positive relationship with him or
her, they will eventually figure out
on their own why the divorce was
necessary. They will love you for
not making them into unwilling
allies in your fight and for giving
them support in staying solidly
connected to their other parent.

Unless your former partner has
abused the children, they can
and should have a healthy, loving
relationship with each other. No
matter how hurt and angry you
may be with your former spouse,
no matter how much you hate

The holidays only underline
the issues that go on all year.
Children of their parents’ divorce,
separations, and re-partnering
are going along for a ride that
most would not choose. It’s up
to the grownups to be grown up.

When adults can manage this,
children are reassured that they
won’t lose anyone from their
family. They are invited to add to
their list of people who love them.
They can love and be loyal to each
parent without fearing loss of the
other.

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Wellness
Vitamin D

&
ADHD Risk
by John J. Cannell, MD

A recent study conducted by the
University of Southern Denmark
found that low maternal vitamin
D levels were associated with a
higher risk of ADHD among young
children.

Denmark between 2010-2012.
The participants donated the
umbilical cord blood, allowing
the researchers to evaluate the
25(OH)D levels of the infants
at birth. When the children
reached between the ages of 2-4
years, the parents completed
the Child Behavior Checklist, a
tool commonly used to identify
problem behavior in children.

Attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD) is one of the
most common developmental
neurobehavioral disorders that
children develop. The prevalence
of this condition is estimated to A total of 1,233 mothers had
be 11% in the US and is on the rise. completed the checklist, and thus,
were included in the analysis.
Signs and symptoms of ADHD The researchers compared the
include but are not limited children’s vitamin D levels and
to problems with executive ADHD symptoms.
functions (e.g. attention control
and lack of inhibition) that cause Here is what they found:
attention deficits, hyperactivity or
impulsiveness, difficulty focusing, • The average age of the children
inability to follow instructions,
assessed was 2.7 years.
frequent fidgeting, and excessive
• The highest ADHD scores were
chatting.
associated with lower cord
Researchers believe that vitamin D
25(OH)D levels, low maternal age
may play a role in the development
and education level and smoking
in this condition. In fact, vitamin D
or alcohol consumption during
receptors are located throughout
pregnancy.
the brain, including areas of the
brain responsible for psycho- • Vitamin D levels above 10 ng/
motor function and language
ml (25 nmol/l) had lower ADHD
development in infants and
scores than those with vitamin D
children.
levels below 10 ng/ml (p = 0.035).

Although research has shown • The adjusted odds of scoring
that low vitamin D levels
above the 90th percentile on
are associated with ADHD in
the Child Behaviour Checklist for
children, there has been a lack of
ADHD decreased with every 4 ng/
evidence supporting the role of
ml (10 nmol/l) increase in cord
maternal vitamin D status in the
25(OH)D.
development of ADHD. Therefore,
researchers recently aimed to The researchers concluded,
investigate this relationship in a
“An inverse association between
large cohort study.
cord 25(OH)D and attention
The researchers included a total deficit hyperactivity disorder
of 2,549 pregnant women from symptoms in toddlers was found,

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Vitamin
D
Council
suggesting a protective effect of The
recommends that women who
prenatal vitamin D.”
are pregnant or trying to conceive
Nutrition plays a vital role in ask their doctors to test vitamin
ensuring that a newborn develops D [25(OH)D] blood levels at least
properly. Accordingly, there every 1-3 months to make sure
is a large market for prenatal they are within the safe and
supplements. Despite the high healthy range (40-80 ng/ml).
use of prenatal supplements,
pregnant women, neonates, Taking 5,000-10,000 IU/day of
and infants are at a high risk for vitamin D3 supplements is safe.
vitamin D deficiency, putting Vitamin D3 is the type of vitamin
them at an increased risk of heath D your body naturally produces
in response to sun exposure. In
complications.
the United States, most over-thecounter vitamin D supplements
Studies have demonstrated that
are D3, but check to make sure.
maternal vitamin D levels are
Kids with ADHD can safely be
related to the risk of preeclampsia,
given 50 IU/pound of vitamin D3.
preterm
birth,
gestational
diabetes, and infections.
Mossin MH, Aaby JB, Dalgård C, et al. Inverse
Clinical trials have shown that
supplementation
with
the
recommended dietary allowance
(RDA) of 400 IU does not improve
the vitamin D status of pregnant
women. Higher dosages have been
given in some studies involving
vitamin D supplementation in
pregnant women, but only a small
percentage of women in these
studies achieve sufficient levels.

associations between cord vitamin D and
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
symptoms: A child cohort study. Australian and
New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Published
online September 30 2016

John Cannell, MD has over 35 years of
clinical experience. He is board certified
by the American Academy of Psychiatry
and Neurology and obtained his MD
degree from the University of North
Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Cannell
has published 17 scientific papers in peerreviewed medical literature; three of his
papers are the most cited papers in the
history of their respective journals.

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Tek Talk
Renewable
Energy

by Stan Horspool

Photovoltaic Cells
Solar technology isn’t new. It’s
history spans from the 7th Century BC to today. We started out
concentrating the sun’s heat with
glass and mirrors to light fires.
Today, we have everything from
solar-powered buildings to solar
powered vehicles.
In 1905, Albert Einstein published

everyday electrical equipment.
Bell Telephone Laboratories
produced a silicon solar cell with
4% efficiency and later achieved
11% efficiency. Today’s commercial
solar cells are typically 15% to 16%
efficient. Laboratory prototypes
his paper on the photoelectric and space-based panels can get
effect (along with a paper on 40% efficiency, but at a cost.
his theory of relativity). In 1954,
photovoltaic technology was For more information, go to:
born in the United States when www1.eere.energy.gov/solar
Daryl Chapin, Calvin Fuller, and
Gerald Pearson developed the
Pricing Trends
silicon photovoltaic (PV) cell at
Bell Labs—the first solar cell
capable of converting enough of Obviously, the trend is downward
the sun’s energy into power to run in price. As of early 2016, most US
homeowners are paying $3 to $4
per watt to install a solar panel
system, and the average cost per
watt in the US is $3.57 per watt.
Using the national average for
PV system size at 5 kW (or 5000
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Many companies offer a leasing
option. For zero money down, a
solar company will install panels
on your roof, connect to the grid,
and charge a monthly fee that
can produce a substantial savings
over time. One of the problems
with solar panels connected to
the grid is that when the power
goes out, all that solar power
generated is lost. Since the panels
do not guarantee a consistent
power output due to lack of sun,
the power output from the panels
is disconnected when the grid
power shuts off. An alternative is
to use battery backup.

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For more information, go to:
www.nrel.gov/docs
Battery Backup
Companies such as Tesla are
providing battery backup (www.
For
tesla.com/powerwall).
around $5000, you can purchase
a battery that will attach to a
wall in the garage and store the
energy produced by a solar array.
A typical 3 BR home requires one
of these batteries to store energy
required for one day.
Wind Power
Wind turbines are another option
for renewable energy. Small
turbines for the home can be
purchased on amazon for about
$1500. These produce around
1500W of power. Three of these
turbines would be equivalent to
the typical PV system and cost
considerably less. Wind speeds of
10 mph are required to maintain
this power output and you
wouldn’t want to place it in the
path of flying creatures.
Solar Hot Water
These systems heat water using
solar energy. They are generally
placed on a roof and can replace
or enhance existing water heater
systems or can be used to heat
swimming pools or hot tubs. An 80
gallon solar water heater can cost
between $2000 and $3000 and
last for 30 years. Some estimates
claim savings of 50% per year.
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central coast explorer, and musician.
He can be reached at: http://aplink.io or
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Fun & Games

Happy

Christmas
Maze

from

Holidays!

Central Coast Family

Winter
word search

Fill empty cells with numbers between 1 and 9 (1 number per cell).
A number should appear only once in each row, column, and region.

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8

7 9 5 6 3
6
1
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Safety

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Are you swaddling your baby 2. Place the baby on the cloth
properly?
so that the top of the fabric
is at shoulder level. If using a
Many parents find that swaddling
rectangular cloth, the baby’s
can provide comfort for fussy
shoulders will be placed at the
babies, reduce crying, and develop
top of the long side.
more settled sleep patterns. When
babies are swaddled, care should 3. Bring the left arm down. Wrap
the cloth over the arm and
be taken to swaddle properly so
chest. Tuck under the right
the baby is safe and healthy.
side of the baby.
Improper swaddling may lead to
hip dysplasia or developmental 4. Bring the right arm down and
wrap the cloth over the baby’s
dysplasia of the hip. When in
arm and chest.
the womb the baby’s legs are
in a fetal position with the legs
bent up and across each other. 5. Tuck the cloth under the left
side of the baby. The weight
Sudden straightening of the legs
of the baby will hold the cloth
to a standing position can loosen
firmly in place.
the joints and damage the soft
cartilage of the socket.
6. Twist or fold the bottom end
There are many ways to swaddle
babies by using blankets or
commercial products designed for
swaddling. In order for swaddling
to allow healthy hip development,
the legs should be able to bend up
and out at the hips. This position
allows for natural development of
the hip joints.
The baby’s legs should not be
tightly wrapped straight down
and pressed together. Swaddling
infants with the hips and knees
in an extended position may
increase the risk of hip dysplasia
and dislocation.
Here is one of the safe methods
for baby swaddling:

of the cloth and tuck behind
the baby, ensuring that both
legs are bent up and out.

It is important to leave room for
the hips to move.
What about sleepsacks and
commercial products?
Some parents choose to wrap their
babies in sleepsacks specifically
designed for swaddling, instead
of using a simple cloth or
blanket. Commercial products for
swaddling should have a loose
pouch or sack for the baby’s legs
and feet, allowing plenty of hip
movement. However, even some
of these commercial products
can confine the legs if they are
tightened around the thighs.

1. If using a square cloth, fold
back one corner creating a It’s especially important to allow
the hips to spread apart and
straight edge.

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bend up. In the womb the legs
are in a fetal position with the
legs bent up across each other.
Sudden straightening of the legs
to a standing position can loosen
the joints and damage the soft
cartilage of the socket.

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her stomach, this may increase
the risk of suffocation. Seek your
pediatrician’s advice if swaddling
an older or more active baby.

For more information, including a
video showing three hip-healthy
methods to swaddle your baby,
Final Thoughts
visit: http://hipdysplasia.org/
developmental-dysplasia-ofWhen put down to sleep, a
the-hip/hip-healthy-swaddling
swaddled baby should be placed
on his or her back, face up.
If the baby can roll onto his or

M
W

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Local History

SLO Shopping
by Guy Crabb

Winter is here, and once again
we have a great excuse to feel
good and do nice things for our
families and strangers alike. You
can say hello to everyone and give
presents to the special people in
your life. The stores are loaded
with Christmas and Hanukkah
decorations and gift ideas for
those we love, honor, and are
thankful for.

I was thinking about all those
holiday foods we will be buying,
and I found out what my grandma
was spending for food during
the holiday season. In 1936, our
Piggly Wiggly was selling a pound
of butter for 19 cents. They didn’t
sell milk by the plastic gallon
jug, but in cans. You could buy 5
cans of milk for 21 cents and get
out your can opener at home. I
guess you could have bottles of
fresh milk delivered to your home
from the creamery on Higuera or
Nipomo Streets, but sometimes
you need a can of milk. You could
also pick up a pound of America’s
favorite food for 19 cents a pound:
bacon. Now, those are the kind of
prices I would love to pay.

The stores are also giving us ideas
for special dinners that we can
make for the winter holidays.
Every year, my wife and I go
shopping for these dinners. As
she loads up the grocery cart with
great meal ingredients and hums
Jingle Bells, I think about how
much all of this costs and imagine
the great leftovers in my future.
When I jump to December of
1975, I see that people were
While I was thinking about the paying $1.40 for milk, and a loaf
holidays recently, I decided to find of bread cost 28 cents. The cost
out if any of my old newspapers of sending a Christmas card was
had grocery store ads. I found 13 cents. Ten years later in 1985,
some papers from 1932, 1936, milk was $2.26 per gallon, bacon
and a few from the 1960s and was $1.65 a pound, and a stamp
1970s. I saw lots of food ads and was 22 cents at our local grocery
rediscovered something very stores. If you were loaded with
cool. We used to have a Piggly cash in 1945, you could buy your
Wiggly grocery store in San Luis sweetie a new car for a little over
Obispo. Piggly Wiggly was a chain $1000, or a new home for around
of stores that were numerous in $5,000.
the southern states, but there
were not many on the West One of my favorite things about
Coast. The store had an icon that the holidays is that I get to buy
was a big pig. Our Piggly Wiggly
was at 727 Marsh Street, which is
near the location of the current
CVS Drug Store.

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things for my grandkids. I can’t
wait to check out the Toys ‘R Us
winter catalog that mysteriously
shows up in my mailbox every
year. I seriously wonder how I get
on the mailing list for some of the
gift catalogs I get in the mail.

$100. Way back in 1932, I could
have bought a bike with hand
grips and a cool paint job for $7.00.
Now, these old bikes are worth a
fortune if they are in excellent
condition. Sears had a great gift
catalog in 1932. A customer could
order just about anything from a
My wife has already set up bike to a grand piano (the piano
my Amazon.com wish list and may have cost you about $400).
reminded me how to add things
and how to check out other family Another classic toy that parents
members’ lists. My grandson buy for their kids is the Glo-Worm.
Elliott has a list of 41 items. The I remember buying the worm
other night, I noticed that some for my daughters in 1985 when
of the items on his list were the the Glo-Worm cost about $7.00.
same toys I wrote on the list that Today, there are a variety of GloI sent to Santa Claus in the North Worms and they cost around
Pole as a child. One of my favorite $15.00. I have been buying Barbie
toys, that inspired hours of play, dolls for years now. I seriously
think I have purchased more than
was a Mr. Potato Head.
thirty Barbies. I know I can go
Mr. Potato Head was invented down to Target and buy a classic
back in 1952 and is still going strong Barbie doll for $6.00. In 1959, the
today. I think the Disney Toy Story original Barbie cost around $3.00
movies introduced this toy to a and looked a lot different than
new generation of children. Over the Barbie I have bought for my
the years, I must have received daughters and granddaughter.
or bought Mr. Potato Head on
many occasions. The original cost I hope everyone has a wonderful
was 98 cents and you could have holiday season! Create your own
gone down to Sears on Higuera history with your friends and
Street to buy this toy. Actually, family. Oh, if you find an original
this first version included only the Barbie at a garage sale this month,
body parts to adorn your own real snatch that little doll up for your
potato. In 1965, you could go to favorite history writer by the last
J. C. Penny’s on Higuera and buy name of Crabb.
Mr. Potato Head (with a plastic
potato) for $2.00.

Happy Holidays!

When I was recently looking to
buy my granddaughter Scarlett a
new bike, I went down to Target
and found bikes that cost around

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December 2016

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 crabbx5@charter.net.

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Education
CS Perryess
writes

about words
kindness

Here’s to a new year filled with all
the many facets of kindness.

As we start a new year, we
typically hope it will be a good
song for christmas EVE
one. In my humble opinion, one
way to make it a good year is to This evening marks the 101st
focus on our own expressions of anniversary of a remarkable
event that took place in France
genuine kindness.
during World War I. Known as the
Kindness is a big word. Its Christmas Truce, and celebrated
synonyms provide a little insight in song and story, surging with a
into the vast nature of kindness.
1984 recording by folksinger John
One who is compassionate McCutcheon.
expresses a propensity
sympathy and mercy.

horrors of war. The generals in
charge didn’t participate, but a
lot of infantrymen did, and not
all on that one Christmas Eve.
Afterward, soldiers arranged
follow-up unofficial truces as the
war dragged on, so that all told, • The related word gift showed
up to 100,000 soldiers took the
up in the 1300s. In Swedish, gift
opportunity to lay down their
means poison.
guns and celebrate peace.
• One of the earliest English
Here’s a Christmas wish for more
meanings of gift was natural
of the same in the very near
talent, inspiration
future. Peace to you all.
• Some other idioms that employ
giving
the word give include:
In this season of giving, why not - give up
take a look at the word give?
- give the finger
Give is a word that has been with
English speakers for a very long
time – actually, even before we
had a language called English to
speak. Give takes up a whopping
seven and a half pages of the OED
and has seventy-two meanings,
both transitive and intransitive.
Wow.

for First, a look at the etymology of
the word truce, then onto the
Benevolence implies altruism, a Christmas Truce: what some might
charitable nature, the tendency call a temporary ebb in hostilities,
to be looking out for others more some might call a miracle, and Give came from the Proto-Indothan oneself, and a stalwart some might call a reflection of the European word ghabh-, which
true nature of humanity.
commitment to doing good.
interestingly meant to have, to
Truce
showed
up
in
English
in
the
hold, to give and to receive. This
One who is benign is gentle and
1200s, meaning treaty, covenant, means that every one of the
mild.
or faith. It came from an Old original meanings of ghabh- can
A gracious person exudes a kind English word that meant pledge,
be associated with the holiday
warmth, a courteous elegance, promise, faith or agreement,
season.
and shows a propensity for tact, which came from a Proto-Indocharm, and good taste.
European verb meaning hope, Some intriguing bits of trivia:
Someone who is thoughtful is believe, or trust.
• The reason we can give someone
contemplative and encourages The Christmas Truce was an
a cold is the thankfully forgotten
the well-being and happiness of unsanctioned
belief that by infecting others
agreement
others.
we can heal ourselves (give
between German and British
someone a cold while taking
Those who have an innately kind soldiers to cross into No-Man’s
that person’s health).
disposition or character are said to Land on Christmas Eve and/or
Christmas day, where to quote • In Old English give started with a
be kindhearted or kindly.
McCutcheon’s song, “with neither
y and was spelled yiven (mostly).
One who is courteous shows gun nor bayonet, we met them
Nobody knows why, but it looks
gracious consideration toward hand to hand.” The men sang
as though give’s Old Norse
others and displays good manners carols, shook hands, decorated
cousin gefa (give) influenced it
and etiquette.
a tree, shared food, liquor and
enough to change that initial
One who is sympathetic shows cigarettes, played soccer, and
letter.
a susceptibility to the feelings of traded photographs of the people
• The idiom I don’t give a ____ has
others and sometimes an altruism back home that they loved.
been around since the 1300s.
inspired by that susceptibility.
Based on a word meaning hope,
Early words that filled in the
One who is empathetic has the believe or trust, the Christmas
blank were a straw, a grass and
capacity to understand others’ Truce offered exactly that to
a mite.
points of view and can strongly soldiers who’d spent the previous
identify with another’s situation weeks huddling in muddy • The idiom what gives? was born
in the 1940s.
trenches, surrounded by the
and emotions.

Central Coast Family

December 2016

- give someone a break
- give the shirt off one’s back
- give someone the shaft
- give someone the nod
- give someone the evil eye
- give someone five
- give someone the creeps
- give someone a shot
- give someone the third degree
- give someone the low down
- give someone the green light
- give someone a hard time
- give someone a hand
- give someone some skin
- don’t give up our day jobs
May this season of giving be very
good to you.
Big thanks to sources Learn American English
Online, Wordnik, Etymonline, the OED, History.
com, Eyewitness to History, Thesaurus.com,
1959 Webster’s New World Dictionary, and
Merriam-Webster.

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

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December 2016 Free Ongoing Events
SUNDAY
27

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

December is:
Universal Human Rights Month
Hi Neighbor Month
National Stress Free Family
Holiday Month
Read A New Book Month
Safe Toy and Gift Month
Write to a Friend Month

4
FARMERS MARKET:

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

MONDAY

TUESDAY

28
FARMERS MARKET:

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

Birthstone:
Blue Topaz / Turquoise

29
FARMERS MARKET:

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

WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
30
1
FARMERS MARKETS:
FARMERS MARKETS:

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT,
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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB,
10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG

Flower: Poinsettia

5
FARMERS MARKET:

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

6
FARMERS MARKET:

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

National pie day

7
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

8
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

12
FARMERS MARKET:

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

unicef
Anniversary
(Established in 1946)

13
FARMERS MARKET:

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

14
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

INTERNATIONAL
children’s day

Poinsettia day

19
FARMERS MARKET:

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

NATIONAL
ugly christmas
sweater day

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

christmas

SLO CO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
INTERNATIONAL day OF
THE DISABLED PERSON

special
education day

9
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

20
FARMERS MARKET:

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

15
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

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

emily dickinson’s
birthday(Born in 1896)

16
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

27
FARMERS MARKET:

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

(In 1911)

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

21

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

edison patents the
phonograph (In 1877)

Wright Bros. day
(1st flight @ Kitty Hawk 1903)

bill of rights day
(Adopted in 1791)

NATIONAL MAPLE
SYRUP DAY

22
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

23
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

roots DAY.=

24
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

Hanukkah begins

FIRST day OF WINTER

NATIONAL
egg nog day

humbug day

Christmas eve

28
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

29
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

30
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

boxing DAY
kwanza begins

17
FARMERS MARKETS:

LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

solstice

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

10
FARMERS MARKETS:

Beethoven’s
birthday (Born 1770)

go caroling
day

26
FARMERS MARKET:

NATIONAL ROOF-OVERYOUR-HEAD DAY

Human Rights Day

south pole
discovered

FULL MOON

oatmeal
muffin day

25
FARMERS MARKET:

LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

NATIONAl
brownie day

NATIONAL
COcoa day

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

LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO

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

Nobel Prize
awardS

WALT DISNEY’S
BIRTHDAY (Born in 1901)

18
FARMERS MARKET:

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

Holiday card day

pearl harbor DAY
(Attacked by Japan in 1941)

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

FARMERS MARKETS:

Rosa Park’s Day
NEW MOON

SATURDAY

2
3
BINGO VETS HALL MB - 1st FRI 5:00pm FARMERS MARKETS:

WORLD AIDS day

NATIONAL
COOKIE day

11
FARMERS MARKET:

FRIDAY

Card playing day

31
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

bowling ball
invented (In 1862)

Chewing gum
patented (In 1869)
visit
the zoo day

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NEW MOON

new year’s eve

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Family Events
FRI NOV 25 5:30-9:00 pm: PASO
ROBLES LIGHTING CEREMONY
at Paso Robles City Park, 12th &
Spring Sts. Candlelight caroling
and tree lighting ceremony with
free refreshments. Mrs. Claus
and the elves and lots of other
characters will be in attendance.
Cost: free. Contact: 238-4103 or
FRI NOV 25-SUN DEC 18 (times pasoroblesdowntown.org.
vary): HOLIDAY MUSICAL at
Pewter Plough Playhouse, 824 FRI NOV 25-SAT DEC 24 (times
Main St, Cambria. Contact: 927- vary): SANTA’S HOUSE at Mission
3877 or pewterploughplayhouse. Plaza, 989 Chorro St, San Luis
Obispo. Every child visiting Santa
org.
receives a free candy cane, toy,
FRI NOV 25 10:00 am-4:00 pm: and coloring book. Cost:$5 for
HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR at Paso photo with own device, $8 for
Robles City Park at 12th & Spring souvenir framed photo, $11 for
Sts. At this Black Friday event, own photo and souvenir framed
find handmade crafts of all types. photo. Contact: downtownslo.
Cost: free. Contact: 238-4103 or com.
pasoroblesdowntown.org.
SAT NOV 26 at 11:30 am: Santa’s
FRI NOV 25 10:00 am-5:00 pm Doggie Parade at Avila Beach
& SAT NOV 26 9:00 am-4:00 Promenade, Front St, Avila. This
pm: COWGIRL CHRISTMAS at year’s parade participants will
Madonna Expo Center, 100 receive goodie bags donated by
Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo. Petco Arroyo Grande. All dogs
This 12th annual event features must be registered and checkwestern vendors, door prizes, in. Cost: $5. Contact: 627-1997 or
drawings, food, and more. avilabeachcc.com.
Cost: free. Contact: 260-6529 or
SAT NOV 26 at 3:00 pm: SCHOOL
cowgirltradeshows.com.
BREAK MOVIE at Los Osos Library,
FRI NOV 25-FRI DEC 23 5:00- 2075 Palisades Ave. Enjoy a fun
9:00 pm: CAMBRIA CHRISTMAS movie for the whole family. Call
MARKET at Cambria Pines for movie title, rated G/PG. Cost:
Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr. Enjoy free film and popcorn. Contact:
this 5th annual event, a festive 528-1862.
ongoing gathering with nightly
entertainment.
Cost:
$5-15, SAT NOV 26 at 7:00 pm & SUN
kids 5 and under: free. Contact: NOV 27 at 3:00 pm: NUTCRACKER
at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks,
cambriachristmasmarket.com.
Arroyo Grande. Everybody Can
DANCE and Santa Maria Civic
Ballet present an action-packed
show. Children age 3 and up are
welcome, and all are invited to
meet characters after the show.
Cost: $15-20. Contact: clarkcenter.
org or 489-9444.
FRI NOV 25- SAT DEC 10 (times
vary): FESTIVAL OF TREES at Santa
Maria Town Center, 142 Town
Center East. This annual event
features a raffle of beautifully
decorated trees with a drawing
on DEC 11 at 1:00 pm. Contact:
925-0951 or cityofsantamaria.org.

for this fun annual event. Cost: downtownslo.com.
free. Contact: agchristmasparade.
SAT DEC 3 at 7:00 am: REINDEER
com.
RUN 2016 5K at Mitchell Park,
SUN NOV 27-SUN DEC 25 (days 1445 Santa Rosa St, San Luis
and times vary): HOLIDAYS AT Obispo. Run and breakfast with
THE APPLE FARM, 2015 Monterey Santa! Proceeds benefit the Food
St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy a classic Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo
celebration of the season’s most County. Cost: $15-25. Children
cherished
family
traditions. in strollers get in free. Contact:
Cost: free. Contact: 544-2040 or 781-7067 or active.com/san-luisobispo-ca.
visitsanluisobispocounty.com.
TUE NOV 29 6:00-9:00 pm:
CAMBRIA FESTIVAL OF TREES at
Vet’s Hall, 1000 Main St, Cambria.
This annual decorated tree
auction features gourmet food
and fine wines. Cost: $25. Contact:
927-3624 or cambiachamber.
org.
WED NOV 30 6:00-8:00 pm:
SOMETHING
FISHY
Open
House at Cabrillo High School
Aquarium, 4350 Constellation Rd,
Lompoc. Contact: 742-2888 or
cabrilloaquarium.org.

December 2016

SAT DEC 3 5:30-9:00 pm:
MUSICAL HOLIDAY LAKE WALK
at Atascadero Lake Park, 9100
Morro Rd. Come celebrate the
season with a special evening
walk around the Atascadero Lake.
Enjoy choirs, carolers, musical
groups, refreshments, holiday
decorations, and free admission
into the Charles Paddock Zoo.
Cost: free. Contact: 550-3147.

THU DEC 1 6:00-8:00 pm:
HOSPITALITY NIGHT at Main
St & Burton Dr, Cambria. Share
the warmth and camaraderie of
the holiday season at the annual
village open house. Enjoy a tree
lighting ceremony, carolers, SAT DEC 3 at 7:00 pm: PASO ROBLES
decorations, food, and family fun. CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE in
Cost: free. Contact: 927-3624.
Downtown Paso Robles, 12th and
Park Sts. Bring the whole family
FRI DEC 2 at 5:30 pm: HOLIDAY
to enjoy this 55th annual event.
HARMONY & TREE LIGHTING at
Cost: free. Contact: 238-4103 or
Pismo Beach Pier, 100 Pomeroy
pasoroblesdowntown.org.
Ave, Pismo Beach. The evening
will include fresh snow, bounce SAT DEC 3-SUN DEC 4 (times
houses, crafts, music, and cookie vary): BABES IN TOYLAND at Clark
decorating. In addition, kids will Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo
have the chance to visit and take a Grande. Coastal Dance & Music
picture with Santa. 6:00 pm: tree Academy presents this annual
lighting. Cost: free. Contact: 773- Holiday spectacle. Cost: $18-30.
7063.
Contact: 489-9444 or clarkcenter.
org.
FRI DEC 2 6:00-7:00 pm: HOLIDAY
LIGHTING CEREMONY at Sunken SAT DEC 3-FRI DEC 23 (times vary):
Gardens, 6505 El Camino Real, A CHRISTMAS STORY at SLO Little
Atascadero. This family event Theatre, 888 Morro St, San Luis
features live music, hot chocolate, Obispo. Enjoy the beloved holiday
visits with Santa, and a tour of tale of Ralphie Parker’s high
City Hall. Cost: free. Contact: expectations for a Christmas gift.
atascaderochamber.org.
Cost: $15-35. Contact: 786-2440.

SAT NOV 27 9:00 am-4:00 pm:
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
STREET FAIRE at Morro Bay Blvd
& Main St, Morro Bay. This family
event features holiday festivities,
music, dancing, kids’ activities,
shopping, food & gifts. A good FRI DEC 2 7:00-9:00 pm: 40TH
time for everyone!. Cost: free. ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE in
Contact: morrobay.org.
downtown San Luis Obispo. This
annual event features all types
SAT NOV 27 at 5:00 pm: ARROYO
of floats, vehicles, marching
GRANDE CHRISTMAS PARADE
bands, and dancers, and starts at
at Short & Branch Sts, Arroyo
the corner of Palm & Chorro Sts.
Grande. Bring the whole family
Cost: free. Contact: 541-0286 or

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SAT DEC 3 at 10:00 am: SOUTH
COUNTY HOLIDAY PARADE at
16th St, Grover Beach. This 50th
annual event is the only daytime
parade in South San Luis Obispo
County. Bring the entire family
and enjoy a good old-fashioned
time. Cost: free. Contact:
visitsanluisobispocounty.com.

SUN DEC 4 1:00-3:00 pm: KIDS
COOKING CLASS at San Luis
Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450
Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. Kids ages
6 and up will harvest, cook,
and learn a fun seasonal recipe.
Cost: $5. Contact: slobg.org/kidscooking or 541-1400 x 303.

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SUN DEC 4 at 3:00 pm: NORTH
COUNTY CHORUS HOLIDAY
CONCERT at Atascadero Lake
Pavilion, 9315 Pismo Ave,
Atascadero. Bring the whole
family to enjoy Holiday music.
Cost: $10-12, free for veterans.
Contact: 546-3198 or cpactickets.
cuesta.
SUN DEC 4 4:00-8:00 pm:
ELEGANT CHRISTMAS IN THE
VILLAGE in Downtown Arroyo
Grande. Come out for an evening
of celebration in your Holiday
best. Throughout the heart of the
Village, store staff serve food and
drinks in costume with live music
and entertainment. Cost: free.
Contact: visitsanluisobispocounty.
com.

SAT DEC 10 at 2:00 pm: JOLLY
HOLLY MOVIE at Los Osos
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Enjoy
a holiday movie for the whole
family. Call for movie title, rated
G/PG. Cost: free film and popcorn.
Contact: 528-1862.
THU DEC 15 at 4:00 pm: LIVE
HOLIDAY MUSIC at Los Osos
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Enjoy
a show by the Pacific Horizon
Chorus, cider, cookies, and relax
during this busy time of year.
Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.

SAT DEC 17 at 2:00 pm: JOLLY
HOLLY MOVIE at Los Osos
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Enjoy
a holiday movie for the whole
family. Call for movie title, rated
G/PG. Cost: free film and popcorn.
SUN DEC 4 at 5:00 pm: CAYUCOS Contact: 528-1862.
TREE LIGHTING at Ocean Ave &
SAT DEC 24 at 2:00 pm: JOLLY
D St, Cayucos. Come celebrate
HOLLY MOVIE at Los Osos
the holidays with the annual
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Enjoy
Christmas tree lighting and
a holiday movie for the whole
caroling. Cost: free. Contact: 995family. Call for movie title, rated
1200 or visitsanluisobispocounty.
G/PG. Cost: free film and popcorn.
com.
Contact: 528-1862.
SUN DEC 4-SAT DEC 24 (times
SAT DEC 24 at 5:30 pm:
vary): SANTA’S HOLIDAY HOUSE
HANNUKAH DOWNTOWN in
at Downtown City Park, Spring
Mission Plaza, 989 Chorro St,
and 12th Sts, Paso Robles. Come
San Luis Obispo. Bring the family
visit Santa Claus and take pictures.
for candle lighting, followed by a
Cost: free. Contact: 238-4103 or
party including a Schmooze Zone
visitsanluisobispocounty.com.
and Kid’s Zone, songs, games and
FRI DEC 4-FRI JAN 8 (times & treats. Candlelighting continues 8
locations vary): JULEFEST at nights. Cost: free. Contact: jccslo.
Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission com.
Dr, Solvang. DEC 2: Community
TUE DEC 27 at 3:00 pm: WINTER
Tree Lighting Ceremony; DEC
BREAK MOVIE at Los Osos
2-4 & 9-11: Shop, DEC 2-4: Santa
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Enjoy
Claus; Mingle, & Jingle; DEC 3:
a holiday movie for the whole
Parade; DEC 10-11: Wine and Beer
family. Call for movie title, rated
Walk; DEC 10: Nativity Pageant;
G/PG. Cost: free film and popcorn.
DEC 13: Holiday Lights Tour,
Contact: 528-1862.
JAN 6: Christmas Tree burn.
Cost: free. Contact: 709-2221 or THU DEC 29 at 3:00 pm: WINTER
julefestsolvang.com.
BREAK MOVIE at Los Osos
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Enjoy
SAT DEC 10 1:00-3:00 pm:
a holiday movie for the whole
ANCIENT
AGRICULTURE
&
family. Call for movie title, rated
SACRED SEEDS at SLO Botanical
G/PG. Cost: free film and popcorn.
Garden at SLO Botanical Garden,
Contact: 528-1862.
3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis
Obispo. Discover ancient Andean SAT DEC 31 11:30 am-12:15 pm:
agriculture and how practices NOON YEAR’S EVE at Los Osos
can be applied for sustainable Library, 2075 Palisades. Not
agriculture in harmony with the everyone can make it to midnight.
natural world. 2:00 pm: Wine Welcome the New Year at noon!
reception and free Garden tour. Refreshments and noisemakers
Cost: $5-10. Contact: slobg.org/ provided. Cost: free. Contact: 528peru or 541-1400 x 303.
1862.

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SAT DEC 31 10:00 am-3:00 pm:
NOON YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION
at SLO Children’s Museum, 1010
Nipomo St, San Luis Obispo.
Ring in the New Year well before
bedtime at our 8th annual Noon
Year’s Eve Celebration. Make
crowns and enjoy noisemakers
and an apple juice toast with
cookies. You won’t want to miss
the big countdown and balloon
drop at NOON SHARP! Cost: free
with admission. Reservation
recommended. Contact: 5455875.

Recurring Events
& Resources
Salvation Army is looking for
volunteer bell-ringers for 2 hr
shifts at various sites around SLO
County now through DEC 24.
Volunteers are not required to
solicit donations – just ring the
bell and greet passersby with a
smile. Contact: 455-8538.

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.
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: 5281862.
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: 5281862.
3rd WED every month at 3:00
pm: KIDS CRAFT at Los Osos
Library 2075 Palisades. School
age children make ’n’ take a craft.
Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.

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.
Every SUN 12:00-4:00 pm:
Cost: free. Contact: 242-2294 or
Family Funday at Bang the Drum
Facebook.com/lllofslo.
Brewery, 950 Orcutt Rd, San
MON-THU 8:30-11:30 am: Walk-In Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio with
Legal Clinic in 3rd Floor Atrium of your family. Bring the kids to
Courthouse Annex, 1035 Palm St, play family-friendly games and
San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles drums! Cost: free. Food and craft
Courthouse, 901 Park St, Rm
112. Get 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 Self-Represented
Litigants at the SLO County
Courthouse Law Library, 1050
Monterey St, SLO, #125. One-onone 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

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beer available for sale. Contact: welcome. Find purpose, mastery,
bangthedrumbrewery.com
or healthy autonomy, and your life’s
mission and purpose. Gain skills
242-8372.
to change your life or to become
Every FRI 6:00 am-4:00 pm: a better husband or dad. Call
Early Bird Flea Market at Santa ahead to confirm. 1st & 3rd TUE
Maria Fairpark, 937 S Thornburg 6:00-9:00 pm in San Luis Obispo.
St. Browse many vendors with Contact: 459-7808. 1st & 3rd THU
antiques, fruits, vegetables, new 6:30-9:30 pm in Cayucos. Contact:
and used items, and more! Cost: 471-9342. 2nd & 4th THU 6:30free. Contact: 258-1765.
9:00 pm in Atascadero. Contact:
Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny 235-2774. Cost: free. Contact:
Tunes Music & Movement at mkp.org.
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 at
1-5 includes activities based St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church,
on music psychology and child 2220 Snowy Egret Ln, Los Osos.
development. Cost: $80 per mo. This support group is to share
dreams and the relationship
Contact: 543-0377.
between dreams and spiritual
Every TUE & SAT (by appt only): path, using Jungian interpretive
Partners in Equestrian Therapy in assumptions
and
language
Atascadero offers riding lessons and Robert Johnson’s book
for special needs children, adults, Inner Work. Cost: free. Contact:
and veterans. Volunteers needed. bobpelfrey@charter.net.
Contact: petslo.com or 235-2787.
3rd WED of every month at 6:30
2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm: pm: Prepared & Natural Childbirth
Book Group at Cayucos Library, Classes at Twin Cities Community
310 B St. Join other readers to Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas Rd,
discuss whatever you’re reading Templeton. This six-series class
and to discover, ponder, and addresses all matters of childbirth
share insights about what others with a lecture, hands-on demos,
are reading. Cost: free. Contact: and technique practice. Cost:
995-3846.
free. Contact: 434-4654.
Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO
Chess Club meets at Carl’s Jr
on Santa Rosa St, 1 block W of
Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. All
ages. Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210
or slochess.com.

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
Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO Consultant. Cost: free. Contact:
Chess Club meets at the big board 239-4443.
on Morro Bay Embarcadero at SLO Special Education Local Plan
west end of Morro Bay Blvd (down Area (SELPA) and Community
the stairs). Cost: free. Contact: Advisory Committee (CAC) offer
441-7210 or slochess.com.
parent orientation to special

sloselpa.org/pro_dev.htm.
Twin Cities Community Hospital
Volunteers provide support to
patients, doctors, and nurses, and
seek volunteers to work in the
gift shop and Obstetrics Dept. AM
and PM 4 hour shifts are available.
Contact: 434-4524.

Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone?
Concerned for someone you care about?

Suicide Prevention
Mental Health and
Emotional Support

Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm &
SAT 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration
Station
Interactive
Science
Center welcomes families at
867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach.
Cost: $2-3. Contact: 473-1421 or
explorationstation.org.
2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00
pm: Grief Support Group at Central
Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr,
Ste D, San Luis Obispo. Free group
for anyone suffering the loss of
a loved one who is in need of
support. Contact: 540-6020.
2nd SAT of every month FEBNOVat 9:00 am: Santa Maria
Recreation and Parks Dept offers
free docent-led nature walks in
Los Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion
Rd, Santa Maria. Cost: free.
Contact: 925-0951.
2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00
pm: Caregiver Support Group
at Cayucos Community Church,
Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. Free support
for caregivers and family dealing
with long-term illness, memory
loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.
Contact: 458-7484.

Free
Confidential
24 hours of every day
A program of Transitions Mental Health Association

environment to screen, assess,
and provide intervention. Appts
preferred. Contact: 489-4026.
1st WED every month at 9:00 am:
Senior Health Screening at First
United Methodist Church, 275 N
Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Free
and low-cost services for ages
50 and older: blood pressure,
pulse, weight, total cholesterol,
screening for anemia, diabetes,
and fecal blood, nutritional
counseling, and medical referrals.
Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827.
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,
Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Offered by
Remain Independent Despite Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544Vision Loss at Santa Maria 2266 or hospiceslo.org.
Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New ways
Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon
of doing daily tasks are taught by
Family Support Group at Luis
the Braille Institute, such as home
OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares
management, traveling, and using
Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750.
talking library books. Contact:
462-1225.
3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm:
Mankind Project men’s support education programs in SLO
How to Survive Divorce seminar at
group meetings: all issues County. Contact: 782-7301 or 2nd & 4th MON every month
SLO Women’s Community Center,
at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of
1124 Nipomo St #D, SLO. Tips and
Preschoolers) meet at Pacific
suggestions for handling family
Christian Church, 3435 Santa
law issues. Cost: $10. Contact:
Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare
544-9313 to register.
is provided. Contact: 934-3491 or
of San Luis Obispo County
www.pacificchristian.net.
4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm:
Legal Clinic for Self-Represented
Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI
crisis line: 781-6400
Litigants
at
SLO
County
3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness
Courthouse
Law
Library,
1050
business phone: 781-6401
Program at Arroyo Grande EOC
Monterey St, SLO, #125. One-onHealth Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand
email: info@wspslo.com
one legal advice for persons filing
Ave. Health services, including
divorces w/o an attorney, and a
www. womensshelterslo.org
reproductive health, in a safe
document preparer to assist in

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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
Ste 201A, San Luis Obispo

( 805 ) 542-6234

completing court-required forms. fees; no dues; just fun! Contact:
Cost: Min $40 donation. Contact: 489-5481 or dg17@juno.com.
544-9313.
Literacy Council for San Luis
RISE offers: weekly drop-In Obispo County has an ongoing
support groups for sexual assault and urgent need for volunteer
survivors; 24 hour crisis line; tutors and offers free training in
advocacy and accompaniment; SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or www.
peer counseling; counseling; sloliteracy.org.
prevention and education, and
1st THU every month at 6:15 pm:
empowerment and self defense
Commission on the Status of
workshops. Contact: 545-8888 or
Women meets at Coast National
www.sarpcenter.org.
Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This
Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: official advisory group to SLO
ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051 County Board of Supervisors
Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats identifies issues of concern to
from NCHS and dogs from Short women that are not the focus
n’ Sweet Dog Rescue. Contact: of other advocacy or advisory
organizations. Contact: 788-3406.
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. Cost:
free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
jackshelpinghand.org.
Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI
4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy
Lending Library - Jack’s Helping
Hand at Pat’s Place in Nipomo
Recreation
Community
Rm,
671 W Tefft St, Ste 2, Nipomo.
Toys for children with all types
of disabilities to check out. Inhome appts available. Costfree! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
jackshelpinghand.org.
Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior
Ballroom Dancing at Madonna
Inn. Look left of the bandstand
for sign: Senior Dancers. Dance,
chat and listen to good music. No

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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: www.ccnha.org/
naturewalks.html.
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,

December 2016

and more. Contact: 925-9554 or services, meals, exercise, bridge,
www.centralcoastseniors.org.
and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St.
Contact: 781-7306.
Hospice of SLO County provides
free grief counseling, individual Central
Coast
Astronomical
and family support, counseling, Society sponsors a Dark Sky
crisis intervention, and wellness Star Party every month at Santa
education to those with a life- Margarita Lake KOA Campground
limiting illness, their families, and at sunset. CCAS sponsors guest
the bereaved in SLO and Paso. speakers and public education
Contact: 544-2266.
programs. Find weather updates,
and local astronomy resources
Volunteer as a Good Neighbor!
at: www.centralcoastastronomy.
Make a difference in the life of an
org.
older or disabled adult. Training is
monthly at Wilshire Community San Luis Coastal Adult School’s
Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO. Parent Participation Program
Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
offers Core Parenting and
Enrichment classes at centers in
Volunteer at San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, and
Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010
Los Osos. Bring your child to
Broad St (Mission Plaza) or
parent and child activity classes,
email
volunteer@sloma.org
or find individual peer support
for information about multiple
and education just for parents.
volunteer opportunities.
Cost: $76 for a 10 week
Contact: 549-1222 or
San Luis Obispo Senior Center course.
offers health screening, legal parentparticipation.org.

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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: cde.ca.gov/re/sd
Parent Participation. San Luis Coastal
Adult School offers core classes
to enhance parenting skills, meet
other families, and allow children
to play with peers. Also enrichment
classes such as Spanish, Cooking,
and Gardening, and a Cooperative
Preschool at CL Smith. Contact: 5491222 or parentparticipation.org.
Charter Schools

grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or
orcuttacademycharter.net.
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 summitacademyca.org.
Nature Based Schools

CAVA – California Virtual Academies
and K¹² give kids the chance to
learn at their own pace. Online
schooling is aligned with California
state standards. Teacher support as
needed, meetings and work samples
required quarterly. Contact: (866)
339-6790, caliva.org, or k12.com.

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
slowanders.com.
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. outsidenow.org.
Meet with teachers weekly and turn
in work samples. Contact: 348-3333 Coyote Road Regional School.
Natural Science and Outdoor
or fpcharter.org.
Education. Contact: 466-4550 or
Olive Grove. Independent study coyoteroadschool.com.
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.
org/losolivos.
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 santaluciaschool.org.
may qualify to enroll in community
college as well as secondary classes.
SLO Classical Academy. Private Contact: 937-2051 x 2761 or x 2762.
school.
Part time or full time
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
or sloclassicalacademy.com.
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 ca.schoolloop.com/tishs.
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
Children’s
House
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 triviumcharter.org.
and appreciating and respecting
the world. Contact: 466-5068 or West Mall Alternative School.
Independent Study Home School
childrenshouse.cc.
in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238
Montessori Children’s School in San or
edline.net/pages/West_Mall_
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 montessoriofslo.com.
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
centralcoastmontessori.com.
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 californiahomeschool.net.
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 yahoo.com/group/Homeschoolers_of_
school work, time management and the_Central_Coast.
organization skills, and more. Contact:
Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
EarthAdventuresForKids.com.
A Yahoo! group offering free
homeschool
enrichment
and
Public Schools
support: groups.yahoo.com/group/
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 tae.tusd.ca.
schoolloop.com.
familypartnershipschool.com.
Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.
Accredited high school program at
Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive
student-parent-teacher partnerships
provide educational resources, a

Note: This feature is published as space
allows and is a work in progress. Please
submit updates, corrections, or additional
resources to: ccfamilyed@gmail.com.

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December 2016

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Central
Coast

Family

Our goal is to connect
Central Coast families
with the resources
they need to thrive!

What do you offer
Central Coast families?

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calendar listings for six weeks of local family events.
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