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January 2017

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Family Life
Parent Participation Program

by Sally Ames

Parent Participation is a familyfocused, integrated approach to
learning offered through the San
Luis Coastal Unified School District
Adult School. Classes are held
in San Luis Obispo at the Adult
School and C.L. Smith Elementary
School, in Los Osos at Sunnyside
Elementary School, and in Morro
Bay at Morro Elementary School.

Parenting is a joy and a challenge.
Caregivers can come with an
infant, toddler, or preschooler to
an adult and child activity class
or find support in a class for
parents only. All adults in a
parenting role – mom, dad,
grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend, This program encourages you to: Young Toddlers, Older Toddlers,
or nanny – are always welcome to
Twos and Threes, Preschoolers,
• Participate with your child and
attend classes.
Cookin’ and Bookin,’ Fizzle Pop
other children in a group setting.
1-2-3, Kids in the Garden, Strolling
to Fitness, and Tiny Hikers.
• Give
Parent Participation Program
to have time away from you in a
Outing to Morro Bay Strand
You may bring a sibling to any
safe and nurturing setting.
class where the children meet
• Listen to and learn from expert the age requirements (i.e. 3-6
Central Coast Family (805) 528-0440
community guest speakers.
years). Infants under 12 months
PO Box 6424, Los Osos, CA 93412
• Take an active role in your child’s (immobile) may attend any class
Our goal is to connect Central Coast families with the resources they need to thrive!
with their older sibling. We also
early education.

have classes designed specifically
Associate EDITOR
• Learn activities that are age- for siblings.
Claire Vogel
Patrice Vogel
appropriate and learn to develop
and implement those activities. Classes range in price from $67$90 for each 10 week trimester,
Parent Participation is an activity and an additional $20 for siblings
Jack Vogel
class held in a preschool classroom over one year of age. A discount
setting. Classes are organized by is given when two or more classes
the age of the children and focus are taken at the same time. There
on developmental stages. Classes is a scholarship program and
Eric Woodards
Out of the Blue
include indoor and outdoor play, families in financial need can call
parent education discussion the Adult School office at (805)
groups, access to the Parenting 549-1222 to apply. Visit a class
Jennifer Best, John J. Cannell, Guy Crabb, Kerrin Edmonds, Stan
and Child Library, and field trips one time for free to check it out!
Horspool, Karyn Lutes, Renee Mosier , CS Perryess, Steven Smith
in our community to enhance Spouses, grandparents, and other
Central Coast Family is published monthly with a readership over 40,000. Find FREE
copies throughout San Luis Obispo County and North Santa Barbara County.
caregivers are welcome to attend
classes for no charge.
Visit our website:
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Cooperative Preschool classes Cooperative Preschool offers you
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are taught by instructors holding the opportunity to take an active
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California teaching credentials. role in your child’s preschool.
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classes Parents work in the classroom one
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include Infants, Young Ones and day a week while their children

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attend three days a week. The Coop Preschool is for children ages
three through kindergarten entry
who are ready for preschool 3
days per week with or without a
parent present.
The program offers a play-based
curriculum that follows the
California Preschool Learning
Foundations and fosters school
readiness skills. We provide each
child the opportunity to develop
important social, emotional,
cognitive and physical skills
in a positive and supportive
Our curriculum is woven into
each day and includes music,
dramatic play, storytelling, art,
math, science, and pre-literacy
activities. We also provide
opportunities for enrichment
gardening and cooking.
Children attend preschool 3
half days per week (Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays) and
parents commit to assisting one
day per week in the classroom.
The class is designed to create
an environment that provides

opportunities for growth for
both parent and child.
To be eligible for the Co-op
Preschool, your child must
be at least three years old by
September 2, 2016 and toilettrained. Cost is $356 per trimester
(around $119 per month) plus a
$60 registration fee.
Parent Education offers classes
for parents only that meet in the
evenings or on Saturdays. For
adults in a parenting role, topics
enhance skills and provide an
opportunity to share successful

The Village Salon

Toni &
Call or stop by for an appointment for your
new cut or color: (805) 489-5100

115 East Branch Street in Arroyo Grande

These classes are held at school
campuses throughout San Luis
Coastal Unified School District.
Classes include Love and Logic, For more information, visit Parent
Positive Discipline, Social Media Participation at or
for Parents, The Adolescent Brain, call (805) 549-1222.
and Parenting Sober. Classes
range in price from free to $25.

Sally Ames is the Coordinator of Adult
Education Programs for San Luis Coastal
Unified School District. She can be reached
at (805) 549-1222 or

You can see all of the class
offerings and register online, over
the phone (805-549-1222), or in
person at the Adult School Office
at 1500 Lizzie Street, Room H2,
San Luis Obispo.

Convenient Evening & Weekend Hours

($300 value) with paid exam & necessary X-Rays
New Patients Only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires: 1/31/17


San Luis Obispo

Designed for all ages
Filled with interactive
science exhibits created
to inspire and educate
including new exhibits!

Thursday 1-4:30 pm
Friday 1-4:30 pm
Saturday 1-4:30 pm
$3 Per Child (3-18)
$4 Per Adult
$3 Senior (65+)

Arroyo Grande

Robert Flores D.M.D. & Robyn Flores D.M.D.

Also offering Makers Club,
Birthday parties, LEGO club,

Memberships Available

LEGO NXT Robotics, and more!

Field Trips and Group
Reservations can be
scheduled in Advance!

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summer and winter squash,
cauliflower, pumpkins, broccoli,
kale, chard, apples, oranges, and
much more!

Los Osos Valley Organic Farm
by John J. Cannell, MD

by Monique McCollum

Los Osos Valley Organic Farm
(LOVOF) is tucked away off Los
Osos Valley Road and Clark Valley
Road in, you guessed it, Los Osos
Valley. We are fortunate to be a
part of the beautiful central coast
scenery and ideal climate and we
wouldn’t have it any other way.

by providing families with
organic fruits and vegetables
they can feel safe feeding to
children and loved ones. We are
especially proud of our organic
strawberries. We carefully select
the varieties we plant to ensure
that we have the best berries for
our soil and climate. This year, we
We are a regular part of two are planting Albion and El Camino
popular farmers markets in this strawberries.
region: on Mondays 2:00-4:30
pm in Los Osos/Baywood Park Did you know that there are
at 2nd Street and Santa Maria two types of strawberry plants;
Ave, and on Saturdays 8:00-10:45 June-Bearing and Ever-bearing?
am in the World Market parking June-bearers produce primarily
lot at Promenade Plaza, 325 in spring through early summer.
Madonna Road in SLO. We also Ever-bearing have a much longer
offer a Community Supported season, starting to produce fruit
Agriculture (CSA) subscription in early summer and continuing
sporadically throughout the fall.
service, but more on that later.
But, of course, we offer far more
Here at LOVOF, we are gratified than strawberries.. Over the
to contribute to our community course of the year, we harvest

The farm has been under the
leadership of Jim Terrick for the
past 10 years. Jim is a Cal Poly
graduate who spent his school
years studying Animal Science.
Before Jim took to farming, he
worked for many years as an
Agriculture Loan Officer. Through
his many contacts in this field, he
was inspired to become a farmer.
Jim grew tired of the low standard
for quality of vegetables in
restaurants and stores, especially
tasteless tomatoes in August.

number of “shares” to the public.
Typically, the share consists of
a box or bag of vegetables, but
other farm products may be
included, such as fruits, nuts,
eggs, and even meat, fish, or dairy.
Consumers purchase a member
share (aka a “membership” or
a “subscription”) and in return
In 1990, Jim finally traded in his receive a bag of seasonal produce
dress slacks for a pair of shorts and regularly throughout the farming
he hasn’t looked back. Over the season.
years, Jim worked on numerous
farms until he found his home We offer a weekly or every other
here at LOVOF and he intends to week bag containing a variety of
stay for good. Jim’s philosophy fruits and vegetables. Do you ever
on farming is to work with the find yourself unable to attend
gifts that nature gives you. Jim farmers market because of a busy
nurtures the soil to maximize lifestyle? Well, we offer homenature’s living microbiology, delivery for only $5!
which in turn maximizes plant
nutrition and natural resistance to If you are interested in becoming
insect pests.
a part of our CSA, or have any
questions, feel free to contact
We can’t forget to mention the us at
contribution of our farm mascot, or check us out on Facebook at
critter-getter, Los Osos Valley Organic Farm,
bouncer, and all-around best dog where we are always posting
in the world! The farm wouldn’t news of the farm. You can also
be complete without Crosby. find more information about us
He greets visitors and plays a at and our
very important role helping to newsletter at lovorganicfarm.
keep the population of voles,
squirrels, gophers, and mice at a
manageable level.
Imagine offering a more healthful
diet to your family this new year!
Interested in becoming a part
of our farm? We are proud to
offer Community Supported
Agriculture. CSA embraces the Monique McCollum has been working for
LOVOF for nearly seven years, but has
motto of farm to table as a known Jim and LOVOF since its inception.
popular way for consumers to She started out in the fields, getting down
dirty. One of her fondest memories
buy local, seasonal food directly and
is picking broccoli in pouring rain, getting
from a farmer.
soaked to the bone, eventually shedding
For those new to CSA, here are the
basics: a farmer offers a certain

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her boots and succumbing to the mud; it
was great! Now Monique handles LOVOF
social media and account management;
less dirty, but just as rewarding.

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Tek Talk

Holiday Lights

by Stan Horspool

Historic Holiday Lights

on a motorized box that rotated it
“some six times a minute.”  Over
the next few years, Johnson and
Edison experimented with and
improved upon Johnson’s electric
tree lights. In 1890, they took them
to the market place, publishing a
28-page brochure about “Edison
miniature lamps for Christmas
trees” and placing ads for the
product in popular magazines.

Thomas Edison, the inventor
of the first successful practical
light bulb, created the very
first strand of electric lights.
During the Christmas season
of 1880, these strands were
placed around the outside of his
Menlo Park Laboratory in New
Jersey.  The custom goes back
to the use of candles to decorate
the Christmas tree, which was Electrified tree lights, like the
adopted in upper-class homes in illuminated tree before them,
18th-century Germany.
got national attention when they
made their debut at the White
Candles for the tree were glued House on Grover Cleveland’s 1895
with melted wax to a tree branch Christmas tree. Most people who
or attached by pins. Around 1890, weren’t wealthy would have to
candleholders were first used wait for their own electric tree
for Christmas candles. Between lights, however.
1902 and 1914, small lanterns and
glass balls to hold the candles Public distribution of electricity
started to be used. Early electric was spotty throughout the late
Christmas lights were introduced 1800s and most people living
with electrification beginning in outside major cities had to supply
the 1880s.
their own electric power from a
household generator. Lighting
On December 22, 1882, Edward an average-sized tree would have
Johnson—a friend of Thomas also been prohibitively expensive
Edison and vice president of for most people. The generator,
Edison Electric Light Company— the fee for the wireman who
displayed the first electrically would need to hand-wire all the
illuminated Christmas tree in the lights on the tree, and the wire
parlor of his New York City home. and lights themselves would
The tree, powered by an Edison usually cost upwards of $300.
generator, featured eighty handwired red, white and blue light In 1903, a breakthrough in electric
bulbs—which, according to a lighting technology came when
reporter from the Detroit Post GE offered the first pre-wired
and Tribune, were each as “large string of tree lights to the public.
as an English walnut”—and sat The string of lights, called a

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“festoon,” consisted of a string of
eight pre-wired porcelain sockets,
eight Edison miniature colored
glass lamps, and a screw-in plug
for a wall socket (the length
of wire all this was attached to
was not made by GE, but the
American Eveready Company,
which would go on to become
part of the National Carbon
Company and give the world the
long-lasting alkaline battery).
Festoons were still considered
expensive at $12 per string
(slightly less than an average
week’s wages for most people),
but that problem would be
solved when GE attempted to
patent their Christmas lighting
festoon. The patent application
was refused, because the product
was based on knowledge that
an ordinary wireman possessed.
With the market wide open, other
companies and inventors began
to produce their own tree light
sets and the American Christmas
light industry was born.
Modern Lighting
Christmas lights (aka fairy lights)
now come in a wide variety of
colors and styles. These days,
most string lights are LED. A lightemitting diode (LED) emits light
when activated. When a suitable
voltage is applied to the leads,
electrons are able to recombine
with electron holes within the
device, releasing energy in the
form of photons. This effect
is called electroluminescence,
and the color of the light

(corresponding to the energy
of the photon) is determined
by the energy band gap of the
LED lights are brighter than
incandescent, available in a wider
variety of colors, and they are more
than twice as energy efficient.
Previously, you could connect up
to 5 strings of incandescent lights
to one outlet without exceeding
the maximum current available.
Anything greater and you would
risk heating up the first light and
risking melted wires or even a fire.
With LED lights, you can add up
to 10 strings of lights. In addition,
LED strings are being made
compact enough that a small
battery can be used to power the
lights. Add a solar panel the size
of a wallet and these lights can
be placed outside far from an
electrical outlet and left to run
all night. String lighting can be
used to outline building features,
trees, and shrubbery.  Stake lights
can be placed along walkways
and throughout garden areas
to highlight trees and holiday
Laser projector style holiday
lights are being used to generate
some very interesting animated
effects. These are becoming a
popular alternative or adjunct to
stringing lights, because setup is
much simpler and quicker. As they
become more affordable, you can
also get a lot of bang for your buck.
Most are intended for outside use
and turn on automatically after

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dark with the aid of timers or light
sensors. Some durable multifunction light projectors can even
be used year-round or to decorate
for Halloween and other holidays.
All light projectors require a
background surface to reflect
their images. You can use the
side of a building, automobiles,
or even trees and bushes for
this purpose. Fascinating effects
can be generated when a breeze
is blowing and the repetitive
motion of images projected onto
trees is viewed with the random
natural movement of leaves. Just
be sure that foliage backgrounds
are dense and laser lights are
not aimed up into tall trees and
airspace in a heavy air traffic area.
Laser projectors are available
with many lighting effects,
including dancing, swirling, and
showering stars in one or more
colors, rainbow light bands,
and animated patterns on
interchangeable image discs.
Some laser projectors have
convenient wireless remote
controls that can change the

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for the holiday season worry-free.
Look for units with bright crisp
lights and, unless you’re content
with only red and green, go for
more colors and vivid intensity
that can be seen from a distance
in various weather conditions.
Prices range as widely as the
quality of laser light products,
Look for a unit with a sturdy but there is no better time to find
weatherproof  laser module holiday lighting bargains than
(enclosed in high-impact plastic, right after the holidays!
aluminum, or steel), secure
For those concerned about
mounting stake, and a long power
safety, lasers are projected
cord (15 feet) for more flexibility
through diffraction glass that
and convenience. Energy-saving
splits the single laser beam down
features mean lower cost to
into thousands of dots of lesser
operate, and some projectors use
output power. Each of these
less than 5 Watts. Choose a laser
laser dots are rated at less than
display that projects over a wide
1mW.  For reference, the standard
area, and automatically moves
laser pointers available in many
and spontaneously changes so
stores around the country are
that you don’t need to manually
rated at 4-5mW and are Class 1
adjust it.
“ultra low ouput” laser diodes.
Though projected laser lights are
Other features to consider include eye-safe, they should never be
an internal timer or sensor that aimed directly into the eyes or
lets the laser show run for several stared at for long periods.
hours at a time and then sleep,
which saves money on electric Laser lights sold in the USA
bills and also makes setting up must be compliant with FDA
effects and the images projected.
High-quality laser projectors are
capable of projecting thousands
of colorful laser beams for
hundreds of feet, and are built to
last more than one season. Here
are some tips for researching and
shopping for laser projectors.

January 2017

regulations governing lasers and
with Consumer Product Safety
standards. Consumers should
carefully read and follow product
directions. All lights should be
pointed directly at your home
and foliage, never directly into
the path of drivers or pedestrians,
into the sky, or onto a mirrored
surface. To position lights at the
optimal angle, refer to product
instructions for recommended
distance-to-surface ratio to cover
your intended surface. The FAA
warns that lasers should not
be projected at or within the
flight path of an aircraft within
10 nautical miles of an airport. If
your intended surface is within
10 nautical miles of an airport,
lower the angle so that no lasers
point or reflect into the sky.
Stan Horspool is a Software Engineer,
central coast explorer, and musician.
He can be reached at: or

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Fun & Games

Jack’s Jokes
What do sea monsters eat?

Help the Winter Angel reach the Snowflake

Fish and ships!

Knock Knock. Who’s there? Hatch. Hatch who? Bless You!
What starts with E, ends with E, and has only one letter? Envelope!

Martin Luther King Jr 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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(including most doctor services
while you’re a hospital inpatient),
outpatient therapy, and durable
medical equipment.

Cost in

The Part A deductible, which
you pay when admitted to the
hospital, will be $1,316 per benefit
period in 2017, up from $1,288 in
2016. This deductible covers your
share of costs for the first 60 days
of Medicare-covered inpatient
hospital care in a benefit period.

by Cate Kortzeborn

Part B premiums. These incomeindexed rates affect about five
percent of people with Medicare.
So, for example, a person with
Medicare who files an individual
tax return showing an income
between $85,000 and $107,000
will pay a Part B premium of
$187.50 per month next year.
Some people choose to get
their benefits through privatelyoperated Medicare Advantage
health plans, or purchase a
Medicare Part D plan to help
cover their prescription drug
costs. Many of these plans carry
their own monthly premiums.

People with Medicare pay
will pay an average Part B
coinsurance of $329 per day
premium of $109 per month in
for the 61st through 90th day of
2017. That’s up from $104.90 for
hospitalization ($322 in 2016) in a
the past four years.
benefit period, and $658 per day For more information about 2017
for lifetime reserve days ($644 in premiums and deductibles, go
The remaining 30 percent of in 2016). For beneficiaries in skilled to, or call
Medicare’s 58 million beneficiaries nursing facilities, the coinsurance Medicare any time of day or night,
will pay the standard Part B for days 21 through 100 in a at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633premium of $134 for 2017, a 10 benefit period will be $164.50 in 4227).
percent increase over the 2016 2017 (versus $161 in 2016).
Like private health insurance, premium of $121.80.
Cate Kortzeborn is Medicare’s acting regional
Since 2007, higher-income people administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii,
deductibles, and co-pays. These This smaller group is not
with Medicare have paid higher Nevada, and the Pacific Territories.
costs can – and often do – change protected under the statutory
from year to year. What you “hold harmless” provision linked
actually pay depends on your work to the Social Security COLA. It
history, income, and inflation.
includes people who don’t receive
Social Security benefits; enroll in
Music Lessons for All Ages
Only about 1 percent of people Part B for the first time in 2017;
with Medicare pay a monthly are directly billed for their Part
Piano, Guitar, Voice,
premium for Medicare Part B premium; are eligible for both
Winds, Brass, Percussion
A, which covers inpatient Medicare and Medicaid and have
Composition & Music Theory
hospitalization, skilled nursing their premiums paid by a state
care, and some home health agency; and pay higher premiums
services. That’s because they paid based on their higher incomes.
Composer and performer
Medicare paycheck deductions
with many years of teaching experience
for 40 quarters or longer during This year, as in the past, the
B.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music
their working lives.
government has worked to lessen
M.M. from Yale School of Music
projected premium increases
Ph.D. from the University of Iowa School of Music
Most people do, however, pay a for these beneficiaries, while
monthly premium for Medicare maintaining a prudent level
Part B, which covers doctor fees, of reserves to protect against
Each student is unique and
outpatient treatment, durable unexpected costs. The U.S.
requires a flexible approach
medical equipment, and other Department of Health and Human
I teach the student, not the instrument
items. Part B premiums are rising Services will work with Congress
My goal is to provide students with
for next year, but for most people, as it explores budget-neutral
a solid musical foundation that will
the increase won’t be very much. solutions to challenges created
transcend all genres
by the “hold harmless” provision.
Lessons in Your Home
The law protects most seniors
$25/half hour $50/hour
from Part B premium hikes if the Part B also has an annual
Credit Cards Accepted
cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) deductible, which will rise to $183
in their Social Security benefit in 2017 (compared with $166 in
doesn’t go up in a given year. 2016). After your deductible is
Since the Social Security COLA for met, you typically pay 20 percent
2017 will be 0.3 percent, about 70 of
percent of Medicare beneficiaries amount for most doctor services
Not long ago, I had dinner with a
group of friends from college. One
of the big topics of conversation
was Medicare, for which we’ll
all be eligible in the next several
years. (Farewell, callow youth!)
And one of the biggest questions
about Medicare was, “How much
is it going to cost me?”


Dr. Marc Irving Weber

661 993-2540

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Local History

Monterey Street is getting a makeover.
Buildings are being renovated and the
parking lots are being dug up.

Stormy Weather in

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by Guy Crabb

I love it when it rains. Every year,
people living on the Central Coast
wait for the rains to turn our brown
hills to green. The water provides
a beautiful landscape, but also a
free supply of food for local cattle
that graze in the hills and valleys.
We’ve had a few inches of rain so
far this season, and I am hoping
for several more inches to fill our
lakes, reservoirs, and underground
water tables.
One of my favorite things to do
during a rain storm is go to
downtown San Luis Obispo and
stand in the middle of Queenie
Bridge next to the mission and see
the level of San Luis Obispo Creek.
If it has been a storm that gave us
several inches of rain, the creek
will rise so high that the sidewalks
alongside the creek disappear. On
a normal day, you can see large
rocks in the creek below Queenie
Bridge, but during a heavy rain the
rocks will disappear due to the
rising water. It is well worth a trip
to see how high the creek can rise.

During the winter rains, all of the
streets in town became a muddy
mess and made it difficult for the
horse-drawn wagons to travel. The
people in town started asking Mr.
Higuera to take care of the road in
front of his farm because it was the
entrance to town. Soon everyone
started calling the road Higuera
Street because he maintained the
road on that side of town. Higuera
was not the only street that was
named due to rain in the city.

The first recorded flooding in the
area goes back to 1772, when Father
Serra stopped long enough to
found Mission San Luis Obispo. The
original mission was established
down the street from the current
one, near the end of Dana Street.
During the years 1772 to 1776, San
Luis Obispo Creek overflowed on
several occasions and forced the
missionaries to relocate. By around
1776, the mission was relocated to
On that map I was talking about,
its present location.
Marsh Street is just one block long
Another favorite story about from Nipomo to Broad Streets.
flooding in San Luis Obispo, is the Today, Marsh runs right through
story of Higuera Street. I have the middle of Thomas Higuera’s
a really cool map from 1870 that farm. Marsh Street was so short
reveals a great snapshot in time. because it dead-ended into the old
In 1870, Thomas Higuera owned mission vineyards. The vineyards
a farm on the corner of Nipomo had an area that became swampy
(spelled Nipoma on my map) and after a heavy rain storm, and that’s
Higuera Streets. Higuera Street how Marsh Street got its name.
was a two-way street and the Next on my list of San Luis Obispo
entrance to and exit from town streets named due to heavy rains
back in those days. Higuera Street is Chorro Street. The name Chorro
did not have an official name until refers to rapids in a stream, which
Mr. Higuera bought the land at this is exactly what happens to this
creek during rain storms.
end of town and started a farm.
San Luis Obispo Creek was once an
open waterway running through
the middle of the city. Chorro
Street stopped at Monterey Street
because the creek blocked traffic
from going through to Higuera
Street. Some people would ride
their horses down into the creek
and cross over to Higuera, but most
wagons could not do this. Soon,
many small businesses started
popping up all along the creek. The
problem during the rainy season
was that the creek would rise to a
level where horses could not cross
it safely. As the creek would flood,
the high water level would also
flood the tents and buildings that
were located along the creek sides

Rushing water in
San Luis Obispo Creek

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on Monterey and Chorro Streets.
In more recent history during the
early 1970s, there was a storm that
caused the worst flooding that the
city had experienced in many years.
The rain was so heavy and San Luis
Obispo Creek overflowed so much
that the streets of the city were
completely underwater, along
with the freeway at the Los Osos
Valley off ramp. Higuera Street
was underwater with small waves
breaking right down the middle of
the street. The creek turned into a
river and the city made plans after
the floods to develop a better
drainage system.
In the 1990s, I remember that
Laguna Lake flooded so badly that
the homes along Oceanaire Street
were completely flooded and many
had major damage. A few years
ago, we had a moderate rainfall
and I drove downtown to check
out the creek to see how high it
had risen. I happened to arrive just
in time to see the county rescue
squad in the creek saving a couple
of knuckleheads who thought they
could kayak down the creek. As
soon as they put their kayaks in
the water, they flipped over and
one of them crawled under the
bridge at Broad Street and had to
be rescued.
Rain is a wonderful thing, but too
much can become a big problem.
Let’s all hope for a nice normal
rainy season to make our hills
green and grow enough grass to
feed the county cattle population.
Stay dry 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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10:30 am - 10:00 pm

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CS Perryess

about words

candid, liberal, generous

What better time of year to How should all these historic
shades of meaning affect our
ponder beginnings?
thinking in terms of launching
The verb begin comes to modern into a new year? In terms of
English through Old English from beginning a novel?
Dutch, Old High German, and Old
Frisian. Its various meanings over I certainly have tumbled my way
into a story, and I love the idea
the years have included:
that a story somehow involves
to undertake
the author’s decision to cease
being secretive.
to attempt


to cut open

In celebration of National
Hugging Day (who knew?)
The verb start comes from the on January 21, here are some
same source languages, and over thoughts on the word hug.
the years has included these
The verb hug first showed up
shades of meaning:
in written English in 1560 – four
years before Shakespeare’s birth
to stare
– as hugge. Etymologists aren’t
100% certain where it came from,
to fall
but some possibilities include:
to tumble, hurl, throw or plunge
Old Norse – hugga – to comfort
to rush
(from hugr which interestingly
meant courage)
to move or spring suddenly
German – hegen – to foster or
to move, leave, or depart
cherish (from a term meaning to
enclose with a hedge)
The verb and adjective open also
came to modern English through Proto-Germanic – hugjan – to
Old English from Germanic think or consider
Its grandmother words have Gothic – hugs (adj) – of the mind,
included these meanings:
soul, or thought
to open up

an act of opening
not closed down
uncovered, bare, plain or evident
raised up
to cease to be secretive

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Hug didn’t venture into its
identity as a noun until 1610, when
it applied to a hold in the sport
of wrestling. By 1650, wrestlers
shared it with the rest of the
English-speaking world and hug
came to mean an affectionate

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Translations of the word hug are
also somewhat intriguing. The
English word embrace is evident in
the Spanish, Italian, Portuguese,
and Romanian words for hug:
abrazo, abraccio, abraço and
îmbrăţişare. In French the word
is étreinte, in Finnish, hali, and in
German, umarmung. In Samoan
the word is opoopo. In Swedish
and Danish, it’s kram.

all the things one might do with

In fact, through a long series of
side-by-side mutations, the word
fiction and the word dough come
Here’s a hope that National from the same root (as do the
Hugging Day gets appropriately words lady and paradise).
celebrated, even by those who
don’t even know it exists (or It’s the rare writer who’s rolling in
those who are instead celebrating the dough (that meaning kicked
National Squirrel Day, which in about 1851), but the literal side
is another post entirely). Dear of the breadmaking connection
followers, spread around some offers some intriguing ways to
heartfelt umarmungs, opoopos think about writing fiction:
and krams. Mid-hug, focus on
comforting, considering, and Bread baking involves simple,
cherishing. Afterward, keep that everyday ingredients, mixed into
consideration in your mind, soul, something new.
and thought.
Without leavening, it’s not bread.
Any comments about hugs,
their grandmother words or It needs to be proofed.
their distant cousins from other
It needs a bunch of manhandling.

Fiction & Breadmaking It has to rest between stages.
It’s best when shared with others.
At first, the etymology of the
word fiction doesn’t seem to hold Dear followers, what connections
any surprises. The word showed have I missed?
up in English in the 1300s meaning
something invented. It came
from the French word ficcion, My thanks to sources,, take
which meant ruse, invention or our word,, GB Milner’s Samoan
Dictionary1966,, and the OED.
dissimulation. Ficcion came from
the Latin word fictio, a fashioning
or feigning.
Nothing particularly unexpected
But wait. The Latin word fictio’s
source is the Latin verb, fingere,
to devise, form or shape,
and it comes from a Proto-IndoEuropean verb meaning
to knead
to build,
to form;

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

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January 2017 Free Ongoing Events

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

new year’s




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

January is:


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

Eye Care Month
National Blood Donor Month
National Braille Literacy Month
National Hobby Month
National Staying Healthy Month
National Thank You Month
Hot Tea Month
Oatmeal Month


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


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

national apricot 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

Isaac Newton’s
Birthday (Born in 1643)

1st woman
governor nellie ross
inaugurated in
wyoming (in 1925)

Festival of sleep DAY

Jakob grimm’s
Birthday (Born in 1785)

J.R.R. tolkien’S
BIRTHDAY (Born in 1892)

Louis braille’s
Birthday (Born in 1809)



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

national static
electricity day

1st super bowl
(In 1967)

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



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

1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO

old rock day
Sherlock holmes’
Birthday (Published 1887)
bean DAY
cuddle up DAY


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

make your dreams
come true 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

harder DAY
Milk day

(1st bottles delivered in 1878)

elvis presley’s
birthday (Born in 1935)

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


pharmacist DAY

bubble bath day





secret pal DAY


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

Dr Martin Luther
King Jr day (Born in 1929)


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


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

popcorn DAY
inauguration DAY
cheese lovers DAY

benjamin franklin’s
Birthday (Born in 1706)


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

awareness 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


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

puzzle 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

national Kazoo DAY

handwriting day

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

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

lewis carroll’s
birthday(Born in 1832)

compliment day



national hugging

australia day
(Sydney settled in 1778)


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



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

Birthstone: Garnet


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

Flower: Carnation
franklin D.
birthday (Born in 1882)

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jackie robinson’s
Birthday (Born in 1919)

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Family Events
TUE NOV 1-SUN FEB 26 10:00
State Beach, Hwy 1, Pismo. 11:00
am & 2:00 pm: Docent talks
held daily (rain cancels). The
world famous Butterfly Grove
attracts 100,000 annual visitors
to watch tens of thousands
Butterflies cluster and fill the
air on sunny winter days in this
place of wonder and renewal.
Cost: free. Contact: 548-0391 or
FRI NOV 25-FRI DEC 30 (times
vary): CLUE - THE MUSICAL at
Pewter Plough Playhouse, 828
Main St, Cambria. Enjoy this
interactive comedy musical
based on the Parker Brothers
Board Game. Join Mr Boddy of
Boddy Manor and an intrepid
Detective in solving the mystery.
Cost: $17-25. Contact: 927-3877

Ave. Enjoy a holiday movie for
the whole family. Call for movie
title, rated G/PG. Cost: free film
and popcorn. Contact: 5281862.

(805) 781-3226

SAT DEC 31 10:00 am-3:00
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.

SAT DEC 31 11:30 am-12:15 pm:
Osos Library, 2075 Palisades.
Not everyone can make it to
midnight. Welcome the New
Year at noon! Refreshments
TUE DEC 27 at 3:00 pm: WINTER and noisemakers provided.
BREAK MOVIE at Los Osos Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave.
Enjoy a holiday movie for the SAT DEC 31 12:00-2:00 pm:
whole family. Call for movie BLACKBERRY
title, rated G/PG. Cost: free film
and popcorn. Contact: 528- Lopez Lake, 6800 Lopez Dr,
Arroyo Grande. Take a guided
hike with a ranger to explore
THU DEC 29 at 3:00 pm: the trails in the park. Wear
WINTER BREAK MOVIE at Los sturdy shoes and bring water.
Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Moderate to strenuous. Meet
at registration office. Rain
cancels. Cost: $10 per vehicle.
Contact: 788-2381.
SAT DEC 31 at 7:00 pm:
Hotel, 6005 El Camino Real,
Atascadero. Expect heavy hors
d’ oeuvres, photo opportunities
on the Red Carpet, music and
dancing until 2017! Black tie
attire, however semi-formal is
welcomed. Cost: $50. Contact:
470-3300 or
SUN JAN 1 at 9:30 am: CAYUCOS
POLAR BEAR DIP at the Pier in
Cayucos. The 37th Annual Carlin
Soule’ Memorial Polar Bear Dip
is not to be missed! Come take
a dip in the Pacific Ocean, right

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next to the Cayucos Pier, with
hundreds of others! Festivities
start at 9:30 am and the dip is
at noon. Cost: free. Contact:
SUN JAN 1 at 11:45 am: AVILA
the Pier in Avila Beach. The
fifth annual Avila Plunge is a
celebration of fitness, nature,
a New Year, camaraderie, and
still having dessert! Dessert
can be a cup of coffee, or
something to eat at one of
the local shops after the
plunge. Cost: free. Contact:

543-0638 or historycenterslo.
MON JAN 2 8:00-11:00 am:
Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, San
Luis Obispo. Pancakes, eggs,
bacon, juice, and coffee will be
served to benefit the Guild Hall.
Cost: $7. Contact: 543-0639 or

TUE JAN 3 at 3:00 pm: WINTER
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: 528SUN JAN 1-MON APR 3 10:00 1862.
am-4:00 pm: THE WAY WE
WORE: 100 Years of SLO County WED JAN 4 at 5:30 pm: WATCH
Fashion at History Center of A GREAT BOOK at SLO Library
SLO, 696 Monterey St, San Community Room, 995 Palm
Luis Obispo. Clothing made St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy a
and worn in our county from free screening of the movie
1850 to 1900 will be on display, adaptation of Chesley “Sully”
exploring the intersection Sullenberger’s autobiography,
between technology, society, Highest Duty, starring Tom
and style. Cost: free. Contact: Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, and

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Laura Linney. Rated PG-13. Cost: coast. Discover “Community
free. Contact:: 781-1215.
Supported Agriculture” (CSA)
and the economic, social, and
THU JAN 5 at 3:00 pm: WINTER health benefits it provides to
BREAK MOVIE at Los Osos our area. 2:00 pm: free docentLibrary, 2075 Palisades Ave. led tour. Cost: $5-10. Contact:
Enjoy a holiday movie for the 541-1400 x 303.
whole family. Call for movie
title, rated G/PG. Cost: free film TUE JAN 24 at 3:15 pm:
and popcorn. Contact: 528- BUTTERFLY SCIENCE at Los Osos
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave.
Join educators from California
FRI JAN 13-SUN JAN 29 (times State Parks, Oceano Dunes
vary): THE IMPORTANCE OF District, to learn about the
BEING EARNEST at SLO Little amazing monarch butterfly’s
Theatre, 888 Morro St, San life cycle and migration. Cost:
Luis Obispo. Enjoy a young free. Contact: 528-1862.
performers’ version of Oscar
Wilde’s comedy masterpiece by WED JAN 25 at 4:30 pm: WHALES
SLO Little Theatre’s Academy WITH ALAN GODLEY at Los
of Creative Theatre. Cost: Osos Library, 2075 Palisades
$15-20. Contact: 786-2440 or Ave. Learn about whales and
other sea life with short videos
FRI JAN 20 at 10:00 am:
Paso Robles Public Library, 1000
Spring St, Paso Robles. HICAP
(Health Insurance Counseling
and Advocacy Program) helps
new beneficiaries and caregivers
better understand Medicare.
Cost: free. Contact: 928-5663 or

to help understand their history
and their role in mitigating
climate change. Find out the
many commonalities that we
share with marine mammals.
Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.
FRI FEB 3 at 8:00 pm: FLAMENCO
Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave,
Arroyo Grande. Enjoy one of
the nation’s premier flamenco
dance companies in their 32nd
season. Cost: $39-46. Contact:
489-9444 or

FRI JAN 20 at 7:00 pm: PEKING
ACROBATS at Clark Center,
487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo
Grande. Chinese acrobats defy
gravity with amazing displays
of contortion, flexibility, and SAT FEB 4 at 11:00 am: SLO
control. Cost: $36-46. Contact: SYMPHONY: NO TIES ALLOWED
III at Cohan Center, 1 Grand
489-9444 or
Ave, San Luis Obispo. Bring
FRI JAN 20 at 7:30 pm: THE PRICE the family to a dress rehearsal
IS RIGHT LIVE at Cohan Center, 1 of Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald
Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. An Mountain, Dvorak’s Symphony
interactive stage show with the No 8, and Hummel’s Trumpet
chance to win prizes that may Concerto. Cost: free. Contact:
include appliances, vacations, 756-4849 or
and possibly a new car! Cost:
$35-59. Contact: 756-6556 or SAT FEB 4 at 8:00 pm: AN
QUINTET at Spanos Theatre,
SAT JAN 21 1:00-3:00 pm: 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo.
SLO Botanical Garden, 3450
Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo. standards, and then invite local
Learn about the nearly 70 years student musicians to “sit in and
of growth and innovation groove out” with the band.
Talley Family farm and winery Cost: $12-24. Contact: 756-6556
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Luis Obispo and Paso Robles
901 Park St, Paso
Recurring Events Courthouse,
Robles. Help is provided to start
or respond to a divorce case, or
& Resources
request or modify child support,
custody and/or visitation orders.
An overview of the legal process
Every WED 10:00-11:00 am: is followed by time to prepare
Growing With Baby Class at forms and ask questions. Cost:
1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. free. Contact: 788-3418.
Andrea Herron, a pediatric
nurse practitioner and lactation 1st & 3rd SAT every month at 2:00
your pm: FAMILY MOVIE at Los Osos
questions about feeding, crying, Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Enjoy
and sleep for babies 0-10 months. popcorn and a G/PG movie. Call
Dads are always welcome! Call to for title. Cost: free. Contact: 528reserve a spot. Contact: 543-6988. 1862.
Every TUE 7:00-9:00 pm & SAT
2:00-4:00 pm: Basic Safety Class
at SLO MakerSpace, 81 S Higuera
St, Ste 160 & 180, San Luis Obispo.
This course gets you acquainted
with the space and equipment.
All are required to take this
class before using any part of
the facility. See website for
specific dates and other classes.
Cost: free for MakerSpace
Members and SLO County Library
Cardholders. Contact: 439-2727 or

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:
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
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
harassment, and name or gender
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
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Local Resources
beer available for sale. Contact: group meetings: all issues
or welcome. Find purpose, mastery,
healthy autonomy, and your life’s
mission and purpose. Gain skills
Every FRI 6:00 am-4:00 pm: to change your life or to become
Early Bird Flea Market at Santa a better husband or dad. Call
Maria Fairpark, 937 S Thornburg ahead to confirm. 1st & 3rd TUE
St. Browse many vendors with 6:00-9:00 pm in San Luis Obispo.
antiques, fruits, vegetables, new Contact: 459-7808. 1st & 3rd THU
and used items, and more! Cost: 6:30-9:30 pm in Cayucos. Contact:
free. Contact: 258-1765.
471-9342. 2nd & 4th THU 6:309:00 pm in Atascadero. Contact:
Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny 235-2774. Cost: free. Contact:
Tunes Music & Movement at
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
Contact: 543-0377.
dreams and the relationship
between dreams and spiritual
Every TUE & SAT (by appt only): path, using Jungian interpretive
Partners in Equestrian Therapy in assumptions
Atascadero offers riding lessons and Robert Johnson’s book
for special needs children, adults, Inner Work. Cost: free. Contact:
and veterans. Volunteers needed.
Contact: 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:
free. Contact: 434-4654.
Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO 2nd THU of every month at 6:30
Chess Club meets at Carl’s Jr pm: Breastfeeding Basics at Twin
on Santa Rosa St, 1 block W of Cities Community Hospital, 1100
Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. All Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. Learn
ages. Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 about practical aspects of feeding
your newborn from a Lactation
Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO
Chess Club meets at the big board
on Morro Bay Embarcadero at
west end of Morro Bay Blvd (down
the stairs). Cost: free. Contact:
441-7210 or

Consultant. Cost: free. Contact:

SLO Special Education Local Plan
Area (SELPA) and Community
Advisory Committee (CAC) offer
parent orientation to special
Mankind Project men’s support education programs in SLO

Women’s Shelter

of San Luis Obispo County
crisis line: 781-6400
business phone: 781-6401

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County. Contact: 782-7301 or
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
24 hours of every day
Center welcomes families at
867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach.
Cost: $2-3. Contact: 473-1421 or
reproductive health, in a safe
environment to screen, assess,
2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 and provide intervention. Appts
pm: Grief Support Group at Central preferred. Contact: 489-4026.
Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr,
Ste D, San Luis Obispo. Free group 1st WED every month at 9:00 am:
for anyone suffering the loss of Senior Health Screening at First
a loved one who is in need of United Methodist Church, 275 N
support. Contact: 540-6020.
Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Free
and low-cost services for ages
2nd SAT of every month FEB- 50 and older: blood pressure,
NOVat 9:00 am: Santa Maria pulse, weight, total cholesterol,
Recreation and Parks Dept offers screening for anemia, diabetes,
free docent-led nature walks in and fecal blood, nutritional
Los Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion counseling, and medical referrals.
Rd, Santa Maria. Cost: free. Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827.
Contact: 925-0951.
1st WED every month at 12:00
2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm: Disabled American Veterans
pm: Caregiver Support Group luncheon at Veterans Memorial
at Cayucos Community Church, Bldg, 313 W Tunnell St, Santa
Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. Free support Maria. Contact: 345-0402.
for caregivers and family dealing
with long-term illness, memory Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm:
loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. Widowed Support Group at New
Contact: 458-7484.
Life Church, 990 James Way,
Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Offered by
Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544Remain Independent Despite 2266 or
Vision Loss at Santa Maria
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:
3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm:
How to Survive Divorce seminar at
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
4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm:
Legal Clinic for Self-Represented
Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI Litigants
3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness Courthouse Law Library, 1050
Program at Arroyo Grande EOC Monterey St, SLO, #125. One-onHealth Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand one legal advice for persons filing
Ave. Health services, including divorces w/o an attorney, and a
A program of Transitions Mental Health Association

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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

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document preparer to assist in chat and listen to good music. No
completing court-required forms. fees; no dues; just fun! Contact:
Cost: Min $40 donation. Contact: 489-5481 or
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;
prevention and education, and
empowerment and self defense 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm:
workshops. Contact: 545-8888 or Commission on the Status of
Women meets at Coast National
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.
Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED
3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive
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.
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
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.
Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior
Ballroom Dancing at Madonna
Inn. Look left of the bandstand
for sign: Senior Dancers. Dance,

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

January 2017

Local Resources
Directory for SLO and SB counties, offers health screening, legal
and more. Contact: 925-9554 or services, meals, exercise, bridge,
and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St.
Contact: 781-7306.
Hospice of SLO County provides
free grief counseling, individual Central
a Dark Sky
and family support, counseling,
at Santa
crisis intervention, and wellness
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
programs. Find weather updates,
Contact: 544-2266.
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
offers Core Parenting and
Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
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 or find individual peer support
for information about multiple and education just for parents.
Cost: $76 for a 10 week
volunteer opportunities.
Contact: 549-1222 or
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Local Resources

Alternative Education
on the
Central Coast

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

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

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

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Mon-Thu with homeschool Fridays. mentor teacher, and eligibilty for
Carpooling encouraged. Contact: sports, clubs, and activities. Students
434.2217 or
may qualify to enroll in community
college as well as secondary classes.
SLO Classical Academy. Private Contact: 937-2051 x 2761 or x 2762.
Part time or full time
classical education in SLO. Part time Templeton Independent Study
options are Tuesday/ Thursday or High School. WASC accredited.
Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday Weekly meeting with teacher.
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700 Opportunity for early graduation
and concurrent Cuesta College
Wishing Well School in Los Osos enrollment. In Templeton and SLO
offers pre-school, mixed age at Los Ranchos Elementary School.
kindergarden, and 1st-3rd grades. Contact 434-5833 or tae.tusd.
The approach (educating the whole
child: head, heart, and hands) is Trivium Charter Schools in Lompoc,
based on Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf Santa Maria, and Arroyo Grande
model. Contact: 235-4401.
offer a hybrid program of classical
Montessori project-based classes 2 days per
School in Atascadero strives to help week and homeschool 3 days
each child reach his/her greatest per week. Contact: 489-7474 or
potential, by embracing learning
and appreciating and respecting
the world. Contact: 466-5068 or West Mall Alternative School.
Independent Study Home School
in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238
Montessori Children’s School in San or
Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion Alternative.
for excellence, to nurture curiosity,
creativity and imagination, and to Paso Robles Joint Unified School
awaken the human spirit of every District Home School & Independent
child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691 Study Program serves K-8th grade.
Students and parents work one-onor
one with teachers, receive lesson
Central Coast Montessori School in plans, textbooks, and teachers’
Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized editions for all subjects. Classes,
academic environment to promote enrichment activities, and field trips
independence and optimum scholastic are also offered. Contact: 769-1675.
achievement. Contact: 772-9317 or
Homeschool Organizations
Heritage Montessori Preschool
California Homeschool Network is
in San Luis Obispo provides an
enriching and loving environment in a statewide grassroots organization
a beautiful country setting. Waldorf to protect the right of parents to
and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5 educate their children. Their website
provides information about current
years. Contact: 235-5589.
state and federal laws, and how to
Academics and More is a Homeschool get started. Contact: (800) 327-5339
Helper class for 7th-8th grade at or
Ludwick Community Center in SLO.
Offered in partnership with City of Homeschoolers of the Central
SLO, this class includes a convenient Coast. An inclusive Yahoo! group
cost-effective way for students to meeting on a regular basis for
gain access to a tutor, community interaction and field trips: groups.
involvement, assistance with their
school work, time management and the_Central_Coast.
organization skills, and more. Contact:
Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
A Yahoo! group offering free
Public Schools
Cambria Montessori Learning Center. santa_maria_inclusive_learners.
Tuition-free public school in Morro
Bay for grades K-6th through the Templeton Unified School District
Family Partnership Charter School. K-8 Home Schooling program.
Contact: 927-2337, 541-2412 or Contact: 434-5840 or
Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.
Accredited high school program at
Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive
student-parent-teacher partnerships
provide educational resources, a

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allows and is a work in progress. Please
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or drinking alcohol. While all
of those things may be fine in
moderation, switching up your
routine to include exercise can
truly help reduce stress.

Benefits of Exercise
by Renee P. Mosier

Despite the well-established
physical and emotional benefits
participation in physical activity,
most Americans are not getting
enough of this important and life
sustaining behavior to reduce
their risk of many diseases.
Those who don’t perform regular
exercise are also more likely to
become depressed or anxious.
Physical activity is a good way to
reduce mood swings and it helps
people to maintain a sense of
emotional well being.
We all know that exercise is a
big component of maintaining
or losing weight, which leads
to a reduced risk of diabetes,
stroke, cardiovascular disease,
hypertension, arthritis, and several

If time is an issue, break exercise
sessions into 10 minute workouts
throughout the day, go for a brisk
walk during your lunch break, or
when you take your children to
the playground, turn that time
into your workout by playing a
game of tag with them or simply
use the playground equipment as
an outdoor gym.
Lack of sleep can leave you feeling
fatigued, and uninspired to start
your day. Physical exercise is
very important for decreasing
insomnia and improving sleep
quality. Without enough deep
sleep, you are less likely to feel
motivated about waking up, much
less performing at your best.

common types of cancer. People
who get regular physical exercise
have a more efficient immune
system, which also helps to ward
off various everyday illnesses,
such as colds and flu. While
these are all great reasons to
get a regular workout, there are
several additional health benefits The great news is that research
that you can gain from exercising shows that even those with
to improve your daily life.
chronic insomnia will find that
exercise helps to decrease time
Reduction of stress is a great falling asleep and increase the
benefit of exercise. As small and amount of sustained sleep. In
large stressors of the day add addition to getting enough sleep,
up, people often look for ways you can give yourself some prep
to de-stress. Unfortunately, this time to start your day with by
urge often results in unhealthful doing supportive things, such as
activities that do little to preparing yourself a healthful
meaningfully reduce stress, such lunch, or setting out your clothes
as: binge watching favorite TV for the following day before you
shows, eating comfort food, go to bed. By doing this, you
reduce distractions to think about
before you fall asleep.
If you find yourself forgetting
things more frequently, like
people’s names, or descriptive
words, you may want to consider
adding both a cardio and weight
lifting regimen into your weekly
activities. Research has shown
that each type of exercise effects
a different part of the brain that
is related to increasing cognitive
With age-related
Parkinson’s disease becoming
increasingly prevalent in our
society, this is one of the ways

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you can help to keep your brain as
fit as the rest of your body.
With all of these great benefits,
you will want to ensure that
you stick with exercise over the
long haul. Before committing
to a workout routine, make sure
that your activity of choice is
something that you can enjoy.
Whether you choose walking,
taking a group fitness class,
hiking, biking, lifting weights,
or yoga, be sure it is something
that you like to do. If you commit
yourself to an activity you dislike,
you might feel discouraged and
stop working out all together.
So search around, try some new
activities, and if it helps, get
your friends or family members
to join you.
Getting other
people involved in your healthful
lifestyle can help to increase your
enjoyment and accountability.

Renee P. Mosier is an ACE Certified Personal
Trainer at MZR Fitness in San Luis Obispo.
She can be reached at renee@mzrfitness.
com or (805) 543-9800.

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