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positive feelings about their racial
and cultural identity. We can also
challenge the immature thinking
that is typical of very young
children and can eventually lead
to prejudice.

Racial & Cultural Awareness
by Barbara Biles

February is Black History Month;
a great time to appreciate the
accomplishments of African
Americans and teach children
about diversity. After one of my
lectures on cultural awareness,
I was asked, “Does this really
matter? Will adding skin-tone
crayons make a difference in

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children’s lives?” “Yes!” I said,
“Skin-tone crayons can help a
child become aware of who he is
and who others are.” After age
9, racial attitudes tend to stay
the same unless the child has a
life-changing experience. Before
that, however, we have a good
chance to help children develop
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Children develop their identity and
attitudes through experiences
with
their
bodies,
social
environments, and cognitive
developmental stages. As these
three factors interact, young
children progress through certain
stages of racial and cultural
awareness.
When does it start? The
foundation of self-awareness is
laid when children are infants and
toddlers. At these stages, children
learn “what is me” and “what is
not me.” Toddlers are sensitive
to the feelings of adults around
them, and begin to mimic adult
behavior. By age two, children
recognize and explore physical
differences. They are also learning
the names of colors, and they
begin to apply this to skin color.
Natural curiosity will lead to
questions about differences.

to prefer one race.
At this age, children’s thinking
is
limited,
distorted,
and
inconsistent. For these reasons,
it is easy for them to believe
stereotypes and form preprejudices. In the Anti-Bias
Curriculum,
Louise
DermanSparks states, “The goals are to
facilitate children’s awareness
that their racial identity does not
change, to help them understand
that they are part of a large group
with similar characteristics (not
“different” from everyone else)
and to foster their desire to be
exactly who they are.”

KINDERGARTEN (age 5 and 6).
Kindergartners will continue to
ask questions about physical
differences, and they can begin
to understand the explanations
for these differences. They can
now make distinctions between
members of the same racial
or cultural group. At this age,
children are developing social
skills and becoming more grouporiented. They enjoy exploring
the culture of their friends. By age
six, most children understand the
THE PRESCHOOL YEARS (age 3
concept of fair and unfair, and
and 4). Children of this age are
they often use these concepts as
better at noticing differences
they try to deal with issues.
among people. They have
learned to classify, and they THE EARLY PRIMARY YEARS (age
tend to sort based on color and 7 and 8). At this age, children
size. They can’t yet deal with acquire racial constancy. They
multiple classification, so they now understand that a person’s
get confused about the names skin color will not wash off or
of racial groups and the actual change, but will remain the
color of their skin. They wonder same as she grows up. At this
why two people with different age, children can also consider
skin tones are considered part multiple attributes at one time.
of the same racial group. Many They can now understand how
preschool children will comment one person can be a member
- in words or through actions - on of several different groups. For
hair texture, eye shape, and other example, a person can be part of
a family, a classroom, a culture,
physical characteristics.
and a race.
Children at this age believe that
because other parts of their body Children can also understand
grow and change, skin color feelings of shame and pride at this
and other physical traits could age, and they are aware of racism
also change. Some young black against their own group. They are
children prefer white dolls over able to empathize, and they are
black dolls. More often than white interested in learning about the
children, they may say that they world. It’s the perfect time for
don’t like their skin color, hair giving them accurate information
texture, or another physical trait. so they grow out of “preschool”
By age four, most children begin ways of thinking.

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Now that you understand how
children develop their racial and
cultural awareness and identities,
it’s time to encourage them
to accept and celebrate their
differences. We want to help all
children develop a positive selfconcept, feel proud of who they
are, and respect others. If this
positive sense of self and others
is allowed to flourish, today’s
children can become adults who
affirm differences, identify unfair
situations, and strive for racial
equity.
A first step in helping children feel
positive about racial and cultural
identity is reflecting diversity
in their surroundings. Children
notice when the only dolls to
play with don’t look anything like
them. Books and toys that reflect
racial and cultural diversity serve
two purposes. They not only help
children of color feel good about
themselves, they help all children
feel positive about differences.
Here are some ideas you can try in
your home and community.
Remove materials and visuals that
promote stereotypes.
Display images of all the children
and families in your friendship
group.
If your group is not diverse,
display images of diversity in your
community or in U.S. society.
Add toys and materials that reflect
the cultural origins of children
and families in your group. Then
expand to include materials that
mirror diversity in the world.
Activities for Preschoolers
Skin-Color Match-Ups - Set out
a number of nylon knee-high
stockings in various shades, tan,
black, white, pink, yellow, and red.
Encourage children to try them on
their hands and arms or their legs
and feet. Ask questions to help the
children increase their awareness
of skin color. For example, “Can
you find a stocking that is the same
color as your skin?” Or ask the
children to “Try the __ stocking.
Is it lighter or darker than your
own skin?” Tell them no one’s skin
color is really white, pink, yellow,

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or red. Emphasize that skin-color
differences are interesting and
desirable.
Hair - Use photographs of diverse
hairstyles and ethnic hair-care
products for the children to use,
explore, and talk about. Talk about
how hair has different textures,
shapes, colors, and lengths. For
instance, some people have fine
hair while others have coarse
hair. Some have straight hair,
and others have curly hair. Take
a photo of each child’s face
and make a collage of different
hairstyles.
Music and Dance - Teach children
songs and dances from different
nations of the world. Children will
begin to see that all people like to
sing and dance, but every group
has its own special ways of doing
it. Talk with the children about
how different music sounds: loud,
soft, fast, or slow. Listen for the
different instruments.

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GREAT February!

115 East Branch Street in Arroyo Grande
Aboud, F. 1988. *Children and Prejudice*. New York:
Basil Blackwill.
Derman-Sparks, L., and the ABC Task Force. 1989.
*Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young
Children*. Washington, DC: National Association for
Education of Young Children.
McCracken-Brown, J. 1990. *Helping Children Love
Themselves and Others: A Professional Handbook
for Family Day Care*. Washington, DC: The Children’s
Foundation.

McCracken-Brown, J. 1993. *Valuing Diversity:
The Primary Years*. Washington, DC: National
Association for the Education of Young Children.
York, S. 1991. *Roots and Wings: Affirming Culture in
Early Childhood*. Minnesota: Redleaf Press.
Reprinted with permission from the National
Network for Child Care - NNCC.
Barbara Biles, M.Ed. is a Training and Technical
Specialist in Early Childhood and Family Education.

Activities for School Children
Alike and Different (Thumbprints)
- Set out white 3” x 5” cards,
a black ink pad, a pen, and a
magnifying glass. Ask the children
to make prints of their thumbs
by pressing them on the ink pad
and then on the cards. Label
each print with the child’s name.
Let children use the magnifying
glass to see how the prints are
alike and different. Point out that
everyone has patterns on the skin
of their fingers and each person’s
fingerprints are different from
anyone else’s.
Proverbs and Traditions - Talk
with children about sayings that
are common in their family,
culture, or traditions. Choose
one broad topic, such as love,
birthdays, or holidays, and
explore how different cultures
express similar ideas. Children
might be fascinated to compare
the different names families
use for grandparents around
the world. Listen and watch for
children’s comments that can lead
to discoveries about each other.

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Safety
Herpes Virus

Kissing
Babies
by Jim Evans

It happens every day. A mother
tenderly kisses her baby on the
mouth or wipes her baby’s face
with a cloth moistened with
her own saliva. She tests the
temperature of baby food by
tasting it first before serving it
to her baby on the same spoon,
or lets her baby playfully put its
fingers in her mouth and then
into its own. In some families, it is
even common for other members
to kiss a baby or young child on
the lips. Why not?
Dental Disease
The bacteria that cause tooth
decay and periodontal disease
are not found in the mouths
of newborn babies and can be
passed on by even a simple kiss
on the lips. A baby’s mouth can
be colonized with infected saliva
that can be easily transmitted
in a number of different ways
according to the American
Academy of Periodontology
(www.perio.org).
Once
the
bacteria are in the baby’s mouth,
they convert sugars from food
and beverages into acids that
eventually destroy tooth enamel.
Women with periodontal disease
are already at risk for premature
births and low-weight babies, and
it is easy to see how this disease
might easily infect a vulnerable
newborn through the innocent
affections of family members. The
AAP recommends that if even one
family member has periodontal
disease, all others in the same
household should be screened
because the incidence of saliva
contact in families is commonplace
through kissing, sharing utensils

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and toys, coughing, sneezing, and
other behaviors.
Periodontal disease, also known
as gum disease, is caused when
bacteria in plaque (a sticky,
colorless film that forms in the
mouth) builds up between the
gums and teeth. When the
bacteria begin to grow, the gums
surrounding the tooth can become
inflamed. Periodontal diseases
are among the most frequent
affecting children. These include
gingivitis,
periodontitis
and
periodontal diseases associated
with systemic disorders.

One of the primary ways young
people end up with herpes (AKA
‘cold sores’) is being kissed as an
infant by a well-meaning relative.
In fact, the CDC reports that 60%
of those with the herpes virus,
contracted it before the age
of 10 - almost exclusively from
being kissed by a loving relative.
Herpes simplex viruses (HSVs)
cause raised and oozing sores
or blisters on the skin. When
these sores erupt on or close
to the lips or inside the mouth,
they are commonly called cold
sores or fever blisters. Infants
and young children can easily
contract herpes with a single kiss,
if the loved is shedding the virus
in saliva with or without a visible
lesion. Once infected, the infant
will be a carrier of the virus for life.
Herpes simplex viruses (HSVs)
cause raised and oozing sores or
blisters on the skin. When these
sores erupt on or close to the
lips or inside the mouth, they
are commonly called cold sores
or fever blisters. Infants and
young children can easily contract
herpes from a loved one with a
single kiss, if the loved one has a
cold sore or is shedding the virus
in saliva without a visible lesion.
Once infected, the infant will be a
carrier of the virus for life.

If left untreated, inflammation can
cause the gums and supporting
bone structure to deteriorate.
This can lead to gum recession
or even tooth loss. In addition to
adverse pregnancy outcomes,
research has shown that gum
disease may be associated with
systemic diseases like diabetes, One of the first herpes infections
respiratory and heart disease, a child may experience is primary
rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer. herpetic gingivostomatitis. This
can cause a fever with painful
Think you don’t have periodontal blisters around the mouth and lips,
disease? Think again. An estimated tongue, and roof of the mouth,
80 percent of American adults which usually is not diagnosed or
have some form of periodontal treated. Newborn herpes can be
disease and millions don’t very serious resulting in throat
even know it. According to the and eye infections, damage to the
Academy of General Dentistry central nervous system, cognitive
(www.agd.org), kissing can impairment, or even death. HSV
transmit up to 500 different kinds can involve the brain to cause
of germs – including those that encephalitis and meningitis, and
cause gum disease. Just one kiss cause lung and liver disease.
can pass gum disease between
a parent and child. Yes, kissing Do not let anyone with a cold
on the lips can transmit germs sore or history of sores kiss your
between adults too, but children baby! Herpes lesions are very
are more vulnerable since they contagious, but they do not need
haven’t developed their immune to be present to transmit virus.
Beyond the neonatal period,
system yet.

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most primary HSV-1 infections
occur in infancy and childhood
and are transmitted by contact
with infected saliva. Over 25% of
children in the US have serologic
evidence of herpes simplex virus
disease by 5 years old, and many
more go undiagnosed.
In most cases, facial sores are
caused by the HSV type 1 (HSV1) strain. Many people have the
contagious virus in their saliva
even when sores are not present,
and most do not know they have
herpes. Exposure to HSV-1 is
extremely common, as many as
90% of American adults have been
infected. To prevent infection,
do not allow people to kiss your
child on the face or share eating
utensils or drinking cups with
others. Ask anyone with a cold
sore to wash their hands before
touching your baby.
Herpes infections can also
affect the genitals. These sores
are usually caused by another
herpes strain, HSV type 2 (HSV-2).
However, both strains of the virus
can cause sores in any part of
the body. Babies can be infected
during the birth process. If your
baby develops a rash, fever, or
irritation of the eyelids or eyes in
the first months of life, contact
your pediatrician immediately.
Of course, these are only a few
of the many infectious diseases
spread through contact with
saliva, not to mention the issue
of teaching young children
bodily autonomy. The American
Academy of Pediatrics (www.
aap.org) recommends avoiding
saliva-sharing behaviors of any
kind around babies and children
– including kisses on the mouth.
The alternative? Squeeze their
feet instead, give them air kisses,
or a tender embrace. While it is
natural to express affection for
children, you don’t have to share
spit with them to show love!
Learn more at: www.perio.org or
www.cdc.gov.  
Jim Evans is a 42-year veteran of the health and
fitness industry and internationally recognized
consultant, speaker, and writer.

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Tek Talk
“Garbage Barge” or “Gar-barge”)
spends months on the ocean
traveling from New York City to
Belize and back until a way was
found to dispose of its cargo -3,168 tons of trash. This saga was
widely covered by media and has
been credited with awakening
Americans to the solid-waste
disposal crisis and the need for
recycling. In that same year, New
Jersey enacts the nation’s first
universal mandatory recycling law
requiring all residents to separate
by Stan Horspool
recyclables from their trash. By
1985, America is at 10% nationwide
History of Recycling
the materials needed (and their
recycling participation.
uses). All Americans were on
The first recorded use of recycled board, and most were excited to
1990s
paper was in 9th century Japan. help aid the troops by conserving
Japanese people began recycling and recycling.
The first ever-statewide ban on
paper almost as soon as they
landfilling recyclable materials
learned how to produce it and 1960s
goes into effect in Wisconsin in
recycling became part of paper
1993. The ban initially prohibits
production and consumption. The first curbside collections of yard waste in landfills. Later, in
Japanese culture generally treats yard waste, metals, and paper 1995, other items (such as tires,
recycled paper as being more start popping up around the aluminum containers, corrugated
precious than new and recycled country. Separate waste streams
paper was often used in paintings collected at the curb become
commonplace.
and poetry.

Recycling
Then &
Now

In 12th century Japan, a case was
recorded of a grieving emperor’s
widow who recycled all the
poems and letters she received
from her husband and wrote a
sutra on this special paper to
wish peace upon his soul.
US Recycling
Finally, in 1690, recycling reaches
the New World. The Rittenhouse
Mill in Philadelphia opens and
begins recycling linen and cotton
rags. The paper produced from
these materials was sold to
printers for use in Bibles and
newspapers.
World War II

paper, foam polystyrene, plastic
containers and newspapers) are
banned as well. By 1995, America
is at 20% nationwide recycling
participation; double what it had
been 10 years earlier. Only 3 years
later in 1998, it tops 30%.
2000-Today
In the early 2000s, green waste
collection at the curb begins on
the West Coast (San Francisco).
In 2012, the McDonald’s franchise
finally replaces Styrofoam cups
with paper ones. In 2011, California
set the goal for 75% participation
by 2020. One year later in 2012,
San Francisco announces that
it achieves an 80% diversion
rate for waste, putting the city
8 years ahead of schedule, and
with 5% more waste diverted.
Currently, the ambitious goal
setting for West Coast cities
reaches up to 80% recycling
participation in some areas.

1970s
Greater emphasis on green
movements through governmentbacked initiatives generates
public awareness of conservation
efforts. Concept of the flower child
emerges. Earth Day is celebrated
for the first time on April 22, 1970.
The chasing arrows recycling
symbol was created by a Southern
California architecture student
trying to win a contest. The first
curbside-recycling bin “The Tree
Saver” is used in Missouri for
the collection of paper in 1974.
In 1976, Massachusetts secures
the first ever EPA recycling
grant, implements weekly multimaterial curbside collection
programs in two cities, and uses
the first residential recycling
truck (costing $20,000). By the
end of the decade, 220 curbside
collection programs are under
way in the US, and 60 include
multi-material collection.

World War II inspires massive,
universal collection campaigns
for tin, rubber, steel, paper
and more. More than 400,000
volunteer in the effort and tens of
thousands of tons of material are
recycled in order to save money
for the war efforts. This was a 1980s
national campaign featuring
posters and newsreels detailing In 1987, The Mobro 4000 (AKA

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Central Coast Recycling
Green Waste
These days, San Luis Obispo
County recycles green waste
including: grass, leaves, weeds,
brush, prunings less than 4’
long and 6” in diameter, small
branches,
unpainted
scrap
lumber, fruit tree droppings, and
trees cut to fit in the cart including
Christmas trees.
Not recyclable: Trash of any kind,
hazardous waste (go to www.
iwma.com for free disposal sites),
plastic, glass, cans, or paper (put
in blue recyclables cart), poison
oak, bamboo, palm fronds,
cypress, ice-plant (put in trash),
dirt or rocks, food or animal
waste (put pet litter in trash),
MDF (particle board) scrap or
sheets (put in trash), or pressure
treated lumber.
Recycled (blue-bin) Waste
Recycling collection in San
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in the same cart for pickup.
Most franchises recycle the
following: paper and cardboard,
newsprint publications (e.g.,
CCF), magazines, catalogs, glossy
paper, mail including envelopes,
white and colored office paper,
binder paper, shredded paper
(bagged), phone books, books
and catalogs, cardboard, flat
boxes, brown paper bags, paper
egg cartons, glass bottles and jars,
food and drink containers, cans,
aluminum, empty aerosol cans,
foil, tin, steel, and bi-metal cans,
metal food trays, bottle caps,
metal jar lids and caps, empty dry
paint cans, plastic food containers
of any color, soap bottles, plastic
containers marked 1-7 (yogurt
cups, peanut butter ‘jars’, butter
tubs, etc.).
Not recyclable: Plastic bags and
wrap (find local drop off points
at www.plasticfilmrecycling.org),
milk and juice cartons, Styrofoam,
polyethylene sheeting (Visqueen),
hazardous waste of any kind
(www.iwma.com), carbon paper,
photographs, gift wrap, ribbons
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incandescent lights, fluorescent
light bulbs (if unbroken, return
to retailer), computers and
electronics (take to free landfill
recycle area), needles/sharps
(take to pharmacy), tissue paper,
paper from bathrooms or kitchen,
trash of any kind.
Recycling Exceptions
Franchise jurisdiction is generally
divided up by city with six that
service SLO County. Contracts for
each can be found at: slocounty.
ca.gov, but in general it appears
that all franchises operate to
recycle products consistently
across San Luis Obispo county.
Recycling Hazardous Waste
Beginning in April of 2008, a
countywide ordinance established
a “Take Back Program” for
household batteries, cell phones,
and all fluorescent lighting. If a
business in our area sells these
items, they are required to take
them from the public for free
disposal. Prescription drugs can
be taken to local pharmacies.

Find more information at www.
iwma.com.
SLO County Landfills
Bulk trash is disposed of in the
following locations:
Cold Canyon Landfill, Carpenter
Canyon, San Luis Obispo, 805549-8332
Chicago Grade Landfill,
Homestead Road, Atascadero,
805-466-2985
Paso Robles Landfill, Highway 46,
Paso Robles, 805-238-2028
More information about SLO
County recycling can be found at:
www.slocounty.ca.gov/PW/
Garbage___Recycling.htm.
For information about recycling
in Santa Barbara County, go to:
www.santabarbaraca.gov/
services/recycling.asp.
Stan Horspool is a Software Engineer,
central coast explorer, and musician.
He can be reached at: http://aplink.io or
shorspool@pobox.com.

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Fun & Games

Jack’s Jokes
What did the painter’s Valentine say? I love you with all my art!

Help the Two Hearts
Find Each Other

What do friendly snakes give each other? A hug and a hiss!
Why do skunks give Valentines? They’re Scent-imental!

Valentine’s Day 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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Education

learning problems
by Karyn Lutes

School readiness and success require
your child to have an ‘organized
brain’ as the foundation for effective
attention, behavior, communication,
motor skills, and learning. When his
brain network is ‘wired correctly,’
accurate sensory messages are
sent between the body and brain,
which allow him to learn and adapt
in different environments.
This
brain wiring begins before birth
and develops as your baby moves
his body and interacts within his
environment.
Early body movements play an
important role in the organization (or
disorganization) of the brain’s wiring
connections.
These connections
are the foundational link between
the body and brain. They enable
your child to: sit still in a chair, focus
and pay attention, balance and
coordinate movements, manipulate
a pencil, follow a line of print while
reading, comprehend and remember
information that he sees and hears,
and express himself socially and
through writing.
When a child’s brain network is
disorganized with ‘crossed wires,’
learning is inefficient, takes more
energy, and cannot be maintained.
This child may be bright, but
inconsistent with his work––he can
do it sometimes and not others.
His challenges are likely connected
to missed development in his
brain network caused by abnormal
primitive reflexes.
Primitive reflexes, (also called
‘survival reflexes’) are automatic
movement patterns that emerge
to help a baby survive and develop
during the first year of life. These
reflexes organize sensory input,
which activates wiring connections
in the brain for higher levels of
movement, adapting, and learning.
In normal development, by one year
of age, the survival reflexes become
integrated, or ‘inactive,’ because
they are no longer necessary. This
allows for more complex areas of the
brain to develop.
Survival reflexes that are active
beyond 18 months are abnormal and
cause an underdeveloped brain and
immature central nervous system.
When reflexes don’t integrate
normally in a child, subtle to severe
symptoms occur that negatively

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impact the child’s development.
It is important to recognize these
symptoms, because there are
effective methods for improvement
that can permanently change a
child’s brain organization and
learning potential.
Following is a list of five primitive
reflexes and how they can impact
learning if they are still active, or
‘retained.’ (Please note that a
specialized evaluation is required to
determine if your child has retained
reflexes.) Each of the symptoms
listed for a reflex can indicate that
an area of development was missed.
However, it is not common for a child
to exhibit all of the symptoms.
1. Moro Reflex - This reflex is linked
to the fight-or-flight instinct, anxiety,
obsessive - compulsive disorder, and
your child’s ability to handle multiple
stressors at once. Other symptoms
include auditory processing problems
(that impact speech, language,
comprehension,
reading,
and
writing), poor emotional control,
and impulsivitiy. It is linked to the
vestibular (balance) system, and
many of these children are sensitive
to motion (swings and car rides),
light, and sound. They may exhibit
poor balance and coordination, actfirst-think-later behavior, poor visual
perception, withdrawing or overreacting, allergies, asthma, frequent
colds, ear and throat infections, and
exhaustion after school.
2. Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex Children with this active reflex often
have reading and writing problems
including dyslexia. It affects the
ability to cross midline, know left
from right, use both eyes together to
look at a single word (convergence),
and track horizontally across a page.
Many of these children did not crawl,
cannot skip, and have difficulty
with motor-planning, coordination,
balance and may appear awkward
when they run or play sports.
3. Spinal Galant Reflex - This active
reflex can show up as attention
problems and ADD/ADHD, as it
affects focus and the ability to sit
still. It is also linked to short-term
memory, ear infections and auditory
processing problems. Often, these
children wet the bed beyond age
five, are hypersensitive to touch
(especially ticklish on their lower

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back) and sensitive to clothing or
belts around the waist.
4. Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex
- Children with this active reflex
frequently have difficulty with handeye coordination, vertical tracking
and catching. They may appear to be
clumsy, have bad posture, or slump
when sitting at a desk. They are slow
at tasks that require copying and
tend to be messy eaters. Many did
not crawl, and have difficulty with
activities that require both upper
and lower body movements, such as
swimming and gymnastics.
5. Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex - This
active reflex connects to poor spatial
awareness in children and knowing
where their body is in comparison
to things around them. They may
knock over or run into things, talk
too closely to someone’s face,
become ‘lost’ while playing sports,
or feel disoriented and disorganized
in their own body. In addition,
these children often have poor
balance, posture, coordination,
proprioception, and muscle tone.
Weak control of eye movements can
affect reading, writing, copying and
math. They also may have problems
processing information and have
poor organization, sequencing, and
timing.
Retained primitive reflexes cause
‘crossed wires’ and create a barrier
to learning because important
phases of development have been
missed.
Higher centers of the
brain will attempt to compensate
for what the lower centers are
supposed to automatically do. While
compensation may work in the shortterm, it takes a lot more mental
energy, which creates exhaustion
and makes it difficult to maintain
long-term. This is why your child
may be inconsistent with his skills––
able to perform in some situations,
but not others. This inconsistency
can look like your child is ‘just lazy
and careless,’ which suggests that
the behavior is a choice. Rather, he

is working with faulty brain wiring
because he lacks foundational
skills due to missed phases of
development. Your child can never
reach his full potential if his brain is
‘disorganized!’
One of the biggest problems for
parents seeking help for a child
struggling with attention, behavior,
communication, motor, or learning
challenges is that many professionals
don’t
fully
understand
the
foundational underpinnings of the
body–brain–learning
connection.
Countless parents have unsuccessfully tried many interventions,
including tutoring, therapies, special
education, medications, counseling,
behavior charts, neurofeedback,
and expensive reading centers. But,
these strategies were not specifically
geared to address the root cause of
their child’s problem.
The great news is that it is never
too late to retrain your child’s brain
by integrating these reflexes, so
that it functions automatically and
supports all learning, behavior, and
attention. This is done by re-creating
the developmental stages that were
missed in early childhood. It begins
with an assessment of your child or
teen’s primitive reflexes to determine
if they are still ‘retained,’ followed
by an individualized program that
combines sensory processing with
therapeutic movements to ‘rewire’
the previously missed and critically
important brain connections. This
newly developed brain network can
become the foundation for future
success in learning and in life.
Blythe, Sally Goddard, Attention, Balance and
Coordination, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Karyn
 Lutes,
 MA,
 CCC‐SLP,
 is
 a
 “Learning ABILITIES
Expert,” Licensed Speech-Language
 Pathologist,

CA
 Credentialed
 Teacher,
 and
 Executive
 Director

of
 Brain Boost Academy
 in
 Arroyo
 Grande. She
is an author, speaker, coach, wife, and mother of
three. Karyn can be reached
at
(805)
474‐1144
or

Office@BrainBoostAcademy.com.
© 2017 BrainBoostAcademy.com. Reproduction allowed
if origination is included. Must be used in its entirety.

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Local History

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

The Queen of

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San Luis Obispo once had her own
Queen. She was a lovely woman
whom many admired, and she
loved and helped many people
in her kingdom. She lived in a big
home that was surrounded by the
most beautiful green hills in the
land. They called her kingdom the
Highland Ranch.
She came from the faraway land
of Iowa and her husband Horatio
came from Ohio. He was born
in 1828 and was the pride of the
Warden family. He came to a
new land called California in 1850
in search of a precious metal.
Thousands came to the west
to seek this treasure and build
their own kingdoms. Many were
successful finding gold, but most
seekers found little or none.

Before he met his future bride,
Horatio realized that building a
business was much easier than
digging for gold, so he traveled
in search of a perfect place to
build his kingdom. In
1868,
Horatio settled on the beautiful
realm known as San Luis Obispo.
He raised sheep and grew crops
and soon had so much money,
he needed to keep it safe from
robbers. Horatio realized a bank
would be the solution. He and
friend Chauncey Phillips built the
bank of Warden and Phillips, later
known as Bank of San Luis Obispo.
In the year 1882, Horatio and
Queenie joined each other in holy
matrimony. She was a bride of
21, while the love of her life was
54 years old. Queenie, although

young, was a very mature and
loving person. Their life on the
Highland Ranch was wonderful
and soon they started to expand
their business and life. On 3,100
acres, they raised thoroughbred
horses and cattle, and then their
first daughter was born and
named Queenie. Over the next
few years, Horatio and Queenie
had a son, Horatio, Jr., and
another daughter named Mary.
Queenie became a very important
part of the growth of San Luis
Obispo. As the family grew, the
Warden family continued to
expand their kingdom. Racing
horses became a source of local
entertainment, so Queenie and
Horatio built an arena where
people could race their mighty
steeds.
They also supported
other organizations in the area
and bought more land in the city.
The Warden family built a very
large building that became the
jewel of the downtown area.
It was two-stories with large
windows to view people walking
and riding down the main street
called Higuera. Local citizens
were very proud of the huge
fancy building where doctors and
other professionals had offices.
The building had a giant glass roof
where people could see the sky
while waiting for appointments.

Warden Block on Higuera at Garden in San Luis Obispo then and now

Horatio and Queenie enjoyed
many years together until he
retired at age 70. Queenie became
president of the family business in
1898. Horatio Jr. went off to Santa
Clara College and returned as vicepresident of the family business.
Daughter Queenie married a local
man named Thomas Norton, and
had two children.

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Horatio passed away in 1912
and Queenie was very sad. The
entire community was upset
and many community members
came to the funeral. Queenie and
her family continued to run the
business and she remained active
in San Luis Obispo development.
After Horatio passed away,
Queenie moved into Apartment
#1 in the Warden Building. She
served as president of the Civic
Club, bringing new forms of
entertainment to town, such as
opera. Queenie also started a
Merchants Parade on Higuera and
a Civic Carnival to spice up life in
the sleepy little kingdom.
In 1925, Queenie decided to have
a bridge built across the creek
behind her building so trucks
could make deliveries to the back.
The bridge was like a moat leading
to a castle made of reinforced
concrete and steel. It became
known as “Queenie Bridge.” You
can still find this bridge across San
Luis Obispo creek today between
the Mission and the Bliss Café /
Creeky Tiki patio. Queenie reigned
as “Queen of San Luis Obispo”
until her death at age 82 in 1944.
Many prominent pioneers helped
create our beautiful “kingdom”
and make it a great place to live.
It’s good to remember people
like Queenie and see the historic
contribution to Higuera Street
that she helped create. Go
downtown to visit the Warden
Building and maybe see where
Queenie once lived in Apt #1.
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
Fluidity and discontinuity are central
to the reality in which we live.
-Mary Catherine Bateson

CS Perryess
writes

about words
TWEETS?
In the 1540s, the Latin word augur
made its way into English. Though
not all etymologists agree, a
majority identify the base of the
word augur to be the Latin word
avis, or bird. An augur was a
religious official who foretold the
coming year based on divination
involving entrails garnered from
the sacrifice of birds. To create the
word augur, it appears the root
avis was combined with the Latin
word garrire, to talk, since after
viewing the entrails, the religious
official announced the foretelling.
Augur is the root of the word
inauguration. Birds are known to
tweet (though not after being
sacrificed). So it might be fair
to say that since inaugurations
were born, countless tweets
contributed to their success or
failure. Just saying.
RISK
“First loke, then aftirward lepe.”
This proverb was embraced by
cautious folk of the British Isles
during the 1400s.Though we spell
things differently these days,
many of us still appreciate the
proverb look before you leap. It
doesn’t suggest we avoid risk
altogether, just that we employ
caution before doing so.
The word risk came to English in
the 1660s, from Italian through
French, though nobody’s figured
out where the Italians got their
form, riscare, which meant run
into danger.
A near-synonym of risk is gamble.
It seems to have jumped into
Modern English sometime around
the 1720s from Middle English,
where it was the word gamenen,
to play, jest, or be merry. Before
that, back in Old English, it
was gamenian, to play, joke, or

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Better never means better for
everyone…it always means worse
for some.
-Margaret Atwood

appeared in the 1400s from eiYou must not change one thing, through Old French and Latin.
one pebble, one grain of sand, until
you know what good and evil will errant — misplaced, originally
traveling or roving — came to
follow on that act.
pun. Gamble is related to the
-Ursula K. Leguin English from ei- in the the 1300s
words game and backgammon Once an old woman at my church through Latin and Anglo-French.
and was initially considered said the secret is that God loves us sudden — unexpected — arrived
slang, though nobody’s sure exactly the way we are and that he in English in the 1300s through
whether the distinction was loves us too much to let us stay like Anglo-French and Vulgar Latin
made due to linguistic reasons this, and I’m just trying to trust that. from ei- through a verb meaning
or in condemnation of the act of
-Anne Lamott to come or go stealthily.
gambling.
All birth is unwilling.
itinerant — traveling — appeared
Another near-synonym of risk
-Pearl S. Buck in English from ei- in the 1560s
and gamble is the word chance. May you have the courage to through Late Latin.
The noun chance appeared in work against bad change, the
English in the 1300s, meaning an flexibility to roll with odd change, yew — evergreen tree that
occurrence, something that takes and the good sense to celebrate symbolizes death and mortality —
showed up in Old English from eiplace. It came from Proto-Indo- positive change.
through Proto-Germanic.
European through Vulgar Latin
TO
GO
and Old French from a word that
obituary - registry of deaths also gave us cadence, cascade, Locked in poorly-lit word-dungeons, appeared in English from ei- in
cadaver, and accident. Chance etymologists studying countless the 1700s through a Latin word
didn’t take on a verb’s meaning, languages have done their best meaning departure.
to risk, until 1859.
to construct the mother language
Look at all the places we’ve
And when we look before leaping, for Indo-European languages. This been taken by two little letters
we take a leap of faith, an idiom hypothetical language is called meaning to go. Bravo and brava
introduced in the 1800s by Proto-Indo European.
to the etymologists who have
Kierkegaard. Leap came to English One of the many proposed put ei- into the mouths of people
as early as the 1200s, from an Old word-parts in this academically who couldn’t even have written
English word meaning to jump, constructed language is ei-, those letters, since they had no
run, do, or dance. We can’t seem to meaning to go. Following is a very alphabet to begin with. As we
trace it back any further, though abbreviated list of some of the prepare to go beyond the known,
it’s noteworthy that forms of modern progeny of that ancient, imagine all the wild places 2017
this word occur only in Germanic imagined root, ei-.
might take us.
languages. And the faith bit of
thanks to sources: Merriam Webster, the
leap of faith came from Proto- exit  — to go out — appeared Big
OED, Rosalie Maggio’’s The New Beacon Book
in
English
from
eiin
the
1530s
Indo-European through Latin and
of Quotations by Women, thinkexist.com,
Women’s Press, PennStateSustainability,
Old French. Its linguistic brethren through Latin.
AnswerStand,
Etymonline,
Wordnik,
include bid, bide, fiance, fiancee, Mahayana — a branch of Buddhism LibraryOfTheology, and cafe.com.
federal, and affidavit.
— appeared in English from ei- in
the 1700s from a Sanskrit word
CHANGE
meaning the great vehicle.
Change is in the air, and in the
Oval Office. Though the country itinerary — route of travel —
is divided on whether this will appeared in English from ei- in the
be good change or bad change, 1400s from Greek through Latin.
it will definitely be change. Here Janus — Roman god of portals and
are some wise women’s thoughts doors — came to English about
about change:
1500 through Latin, most likely
I never wanted what I thought I from ei-.
wanted
sedition — revolt, uprising —
But always something else
CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
Which changed again as soon as I came to English from ei- in the books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
1300s through Old French.
foggy little town on California’s central coast.
had found it.
Find more at http://csperryess.blogspot.com,
-Mary Carolyn Davies circuit — a going around — or reach him at csperryess@gmail.com.

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February 2017 Free Ongoing Events
SUNDAY
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FARMERS MARKET:
11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club

February is:

American Heart Month
American History Month
Black History Month
Children’s Dental Health Month
National Wild Bird Feeding Month
Responsible Pet Owners Month
International Friendship Month

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FARMERS MARKET:

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

MONDAY

TUESDAY

30
FARMERS MARKET:

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

Birthstone: Amethyst

12
FARMERS MARKET:

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

abraham lincoln’s
birthday (Born in 1809)

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

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

Langston Hughes’
Birthday (Born in 1902)

Flower: Iris or Violet

national
FREEDOM DAY

6
FARMERS MARKET:

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

7
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

charles dicken’S
BIRTHDAY(Born in 1812)

superbowl lI
hank aaron’s
birthday (Born in 1934)

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WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
2
1
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FARMERS MARKETS:

babe
ruth’s
birthday
(Born in 1895)

13
FARMERS MARKET:

2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria
clean out your
computer DAY

laura wilder’S
BIRTHDAY(Born in 1867)

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

FRIDAY

3
4
BINGO VETS HALL MB - 1st FRI 5:00pm FARMERS MARKETS:
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

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LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

world wetlands day

world cancer day
CHARLES LINDBERGH’s
birthday(Born in 1902)

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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

ROSA PARK’s
birthday(Born in 1913)

10
FARMERS MARKETS:

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

umbrella 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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

national
inventors DAY
don’t cry over
spilled milk DAY

hershey’s
chocolate
founded (in 1894)

Kite flying DAY

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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

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3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG
2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay
6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO
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

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

random acts of
kindness DAY

get a different
name day

make a friend DAY
white t-shirt DAY

toothache DAY

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

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boy scout day
(Founded in 1910)

FULL MOON

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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

SLO CO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO

GROUNDHOG
DAY

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

SATURDAY

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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

george washington’s
Birthday (Born in 1732)
Susan B. anthony’s
birthday (Born in 1820)

world radio day

19
FARMERS MARKET:

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

20
FARMERS MARKET:

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

21
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

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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

mr roger’s
neighborhood
debut (In 1968)

be humble day

love your pet day

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

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FARMERS MARKET:

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

tell a fairy
tale day

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

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

international
stand up to
bullying dAY

25
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

national tortilla
chip DAY

tennis day

john glen orbited
earth (In 1962)

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international dog
biscuit appreciation
day

world
thinking day

president’s day
(honoring Lincoln & Washington)

pluto discovered
(By Clyde Tombaugh in 1930)

quiet DAY

28
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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

mardi gras

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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

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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

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FARMERS MARKETS:

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

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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

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SUN JAN 1-MON APR 3 10:00 am4:00 pm: THE WAY WE WORE: 100
YEARS OF SLO COUNTY FASHION
at History Center of SLO, 696
Monterey St. Clothing made and
worn in our county from 1850 to
1900 will be on display, exploring
the
intersection
between
technology, society, and style.
Cost: free. Contact: 543-0638 or
historycenterslo.org.

Contact: 545-5874 or slom.org.
Cost: free for members.
THU JAN 19-SUN MAR 5 (times
vary): THE FOREIGNER at The
Great American Melodrama,
1863 Front St, Oceano. A shy
Englishman just needs to get away
from it all, and he finds himself in
a rural Georgia fishing lodge. Soon
everyone comes to believe that
Charlie can’t speak English. What
could possibly go wrong? Well,
soon he overhears deep secrets
and diabolical plans, and that’s
when the hilarity begins! The
Library Vaudeville Revue follows
each show. Cost: $20-27, discounts
for groups, seniors, students,
military, and kids.Contact: 4892499 or americanmelodrama.
com.

MON JAN 2-MON FEB 27 2:00-5:00
pm: ARCHITECTURAL TOUR at
The Monday Club, 1815 Monterey
St, SLO. The Monday Club of
SLO is offering free docent-led
tours every Monday. This is an
excellent opportunity to tour one
of the architectural gems of San
Luis Obispo. Designed by Hearst
Castle Architect, Julia Morgan.
Cost: free. Contact: 541-0594 or
FRI JAN 20-SAT JAN 28 at
themondayclubslo.wildapricot.
2:00 & 8:00 pm: SYNERGY:
org.
ORCHESIS DANCE COMPANY
FRI JAN 6-FRI FEB 24 7:00-9:00 at Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand
pm: PASO ROBLES DANCE at Ave, SLO. For the 47th year,
Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson the Orchesis Dance Company
Dr. Do you love to dance? Join presents its annual concert
other social dancers every Friday dance performance. Synergy will
night to dance ballroom, swing, feature the choreography of Cal
line dance, free-style, and mixers Poly faculty, students, and locally
to DJ tunes. Requests welcome. and internationally known guest
This is a no-alcohol event. Cost: artists. Cost: $12-20. Contact: 756$95 for 10 admissions. Contact: 6436 or pacslo.org.
835-2076.
THU JAN 26 at 6:30 pm: CHINESE
FRI JAN 13-SUN JAN 29 (times NEW YEAR at Santa Maria Public
vary): THE IMPORTANCE OF Library, 421 S McClelland St.
BEING EARNEST at SLO Children’s Celebrate Chinese New Year with
Museum, 1010 Nipomo St. Shiu-Ching McSparron, who brings
songs, dances and fun for ages
five and up. Cost: free. Contact:
925-0994 or cityofsantamaria.
org/library.
FRI JAN 27-SUN JAN 29: CAMBRIA
ART & WINE FESTIVAL at Vet’s
Hall, 1000 Main St. This event will
feature art and wine activities
throughout the village with artist
demonstrations, special shopping
deals, gourmet foods, and
entertainment. Cost: $30 main
event/$85 non-reserved. Contact:
927-3624 or camberchamber.org.

Make a Difference!
(805) 781-3226

www.slobigs.org

all community members. Relax
and unwind with the new Adult
coloring books! Learn the latest
doodle craze called Zentangle.
Anyone can do it, no experience
necessary! Bring your own
coloring books or get started
with a page from ours. Cost:
free. Contact: 805-772-2504 or
artcentermorrobay.org.
SAT JAN 28 11:00 am-3:00 pm:
WINTER SLO RECORD SWAP at
SLO Guild Hall, 2880 S Broad St.
Vinyl record fair and celebration.
All ages welcome, 21 and over for
beer garden (ID required). Cost:
$2. Contact: 471-9418.

SAT JAN 28 at 4:00 pm: CHINESE
NEW YEAR CELEBRATION at
Volumes of Pleasure Bookshoppe,
1016 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos.
This 14th annual event features
the Cal Poly Lion Dance Team
FRI JAN 27 & FRI FEB 3 10:00- performing a blessing ritual which
11:30 am: ADULT COLORING dates back centuries. Cost: free.
BOOK CLUB AND ZEN DOODLE Contact: 528-5565.
at the Art Center Morro Bay, 835 SUN JAN 29 11:00 am-4:30 pm: HOT
Main St. Drop-in class open to SWINGIN’ JAZZ at Pismo Veterans

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Memorial Bldg, 780 Bello St,
Pismo Beach. The Yosemite Jazz
Band and the Rag Bone Saints,
Jan. 29. Food, drinks, and dance
floor available. Cost: $5 members;
$10 non-members. Contact: 9378402 or pismojazz.com.
SUN JAN 29 at 3:00 pm: MUSIC
FROM BOHEMIA, PASSPORT
SERIES at Park Ballroom, 1232 Park
St, Paso Robles. Symphony of the
Vines will present Music from
Bohemia, Jan. 29. The Symphony
is joined by the Czech-American
Horn Duo, comprised of Steve
Gross and Jiří Havl. Cost: $15-30.
Contact: 235-0687.
SUN JAN 29 at 3:00 pm: SAN LUIS
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA at Hope
Lutheran Church, 8005 San Gabriel
Rd, Atascadero. Featuring Bach’s
Double Concerto for Two Violins,
Holst’s St. Paul Suite, Richard
Strauss’ Serenade in Eb Major,
and local group Shadowlands.
Cost: $10 donation. Contact: 7486087.
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CHRISTOPHER
O’RILEY
IN
CONCERT at Spanos Theatre,
1 Grand Ave, SLO. Pianist
Christopher O’Riley is known to
millions as the host of NPR’s From
the Top. His vast repertoire will
be on display as he presents a
riveting evening featuring Philip
Glass’ Metamorphosis Two and
J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Cost: $35-65. Contact: 781-3009 or
festivalmozaic.com.
TUE JAN 31 10:00-10:30 am: FREE
INTRODUCTORY KINDERMUSIK
CLASS at Centennial Park
Recreation Center, 600 Nickerson
Dr, Paso Robles. For children
ages 4 years and under and their
parents or caregivers. Come sing,
dance, giggle, learn, and play and
see just what makes Kindermusik
so special! Cost: free. Contact: 7129417 or prcity.com.

dancing, games, activities, and
treats. All ages welcome! Doors
open at 6:30. Light refreshments
and snacks served. Cost: $15-35
tickets purchased in advance
online or at Main Street Dance
Company, 105 S Main St,
Templeton. Contact: 434-9500.
FRI FEB 3 at 8:00 pm: FLAMENCO
VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA at
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 clarkcenter.org.

SAT FEB 4 at 11:00 am: SLO
SYMPHONY: NO TIES ALLOWED III
at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San
Luis Obispo. Bring the family to a
dress rehearsal of Mussorgsky’s
Night on Bald Mountain, Dvorak’s
Symphony No 8, and Hummel’s
TUE JAN 31 3:30-5:30 pm: FREE Trumpet Concerto. Cost: free.
MOVIE at Shandon Library, 240 Contact: 756-4849 or pacslo.org.
East Centre St, Shandon. A Disney
SAT FEB 4 at 8:00 pm: AN EVENING
film on the landscapes, animals
WITH THE METTA QUINTET at
and people of Vancouver, New
Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave,
Zealand’s white sand beaches,
San Luis Obispo. Metta will play
the deserts of Namibia, canyons
original material, jazz classics
of Arizona and Utah, and the
and standards, and then invite
Alaskan wilderness. For all ages.
local student musicians to “sit in
Cost: free. Contact: 781-4796 or
and groove out” with the band.
slolibrary.org.
Cost: $12-24. Contact: 756-6556 or
WED FEB 1 at 5:30 pm: WATCH calpolyarts.org.
A GREAT BOOK at SLO Library
SUN FEB 5 12:00-3:00 pm: SUPER
Community Room, 995 Palm St.
BOWL SUNDAY BBQ at Elks
Enjoy the movie based on Paula
Lodge, 222 Elks Lane, San Luis
Hawkins’ bestselling novel The
Obispo. Each ticket buys a meal of
Girl on the Train starring Emily
BBQ chicken, baked beans, potato
Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley
salad, and garlic bread to raise
Bennett, and Justin Theroux.
money for the MLK Jr. Memorial
Cost: free. Contact: 781-1215 or
High School Scholarship. Eat at the
slolibrary.evanced.info/signup/
lodge or take home to feed Super
EventCalendar.aspx.
Bowl fans. Cost: $10. Contact: 595FRI FEB 3 at 4:00 pm: COMMUNITY 2526 or www.mlkfund.org.
VALENTINES at Santa Maria Public
FRI FEB 10 at 7:30 pm: 13th ANNUAL
Library, 421 S McClelland St. This is
CUESTA
COLLEGE
FACULTY
an opportunity for junior high and
CONCERT at the Cultural and
high school students to decorate
Performing Arts Center, Cuesta
cards for people in need. Cost:
College, CA-1, SLO. The great
free. Contact: 925-0994.
Cuesta music faculty performs a
FRI FEB 3 & SAT FEB 4 7:00-9:00 variety of classical, jazz, and folk
pm: FATHER DAUGHTER BALL music and all proceeds benefit
at 3770 Ruth Way, Paso Robles. the Music Student Scholarship
Dads, uncles, brothers, or role Fund! Join us for great music at
models, bring your little sweetie a fantastic price, benefiting a
for a night full of fun, laughter, wonderful cause! Cost: $10-15.

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Contact: 546-3198 or cpactickets. combines the professionalism
of a working big band with the
cuesta.edu.
academic rigor of cutting-edge
FRI FEB 10 at 8:00 pm: CAL
big band repertoire. Cost: $9POLY’S A NIGHT AT THE MISSION
14. Contact: 756-4849 or music.
CHAMBER CONCERT at Mission
calpoly.edu/calendar/jazz.
San Luis Obispo, 751 Palm St.
Several of Cal Poly’s finest student SUN FEB 26 at 4:00 pm:
music ensembles will perform GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS at
traditional and contemporary Christopher Cohan Center, 1 Grand
chamber music at Mission San Ave, SLO. Bring the whole family
Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Cost: to enjoy this amazing Chinese
free. Contact: 756-2406 or music. acrobatic touring company. Cost:
calpoly.edu.
$17-34. Contact: 756-6556 or
SAT FEB 11 at 1:00 pm: WOVEN calpolyarts.org.
FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS at Los THU MAR 2-SAT MAR 4 (times
Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. A vary): SLO FRIENDS OF THE
local artist will teach how to make LIBRARY BOOK SALE at SLO
colorful bracelets. Anyone may Veteran’s Memorial, 801 Grand
watch, but space for crafters is Ave. THU 6:00-9:00 pm, FRI
limited, so sign up soon. Cost:
10:00 am-5:00 pm, and SAT 9:00
free. Contact: 525-1862.
am-2:00 pm. Peruse over 20,000
SUN FEB 12 1:30-4:00 pm: books at $1 per inch and 5,000
VALENTINE DANCE PARTY at audio-visual items (including vinyl
Elwin Mussell Senior Center, 510 LPs) at $.50-$1. Collectible books
Park, Santa Maria. The Senior Club will be special-priced. Proceeds
and Parks & Recreation of Santa benefit SLO Library. Contact: 544Maria host a Valentine’s Dance 3033 or slofol.org.
Party with Riptide Big Band.
Cost: free. Contact: 843-2830 or MON MAR 6 10:00-12:00:
MOMMIES & GUPPIES at Central
riptidebb.com.
Coast Aquarium, 50 San Juan St,
FRI FEB 17-SUN MAR 12 (times Avila Beach. This event includes
vary): GUYS AND DOLLS at SLO storytime,
hands-on
animal
Little Theatre, 888 Morro St. A encounters, coloring activities,
couple of big-city gamblers run and aquarium exploration. For kids
amok in depression-era Times 5 and under. Cost: $5 for 1 child and
Square. Cost: $35-75. Contact: 1 adult. Members and kids under 1
786-2440 or slolittletheatre.org.
are free. Contact: (805)595-7280
SAT FEB 25 9:00 am-1:00 pm: or centralcoastaquarium.com.
BOOK SALE at Los Osos Library,
2075 Palisades. Join us for great
bargains at our quarterly book
sale. Rain cancels. Contact: 5251862.
SAT FEB 25 at 11:00 am: SQUISHY
CIRCUITS at Los Osos Library,
2075 Palisades. Design your own
amazing creations that light up
using insulating and conductive
play dough. Ages 8-17. Limited
space, registration required. Part
of Experiment at Your Library.
Cost: free. Contact: 525-1862.
SAT FEB 25 at 8:00 pm: CAL POLY
JUST JAZZ CONCERT at the Cal
Poly Performing Arts Center,
1 Grand Ave, SLO. Cal Poly’s
University Jazz Bands program

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Every WED 10:00-11:00 am:
Growing With Baby Class at
1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo.
Andrea Herron, a pediatric
nurse practitioner and lactation
consultant,
answers
your
questions about feeding, crying,
and sleep for babies 0-10 months.
Dads are always welcome! Call to
reserve a spot. Contact: 543-6988.
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
slomakerspace.com.
Every THU 10:00-11:00 am: La
Leche League Mother Support
Meetings in North Co, SLO, AG and
SM. Breastfeeding and parenting
support and information offered.
Cost: free. Contact: 242-2294 or
Facebook.com/lllofslo.
MON-THU 8:30-11:30 am: Walk-In
Legal Clinic in 3rd Floor Atrium of
Courthouse Annex, 1035 Palm St,
San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles
Courthouse, 901 Park St, Rm
112. Get help with divorce, child
and spousal support, domestic
violence,
guardianship,
civil
harassment, and 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-on-

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one legal advice for persons filing
divorces w/o an attorney, and a
document preparer to assist in
completing court-required forms.
Cost: free. Contact: 788-3418.
Every TUE & THU at 1:30
pm: Divorce & Child Support
Workshops at SLO Court Support
Services, 1120 Mill St, Ste A, San
Luis Obispo and Paso Robles
Courthouse, 901 Park St, Paso
Robles. Help is provided to start
or respond 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 SUN 12:00-4:00 pm:
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Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio with
your family. Bring the kids to
play family-friendly games and
drums! Cost: free. Food and craft
beer available for sale. Contact:
bangthedrumbrewery.com
or
242-8372.
Every FRI 6:00 am-4:00 pm:
Early Bird Flea Market at Santa
Maria Fairpark, 937 S Thornburg
St. Browse many vendors with
antiques, fruits, vegetables, new
and used items, and more! Cost:
free. Contact: 258-1765.
Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny
Tunes Music & Movement at
Music Motive, 3440 S Higuera
St #130, SLO. This parent
participation program for ages
1-5 includes activities based
on music psychology and child
development. Cost: $80 per mo.
Contact: 543-0377.
Every TUE & SAT (by appt only):
Partners in Equestrian Therapy in
Atascadero offers riding lessons
for special needs children, adults,
and veterans. Volunteers needed.
Contact: petslo.com or 235-2787.
2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm:
Book Group at Cayucos Library,
310 B St. Join other readers to
discuss whatever you’re reading
and to discover, ponder, and
share insights about what others
are reading. Cost: free. Contact:
995-3846.
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.
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 slochess.com.
Mankind Project men’s support
group meetings: all issues
welcome. Find purpose, mastery,
healthy autonomy, and your life’s
mission and purpose. Gain skills
to change your life or to become
a better husband or dad. Call
ahead to confirm. 1st & 3rd TUE
6:00-9:00 pm in San Luis Obispo.
Contact: 459-7808. 1st & 3rd THU
6:30-9:30 pm in Cayucos. Contact:
471-9342. 2nd & 4th THU 6:309:00 pm in Atascadero. Contact:

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Concerned for someone you care about?

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

235-2774. Cost: free. Contact:
mkp.org.
1st & 3rd THU every month 7:008:30 pm: Drop-in Dream Group at
St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church,
2220 Snowy Egret Ln, Los Osos.
This support group is to share
dreams and the relationship
between dreams and spiritual
path, using Jungian interpretive
assumptions
and
language
and Robert Johnson’s book
Inner Work. Cost: free. Contact:
bobpelfrey@charter.net.
3rd WED of every month at 6:30
pm: Prepared & Natural Childbirth
Classes at Twin Cities Community
Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas Rd,
Templeton. This six-series class
addresses all matters of childbirth
with a lecture, hands-on demos,
and technique practice. Cost:
free. Contact: 434-4654.
2nd THU of every month at 6:30
pm: Breastfeeding Basics at Twin
Cities Community Hospital, 1100
Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. Learn
about practical aspects of feeding
your newborn from a Lactation
Consultant. Cost: free. Contact:
239-4443.
SLO Special Education Local Plan
Area (SELPA) and Community
Advisory Committee (CAC) offer
parent orientation to special
education programs in SLO
County. Contact: 782-7301 or
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.
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm &
SAT 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration

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Serving throughout the Central Coast
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.
Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm:
Remain Independent Despite
Vision Loss at Santa Maria
Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New ways
of doing daily tasks are taught by
the Braille Institute, such as home
management, traveling, and using
talking library books. Contact:
462-1225.
2nd & 4th MON every month
at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of
Preschoolers) meet at Pacific
Christian Church, 3435 Santa
Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare
is provided. Contact: 934-3491 or
www.pacificchristian.net.
Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI
3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness
Program at Arroyo Grande EOC
Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand

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Ave. Health services, including
reproductive health, in a safe
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,
Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Offered by
Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 5442266 or hospiceslo.org.
Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon
Family Support Group at Luis
OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares
Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750.
3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm:
How to Survive Divorce seminar at
SLO Women’s Community Center,
1124 Nipomo St #D, SLO. Tips and
suggestions for handling family
law issues. Cost: $10. Contact:
544-9313 to register.
4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm:
Legal Clinic for Self-Represented
Litigants
at
SLO
County
Courthouse Law Library, 1050
Monterey St, SLO, #125. One-onone legal advice for persons filing
divorces w/o an attorney, and a
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completing court-required forms.
Cost: Min $40 donation. Contact:
544-9313.
RISE offers: weekly drop-In
support groups for sexual assault
survivors; 24 hour crisis line;
advocacy and accompaniment;
peer counseling; counseling;
prevention and education, and
empowerment and self defense
workshops. Contact: 545-8888 or
www.sarpcenter.org.
Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm:
ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051
Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats
from NCHS and dogs from Short
n’ Sweet Dog Rescue. Contact:
466-5403.
Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED
3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive
Toy
Lending
Library-Jack’s
Helping Hand at Central Coast
Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, #100,
San Luis Obispo. Traditional and
adaptive toys for children with all
types of disabilities to check out.
In-home appts available. 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
kids with all types of disabilities
to check out. In-home appts avail.
Cost-free! 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
fees; no dues; just fun! Contact:
489-5481 or dg17@juno.com.
Literacy Council for San Luis
Obispo County has an ongoing
and urgent need for volunteer
tutors and offers free training in
SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or www.
sloliteracy.org.
1st THU every month at 6:15 pm:
Commission on the Status of
Women meets at Coast National
Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This
official advisory group to SLO
County Board of Supervisors
identifies issues of concern to
women that are not the focus
of other advocacy or advisory
organizations. Contact: 788-3406.

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

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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: 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

Central Coast Family

February 2017

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

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