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Step Family Holidays / Winter Break Fun / Vitamin D & Childhood Metabolism

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Child Development
For most, it’s how the adults is shadowed by the knowledge
manage the situation that that they have left the “loser”
determines the health and safety alone. When both parents insist
of the heart part of the new on having the kids be part of
configuration of the family. Christmas Day or when kids are
expected to eat a huge meal at
However committed, enthusiastic, two Thanksgiving dinners, the
and in love new partners may be, kids often end up overwhelmed
the children who share heredity and emotionally and physically
with only one member of the exhausted.
couple have a different experience
and therefore different feelings Lighten up. Holidays are only 24

Step Family Holidays about the season than the adults.
It’s important to remember that
in the vast majority of cases, the
hours long. But the season lasts
a couple of months. Everyone
can have a holi-DAY. Alternate
by Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. children of divorce didn’t want years for the actual holiday if you
it. They often worry that they’re must, but don’t make the day
“You hear a lot of dialogue on holidays highlight the departure
at fault. They have competing with the other parent seem like
the death of the American family. from what has been seen as the
loyalties to both parents. They a second-rate event. It’s not. It’s
Families aren’t dying. They’re “traditional” family.
often wish there were a way to that parent’s special day with the
merging into big conglomerates.”
As with most things, this can get their original family back to children.
~ Erma Bombeck
be an affirmation of successful whatever they experienced as
“normal.” Be Flexible about Traditions
They are called step families, reconfiguration of one’s family or
blended families, reconstituted or a reminder of all the things that The adults may want to start new
However wonderful mom’s or
reconfigured. The modern family were, and perhaps still are, wrong. traditions for the new family. But
dad’s new partner may be, they
often includes multiple people For most, it’s a complicated mix kids are stubborn little creatures
are prepared not to like him or her.
from multiple relationships. More of regrets, relief, anger, sorrow who thrive on predictability
They often grieve their former
than any other time of year, and joy. and sameness. Consider which
family quietly — or not so quietly
— for years. As a result, they traditions can be transferred to

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Out of the Blue Eric Woodards being flexible about how holidays new traditions like these doesn’t
are celebrated, the adults can compete with the children’s
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS enjoyment of their other parent’s
help create new traditions that
Jennifer Best, John J. Cannell, Guy Crabb, Kerrin Edmonds, celebration and are part of
Stanley W. Horspool, Karyn Lutes, Rebecca Juretic, CS Perryess nurture the heart of the new
“conglomerate” called their defining the new family’s sense of
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Submission deadline: 15th of each month prior to publication Those who divorce well separate
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morning or Hanukkah first night, to revisit the conflicts and pain
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Child Development
keep their children out of the abused the children, they can
middle and appreciate what the and should have a healthy, loving
other parent has to offer. Yes, it relationship with each other. No
does happen. matter how hurt and angry you
may be with your former spouse,
Merry Christmas!
For such families, it’s not a stretch
to create moments in the holiday
no matter how much you hate
him or her for what was done that from Toni, Toni,
season where everyone can be made staying married impossible,
in the same place at the same
time. Mom, her new partner, his
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of your divorce. If you refrain
the list of people who love them,
from making negative comments necessary. They will love you for Making the holidays bright for
and can be loyal to each parent about their other parent and not making them into unwilling children means doing whatever it
without fearing loss of the other.
support the children in having a allies in your fight and for giving takes to keep the focus on their
Be Flexible even When it Hurts positive relationship with him or them support in staying solidly needs. Not surprisingly, doing
her, they will eventually figure out connected to their other parent. that also warms the family heart.
Unless your former partner has on their own why the divorce was
The holidays only underline
the issues that go on all year. Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker is licensed as
Children of their parents’ divorce, a psychologist and marriage and family
counselor. She specializes in couples and
separations, and re-partnering
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are going along for a ride that is the author of Tending the Family Heart.
most would not choose. It’s up
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Candlelighting continues eight
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All nights begin at 5:00 pm, except
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Virtual Reality Comes to events around the county. For a
Call 805 426-5465 with questions or
SLO County Libraries full schedule of events, see www. visit www.jccslo.com
slolibrary.org and check in with
San Luis Obispo Library has your local library branch.
received virtual reality technology,
thanks to a collaboration between Farewell & Thank You to
the California State Library and Ms. Kristen
Oculus VR, a division of Facebook Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, and Thursday 12/7, 4:00 – 6:00 pm:
Inc. This cutting-edge equipment You may know Kristen Barnhart San Luis Obispo branches for 39 Cambria Library – Hospitality
will allow our libraries to present a for the energy she puts into years. As a children’s librarian, she Night with light refreshments and
wide range of enhanced services, storytelling, and her gift for has led storytime for thousands the movie Polar Express, all ages
including hands-on learning in the bringing children’s books to life. of children and introduced
thousands more to the joys of Friday 12/8, 6:30 – 9:00 pm: Los
areas of science and technology. Or you may have fond memories
of her songs and fingerplays like reading. Osos Library – Holiday Movie
The equipment will be made Mister Sun or Where is Thumbkin? Mixer – After the tree lighting
After a lengthy and impactful ceremony, join us for a hot
available for patron use at a
career, Kristen is retiring. We bid beverage, snacks and a holiday
number of specially scheduled Kristen has been a librarian at
a fond farewell to Kristen, who movie, for school aged kids, teens
plans to obtain her license as a and adults
professional spiritual practitioner,
spend more time with her Saturday 12/9, 10:00 am – 12:00
grandchildren, do some writing, pm: Arroyo Grande Library –
and travel. She also hopes to Children’s Craft Fair – Kids ages
continue storytelling at various 7 to 13 can sell their handmade
local venues. items during the Friends of the
Library Book Sale
December Events
Saturday 12/9, 10:30 – 11:30 am:
There are many free events at Atascadero Library – Prince &
your local library this December Princess Tea Party with a visit
to get you in the holiday spirit - from a “real” prince and princess!
or to add some fun to those long For ages 4 – 10. Registration
days off from school! Here are required at slolibrary.org.
some featured events. For a full
schedule, visit www.slolibrary. Thursday 12/14, 3:00 – 4:30 pm:
org. Oceano Library – Holiday Craft
Party for all ages
Fridays at 2:30 pm: San Luis
Obispo Library – Kids Afternoon Saturday 12/16, 1:00 – 3:00 pm:
Movie for ages 4+ San Miguel Library – Movie &
Craft for all ages
Saturday 12/2 11:00 am – 12:00
pm: Morro Bay Library – Pyjama Saturday 12/30, 11:30 am – 12:30
Drama, “Frozen” for preschool pm: Morro Bay and Los Osos
aged children Libraries - Celebrate Noon Year!
Wednesday, 12/6, 10:30 – 11:00 am: Kids up to age 10 can ring in
Nipomo Library – Preschool Craft the new year early with music,
dancing, games, and a countdown
Wednesday, 12/6, 3:00 – 5:00 pm: to 12:00 noon!
San Luis Obispo Library – Holiday
Kinderfest with Yuletide treats,
hot beverages, cookie decorating Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
and the movie Arthur Christmas County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
for preschool to school age kids juretic@sbcglobal.net.

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Wellness Happy Holidays!

Maternal
Central Coast Family
Vitamin D from

& Childhood acids and amines are considered metabolomics profiles. These
pro-inflammatory. clusters differed in concentrations
of inflammatory mediators,

Metabolism
Cluster 2: Moderate concentration
and cluster membership was
of fatty acids, high concentration of
influenced by in utero vitamin D
amines and normal maternal vitamin
exposure, suggesting a prenatal
D status after supplementation (34
by John J. Cannell, MD programming role of vitamin D on
ng/ml; 85 nmol/l).
the child’s metabolome.”
A new study published by the understanding on the complexity Cluster 3: Low concentration of fatty
This study showcases just how
American Journal of Clinical of disease susceptibility. acids, low concentration of amines
crucial maternal vitamin D
Nutrition suggests that maternal and normal maternal vitamin D
Therefore, in a new study, supplementation is to promote
vitamin D status is associated with status post supplementation (35.2
researchers assessed whether optimal health of the offspring.
metabolic changes in the offspring. ng/ml; 88 nmol/l).
vitamin D status plays a role in It’s important to note that 4,000
The term ‘metabolism’ is prenatal programming. They The researchers assessed whether IU vitamin D3 did not enable the
often discussed as an essential explored the plasma metabolic vitamin D exposure in utero women from this study to reach
component of fitness and health. profiles from a subset of 3 year impacted the formation of these vitamin D sufficiency (40 – 60 ng/
However, human metabolism old children with and without clusters. Lastly, the researchers ml; 100 – 150 nmol/l), according
extends far beyond the efficiency asthma from the study, Vitamin D identified the dominant metabolic the Vitamin D Council’s and the
with which one burns calories. Antenatal Asthma Reduction Trial pathways influenced by each Endocrine Society’s standards.
In fact, metabolism refers to all (VAAART). cluster to assess whether vitamin
We don’t know how the results
chemical processes carried out D status impacted the child’s
In the VAAART, pregnant women would have impacted if the
within the body. metabolic profile.
were randomly assigned to receive children had been supplemented
The state of an individual’s overall 4,400 IU vitamin D3 or 400 IU Here is what researchers found: during the first 3 years of life or
health is largely dictated by vitamin D3 daily. Supplementation if the women would have been
their metabolic profile, which is began between weeks 10 and 18 Of the 245 children included in the
supplementing during the first 3
believed to be strongly influenced of pregnancy, and did not cease analysis, 34% developed asthma.
prenatal months. Again, it is crucial
by prenatal programming. This until delivery of their infant. A total of 19% of the children were that women of childbearing years
theory states that the in utero The women’s vitamin D status categorized into cluster 1, 38% were have 25(OH)D above 40 ng/ml.
environment could alter the was measured at baseline and inincluded in cluster 2, and 43% were
The Vitamin D Council recommends
development of a fetus, and during their third trimester. Their in cluster 3.
that women who are either
potentially impact the health of children’s vitamin D levels were
The 3 clusters had significantly pregnant or considering becoming
offspring throughout their life. measured at 3 years of age.
different concentrations of 18 pregnant supplement with at least
Factors that may impact fetal A total of 245 children with and metabolites (p = 0.001). 5,000 IU (125 mcg) vitamin D3
programming include maternal without asthma were included
Baseline maternal vitamin D to ensure both the needs of the
stress and altered nutrition. in this subset analysis. The blood
status did not impact metabolic mother and infant are being met.
Due to the extremely high draw the children received at 3
profile classification (i.e. cluster Of course, the only way to know if
prevalence of maternal vitamin D years was utilized for metabolomic
membership). However, combining you are maintaining a healthy level
deficiency, accompanied with the profiling. The researchers
maternal vitamin D status from both is to have your vitamin D status
increased prevalence of chronic clustered the children based off
before and after supplementation tested. You can ask your doctor
health conditions, researchers similarities in their metabolic
significantly altered the child’s for a 25(OH)D blood test or order
theorize vitamin D may be an profiles. The researchers did not a home test kit.
metabolic profile (p = 0.03).
additional factor influencing fetal
identify the children based on their
programming. or their mother’s vitamin D status After adjusting for confounding
variables, the children’s vitamin Blighe, K. et al. Vitamin D prenatal
Despite the abundance of when the metabolic clustering programming of childhood metabolomics
D status at 3 years did not
research that has evaluated the took place. profiles at age 3 y. The American Journal
impact the relationship between of Clinical Nutrition, 2017.
role of serum 25(OH)D status in The children exhibited 3 different
maternal vitamin D status after
a variety of health outcomes, no clusters:
supplementation and cluster John Cannell, MD has over 35 years of
research to date has assessed
membership (p = 0.0014). clinical experience, and has written
the effect of maternal vitamin Cluster 1: High concentration of and spoken widely on integrative
D exposure on their offspring’s fatty acids and amines, and low The researchers concluded medicine topics. He is the founder and
metabolic profile. Researchers maternal vitamin D status after that, “Young children can be executive director of the non-profit
Vitamin D Council. You can reach Dr.
believe metabolomics, or study of supplementation (11 ng/ml; 27.5 clustered into distinct biologically Cannell at (805) 439-2569 or jjcannell@
metabolic profiles, may improve nmol/l). Elevated levels of fatty meaningful groups by their gmail.com.

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Fun & Games Jack’s Jokes
Why does Scrooge love Santa’s reindeer? Every buck is dear to him!

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

Holidays Buy your copy of Monterey/Marsh Sts
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My favorite time of the year is the w w w. s l o 1 0 0 ye a r s . co m
winter holidays. Colder weather
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to pants more often, or throw an
extra blanket on the bed, or maybe
turn up the heat. There is just
something about this time of year, change and never get old. retrofitted Sinsheimer Building on
when many of us are in a spirit Monterey Street. That was the
of giving, thinking of others, and The winter holidays also bring some best holiday store in town.
being nicer than normal because great entertainment to our local
we have a reason to be joyful. live theaters. My personal favorite The age-old traditions of Hanukkah
is the Great American Melodrama’s (Chanukah) and Christmas were
It is also that time of year when my production of “A Christmas Carol.” celebrated by many of the founding
wife pulls out all of her Christmas We love getting our seats along fathers of San Luis Obispo County.
clothes and jewelry, and I pull the back or side, loading up with We have gathered together in
out the many storage cases of SLO Christmas Parade in 1964 a chili dog, nachos, and a big piece Mission Plaza for many years to
Christmas decorations. We start of cake, and enjoying a marvelous celebrate people of all faiths and
decorating our house the first show that reminds us that giving traditions.
weekend after Thanksgiving, floats in the world. to others less fortunate is what
which is also the same weekend this season is about. Let me tell you about the very first
we go down to buy our tree. I have We enjoy seeing local celebrities, Christmas that was celebrated
lived in San Luis Obispo for over from TV news reporters, city Of course, the Nutcracker and in San Luis Obispo County. It
30 years now, and I think our area council members, fire fighters, other holiday shows have been a was a stormy winter day back on
is one of the best places to live, policemen and policewomen, to part of our community for many December 24, 1769, when Captain
especially when it comes to the other special local heroes. But years. Every year, several of Gaspar de Portola came out of the
holiday season. my favorite sights are the floats my students are involved in the forest where Cambria is today.
loaded with kids and their families. Nutcracker, and it’s lots of fun He and his 60 men were not only
I love bundling up, going to hearing what role they are playing wet and cold, but they were very
downtown San Luis Obispo, and I have seen floats break down in this year’s production. I have hungry and exhausted from their
finding a good spot on the curb and be pushed to the end of the had Sugar Plum Fairies, Flowers, march through steep valleys and
along Higuera Street to watch the parade. I saw some chickens jump Dewdrops, Snowflakes, Dolls, and mountains.
Christmas parade roll by. I have off a 4H float one year. It was wild Angels in my class over the years.
been going to the parade for as long watching little kids chase down the This year, I have at least three girls As Portola and his men settled
as I can recall. If you have never chickens and put them back on the in my class that will perform in a down for the night with hunger
been to the SLO parade, then this float! I have seen some old photos production of the Nutcracker. pangs in their stomachs, out of a
is something that you need to put from back in the 1960s, with the clearing came several Chumash
on your “to do” list this year. We streets decorated and kids dressed Let’s not forget holiday shopping Native Americans carrying food
always sit down by McLintock’s to up like presents or elves, much in the downtowns in our local to share with these starving
watch the parade and wave at the like you might see today. When towns and cities. San Luis Obispo Spaniards. The Chumash had no
people on the floats. I have seen it comes to parades in every town normally will be festooned with idea that this was a holy night
some of the craziest and wildest in our region, some things never holiday colors, trees, and a for these Spanish explorers, but
reindeer or two in the stores along Portola and his men viewed this
main streets. For over 100 years, gift of food as a miracle, for which
local stores have been reminding they had prayed fervently.
us who not to forget on our lists of
nice little boys and girls. The tradition of giving and caring
on the Central Coast goes back
As you visit Morro Bay, Arroyo over 243 years, and still flourishes
Grande, Pismo Beach, Paso today. Happy Holidays to everyone
Robles, Atascadero, and all of our and best wishes for the New Year!
other wonderful towns and cities,
you can enjoy a winter holiday
spirit that has been a part of local Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
tradition for generations. The one 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
Christmas Parade in place I always miss at this time of selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
Paso Robles, 1963 year is the Country Classic store District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
that used to be at the new and Reach him at crabbx5@charter.net.

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WORDS O’ THE SEASON meaning to hallow or mark with
blood. Those who first translated
Recently, controversy has the English Bible appear to have
erupted regarding the use chosen this word in an attempt to
of  merry Christmas vs. happy could be referred to as a wily person enthralled with him/herself
make the newly arriving Christian pie. By the 1600s, the word pie was on an ego trip. Or there’s
holidays. Though the controversy religion feel familiar.
is intriguing, I find myself could be used to label a fruit-filled the academic term from 1890 —
etymologically interested in the Joy is another word we see and pastry. egocentric — meaning limited in
difference between wishing hear at the holidays. Joy appeared outlook or concern to one’s own
in English in the 1200s, meaning In the 1830s, folks forced to face activities or interests.
someone a merry time vs. wishing humiliation could be said to be
that same someone a happy time. a feeling of pleasure and delight.
It came through the French eating humble pie. This idiom is A more colorful term arriving in
Merry made its way into Old word joie, which meant delight, based on umble pie, a pie made the 1520s is cocksure, a person as
English before records of such bliss, joyfulness (and was also of inglorious animal parts — a assured of himself as a barnyard
things were kept. Merry meant used to refer to erotic pleasure). dish eaten by folks who couldn’t rooster. A century or so later
agreeable, sweet, pleasant, The French word came from a afford anything else — thus the cocksure began to mean arrogant
or melodious. Merry’s source Latin word meaning expressions confusion with the word humble. and overconfident to the point of
was a Proto-Germanic word of pleasure or sensual delight. annoyance. It seems DH Lawrence
The inaccurate, yet ubiquitous offered a “feminine version” of
meaning brief. Yes, brief. Some The Latin word’s source — the idiom easy as pie showed up in
argue the connection came grandmother word of all this this word, but for some reason
1889. As of 1904, we could label an hensure never caught on.
through the idea that happiness joy --was a Proto-Indo-European inebriated individual as pie-eyed.
is fleeting, therefore merriness word meaning rejoice, which By 1911, unrealistic hopes could And back in 1835, Davy Crockett
is also fleeting. Others posit throws some light on how those be referred to as pie in the sky. In gave us too big for your britches/
a connection to the thinking Latin-and-French speaking folks 1922, the term pie chart was born. breeches, an idiom he applied to
behind the idiom time flies when might have been rejoicing. General Andrew Jackson, a man
you’re having fun or the idea that The word pi has no relationship to Crockett believed overvalued
one enjoys one’s pastime in brief PIE pie — pi came through Greek from himself.
jots between sessions of getting Let’s investigate whether a pie by a Phoenician word meaning little
more important work done. any other name tastes as sweet. mouth and appeared in English in In 1991, English received a
1748 to refer to the mathematical contemporary version of too
During Middle English, merry Sometime around 1300, the word constant 3.14… big for your britches courtesy of
broadened its meanings to include pie appeared in English. It was used the British musical group Right
fine, pleasant-sounding, pleasant- to refer to meat or fish encased in NARCISSISM Said Fred. Their first hit song was
tasting, handsome, and of course, pastry. Some etymologists argue The word narcissist is getting a inspired by the self-infatuation
there was the often satirically that it came from an Old English lot of play these days. The word of mirror-gazers at the gym and
used Merrie Olde England. word for bakery, piehus, while appears to have been coined by gave us the idiom too sexy for
others argue pie must have pre- Coleridge in 1822, but didn’t catch your shirt. 
Happy made its way into the dated piehus because the Old on until 1905. Narcissism means to
language in the late 1300s. It English word for house was — you show extreme love and admiration
originally meant lucky, favored by guessed it — hus, thus the word for oneself. The word comes from
fortune, prosperous, or turning out Big thanks to sources: the OED, Etymonline,
for bakery might have simply the Greek story of a young man Collins Dictionary, Merriam Webster, Wordnik,
well. These meanings morphed meant pie house. Sadly, at the who fell in love with his own Jordan Almond’s Dictionary of Word Origins,
within the century to very glad, moment we don’t have enough reflection. Free Dictionary, Phrases.org, and CDUniverse.
which grew in the following linguistic forensic information to
century to mean pleased and answer this pressing question.   Other terms or idioms and their
content. meanings include:
Blessed is another adjective Pie seems to have a relationship
we hear over the holidays. The with a Medieval Latin word To be full of oneself  — to be
adjective form showed up in meaning the same thing. It also annoyingly self-focused.
English in the 1200s, initially seems to be connected with the To have a swelled head  —  to
meaning both supremely happy word magpie. The connection may have an exaggerated sense of self-
and consecrated. Blessed came be that a medieval pie included importance.
from the verb bless, which seems various foodstuffs, while a pastry
to have been a part of Old English included only one, and a magpie The word egotist arrived in 1714,
from the start, initially meaning has a fascination for collecting meaning one who makes too-
to consecrate, make holy, or give miscellaneous objects. Just think, frequent use of the first person.
thanks. The verb bless has what, if tables were turned on those Since then, it has morphed into CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
to the modern sensibility, seems two words, we’d all be calling a meaning one who is boastful and books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
an undignified beginning. It came black and white bird a magpastry.  conceited. foggy little town on California’s central coast.
Find more at http://csperryess.blogspot.com,
from a Proto-Germanic word, In the 1500s, a cunning person As of 1969, we began to say a or reach him at csperryess@gmail.com.

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December 2017 Free Ongoing Events
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LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay Mart 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
Birthstone: LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
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LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
Universal Human Rights Month SLO CO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
Hi Neighbor Month
National Stress Free Family
Holiday Month Flower: Poinsettia
Read A New Book Month special
education day
Safe Toy and Gift Month WORLD AIDS day
Write to a Friend Month

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3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
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COOKIE day LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
IRA GERSHWIN’S
BIRTHDAY NATIONAl
(Composer born in 1896) brownie day

WALT DISNEY’S
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FULL MOON (Born in 1901) pearl harbor DAY
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Human Rights Poinsettia day LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
Day thomas edison
patents the
Nobel Prize phonograph (In 1877)
Hanukkah begins
awardS

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NATIONAL MAPLE FIRST day OF WINTER
SYRUP DAY

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(1st flight at Kitty Hawk 1903)

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christmas AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
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bowling ball
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Local Resources
advice for persons filing divorces w/o 2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm: Book 2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOV at 9:00
an attorney, and a document preparer Group at Cayucos Library, 310 B St. Join am: Santa Maria Parks & Rec Dept offers
to assist in completing court-required other readers to discuss whatever you’re free docent-led nature walks in Los
forms. Cost: free. Contact: 788-3418. reading and to discover, ponder, and Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion Rd, Santa
share insights about what others are Maria. Cost: free. Contact: 925-0951.
Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Divorce &
Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone? reading. Cost: free. Contact: 995-3846.
Child Support Workshops at SLO Court 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm:
Concerned for someone you care about? Support Services, 1120 Mill St, Ste A, San Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO Chess Club Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos
Luis Obispo and Paso Robles Courthouse, meets at Carl’s Jr on Santa Rosa St, 1 Community Church, Ocean Ave & S
901 Park St, Paso Robles. Help is provided block W of Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. 3rd St. Free support for caregivers and
to start or respond to a divorce case, or All ages. Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 or family dealing with long-term illness,
request or modify child support, custody slochess.com. memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.
and/or visitation orders. An overview of Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO Chess Contact: 458-7484.
Suicide Prevention the legal process is followed by time to Club meets at the big board on Morro Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain
Mental Health and prepare forms and ask questions. Cost: Bay Embarcadero at west end of Morro Independent Despite Vision Loss at
Emotional Support free. Contact: 788-3418. Bay Blvd (down the stairs). Cost: free. Santa Maria Terrace, 1405 E Main St.
Free 1st & 3rd SAT every month at 2:00 pm: Contact: 441-7210 or slochess.com. New ways of doing daily tasks are
Confidential FAMILY MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075 Mankind Project men’s support group taught by the Braille Institute, such as
24 hours of every day Palisades Ave. Enjoy popcorn and a G/PG home management, traveling, and using
meetings: all issues welcome. Find
A program of Transitions Mental Health Association
movie. Call for title. Cost: free. Contact: purpose, mastery, healthy autonomy, talking library books. Contact: 462-1225.
528-1862. and your life’s mission and purpose. Gain 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30
2nd FRI every month at 3:00 pm: PAWS skills to change your life or to become pm: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
2nd & 4th SAT every month 12:00-4:00 TO READ at Los Osos Library, 2075 a better husband or dad. Call ahead to meet at Pacific Christian Church, 3435
pm: Railway Historical Museum at Santa Palisades Ave. Come share your stories confirm. 1st & 3rd TUE 6:00-9:00 pm in Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare
Maria Transit Center, 400 E Boone St, with adoring listener Carly. Cost: free. San Luis Obispo. Contact: 459-7808. is provided.  Contact: 934-3491 or www.
Santa Maria. This bimonthly opening Contact: 528-1862. 1st & 3rd THU 6:30-9:30 pm in Cayucos. pacificchristian.net.
features a locomotive, boxcar, caboose, Contact: 471-9342. 2nd & 4th THU 6:30-
railroad artifacts, interpretive exhibits, Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS TO READ 9:00 pm in Atascadero. Contact: 235- Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:00-
vintage rolling stock, and a diorama to at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. 2774. Cost: free. Contact: mkp.org. 5:30 pm: Teen Wellness Program at
explore. Cost: free. Contact: 714-4927. Read to Berkeley, the dog who loves to Arroyo Grande EOC Health Services
listen to children. Cost: free. Contact: 1st & 3rd THU every month 7:00-8:30 pm: Clinic, 1152 E Grand Ave. Health services,
Every TUE & THU: Youth Aikido Classes 528-1862. Drop-in Dream Group at St. Benedict’s including reproductive health, in a safe
at Budo Ryu, 3536 S Higuera St, San Episcopal Church, 2220 Snowy Egret Ln, environment to screen, assess, and
Luis Obispo. Kids have fun, stay fit, 3rd WED every month at 3:00 pm: Los Osos. This support group is to share provide intervention. Appts preferred.
make friends, gain life skills, and learn KIDS CRAFT at Los Osos Library, 2075 dreams and the relationship between Contact: 489-4026.
to deal with bullies without becoming Palisades. School age children make ’n’ dreams and spiritual path, using Jungian
one. Aiki-Mites (age 4-6) class is 3:00 take crafts. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. interpretive assumptions and language 1st WED every month at 9:00 am:
pm TUE. Aiki-Kids (age 7-12) TUE & THU and Robert Johnson’s book Inner Senior Health Screening at First United
Every SUN 12:00-4:00 pm: Family Funday
at 4:00 pm. Pre-registration only. Cost: Work. Cost: free. Contact: bobpelfrey@ Methodist Church, 275 N Halcyon Rd,
at Bang the Drum Brewery, 950 Orcutt
$50-75/mo. Contact: 544-8866 or www. charter.net. Arroyo Grande. Free and low-cost
Rd, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio with
aikidosanluisobispo.com. services for ages 50 and older: blood
your family. Bring the kids to play family- 3rd WED of every month at 6:30 pm: pressure, pulse, weight, cholesterol,
Every WED 10:00-11:00 am: Growing With friendly games and drums! Cost: free. Prepared & Natural Childbirth Classes screening for anemia and diabetes,
Baby Class at 1230 Marsh St, San Luis Food and craft beer available for sale. at Twin Cities Community Hospital, 1220 nutritional counseling, and medical
Obispo. Andrea Herron, a pediatric nurse Contact: bangthedrumbrewery.com or Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. This six-series referrals. Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827.
practitioner and lactation consultant, 242-8372. class addresses all matters of childbirth
answers your questions about feeding, with a lecture, hands-on demos, and 1st WED every month at 12:00 pm:
Every FRI 6:00 am-4:00 pm: Early Bird
crying, and sleep for babies 0-10 months. technique practice. Cost: free. Contact: Disabled American Veterans luncheon at
Flea Market at Santa Maria Fairpark, 937
Dads are always welcome! Call to reserve 434-4654. Veterans Memorial Bldg, 313 W Tunnell
S Thornburg St. Browse many vendors
a spot. Contact: 543-6988. St, Santa Maria. Contact: 345-0402.
with antiques, fruits, vegetables, new 2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm:
Every TUE 7:00-9:00 pm & SAT 2:00- and used items, and more! Cost: free. Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Cities Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed
4:00 pm: Basic Safety Class at SLO Contact: 258-1765. Community Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas Support Group at New Life Church, 990
MakerSpace, 81 S Higuera St, Ste 160 Rd, Templeton. Learn about practical James Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Offered
Every FRI 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Zen
& 180, San Luis Obispo. This course aspects of feeding your newborn from by Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266
Doodle Adult Coloring Book Group
gets you acquainted with the space a Lactation Consultant. Cost: free. or hospiceslo.org.
at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main
and equipment. All are required to St.  Relax and unwind with the new adult Contact: 239-4443. Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family
take this class before using any part coloring books. Cost: free. Contact: SLO Special Education Local Plan Area Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior
of the facility. See website for specific artcentermorrobay.org or 772-2504. (SELPA) and Community Advisory Center, 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact:
dates and other classes. Cost: free for Committee (CAC) offer parent 937-9750.
Every MON 2:00-5:00 pm: Historic
MakerSpace Members and SLO County orientation to special education
Architectural Tour at the Monday Club, 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to
Library Cardholders. Contact: 439-2727 programs in SLO County. Contact: 782-
1815 Monterey St, SLO. The Monday Club Survive Divorce seminar at SLO Women’s
or slomakerspace.com. 7301 or sloselpa.org/pro_dev.htm.
of SLO is offering free docent-led tours. Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St #D,
Every THU 10:00-11:00 am: La Leche This is an excellent opportunity to tour Twin Cities Community Hospital SLO. Tips and suggestions for handling
League Mother Support Meetings in one of the architectural gems of the City Volunteers provide support to patients, family law issues. Cost: $10. Contact: 544-
North Co, SLO, AG and SM. Breastfeeding of San Luis Obispo. Cost: free. Contact: doctors, and nurses, and seek volunteers 9313 to register.
and parenting support and information themondayclubslo.wildapricot.org or to work in the gift shop and Obstetrics 4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Legal
offered. Cost: free. Contact: 242-2294 or 541-0594. Dept. AM and PM 4 hour shifts are Clinic for Self-Represented Litigants at
Facebook.com/lllofslo. available. Contact: 434-4524.
Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny Tunes SLO County Courthouse Law Library,
MON-THU 8:30-11:30 am: Walk-In Legal Music & Movement at Music Motive, Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 1050 Monterey St, SLO, #125. One-on-one
Clinic in 3rd Floor Atrium of Courthouse 3440 S Higuera St #130, SLO. This 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station legal advice for persons filing divorces
Annex, 1035 Palm St, San Luis Obispo parent participation program for ages Interactive Science Center welcomes w/o an attorney, and a document
and Paso Robles Courthouse, 901 Park 1-5 includes activities based on music families at 867 Ramona Ave, Grover preparer to assist in completing court-
St, Rm 112. Get help with divorce, child psychology and child development. Beach. Cost: $2-3. Contact: 473-1421 or required forms. Cost: Min $40 donation.
and spousal support, domestic violence, Cost: $80 per mo. Contact: 543-0377. explorationstation.org. Contact: 544-9313.
guardianship, civil harassment, and 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm:
Every TUE & SAT (by appt only): Partners RISE offers: weekly drop-In support
name or gender change. Grief Support Group at Central Coast
in Equestrian Therapy in Atascadero groups for sexual assault survivors;
Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Legal Clinic offers riding lessons for special Hospice, 253 Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis 24 hour crisis line; advocacy; peer
for Self-Represented Litigants at the SLO needs children, adults, and veterans. Obispo. Free group for anyone suffering counseling; prevention, empowerment
County Courthouse Law Library, 1050 Volunteers needed. Contact: petslo.com the loss of a loved one who is in need of and education. Contact: 545-8888 or
Monterey St, SLO, #125. One-on-one legal or 235-2787. support. Contact: 540-6020. www.sarpcenter.org.

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