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Central Coast January 2018


Education ........................ 2

Library Voice ................... 4

Wellness ......................... 6

Fun & Games ................... 8

Local History .................. 12

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Calendar ......................... 17

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competent, responsible, and • Students are part of a close,
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that learning is for life. spanning 3 years — re-creates a
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Library Voice
Check It Out:
every smile I bring to a kid’s face Here are a few of the free events
when they see the wonder of happening at County Libraries in
reading for pleasure. I am also January. For a complete schedule
proud of expanding the range of of events, see
January Happenings programs available to families for
free through their local library,” Thursday, January 4, 6:00 pm:
by Rebecca Juretic Margaret said when receiving the Atascadero Library – West African
award. Kora Harp Concert. Join Sean
Our very own Youth Services program, creating enhanced Gaskell (
Director Margaret Kensinger- STEM programs for kids, and Margaret is a mother of three as he presents a combined music
Klopfer was named a Hands- forming partnerships with local and the daughter of a teacher, and educational presentation
on Hero last month by First 5 schools, various non-profits, and who she says “inspired my love of the West African Kora, a
SLO County. “She’s a champion community organizations like of reading and the importance 21-stringed harp.
for children, getting them Head Starts. Currently, Margaret of giving back to community.”
immersed in and excited about is working on a collaboration with She has BA from Saint Mary’s Saturday, January 6, 10:30 am: San
books and beyond,” read their Shandon Unified School District, College in Notre Dame, Indiana, Luis Obispo Library – Magician!
announcement on Facebook. Shandon Branch Library, and and a Master’s Degree from the Join us for a fun morning of Magic
the North County Library Region University of Maryland in College by Magician Extraordinaire, Jim
Margaret’s job is to coordinate to get every child in the school Park. In addition to her current Wilson! He will levitate people
countywide trainings, outreach, district a library card. job, she has been a university and make things disappear; you
and programs for all public librarian, a library assistant at will laugh and be amazed at this
libraries in San Luis Obispo County. “I am very proud of just being the National Archives, a school wonderful program!
She has been instrumental in named December’s First Five librarian, and the branch manager
growing the summer reading Hands-on Hero. I am proud of at the Nipomo and Atascadero Saturday, January 6, 2:00 pm: San
Libraries. Luis Obispo Library – West African
Kora Harp Concert. Join Sean
Did you know that the library has Gaskell (
a monthly electronic newsletter, as he presents a combined music
Library News? You can find it and educational presentation
online at, and it of the West African Kora, a
goes out to all library cardholders 21-stringed harp.
(unless they have opted out of
email communication). In it, you’ll Saturday January 13, 11:00 am:
find all kinds of resources for Nipomo Library – Dueling Dames.
families. You’ll find lists of our free Join us for live theater that teaches
events, as well as lists of great history with hilarity, astounds
kid and teen books, handpicked with sword fighting skills, and is
by our librarians. There are also daring enough to bring young
movie recommendations and swashbucklers onstage.
information on the fantastic
digital resources available. Saturday, January 13, 2:00 pm:
Morro Bay Library – Bugs Up
If you don’t have your library Close with One Cool Earth We will
card – pick one up today, or sign explore bugs up close and learn
up instantly online! Bringing your about their fascinating lives. Ages
child into the library to obtain their 3 and up. No registration required.
very own library card is a powerful
way to establish a lifelong love Saturday, January 20, 12:00 pm:
of books and reading. And now Los Osos Library – Bugs Up Close
there’s one more great reward: with One Cool Earth – We will
all new cardholders between explore bugs up close and learn
the ages of 2 and 12 receive a about their fascinating lives. Ages
free pass to the San Luis Obispo 3 and up. No registration required.
Children’s Museum! So get your
child’s card today, and then enjoy
a day of play. Many thanks to SLO Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
Children’s Museum for making County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
this program possible.

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Vitamin D
Status In
P re t e r m
by John J. Cannell, MD

Low vitamin D status highly Vitamin D status was evaluated at
prevalent in low birth weight, four, eight and 12 weeks of age, or
preterm infants before discharge from the NICU.

Vitamin D supplementation For this study, vitamin D
in preterm infants has been deficiency was defined as <20
recommended by American ng/ml (50 nmol/l), insufficient 20-
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 29 ng/ml (50-75 nmol/l), normal
however its efficacy and safety has 30-60 ng/ml (75-150 nmol/l), high
not been well studied. A recent 61-100 ng/ml (150-250 nmol/l)
study published in the Journal and very high >100 ng/ml (>250
of Pediatric Gastroenterology nmol/l).
and Nutrition discovered an
alarmingly high prevalence of This is what the study researchers
vitamin D deficiency in very low found:
and extremely low birth weight
babies. Of the babies included, 186 Researchers continued, 6,400 IU taken on a daily basis
were considered very low birth while breastfeeding provided the
Researchers included a total of weight (VLBW; 2.2 – 3.3 lbs) and “Oral supplementation of vitamin
infants with sufficient vitamin D
301 preterm infants with a birth 115 were considered extremely D helped improve their vitamin
status (as determined by 25OHD
weight of less than 3.3 pounds low birth weight (ELBW; < 2.2 D status overtime; increase
serum level testing).
(<1,500 grams) in this study. lbs). in 25OHD levels was not dose
These babies were admitted to dependent. AAP recommendation Further analysis of the Hollis
a neonatal intensive care unit At weeks four, eight and 12, appears to be safe, however if and Wagner study data by
(NICU) between January of vitamin D deficiency was found using higher supplement dosing, GrassrootsHealth indicated that
2013 and December of 2015 and in 25%, 22% and 15% of the ELBW 25OHD serum levels should be reaching a vitamin D serum level
were supplemented with 400 IU infants, and in 29%, 5% and 9% of monitored to avoid high and very of at least 40 ng/ml significantly
vitamin D. the VLBW infants, respectively. high vitamin D levels.” improved birth outcomes (vs
Of the 301 infants enrolled, 186 There was a weak relationship looking at the data based on
Recent research results continue supplement intake), especially
were very low birth weight VLBW between vitamin D intake and to support that vitamin D with preterm birth.
(1000 -1499 g) infants and 115 were vitamin D status (p > 0.05). supplementation doses beyond
extremely low birth weight ELBW
(<1000 g). Approximately 80% Nearly 80% of the included what is recommended by the
Mohamed, S., Al-Hendy, A., Schulkin, J. & Power,
of both VLBWs and ELBWs had preterm infants were considered Food and Nutrition Board M. Opinions and Practice of US-Based Obstetrician-
deficient or insufficient 25OHD vitamin D deficient or insufficient improve pregnancy outcome. In Gynecologists regarding Vitamin D Screening and
Supplementation of Pregnant Women. Journal of
levels at 4 weeks of age. at 4 weeks of age, despite oral fact, research conducted by Drs. Pregnancy, 2016.
supplementation. Hollis and Wagner at the Medical Munshi, U.K. et al. Serum 25 HydroxyVitamin D Levels
Administered oral vitamin D University of South Carolina in Very Low Birth Weight Infants Receiving Oral
Vitamin D Supplementation. Journal of Pediatric
supplements, VLBW infants The researchers concluded, (MUSC) have discovered that Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 2017.
increased their 25OHD levels daily supplementation with 4,000
significantly by 8 and 12 weeks “Eighty percent of the VLBW and IU during pregnancy was required John Cannell, MD has over 35 years of
of age; while the ELBW infants ELBW infants of our population to significantly reduce pregnancy clinical experience, and has written and
spoken widely on integrative medicine
lagged behind at 8 weeks and had either deficient or insufficient and birth complications. topics. He is the founder and executive
director of the non-profit Vitamin D
then increased their 25OHD levels vitamin D status at four weeks Council. You can reach Dr. Cannell at (805)
by 12 weeks of age. of life.” Furthermore, they found that 439-2569 or

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Fun & Games Jack’s Jokes
What goes TICK, TICK. WOOF, WOOF? A watchdog!

Why did the golfer wear 2 pairs of pants? In case he got a “hole-in-one!”

Help the New Year Numerals Why do male deer need braces? They have “buck teeth!”

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

Stagecoach Robbery by Guy Crabb
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It always fun to start the new to what the drunk travelers would Get an autographed copy at:
year off with a great story. This say. Travelers would often reveal
one is about a stage robbery, a valuable information, such as how
w w w. s l o 1 0 0 ye a r s . co m
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in the 1880s. For years, I have told the day and time they would be
the story of a bandit known as leaving. Often times, the bad guys
Black Bart. He was a local bad guy, would buy travelers drinks “to be held $2,000 in gold coins and bank The very next full moon night on
though you may almost feel sorry friendly.” notes that were worthless to November 23, 1880, Black Bart
for him. It wasn’t until recently
People had the option to travel on bandits. Surprisingly, no one on struck again and robbed the stage
that I discovered more details in the exact same way. The sheriff
ships, but there were dangers on the stage carried a gun.
about the story of Black Bart, one
the high seas as well. Stagecoach The craziest part of the story is finally figured out that Black Bart
of the most infamous highway
owners would laugh to hear of a that the entire robbery was pulled must be a local person, because
robbers in our county.
steam ship sinking for one reason off by one lone bandit. He was the only way he could know the
During the late 1800s, there or another, such as running referred to as a “gentleman” by details of each passenger was to
were many travelers taking the aground. The owners of Pacific several of the passengers. The hang around local saloons and
stagecoach from San Francisco to Coast Stage Co. laughed, until a bandit was said to have black hair gather information.
Los Angeles. The trip would take road agent (bad guy) held up a and possibly wore a black wig and The reputation of Black Bart
several days and travelers had to stagecoach that was traveling used other techniques to disguise grew and the sheriff knew that
stay in hotels in “stop-along-the- over Cuesta Grade. The date was his face. He had strips of cloth, sooner or later, he would make a
way” towns. Every one of these July 22, 1880, and the coach was and proceeded to blindfold each mistake. The sheriff was correct.
towns had multiple saloons to full of travelers that originally of the passengers to make sure One moonlit evening, he decided
choose from to wet your whistle. started in San Francisco and had they would not try to memorize to strike once again. As Black
Many travelers couldn’t wait to last stopped in Templeton. his face or anything else about Bart was doing his normal holdup
have a nice cool beverage after The passengers pulled in to San him. According to the details the routine, his wig fell off and one of
a very bumpy and dusty ride in Luis Obispo late with a horrible passengers provided, the robbery the passengers recognized him
a stagecoach. Saloon patrons story of being robbed of all their took place in bright moonlight. as the owner of the local saloon.
would often have too much to valuables. Local law officers took Black Bart was faster than the law
drink and engage any stranger After listening to the passenger’s
their statements. The bandit took and he escaped, never to be heard
willing to strike up a conversation. statements, the sheriff realized
jewelry, cash, wallets, purses, and from again.
Here’s where the trouble began. that the robber was the road
any other items of value. The agent known as Black Bart. The Traveling over Cuesta Grade can
A gang of bandits would frequent stagecoach was also carrying a sheriff gathered men and went up still be dangerous, but back in the
local saloons and get information Wells Fargo strongbox, which the Cuesta Grade to the location 1880s, the road was compacted
from travelers by simply listening was not normal. The strongbox of the holdup. The group made dirt with ditches and rocks of
trips up to the crime scene for various sizes. The stagecoach had
several days to search the forest large wooden wheels with only the
and hillsides for any clues that may most primitive shocks. In reality,
have been left behind. No clues passengers felt every bump and
were found. Even though the law rock on the road. If it was rainy
brought in all the usual suspects, and the stage got stuck in a ditch,
each person had an “airtight” alibi passengers had to get out so the
during the crime. horses could pull the coach out. At
times, the passengers would even
After that July day, all stage-
be required to help push the coach
coaches were manned with
out of a ditch. Thank goodness we
multiple men carrying shotguns
can now call the Automobile Club
atop and inside the coach. The
or wait for help from the Highway
Pacific Coast Stage Co. spent lots
Patrol. Isn’t it nice to know that
of money hiring these men to
you probably won’t get robbed on
protect travelers and companies
Cuesta Grade anymore?
sending valuables in strongboxes.
After several months, they could
no longer afford to keep the Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
protection. Also, they figured that Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
they had scared Black Bart and he selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
Legendary gentleman bandit C.E. Boles AKA “Black Bart”
had left town for good. Reach him at

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to do was force Congress to
accept the Constitution as it was
written. Remarkable. Absolutely

CS Perryess English boasts some wonderful

words having to do with
complaints. The word whine has

about words been with us since English became
English. In Old English it had two
Sam appeared during and after
uses: to refer to arrows as they
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker clothes, I wear my own clothes.” the War of 1812. He was clean cut,
hissed or whistled through the air,
wore a black suit, and appeared
I know I’m supposed to be writing When the Civil War broke out, and to refer to a dog’s whines (an
to be in his thirties. As the nation
about words, but as folksinger Dr. Walker wanted to do what imitative word). In 1520 whine
aged, so did Uncle Sam.
Arlo Guthrie once said, “You can’t she could for wounded soldiers, added the meaning to complain in
always do what you’re s’pose to but it took two years of fighting a feeble or annoying fashion. Most historians agree that our
do.” I’d like to introduce a littlewith the US Army before she modern use of the term Uncle Sam
The same Old English roots gave
known, feisty and fascinating was allowed on the battlefield. is based on New York meatpacker
us the word whinge, to complain
human being. I fell for Dr. Walker Once there, she argued with the Samuel Wilson. During the War
peevishly. A British dialectical
some years ago. I hope you might male doctors that they should of 1812, Samuel and his brother
term born in the 1500s, whinge
find her intriguing. She was one embrace the newfangled practice Ebenezer got the gig to supply
has made its way across the Pond.
of America’s first female medical of washing their hands between meat to soldiers on the battlefield.
I hope others appreciate its trans-
doctors. In the late 1850s, Dr. patients. This advice was not The US Army wasn’t their only
Atlantic voyage as much as I do.
Walker opened her practice more happily received. During free customer though, so in order to
than once, but failed miserably. hours, she left the battlefield to Beginning in 1888 in England a deliver meat to the right place,
People were under the impression treat injured civilians, whether complaint could be referred to the barrels of salted beef and pork
that a woman couldn’t possibly northerners or southerners. After as a beef. Etymologists suggest bound for the battlefront were
practice medicine, so she had no helping with an amputation in this probably came from British labeled “US” (for United States).
luck attracting patients. southern territory, Confederate soldiers’ complaints regarding Since the workers called Samuel
the mystery meat their superiors Uncle Sam, the connection was
Dr. Walker’s lack of professional forces captured her and she were claiming was beef. made. Who feeds our boys in
success may have been affected became a prisoner of war. uniform? Uncle Sam.
by her strident insistence that Four months later, Dr. Walker The term belly-ache, meaning
the primary reason women “got was freed in a prisoner exchange stomach pain appeared in the When President Lincoln became
the vapors” and fainted was and became the first female 1590s. It picked up the figurative a prominent figure, cartoonists’
the corsets that restricted their recipient of the Congressional meaning to complain in 1888. images of Uncle Sam became
breathing. Mary was also among Medal of Honor. It won’t surprise Interestingly, the first recorded taller, older, leaner, and
the Bloomerites, and scandalous any historians that 52 years later uses of belly-ache in America whiskered, leading eventually
as it was, she wore wool trousers at age 85, she was stripped of reflected the figurative meaning to the iconic Uncle Sam most of
— under her wool dress or skirt. the honor for nebulous reasons. of the term. us think of today — the Army
Though it’s beyond the modern Walker wouldn’t give the medal In 1825, an English word meaning recruitment image drawn by
sensibility to comprehend it, Dr. up though, and wore it the rest to gnaw came into use. Within James Montgomery Flagg in
Walker was arrested multiple of her life. President Jimmy only three years it picked up the 1917. So this term and image have
times for those trousers. She Carter posthumously reinstated meaning to complain. This word is morphed in meaning, starting out
wrote two books about women’s her award, citing “distinguished nag, which appears to have come as a New York meatpacker, shifting
rights and dress, and once replied gallantry, self-sacrifice, patriotism, from a Scandinavian source. It to provider, then to recruiter, with
to criticism of her comfortable dedication and unflinching loyalty seems to have no etymological many politically inspired twists
attire: “I don’t wear men’s to her country, despite apparent relationship to the word nag and turns along the way. Some
discrimination because of her meaning old horse, which came may argue a picture is worth a
sex.” from Dutch. thousand words. I’d submit that
pictures and words may have
In her 70s and 80s, Dr. Walker’s The English verb kvetch, to more in common than we think.
feistiness didn’t decline. She complain, made its way to us in
took to wearing men’s formal 1953 (the noun, meaning a chronic Big thanks to sources: Town of Oswego,,
wear and fought with her complainer arrived in 1936). The,  NIH, AAUW, Darlene Stille’s Extraordinary
Women of Medicine, and Goldsmith’s Civil War Surgeon
fellow Suffragettes, arguing original literal Yiddish verb’s and Medal of Honor Recipient, Ralph Keyes’s Euphemania,, Etymonline, Wordnik, Merriam-Webster, The
that there was no reason for a meaning was to squeeze or press. OED., University of Virginia, Rick Beyer’s The
Greatest Stories Never Told, and Collins Dictionary.
15th amendment; the word men
Uncle Sam’s meaty origins
referred to all of humanity, and CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
because of this, the Constitution The image of Uncle Sam = the books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
already gave women the vote. USA. Words, they change over foggy little town on California’s central coast.
Find more at,
All the Suffragettes needed time. The first images of Uncle or reach him at

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January 2018 Free Ongoing Events
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J.R.R. tolkien’S governor nellie ross SLO CO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
National Blood Donor Month BIRTHDAY (Born in 1892) Isaac Newton’s 1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
inaugurated in
National Braille Literacy Month Birthday (Born in 1643) wyoming (in 1925)
National Hobby Month Flower: Carnation Festival of sleep DAY
Jakob grimm’s Sherlock holmes’
National Staying Healthy Month Birthday (Born in 1785) national
FULL MOON Birthday (Published 1887)
National Thank You Month bird
Hot Tea Month Louis braille’s DAY cuddle up DAY
Oatmeal Month
Birthday (Born in 1809)

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
national apricot day
old rock day national static make your dreams
electricity day national come true DAY
pharmacist DAY

bubble bath day harder DAY
Milk day
elvis presley’s (1st bottles delivered in 1878)
birthday (Born in 1935) secret pal DAY

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
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
1st super bowl (In 1967) 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
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
benjamin franklin’s
Birthday (Born in 1706)
inauguration DAY

cheese lovers DAY
national penguin
Dr Martin Luther popcorn DAY awareness DAY
King Jr day (Born in 1929)

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
hugging day
lewis carroll’s
compliment day
birthday(Born in 1832)

handwriting australia day
day (Sydney settled in 1778)

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
franklin D. LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
national roosevelt’s
Kazoo DAY birthday (Born in 1882)

jackie robinson’s
Birthday (Born in 1919)

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in early summer and continuing
sporadically throughout the fall.
But, of course, we offer far more
than strawberries.. Over the
course of the year, we harvest
summer and winter squash,
tomatoes, many lettuces, onions,
potatoes, cauliflower, zucchini,
carrots, pumpkins, broccoli, kale,
chard, apples, oranges, berries,
by John J. Cannell, MD and much more!

Los Osos Valley Organic Farm
The farm has been under the
leadership of Jim Terrick for the
past 10 years. Jim is a Cal Poly
by Monique McCollum graduate who spent his school
years studying Animal Science. motto of farm to table as a
Los Osos Valley Organic Farm Here at LOVOF, we are gratified Before Jim took to farming, he popular way for consumers to
(LOVOF) is tucked away off Los to contribute to our community worked for many years as an buy local, seasonal food directly
Osos Valley Road and Clark Valley by providing families with Agriculture Loan Officer. Through from a farmer. For those new
Road in, you guessed it, Los Osos organic fruits and vegetables his many contacts in this field, he to CSA, here are the basics: a
Valley. We are fortunate to be a they can feel safe feeding to was inspired to become a farmer. farmer offers a certain number of
part of the beautiful central coast children and loved ones. We are Jim grew tired of the low standard “shares” to the public. Typically,
scenery and ideal climate and we especially proud of our organic for quality of vegetables in the share consists of a box or
wouldn’t have it any other way. strawberries. We carefully select restaurants and stores, especially bag of vegetables, but other
the varieties we plant to ensure tasteless tomatoes in August.
We are a regular part of two farm products may be included,
that we have the best berries for
popular farmers markets in this such as fruits, nuts, eggs,
our soil and climate. This year, we In 1990, Jim finally traded in his
region: on Mondays 2:00-4:30 and even meat, fish, or dairy.
are planting Albion and El Camino dress slacks for a pair of shorts and
pm in Los Osos/Baywood Park Consumers purchase a member
strawberries. he hasn’t looked back. Over the
at 2nd Street and Santa Maria share (aka a “membership” or
years, Jim worked on numerous
Ave, and on Saturdays 8:00-10:45 Did you know that there are farms until he found his home a “subscription”) and in return
am in the World Market parking two types of strawberry plants; here at LOVOF and he intends to receive a bag of seasonal produce
lot at Promenade Plaza, 325 June-Bearing and Ever-bearing? stay for good. Jim’s philosophy regularly throughout the farming
Madonna Road in SLO. We also June-bearers produce primarily on farming is to work with the season.
offer a Community Supported in spring through early summer. gifts that nature gives you. Jim
We offer a weekly or every other
Agriculture (CSA) subscription Ever-bearing have a much longer nurtures the soil to maximize
week bag containing a variety
service, but more on that later. season, starting to produce fruit nature’s living microbiology,
of fruits and vegetables. Do you
which in turn maximizes plant ever find yourself unable to
nutrition and natural resistance attend farmers market because
to insect pests. of a busy lifestyle? Well, we offer
home-delivery for only $5!
We can’t forget to mention the
contribution of our farm mascot, If you have any questions, contact
Crosby, the critter-getter, us at,
bouncer, and all-around best dog visit our Facebook page or website
in the world! The farm wouldn’t at, and find
be complete without Crosby. our newsletter at lovorganicfarm.
He greets visitors and plays a
very important role helping to
keep the population of voles, Imagine offering a more healthful
squirrels, gophers, and mice at a diet to your family this new year!
manageable level.

Interested in becoming a part Monique McCollum has known Jim and
LOVOF since its inception. She started
of our farm? We are proud to out in the fields, getting down and dirty.
Now Monique handles social media and
offer Community Supported account management; less dirty, but just as
Agriculture. CSA embraces the rewarding.

Central Coast Family • January 2018 • • Page 18
Dandy Lion
Montessori School

Dandy Lion is the premiere authentic Montessori
preschool in the Five Cities area of SLO County
where children learn how to learn
in our specially prepared environment

Central Coast Family • January 2018 • • Page 19
Aikido (The Art of Peace) is a perfect martial art for children, because it builds a strong sense
of inner strength, focus, and self-confidence.

Children practice in a friendly, supportive, coed atmosphere. Specially qualified instructors
use games, techniques, and tumbling exercises to teach children how to defend
themselves without hurting others.

Unlike traditional combative arts, Aikido teaches children how not to fight, and helps them
learn to deal with difficult and stressful situations in a relaxed, assertive manner.

Visit our school, watch a class, and decide if Aikido would benefit your child!

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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 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 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.
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: 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. Arroyo Grande. Free and low-cost
Rd, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio with 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: 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
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 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 7301 or
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 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 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. 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: 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.

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Mon-Thu with homeschool Fridays. mentor teacher, and eligibilty for

Alternative Education
Carpooling encouraged. Contact: sports, clubs, and activities. Students
434.2217 or may qualify to enroll in community
college as well as secondary classes.
SLO Classical Academy. Private Contact: 937-2051 x 2761 or x 2762.
school. Part time or full time

on the
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.

Central Coast
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700 Opportunity for early graduation
or and concurrent Cuesta College
Wishing Well School in Los Osos enrollment. In Templeton and SLO
offers pre-school, mixed age at Los Ranchos Elementary School.
kindergarden, and 1st-3rd grades. Contact 434-5833 or tae.tusd.
The approach (educating the whole
child: head, heart, and hands) is Trivium Charter Schools in Lompoc,
based on Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf Santa Maria, and Arroyo Grande
model. Contact: 235-4401. offer a hybrid program of classical
Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality Children’s House Montessori project-based classes 2 days per
School in Atascadero strives to help week and homeschool 3 days
choices for their children’s education. Following are some options for each child reach his/her greatest per week. Contact: 489-7474 or
those seeking secular alternative education in our region. potential, by embracing learning
For more information on private, independent and religious schools, and appreciating and respecting
the world. Contact: 466-5068 or West Mall Alternative School.
go to: Independent Study Home School
in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238
Parent Participation. San Luis Coastal grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or Montessori Children’s School in San or
Adult School offers core classes Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion Alternative.
to enhance parenting skills, meet for excellence, to nurture curiosity,
other families, and allow children Summit Academy charter school creativity and imagination, and to Paso Robles Joint Unified School
to play with peers. Also enrichment serves K-12 grades, and provides awaken the human spirit of every District Home School & Independent
classes such as Spanish, Cooking, personalized home-based learning child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691 Study Program serves K-8th grade.
that fosters investigation, skill or Students and parents work one-on-
and Gardening, and a Cooperative one with teachers, receive lesson
Preschool at CL Smith. Contact: 549- development and creativity, and Central Coast Montessori School in plans, textbooks, and teachers’
1222 or lifelong curiosity. Contact: (818) 450- Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized editions for all subjects. Classes,
9810 or academic environment to promote enrichment activities, and field trips
Charter Schools independence and optimum scholastic are also offered. Contact: 769-1675.
Nature Based Schools
CAVA – California Virtual Academies achievement. Contact: 772-9317 or
and K¹² give kids the chance to SLOWanders. Offering nature-based Homeschool Organizations
learn at their own pace. Online education in SLO County. Programs Heritage Montessori Preschool
schooling is aligned with California include wilderness living skills, California Homeschool Network is
in San Luis Obispo provides an
state standards. Teacher support as naturalist studies, wildlife tracking, enriching and loving environment in a statewide grassroots organization
needed, meetings and work samples awareness skills, and rites-of-passage a beautiful country setting. Waldorf to protect the right of parents to
required quarterly. Contact: (866) customized for after-school, home- and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5 educate their children. Their website
339-6790,, or school, and personal one-on-one years. Contact: 235-5589. provides information about current
mentoring. Weekend workshops state and federal laws, and how to
Family Partnership. A tuition-free Academics and More is a Homeschool get started. Contact: (800) 327-5339
for adults. Contact: 215-0595 or
K-12 independent study public school Helper class for 7th-8th grade at or
serving Santa Barbara, San Luis Ludwick Community Center in SLO.
Obispo, and Ventura counties. Home Outside Now. Summer, after-school, Offered in partnership with City of Homeschoolers of the Central
study charter schools in San Luis and private nature-based education SLO, this class includes a convenient Coast. An inclusive Yahoo! group
Obispo (1981 Vicente Dr), Morro Bay, in SLO County. Contact: 541-9900 or cost-effective way for students to meeting on a regular basis for
Solvang, Santa Maria, and Cambria. gain access to a tutor, community interaction and field trips: groups.
Meet with teachers weekly and turn involvement, assistance with their
in work samples. Contact: 348-3333 Coyote Road Regional School. school work, time management and the_Central_Coast.
or Natural Science and Outdoor organization skills, and more. Contact:
Education. Contact: 466-4550 or Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
Olive Grove. Independent study A Yahoo! group offering free
home school with sites in San Luis Public Schools homeschool enrichment and
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa Independent Schools support:
Maria, Lompoc, Los Olivos, and Cambria Montessori Learning Center. santa_maria_inclusive_learners.
Santa Barbara. Meet with teacher Clarity Steiner School in Nipomo. Tuition-free public school in Morro
weekly and turn in work samples. Waldorf education for first and Bay for grades K-6th through the Templeton Unified School District
Enrichment classes also offered. second graders. Class meets four Family Partnership Charter School. K-8 Home Schooling program.
Contact: 543-2701 or sbceoportal. days per week. Contact: 929-6878. Contact: 927-2337, 541-2412 or Contact: 434-5840 or
Santa Lucia School on 5 acres in
Orcutt Academy Independent Study. Templeton. Peace education for Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.
Affiliated with Orcutt Academy over 25 years. Integrated curriculum Accredited high school program at
Note: This feature is published as space
Charter School at 500 Dyer St, this founded on life experiences, in- Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive allows and is a work in progress. Please
free program offers home study and depth study, and active immersion in student-parent-teacher partnerships submit updates, corrections, or additional
blended classroom/home study for the arts for grades 1-8. Attendance provide educational resources, a resources to:

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Central Coast Family is published monthly online and in print with a readership over 40,000!

FREE copies are available throughout San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties at all libraries
and community centers, at chambers of commerce, schools, supermarkets, banks, restaurants, hotels,
YMCAs, medical and dental clinics, real estate offices, museums, and other family-friendly businesses.
Distribution (population 400,000+) : Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Los Osos,
Morro Bay, Nipomo, Orcutt, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita, Santa Maria, Shell Beach, and Templeton.

Every issue is printed with soy ink on 100% recycled paper. Please recycle again.