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Central Coast February 2018


Getting Out ..................... 2

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

Child Safety .................... 6

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

Education ....................... 12

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

Wordmonger ................... 14

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

Wellness ......................... 18

Local Resources ............ 21

Elephant Seals / Library Fun / Hot Springs / Learning Disabilities / Dental Health

Free! Central Coast Family
Getting Out
Don’t Miss the Elephant Seals! the year and there is no admission 300 pounds before they venture
fee or reservation required. out on their own by March. Most
of the births usually take place
In February, the last pups are in January, though they started
born, while those elephant seal early this year.
pups born in January are weaning
after spending a month nursing After mating season, which usually
and resting on the beach with peaks around Valentine’s Day,
their mothers. The peak of mating the adults leave their offspring
seaon is around Valentine’s Day. behind. Only about half of the
4,000+ pups born here each year
Visitors enjoy the antics just survive to adulthood.
below the little bluffs that provide
a spread-out viewing area for Much of this amazing spectacle
this amazing spectacle. Less doesn’t require an explanation.
than twenty feet away, huge seal Pups make sure they get their
adults lay in the sand, flipping mom’s attention, and make all
The Northern Elephant Seal, rookery for birthing, breeding, plumes of sand on themselves to sorts of noise. The enormous bulls
Mirounga angustirostris, is an molting and rest. keep cool. posture and bellow (it sounds like
extraordinary marine mammal. a Harley revving up, or the lowest
It spends eight to ten months a The Piedras Blancas Elephant Looking along the rookery cove notes of a huge pipe organ) to
year in the open ocean, diving Seal rookery, on Highway 1 seven (one of several) you see thousands establish dominance.
1000 to 5000 feet deep for periods miles north of San Simeon on the of seals—gigantic bulls (up to 16
of fifteen minutes to two hours, California Central Coast, is home feet long and 5,400 pounds) with If you think that these huge bulls
and migrating thousands of miles, to over 25,000 animals. The area their characteristic elephant-like would be slow, you haven’t seen
twice a year, to its land based is open for viewing every day of snouts; large mother seals nursing them in action, charging each
their pups, and hundreds of pups, other, banging necks and biting.
squawking loudly. Wherever you look, plumes of
Cover Photo: Spring Hatch
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sand keep spraying up, covering
Volunteer docents are often both young and old with sand to
available to answer questions stay cool. Off in the distance, you
about the seals--such as the fact may also see plumes of water as
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Getting Out
1990, when 23 elephant seals prompted them to move.
were counted in the small cove
just south of the Piedras Blancas Friends of the Elephant Seal was
lighthouse. Spring of 1991
brought almost 400 seals to molt.
formed in November of 1997. The
goal of this dedicated group of
The Village Salon
In January of 1992, the first birthvolunteers is education. Docents
occurred. The colony grew at a
phenomenal rate.
are at the viewpoint to answer
questions and help visitors get
February is for lovers
the most from their viewing
In 1993, about 50 pups were born. experience. Public safety and Do you LOVE your hair?
In 1995, 600 pups were born. respect for the seals are prime
The population explosion was considerations. We would LOVE
underway. By 1996, the number Call Toni & Toni:
of pups born soared to almost Improvements at the vista
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the way to the beaches that run the viewing experience, with a
along the Coast Highway. boardwalk built by the California
Conservation Corps with support 115 East Branch Street in Arroyo Grande
Where did these animals come from the California Coastal
from? Re-sightings of tagged Conservancy, several interpretive
animals indicate that most were signs provided by California
from San Miguel Island, San State Parks, and handicapped an attempt to control runaway Weather conditions at Piedras
Nicolas Island, and Ano Nuevo. parking lot improvements and erosion. Since it is speculated Blancas are usually moderate, but
However, all of the major elephant access provided by California that elephant seals return to mate weather can change quickly. Flat
seal rookeries were represented. Department of Transportation. on the same beaches where they shoes, warm layered clothing, and
Overcrowding or the failure to were born, the colony will likely sunscreen are recommended.It is
successfully wean pups may have Bluff fencing has been added in continue to grow. a good idea to check Hwy 1 road
conditions before planning your
Take the whole family on a road trip at
trip up the beautiful north central For more information, you can
coast and enjoy nature’s wonder. contact Friends of the Elephant
This amazing experience is not to Seal at (805) 924-1628 or www.
be missed!

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Library Voice
Check It Out:
February Happenings
by Rebecca Juretic

Read with a Furry Friend dates when Milo will be available.

Sometimes, the best reading Other branches have regularly
partner is a furry one. Reading scheduled times for children to
alongside a dog can have read with a canine buddy:
surprising benefits for children.
Dogs are calming and non- Los Osos Library - Wednesdays,
judgmental. As a reading partner, 3:00 – 4:00 pm at the with
they can help reluctant readers Berkeley the dog and 2nd Friday
to feel more comfortable and every month, 3:00 – 4:00 pm with Thursday, 3:30 – 4:30 pm with Today, autism affects an
confident. Carly the dog. Daisy the dog astonishing one out of every
one hundred children in the
San Luis Obispo Library is excited Morro Bay Library – 2nd Friday
Time to read the U.S.  Suskind’s moving narrative
to welcome reading buddy Milo, a every month, 4:00 – 4:55 pm with
2018 Book of the Year! chronicles his family’s resilience
gentle and calm golden retriever Carly the dog
and perseverance when their
therapy dog. Check our events For the tenth year, community world is turned upside down.  
calendar at for Atascadero Library – Every other
members are invited to read the
same book as part of the Cuesta Tickets for the author presentation
College Book of the Year program. and book signing will go on
This year’s selection will be of sale in February at the website
particular interest to families. It For more
is a bestselling memoir by author information, contact Carina Love,
and journalist Ron Suskind. Life, or Denise
Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Fourie,
Heroes, and Autism shares his
family’s two-decade journey For more information on library
connecting to Owen, his son with programs, visit www.slolibrary.
autism. org, contact your local library
branch, or follow County of San
Suskind, a Pulitzer Prize winning Luis Obispo Public Libraries on
writer, will be speaking at the Facebook.
Cuesta San Luis Obispo CPAC
Grow with Your Library
Theater on Monday, March 19.
Leading up to this event, several County Libraries are presenting
County Library branches will host free programming through May
a variety of programs including with the theme “Grow with Your
a screening of the documentary Library.” The topics are wide-
based on Suskind’s book, ranging but focus on learning,
discussions of the book, and improving and creating together
special guest speakers addressing as a community. Here are a few
the topic of autism, presented of the family-focused programs
by the Central Coast Autism coming up in February:
Spectrum Center.
Oil Spills
These events will take place in Science Program for Kids
February and March. For a full
schedule, visit www.slolibrary. February 3, 10:30 am
org and click on Events. There San Luis Obispo Library
will also be special discussions
Join us for an illuminating science
on KCBX’s Issues and Ideas with program put on by the Society of
Brian Reynolds on January 24 and Women Engineers (SWE) from Cal
February 28. Poly. The Student Engineers will

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Library Voice

lead you through an experiment filled with stories and music from
about oil spills and how the oil another continent.
spills affect the environment.
Registration required. School Annual SLO Friends of the
aged through teen kids. Library Book Sale March 1 - 3

Animals of the Central Coast One of the largest and most
highly-anticipated book sales in
February 3, 2:00 pm the county, the 39th Annual SLO
Arroyo Grande Library Friends of the Library Book Sale,
will take place at the San Luis
Join us as educators from the
Obispo Veterans Memorial Build-
Lopez Lake D.E.E.R. Program
ing, 801 Grand Avenue. Dates and
(Discovering the Environment
times are as follows:
through Education and
Recreation) teach us about our Thursday, March 1st
local wild animals. Ages 5 and up. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
(Members only / memberships
Painting With Ki sold at the door)
February 3, 12:00 pm Friday, March 2nd
Los Osos Library 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Paint on canvas and sip on a Saturday, March 3rd
warm drink in this take-home art 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
event. Ages 9-18. Registration
There will be over 15,000 books,
including a large number for chil-
Animals Growing Up dren, teens and young adults.
Also well stocked is the audiovisu-
February 3, 1:00 pm al department that includes CDs,
Shandon Library vinyl LPs, DVDs, and audiobooks. 
February 17, 2:30 pm
Cambria Library Books will be sold at $1.25 per
inch. Audiovisual items will be
February 28, 2:00 pm sold at $2 each. An excellent se-
San Miguel Library lection of Special Price Books will
be available, which are rare or un-
Learn about how the adult animals usual titles of interest to the col-
from the Charles Paddock Zoo lector or specialist.  
looked and acted as they grew up!
Fun for all ages. In the 38 years of the Sale, over
$300,000 has been raised for the
Drumming with Tom Mears
San Luis Obispo Library for mate-
February 10, 2:00 pm rials, programs, and renovations.
Nipomo Library In addition to Book Sale income,
the Friends have received gener-
Join a drum circle with a certified ous donations and bequests. The
drum therapist. No experience book sale is also an important
necessary. For ages 10 and up.  community event that promotes
Registration required at the reading, and offers affordable
library or at books and audiovisual items for
local families and individuals.
African Music & Story Telling
February 10, 11:30 am
Los Osos Library Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
Enjoy an exciting new program

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How to Prevent
Child Abduction
Of all the questions that cross No strong ties to the child’s
parents’ minds when they hear home state, but ties to friends
about child abductions, the most and family living in another
common question may be how state/country
can I stop this from happening to
my child? Engaged in planning activities
(e.g., selling a home, securing
Some parents try to protect their records)
kids by teaching them about
“stranger danger”– but most A history of marital issues
child abductions involve a relative A history of domestic violence or
or someone the child knows. child abuse
Teaching our children to avoid Learn more about the warning
strangers is not enough! signs of family abductions and
Parents should learn when and what you can do to protect your
where children may be at risk kids. Remember, these warning
of abduction. They should also signs don’t mean an abduction
teach kids about these situations will happen. Also, abductions
and what to do if they occur. This can occur without any of these
helps prepare children to act even warning signs appearing.
if the risk of abduction is from What you should know about
someone they know. attempted abductions
When family members being passive or polite. to avoid strangers, they may not
Parents should learn when and be taught to recognize abduction
abduct where kids are most vulnerable Use this information to set up tactics. The National Center for
Family abductions occur when in order to better protect them. a safety plan for your kids – and Missing & Exploited Children® has
relatives break legal custody In an analysis of attempted don’t forget to include teens in noted the use of more than 100 of
agreements by keeping kids abductions, the National Center these conversations! You can: these common tactics.
from their legal guardians. for Missing & Exploited Children®
found that many: Point out places they can go for
Family abductions usually involve For a list of abduction tricks and
help when walking places like
parents taking their children. An tips, visit
Involved a suspect driving a school and the park.
abduction may be more likely to AttemptedAbductions. Review
occur if a parent has: Remind them to travel and stay them with your children and
Occurred between 2 p.m. and 7 with a group. practice a response. The more
Threatened to abduct or p.m. children practice, the better
previously abducted the child Warn them about accepting prepared they will be in a real
Occurred when the child was rides or changing plans without situation.
traveling to or away from school your permission.
For current information about
Involved girls and children Teach them the tricks would-be
Listen between the ages of 10 and 14 abductors use, such as offering
child and teen abduction, visit
Speak Up! Teach children to take action money or asking for help.
For prevention teaching tools, go
Keep a Child Safe NCMEC’s review revealed one Encourage them to tell a to
extremely important fact: 83% of trusted adult whenever
from Sexual Abuse children who escaped their would- anything or anyone makes them For information about technology
be abductors did something uncomfortable. and child safety, go to: www.
proactive. They walked/ran away,
When it comes to keeping your
yelled, kicked, or pulled away. child safe, YOU are your child’s
This means the best thing a child best resource!
can do if someone tries to abduct Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2014-
2018 National Center for Missing & Exploited
them is take action instead of While many children are taught Children.

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Fun & Games
Heart Happy Valentine’s Day!

Find your way
to the center

Hink Pinks (2 rhyming 1 syllable words matching a silly definition):
1. affectionate bird ________________ ________________

2. rosy beverage ________________ ________________

3. insect embrace ________________ ________________

4. valentine candy ________________ ________________
1. love dove 2. pink drink 3. bug hug 4. sweet treat

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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disabilities. While difficulty with 5. Processing Deficits
reading can affect a student’s
ability in math, some students also Learning disabilities are also
suffer from dyscalculia, which is a connected to processing deficits.
disorder that specifically affects When students have a processing
one’s math capabilities. deficit, they have trouble making
School requires hard work in multiple issues when struggling sense of sensory data. This makes
order to be successful. However, with dyslexia. Dyscalculia can range from it hard for students to perform in
for some students, even hard a traditional classroom without
an inability to order numbers
2. ADHD instructional supports. These
work may not be enough. Some correctly and extend to limited
deficits are most often auditory or
students are faced with additional strategies for problem solving.
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Students with math disorders may visual, and they can make it hard
challenges in the classroom due
Disorder has affected more than have trouble performing basic for students to distinguish and
to learning disabilities. A learning
6.4 million children at some point. math calculations, or they may remember important information
disability is a disorder that inhibits
While there is some debate as to have difficulty with concepts like that is needed to succeed.
the ability to process and retain
information. Because there are whether or not ADHD is a learning time, measurement or estimation.
These five learning disabilities can
numerous mental processes disability in the most technical manifest with varying degrees
that affect learning, learning sense, there is no doubt that it is 4. Dysgraphia of severity, and some students
disabilities can vary dramatically. a common learning impediment. may struggle with more than
Here are five of the most common While reading disabilities receive one. Of course, there are many
learning disabilities in classrooms ADHD is divided into three the most attention, writing other disabilities that can affect
today. different types: inattentive type, learning. If you have any concerns
disabilities can be equally difficult
hyperactive - impulsive type, and about your child’s learning ability
to overcome. These disabilities are
1. Dyslexia combination type. Students who or school behavior, consult
known as dysgraphia. Dysgraphia
have ADHD may have difficulty your pediatrician or a qualified
can be related to the physical
Dyslexia is perhaps the best paying attention and staying specialist. Earlier is better to
act of writing. Students with
known learning disability. It is a on task. These students can be assess challenges.
dysgraphia often cannot hold a
learning disorder that impedes easily distracted and often have
pencil correctly, and their posture
the student’s ability to read and difficulty in traditional school By understanding each child’s
may be tense while trying to write.
comprehend a text. There are settings. They may also have learning disabilities, it is possible
This leads them to tire easily, and
a variety of ways in which this trouble staying organized. to find workable solutions so
disability can be manifested. can cause discouragement that that every student can succeed in
Some people struggle with Experts link ADHD with the may further inhibit progress. education.
phonemic awareness, which structure of the brain, and there
means they fail to recognize the is evidence that ADHD may have a Dysgraphia can also refer to For more information, visit the
way words break down according genetic component as well. Unlike difficulty with written expression. Learning Disabilities Association
to sound. typical learning disabilities, which With this type of disability, of America website at ldaamerica.
need instructional interventions, students have trouble organizing org/types-of-learning-disabilities.
Similar problems can occur with ADHD can be successfully treated their thoughts coherently. Their
Another resource is the National
phonological processing, wherein with medications and behavioral writing may be redundant or
students can not distinguish have obvious omissions that Institutes of Health website at
between similar word sounds. affect the quality and readability
of the text. Dysgraphia may also learning/conditioninfo/symptoms.
Other issues relate generally to 3. Dyscalculia
fluency, spelling, comprehension cause students to struggle with
and more. Students may Math is another major area of basic sentence structure and Reprinted with permission. © 2018 Masters in
experience one reading issue or concern when it comes to learning grammatical awareness. Special Education

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

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El Paso De Robles Bathhouse 1924 by Guy Crabb up on oil and put all their efforts In 1913, the world famous pianist and
into developing hot mineral spring composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski
baths for the locals and people who came to Paso Robles and stayed
It’s been unusually cold so far this many hot springs coming directly traveled up and down the coast at the hotel for several months
winter, and when it’s chilly, many out of the ground. I have personally of California. The spa and mineral for treatment. He then continued
people enjoy soaking in a spa. A been in various hot springs in Idaho springs became a very popular various concert tours that he
trip to a local mineral spring also and the hills of Santa Barbara destination for people who came to had postponed due to illness.
offers a chance to relax in soothing County with water temperature the area to cure various diseases of Paderewski enjoyed the mineral
hot water. I just filled up our much hotter. the skin and an assortment of other baths so much, he later came back
small backyard spa and have been ailments. to live at the hotel. He found the
enjoying the hot water in the day The story of Sycamore Mineral mineral spring water rejuvenating,
and evening. My wife and I recently Springs, actually starts with the At the turn of the century, the and it made his arthritis less painful.
visited Sycamore Mineral Springs exploration for oil rather than hot newly built railroad system brought
to enjoy an evening under the stars water. At one point, many people travelers from Los Angeles and Just as at Sycamore, the 1930s
with large oak trees surrounding searched our county for oil, or San Francisco to the area. Soon brought many famous people to El
our hot tub. As we were soaking, I “black gold” as some referred to it. Hollywood movie stars began to Paso de Robles Hotel. U.S. President
started wondering about other hot These people found oil near Pismo visit on the way up to Hearst Castle Theodore Roosevelt came to
springs around our area. There are Beach out in the Price Canyon area. by invitation of William R. Hearst. the hot springs, as well as actor
several places where people can You can still see many oil derricks During the 1930s, new owners Boris Karloff (aka Frankenstein),
enjoy a nice hot spa or tub in our pumping out the black gold as you bought the place and renamed it Bob Hope, and Clark Gable. The
county. Before I talk about other drive along Price Canyon Road Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort. Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago
local hot spots, let me share a little between Pismo and Edna Valley. The new owners had doctors and White Sox stayed at the hotel and
history of Avila Hot Springs, where I nurses on location to assist people used the hot baths to treat their
have gone for many years. In 1886, two men came to the area who came from far and wide for sore muscles. In 1940, a fire burned
near Avila searching for oil, since treatments to cure their aches and the old hotel to the ground, and
The legend of the hot springs goes it had been found nearby in Pismo pains. Sycamore Mineral Springs within two years a new hotel and
back to the time of the Chumash, Beach. As they started drilling Resort is not the only place that hot mineral baths were rebuilt in
the Spanish era, the Mexican with their equipment to strike it has become famous for their hot the same location. This new hotel
period and to the Wild West days of rich, they struck water. It wasn’t mineral springs. was smaller than the original, but
California. Hundreds of years ago, ordinary cool water, but extra just as popular.
the Native Americans probably dug hot water with a strange smell. It Paso Robles has a very famous hot
a hole in the ground and let the hot was believed at the time that the mineral springs resort called Hotel There are other hot mineral springs
water fill it. The water temperature sulphur mineral water was a cure El Paso De Robles. Once again, in the area to visit with a rich
was probably about 100 degrees, for many pains and ailments. So, the history of the area starts with history, such as Avila Hot Springs
which is a common temperature in these two men decided to give Franciscan priests from Mission which was discovered in 1917 and
San Miguel, who established the was established by a local family
mission in 1797. In 1864, El Paso de who developed a natural artesian
Robles Hotel was constructed as an mineral hot springs camp area.
incredible destination for people
traveling the California coast. By During the next cold period, jump
1889, construction began on a in the car for a family trip back in
new hotel that required over one history and slide into a nice hot tub
million bricks, at a cost of $160,000. full of healing water at one of our
The new hotel opened in 1891 local hot springs resorts. Learning
and offered improved hot springs about local history can be as fun
baths, as well as 32 individual as an evening under the stars in a
bathing rooms and a 20 by 40 foot warm spa.
pool. The two photos in this article
were part of a collection taken by
two vacation travelers in 1924. The Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
hotel was a huge 3-story building 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
that resembled an English castle selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
Hotel El Paso De Robles and featured a very modern mineral District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
spring bathhouse. Reach him at

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CS Perryess
about words
stylin’ certain of its origins, it may have meaning made its way through very hungry.
come from a familiar name for French to English in 1802, to give
The process of preening ourselves Augustus (Gussie),  or from the us the word surveillance. And why don’t we have a word for
to look smart, tidy or stylish, has word gusset. what all of us do to an avocado,
any number of labels. Here are a Vigilante came to us in 1856 peach, or tomato before buying
few. In the early 1800s when one tidied through Spanish. it? The Tamil people have the
oneself, the verb tidivate came word athukkugirathu, meaning to
Since the late 1800s we can get along (from the word tidy + verb In the early 1400s, *weg- made press fruit softly with the fingers.
duded up (or dooded/doodied ending -vate). It soon shifted to its way through Latin to become
up if preferred). This term came titivate. velocity, meaning swiftness or The Italians perceive a difference
about in the late 1800s from the speed. between the average picnic and
word dude (city slicker).  So, next time you need to look those particularly stellar picnics
fancy, what term will you use for By 1702 we began referring to a enjoyed in October. Those
The Proto-Indo European word the process of getting there? band of soldiers  who remained October picnic outings are known
*sleigh- meant to glide smoothly, watchful, dressed and armed as ottobrata.
and gave us the English word vegetable through the night as a bivouac.
slick, which made its way across This word came to English through The Mandinka people of West
the pond to America, where one Since 1854 we’ve been able to Swiss-Alsation. Africa label the first meal
variant came to mean preening apply the word vegetable to cooked by a newly married bride
oneself to look smart, tidy or humans we feel are dull and In the 1200s the word wait was bulunenekinoo.
stylish — slicked up. inactive. However, as both born — originally to watch with
etymologists and vegans might hostile intent. When the people of Finland feel
We can also get spruced up. This argue, this shade of meaning flies that particular hunger for salty
idiom seems to have been born in the face of the original vegetable Though etymologists haven’t food they experience hiukaista,
of the fancy leather jerkins worn and its countless cousins. quite nailed it down, the words and folks who speak Malay
by Prussian soldiers back when witch and wiccan may very well call that ravenous hunger we
the word spruce used to refer to Vegetable came from the Proto- have come through Germanic experience as we chase away an
Prussians. Indo-European root *weg-, which languages from *weg-. illness kemarok.
meant to be strong and lively. This
In the early 1800s a fancily dressed same root gave us heaps of other Nothing like a watchful, vigilant, In the Easter Islands a person who
individual could be referred to as strong and lively words. wafting, vegetable-like witch, eh? can’t afford a meal but shows up at
a spiff, which gave birth to the someone else’s table expecting to
late 1800s idiom spiffed up. Vigor showed up in 1300 through food words we may need eat is a pakiroki.
Old French from *weg-. 
As countless linguists and
Since the 1940s we’ve had the And in the Czech Republic, an
psychologists have pointed out,
term gussied up. Though nobody’s Vigil appeared in the 1200s our thinking is limited by our individual who loiters near a
through Anglo-French and restaurant to eat the leftovers is a
Latin, from a word meaning language. This post is dedicated bufetak.
watchfulness. to some food-related words from
other languages that we might Do we need any of these words,
*Weg- gave us the words watch, consider adding to English, if only or is English fine without them?
awake, and wake through Old to expand our thinking (and have
English about 1200, meaning a fun with pronunciations).
state of vigilant wakefulness.   Big thanks to sources: Rawson’s Adam Jacot de
In Micronesia, the people of the Boinod’s Toujours Tingo, OED, WordSense EU,
The Telegraph, Wordnik, Etymonline, Merriam
In the 1500s, waft showed up Gilbert Islands sometimes enjoy Webster, Free Dictionary, Collins Dictionary,
and Wordnik.
through Middle Dutch and kamatuao, a meal one eats upon
German, meaning to move waking in the middle of the night.
through the air (like the breath CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
that keeps us strong and lively). Fulumizya is a Mambwe word books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
from Zambia meaning to prepare foggy little town on California’s central coast.
Find more at,
This watchfulness shade of food quickly for someone who is or reach him at

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E nr i c h me n t P r o g r a ms
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Central Coast Family • February 2018 • • Page 16
February 2018 Free Ongoing Events
2 3
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, 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
February is: Birthstone: Amethyst 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG
American Heart Month LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
American History Month 1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
Black History Month
Langston Hughes’
Children’s Dental Health Month Flower: Iris or Violet Birthday (Born in 1902)
National Wild Bird Feeding Month FULL MOON
Responsible Pet Owners Month FREEDOM DAY GROUNDHOG
International Friendship Month 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
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
world cancer day 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
CHARLES LINDBERGH’s AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
birthday(Born in 1902) hank LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
ROSA PARK’s birthday
birthday(Born in 1913) (Born in 1934)
charles dicken’S
superbowl lII BIRTHDAY(Born in 1812) hershey’s
babe founded (in 1894)
birthday laura wilder’S
(Born in 1895) BIRTHDAY(Born in 1867) toothache DAY
boy scout day umbrella
(Founded in 1910) 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
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
abraham lincoln’s AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
national birthday (Born in 1809) LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
inventors DAY
george washington’s random acts of
don’t cry over Birthday (Born in 1732) kindness DAY
spilled milk DAY
clean out your Susan B. anthony’s
computer DAY birthday (Born in 1820)
make a friend DAY
get a different
name day NEW MOON
white t-shirt DAY
world radio 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
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
president’s day AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
(honoring Lincoln & Washington) LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
love your pet day
world international
thinking day dog biscuit
appreciation day

pluto discovered mr roger’s
(By Clyde Tombaugh in 1930) john glen orbited
neighborhood earth (In 1962) national tortilla
debut (In 1968) be humble day chip 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
\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
henry wadsworth 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
longfellow’s LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
quiet DAY birthday (Born in 1807)

polar bear dAY

tell a fairy
tale day FULL MOON
sleeping day

Central Coast Family • February 2018 • • Page 17
that the first dental visit take Fluoride  

Children’s Dental Health
place within six months after the
first tooth appears, but no later Fluoride is a mineral that occurs
than a child’s first birthday. Don’t naturally in all water sources,
wait  for them to start school or including oceans, rivers and
until there’s an emergency. lakes. Fluoride is also added
to some community tap water,
Although the first visit is mainly toothpastes and mouth rinses.
for the dentist to examine your Infants and toddlers who do not
child’s mouth and to check growth receive an adequate amount of
and development, it’s also about fluoride may be at an increased
your child being comfortable. To risk for tooth decay, since fluoride
make the visit positive: helps make tooth enamel more
resistant to decay and helps repair
Consider scheduling a morning
weakened enamel. If you are not
appointment, when young children
sure if your tap water has fluoride,
tend to be rested and cooperative.
February is Children’s Dental For children older than 2, brush contact your local or state health
Health Month; a perfect time to their teeth with a pea-sized Keep any anxiety or concerns you department or water supplier.
learn more about dental care. amount of  fluoride toothpaste. have to yourself. Children can pick Discuss your child’s fluoride needs
Be sure they spit out the up on your emotions, so emphasize with your dentist or pediatrician.
Start Early   toothpaste and rinse. Until you’re the positive. They may recommend a fluoride
comfortable that your child can supplement if your water is not
Your child’s baby teeth are at risk brush on his or her own, continue Never use a dental visit as a
for  decay as soon as they first to brush  your child’s  teeth twice punishment or threat.
appear—which is typically around a day. When your child has two Never bribe your child. Pacifiers 
age 6 months. Tooth decay in teeth that touch, you should
infants and toddlers is often begin flossing their teeth daily. Talk with your child about visiting Infants and young children may
referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth the dentist. suck on thumbs, other fingers,
Decay. Decay most often occurs Teething   During this visit, you can expect or pacifiers. Pacifiers dipped in
in the upper front teeth, but other the dentist to:   sugar, honey, juice or sweetened
teeth may also be affected. In Teething is one of the first rituals drinks, can lead to tooth decay.
some cases, infants and toddlers of life. Although newborns usually Inspect for oral injuries, cavities, or Tooth decay can also begin when
experience decay so severe that have no visible teeth, most baby other problems. cavity-causing bacteria pass from
their teeth cannot be saved and teeth begin to appear generally saliva in a mother or caregiver’s
Let you know if your child is at risk
need to be removed. about six months after birth. mouth to the infant. When the
of developing tooth decay.
During the first few years of your mother or caregiver puts the
The good news is that tooth decay child’s life, all 20 baby teeth will Clean your child’s teeth and provide baby’s feeding spoon in her
is preventable! Most children push through the gums and most tips for daily care. mouth, or cleans a pacifier in her
have a full set of 20 primary teeth children will have their full set of mouth, the bacteria can be passed
by the time they are 3-years-old. these teeth in place by age 3. Discuss teething, pacifier use, or
to the baby.
As your child grows, their jaws finger/thumbsucking habits.
also grow, making room for their A baby’s front four teeth usually Discuss treatment, if needed, and Reprinted with permission. American Dental
permanent teeth. erupt or push through the gums at schedule the next check-up. Association (ADA)
about six months of age, although
Cleaning Your Child’s Teeth   some children don’t have their Baby Teeth Eruption Chart
first tooth until 12 or 14 months.
Begin cleaning your baby’s As their teeth erupt, some babies
mouth during the first few days may become fussy, sleepless and
after birth by wiping the gums irritable, lose their appetite or
with a clean,  moist gauze pad drool more than usual. Diarrhea,
or washcloth. As soon as teeth rashes and a fever are not normal
appear, decay can occur. symptoms for a teething baby. If
your infant has a fever or diarrhea
When your child’s teeth begin to
while teething or continues to be
come in, brush them gently with
cranky and uncomfortable, call
a child-size toothbrush and water.
your physician.
A baby’s front four teeth usually
push through the gums at about 6 First Dental Visit  
months of age, although some
children don’t have their first As soon as your child’s first tooth
tooth until 12 or 14 months. appears, it’s time to schedule a
dental visit. The ADA recommends
Central Coast Family • February 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 • February 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!

Central Coast Family • February 2018 • • Page 20
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 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.

Central Coast Family • February 2018 • • Page 21
Local Resources
434.2217 or may qualify to enroll in community

Alternative Education
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.

on the
Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday Weekly meeting with teacher.
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700 Opportunity for early graduation
or and concurrent Cuesta College

Central Coast
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
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
Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality potential, by embracing learning
choices for their children’s education. Following are some options for and appreciating and respecting
the world. Contact: 466-5068 or West Mall Alternative School.
those seeking secular alternative education in our region. Independent Study Home School
in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238
For more information about local private, independent, nature based, Montessori Children’s School in San or
Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion Alternative.
and religious schools, visit: for excellence, to nurture curiosity,
creativity and imagination, and to Paso Robles Joint Unified School
Parent Participation. San Luis Coastal free program offers home study and awaken the human spirit of every District Home School & Independent
Adult School offers core classes blended classroom/home study for child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691 Study Program serves K-8th grade.
to enhance parenting skills, meet grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or or Students and parents work one-on-
other families, and allow children one with teachers, receive lesson
Central Coast Montessori School in plans, textbooks, and teachers’
to play with peers. Also enrichment Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized editions for all subjects. Classes,
classes such as Spanish, Cooking, Summit Academy charter school
serves K-12 grades, and provides academic environment to promote enrichment activities, and field trips
and Gardening, and a Cooperative independence and optimum scholastic are also offered. Contact: 769-1675.
Preschool at CL Smith. Contact: 549- personalized home-based learning
that fosters investigation, skill achievement. Contact: 772-9317 or
1222 or
development and creativity, and Homeschool Organizations
Charter Schools lifelong curiosity. Contact: (818) 450- Heritage Montessori Preschool
Homeschool Association of California
9810 or in San Luis Obispo provides an
CAVA – California Virtual Academies is an inclusive organization offering
and K¹² give kids the chance to enriching and loving environment in campouts, conferences, statewide
Nature Based Schools a beautiful country setting. Waldorf
learn at their own pace. Online support, a website with excerpts
schooling is aligned with California and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5 from education code books, and
Outside Now. Summer, after-school,
state standards. Teacher support as years. Contact: 235-5589. links. Contact:
and private nature-based education
needed, meetings and work samples in San Luis Obispo County. Contact: Academics and More is a Homeschool
required quarterly. Contact: (866) 541-9900 or California Homeschool Network is
Helper class for 7th-8th grade at
339-6790,, or a grassroots organization to protect
Ludwick Community Center in SLO.
Delphinus School of Natural History Offered in partnership with City of the right of parents to educate their
Family Partnership. A tuition-free A unique, regional, outdoor science SLO, this class includes a convenient children. Website offers current state
K-12 independent study public school program in San Luis Obispo, for cost-effective way for students to and federal laws. Contact: (800) 327-
serving Santa Barbara, San Luis elementary through middle school gain access to a tutor, community 5339 or
Obispo, and Ventura counties. Home students. Programs are engaging, involvement, assistance with their
study charter schools in San Luis interactive, student driven, and school work, time management and Homeschoolers of the Central Coast.
Obispo (1981 Vicente Dr), Morro Bay, designed to foster self-expression organization skills, and more. Contact: Yahoo! group meeting regularly for
Solvang, Santa Maria, and Cambria. and environmental stewardship. interaction and field trips: groups.
Meet with teachers weekly and turn Contact:
in work samples. Contact: 348-3333 Public Schools the_Central_Coast.
or Independent Schools
Cambria Montessori Learning Center. Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
Olive Grove. Independent study Clarity Steiner School in Nipomo. Tuition-free public school in Morro Yahoo! group with free homeschool
home school with sites in San Luis Waldorf education for first and Bay for grades K-6th through the enrichment and support: groups.
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa second graders. Class meets four Family Partnership Charter School.
Maria, Lompoc, Los Olivos, and days per week. Contact: 929-6878. Contact: 927-2337, 541-2412 or inclusive_learners.
Santa Barbara. Meet with teacher
weekly and turn in work samples. Santa Lucia School on 5 acres in Templeton Unified School District
Enrichment classes also offered. Templeton. Peace education for Santa Maria Joint Union Home School. K-8 Home Schooling program.
Contact: 543-2701 or sbceoportal. over 25 years. Integrated curriculum Accredited high school program at Contact: 434-5840 or
org/losolivos. founded on life experiences, in- Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive
depth study, and active immersion in student-parent-teacher partnerships
Orcutt Academy Independent Study. the arts for grades 1-8. Attendance provide educational resources, a
Affiliated with Orcutt Academy Mon-Thu with homeschool Fridays. mentor teacher, and eligibilty for Please submit updates, corrections, or news
Charter School at 500 Dyer St, this Carpooling encouraged. Contact: sports, clubs, and activities. Students about resources to:

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