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Central Coast April 2018

for Autism &
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Child Development ....... 2

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

Family Life ............................ 6

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

Education ............................... 10

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

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

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

Child Safety ........................... 18

Local Resources ............... 20

Alt Education ..................... 22

Autism Awareness / Library Fun / Eco-Parenting / Summer Learning / Reye’s Syndrome

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Child Development
and understand the feelings and
perspective of another person.
People with autism find it harder
to show empathy to others,
although they can be taught to
acknowledge other people’s
views and feelings.

Physical Contact

In some cases, autistic people do
not like physical contact, such
as hugs, tickling, or physical play
with others.

Sudden Environment Changes
In the US, the first National the opportunity to achieve the early childhood (typically within
Autism Awareness Month was highest possible quality of life. the first three years). Autism is Due to heightened sensitivity
declared by the Autism Society Autism is a complex mental a lifelong neuro-developmental and dependence on routine,
in April of 1970. Since then, a condition and developmental disability with no single known any sudden change in their
nationwide effort was launched disability with a wide spectrum cause. People with autism surrounding environment may
a to promote autism awareness of symptoms characterized by are classed as having Autism affect a person with autism
by educating the public, enable difficulties in the way a person Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the negatively. Common offending
inclusion and self-determination communicates and interacts with terms autism and ASD are often disruptions could be loud noises,
for all, and to ensure that each other people. Autism can be be used interchangeably. People will changes in intensity of lighting,
person with autism is provided present from birth or form during autism have a set of symptoms alteration of visual aspects, or
unique to themselves (no two even changes in smell.
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range in severity. Speech

Common Autism Characteristics Speech can be affected in people
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EDITOR Associate EDITOR characteristics found in those with of an autistic person may be flat
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Out of the Blue repetitive behavior when they
skills. Mild symptoms on one end
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS repeat the same action many
of the spectrum may be displayed
Jennifer Best, John J. Cannell, Guy Crabb, Kerrin Edmonds, times over. For example, a person
through clumsy behavior, being
Stanley W. Horspool, Karyn Lutes, Rebecca Juretic, CS Perryess with autism may repeatedly
out of sync with those around
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Child Development
States. This surveillance study
identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42
boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having
autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Since then, some government
The Village Salon
researchers estimate that
the prevalence is now 1 in 45 From the girls
children. National Autism
Awareness Month aims to make at Village Salon
the public more aware about this
widespread disability and the
Other characteristics of autism
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(CDC) released data on the undertakes a number of activities chapters throughout the United The Autism Society of America
prevalence of autism in the United to raise awareness about autism. States that hold special events also runs a year long campaign
throughout April. through their 1 Power 4 Autism
initiative, in which people are
The ‘Puzzle Ribbon’ is the official encouraged to hold events to
symbol for Autism Awareness raise awareness and support for
and is promoted by the Autism those affected by autism.
Society as means of supporting
awareness for autism. The Puzzle For more information on National
Ribbons may take the form Autism Awareness Month and
of pins attached to clothing, autism spectrum disorders, visit
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Library Voice
Check It Out:
April Happenings
by Rebecca Juretic

Join the Cover to Cover Club! the program. Each registered
child can receive up to three (3)
Dive into spring reading… and a certificates by reading up to 15
special treat, courtesy of In-N-Out books by Saturday, April 14, so
Burger! The Cover to Cover Club let’s get reading!
awards a free burger for every Luis Obispo Public Libraries, civic leaders, and many others.
five books read. Readers age Share your Story with Cuesta College, the California
4-12 who read five (5) or more California Listens State Library Berkeley-based Book to Action
books by April 14 will receive a StoryCenter. Fifteen county
certificate for a free hamburger, Do you have a great story to residents will be selected to County of San Luis Obispo Public
cheeseburger, or grilled cheese tell about life in San Luis Obispo participate in a two-day workshop Libraries is excited to announce
sandwich from In-N-Out. County? If so, you might be on Friday and Saturday, April 21- its new community reads program
selected to share your story to be 22 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. for high-schoolers and adults
Each child must be registered at part of a statewide digital archive. called Book to Action. We invite
any County of San Luis Obispo California Listens is a program In the workshop, participants will the community to read, discuss,
Library branch to participate in presented by the County of San create a two to four minute video and take action with this year’s
using their personal and family title, The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater.
images, videos, and archival
material. They will learn how to In The 57 Bus, journalist Dashka
tell a great story, write and record Slater chronicles the true story of
a narration script, and learn the an agender teen who is assaulted
basics of video editing. The video by another teen while riding
they create will become part of a public transit. Slater weaves
statewide archive of stories about a compelling story that tells
life in California. both sides of the crime, and she
thoughtfully covers important
Those interested can apply online topics like gender identity, race,
by April 8 at www.storycenter. juvenile justice, and forgiveness.
As part of a grant from the
The program seeks stories that California Center for the Book,
reflect the full spectrum of free copies of The 57 Bus will
life in San Luis Obispo County. be available in selected libraries
This may include long-time through April. The library will also
residents and their families, offer teen arts programs based
newcomers, artists, community on themes from the book and a
activists, social service and non- community panel discussion that
profit professionals,  veterans, includes the author.

Lace Up and make a difference in the lives of children and families
impacted by trauma on the Central Coast
Miracle Miles for Kids is a 10k (6.2 miles) walk/run along the water’s edge
from Morro Rock to Cayucos Pier on Saturday April 21st, 2018
This years race will mark the 15th anniversary of Family Care Network’s
Miracle Miles for Kids with great surprises in store!
Register today at

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Library Voice

“We chose a title that we think author at the Atascadero Library
will resonate with both teens on Wednesday, May 2, at 5:30 pm.
and adults. We are so excited
to connect the community to Spring Events
rich discussions about local and
broader issues,” said Margaret Our Grow with Your Library
Kensinger-Klopfer, Youth Services programs continue this month
Coordinating Librarian. with many free performances,
classes, art exhibits, workshops,
Slater, an award-winning author demonstrations, and more. Visit
from the Bay Area, will visit and click on Events
students at San Luis Obispo High to see what’s happening at your
School, Pacific Beach High School, local branch! 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.
Atascadero High School, and the
Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public Children practice in a friendly, supportive, coed atmosphere. Specially qualified
County of San Luis Obispo juvenile instructors use games, techniques, and tumbling exercises to teach children
Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
hall. The community is invited to County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at: how to defend themselves without hurting others.
attend a panel discussion with the
Visit our school, watch a class, and decide if Aikido would benefit your child!

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Family Life
Kids Can do to Recycle by the carryout containers, and opaque
EarthWorks Group (there is also plastic cutlery.
Eco-Parenting an adult version), and Get Out!:
150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-
#7: Mixed plastic (several types
of plastic mixed together): some
ups to Get Into Nature and Build a
baby bottles; trashcan liners, and
Greener Future by Judy Molland.
some clear plastic cutlery.
Point out the top 10 things to
recycle: aluminum; PET (plastic) There are many websites with fun
bottles; newspaper; corrugated eco-activities for children, such as:
cardboard; steel cans; HDPE
(plastic) bottles, glass containers; ce/eek/cool/rainyday.htm
magazines; mixed paper, and
electronics, such as computers.
Here is a simple test to see if a
can is aluminum or steel. Use
by Steven Smith
a magnet; if the magnet sticks Earth_Day_for_Children
to the can, it is steel. Cans may
Did you know that it takes 20 Global Warming by Laurie David; be bi-metal (made out of both html
years for plastic bags to break aluminum and steel), so you need
• The Kid’s Environment Book by Another fantastic way to get
down (or biodegrade), the to check the top, bottom and
Anne Pedersen; children involved with saving
average U.S. household uses sides of the can with the magnet.
127,400 gallons of water a year, • 50 Simple Things You Can the earth is to encourage earth-
Recycle bi-metal cans with steel
or that compact fluorescent lights Do to Help Save the Earth by friendly crafts. Peruse these
items, which are often recycled at
use 65-75 percent less electricity Earthworks group; books for project ideas:
scrap metal yards. It’s helpful to
than incandescent bulbs? • True Green Kids: 100 Things You understand the types of plastics • Berry Smudges and Leaf Prints
April 22nd is Earth Day. All over Can Do to Save the Planet by when recycling. Kids can learn by Ellen B. Senisi for ages 4-8;
the United States, people will be Kim McKay, to check the number inside the • EcoArt!: Earth-Friendly Art
focusing on earth-friendly living. • What’s the Point of Being Green triangular plastic symbol to figure and Craft Experiences for 3- to
Saving the earth starts at home. out the composition. Here’s a 9-Year-olds by Laurie Carlson;
by Jacqui Bailey.
It is important for parents to breakdown of seven of the most
teach children ways to help each People often talk about the common plastics: • Recycle Crafts Box by Laura C.
day. Parents can lead by example carbon footprint. Kids can find Martin for ages 9-12;
#1: PET (polyethylene
and model responsible behavior out what a carbon footprint is at terephthalate): large plastic soda • Good Earth Art: Environmental
for their children. and learn Art for Kids (Bright ideas for
bottles; most soda; water; juices;
how they impact the earth. By Learning) by MaryAnn F. Kohl
An excellent way to encourage measuring their own footprint, detergents; cleansers, and some
earth-friendly behavior is to teach kids learn how much energy they peanut butter jars. for ages 3-8,
children about environmental consume and how much waste #2: HDPE (High-density • Green Crafts for Children: 35
issues. Check out a few books they generate. The website www. polyethylene): milk jugs; water Step-by-Step Projects Using
from your local library, read jugs; bleaches; detergents, and Natural, Recycled, and Found
them together and have family is aimed for 10 - 18 year olds and is some body products. Materials by Emma Hardy for
discussions about issues like global designed to help raise awareness ages 9-12.
warming, changing climates, on environmental issues. #3: PVC or V (polyvinyl chloride):
ozone depletion, pollution, acid credit cards; garden hoses; By learning more about current
rain, carbon emissions, population Parents can teach the concept shower curtains; cling film, and environmental issues, reducing
consumption, buying less, and
effects, endangered animals and that sometimes “less is more” and some plastic squeeze bottles.
encourage borrowing, renting, using only what we need, we
plants, and habitat destruction. #4: LDPE (low-density can all become stewards of the
or sharing items. We all need to
Here are just a few informative practice the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, polyethylene): most plastic earth. Celebrate with your family
books your child might like: grocery bags; most plastic wrap; at the 28th annual San Luis
and Recycle. Parents can show
some bottles; plastic sandwich Obispo County Earth Day Fair &
• Earth Watch by David Burnie; kids how to recycle in their rooms,
bags, and clear packaging on CD’s. Music Festival on Saturday, April
at home, in the backyard, in the
• An Inconvenient Truth: The #5: Polypropylene (generally not 21st from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
community, and in the world.
Crisis of Global Warming by Al recyclable): bottle caps; straws; at Laguna Lake Park in San Luis
Children can be taught about the
Gore; plastic lids; plastic food storage; Obispo. For more information, go
benefits and impact of recycling;
• It’s Your World - If you Don’t saving natural resources and syrup and yogurt containers, and to
Like it, Change it: Activism energy, creating less pollution, some baby bottles.
for Teenagers by Mikki Halpin protecting animals, saving money,
#6: Polystyrene (styrofoam); Steven Smith is a resident of San Luis Obispo
(with a chapter on “Saving the and decreasing waste in landfills.
coffee cups; fast food containers; and a graduate of CSU Long Beach with a
Environment”); degree in Creative Writing. Steven is a painter/
You can find many recycling ideas grocer trays; egg cartons; muralist and freelance writer. Steven can be
• The Down-To-Earth Guide to in books like 50 Simple Things disposable cups and bowls; reached at:

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Fun & Games Jack’s Jokes
Why is everyone tired on April 1st? They just finished a 31 day March!

Easter Egg Maze What do you call 10 rabbits marching backwards? A receding hareline!

Why didn’t the egg cross the road? He wasn’t a chicken yet!



Sudoku begins with some of the grid cells filled with numbers. The object is to fill
the other empty cells with numbers between 1 and 9 (1 number only in each cell).
A number should appear only once in each row, column, and region.

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Students can experience learning benefits for young readers that Summer is the perfect time to let Take advantage of the warmer
loss when they do not engage in can be seen year-round. children’s imaginations run wild weather and keep youth active
educational activities during the and stimulate creativity. Visit the outdoors. The following sites can
summer months. On average, Visit your local library and help your following websites for ideas: help you get started:
students lose the equivalent children put together personal
of two months of math and summer reading lists based on ( – (http://kidshealth.
reading skills during the summer individual interests. Celebrate Find resources for arts and crafts org/parent/nutrition) – How
months. More than half of the each time they finish a book. This projects that will keep children do you feed a picky eater or
achievement gap between lower- will encourage them to complete engaged and their minds active encourage a child to play outside?
and higher-income youth can be the list by the time the summer while having fun. Learn how to keep your child
explained by unequal access to ends. Be sure to take advantage healthy with the right foods and
summer learning opportunities. of any summer programs and NGA Kids ( – exercise.
activities sponsored by your local Choose from a variety of activities
Spring is the perfect time to start library. or projects from the National Let’s Move! (
making plans to change that. Gallery of Art, enjoy an animated get-active) – Opportunities for
Together, parents, guardians, and During the school year, children musical adventure, take a tour kids to be physically active, both
community members can help have busy schedules and often through the sculpture garden, and in and out of school and create
give children the best foundation have required reading for classes. more. new opportunities for families to
for the upcoming school year. Summer is a time when children be moving together.
can read what, when, and how Smithsonian (http://americanart.
Stay Engaged they please. Don’t set daily minute s i . e d u / e d u c a t i o n / i n s i g h t s / USDA Summer Food Program
requirements or determine the midnight) – Are your children (
Encourage reading all summer number of pages they should fans of Night at the Museum? summer-food-service-program)
long. This will help to prevent read. Instead, make sure they Then this is the perfect activity – This U.S. Department of
the “summer slide” and provide pick up books for fun and help for them. Here you are magically Agriculture program provides free
find ways for them to choose to taken to the museums at night. meals to all children 18 years old
read on their own. Remeber, To get back home, you have to and under in areas with significant
if kids see the adults around solve mysteries and help your new concentrations of low-income
them reading often, they will friends find their artworks. children.
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Local History Monterey Street is getting a makeover.
Buildings are being renovated and the
parking lots are being dug up.

Schoolhouses of Buy your copy of Monterey/Marsh Sts
100 Year Book. Remember the past, as
the future is right around the corner.

San Luis Obispo County Enjoy Your Memories!
Get an autographed copy at:
by Guy Crabb w w w. s l o 1 0 0 ye a r s . co m
Schools are wonderful places Morro Elementary was not the Also available at Barnes and Noble, Crushed Grape, Antiques of Monterey,
where kids can learn and discover only cool school that once graced History Center, Apple Farm, and Boo Boo Records. GUY CRABB PUBLISHING
things that will amaze and astound our rolling hills and towns. The
them. Being a teacher for over 32 city of San Luis Obispo and
years, I enjoyed the times when I surrounding areas had a bunch
got to teach new concepts or give of country schools. Actually are narrow and curving. In 1903, are all wearing Levi’s and the girls
my students new information. there were no organized schools there was a place called Canyon are wearing dresses.
When my students learned in the county prior to 1850. In School. It was a small, wooden,
something new and exciting, I 1850, the first official school was one-room schoolhouse where the Another wonderful old school
loved to see their eyes light up established at Mission San Luis teacher taught all of the children building that someone was smart
with energy and wonderment. Obispo and taught in Spanish. from See Canyon. enough to save and restore was
Being a teacher is lots of fun, but The population of the area was the Banning Canet School, now
the hours that teachers devote to very small and families were The Irish Hills, which run along located at the Rancho El Chorro
making things fun are endless. spread out. Schools would pop See Canyon, held several small Education Center. The Banning
up when there was a need due to schools. In 1926, there was a Canet School was originally
I taught at three different schools a growing community. schoolhouse that was about 30 located in the Morro Bay area
during my career. The first school feet wide and 50 feet long. It along Highway 1. The building was
I worked in was Morro Elementary Here’s some really interesting was named Irish Hills School and larger than many other schools at
School in Morro Bay. The school information; in the very early days the wooden building had a four the time. In 1923, the class picture
was built in the early 1930s and of the county, “Brush Schools” foot tall cattle fence surrounding had 22 students. Several of the
Julia Morgan, William R. Hearst‘s were scattered throughout the the building to keep the cows students look a little on the older
architect for Hearst Castle, helped county. A “brush school” was out. The picture that I have of side, but my guess is that this
design the building. an oak tree that had a wooden this school also has a big oak tree school taught all students from
fence surrounding it to keep the next to the building. This might first grade through high school.
My class was in Room 6 inside cattle out. Kids came to “school” have been a brush school until the When I would take my students
the main building and we had when the weather was good and community decided to construct a to Rancho El Chorro, we would
an amazing view of Morro Rock. it wasn’t too cold outside. These real building. There was another go into the schoolhouse to gaze
The floors were wood, and our “brush schools” were also used one in the Irish Hills called Pecho at the stars in the giant inflatable
custodian Dan Stanley kept those as churches and places for other School, which looks to be about planetarium. All 35 of the kids
floors looking great. We also community activities. half the size of Irish Hills School. could sit inside!
had the best stage in the world Pecho School appears to be a
with thick red velvet curtains Let me tell you about some of the sturdy-looking stationary building You can also visit the old Santa
and a cool trap door to get under schools that are no longer around with a covered porch, but most of Fe Bellevue schoolhouse located
the stage. Today, the old Morro because of demolition or being these small schools were wooden at the head of Bob Jones bike
Elementary campus is no longer moved to a different location. I’m boxes that could be moved to trail along Hwy 101 at the Avila
used as a school, and is rented out sure everyone has driven into See another location if necessary. Beach exit. The folks at Salisbury
to a variety of businesses. Canyon at some time. The roads Vineyards have done a lovely job
One of my favorite old wooden restoring this schoolhouse after it
schools is the Los Osos School in had fallen into disrepair.
the community park in Los Osos.
This old school house has been It’s great to have some of these
restored to its original appearance. old schoolhouses around from
If you have never been to visit the the 1800s and have the chance
school, it is worth the time to go to walk inside them. I encourage
and peek in the windows. If you everyone to spend an afternoon
are lucky, the doors may be open traveling around to see some old
and you can step into the past wooden schoolhouses. Schools
and imagine sitting in this building are wonderful places. I should
as a student. After you visit the know, because I went to school
school, grab your skateboard and for almost 60 years!
have fun at the skateboard park
just a few steps away. I have a
great old picture of a teacher Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
and her class standing in front of 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
Los Osos School. There are nine Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
Los Osos Community Park Schoolhouse students ranging in age from District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
about 8 to 14 year olds. The boys Reach him at

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in grasslands, European marmots the Dutch word moddelen, which
tend to prefer higher altitudes. means to make water muddy.
The word marmot came to English
in the 1600s. We can trace it back Twitterpated, on the other hand,
through French and Swiss to the seems to have more to do with

CS Perryess
Latin murim montis, or mountain the heart than with the head.
mouse. The vole lives primarily Twitterpated first appeared in

in fields. The word vole came to the 1942 Disney classic, Bambi. It
English in 1828, most likely from appears that screenplay writer

about words the Old Norse word, vollr, which
means field.
Larry Morey coined the word,
adding pate to twitter, which
means in tremulous excitement or
UNGULATES any animals preferred finding We refer to a type of burrowing romantically infatuated. He may
deer to the other options (some squirrel as a gopher, a word that have been inspired by the word
Let’s consider a rather under- which had nasty tusks). In time, arrived in American English in 1812. flutterpated, born in 1894 and of
appreciated order of critters, the the initially general term took on Americans most likely borrowed the same meaning.
ungulates. The word ungulate the more specific meaning. the word from Louisiana French
first showed up in English in 1802 speakers’ word gaufre, which A wonderful two-syllable synonym
from the Latin word ungulatus, An Algonquin language (most meant honeycomb or waffle, a for twitterpated is agog, which
or hoofed. Soon after that, in likely Narragansett or Abenaki) reference to the condition of the made its way from French to
1839 the word ungulates began gave English the word moose in garden or field after the gopher English as early as the 1400s,
representing the entire order of 1610. The word means he strips has claimed it as its own. meaning heated with the notion
hoofed mammals. off, which refers to either the of some enjoyment or longing.
moose’s habit of using his palmate FROM ADDLEPATED TO
Recent advances in DNA testing antlers to strip the bark off trees, TWITTERPATED A second two-syllable synonym
have completely changed our or to the moose’s use of the bark is dotty, which came to English in
understanding of which critters of trees to strip the “velvet” from I’ve always had a fondness for the 1400s in the form of dottypolle
are and aren’t ungulates. The the antlers. the word pate, even before mine (polle meaning head – the same
old-school ungulates have now was exposed to the elements. root from which tadpole comes). It
been sliced, diced, and moved SQUIRREL! appears to be based on the word
My attraction to the word pate
around. Who knew in 1839 that a includes the words twitterpated dote, and means silly with desire.
hippopotamus was more closely This spring our neighborhood has and addlepated, so I’m celebrating
related to a whale than it was to seen a serious uptick in the grey April with a consideration of these Our final two-syllable synonym
a rhinoceros? Who ever guessed squirrel population, which got for twitterpated is smitten, which
two words and their synonyms.
that whales belonged in the order me to thinking about the word meant struck hard or afflicted
named for hooved mammals? squirrel, which led to this topic.
Addlepated came to English in with disaster when it came to
There are 257 species of ungulates In the early 1300s, English the 1850s, along with its cousin English in the 1200s, but a mere
on the globe as I type. Join me to speakers started using the word addlebrained. Though addle four centuries later picked up
take a look at the etymologies squirrel instead of the Old English initially meant liquid filth or urine, the meaning inspired with love.
of a few of them. In the 1300s, word acweorna. Squirrel came in time it came to also mean I suppose some folks might
the word rhinoceros appeared from the Anglo-French word putrid, empty, vain, or idle. By claim the old and new meanings
in English, taken from the Greek esquirel, which we can trace back 1706, addle added to its quiver are synonymous, though I am
word rhinokeros, which meant through Old French, Vulgar Latin, of meanings confused, muddled, fortunate to have had more
nose-horned. and Latin to the Greek word or unsound. It’s this 1706 bunch positive smitten experiences.
skiouros, a word used to refer to – of meanings that brought about
The word hippopotamus showed what a surprise – squirrels, though addlepated and addlebrained. My thanks to sources: OED, Etymonline, Full
up in the 1560s. It came through it translates literally to shadow- TV Movies, Wordnik, Merriam Webster, and
Late Latin, but started with the tailed. Interestingly, it wasn’t until A synonym of addlepated is Ultimate Ungulate.
Greeks, and meant river-horse. 1939 that the word squirrel added puddingheaded, which showed
This spelling replaced the earlier to its quiver a verb form, allowing up in English in 1851, referring
Middle English word ypotame, us now to squirrel things away. to an amiable, yet stupid person.
which also means river-horse and Pudding, the first bit of this
also comes from Greek, but made The word chipmunk came to compound word, came to English
its way through French before English in 1832 from the Ojibwa either through West Germanic
landing in England. word ajidamoo, which means languages meaning to swell
one who descends trees headlong. (related to pudgy), or through
The word deer is an Old English The lack of phonetic similarity Latin and French, referring to
word once spelled doer. It meant between chipmunk and ajidamoo sausage (related to purse).
animal or beast. Heorot, the word is probably due to the English
the Old English used to refer to speakers translating the “foreign” The 1850s also gave birth to
the modern critter we call a deer sounds of the people they were muddleheaded. The word muddle
morphed in time to the word busy displacing to sounds they came to English in the 1590s, CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
hart. It seems that the word were accustomed to hearing. meaning literally to bathe in mud, books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
foggy little town on California’s central coast.
deer won out over time because and figuratively, to destroy clarity. Find more at,
enough folks going hunting for Though some marmots may live It appears to have come from or reach him at

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April 2018 Free Ongoing Events
6 7
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
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
Hans Christian LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
north pole
Anderson’s discovered (In 1898) SLO CO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
birthday 1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO

NATIONAL no housework
Children’s find a rainbow day THINGS Day
book day National read a world
roadmap DAY health 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
national AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
sibling day
1st public thomas jefferson’s
library opened Birthday (Born in 1743)
(1833 in New Hampshire)

zoo lover’s encourage
DAY a young reach as high
writer day barbershop
quartet day as you can 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
Da vinci’s birthday 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
(Born in 1452) LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
slavery abolished national
Jackie (In DC by Lincoln in 1862) haiku day humorous day
Robinson Day kindergarten
Income tax Day (1st kindergarten in 1837)
NEW MOON awareness
Day national
patriots day look alike 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
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
national national
earth day pet parents arbor day
day national poetry
pretzel day reading day

(Born in 1564) national national
telephone day tell a story 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
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St

April is:
Autism Awareness Month Birthstone: Diamond
School Library Month
Keep America Beautiful Month
National Child Abuse
Prevention Month
Flower: Sweet Pea
Nat. Math Education Month
FULL MOON national National Garden Month
honesty day National Frog Month
National Poetry Month

Central Coast Family • April 2018 • • Page 17
Aspirin & KIDS
instead of vomiting. • Pills for menstrual cramps
• Sinus pain or congestion
Why it’s so severe medicine
Preventing Reye’s Syndrome In Reye’s, fat builds up in the liver • Multi-symptom cold or flu
(and other organs) and pressure medication
You probably know not to give unless approved by a doctor. builds in the brain. Because
your kids aspirin - and that the Although someone can get Reye’s Reye’s may be mistaken for other Aspirin can be found in many
reason has something to do with without taking aspirin, keeping illnesses, valuable treatment time other common over-the-counter
Reye’s (pronounced “rye’s”) aspirin away from children can can be lost. If Reye’s is caught and prescription medications as
syndrome. Most parents have no help avoid many cases. early, a child has a much better well. Some topical medications
clue what Reye’s is or what aspirin chance of getting well. If the (products rubbed on the skin) may
has to do with it. Symptoms of Reye’s disease progresses untreated, also contain aspirin or salicylates.
though, coma and death can Since they can be absorbed
The first sign of Reye’s is usually occur.
Reye’s is uncommon and isn’t vomiting, which starts about through the skin, there is a chance
contagious. It’s usually seen three to seven days after a child that they may also pose a threat
when a child is getting over a viral Aspirin in products of Reye’s syndrome, though more
has a virus like the chickenpox
illness. And though it can occur or flu. The vomiting usually gets Aspirin may be listed on product research is needed.
at any time, it’s seen mostly in worse during the next eight to 12 labels by several various names, Check all labels carefully and then
January, February and March - hours. The child may have little including “acetylsalicylate,” ask your doctor before using the
when people may be battling the energy and be very sleepy. These “acetylsalicylic acid,” “salicylic following products on a child or
flu, colds, and chickenpox. Reye’s are warning signs that your child acid” or “salicylate.” Always read teen:
usually strikes children between needs immediate medical help. labels carefully or check with your • Acne products
the ages of 4 and 16 - but rarely doctor or pharmacist before you
adults. Babies can get it, too. During the second stage, children buy medication for your children. • Arthritis pain rubs
may be aggressive, cranky and The following over-the-counter • Dandruff shampoos
The aspirin link confused, and may not know medications may contain aspirin • Wart removers
Many studies show a connection where they are. They may have or closely related compounds:
between use of aspirin and Reye’s. seizures or even go into a coma. • Sport-strength sun block
• Medicines for fever or pain
The U.S. Surgeon General says Call 9-1-1 if your child has any of • Facial scrubs
parents should not give aspirin these symptoms. There is usually • Exfoliating creams
or products containing aspirin no fever. Infants may have • Medicines for nausea,
to children under the age of 19, different symptoms, like diarrhea vomiting or diarrhea • Astringents
• Muscle pain relief creams or
• Facial scrubs and masks

Immediate diagnosis and
treatment is key. In hopes of
preventing brain damage, the
care team may need to give a
child with Reye’s a medication to
reduce brain swelling. They will
also make sure the child’s fluids
and electrolytes stay balanced,
and work to prevent lung or heart

Depending on how severe the
swelling becomes, it could cause
brain damage or death. A
child with the condition who
is treated early has a much
better chance of getting well
than one who slips into a coma.
That’s why caregivers need to
act quickly if they notice the
earliest symptoms of Reye’s.

Adapted from the National Reye’s
Syndrome Foundation and the National
Institute of Neurological Disorders and

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Local Resources
advice for persons filing divorces w/o 2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm: Book 2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOV at 9:00
an attorney, and a document preparer Group at Cayucos Library, 310 B St. Join am: Santa Maria Parks & Rec Dept offers
to assist in completing court-required other readers to discuss whatever you’re free docent-led nature walks in Los
forms. Cost: free. Contact: 788-3418. reading and to discover, ponder, and Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion Rd, Santa
share insights about what others are Maria. Cost: free. Contact: 925-0951.
Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Divorce &
Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone? reading. Cost: free. Contact: 995-3846.
Child Support Workshops at SLO Court 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm:
Concerned for someone you care about? Support Services, 1120 Mill St, Ste A, San Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO Chess Club Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos
Luis Obispo and Paso Robles Courthouse, meets at Carl’s Jr on Santa Rosa St, 1 Community Church, Ocean Ave & S
901 Park St, Paso Robles. Help is provided block W of Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. 3rd St. Free support for caregivers and
to start or respond to a divorce case, or All ages. Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 or family dealing with long-term illness,
request or modify child support, custody 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 • April 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
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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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