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Central Coast July 2018


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

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

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

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

Wellness ......................... 10

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

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

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

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

Education ...................... 22

Summer Family Hikes / Library Programs / Camping with Kids / Sun Safety for Kids

Free! Central Coast Family
Getting Out
Barbara County. Anyone with the try a picnic in your local park.

Day desire and energy can do it. Just
be prepared, start small, and be
flexible with your plans.
The key to this first picnic is to
practice walking to the park with
everything you think you’ll need.

If you forget something, you
Getting out with a baby can be the can go right back home without
biggest challenge. New parents a hassle. If you take too much,
are still learning the ropes of daily narrow your load down for the
living, and outings add another next outing.

Family layer to the challenge. Bring older
siblings into the game by soliciting
their help. Let them help to plan
Once you’ve gotten into walking
shape, research trails close to

style outings, chose activities, pack home. Some great local spots
lunch. Then they get just what for strollers include the wooden
they want, and may even be able boardwalk loop through Elfin
to carry the baby. Forest Natural Reserve near
Los Osos, and the new bluff-top
In the earliest months, put boardwalk at Moonstone Beach
the baby in a front carrier that north of Cambria. Poly Canyon,
by Jennifer Best
supports her head, or use a Nojoqui Falls south of Buellton,
We’re deep into summer. options with a staycation that just stroller if the path is paved or and the bluff-top trails at Montana
School-age kids have long since may become the best vacation well groomed. Walk around your de Oro provide fairly safe options
begun zoning out, perhaps even you’ve ever had. block or neighborhood, and then for those in front-carrier mode.
muttering that age-old refrain,
“There’s nothing to do around A day out doesn’t have to be
here.” Here’s a chance to show difficult, extensive, or expensive.
your kids just how smart you There are hundreds of free venues
are. You can explore the Central and free events throughout San
Coast’s rich, family-friendly Luis Obispo County and Santa

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Getting Out
drive to the trailhead during
morning nap time; hike and picnic
through midday, and travel home
during afternoon naptime.
The Village Salon
Once the baby can hold up her
own head, get a good, sturdy
backpack designed specifically for
carrying a young child. The pack
should have room for the baby
to grow, a padded hip strap and
shoulder pads for the adult who
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when they’re napping. A typical diapers, warm clothing layers,
hike day might look like this: and other daily needs.
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together; pack lunch and gear in Our baby pack has a detachable
the car while she plays in a safe little daypack for diapers, wipes,
spot; change the baby into a toilet paper, sunscreen, and re-
clean diaper and hiking clothes sealable plastic bags used to bring
appropriate for the day’s weather; back diapers and other trash. If from the get-go, we also carry a out as planned, but these can
slather everyone in sun block; our baby is not wearing them sweater, brimmed sun hat, warm also turn into some of the most
hat, mittens, socks, and booties. successful outings. Diversions
down unintended paths can lead
Hiking with your friends or older to newfound discoveries. Just
children provides, not only good try to go with the flow, and call it
company, but also assistance in wonderful.
carrying the extra stuff you may
want to bring along. On those Jennifer Best is the author of Best Family
days, the second hiker can carry Adventures: San Luis Obispo County
and Best Family Adventures: Santa
a small first-aid kit, water, lunch Barbara County, available in bookstores
and/or snacks, and a camera. throughout the Central Coast and
online at www.BestFamilyAdventures.
com. She can be reached at JBest@
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Library Voice
Check It Out:
July Happenings
by Rebecca Juretic

A Fresh Look for the Nipomo Program fun. Kids and teens
Library aged zero on up can sign up at
their library branch or online and
The Nipomo Library recently
read 5 days (20 minutes a day)
re-opened after undergoing
or 5 books. Turn in a completed
some significant improvements. or diagonal), you can turn your Family Magic Comedy Show with
reading card at any library branch
There is new flooring and new card in to the library (by July 28) Chris Lopez - Chris Lopez is a
by July 28 to earn a bag full of
furniture, including a fresh look in for a prize and one entry into our performing member of the Magic
goodies and a free book to keep,
the children’s area! We hope you grand prize drawing. Complete a Castle and an award-winning
provided by the Foundation for
will come soon and explore this “blackout bingo” of all 25 squares magician. His performance mixes
SLO Public Libraries.
renovated space. and earn a prize plus four entries magic and comedy together for
Adults can download an Adult into the grand prize drawing. one hilarious and amazing show.
Summer Reading Program
Bingo Challenge reading card at Our grand prizes are a Roomba
Continues through July Nipomo Library – Wednesday July and turn it in by Robot Vacuum, Bose Wireless
There is still time to get in on the July 28. If you complete a single 18, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Headphones, or a Kindle Oasis
Libraries Rock! Summer Reading bingo (one line across, down, E-Reader. Shandon Library – Wednesday
July 18, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Free summer lunches for kids 18
and under also continue through Creston Library – Thursday July
July 28 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 19, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
and Thursdays at the Morro Bay,
San Miguel Library – Thursday
Nipomo, and San Luis Obispo
July 19, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
branches. See for
a complete schedule including Shell Beach Library – Friday July
other family-friendly locations. 20, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
The free lunches are made
Magic Show with Rafael and Katia
possible by San Luis Coastal and
- Rafael and Katia perform jaw
Lucia Mar School District Meal
dropping magic, mind-reading,
Services Departments, Summer
and large illusions with comedy
Lunch at the Library, and the
and audience participation. In
English y Español.
There are still plenty of great free
Arroyo Grande Library – Tuesday
shows, workshops, crafts, games,
July 24, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
and more going on at your local
library branch. A full schedule is San Luis Obispo Library –
posted at But here Wednesday July 25, 10:30 am -
are a few upcoming events to 11:15 am
mark your calendar: Morro Bay Library – Wednesday
Jedi Academy July 25, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Meet your favorite stars from Star Atascadero Library – Thursday
Wars, and learn how to battle Jedi July 26, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
style. Los Osos Library – Thursday July
Atascadero Library – Thursday 26, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
July 5, 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Cambria Library – Friday July 27,
Oceano Library – Thursday July 5, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Live Reptile Show – Come
Nipomo Library – Wednesday July check out an array of live
25, 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm reptiles, amphibians and

Central Coast Family • July 2018 • • Page 4
Monterey Street is getting a makeover.
Buildings are being renovated and the
Library Voice
parking lots are being dug up.

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

Enjoy Your Memories!
Get an autographed copy at:
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invertebrates. A fun and July 12, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
educational experience for all
Los Osos Library – Thursday July
12, 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Arroyo Grande Library – Tuesday
Cayucos Library – Friday July 13,
July 10, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
San Luis Obispo Library –
Cambria Library – Friday July 13,
Wednesday July 11, 10:30 am - 11:15
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
am 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.
Morro Bay Library – Wednesday Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public Children practice in a friendly, supportive, coed atmosphere. Specially qualified
July 11, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo instructors use games, techniques, and tumbling exercises to teach children
County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at: how to defend themselves without hurting others.
Atascadero Library – Thursday
Visit our school, watch a class, and decide if Aikido would benefit your child!

Central Coast Family • July 2018 • • Page 5
Family Life
If you stay at a campground, don’t whistle. Teach kids how to attract
Camping with Kids choose a site too close to bathrooms
or garbage cans because of odors
rescuers, and how to stay warm and
dry by making a shelter at night.
by Steven Smith and noise. If you are in the wild, look
Do you remember the first time you Camping Southern California: A for an open flat area on high ground Camping activities to enjoy with
spent a night camping in the great Guide for Car Campers by Bill Mai; and a shady spot. Find a site where kids include fishing, hiking, animal
outdoors? Did you sit around the California Camping: The Complete your tent is shaded in the afternoon, tracking, bird watching (don’t forget
campfire and roast marshmallows or Guide to More Than 1,400 Tent and but receives full sun in the morning. binoculars), hunting for insects,
tell scary ghost tales? For most kids, RV Campgrounds by Tom Stienstra; Don’t camp directly under trees, and crafts like learning to tie knots.
camping is a great adventure; a time Foghorn Outdoors California because sparks from your campfire Kids can learn how to read a trail or
to cherish with family and friends. Camping by Tom Stienstra, or can set branches ablaze. If you camp topographical map, mark trails and
While camping, children can learn a California National Parks by John near water, stay away from low areas use trail signs, and navigate with and
multitude of practical skills they can McKinney. where mosquitoes could breed. Set without a compass. Use trees to find
use throughout their lifetime. your camp about 100 feet from a lake directions. The general rule is that
Pack the proper gear to stay safe, or stream. the north side of a tree doesn’t get
Plan a camping experience that dry, warm and comfortable. You will as much sun exposure as the south
appeals to the whole family. Do you need camping and cooking gear, a Campers like to have a fire for side, so it usually has fewer branches.
want to camp in the desert, by the tent, the right kind of sleeping bag, cooking and warmth on chilly nights. Ants usually make their home on the
ocean, at a lake, or in the mountains? a day pack and possibly a back pack, Check to be sure that you can build a south side of trees, and moss and
Do you want to go car camping or clothes, food, safety items, etc. fire at your campsite. To make a fire lichens grow on the damper north
hike in to your camping spot? To help First-time campers can learn more by pit, find a spot that is bare, then let side. Analyzing cloud types can help
you decide, go to http://www.parks. visiting local camping stores to see kids dig a hole about 2 feet long, 20” children predict the weather., http://www.slocountyparks. what is available. Camp Out!: The wide and 20” deep. If there are rocks
com, http://www.reserveamerica. Ultimate Kids’ Guide by Lynn Brunelle around, kids can line the pit with At night kids can watch the sunset,
com, or is a must-read. Kids should pack medium-sized flat stones. You can perhaps while bats are taking
books and games, plus an umbrella use collecting firewood as a learning flight. They can catch night insects
Or check out these helpful books: or waterproof poncho. Always experience. Softwood burns quickly, and listen for owls and other night
Camping Northern California or wear boots or sneakers to protect creates lots of heat and leaves no critters. A really dark area is perfect
Camping Southern California by feet from insects, sharp rocks, and coals. Hardwood takes longer to for stargazing. Everyone loves
Richard McMahon; The Best in Tent harmful plants. catch, burns slowly and turns to to sit around a campfire playing
glowing coals, perfect for a cooking games, singing songs, and telling
fire. To make a fire you can use tales. If possible, bring a guitar or
tinder, kindling, and fuel. Be sure to harmonica. Kids Camp! Activities for
bring waterproof matches. Explain the Backyard or Wilderness by Laurie
fire safety rules to kids and show Carlson, and The Kids Campfire Book
them how to completely douse the by Jane Drake are two great books
campfire before sleeping or leaving. to take along for more ideas. For
adults,, I recommend reading The Joy
You can cook on a fire by using of Family Camping by Herb Gordon,
skewer sticks, foil and foil pouches and The Complete Practical Guide to
(on hot coals or a metal grate), pots Camping, Hiking & Wilderness Skills
and pans, and/or a grill. For a main by Peter G. Drake.
entrée, try kebabs, campfire stew, or
hot dogs. For side dishes, try baked Preschoolers and younger children
potatoes or corn on the cob cooked might enjoy reading any of these
in foil. Great desserts are campfire wonderful books: The Berenstain
Apple Crisp, Banana Boats, and Bears Blaze a Trail, Berenstain Bears
S’mores. After eating, store food Camping Adventure, Curious George
to keep it away from animals (for Goes Camping, Fred and Ted Go
example, in a bear bag hanging from Camping, Maisy Goes Camping, S is
a tree). Never put food in your tent, for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet,
as this may attract animals. Caillou Goes Camping, Dora’s
Camping Trip, Bailey Goes Camping,
Safety is a primary concern in the When We Go Camping, When Daddy
wilderness. Pack a first aid kit and Took Us Camping, and Turtle and
discuss camping hazards, such as: Snake Go Camping. Enjoy the wild
poisonous snakes, insects, and outdoors together -- it provides
plants. Teach kids this phrase to help family bonding experiences you will
identify poison oak: “Leaflets three, not want to miss!
leave them be. Berries white, shun
the sight!” Wear bug repellant. If
kids hit the trail, explain what to do if Steven Smith is a resident of San Luis
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they become lost. When hiking, kids with a degree in Creative Writing. Steven
should carry a small pack with water, is a painter/muralist and freelance writer. His
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Fun & Games Jack’s Jokes
Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide!

Help the bee find his way Why was the cookie sad? Because his mom was a wafer so long!

What did the hamburger name its baby? Patty!
to the hive!

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Safe in the Sun
clouds. Also, UV rays can bounce Sunburns
back from water, sand, snow, and If your baby is younger than 1
concrete. year and gets sunburn, call your
Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours baby’s doctor right away. For
and after swimming, sweating, or older children, call your child’s
drying with a towel. Most people doctor if there is blistering, pain,
use too little sunscreen. Make or fever. Here are ways to relieve
sure to apply a generous amount. discomfort from mild sunburn:
For babies younger than 6 months: Give your child water to replace
If protective clothing and shade lost fluids. Use cool water to help
are not available, use sunscreen your child’s skin feel better.
on small areas of the body, such as Give your child pain medicine to
the face. relieve painful sunburns. (For
For babies older than 6 months: a baby 6 months or younger,
Apply to all areas of the body, but give acetaminophen. For a child
be careful around the eyes. If your older than 6 months, give either
baby rubs sunscreen into her eyes, acetaminophen or ibuprofen.)
wipe her eyes and hands clean Only use medicated lotions if your
with a damp cloth. child’s doctor says it is OK. Keep
It’s good for children and adults to Sunscreen can protect the skin
spend time playing and exercising from sunburn and some skin If sunscreen irritates your baby’s your child out of the sun until the
outdoors, and it’s important to cancers, but only if used correctly. skin, try a different brand or sunburn is fully healed.
do so safely. Follow these simple sunscreen with titanium dioxide or
How to Pick Sunscreen zinc oxide. If a rash develops, talk
rules to protect your family: Used with permission: Keep Your Family Sun
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with your child’s doctor. Safe. © 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics.
Keep babies younger than 6 with a sun protection factor (SPF)
months out of direct sunlight. Find of at least 15 (up to SPF 50). A SPF
shade under a tree, an umbrella, or of 15 or 30 should be fine for most
the stroller canopy. people. More research is needed
When possible, dress in cool, to test if sunscreen with more than
comfortable clothing that SPF 50 offers extra protection.
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how much light shines through such as the nose, cheeks, tops
(the less, the better). Or look for of ears, and shoulders, choose
clothing labeled with an Ultraviolet a sunscreen with zinc oxide or
Protection Factor (UPF). titanium dioxide. These products
Wear a hat with an all-around may stay visible on the skin even
3-inch brim to shield the face, ears, after you rub them in, and some
and back of the neck. come in fun colors that children
Limit sun exposure between 10:00 enjoy.
am and 4:00 pm when UV rays are How to Apply Sunscreen
strongest. Use enough sunscreen to cover all
Wear sunglasses with at least 99% exposed areas, especially the face,
UV protection. Look for child- nose, ears, feet, hands, and even
sized protective sunglasses for backs of the knees. Rub it in well.
your child. Put sunscreen on 15 to 30 minutes
Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen before going outdoors. It needs
correctly to all exposed skin. time to absorb into the skin.
Make sure everyone in your family Use sunscreen any time you or your
knows how to protect his or her child spend time outdoors. You
skin and eyes. Remember to set can get sunburn even on cloudy
a good example by practicing sun days, because up to 80% of the
safety yourself. sun’s UV rays can get through the
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Local History Monterey Street is getting a makeover.
Buildings are being renovated and the
parking lots are being dug up.

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

Enjoy Your Memories!
Get an autographed copy at:
w w w. s l o 1 0 0 ye a r s . co m
Also available at Barnes and Noble, Crushed Grape, Antiques of Monterey,
History Center, Apple Farm, and Boo Boo Records. GUY CRABB PUBLISHING

by Guy Crabb
be transformed into a beautiful enlargement of the thyroid gland.
I would like to start with a little centers in town. Monterey Street thoroughfare for people driving As history recalls, the chief had
tease; by the end of this article I’ll got its name because it is the into the city. Has anything made a unusually large goiter. When
tell you about the origin of a San road that people left San Luis you say “Yuck” yet? Okay, then the Spaniards saw this enormous
Luis Obispo street name that’ll Obispo on to travel to the city of let’s continue. growth, they must have said it
make you say “Yuck!” Monterey Monterey. Another interesting looked like a large stopper stuck
Street was the original “Main” fact is that Monterey Street was Garden Street was one of the in the chief’s neck. They called
street in town. The Anderson home to the world’s first motor- original streets in town and got the Chief El Buchón (the goiter).
Hotel on Monterey hosted many hotel or “Mo-tel Inn,” which was its name because the missionaries So, Buchon Street was probably
Hollywood stars of yesteryear, built in 1925. and Chumash Indians used it named for a Chumash chief with a
who would stroll down Monterey to get to their grape vineyards twisted football-sized growth on
Street while they waited to be Marsh Street is the one that most and other crops to harvest their his neck. If you have never seen a
taken to Hearst Castle by the local
people travel on coming into rewards. It began as a footpath, goiter, go online and Google the
taxi service. Not too many towns town. In 1870, Marsh Street was which expanded into a wagon image, so you can imagine what
can brag that Charlie Chaplin or only two blocks long. It started trail, and people naturally began the Spaniards saw when they first
Clark Gable walked around their on Nipomo at Higuera’s farm and calling this road Garden. entered the Chumash village to
downtown. If you have never ended at the Mission vineyards, meet the chief.
heard of these men, Google them which was a half block to Broad It is amazing to realize that, as
on your computer. Street. Marsh Street got its name you walk down Garden Street, The next street I will tell you about
because there was a huge marshy you are following the same is something of a secret. There
Over the last 100 years, there area on this side of town full of path that Father Junipero Serra is a street named Walnut here in
were many major hotels on water, tulles, and ducks. walked down as he inspected the town. But it wasn’t always called
Monterey Street near the Mission. vineyards and gardens of Mission Walnut Street. At one time, it was
In addition to the Anderson, the This wetland had to be filled in San Luis Obispo. Like most roads Sycamore Street. Back in the
French Hotel, Blackstone Hotel, with dirt to become a major road in the late 1800’s, San Luis Obispo1920s, this was a business district
St. James, and many others called in town. You can drive down roads were dirt and always had of another kind. This was one
Monterey their home. The Call Tank Farm Road today and see their share of animal manure. The of the “red light” areas in town.
building is on Monterey Street as an example of a marsh area. In trick to traveling down Garden After many years and the eventual
well as the Wickenden Building, 1900, local newspaper editor Street was to avoid stepping on departure of this type of business,
which is on the corner of Chorro Benjamin Brooks had a vision rotting fruit, in addition to horsethe city chose to change the name
and Monterey. Both of these of Marsh Street as “the start of or ox poop. Wait a minute, this is and restore the neighborhood
buildings were major business something big.” He said it should not the “Yuk” part yet, though it to the standards of propriety,
is pretty disgusting. which the town’s folk (with the
exception of some old customers)
Now, I would like to part from the wanted.
main downtown streets to a few
others in town. Buchon Street Hey guess what, we even have a
has many beautiful homes that street named Cucaracha, which
were built by founding families means cockroach. Also, Chorro
of our town. Let me tell you how translates from Spanish as stream
Buchon Street acquired its name. or spurt, but some say it means
Way back in the days of the diarrhea. Did I just hear a “Yuck?”
Spaniards and Chumash Indians,
there lived an Indian chief in the Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
area. This was no ordinary man as Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
he had a huge bulging goiter on District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
his neck. A goiter is an abnormal Reach him at

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And what’s funnier than a pun? a bit stretched. This comes from
Entering the language in 1826, a Greek term that defined the
the funny-bone is exactly that. strange twitchy, stretched-smile
Not only does a good whack on symptoms people displayed after
the elbow make us feel funny, the eating a particular plant from
elbow is positioned at the end of Sardinia. The symptoms generally
the humerus. Ha! And again I say ended in death.
On a nearly lighter note, the idiom
tangential laughter In the 1570s, the word corny This next one isn’t really about tickled to death comes from a
came to English from the Sanskrit a laughter-related word, but myth regarding a method of
These words and idioms all have word jirna, which meant old I’m including it because upon torture said to have been used
some connection to the idea of and worn out. Corny can mean reading this etymology, I laughed. in China. Better than dying from
humor or laughter. Though some old fashioned, mawkish and In the sport of horse-racing, eating a Sardinian plant, but still,
may instead inspire a wrinkled sentimental, uncool due to a skittish horses can often be not a great way to go.
brow, I have hopes they’ll inspire failed attempt at coolness, trite, calmed by placing a goat in
a cackle, titter, or guffaw. or an attempt at humor that falls their stall (who knew?). In the
flat. Any giggles, titters or guffaws?
early 1900s, nefarious jockeys
When we try a joke that doesn’t would steal their opponent’s
have the desired affect, we refer The word comedy entered the horse’s calming goat in hopes My thanks go out to sources: OED,
English language in the late Etymonline, Wordnik, and Jordan
to this as laying an egg. This of increasing the edginess of Almond’s Dictionary of Word Origins.
term was born in the late 1800s. 1300s, through French from the the opponent’s horse while
It originates from the fact that Greek komodios, meaning village increasing the likelihood that the
hens make a big deal of laying singer. Though the village singer nefarious jockey might win. This
an egg, with much squawking might have sung any sort of song, practice gave birth to the idiom
and clucking, though their peers somehow the funny ones have getting one’s goat.
appear unimpressed. lived on etymologically.
In the 1630s, the saying happy as a
clam in the mud at high tide found
k! Centuries ago when Romans
Cluc uck! were doing what Romans did, its way to English. Our modern
cl that included plowing the fields. version has been truncated to
cluck When a farmer was unable happy as a clam, and has lost two
to plow in a straight line, his salient bits, as the big idea of the
work was referred to as de lire, idiom was that a clam in the mud
meaning off track, out of line. at high tide could not be harvested
In the 1590s, this Latin term made and was therefore, happy.
its way into English as delirious CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates
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began using the term sardonic words in a foggy little town on California’s
experiencing delirium is off-track central coast. Find more at http://
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July2018 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 Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 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, 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
international 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
1ST ZEPPELIN (1900) AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
joke day(see pg 8) LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
independence day
WORLD UFO day national Fried 1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
chicken day

dog days begin
(ending on August 11)
macaroni 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 Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 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, 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
liberty bell 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
cracks teddy bear’s AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
(at J. Marshall’s funeral 1835) picnic day LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

national french
cow appreciation day fries day
barn day
Paper bag day

national sugar NEW MOON
cookie day cheer up
the lonely day Pick blueberries

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 Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 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, 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 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 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
first boeing 707 disneyland opens
flew (in 1954) (in 1955) stick your tongue moon day
out day (Astronauts land 1969)
ice cream soda day
chess day
apollo 11 lifts off
(to the moon in 1969) world national junk
listening day food 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 Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 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 LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 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 summer Thread the
leisure day needle day
(Celebration of Needle Crafts) beatrix potter’s
birthday (Born in 1866)

earhart day
aunt & uncle day FULL MOON

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 Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 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, 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 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 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
FATHER IN LAW issued (in 1790)
July is: Birthstone: Ruby
UV Safety Month
MUTT’S Anti-Boredom Month
National Blueberry Month
National Hot Dog Month Flower: Larkspur
National Ice Cream Month
National Picnic Month
National Parks Month
National Recreation Month

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FREE Public Fireworks Local Resources
July 4th at Dusk (~ 9:00 pm)
1st & 3rd SAT every month at 2:00 pm: FAMILY 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm: Grief and adaptive toys for children with all types
• Pismo Beach - at the pier MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Support Group at Central Coast Hospice, of disabilities to check out. In-home appts
Ave. Enjoy popcorn and a G/PG movie. Call for 253 Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis Obispo. Free available. Cost: free! Contact: 547-1914 or
title. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. group for anyone suffering the loss of a loved
• Cayucos - at the pier one who is in need of support. Contact: 540-
2nd FRI every month at 3:00 pm: PAWS TO 6020. Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm:
• Cambria - Shamel Park READ at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jack’s
Ave. Come share your stories with an adoring 2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOV at 9:00 Helping Hand at Pat’s Place in Nipomo
listener. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. am: Santa Maria Parks & Rec Dept offers free Recreation Community Rm, 671 W Tefft St,
• Santa Maria - Pioneer Valley HS docent-led nature walks in Los Flores Ranch, Ste 2, Nipomo.  Toys for kids with all types
Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS TO READ at 6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Cost: free. of disabilities to check out. In-home appts
•Solvang - Mission Santa Ines Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Read to Contact: 925-0951. avail. Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
a dog who loves to listen to children. Cost:
free. Contact: 528-1862. 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm:
• Lompoc - Lompoc High School Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos Every TUE 5:30-6:30 pm: Citizenship Classes
Every SUN 12:00-4:00 pm: Family Funday at Community Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. at SLO County Library, 995 Palm St, SLO.
Bang the Drum Brewery, 950 Orcutt Rd, San
Questions about fire safety? Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio to play family-
Free support for caregivers helping with All classes are bilingual, with all materials
long-term illness, memory loss, dementia, covered in 8 classes. No registration required.
friendly games and drums! Cost: free. Food and Alzheimer’s. Contact: 458-7484.
and craft beer available for sale. Contact: Cost: free. Contact: or 781-4187.
CAL FIRE/SLO: 543-4244 or 242-8372. Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom
Independent Despite Vision Loss at Santa Dancing at Madonna Inn. Look left of the
Every FRI 6:00 am-4:00 pm: Early Bird Maria Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New ways of
Flea Market at Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S bandstand for sign: Senior Dancers. Dance,
doing daily tasks are taught by the Braille chat and listen to good music. No fees; no
Thornburg St. Browse many vendors with Institute, such as home management,
2nd & 4th SAT every month 12:00-4:00 antiques, fruits, vegetables, new and used dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481 or dg17@
pm: Railway Historical Museum at Santa traveling, and using talking library books.
items, and more! Cost: free. Contact: 258- Contact: 462-1225.
Maria Transit Center, 400 E Boone St, Santa 1765. Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo County
Maria. This bimonthly opening features 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm: MOPS has an ongoing and urgent need for volunteer
a locomotive, boxcar, caboose, railroad Every FRI 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Zen Doodle (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet at Pacific
Adult Coloring Book Group at Art Center tutors and offers free training in SLO. Contact:
artifacts, interpretive exhibits, vintage rolling Christian Church, 3435 Santa Maria Way, 541-4219 or
stock, and a diorama to explore. Cost: free. Morro Bay, 835 Main St.  Relax and unwind Santa Maria. Childcare is provided.  Contact:
Contact: 714-4927. with the new adult coloring books. Cost: free. 934-3491 or 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission
Contact: or 772-2504. on the Status of Women meets at Coast
Every TUE & THU: Youth Aikido Classes at Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:00-5:30 pm: National Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This
Budo Ryu, 3536 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo. Every MON 2:00-5:00 pm: Historic Teen Wellness Program at Arroyo Grande
Architectural Tour at the Monday Club, 1815 official advisory group to SLO County Board
Kids have fun, stay fit, make friends, gain life EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand
Monterey St, SLO. The Monday Club of SLO of Supervisors identifies issues of concern
skills, and learn to deal with bullies without Ave. Health services, including reproductive
is offering free docent-led tours. Cost: free. to women that are not the focus of other
becoming one. Aiki-Mites (age 4-6) class health, in a safe environment to screen,
Contact: advocacy or advisory organizations. Contact:
is 3:00 pm TUE. Aiki-Kids (age 7-12) TUE & assess, and provide intervention. Appts
or 541-0594. 788-3406.
THU at 4:00 pm. Pre-registration only. Cost: preferred. Contact: 489-4026.
$50-75/mo. Contact: 544-8866 or www. Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny Tunes Music & Morro Bay Museum of Natural History 1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Senior Adventures With Nature & Mind Walks
Movement at Music Motive, 3440 S Higuera Health Screening at First United Methodist
St #130, SLO. This parent participation schedule is at:
Every WED 10:00-11:00 am: Growing With Church, 275 N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande.
Baby Class at 1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. program for ages 1-5 includes activities based Free and low-cost services for ages 50 Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens
Pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation on music psychology and child development. and older: blood pressure, pulse, weight, offers many free services: Senior Connection
consultant Andrea Herron answers questions Cost: $80 per mo. Contact: 543-0377. cholesterol, screening for anemia and for connecting callers with local resources;
about feeding, crying, and sleep for babies 2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm: Book Group diabetes, nutritional counseling, and medical one on one Medicare assistance, advice and
0-10 months. Dads are always welcome! Call at Cayucos Library, 310 B St. Join other referrals. Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827. referrals for long term care, and help with
to reserve a spot. Contact: 543-6988. readers to discuss whatever you’re reading billing and appeals; Vial of Life kits with
1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled medical info for emergency responders; a
Every TUE 7:00-9:00 pm & SAT 2:00-4:00 pm: and to discover, ponder, and share insights American Veterans luncheon at Veterans
Basic Safety Class at SLO MakerSpace, 81 S about what others are reading. Cost: free. Senior Resource Directory for SLO and SB
Memorial Bldg, 313 W Tunnell St, Santa Maria. counties, and more. Contact: 925-9554 or
Higuera St, Ste 160 & 180, San Luis Obispo. Contact: 995-3846. Contact: 345-0402.
This course gets you acquainted with the
Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO Chess Club Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support
space and equipment. All are required to take meets at Carl’s Jr on Santa Rosa St, 1 block Hospice of SLO County provides free grief
this class before using any part of the facility. Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way, counseling, individual and family support,
W of Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. All ages. Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Offered by Hospice of
See website for specific dates and other Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 or counseling, crisis intervention, and wellness
classes. Cost: free for MakerSpace Members SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or education to those with a life-limiting illness,
and SLO County Library Cardholders. Contact: Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO Chess Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family their families, and the bereaved in SLO and
439-2727 or Club meets at the big board on Morro Bay Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, Paso. Contact: 544-2266.
Embarcadero at west end of Morro Bay Blvd 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750.
Every THU 10:00-11:00 am: La Leche League (down the stairs). Cost: free. Contact: 441- Volunteer as a Good Neighbor!  Make a
Mother Support Meetings in North Co, SLO, 7210 or 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to difference in the life of an older or disabled
AG and SM. Breastfeeding and parenting Survive Divorce seminar at SLO Women’s adult. Training is monthly at Wilshire
support and information offered. Cost: free. 1st & 3rd THU every month 7:00-8:30 pm: Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St #D, SLO. Community Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO.
Contact: 242-2294 or Drop-in Dream Group at St. Benedict’s Tips and suggestions for handling family Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
Episcopal Church, 2220 Snowy Egret Ln, Los law issues. Cost: $10. Contact: 544-9313 to
MON-THU 8:30-11:30 am: Walk-In Legal Clinic Osos. This support group is to share dreams Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art!
in 3rd Floor Atrium of Courthouse Annex, register. Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission Plaza) or
and the relationship between dreams and
1035 Palm St, San Luis Obispo and Paso spiritual path, using Jungian interpretive 4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Legal Clinic email for information
Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St, Rm 112. Get assumptions and language and Robert for Self-Represented Litigants at SLO County about multiple volunteer opportunities.
help with divorce, child and spousal support, Johnson’s book Inner Work. Cost: free. Courthouse Law Library, 1050 Monterey
domestic violence, guardianship, civil San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers health
Contact: St, SLO, #125. One-on-one legal advice for screening, legal services, meals, exercise,
harassment, and name or gender change. persons filing divorces w/o an attorney, and
3rd WED of every month at 6:30 pm: bridge, and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St.
Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Legal Clinic for a document preparer to assist in completing Contact: 781-7306.
Prepared & Natural Childbirth Classes at Twin court-required forms. Cost: Min $40 donation.
Self-Represented Litigants at the SLO County Cities Community Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas
Courthouse Law Library, 1050 Monterey Contact: 544-9313. Central Coast Astronomical Society sponsors
Rd, Templeton. This six-series class includes a Dark Sky Star Party every month at
St, SLO, #125. One-on-one legal advice for lecture, hands-on demos, and technique RISE offers: weekly drop-In support groups
persons filing divorces w/o an attorney, and Santa Margarita Lake KOA Campground
practice. Cost: free. Contact: 434-4654. for sexual assault survivors; 24 hour crisis at sunset. CCAS sponsors guest speakers
a document preparer to assist in completing line; advocacy; peer counseling; prevention,
court-required forms. Cost: free. Contact: 2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm: and public education programs. Find the
empowerment and education. Contact: 545- CCAS event calendar, weather condition
788-3418. Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Cities 8888 or
Community Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas Rd, updates, and local resources at: www.
Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Divorce & Child Templeton. Learn about practical aspects Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A PET at
Support Workshops at SLO Court Support of feeding your newborn from a Lactation Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats
Services, 1120 Mill St, Ste A, San Luis Obispo San Luis Coastal Adult School’s Parent
Consultant. Cost: free. Contact: 239-4443. from NCHS and dogs from Short n’ Sweet
and Paso Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St, Participation Program offers Core Parenting
Dog Rescue. Contact: 466-5403.
Paso Robles. Help is provided for divorce, Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 11:00 and Enrichment classes at centers in San Luis
child support, custody and/or visitation am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station Interactive Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:00-5:00 pm: Obispo, Morro Bay, and Los Osos. Parent and
orders. An overview of the legal process is Science Center welcomes families at 867 Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library-Jack’s child activity classes, individual peer support,
followed by time to prepare forms and ask Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2-3. Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21 and education for parents and caregivers.
questions. Cost: free. Contact: 788-3418. Contact: 473-1421 or Zaca Lane, #100, San Luis Obispo. Traditional Contact: 549-1222 or

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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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SAT July 5th SAT July 5th
7:00 am 9:00 am
Cayucos Pier Pirates Cove
Cayucos Avila Beach

Fourth of July is a time to celebrate the birthday of our country with joy, fun and lots of treats!
Unfortunately, pollution from fireworks and single-use plastics end up on the beach.
Join ECOSLO for a morning cleanup to help prevent this pollution from entering the ocean.

We’ll track the pollution that we collect on data cards provided by the California Coastal
Commission or the Clean Swell app to keep statistics on what is found on SLO County beaches.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own bucket, gloves, water, and a snack.
Bags and litter grabbers are provided.

Beach Keeper’s is a program presented by ECOSLO in partnership with the California Coastal Commission.
Join us on the first Saturday of every month at a different location in SLO County to help keep our oceans and waterways healthy!

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