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Central Coast December 2018


Child Development ........ 2

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

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

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

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

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

Stepfamily Holidays / Library Programs / AFM Update / SLO Historic Treasures

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

Step Family Holidays about the season than the adults.

It’s important to remember that
in the vast majority of cases, the
hours long. But the season lasts
a couple of months. Everyone
can have a holi-DAY. Alternate
by Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. children of divorce didn’t want years for the actual holiday if you
it. They often worry that they’re must, but don’t make the day
“You hear a lot of dialogue on holidays highlight the departure at fault. They have competing with the other parent seem like
the death of the American family. from what has been seen as the loyalties to both parents. They a second-rate event. It’s not. It’s
Families aren’t dying. They’re “traditional” family. often wish there were a way to that parent’s special day with the
merging into big conglomerates.” get their original family back to children.
~ Erma Bombeck As with most things, this can whatever they experienced as
be an affirmation of successful “normal.” Be Flexible about Traditions
They are called step families, reconfiguration of one’s family or
blended families, reconstituted or a reminder of all the things that However wonderful mom’s or The adults may want to start new
reconfigured. The modern family were, and perhaps still are, wrong. dad’s new partner may be, they traditions for the new family. But
often includes multiple people For most, it’s a complicated mix are prepared not to like him or her. kids are stubborn little creatures
from multiple relationships. More of regrets, relief, anger, sorrow They often grieve their former who thrive on predictability
than any other time of year, and joy. family quietly — or not so quietly and sameness. Consider which
— for years. As a result, they traditions can be transferred to
Angel Baby are often even more ambivalent the stepfamily scene. If there are
Cover Photo: © Nicole Boughton Photography and conflicted about holiday
traditions than the adults. While
kids from both former marriages,
help the children from each side
the adults are enthusiastically introduce one or two special
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EDITOR Associate EDITOR the myth of how the family might
Patrice Vogel Claire Vogel A visit to Santa or a ride to view
have been if only… neighborhood lights can happen
The key to transitioning to any time between Thanksgiving
a different sense of “family- and New Year’s. Making candles
AssISTANT EDITOR ADVERTISING for the menorah can happen any
Jack Vogel Inquiries: ness” is flexibility on the part of
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adults. Adults, being the adults,
need to respect their children’s and sending greeting cards can be
reluctance and understand where a family event that happens well
GRAPHIC DESIGN DISTRIBUTION MANAGER it’s coming from. By tuning in and before the holiday week. Creating
Out of the Blue Eric Woodards being flexible about how holidays new traditions like these doesn’t
are celebrated, the adults can compete with the children’s
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS enjoyment of their other parent’s
Jennifer Best, John J. Cannell, Guy Crabb, Kerrin Edmonds,
help create new traditions that
nurture the heart of the new celebration and are part of
Stanley W. Horspool, Karyn Lutes, Rebecca Juretic, CS Perryess
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Child Development
keep their children out of the abused the children, they can
middle and appreciate what the and should have a healthy, loving
other parent has to offer. Yes, it relationship with each other. No
does happen.
For such families, it’s not a stretch
matter how hurt and angry you
may be with your former spouse, Merry Christmas!
no matter how much you hate
to create moments in the holiday
season where everyone can be
in the same place at the same
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made staying married impossible, from Toni & Toni at
no matter if child support isn’t
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kids, her kids, her kids’ father and
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When adults can manage this, family holidays from unfinished
children are reassured that they emotional, psychological, or
won’t lose anyone from their financial matters that were part
family. They are invited to add to of your divorce. If you refrain
the list of people who love them, from making negative comments necessary. They will love you for Making the holidays bright for
and can be loyal to each parent about their other parent and not making them into unwilling children means doing whatever it
without fearing loss of the other. support the children in having a allies in your fight and for giving takes to keep the focus on their
Be Flexible even When it Hurts positive relationship with him or them support in staying solidly needs. Not surprisingly, doing
her, they will eventually figure out connected to their other parent. that also warms the family heart.
Unless your former partner has on their own why the divorce was
The holidays only underscore
the issues that go on all year. Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker is licensed as
Children of their parents’ divorce, a psychologist and marriage and family
counselor. She specializes in couples and
separations, and re-partnering
family therapy and parent education and
are going along for a ride that is the author of Tending the Family Heart.
most would not choose. It’s up
to the grownups to be grown up. Reprinted with permission. © 2018 Psych Central.

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Library Voice
Check It Out:
December Happenings
by Rebecca Juretic

More e-Tutoring Options virtual whiteboard to chat, write,

Now Available copy, and paste text or images Skills Building are also included in will create our own Polar Express
and graph homework problems. the Adult Learning Center suite. to take us back to the library,
County of San Luis Obispo Public
Tutors can even help students escorted by our local firefighters
Libraries are excited to offer more Brainfuse is available to all library
prepare for tests, and are fluent where we will have a craft and
online help for learners of all ages. patrons from any computer,
in both Spanish and English. hot cocoa.  At 7:00 we will begin
A new partnership with Brainfuse including library computers and
our movie night with popcorn
will give all library cardholders There are plenty of learning home computers, from 3:00 –
and the Polar Express.  Wear your
access to eLearning that options for adults too. Library 10:00 pm daily. Simply go to
comfortable cloths, and you can
includes personalized homework patrons can access GED prep,, click on the Kids
even bring a blanket if you would
help in core subjects (math, U.S citizenship test prep, resume tab and enter your library card
like and spend the evening with
reading, writing, science and assistance, and Career Resources number on the Brainfuse login
us and a warm drink.
social studies), test preparation (including lists of popular job page.
(including SAT), and a writing lab. search links). Make Science Happen with
December Events
Morro Bay Estuary
One of the most exciting Microsoft Office support allows
December continues our “Make
services offered by Brainfuse is patrons to ask questions about 12/8/2018, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm,
It Happen @ Your Library” theme
online live tutoring. Students Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. The Morro Bay Library Program Room
with programs that encourage
can interact with tutors using a Writing Lab, Send Question, and
us all to learn, create, and Build a Water Bug with the Estuary
innovate. Our calendar is also Program. Water bugs can tell us a
full of events to help you make lot about the health of the creeks
the most of the holiday season where they live. Come see bug
and fill those long days during the specimens up close and learn
winter school break. Here is a what they reveal. Then, use clay
sampling of some of the free and to create your own bug that could
fun events for families at county live in a local creek. For school
library branches. For a full event aged kids.
schedule, visit and
Prince and Princess Tea Party
be sure to follow County of SLO
Public Libraries on Facebook. 2/8/2018, 10:30 am - 11:30
am, Atascadero Library Polin
Holiday Concert with Central
Community Room
Coast Youth Chorus
Calling a princes and princesses!
12/1/2018, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm,
The Atascadero Library will be
Arroyo Grande Library
hosting a tea party for children
& 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Nipomo Library ages 4-10. This will include a
special visit from a prince and
Enjoy the sounds of the holiday
princess. Registration required.
season with a concert from this
local children’s musical group, Frozen Party
formerly known as the Central
12/19/2018, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, San
Coast Children’s Choir.  All
Luis Obispo Library Children’s
ages. Sponsored by the Arroyo
Grande Friends of the Library.
Join us in the children’s area of
A Tree & A Movie
the San Luis Obispo Library for
2/7/2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Los wintry crafts, treats, and some
Osos Library special guests.
On demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning. View how easy, intuitive and engaging We will meet for a story, songs,
Brainfuse HelpNow eLearning is for all ages and levels. and snacks at the tree on the Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
G o t o : w w w. s l o l i b r a r y. o r g / i n d ex . p h p / k i d s corner of Los Osos Valley Road.  County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
After the tree lighting at 6:30, we

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Fun & Games Happy Holidays!

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What is AFM
(Acute Flaccid Myelitis)?

Cases of a mysterious polio- do so. Most AFM patients became

like illness in children continue ill between August and October,
to mount in the US, and health and according to the CDC, the
officials are scrambling to find number of illnesses has peaked
the cause. Acute flaccid myelitis every other fall since 2014.
(AFM) is a rare condition featuring
rapid onset of flaccid weakness in CNN has reported that several
one or more limbs and spinal cord parents of children who had AFM
gray matter lesions. are accusing the CDC of hiding
the deaths of two children who
As of November 26, 2018, there suffered from the condition, to their health departments as between August and October,
were 286 cases of possible and as well as permanent negative soon as possible regardless of with increases in AFM cases every
confirmed acute flaccid myelitis in effects, such as enduring paralysis. laboratory or MRI findings. two years since 2014. At this
the US this year, according to the The Centers for Disease Control same time of year, many viruses
Centers for Disease Control and and Prevention’s own medical Protect yourself and others commonly circulate, including
Prevention (CDC). That includes advisers are criticizing the federal from enteroviruses by washing enteroviruses, and will be
116 confirmed cases of AFM. That’s health agency for being slow to hands often and thoroughly with temporally associated with AFM.
10 more than the agency reported respond to the increase of AFM soap and water, avoiding close
a week prior. An additional 170 cases over the past six years. contact with people who are sick, Most confirmed AFM cases are
reported cases of AFM are under and cleaning and disinfecting children (over 90%) and have
investigation. It is possible that AFM is caused frequently touched surfaces, occurred in 46 states and DC.
by a virus. Enteroviruses and including toys.
More than 90 percent of the 440 rhinoviruses have been found in To find more information about
patients with AFM since 2014 about half of respiratory or stool What the CDC knows so far: AFM, visit the following websites:
have been children younger than specimens taken from patients
age 4. Most of the children with with confirmed cases of AFM. In Most patients with AFM (more
confirmed cases experienced addition, researchers found one than 90%) had a mild respiratory myelitis/index.html
a viral illness with symptoms each of two leading viral suspects illness or fever consistent with
including fever and cough about -- enteroviruses D68 and A71 -- in a viral infection before they gov/diseases/13142/acute-flaccid-
three to ten days before the onset spinal fluid samples taken from developed AFM. myelitis
of paralysis, according to the CDC. two patients with confirmed AFM.
These AFM cases are not caused acuteflaccidmyelitis.html
The patients with confirmed AFM Parents and caregivers are urged by poliovirus; all of the stool
are in 31 states. So far, Colorado to seek immediate medical care specimens from AFM patients
is the state with the highest for a child who develops sudden that CDC has received have tested cdc-underreported-afm-deaths/
number, followed by Texas. There weakness of the arms or legs. In negative for poliovirus. index.html
are several reported cases under the evaluation of a child with acute
investigation in California. flaccid limb weakness, clinicians CDC detected coxsackievirus A16, Pastula DM, Aliabadi N, Haynes AK, et
are advised to inquire about recent EV-A71, and EV-D68 in the spinal al. Acute neurologic illness of unknown
It’s not clear whether there is fever with or without respiratory fluid of four of 440 confirmed etiology in children—Colorado, August–
more of a risk of AFM in states or gastrointestinal symptoms and cases of AFM since 2014, which September 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal
points to the cause of their AFM. Wkly Rep 2014;63:901–2.
that have a higher number of to collect timely specimens for
cases or if those states are just viral testing, including CSF, serum, For other patients, no pathogen Sejvar JJ, Lopez AS, Cortese MM, et
better at identifying and reporting respiratory, and stool specimens. (germ) has been detected in al. Acute flaccid myelitis in the United
patients. Although the CDC has spinal fluid to confirm a cause. States, August–December 2014: results
encouraged doctors to report Patients with acute flaccid limb of nationwide surveillance. Clin Infect Dis
cases, there is no requirement to weakness should be reported Most patients had onset of AFM 2016;63:737–45.

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Saturday, December 8th 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Browse hand crafted gifts and get ideas to make your own!
Learn to make Holiday crafts and get your packages gift wrapped
Tour the MakerSpace and enjoy music, Treats, and local Artisans

SLO Makerspace * 81 Higuera St, Suites 160 & 180, San Luis Obispo

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Local History

Rocky noticed how interested I I remember one of my first

was in one particular item and encounters with a historical

Secret Treasures then he said six incredible words,

“Would you like to buy it?” OMG.
After I gathered my thoughts, I
collection. It was the day Howard
Louis invited me down to his store
in Chinatown, San Luis Obispo. I
by Guy Crabb
said I would love to add it to my can talk about it now because
I’ve got secrets. I can’t tell anyone share some of his historical items. collection, but I needed to know Howard passed away several
because I have been sworn to After a few weeks, I called up my what he was willing to sell it for. years ago and I have heard his
secrecy (specifically directed new friend and was invited to Now it was his turn to gather his relatives cleaned out the place.
to never tell anyone). But I was come over that day. My heart was thoughts. The day of my visit we talked
thinking; if I leave out names and pounding because I was thinking for 30 minutes, so he invited me
locations, I should be safe telling of the things I might see. As I Rocky gave me his price and I into the “back room” behind the
you about a few things that I have was walking down the driveway, almost fainted, because it was a curtain. The first thing I noticed
seen in people’s collections. Since I was met by “Rocky” (not his lot of money. I’m just a retired was the big black safe that was
I have written three history books real name) and after saying hello, teacher, and although I do buy used in the old days. There were
on downtown San Luis Obispo Rocky reminded me that not a and sell things sometimes, I stacks and stacks of papers and
and get to publish my articles in lot of people know about this don’t have that much cash other memorabilia. It was crazy.
this wonderful newspaper, I have place and he wanted to keep it handy. Nevertheless, I really did
had people invite me to their that way. He said it with a smile, appreciate him putting a price on The all-time best secret treasure
home, barn, or storage unit. but I could tell that he was telling it. I still want to buy it, so I will I have been invited to see is
me to keep my big mouth closed just save up some money or sell right in the downtown area
I really enjoy getting to visit about his secret location. my dog. Just kidding; I’ll keep my of San Luis Obispo. This place
collectors and see the proud look dog and save some money. had a basement and was full of
on their face just before they open As Rocky opened up the gate wonderful artifacts, including
the door to their treasure room. that protects his “town” from History buffs love to share their everything from old washing
I also love talking to collectors the outside world, I knew I was collections and they probably machines to local signs and other
and having the opportunity to stepping into history. Rocky built love to show them to me because local historical items. As I walked
ask questions. My first question his own small town. It was fenced I have a big grin on my face and around the huge room, my mouth
is how long they have had their in with a very tall wall to keep out my eyes wide open. I remember was wide open with amazement
collection and who started it. intruders. There were big trees being invited to look at a collection and appreciation.
Sometimes I wish I could take and stuff everywhere. He had of antique western and Native
a recorder with me, so others advertising signs all over the place American items. I wish I could share these places,
could hear the knowledge of local and a huge collection of really old but I want to be invited back! If
history these collectors keep. automobiles. There were boots, arrows, you have local historic treasures
saddles, posters, pictures, guns, or know someone who does,
Let me tell you about my latest Most of the cars needed work to clothing, furniture, chests, and I would truly enjoy a tour. It’s
adventure. It really started get into functional condition, but lots more. It was amazing and I great knowing that much of the
months ago when I went to a they were so cool. There was felt like I was in a museum. This history of our little town is still in
garage sale and got into a great rusty stuff all over the ground. was a very old collection of many the hands of our citizens and their
conversation with the seller at a Rocky had a jail that was full of generations. Unfortunately, this families. Happy Holidays!
garage sale. After talking for too car parts and other buildings with old friend passed away and his
long, I found my wife sitting in the all kinds of antique stuff from old children sold the collection to a Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
car waiting for me. Because I had milk cans to rat traps. He then big investor down in Los Angeles. 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
to go, my new collector friend showed me some cool artifacts Many owners of these collections selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
invited me to come back later to from one of our local cities. are on the older side. Reach him at

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CS Perryess
wake through Old English about
1200, meaning a state of vigilant
writes wakefulness.  

about words In the 1500s, waft showed up

through Middle Dutch and
German, meaning to move
THE CHRISTMAS MEAL through the air (like the breath
that keeps us strong and lively).
Just what you were hoping for —
This watchfulness shade of
etymologies for a few items on
meaning made its way through
the traditional Christmas dinner
French to English in 1802, to give
table. The word turkey showed words that look and sound the
us the word surveillance.
up in English in the 1540s and same but mean different things.
originally applied to the guinea Vigilante came to us in 1856 Why not this imagined language
fowl of Madagascar (which the through Spanish. In the early of the distant past?
English mistakenly believed came 1400s, *weg- made its way
from Turkey). The turkeys on The meaning shiny and brown gave
through Latin to become velocity,
many Americans’ tables today are us these modern words: brown,
from a West African language, meaning swiftness or speed.
another bird altogether, a species brunette, bruin, burnish, and
where nyami simply meant to eat. 
first domesticated by the Aztecs. By 1702, we began referring to beaver. The meaning to carry or
Spanish conquistadors met their To close all this off, the word a band of soldiers who remained give birth bore (through Germanic
first new world turkeys in 1523, cranberry came to English in watchful, dressed and armed languages): birth, burden, and
and brought them back to Europe the 1640s - an American English through the night as a bivouac. bairn; (through Old English - look
and northern Africa. Within fifty adaptation of the German word This word came to English through for barr) barrow and wheelbarrow;
years, those turkeys had become kraanbere, a similar berry found Swiss-Alsation. (through Greek and earlier Latin
the main course of choice for in Europe, most likely named - look for for, phor, fer, or phag)
kraanbere because the stamen In the 1200s, the word wait fortune, semaphore, euphoria,
most British Christmas dinners. 
of the flower of this bere, (berry), was born - originally to watch metaphor, odiferous, pestiferous,
Apparently, ancestors of the resembles a kraan (crane). with hostile intent. Though esophagus; (through later Latin
word ham had their sights on May your holiday (Christmas or etymologists haven’t quite nailed - look for pher or fer) periphery,
moving up in the world. The otherwise) be filled with tasty it down, the words witch and peripheral, paraphernalia, fertile,
original source of the word ham food, stellar people, and general wiccan may very well have come circumference, proliferate, conifer,
is a Proto-Germanic word for wonderfulness. through Germanic languages refer, prefer, infer, confer, transfer,
shinbone - this word became an from *weg-. offer, differ, aquifer, ferret.
Old English word meaning the VEGETABLE
BEAR I can hardly bear it.
hollow or bend of the knee, and Since 1854, we have been able
from there we have the modern I’ve always assumed that — like
to apply the word vegetable
English word ham, meaning the most homonyms — the verb to Big thanks to sources: the OED, Etymonline,
to humans we feel are dull and
thigh of a hog (usually salted bear and the noun bear came from Collins Dictionary, Merriam Webster, and
inactive. However, as both Wordnik.
or cured). This upward-moving different sources and managed
etymologists and vegans might
definition is a good things, as a to land in English with the same
argue, this shade of meaning flies
hog’s shinbone wouldn’t be much spellings but different meanings. 
in the face of the original vegetable
of a holiday feast. and its countless cousins. Apparently not. They each come
Of course, there’s the Christmas from a Proto-Indo-European
Vegetable came from the Proto-
goose. Its source is the Proto-Indo- word that had two different
Indo-European root *weg-, which
European word *ghans-, meaning meanings. So, those who
meant to be strong and lively. This
goose. This word’s progeny form study steaming heaps of Indo-
same root gave us heaps of other
a multi-cultural (or multi-lingual, European languages in order to
strong and lively words.
I suppose) cornucopia of words manufacture a proposed earlier
meaning goose, in all these Vigor showed up in 1300 through language (Proto-Indo-European),
languages: Sanskrit, Lithuanian. Old French from *weg-.  came to the conclusion that way
German, Old Frisian, Old Norse, back in some imagined time and
Vigil appeared in the 1200s
Latin, Polish, Greek, and Old Irish. place, something shiny and brown
through Anglo-French and was called *bher-, AND to carry or CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
In the 1580s, yam made its way Latin, from a word meaning books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
give birth was to *bher-. foggy little town on California’s central coast.
into English through Spanish watchfulness. *Weg- gave us Find more at,
(igname) or Portuguese (inhame) the words watch, awake, and Why not? Every language includes or reach him at

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Holiday Month Flower: Poinsettia
Read A New Book Month
Safe Toy and Gift Month
Write to a Friend Month WORLD AIDS 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
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 LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
Hanukkah begins NATIONAL AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
pearl harbor DAY
COOKIE day (Attacked by Japan in 1941)

(Composer born in 1896)


BIRTHDAY (Born in 1901) brownie day
education 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
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 LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
Human unicef south pole
Holiday card day Rights Day Anniversary discovered (In 1911)
(Established in 1946) INTERNATIONAL
Nobel Prize children’s day

dickinson’s NATIONAL
birthday national COcoa thomas edison
(Born in 1896) Poinsettia day day patents the
phonograph (In 1877)

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
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 LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
Beethoven’s SYRUP DAY
birthday (Born 1770) caroling day solstice
oatmeal FIRST day OF WINTER
muffin day

ugly christmas FULL MOON
Wright Bros. day sweater day
(1st flight at Kitty Hawk 1903) games 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
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
\ AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
roots DAY christmas AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

Card playing
visit the zoo day day
30 31
11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria patented (In 1869)

kwanza begins national

new year’s
eve chocolate day
boxing DAY

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Local Resources
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
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
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:
Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone? READ at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jack’s
Concerned for someone you care about? 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,
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
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:
Suicide Prevention Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos Every TUE 5:30-6:30 pm: Citizenship Classes
Mental Health and 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 Free support for caregivers helping with
Emotional Support Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio to play family-
All classes are bilingual, with all materials
long-term illness, memory loss, dementia, covered in 8 classes. No registration required.
Free friendly games and drums! Cost: free. Food and Alzheimer’s. Contact: 458-7484. Cost: free. Contact: or 781-4187.
Confidential and craft beer available for sale. Contact:
24 hours of every day 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
A program of Transitions Mental Health Association

Maria Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New ways of bandstand for sign: Senior Dancers. Dance,
Flea Market at Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S doing daily tasks are taught by the Braille
Thornburg St. Browse many vendors with chat and listen to good music. No fees; no
2nd & 4th SAT every month 12:00-4:00 Institute, such as home management, dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481 or dg17@
antiques, fruits, vegetables, new and used traveling, and using talking library books.
pm: Railway Historical Museum at Santa items, and more! Cost: free. Contact: 258-
Maria Transit Center, 400 E Boone St, Santa Contact: 462-1225.
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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