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January 2019

Family Life ................................ 2

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

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

Wellness ................................... 8

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

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

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

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

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

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Family Life
Before You Die by Stephen Set Your Goals
It is important to set goals and The Village Salon
The Bucket List concept has to put them down in writing.
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Library Voice
Check It Out:
January Happenings
by Rebecca Juretic

FINE AMNESTY! According to Assistant Library

Director Chase McMunn, “The
If overdue books are standing in goal of this amnesty program
the way of your library use, we is to get patrons back into the Fine Amnesty will be available number one conservation issue
have good news! January is Fine library and reading again. We throughout the entire month in the world today. This program
Amnesty Month for all of the first and foremost want library of January. Simply return your creates a passion for responsible
County of San Luis Obispo Public materials back and want patrons overdue books to any County water use by focusing on how
Libraries. to be able to use the library. “ Library and your overdue fines water affects wildlife and all of
will be waived. The program us, too.
kicks off a year of celebration
Regardless of how overdue an “This fine amnesty allows us to
in honor of the 2019 Centennial
item is, all of the County Library further our mission of connecting Teens Invited to the
anniversary of County of San
branches will waive all overdue the community to knowledge, A-Town Create Space
Luis Obispo Public Libraries.
fees upon its return, clearing culture, and creativity. We
Look for Centennial programs
your account for checkout of really hope that this will be an
and events all year! Our new A-Town Create Space
new materials. Fine forgiveness opportunity for families that
does not apply to fees charged can’t afford to pay old overdue at the Atascadero Library is off
for lost materials, however. fines to return to the library.” and running! We’re providing
New Science Programs at
free “maker” events for teens
the SLO Library
every Friday from 2 to 4:30pm.
Our programs include STEAM
January marks the launch of new projects, crafting, tinkering and
science programs funded by the more. Teens 10-17 are invited
Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust. to participate. See our event
The Trust has granted over calendar at for
$100,000 to the San Luis Obispo more information.
Friends of the Library over the
past decade for a multitude of Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
programs and materials. Look Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
for new books in the areas of County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
ecology and animal. There will
also be science programs at the
San Luis Obispo Library that are
funded by the Trust. Here’s a
look at two:

Dinosaurs Rock! – January 4 & 5,

10:30 – 11:30am - Learn all about
dinosaurs as you observe fossils
and other prehistoric-related
items. You can even participate
in a genuine Fossil Dig and have
the opportunity to discover and
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January 26, 10:30 – 11:30am -
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learn all about water as the

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Aikido (The Art of Peace) is a perfect martial art for children, because it builds a
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Fun & Games Jack’s Jokes
What do sea monsters eat? Fish and ships!

Knock Knock. Who’s there? Hatch. Hatch who? Bless You!

Help the New Year Numerals What starts with E, ends with E, and has only one letter? Envelope!

Find Each Other

Martin Luther King Jr Word Search

Fill empty cells with numbers between 1 and 9 (1 number per cell).
A number should appear only once in each row, column, and region.

S 7 1 2 3
6 4 7 1
U 4 3 1
D 8 3 9 6
1 6 7
O 9 2 8 3 6
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New Year’s Resolutions Speak Up!
for Breastfeeding? Keep a Child Safe
from Sexual Abuse

may have a vision of a marathon- lactation consultant or La

worthy three years of exclusive Leche League support group).
breastfeeding in your mind, but
races are run one stride at a time. 5. Stay positive.
Take stock of your situation—are See yourself as successful and
you going back to work? Are you able to adapt to any challenges
a single parent? Do you have a or hurdles that come your way,
Thinking about resolutions to you may get sore, or you may toddler underfoot?
eat healthier, exercise more, or want to throw in the towel from just as with any other part of
switch to a more thrilling job? If time to time. That’s normal! mothering—we all fall down and
Figure out where you will need pick ourselves up. Stay away
you’re expecting a baby, you may more help and make a plan
benefit most from a set of New Every ounce of milk counts, so from naysayers. Tell busybody in-
to get it; whether that means laws that, just as with seatbelts
Year’s resolutions to help reach give yourself encouragement for working something out with your
your breastfeeding goals. making the effort and hanging and sunscreen, we know more
employer, lining up help from your now about the importance of
in there. Reward yourself for friends and family, or swapping
Over 77 percent of moms attempt milestones like the first time you breastfeeding.
babysitting with another mom.
to breastfeed, but only 49 percent can latch the baby on without Remind yourself that parenthood Finally, try to relax and enjoy.
continue through the minimum six help, or the first time you feel is about progress, personality, Breastfeeding will provide you
months of exclusive breastfeeding comfortable nursing in public. A and perseverance; not perfection! with endless comedic material
recommended by the American massage or shopping trip (cute
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to take the step-by-step approach wonders for your mama mojo.
that works with diet and exercise Don’t set out to read every massive with being that mom with a
and apply it to achieving your 2. Forgive yourself. tome on lactation management wailing kid in the grocery store),
personal nursing goals. issues—your head will soon be not to mention the health and
If you didn’t breastfeed your first, swimming, and your confidence bonding benefits for both of you.
or quit before you wanted to, let sinking, in obscure conditions Remind yourself that your babes
Breastfeeding and working out yourself off the hook. First of all,
have a lot of similarities—they and syndromes that are usually love you and that you’re doing an
it’s likely you were unwittingly preventable or only affect a small awesome job!
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Local History
Stormy Weather in
San Luis Obispo

by Guy Crabb During the winter rains, all of the on Monterey and Chorro Streets.
streets in town became a muddy
mess and made it difficult for the In more recent history during the
I love it when it rains. Every year, The first recorded flooding in the horse-drawn wagons to travel. The early 1970s, there was a storm that
people living on the Central Coast area goes back to 1772, when Father people in town started asking Mr. caused the worst flooding that the
wait for the rains to turn our brown Serra stopped long enough to Higuera to take care of the road in city had experienced in many years.
hills to green. The water provides found Mission San Luis Obispo. The front of his farm because it was the The rain was so heavy and San Luis
a beautiful landscape, but also a original mission was established entrance to town. Soon everyone Obispo Creek overflowed so much
free supply of food for local cattle down the street from the current started calling the road Higuera that the streets of the city were
that graze in the hills and valleys. one, near the end of Dana Street. Street because he maintained the completely underwater, along
We’ve had a few inches of rain so During the years 1772 to 1776, San road on that side of town. Higuera with the freeway at the Los Osos
far this season, and I am hoping Luis Obispo Creek overflowed on was not the only street that was Valley off ramp. Higuera Street
for several more inches to fill our several occasions and forced the named due to rain in the city. was underwater with small waves
lakes, reservoirs, and underground missionaries to relocate. By around breaking right down the middle of
water tables. 1776, the mission was relocated to On that map I was talking about, the street. The creek turned into a
its present location. Marsh Street is just one block long river and the city made plans after
One of my favorite things to do from Nipomo to Broad Streets. the floods to develop a better
during a rain storm is go to Another favorite story about Today, Marsh runs right through drainage system.
downtown San Luis Obispo and flooding in San Luis Obispo, is the the middle of Thomas Higuera’s
stand in the middle of Queenie story of Higuera Street. I have farm. Marsh Street was so short In the 1990s, I remember that
Bridge next to the mission and see a really cool map from 1870 that because it dead-ended into the old Laguna Lake flooded so badly that
the level of San Luis Obispo Creek. reveals a great snapshot in time. mission vineyards. The vineyards the homes along Oceanaire Street
If it has been a storm that gave us In 1870, Thomas Higuera owned had an area that became swampy were completely flooded and many
several inches of rain, the creek a farm on the corner of Nipomo after a heavy rain storm, and that’s had major damage. A few years
will rise so high that the sidewalks (spelled Nipoma on my map) and how Marsh Street got its name. ago, we had a moderate rainfall
alongside the creek disappear. On Higuera Streets. Higuera Street Next on my list of San Luis Obispo and I drove downtown to check
a normal day, you can see large was a two-way street and the streets named due to heavy rains out the creek to see how high it
rocks in the creek below Queenie entrance to and exit from town is Chorro Street. The name Chorro had risen. I happened to arrive just
Bridge, but during a heavy rain the back in those days. Higuera Street refers to rapids in a stream, which in time to see the county rescue
rocks will disappear due to the did not have an official name until is exactly what happens to this squad in the creek saving a couple
rising water. It is well worth a trip Mr. Higuera bought the land at this creek during rain storms. of knuckleheads who thought they
to see how high the creek can rise. end of town and started a farm. could kayak down the creek. As
San Luis Obispo Creek was once an soon as they put their kayaks in
open waterway running through the water, they flipped over and
the middle of the city. Chorro one of them crawled under the
Street stopped at Monterey Street bridge at Broad Street and had to
because the creek blocked traffic be rescued.
from going through to Higuera
Street. Some people would ride Rain is a wonderful thing, but too
their horses down into the creek much can become a big problem.
and cross over to Higuera, but most Let’s all hope for a nice normal
wagons could not do this. Soon, rainy season to make our hills
many small businesses started green and grow enough grass to
popping up all along the creek. The feed the county cattle population.
problem during the rainy season Stay dry everyone!
was that the creek would rise to a
level where horses could not cross
Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
it safely. As the creek would flood, 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
Rushing water in
the high water level would also Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
San Luis Obispo Creek flood the tents and buildings that District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
were located along the creek sides Reach him at

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about words
Though these days the term wordmonger In the 1580s, concise came to the
refers to “a writer or speaker who uses language from the Latin word
language pretentiously or carelessly,” although escaping into the larger
concisus, meaning cut off or brief.
please join me in proposing a new meaning. sea can have its advantages.
A fishmonger appreciates and promotes Concise is constructed of two bits,
con- or com-, meaning with, and a pretty kettle of fish may have
fish, therefore, a wordmonger does the
Though Chaucer included the originated as a pretty kiddle of
same for words. -cise or -cide, to cut. This means
term “a fish that is waterless” in fish. Kiddle was a word used to
the word concise translates to
Canterbury Tales in the late 1300s, refer to nets thrown across a
something like with cutting, and
the first time the term a fish out river to catch the fish. Perhaps
cutting is exactly what we have to
of water appeared in print seems when the catch was particularly
do when our language needs to
to be three centuries later. You successful (or pretty), hauling in
be more concise.
might say it’s the rare bird who a bunch of flapping, unhappy fish
enjoys feeling like a fish out of made a bit of a mess? The jury is
A synonym of concise is succinct. water, though I have appreciated still out and sparring etymologists
It’s modern meaning, brief or that situation many times – a year continue to duke it out.
concise showed up in the 1500s, in American Samoa as one of the
but its initial meaning in English few palagi on the island, a couple
was “having one’s belt fastened In 1660, John Evelyn first penned
Succinct and Wordy of years as the only Anglo in the the idiom bigger fish to fry, which
tightly,” and that’s exactly what Cal State Northridge Pan African
those of us who tend toward may be the sort of thing that
We use all sorts of words to Studies Gospel Choir, the list goes leads a big fish in a small pond to
wordiness feel when we’re told on…
describe writing. Here’s a look at venture into the larger sea, where
we need to be more succinct.
some: he may feel like a queer fish,
The word was born of a Middle
There is, of course, the possibility or a fish out of water, or might
French word, from the Latin
The synonyms wordy and verbose that the fish in the water think discover that life out of his little
succinctus, which originated in
both come from the Proto- of the fish out of water as queer pond is a pretty kettle of fish.
a word meaning to gird from
Indo-European word were- that fish, a British idiom that appeared
below, arguably referring to an
meant, not surprisingly, word. in 1919, applied to anyone who Happy new year to us all!
early “support garment” – one
Were- made its way through Latin might appear odd or eccentric.
that likely felt a bit constricting.
(verbum) to become the English This at least offers imaginative
Etymologists argue about the Many thanks to my sources: the OED,
word verbose, while another evidence that it was our wordier Etymonline, Barron’s Handbook of Commonly
branch of the were- family tree origins of fine kettle of fish (and Used American Idioms, Literary Exchange,
ancestors who moved succinct
made its way through Germanic its sibling pretty kettle of fish).,, The,
into its present meaning. Wise Geek,, and Wordnik.
languages (Old Saxon, Frisian, Some are moderately certain
Dutch and Old High German) the idiom was born of a Scottish
Fish Idioms term kettle of fish, referring to a
to become word. Wordy. At
some point the Scots generously picnic of sorts, in which the local
donated that final –y to wordy, as I’ve had a fine time celebrating landholder invited his minions to
they did to many English words. dog idioms, dish idioms, walking enjoy a day off work. This event
idioms, skin idioms, and idioms called for the minions to light a
made from the words in the title fire on the riverbank, suspend a
A writer who is wordy might
of John Green’s novel The Fault giant kettle over it, catch fresh
be referred to as prolix, which
in Our Stars. it’s time for idioms fish, cook them in the kettle,
showed up in English in the 1400s,
based around fish, a word that and serve them to the visiting
through Old French, originally
takes up nearly three full pages of nobles. No one is certain how the
from Latin, prolixus, where it
the Oxford English Dictionary. theoretically positive experience
meant extended, with a literal
translation of flow forth or flowing could have collected a negative
liquid, a metaphor that works just Big fish in a small pond is an connotation, but I do wonder CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
fine for any of us who’ve spent idiom started in America in the about those “lucky” minions who books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
early 1880s. Many people prefer foggy little town on California’s central coast.
time on the listening end of a were invited to do all the work. Find more at,
prolix speech or lecture. being the big fish in a small pond, Other etymologists suggest that or reach him at

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January 2019 Free Ongoing Events
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
Birthstone: Garnet 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
January is: new year’s DAY AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
Eye Care Month Isaac Newton’s 1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
Patented (in 1888) Birthday (Born in 1643)
National Blood Donor Month J.R.R. tolkien’S
National Braille Literacy Month BIRTHDAY (Born in 1892) 1st woman
Flower: Carnation Jakob grimm’s governor nellie ross
National Hobby Month Birthday (Born in 1785) in wyoming (in 1925)
National Staying Healthy Month Festival of sleep DAY
National Thank You Month Louis braille’s national
Birthday (Born in 1809) bird
Hot Tea Month
Oatmeal Month

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
Sherlock holmes’ 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
Birthday (Published 1887) elvis presley’s 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG Milk day LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
birthday (Born in 1935) (1st bottles delivered in 1878)
national apricot day
old rock day
bubble bath day national static
electricity day
pharmacist DAY
cuddle up DAY
harder DAY
secret pal DAY

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal 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
make your dreams 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
come true DAY AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
1st super bowl
(In 1967) benjamin franklin’s national
Birthday (Born in 1706) popcorn DAY

national hat DAY

A.A. milne’s Birthday
(Born in 1882)
winnie the pooh day
thesaurus 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
Dr Martin Luther 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
King Jr day (Born in 1929) LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB,
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

national australia day

handwriting (Sydney settled in 1778)

cheese lovers

awareness FULL MOON national
DAY compliment 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
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

national franklin D.
puzzle DAY roosevelt’s
birthday (Born in 1882)

lewis carroll’s national

birthday(Born in 1832) Kazoo DAY
jackie robinson’s
Birthday (Born in 1919)

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Celebrating Film on the
Cinematic Central Coast for 25 years!
March 12-17, 2019
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLO Film

Fest) will attract stars, great films, and film enthusiasts

to the Central Coast to celebrate its 25th Silver Screen

Anniversary festival from March 12th to 17th, 2019

at venues throughout SLO County.

Stay tuned at or

At the SLO Film Fest, “Movies Matter!”

Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase
Competition is open to elementary through high school students from all over
the world. $100 cash prizes available, and selected movies will be screened
on March 16th at the Downtown Center Cinemas in San Luis Obispo.
Films under 10 minutes made by young filmmakers can be submitted until
January 11, 2019 on Film Freeway or directly tp SLOIFF.

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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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Bird Watching Fun
A pair of binoculars is a must for bird • Take a Backyard Bird Walk by Jane
watching, as is a camera. Reference Kirkland.
books or picture cards can help you
• The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of
identify birds. The Boy Scouts of
by Steven Smith Western North America by David
America sell spotter cards - a handy
Allen Sibley.
Bird watching (AKA birding or Oystercatchers, Common Murres, deck of bird identification cards.
twitching) is an exciting winter Double-crested Cormorants, Pelagic Another fun idea is to start a Bird • The Smithsonian Field Guide to
activity along the Central Coast. Cormorants, Eared Grebes, Western Index and Life List to keep a record Birds of North America by Ted
Thousands of birds make this area Grebes, Pigeon Guillemots, Common of all the birds you see. Floyd (with 587 downloadable bird
a temporary home as they migrate Loons, Pacific Loons, Shearwaters, songs).
along the Pacific Flyway each winter. Surfbirds, Surf Scoters and “Bird watching” became a popular • Watchable Birds of California by
The best places to observe migrating Wandering Tattlers. You might also term in 1901 and in the 1950’s, the Mary Taylor Gray.
birds are trails near sources of water, wander along the Coon Creek Trail to term “twitcher” originated. A Also check out these fun web sites:
and at sanctuaries for public viewing. look for Acorn Woodpeckers, Black “twitcher” is a person who travels
Luckily, the Central Coast has several Phoebes, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, to a location (sometimes long •
distances) to observe a rare bird and birding.html;
fantastic bird viewing spots. Say’s Phoebes, California Thrashers,
Cooper’s Hawks, Western Bluebirds, someone who keeps a list and checks •;
Oso Flaco Lake in the South County Warblers and Wrentits. off each species of birds that they • (the American
is a temporary home to Blue-gray have seen. Birding Association); and
Gnatcatchers, California Thrashers, Morro Bay is one of the largest
Before you start bird watching, learn •
Loons, Scoters, Sooty Shearwaters, wintering bird sites in North America,
Terns, and Wrentits as they migrate so it is an especially good area to view more about the birds you hope to
discover. There are several qualities Log on to Cornell University Lab of
through the area. birds. The Morro Coast Audubon
to consider when identifying birds, Ornithology at www.birds.cornell.
Society maintains two special birding
including: color; size; shape, and field edu/allaboutbirds to hear bird songs
In Los Osos, you can visit the Sweet locations in Morro Bay, and the
marks (spots or stripes). Also notice or get the book and tape called Bird
Spring Nature Preserve. Brant Audubon Overlook is located on the
what the bird is doing, where it is, Songs from Around the World.
geese and ducks are commonly south side of the estuary in Los Osos.
found there. At Montana de Oro Over 200 bird species have been and what sounds it is making.
For a special treat, attend the Morro
State Park, head off on the bluff’s documented during the Christmas
Bay Winter Bird Festival sponsored
various trails to look for Alcids, Black bird count on the bay! Excellent books for young birders: by the Morro Coast Audubon
• Backyard Birds: Peterson Field Society and other groups. This is a
Guides for Young Naturalists by terrific opportunity for all ages to
Jonathan P. Latimer. experience bird watching at its best.
The 2019 festival is held January
• Smithsonian Kid’s Field Guides: 18–21. All-day and half-day tours
Birds of North American West by and fieldtrips include boat rides
Jo S. Kittinger. and pelagic cruises, and kayaking
• National Audubon Society in the estuary. Visitors can view a
First Field Guide: Birds by Scott variety of habitats including oak
Weidensaul. woodland and riparian, wetlands
and estuary, deep water pelagic,
• The North American Bird Coloring and even Carrizo Plain grasslands.
Book by Sally MacLarty and David “Family Day” on Saturday, January
Hutley. 19th features field trips and hands-
on workshops for children, and no
For adult birders: registration is needed. The deadline
to register for the festival is January
• Audubon Pocket Backyard 8th. For more information, log on to:
Birdwatch by Stephen W. Kress.
• Peterson Field Guide to Birds of
Western North America. You can Grab your binoculars and camera
hear birding podcasts at www. and enjoy a few hours in the great outdoors. You might be surprised at
peterson/podcast-family.shtml. the number of birds you see and how
much you and your family can learn
• Introduction to California Birdlife
about their unique characteristics.
by Jules G. Evens.
• National Audubon Society Field
Guide to North American Birds: Steven Smith is a resident of San Luis Obispo
Western Region. and a graduate of CSU Long Beach with
a degree in Creative Writing. Steven is a
• Stokes Field Guide to Birds: painter/muralist and a freelance writer. His
art can be viewed at
Western Region by Donald and sloartiststevensmith. Steven can be reached
Lillian Stokes. at:

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