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February 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alt Education ................... 20

Child Development ...... 22

Elephant Seals / Library Programs / Kissing Babies / Queen of SLO / Teaching Empathy

Free! Central Coast Family
Getting Out
Visit the Elephant Seals! the year and there is no admission 300 pounds before they venture
fee or reservation required. out on their own by March. Most
of the births usually take place
In February, the last pups are in January, though they started
born, while those elephant seal early this year.
pups born in January are weaning
after spending a month nursing After mating season, which usually
and resting on the beach with peaks around Valentine’s Day,
their mothers. The peak of mating the adults leave their offspring
seaon is around Valentine’s Day. behind. Only about half of the
4,000+ pups born here each year
Visitors enjoy the antics just survive to adulthood.
below the little bluffs that provide
a spread-out viewing area for Much of this amazing spectacle
this amazing spectacle. Less doesn’t require an explanation.
than twenty feet away, huge seal Pups make sure they get their
adults lay in the sand, flipping mom’s attention, and make all
plumes of sand on themselves to sorts of noise. The enormous bulls
The Northern Elephant Seal, rookery for birthing, breeding, keep cool. posture and bellow (it sounds like
Mirounga angustirostris, is an molting and rest. a Harley revving up, or the lowest
Looking along the rookery cove notes of a huge pipe organ) to
extraordinary marine mammal.
The Piedras Blancas Elephant (one of several) you see thousands establish dominance.
It spends eight to ten months a
Seal rookery, on Highway 1 seven of seals—gigantic bulls (up to 16
year in the open ocean, diving
miles north of San Simeon on the feet long and 5,400 pounds) with If you think that these huge bulls
1000 to 5000 feet deep for periods
California Central Coast, is home their characteristic elephant-like would be slow, you haven’t seen
of fifteen minutes to two hours,
to over 25,000 animals. The area snouts; large mother seals nursing them in action, charging each
and migrating thousands of miles,
is open for viewing every day of their pups, and hundreds of pups, other, banging necks and biting.
twice a year, to its land based
squawking loudly. Wherever you look, plumes of
sand keep spraying up, covering
At Home by Hannah Corella
Cover Photo:
Volunteer docents are often both young and old with sand to
© w w w. h r o s e p h o t o c o . c o m available to answer questions stay cool. Off in the distance, you
about the seals--such as the fact may also see plumes of water as
that the purpose of an adult gray whales migrate south.
Central Coast Family

(805) 528-0440 male’s long snout (proboscis) is to
Our goal is to connect Central Coast families with the resources they need to thrive! attract a mate; and that the pups The origins of Piedras Blancas
grow from 60 pounds at birth to rookery began on November 25,
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Getting Out
1990, when 23 elephant seals prompted them to move.
were counted in the small cove
just south of the Piedras Blancas Friends of the Elephant Seal was
lighthouse. Spring of 1991
brought almost 400 seals to molt.
formed in November of 1997. The
goal of this dedicated group of
The Village Salon
In January of 1992, the first birthvolunteers is education. Docents
occurred. The colony grew at a
phenomenal rate.
are at the viewpoint to answer
questions and help visitors get February is for LOVE
the most from their viewing
In 1993, about 50 pups were born. experience. Public safety and Do you LOVE your hair?
In 1995, 600 pups were born. respect for the seals are prime
The population explosion was considerations.
underway. By 1996, the number
Call Toni & Toni: We would LOVE
of pups born soared to almost Many improvements at the vista
1000 and the colony stretched all point have further enhanced
(805) 489-5100 to do it for you!
the way to the beaches that run the viewing experience, with a
along the Coast Highway. boardwalk built by the California
Conservation Corps with support
Where did these animals come from the California Coastal
115 East Branch Street in Arroyo Grande
from? Re-sightings of tagged Conservancy, several interpretive
animals indicate that most were signs provided by California
from San Miguel Island, San State Parks, and handicapped
Nicolas Island, and Ano Nuevo. parking lot improvements and an attempt to control runaway Weather conditions at Piedras
However, all of the major elephant access provided by California erosion. Since it is speculated Blancas are usually moderate, but
seal rookeries were represented. Department of Transportation. that elephant seals return to mate weather can change quickly. Flat
Overcrowding or the failure to on the same beaches where they shoes, warm layered clothing, and
successfully wean pups may have Bluff fencing has been added in were born, the colony will likely sunscreen are recommended.It is
continue to grow. a good idea to check Hwy 1 road
conditions before planning your
Take the whole family on a road trip at
trip up the beautiful north central For more information, you can
coast and enjoy nature’s wonder. contact Friends of the Elephant
This amazing local experience is Seal at (805) 924-1628 or www.
not to be missed!

Designed for all ages
Filled with interactive
Hours science exhibits created
Thursday 1-4:30 pm to inspire and educate
Friday 1-4:30 pm including new exhibits!
Saturday 1-4:30 pm
Admission Also offering Makers Club,
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$4 Per Adult LEGO club,
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LEGO NXT Robotics,
Memberships Available and more!
Field Trips and Group
Reservations can be
scheduled in Advance!

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Library Voice
Check It Out:
February Happenings
by Rebecca Juretic

Introducing cloudLibrary eBooks with additional titles added daily.

County of San Luis Obispo Users can access materials on
Library cardholders now have a their computer, tablet, or mobile
great new option for eBook and device. The cloudLibrary app is
eAudiobook downloads! Begin- intuitive and user-friendly, offer-
ning February 1st, we’re adding a ing one-time login and one-click
new service called cloudLibrary. downloads. It is not yet com-
patible with Kindle e-readers.
cloudLibrary is a unique shared
platform where California public cloudLibrary is offered in ad-
library systems contribute to a col- dition to the other digital col- account, visit Obispo County, Inc.  Ages 4 and up.
lection of downloadable eBooks lections of the County of San
and eAudiobooks. Currently, there Luis Obispo Library, including Check Out the New Children’s Sugar Cookie Decorating and Heart
are 21 library systems participat- OneDrive, Hoopla and Enki. Books at San Luis Obispo Library Pencil Craft - February 8, 2:00 - 3:00
ing, and that number continues PM, Creston Library. For all ages.
to grow. There are over 55,000 For more information and to get If you haven’t seen it already,
unique titles in the collection started with your own cloudLibrary there’s a brand new display in the Greeting Card Workshop for Teens
San Luis Obispo Library Children’s and Adults - February 9, 10:30 AM
Section including around 150 beau- - 12:00 PM, San Luis Obispo Library.
tiful new science and nature books. Join instructor Suzy McBride at the
These books, along with new free SLO Library to learn how to make
programs in the coming year, are your own, personalized Valentine
offered thanks to a generous grant cards! Supplies will be provided,
from the Harold J. Miossi Charitable but space is limited. Registration re-
Trust. Be sure to come and browse quired. Register online at slolibrary.
this new collection with your fam- org, or call 805 781-5989 for more
ily – and stay tuned for more new information. Conference Room.
science and nature offerings at
the SLO Library later this year! Valentine’s Cards - February 9,
10:30 - 11:30 AM, Morro Bay
Celebrate Art this Valentine’s Library Program Room. Make a
Day at Your Library Branch Valentines Day card for some-
one special. All ages welcome.
We’re getting all the feels this
February as we gear up for
Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
Valentine’s Day. There are tons Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
of great Valentine’s events for County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
kids and teens at multiple library
branches. Here are a few (for a
full schedule, visit

Valentine Art Card Making -
February 1, 1:00 - 4:00 PM,
Creston Library. For all ages.

Valentine Card Art and Picture
Making - February 7, 3:30 - 5:00
PM, Oceano Library. Make a keep-
sake Valentine card for someone
special with an instant picture
of yourself inside. Sponsored by
Altrusa International of San Luis

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Aikido (The Art of Peace) is a perfect martial art for children, because it builds a
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Children practice in a friendly, supportive, coed atmosphere. Specially qualified
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Visit our school, watch a class, and decide if Aikido would benefit your child!

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Grooming All 10 Years
Dog Breeds Experience

Open Tuesday - Saturday
715 Santa Maria Ave, Unit E, Los Osos
(805) 286-8968

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Fun & Games Jack’s Jokes
What did the painter’s Valentine say? I love you with all my art!
Help the Two Hearts What do friendly snakes give each other? A hug and a hiss!
Find Each Other Why do skunks give Valentines? They’re Scent-imental!

Valentine’s Day 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.

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clusively from being kissed by a lov- have herpes. Exposure to HSV-1 is ex-
ing relative. Herpes simplex viruses tremely common, as many as 90% of

(HSVs) cause raised and oozing sores American adults have been infected.
or blisters on the skin. When these To prevent infection, do not allow
sores erupt on or close to the lips or people to kiss your child on the face
inside the mouth, they are common- or share eating utensils or drinking

ly called cold sores or fever blisters. cups with others. Ask anyone with a
Infants and young children can easily cold sore to wash their hands before
contract herpes with a single kiss, if touching your baby.
the loved is shedding the virus in sa-
liva with or without a visible lesion. Herpes infections can also affect
by Jim Evans
Once infected, the infant will be a the genitals. These sores are usual-
carrier of the virus for life. ly caused by another herpes strain,
HSV type 2 (HSV-2). However, both
It happens every day. A mother ten- ria in plaque (a sticky, colorless film Herpes simplex viruses (HSVs) cause strains of the virus can cause sores in
derly kisses her baby on the mouth that forms in the mouth) builds up raised and oozing sores or blisters any part of the body. Babies can be
or wipes her baby’s face with a cloth between the gums and teeth. When on the skin. When these sores erupt infected during the birth process. If
moistened with her own saliva. She the bacteria begin to grow, the gums on or close to the lips or inside the your baby develops a rash, fever, or
tests the temperature of baby food surrounding the tooth can become mouth, they are commonly called irritation of the eyelids or eyes in the
by tasting it first before serving it inflamed. Periodontal diseases are cold sores or fever blisters. Infants first months of life, contact your pe-
to her baby on the same spoon, or among the most frequent affecting and young children can easily con- diatrician immediately.
lets her baby playfully put its fingers children. These include gingivitis, tract herpes from a loved one with a
in her mouth and then into its own. periodontitis and periodontal diseas- single kiss, if the loved one has a cold Of course, these are only a few of
In some families, it is even common es associated with systemic disor- sore or is shedding the virus in saliva the many infectious diseases spread
for other members to kiss a baby or ders. without a visible lesion. Once infect- through contact with saliva, not to
young child on the lips. Why not? ed, the infant will be a carrier of the mention the issue of teaching young
If left untreated, inflammation can virus for life. children bodily autonomy. The Amer-
Dental Disease cause the gums and supporting bone ican Academy of Pediatrics (www.
structure to deteriorate. This can lead One of the first herpes infections recommends avoiding sa-
The bacteria that cause tooth de- to gum recession or even tooth loss. a child may experience is primary liva-sharing behaviors of any kind
cay and periodontal disease are not In addition to adverse pregnancy herpetic gingivostomatitis. This can around babies and children – includ-
found in the mouths of newborn ba- outcomes, research has shown that cause a fever with painful blisters ing kisses on the mouth. The alterna-
bies and can be passed on by even gum disease may be associated with around the mouth and lips, tongue, tive? Squeeze their feet instead, give
a simple kiss on the lips. A baby’s systemic diseases like diabetes, re- and roof of the mouth, which usual- them air kisses, or a tender embrace.
mouth can be colonized with infect- spiratory and heart disease, rheuma- ly is not diagnosed or treated. New- While it is natural to express affec-
ed saliva that can be easily transmit- toid arthritis, and cancer. born herpes can be very serious re- tion for children, you don’t have to
ted in a number of different ways sulting in throat and eye infections, share spit with them to show love!
according to the American Academy Think you don’t have periodontal damage to the central nervous sys-
of Periodontology ( disease? Think again. An estimated Learn more at: or
tem, cognitive impairment, or even
Once the bacteria are in the baby’s 80 percent of American adults have  
death. HSV can involve the brain to
mouth, they convert sugars from some form of periodontal disease cause encephalitis and meningitis, Jim Evans is a 42-year veteran of the health and
food and beverages into acids that and millions don’t even know it. Ac- and cause lung and liver disease. fitness industry and internationally recognized
eventually destroy tooth enamel. cording to the Academy of General consultant, speaker, and writer.
Dentistry (, kissing Do not let anyone with a cold sore
Women with periodontal disease are can transmit up to 500 different or history of sores kiss your baby!
already at risk for premature births kinds of germs – including those that Herpes lesions are very contagious,
and low-weight babies, and it is easy cause gum disease. Just one kiss can but they do not need to be present
to see how this disease might easily pass gum disease between a parent to transmit virus. Beyond the neona-
infect a vulnerable newborn through and child. Yes, kissing on the lips can tal period, most primary HSV-1 infec-
the innocent affections of family
For Wildlife in Distress
transmit germs between adults too, tions occur in infancy and childhood
members. The AAP recommends but children are more vulnerable and are transmitted by contact with
that if even one family member has since they haven’t developed their infected saliva. Over 25% of children Call Our Hotline:
periodontal disease, all others in the immune system yet. in the US have serologic evidence
same household should be screened
Herpes Virus of herpes simplex virus disease by 5 805 543-WILD [9453]
because the incidence of saliva con- years old, and many more go undiag-
tact in families is commonplace One of the primary ways young peo- nosed.
through kissing, sharing utensils and ple end up with herpes (AKA ‘cold
toys, coughing, sneezing, and other sores’) is being kissed as an infant In most cases, facial sores are caused
behaviors. by a well-meaning relative. In fact, by the HSV type 1 (HSV-1) strain. Many
the CDC reports that 60% of those people have the contagious virus in
Periodontal disease, also known as their saliva even when sores are not
with the herpes virus, contracted
gum disease, is caused when bacte- present, and most do not know they
it before the age of 10 - almost ex-

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Local History
The Queen of
San Luis Obispo

by Guy Crabb

San Luis Obispo once had her own Before he met his future bride, young, was a very mature and lov- Horatio passed away in 1912 and
Queen. She was a lovely woman Horatio realized that building a ing person. Their life on the High- Queenie was very sad. The entire
whom many admired, and she business was much easier than land Ranch was wonderful and community was upset and many
loved and helped many people digging for gold, so he traveled in soon they started to expand their community members came to the
in her kingdom. She lived in a big search of a perfect place to build business and life. On 3,100 acres, funeral. Queenie and her family
home that was surrounded by the his kingdom. In 1868, Horatio set- they raised thoroughbred hors- continued to run the business and
most beautiful green hills in the tled on the beautiful realm known es and cattle, and then their first she remained active in San Luis
land. They called her kingdom the as San Luis Obispo. He raised daughter was born and named Obispo development. After Hora-
Highland Ranch. sheep and grew crops and soon Queenie. Over the next few years, tio passed away, Queenie moved
had so much money, he needed to Horatio and Queenie had a son, into Apartment #1 in the Warden
She came from the faraway land keep it safe from robbers. Hora- Horatio, Jr., and another daugh- Building. She served as president
of Iowa and her husband Hora- tio realized a bank would be the ter named Mary. of the Civic Club, bringing new
tio came from Ohio. He was born solution. He and friend Chauncey forms of entertainment to town,
in 1828 and was the pride of the Queenie became a very import-
Phillips built the bank of Warden ant part of the growth of San Luis such as opera. Queenie also start-
Warden family. He came to a new and Phillips, later known as Bank ed a Merchants Parade on Higuera
Obispo. As the family grew, the
land called California in 1850 in of San Luis Obispo. and a Civic Carnival to spice up life
Warden family continued to ex-
search of a precious metal. Thou- in the sleepy little kingdom.
pand their kingdom. Racing hors-
sands came to the west to seek In the year 1882, Horatio and
es became a source of local enter- In 1925, Queenie decided to have
this treasure and build their own Queenie joined each other in holy
tainment, so Queenie and Horatio a bridge built across the creek be-
kingdoms. Many were successful matrimony. She was a bride of
built an arena where people could hind her building so trucks could
finding gold, but most seekers 21, while the love of her life was
race their mighty steeds. They make deliveries to the back. The
found little or none. 54 years old. Queenie, although
also supported other organiza- bridge was like a moat leading to
tions in the area and bought more a castle made of reinforced con-
land in the city. crete and steel. It became known
The Warden family built a very as “Queenie Bridge.” You can still
large building that became the find this bridge across San Luis
jewel of the downtown area. It Obispo creek today between the
was two-stories with large win- Mission and the Bliss Café / Creeky
dows to view people walking and Tiki patio. Queenie reigned as
riding down the main street called “Queen of San Luis Obispo” until
Higuera. Local citizens were very her death at age 82 in 1944.
proud of the huge fancy building
Many prominent pioneers helped
where doctors and other profes-
create our beautiful “kingdom”
sionals had offices. The building
and make it a great place to live.
Warden Block on Higuera at Garden in San Luis Obispo then and now had a giant glass roof where peo-
It’s good to remember people like
ple could see the sky while wait-
Queenie and see the historic con-
ing for appointments.
tribution to Higuera Street that
Horatio and Queenie enjoyed she helped create. Go downtown
many years together until he re- to visit the Warden Building and
tired at age 70. Queenie became maybe see where Queenie once
president of the family business in lived in Apt #1.
1898. Horatio Jr. went off to San-
ta Clara College and returned as Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
vice-president of the family busi- 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
ness. Daughter Queenie married a Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
local man named Thomas Norton, District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
and had two children. Reach him at

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LADIES & PARADISE dey in the modern name Double-
day, servant of the twin.
I received a comment from the
inimitable and oft-quoted Anne Of course, Proto-Indo-Europe-
R. Allen, who proclaimed her an was never written down. It’s notable first sightings of various takes up a page and a half in the
keen interest in the connection a language reconstructed by meanings of lady include: Oxford English Dictionary with its
between the words dough, lady, linguists, “believed to have been fourteen shades of meaning.
and paradise. Who am I to turn spoken well before 4000 B.C. 900 – Lady in reference to the
down a request from The Manners in a region somewhere to the Virgin Mary Substance, on the other hand,
Doctor herself? north or south of the Black Sea” comes from the Latin substare,
( Though 1205 – lady recognized as a more literally, to stand firm. Interestingly,
The connection hearkens back hard-working forensic linguists courteous term than woman its primary meaning nowadays is
6000 years to the Proto-Indo- may disagree, the very existence essential nature or essence.
European word dheigh, dough. of Proto-Indo-European language 1206 – lady as a synonym for wife Substance takes about two full
In a mere sixty centuries, dheigh adds up to very well-researched or consort (though “yeah, she’s my pages in the Oxford English
morphed into the following conjecture… old lady,” didn’t kick in until the Dictionary. Coincidentally, it also
words in the following ways: late 60s) has fourteen shades of meaning.
lady – At some level, the word Understand and substance aren’t
1489 – lady as the queen in chess
lady is redundant. It certainly is If the word lady originally referred synonyms at all, but together,
breadworthy. It was constructed to the gal who made the bread, they can certainly inspire some
1611 – lady as a kind of butterfly
of the Old English term for one when and how did lady get a pondering.
(later to become the painted lady)
who kneads dough, dage, plus the promotion to become the gal
Old English word for loaf, hlaf. A who watched the servant bake To understand something’s
1704 – lady as the calcareous substance, one must stand in the
hlafdage was originally one who bread while nibbling bonbons?
structure in the stomach of a midst of its essence. When we
made loaves of bread. Over time,
In terms of written English, I can’t lobster (I don’t make this stuff up) really want to grasp something,
the pronunciation and spelling
morphed to lady. find evidence of lady referring to a isn’t that exactly what we do?
woman who was likely to get her ... and the list goes on. Don’t we surround ourselves as
paradise – Half this word started hands mussed in such things as much as possible with whatever it
as the Greek combining form peri-, dough. In the year 1000, the word UNDERSTANDing SUBSTANCE is, then stand there, and breathe
meaning around. We modern was used to mean both a mistress it all in?
English speakers know this bit of in charge of servants or slaves and It occurred to me the other day
Greek from the words perimeter, a woman who rules over subjects, that based on their word parts, Many thanks to sources: OxfordDictionaries.
periscope, period, and periphery. to whom feudal homage is due. substance and understand could com,, the OED, take our word,
The second part of paradise is our However, lady was constructed of almost be synonyms, or might at and Chicago Tribune.
old Proto-Indo-European friend, parts that meant one who kneads least work in concert to tell an
dheigh, in its later meaning of bread. Interestingly, lord literally interesting story. Doesn’t sub-
to form or to build. The great translates to he who guards the mean under? Don’t stand and
grandmother of all paradises, is, loaves. These two etymologies stance mean pretty much the
of course, the Garden of Eden, together suggest that bread may same thing?
a protected, perfect place. The have metaphorically represented
word paradise suggests that a home (being the staff of life and Understand comes from the Old
wall was formed around such a all). English word, understandan.
perfect spot. Stand means exactly what one
The word lady takes up nearly might expect, to stand, but under
A bonus thought – in another three pages of the print version in Old English meant something
branch of this twisted linguistic of The Oxford English Dictionary, other than the under we Modern
tree, the term dheigh or dough, offering 18 shades of meaning for English speakers know today. In- CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
also came to be spelled dey and the noun and two for the verb stead, it meant in the midst of. books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
foggy little town on California’s central coast.
referred to the servant who made (to make a lady of and to render So to understand something is Find more at,
the dough. We still see vestiges of lady-like or feminine). Some to stand in its midst. Understand or reach him at

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February 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
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February is: Birthstone: Amethyst AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
American Heart Month Birthday (Born in 1902) 1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
American History Month
Black History Month world wetlands day
Children’s Dental Health Month Flower: Iris or Violet
National Wild Bird Feeding Month
Responsible Pet Owners Month DAY
International Friendship 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
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birthday(Born in 1902) birthday
(Born in 1934)
ROSA PARK’s charles dicken’S
BIRTHDAY(Born in 1812) hershey’s
birthday(Born in 1913) chocolate
founded (in 1894)
laura wilder’S toothache DAY
NEW MOON babe BIRTHDAY(Born in 1867)
birthday national
(Born in 1895) inventors 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
umbrella clean out your AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
computer DAY
DAY don’t cry over
spilled milk DAY abraham lincoln’s
birthday (Born in 1809) george washington’s
get a different Birthday
make a friend DAY name day (Born in 1732)

world radio Susan B. anthony’s
white t-shirt DAY birthday
(Born in 1820)

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
president’s day 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
(honoring Lincoln & Washington) AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
random acts of
kindness DAY love your pet day
dog biscuit
mr roger’s appreciation day
debut (In 1968)

FULL MOON john glen orbited
pluto discovered be humble day
(By Clyde Tombaugh in 1930) earth (In 1962)

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 quiet DAY henry wadsworth
tortilla chip longfellow’s
DAY birthday (Born in 1807)

polar bear dAY

tell a fairy
tale day public
sleeping day

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421 S. McClelland Street, Santa Maria (805) 925-0994
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All Ages Welcome

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Local Resources
classical education in SLO. Part time Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.

Alternative Education
options are Tuesday/ Thursday or Accredited high school program at
Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday Santa Maria Public Library. Interac-
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700 tive student-parent-teacher partner-
or ships provide educational resources,

on the
a mentor teacher, and eligibilty for
Wishing Well School in Los Osos of-
sports, clubs, and activities. Students
fers pre-school, mixed age kinder-
may qualify to enroll in community
garden, and 1st-3rd grades. The ap-
proach (educating the whole child: college as well as secondary classes.

Central Coast
head, heart, and hands) is based Contact: 937-2051 x 2761 or x 2762.
on Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf model. Templeton Independent Study
Contact: 235-4401. High School. WASC accredited.
Children’s House Montessori Weekly meeting with teacher. Op-
School in Atascadero strives to help portunity for early graduation and
each child reach his/her greatest po- concurrent Cuesta College enroll-
tential, by embracing learning and ap- ment. In Templeton and SLO at Los
preciating and respecting the world. Ranchos Elementary School. Con-
tact 434-5833 or
Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality Contact: 466-5068 or childrenshouse.
choices for their children’s education. Following are some options for
those seeking secular alternative education in our region. Montessori Children’s School in San Trivium Charter Schools in Lompoc,
Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a pas- Santa Maria, and Arroyo Grande
For more information about local private, independent, nature based, sion for excellence, to nurture curi- offer a hybrid program of classical
and religious schools, visit: osity, creativity and imagination, and project-based classes 2 days per
to awaken the human spirit of every week and homeschool 3 days per
Parent Participation of San Luis child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691 or week. Contact: 489-7474 or trivi-
Coastal Adult School offers core class-
es to enhance parenting skills, meet Summit Academy charter school
other families, and allow children serves K-12 grades, and provides per- Central Coast Montessori School in West Mall Alternative School. In-
to play with peers. Also enrichment sonalized home-based learning that Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized dependent Study Home School in
classes such as Spanish, Cooking, and fosters investigation, skill devel- academic environment to promote Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238 or
Gardening, and a Cooperative Pre- opment and creativity, and lifelong independence and optimum scholastic
school at CL Smith. Contact: 549-1222 curiosity. Contact: (818) 450-9810 or achievement. Contact: 772-9317 or native.
Paso Robles Joint Unified School
Charter Schools Nature Based Schools Heritage Montessori Preschool District Home School & Independent
in San Luis Obispo provides an en- Study Program serves K-8th grade.
CAVA – California Virtual Academies Outside Now provides summer, af- riching and loving environment in a Students and parents work one-on-
and K¹² give kids the chance to learn ter-school, and private nature-based beautiful country setting. Waldorf one with teachers, receive lesson
at their own pace. Online schooling education in San Luis Obispo County. and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5 plans, textbooks, and teachers’ edi-
is aligned with California state stan- Contact: 541-9900 or outsidenow. years. Contact: 235-5589. tions for all subjects. Classes, en-
dards. Teacher support as needed, org.
meetings and work samples required Academics and More is a Homeschool richment activities, and field trips are
quarterly. Contact: (866) 339-6790, Delphinus School of Natural History Helper class for 7th-8th grade at also offered. Contact: 769-1675., or is a unique, regional, outdoor science Ludwick Community Center in SLO.
program in San Luis Obispo, for ele- Offered in partnership with City of Homeschool Organizations
Family Partnership is a tuition-free mentary through middle school stu- SLO, this class includes a convenient Homeschool Association of California
K-12 independent study public school dents. Programs are engaging, inter- cost-effective way for students to is an inclusive organization offering
serving Santa Barbara, San Luis Obis- active, student driven, and designed gain access to a tutor, community campouts, conferences, statewide
po, and Ventura counties. Home to foster self-expression and environ- involvement, assistance with their support, a website with excerpts
study charter schools in San Luis mental stewardship. Contact: delphi- school work, time management and from education code books, and
Obispo (1981 Vicente Dr), Morro Bay, organization skills, and more. Contact:
Solvang, Santa Maria, and Cambria. links. Contact:
Meet with teachers weekly and turn Independent Schools California Homeschool Network is
in work samples. Contact: 348-3333 Public Schools
Clarity Steiner School in Nipomo of- a grassroots organization to protect
fers Waldorf education for first and Cambria Montessori Learning Center. the right of parents to educate their
Olive Grove is an independent study second graders. Class meets four Tuition-free public school in Morro children. Website offers current state
home school with sites in San Luis days per week. Contact: 929-6878. Bay for grades K-6th through the and federal laws. Contact: (800) 327-
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa Maria, Family Partnership Charter School. 5339 or
Lompoc, Los Olivos, and Santa Bar- Santa Lucia School on 5 acres in Tem- Contact: 927-2337, 541-2412 or fami-
Homeschoolers of the Central Coast.
bara. Meet with teacher weekly and pleton has provided peace education
turn in work samples. Enrichment for over 25 years. Integrated curricu- Yahoo! group meeting regularly for
classes also offered. Contact: 543- lum founded on life experiences, in- Parkfield Elementary School is a interaction and field trips: groups.
2701 or depth study, and active immersion in one-room school in San Miguel pro-
the arts for grades 1-8. Attendance viding a unique, child-centered edu- the_Central_Coast.
Orcutt Academy Independent Study Mon-Thu with homeschool Fridays. cation customized to student abili-
is affiliated with Orcutt Academy Carpooling encouraged. Contact: ties and pace. Hands-on instruction, Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
Charter School at 500 Dyer St. This 434.2217 or exploration, and speakers focus on Yahoo! group with free homeschool
free program offers home study and the inner development of each child.
blended classroom/home study for SLO Classical Academy. is a private Contact: 463-2331 or rskepins@shan- Please submit updates, corrections, or news
grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or or- school offering part time or full time about resources to:

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Local Resources
1st & 3rd SAT every month at 2:00 pm: FAMI- Support Group at Central Coast Hospice, In-home appts available. Cost: free! Contact:
LY MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades 253 Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis Obispo. Free 547-1914 or
Ave. Enjoy popcorn and a G/PG movie. Call for group for anyone suffering the loss of a loved
Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm:
title. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. one who is in need of support. Contact: 540-
6020. Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jack’s
2nd FRI every month at 3:00 pm: PAWS TO Helping Hand at Pat’s Place in Nipomo Rec-
Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone? READ at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. 2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOV at 9:00 reation Community Rm, 671 W Tefft St, Ste 2,
Concerned for someone you care about? Come share your stories with an adoring lis- am: Santa Maria Parks & Rec Dept offers free Nipomo.   Toys for kids with all types of dis-
tener. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. docent-led nature walks in Los Flores Ranch, abilities to check out. In-home appts avail.
6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Cost: free. Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.jack-
Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS TO READ at Contact: 925-0951.
Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Read to
a dog who loves to listen to children. Cost: 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm: Care- Every TUE 5:30-6:30 pm: Citizenship Classes
free. Contact: 528-1862. giver Support Group at Cayucos Community at SLO County Library, 995 Palm St, SLO. All
Suicide Prevention Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. Free support classes are bilingual, with all materials cov-
Mental Health and Every SUN 12:00-4:00 pm: Family Funday at for caregivers helping with long-term illness, ered in 8 classes. No registration required.
Bang the Drum Brewery, 950 Orcutt Rd, San memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.
Emotional Support Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio to play fami- Cost: free. Contact: or 781-4187.
Contact: 458-7484.
Free ly-friendly games and drums! Cost: free. Food Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom Danc-
Confidential and craft beer available for sale. Contact: Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain Inde- ing at Madonna Inn. Look left of the band-
24 hours of every day or 242-8372. pendent Despite Vision Loss at Santa Maria stand for sign: Senior Dancers. Dance, chat
Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New ways of doing and listen to good music. No fees; no dues;
Every FRI 6:00 am-4:00 pm: Early Bird Flea
A program of Transitions Mental Health Association

daily tasks are taught by the Braille Institute, just fun! Contact: 489-5481 or dg17@juno.
Market at Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S Thorn- such as home management, traveling, and
burg St. Browse many vendors with antiques, com.
2nd & 4th SAT every month 12:00-4:00 pm: using talking library books. Contact: 462-1225.
fruits, vegetables, new and used items, and Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo County
Railway Historical Museum at Santa Maria more! Cost: free. Contact: 258-1765. 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm: has an ongoing and urgent need for volun-
Transit Center, 400 E Boone St, Santa Ma- MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet at Pa- teer tutors and offers free training in SLO.
ria. This bimonthly opening features a loco- Every FRI 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Zen Doodle cific Christian Church, 3435 Santa Maria Way,
Adult Coloring Book Group at Art Center Contact: 541-4219 or
motive, boxcar, caboose, railroad artifacts, Santa Maria. Childcare is provided.  Contact:
interpretive exhibits, vintage rolling stock, Morro Bay, 835 Main St.   Relax and unwind 934-3491 or 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commis-
and a diorama to explore. Cost: free. Contact: with the new adult coloring books. Cost: free. sion on the Status of Women meets at Coast
714-4927. Contact: or 772-2504. Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:00-5:30 pm: National Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This offi-
Teen Wellness Program at Arroyo Grande cial advisory group to SLO County Board of
Every TUE & THU: Youth Aikido Classes at Every MON 2:00-5:00 pm: Historic Architec- EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand
tural Tour at the Monday Club, 1815 Monterey Supervisors identifies issues of concern to
Budo Ryu, 3536 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo. Ave. Health services, including reproductive women that are not the focus of other advo-
Kids have fun, stay fit, make friends, gain life St, SLO. The Monday Club of SLO is offering health, in a safe environment to screen, as-
free docent-led tours. Cost: free. Contact: cacy or advisory organizations. Contact: 788-
skills, and learn to deal with bullies without sess, and provide intervention. Appts pre- or 541- 3406.
becoming one. Aiki-Mites (age 4-6) class is ferred. Contact: 489-4026.
3:00 pm TUE. Aiki-Kids (age 7-12) TUE & THU 0594. Morro Bay Museum of Natural History Ad-
at 4:00 pm. Pre-registration only. Cost: $50- 1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Senior ventures With Nature & Mind Walks schedule
Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny Tunes Music & Health Screening at First United Methodist
75/mo. Contact: 544-8866 or www.aikidosan- Movement at Music Motive, 3440 S Higuera is at: Church, 275 N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande.
St #130, SLO. This parent participation pro- Free and low-cost services for ages 50 and Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens
Every WED 10:00-11:00 am: Growing With gram for ages 1-5 includes activities based older: blood pressure, pulse, weight, cho- offers many free services: Senior Connection
Baby Class at 1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obis- on music psychology and child development. lesterol, screening for anemia and diabetes, for connecting callers with local resources;
po. Pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation Cost: $80 per mo. Contact: 543-0377. nutritional counseling, and medical referrals. one on one Medicare assistance, advice and
consultant Andrea Herron answers questions 2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm: Book Group Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827. referrals for long term care, and help with
about feeding, crying, and sleep for babies at Cayucos Library, 310 B St. Join other read- billing and appeals; Vial of Life kits with med-
0-10 months. Dads are always welcome! Call 1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled ical info for emergency responders; a Senior
ers to discuss whatever you’re reading and American Veterans luncheon at Veterans Me-
to reserve a spot. Contact: 543-6988. to discover, ponder, and share insights about Resource Directory for SLO and SB counties,
morial Bldg, 313 W Tunnell St, Santa Maria. and more. Contact: 925-9554 or www.cen-
Every TUE 7:00-9:00 pm & SAT 2:00-4:00 pm: what others are reading. Cost: free. Contact: Contact: 345-0402.
Basic Safety Class at SLO MakerSpace, 81 S 995-3846.
Higuera St, Ste 160 & 180, San Luis Obispo. Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support Hospice of SLO County provides free grief
Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO Chess Club Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way,
This course gets you acquainted with the meets at Carl’s Jr on Santa Rosa St, 1 block counseling, individual and family support,
space and equipment. All are required to take Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Offered by Hospice of counseling, crisis intervention, and wellness
W of Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. All ages. SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or
this class before using any part of the facili- Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 or education to those with a life-limiting illness,
ty. See website for specific dates and other Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family Sup- their families, and the bereaved in SLO and
classes. Cost: free for MakerSpace Members Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO Chess Club port Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, 420 Paso. Contact: 544-2266.
and SLO County Library Cardholders. Con- meets at the big board on Morro Bay Embar- Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750.
tact: 439-2727 or cadero at west end of Morro Bay Blvd (down Volunteer as a Good Neighbor!  Make a differ-
the stairs). Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 or 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to ence in the life of an older or disabled adult.
Every THU 10:00-11:00 am: La Leche League Survive Divorce seminar at SLO Women’s Training is monthly at Wilshire Community
Mother Support Meetings in North Co, SLO, Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St #D, SLO. Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO. Contact:
AG and SM. Breastfeeding and parenting 1st & 3rd THU every month 7:00-8:30 pm: Tips and suggestions for handling family law 547-7025 x 17.
support and information offered. Cost: free. Drop-in Dream Group at St. Benedict’s Epis- issues. Cost: $10. Contact: 544-9313 to regis-
Contact: 242-2294 or copal Church, 2220 Snowy Egret Ln, Los Osos. Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art!
ter. Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission Plaza) or
This support group is to share dreams and the
MON-THU 8:30-11:30 am: Walk-In Legal Clin- relationship between dreams and spiritual 4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Legal Clinic email for information
ic in 3rd Floor Atrium of Courthouse Annex, path, using Jungian interpretive assumptions for Self-Represented Litigants at SLO County about multiple volunteer opportunities.
1035 Palm St, San Luis Obispo and Paso Ro- and language and Robert Johnson’s book In- Courthouse Law Library, 1050 Monterey St,
bles Courthouse, 901 Park St, Rm 112. Get San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers health
ner Work. Cost: free. Contact: bobpelfrey@ SLO, #125. One-on-one legal advice for per- screening, legal services, meals, exercise,
help with divorce, child and spousal support, sons filing divorces w/o an attorney, and a
domestic violence, guardianship, civil harass- bridge, and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St. Con-
document preparer to assist in completing tact: 781-7306.
ment, and name or gender change. 3rd WED of every month at 6:30 pm: Pre- court-required forms. Cost: Min $40 dona-
pared & Natural Childbirth Classes at Twin tion. Contact: 544-9313. Central Coast Astronomical Society sponsors
Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Legal Clinic for Cities Community Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas
Self-Represented Litigants at the SLO Coun- a Dark Sky Star Party every month at Santa
Rd, Templeton. This six-series class includes RISE offers: weekly drop-In support groups Margarita Lake KOA Campground at sunset.
ty Courthouse Law Library, 1050 Monterey lecture, hands-on demos, and technique for sexual assault survivors; 24 hour crisis
St, SLO, #125. One-on-one legal advice for CCAS sponsors guest speakers and public ed-
practice. Cost: free. Contact: 434-4654. line; advocacy; peer counseling; prevention, ucation programs. Find the CCAS event cal-
persons filing divorces w/o an attorney, and empowerment and education. Contact: 545-
a document preparer to assist in completing 2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm: Breast- endar, weather condition updates, and local
8888 or resources at: www.centralcoastastronomy.
court-required forms. Cost: free. Contact: feeding Basics at Twin Cities Community Hos-
788-3418. pital, 1100 Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. Learn Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A PET at org.
about practical aspects of feeding your new- Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats San Luis Coastal Adult School’s Parent Par-
Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Divorce & Child born from a Lactation Consultant. Cost: free. from NCHS and dogs from Short n’ Sweet
Support Workshops at SLO Court Support ticipation Program offers Core Parenting
Contact: 239-4443. Dog Rescue. Contact: 466-5403.
Services, 1120 Mill St, Ste A, San Luis Obispo and Enrichment classes at centers in San Luis
and Paso Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St, Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 11:00 Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:00- Obispo, Morro Bay, and Los Osos. Parent and
Paso Robles. Help is provided for divorce, am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station Interactive 5:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Li- child activity classes, individual peer support,
child support, custody and/or visitation or- Science Center welcomes families at 867 Ra- brary-Jack’s Helping Hand at Central Coast and education for parents and caregivers.
ders. An overview of the legal process is mona Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2-3. Contact: Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, #100, San Luis Contact: 549-1222 or
followed by time to prepare forms and ask 473-1421 or Obispo. Traditional and adaptive toys for chil-
questions. Cost: free. Contact: 788-3418. dren with all types of disabilities to check out.
2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm: Grief

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Teaching Empathy
isn’t. Do you think he wants to
do something else? 4. Help your child recognize that
her feelings about a situation
4. Remind your child that people may change. “You are feeling
by Lauren Zimet and Sharon Sokolik sad now and want to sit alone,
have different interests and
For children to learn empathy the opposite of self-absorption. preferences. See if your child but later you may feel better
for other people, they must first Empathy implies a departure can list the favorite colors of and want to join the group.”
experience empathy themselves. from a state of self-centeredness, family members and friends.
Or ask what people do for Modeling empathy and talking
As a child is cared for, he learns to and immersion in the subjective
fun: Who plays baseball? Who about emotions is a good starting
care for others. However, many experience of others. By definition,
builds with Legos? Who plays place. Leading by example is a
children benefit from guidance empathy is pro-social, because
cards? Who plays video games? great way for your child to make
in relating, reading social cues, it emphasizes the value of
connections with his feelings.
discerning the emotions of others, comprehending and appreciating
Getting your child involved in a
and developing their ability to the thoughts and feelings of S. K. Adams and J. Baronberg,
authors of Promoting Positive social group that incorporates
empathize. other people.
Behavior, suggest activities to perspective taking and prob-
lem solving with peers can be
Expressing empathy is a key Many children do not naturally help a child discern body language.
component of building a relation- extremely beneficial. Becom-
understand this value of knowing 1. While reading stories to your
ship with someone else. Here are ing more empathetic can be a
what others feel. They feel child, stop occasionally and ask
some signs that your child may challenging task for anyone. With
left out, but they don’t know him to identify the characters’
need assistance to understand the right support (for child and
how to be a friend and sustain feelings. Discuss how the
the feelings of others: family), it can be done!
relationships. Fortunately, for most characters’ observable behaviors
kids who are struggling socially, reveal their feelings. For more information, visit the
He can’t seem to read nonverbal empathy is a skill that can be
hints or cues given by peers (i.e. following websites:
taught and nurtured. 2. Do simple role-plays by asking
facial expressions, body lan- your child, “Show me how your - Dr. Gwen
guage, and tone of voice). Even very young children can be body and face would look if: Dewar is a parent and professional
taught to recognize basic facial You got a birthday present. who writes on the many issues of
She has difficulty understanding
expressions that show “happy,” parenting and child development in
how someone might think or feel. A big dog barked at you.
“sad,” and “mad.” There are an informative blog.
He has difficulty with expressing many ways for parents to make A friend put a worm in your
appropriate responses for what teaching empathy a part of the hand. - Author
others feel. everyday routine. Below are You found a snake on the play- Jane Nelsen is a licensed marriage,
activities suggested by some ground. family, and child therapist and the
She isn’t able to recognize that experts. co-author of the Positive Discipline
You fell down and tore your new series.
there are consequences resulting
Dr. Meryl Lipton, a behavioral pants.
from her response to others.
pediatric neurologist, offers the A friend knocked down your - Click on
He is unable to validate emotions following ideas. blocks. “books and products” for a list of
that others are expressing, telling tools to help parents teach social
them to just “let it go” or “get 1. If a young child seems baffled 3. Help your child realize that thinking to kids.
over it.” by or indifferent to emotions people may have different
of others, try drawing faces feelings about the same thing. Lauren Zimet, M.S.,CCC/SLP and Sharon
Sokolik, M.A.,CCC/SLP are licensed speech
What parents can do together, or take turns making “Jim is excited when there is a pathologists who facilitate social thinking
a face that’s happy, sad, calm, thunderstorm, but Claire gets groups for children.
To be in an empathic relationship bored, angry, or surprised, and scared.” “Tim likes to climb Excerpted with permission. © Kids Enabled,
with another person or group is guessing what emotion the high, but Sam doesn’t.” Inc. 2019 - All Rights Reserved.

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Coast Family ™
What do you offer
Our goal is to connect
Central Coast families
Central Coast families?
with the resources
they need to thrive!

Display advertising in Central Coast Family offers an
extraordinary value. Our loyal readers are relatively
mature, prosperous, and educated family members
in two of California’s most affluent counties. They
take an active role in all aspects of householding and
Every issue includes original feature articles and
calendar listings for six weeks of local family events.
Your ad is viewed the whole month through; not
discarded after a day or a week.
We offer the lowest rates in our region (and discounts
for non-profits or ads running 3 months or more).
All of our advertisers also enjoy FREE: full color
printing; basic graphic design; preferred placement
options; monthly edits; and website exposure!

Advertiser Comments
“Thank you for providing the single best source of
useful information and encouragement for families in Contact Us
this area. Our whole family enjoys reading CCF and
we refer to your event pages often. Our customers to spread the word
seem to love it too - as we need to keep more copies CC F in print, online, and
in stock!” - Henry and Mary Ellen Eisemann
on social media:
“I have received more phone calls from being in
Central Coast Family than any other place I have
advertised (including the Yellow Pages and Internet
Yellow Pages). Thanks for everything!” + (805) 528-0440
- Shelley Candelario

Central Coast Family is published monthly online and in print with a readership over 40,000!

FREE copies are available throughout San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties at all libraries
and community centers, at chambers of commerce, schools, supermarkets, banks, restaurants, hotels,
YMCAs, medical and dental clinics, real estate offices, museums, and other family-friendly businesses.
Distribution (population 400,000+) : Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Los Osos,
Morro Bay, Nipomo, Orcutt, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita, Santa Maria, Shell Beach, and Templeton.

Every issue is printed with soy ink on 100% recycled paper. Please recycle again.