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March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Child Development ...... 22

Children’s Day in the Plaza / Library Programs / Learning Disabilities / MB Stacks / Colic

Free! Central Coast Family

Getting Out

performing arts activities. This is an opportunity to bring

C h i l d re n ’s D a y i n t h e P l a z a Booths provided by communi-

ty organizations and compa-
nies will provide many learning
education, fun, and families
together and to share news
about our local resources.  Mark
41st Annual SLO year to celebrate April as National opportunities for young children, your calendar to save the date!
Children’s Day in the Plaza Month of the Child and Child as well as spectacular youth
Saturday, April 13, 2019 Abuse Prevention Month. performances. For more information about
10:00 am - 3:00 pm how you can get involved, con-
Children’s Day in the Plaza will This fun annual event will tact the San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo County Child Care bring children and families to encourage children and families Child Care Planning Council
Planning Council will host the Mission Plaza at Chorro and to discover creativity, diversity, (CAPSLO) at (805) 782-4723 or
41st Annual Children’s Day in the Monterey Streets for a day of individuality, science, and the visit: www.sanluischildcare.
Plaza. This event is held every hands-on visual, literary and arts while exploring various org/childrens-day-in-the-plaza.
community resources.  Over
2,500 children and adults
Cover Photo: Local Snow Bunny participate in the festival each San Luis Obispo County Child Care
year, and everyone is invited to
Planning Council, in partnership
with families and the community,
be a part of this amazing event.
plan for and promote the highest
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Getting Out

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Library Voice
Check It Out:
March Happenings by Rebecca Juretic

Library Book Sale March 7-9 (This preview is for Friends of the
Library members only. $10 member- Hey, Kiddo is Krosoczka’s profound experiences in the author’s life across
The Annual SLO Friends of the Library
ships are sold at the door). illustrated memoir about growing up three generations: the relationship
Book Sale is an opportunity for fam-
ilies to stock up on affordable books Friday, March 8, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm in a family grappling with his mother’s between Castillo and her immigrant
and entertainment while helping heroin addiction. A 2019 National mother, Castillo’s own challenges as
Saturday, March 9, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
their local library. This year’s sale will Book Award finalist, Krosoczka’s a single mother to her son, and her
take place March 7-9 at the San Luis Over the past four decades, the book graphic memoir recounts how an art childhood memories of growing up
Obispo Veterans Memorial Building, sale has raised over $300,000 for San class and a sketchbook saved his life. in the Mexican barrios of Chicago.
801 Grand Avenue. Luis Obispo Library to fund programs,
Kiddo, written for young adults, is Book of the Year is sponsored by
materials, and renovations.
There will be over 24,000 books, available in libraries for checkout; Cuesta College Friends of the Library,
CDs, and DVDs, including a large Get ready for Book to Action a book club kit option is available Cuesta Student Equity Fund and the
selection of children’s and young as well. The library will also offer County of San Luis Obispo Public
The County of San Luis Obispo Public
adult books. Books are $1.25 per inch programs based on book themes Libraries. As part of the program,
Library is excited to announce our
and audiovisual items are $2 each. and Krosoczka’s 2012 TED Talk about library branches are offering events
pick for the 2019 Community Reads
Rare and collectible Special Priced his childhood. Community partners through mid-March that focus on
program, Book to Action. We invite
Books are also available. The book SLO Opioid Safety Coalition will also Mexican culture and heritage. Here
the community to read, discuss, and
sale schedule is as follows: provide resources for programming. are a few of the events:
take action with this year’s title, Hey,
Thursday, March 7, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Kiddo, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. “This book breaks your heart and Mexican Tin Art Craft (age 13+)
cracks you up. It’s such a timely topic
Atascadero Library, Friday March 1st
- we think it will resonate with both
at 3:00 pm, registration required at
teens and adults,” said Erica Thatcher,
Collection Development Coordinat-
ing Librarian. San Luis Obispo Library, Tuesday,
March 5th at 4:00 pm
With funding from Friends of the
Atascadero Library, San Luis Obispo Creston Library, Thursday, March 7th
Friends of the Library, and California at 4:00 pm
Center for the Book, Krosoczka will Cambria Library, Thursday, March
visit students at San Luis Obispo High 14th at 4:00 pm
School, Atascadero High School, and
County of San Luis Obispo juvenile Imagen y Espiritu – Ballet Folklorico
hall. The community is invited to de Cal Poly
an evening with the author at San Morro Bay Library, Saturday, March
Luis Obispo Library on Wednesday, 2nd at 1:30 pm, all ages
April 10th at 6:30 pm. Krosoczka will
discuss his memoir and sign books. Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
Book of the Year Presentation County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
Another great Community Reads
program is the Book of the Year
program presented by the Academic
Senate of Cuesta College and the
library’s SLO Reads Program. This
year’s featured author is Mexican-
American Chicana scholar, novelist,
and poet Ana Castillo. She will
appear at Cuesta College Harold J.
Miossi CPAC on March 5th, 5:00 –
7:00 pm to discuss and sign copies of
her memoir Black Dove: Mama, Mi’jo
and Me. Tickets are available at cpac-
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Local History
Morro Bay Stacks
by Guy Crabb

was a perfect site to build a steam Many people were hired to work for
electric plant. The ocean water the Bechtel Corporation, who had
would be used to cool down giant the contract to build the plant. There
turbine generators and the location are still people in Morro Bay who re-
was great for oil tankers to unload member working on the power plant.
fuel to turn the generators. Bechtel even hired fishermen to build
frames on their boats to do sounding
Several different kinds of buildings
checks around the bay to discover
were built on the 140 acres of land.
the depth. One of the best pictures I
Morro Bay has many beautiful areas would inevitably wonder out loud One was the power house that
have is taken from the top of Morro
to visit and several different land- about the height of the stacks. The would hold two giant generators. I
Rock and shows the construction in
marks that can be recognized by stacks are about 450 feet tall, just in have seen several great pictures of full swing.
ground, air, and sea. The landmark case you were wondering. the generators being towed to the
that made headlines in the month location. The History Center in San Two pipelines that were built in 1954
Several years ago, I was lucky enough to deliver fuel to the power plant
of February includes those three Luis Obispo has many great pictures
to buy a personal collection of photos were dug up and removed in late 2018
“stacks” that have been part of the and stories chronicling the trip to
taken in 1953, when the construction as part of the power plant’s decom-
horizon for over 50 years. Dynegy Morro Bay.
of the power plant was underway. missioning. The roughly 5,700-foot-
officially shut down the Morro Bay
The story of the power plant really The story that I enjoy the most is long pipes, which travel under sand
power plant on February 4, 2014.
started back in 1949, when San Luis about the crew of about 60 men dunes and about three-quarters of
Some people were sad and some
Obispo County bought the area that who were working to lay down large a mile of coastal waters, were last
have been waiting for years to see
was once a Navy base. Yes, believe it wooden planks that were about 20 used in 1990. These pipelines were
the stacks taken down.
or not, Morro Bay once had a Naval feet long, 12 inches wide, and 3 inches used to offload tanker ships that
I taught in Morro Bay for many years Base during World War II (but that’s thick in front of the trucks towing supplied fuel oil to the power plant
and those stacks were part of the another story). The area that the the generators. As trucks rode over for its electrical power generation.
scenery on my drive to work. I would county purchased was divided into the planks, men would lift them with
take students on a walking field sections, and Pacific Gas and Electric The citizens of Morro Bay are still
cranes and bring them to the front of
trip down to the Rock from Morro bought a portion of land where the wondering what to do with the
the truck. That continued for days
Elementary and all of the kids would power plant would be built. The closed plant. I will offer two ideas.
until they finally got them down to
stare up at the stacks and someone area was about 140 acres and it One idea is to create a park with a
the site. By the end, the planks were
world-class aquarium, like the one
almost in splinters from the weight of
in Monterey. The other idea is to
the generators driving across them
develop a desalinization plant using
many, many times. The workers had
the equipment already in the ground.
to do this for about nine miles from
the highway to the bay, which took My pictures show that there is a lot
about eight days. of construction underground that
could possibly be converted to
There was a seawater intake building provide fresh water for our county. I’d
that sucked in water from the ocean rather have a world-class aquarium,
and an area that would discharge but we sure could use the water.
water back into the bay. There Aren’t we lucky to live where we can
were fuel tanks, a boiler furnace visit a great place like Morro Bay?
that was 139 feet high, marine fuel
line areas, and a switchyard, which
sent the electricity to customers. Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
The power plant started with just 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
one huge 450 foot stack. The other Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
two stacks were added as the power District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
plant expanded. Reach him at

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CS Perryess
about words
SPRING Then again, look at the English
spelling rules.
On my little part of the globe,
spring is arriving. I can almost AWESOME
hear my mom saying, “Spring NAPKIN rag dolls (no doubt, after some
has sprung, the grass has ris. In celebration of March 10th, the unthinking spouse had drawn
I wonder where the flowers is.” International Day of Awesome- Who knew the unassuming word maps all over them).
ness (I kid you not), here are some napkin was part of such a large,
Our English word spring is some- etymological tidbits regarding disparate family? Another napkin relative comes
what unique when it comes to awesomeness (or as some might from the Latin word mappa,
labeling the season between say, awesomnosity). Napkin entered English in the through the Old French word,
winter and summer. Two French 1400s from the Old French word naperon, or small table cloth. It
terms and one Latin one referring Inspiring awe, admiration or nape, cloth cover, towel, or table- entered English in the 1300s as
to that same season, printemps, wonder is the modern definition cloth combined with the Middle Napron, though today we know
primevère, and tempus primum, that motivated Kevin Lawver to English suffix –kin, meaning little. it as apron. Over the course of
mean first time, or first season. instigate the International Day The French got the root from three centuries, napron lost its
The Danish word voraar and the of Awesomeness, but awesome the Latin word mappa, short for initial n due to confusion around
Dutch word vorjar both mean has not always been cool waves, the Medieval Latin term mappa the use of the English article an:
fore-year. The German word stunning sunsets and killer mundi, map of the world. The “a napron” sounds about the
Frühling, and the Middle High concerts. Its root, awe, started somewhat unlikely connection same as “an apron.” Voila! The
German word vrueje both mean out on the dark side. apparently derives from the fact mystery of the disappearing n
early. The Haitian Creole folks that at that time, maps were has been solved.
put a different spin on their Awe came from the Proto-Indo- often drawn on tablecloths (I
equivalent, with sous, meaning European word agh-es, which grew find no connection to the word Another relative of napkin is
source. All of these, however, into the Gothic word agis, fear or an- divorce, though I imagine this probably due to an early 1700s
have to do with firstness, earliness, guish, and its German cousin agiso, practice led to some robust inter- London dry-goods dealer by the
new beginnings. fright or terror. Awe entered Old spousal arguments). So, napkin is name of Doiley. Apparently s/he
English as ege, meaning fear. related to map. produced a wool product known
The English word spring, which By the 1300s, it had become aghe. as a doily-napkin. Over time, the
became popular in the 1540s, In the late 1400s, mappa’s brother- doily-napkin shed its surname and
once springing time went out Three centuries later, the gents word mappe made its way into became simply, the doily.
of vogue and long after the Old who pulled together the King English, meaning bundle of yarn
English springan had faded away, James Bible used awe to mean tied to a stick for cleaning tar from
focuses on something entirely fear mixed with veneration, and a ship’s deck. Over the years, this Many thanks to sources the OED, Etymonline,
Wordnik, Day of Awesomeness.
different. The season of spring it is those gents we can thank for word morphed into mop.
sprung forth from the verb spring,
awesome’s positive makeover.
meaning to leap, burst forth or Another somewhat likely sibling
fly up. It came from Proto-Indo- of napkin is moppet, which came
Inspired by “the myth of Chuck
European, sprengh, which meant to English about the same time in
Norris” (as opposed to the man,
rapid movement. Its Sanskrit and the form of moppe, meaning little
Greek equivalents, sprhayati and Chuck Norris), The International child, or baby doll, which, in time
sperkhesthai meant desires eagerly, Day of Awesomeness can be picked up the diminutive suffix,
and to hurry. celebrated by any and all of us,
-et. When it first entered English
because “People are awesome
it also meant simpleton or fool.
every day, frequently don’t realize
What do you suppose was up This other meaning dropped out
it, and their feats of awesome-
with those Englishfolk, breaking within a century or two.
with the linguistic tradition and ness are rarely recognized.”
associating the first, the early, Etymologists are pretty sure the CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
the beginning season with active, Join in on the fun. Go forth into little child or baby doll meaning books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
radical concepts like leaping, the world and don’t ever forget came through the use of recy- foggy little town on California’s central coast.
Find more at,
bursting forth and flying up? to be awesome. cling napkins and tablecloths into or reach him at

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March 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
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
March is: Birthstone: Aquamarine AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG share a smile day LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
American Red Cross Month national pig DAY 1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
Irish-American Heritage Month
Music in our Schools Month read across
Flower: america DAY
National Nutrition Month Daffodil or Narcissus
National Craft Month
Woman’s History Month Dr. Seuss’
Youth Art Month (Born in 1904)

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
Da Vinci 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
invented AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
the women’s DAY
parachute National
(in 1485) dentist day

(Born in 1475)
(Star Spangled Banner Barbie’s birthday
adopted in 1931) (Introduced in 1959)

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
first basketball 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
daylight saving game (In 1892) LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB,
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
time begins 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 LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
Good samaritan day
albert einstein’s
uranus discovered Birthday (Born in 1879)
(By William Herschel in 1781)
no smoking DAY
National Pi Day π everything you
do is right Day

international DAY girl scout day

of awesomeness freedom of
(Founded in 1912) information
first paper ides of march
money (Issued in 1862)

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
1st space walk first day
(In 1965) of spring!
national toast day
teenagers day

parent’s day national
goof off day
St. patrick’s
day swallow’s FULL MOON
return day children’s national
poetry day sing out 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
harry houdini’s AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
Birthday (Born in 1874)
‘Joe’ day pencil with
eraser patented
(Everyone can be called Joe) If you can’t (In 1858)
explain it simply,
11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club you don’t
understand it
1st US map
pancakes make up well enough.
First made your own
published (In New York City in 1882) holiday DAY ~ Albert Einstein

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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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Child Development
Some breastfed babies seem to be
bothered if mom indulges in a lot
of spicy food, wheat products, or
For Wildlife in Distress
cruciferous vegetables. Again, to Call Our Hotline:

Colic 805 543-WILD [9453]

test if these foods are making your
baby uncomfortable, avoid eating
cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic,
caffeine, alcohol, and other irritants

for a few days. If your baby seems
better, reintroduce the foods into
your diet, one at a time, allowing a
few days between reintroductions.

It should be fairly easy to pinpoint
which one could be causing your
baby problems: if he starts fussing
again after a food is reintroduced, • Try massaging her tummy very
then you’ll know that could be the gently with clockwise movements
offending substance. You’ll need to to help move along trapped gas.
abstain from it until your baby out-
grows his sensitivity, which is usually • She may settle when you expose her
About 20 percent of all babies roughly translates as “colon.” There at around 3 months, but that’s a to repetitive noise or vibrations. You
develop colic, a catch-all phrase for is also some science to back this up. small price to pay for a happy child. could catch up on the vacuuming or
uncontrollable crying in an otherwise For instance, a newborn’s digestive take her for a car ride. Some babies
healthy baby. A baby with colic cries tract contains very few enzymes or If your baby is bottle-fed, you might are soothed by the steady rhythm
or fusses for more than three hours digestive juices, which break down try switching formulas to see if that’s of the washing machine. (Never
a day, for more than three days in food substances. Or, according to the irritant. And whether you’re put your baby on top of a washing
one week. It occurs with equal some, the child’s still-developing feeding your baby formula or breast machine or tumble dryer. Always
frequency among first- and later- nervous system simply tenses up. milk, make sure that you’re burping put her on the floor next to it.)
born children, and in boys and girls. Others subscribe to the theory that him during and after feedings - it
the baby is tired or overstimulated, helps relieve the pressure that builds • Your baby may calm down if she
It’s hard to know who finds colic up when he swallows air. sucks on a pacifier.
and that colic is his way of blocking
harder, a parent or a baby. A col-
everything out so he can sleep. Will all that crying hurt a child? In • Burp your baby after every feeding
icky baby is obviously in distress, un-
Babies who are exposed to smoke truth, it may be more painful for the to help prevent painful gas. Hold
comfortable, and can’t self soothe.
are also more likely to develop colic. caregivers who must endure the her over your shoulder, sit her
But a parent can be just as upset -
listening to a baby’s cry for hours on Is colic serious? alternately heart-rending and irritating upright on your lap, or place her
end is enough to drive you to tears crying of a child. Colicky babies do face down on your lap. Then pat or
of your own. A parent’s discomfort Not really -- apart from the house- just fine. “In spite of hours of crying,” rub her back to bring up gas.
can include feeling helpless. hold tension it creates. However, it wrote the venerable Dr. Spock, “they
is wise to seek assurance from your continue to gain weight, not just • If you’re breastfeeding your baby,
How can you tell if it’s colic? doctor or early childhood nurse that average-well but better than average. try to keep her position as upright
as possible during her feedings to
All babies cry sometimes; in fact, the the root of your child’s prolonged They are hungry babies. They gulp
help reduce gas. Also check that she
average baby cries about two and crying isn’t a more serious medical down their whole feeding.” And one
is latched on properly.
a half hours a day. But in addition problem. study even found that colicky babies
to persistent crying, a colicky baby turned out to be better problem • If your baby is bottle-fed, make sure
Can a mother’s diet cause colic?
looks truly uncomfortable. He may solvers later in life. she isn’t swallowing air from the
alternately extend or pull up his legs Both formula and breast milk can be bottle. Try to sit her upright to feed
Here are some methods that might
and pass gas. Colic usually occurs linked to a baby’s colic. her, and tilt the bottle enough so
help to soothe your crying baby:
between 6:00 pm and midnight, that the milk covers the entrance to
though it can occur around the Occasionally breastfed babies may the nipple.
become colicky because of some- • Hold your baby close to you, wear
clock, usually becoming worse in the her in a pouch or sling or wrap her
evening. thing in their mother’s diet. Some • If you start to feel tense or anxious,
moms find that if they stop drinking snugly in a blanket. Wearing ear-
ask your partner or a friend to
Generally, a baby becomes colicky cow’s milk and other dairy products, plugs or ear phones may help you
babysit for a short while. Have a
at around two to four weeks of age the situation improves. If you’re deal with the sound of close crying.
long bath, or lie down in a quiet
and is over it by about three months breastfeeding, try cutting out dairy • Some experts believe that over- room. Even just an hour away can
or, in less fortunate cases, six to nine products for a few days to see if stimulating a baby can make colic give you the energy to go back to
months. that makes a difference. If your worse, so keep the room quiet and your baby.
baby’s colic improves, you may have dark. If you don’t feel that holding
Why do some babies get colic? • Talk to your child health nurse or
your culprit. Breastfeeding mothers her is helping, put her in her cot or
Scientists have been trying to need calcium and other nutrients pediatrician, who can offer medical
bassinette for a few minutes. examination, support, and practical
answer that question for more provided by dairy products in their
than 50 years. Colic is often blamed diet, so get some advice on how to • Your baby may cry less if she is kept suggestions.
on the baby’s immature digestive ensure your own nutrition is looked in motion. Carry her in a sling, rock
system. In fact, the word colic comes after before permanently cutting out her in a swing, or push her around in Reprinted with permission. © BabyCenter,
from a Greek word, kolikos, which dairy products. her pram. L.L.C. 2019

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