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Central Coast April 2019

Child Development ......... 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Egg Local Resources ............... 21
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Autism Awareness / Library Programs / Summer Learning / SLO Celebrities / Easter Events

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Child Development
In some cases, autistic people do
not like physical contact, such
as hugs, tickling, or physical play
with others.
Sudden Environment Changes
Due to heightened sensitivity
and dependence on routine, any
sudden change in the surrounding
environment may affect a person
with autism negatively. Common
offending disruptions could be
loud noises, changes in intensity
of lighting, alteration of visual
aspects, or even changes in smell.
In the US, the first National Autism is a complex developmental cause. People with autism Speech can be affected in people
Autism Awareness Month was disability with a wide spectrum are classed as having Autism with autism. ‘Echolalia’ is a
declared by the Autism Society in of symptoms characterized by Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and typical speech symptom in which
April of 1970. A nationwide effort difficulties in the way a person the terms autism and ASD may the person repeats sounds and
was launched to promote autism communicates and interacts with often be used interchangeably. phrases that they hear. The
awareness, educate the public, other people. Autism can be be People with autism have a set of speech tone of an autistic person
enable inclusion and self-deter- present from birth or form during symptoms unique to themselves may be flat or monotonous. When
mination for all, and ensure that early childhood (typically within (no two people are the same), symptoms are more extreme, the
each person with autism is provided the first three years). Autism is with a wide range in severity. person may not speak or interact
the opportunity to achieve the a lifelong neuro-developmental with others.
highest possible quality of life. Common Autism Characteristics
disability with no single known
While no two people with autism Changes in Behavior and Routine
will exhibit the same set of People with autism often display
Cover Photo: Piedras Blancas Rookery symptoms, there are common
characteristics found in those
repetitive behavior when they
repeat the same action many
with this complex disability. times over. For example, a person
Briefly, characteristics include:
Central Coast Family with autism may repeatedly

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People with autism often have behavior or routine can be
EDITOR Associate EDITOR problems interacting with others; unsettling for them. This could
Patrice Horspool Claire Vogel autistic children may not have be a reordering of daily activities, adequate playing and talking such as the sequence when a
skills. Mild symptoms on one end person brushes their teeth, takes
of the spectrum may be displayed a shower, and has breakfast when
Jack Vogel CC F Inquiries: through clumsy behavior, being they get up in the morning. out of sync with those around
them, and making inappropriate Other characteristics of autism
or even offensive comments or can include an unpredictable
GRAPHIC DESIGN DISTRIBUTION MANAGER gestures. At the other end of the rate of learning, asynchronous
Out of the Blue Eric Woodards cognitive, emotional, and physical
spectrum, an autistic person may
not be interested in others at all. development, obsessions, and
Jennifer Best, John J. Cannell, Guy Crabb, Kerrin Edmonds, Empathy
Stanley W. Horspool, Karyn Lutes, Rebecca Juretic, CS Perryess Autism Is Widespread
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(1 in 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls) as
Physical Contact having autism spectrum disorder

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Child Development
(ASD). Since then, researchers Society as means of supporting
estimate that prevalence of ASD awareness for autism. The Puzzle
has remained relatively stable. Ribbons may take the form of
National Autism Awareness
Month aims to make the public
pins attached to clothing, fridge
magnets, or stickers, and are
The Village Salon
more aware about this widespread available to purchase from the
disability and the issues that
arise in the autism community.
Austism Society website. The
Autism Society of America
From the girls
As so many people in America
have autism, chances are that
also runs a year long campaign
through their 1 Power 4 Autism
at Village Salon
you know someone with this initiative, in which people are
disability. A better informed
public will be more understanding
and supportive towards people
encouraged to hold events to
raise awareness and support for
those affected by autism. Call Toni & Toni: Happy
with autism.
This month is sponsored by the
For more information on National
Autism Awareness Month and
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Autism Society of America, which autism spectrum disorders, visit
undertakes a number of activities and/
to raise awareness about autism. or 115 East Branch Street in Arroyo Grande
The Autism Society has local
chapters throughout the United
States that hold special events
throughout April.
The ‘Puzzle Ribbon’ is the official
symbol for Autism Awareness
and is promoted by the Autism
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Library Voice
Check It Out:
Sunday Hours at the
SLO Library

April Happenings
Good news for busy families:
The San Luis Obispo Library will
open on Sunday afternoons,
by Rebecca Juretic 12:00 to 4:00 pm, from April 7 to
June 30, 2019 (except for Easter
Bestselling Author to such wildly popular books Sunday on April 21). All regular
Hold Free Event for series as Jedi Academy and services will be available to the
Teens and Adults Platypus Police Squad. He will public except for those that
be speaking at San Luis Obispo require special appointments,
Want to get your teen excited High School, Atascadero High such as passport acceptance.
about our Book to Action School, and County of San This is a pilot program, and the
community reads program? Luis Obispo Juvenile Hall. San Luis Obispo Library will likely
childhood and how he used
Well, there’s a good chance He will also be discussing his continue to operate on Sundays
art to cope with the fallout
your teen has read books by work and signing books at the if there is sufficient interest.
from his mother’s heroin
this year’s featured author – San Luis Obispo Library on
addiction. We hope to start
you may have some in your own Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 pm. “We received feedback in our
conversations about our own
home library! County-wide Community Survey
county’s opioid crisis. Clearly,
Book to Action is meant to start last year that Sunday hours
Bestselling author Jarrett J. these can be sensitive topics,
conversations about important were something that families
Krosoczka, who wrote and so this program is suitable
topics. Hey, Kiddo is an illustrated were very interested in,”
illustrated our featured book, for teens and adults only.
memoir geared toward young said Assistant Director of SLO
Hey, Kiddo, has also authored adults that details the author’s County Libraries, Chase McMunn.
Hey, Kiddo is a 2019 National
Book Award finalist. You can
check it out at local libraries “It is an additional day for busy
– there’s even a book club families to find a time to make
kit available. Book to Action it to the library and get work
is funded by the Friends done or find something they
of the Atascadero Library, are interested in. We hope that
the San Luis Obispo Friends opening the San Luis Obispo
of the Library, and the Library an additional day
California Center for the Book. will make a large impact for
people in the whole county.”
Cover to cover
books & Burgers Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
Our extremely popular Cover County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
to Cover program is back this
spring! Kids 4-12 who read five
books or more by April 13th
can earn an In-n-Out Burger
reward. Stop in at your library
to sign up and get more details.

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Fun & Games Jack’s Jokes
What’s the most intimidating thing to do in Photoshop? Superimposing!
What do you call a short psychic jail escapee? A small medium at large!
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outings and long road trips. Let your children choose what may
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loss when they do not engage in benefits for young readers that
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students lose the equivalent of Visit your local library and help and stimulate creativity. Visit the outdoors. The following sites can
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Local History
Brushes with Fame by Guy Crabb

The only reason that I watch the driven to the Castle by taxi. Errol
Oscar Awards is to see how some Flynn, Greta Garbo, Harpo Marx,
of the older stars have aged. The and Charles Lindbergh were a few
beginning of the Oscar TV coverage of the more famous people who
includes all the big stars walking have stayed in our area for a while.
down the red carpet to have their
pictures taken by the press, and Stars of the past are the first things
some are interviewed. One of my that enter an old researcher’s mind
all time favorite Hollywood stars is like mine. I have also met a few
Bill Murray. He is still funny and can famous people over the years. I fame. Harry’s Bar in Pismo used to restaurant loved Jack and he loved
make me laugh with just a look, but think one of the most famous stars use John Madden’s name in their them. His wife was wonderful
from our county is Zac Efron, a radio commercials. and just as colorful as Jack. Jack
he does look on the older side now LaLanne was a true modern day
(which he is). I remember some Disney star who lived in Arroyo
Grande. Another famous person Professional golfer Loren Roberts historical figure, and the first fitness
years ago when Bill came to our
who lives in the AG area is Jon was actually born in San Luis Obispo superhero. When I was teaching at
area for a visit. I also started think-
Anderson of the rock group Yes. and continues to be a part of our Morro Elementary in the 1980s, a
ing about the movie people who
I’m not sure if I would recognize community. Horace Grant was a student’s parent that worked for
have lived in our county or have
him if I walked past him on Grand professional basketball player and Jack had him sign an 8 x 10 photo
stayed here for a few years before
Avenue, but I would enjoy saying has made our county his home. I for me. I am still very proud of that
moving on.
howdy to him. I used to listen to know several people who have picture.
From all the research that I have Yes all the time years ago. I also met him and say he’s a very nice
done over the years, I can easily say hear that the “Hulk,” Lou Ferrigno, guy. Ozzie Smith is a Hall of Fame There are many other Hollywood-
our county has had kings, queens, lives in the area. Arroyo Grande is baseball player who went to Cal type people that live or have lived
mega stars, world class athletes, like Hollywood North with all the Poly and would come back to the in the area. Weird Al Yankovic is
and many other famous people stars walking around town. area to help out his alma mater. a Cal Poly alumnus who became
come to our county and either live One of the coolest professional famous for rewriting pop songs
here or visit for a period of time. We’ve also had world class athletes athletes that lived in our area was and making fun of popular culture.
The people that I am referring to stay in our county. One of my all- Ultimate Fighting Champion Chuck Actor James Brolin grew up in the
were guests of one of the most time favorite big league pitchers, Liddell. I would see him walking area, and Johnny Galecki, a star in
famous residents of San Luis Obispo Sandy Kofax of the Los Angeles down Higuera Street and would the TV series Big Bang Theory, had
Dodgers, lived in the North Coun- always be surprised by his height. a ranch in Santa Margarita.
County, William R. Hearst. Mr.
Hearst was one of the richest men ty for years. I got to meet him at Isn’t it fun knowing that you might
in the world, and famous people a golf tournament, and this was an One of the world’s most well-known
see someone famous around town?
came to visit him at his ranch, more opportunity that I will never forget. athletes who ever lived in our area
popularly known as Hearst Castle. I have also met Joe DiMaggio, but was my own mother’s favorite,
Not only did famous people like meeting Sandy was a real dream Jack LaLanne. As Morro Bay’s most Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, and come true. I guess one of the famous resident, Jack would often 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
Winston Churchill stay at Hearst biggest sports figures who made eat at Dorn’s Restaurant. That’s Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
Castle, but many also stayed in San Luis Obispo his home for a few where I met him for the first time, District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
San Luis Obispo before they were years was John Madden, of football and noticed that everyone in the Reach him at

Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over

32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
Reach him at

WR Hearst & Rita Hayworth Jack Lalanne on Colman Beach

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CS Perryess
about words
LEARNING & STUDYING • careful observation or
Modern American society appears
to be ambivalent about learning. • a state of mental perplexity
We all claim it’s of paramount • a state of reverie or abstraction
referred to a value of property used pick-up line, “Voulez vous
importance, but oddly, those who • application of mind to the for tax purposes. Assess comes canoe avec moi?”
excel at it are seldom considered acquisition of learning from the Latin word assidere,
heroes. After looking into the • attentive reading The word paddle takes up a page
to sit by (referring to the fact that
etymologies of these two words, and a half in the Oxford English
• desire, inclination, pleasure, or a judge or assessor was usually
I find myself wondering whether Dictionary. Interestingly, one
interest in something seated while proclaiming property
the concept that so many of us meaning of the word paddle has
• reflection value). By the 1640s, assessment
really admire and aspire to is that no known source. We Americans
also meant an estimation. In the
of studying more than learning. What a world it would be if we all seldom use paddle this way – to
1950s, assessment discovered its
immersed ourselves in study in all walk about in mud or water.
To my surprise, the word learn application to education.
its various meanings. Even that
covers only 2/3 of a page of the There’s also a paddle that refers
state of mental perplexity can be a In 1847 , the verb quiz, showed up
OED. To be truthful, the entry to a small leather bag (diminutive
great thing. When I’m perplexed in English from the Latin qui es?,
isn’t fascinating reading. Learn of pad), and another paddle that
about something, it often leads who are you? (the first thing one
has roots in all of the Germanic refers - for unexplainable reasons
me to, well, study it. must answer on a quiz). By 1867,
languages (except for Dutch, for - to the sea-toad or lumpfish. The
quiz made its way into the world
some unknown reason). Ever What connections do you make paddle we might use in a canoe
of nouns, however, at that point
since it entered English about with the various meanings of is a relative of the word spade,
quiz meant an odd or eccentric
900 AD, learn has meant to ac- study, or what theories do you and some linguists contend it was
person. Quiz’s next life as a noun
quire knowledge. About the most have regarding society’s apparent initially spaddle. Originally, it
started in 1807, when a quiz was
intriguing story learn has to tell ambivalence regarding this topic? meant a long-handled spade-
a hoax, a practical joke, or piece of
us is that back in the 1400s, “I shaped implement that was used
TESTS & QUIZZES humbug. By 1891 the noun quiz
learned him his lesson,” was for clearing a ploughshare of earth
began its long association with
considered proper English. Now let’s take an etymological or digging out thistles. In time,
the classroom and began to mean
look at a topic that (in my humble it morphed into the paddle we
The word study, on the other the act of questioning, specifically
opinion) has been getting an know today.
hand, is worthy of some study. of a class or student by a teacher.
inordinate amount of focus –
It covers nearly three pages of
the purported measurement of What irony, humor, or intrigue do Many thanks to sources: Etymonline, The OED,
the OED. It’s related to studio, Merriam Webster, Latintos.
learning. you find in these word histories?
student, and etude. Study comes
from Latin through French, and The word test came to English PADDLE YOUR CANOE
originally referred to zealous- in the 1300s through Old French
ness, affection, seeking help, and The word canoe comes from
from Latin, originally meaning
applying oneself. It made its the Arawakan language of Haiti.
an earthen pot used in assaying
way into English writings when Canaoua first appeared in English
precious metals. It took till 1590
Chaucer employed it in 1374, and in the 1500s, taken from the notes
for it to generalize to mean trial
has countless shades of meaning. of none other than Christopher
or an examination to determine
The verb alone includes, but is not Columbus (who some revere and
limited to these varied nuances: others feel should’ve received
Within the last few decades, a paddling). The noun referred
• devotion to another’s welfare the educational community has originally to a narrow boat made
• the action of committing to become very fond of the word of a log with the center hol-
memory assessment, which showed up in lowed or burnt out. After a few
CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
• friendliness English in the 1540s, and, much centuries, the meaning broadened books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
foggy little town on California’s central coast.
like test, derived through Old and the noun verbified, creating Find more at,
• an employment, occupation, or
French from Latin. It originally opportunity for the sadly seldom or reach him at

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Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Rotary Centennial Park
2625 South College Drive in Santa Maria
Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum’s biggest event of the
year, the 10th annual Kite Festival will attract over 2,000
kite enthusiasts from all over the Central Coast
Enjoy family-friendly entertainers, arts and crafts,
vendor booths, and a kite hospital!
Thanks to our 2019 sponsors:

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April 2019 Free Ongoing Events
5 6
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 FARMERS MARKETS: 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 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
April Fools DAY DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
3:30-4:15pm AG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade
April is: LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG
Autism Awareness Month Birthstone: Diamond LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
Keep America Beautiful Month Hans Christian National read a 1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
find a rainbow day
National Child Abuse Anderson’s birthday roadmap DAY
Prevention Month JUMP OVER THINGS
Nat. Math Education Month Flower: Sweet Pea
Children’s book day THINGS Day NEW MOON
National Garden Month north pole
National Frog Month discovered (In 1898)
National Poetry Month

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
no housework 3:30-4:15pm AG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
DAY 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
health day zoo lover’s DAY
national sibling thomas jefferson’s
day Birthday (Born in 1743)

1st public encourage

library opened a young writer
day pet
(1833 in New Hampshire) owner’s 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
Jackie Robinson 3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
reach as high as Income tax Day LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
you can day
national stress haiku day
awareness Day
humorous day
slavery abolished
(In DC by Lincoln in 1862) FULL MOON
Da vinci’s birthday
(Born in 1452) cuckoo 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 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
earth day hug a friend day
national pretzel day
pet parents arbor day
day tell a story day

telephone day
shakespeare’s professional’s take daughters &
kindergarten birthday (Born in 1564) day sons to work day
day (1st opened in 1837)

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 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
poetry LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
day zipper day

honesty day

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SAT APR 6 11:00 am-2:00 pm: KIDS DAY & EGG HUNT at Nipomo Community Park, 255 Pomeroy Rd Nipomo. Easter Egg Hunt
with 17,000 eggs starts at 11:oo am on baseball field separated by age: 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 years. Bounce house, carnival games,
magic show, model rocket launches. Bring your own basket. Cost: free. Contact: or 929-5437.

SAT APR 13 10:00-11:30 am: AVILA EASTER PARTY at Avila Beach Community Center, 191 San Miguel St, Avila Beach. Enjoy a
bounce house, egg hunt, crafts, refreshments, and the Easter Bunny. Cost: free. Contact: or 627-1997.

SAT APR 13-SUN APR 21 10:00 am-5:00 pm: SPRING FESTIVAL at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100 Morro Rd, Atascadero. Enjoy fur and
feathers, Bug Zone, baby chicks, crafts, and more for a limited time. Activities for all ages. Cost: included in Zoo admission.
Contact: 470-3170 or

THU APR 18: 6:00-8:30 pm: BUNNY TRAIL DOWNTOWN at SLO Farmers Market. Join the eggs-citement as E. Bunny invites all
kids to “Hop Along the Bunny Trail,” visiting businesses collecting treats. Meet at the corner of Chorro and Higuera to receive a
free map of participating shops and treat bag. Watch for Downtown Bunny! Cost: free. Contact: or 541-0286.

SAT APR 20 10:00 am-12:00 pm: EASTER EGG HUNT at South Bay Community Center, 2180 Palisades Ave, Los Osos. It begins with
contests for the best home decorated egg or best costume. 10:30 am: Los Osos Library story time on the lawn. 11:00 am: egg
hunt for ages 2 to 7. Cost: free. Contact: 528-0100.

SAT APR 20 10:00 am-12:00 pm: EASTER EGG HUNT at Mountainbrook Community Church, 1775 Calle Joaquin, SLO. Kids ages 2-10
can enjoy the Easter Bunny, egg hunt, bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painting, and popcorn. Cost: free. Contact: 543-3162.

SAT APR 20 10:00 am-1:00 pm: FAMILY EGG HUNT & FESTIVAL at 1221 Ash St, Arroyo Grande. Free egg hunt for all ages! Egg toss
competition, bunny hop races, petting zoo, fire engine and police vehicle display, and visits with the bunny. Bring a basket. Cost:
varies. Contact: 473-5474.

SAT APR 20 10:00 am-1:00 pm: EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA at Dinosaur Caves Park, 2701 Price Rd, Pismo Beach. Eggs-citing egg
hunt, games, bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist, and much more! Bring your own basket or bag. Cost: free. Contact: or 773-7063.

SAT APR 20-SUN APR 21 10:00 am-1:00 pm: EASTER FUN at Apple Farm, 2015 Monterey St, SLO. Join the Easter bunny for family
photos. Easter menu available. Cost: free. Contact: 544-6100.

SAT APR 20 10:00 am-3:00 pm: EASTER EGG HUNT & DOG PARADE at Hardie Park, 3rd St, Cayucos. Dress up your favorite pooch
in their best Easter Bonnet and outfit for a parade! Prizes are awarded. Plus an Easter Egg Hunt and meeting with the Easter
Bunny. Sponsored by Cayucos Lioness Club. Cost: free. Contact: 235-2289.

SAT APR 20 11:00 am-1:00 pm: Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt at 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero. Celebrate “Joy Playground,”
the first Inclusive Playground on the Central Coast! This 5th annual event includes a BBQ, egg hunt, friends, and more. Siblings
are welcome, and there is no age limit! Bring one dozen filled eggs. Hunt is at noon. Cost: free. Contact: 235-2289.

SAT APR 20 11:00 am-1:00 pm: EGG HUNT at Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo. Hippity Hoppity! Bring your
basket and join the Bunny for an adventure and search for prize-filled eggs. Ages 0-8. Cost: free. Contact: or 781-7067.

SUN APR 21 at 8:00 am: EASTER EGG HUNT at Shamel Park, 5455 Windsor Blvd, Cambria. Meet the Easter Bunny. Balloons &
prizes for kids 8 yrs and under. Special egg hunt for kids 2 yrs and under. Cost: free. Contact:

Central Coast Family • April 2019 • • Page 19

Local Resources
SLO Classical Academy. is a private Contact: 463-2331 or rskepins@

Alternative Education
school offering part time or full time
classical education in SLO. Part time
options are Tuesday/ Thursday or Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.
Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday Accredited high school program at
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700 Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive

on the or
Wishing Well School in Los Osos
offers pre-school, mixed age
student-parent-teacher partnerships
provide educational resources, a
mentor teacher, and eligibilty for
sports, clubs, and activities. Students

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

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

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

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Family Life
Kids Can do to Recycle by the carryout containers, and opaque

EarthWorks Group (there is also plastic cutlery.
an adult version), and Get Out!:
#7: Mixed plastic (several types
150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-
of plastic mixed together): some
ups to Get Into Nature and Build a
baby bottles; trashcan liners, and
Greener Future by Judy Molland.
some clear plastic cutlery.
Point out the top 10 things to
recycle: aluminum; PET (plastic) There are many websites with fun
bottles; newspaper; corrugated eco-activities for children, such as:
cardboard; steel cans; HDPE
(plastic) bottles, glass containers; ce/eek/cool/rainyday.htm
magazines; mixed paper, and
electronics, such as computers.
Here is a simple test to see if a
can is aluminum or steel. Use
by Steven Smith
a magnet; if the magnet sticks Earth_Day_for_Children
to the can, it is steel. Cans may
Did you know that it takes 20 Global Warming by Laurie David; be bi-metal (made out of both html
years for plastic bags to break aluminum and steel), so you need
• The Kid’s Environment Book by Another fantastic way to get
down (or biodegrade), the to check the top, bottom and
Anne Pedersen; children involved with saving
average U.S. household uses sides of the can with the magnet.
127,400 gallons of water a year, • 50 Simple Things You Can the earth is to encourage earth-
Recycle bi-metal cans with steel
or that compact fluorescent lights Do to Help Save the Earth by friendly crafts. Peruse these
items, which are often recycled at
use 65-75 percent less electricity Earthworks group; books for project ideas:
scrap metal yards. It’s helpful to
than incandescent bulbs? • True Green Kids: 100 Things You understand the types of plastics • Berry Smudges and Leaf Prints
April 22nd is Earth Day. All over Can Do to Save the Planet by when recycling. Kids can learn by Ellen B. Senisi for ages 4-8;
the United States, people will be Kim McKay, to check the number inside the • EcoArt!: Earth-Friendly Art
focusing on earth-friendly living. • What’s the Point of Being Green triangular plastic symbol to figure and Craft Experiences for 3- to
Saving the earth starts at home. out the composition. Here’s a 9-Year-olds by Laurie Carlson;
by Jacqui Bailey.
It is important for parents to breakdown of seven of the most
teach children ways to help each People often talk about the common plastics: • Recycle Crafts Box by Laura C.
day. Parents can lead by example carbon footprint. Kids can find Martin for ages 9-12;
#1: PET (polyethylene
and model responsible behavior out what a carbon footprint is at terephthalate): large plastic soda • Good Earth Art: Environmental
for their children. and learn Art for Kids (Bright ideas for
bottles; most soda; water; juices;
how they impact the earth. By Learning) by MaryAnn F. Kohl
An excellent way to encourage measuring their own footprint, detergents; cleansers, and some
earth-friendly behavior is to teach kids learn how much energy they peanut butter jars. for ages 3-8,
children about environmental consume and how much waste #2: HDPE (High-density • Green Crafts for Children: 35
issues. Check out a few books they generate. The website www. polyethylene): milk jugs; water Step-by-Step Projects Using
from your local library, read jugs; bleaches; detergents, and Natural, Recycled, and Found
them together and have family is aimed for 10 - 18 year olds and is some body products. Materials by Emma Hardy for
discussions about issues like global designed to help raise awareness ages 9-12.
warming, changing climates, on environmental issues. #3: PVC or V (polyvinyl chloride):
ozone depletion, pollution, acid credit cards; garden hoses; By learning more about current
rain, carbon emissions, population Parents can teach the concept shower curtains; cling film, and environmental issues, reducing
consumption, buying less, and
effects, endangered animals and that sometimes “less is more” and some plastic squeeze bottles.
encourage borrowing, renting, using only what we need, we
plants, and habitat destruction. #4: LDPE (low-density can all become stewards of the
or sharing items. We all need to
Here are just a few informative practice the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, polyethylene): most plastic earth. Celebrate with your family
books your child might like: grocery bags; most plastic wrap; at the 29th annual San Luis
and Recycle. Parents can show
some bottles; plastic sandwich Obispo County Earth Day Fair &
• Earth Watch by David Burnie; kids how to recycle in their rooms,
bags, and clear packaging on CD’s. Music Festival on Saturday, April
at home, in the backyard, in the
• An Inconvenient Truth: The #5: Polypropylene (generally not 27th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
community, and in the world.
Crisis of Global Warming by Al recyclable): bottle caps; straws; at Laguna Lake Park in San Luis
Children can be taught about the
Gore; plastic lids; plastic food storage; Obispo. For more information, go
benefits and impact of recycling;
• It’s Your World - If you Don’t saving natural resources and syrup and yogurt containers, and to
Like it, Change it: Activism energy, creating less pollution, some baby bottles.
for Teenagers by Mikki Halpin protecting animals, saving money,
#6: Polystyrene (styrofoam); Steven Smith is a resident of San Luis Obispo
(with a chapter on “Saving the and decreasing waste in landfills.
coffee cups; fast food containers; and a graduate of CSU Long Beach with a
Environment”); degree in Creative Writing. Steven is a painter/
You can find many recycling ideas grocer trays; egg cartons; muralist and freelance writer. Steven can be
• The Down-To-Earth Guide to in books like 50 Simple Things disposable cups and bowls; reached at:

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