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Central Coast May 2019

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

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

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

Safety ....................................... 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Family Life
yoke their talent to tools like

Google Hangout and social media
to stay active professionally while
maximizing the time they spend

at home with their children.

According to a recent study on

millennial mothering trends, 39
percent of millennial moms have
sold something they’ve made
through social media, and they are
significantly more likely than Gen
X moms to successfully freelance.1
Millennial motherhood can be widening the pool of childless As the study’s publisher said, find they have bought flexible and
lonely. Young women experience women who are 30 and older. “Millennials are using the new interesting career opportunities
motherhood in a world vastly And when you consider that digital tools at their disposal to at the price of raising their babies
different from that of Betty the women who had their first deliver in very new ways for their thousands of miles away from the
Friedan and her generation, child before age 20 are not likely family… Moms aren’t just saving mothers, grandmothers, sisters,
fraught with its own challenges. to be socializing with women money; they’re finding creative and aunts who once helped
For starters, being both a having their first at 30, the world ways to earn it.” form a community network of
millennial (born between 1982 and of millennial moms with higher support. The same young tech-
2004) and a mom is not a common education can feel rather small. Other tools like Amazon Mom, savvy mothers building start-
combination in circles where meal delivery services like Blue ups through Skype meetings are
women have bachelor’s degrees, To be sure, millennial moms Apron, and grocery shopping interacting primarily with their
if not master’s or doctorates. The benefit tremendously from services like Instacart make own mothers, who would once
mean age at which women with advances in technology that can domestic life more streamlined be just around the corner, on
college degrees first give birth is make us feel connected. It has and efficient for young mothers Skype. And when a good nanny
now 30. Women are increasingly opened up a world of professional juggling work and family life. But can cost upwards of 20 dollars
earning advanced degrees, only opportunity: young mothers can the flipside of the technological an hour and daycare centers can
connectedness that can define cost $2,000 a month, even nimble
Cover Photo: Mother and Son in the Garden
millennial motherhood is a sort
of alienation that comes with it.
millennial moms finding ways to
work during naptimes can find
It has created a world in which a themselves raising their children
mother could work part-time at with almost no family help or
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Our goal is to connect Central Coast families with the resources they need to thrive! two small children … but apart precedent in human history.
from an occasional errand, only
interact with babies and a laptop The answer to all of this isn’t
Patrice Horspool Claire Vogel screen for much of the workweek. to delay childbearing further (a commonly proposed solution
The effects of technological to mothers’ problems). Rather,
isolation are only exacerbated by millennial moms need tools
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Jack Vogel CC F Inquiries: in America. Even in the 1960s, them to each other, creating a when Betty Friedan complained modern variation on the female
that women were trapped on communities of support and
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Out of the Blue Eric Woodards opportunities, they were much history have helped women get
more likely to live near family that through motherhood, something
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS could offer support. To be sure, that simply is not meant to be
Jennifer Best, John J. Cannell, Guy Crabb, Kerrin Edmonds, some millennials find themselves
Stanley W. Horspool, Karyn Lutes, Rebecca Juretic, CS Perryess navigated alone. A project for
still living with their parents in an ambitious and savvy millennial
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mom and dad behind in search of parenthood. This trend is evident
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Family Life
constantly asked, “Have you disproportionate burden falling
gone back to work yet? Are you on the woman, but society
planning to go back to work?” For increasingly shrugs off the effort
mothers of newborns, questions
such as these can cause strife
as “alternative” or irrelevant. The Village Salon
Millennials are significantly
and anxiety, as they are often
experiencing the most physically
and emotionally demanding work
more likely to say that “being a
good parent is one of the most
Happy May &
of their lives. Mothers are left
with the sense that motherhood
important things in life” than
the generation before them,
according to a recent Pew study.
Mother’s Day
is just a pause from the real
work that society expects them While millennials may increasingly
to return to, as soon as they are separate marriage from raising To all mothers, mothers to be, mothers
physically able, whenever their children, they see more value who were, and mothers to others!
“disability leave” (as it’s legally in parenthood, not less. The
categorized) ends. challenge for this generation,
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isolation. Parenthood remains a emotional support.
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Library Voice
Check It Out:
May Happenings by Rebecca Juretic

Celebrate Day of the Child tunes performed by local band

Mariachi Mexicanisimo. We
First 5 of San Luis Obispo will have free book giveaways
County has been partnering in English and Spanish, games,
with County of San Luis Obispo activities, and more! All ages
Public Libraries to provide are welcome to attend.
programs for preschool-
Coalition and the Parent including these free resources:
aged children at local library This program is sponsored
Connection are hosting free
branches. Our next program by First 5 of San Luis Obispo
Curious Parent Forums at the Homework Help - Interact with
is a Dia de los Libros / Dia de County and the California
Arroyo Grande Library. The live tutors in math, science,
los Ninos, or Day of the Child State Library.
next one is happening on reading and writing, social
celebration on Saturday, May
Saturday, May 4th, 11:00 am studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP
4th from 11:00 am to noon at Free Forums for Parents
to noon on the topic of Oral and state standardized tests.
the San Luis Obispo Library.
Health for Children. We invite
Each month during the school
you to bring questions about 24-Hour Writing Lab - Submit
We will be dancing to festive year, the South County Youth
your child’s oral hygiene or essays and other forms of
other dental issues, such as writing for free constructive
thumb sucking, flossing, gum feedback.
care, tooth grinding, or bad
breath. Homework Send Question -
Submit homework questions
Directly following the forum, for expert guidance.
we will be offering free
youth dental screenings. Adult Learning Center -
Childcare will be provided for Access a library of rich adult
this event and refreshments learning content (GED) and
will be served. Pre-registration live, professional assistance
is required. To register for in resume and cover letter
this event, you can call Rubi writing, U.S. citizenship prep,
Cuevas at (805) 474-3000 ext. a MS Office Essential Skills
1229, send an email to: rubi. Series, and more!, or sign
up online at Foreign Language Lab and
Go to the events calendar Spanish -Speaking Support.
and click on the event.
To access HelpNow, go to
Free Test & Homework Help, click on the
“Kids” tab and find the
As we wind down the school “Brainfuse” logo. If you
year and enter into the season don’t have a library card, you
of final exams and assessment can obtain a temporary one
tests, remember that SLO instantly online to access
County Libraries offer free many of the free resources at
resources through Brainfuse
HelpNow. With just your
library card, you can access Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
online and on-demand help County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
for all ages and grade levels,

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Fun & Games

Jack’s Jokes
If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?

Knock Knock. Who’s there? Figs. Figs who? Figs the doorbell!

What do you call a lazy baby kangaroo? A pouch potato!

May Day Word Search

Sudoku begins with some of the grid cells filled with numbers. The object is to fill
the other empty cells with numbers between 1 and 9 (1 number only in each cell).
A number should appear only once in each row, column, and region.

S 5 31 5 78 6
U27 6 5
D8 7 5 6 2 7
4 3
O 3 4 8 5
3 9 7 6
K 8 3 9 1

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National Water Safety Month Educational Services

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that water safety is everyone’s who’s in trouble in the water; Keep rescue equipment and a first
child drowning is a silent death, aid kit at poolside. Keep children away from pool
responsibility. drains, pipes and other openings
with no splashing to alert anyone
Water Safety Tips that a child is in trouble. Equip doors and windows that to avoid entrapments.
exit to a pool area with alarms. If a child is missing, look for him or
Teach children water safety Don’t just wait for paramedics to
arrive and lose valuable life-saving Keep a telephone close by when her in the pool or spa first.
and swimming skills as early as
possible. All children are born seconds. 4-6 minutes without you or your family is using a pool Share safety instructions with
with a breath holding reflex that oxygen can cause permanent or spa, with emergency numbers family, friends and neighbors.
disappears at 10-12 months of brain damage or death. programmed into speed-dial.
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automatically hold their breath To learn more about the National Install four-sided isolation fencing, saving so that you can assist in a
under water. Water Safety campaign, events, at least five feet high, equipped pool emergency.
and how to help others swim with self-closing and self-latching
Always brief babysitters on water safely this summer, visit the gates, that completely surrounds Maintain appropriate equipment
safety, emphasizing the need for online NWS resource www. the pool and prevents direct for your pool or spa.
constant supervision. access from the house and yard.
Install a four-foot or taller fence
Maintain constant visual contact around the pool and spa and
with children in a pool or pool use self-closing and self-latching
area. If a child is missing, check gates; ask your neighbors to do
the pool first; seconds count in the same at their pools.
preventing death or disability.
Install and use a lockable safety
Don’t use flotation devices as a cover on your spa.
substitute for supervision. Never
If your house serves as a fourth
allow a young child in a pool
side of a fence around a pool,
without an adult.
install door alarms and always use
Don’t leave objects such as toys them. For additional protection,
that might attract a child in the install window guards on windows
pool and pool area. facing pools or spas.

Never prop the gate to a pool Install pool and gate alarms to
area open. alert you when children go near
the water.
Never assume someone else is
watching a child in a pool area. Ensure any pool and spa you use
has compliant drain covers, and
Don’t leave chairs or other items ask your pool service provider if
of furniture where a child could you do not know.
use them to climb into a fenced
pool area. Maintain pool and spa covers in
good working order.
Stay close and alert watching
children in and around the pool. Consider using a surface wave or
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Local History
San Luis Obispo’s Downtown Businesses

by Guy Crabb

I moved to San Luis Obispo County businesses go out of business. some of the places I recall. When was a real landmark in the businesses
in 1980 to finish my college education my daughters were little, I used of downtown for 65 years (1949-
in Liberal Studies at Cal Poly and I have talked with people whose to take them downtown and walk 2014) on the corner of Marsh and
become a teacher. Living here nearly families have lived in the area for over around until they would plead for Nipomo Streets. If you like clam
forty years, I have seen numerous one hundred years. I love hearing ice cream. Their favorite place was chowder, you’ve probably been to
businesses come and go. When my their stories of when they would the Swenson’s Ice Cream shop at 728 Splash Café at 1491 Monterey. This
wife and I go meandering around go to Purity Store on Marsh (that is Higuera, which later turned into SLO was the location of Ed’s Take Out
town, I can’t help but blurt out now the parking lot for Wells Fargo Maid Ice Cream. We would pick out a from the mid 1950s into the ‘80s. If
something like, “I remember when Bank), or how they used to go to a booth and Katie and Kris would order you were cool enough to wear the
this was a deli,” which prompts my great restaurant downtown called hot fudge sundaes and I would get a current fashions of the 1950s-‘70s,
wife to remind me that I have said Corcorans, or how their favorite chocolate malt. Today there is a bar you may have gone to Trend-O-
that once or twice (all right, maybe movie theater called the Obispo there called the Frog and Peach. I Fashion on the corner of Chorro and
50 times) before. burned down in 1975. still haven’t been in there because Higuera, where Bath and Body Works
it’s strange to know that little kids is today. A person I worked with told
Due to my research, I have had the The longer I live here, the more I were once the main customers in this me that her grandparents owned the
opportunity to meet many wonderful appreciate these stories. If you have building. McMahan’s Furniture store in the
people who have lived in the area lived in the area during the last thirty Masonic Building on Marsh Street,
for years and I have seen many years, let’s see if you remember Across the street, another bar called where Central Coast Surfboards is
The Library is at 723 Higuera. Unless today. Many of us still remember
you have lived here for a long time, this building as Law’s Hobby Store.
you would never guess that this Law’s occupied the ground floor
bar was one of the most popular of the Masonic building for over 30
bakeries in town. Delite Bakery was years.
there for over forty years. Everyone
in town knew you could always get It’s fun discovering information
something good to eat at Delite’s. about SLO’s downtown businesses.
If you lived in the area during the Recently, I took my students
1960’s or early 1970’s, you may downtown to photograph various art
remember the really great treats at works. We also visited a few special
Spudnut Donuts, which later became places, such as the upstairs of the
Bill’s Donuts at 686 Higuera. Today, Warden Building (a hidden treasure).
steaks and ribs are served at F. Both doors were open and we all
McLintocks, which has occupied this walked up the majestic staircase. As
building since the mid 1970’s. we reached the second floor, I could
hear the kids gasp because of the
Not long ago my wife and I were cool glass roof and huge wide-open
having dinner at McLintocks. While area upstairs. At one time, many
eating at the bar, a man nearby said doctors, dentists, attorneys, and
that he had lived in the area for a long other service-related businesses had
time. I asked him if he remembered their offices here, and people would
when McLintocks was a donut shop. wait in this incredible waiting room.
He proceeded to talk my ear off
until my food got cold about how The next time you’re in downtown
it took the new owners forever to SLO, don’t be afraid to open the door
clean all the grease off the walls and to a treasure (with good manners of
floors. He then looked slowly around course), and create a great memory.
the restaurant as if reliving a fond
In the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, there was
Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
a business at 888 Monterey Street
32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
called Sno-White Creamery. It must Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
have been a great ice cream shop selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
because it was around for over 20 District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
years. Foster’s Old Fashioned Freeze Reach him at

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or understand from experience or regarding Missouri’s statehood in
to respond successfully to a new relation to the Mason-Dixon Line. He
experience; clever implies quickness needed to say something that would
in learning or understanding, appear in the papers back home in
but sometimes connotes a lack Buncombe, so he unabashedly made
CS Perryess of thoroughness or depth; alert a “long, dull, irrelevant speech.” In

emphasizes quickness in sizing up time, Buncombe shifted to bunkum,
a situation; bright and smart are which got shortened to bunk.

about words somewhat informal, less precise

equivalents for any of the preceding;
Blatherskite, was born during the
American Revolution, and refers
brilliant implies an unusually high to both the words spoken by a
Boggled by Bogus Bogeys Over the years the verb boggle has degree of intelligence; intellectual talkative, nonsensical person and
One would think that boggle, meant: suggests keen intelligence coupled the person him/herself. It comes
bogus, and bogey would all be -to start with fright with interest and ability in the more of blather, meaning to babble.
closely related. They may be. Or advanced fields of knowledge. Blather is a Scottish term derived
-to take alarm
not. It seems the Queens and Kings Beautiful is applied to that which from an Old Norse word meaning
-to shy, as a startled horse
of Etymology can’t always dig up gives the highest degree of pleasure to wag the tongue, added to skite,
enough dirt to prove anything, so -to hesitate to the senses or to the mind and meaning a contemptible individual.
instead, we have speculation, but -to play fast or loose suggests that the object of delight We see a related ending in the word
fascinating speculation it is. Here are approximates one’s conception cheapskate, and a related beginning
-to scare
some bits and pieces of it: of an ideal; lovely applies to in the term blithering idiot. Skite also
-to make a mess of that which delights by inspiring
Bogey, bogie or bogy, may be derived originated in Old Norse, from a word
from bug, meaning scarecrow, while the noun form of boggle has affection or warm admiration; meaning to shoot, which apparently
bugbear or terror, OR bogy meaning meant: handsome implies attractiveness is what the Old Norse thought should
the devil, OR from bogle, meaning -a goblin by reason of pleasing proportions, be done with blatherers.
goblin symmetry, elegance, etc., and Bosh came to English in the 1830s
-an objection
carries connotations of masculinity, from Turkish. Its literal Turkish
Over the years, this derogatory term -an enjoyable word game from
dignity, or impressiveness; pretty
has been used to mean: meaning of empty, applies in English
Milton Bradley implies a dainty, delicate or graceful
only to meaningless speech or
-one who spoils the game or It’s all pretty boggling. quality in that which pleases and
interferes with the pitch carries connotations of femininity
Old Dictionary Appreciation Claptrap appeared in the 1730s and
-a tax collector or diminutiveness; comely applies
My affinity for old dictionaries should to persons only and suggests a meant a stage trick to catch applause.
-a curse be no surprise to Wordmonger Since then we’ve lost the applause-
wholesome attractiveness of form
-bad luck followers. This appreciation has been and features rather than a high degree inducing element of the term and it
fueled by experience with watered- of beauty; fair suggests beauty that simply means cheap, nonsensical or
-a dissatisfied customer
down newer dictionaries, or – sadder is fresh, bright or flawless and, when pretentious language.
-a lump of mucus or slime still – “student dictionaries” that may applied to persons, is used especially There are so many great synonyms
(and there’s a verb to go bogy, which as well have had the marrow sucked of complexion and features; good- for bunk, blatherskite, bosh, and
means to become prophetic or out of their bones. looking is closely equivalent to claptrap. What empty-word words
develop a second sight) I can find no Old Dictionary handsome or pretty, suggesting would you add to the list?
Bogus may have originated as a Appreciation Day, Week, or Month, a pleasing appearance, but not
term for a machine which printed so I’ve decided to celebrate old expressing the fine distinctions of My thanks to sources:, Hugh
Rawson’s Wicked Words, Partridge’s Concise
counterfeit money, OR may have dictionaries whenever the spirit either word; beauteous in poetry Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional En-
come from tantrabogus, a term used moves me. This week is one such and lofty prose is now often used in glish, Webster’s 1959 New World Dictionary of
humorously disparaging references the American Language, and the OED.
in Vermont to refer to ill-looking week.
objects, OR from near Devonshire, It doesn’t take dusty, leather-bound to beauty. Is that poetry, or what?
where bogus was used to refer to dictionaries to stoke my fires. Bunk and its Buddies
the devil. Dictionaries published as recently English is rife with colorful terms
Over the years, bogus has been used as the 1960s simply make me smile. referring to irrelevant, useless,
to mean: I find what I need in them. They or empty words. As we ramp up
include the features I expect. to ramping up to elections, let’s
-a sham
One such element is the “synonym” celebrate a few of them.
feature which closes the occasional Bunk appeared in American English
-anything spurious entry. This feature takes similar about 1900 as a shortened form
-something unpleasant, dull, or silly words or terms and parses out the of bunkum, meaning nonsense. By
shades of meaning. Here are two most accounts the term was born
Boggle is somewhat straightforward CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
synonym entries from my 1959 in the US House of Representatives books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
in its etymology, as most agree
Webster’s New World Dictionary: when North Carolina Representative foggy little town on California’s central coast.
boggle came from the French word Find more at,
bogle, a spectre. Intelligent implies the ability to learn Felix Walker threw in his two cents or reach him at

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May 2019 Free Ongoing Events
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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
Birthstone: DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
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May is: Emerald LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT,
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space Day 1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
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Flower Month (Born in 1903)
National Mental Health Month Lily of the Valley
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Older Americans Month remembrance day
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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
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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
teacher day clean up
national your room day
train DAY
national Family
no socks day child care
provider’s day
International NEW MOON
No Diet DAY
twilight zone day

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
kite day 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
nurses day
national dance
like a chicken day national Wear Purple
mother’s day chocolate chip for Peace international
day museum day
1st Us nickel
minted (in 1866) visit your
relatives day
tulip day
1st kentucky derby armed forces day
(in 1875)

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
circus 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
peace day flight (in 1927)
national missing
children’s day
penny day
red cross
founded 1st morse code
(by Clara Barton in 1881) message sent
(WA DC to Baltimore in 1844)

play a musical
instrument day

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 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
no tobacco day
Jim Thorpe’s
(Born in 1888
memorial day
golden gate john F
bridge opens Kennedy’s
(in 1937) birthday
(Born in 1917)

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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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section of a local grocery store or tering Melons (for older children
a garden shop. If there isn’t much and young adults).

Grow it & Cook It outdoor space for a garden plot, chil-

dren might prefer planting vegeta-
bles in containers. Cherry tomatoes
Go online with your kids and check
out these websites: www.homean-

Gardening With Kids grow well in pots and small children, www.gardening.
love them. Popular plants for chil-
dren to grow include tomatoes, zuc- Gardening_with_Kids (This site has
chini, pumpkins, beans, potatoes, links to other garden websites),
and carrots. There are many helpful,
gardening books and websites. Kids and/or
can look for books like these at local Take your child on field trips. To see
libraries: a deluxe vegetable stand, visit the
by Steven Smith Avila Valley Barn (http://www.avila-
• In My Garden: a Child’s Garden-
ing Book, shows a garden 10 x 12 Call 595-2810 for
Have you tasted a homegrown to- To foster interest in planting a gar- feet with seven types of vegeta- hours. Another fantastic place to
mato or strawberry picked straight den, try these popular books for bles: lettuce, radishes, carrots, zuc- take the kids is the seasonal Cal Poly
from the garden? Preparing dish- chini, beans, peppers and toma- U-Pick fields (http://crops.calpoly.
young children: The Carrot Seed,
es with vegetables or fruit that you toes) for preschoolers. edu/). Call 756-2279 for dates and
Growing Vegetable Soup, and Little
have grown is a real treat. Teaching hours. Shop at our many local Farm-
Yellow Pear Tomatoes. For older
your children to grow vegetables • A Kid’s Guide to How Vegetables ers’ Markets to see a multitude of
children, I recommend: Grow it Cook
and fruits to cook is an excellent fam- Grow by Patricia Ayers, age 4 to 8. vegetables and fruits grown on the
It; A Backyard Vegetable Garden for
ily project, especially during the sum- Central Coast.
Kids; The Vegetables We Eat, and • Growing Vegetables is Fun by
mer months when school is out and Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes. Emma Cooper. Harvesting your vegetables from the
harvest time approaches! And, don’t forget the all-time favor- garden is especially fun and reward-
ite classic Jack and the Beanstalk! • The Ultimate Step-by-Step Kids’ First ing. If your children have not cooked
Growing and preparing their own Gardening Book: Fantastic Garden-
vegetables allows children to con- before, this can be an excellent op-
Many vegetables can be grown ei- ing Ideas for 5-12 year Olds by Jenny portunity for them to learn how to
tribute to their family, learn about ther in a plot of ground or in con- Hendy for ages 4-8.
nature and science, and develop pa- prepare fresh vegetables for the
tainers. Kids can research the local family’s meal. Betty Crocker’s Cook-
tience. Sharing a garden provides growing season, their gardening • Kids in the Garden: Growing Plants
opportunities for the family to spend for Food and Fun by Elizabeth Mc- book for Girls and Boys, DK Children’s
zone, how much space vegetables Cook Book, and American Heart As-
quality time together. Children can need, what kind of soil and fertilizer Corquodale for ages 9-12.
learn about the history and variety of sociation Kids’ Cookbook have illus-
is best, how to start plants or seeds, • Growing Vegetables by Tracy Maur- trations or step-by-step instructions
vegetables, how to cultivate them, and what tools are needed.
and traditions, celebrations and folk- er for ages 9-12. so children can follow along. Other
lore about them (such as, using pump- popular cookbooks for children in-
Before your child decides what to • Jerry Baker’s Terrific Tomatoes,
kins in fall celebrations). clude:
plant, they can visit the produce Sensational spuds and Mouth-Wa-
• Emeril’s: There’s A Chef in My Soup:
Recipes for the Kid in Everyone by
Emeril Lagasse for ages 4-8.

Los Osos Valley • Kids Can Cook Vegetarian Recipes

by Dorothy R. Bates for ages 4-8.

Organic Farm
• Kid’s Cookbook: A Great Book for
Kids Who Love to Cook! by Abigail
Dodge for ages 4-8.
• Kitchen Fun for Kids by Michael F. Jacobson for ages 7-12.
• Kids Can Press: Jumbo Cookbook for ages 9-12.

(805) 242 6789 • Kids Cook 1-2-3 by Rozanne Gold

for ages 9-12.

Get your children outdoors and start

your family garden. Come harvest
time, you’ll be glad you did!

Steven Smith is a resident of San Luis Obispo

and a graduate of CSU Long Beach with a
degree in Creative Writing. Steven is a painter/
muralist and freelance writer. Steven can be
reached at:

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San Luis Obispo Train Day
Saturday, May 11th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
at the historical Freighthouse
1940 Santa Barbara Ave . San Luis Obispo
Bring the whole family to enjoy model trains, kids’ activities,
railroad displays, presentations, tours, Irish music,
and Cal Poly Lion Dancers
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad
completion at Promontory Summit, Utah on May 10, 1869
and the contribution by Chinese and Irish builders
Admission: Free for Museum Members (you may join at the door)!
$5 for 16 and over . $3 for 4-15 . Free for ages 3 and under (805) 548-1894

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