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Central Coast May 2020


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

Library Resource ................. 4

Wellness ..................................... 6

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

Family Life ............................. 10

History ....................................... 12

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

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

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

Alt Education ........................ 21

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Child Development
family over, and don't go to their
homes. People who look healthy

still can be infected and can spread
the virus. That's why it's important
to stay away from everyone, even

if they don't seem sick.
If you have to go out, make sure
you are at least 6 feet (2 meters)

away from other people. Viruses
can spread when someone sneezes
or coughs out tiny droplets. They

may even spread when people talk.
These droplets don't usually travel
more than 6 feet before falling to
the ground. Also, follow the CDC's
advice on wearing a cloth face
covering (or a face mask, if you
by Jonathan M. Miller, MD
have one).
If you're caring for someone who
is sick, take all recommended
Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues distancing when outside of the people. When people who are precautions. It's important to keep
to spread through communities home to work or play. infected with the virus stay away that person away from others.
in the USA. The best way to fight from others, they can't pass it
What Is Social Distancing? Why Are Schools Closed if
this spread is for everyone to to anyone else. This way, fewer
Kids Aren't Sick?
keep practicing proper hygiene Social distancing is a method people get sick at the same
when in the home and social of maintaining space between time. Then, doctors, clinics, and Kids don't seem to get as sick
hospitals are better able to keep from coronavirus as adults. But
up with treating those who need infected kids can develop serious
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medical care. illness and even asymptomatic
What Should We Do? kids still spread the virus to people
who could become seriously ill.
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Social distancing means: Closing schools protects everyone

in a community.
Our goal is to connect Central Coast families with the resources they need to thrive! not going out unless it is necessary.
Necessary reasons to go out include Can Kids Still Get Together
EDITOR Associate EDITORS buying food, getting medical care, With Friends?
Patrice Horspool Claire & Jack Vogel
or going for a walk or a bike ride It might feel like ordinary life is
alone or with members of the
at a standstill. Movie theaters
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where people gather been called off or rescheduled.
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including buses, subways, taxis, With a bit of creativity, you can
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Child Development

The Village Salon

Happy May &
can walk or ride with their parents You Can Still Be Social
Mother’s Day
in search of "treasures" or stuffed
animals in windows. These give The official phrase is "social To all mothers, mothers to be, mothers
kids fun things to do outside while distancing," but it can help to
still keeping physical distance think of it as "physical distancing" who were, and mothers to others!
instead. We can still be social, just
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Library Voice
Check It Out:
May Digital Offerings
by Rebecca Juretic

When County of San Luis Obispo Temporary unlimited access to

Public Libraries closed temporarily Kanopy Kids, which offers a
due to the COVID-19 stay-at-home variety of educational streaming
order, our services didn’t cease. video for kids though the Kanopy
As SLO County residents began app or the Kanopy channel on
exploring the resources found Roku or Apple TV. 
online at, we saw Hundreds of new eBook and
a sharp increase in the use of Bonus Borrows: Patrons now an account online via the Library
audiobook titles have been website at
our digital offerings like eBooks, have access to over 1,100 new
added to our digital platform,
audiobooks and movie streaming. bonus items on the Hoopla app, OverDrive and CloudLibrary
CloudLibrary. This is in addition to
like Harry Potter, in addition to Read-Alongs, which offer digital
In order to meet the needs of the thousands of eBooks, movies,
their regular 5 items per month. narrated books for children.
families who are staying close to and audiobooks that County of
home, the library has expanded San Luis Obispo Public Library ZipBooks: Adults and kids can Family Book Recommendations:
its free online and digital services. users have already been able request a book or audiobook Recommendations for books
Here are just a few of the new to access from home using the online through the library for readers of all ages through
services that patrons can access digital apps Libby, CloudLibrary, “Suggest a title” page and have the Novelist and BookBrowse
through Kanopy, and Hoopla. it delivered to their home, free of services.
Ask a Librarian: Use the online
Online Story times: Check out the form to submit questions and
SLO County Library YouTube page receive an answer from a real
for online story time. County of San Luis Obispo County
Expanded E-Resources: The librarian.
Library has worked with vendors If you don’t have a library card,
to expand access to digital you can easily sign up for one at
research databases to allow for (click the “Library
at-home access. These resources, Card” tab). This digital library
in addition to community card will give you access to all of
information, health resources, the online content mentioned
educational content, and even above.
online storytimes can be accessed
through the library COVID-19 For up-to-date information about
Trusted Resources page at: library resources, be sure to sign up at to receive the
slolibrary/course/12593. County of San Luis Obispo Public
Library newsletter or follow the
The libraries continue to offer library on social media.
these popular online resources:
A landing page for library digital
Brainfuse free online tutoring. resources and community
Brainfuse provides access to information can be found at
free online homework help
including virtual 1-on-1 tutoring in slolibrary/course/12593.
a wide range of subjects for K-12
students, in addition to a bank of Tutorials to use these resources is
videos, activities, writing labs, and accessible at – just
other enrichment activities 24/7. click on the blue tab at the right
of the screen.
Tutoring is offered via chat from 1
Brainfuse PM to 10 PM, seven days a week,
On demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning. View how easy, intuitive and engaging in both English and Spanish.
Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
Brainfuse HelpNow eLearning is for all ages and levels. The writing lab module helps Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
Go to: www.slolibr ar y.or g/index.php/kids students edit their papers. The County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
service is free and easy to set up

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Aikido (The Art of Peace) is a perfect martial art for children, because it builds a
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Children practice in a friendly, supportive, coed atmosphere. Specially qualified

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Visit our school, watch a class, and decide if Aikido would benefit your child!

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May is National Asthma and a week or two, or that develop Exhausted and overwhelmed from sleepless nights?
Allergy Awareness Month. It’s around the same time every year. Face to Face, Phone, & Email Consultations . Local group classes
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time to educate your family about clearing, coughing, nose rubbing,
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Seasonal Allergies in Children airways, called bronchial tubes, are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts,
Itching or tingling sensations in overreact by constricting (getting seafood, soy, and wheat
Allergies and asthma can often the mouth and throat are not narrower).
start in childhood and continue usually complaints with a cold, Controlling Allergy Symptoms
throughout life. Although neither but are the hallmark of an allergy. Many different substances and
can be cured, with proper care It’s helpful to use air conditioners
Wheezing, difficulty breathing, events can “trigger” an asthma
they can usually be kept under or filters, where possible, to
and other respiratory symptoms, attack — exercise, cold air, viruses,
control. Allergies are caused by reduce exposure to pollen in both
recurrent red, itchy, dry or scaly air pollution, certain fumes and,
the body’s reaction to substances your home and your car. Molds
rashes in the creases of the especially, a host of allergens. In
called “allergens,” which trigger are present in the spring and late
skin, wrists, and ankles also may fact, about 80 percent of children
the immune system to react to indicate an allergy. with asthma also have allergies summer, particularly around areas
harmless substances as though and, for them, allergens are often of decaying vegetation. Children
they were attacking the body. When it comes to rashes, the most asthma triggers. with mold allergies should avoid
common chronic inflammatory playing in dead leaves in the fall.
When to Suspect an Allergy skin condition in children is Common Allergens
Dust mites are commonly found
Some allergies are easy to identify eczema, also called atopic
in upholstered furniture, bedding,
by the pattern of symptoms that dermatitis. Although not strictly In spring, warmer weather can and rugs. Padded furnishings,
follows exposure to a particular an allergic disorder, eczema in increase outdoor allergens. In such as mattresses, box springs,
substance. But others are more young children has many of the fall, many indoor allergens cause pillows, and cushions should
subtle, and may masquerade as hallmarks of allergies and is often problems because children are be encased in allergen-proof,
other conditions. Here are some a sign that hay fever and asthma indoors for longer periods. zip-up covers available through
common clues that could lead you may develop. The rate of eczema, Dust: contains dust mites and fine specialized retailers. Wash linens
to suspect that your child may like that of asthma, is increasing particles from other allergens, weekly, and bedding such as
have an allergy. throughout the world. Where such as pollen, mold, and animal blankets every 2 to 3 weeks in hot
asthma is rare, the rate of eczema dander water to kill dust mites. Replace
Repeated or chronic cold-like is also low. pillows every 2 to 3 years.
symptoms that last more than Fungi: including molds too small
When to Suspect Asthma Work With Your Pediatrician
to be seen with the naked eye

Although allergies and asthma
Furry animals: cats, dogs, guinea Your child’s allergy and/or asthma
often go together, they are
pigs, gerbils, rabbits, and other treatment should start with your
actually two different conditions. pediatrician. If needed, your
In simple terms, asthma is a doctor may refer you to a pediatric
chronic condition that starts in Clothing and toys: especially allergy specialist for additional
For Wildlife in Distress the lungs. Allergies are reactions those made, trimmed, or stuffed evaluations and treatments.
Call Our Hotline: that start in the immune system. with animal hair
 Although there are many over-
Not everybody with allergies has
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the-counter antihistamines,
asthma, but most people with Latex: household and school decongestants, and nasal sprays,
asthma have allergies. articles, such as rubber gloves,
it is very important that you
toys, balloons; elastic in socks,
The airways of the typical child underwear, and other clothing; work with a pediatrician to make
with asthma are inflamed or airborne particles
 sure that your child’s conditions
swollen, which makes them are correctly diagnosed and the
oversensitive. When they come Bacterial enzymes: used to symptoms properly treated.
in contact with an asthma manufacture enzyme bleaches Excerpted with Permission. © 2020 American
“trigger” — something that and cleaning products Academy of Pediatrics.

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Fun & Games Jack’s Jokes
If evolution really works, why do mothers have only two hands?

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

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

Mother’s 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.

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Family Life
don’t forget the all-time favorite gardeningwithkids/Gardening_
classic Jack and the Beanstalk! with_Kids (This site has links to

Grow it & Cook It other garden websites), www.

Many vegetables can be grown, and/
either in a plot of ground or in or

Gardening With Kids containers. Kids can research

the local growing season, their Take your child on field trips. To
gardening zone, how much space see a deluxe vegetable stand,
vegetables need, what kind of soil visit the Avila Valley Barn (http://
and fertilizer is best, how to start Call
plants or seeds, and what tools 595-2810 for hours. Another
are needed. fantastic place to take the kids is
the seasonal Cal Poly U-Pick fields
Before your child decides what to ( Call
by Steven Smith
plant, they can visit the produce 756-2279 for dates and hours.
section of a local grocery store or Shop at our many local Farmers’
Have you tasted a homegrown for the family to spend quality a garden shop. If there isn’t much Markets to see a multitude of
tomato or a strawberry picked time together. Children can learn outdoor space for a garden plot, vegetables and fruits grown on
straight from your own garden? about the history and variety of children might prefer planting the Central Coast.
Preparing dishes with vegetables vegetables, how to cultivate them, vegetables in containers. Cherry
or fruit that you have grown is a and traditions, celebrations and tomatoes grow well in pots and Harvesting your vegetables from
real treat. Teaching your children folklore about them (such as, using small children love them. Popular the garden is especially fun and
to grow vegetables and fruits to pumpkins in fall celebrations). plants for children to grow include rewarding. If your children have
cook is an excellent family project, tomatoes, zucchini, pumpkins, not cooked before, this can be
especially during the summer To foster interest in planting a beans, potatoes, and carrots. an excellent opportunity for
months when school is out and garden, try these popular books them to learn how to prepare
for young children: The Carrot There are many helpful gardening fresh vegetables for the family’s
harvest time approaches!
Seed, Growing Vegetable Soup, books and web sites. Kids can meal. Betty Crocker’s Cookbook
Growing and preparing their own and Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes. look for books like these at local for Girls and Boys, DK Children’s
vegetables allows children to For older children, I recommend: libraries or bookstores: Cook Book, and American Heart
contribute to their family, learn Grow it Cook It; A Backyard
Vegetable Garden for Kids; The • I n My Garden: a Child’s Association Kids’ Cookbook
about nature and science, and have illustrations or step-by-step
Vegetables We Eat, and Blue Gardening Book, shows a
develop patience. Sharing a
Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes. And, garden 10 x 12 feet with seven instructions so children can follow
garden can provide opportunities
types of vegetables: lettuce, along. Other popular cookbooks
radishes, carrots, zucchini, for children include:
beans, peppers and tomatoes) • Emeril’s: There’s A Chef in My
for preschoolers. Soup: Recipes for the Kid in
• A Kid’s Guide to How Vegetables Everyone by Emeril Lagasse for
Grow by Patricia Ayers for ages ages 4-8.
4 to 8. • Kids Can Cook Vegetarian
• Growing Vegetables is Fun by Recipes by Dorothy R. Bates for
Emma Cooper. ages 4-8.

• The Ultimate Step-by-Step Kids’ • Kid’s Cookbook: A Great Book

First Gardening Book: Fantastic for Kids Who Love to Cook! by
Gardening Ideas for 5-12 year Olds Abigail Dodge for ages 4-8.
by Jenny Hendy for ages 4-8. • Kitchen Fun for Kids by Michael
• Kids in the Garden: Growing F. Jacobson for ages 7-12.
Plants for Food and Fun by • Kids Can Press: Jumbo
Elizabeth McCorquodale for Cookbook for ages 9-12.
ages 9-12.
• Kids Cook 1-2-3 by Rozanne Gold
• Growing Vegetables by Tracy for ages 9-12.
Maurer for ages 9-12.
So get your children outdoors
• Jerry Baker’s Terrific Tomatoes, and start your family vegetable
Sensational spuds and Mouth- garden. Come harvest time, you’ll
Watering Melons (for older all be glad you did!
children and young adults).
Go online with your kids and Steven Smith is a resident of San Luis Obispo
check out these websites: 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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Local History Monterey Street is getting a makeover.
Buildings are being renovated and the
parking lots are being dug up.

San Luis Obispo Summer 1917

Buy your copy of Monterey/Marsh Sts
100 Year Book. Remember the past, as
the future is right around the corner.

Enjoy Your Memories!

Get an autographed copy at:
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by Guy Crabb As we pass the stables, we walk of my favorite fresh cigars.

by Harrington Bros. Harness
Makers (875 Higuera - where the Janet does not approve of me
I taught 4 grade, and students
much money). I’m sure our horse Gap was for years) and wave at smoking cigars, but it is one of
in my class wr0te research Rocky is also happy about not the brothers who have been my few bad habits. I’ve read in
reports. One of those reports pulling the wagon on this warm the newspaper that smoking may
making our horse harnesses
was called “The Coin.” I put an afternoon. One less horse on the be bad for your health. Even Ty
for many years. They use the
assortment of old pennies in a road also means less dust flying Cobb thinks that smoking is bad
best leather and the strongest
jar and each student picked out around in the air. There are so for your lungs. George Kluver
steel. People from all around the
a coin. They were then assigned many horses and wagons kicking and his sons roll the best cigars
county come to San Luis Obispo
to write a report on the year their up dirt on the downtown streets in town. We can smell the aroma
to buy their harnesses from the
penny was minted and to create on Saturday afternoons, I often of cigars leaves that comes from
Harrington Brothers.
the front-page of a newspaper wish I wore a mask. downstairs where many of the
showing the headlines of that The first thing on my wife’s To cigars are rolled. Kluver and Sons
year. My oldest penny was a 1912 Some wealthy people are starting Cigar Store (in what is now 716
Do list is a stop at City Hall (867
and the most recent one was a to get automobiles in this part Higuera) has been located here
Higuera - where Charles Shoes
1980. of California. Janet and I have for many years.
was for years) to ask about the
decided to stick with our horse
tax on a piece to property we
For my readers in their 50s, 60s, and wagon because we both The J. J. Andre store is next door
own out near El Moro (Morro
and older, 1980 was 40 years ago. agree this whole automobile (714 Higuera - Romp Shoe Store
Yikes! The outline for our reports idea is crazy and will never last, Bay). I don’t mind stopping by
is there today), and Janet goes in
started with what was happening and those automobiles have a City Hall because the fire station
to do a little shopping. I hope she
locally, then statewide, in the funny smell. Speaking of odors, is on the ground floor and while
doesn’t buy anything too heavy
United States, and then finally I can tell we are getting close to my wife is upstairs inquiring
because I don’t want to carry
throughout the world during town because I can smell Rowan about property taxes, I can check
around 10 pounds of dry goods.
their year. We discussed what Stables. out the new fire wagon the city
She comes out empty handed, but
the world was like 100 years ago. recently purchased. The fire
I did notice she had a paper in her
Imagine what it would be like to The stables (now a parking lot wagons are red with lots of shiny
hand. She bought some things
walk down Higuera Street in San next to Union Bank on the corner chrome everywhere. I can see
and arranged for the Sandercock
Luis Obispo in the year 1917. It’s of Higuera and Osos) are taking the horses that pull the wagons
moving company to bring it up
a beautiful day for a walk. care of fewer horses these days, out in back. Janet comes down
to our house. Suddenly, I feel
which is why San Luis Transfer after about 20 minutes and pulls
a headache coming on and ask
Join my wife and myself on a is using part of their property. me away off down the street. if we coan stop by Norton Drug
Friday stroll in downtown San Rowan Stables is a big building,
Luis Obispo at about noon in and today I noticed the stable We walk past the White House Store to buy some pain pills.
the summer of 1917. We start boys trying to repair one of those Grocery store and Janet asks me Thank you for joining us. I hope
our walk at the corner of Santa automobiles. Those machines to remind her to stop here on you have enjoyed our stroll in
Rosa and Higuera streets and always seem to be breaking our way home. The Sandercock historic San Luis Obispo. It won’t
set off to complete several down, which is another reason family has had this store on be long until we can safely go
chores. My wife Janet has a list we will never buy one. Higuera forever (856 Higuera - out and mingle again. In the
of things we need to do today Fiore is there today), and they meantime, stay well everyone!
and we are walking rather than Most of upper Higuera Street is have hauled many items for me
taking our wagon into town. To flanked by fields and empty lots, in the past. I always have them
Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
be honest, I was just too lazy to but as you get past the stables, deliver animal feed to our ranch 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
hitch up the horse to the wagon there are many businesses where out in El Moro. We say howdy. If Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
(and figure if we don’t bring the the good citizens of San Luis we greet everyone, I will never District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
wagon then we can’t spend too Obispo County do their shopping. get down to Kluver’s to buy some Reach him at

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bunk & its buddies of the term and it simply means

cheap, nonsensical or pretentious
English is rife with colorful terms language.
referring to irrelevant, useless, or sound (cellophane, cinnamon, From there, some etymologists
empty words. As we ramp up to There are so many great synonyms cyborg…). Otherwise, it makes see no source. Others argue for
elections, let’s celebrate a few. for bunk, blatherskite, bosh and the K sound (coliform, curly, the Arabic term yasara, he played
claptrap. Followers, what empty- cadaver…). The scraperfish rule at dice, while others argue for
Bunk appeared in American word words would you add to the even works when a C is doubled, as azahr or al-zahr, meaning, the die.
English about 1900 as a shortened list? in accident and accelerate. When
form of bunkum, meaning a C is followed by the letter H, all By the mid-1500s the English
nonsense. By most accounts the the elusive scraperfish bets are off, but in other cases, word hazard shed its specific
term was born in the US House it’s amazing how consistently this connection to games of chance
of Representatives when North Word-lovers go to great lengths pronunciation rule applies. and became generalized to refer
Carolina Representative Felix to help others make sense of to any chance of loss, harm, or risk.
Walker threw in his two cents this nutty language we love so What’s cooler still is that there’s a
regarding Missouri’s statehood well. The Elusive Scraperfish is second form of scraperfish. What I find fascinating is that by
in relation to the Mason-Dixon one such tale. It’s not elusive most accounts, the word entered
Line. He needed to say something because of its astounding English due to the Crusades.
that would appear in the papers camouflage or because it buries Soldiers don’t spend all their time
back home in Buncombe, so itself in the muck. It’s elusive lopping off heads; they have a
he unabashedly made a “long, because so many people don’t little down time to learn the local
dull, irrelevant speech.” In time, even know it’s there. Such is the Amazingly, it hunts the same customs and play the local games,
Buncombe shifted to bunkum, nature of bottomdwellers that exact prey, giving us and throwing dice was one of the
which got shortened to bunk. concern themselves with English gelatin, gin, and gymnasium games Crusaders learned during
pronunciation rules. in the presence of its prey, and their travels. Isn’t it wickedly
Blatherskite, was born during the gasoline, gogo boots, and guru ironic that games of chance, and
American Revolution, and refers otherwise. This second fish’s rule eventually a word referring to risk
to both the words spoken by a doesn’t work when g doubles and chance of loss was born of
talkative, nonsensical person and up. Also, it has some high profile the recreational time of Christian
the person him/herself. It comes rule-breaking words in begin and soldiers heading to the Holy Land
of blather, meaning to babble. girl, but like the first scraperfish, with violent intent? That’s not just
Blather is a Scottish term derived Meet the scraperfish. It scrapes it applies the great majority of the irony, that’s exponential irony.
from an Old Norse word meaning along on the bottom of the sea, time.
to wag the tongue, added to skite, looking for its tunnel-dwelling
meaning a contemptible individual. prey. As its rough belly scrapes Okay, so how many of you Many thanks to sources:,
We see a related ending in the along the ocean floor, it makes the word nerds have already met Interesting English Borrowed Words, Hugh
word cheapskate, and a related sound kkkkkk, kkkkkkk, kkkkkk, the scraperfish? And who can
Rawson’s Wicked Words and the OED.
beginning in the term blithering signifying to those in the know contribute other unlikely tales
idiot. Skite also originated in Old that the letter C (masquerading to support English spelling or
Norse, from a word meaning to as a gill), generally makes the pronunciation rules?
shoot, which apparently is what K sound. However, when the
the Old Norse thought should be scraperfish spots its tunnel- hazard
done with blatherers. dwelling prey, it sucks it up, savors
it, and says sssss, sssss, sssss. This word’s etymology is quite
Bosh came to English in the 1830s pleasingly contentious.
from Turkish. Its literal Turkish
meaning of empty, applies in Hazard came into English about
English only to meaningless 1300 from the Old French word,
speech or writing. hasard or hasart, a game of
chance played with dice. Most
Claptrap appeared in the 1730s The observant reader will notice etymologists agree that the CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
and meant a stage trick to catch the nature of the scraperfish’s French word stems from the books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
foggy little town on California’s central coast.
applause. Since then we’ve lost prey. When the letter C is followed Spanish word, azar, an unfortunate Find more at,
the applause-inducing element by an E, I, or Y, it makes the S card or throw at dice. or reach him at

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MAY 2020 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
Birthstone: 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 Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade
Emerald 3:30-4:15pm AG
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
May is: 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
Allergy Awareness Month 1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
Better Hearing & Speech Month May day
Flower Month Lily of the Valley mother goose day Dr Benjamin
National Mental Health Month spock’s birthday
National Physical Fitness Month space Day (Born in 1903)
Older Americans Month
National Water Safety 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 Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
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
national national
weather school nurse
observers’ day
No Diet 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 Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
mother’s day LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
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

kite day national dance

like a chicken day
national armed
forces day

national 1st Us nickel

national chocolate chip minted (in 1866)
train DAY twilight zone day day
tulip 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 Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
1st kentucky 3:30-4:15pm AG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB,
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
derby (in 1875) 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

visit your flight (in 1927)
relatives day
red cross founded penny day
(by Clara Barton in 1881)
play a musical
international instrument day
museum day
circus day NEW MOON
(Ringling Brothers
open in 1884)

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 Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
1st morse code 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
message sent 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
(WA DC to Baltimore in 1844) LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club birthday
(Born in 1888
memorial day
world golden gate john F Kennedy’s
no tobacco day national missing bridge opens birthday
children’s day (in 1937) (Born in 1917)

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Local Resources
2nd FRI every month at 3:00 pm: PAWS TO am: Santa Maria Parks & Rec Dept offers free Helping Hand at Pat’s Place in Nipomo
READ at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades docent-led nature walks in Los Flores Ranch, Recreation Community Rm, 671 W Tefft St,
Ave. Come share your stories with an adoring 6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Cost: free. Ste 2, Nipomo.  Toys for kids with all types
listener. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. Contact: 925-0951. of disabilities to check out. In-home appts
Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone? avail. Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS TO READ at 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm:
Concerned for someone you care about?
Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Read to Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos
a dog who loves to listen to children. Cost: Community Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. Every TUE 5:30-6:30 pm: Citizenship Classes
free. Contact: 528-1862. Free support for caregivers helping with at SLO County Library, 995 Palm St, SLO.
long-term illness, memory loss, dementia, All classes are bilingual, with all materials
Every SUN 12:00-4:00 pm: Family Funday at
and Alzheimer’s. Contact: 458-7484. covered in 8 classes. No registration required.
Bang the Drum Brewery, 950 Orcutt Rd, San
Suicide Prevention Cost: free. Contact: or 781-4187.
Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio to play family- Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain
Mental Health and friendly games and drums! Cost: free. Food Independent Despite Vision Loss at Santa Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom
Emotional Support and craft beer available for sale. Contact: Maria Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New ways of Dancing at Madonna Inn. Look left of the
Free or 242-8372. doing daily tasks are taught by the Braille bandstand for sign: Dancers. Dance, chat and
Confidential Institute, such as home management, listen to good music. No fees; no dues; just
24 hours of every day
Every FRI 6:00 am-4:00 pm: Early Bird Flea
traveling, and using talking library books. fun! Contact: 489-5481 or
Market at Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S
A program of Transitions Mental Health Association
Contact: 462-1225.
Thornburg St. Browse vendors with antiques, Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo County
fruits, vegetables, new and used items, and 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm: MOPS has an ongoing and urgent need for volunteer
2nd & 4th SAT every month 12:00-4:00 more! Cost: free. Contact: 258-1765. (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet at Pacific tutors and offers free training in SLO. Contact:
pm: Railway Historical Museum at Santa Christian Church, 3435 Santa Maria Way, 541-4219 or
Every FRI 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Zen Doodle
Maria Transit Center, 400 E Boone St, Santa Santa Maria. Childcare is provided.  Contact:
Adult Coloring Book Group at Art Center 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission
Maria. This bimonthly opening features 934-3491 or
Morro Bay, 835 Main St.  Relax and unwind on the Status of Women meets at Coast
a locomotive, boxcar, caboose, railroad
with the new adult coloring books. Cost: free. Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:00-5:30 pm: National Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This
artifacts, interpretive exhibits, vintage rolling
Contact: or 772-2504. Teen Wellness Program at Arroyo Grande advisory group to SLO County Board of
stock, and a diorama to explore. Cost: free.
EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand Supervisors identifies issues of concern to
Contact: 714-4927. Every MON 2:00-5:00 pm: Historic Tour of
Ave. Health services, including reproductive women not the focus of other advocacy or
Architecture at Monday Club, 1815 Monterey
Every TUE & THU: Youth Aikido Classes at health, in a safe environment to screen, advisory organizations. Contact: 788-3406.
St, SLO. Cost: free. Contact: themondayclub
Budo Ryu, 3536 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo. assess, and provide intervention. Appts or 541-0594. Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
Kids have fun, stay fit, make friends, gain life preferred. Contact: 489-4026.
Adventures With Nature & Mind Walks
skills, and learn to deal with bullies without Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny Tunes Music &
1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Senior schedule is at:
becoming one. Aiki-Mites (age 4-6) class Movement at Music Motive, 3440 S Higuera
Health Screening at First United Methodist
is 3:00 pm TUE. Aiki-Kids (age 7-12) TUE & St #130, SLO. This parent participation Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens
Church, 275 N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande.
THU at 4:00 pm. Pre-registration only. Cost: program for ages 1-5 includes activities based offers free services: Senior Connection to
Free and low-cost services for ages 50
$50-75/mo. Contact: 544-8866 or www. on music psychology and child development. connect callers with local resources; one on
and older: blood pressure, pulse, weight, Cost: $80 per mo. Contact: 543-0377. one Medicare help, referrals for long term
cholesterol, screening for anemia and
care, and help with billing and appeals; Vial
Every WED 10:00-11:00 am: Growing With 2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm: Book Group diabetes, nutritional counseling, and medical
of Life kits with medical info for emergency
Baby Class at 1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. at Cayucos Library, 310 B St. Join other referrals. Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827.
responders; a Senior Resource Directory for
Pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation readers to discuss whatever you’re reading
1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled SLO and SB counties, and more. Contact: 925-
consultant Andrea Herron answers questions and to discover, ponder, and share insights
American Veterans luncheon at Veterans 9554 or
about feeding, crying, and sleep for babies about what others are reading. Cost: free.
Memorial Bldg, 313 W Tunnell St, Santa Maria.
0-10 months. Dads are always welcome! Call Contact: 995-3846. Hospice of SLO County provides free grief
Contact: 345-0402.
to reserve a spot. Contact: 543-6988. counseling, individual and family support,
Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO Chess Club
Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support counseling, crisis intervention, and wellness
Every TUE 7:00-9:00 pm & SAT 2:00-4:00 pm: meets at Carl’s Jr on Santa Rosa St, 1 block
Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way, education to those with a life-limiting illness,
Basic Safety Class at SLO MakerSpace, 81 S W of Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. All ages.
Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Offered by Hospice of their families, and the bereaved in SLO and
Higuera St, Ste 160 & 180, San Luis Obispo. Get Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 or
SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or Paso. Contact: 544-2266.
acquainted with the space and equipment Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO Chess
before using the facility. See website for Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family Volunteer as a Good Neighbor!  Make a
Club meets at the big board on Morro Bay
dates and classes. Cost: free for Members Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, difference in the life of an older or disabled
Embarcadero at west end of Morro Bay Blvd
and all SLO County Library cardholders. 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750. adult. Training is monthly at Wilshire
(down the stairs). Cost: free. Contact: 441-
Contact: 439-2727 or Community Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO.
7210 or 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to
Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
Every THU 10:00-11:00 am: La Leche League Survive Divorce seminar at SLO Women’s
3rd WED of every month at 6:30 pm:
Mother Support Meetings in North Co, SLO, Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St #D, SLO. Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art!
Prepared & Natural Childbirth Classes at Twin
AG and SM. Breastfeeding and parenting Tips for handling family law issues. Cost: $10. Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission Plaza) or
Cities Community Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas
support and information offered. Cost: free. Contact: 544-9313 to register. email for information
Rd, Templeton. This six-series class includes
Contact: 242-2294 or about multiple volunteer opportunities.
lecture, hands-on demos, and technique RISE offers: weekly drop-In support groups
MON-THU 8:30-11:30 am: Walk-In Legal Clinic practice. Cost: free. Contact: 434-4654. for sexual assault survivors; 24 hour crisis San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers health
in 3rd Floor Atrium of Courthouse Annex, line; advocacy; peer counseling; prevention, screening, legal services, meals, exercise,
2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm:
1035 Palm St, San Luis Obispo and Paso empowerment and education. Contact: 545- bridge, and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St.
Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Cities
Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St, Rm 112. Get 8888 or Contact: 781-7306.
Community Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas Rd,
help with divorce, child and spousal support, Templeton. Learn about practical aspects Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A PET at Central Coast Astronomical Society sponsors
domestic violence, guardianship, civil of feeding your newborn from a Lactation Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats a Dark Sky Star Party every month at sunset.
harassment, and name or gender change. Consultant. Cost: free. Contact: 239-4443. from NCHS and dogs from Short n’ Sweet CCAS sponsors guest speakers and public
Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Divorce & Child Dog Rescue. Contact: 466-5403. education programs. Find the CCAS event
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 11:00
Support Workshops at SLO Court Support calendar, location and weather condition
am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station Interactive Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:00-5:00 pm:
Services, 1120 Mill St, Ste A, San Luis Obispo updates, and local resources at: www.
Science Center welcomes families at 867 Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library-Jack’s
and Paso Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St,
Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2-3. Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21
Paso Robles. Help for divorce, child support, Contact: 473-1421 or Zaca Lane, #100, San Luis Obispo. Traditional San Luis Coastal Adult School’s Parent
custody and visitation orders. Overview of and adaptive toys for children with all types Participation Program offers Core Parenting
legal process followed by form prep and 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm: Grief
of disabilities to check out. In-home appts and Enrichment classes at centers in San Luis
questions. Cost: free. Contact: 788-3418. Support Group at Central Coast Hospice, 253
available. Cost: free! Contact: 547-1914 or Obispo, Morro Bay, and Los Osos. Parent and
Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis Obispo. Free for
1st & 3rd SAT every month at 2:00 pm: FAMILY child activity classes, individual peer support,
anyone suffering the loss of a loved one who
MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades and education for parents and caregivers.
is in need of support. Contact: 540-6020. Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm:
Ave. Enjoy popcorn and a G/PG movie. Call for Contact: 549-1222 or
Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jack’s
title. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. 2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOV at 9:00

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Local Resources
options are Tuesday/ Thursday or Accredited high school program at

Alternative Education
Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700 student-parent-teacher partnerships
or provide educational resources, a
mentor teacher, and eligibilty for
Wishing Well School offers non-
sports, clubs, and activities. Students

on the
profit holistic Waldorf education
may qualify to enroll in community
in Los Osos with part or full-time
college as well as secondary classes.
preschool, and full-time kindergarten-
Contact: 937-2051 x 2761 or x 2762.
7th grade, and 1st-7th two-day

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

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