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psychology, show evidence
that childhood experiences Narvaez, Wang and Cheng
that match with evolved asked adults to reflect on
needs lead to better outcomes their childhoods according to
in adulthood. several components of the
evolved developmental niche
According to Narvaez, one (EDN): How much did they
of the reasons that the well- receive physical affection?
Did you receive affection, In an article published in
being of children in the United Play freely outside and inside?
play freely, and feel supported the Journal of Applied
States lags behind that of Do things as a family inside
during your own childhood? Developmental Science,
children in other advanced and outside the home? Feel
Childhood experiences like University of Notre Dame
nations is because “we supported?
these appear to have a lot to professor of psychology
do with well-being and moral Darcia Narvaez and colleagues have forgotten that we are
capacities in adulthood. Lijuan Wang and Ying Cheng, social mammals with specific Adults who report receiving
evolved needs from birth.” more of such parenting
practices in their childhoods
“Humans evolved with a display less depression and
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million years ago and modified
through human evolution,”
Narvaez said. “We call it
Stanley Horspool Inquiries: the evolved developmental
CC F niche.” In describing this
niche, Narvaez emphasizes
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Child Development
Adults who report less of undercared for during critical
these parenting practices in times.”
their childhood have poorer The Village Salon
mental health, more distress In prior research, Narvaez
in social situations and are
less able to take another’s
and her colleagues found that
children who had experienced from
point of view. more of the “evolved
developmental niche” exhibit,
“Our research shows that for example, more empathy,
Toni &
when we don’t provide self-control and conscience.
children with what they
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Library Voice
Check It Out:
February Happenings
by Rebecca Juretic

Visit Us for Sidewalk Service Together, we will examine

Jacob Lawrence’s screenprint
In recent weeks, many members The 1920’s…The Migrants Cast
of our library team have been Their Ballots (1974). We will
called upon to assist the County draw details from his unique,
in its COVID-19 response. As a modernist depiction of African-
result, we are moving to Sidewalk American migrant workers in the
Service at four locations. Sidewalk 1920s voting for the first time.
Service hours are 9:00 am-5:00 Lawrence created this print as
pm (closed 1:00-2:15 pm), Tues- part of the Kent Bicentennial
Sat, at San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Portfolio, with artists contributing
Grande, Atascadero, and Morro to the portfolio responding
Bay libraries. to the question “What does
independence mean to you?”
Here’s how it works: Place your
holds at or call an
open location for assistance. We'll
notify you when your materials
are ready. Then you can pick up The Whole Brain Parent Two Popular Events Return!
your holds at one of our Sidewalk
Service locations. We’ll be ready Do you ever feel like you are Our popular, exclusive Book Club
to help you at the front door. We losing your mind as a parent? for teens and adults is back on
hope you will enjoy this safe and What can we do to cultivate more Tuesday February 23 at 4:00 pm.
easy way to utilize library services. patience with our children? Find This time, we will be interacting
the answers and lots of help and live with Ryan La Sala, the author
Free Online Art Workshop encouragement at a free online of Be Dazzled.
Celebrates Black History Month workshop, The Whole Brain
Parent, Monday, February 22 from Also making an encore is
You can honor Black History Supplies for this live Zoom class 10:30 to 11:30 am. Chumash/Tataviam storyteller
Month in a unique way by are a Prismacolor ebony pencil, Alan Salazar. He will be sharing
participating in a free Studio Art eraser, and pencil sharpener. Lea Payne Scott will help you more tribal stories on February
Workshop that we’re offering Class instructor Tina Villadolid explore brain-based strategies 26 at 10:30 am via Zoom. Enjoy
in partnership with the Santa has been a Teaching Artist for to reduce reactivity during Chumash myths and legends that
Barbara Museum of Art. This class the Santa Barbara Museum of challenging moments as well as have been told for thousands of
is designed for adults and teens Art for over 22 years. To sign ways to build connection with years. This program is wonderful
14 and over, and will be offered up, please email Elena Hancock your children. for all ages. 
via Zoom on Tuesday, February 9 at communityprograms@sbma.
At the end of the workshop, you To register for either event, go
from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. net.
will feel refreshed, mindful, and to, click on Event
equipped with new strategies for Calendar, and find your event.
staying regulated and building You’ll receive a Zoom link and
harmony in your family life.  password the day before the
Gain confidence in your parenting
skills, learn about community
support, and meet other parents
to support your journey.  This
program is part of the Parent
Place series, which is grant funded
by the California State Library.

To register, go to Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public

Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
and find the event on our Event County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:

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other’s face expresses.

2. Model empathic behavior. A

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Teaching Empathy
think he wants to do something
change. “You are feeling sad now
4. Remind your child that people and want to sit alone, but later
by Lauren Zimet and Sharon Sokolik
have different interests and you may feel better and want to
National Random Acts of Kindness the opposite of self-absorption. preferences. See if your child can join the group.”
Day is celebrated on February 17th Empathy implies a departure list the favorite colors of family
each year to highlight the power from a state of self-centeredness, members and friends. Or ask Modeling empathy and talking
of kindness and empathy in our and immersion in the subjective what people do for fun: Who plays about emotions is a good starting
everyday lives. Children can learn experience of others. By definition, baseball? Who builds with Legos? place. Leading by example is a
empathy for other people by first empathy is pro-social, because Who plays cards? Who plays video great way for your child to make
experiencing it themselves. As it emphasizes the value of games? connections with his feelings.
a child is cared for, he learns to comprehending and appreciating Getting your child involved in a
care for others. However, many the thoughts and feelings of S. K. Adams and J. Baronberg, social group that incorporates
children benefit from guidance other people. authors of Promoting Positive perspective taking and problem
in relating, reading social cues, Behavior, suggest activities to help a solving with peers can be
discerning the emotions of others, Many children do not naturally child discern body language. extremely beneficial. Becoming
and developing their ability to understand this value of knowing more empathetic can be a
1. While reading stories to your
empathize. what others are feeling. They may challenging task for anyone. With the
child, stop occasionally and ask
feel left out, but they don’t know right support (for child and family), it
him to identify the characters’
Expressing empathy is key in how to be a friend and sustain can be done!
feelings. Discuss how the
building successful relationships. relationships. Fortunately, for most characters’ observable behaviors For more information, visit the
Here are some signs that your child kids who are struggling socially, reveal their feelings. following websites:
may need help to understand the empathy is a skill that can be
feelings of others: taught and nurtured. 2. Do simple role-plays by asking - Dr. Gwen
He can’t seem to read nonverbal your child, “Show me how your Dewar is a parent and professional
hints or cues given by peers (i.e. facial Even very young children can be body and face would look if: who writes on the many issues of
expressions, body language, and tone taught to recognize basic facial You got a birthday present. parenting and child development in
of voice). expressions that show “happy,” an informative blog.
“sad,” and “mad.” There are A big dog barked at you.
She has difficulty understanding - Author
many ways for parents to make A friend put a worm in your hand.
how someone might think or feel. Jane Nelsen is a licensed marriage,
teaching empathy a part of the
You found a snake on the
He has difficulty with expressing everyday routine. Below are family, and child therapist and the
appropriate responses for what activities suggested by some co-author of the Positive Discipline
others feel. experts. You fell down and tore your new series.
She is not able to recognize that pants. - Click on
there are consequences resulting Dr. Meryl Lipton, a behavioral A friend knocked down your blocks.
“books and products” for a list of
from her response to others. pediatric neurologist, offers the
3. Help your child realize that people tools to help parents teach social
following ideas.
He is unable to validate emotions thinking to kids.
may have different feelings about
that others are expressing, telling
1. If a young child seems baffled the same thing. “Jim is excited
them to just “let it go” or “get over
by or indifferent to emotions when there is a thunderstorm, but
it.” Lauren Zimet, M.S., CCC / SLP and Sharon
of others, try drawing faces Claire gets scared.” “Tim likes to Sokolik, M.A., CCC / SLP are licensed speech
What parents can do together, or take turns making climb high, but Sam doesn’t.” pathologists who facilitate social thinking
a face that’s happy, sad, calm, groups for children.
To be in an empathic relationship bored, angry, or surprised, and 4. Help your child recognize that her Excerpted with permission. © Kids Enabled,
with another person or group is guessing what emotion the feelings about a situation may Inc. 2021 - All Rights Reserved.

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Fun & Games
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Hink Pinks (2 rhyming 1 syllable words matching a silly definition):

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2. rosy beverage ________________ ________________

3. insect embrace ________________ ________________

4. valentine candy ________________ ________________

1. love dove 2. pink drink 3. bug hug 4. sweet treat

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A number should appear only once in each row, column, and region.

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bend up. In the womb the legs her stomach, this may increase
are in a fetal position with the the risk of suffocation. Seek your
Are you swaddling your 2. Place the baby on the cloth legs bent up across each other. pediatrician’s advice if swaddling
baby properly? so that the top of the fabric Sudden straightening of the legs an older or more active baby.
is at shoulder level. If using a to a standing position can loosen
Many parents find that swaddling rectangular cloth, the baby’s the joints and damage the soft For more information, including a
can provide comfort for fussy shoulders will be placed at the cartilage of the socket. video showing three hip-healthy
babies, reduce crying, and develop top of the long side. methods to swaddle your baby,
more settled sleep patterns. When Final Thoughts visit:
babies are swaddled, care should 3. Bring the left arm down. Wrap developmental-dysplasia-of-
When put down to sleep, a
be taken to swaddle properly so the cloth over the arm and the-hip/hip-healthy-swaddling
swaddled baby should be placed
the baby is safe and healthy. chest. Tuck under the right
on his or her back, face up.
side of the baby.
Reprinted with permission. © International
Improper swaddling may lead to If the baby can roll onto his or Hip Dysplasia Institute. All rights reserved.
hip dysplasia or developmental 4. Bring the right arm down and
dysplasia of the hip. When in wrap the cloth over the baby’s
the womb the baby’s legs are arm and chest.
in a fetal position with the legs
bent up and across each other. 5. Tuck the cloth under the left
Sudden straightening of the legs side of the baby. The weight
to a standing position can loosen of the baby will hold the cloth
the joints and damage the soft firmly in place.
cartilage of the socket. 6. Twist or fold the bottom end
of the cloth and tuck behind
There are many ways to swaddle
the baby, ensuring that both
babies by using blankets or
legs are bent up and out.
commercial products designed for
swaddling. In order for swaddling It is important to leave room for
to allow healthy hip development, the hips to move.
the legs should be able to bend up
and out at the hips. This position What about sleepsacks and
allows for natural development of commercial products?
the hip joints.
Some parents choose to wrap their
The baby’s legs should not be babies in sleepsacks specifically
tightly wrapped straight down designed for swaddling, instead
and pressed together. Swaddling of using a simple cloth or
infants with the hips and knees blanket. Commercial products for
in an extended position may swaddling should have a loose
increase the risk of hip dysplasia pouch or sack for the baby’s legs
and dislocation. and feet, allowing plenty of hip
movement. However, even some
Here is one of the safe methods of these commercial products
for baby swaddling: can confine the legs if they are
tightened around the thighs.
1. If you are using a square cloth,
fold back one corner creating It’s especially important to allow
a straight edge. a baby’s hips to spread apart and

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Local History Monterey Street is getting a makeover.
Buildings are being renovated and the
parking lots are being dug up.

Ghost Buildings of Buy your copy of Monterey/Marsh Sts

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Above the fire department, the second floor and ornate stonework
building included the offices of City at the top were classic in that era.
Hall. The second floor had three This building was originally a dry
very large windows that offered goods store. In its later years,
by Guy Crabb
office workers a panoramic view Mr. Riley bought the building and
of daily life on Higuera Street. By opened the original location of
1945, the bell tower started to Riley’s Department Store (once
I have written about several of located on Higuera Street near
become a danger, especially for the premier store in downtown).
the buildings in downtown San the corner of Chorro. To be more
kids in town who would climb up This once beautiful building began
Luis Obispo that have a name specific, if you were to walk down
the tower as a fun activity. The to fall into disrepair and was finally
or, in some cases, two names. I Higuera Street and stop in front
city decided that the bell tower demolished in the 1950s.
was regretting not writing about of Charles Shoes, you would be
needed to come down, and just
several other famous buildings standing where it once stood.
eight years later the entire building Before I write about my last ghost
along Higuera Street (such as The old City Hall was a multi-
was demolished. building, I must mention that the
the Dove Building or the Maino level building that even housed
two parking lots you exit from on
Building) or other old buildings a really cool bell that was rung
My next favorite ghost building Monterey Street across from the
on Monterey Street (such as the when there was a fire in town.
was a theater. If you walk up or Ross Dress For Less were once
Sinsheimer). Then I began to think The City Hall was built in 1879 at
down Monterey Street and stop occupied by two large two-story
about all of the great buildings a cost of approximately $7,500. I
in front of the Italian restaurant buildings. I have several pictures
that are no longer around because have always wished this building
named Giuseppe’s, you would be of Monterey Street with the entire
of demolition. I think of these as had been restored, but during the
standing at the site of one of the block filled with buildings. They
“ghost” buildings. Many grand 1950s it was easier to tear down
best walk-in theaters in town, the look odd to me because I never
buildings once graced downtown a building rather than spend the
Obispo Theater. This building had saw these buildings.
with that impressive look of money to restore it.
an incredible-looking marquee
fine craftsmanship. Of course
that was similar to the Fremont The last ghost building I want
over time, all buildings start to The old City Hall was a large brick
marquee in its later years. In to include is the long-forgotten
deteriorate and decay, especially and stone building with three
addition, the building had a huge Andrews Hotel. This beautiful
if they are made of wood. Even a large arched entrances where the
neon sign that said “Obispo,” four-story hotel was a favorite for
solid brick wall is not necessarily a city fire wagons were housed. The
similar to the Wineman Hotel sign traveling tourists. If you stand
guarantee for long life. horses were kept in the rear of
on Higuera. It also had a huge on the corner of Osos and Palm
the building. In case of a fire, the
arch on the front of the building Streets where the city library is
One of my favorite “ghost” horses were hitched up to the fire
and elaborate architectural detail today, you would be in front of
buildings was the old City Hall wagons to gallop off to the scene.
at the top. The Obispo burned the old hotel. Not only was it
down on December 28, 1975. The one of the area’s best hotels, but
last show to play at the theater it was also the location of one of
was Snow White and the Seven the most grisly murders in town. A
Dwarfs, which was rereleased that complete story is in my book The
year. I bet many of you who grew Cross Streets. I can tell you that it
up in San Luis Obispo remember was a case requiring the assistance
going to the Obispo and watching of the FBI, which was not common
the latest movie on the big screen. for a small town such as San Luis
Obispo in the 1940s. Isn’t it fun
Now let’s stroll on over to Higuera learning about “ghost” buildings
Street, walk down and stop on that were a part of our past?
the corner of Higuera and Garden
Streets, where Marshall’s Jewelry
store now stands. At this location Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach
Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He
stood a two-story stone ghost graduated from Cal Poly SLO and has been
building. Built in the 1880s, it was a teaching for 30 years. Guy was a Teacher of
the Year in 2006 and currently teaches at a
very modern building for the time. National Blue Ribbon School. Reach him at
The huge windows that lined the

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CS Perryess
about words
No arrived in English in 1833,

This month’s article celebrates Naughty showed up in the 1300s,

a word that all two-year-olds meaning having nothing.  By
appreciate.  Additionally, the the 1520s, naughty had picked deliberately false statement, to
good folks who wrote the OED up its second meaning, wicked, prevaricate is to quibble or confuse In 1705, the word coincide
appreciated it enough to give it a evil, or morally wrong.  By the in order to avoid the truth, to came to English straight from
nearly two-page entry.  No came 1630s, its third meaning applied fabricate is to invent a false story, Latin, meaning to be identical
to English as early as the 1200s to misbehaving children, and to equivocate is to deliberately use in substance or nature, to fall
through Old English from the by 1869 its fourth meaning, ambiguity to mislead, and to fib is together, or to agree.
Proto-Indo European word ne, sexually promiscuous, jumped on to tell a falsehood about something
meaning no, not, never.  And ne is board.  It occurs to me that the unimportant. In the late 1300s, accident was
the grandmother of oh-so-many etymology of naughty provides born, meaning an occurrence,
modern words: a fascinating sociological study. The Fall of Latin incident, or event.  Over the
centuries, that simple event
Never, which started out as Lies The Latin word meaning to definition morphed to mean a
næfre, meaning not ever, came fall is cadere. Its sister word (a chance event, and then a mishap.
to the language even before The word lie, meaning to speak combining form with the same
no, appearing in the first Anglo falsely or tell an untruth, has been meaning), is cidere.  Before And we’ll finish off with a real
Saxon tale to be written down in part of the English language since reading on, sort through your killer, the English noun marker –
that barbaric tongue they called the 1100s.  Its roots are buried brain’s language center for cide, also from cadere/cidere, an
Anglish in the epic poem Beowulf, deep in Germanic languages.  Lie’s English words that might have important element in pesticide,
sometime before 1000. linguistic cousins show up in grown out of cadere or cidere. homicide, genocide, suicide, and
Norse (ljuga), Danish, (lyve), many other English words, all
Nothing, which came to English Gothic, (liugan), Frisian, (liaga), Cascade, meaning waterfall, came suggesting some sort of fall.
as an adverb in 1200, added noun and German (lugen). to English in 1640 through Italian
to its quiver in 1600, and added and French.
Many thanks to my sources: Ralph Keyes’
adjective in 1961. It shouldn’t surprise us that we Euphemania, the 1959 Webster’s New World
have an impressive number of Cadence, meaning a flow of rhythm Dictionary of the American Language,
Wordnik, Etymonline, Merriam Webster,
The word not came from its earlier synonyms, near-synonyms, and in music or verse, appeared in the Word Detective, and the OED.
form, naught, arriving in English in idioms available to substitute for 1300s through Middle French.
the 1200s.  Interestingly, naught that terribly direct and offensive
came from an even earlier term three-letter word, lie. Decay showed up in the late 1400s
no whit, meaning no thing. through several varieties of French
Instead of lying, businesslike folk from the Latin decadere, to fall off.
The combining form non- showed might reframe, mislead, evade,
up in the 1300s, giving us non misspeak, or misstate, while Decadence arrived in the 1540s,
sequitur, nonviolence, non-fiction, artsy types might buff, burnish, meaning behavior that shows low
non-conformist, nonfat milk, and embroider, or fictionalize.   We morals.
any number of other non-s. can also whitewash, inflate, spin,
dissemble, or stonewall, and those Deciduous, meaning that
Null, which came through Latin of us who lie regularly can lay which falls off, came to English
and Middle French, arriving in claim to any number of afflictions: in the 1680s straight from
English in the 1560s and mostly necessary disingenuity, factual Latin.  Originally, the falling
meaning nothing, zero, void, is flexibility, serial exaggeration, items included petals, leaves and
assigned eight different meanings or the ever-popular; fictitious teeth.  It wasn’t until 1778 that
CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
in the OED – a delicious bit of disorder syndrome. deciduous came to refer to trees books, and ponders the wonder of words
irony. that drop their leaves seasonally in a foggy little town on California’s central
coast. Find more at http://csperryess.
Ah, but all lies are not equal.  For (as opposed to evergreens that, or reach him at csperryess@
Nil came through Latin and instance, to lie is to make a retain leaves through the year).

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LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
autism day 3:30-4:15pm AG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB,
hershey’s chocolate LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
Kite flying DAY founded (in 1894) 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

boy scout day inventor’s DAY Valentine’s day
umbrella DAY
(Founded in 1910)
don’t cry over
toothache DAY spilled milk DAY
get a
clean out your make a friend different
computer DAY DAY name day
stop bullying dAY abraham lincoln’s
white t-shirt birthday (Born in 1809) world radio day

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
3:30-4:15pm AG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB,
president’s day LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
(honoring Lincoln & Washington) 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
random acts of love your pet day
kindness DAY
george washington’s mardi gras john glen
Birthday (Born in 1732) pluto discovered orbited earth
(By Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 (In 1962)

Susan B. anthony’s
birthday (Born in 1820) NEW MOON
mr roger’s patented
neighborhood (In 1872)
debut (In 1968)

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 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 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 LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
world thinking day dog biscuit international stand
appreciation day quiet DAY up to bulllying day public sleeping
be humble day
polar bear dAY

national tortilla carnival DAY henry wadsworth

tennis day chip DAY longfellow’s
tell a fairy tale day birthday (Born in 1807)

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
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 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
February is: Birthstone: Amethyst 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

American Heart Month

American History Month
Black History Month
Children’s Dental Health Month Flower: Iris or Violet
National Wild Bird Feeding Month
Responsible Pet Owners Month
International Friendship Month

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Safety especially with cough or fever. when parents set an example by
washing their own hands well and

Coronavirus in Babies & Kids Doctors in the U.S. and the U.K. frequently.
have noted that a small number
of children between ages 2 and 15 If your child refuses to wash their
by Aaron Milstone, M.D., M.H.S. have experienced a condition called hands, it may help to motivate them
pediatric inflammatory multisystem with a small reward, such as a sticker.
With all of the sobering news about breath is more likely to be seen in syndrome, or PIMS. Some, but not In any case, recognize all efforts in
the new coronavirus and COVID-19, adults. Children can have pneumonia, all, of the children with PIMS had washing their hands.
the disease the virus causes, worried with or without obvious symptoms. tests showing they had exposure
moms and dads can generally feel They can also experience sore throat, to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus If soap and water are not available,
better about one detail: At present, excessive fatigue or diarrhea. that causes COVID-19. Doctors are the next best option is approved
the disease seems to be much milder urgently trying to determine if and hand sanitizer containing at least 60%
in babies and children. However, However, serious illness in children
how PIMS and COVID-19 are related. alcohol.
it’s important to understand recent with COVID-19 is possible, and
reports about pediatric inflammatory parents should stay alert if their child Other Prevention Tips for Families
PIMS can cause inflammation of the
multisystem syndrome, or PIMS, is diagnosed with, or shows signs
blood vessels throughout the body.
a very rare condition that might of, the disease. In the study, 10% Cough and sneeze with care.
The inflammation can limit blood
be related to exposure to the of infants with a positive COVID-19 Encourage everyone in the family
flow, damaging the heart and other
coronavirus. test became critically ill. Severe to cough and sneeze into tissues,
organs. PIMS has features in common
illness rates were lower in older instead of hands. Throw away used
with toxic shock syndrome and
Generally, COVID-19 symptoms are children, but there were rare cases of tissues and wash hands after each
Kawasaki disease. Certain symptoms
milder in children than in adults. In a children in each age group requiring time.
may mean an inflammatory problem.
recent study published in Pediatrics hospitalization, and one 14-year-old
Look out for: abdominal (belly) pain,
of COVID-19, 90% of those who who died. Keep hands off faces. Parents should
vomiting and diarrhea, a red rash,
tested positive for the disease had remind children to avoid touching
red, cracked lips, red eyes, high fever,
mild symptoms, or none at all. It’s important to follow guidelines their face as much as possible. It can
swollen glands on one or both sides
if you think your child is sick with help if kids carry a toy that will keep
of neck, and swollen hands or feet.
Fever and cough are common COVID-19. Caretakers should their hands busy, but parents should
COVID-19 symptoms among both trust their instincts and contact wash those toys regularly.
PIMS, like Kawasaki disease, is very
adults and children; shortness of a pediatrician if a child seems ill,
rare. But if your child has these
symptoms, call your doctor. PIMS may Keep things clean. Wipe down toys
be treated with a plasma transfusion and surfaces your child touches
to reduce the inflammation and regularly, especially when traveling
protect the heart and other organs or when near a person who is sick.
from possibly lasting damage. Clean surfaces at home and store
cleaners in cabinets that are either
Immediately contact urgent care too high for your child to reach or
if you notice these symptoms in a are secured with childproof cabinet
child: difficulty breathing or catching locks.
breath, inability to keep down
new confusion or inability to Address anxiety and stress. Talking
awaken, or bluish lips. things over as a family can help
identify specific fears and clarify
Children are exposed to COVID-19 facts. It also helps for families to
when virus contacts their eyes, discuss a plan in case someone gets
nose, mouth or lungs. The best way sick, or if something else happens
to prevent children from getting that interrupts the normal routine.
COVID-19 is to avoid exposure; avoid
people outside of your isolation pod. Children will look to you when
deciding how to feel about COVID-19.
Teach kids to wash their hands If you feel calm and prepared, they
regularly, with soap and warm water, are likely to feel similarly.
for at least 20 seconds. Help them
keep track of time by singing the ABC
Aaron Milstone is an Associate Hospital
song, which takes about 20 seconds Epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital
to finish. Kids should wash their and professor of pediatrics at the Johns
hands after using the bathroom, Hopkins University School of Medicine.
sneezing, coughing, or blowing their
nose, before eating (even snacks), Reprinted with permission. © 2020
and immediately after coming inside The Johns Hopkins University, www.
from outdoors. It is most influential

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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 Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio to play family- Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain Cost: free. Contact: or 781-4187.
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.
skills, and learn to deal with bullies without Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny Tunes Music & Adventures With Nature & Mind Walks
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
Every WED 10:00-11:00 am: Growing With 2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm: Book Group diabetes, nutritional counseling, and medical care, and help with billing and appeals; Vial
Baby Class at 1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. at Cayucos Library, 310 B St. Join other referrals. Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827. of Life kits with medical info for emergency
Pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation readers to discuss whatever you’re reading responders; a Senior Resource Directory for
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. Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO Chess Club counseling, individual and family support,
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 7210 or 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to Community Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO.
Every THU 10:00-11:00 am: La Leche League Survive Divorce seminar at SLO Women’s Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
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 lecture, hands-on demos, and technique RISE offers: weekly drop-In support groups about multiple volunteer opportunities.
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,
2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm: screening, legal services, meals, exercise,
1035 Palm St, San Luis Obispo and Paso empowerment and education. Contact: 545-
Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Cities bridge, and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St.
Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St, Rm 112. Get 8888 or
Community Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas Rd, Contact: 781-7306.
help with divorce, child and spousal support, Templeton. Learn about practical aspects Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A PET at
domestic violence, guardianship, civil Central Coast Astronomical Society sponsors
of feeding your newborn from a Lactation Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats
harassment, and name or gender change. a Dark Sky Star Party every month at sunset.
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.
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 11:00 education programs. Find the CCAS event
Support Workshops at SLO Court Support am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station Interactive Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:00-5:00 pm: calendar, location and weather condition
Services, 1120 Mill St, Ste A, San Luis Obispo Science Center welcomes families at 867 Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library-Jack’s updates, and local resources at: www.
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
custody and visitation orders. Overview of San Luis Coastal Adult School’s Parent
and adaptive toys for children with all types
legal process followed by form prep and 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm: Grief Participation Program offers Core Parenting
of disabilities to check out. In-home appts
questions. Cost: free. Contact: 788-3418. Support Group at Central Coast Hospice, 253 and Enrichment classes at centers in San Luis
available. Cost: free! Contact: 547-1914 or
Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis Obispo. Free for Obispo, Morro Bay, and Los Osos. Parent and
1st & 3rd SAT every month at 2:00 pm: FAMILY
anyone suffering the loss of a loved one who child activity classes, individual peer support,
MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades is in need of support. Contact: 540-6020. Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm: and education for parents and caregivers.
Ave. Enjoy popcorn and a G/PG movie. Call for Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jack’s
2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOV at 9:00 Contact: 549-1222 or
title. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.

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Local Resources
days per week. Contact: 929-6878. Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.

Alternative Education
Accredited high school program at
Santa Lucia School on 5 acres in Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive
Templeton. Peace education for student-parent-teacher partnerships
over 25 years. Integrated curriculum provide educational resources, a
founded on life experiences, in- mentor teacher, and eligibilty for

on the
depth study, and active immersion in sports, clubs, and activities. Students
the arts for grades 1-8. Attendance may qualify to enroll in community
Mon-Thu with homeschool Fridays. college as well as secondary classes.
Carpooling encouraged. Contact: Contact: 937-2051 x 2761 or x 2762.

Central Coast
434.2217 or
Templeton Independent Study
SLO Classical Academy. Private High School. WASC accredited.
school. Part time or full time Weekly meeting with teacher.
classical education in SLO. Part time Opportunity for early graduation
options are Tuesday/ Thursday or and concurrent Cuesta College
Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday enrollment. In Templeton and SLO
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700 at Los Ranchos Elementary School.
or Contact 434-5833 or tae.tusd.
Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality
Wishing Well School in Los Osos
choices for their children’s education. Following are some options for offers pre-school, mixed age Trivium Charter Schools in Lompoc,
those seeking secular alternative education in our region. For more kindergarden, and 1st-3rd grades. Santa Maria, and Arroyo Grande
information on independent and religious schools, go to: The approach (educating the whole offer a hybrid program of classical
re/sd or child: head, heart, and hands) is project-based classes 2 days per
based on Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf week and homeschool 3 days
Parent Participation. San Luis Coastal personalized home-based learning model. Contact: 235-4401. per week. Contact: 489-7474 or
Adult School offers core classes that fosters investigation, skill Children’s
House Montessori
to enhance parenting skills, meet development and creativity, and School in Atascadero strives to help West Mall Alternative School.
other families, and allow children lifelong curiosity. Contact: (818) 450- each child reach his/her greatest Independent Study Home School
to play with peers. Also enrichment 9810 or potential, by embracing learning in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238
classes such as Spanish, Cooking, and appreciating and respecting or
and Gardening, and a Cooperative Nature Based Schools the world. Contact: 466-5068 or Alternative.
Preschool at CL Smith. Contact: 549-
1222 or SLOWanders. Offering nature-based Paso Robles Joint Unified School
education in SLO County. Programs Montessori Children’s School in San District Home School & Independent
Charter Schools include wilderness living skills, Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion Study Program serves K-8th grade.
naturalist studies, wildlife tracking, for excellence, to nurture curiosity, Students and parents work one-on-
CAVA – California Virtual Academies awareness skills, and rites-of-passage creativity and imagination, and to
and K¹² give kids the chance to one with teachers, receive lesson
customized for after-school, home- awaken the human spirit of every plans, textbooks, and teachers’
learn at their own pace. Online school, and personal one-on-one child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691
schooling is aligned with California editions for all subjects. Classes,
mentoring. Weekend workshops or enrichment activities, and field trips
state standards. Teacher support as for adults. Contact: 215-0595 or
needed, meetings and work samples are also offered. Contact: 769-1675. Central Coast Montessori School in
required quarterly. Contact: (866) Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized Homeschool Organizations
339-6790,, or Outside Now. Summer, after-school, academic environment to promote
and private nature-based education independence and optimum scholastic California Homeschool Network is
Family Partnership. A tuition-free in SLO County. Contact: 541-9900 or achievement. Contact: 772-9317 or
K-12 independent study public school a statewide grassroots organization to protect the right of parents to
serving Santa Barbara, San Luis
Obispo and Ventura counties. Home Coyote Road Regional School. Heritage Montessori Preschool educate their children. Their website
study charter schools in San Luis Natural Science and Outdoor in San Luis Obispo provides an provides information about current
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Solvang, Education. Contact: 466-4550 or enriching and loving environment in state and federal laws, and how to
Santa Maria, and Cambria. Meet get started. Contact: (800) 327-5339
with teachers weekly and turn in a beautiful country setting. Waldorf or
work samples. Contact: 348-3333 or Independent Schools and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5
years. Contact: 235-5589. Homeschoolers of the Central Coast. An inclusive Yahoo! group
Central Coast International School. Academics and More is a Homeschool
Olive Grove. Independent study Inquiry-based, small class, International Helper class for 7th-8th grade at meeting on a regular basis for
home school with sites in San Luis Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school interaction and field trips: groups.
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa Ludwick Community Center in SLO.
serving grades 1-8 in SLO. One tablet
Maria, Lompoc, Los Olivos, and computer per child. Spanish and Offered in partnership with City of the_Central_Coast.
Santa Barbara. Meet with teacher Mandarin taught weekly. Strong SLO, this class includes a convenient Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
weekly and turn in work samples. math, sciences, music and arts. Caring cost-effective way for students to A Yahoo! group offering free
Enrichment classes also offered. community that nurtures learners. gain access to a tutor, community homeschool enrichment and
Contact: 543-2701 or sbceoportal. Contact: 858-8054 or involvement, assistance with their
school work, time management and support:
org/losolivos. santa_maria_inclusive_learners.
The Laureate School. Project-based, organization skills, and more. Contact:
Orcutt Academy Independent Study. differentiated learning to develop Templeton Unified School District
Affiliated with Orcutt Academy critical thinking, in arts, technology, K-8 Home Schooling program.
Charter School at 500 Dyer St, this foreign language, and character Public Schools
Contact: 434-5840 or
free program offers home study and development programs. In San
blended classroom/home study for Luis Obispo. Contact: 544-2141 or Cambria Montessori Learning Center.
grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or Tuition-free public school in Morro Bay for grades K-6th through the Note: This feature is published as space
Clarity Steiner School in Nipomo. Family Partnership Charter School. allows and is a work in progress. Please
Summit Academy charter school Waldorf education for first and Contact: 927-2337, 541-2412 or submit updates, corrections, or additional
serves K-12 grades, and provides second graders. Class meets four resources to:

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take an active role in all aspects of householding and
Every issue includes original feature articles and
information about local resources and family events.
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Central Coast Family ™

is published monthly with a readership over 40,000!

Our readers live and visit throughout San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties in California.

Distribution (population 400,000+) : Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Grover
Beach, Guadalupe, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Orcutt, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, San-
ta Margarita, Santa Maria, Shell Beach, and Templeton.