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June 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Child Development ......... 18

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

Reopening Safety / Summer Fun / Racial Awareness / Fathering / History Mystery

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Getting Out
following the change in CDC

guidelines. However, those
companies are still deferring to
states or localities with stricter

Your rules, like California. So for now,

you still need to wear a mask

while running those errands in
California -- vaccinated or not.

All of California’s restrictions
on travel outside the state will
be lifted. Any travel restrictions

down the line will be in alignment
with the CDC. These restrictions
are being lifted statewide. That

means the end of what California
officials call the “Blueprint for a
Safer Economy.” (Most people
know it as the color-coded county
California plans to fully reopen capacity -- if they so choose. tier system.)
events with more than 10,000
its economy on June 15. The first people, California will recommend
and biggest change will be the Proof of vaccination or a negative San Luis Obispo County has met
venues have a verification of
removal of all capacity limits and COVID-19 test won’t be necessary the requirements for the orange
vaccination/negative test in place.
physical distancing requirements, to do practically anything. “Moderate” tier since April 19,
Those who aren’t vaccinated or
regardless of setting. That means However, the state is planning to who don’t show a negative test 2021. As of May 24, San Luis
that bars, restaurants, concert keep some recommendations -- result can still enter if they wear Obispo County meets the health
venues, grocery stores, and other and one requirement -- on “mega a mask. equity metric for a less restrictive
public settings can open at full events” in place: At outdoor live tier, with the positivity rate in
The state is recommending that disproportionately affected
indoor venues with 5,000 or more communities at 0.8%.
people should implement a similar
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(805) 528-0440 verification. However, at these This does not mean that local
Our goal is to connect Central Coast families with the resources they need to thrive! indoor events, non-vaccinated public health authorities and
people who don’t show a negative individual jurisdictions cannot

COVID-19 test result should not put in more strict guidance based
enter. on their local conditions. County
Patrice Horspool Claire & Jack Vogel
health officials can always keep
When it comes to masking, stricter measures in place if they
California is planning to fully align determine that it’s necessary.
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outdoors, you can be mask-free. also find local information by
Jennifer Best, John J. Cannell, Guy Crabb, Kerrin Edmonds, The only exception is crowded calling the SLO County Office of
Stanley W. Horspool, Karyn Lutes, Rebecca Juretic, CS Perryess
settings, like music festivals, Emergency Services Phone Center
parades, or sporting events. at (805) 781-5500
Central Coast Family is published monthly with a readership over 40,000 throughout

Note: all of these eased masking

San Luis Obispo County and North Santa Barbara County.
requirements will only take effect The County of San Luis Obispo
Find us online: for fully vaccinated Californians. plans to demobilize three mass If you’re not vaccinated, you will vaccination clinics in Arroyo
still be required to wear a mask. Grande, Paso Robles, and San Luis Obispo on June 4, 2021.
Submission deadline: 20th of each month prior to publication Companies like Costco, Starbucks, These community clinics have
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the mask requirements in stores December 2020.

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Many health care providers and Public Health clinics, regardless of
pharmacies across SLO County are health insurance or immigration
now offering the vaccine, allowing status. Eligible residents under
the County to refocus resources
on mobile vaccine clinics to serve
age 18 must have a parent or
guardian with them at their
The Village Salon
those who have faced barriers to appointment.
visiting a clinic. With this shift, the
County will also begin providing The Vax for the Win incentive
the COVID-19 vaccine along with
other vaccinations and health
program is giving vaccinated
Californians a chance to win up Father’s Day!
services at long-standing Public to $1.5 million. If you are not yet
Health clinics. vaxed, you can start now and
you’ll be automatically entered
to all past, present, and future Dads
First and second vaccine dose to win. The next 2 million
appointments are available until
June 4th at the County’s three
Californians to start and complete Call Toni & Toni: Call us for an
their vaccination will also get a
mass clinics through the State’s
My Turn system. In addition, the
$50 card. Find more information (805) 489-5100 appointment!
County’s clinics in Arroyo Grande
and Paso Robles are accepting
the-win. 115 East Branch Street in Arroyo Grande
walk-in appointments during their
To schedule your free first or
regular open hours. Those who
second dose of the COVID-19
receive their first dose of vaccine
vaccine, visit or call
from the County after May 14
(833) 422-4255. The SLO County
may get their second dose from
Phone Assistance Center at (805)
a regular Public Health clinic or a
pharmacy. 543-2444 remains open weekdays
from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For
The COVID-19 vaccine is free more information, visit www.
of charge at all of the County Make a Difference!
(805) 781-3226

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Library Voice
Check It Out:
June Happenings
by Rebecca Juretic

After a wild and crazy school book, book bag, and other prizes
year, summer is finally here! SLO (while supplies last).
County Libraries want to add to
the fun with our 2021 Tails and Adults can pick up a Grab &
Tales Summer Reading Program. Go Fairy Tale themed tote bag
Here’s a look at the fabulous with a scratch off prize ticket,
free programs we’re offering free book and mini fairy garden Program Kickoff Party with online imaginative play class will
all summer long. For more craft at any of our seven Grab & Nathalia on May 29. teach children fun ways to handle
information and to register for Go Branches (San Luis Obispo, new situations, new emotions,
programs, visit Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Fun for Teens: Take a teen art set a bedtime routine, make
Nipomo, Los Osos, Morro Bay, class with Amy Wicks – paint a friends, handle feeling lonely or
Summer Reading with Beanstack and Cambria) at the start of the sunshine or learn paper mache - grumpy - all in a fun and nurturing
program, while supplies last. To July 15 and 22. On July 23, test your environment. This program is
Instead of recording your reading get started with Beanstack, go knowledge at Teen Trivia Night. part of the Parent Place project
on paper, we will once again be to and click on the sponsored by the California State
using the Beanstack app, which Adults, Teens, or Kids tab. Sea Creatures of the Central Library, in partnership with Parent
is available for both computers Coast: Every Monday this Connection, SLO County Health
and mobile devices. With it, you Sing, Dance and Learn: Two of summer, learn about a new sea Department, South County Youth
can track your reading and enter our favorite performers are back creature with the Central Coast Coalition, Parent Participation of
to win participation prizes in our with original programming that Aquarium. Learn everything the SLCUSD Adult School, and
raffle. Adults, teens, and children includes music, bilingual songs you ever wanted to know about First 5 SLO County.
can all participate in our reading and stories, and other fun ways crabs, octopus, sharks, rays, and
challenges and earn rewards. to learn. Check out our Event all the other amazing animals Learn a Magic Trick: Amaze your
Children and teens are asked to Calendar to catch programs of the Pacific Ocean in San Luis family and friends with magic
read for 5 days (20 minutes a day) by Super Stolie and Nathalia, Obispo County. Each program tricks, taught by magician Chris
or read 5 books to earn a free including our Summer Reading was created especially for our Lopez. We’ll be premiering a new
patrons. trick every Thursday.

Meet Amazing Animals: On Storytime Tales from Around

Tuesdays, you can meet an animal the USA: Each Friday, join in a
in a live Zoom event. Meet Delrita storytime from around the USA,
the Elephant and learn how each recorded in a different
elephants paint, visit a camel state. Travel to new places, sing
dairy, learn about falconry, hop songs, hear stories, and view the
along with Australian animals – beautiful landscape that makes
and much more! that state unique. 

STEAM Ahead: Fun Science There’s much more to discover,

including Courage through Stories
Experiments with SLO Children’s
with author Tracey Hecht on June
Museum: Join in a live STEAM
12, and Hearst Castle Virtual
class on Wednesdays in June.
Visits on June 18 and 25. Most
Classes include making slime,
programs require registration and
kitchen science, and more. Each
some have limited space, so visit
class includes a free science kit to register today –
that can be picked up at your local
and also subscribe to our YouTube
library the week before (while
channel to catch our great original
supplies last), so you can do all
of the activities along with the
Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
Pyjama Drama: Wednesdays in July County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
are all about Pyjama Drama! This

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Beginning on Tuesday, June 22,
all 14 of our library branches will
be fully open!
Arroyo Grande, Atascadero,
Cambria, Los Osos, Morro Bay,
Nipomo, and San Luis Obispo
hours: Tue-Sat 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
Cayucos, Oceano, and Shandon
hours: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 9:00 am-
5:00 pm with 1/2 hr closure at 1:00
Our Doors are Open! Creston, San Miguel, Santa
Margarita, and Shell Beach hours:
Grab & Go Service is currently Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 12:30-5:00 pm.
available at at seven branch
locations. Come in for a quick We can’t wait to see you!
browse, to pick up your holds, or
to use our express computers. Some of the library online
services will continue as always,
You can visit the Arroyo Grande, such as e-books, audiobooks,
Atascadero, Cambria, Los Osos, movies, zip-books, and our
Morro Bay, Nipomo, and San Luis online summer reading program.
Obispo branch libraries every Learn more at www.slolibrary.
Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 org and
am – 5:00 pm. SLOCountyLibraries.

Aikido (The Art of Peace) is a perfect martial art for children, because it builds a
strong sense of inner strength, focus, and self-confidence.

Children practice in a friendly, supportive, coed atmosphere. Specially qualified

instructors use games, techniques, and tumbling exercises to teach children
how to defend themselves without hurting others.

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

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No Juice
and milk are preferred as primary Fruit Juice Recommendations
fluid sources for children after
weaning. Families of small Juice should not be introduced

children with dental caries should to infants before 1 year unless
have a discussion with their clinically indicated. Daily intake

pediatrician about the child’s should be limited to 4 ounces in
fruit juice intake and its possible toddlers ages 1-3 years, 4-6 ounces
contribution to the caries. for those 4-6 years. For those 7-18
years, limit juice intake to 8 ounces
AAP recommends eliminating or 1 cup of the recommended 2-2½
by Steven A. Abrams, M.D., FAAP 100% fruit juice from the diets of cups of fruit servings/day.
children with excessive weight
gain. In addition, the Academy Toddlers should not be given juice
According to the American receive any additional foods strongly recommends that whole from bottles or easily transportable
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) or fluids (except for vitamin D fruit be provided and encouraged covered cups that make it easy
policy recommendations, children supplements) unless medically for children participating in the to consume throughout the day,
should be consuming less juice recommended. Special Supplemental Nutrition nor should they be given juice at
than had been previously advised. Program for Women, Infants bedtime.
The policy Fruit Juice in Infants, After the first 6 months and and Children. The policy also
Children and Adolescents: Current until the infant is 1 year old, discourages consumption of Children should be encouraged to
Recommendations advises that the AAP recommends that the unpasteurized juice. eat whole fruits and educated on
fruit juice should not be provided mother continue breastfeeding the benefit of fiber intake.
to children younger than 1 year of while gradually introducing These recommendations, all
age unless there is a strong clinical solid foods into the infant’s diet. taken together, represent a Families should be educated
basis for it in the management of The World Health Organization policy goal of decreasing juice that human milk and/or infant
constipation. For older children, recommends that infants be consumption, especially in small formula is sufficient to satisfy
maximum daily intakes of 100% exclusively breastfed for the first children, while ensuring an fluid requirements for infants, and
juice products should be 4 ounces 6 months of life, and then receive adequate intake of whole fruits. low-fat/nonfat milk and water are
for children ages 1-3 years, 4-6 complementary foods while The new policy balances the role sufficient for older children.
ounces for children ages 4-6 years breastfeeding continues for up to of a small amount of 100% fruit
and 8 ounces for those 7 and 2 years of age or beyond. juice in meeting these intake Consumption of unpasteurized
older. goals, while limiting the exposure juice products should be strongly
Further AAP recommendations to juice and emphasizing the discouraged.
emphasize the importance key roles of water and milk in a
AAP Dietary Recommendations
of fresh fruit in children’s healthy diet. It recognizes that Grapefruit juice should be avoided
Infants should be fed breast milk diets. Fruit generally contains juice may provide some vitamins in those taking certain medications.
exclusively for the first 6 months additional fiber compared to — such as vitamin C in orange
of life. Exclusive breastfeeding juices. Consistent with recent juice and calcium and vitamin D When evaluating children with
means that the infant does not AAP recommendations, water in some fortified juice products malnutrition — as well as chronic
— but lacks the fiber and protein diarrhea, excessive flatulence,
critical for the growth of children. abdominal pain and bloating —
pediatricians should determine the
The policy clarifies that there is no amount of juice being consumed.
role for juice during the first year
of life and that expensive juice In evaluating risk for dental caries,
products designed specifically discuss the relationship between
for infants are not of value. When fruit juice and dental decay, and
juice is served to older toddlers, it inquire about the amount and
is important that it not be sipped means of juice consumption.
throughout the day or used to calm
an upset child. Juice is not useful Routinely discuss the use of fruit
for the management of diarrheal juice vs. fruit drinks, and educate
illnesses and may predispose older children and parents
infants or young children to the about the differences. For more
development of hyponatremia. information on diet and other
In summary, pediatricians should pediatric topics, go to www.
caution families that there is
minimal nutritional value to fruit
juice, and it should be limited Dr. Abrams is a co-author of the AAP policy
to small amounts and generally statement and incoming chair of the AAP Committee
on Nutrition. Reprinted with permission © 2021
avoided in infancy. American Academy of Pediatrics

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n e 5 , 2 021
Ju :00 pm
8:00 am

Sellers and shoppers encouraged to follow health guidelines

per San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department

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Fun & Games Jack’s Jokes
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana!
What did the buffalo say to his kid? Bye-son!
What do you call a bear without teeth? A gummy bear!


Fill empty cells with numbers between 1 and 9 (1 number per cell).
A number should appear only once in each row, column, and region.

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Family Life
environments, and their cognitive awareness that racial identity
developmental stages. As these does not change, to help them
three factors interact, young understand they are part of a large
children progress through certain group with similar characteristics
stages of racial and cultural (not “different” from everyone
awareness. else) and to foster a desire to be
When does this start? The exactly who they are.”
foundation of self-awareness is KINDERGARTEN (age 5 and 6).
laid when children are infants and Kindergartners will continue to
toddlers. At these stages, children ask questions about physical
learn “what is me” and “what is differences, and they can begin
not me.” Toddlers are sensitive to understand the explanations
to the feelings of adults around for these differences. They can
them, and begin to mimic adult now make distinctions between
behavior. By age two, children members of the same racial
recognize and explore physical or cultural group. At this age,
Racial & Cultural Awareness differences. They are also learning children are developing social
the names of colors, and they skills and becoming more group-
by Barbara Biles begin to apply this to skin color. oriented. They enjoy exploring
June 8th is Racial Unity Day. to stay the same unless the child Natural curiosity will lead to the culture of their friends. By age
The month of June is a great time has a life-changing experience. questions about differences. six, most children understand the
to appreciate and teach children Before that, however, we have concept of fair and unfair, and
about diversity. After one of my a good chance to help children they often use these concepts as
and 4). Children of this age are
lectures on cultural awareness, develop positive feelings about they try to deal with issues.
better at noticing differences
I was asked, “Does this really their racial and cultural identity. among people. They have THE EARLY PRIMARY YEARS (age
matter? Will adding skin-tone We can also challenge the learned to classify, and they 7 and 8). At this age, children
crayons make a difference in immature thinking that is typical tend to sort based on color and acquire racial constancy. They
children’s lives?” “Yes!” I said, of very young children and can size. They can’t yet deal with now understand that a person’s
“Skin-tone crayons can help a eventually lead to prejudice. multiple classification, so they skin color will not wash off or
child become aware of who he is get confused about the names change, but will remain the
Children develop their identity and
and who others are.” of racial groups and the actual same as she grows up. At this
attitudes through experiences
After age 9, racial attitudes tend with their own bodies, social color of their skin. They wonder age, children can also consider
why two people with different multiple attributes at one time.
skin tones are considered part They can now understand how
of the same racial group. Many one person can be a member
preschool children will comment of several different groups. For
- in words or through actions - on example, a person can be part of
hair texture, eye shape, and other a family, a classroom, a culture,
physical characteristics. and a race.
Children at this age believe that Children can also understand
because other parts of their body feelings of shame and pride at this
grow and change, skin color age, and they are aware of racism
and other physical traits could against their own group. They are
also change. Some young black able to empathize, and they are
children prefer white dolls over interested in learning about the
black dolls. More often than white world. It’s the perfect time for
children, they may say that they giving them accurate information
don’t like their skin color, hair so they grow out of “preschool”
texture, or another physical trait. ways of thinking.
By age four, most children begin Now that you know how chidren
to prefer one race over others. develop their racial and cultural
At this age, children’s thinking awareness and identities, you can
is quite limited, distorted, and encourage them to accept and
inconsistent. For these reasons, celebrate differences. Education
it is easy for them to believe helps children develop a positive
stereotypes and form prejudices. self-concept, feel proud of who
In the Anti-Bias Curriculum, Louise they are, and respect others. If this
Derman-Sparks states, “The positive sense of self and others
goals are to facilitate children’s is allowed to flourish, today’s

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children can become adults who a photo of each child’s face
affirm differences, identify unfair and make a collage of different
situations, and strive for equity. hairstyles.
A first step in helping children feel Music and Dance - Teach children
positive about racial and cultural songs and dances from different
identity is reflecting diversity nations of the world. Children will
in their surroundings. Children begin to see that all people like to
notice when the only dolls to sing and dance, but every group
play with don’t look anything like has its own special ways of doing
them. Books and toys that reflect it. Talk with the children about
racial and cultural diversity serve how different music sounds: loud,
two purposes. They not only help soft, fast, or slow. Listen for the
children of color feel good about different instruments.
themselves, they help all children
feel positive about differences. Activities for School Children
Here are some ideas you can try in Alike and Different (Thumbprints)
your home and community. - Set out white 3” x 5” cards,
Remove materials and visuals that a black ink pad, a pen, and a
promote stereotypes. magnifying glass. Ask the children
Display images of all children and to make prints of their thumbs
families in your friendship group. by pressing them on the ink pad
and then on the cards. Label
If your social group is not diverse,
each print with the child’s name.
display images of diversity in your
Let children use the magnifying
community or in U.S. society.
glass to see how the prints are
Add toys and materials that reflect alike and different. Point out that
the cultural origins of children everyone has patterns on the skin
and families in your group. Then of their fingers and each person’s
expand to include materials that fingerprints are different from
mirror diversity in the world. anyone else’s.
Activities for Preschoolers Proverbs and Traditions - Talk
with children about sayings that
Skin-Color Match-Ups - Set out are common in their family,
a number of nylon knee-high culture, or traditions. Choose
stockings in various shades, tan, one broad topic, such as love,
black, white, pink, yellow, and red. birthdays, or holidays, and
Encourage children to try them on explore how different cultures
their hands and arms or their legs express similar ideas. Children
and feet. Ask questions to help might be fascinated to compare
children increase their awareness the different names families
of skin color, for example, “Can use for grandparents around
you find a stocking that is the the world. Listen and watch for
same color as your skin?” Or ask children’s comments that can lead
children to “Try the __ stocking. to discoveries about each other.
Is it lighter or darker than your
skin?” Tell them no one’s skin Learn more at
color is really white, pink, yellow, and
or red. Emphasize that skin-color Aboud, F. Children and Prejudice. New York: Basil Blackwill. 2008.
differences are interesting. Derman-Sparks, L., and the ABC Task Force. Anti-Bias
Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children.
Hair - Use photographs of diverse Washington, DC: National Association for Education of
Young Children. 2009.
hairstyles and ethnic hair-care McCracken-Brown, J. Helping Children Love Themselves
products for the children to use, and Others: A Professional Handbook for Family Day Care.
Washington, DC: The Children’s Foundation. 2009.
explore, and talk about. Talk about McCracken-Brown, J. Valuing Diversity: The Primary Years.
how hair has different textures, Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of
Young Children. 2013.
shapes, colors, and lengths. For York, S. Roots and Wings: Affirming Culture in Early
instance, some people have fine Childhood*. Minnesota: Redleaf Press. 2009.

hair while others have coarse Reprinted with permission from the National Network for
Child Care - NNCC.
hair. Some have straight hair,
Barbara Biles, M.Ed. is a Training and Technical Specialist
and others have curly hair. Take in Early Childhood and Family Education.

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

The Adventures Buy your copy of Monterey/Marsh Sts

100 Year Book. Remember the past, as
the future is right around the corner.

of J.R. Browne by Guy Crabb

Enjoy Your Memories!
Get an autographed copy at:
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Are you prepared to read a story Let’s get to the murder and Also available at Barnes and Noble, Crushed Grape, Antiques of Monterey,
about murder, robbery, betrayal, romance part of the story. In 1849, History Center, Apple Farm, and Boo Boo Records. GUY CRABB PUBLISHING
a beautiful/evil woman, and life the area between San Francisco
in San Luis Obispo in 1849? There and San Luis Obispo still had some
was once a man named John remains of the old Mission system, his way. Several hours into the from the tree with no mule in
Ross Browne who worked for the which had become hideouts for trip, he found himself very close sight, he set out on foot and
United States government. In roving bands of Sonorans and to a large band of Spanish cattle stumbled on to a camp. Browne
1849, he was assigned to conduct lawless native Californians. It roaming wild. A fierce looking knew that the odds of the camp
some business in San Luis Obispo was well known at the time that bull was leading the herd and it being occupied by bad guys were
and left his home in San Francisco several people that had started was well known that these cattle very high. But with no money,
to begin an incredible journey. from San Francisco to purchase would attack a person on foot or blankets, or gun (all on the mule),
cattle from cities to the south on horse. Suddenly, Browne’s he felt that he must take a chance.
Mr. Browne was an Irishman born were never heard from again mule appeared to become lame It was evening as he approached
in 1821, which made him about after they left San Francisco. It and started limping. Browne the camp with utmost caution.
28 years old when he set off for was documented in newspapers jumped off to inspect the possible Suddenly Browne heard, “Who’s
his adventure in 1849. He was that several men were found injury. As soon as he jumped off that? Answer quick, or you’re a
hired as an agent in the Revenue murdered and mutilated along his mule, the huge bull started dead man!” Brown answered,
Service on the Pacific Coast. the road between the two cities. charging toward Browne with “An American---a friend. Don’t
Upon his arrival in California from the band of cows stampeding shoot! It’s all right!”
Kentucky, Browne found out that Browne began his journey on a behind their leader. Browne
his specific job was Inspector mule that he had purchased for stared running to a nearby tree to Three men were at the camp,
of the Postal Service. He was the long ride to San Luis Obispo. climb out of harm’s way. Just as and all of them appeared to be
told to establish a string of post He would stay in any available he climbed about six feet up the dangerous: Jack, Griff, and their
offices on the inland route from room that he could find and if he tree, the wild cattle surrounded leader The Colonel (who looked
San Francisco to San Luis Obispo. could not find a room to rent for the tree and started pawing at like the most deadly one of all).
Browne wrote a book about his the night, he would sleep under the ground in a rage. Browne Browne sat at the campfire with
trip titled A Dangerous Journey. the stars on a blanket. On his realized that he was in for a long them. The conversation turned
It is a great history of San Luis fourth night, Browne found a stay in that tree. to murders and how dangerous
Obispo County, which was at one room at the United States Hotel this area was for a lone traveler.
near the ruins of Mission San As night began to fall, Brown Browne knew that he must try
time one of the most dangerous
Juan Bautista. The owner was a noticed that a young bull was to leave as soon as possible, or
places in the west.
slender woman who seemed to making his way through the his death would be certain. The
always have an unpleasant look bushes to a water hole. Suddenly, Colonel gave Griff an order, then
on her face, and he also noticed the bull was attacked by a grizzly he started to leave the camp. As
that her teeth were unusually bear that had been sleeping in the he passed Browne, he whispered,
pointed. At dinner that evening, brush. After a few minutes, the
“Stay where you are. Don’t
a hotel worker told Browne bull broke away from the bushes
attempt to escape yet. Depend
that the woman was a member with blood covering its face and
upon me—I’ll stand by you!”
of the Donner Party that had large chunks of flesh ripped from
survived a deadly winter storm its body. The bull stood there Look for more of my two or three-
while crossing Donner Pass. This staring at the bushes, when the part story about the adventures
woman had survived by the most huge bear rushed out to resume of J. R. Browne in the July issue.
gruesome method. For weeks the attack. Browne was stunned Does a cliffhanger drive you crazy?
after, the woman’s face would by what he was witnessing. Don’t fret, loyal readers. I promise
haunt Browne in his dreams. The details in the book are too to tell you if our hero survives this
graphic to retell, but both animals bloodthirsty trio.
Mr. Browne journey then took ultimately died and the cattle that
him to Mission Soledad, where he chased Brown up the tree ran to
found that the land and weather the open plains of the valley. Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
was almost unbearably harsh 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
for any common person. After The danger was certainly not Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
spending the evening, he awoke over for Browne on this particular District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
the next morning and started on evening. After climbing down Reach him at

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gists disagree. Though nobody’s trifling, appeared in English in 1812.
really certain, shenanigans appears It came from the 1640s noun tom-
to have come from a Spanish word, fool, meaning buffoon or clown.
charranada, which means trick or
Since the 1580s, English speakers
deceit. A small dissenting group of
have been using the word frolic,
etymologists suggest shenanigans
originally meaning making merry.
may have come from a German
The verb frolic came from an old-
word, schenigelei, a word referring
er adjective meaning joyous or full
to the peddler’s craft. And an even
of mirth, also spelled frolic, which
smaller group of much-maligned et-
comes from a Proto-Indo-European
ymologists suggest the word may
word meaning to hop.
have come from the Irish word for
CHILL, DUDE! start from scratch came from the fox, sionnach. Hmm. Also in the 1580s, the noun horse-
world of sport. In a race, a starting play was born, meaning overly
Over the course of the years, there’s
line was scratched into the soil. A Another word referring to a rogue’s rough play. The term doesn’t actu-
been a lot of chilling going on.
competitor starting the race with deeds or actions is knavery, a noun ally refer to creatures of the equine
The word chill came from the Old no handicap started on that line, that appeared in the 1580s based variety, but refers instead to a sec-
English word ciele, which meant from scratch. on the much older word knave.
ondary meaning of horse, strong or
cold, coolness, frost, or to freeze. Knave’s root, from Old English, is
Another scratch “we” started with the noun cnafa, originally mean- coarse. Horseplay gave birth to a re-
Ciele’s source was the Proto-In- lated term in 1793, horsing (to play
is gerbh-, a Proto-Indo-European ing a boy or male servant. By 1200,
do-European word gel-, which gave excessive jokes on), and another,
root meaning to claw or scratch. though, knave/cnafa picked up the
birth to heaps of modern English horsing around (to join in boisterous
words. Back in the day, gerbh- was employed negative connotation, rogue or ras- play), in 1928.
when people wrote or drew by cal. The word knavery was born of
Given what liquids do when they In the 1590s, the verb caper was
scratching on clay tablets. Eventual- that connotation.
cool down, it’s not much of a born. It originally meant a playful
ly, this gave birth to the Greek word An 1841 word that originally meant
stretch to see how a word meaning leap or jump. By 1600, one could cut
graphein, to write. We see graphein trickery is hanky-panky. Though it’s
to freeze could be the parent of gel, capers, or dance in a frolicsome man-
today in tons of words: graph, pho- not quite nailed down, it’s likely han-
gelatin and Jello. Gelatin, meaning a ner. Caper added the meaning prank
tograph, biography, graffiti, and on ky-panky evolved from hoky-poky,
clear, jelly-like substance, appeared in 1840 and the meaning crime in
and on. After a century or three, we which evolved from hocus-pocus.
in 1713 after spending a couple of 1926. It appears caper came to En-
graduated from scratching things And a century after hanky-panky
centuries in France as gélatine. glish from the Italian word caprio-
into clay and wrote or drew using was first put to paper, about 1939,
Gel, an abbreviated form of gela- lare, to jump in the air.Another way
the graphite in pencils. hanky-panky picked up the mean-
tin showed up in English in 1899, to say prank or caper is the Ameri-
meaning a semi-solid substance. Artful scratching (originally upon ing sexual dalliance.
can-born noun, dido. It generally
Jelly’s parent-word also spent time those clay tablets) gave us the Knavery, shenanigans and han- appears in the idiom to cut didoes.
in France (as gelee) before moving word carve. And gerbh- was also ky-panky can also be referred to
across the channel to, well, jell into applied to the walking motion of In 1709, the verb romp, meaning
with the somewhat less loaded
the word we know. In 1900, Gen- some crustaceans, giving us craw- to play, sport, or frolic appeared.
word antics, which came to English
esee Pure Food Company started dad, crab, and crayfish. Their meth- By 1734, the noun romp showed
in 1520 and meant grotesque or
selling a product called Jello. od of locomotion, to claw one’s up, meaning piece of lively play. In
comical gesture. Its root is the word
way, became the word crawl. And 1909, romp transformed to a word
A Latin step-child of gel- also made antico, which originally referred to
the word scrawl, to write untidily, meaning small children’s overalls
its way into France, then to England ancient, unearthed Roman murals,
may have also come from that idea – rompers. Those readers of a par-
in 1650 as glacial. And by 1744, the seen to be strange and bizarre, thus
of scratching provided by gerbh-. ticular age will recall the children’s
noun glacier was born.What hap- labeled antico, a word that has since
TV show, Romper Room, which first
pened to gel- on its way through Even telegram, monogram and ho- morphed to mean antique. The 1809
aired in 1953.
German and Old English? It became logram can be traced back to this verb skylark means to frolic or play.
both cool and cold. idea of scratching and the root Skylarking was originally used to re-
gerbh-. And because folks creating fer to the antics of exuberant sailors Thanks to sources: Etymonline, Merriam-Webster,
Because water expands upon freez- playing in the rigging.
Wordnik, Collins Dictionary, and the OED.
rules and such had to scratch them
ing, gel- is the parent-word for gelb-
out in writing, we have grammar. The idiom monkey business was
, to swell, and because a cow swells
Even more unlikely, because mag- born in 1883 to refer to question-
prior to giving birth, gelb- is the
ical spells had to be written out, able shenanigans. Monkey business
parent-word of calf. If you, like me,
even the word glamour comes from may reflect the word monkey’s his-
consider yourself a junior etymolo-
this root. tory, as monkey came through Old
gist, here’s some 180-degree irony.
The term calving of a glacier came SHENANIGANS French from the Arabic word mai-
from the above word-child mean- mun, which meant both monkey
ing to swell, while that sense of the We English speakers have lots of and auspicious; the sighting of an
word came from the previous one ways to suggest someone is up to ape was perceived to be unlucky –
meaning cold. no good. A nefarious (or in some almost as unlucky as being the vic-
cases fun-loving) individual might tim of monkey business.
START FROM SCRATCH engage in shenanigans. This word
The idiom start from scratch first showed up in 1855 in California. My CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
appeared in 1918. Though we use ear tells me shenanigans is likely a The following words may chronicle
foggy little town on California’s central coast.
the idiom today to refer to food slur against the Irish (like so many shenanigans of a kinder and goofier Find more at,
preparation or a rags-to-riches life, other words), but most etymolo- nature. Tomfoolery, meaning foolish or reach him at

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An enriching opportunity during the summer for students entering the 5th through 9th grades in Fall 2021.
Join a modified in-person College for Kids program in summer 2021. Sessions A and D feature two weeks of in-person classes
that meet for 4 hours in the morning with the option for online classes in the afternoon. Sessions B and C are intensive 4 and
3-day camps for deeper exploration of a subject. CDC and SLO County guidelines for safe operations will be followed. REGISTRATION OPENS: April 30, 2021 at 6:00 am
Summer 2021 Sessions:
Session A: June 14 -24 (Monday - Thursday) Session C: July 6 - 8 (Tuesday - Thursday)
Session A (online): June 14 -24 (Monday - Thursday) Session D: July 12 - 22 (Monday - Thursday)
Session B: June 28 - July 1 (Monday - Thursday) Session D (online): July 12 - 22 (Monday - Thursday)

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June 2021 S pecial Family Days
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
June is: richard
Birthstone: Pearl global day of 1st US scarry’s
Great Outdoors Month birthday
parents Spacewalk
Potty Training Awareness Month (by Ed White in 1965) (Born in 1919)
National Adopt-A-Cat Month
National Drive Safe Month Flower: Rose world
National Fresh Fruit & Cheese day environment day
Vegetable Month
aesop’s birthday FULL MOON
National Rose Month (Born in 620 BC)
National Tennis Month

6 7 8 9 10 11 12
D-Day national race unity day iceD
national red rose day
(WWII Normandy Invasion chocolate ice tea corn on the cob
1944) cream day
day day


Anne Frank’s
frank lloyd wright’s birthday (Born in 1929)
birthday (born in 1867)

13 14 15 16 17 18 19
kite day
eat your juneteenth
vegetables (End of slavery in 1865)
weed your
garden day Day

flag day international

power of a picnic day
smile day

20 21 22 23 24 25 26
first day
of summer Forgiveness

father’s day

Eric Carle’s
united nations toothbrush
NEW MOON public service invented
day (1929 - 2021) (in 1498)

27 28 29 30 1 2 3

bunyan day

helen keller’s
birthday (Born in 1880)
meteor Watch day

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Child Development
The A number of studies suggest
they also are more sociable and
popular with other children

Importance throughout early childhood.

The way fathers play with their

of children also has an important

impact on a child’s emotional and
social development. According to

Fathers research, fathers spend a much

higher percentage of their one-
on-one interaction with infants
and preschoolers in stimulating,
playful activity than do mothers.
In short, fathers can have a
From these paternal interactions
Even from birth, children who Infants who receive high levels of powerful and positive impact
and activities, children learn
have an involved father are affection from their fathers (e.g., upon the long term development
how to regulate their feelings
more likely to be emotionally babies whose fathers respond and overall health of children.
and behavior. Rough-housing
secure, be confident to explore quickly to their cries and who with dad, for example, can teach
their surroundings, and, as they play together) are more securely By far, one of the most significant
children how to deal with and
grow older, have better social attached; that is, they can explore influences a father can have
regulate aggressive impulses and
connections with peers. These their environment comfortably on his child is indirect—fathers
physical contact without losing
children also are less likely to get when a parent is nearby and can influence their children in large
control of their emotions.
in trouble at home, school, or in readily accept comfort from their part through the quality of their
the neighborhood. parent after a brief separation. Generally speaking, fathers tend relationship with the mother of
their children.
to promote independence and an
orientation to the outside world.
A father who maintains a good
Fathers often push achievement
relationship with the mother of
while mothers stress nurturing,
their children is more likely to
both of which are important
be involved and to spend time
to healthy development. As a
with their children and to have
result, children who grow up
children who are psychologically
with involved fathers are more
and emotionally healthier.
comfortable exploring the world
around them and more likely to
Similarly, a mother who feels
exhibit self-control and pro-social
affirmed by her children’s father
and who enjoys the benefits of
a happy primary relationship is
One study of school-aged children
more likely to be a better mother.
found that children with good
Indeed, the quality of the
relationships with their fathers
relationship affects the parenting
were less likely to experience
behavior of both parents. They
depression, to exhibit disruptive
are more responsive, affectionate,
behavior, or to lie and were
and confident with their infants;
more likely to exhibit pro-social
more positive and self-controlled
behavior. This same study found
in dealing with defiant toddlers;
that boys with involved fathers
and better guides and confidants
had fewer school behavior
for teenagers seeking advice and
problems and that girls had
emotional support.
stronger self-esteem.

In addition, numerous studies M. E. Lamb (Ed.), The role of fathers in child

development (3rd ed., pp. 49-65, 318-325).
have found that children who New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons; Lamb, M.
live with their fathers are more E. (2019).
likely to have good physical and
Gable, S., Crnic, K., & Belsky, J. (2018).
emotional health, to achieve Coparenting within the family system:
progress academically, and to Influences on children’s development.
Family Relations, 43(4), 380-386.
avoid depression, drugs, violence,
and delinquent behavior. Excerpted with permission:

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Each of these testing locations are open to those with or without symptoms.
The pop-up testing sites will be moving around frequently.
County of San Luis Obispo Government will keep updated
with current dates and locations.
Advanced registration is required at each of these locations.
Insurance will be billed if it is available, but no copays will be charged.

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

Alternative Education
Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday provide educational resources, a
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700 mentor teacher, and eligibilty for
or sports, clubs, and activities. Students
may qualify to enroll in community
Wishing Well School offers
college as well as secondary classes.

on the
non-profit holistic Waldorf educa-
Contact: 937-2051 x 2761 or x 2762.
tion in Los Osos with part or full-
time preschool, and full-time kinder- Templeton Independent Study
garten-7th grade, and 1st-7th two-day High School. WASC accredited.

Central Coast
home school enrichment. Contact: Weekly meeting with teacher. or 235-4401. Opportunity for early graduation
and concurrent Cuesta College
Children’s House Montessori
enrollment. In Templeton and SLO
School in Atascadero strives to help
at Los Ranchos Elementary School.
each child reach his/her greatest po-
Contact 434-5833 or tae.tusd.
tential, by embracing learning and ap-
preciating and respecting the world.
Contact: 466-5068 or childrenshouse. Trivium Charter Schools in Lompoc,
cc. Santa Maria, and Arroyo Grande
Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality offer a hybrid program of classical
Montessori Children’s School in San
choices for their children’s education. Following are some options for Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion
project-based classes 2 days per
those seeking secular alternative education in our region. week and homeschool 3 days
for excellence, to nurture curiosity,
per week. Contact: 489-7474 or
creativity and imagination, and to
For more information about local private, independent, nature based, awaken the human spirit of every
and religious schools, visit: child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691 West Mall Alternative School.
or Independent Study Home School
Parent Participation of San Luis grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238
Coastal Adult School offers core Central Coast Montessori School in
classes to enhance parenting Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized
Summit Academy charter school Alternative.
skills, meet other families, and academic environment to promote
serves K-12 grades, and provides independence and optimum scholastic Paso Robles Joint Unified School
allow children to play with peers.
personalized home-based learning achievement. Contact: 772-9317 or District Home School & Independent
Also enrichment classes such as
that fosters investigation, skill Study Program serves K-8th grade.
Spanish, Cooking, and Gardening,
development and creativity, and Students and parents work one-on-
and a Cooperative Preschool at Heritage Montessori Preschool
lifelong curiosity. Contact: (818) 450- one with teachers, receive lesson
CL Smith. Contact: 549-1222 or in San Luis Obispo provides an
9810 or plans, textbooks, and teachers’ enriching and loving environment in
Nature Based Schools editions for all subjects. Classes,
Charter Schools a beautiful country setting. Waldorf
enrichment activities, and field trips
Outside Now provides summer, after- and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5
are also offered. Contact: 769-1675.
CAVA – California Virtual Academies school, and private nature-based years. Contact: 235-5589.
and K¹² give kids the chance to education in San Luis Obispo County. Homeschool Organizations
Academics and More is a Homeschool
learn at their own pace. Online Contact: 541-9900 or Helper class for 7th-8th grade at Homeschool Association of California
schooling is aligned with California Ludwick Community Center in SLO. is an inclusive organization offering
state standards. Teacher support as Delphinus School of Natural History
is a unique, regional, outdoor science Offered in partnership with City of campouts, conferences, statewide
needed, meetings and work samples SLO, this class includes a convenient support, a website with excerpts
required quarterly. Contact: (866) program in San Luis Obispo, for
elementary through middle school cost-effective way for students to from education code books, and
339-6790,, or gain access to a tutor, community links. Contact:
students. Programs are engaging,
Family Partnership is a tuition- interactive, student driven, and involvement, assistance with their
California Homeschool Network is
free K-12 independent study public designed to foster self-expression school work, time management and
a grassroots organization to protect
school serving Santa Barbara, San and environmental stewardship. organization skills, and more. Contact:
the right of parents to educate their
Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties Contact:
children. Website offers current state
with home study schools in San Luis Public Schools and federal laws. Contact: (800) 327-
Obispo (1981 Vicente Dr), Morro Bay, Independent Schools
5339 or
Solvang, Santa Maria, and Cambria. Clarity Steiner School in Nipomo Montessori Resource Center is a tui-
Meet with teachers weekly and turn offers Waldorf education for first tion-free public school in Morro Bay Homeschoolers of the Central Coast
in work samples. Contact: 348-3333 and second graders. Class meets four for K-5th grades through Family Part- Yahoo! group meets regularly: groups.
or days per week. Contact: 929-6878. nership Charter School. Contact:
348-3333 or the_Central_Coast.
Olive Grove is an independent study Santa Lucia School on 5 acres in
home school with sites in San Luis Templeton has provided peace Parkfield Elementary School is a Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa Maria,education for over 25 years. one-room school in San Miguel pro- Yahoo! group with free homeschool
Lompoc, Los Olivos, and Santa Integrated curriculum founded on viding a unique, child-centered edu- enrichment and support: groups.
Barbara. Meet with teacher weekly. life experiences, in-depth study, cation customized to student abili-
Enrichment classes also offered. and active immersion in the arts for ties and pace. Hands-on instruction, inclusive_learners.
Contact: 543-2701 or sbceoportal. grades 1-8. Attendance Mon-Thu exploration, and speakers focus on Templeton Unified School District
org/losolivos. with homeschool Fridays. Carpooling the inner development of each child. K-8 Home Schooling program.
Contact: 463-2331 or rskepins@
Orcutt Academy Independent Study encouraged. Contact: 434.2217 or Contact: 434-5840 or
is affiliated with Orcutt Academy
Charter School at 500 Dyer St. This SLO Classical Academy. is a private Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.
free program offers home study and school offering part time or full time Accredited high school program at Please submit updates, corrections, or news
blended classroom/home study for classical education in SLO. Part time Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive about resources to:

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