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July 2021

Education ................................... 2

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

Family Life ............................... 6

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

Wellness .................................. 10

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

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

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

Safety .......................................... 18

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Climate Change Hope / Summer Fun / Family Camping / Sun Safety / Local History

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if you will—to be found in nature, Fact: The nitrogen and oxygen

and some are at the root of molecules making up most of the
understanding how humans are air can’t absorb infrared radiation,
causing a profound and rapid and their number is irrelevant.

change in Earth’s climate. We What counts is the number of
get 99.99% of our energy from CO2 molecules. The notion that
sunlight, and approximately 30 because the fraction of a substance

= Hope
percent of this energy is reflected is small, it can’t have a big effect
back to space by clouds and snow is erroneous. The fraction of lead
and ice, while the rest warms the atoms in drinking water that can
land and ocean. The earth stays in do serious damage is far less than
energy balance by radiating away the fraction of CO2 molecules in
by Ray Weymann, PhD that energy in the form of infrared our atmosphere.
radiation (“heat”).
Climate change is a very complex Many people are uninformed, but Myth: The sun is causing earth’s
challenge facing all of humanity. interested in knowing the facts, Gases in the atmosphere, notably present climate warming.
Although many American citizens especially as the effects of climate water vapor and carbon dioxide, Fact: Exactly accurate measurements
support prompt and significant change become more obvious. But block some of this radiation. This is of the sun’s brightness from space
action to deal with climate change, for many, hearing the news has called the ‘greenhouse effect.’ By show that the sun’s average
it may still rank low on their priority little effect, or can induce a sense burning coal, oil, and natural gas, brightness has actually been
list, and the political will to act on of overwhelm, inertia, or fatalism. humans are causing the amount of decreasing slightly during the last
the Federal level is still lacking. carbon dioxide in the atmosphere several decades, just when the
Meanwhile, U.S. intelligence and Once people understand that hope to rapidly rise, increasing the earth began to warm most rapidly.
military agencies recognize climate is found in learning the facts and blocking and thus warming the
change as a ‘threat multiplier’ taking action, they often become earth further. This is the basis for Myth: It will be too costly to switch
to national security, many large motivated to work toward finding our current rapid warming and from fossil fuels for our energy.
corporations invest in renewable solutions. associated change in climate. Fact: Many studies show that the
energy, and insurance companies The Basic Science cost of impacts from NOT reducing
There is NO uncertainty in this
are adjusting their risk models to fossil fuel use far exceeds the cost
the reality of changing climate. There are basic truths—or ‘laws’ basic description. The only
uncertainty is the precise amount of switching away from them.
by which the earth will warm as Myth: Climate Science is still too
more carbon dioxide is released uncertain to take action at present.
into the atmosphere. Humans have
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start of the industrial revolution, are regional uncertainties about
but vastly accelerating with the specific future impacts, unless
EDITOR Associate EDITORS greenhouse emissions are swiftly
Patrice Horspool Claire & Jack Vogel increase in population and energy
consumption, especially in the curtailed, overall negative impacts
developing world. will be severe. The longer we
avoid action, the more severe
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new—it has been realized for of years.
a century. Despite this, many
GRAPHIC DESIGN DISTRIBUTION MANAGER misconceptions persist about Climate Change Impacts
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Eric Woodards climate change. Here are five of the Here are just a few of the most
most common: severe climate change impacts. We
already experience many of these.
FEATURE & CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Myth: Climate has always changed
Jennifer Best, John J. Cannell, Guy Crabb, Kerrin Edmonds, (“Like ice ages; we are just Increasing severity and frequency
Stanley W. Horspool, Karyn Lutes, Rebecca Juretic, CS Perryess experiencing a natural cycle.”) of heat waves. Rising sea levels.
More severe droughts punctuated
Fact: The speed at which humans by heavy downpours and floods.
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are altering the climate is FAR Negative impacts on many

San Luis Obispo County and North Santa Barbara County. greater than natural climate important crops. Local food
Find us online: change—decades, compared to shortage and costs contribute
tens of thousands of years for the to social instability. Increasingly ice ages. severe wildfires. Spread of pests
Myth: For every 10,000 molecules and disease-carrying insects. Heat
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hazards, especially asthma. Melting the atmosphere and depositing
mountain glaciers and increased it safely in reservoirs and other
soil evaporation. Several possible geoengineering techniques would
abrupt and potentially catastrophic
“tipping points” may be crossed.
buy us time for longer-term climate
change mitigation. The Village Salon
We are Ready
In addition to these environmental The U.S.’s overall annual emissions
impacts, social justice, equity, and rates are down in the last 10 years,
compassion in human relations owing mostly to vastly expanded

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This inequity is present right here lower carbon dioxide emissions.
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heat waves and health impacts for a record high and coal-burning
example--are disproportionately might have peaked. Safer and technical innovation that is shared. but hope lies in the fact that we
borne by the lowest income more economical nuclear energy Until it is forthcoming, we must each have the opportunity to
segments of our population, technologies are also developing. look to City and State governments contribute to the solution. Every
whose carbon footprint is smaller What Must We Do? and forward-looking businesses to effort, no matter how small, can
than the more affluent among us. fill the void. The State of California help to preserve a livable planet for
As individuals and families, there
Of course, climate changes affect is a leader in this effort. Ultimately, our children, grandchildren, and
are many ways to reduce our carbon
far more than human beings. The a change in federal policy requires generations to come.
footprints. This is important---
combination of climate change, political involvement by citizens.
not just in and of itself--but as an
Ray Weymann is a retired astrophysicist living in
habitat destruction, and other example to others, by showing Humans, though responsible for Atascadero. His undergraduate degree is from
human activity is causing an them this can be done with very creating this problem, also have Caltech and PhD in Astrophysics from Princeton
University. Ray has served as Vice-President of the
alarming rate of loss of species. little inconvenience or net costs the capability, unique among all American Astronomical Society, and President of the
Life on our planet has, over over the long run. Here are just a life on our Earth, to solve it. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and was elected
to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and
vast geologic time, undergone few ways to reduce emissions: global nature and urgency of this the National Academy of Sciences. Learn more at
five major episodes of species problem may seem overwhelming,
extinction, but many ecologists are Weatherize your home (saving
now calling the present situation heating and cooling costs), install
the 6th major extinction. solar panels if possible (orientation
is important for morning fog-
A less commonly recognized impact prone areas); invest in low- or
of rising carbon dioxide levels in zero-emission vehicles; take the
our atmosphere is the absorption train instead of flying; cut down
of some of this CO2 by the oceans. or eliminate meat consumption,
This change in chemistry is referred especially beef; install LED lighting
to as “ocean acidification.” This, in in your house.
combination with warming oceans Designed for all ages
On the local level, San Luis Obispo
and pollution, is impacting critical
and Morro Bay joined forces with Filled with interactive
ocean food chains and causing
a group in Monterey County in a Hours science exhibits created
severe damage to coral reef
program called Community Choice
habitats for marine life. Thursday 1-4:30 pm to inspire and educate
Aggregation. These programs give
The Good News participating entities the option to Friday 1-4:30 pm including new exhibits!
generate or purchase a mix of low Saturday 1-4:30 pm
Renewable energy is one of the
or zero emission electricity. Each Admission Also offering Makers Club,
most rapidly growing sources
household can choose what mix of Birthday parties,
of jobs in the U.S. and there are $3 Per Child (3-18)
electricity generation to purchase. $4 Per Adult LEGO club,
huge opportunities for technical
$3 Senior (65+)
advances in sequestration of CO2, We must realistically acknowledge LEGO NXT Robotics,
renewable energy generation, and that these actions by themselves Memberships Available and more!
especially energy storage. Carbon are not sufficient. This is a global Field Trips and Group
sequestration involves capture and problem and will require leadership Reservations can be
long-term storage of atmospheric on the part of the U.S. government, scheduled in Advance!
CO2. Removing carbon from in terms of example, diplomacy, and

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Library Voice
Check It Out:
July Happenings
by Rebecca Juretic

After a wild and crazy school book, book bag, and other prizes
year, summer is finally in full (while supplies last).
swing! SLO County Libraries want
to add to the fun with our 2021 Adults can pick up a Grab &
Tails and Tales Summer Reading Go Fairy Tale themed tote bag
Program. Here’s a look at the with a scratch off prize ticket,
fabulous free programs we’re free book and mini fairy garden Fun for Teens: Take a teen art emotions, set a bedtime routine,
offering all summer long. For craft at any of our seven Grab & class with Amy Wicks – paint a make friends, handle feeling
more information and to register Go Branches (San Luis Obispo, sunshine or learn paper mache - lonely or grumpy - all in a fun
for programs, visit Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, July 15 and 22. On July 23, test your and nurturing environment. This
Nipomo, Los Osos, Morro Bay, knowledge at Teen Trivia Night. program is part of the Parent
Summer Reading with Beanstack and Cambria) at the start of the Place project sponsored by
program, while supplies last. Sea Creatures of the Central the California State Library,
Instead of recording your reading Coast: Every Monday this in partnership with Parent
on paper, we will once again be To get started with Beanstack, go summer, learn about a new sea Connection, SLO County Health
using the Beanstack app, which to and click on the creature with the Central Coast Department, South County Youth
is available for both computers Adults, Teens, or Kids tab. Aquarium. Learn everything Coalition, Parent Participation of
and mobile devices. With it, you you ever wanted to know about the SLCUSD Adult School, and
can track your reading and enter Sing, Dance and Learn: Two of crabs, octopus, sharks, rays, and First 5 SLO County.
to win participation prizes in our our favorite performers are back all the other amazing animals
raffle. Adults, teens, and children with original programming that of the Pacific Ocean in San Luis Learn a Magic Trick: Amaze your
can all participate in our reading includes music, bilingual songs Obispo County. Each program family and friends with magic
challenges and earn rewards. and stories, and other fun ways was created especially for our tricks, taught by magician Chris
Children and teens are asked to to learn. Check out our Event patrons. Lopez. We’ll be premiering a new
read for 5 days (20 minutes a day) Calendar to catch programs by trick every Thursday.
or read 5 books to earn a free Super Stolie and Nathalia. Meet Amazing Animals: On
Tuesdays, you can meet an animal Storytime Tales from Around
in a live Zoom event. Meet Delrita the USA: Each Friday, join in a
the Elephant and learn how storytime from around the USA,
elephants paint, visit a camel each recorded in a different
dairy, learn about falconry, hop state. Travel to new places, sing
along with Australian animals – songs, hear stories, and view the
and much more! beautiful landscape that makes
that state unique. 
STEAM Ahead: Fun Science
Most of our summer programs
Experiments with SLO Children’s
require registration and some of
Museum: Join in a live STEAM
them have limited space, so visit
class on Wednesdays in June. to register today –
Classes include making slime,
and also subscribe to our YouTube
kitchen science, and more. Each
channel to catch our great original
class includes a free science kit
that can be picked up at your local
library the week before (while All of the San Luis Obispo County
supplies last), so you can do all libraries will be closed Saturday,
of the activities along with the July 3rd and Monday, July 5th in
presenter.   observance of Independence Day.
Pyjama Drama: Wednesdays in
July are all about Pyjama Drama!
This online imaginative play class Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
will teach children fun ways County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
to handle new situations, new

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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.

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

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

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Family Life
mosquitoes could breed. Set up tracking, bird watching (don’t

Camping with Kids ~100 feet from a lake or stream. forget binoculars), hunting for
insects, and crafts like learning to
Campers like to have a fire for tie knots. Kids can learn how to
by Steven Smith cooking and warmth on chilly read a trail or topographical map,
Do you remember the first time by Tom Stienstra, or California nights. Check to be sure that you mark trails and use trail signs,
you spent a night camping in National Parks by John McKinney. can build a fire at your campsite. and navigate with and without
the great outdoors? Did you sit To make a fire pit, find a spot that is a compass. Use trees to find
around the campfire and roast Pack the proper gear to stay safe, bare, then let kids dig a hole about directions. The general rule is that
marshmallows or tell scary ghost dry, and comfortable. You will 2 feet long, 20” wide and 20” the north side of a tree doesn’t
tales? For most kids, camping need camping and cooking gear, deep. If there are rocks around, get as much sun exposure as the
is a great adventure; a time to a tent, a sleeping bag, a day pack kids can line the pit with medium- south side, so it usually has fewer
cherish with family and friends. and possibly a back pack, clothes, sized flat stones. You can use branches. Ants usually make their
While camping, children can learn food, safety items, etc. First- collecting firewood as a learning home on the south side of trees,
a multitude of practical skills they time campers can learn more by experience. Softwood burns and moss and lichens grow on
can use throughout their lifetime. visiting local camping stores to quickly, creates lots of heat and the damper north side. Analyzing
see what is available. Camp Out!: leaves no coals. Hardwood takes cloud types can help children
Plan a camping experience that The Ultimate Kids’ Guide by Lynn longer to catch, burns slowly and predict the weather.
appeals to the whole family. Do Brunelle is a must-read. Kids turns to glowing coals, perfect
you want to camp in the desert, should pack books and games, for a cooking fire. To make a fire At night kids can watch the sunset,
by the ocean, at a lake, or in the and perhaps an umbrella or you can use tinder, kindling, and perhaps while bats are taking
mountains? Do you want to go waterproof poncho. Always wear fuel. Be sure to bring waterproof flight. They can catch night insects
car camping or hike in to your boots or sneakers to protect feet matches. Explain fire safety rules and listen for owls and other
camping spot? To help you decide, from insects, sharp rocks, and to kids and show them how to night critters. A really dark area is
go to, harmful plants. completely douse the campfire perfect for stargazing. Everyone, before sleeping or leaving. loves to sit around a campfire, If you will stay at a campground, playing games, singing songs, and
or don’t choose a site too close You can cook on a fire by using telling tales. If possible, bring a
to bathrooms or garbage cans skewer sticks, foil and foil pouches guitar or harmonica. Kids Camp!
Or check out these helpful books: because of odors and noise. If (on hot coals or a metal grate), Activities for the Backyard or
Camping Northern California or you are in the wild, look for an pots and pans, and/or a grill. For a Wilderness by Laurie Carlson, and
Camping Southern California by open flat area on high ground main entrée, try kebabs, campfire The Kids Campfire Book by Jane
Richard McMahon; The Best in and a shady spot. Find a site stew, or hot dogs. For side dishes, Drake are two great books to take
Tent Camping Southern California: where your tent is shaded in the try baked potatoes or corn on the along for more ideas. For adults,,
A Guide for Car Campers by Bill afternoon, but receives full sun in cob cooked in foil. Great desserts I recommend reading The Joy of
Mai; California Camping: The the morning. Don’t camp directly are campfire Apple Crisp, Banana Family Camping by Herb Gordon,
Complete Guide to More Than under trees, because sparks from Boats, and S’mores. After eating, and The Complete Practical Guide
1,400 Tent and RV Campgrounds your campfire can set branches store food to keep it away from to Camping, Hiking & Wilderness
by Tom Stienstra; Foghorn ablaze. If you camp near water, animals (for example, in a bear Skills by Peter G. Drake.
Outdoors California Camping stay away from low areas where bag hanging from a tree). Never
put food in your tent, as this may Preschoolers and younger children
attract animals. might enjoy reading any of these
wonderful books: The Berenstain
Safety is a primary concern in the Bears Blaze a Trail, Berenstain
wilderness. Pack a first aid kit and Bears Camping Adventure,
discuss camping hazards, such as: Curious George Goes Camping,
poisonous snakes, insects, and Fred and Ted Go Camping, Maisy
plants. Teach kids this phrase Goes Camping, S is for S’mores: A
to help identify poison oak: Camping Alphabet, Caillou Goes
“Leaflets three, leave them be. Camping, Dora’s Camping Trip,
Berries white, shun the sight!” Bailey Goes Camping, When We
Wear bug repellant. If kids hit the Go Camping, When Daddy Took
trail, explain what to do if they Us Camping, and Turtle and Snake
become lost. When hiking, kids Go Camping. Enjoy the wild
should carry a small pack with outdoors together -- it provides
water, snacks, a garbage bag family bonding experiences you
they can use as a poncho, and an will not want to miss!
emergency whistle. Teach kids
how to attract rescuers, and how
to stay warm and dry by making a Steven Smith is a resident of San Luis
Obispo and a graduate of CSU Long Beach
shelter at night. with a degree in Creative Writing. Steven
is a painter/muralist and freelance writer. His
Camping activities to enjoy with art can be viewed at
sloartiststevensmith. Contact Steven at:
kids include fishing, hiking, animal

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Fun & Games Jack’s Jokes
Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell? It cracked me up!
What did one flag say to the other flag? Nothing. It just waved!

Dog Days What kind of tea did the colonists thirst for? Liberty!

July 4th
Word Search

Help the
dog find
his way home!

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

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Safe in the Sun
clouds. Also, UV rays can bounce Sunburns
back from water, sand, snow, and If your baby is younger than 1
concrete. year and gets sunburn, call your
Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours baby’s doctor right away. For
and after swimming, sweating, or older children, call your child’s
drying with a towel. Most people doctor if there is blistering, pain,
use too little sunscreen. Make or fever. Here are ways to relieve
sure to apply a generous amount. discomfort from mild sunburn:
For babies younger than 6 months: Give your child water to replace
If protective clothing and shade lost fluids. Use cool water to help
are not available, use sunscreen your child’s skin feel better.
on small areas of the body, such as Give your child pain medicine to
the face. relieve painful sunburns. (For
For babies older than 6 months: a baby 6 months or younger,
Apply to all areas of the body, but give acetaminophen. For a child
be careful around the eyes. If your older than 6 months, give either
baby rubs sunscreen into her eyes, acetaminophen or ibuprofen.)
wipe her eyes and hands clean Only use medicated lotions if your
with a damp cloth. child’s doctor says it is OK. Keep
It’s good for children and adults to Sunscreen can protect the skin
spend time playing and exercising from sunburn and some skin If sunscreen irritates your baby’s your child out of the sun until the
outdoors, and it’s important to cancers, but only if used correctly. skin, try a different brand or sunburn is fully healed.
do so safely. Follow these simple sunscreen with titanium dioxide or
How to Pick Sunscreen zinc oxide. If a rash develops, talk
rules to protect your family: Used with permission: Keep Your Family Sun
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with your child’s doctor. Safe. © 2021 American Academy of Pediatrics.
Keep babies younger than 6 with a sun protection factor (SPF)
months out of direct sunlight. Find of at least 15 (up to SPF 50). A SPF
shade under a tree, an umbrella, or of 15 or 30 should be fine for most
the stroller canopy. people. More research is needed
When possible, dress in cool, to test if sunscreen with more than
comfortable clothing that SPF 50 offers extra protection.
covers most of the body, such as If possible, avoid the sunscreen Make a Difference!
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Select clothes with a tight weave; properties. Remember, though,
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with a looser weave. To see how than nothing.
tight a fabric is, hold it up to see For sensitive areas of the body,
how much light shines through such as the nose, cheeks, tops
(the less, the better). Or look for of ears, and shoulders, choose
clothing labeled with an Ultraviolet a sunscreen with zinc oxide or
Protection Factor (UPF). titanium dioxide. These products
Wear a hat with an all-around may stay visible on the skin even
3-inch brim to shield the face, ears, after you rub them in, and some
and back of the neck. come in fun colors that children
Limit sun exposure between 10:00 enjoy.
am and 4:00 pm when UV rays are How to Apply Sunscreen
strongest. Use enough sunscreen to cover all
Wear sunglasses with at least 99% exposed areas, especially the face,
UV protection. Look for child- nose, ears, feet, hands, and even
sized protective sunglasses for backs of the knees. Rub it in well.
your child. Put sunscreen on 15 to 30 minutes
Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen before going outdoors. It needs
correctly to all exposed skin. time to absorb into the skin.
Make sure everyone in your family Use sunscreen any time you or your
knows how to protect his or her child spend time outdoors. You
skin and eyes. Remember to set can get sunburn even on cloudy
a good example by practicing sun days, because up to 80% of the
safety yourself. sun’s UV rays can get through the
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Local History Monterey Street is getting a makeover.
Buildings are being renovated and the
parking lots are being dug up.

Buy your copy of Monterey/Marsh Sts

100 Year Book. Remember the past, as
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by Guy Crabb
be transformed into a beautiful enlargement of the thyroid gland.
I would like to start with a little centers in town. Monterey Street thoroughfare for people driving As history recalls, the chief had
tease; by the end of this article I’ll got its name because it is the into the city. Has anything made a unusually large goiter. When
tell you about the origin of a San road that people left San Luis you say “Yuck” yet? Okay, then the Spaniards saw this enormous
Luis Obispo street name that’ll Obispo on to travel to the city of let’s continue. growth, they must have said it
make you say “Yuck!” Monterey Monterey. Another interesting looked like a large stopper stuck
Street was the original “Main” fact is that Monterey Street was Garden Street was one of the in the chief’s neck. They called
street in town. The Anderson home to the world’s first motor- original streets in town and got the Chief El Buchón (the goiter).
Hotel on Monterey hosted many hotel or “Mo-tel Inn,” which was its name because the missionaries So, Buchon Street was probably
Hollywood stars of yesteryear, built in 1925. and Chumash Indians used it named for a Chumash chief with a
who would stroll down Monterey to get to their grape vineyards twisted football-sized growth on
Street while they waited to be Marsh Street is the one that most and other crops to harvest their his neck. If you have never seen a
taken to Hearst Castle by the local
people travel on coming into rewards. It began as a footpath, goiter, go online and Google the
taxi service. Not too many towns town. In 1870, Marsh Street was which expanded into a wagon image, so you can imagine what
can brag that Charlie Chaplin or only two blocks long. It started trail, and people naturally began the Spaniards saw when they first
Clark Gable walked around their on Nipomo at Higuera’s farm and calling this road Garden. entered the Chumash village to
downtown. If you have never ended at the Mission vineyards, meet the chief.
heard of these men, Google them which was a half block to Broad It is amazing to realize that, as
on your computer. Street. Marsh Street got its name you walk down Garden Street, The next street I will tell you about
because there was a huge marshy you are following the same is something of a secret. There
Over the last 100 years, there area on this side of town full of path that Father Junipero Serra is a street named Walnut here in
were many major hotels on water, tulles, and ducks. walked down as he inspected the town. But it wasn’t always called
Monterey Street near the Mission. vineyards and gardens of Mission Walnut Street. At one time, it was
In addition to the Anderson, the This wetland had to be filled in San Luis Obispo. Like most roads Sycamore Street. Back in the
French Hotel, Blackstone Hotel, with dirt to become a major road in the late 1800’s, San Luis Obispo 1920s, this was a business district
St. James, and many others called in town. You can drive down roads were dirt and always had of another kind. This was one
Monterey their home. The Call Tank Farm Road today and see their share of animal manure. The of the “red light” areas in town.
building is on Monterey Street as an example of a marsh area. In trick to traveling down Garden After many years and the eventual
well as the Wickenden Building, 1900, local newspaper editor Street was to avoid stepping on departure of this type of business,
which is on the corner of Chorro Benjamin Brooks had a vision rotting fruit, in addition to horse the city chose to change the name
and Monterey. Both of these of Marsh Street as “the start of or ox poop. Wait a minute, this is and restore the neighborhood
buildings were major business something big.” He said it should not the “Yuk” part yet, though it to the standards of propriety,
is pretty disgusting. which the town’s folk (with the
exception of some old customers)
Now, I would like to part from the wanted.
main downtown streets to a few
others in town. Buchon Street Hey guess what, we even have a
has many beautiful homes that street named Cucaracha, which
were built by founding families means cockroach. Also, Chorro
of our town. Let me tell you how translates from Spanish as stream
Buchon Street acquired its name. or spurt, but some say it means
Way back in the days of the diarrhea. Did I just hear a “Yuck?”
Spaniards and Chumash Indians,
there lived an Indian chief in the
Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
area. This was no ordinary man as Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
he had a huge bulging goiter on selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
his neck. A goiter is an abnormal Reach him at

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And what’s funnier than a pun? wasn’t genuine and might seem
Entering the language in 1826, a bit stretched. This comes from
the funny-bone is exactly that. a Greek term that defined the
Not only does a good whack on strange twitchy, stretched-smile
the elbow make us feel funny, the symptoms people displayed after
elbow is positioned at the end of eating a particular plant from
the humerus. Ha! And again I say Sardinia. The symptoms generally
Ha! ended in death.

tangential laughter In the 1570s, the word corny This next one isn’t really about On a nearly lighter note, the idiom
came to English from the Sanskrit a laughter-related word, but tickled to death comes from a
These words and idioms all have word jirna, which meant old I’m including it because upon myth regarding a method of
some connection to the idea of and worn out. Corny can mean reading this etymology, I laughed. torture said to have been used
humor or laughter. Though some old fashioned, mawkish and In the sport of horse-racing, in China. Better than dying from
may instead inspire a wrinkled sentimental, uncool due to a skittish horses can often be eating a Sardinian plant, but still,
brow, I have hopes they’ll inspire failed attempt at coolness, trite, calmed by placing a goat in their not a great way to go.
a cackle, titter, or guffaw. or an attempt at humor that falls stall (who knew?).
flat. Any giggles, titters or guffaws?
When we try a joke that doesn’t In the early 1900s, nefarious racing
have the desired affect, we refer The word comedy entered the jockeys would steal the calming
to this as laying an egg. This English language in the late goat of their opponent’s horse in Many thanks go out to sources: OED,
1300s, through French from the Etymonline, Wordnik, and Jordan
term was born in the late 1800s. hopes of increasing the edginess Almond’s Dictionary of Word Origins.
It originates from the fact that Greek komodios, meaning village of the opponent’s horse while
hens make a big deal of laying singer. Though the village singer increasing the likelihood that the
an egg, with much squawking might have sung any sort of song, nefarious jockey might win. This
and clucking, though their peers somehow the funny ones have practice gave birth to the idiom
appear unimpressed. lived on etymologically. getting one’s goat.

Centuries ago when Romans In the 1630s, the saying happy as a

C luck! ! were doing what Romans did, clam in the mud at high tide found
cluck that included plowing the fields. its way to English. Our modern
! When a farmer was unable
cluck to plow in a straight line, his
version has been truncated to
happy as a clam, and has lost two
work was referred to as de lire, salient bits, as the big idea of the
meaning off track, out of line. idiom was that a clam in the mud
In the 1590s, this Latin term made at high tide could not be harvested
its way into English as delirious and was therefore, happy.
and delirium, as someone CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
experiencing delirium is off-track In the 1630s, English speakers books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
foggy little town on California’s central coast.
and has a tough time returning began using the term sardonic Find more at,
his/her plow to the furrow. laughter to refer to laughter that 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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July 2021 S pecial Family Days
27 28 29 30 1 2 3
July is: Birthstone: Ruby
WORLD UFO day dog days begin
UV Safety Month joke day
Anti-Boredom Month (see pg 8)
National Blueberry Month
National Hot Dog Month Flower: Larkspur
National Ice Cream Month
National Picnic Month
National Parks Month 1ST ZEPPELIN (1900)
National Recreation Month

4 5 6 7 8 9 10

independence day
national Fried liberty bell cracks teddy bear’s
chicken day (at J. Marshall’s funeral 1835) picnic day

national sugar
macaroni day cookie day

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

first boeing 707

cheer up national french flew (in 1954)
the lonely day fries day apollo 11 lifts off disneyland opens
(to the moon in 1969) (in 1955)
barn day

Pick cow
Paper bag blueberries day appreciation day

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

National summer
leisure day
stick your
tongue out day
earhart day

chess day

moon day
(Astronauts land 1969)

ice cream soda day

national junk ice cream cone
listening day
NEW MOON food day introduced (in 1904)

25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Thread the FATHER IN LAW 1st US Patent
needle day DAY
(Celebration of Needle Crafts) issued
NATIONAL (in 1790)


aunt & uncle beatrix potter’s

day birthday (Born in 1866)

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Safety HEAT STRESS IN CHILDREN • Whenever infants or toddlers
• Reduce the intensity of activities are in or around water, an adult
that last 15 minutes or more should be within arm’s length.
whenever high heat and humidity • Avoid Entrapment: Suction from
reach critical levels. pool and spa drains can trap a
• At the beginning of strenuous child underwater. Do not use
exercise or after traveling to a a pool or spa with broken or
warmer climate, the intensity missing drain covers.
FUN IN THE SUN that block 99-100% of ultraviolet and duration of exercise should • Large inflatable above-ground
Babies under 6 months: rays), and cotton clothing with a be limited initially and then pools are often exempt from
tight weave. gradually increased over 10 to 14 local pool fencing requirements,
• The AAP recommends that
parents avoid sun exposure and • Stay in the shade whenever days to acclimatize to the heat. although it is essential that they
dress infants in lightweight long possible, and limit sun exposure • Before prolonged physical be surrounded by an appropriate
pants, long-sleeved shirts, and during peak intensity hours 10:00 activity, the child should be fence. Children may fall in if they
brimmed hats that shade the am - 4:00 pm. well-hydrated. During activity, lean against the soft side.
neck. When adequate clothing periodic drinking should be BUG SAFETY
• On both sunny and cloudy days,
and shade are not available, enforced, for example, each 20 • Don’t use scented soap, perfume
use sunscreen with SPF 15 or minutes, 5 oz of cool water for
parents can apply a minimal greater to protect against UVB or hair spray on your child.
amount of suncreen with at least a child weighing 90 lbs, and 9 oz • Avoid areas where insects nest
and UVA rays. for an adolescent weighing 130
15 SPF (sun protection factor) to or congregate, such as stagnant
small areas, such as the infant’s • Be sure to apply enough lbs, even if the child is not thirsty. water, uncovered foods, and
face and the back of hands. If an sunscreen - about one ounce for • Clothing should be lightweight flower gardens.
infant is sunburned, apply cold a young adult. and limited to one layer of • Avoid dressing your child in
compresses to affected areas. • Reapply sunscreen every two absorbent material to facilitate clothing with bright colors or
hours, or after swimming or evaporation of sweat. Replace flowery prints that can attract
For All Other Children: sweat-saturated clothing with
sweating. stinging insects like bees, wasps,
• The first, and best, line of defense dry clothes. and hornets.
against the sun is covering up. • Use extra caution near water and • Games played in the heat
Wear a hat with a three-inch sand (and even snow!) as they • To remove a visible stinger from
should be shortened and more skin, gently back it out by scraping
brim or a bill facing forward, reflect UV rays and may result in frequent water breaks should be
sunglasses (look for sunglasses sunburn more quickly. horizontally with a credit card or
instituted. fingernail.
POOL SAFETY • Combination sunscreen / insect
• Install a fence at least four-feet repellent products should be
high around all four sides of the avoided because sunscreen
pool. The fence should not have needs to be reapplied every two
openings or protrusions that a hours, but the insect repellent
young child could use to get over, should not be reapplied.
under, or through. • Use insect repellents containing
• Make sure pool gates open out DEET when needed to prevent
from the pool, and self-close and insect-related diseases, such
self-latch at a height children as Lyme Disease transmitted
can’t reach. by ticks, and mosquito-borne
• If the house serves as the fourth illnesses, such as West Nile and
side of a pool fence, install an Zika virus.
alarm on the exit door to the • The current CDC and AAP recom-
yard and the pool. mendation for children over 2
• Never leave children alone in or months of age is to use 10- 30
near the pool or spa, even for a percent DEET. Do not use DEET
moment. on children under 2 months.
• Keep rescue equipment and a • Ten percent DEET provides
telephone near the pool. protection for ~ 2 hours; 30% for
• Avoid inflatable swimming aids ~ 5 hours. Choose the lowest
such as “floaties.” They are not concentration that will provide
a substitute for approved life required length of coverage.
vests and can give children a false • Children should wash off
sense of security. repellents when back indoors.
• Children age 4 and older should • As an alternative to DEET,
be taught to swim. Parents Picaridin has become available
may choose to start swimming in concentrations of 5-10%. Oil of
lessons before age 4 if children lemon eucalyptus has also been
are developmentally ready, but shown to be effective.
swim programs should never be
seen as “drown proofing” a child Reprinted with permission. © 2021
of any age. American Academy of Pediatrics.

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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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FREE Public Fireworks
July 4th at Dusk (~ 9:00 pm)
Local Resources
• Pismo Beach - at the pier 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,
• Nipomo - Nipomo HS 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
• Cayucos - at the pier Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS TO READ at 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm:
avail. Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Read to Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos
• Cambria - Shamel Park
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
• Santa Maria - SM Fairpark 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
•Solvang - Mission Santa Ines and Alzheimer’s. Contact: 458-7484. covered in 8 classes. No registration required.
Bang the Drum Brewery, 950 Orcutt Rd, San
Cost: free. Contact: or 781-4187.
Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio to play family- Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain
• Lompoc - Ryon Memorial Park
friendly games and drums! Cost: free. Food Independent Despite Vision Loss at Santa Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom
and craft beer available for sale. Contact: Maria Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New ways of Dancing at Madonna Inn. Look left of the
Questions about fire safety? or 242-8372. doing daily tasks are taught by the Braille bandstand for sign: Dancers. Dance, chat and
Institute, such as home management, listen to good music. No fees; no dues; just
CAL FIRE/SLO: 543-4244 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
Contact: 462-1225.
Thornburg St. Browse vendors with antiques, Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo County
fruits, vegetables, new and used items, and 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm: MOPS has an ongoing and urgent need for volunteer
2nd & 4th SAT every month 12:00-4:00 more! Cost: free. Contact: 258-1765. (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet at Pacific tutors and offers free training in SLO. Contact:
pm: Railway Historical Museum at Santa Christian Church, 3435 Santa Maria Way, 541-4219 or
Every FRI 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Zen Doodle
Maria Transit Center, 400 E Boone St, Santa Santa Maria. Childcare is provided.  Contact:
Adult Coloring Book Group at Art Center 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission
Maria. This bimonthly opening features 934-3491 or
Morro Bay, 835 Main St.  Relax and unwind on the Status of Women meets at Coast
a locomotive, boxcar, caboose, railroad
with the new adult coloring books. Cost: free. Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:00-5:30 pm: National Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This
artifacts, interpretive exhibits, vintage rolling
Contact: or 772-2504. Teen Wellness Program at Arroyo Grande advisory group to SLO County Board of
stock, and a diorama to explore. Cost: free.
EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand Supervisors identifies issues of concern to
Contact: 714-4927. Every MON 2:00-5:00 pm: Historic Tour of
Ave. Health services, including reproductive women not the focus of other advocacy or
Architecture at Monday Club, 1815 Monterey
Every TUE & THU: Youth Aikido Classes at health, in a safe environment to screen, advisory organizations. Contact: 788-3406.
St, SLO. Cost: free. Contact: themondayclub
Budo Ryu, 3536 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo. assess, and provide intervention. Appts or 541-0594. Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
Kids have fun, stay fit, make friends, gain life preferred. Contact: 489-4026.
Adventures With Nature & Mind Walks
skills, and learn to deal with bullies without Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny Tunes Music &
1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Senior schedule is at:
becoming one. Aiki-Mites (age 4-6) class Movement at Music Motive, 3440 S Higuera
Health Screening at First United Methodist
is 3:00 pm TUE. Aiki-Kids (age 7-12) TUE & St #130, SLO. This parent participation Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens
Church, 275 N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande.
THU at 4:00 pm. Pre-registration only. Cost: program for ages 1-5 includes activities based offers free services: Senior Connection to
Free and low-cost services for ages 50
$50-75/mo. Contact: 544-8866 or www. on music psychology and child development. connect callers with local resources; one on
and older: blood pressure, pulse, weight, Cost: $80 per mo. Contact: 543-0377. one Medicare help, referrals for long term
cholesterol, screening for anemia and
care, and help with billing and appeals; Vial
Every WED 10:00-11:00 am: Growing With 2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm: Book Group diabetes, nutritional counseling, and medical
of Life kits with medical info for emergency
Baby Class at 1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. at Cayucos Library, 310 B St. Join other referrals. Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827.
responders; a Senior Resource Directory for
Pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation readers to discuss whatever you’re reading
1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled SLO and SB counties, and more. Contact: 925-
consultant Andrea Herron answers questions and to discover, ponder, and share insights
American Veterans luncheon at Veterans 9554 or
about feeding, crying, and sleep for babies about what others are reading. Cost: free.
Memorial Bldg, 313 W Tunnell St, Santa Maria.
0-10 months. Dads are always welcome! Call Contact: 995-3846. Hospice of SLO County provides free grief
Contact: 345-0402.
to reserve a spot. Contact: 543-6988. counseling, individual and family support,
Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO Chess Club
Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support counseling, crisis intervention, and wellness
Every TUE 7:00-9:00 pm & SAT 2:00-4:00 pm: meets at Carl’s Jr on Santa Rosa St, 1 block
Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way, education to those with a life-limiting illness,
Basic Safety Class at SLO MakerSpace, 81 S W of Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. All ages.
Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Offered by Hospice of their families, and the bereaved in SLO and
Higuera St, Ste 160 & 180, San Luis Obispo. Get Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 or
SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or Paso. Contact: 544-2266.
acquainted with the space and equipment Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO Chess
before using the facility. See website for Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family Volunteer as a Good Neighbor!  Make a
Club meets at the big board on Morro Bay
dates and classes. Cost: free for Members Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, difference in the life of an older or disabled
Embarcadero at west end of Morro Bay Blvd
and all SLO County Library cardholders. 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750. adult. Training is monthly at Wilshire
(down the stairs). Cost: free. Contact: 441-
Contact: 439-2727 or Community Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO.
7210 or 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to
Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
Every THU 10:00-11:00 am: La Leche League Survive Divorce seminar at SLO Women’s
3rd WED of every month at 6:30 pm:
Mother Support Meetings in North Co, SLO, Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St #D, SLO. Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art!
Prepared & Natural Childbirth Classes at Twin
AG and SM. Breastfeeding and parenting Tips for handling family law issues. Cost: $10. Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission Plaza) or
Cities Community Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas
support and information offered. Cost: free. Contact: 544-9313 to register. email for information
Rd, Templeton. This six-series class includes
Contact: 242-2294 or about multiple volunteer opportunities.
lecture, hands-on demos, and technique RISE offers: weekly drop-In support groups
MON-THU 8:30-11:30 am: Walk-In Legal Clinic practice. Cost: free. Contact: 434-4654. for sexual assault survivors; 24 hour crisis San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers health
in 3rd Floor Atrium of Courthouse Annex, line; advocacy; peer counseling; prevention, screening, legal services, meals, exercise,
2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm:
1035 Palm St, San Luis Obispo and Paso empowerment and education. Contact: 545- bridge, and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St.
Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Cities
Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St, Rm 112. Get 8888 or Contact: 781-7306.
Community Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas Rd,
help with divorce, child and spousal support, Templeton. Learn about practical aspects Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A PET at Central Coast Astronomical Society sponsors
domestic violence, guardianship, civil of feeding your newborn from a Lactation Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats a Dark Sky Star Party every month at sunset.
harassment, and name or gender change. Consultant. Cost: free. Contact: 239-4443. from NCHS and dogs from Short n’ Sweet CCAS sponsors guest speakers and public
Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Divorce & Child Dog Rescue. Contact: 466-5403. education programs. Find the CCAS event
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 11:00
Support Workshops at SLO Court Support calendar, location and weather condition
am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station Interactive Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:00-5:00 pm:
Services, 1120 Mill St, Ste A, San Luis Obispo updates, and local resources at: www.
Science Center welcomes families at 867 Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library-Jack’s
and Paso Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St,
Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2-3. Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21
Paso Robles. Help for divorce, child support, Contact: 473-1421 or Zaca Lane, #100, San Luis Obispo. Traditional San Luis Coastal Adult School’s Parent
custody and visitation orders. Overview of and adaptive toys for children with all types Participation Program offers Core Parenting
legal process followed by form prep and 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm: Grief
of disabilities to check out. In-home appts and Enrichment classes at centers in San Luis
questions. Cost: free. Contact: 788-3418. Support Group at Central Coast Hospice, 253
available. Cost: free! Contact: 547-1914 or Obispo, Morro Bay, and Los Osos. Parent and
Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis Obispo. Free for
1st & 3rd SAT every month at 2:00 pm: FAMILY child activity classes, individual peer support,
anyone suffering the loss of a loved one who
MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades and education for parents and caregivers.
is in need of support. Contact: 540-6020. Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm:
Ave. Enjoy popcorn and a G/PG movie. Call for Contact: 549-1222 or
Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jack’s
title. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. 2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOV at 9:00

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Local Resources
options are Tuesday/ Thursday or 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 non-
college as well as secondary classes.

on the
profit holistic Waldorf education
Contact: 937-2051 x 2761 or x 2762.
in Los Osos with part or full-time
preschool, and full-time kindergarten- Templeton Independent Study
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
Contact 434-5833 or tae.tusd.
potential, by embracing learning
and appreciating and respecting
the world. Contact: 466-5068 or Trivium Charter Schools in Lompoc, 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
Meet with teachers weekly and turn offers Waldorf education for first tuition-free public school in Morro Homeschoolers of the Central Coast
in work samples. Contact: 348-3333 and second graders. Class meets four Bay for K-5th grades through Family Yahoo! group meets regularly: groups.
or days per week. Contact: 929-6878. Partnership 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 one- Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
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