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Central Coast September 2021


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creeks to Coast Cleanup / Family Camping / Sun Safety / Morro Bay History Mystery

Free! Central Coast Family

Getting Out
industrial discharges (including ECOSLO’s annual Creeks to

Creeks to Coast plastic pellets and particles), and

garbage management (ill-fitting
trash can lids, etc). Some marine
Coast Cleanup is SLO County’s
largest volunteer event as part of
International Coastal Cleanup Day!

Cleanup 2021 debris comes from ocean-going

ships and boats. Beaches in
California attract millions of tourist
visits each year, mostly during the
This local volunteer event is put
on in coordination with statewide
efforts with the California Coastal
Commission and internationally
summer. Thus, ECOSLO focuses with Ocean Conservancy. ECOSLO
efforts on cleanup at the end of has served as the SLO County
each summer. Coordinator since 2005.
This fun annual volunteer event
The annual Cleanup event engages empowers community members
volunteers from our communites in SLO County to come together
to clean up this trash and debris. to protect our local waterways,
Every year since 1986, ECOSLO communities, wildlife, and our
coordinates all of the cleanups neighbors. This year, ECOSLO will
from San Simeon Point to Oso once again offer cleanup kits to
Flaco Lake. Though Central Coast households around SLO County to
beaches are cleaner than many, last hold their own cleanups during the
year, over 5,500 pounds of debris last two weeks of September, from
Thu, Sep 16, 8:00 am through source.” Marine debris impacts was removed from our beaches and Thursday, September 16th through
human health and safety, endangers creeks. Thursday, September 30th.
Thu, Sep 30, 8:00 pm
wildlife and habitats, and costs In California, this annual cleanup
THE CHALLENGE our local and national economies holds the distinction of drawing the To reserve your 2021 Creeks to
Walk down any beach and you millions in wasted resources and most participation of any volunteer Coast Cleanup Kit, sign up at www.
will find marine debris, defined as lost revenues. event over its 33 year history. As Your
“any manufactured or processed Most of the debris (80%) is from County Coordinator, ECOSLO works household can then complete the
solid waste material that enters land-based sources, like litter with the CA Coastal Commission cleanup anytime from Thursday,
the marine environment from any (from pedestrians and motorists), in the campaign for healthy September 16th to Thursday,
waterways, coasts, and oceans. September 30th. If you are unable
Last year, over 1,300 volunteers to sign up electronically, ECOSLO
cleaned up more than 5 tons of has paper waivers available for
trash and recyclables in San Luis
Central Coast Family those who need them.

(805) 528-0440 Obispo County.

Our goal is to connect Central Coast families with the resources they need to thrive! Participate in the 2021 Cleanup! Once you have completed your
Creeks to Coast Cleanup presents a cleanup, be sure to submit your
great opportunity to get the whole data via the Clean Swell app. You
Patrice Horspool Claire & Jack Vogel family out for mild physical activity will then get added to this year’s
and to teach kids about ecology Cleanup Champions map!
and community service. You can
visit What’s in the Kit? The 2021 Creeks
ADVERTISING coast to learn about this program. to Coast Cleanup kit has all the
Stanley Horspool Inquiries: You can also email supplies you will need for your
or call (805) 544-1777 to learn more household or organization to pick
about volunteering. up trash in your neighborhood.


Out of the Blue ™
Eric Woodards


Jennifer Best, John J. Cannell, Guy Crabb, Kerrin Edmonds,
Stanley W. Horspool, Karyn Lutes, Rebecca Juretic, CS Perryess

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Getting Out
Each kit includes: ongoing cleanup programs in SLO
• 3 trash bags and 2 recycling bags County, and more!
• Protective gloves Through the two-week event last
• 1 Data Card (or you can use the year, Creeks to Coast Cleanup
digital data card through the proved very successful as over 600
Clean Swell app) group participants, collected 4,934
• Educational resources on pounds of trash and recyclables,
cleanups, trash, recycling, and and saw 267 cleanups county-wide.
sustainability People participated in cleanups all
• Swag from local business sponsors the way from San Simeon down
to Nipomo, from Paso Robles to
ECOSLO will contact you about Santa Margarita in parks, along
picking up your cleanup kit. Kits creeks, in their neighborhoods, on
will be distributed during the last the coastlines, and everywhere in
two weeks of August and the first between. Obispo (ECOSLO) is a nonprofit environment and environmental
two weeks in September. We are membership organization dedicated health on the Central Coast.
partnering with local nonprofits, It was such a wonderful opportunity to protecting and enhancing the
to see the community response natural environment and human California Coastal Commission’s
businesses, and our Community stated mission is to “Protect,
Champion volunteers who are from these cleanup kits. While we wellbeing through community
all wish we could be together, it was action, advocacy, and education. conserve, restore, and enhance
assisting with kit distribution. Be environmental and human based
on the lookout for an email from truly incredible seeing people come
ECOSLO ( together while apart to take care of For over 48 years, ECOSLO has resources of the California coast
to let you know when and where and protect our beautiful county. strived to support and create and ocean for environmentally
your kit is ready for pickup. Cleanup 2020 top three items were: resilient, healthy, natural sustainable and prudent use by
cigarette butts (4,981), plastic ecosystems and lifestyles in San current and future generations.”
pieces less than 2.5 cm (3,420), and Luis Obispo County. ECOSLO is Among its many programs, the
Check out ECOSLO educational committed to a sustainable future Commission is the statewide
resources to learn more about ways food wrappers (3,203).
while working to improve the quality event coordinator for Creeks to
people can reduce their waste, EVENT ORGANIZERS of life and economic vitality in our Coast Cleanup Day. For more
why cleanups are important, how information about the California
to organize your own cleanup, Environmental Center of San Luis communities. Through education,
advocacy, and community building, Coastal Commission’s programs,
ECOSLO acts to protect the natural visit

October 1st to 3rd &

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Library Voice
Check It Out:
September Happenings
by Rebecca Juretic

The Railroad Festival is Back! years of age, and all artwork will
be displayed at library branches.
If your kiddo loves trains, you will support you on your parenting a number of concepts through
want to mark your calendar for the Parenting Tools with Parent Place journey. This is a virtual event. singing, games, musical stories
Central Coast Railroad Festival, Register at for self- and more.
happening October 1-3 at the San Our Parent Place online classes care extras.
Luis Obispo Railroad Museum and and events are back in September! Battle Bits
locations throughout San Luis You can register for these free No-Drama Toddler Discipline
Obispo County. We’re gearing classes on our Events Calendar at If your 4th through 6th grade
up for all the railroad fun with Tuesdays at 6:00 pm, September child is digging into the Battle of
activities at all SLO County Library 7-21 the Books reading list for 2022, we
branches in September. The Parent Place project is know it can be difficult to choose
sponsored by the California Learn effective ways to discipline which books will interest them. To
To start, be sure to drop by any State Library, in partnership with your toddler without using help with this, we have recorded
branch during September and Parent Connection, SLO County punishment, shame or bribes for our own Ms. Sally reading the
pick up a Grab-n-Go Goodie Bag. Health Department, Parent misbehavior. Using Drs. Siegel first chapter of every single Battle
Each bag includes an Amtrak Participation of the SLCUSD Adult & Bryson’s book No-Drama book!
Junior Conductor Activity Book, School, South County Youth Discipline as a guide, the goal of
an Amtrak paper conductor hat, Coalition, and First 5 SLO. this Zoom series is to not only Find all of these “Battle Bits”
a picture postcard, and a free change our children’s behavior videos on our YouTube Channel.
child’s admission to the SLO Here’s a rundown of what we are but to build their brains and And while you’re there, we
Railroad Museum. offering: promote future life skills, in have lots of other original
addition to supporting you as a programming, including videos
While you’re at the library, enter “Take Care of You” Parent Café parent. you may have missed during our
the Coloring Contest! Your family Summer Reading Program.
could win five round-trip Amtrak Thursdays at September 9 – 30 This helpful Zoom series will
tickets on the Surfliner train for 6:00 pm for English speakers leave parents with an effective 3D Printer
travel from San Luis Obispo to 6:30 pm for Spanish speakers and compassionate roadmap
Santa Barbara. All you need to for discipline that nurtures your Remember that great idea you
do is have your child complete Join a group of adults with kids child’s developing mind, develops had in case you ever got a 3D
a coloring page, available at all 0-3 to learn more about exploring parents’ confidence in their own printer? Well, it’s time to make
branches. your caregiving strengths, skills, and helps to calm family life. that idea a reality! The San Luis
creating strategies to help Obispo Library has a new 3D
Turn in that page by September strengthen your family, and the Registration is required. Please printer, and all print jobs are free!
25 to be entered into the drawing. Protective Factors! Meet other sign up for all three sessions. A You can use free software to
The contest is for kids up to 12 parents and build community to free copy of No-Drama Discipline create your design. Remember it
will be provided to participants
needs to be no larger than 6x6x6
to pick up at their local County of
inches in size, and the file must be
SLO Library. The book and Zoom
under 25MB.
link for this series will be shared
with all registrations at least one
Make a printing appointment on
week before the classes begin.
our Events Calendar at slolibrary.
Bilingual Music Classes are org. Bring your design in on a flash
Coming in October! drive and then you will have seven
days to pick up your finished item.
Every Wednesday at 10:30 am in You can print up to one item per
October, join children’s singer- week, so start dreaming up some
songwriter Nathalia in exploring great projects!
Rhythms and Rhymes. During
her bilingual interactive music Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
class, “Ritmo y Rima,” preschool County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
and kindergarten students learn

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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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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
What do you call a fly when it retires? A flew!

What do you call a baby whale? A little squirt!

What’s black and white and eats like a horse? A zebra!

Grandparents Day
Word Search

find the

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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September 16th - 30th, 2021
Choose your time & place!

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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,
they protect better than clothes that using any sunscreen is better
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.

Morro Bay Mystery Buy your copy of Monterey/Marsh Sts

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

by Guy Crabb Enjoy Your Memories!

I am going to take you on a journey taking 200 clams a day; there Get an autographed copy at:
to the wonderful city of Morro was a Navy base in town in 1941
Bay. I am going to tell you a story so our military could practice w w w. s l o 1 0 0 ye a r s . co m
that will solve a mystery and may beach landings; property lots in Also available at Barnes and Noble, Crushed Grape, Antiques of Monterey,
send you on a trip to explore a 1927 sold for $250 or $300 - for an History Center, Apple Farm, and Boo Boo Records. GUY CRABB PUBLISHING
cemetery. I hear people are dying ocean view; or Morro Bay Blvd.
to get in! Sorry, that’s an old joke. was once called 5th Street.
Anyway… I taught in Morro Bay
for over 20 years and began to But today my story goes back to
research its history so the kids in the very beginning of the town.
my classes could learn about the I’m not talking about way, way
people who helped to found this back, which would have to include
unique seaside city. the story of the ghost that haunts
Morro Rock (another cool story).
I began my teaching career at I’m going back to the person who
Morro Elementary School in 1985. gets credit as the founding father
It was a very beautiful school site. of Morro Bay. He was one very
At lunch, I would sometimes walk enterprising young man by the
around town. I noticed some name of Franklin Riley.
odd-size buildings and others that
were unusual, and I wondered History says Riley came down to to another state or did he die in Then, Kasey started to yelling
what businesses were there in the this area of California to search for an accident? Then something else that she found Franklin Riley’s
past. some government-owned land struck me; Morro Bay does not gravestone. Next, she yelled
that was not part of a Mexican have a cemetery. Yes, that’s right. that Franklin was not alone. I ran
I guess it was this same curiosity land grant. He found a nice chunk Some of you know about the across the cemetery to where
that motivated me to write books of land and built the first home secret cemetery a little way out of she was standing, and found an
about the history of downtown in Morro Bay. The location of town, but that’s a private family answer to the mystery of what
San Luis Obispo. I started by his home was just about in the site. After realizing that Morro happened to Franklin Riley. He
reading a book called Morro Bay’s middle of what we know today as Bay has no public cemetery, I was here, buried in the Cayucos
Yesterdays, which was full of great downtown Morro Bay. His home decided to go in search of Franklin cemetery with his beloved wife
information and photographs, was on the strip of land between Riley. Hannah.
and I interviewed many longtime Morro Bay Blvd. and Harbor
residents. Street. My first thought was go to the The Riley’s grave did not have
cemetery that was the closest the biggest or best marker (or
Now, I could sit here and tell you Franklin had a family: his wife to Morro Bay. That happens to even a clean marker), but here
a fishing boat full of stories about Hannah, two little girls, and a boy, be the Cayucos Cemetery off of they were. Their grave marker
Morro Bay, such as: in 1911, the who were all foster children. He Highway One. This is also where is a few feet tall and about eight
town had a restriction of only was a bright man who drew out a my father is buried, so one day inches thick and it reads “Riley”
plan for the city. Franklin started when my daughter Kasey and I on the top of the stone and on
his own farm and grew barley as went to go visit my dad’s grave, the front it simply reads “Franklin
his first crop. Now once again, I we decided to explore the older 1824 – 1897” and “Hannah G. 1824
could go on and tell you about grave stones in the lower part of – 1904.” I won’t tell you exactly
his idea to plant eucalyptus trees the cemetery. where it is, so that you can plan a
everywhere to block the ocean morning to explore the Cayucos
breeze that would blow in and We actually had a great time cemetery and learn some cool
bury his crops, or how he helped looking at all of the old grave information about some of the
build a wharf, but I want to get stones. It was interesting to learn people who were founders of our
down to the real mystery of my when and where people were county. Isn’t solving mysteries
story. born before coming here to the fun?
central coast of California. After
After working in Morro Bay for a while, Kasey and I split up and
Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
years and learning about its great starting searching on our own. I 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
history, I couldn’t help but wonder began to think that Franklin Riley Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
what happened to the founding had just left the city in search of selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
father. Did Franklin move away new adventures. Reach him at

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1939 – aha moment
1919 – gassed
1904 – energy drink
1859 – mash-up
1802 – earworm

So, fellow lovers of language,

what say you to the official birth
of 97 words and the formidable word is a hodgepodge itself, the
patience of many of them? first bit coming from Old French,
meaning to shake, and the second
play, sport, compete sport, or competition. How about food = Mess part coming from German,
that initial meaning of competere? probably derived from Late Latin,
This month, how about a look at When it comes to etymologies, meaning cooking vessel (related
athletic-inspired words? Old dictionary neWs food is messier than one might to our modern day cooking
think. vessel, the pot). Though multiple
Sport came into English in the In August 2012, word nerds sources list possible ingredients
1500s, meaning both a pleasant worldwide were either jazzed Though some have assumed the for this kind of stew, each source
pastime and a game involving or all het up due to Merriam- military term mess comes from seems to provide a different list.
physical exercise. In the 1660s, Webster’s 11th Edition Collegiate the Latin word for table (mensa), My read on this is that nearly
Shakespeare crowned war- Dictionary. The big news had it actually comes from another anything one shook into the pot
making the sport of kings. By to do with the 97 new words (I Latin word, mittere, to send away for a few centuries on the British
the 1880s, the noun sport, came promise, I won’t list them all). or put, and simply suggests that Isles could’ve been referred to as
to mean good fellow in American someone has put the food on the hodgepodge.
English while down under, the The biggest splash was made table. It appeared in our language
word sport grew to become a by – what a surprise – the most in the late 1300s. Interestingly, In 1894, a variant of bologna was
way to address a man (1935). titillating words of the bunch: mass in the religious sense comes born – baloney! The term referred
sexting and f-bomb. I agree from the same source. So, the to a sausage made of odds and
Play comes from the Old English that these words are notable, word mess isn’t really a mess at ends. By 1922, possibly through
plegian, to exercise, frolic, or but I find myself most intrigued all, but these food words are: association with the term blarney,
perform music. Its Middle Dutch by comparing the dates when baloney came to mean nonsense,
ancestor plegan meant to rejoice the “new” words were first Hash comes from the French which isn’t quite a synonym with
or be glad. Some play-based introduced to the language to word hacher, to hack or chop into mess, though one could argue
idioms include: the years they made it into the small pieces. It entered English in that the odds and ends that went
dictionary. the 1660s. The French word came into bologna/baloney might
mid-1500s to play fair from the Old French word for qualify as such.
1861 to play for keeps The following “new” words were ax, hache. It doesn’t take much
1886 to play the ___card coined from 2000-2007: imagination to see that hash Anyone who has ever bussed a
1896 to play with oneself bucket list and hatchet are related. Here’s table or eaten in the vicinity of a
1902 to play favorites cloud computing hoping nobody’s hash was hacked two-year old is familiar with the
1909 to play up geocaching or chopped into small pieces with equation food = mess. Might
1911 to play it safe sexting a hatchet (a messy process at these etymologies simply reflect
1927 play-by-play best). By 1735, hash acquired that reality?
1930 to play down These “new” words hail from the the secondary meaning, a mix or
1936 to play the field 1990s: mess. My thanks go out to sources Etymoniline.
com, The LA Times, The Washington Post, Mad
e-reader Music, Hugh Rawson’s Devious Derivations
Also, in 1959 Play-Dough was flexitarian Shambles showed up in English (Castle Books, 2002), Wordnik, and the OED.
born. game changer in the late 1400s, meaning meat
gastropub or fish market, and came from
The word compete came to man cave the Old English word scomul
English in the early 1600s. shovel-ready (or scaemul), meaning stool or
Centuries beforehand, it started table for vending. By the 1540s,
as the Latin word competere, It took these words from the ‘70s shambles meant slaughterhouse.
when it meant to come together, and ‘80s over thirty years to be This meaning became generalized
to agree, or to be qualified. In acknowledged: by 1590 to mean place of butchery,
Late Latin, competere came to f-bomb and it wasn’t until 1901 that the
mean to strive in common. On its life coach meaning of shambles became
way through French to English, its obesogenic generalized enough to mean
meaning shifted to mean to be in systemic risk confusion or mess.
CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
rivalry with. books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
But take a look at the patience of Hodgepodge entered English in foggy little town on California’s central coast.
Good followers, I’m hoping you’ll these mighty words: the late 1300s as hotchpotch, a Find more at,
have something to say about play, 1959 – tipping point kind of stew. It appears that the or reach him at

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September 2021 Special Family Days
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
mary had a
September is: little lamb day
VJ day day
(WWII Victory over Japan)
Baby Safety Month Birthstone: Sapphire (published in 1830)
Better Breakfast Month
Library Card Sign-Up Month
National Honey Month
National School Success Month Flower: Aster
Women of Achievement Month
National Courtesy Month FULL MOON
Classical Music Month Wildlife day

5 6 7 8 9 10 11
national labor day
cheese pizza day
literacy day
patriot day

national read teddy bear day

a book day

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

national citizenship day

grandparents national working
day parents day

stepfamily day

make a hat day Mayflower Day

positive national
thinking day
national hispanic Play-doh day
heritage month
(through October 15)

19 20 21 22 23 24 25

talk like a
pirate day first day
of autumn punctuation day

day of peace
world ice cream cone
gratitude day invented (in 1903)

26 27 28 29 30 1 2

Safety Pin
johnny Crush a can day
(Born in 1774)

american good
day neighbor day

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Child Development

invaluable information. As you 5) Does he show an interest in

No single factor determines in school. A child’s physical stand in the back of the room, books? Does he try to “read” a
whether a child is ready to start development also needs to be pay attention to how the other book by telling a story based on
school. Here’s how to tell if your considered. children are behaving, how they the pictures? This is a sign that
child is mature enough physically, play with each other, and what his language development is on
socially, and cognitively. In reality, very few children
kinds of skills they have. Can you a par with other kindergartners
are equally competent in all
picture your child sitting in one and that he’s ready to start
What are the cutoff dates? these areas. Many children who
of those chairs and joining in an learning how to read.
are advanced mentally may
Cutoff dates are the deadlines activity?
lag behind emotionally, while 6) Is he curious and receptive to
schools use to determine who can children who are extremely adept Ultimately, though, you know learning new things? If a child’s
enter the next kindergarten class. physically may be slower in terms your child best. Think about what curiosity is stronger than his fear
Your child must reach the age of 5 of language development. he’s like when he plays with of the unfamiliar, he will do well
by the cutoff date (September 1 in
others, and when he’s alone in in school.
California school districts). How can I tell if my child is ready?
his room. Then ask yourself the
7) Does he get along well with
Many schools still use these If he’s in preschool, talk to the following:
other kids? Does he share and
dates to determine who is ready teacher. She probably has a good
know how to take turns? He’ll be
for school, but research shows sense of his development and 1) Can my child listen to instructions
and then follow them? Children interacting with other children
that your child’s chronological how he compares with other
need these skills to function all day, so your child’s social skills
age isn’t the best way to decide children who would be at his
in class, to keep up with the are particularly important for
whether he has what it takes to grade level.
teacher and with their peers. success in school.
be a successful kindergartner.
If your child is not in preschool or
Can he work together with
Kindergarten “readiness” is the you just want another opinion, 2) Is he able to put on his coat and
go to the bathroom by himself? others as part of a group? The
real issue. In recent years, early check with your child’s doctor.
Children need to be somewhat ability to put his needs second,
childhood educators have begun She will know about your child’s
self-sufficient by school age. to compromise and join in a
to focus on a child’s physical, physical development and can
consensus with other children,
social, and cognitive development offer helpful feedback as to
3) Can he recite the alphabet is also part of emotional
rather than age. whether your child is ready.
and count? Most kindergarten competence.
What is kindergarten readiness? You can also talk with family teachers assume that children
have at least a rudimentary If you answered “yes” to most of
members and friends who know
Experts say no single or simple familiarity with the ABCs and these questions and “sometimes”
your child well. Pay particular
factor determines whether a child numbers though these subjects to the rest, your child is probably
attention to the comments of
is ready for kindergarten. Instead, will be covered as part of the ready for kindergarten. If not,
teachers, or those who have
a child’s development needs to kindergarten curriculum. your child might well benefit from
experience working with children
be evaluated on several fronts. another year of preschool, or
in schools, whether as a staff
4) Can he hold a pencil? Cut with from a transitional or pre-K class
person or a volunteer.
His ability to think logically, speak scissors? He will need these fine offered by many schools.
clearly, and interact well with Visiting a kindergarten class in motor skills to begin working on
other children and adults are all the school in which you plan to writing the alphabet and to keep Reprinted with permission. California
critically important to success enroll your child can also give you up with classroom projects. Department of Education Resources.

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

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

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

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

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

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