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Central Coast September 2022

Day Sep 11th!

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
Most of the debris (80%) is creeks.

Creeks to Coast from land-based sources, like

litter (from pedestrians and
In California, this annual cleanup
holds the distinction of drawing

Cleanup 2022
motorists), industrial discharges
the most participation of any
(including plastic pellets
volunteer event over its history.
and particles), and garbage
As County Coordinator, ECOSLO
management (ill-fitting trash can
works with the CA Coastal
lids, etc). Some marine debris
Commission in the campaign
comes from ocean-going ships
for healthy waterways, coasts,
and boats. Beaches in California
and oceans. Last year, over
attract millions of tourist visits
1,300 volunteers cleaned up
each year, mostly during the
more than 5 tons of trash and
summer. Thus, ECOSLO focuses
recyclables in San Luis Obispo
efforts on cleanup at the end of
each summer.
Participate in the 2022 Cleanup!
Creeks to Coast Cleanup
Formerly known as Coastal presents a great opportunity
Cleanup Day and Creek Day - this to get the whole family out for
Saturday, September 17th material that enters the marine year ECOSLO has joined forces mild physical activity and to
9:00 am through noon environment from any source.” with the Central Coast Partners teach kids about ecology and
Marine debris impacts human for Water Quality to bring you community service. You can
health and safety, endangers an even bigger and better event: visit
Walk down any beach and wildlife and habitats, and costs SLO County Creeks to Coast to-coast to learn about this
you will find marine debris, our local and national economies Cleanup! Join us as we track program. You can also email
defined as “any manufactured millions in wasted resources and data and cleanup not only our or call (805)
or processed solid waste lost revenues. beautiful coastline, but several 544-1777 to learn more about
inland creeks, lakes, and parks volunteering.
throughout SLO County.
ECOSLO’s annual Creeks to
Central Coast Family The annual Cleanup event Coast Cleanup is SLO County’s

(805) 528-0440
engages volunteers from our largest volunteer event as part
Our goal is to connect Central Coast families with the resources they need to thrive! communites to clean up this of International Coastal Cleanup
trash and debris. Every year Day! This local volunteer event
EDITOR Associate EDITORS since 1986, ECOSLO coordinates is put on in coordination with
Patrice Horspool Claire & Jack Vogel
all of the cleanups from San statewide efforts with the
Simeon Point to Oso Flaco Lake. California Coastal Commission
Though Central Coast beaches and internationally with Ocean
PHOTOGRAPHy ADVERTISING are cleaner than many, last year, Conservancy. ECOSLO has
Stanley Horspool CC F Inquiries: over 5,500 pounds of debris was served as the SLO County removed from our beaches and Coordinator since 2005.


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
This fun family friendly volunteer organization to pick up trash in
event empowers community your neighborhood.
members in SLO County to Each kit includes:
come together to protect our
local waterways, communities, 3 trash bags and 2 recycling
wildlife, and our neighbors. This bags
year, ECOSLO will once again
Protective gloves
offer cleanup kits to households.
To reserve your 2022 Creeks 1 Data Card (or you can use the
to Coast Cleanup Kit, sign up digital data card through the
at Clean Swell app)
coast. If you are unable to sign
Educational resources on EVENT ORGANIZERS based resources of the
up electronically, ECOSLO has
paper waivers available for cleanups, trash, recycling, and California coast and ocean for
The Environmental Center of
those who need them. sustainability environmentally sustainable
San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) is
a local nonprofit membership and prudent use by current and
Once you have completed your Swag from local sponsors future generations.”
organization dedicated to
cleanup, be sure to submit your
protecting and enhancing the Among its many programs and
data via the Clean Swell app. Check out ECOSLO educational natural environment and human
You will then get added to this resources to learn about ways wellbeing through community events , the Commission is the
year’s Cleanup Champions map! people can reduce their waste, action, advocacy, and education. statewide event coordinator for
why cleanups are important, Creeks to Coast Cleanup Day.
What’s in the Kit? The 2022 For more information about the
Creeks to Coast Cleanup kit how to organize your own California Coastal Commission’s
cleanup, ongoing cleanups in stated mission is to “Protect, California Coastal Commission’s
has all the supplies you will
SLO County, and more! conserve, restore, and enhance ecological programs, visit www.
need for your household or
the environmental and human

October 7th to 9th

Find details and schedule at: &

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Library Voice
Check It Out:
September Happenings
by Rebecca Juretic

Summer’s a Wrap! Storytime, Your Way

Congrats, SLO County! This There are so many great ways to
summer, over 2,000 of you read foster an early love of reading. Wednesdays 10:30 am – cucumbers, sea urchins, sea
1.5 million minutes in our Reading Online, you can access LOTE Atascadero Library anemones, gumboot chitons,
Beyond the Beaten Path Summer Online for Kids for over 1,750 keyhole limpets, sea snails,
Wednesdays 2:00 pm – Read to
Reading Challenge. This includes books read in more than 50 mussels, scallops, algae and more!
Billie the Corgi, Morro Bay Library
readers from babies to adults. languages, complete with English GeoMags! – Morro Bay Library,
translations. For babies, toddlers Wednesdays 3:00 pm – Reading
We had a blast seeing everyone 9/21/2022, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
and preschool children, storytime to Rover, Nipomo Library
turn out at our Summer Concert Come to the Morro Bay Library
can’t be beat. Wednesdays 3:30 pm – Paws to
Series, Comics Camp, craft classes and play with GeoMags! Build
and other programs. We will have weekly storytime Read, Los Osos Library
your own creations and have lots
Even though summer is coming happening at branches around Wednesdays 3:30 pm – Paws to of fun.
to an end, the reading and fun the county. Beginning readers Read, Shandon Library
Nature’s Paintbox: Watercolors
continue. Check out what’s can build their skills by reading to from the Natural World – Arroyo
Thursdays 10:30 am – Arroyo
happening at a branch near you a trained service animal. This is a Grande Library, September 24,
Grande Library
by visiting our Event Calendar at great way for young readers to 2:00 - 4:00 pm gain confidence in a relaxed, no- Thursdays 10:30 am – Cambria
pressure environment. Library (toddler) Use natural paints to create art!
Free Homework Help
Here is a list of storytimes and Artist and Illustrator Mona Lewis
Thursdays 10:30 am – Los Osos will bring natural ochers and a
Start the school year strong “Read to Rover” programs in
Library collection of mortars and pestles
with help from Free BrainFuse September. For more information,
HelpNow. You can access one-on- visit Fridays 10:00 am – Bilingual to grind them into paint. Native
one online tutoring, homework Storytime, San Luis Obispo Library American Elder Alan Salazar will
help, a writing lab with Tuesdays 10:00 am – San Luis read a story, illustrated by Mona
personalized feedback for writing Obispo Library (babies and Fridays 10:30 am – Atascadero Lewis. Ages 12+. Space is limited,
assignments, test preparation, toddlers) Library register on the Event Calendar at
and more. Tuesdays 10:30 am – Morro BaySaturdays 10:30 am – Bilingual
There are even resources for Library Storytime, Arroyo Grande Library Nintendo Switch Party! – Morro
adult and Spanish-speaking Wednesdays 10:00 am – Cayucos September Programs Bay Library, September 28, 3:00 -
learners. You can get started with Library 5:00 pm
just your library card by going to Jedi Training - Santa Margarita and clicking on the Wednesdays 10:30 am – Nipomo Library Lawn, September 13, 4:30 Come play Nintendo Switch
“Kids” tab. Library (preschool) - 5:30 pm games with us at the Morro Bay
Library like Mario Kart 8, Super
 Young Jedis will practice virtues Mario Party, and more!
and learn the importance of
honesty and integrity through
action-packed activities and
games with their Jedi Trainer.
Register on the Event Calendar at
Central Coast Aquarium Tidepools
on Tour – Santa Margarita Library
Bookstore, September 14, 3:30 -
4:30 pm
See, touch and learn about live
Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
animals such as hermit crabs, Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
sea stars, decorator crabs, sea County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:

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Family Life
mosquitoes could breed. Set up kids include fishing, hiking, animal

Camping with Kids by Steven Smith

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

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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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SLO Symphony celebrates their 60th year with this family-friendly event!

Gates open at 2:45 PM and music begins at 4:00 PM.

Maestro Andrew Sewell will direct music by John Williams, Aaron Copland,
John Phillip Sousa, and more

Get tickets online or call 805-356-1438

Lawn seating: $25 adults $15 ages 13-17. Children under 13 free, so bring the entire family!

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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. © 2022 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.
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Select clothes with a tight weave; properties. Remember, though,
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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
But today my story goes back to
for over 20 years and began to
the very beginning of the town.
research its history so the kids in
I’m not talking about way, way
my classes could learn about the
back, which would have to include
people who helped to found this
the story of the ghost that haunts
unique seaside city.
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 Then, Kasey started to yelling
History says Riley came down to to another state or did he die in that she found Franklin Riley’s
were unusual, and I wondered
this area of California to search for an accident? Then something else gravestone. Next, she yelled
what businesses were there in the
some government-owned land struck me; Morro Bay does not that Franklin was not alone. I ran
that was not part of a Mexican have a cemetery. Yes, that’s right. across the cemetery to where
I guess it was this same curiosity land grant. He found a nice chunk Some of you know about the she was standing, and found an
that motivated me to write books of land and built the first home secret cemetery a little way out of answer to the mystery of what
about the history of downtown in Morro Bay. The location of town, but that’s a private family happened to Franklin Riley. He
San Luis Obispo. I started by his home was just about in the site. After realizing that Morro was here, buried in the Cayucos
reading a book called Morro Bay’s middle of what we know today as Bay has no public cemetery, I cemetery with his beloved wife
Yesterdays, which was full of great downtown Morro Bay. His home decided to go in search of Franklin Hannah.
information and photographs, was on the strip of land between Riley.
and I interviewed many longtime Morro Bay Blvd. and Harbor The Riley’s grave did not have
residents. Street. My first thought was go to the the biggest or best marker (or
cemetery that was the closest even a clean marker), but here
Now, I could sit here and tell you Franklin had a family: his wife to Morro Bay. That happens to they were. Their grave marker
a fishing boat full of stories about Hannah, two little girls, and a boy, be the Cayucos Cemetery off of is a few feet tall and about eight
Morro Bay, such as: in 1911, the who were all foster children. He Highway One. This is also where inches thick and it reads “Riley”
town had a restriction of only was a bright man who drew out a my father is buried, so one day on the top of the stone and on
plan for the city. Franklin started when my daughter Kasey and I the front it simply reads “Franklin
his own farm and grew barley as went to go visit my dad’s grave, 1824 – 1897” and “Hannah G. 1824
his first crop. we decided to explore the older – 1904.”
Now once again, I could go on and grave stones in the lower part of
I won’t tell you exactly where it
tell you about his idea to plant the cemetery.
is, so that you can plan a morning
eucalyptus trees everywhere We actually had a great time to explore the Cayucos cemetery
to block the ocean breeze that looking at all of the old grave and learn some cool information
would blow in and bury his crops, stones. It was interesting to learn about some of the people who
or how he helped build a wharf, when and where people were were founders of our county.
but I want to get down to the real born before coming here to the Isn’t solving mysteries fun?
mystery of my story. central coast of California. After
After working in Morro Bay for a while, Kasey and I split up and
starting searching on our own. I Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
years and learning about its great 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
had just left the city in search of selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
what happened to the founding District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
father. Did Franklin move away new adventures. Reach him at

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systemic risk
But take a look at the patience of
these mighty words:
1959 – tipping point
1939 – aha moment
1919 – gassed
Hodgepodge entered English in
1904 – energy drink the late 1300s as hotchpotch, a
kind of stew. It appears that the
1859 – mash-up
play, sport, compete have something to say about play, word is a hodgepodge itself, the
sport, or competition. How about 1802 – earworm first bit coming from Old French,
This month, how about a look at that initial meaning of competere? meaning to shake, and the second
athletic-inspired words? So, fellow lovers of language, part coming from German,
Old dictionary neWs what say you to the official birth probably derived from Late Latin,
Sport came into English in the of 97 words and the formidable meaning cooking vessel (related
1500s, meaning both a pleasant In August 2012, word nerds patience of many of them? to our modern day cooking
pastime and a game involving worldwide were either jazzed or all vessel, the pot). Though multiple
physical exercise. In the 1660s, het up due to Merriam-Webster’s food = Mess
sources list possible ingredients
Shakespeare crowned war-making 11th Edition Collegiate Dictionary. When it comes to etymologies, for this kind of stew, each source
the sport of kings. By the 1880s, The big news had to do with the food is messier than one might seems to provide a different list.
the noun sport, came to mean 97 new words (I promise, I won’t think. My read on this is that nearly
good fellow in American English list them all). anything one shook into the pot
while down under, the word sport Though some have assumed the for a few centuries on the British
grew to become a way to address The biggest splash was made by – military term mess comes from Isles could’ve been referred to as
a man (1935). what a surprise – the most titillating the Latin word for table (mensa), it
words of the bunch: sexting and actually comes from another Latin hodgepodge.
Play comes from the Old English f-bomb. I agree that these words word, mittere, to send away or put, In 1894, a variant of bologna was
plegian, to exercise, frolic, or are notable, but I find myself most and simply suggests that someone born – baloney! The term referred
perform music. Its Middle Dutch intrigued by comparing the dates has put the food on the table. It to sausage made of odds and
ancestor plegan meant to rejoice when the “new” words were first appeared in our language in the ends. By 1922, possibly through
or be glad. Some play-based introduced to the language to late 1300s. Interestingly, mass in association with the term blarney,
idioms include: the years they made it into the the religious sense comes from baloney came to mean nonsense,
dictionary. the same source. So, the word which isn’t quite a synonym for
mid-1500s to play fair
The following “new” words were mess isn’t really a mess at all, but mess, though one could argue
1861 to play for keeps coined from 2000-2007: these food words are: that the odds and ends that form
1886 to play the ___card bologna might qualify as such.
bucket list Hash comes from the French
1896 to play with oneself word hacher, to hack or chop into Anyone who has ever bussed a
cloud computing small pieces. It entered English table or eaten in the vicinity of
1902 to play favorites geocaching in the 1660s. The French word a two-year old is familiar with
came from the Old French word the equation food = mess. Might
1909 to play up sexting for ax, hache. It doesn’t take these etymologies simply reflect
1911 to play it safe much imagination to see that hash that reality?
These “new” words hail from the and hatchet are related. Here’s
1927 play-by-play 1990s: hoping nobody’s hash was hacked My thanks go out to sources,
e-reader or chopped into small pieces with The LA Times, The Washington Post, Mad Mu-
1930 to play down sic, Hugh Rawson’s Devious Derivations (Castle
a hatchet (a messy process at Books, 2002), Wordnik, and the OED.
1936 to play the field flexitarian best). By 1735, hash acquired the
secondary meaning, a mix or mess.
Also, in 1959 Play-Dough was game changer
born. Shambles showed up in English in
the late 1400s, meaning meat or
The word compete came to man cave fish market, and came from the Old
English in the early 1600s. English word scomul (or scaemul),
Centuries beforehand, it started shovel-ready meaning stool or table for vending.
as the Latin word competere, By the 1540s, shambles meant
when it meant to come together, It took these words from the ‘70s slaughterhouse. This meaning
to agree, or to be qualified. In Late and ‘80s over thirty years to be became generalized by 1590 to
Latin, competere came to mean acknowledged: mean place of butchery, and it
to strive in common. On its way f-bomb wasn’t until 1901 that the meaning
through French to English, its CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
of shambles became generalized books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
meaning shifted to mean to be in life coach enough to mean confusion or foggy little town on California’s central coast.
rivalry with. obesogenic mess. Find more at,
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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
Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm: Ste 2, Nipomo.  Toys for kids with all types
Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos of disabilities to check out. In-home appts
Every SUN 12:00-4:00 pm: Family Funday at Community Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. avail. Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
Bang the Drum Brewery, 950 Orcutt Rd, San Free support for caregivers helping with
Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio to play family- long-term illness, memory loss, dementia,
Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone? friendly games and drums! Cost: free. Food and Alzheimer’s. Contact: 458-7484. Every TUE 5:30-6:30 pm: Citizenship Classes
Concerned for someone you care about? and craft beer available for sale. Contact: at SLO County Library, 995 Palm St, SLO. or 242-8372. Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain All classes are bilingual, with all materials
Independent Despite Vision Loss at Santa covered in 8 classes. No registration required.
Every FRI 6:00 am-4:00 pm: Early Bird Flea Maria Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New ways of Cost: free. Contact: or 781-4187.
Market at Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S doing daily tasks are taught by the Braille
Thornburg St. Browse vendors with antiques, Institute, such as home management, Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom
Suicide Prevention
fruits, vegetables, new and used items, and traveling, and using talking library books. Dancing at Madonna Inn. Look left of the
Mental Health and
more! Cost: free. Contact: 258-1765. Contact: 462-1225. bandstand for sign: Dancers. Dance, chat and
Emotional Support
listen to good music. No fees; no dues; just
Free Every FRI 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Zen Doodle 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm: MOPS fun! Contact: 489-5481 or
Confidential Adult Coloring Book Group at Art Center (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet at Pacific
24 hours of every day Morro Bay, 835 Main St.  Relax and unwind Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo County
Christian Church, 3435 Santa Maria Way,
with the new adult coloring books. Cost: free. has an ongoing and urgent need for volunteer
A program of Transitions Mental Health Association

Santa Maria. Childcare is provided.  Contact:

Contact: or 772-2504. 934-3491 or tutors and offers free training in SLO. Contact:
2nd & 4th SAT every month 12:00-4:00 541-4219 or
Every MON 2:00-5:00 pm: Historic Tour of Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:00-5:30 pm:
pm: Railway Historical Museum at Santa Architecture at Monday Club, 1815 Monterey 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission
Maria Transit Center, 400 E Boone St, Santa Teen Wellness Program at Arroyo Grande
St, SLO. Cost: free. Contact: themondayclub EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand on the Status of Women meets at Coast
Maria. This bimonthly opening features or 541-0594. National Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This
a locomotive, boxcar, caboose, railroad Ave. Health services, including reproductive
health, in a safe environment to screen, advisory group to SLO County Board of
artifacts, interpretive exhibits, vintage rolling Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny Tunes Music & Supervisors identifies issues of concern to
stock, and a diorama to explore. Cost: free. assess, and provide intervention. Appts
Movement at Music Motive, 3440 S Higuera women not the focus of other advocacy or
Contact: 714-4927. preferred. Contact: 489-4026.
St #130, SLO. This parent participation advisory organizations. Contact: 788-3406.
program for ages 1-5 includes activities based 1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Senior
Every TUE & THU: Youth Aikido Classes at Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
on music psychology and child development. Health Screening at First United Methodist
Budo Ryu, 3536 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo. Adventures With Nature & Mind Walks
Cost: $80 per mo. Contact: 543-0377. Church, 275 N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande.
Kids have fun, stay fit, make friends, gain life schedule is at:
skills, and learn to deal with bullies without Free and low-cost services for ages 50
2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm: Book Group and older: blood pressure, pulse, weight,
becoming one. Aiki-Mites (age 4-6) class at Cayucos Library, 310 B St. Join other Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens
is 3:00 pm TUE. Aiki-Kids (age 7-12) TUE & cholesterol, screening for anemia and offers free services: Senior Connection to
readers to discuss whatever you’re reading diabetes, nutritional counseling, and medical
THU at 4:00 pm. Pre-registration only. Cost: and to discover, ponder, and share insights connect callers with local resources; one on
$50-75/mo. Contact: 544-8866 or www. referrals. Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827. one Medicare help, referrals for long term
about what others are reading. Cost: free. Contact: 995-3846. 1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled care, and help with billing and appeals; Vial
American Veterans luncheon at Veterans of Life kits with medical info for emergency
Every WED 10:00-11:00 am: Growing With
Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO Chess Club Memorial Bldg, 313 W Tunnell St, Santa Maria. responders; a Senior Resource Directory for
Baby Class at 1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo.
meets at Carl’s Jr on Santa Rosa St, 1 block Contact: 345-0402. SLO and SB counties, and more. Contact: 925-
Pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation
W of Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. All ages. 9554 or
consultant Andrea Herron answers questions
Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 or Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support
about feeding, crying, and sleep for babies Hospice of SLO County provides free grief
Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way,
0-10 months. Dads are always welcome! Call Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO Chess counseling, individual and family support,
Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Offered by Hospice of
to reserve a spot. Contact: 543-6988. Club meets at the big board on Morro Bay counseling, crisis intervention, and wellness
SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or
Embarcadero at west end of Morro Bay Blvd education to those with a life-limiting illness,
Every TUE 7:00-9:00 pm & SAT 2:00-4:00 pm:
(down the stairs). Cost: free. Contact: 441- Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family their families, and the bereaved in SLO and
Basic Safety Class at SLO MakerSpace, 81 S
7210 or Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, Paso. Contact: 544-2266.
Higuera St, Ste 160 & 180, San Luis Obispo. Get
420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750.
acquainted with the space and equipment 3rd WED of every month at 6:30 pm: Volunteer as a Good Neighbor!  Make a
before using the facility. See website for Prepared & Natural Childbirth Classes at Twin 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to difference in the life of an older or disabled
dates and classes. Cost: free for Members Cities Community Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas Survive Divorce seminar at SLO Women’s adult. Training is monthly at Wilshire
and all SLO County Library cardholders. Rd, Templeton. This six-series class includes Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St #D, SLO. Community Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO.
Contact: 439-2727 or lecture, hands-on demos, and technique Tips for handling family law issues. Cost: $10. Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
Every THU 10:00-11:00 am: La Leche League practice. Cost: free. Contact: 434-4654. Contact: 544-9313 to register.
Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art!
Mother Support Meetings in North Co, SLO, RISE offers: weekly drop-In support groups Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission Plaza) or
2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm:
AG and SM. Breastfeeding and parenting for sexual assault survivors; 24 hour crisis email for information
Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Cities
support and information offered. Cost: free. line; advocacy; peer counseling; prevention, about multiple volunteer opportunities.
Community Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas Rd,
Contact: 242-2294 or empowerment and education. Contact: 545-
Templeton. Learn about practical aspects
8888 or San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers health
MON-THU 8:30-11:30 am: Walk-In Legal Clinic of feeding your newborn from a Lactation
screening, legal services, meals, exercise,
in 3rd Floor Atrium of Courthouse Annex, Consultant. Cost: free. Contact: 239-4443.
Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A PET at bridge, and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St.
1035 Palm St, San Luis Obispo and Paso Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats Contact: 781-7306.
Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St, Rm 112. Get Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 11:00
am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station Interactive from NCHS and dogs from Short n’ Sweet
help with divorce, child and spousal support, Dog Rescue. Contact: 466-5403. Central Coast Astronomical Society sponsors
domestic violence, guardianship, civil Science Center welcomes families at 867 a Dark Sky Star Party every month at sunset.
harassment, and name or gender change. Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2-3. Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:00-5:00 pm: CCAS sponsors guest speakers and public
Contact: 473-1421 or Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library-Jack’s education programs. Find the CCAS event
Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Divorce & Child
2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm: Grief Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21 calendar, location and weather condition
Support Workshops at SLO Court Support
Support Group at Central Coast Hospice, 253 Zaca Lane, #100, San Luis Obispo. Traditional updates, and local resources at: www.
Services, 1120 Mill St, Ste A, San Luis Obispo
Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis Obispo. Free for and adaptive toys for children with all types
and Paso Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St,
anyone suffering the loss of a loved one who of disabilities to check out. In-home appts
Paso Robles. Help for divorce, child support, San Luis Coastal Adult School’s Parent
is in need of support. Contact: 540-6020. available. Cost: free! Contact: 547-1914 or
custody and visitation orders. Overview of Participation Program offers Core Parenting
legal process followed by form prep and and Enrichment classes at centers in San Luis
2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOV at 9:00
questions. Cost: free. Contact: 788-3418. Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm: Obispo, Morro Bay, and Los Osos. Parent and
am: Santa Maria Parks & Rec Dept offers free
docent-led nature walks in Los Flores Ranch, Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jack’s child activity classes, individual peer support,
Every WED 3:30-4:30 pm: PAWS TO READ at
6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Cost: free. Helping Hand at Pat’s Place in Nipomo and education for parents and caregivers.
Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Read to
Contact: 925-0951. Recreation Community Rm, 671 W Tefft St, Contact: 549-1222 or
a sweet dog who loves to listen to children.

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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.
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa Maria,education for over 25 years. room school in San Miguel providing Yahoo! group with free homeschool
Lompoc, Los Olivos, and Santa Integrated curriculum founded on a unique, child-centered education enrichment and support: groups.
Barbara. Meet with teacher weekly. life experiences, in-depth study, customized to student abilities
Enrichment classes also offered. and active immersion in the arts for and pace. Hands-on instruction, inclusive_learners.
Contact: 543-2701 or sbceoportal. grades 1-8. Attendance Mon-Thu exploration, and speakers focus on Templeton Unified School District
org/losolivos. with homeschool Fridays. Carpooling the inner development of each child. K-8 Home Schooling program.
Contact: 463-2331 or rskepins@
Orcutt Academy Independent Study encouraged. Contact: 434.2217 or Contact: 434-5840 or
is affiliated with Orcutt Academy
Charter School at 500 Dyer St. This SLO Classical Academy. is a private Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.
free program offers home study and school offering part time or full time Accredited high school program at Please submit updates, corrections, or news
blended classroom/home study for classical education in SLO. Part time Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive about resources to:

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