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psychology, show evidence
that childhood experiences Narvaez, Wang and Cheng
that match with evolved asked adults to reflect on
needs lead to better outcomes their childhoods according to
Did you receive affection, In a forthcoming article in adulthood. several components of the
play freely, and feel supported in the journal of Applied evolved developmental niche
during your own childhood? Developmental Science, According to Narvaez, one (EDN): How much did they
Childhood experiences like University of Notre Dame of the reasons that the well- receive physical affection?
these appear to have a lot to professor of psychology being of children in the United Play freely outside and inside?
do with well-being and moral Darcia Narvaez and colleagues States lags behind that of Do things as a family inside
capacities in adulthood. Lijuan Wang and Ying Cheng, children in other advanced and outside the home? Feel
nations is because “we supported?
have forgotten that we are
social mammals with specific Adults who report receiving
evolved needs from birth.” more of such parenting
practices in their childhoods
“Humans evolved with a display less depression and
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Child Development
Adults who report less of undercared for during critical
these parenting practices in times.”
their childhood have poorer
mental health, more distress In prior research, Narvaez
in social situations and are and her colleagues found that
less able to take another’s children who had experienced
point of view. more of the “evolved
developmental niche” exhibit,
“Our research shows that for example, more empathy,
when we don’t provide self-control and conscience.
children with what they
evolved to need, they turn Narvaez, who joined Notre
into adults with decreased Dame’s faculty in 2000,
social and moral capacities,” conducts her research on
Narvaez said. “With toxic moral cognition, moral
stress in childhood, the good development, and moral
stuff doesn’t get a chance character. She writes more
to grow and you become about the needs of children
stress reactive. It’s hard to and adult morality in the
be compassionate when you book, “Neurobiology and
are focused on yourself. We the Development of Human 2015 William James Book online resources for parent
can see adults all around us Morality: Evolution, Culture Award from the American and child play ideas:
who were traumatized or and Wisdom,” winner of the Psychological Association.
w w w. p a r e n t s . c o m / f u n /
Reprinted with permission. University activities
of Notre Dame. “Parent touch, play and
support in childhood vital to well-being
w w w. a h a p a r e n t i n g . c o m /
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decreased pregnancy rates. cycles of timed vaginal intercourse.”
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contribute to reduced fertility in both men and women equally. Despite the prevalence of male The authors theorized that the lack
males? A study published by the infertility, as well as the established of significant findings regarding the
journal Reproductive Biology and Few people know that vitamin D is link between vitamin D status and
difference in semen quality among
Endocrinology found that vitamin actually not a vitamin. It can not be male fertility in animal models,
the two groups is simply due to the
D status is linked with male obtained by diet; it is a pre-hormone there is a lack of research regarding
limitations of routine semen analysis,
reproductive success in couples made via sunlight. Our bodies turn vitamin D in male partners of couples
such as not accounting for immature
attempting pregnancy. it into a powerful steroid hormone attempting pregnancy. Therefore, chromatin, fragmented DNA and
with profound effects on genetic researchers recently conducted sexual activity.
Human infertility occurs when function. a pilot study to evaluate whether
a couple is unable to achieve a vitamin D deficiency in males may Although the study researchers
pregnancy after twelve months Vitamin D deficiency has been linked reduce the rate of conception in successfully confirmed their
of carefully prepared unprotected with several reproductive disorders, couples attempting pregnancy. hypothesis, there are a couple
sexual intercourse. Up to 15% of including miscarriage, preterm birth, of limitations to note. First, the
A total of 102 couples enrolled in the observational study design only
study. The couples were separated proves association, not causality.
into two groups, depending on Also, the small sample size decreases
the vitamin D status of the male the strength of their findings.
partners. Group 1 was considered Future large scale clinical trials are
vitamin D sufficient (≥30 ng/ml) and needed to determine if vitamin D
group 2 had low vitamin D levels supplementation may improve the
(<30ng/ml). All males in the study rate of successful pregnancy in
had their semen analyzed based on couples undergoing mono ovulation
the World Health Organization’s therapy.
(WHO) reference criteria. The female
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consecutive cycles of gonadotropin- that males and females who are
induced mono-ovulation, a common attempting to concieve supplement
procedure used to increase with a safe dose of 5,000 IU/day of
conception rate. vitamin D3. What have you got to
After observing the patients for three
months, the researchers found that Sturges, M. & Cannell, JJ. Does low vitamin D
the pregnancy rates were significantly status reduce male fertility? The Vitamin D
Council Blog & Newsletter, December 8, 2019.
elevated in couples with normal
vitamin D levels (p< 0.05). However, Tartagni, M. et al. Males with low serum levels
the semen analysis concluded that of vitamin D have lower pregnancy rates when
the sperm concentration, motility ovulation induction and timed intercourse
are used as a treatment for infertile couples:
and form remained similar in both results from a pilot study. Reproductive
of the groups, regardless of the Biology and Endocrinology, 2019.
vitamin D status.
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bend up. In the womb the legs her stomach, this may increase
are in a fetal position with the the risk of suffocation. Seek your
Are you swaddling your 2. Place the baby on the cloth legs bent up across each other. pediatrician’s advice if swaddling
baby properly? so that the top of the fabric Sudden straightening of the legs an older or more active baby.
is at shoulder level. If using a to a standing position can loosen
Many parents find that swaddling rectangular cloth, the baby’s the joints and damage the soft For more information, including a
can provide comfort for fussy shoulders will be placed at the cartilage of the socket. video showing three hip-healthy
babies, reduce crying, and develop top of the long side. methods to swaddle your baby,
more settled sleep patterns. When Final Thoughts visit:
babies are swaddled, care should 3. Bring the left arm down. Wrap developmental-dysplasia-of-
When put down to sleep, a
be taken to swaddle properly so the cloth over the arm and the-hip/hip-healthy-swaddling
swaddled baby should be placed
the baby is safe and healthy. chest. Tuck under the right
on his or her back, face up.
side of the baby.
Reprinted with permission. © International
Improper swaddling may lead to If the baby can roll onto his or Hip Dysplasia Institute. All rights reserved.
hip dysplasia or developmental 4. Bring the right arm down and
dysplasia of the hip. When in wrap the cloth over the baby’s
the womb the baby’s legs are arm and chest.
in a fetal position with the legs
bent up and across each other. 5. Tuck the cloth under the left
Sudden straightening of the legs side of the baby. The weight
to a standing position can loosen of the baby will hold the cloth
the joints and damage the soft firmly in place.
cartilage of the socket. 6. Twist or fold the bottom end
of the cloth and tuck behind
There are many ways to swaddle
the baby, ensuring that both
babies by using blankets or
legs are bent up and out.
commercial products designed for
swaddling. In order for swaddling It is important to leave room for
to allow healthy hip development, the hips to move.
the legs should be able to bend up
and out at the hips. This position What about sleepsacks and
allows for natural development of commercial products?
the hip joints.
Some parents choose to wrap their
The baby’s legs should not be babies in sleepsacks specifically
tightly wrapped straight down designed for swaddling, instead
and pressed together. Swaddling of using a simple cloth or
infants with the hips and knees blanket. Commercial products for
in an extended position may swaddling should have a loose
increase the risk of hip dysplasia pouch or sack for the baby’s legs
and dislocation. and feet, allowing plenty of hip
movement. However, even some
Here is one of the safe methods of these commercial products
for baby swaddling: can confine the legs if they are
tightened around the thighs.
1. If you are using a square cloth,
fold back one corner creating It’s especially important to allow
a straight edge. a baby’s hips to spread apart and

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

Now let’s stroll on over to Higuera Isn’t it fun learning about “ghost”
Street, walk down and stop on buildings that were a part of our
the corner of Higuera and Garden past?
Streets, where Marshall’s Jewelry
store now stands. At this location
stood a two-story stone ghost Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
building. Built in the 1880s, it was a 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
very modern building for the time. selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
The huge windows that lined the District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
second floor and ornate stonework Reach him at

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No Naughty showed up in the 1300s, programs designed to strengthen the body, educate the mind,
meaning having nothing.  By and alleviate the stress that often comes with a cancer diagnosis
This month’s article celebrates
the 1520s, naughty had picked 1941 Johnson Ave
a word that all two-year-olds
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appreciate.  Additionally, the
evil, or morally wrong.  By the
good folks who wrote the OED
1630s, its third meaning applied
appreciated it enough to give it a
to misbehaving children, and in order to avoid the truth, to retain leaves through the year).
nearly two-page entry.  No came
by 1869 its fourth meaning, fabricate is to invent a false story,
to English as early as the 1200s In 1705, the word coincide
sexually promiscuous, jumped on to equivocate is to deliberately
through Old English from the came to English straight from
board.  It occurs to me that the use ambiguity to mislead, and
Proto-Indo European word ne, Latin, meaning to be identical
etymology of naughty provides a to fib is to tell a falsehood about
meaning no, not, never.  And ne is in substance or nature, to fall
fascinating sociological study. something unimportant.
the grandmother of oh-so-many together, or to agree.
modern words: Lies The Fall of Latin
In the late 1300s, accident was
Never, which started out as The word lie, meaning to speak The Latin word meaning to born, meaning an occurrence,
næfre, meaning not ever, came falsely or tell an untruth, has been fall is cadere. Its sister word (a incident, or event.  Over the
to the language even before part of the English language combining form with the same centuries, that simple event
no, appearing in the first Anglo since the 1100s.  Its roots meaning), is cidere.  Before definition morphed to mean a
Saxon tale to be written down are buried deep in Germanic reading on, sort through your chance event, and then a mishap.
in that barbaric tongue they languages.  Lie’s linguistic cousins brain’s language center for
called Anglish in the epic poem show up in Norse (ljuga), Danish, And we’ll finish off with a real
English words that might have
Beowulf, sometime before 1000. (lyve), Gothic, (liugan), Frisian, killer, the English noun marker –
grown out of cadere or cidere.
(liaga), and German (lugen). cide, also from cadere/cidere, an
Nothing, which came to English Cascade, meaning waterfall, important element in pesticide,
as an adverb in 1200, added noun It shouldn’t surprise us that we came to English in 1640 through homicide, genocide, suicide, and
to its quiver in 1600, and added have an impressive number of Italian and French. many other English words, all
adjective in 1961. synonyms, near-synonyms, and suggesting some sort of fall.
idioms available to substitute for Cadence, meaning a flow
The word not came from its earlier of rhythm in music or verse,
that terribly direct and offensive
form, naught, arriving in English in appeared in the 1300s through Many thanks to my sources: Ralph Keyes’
three-letter word, lie.
the 1200s.  Interestingly, naught Middle French. Euphemania, the 1959 Webster’s New World
came from an even earlier term Instead of lying, businesslike folk Dictionary of the American Language,
Wordnik, Etymonline, Merriam Webster,
no whit, meaning no thing. might reframe, mislead, evade, Decay showed up in the late Word Detective, and the OED.
misspeak, or misstate, while 1400s through several varieties of
The combining form non- French from the Latin decadere,
artsy types might buff, burnish,
showed up in the 1300s, giving us to fall off.
embroider, or fictionalize.   We
non sequitur, nonviolence, non-
can also whitewash, inflate,
fiction, non-conformist, nonfat Decadence arrived in the 1540s,
spin, dissemble, or stonewall,
milk, and any number of other meaning behavior that shows low
and those of us who lie
non-s. morals.
regularly can lay claim to any
Null, which came through Latin number of afflictions: necessary Deciduous, meaning that
and Middle French, arriving in disingenuity, factual flexibility, which falls off, came to English
English in the 1560s and mostly serial exaggeration, or the ever- in the 1680s straight from
meaning nothing, zero, void, popular; fictitious disorder Latin.  Originally, the falling
is assigned eight different syndrome. items included petals, leaves and
meanings in the OED – a delicious teeth.  It wasn’t until 1778 that
Ah, but all lies are not equal.  For CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
bit of irony. deciduous came to refer to trees books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
instance, to lie is to make a
that drop their leaves seasonally foggy little town on California’s central coast.
Nil came through Latin and deliberately false statement, to (as opposed to evergreens that Find more at,
prevaricate is to quibble or confuse or reach him at
arrived in English in 1833,

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

Coronavirus in Babies & Kids Doctors in the U.S. and the U.K. frequently.
have noted that a small number
of children between ages 2 and 15 If your child refuses to wash their
by Aaron Milstone, M.D., M.H.S. have experienced a condition called hands, it may help to motivate them
pediatric inflammatory multisystem with a small reward, such as a sticker.
With all of the sobering news about breath is more likely to be seen in syndrome, or PIMS. Some, but not In any case, recognize all efforts in
the new coronavirus and COVID-19, adults. Children can have pneumonia, all, of the children with PIMS had washing their hands.
the disease the virus causes, worried with or without obvious symptoms. tests showing they had exposure
moms and dads can generally feel They can also experience sore throat, to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus If soap and water are not available,
better about one detail: At present, excessive fatigue or diarrhea. that causes COVID-19. Doctors are the next best option is approved
the disease seems to be much milder urgently trying to determine if and hand sanitizer containing at least 60%
in babies and children. However, However, serious illness in children
how PIMS and COVID-19 are related. alcohol.
it’s important to understand recent with COVID-19 is possible, and
reports about pediatric inflammatory parents should stay alert if their child Other Prevention Tips for Families
PIMS can cause inflammation of the
multisystem syndrome, or PIMS, is diagnosed with, or shows signs
blood vessels throughout the body.
a very rare condition that might of, the disease. In the study, 10% Cough and sneeze with care.
The inflammation can limit blood
be related to exposure to the of infants with a positive COVID-19 Encourage everyone in the family
flow, damaging the heart and other
coronavirus. test became critically ill. Severe to cough and sneeze into tissues,
organs. PIMS has features in common
illness rates were lower in older instead of hands. Throw away used
with toxic shock syndrome and
Generally, COVID-19 symptoms are children, but there were rare cases of tissues and wash hands after each
Kawasaki disease. Certain symptoms
milder in children than in adults. In a children in each age group requiring time.
may mean an inflammatory problem.
recent study published in Pediatrics hospitalization, and one 14-year-old
Look out for: abdominal (belly) pain,
of COVID-19, 90% of those who who died. Keep hands off faces. Parents should
vomiting and diarrhea, a red rash,
tested positive for the disease had remind children to avoid touching
red, cracked lips, red eyes, high fever,
mild symptoms, or none at all. It’s important to follow guidelines their face as much as possible. It can
swollen glands on one or both sides
if you think your child is sick with help if kids carry a toy that will keep
of neck, and swollen hands or feet.
Fever and cough are common COVID-19. Caretakers should their hands busy, but parents should
COVID-19 symptoms among both trust their instincts and contact wash those toys regularly.
PIMS, like Kawasaki disease, is very
adults and children; shortness of a pediatrician if a child seems ill,
rare. But if your child has these
symptoms, call your doctor. PIMS may Keep things clean. Wipe down toys
be treated with a plasma transfusion and surfaces your child touches
to reduce the inflammation and regularly, especially when traveling
protect the heart and other organs or when near a person who is sick.
from possibly lasting damage. Clean surfaces at home and store
cleaners in cabinets that are either
Immediately contact urgent care too high for your child to reach or
if you notice these symptoms in a are secured with childproof cabinet
child: difficulty breathing or catching locks.
breath, inability to keep down
new confusion or inability to Address anxiety and stress. Talking
awaken, or bluish lips. things over as a family can help
identify specific fears and clarify
Children are exposed to COVID-19 facts. It also helps for families to
when virus contacts their eyes, discuss a plan in case someone gets
nose, mouth or lungs. The best way sick, or if something else happens
to prevent children from getting that interrupts the normal routine.
COVID-19 is to avoid exposure; avoid
people outside of your isolation pod. Children will look to you when
deciding how to feel about COVID-19.
Teach kids to wash their hands If you feel calm and prepared, they
regularly, with soap and warm water, are likely to feel similarly.
for at least 20 seconds. Help them
keep track of time by singing the ABC
Aaron Milstone is an Associate Hospital
song, which takes about 20 seconds Epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital
to finish. Kids should wash their and professor of pediatrics at the Johns
hands after using the bathroom, Hopkins University School of Medicine.
sneezing, coughing, or blowing their
nose, before eating (even snacks), Reprinted with permission. © 2021
and immediately after coming inside The Johns Hopkins University, www.
from outdoors. It is most influential

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Eliminate home hazards: • Practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On with family
• Bolt bookcases to wall & install latches on members
cupboard doors • Identify ‘safe’ places: such as under heavy
• Strap the water heater to wall studs tables
• Store breakable items on low, closed cabinets • Know how to use a fire extinguisher
• Have a disaster plan and supply kit

Take immediate action without delay. • Expect aftershocks.
• If you are indoors, DROP to the ground. Take COVER • Look around to make sure it is
under a table or desk. HOLD ON until the shaking safe to move.
stops. • If you are trapped under debris,
• If you cannot DROP, COVER, & HOLD ON get as low do not light a match. Cover your
as possible, protect your head and neck - keep away mouth with a piece of clothing
from windows and items that can fall on you. and try to remain still. Tap on a
• If you are in bed, stay there, pull the covers and pipe or wall to signal your
pillow over your head and hang on. location – shout only as a last
• If you are in a high-rise building, stay away from resort. Shouting can cause you
windows and outside walls. Do not use elevators. to inhale debris dust.
If you are outdoors or driving during an earthquake: • Use the telephone for
• If you are outdoors, get to an open area away from emergency calls only.
trees, buildings, walls, and power lines. • Inspect utilities - check for gas
• If you are driving, pull safely to the side of the road leaks, downed powerlines,
and stop. Avoid overpasses and power lines. Stay in water mains, etc. Report these if
your vehicle until the shaking is over. identified,

It will take time for public utilities and infrastructure to be repaired and brought back to
normal service. Stay tuned for emergency information from local officials.
For more information, contact County of San Luis Obispo Office of Emergency Services

Phone Number: (805) 781-5011 Website:

Twitter Handle: @slocountyoes Facebook page:

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

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

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

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

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

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