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from all of us at the Women’s Press Top row, left to right: Shaba Mohseni, Michele Kirk, Ben Lawless. Bottom, left to right, Jacky Lopez, Carol Dawn, Maria Foster. The Women’s Press is a valuable community resource, a publication of the Women’s Community Center of SLO County, which serves as a referral, counseling, support, and educational center for women. The Press lets the community know about the Center’s activities, as well as those of other nonprofits that serve women. It prints the voices, views, and visions of women in our county. Now, with the help of our new marketing team, the Women’s Press is also a valuable resource to help build local businesses. Creative graphic

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CodePink Charity Action for 2006: Sleeping Bag Drive.

New or gently used sleeping bags is what everyone at the homeless shelter wants. If you would like to donate, you could do one of the following: drop off at Prado Day Center, attn: Dee Torres or send a check to SLOCodePink at P.O. Box 72, Arroyo Grande, Ca. 93421 and make a note “sleeping bags for Prado.” We will take care of the rest. Prado has a Christmas Eve Day party and this is the big win - a sleeping bag.

‘Tis the season of giving...what? by Margaret Hennessy Have you ever had someone give you something unconditionally? Something just for you, with no strings attached? If you have received such a gift, then you understand the meaning of “big hearted” and can be truly grateful for the experience. Big-hearted people give up something of themselves to make room for other people in their lives. They are willing to face down their own selfishness and put their own concerns second to others. Have you ever heard the phrase, “If you want a good time, give something away?” To give of yourself is one of the most valuable gifts. How does this translate into action and operate on a practical level? Here are some ways in which loving people can give of themselves to others: Our Understanding. This is a rare gift because it takes us beyond paying attention. Through it we make an effort to enter the world of another person and comprehend it with appreciation and compassion. Our Concern. There is a big difference in claiming to be interested in others and then proving it in a practical manner. When we give our attention to others, we make ourselves “present” to them in an unmistakable way. Our Time. Time for ourselves is hard to come by. When we give it away to others there

is no way to retrieve it. That is why it is such a profound way of giving ourselves to others. Bighearted people are the only ones who do it. Our Feelings. We can be with others and seem to be interested in them, while in reality, we are concerned with only our emotions. In order to become “fully alive” for others, we must yield our own feelings for ourselves. This is one of the most demanding and valuable ways of giving ourselves away. Our Spirit. The word “magnanimous” comes from the Latin word meaning great-spirited. We can give this gift without taking anything away from us. We give it and don’t even know it. It means that the availability of our inner selves to others can be passed on and shared. There is an abundance of big-hearted people. They keep the world going even when the evidence of selfishness is piled high. As we approach the holiday season, those near and dear to us will be bestowed with gifts to show our love. What if some of the “gifts” listed above were included? I wouldn’t mind adding some of them to my wish list. What about you? Happy holidays!


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The Heart of Christmas By Laura Hyde

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.

— Hamilton Wright Mabi

The holidays--with all of the fanfare, feasts and festivals--is a time, they say, for sharing and celebration. Yet for many, it’s a time when much of the love and joy is hidden underneath bulging bundles and the pressure of meeting family obligations. A radical shift in our thinking is needed so that we might move away from the love of things, toward the love of people, in both our close circles and the communities in which we live. As we affirm the love of people, we recapture the spirit of what the holidays are truly about: compassionate and consistent ways of caring. I remember one Christmas, several years ago, when our daughter, Alexis, was about eleven years old. A couple of days before Christmas, I excitedly announced that we would be celebrating Christmas “differently” this year. And by differently, I meant we would be sharing our energy and love at a local soup kitchen, which at that time, was in Flint, Michigan. “Alexis was both unsure and curious about spending Christmas this way, but she went and helped out as though

she had been serving food to the homeless all her life. It may not be her favorite Christmas memory, but it planted a seed that fostered a very compassionate and giving young woman. The holidays are a wonderful time to renew our emphasis on community rejuvenation. Everywhere we turn, we are presented with opportunities to turn our attention to the homeless, the incarcerated, the less fortunate, and give them a Christmas every day of their lives. For Christmas is not merely a date, but a state of mind. A beautiful quote that embodies the truth of Christmas was once penned by George Matthew Adams, “Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years...Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.” Gifts are fine if they are an expression of authentic celebration, of real care and joy, but if there is merely an automatic exchange, it is contradictory to the spirit of Christmas. This holiday season let us be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas -- to leave an indelible mark of compassion on our community throughout the entire year. Because after all, Christmas is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.

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Discover the Chef In You

Meet Cindy Langford, an Executive Director with The Pampered Chef. The company tag line is “discover the chef in you” and that is what Cindy has been doing since April 1993. As a Pampered Chef consultant, Cindy sells cooking tools at her cooking shows. The cooking show is an opportunity for her clients and guests to learn how to make simple, delicious and healthy recipes with very little effort. People love watching cooking shows and what makes The Pampered Chef Cooking Show experience different is that people have the chance to try the tools before they purchase them.    Cindy decided to join The Pampered Chef because she was looking for a part-time job that would allow her to stay at home with her two young children but still add to her family income. With Pampered Chef, she could decide when she wanted to work, earn approximately $20/hour when she did cooking shows, and earn free tools and points towards incentive vaca-

tions. HELP WANTED! “I am looking for friendly, self starters who are motivated to be their own boss and design a lifestyle that works for them! In my role as an Executive Director with The Pampered Chef, I most enjoy recruiting, coaching, and developing the individual gifts of each coworker with whom I work.” For more information regarding hosting your own cooking show or if you’d like to meet with Cindy to find out if The Pampered Chef is a good fit for you, call Cindy at (805) 544-1710 or e-mail her at

Woman-Centered Birth Throughout history and all over the world, women have given birth under their own power accompanied only by caring attendants. The midwifery model of care looks at birth as a woman’s rite of passage into motherhood, an empowering event for both mother and child. Education, experience, wisdom, and intuition guide the interaction between midwife and client throughout pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period. Physician-attended hospital birth is a relatively new trend, beginning in the last several decades. For those cultures that have moved away from the midwifery model, many are now coming back and encouraging homebirths and midwifery care as viable and safe options for women. Most recently, the British Department of Health has moved to promote home birth and midwifery care in order to “demedicalize” the birth process (http://news.  May 15, 2006)  Also, in June of 2005, the British Medical Journal published a North American study of over 5000 women praising the safety of homebirths attended by midwives. 

At Holistic Midwifery Care, we offer services that center around the woman.  We have a California State Medical Board Licensed Midwife, a midwife’s assistant, and three apprentice midwives.  We provide certified doula care and certified childbirth education.  We offer sensitive and personalized well-woman care, prenatal, birthing, and postpartum care, assistance with breastfeeding: all with enough time during visits for meaningful discussions.  You have choices in how you want to birth your baby, and Holistic Midwifery Care can help you create the birth experience you want.  

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Green Goods Business: Green Goods Owners: Mikel and Brian Robertson Retail store located at: 6100 B El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422 Phone: 805-462-9900 Store Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays Bringing together their experiences in construction and sustainable design to address the common needs and opportunities available to more conventional building, Mikel and Brian Roberston, co-owners of Green Goods, were inspired to open their eco-friendly building supply store in January of 2005. Mikel’s experiences in conservation construction and the co-founding of Four Elements Organic Farm are coupled with Brian’s background in sustainable communities and renewable energy concepts, and an extraordinary talent in woodworking. This union provides the adept foundation for Green Goods. Green Goods is the only eco-friendly building supply company on the Central Coast providing consultation, design, and installation services, using sustainable materials necessary to help clients build healthy and vibrant living

spaces. The company sells and installs all types of flooring, countertop materials, paints and finishes and tiles. They also feature the highest quality, custom cabinetry and woodswork for its clients. Addressing issues of resource deprivation and toxic environments, Green Goods specializes in helping design and build living spaces with the client’s intention and health in mind. They meet each customer’s unique needs through custom consultations aimed at simplifying the “green” decision-making process. As a leader in the field of green building, they guide their clients through the process of creating a more energy efficient and resource-conserving living space with a healthy indoor air environment.


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Meeting Functional Needs

Phyllis L. Borgardt and Louise E. Barcus are partners in Mobility Therapy, a durable medical equipment business off Oak Park Blvd. in Arroyo Grande. Each of them have been occupational therapists with different experiences for 25+ years. Louise worked for C.C.S. for 32 years. She has lots of experience in seating and positioning of youngsters in wheel chairs. Phyllis’ background was in rehabilitation and working with home health needs. Both had their O.T. training at Washington University but they didn’t meet there. In 1996, Phyllis was running a home health agency in Fresno and Louise had retired; both had been widowed. When they met through a W.U. alumni, they formed their own support group, became fast friends, and Louise came to work with Phyllis. They had been in the business of durable medical equipment service for 5 years before opening their own shop in 2005. These partners went into this business because they are interested in people getting their functional needs met. They tried to keep it small but it has just grown. They offer their services from Paso Robles to Solvang. This is the only business of this type in the area run by O.T.s. They make free home evaluations to see what is appropriate; they’re not

Merry Maids “Today’s modern lifestyles mean that we have a lot less time than in the past; increasingly we are working longer hours, leaving less time to fit in all the other essentials in our lives. More and more busy people are hiring cleaning services on a regular basis. Finding a reliable Housekeeper can be difficult. Be aware that if you hire an Independent housecleaner, you are responsible to cover their taxes, and you are liable if anything should happen to your home or the person you hire while they are in your home. For this reason and many others, we are noticing a trend in people hiring professional cleaning services. One such company in our area is ‘Merry Maids of San Luis Obispo.’ Merry Maids has been in business for 27 years with an outstanding reputation and the honor of being the USA’s #1 cleaning company. Merry Maids covers all taxes, worker’s compensation and liability insurance, as well as cleaning equipment.

You can rely on their word - they have a lot to lose if they don’t show up on the day your cleaning is scheduled. They do background checks on each employee before hiring and they professionally train all of their employees to clean in a detailed, thorough manner so that all cleaning is consistent. “The girls do such a wonderful, consistent job. It’s a relief to know I am coming home to a beautifully clean home!” says businesswoman Jane Hind. “I really appreciate their detailed work and thoroughness...all the girls are so friendly and accommodating” says Los Osos resident Ruth Lusko. Make an appointment at (805) 542-9400 or check their web site

going to sell anyone anything they don’t need. In Jan. another O.T. will be joining the staff, Sharon Ireland Burke, a liaison person for Santa Barbara Rehab. They also have Victoria, the office assistant, and Ovid who makes deliveries and “muscles around” the heavier equipment. 191 S.Oak Park Blvd #5 (behind China Buffet and across from Von’s) 9-5 M-F and 10-3 Sat. 805 489-9335 or toll free 888-215-4326

When the Merry Maids cleaning bug is coming, you can “relax, it’s done”

Challenges of Aging

Meredith Bates, owner of Bates Care Management Elder care is the term used to describe the issues and care concerns for the frail elderly who make up 5% of the over-65 population. For the approximately 45 million frail seniors currently in the U.S., navigating the complex and often convoluted and disconnected maze of community-based services can be a daunting challenge. It can be difficult to determine what kinds of help or services could prove most useful to a particular situation such as home care vs. senior center-based socialization vs. placement in an assisted living facility. It can be reassuring to know that there exists a set of well-trained wellversed professionals in the aging service community who can help consumers through the care option process.

Bates Care Management is one of the leading elder care services that assist seniors in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. The owner, Meredith Bates has more than 20 years of experience in geriatric care and medical and disability case management. She also has extensive experience in providing social services needs assessments and private vocational rehabilitation counseling. Cheryl B. Kippen, MS, CMC, certified manager of care, has 6 years experience working exclusively with geriatric clients and is a University of Cal Poly graduate, who worked as a therapist and social worker for 12 years before entering senior care. Bates Care Management understands that each situation is unique and provides individualized care plans. A broad range of services includes: In-Home Assessment, Care Planning, Consultation, Ongoing Monitoring, Liaison to families living at a distance and Relocation Assistance. For more information, visit their userfriendly web site at or call (805) 771-9124.


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New collaborative ownership opens ART Works,

Gallery & Eco-Design Center of SLO By Evelyn Adams This month a new artisan collaborative is launching a gallery of contemporary art, with fine eco-craft goods made in SLO, to benefit local children and women’s nonprofits. Brave New Wares Development Group (BNWDG), in collaboration with CARRIED AWAY ART, has opened an expansive artisan gallery, with an additional 2,000 square foot OPEN Studio PLAYshoppe at 1200 East Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande. The new artisan collaborative, formerly ARTaCulture Center, is now ART Works, Gallery & Eco-Design Center of SLO. Its two principals are Evelyn (Eve) Adams, BNWDG, and Shawn Collins, CARRIED AWAY ART. BNWDG develops eco-designs with high recycle and natural content products. These “goods that do good” are licensed for production only to nonprofit work-to-learn centers and by their BNWDG-sponsored, All Women’s Creative Cooperatives (AWCC). The new 5-Cities AWCC craft cooperative will provide creative work options for all women, including women at risk. Brave New Wares’ innovative functional art products, designed by area artisans; will be taught, made, and marketed in San Luis Obispo this winter at the ART Works Gallery, on their

website, (to launch sometime in December) , and at other retail outlets. The collaborative plans to host a HOLIDAY KIDS ARTS KAMP from December 18 -January 5 for children ages 8 years old and above, from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.—Monday through Friday. The eco-crafts-based fun will include puppetry, mosaic, fashion design, and mixed-media art classes, using recycled products. The artisan collaborative also offers area nonprofits opportunities to consign their donors’ fine rummage for renewal in Brave New Wares FOUND Treasure PLAYshoppe, which is also open to the public. Children and women’s service organizations will receive from 15-35% of resale proceeds, dependent on their nonprofit’s participation levels. ART Works, Gallery and Eco-Design Center seeks area artisans, nonprofit marketing partners, and production partners to participate in the development of our community enterprise, as we make Brave New Wares--- for brave new options. For more information call Evelyn Adams at 805-815-8700.

In Rhythm With Winter By Margaret Hennessy December 21st is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. During the winter, as the days get shorter and our exposure to strong light gets less, our internal “body clock” can get out of rhythm. Some scientists believe the winter’s lower levels of strong light -- sunlight -- may cause the body to produce an increased amount of melatonin, a mood-controlling hormone the brain produces during periods of darkness. Winter energy affects each person differently. Symptoms may include irritability, anxiety, weight gain, sleep problems, lack of energy, depression, daytime drowsiness, a need for more sleep than during the summer months, increased PMS in some women, and a craving for carbohydrates. Winter is a time of moving deep inward. It is a time of conservation, rest, storage and quiet replenishment. When winter comes upon us there is a darkening of skies and a blanketing of growth. The cold drives us to huddle in our “den” and seek warmth from within. Winter is the time of rest. You may find that you need more sleep and require more “down time.” In winter, you may need an earlier bedtime and a later awakening time. Because of this pull toward rest, you may also be drawn to mediate, pray, dream, or contemplate more deeply to restore your spiritual energy. Because winter temperatures are somewhat colder, your diet will need to produce more warmth and heat. Warm hearty soups, casseroles, and stews (all water-rich foods) will take center stage during the winter months. Winter

foods are cooked longer and at lower temperatures than foods during other seasons. Fruits are less seasonal and therefore are a smaller part of the winter diet. In contrast, root vegetables such as yams, turnips, onions, garlic, and potatoes make up a bigger portion of a winter diet. By winter, most plants have shed their seeds or stored their life forces in their roots. Root vegetables are a good choice. Cooked whole grains such as millet, barley, brown rice, wheat, oats, and buckwheat are good body heaters. Cooked with legumes such as black beans, lentils, and kidney beans, these make a warming and nutritious meal. Onion soup made with fresh garlic, parsley, kelp seaweed, and red peppers makes a terrific winter dish, especially served with some warm French bread. This winter take the time to cuddle up in a warm and cozy place. Spend time meditating and listening to yourself. Dream, reflect, and store up energy and vitality. Sip strengthening herbal tonics. Foods such as black tea spiced with powdered star anise, cardamom, and clove improve energy. Cinnamon teas are also good. Ginger tea helps digestion and is also warming. For every season there is a reason. It is the earth’s cycle and we are all a part of it. The natural rhythm of life. Enjoy the quiet and natural introspection that is part of this winter season. Margaret Hennessy is an astrologer and community volunteer. She can be reached at mtnhen@

SHOW UP! for HOLLY NEAR Holiday stress reduction 35 Years of Social Change Music Mark your calendars now, and SHOW UP! for HOLLY NEAR. Let’s gather together once again to welcome Holly Near to the Clark Center stage on March 9, 2007, at 8 PM. Tickets are available now at the Clark Center box office, or through the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 544-1669. $25 General Admission/$22 Seniors/ Students. Holly’s last concert at the Clark Center was in Spring, 2003. The war in Iraq had just begun. The audience was made up of people from many different constituencies: peacemakers, women, gays and lesbians, environmentalists, and lovers of song—all waiting anxiously for Holly Near to sing to our hearts! Holly and her pianist of 21 years, John Bucchino, took the stage, and what a concert it was! Today, Holly says, “Now more than ever, the peace-loving people of the United States would be wise to put forth an alternate perspective to war, revenge, and fear-based home security. We can gather together to remember our highest selves and find the courage to stand up for peace and justice. Our country has been a leading model of social change movements in the past. We can do it again. Create events and opportunities for community—to think, feel, debate, organize, get to know each other, dance, and sing.”

food plan

By Cindy Maynard, MS, RD Reprinted from Strive Magazine, November/December 2000

It’s hard to eat smart when you’re under stress, such as during the holiday season, but that’s the time your body and brain need it the most.

Don’t miss this chance to see Holly, and hear the songs and the stories she will share. Holly Near, singer/songwriter, entertainer and storyteller: March 9, 2007, Clark Center, Arroyo Grande. Let’s make it a sell out this time! A fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SLO County 232 Foothill Blvd., SLO 93405 (805) 544-1669 Call Gina Whitaker for more info: 481-0788

Want to help the Women’s Community Center and Cal Poly Women’s Center put on a women’s film event on March 10? Call 474-6444


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ECOSLO’s 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Fundraiser Gala

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By Shaba Mohseni

Celebrating a 35-year History of Environmental Advocacy in San Luis Obispo County The usual hum down at Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) on Nipomo Street has increased to a buzz as of late. With the welcoming of new staff members, Morgan Rafferty as Executive Director and Kelly Hayes as the Center’s Coordinator, many exciting projects and partnerships are being developed. And with the holiday season upon us, ECOSLO is also planning its 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala, its most important community fundraiser of the year. The event focuses on celebrating its 35th birthday, which influenced this year’s theme: “Reflecting Back and Looking Forward: A Toast to 35.” Embarking on a reflection of years past has involved the creation of a timeline of ECOSLO’s many achievements from its beginning in 1971 to 2006. (See box) ECOSLO will host its 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala at the Veteran’s Hall in San Luis Obispo on Sunday December 31st from 7:30 pm to 12:30 am. A delightful array of fun awaits participants. This year’s live musical guest, Cello Bossa, sets a smooth Brazilian Jazz tone with their samba, salsa, and bossa nova flare mixed with rhythm and blues. A delicious spread of fresh and organic hors d’oeuvres will be offered.

New Belgium Brewing Company, famous for their sustainable business practices and delicious ales will be a favorite at the cash bar. SLO County 5th District Supervisor Jim Patterson will emcee the event, introducing guest speakers who will take us back through the highlights of ECOSLO’s esteemed history. And of course, the hall will be set for a night of dancing, visiting with friends old and new, bidding on the season’s best auction items, and celebrating the past, present, and future with a complimentary champagne toast. The event is for the whole family, and tickets are available for children and adults online at, or by calling 544-1777 for other ticket locations. Tickets are $40 for adults, $15 for ages 10-16, FREE for children under 10. (Prices at the door are $50 and $20.) ECOSLO is excited to share its birthday with the whole community and to kick off another 35 years of accomplishments and memories as 2007 begins.

ECOSLO History ECOSLO was created in 1971 out of a need to genuinely combat the issue of creek pollution. By1972, it opened the first recycling center on Palm Street, a precursor to the curbside recycling we have today. The organization went on to become an advocate for the environment in a myriad of ways, from collaborating with the City in 1995 to form Natural San Luis, a program that educates the community about the value of and access to our City’s open space and its natural resources, to spearheading the coastline protection coalition SLO Coast Alliance in 2002. ECOSLO has grown to serve a unique purpose in our County as a pulse point for environmental issues. It responds to community inquiries about recycling, pesticide education, water protection, appropriate agency contacts, and volunteer opportunities.

Hosting events is another big role that the organization assumes, striving to educate participants about the importance of being waste-conscious. Last year’s New Year’s Eve Gala produced a mere 5 pounds of rubbish, with the rest of waste diverted to compost and recycling bins. In aiming for zero-waste events, ECOSLO portrays the feasibility of throwing a great party, while remembering to honor the Earth by reducing our footprint.


Give the Gift of a Donation in your Name this Holiday Season Remember someone special by giving the gift of a donation to the Women’ Community Center of SLO, publisher of the Women’s Press Your donation to the Center can be a way to show gratitude for that special occasion or person, while sharing your interest in supporting services and programs for women. To donate, contact 544-9313 or info@wccslo. org

Free “Offerings” Classes at Sycamore Mineral Springs in Avila Beach Sunday, December 17th, 12-5 pm

FREE day of classes exploring winter season wellness held at the Healing Arts Institute at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort.

• 12 pm, Tai Chi with Xiaoping — balance your mind body and spirit to get you through the winter • 1 pm, Color Therapy for Winter with Constance Hart — learn about specific color energies for optimal health during the winter season • 2 pm, Astrology for Health with Margaret Hennessy — gain valuable information through astrology for your winter health • 3 pm, Self Massage with Deborah Caldwell — one of Sycamore’s expert massage therapists will guide you through self help massage techniques • 4 pm, Nutrition for Life with Mark Kay Stenger — nutrition tips for staying healthy through out winter season

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Places to go, Things to see Craft Art Market Broad at Monterey at the Mission Plaza Downtown SLO 11 – 5 daily through December 31 FREE

Holiday Extravaganza Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville Highway 1, Oceano Through December 31, Times Vary Tickets $17-19 489-2499

Best Christmas Pageant Ever Staged Reading By Houselights Theatre At Pewter Plough Playhouse, Cambria Sunday, December 10, 7:30 PM Tickets $10 771-9394

Arroyo Grande Community Chorus Arroyo Grande United Methodist Church Tuesday, December 12, 7 PM Free, 489-1814

Irving Berlin’s Music Box

Irish Tenors Christmas

Pewter Plough Playhouse, Cambria 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 3:00 pm, December 10 and 17 Through December 31 Tickets $23-25 927-3877

The Nutcracker

Concerts North County Chorus and Wind Ensemble Sunday, December 10, 7 PM Paso Robles Inn Tickets $7-10 546-3198

Alan Hancock College Jazz Band Unity Chapel of Light, Orcutt Sunday, December 10, 7 PM Tickets $5-10 922-6966

Cohan Center, SLO Tuesday, December 12, 8 PM Tickets $46-58 756-2787

Clark Center, Arroyo Grande Friday and Saturday, December 15 and 16 Tickets $12-18 489-9444

Mozart’s Messiah Cuesta Master Chorale Saturday, December 16 Cohan Center, SLO Tickets $15-30

Where to find Women’s Press

All SLO County Libraries and the following exceptionally fine establishments!

• NORTH COUNTY: Atascadero – The Coffee House and Deli, Starbuck’s at Von’s Plaza, Carlene’s Café, Green Goods, Player’s Pizza, Harvest Health Food Store, North County Connection, Senior Center, Women’s Resource Center/Shelter Office; Paso Robles – Café Vio, Chelsea Bookshop/Café Novella, Curves, Old Mission Coffee House, Wilmot Market, DK Donuts, Panolivo French Cafe, NCI Village Thrift Shop, Paso Robles Health Foods; Templeton –  Magic Windows Coffee Café, Twin Cities Hospital, Templeton Market & Deli; Santa Margarita– Santa Margarita Mercantile • NORTHERN COAST: Baywood – Coffee & Things; Cambria – Cambria Connection, Cambria Pines Lodge, Chamber of Commerce, Gym One, La Crema, 7 Sisters, Azevedo Chiropractic, Lilly’s, Alloco’s; Cayucos – Cayucos Super Market, Kelley’s Espresso & Dessert, Lily’s Coffee House, Ocean Front Pizza, Chevron Station, Chamber of Commerce; Los Osos – Starbuck’s, Baywood Laundry, Cad’s, Carlock’s Bakery, Chamber of Commerce, Copa de Oro, Garden Café, Los Osos Deli, Valley Liquor, Volumes of Pleasure; Morro Bay – Backstage Salon, Coalesce Bookstore, Coffee Pot Restaurant, The Rock, Southern Port Traders, Sunshine Health Foods, Two Dogs Coffee • SAN LUIS OBISPO: Art Café, Booboo Records, Creekside Center, GALA, Marigold Nails, Palm Theatre, Susan Polk Insurance, Susan Rodriquez Insurance, Utopia Bakery, Unity Church, Zoe Wells, Naturopath, Cal Poly Library, Center for Alternatives to Violence, Chamber of Commerce, Cuesta College Library, EOC Health Services Clinic, Garden St. Essentials, HealthWorks, Healing Alternatives, Jamaca You, Karen Hale Chiropractic, Laguna Laundry, Linnaea’s, Monterey Express, Natural Foods Coop, New Frontiers, Nautical Bean, Outspoken Beverage Bistro, Phoenix Books, Planned Parenthood, Rudolph’s Coffee & Tea, San Luis Obispo Housing Authority Office, SARP, The Secret Garden, SLO Perk Coffee, Spirit Winds Therapy, The Studio Fitness for Women, Two Dogs Coffee, Uptown Cafe, Yoga Centre, Ahshe Hair Salon, Apropos Clothing, Soho Hair Salon, TomMel Beauty Center, Hempshack, YMCA, KCBX, Fairchild Salon, Jaffa Café • SOUTH COUNTY: Arroyo Grande – Natural Balance, Mongo’s, World Gym, Act II Boutique, Andreini’s, Central Coast Yoga, CJ’s Restaurant, Country Kitchen, Curves-AG, Cutting Edge, EOC Health Services Clinic, Family Chiropractic, Girls Restaurant, Grande Whole Foods, Hunter’s Landing, Kennedy Club Fitness; Avila Beach– Custom House, Sycamore Hot Springs; Grover Beach – World Gym, Back Door Deli, Cindi’s Wash House, Nan’s Pre-owned Books, Therapeutic Body Center, 30-minute Fitness; Halcyon – Halcyon Store; Nipomo – Anna’s Creekside Coffee House, Healing Touch Spa, Curves, La Placita Market, Slender Lady, Brianna Nicole Spa, World Gym; Pismo Beach – HealthWorks, Honeymoon Café, Pismo Athletic Club, Zadok’s; Shell Beach – De Palo & Sons Deli, Seaside Cafe, Steaming Bean • SANTA MARIA: Café Monet, Hunter’s Landing, Library, Marian Medical Center, Curves on Main and on Broadway, The Bookworm, Lassen’s. • ORCUTT: Loading Dock, Café Ole


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