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Garden House Leads with Innovative Care BY RUTH ANN ANGUS OF MORRO BAY LIFE

MORRO BAY — Old age is inevitable for many of us. Some of us may develop conditions that affect how our brain functions. Alzheimer disease and dementia are on the rise, not because the diseases are increasing but because we are living longer, there are more of us; thus, the increase of people with these issues. “With 79 million Baby Boomers aging there will be about 15 million suffering with these problems,” explained Kasey Watson, Director of the Garden House care facility in Morro Bay. “It’s predicted by the Alzheimer Association that one in eight people will develop the disease,” she said, “and one in six will develop some kind of dementia.” Those kinds of numbers highlight the need for care facilities that cater to the needs of these individuals and their families and friends. Garden House cares for all people who need daily help including stroke survivors, cancer patients, Parkinson’s disease, and other serious or extreme age conditions. The motto at the Garden House is awarding winning care, peace of mind and innovative services. This doesn’t just go for the residents but is extended to the staff and others who encounter the facility. “We are dedicated to innovative care and that includes all of the activities we offer our residents,” Watson said. The facility itself is a bright and cheerful place with individual rooms for 15 residents. Each room has furniture including a bed, night table, and closet and residents are encouraged to bring personal

Garden House residents check out the new garden. (Photos by Jody Hollier) belongings and mementos with them for their rooms. Delightful paintings are on the walls of the common spaces and there are places for residents to gather for comfort and silence throughout. An outside patio has tables and chairs and a newly planted garden brightens the space. A large common room and a kitchen are also included. Watson and her Assistant Administrator, Jody Hollier work together to create innovative techniques and fun projects for the residents. One of those projects in a recent year involved an ice-dyeing process that Hollier guided the residents in accomplishing. This project was highlighted in the 2018 Garden House calendar with photos of everyone creating many designs. The project was so successful that they turned it into a fundraising effort and now have colorful scarves, market bags and tea towels for sale as well as dog

tank tops that can be dyed in colors of a purchaser’s choice. The Garden House is a non-profit 501c3 and has several fundraising projects throughout the year to subsidize the costs of running such a facility and have raised approximately $133,000 to help offset costs and keep fees as low as possible. The calendar project is one of the fundraising projects they do. The 2019 calendar shows another innovative project that not only involved residents but was aided by a group of six Cal Poly Freshman in the University Honors Program who dedicated their time and talent to complete a community service project. The students who were studying areas in architectural engineering, business administration, biological sciences, civil engineering, and biomedical engineering helped put in an extensive garden on the site with vegetables and herbs used in preparing foods for

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Amgen rolling into Morro Bay on May 15 STAFF REPORT

The 2019 Amgen Tour of California will be the longest and most challenging in its 14-year history will once again return to Central Coast for two stages, including a finish in Morro Bay and a start in Pismo. Throughout seven stages over seven days, May 12-18, the world’s elite professional cyclists will contest mountain roads, highways and coastlines from Sacramento to Pasadena. The 773mile course through 13 host cities will ante up 14 sprints, more than 68,000 feet of elevation gain and 25 King of the Mountain (KOM) climbs, the most in race history, and a fan-favorite Mt. Baldy summit finish. More than half of the seven stages feature 120-plus-mile courses. The Tour is returning to San Luis Obispo County after skipping over the county in 2018 due to the closure of Highway 1 through Big Sur. Morro Bay will host the finish of the fourth stage of the Tour on May 15, which will start in Monterey and end on Harbor Street by the Post Office. The next day, May 16, the fifth leg of the 7-stage race, will start in Pismo Beach at the Pier and head south. After a short climb out of the start

at Laguna Seca, the race will pass through Seaside, Monterey and Carmel. Highway 1 typifies the beauty of the state and features a gently rolling landscape that drivers may not register, but the cyclists will certainly feel the 11,758 feet’ of climbing on this stage. Past Ragged Point, the course will flatten out for the second sprint of the day in San Simeon. A fan-favorite, the Morro Bay finish will follow the route from 2017, where Peter Sagan won the sprint finish. After passing through Morro Bay State Park, riders will get their first glimpse of the iconic Morro Rock. A right turn off the Embarcadero, with Morro Rock over their shoulders, will put the racers onto a steep sprint to the finish on Harbor Street. The following morning, the Tour will set out from Pismo. This stage will highlight the best of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, which have long been the cornerstone of the Amgen Tour of California. The men’s race will return to Pismo Beach for its third race start. With the beach and refurbished pier as the backdrop, the race will head south on Highway 1 through Grover Beach, Oceano and Guadalupe, with the first of two sprints in Orcutt. Within a few miles, the race will reach

Foxen Canyon and the home of countless world-class vineyards and wineries. As the race leaves the vineyards and jumps onto Highway 154 in Los Olivos, the riders will enter the feed zone to replenish some calories. Ahead lays the grueling category climb up San Marcos Pass. A wicked fast descent into Santa Barbara will put the race onto Highway 192 and through the heart of the storm and fire damage from late 2017 and early 2018, where state, county and local agencies have worked tirelessly to repair roads and replace bridges. After leaving Highway 192, the stage’s final two categorized climbs lie ahead on Casitas Pass. The finish will be within a few miles once the cyclist enter Ventura, which hosted its first stage last year. Riders will contest the final sprint at the summit of a short 12% climb up Fero Drive. The final miles to the Ventura finish line will be intense as the teams set up their sprinters for a field sprint along the Pacific Ocean. With seven new courses between them, the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM will run concurrently May 16-18, using many of the same routes as the men’s course. Also the longest women’s race in event history, the 177.8-mile, threestage road race course will see the ath-

letes climb more than 20,800 feet, including eight QOMs. The Amgen Tour of California is designed to cover varied terrain, with opportunities for sprinters, climbers and general classification riders to shine throughout the week. Presented by Visit California, a visual overview of the men’s and women’s courses is viewable at “The Amgen Tour of California is the pinnacle of cycling in America. The 2019 race course is incredibly demanding — there’s more climbing and more long road days than ever before. With the best of the best in cycling coming to California to contest it, we are in for another memorable race,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “We look forward to shining a spotlight on the beauty of California and the dedication of these athletes for fans, in person and via the worldwide broadcast, in what will be one of the most exciting sporting events in the country this year.” The Tour of California, which also has an abbreviated race for women, features riders from 34 countries. For more information about the Amgen Tour of California, see www.

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MORRO BAY — It was 2016 and the election was over. For many people, the election of the present federal administration spelled a feeling of concern for their freedoms. Whether they were right or wrong is not the issue. What was important to them was making sure that the upcoming generation would have access to an education that emphasizes peace and harmony. This was especially true for Noha Kolkailah, a Muslim woman who was born in Cairo but raised in California. Kolkailah became a teacher and is currently Assistant Principal of Mission Prep Catholic High School. It might seem unusual for a Muslim woman to be involved in the administration of a Catholic school but Kolkailah emphasizes that the two faiths are not all that dissimilar. With these things in mind, she set out to develop a school program emphasizing peace and peacemaking. A diverse group of similar people joined her and thus was formed the Peace Academy of Science and Arts. The members of the Peace Academy desire to create holistic real-world experiences in an eco-friendly, robust learning environment. Kolkailah felt that it was imperative to start with the very young. “We need to raise a generation of children who will be able to make better decisions for our country,” she says. She was joined at first by Michael Mazzella, a Buddhist, who works in mental health and the two formed a group of founders that include, Adam Loveridge, a Spiritual Christian Director, Brandi Dodson, who works in real estate and holds a National Association of Realtors Green Designation, Reverend Rob Keim, Rector and Priest at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Dr. Nisha Abdul Cader, General and Child Abuse Pediatrician, Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Mof-

Noha Kolkailah, President, speaking at Peace Academy parent/child reunion at Rancho El Chorro in March. (Photo by Ruth Ann Angus) fett, internationally known Religious Scholar and Professor of Religious Studies at Cal-Poly University, Rabbi Janice Mehring, Spiritual Leader at Reform Synagogue Congregation Ohr Tzafon in Atascadero, Sarah Mostafa, Policy and Sustainability Professional with San Luis Obispo County, and Sameen Sultan, doing business development in San Francisco. These founders aspire to prepare students for their future by developing the whole child, implementing innovative instructional strategies, empowering them to interact globally and preparing them for jobs that do not yet exist. The Peace Academy developed three pillars of compassionate leadership, those being: Self-Awareness for students to understand how to become confident in his or her own connection with nature and humanity on a spiritual, social, artistic and scientific level and to become emotionally intelligent, to empathize and understand his or her interactions with others. Global Citizenship to understand people’s diverse backgrounds, including faith, without judgment, in order to understand the complexity of humanity and to become competent world cit-

izens. Social Justice and Environmental Awareness to establish a common thread of care for the world and its people and to understand the human impact on the planet. The teaching philosophy encompasses real-world applications so that learning will have a purpose and objectives will be interrelated; an emotionally safe environment for creative innovations so students will use their own curiosities to problem solve through an interdisciplinary and interactive curriculum for them to reach their highest potential and become peace leaders; a thread of core human values through exposure to diversity expressed in cultures and faith traditions from the whole world. Students would learn that together we are strong, and our differences make us stronger. The Peace Academy core human values of focus are peace and peacemaking, humility, compassion, kindness, seeking knowledge and wisdom, generosity, gratitude, and love. This summer begins a second year with a new summer enrichment program to be held at Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School from July 8 to August 2. Classes of four weeks are for ages six through eight and will cover subjects: Reflections Rooted In and Rising Up; Rock Stories; Love, Que Pasa. For ages 9 through 11 classes cover Heroic Journeys; Cooking for the Climate; Love, Life, and Struggle; Movement in the Mud. For ages 14 through 18 there is a one-week teen leadership conference entitled Forming Local Citizens into Global Leaders. This conference will discuss the United Nations 30 Basic Human Rights and empower students to delve into critical analysis of current events and global issues. Much more information, fees and registration can be found at www.

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Green Lotus Offers New Salt Therapy BY RUTH ANN ANGUS OF MORRO BAY LIFE

MORRO BAY — There are many things going on at the Green Lotus Center on Morro Bay Boulevard. In the two historical buildings on that site, Janne John has practitioners offering massage, yoga, Ayurvedic practices, meditation, and most recently Himalayan Salt Therapy. Salt therapy is similar to spending a day at the beach and inhaling the salty sea air except it is done in a tranquil room listening to calming music while resting on comfortable lounge chairs. The room, that is in the previous Bayshore Realty building, glows with a soft pink light that emanates from three huge panels containing chunks of Himalayan salt. While some particles of salt come off those panels, the real treatment comes through a halogenerator that is located outside the room. Very minute particles are sent from the halogenerator into the room and these are gently inhaled as one sits in the darkened room. “I saw the Santa Barbara salt room,” John explained, “and had heard of this from my connections with Deepak Chopra.” That salt room is a cave lined floor to ceiling with Himalayan salt which is light pink in color. “The salt is pharmacy grade and microscopic,” John explained, “and you don’t feel it.” Salt is a natural disinfectant and antimicrobial and antibacterial. Ancient healers used salt therapy and it has been found to benefit respiratory problems. Dry salt air is more powerful than moist. Inhaling par-

Tim Costa in the large activity room set up for a Sound Bowl session at the Green Lotus Center. (Contributed photo) ticles help reduce inflammation and mucus in the lungs and is beneficial for people with breathing difficulties such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as well as sinus congestion and allergies. John emphasized that skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and rashes also benefit from the therapy. While salt therapy is the newest offering at Green Lotus, this center offers much more with classes and workshops. Tim Costa holds singing bowl sound baths every second Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. Using the sounds from seven crystal bowls and Tibetan bowls and gongs the audience enjoys the songs. Arrive early at 5:30 p.m.. and you can

enjoy some herbal tea and get comfy in your space. Cost is only $15, and you can pay upon arrival. Primordial Sounds and Mantras is a sound meditation instruction technique from the Chopra Center where co-founders Deepak Chopra and David Simon revived the ancient practice of sound meditation. In this class, you receive your own personal mantra that is a specific sound or vibration and when repeated silently helps to bring you to a deeper level of awareness. In these turbulent times, the practice of regular meditation offers many health benefits. It can lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and boost the immune system. John also offers an Ayurvedic

class to balance the body. Ayurveda is the 5,000-year-old healing system founded in ancient India and is derived from the Sanskrit words Ayus meaning life and Veda meaning wisdom. An Ayurvedic proverb states, “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” The class is Understanding the Concept of Ayurveda and will be held in July 2019. Call for the date. Price $20 donation. On Oct. 25 to 27 there will be a Mandala Painting Workshop by Paul Heussenstamm for 20 students. All materials will be provided. Some of the previous mandalas painted by Heussenstamm are hanging on the walls of the great room at the Green Lotus Center where the classes take place. Janne John is a Certified Teacher. She has studied under Deepak Chopra for more than 15 years. She teaches the Ayurvedic Class called “ Perfect Health”, the Meditation Class called “Primordial Sound Meditation” and teaches the “Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga.” There are yoga instructors, meditation instructors, massage therapists, acupuncture therapists and more offering a variety of classes and practices. A small gift shop is in the previous Bayshore Realty location offering biologicals for sale. The Green Lotus Center is dedicated to peace and nonviolence through aiding people to delve into their mind, body and spirit. You can find out much more at the website at and for appointments for Himalayan Salt Therapy call 805748-4930.

Morro Bay Police Chief Cox Launches Chief’s Advisory Committee BY RUTH ANN ANGUS OF MORRO BAY LIFE

MORRO BAY — Morro Bay Police Chief Jody Cox continues with advances for better community involvement with the launching of the Chief’s Advisory Committee. “The goal of this diverse committee will be to represent the greater Morro Bay community,” Cox explained. The make-up of the committee is to include citizens, business owners, faith-based organizations, school representatives and others willing to contribute their time and input to build a better communi-

ty by offering their perspectives and solutions. “The focus of the Chief’s Advisory Committee will be to address community concerns that center around public safety and quality of life issues with a shared commitment toward building positive relationships and improving our community-policing efforts,” Cox stated. Cox aims for the program is to create an environment where the community feels its police department values their input and is accessible to the needs of this unique community. Advisory Committee members will


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Desire to Help Brings Man into Investment Career BY RUTH ANN ANGUS OF MORRO BAY LIFE

MORRO BAY — Would working in the financial industry be something one would think of as humanitarian? For Nelson Pamplona of Morro Bay, it is. Pamplona took a roundabout route to his destination as a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones by studying kinesiology with the intent of going into a physical therapy career. The desire to help people may have come to him via his Portuguese ancestry. He is a first generation Portuguese American, raised in Crescent City. Growing up among the Redwoods and enduring about 60 inches of rain a year he decided after graduating from high school to leave and attended Cuesta College where he met his wife. He finished his degree at San Diego State. He began investing his own money at this early age with the goal of learning as much as he could about investment strategies while focusing on paying off his student loan as quickly as he could. Pamplona’s career first started as a surgical device consultant working directly with surgeons representing orthopedic, biologic and trauma management implants during surgeries. He would spend hours on call waiting in the surgeon’s lounge with others and talk often turned to investments because doctors tend to be investors. “Somehow it always came back to that,” he said. Pamplona did have friends in the investment world and one of them suggested he investigate that field. That’s when he went back to a strict study regimen to obtain his licensing requirements. “I really wanted to work one on one with people,” he

Nelson Pamplona at his Edward Jones office in Morro Bay. (Contributed photo) said, “and give back and help. That was really important to me. I chose Edward Jones because this is a company that values relationships and really helps investors accomplish their goals.” Edward Jones is a privately held company, therefore putting their focus on clients and employees, not just shareholders. “My goal in this career is to integrate with the community,” he said, “not only helping with people’s investments but being able to assist in other ways. If someone is looking to sell a house, I want to be able to help them connect with the right people or maybe they need an accountant or are looking for a shop vacant to


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explained, “and try implementing the best investment strategy while bringing down their debt. Putting some money into a Money Market account is the simplest way to get started. It works like a high yield savings account leaving your money liquid, so you have access to it. Everyone can benefit from a Money Market account.” Working with those things in mind Pamplona guides his clients. He details the advantages of starting a college savings plan or retirement account such as a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. Often, these steps can lower one’s tax bracket, or avoid paying taxes on gains on your investments. “The earlier you can start a retirement or college fund, the better,” he advises. For other investors, Pamplona feels mutual funds or exchange-traded funds are an easy way to get started. They offer the needed diversification that works best when one company is down, and others are gaining. We look at your long-term goals and try not to play into headlines in the news. This doesn’t always affect our strategy and keeps from having a knee jerk reaction. Sometimes we rebalance if there’s opportunity and other times, we stay the course.” Diversification is an important factor when investing, and depending on one’s comfort with risk, the allocation between stocks and bonds will vary. “Working with people on their investments, I become their accountability partner in achieving their life goals,” he said. “This is what is important to me.” You can reach Nelson Pamplona at Edward Jones, 501 Harbor St., Morro Bay, or call 805-225-7922.

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Using Wooden Boat Building to Heal a Loss BY RUTH ANN ANGUS OF MORRO BAY LIFE

MORRO BAY — It’s been said that losing a child is one of the worst losses a person can endure and healing from that can be a difficult journey. Lyndia and Lance Leonard can attest to this struggle because not only was there a loss of a child, but suicide was the cause. For them the loss of their youngest son, Julian Meredith Leonard resulted in their desire to do something constructive to help other young people who might be tempted to solve their inner turmoil in the same way. Thus, was born The Meredith Project, so called after their son’s middle name which means, guardian of the sea. “The Meredith Project is part of our healing,” Lyndia commented, “and we want to give something to young people who are searching to find their way in life.” Lyndia has a background in social work as well as business and teaching and along with Lance has begun several non-profits. Lance has created a successful health care business, but his real love is building traditional wooden sailing boats, which he was fortunate to learn from seventh generation master boatbuilder, Robert Prothero.

A Schooner that was built by Lance Leonard of the Meredith Project. (Contributed photo) Lance has logged over 10,000 ocean sailing miles primarily as captain of the sailing vessel Alyria, a wooden schooner replica. “The idea of using the ocean as a healer is not a new one,” he said, “and because of this it makes sense that activities related to the oceans are more likely to be therapeutic and healing.” Utilizing this concept, the Meredith Project is an educational effort to teach the art and craft of wooden boat building and traditions of the sea to heal, inspire and empower youth. The use and enjoyment of boats on the water offers a perfect platform for teaching more of the subtle life lessons to help youth become grounded. Suicide is now a major challenge for young people and is on the rise. It is the second leading cause

of death for ages 11 through 14 and the number of children diagnosed with depression and other mental health issues grows yearly. “Our youth need an environment where they are respected, understood and feel heard. They need guidance, not preaching, reassurance with empowerment, wisdom, not slogans,” Lance said, “They need caring adults who can assist them to cope with life’s changes.” Skills that involve working on projects in teams build relationships and these physical skills are most important and often lacking in the lives of young people. The Meredith Project aims to offer these skills in an innovative effort in cooperation with the Morro Bay Maritime Museum Association. Using part of the area near the existing museum facility, Lance plans on inviting youth to help build one small boat, approximately 15 to 20 feet long that is powered by sail and rowing. This project will be open to public viewing. “We want the public to see what we are doing,” Lance remarked, “and to plant the idea of a school for building traditional wooden boats in Morro Bay.” The building project will be broken up into sections dealing with the various boat building techniques and

taught as a class that the public can sign up to take. “People would have to be committed to the class,” Lance said, “We’ll teach things like learning to use traditional woodworking tools and boat building techniques.” Ideas are abundant for the Meredith Project with plans for demonstration days during the summer. Eventually, Lance plans to build a full-scale replica brigantine to continue the work with young people on the ocean. “The boat building will be a draw for tourists,” he said, “and they will want to come back again to see the progress of the project. That will contribute to the overall economy of the town.” The Meredith Project is a value-driven, action-based educational project with a focus on assisting young people in their personal healing. It will give youth the tools to discover who they are and what they hope to achieve in their lives. “We offer a variety of skills that are general life skills that will be of benefit no matter what a young person desires to do,” Lance said. Members of the Morro Bay Maritime Museum look forward to this collaboration and are excited to present traditional wooden boat building to our youth. You can learn more at

‘Silent Sky,’ a Story of Women Astronomers CONTRIBUTED

Astronomer Henrietta Leavitt (Ali Abdul Rahim) studies a star plate in By the Sea Productions’ ‘Silent Sky.’ (Photo by Iain MacAdam)


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MORRO BAY — By the Sea Productions’ third show this season is “Silent Sky” by Lauren Gunderson, based on the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, hired by Harvard University in the early 1900s as a human computer. Along with two other women, they are tasked with mapping the stars, but without access to the telescopes. Instead, they worked with photos taken by the male astronomers, and still succeeded brilliantly. However, Henrietta’s dedication took a toll on her family and personal relationships. Like the book and film “Hidden Figures,” this play sheds light on another unsung group of accomplished women, offering a slice of history while tugging at your heartstrings. Directed by Kelli M. Poward, the cast includes Ali Abdul Rahim as Henrietta; Sarah Ruth Smith as her sister; Cathe Fein Olson and Rhonda Crowfoot as her co-workers; and Tim Linzey as her neglected suitor. “Silent Sky” plays May 3 through May 26, with performances Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Hall, 545 Shasta Ave., Morro Bay. Ticket reservations can be made online at or by calling 805-776-3287.

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Life Intelligence: Mothers “Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a mother.” — Unknown


ome have mothers they can trust, adore, and look up to. Others, not so much. From a psychological point of view, the relationship with your mother will be the most important relationship you will ever have with another human being. Many of your default preferences, how you relate to others, how you view yourself, how you fit in the world, your strengths, your weaknesses, your challenges, and your victories, you guessed

Art in the Gardens and Vineyards

Nine distinguished plein air painters from the Central Coast are showing their work in the gardens and vineyards of a private residence in Edna Valley, and you’re invited! Art in the gardens and vineyards takes place Saturday, May 25 from noon until 5:00 P.M. Original paintings of local mountains, vineyards, seascapes and more will be available for sale and for your viewing enjoyment. This special event features a variety of styles and media including watercolor, pastels, oil and acrylic. Enjoy original works by artists who frequently paint outdoors together on location.

it, your mother has something to do with all of it. To blame her, or to thank her, that is the question. Instead of going into a heady discussion on child development, I offer you to take a sheet of paper and write down all the ways you are “like mom” or “opposite of mom.” On another sheet write down the things you like and dislike about yourself. Then compare the two. If you take me up on this short experiment, you will notice how you see yourself to be has been directly influenced by how much you want to be like mom or anti-mom. I believe, the “child and mother” relationship is the most complex and challenging relationship to be had. Because of that, it affords you the most opportunities to grow - wheth-

er you never made mom happy, or learned how to always make her proud; whether you had an attentive, neglectful, or ambivalent mom; whether she drank, did drugs, hoarded, played favorites, complained, or allowed herself to be the victim of violence; whether she never missed a PT meeting, helped you pick your college, and watched over you like an angel. For better, or for worse, your mom is your mom. How you choose to relate to her and the experiences you’ve had is something you can consciously decide for yourself. You don’t have to love your mom. You don’t have to be friends with her. But grudges only make you suffer more. This year on Mother’s Day, with the chocolates and flowers, consider

slipping your mom a note with this one question you always wanted to ask. Consider telling her about this one time when… Sincerely, share something you’re grateful for. Be kind. Be curious. Be present. Remember, she birthed you in the middle of her own growing up, without a manual, and with her own set of unique challenges and circumstances. She may be your beginning, but she doesn’t have to be your future. Without her, you’d never be the person you are now and the person you could be. Celebrate on Mother’s Day.

Exhibiting artists are: Bobbye West-Thompson, Mike Bauer, Joan Faubert Suttle, Jan French, Mark A. Ruszczycky, Deborah Veldkamp, Margareta Juhlin Lund, Michael Grahek, and Rosemary Bauer This free show will take place at the Edna Valley residence of David Bauer, 6475 Mira Cielo, San Luis Obispo. More information: 805-3902497,

by fiber artist Nancy Weber on Monday, May 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. a the Art Center, 835 Main St., Morro Bay. Hand-spinning is the art of twisting fiber, fleece, or roving of wool, silk, alpaca, angora, mohair, and flax into a continuous thread by using a spinning wheel or drop spindle. Handspun yarn is used for knitting and weaving projects. By using a hackle — a steel comb that separates flax fibers — one can layer colors together before pulling through a diz and spinning. Blending boards are also used as a layering or mixing board. Blending boards work well for creating layers of fiber and color to create

interesting effects in the finished yarn. Weber is an accomplished instructor of twenty-two years, designing and creating unique apparel with a large variety of hand-spun fiber. During this demonstration, she will show how to use a hackle or blending board to create roving into yarn of unique and difficult-to-find colors. She will give you hands-on experience using the spinning wheel to create yarn. For more information, see www. or call 805772-2504.

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MORRO BAY — The 97.3 FM (Morro Bay) and 107.9 FM (Paso Robles) low power FM station “The Rock,” celebrated six years on-the-air, April 6, with a groovy fundraising event at the Morro Bay Veterans Hall. Station founder Hal Abrams and many of the extensive roster of 53 local DJ’s donned attire reminiscent of the 1960’s British Invasion a for the concert, which was free to attend but gathered momentum to keep the station going through a silent auction, live auction, and concessions. Abrams reported that more than

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