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Dr. Carol Phillips is making wishes come true with the latest technology in dentistry

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What is Energy Healing? All physical matter is composed of energy particles that vibrate. Subatomic communication within the body takes place through DNA photon light emissions. Photon light (or energy) can be shared between people. As an Energy Healer, Elizabeth is a clear conduit of Life Force Energy facilitating balance for perfect subatomic communication.

Each person has all three energy bodies, mental, emotional and physical, working together with Spirit to create life experiences. Intuitive guidance is provided in a healing session to illuminate the life experiences of the issues you are facing. Enhanced awareness coupled with energetic balance creates the opening for healing on all levels. Intuitive guidance and energy balancing are a part of every healing session. Elizabeth is here to help you restore your balance and remember that you have never lost your connection to all that is available to lead a joyful life. Elizabeth Sullivan, Energy Healer, practices at the Global Alliance Center of Light and Learning in Santa Margarita.

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Elizabeth Sullivan 22720 El Camino Real, Suite C, Santa Margarita (805) 835.0305 www.elizabethasullivan.com

From Our Family To Yours: Rib Line’s AWARD-WINNING BBQ Since re-opening Rib Line BBQ & Grill last July, we’ve won two major food competitions: the Edna Valley Chili Cook-off and the Cal Poly Mustang Coral Cook-off, beating out local favorites by a country mile. Try Rib Line’s Triple Threat Tri-Tip Chili and find out why! For THE BEST pulled pork west of the Mississippi, the “Piggy Time” section of

our menu is for you. And we challenge anyone to tackle the Brahma Bull, our 3-lb. Tri-Tip sandwich. Beat the current record of 1 hour, 4 minutes for eating one, and win a free Friday lunch for every week you hold the record. For lighter fare, try our Lite Lunches including a chicken Caesar salad, 2 beef ribs or a burger with one side. Looking to feed a small group? Our “Family Meals” generously feed 4-6 people with all the award-winning meats and homemade fixin’s -- heavenly baked beans, freshly chopped coleslaw, and oven-hot cornbread with honey butter. We cater weddings, office parties, graduations or any big hoedown for any old reason. Visit our website at www. ribline.com for menus, or call us to create your own BBQ dreams. And, we deliver!

Rib Line BBQ & Grill 12308 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo (805) 543.7427

SAGE ECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPES & NURSERY Design / Construction / Maintenance

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805.574.0777 EMAIL us contact@sagelandscapes.net CALL us 805.574.0777 VISIT us at www.sagelandscapes.net SEE us at our Nursery Display Gardens

1188 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos, CA

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We both know you’re not hearing as well as you should. Why not try the latest hearing aid technology? Call Karen Scott’s office for

I’m Too Young to Have Hearing Loss … Aren’t I? You might already know that more than 40 million Americans suffer from varying degrees of hearing loss. But did you realize that most of those are under the age of 50? That 1 in 6 baby boomers (ages 41-59) have a hearing problem? That 1 in 14 Generation Xers (ages 29-40) already have hearing loss? That more than a million children have hearing problems, and some infants are born with serious to profound hearing loss? With a doctorate in Audiology and more than three decades of experience treating hearing loss, Karen Scott has been teaching the San Luis Obispo community about the nature of hearing loss since she opened her practice in 1978. “One common misperception is that hearing loss only happens to the elderly,” said Dr. Scott. “The reality is that only 35% of hearing loss clients are older.” That’s why her practice offers specialized services for children, sports enthusiasts, industrial workers, and musicians—in addition to helping the 3 out of every 10 older people who experience hearing loss after 60. Pediatric Audiology specialist Christy Kirsch joined the staff in 2000, bringing a Master’s Degree in Audiology and years of experience in early intervention programs and children’s hospitals. Knowing that finding the right de-

vice with the right fit is only part of the process, Scott employs a well-rounded approach to treating hearing loss, including education and follow-up. “It’s critically important that our clients understand their hearing loss so that they can have realistic expectations,” she said. “And to be sure that everyone gets the best results possible, we follow our clients’ progress—whether newborns or great-grandparents—long after they’ve left the office.” Our hearing is our most important “social sense.” It’s also important to our personal safety, as it often serves as an early warning system. And good hearing enhances quality of life in ways we don’t even consider. Symptoms can be subtle, and the loss so gradual we often don’t realize what we’re missing until we are tested. Don’t let age, pride, or anything else stop you from getting help if you suspect you might be missing the sounds of everyday life. Call 541-1790 or visit www.karenscottaudiology.com.

an appointment and get this matter settled. Now. Then we can discuss the universal string theory or why you have a scratchy beard.

Helping You Hear The Things You Love

Call us today for your consultation Karen Scott 1985 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo (805) 541.1790 www.karenscottaudiology.com



Country Oaks Care Center

16 Astro-Reikii Rising

Raw Food Betsy

11 Discovery Museum

19 Audiology / Karen Scott

The Ribline

13 Dos Carlitos

8 Elizabeth Sullivan

2 Kellar Williams

5 Landis Auto

6 Leopold, Murphy, & Main DDS

2 Carpet One Valley Flooring

Magnolia’s Senior Living

Splash Canine Swimming

12 Swiss Dental Center

16 Marian Hospice Home Care

8 Contractors Plus



10 Coast National Bank

6 Serenity Natural Living

17 CC Pathology

19 Santa Maria Sewing

10 CC Laser Hair Therapy

12 San Luis Soils

11 CC Gymnastics

2 San Luis Financial

3 Bazomb


8 Urban Planning Concepts



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is published annually throughout San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County. To make your reservation for the next issue please call 805-546-8208 (San Luis Obispo) or 805-347-1968 (Santa Maria). PUBLISHERS Alex Zuniga Bob Rucker

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Realty group invigorates agents with teamwork, education Selling homes hasn’t been easy since the real estate bubble burst in 2008. The market is slowly beginning to recover, but after three years of bad business, many realtors are feeling frustrated and desperate. It’s no small wonder then that Keller Williams Coastal Valley is not only surviving, but thriving, and hopes to build a network of over a 100 agents. With the help of new partners in key leadership roles, they recently opened an 8,200 square foot office at 204 East Enos Drive, expanding their work space by about 25 percent. “It’s beautiful and warm, a comfortable place for agents to work that’s really inviting to clients,” said Steve Weiss, the new team leader. “There are meeting rooms with advanced technologies– large, flat screen TVs that let agents Skype with clients and give virtual tours of properties.” Weiss has only been a member of the Keller Williams team for a few weeks, but he’s already enamored with the company’s unique culture, one that allows agents to help and support one another and the vast amount of information and tools available through the Keller Williams University, an online school that takes agents well beyond the basic training required to earn a real estate license. The site offers advanced courses on how to generate leads, list homes, write contracts, and manage distressed properties, skills that give Keller Williams agents a huge advantage. “There was nothing like this when I first started,” said Weiss. “Even in a challenging market, if you follow the systems and tools we provide and

really want to work hard, there’s no limit to how successful you can be.” Weiss may be one of the company’s most valuable resources, even if he’s too humble to admit it. He briefly mentioned his 26 years of experience to New Times and the Sun before focusing on the value of teamwork and the benefits of the company’s monthly group marketing meetings. Lawnae Hunter, a new partner in the brokerage, did Weiss’s boasting for him. “[Weiss] has a wide skill set, and he’s very well known,” said Hunter. “He was the chairperson for the California Real Estate Commission in 2007 and helped write the purchasing contract the whole state uses.” Of course, Hunter brings a little something to the table as well. She’s been in the business for thirty years and formerly owned five central coast offices of Prudential Hunter Realty. Her strengths are in innovative, successful marketing approaches and her ability to anticipate shifts in the market.


“Now is the perfect time for this partnership,” said Hunter. “I believe real estate will strengthen, and together, we can build the number one company in the valley.” That confidence comes from the Keller Williams business model. The company has established a system that allows agents to reap the rewards for their hard work, while also spreading a piece of the profits amongst the other agents and support staff. This model differs drastically from the industry standard, wherein fiercely territorial agents battle each other for clients and offer little advice to rookie realtors. Keller Williams also offers its agents a variety of cost efficient support services, like their transaction coordinator and contact management programs. “The beauty of it,” said Weiss, “is that you get a cohesive group of people, more like a family than a team. They cheer for each other when they succeed and pick each other up when they fail.” Dick Keenan, who was the franchise’s sole owner before bringing Hunter aboard, said his main goal for the company is to create and maintain an atmosphere of productivity and success. “The Keller Williams philosophy teaches agents how to have careers worth having, businesses worth owning, and lives worth living,” he said. For Keenan, the most satisfying aspect of the job is seeing the growth of his agents as they take advantage of the franchise’s training and resources. Hunter summed it up like this: “With all of our different strengths, we’ve got the dream team. I’m very pleased with the agents that have made the move to Keller Williams in the first few weeks of this new partnership.” If you’re interested in joining the Keller Williams Coastal Valley team or utilizing its skilled agents for a real estate transaction, call them at 310-5800 or drop by their new office at 204 East Enos Drive.

c o a s t a l va l l e y Keller Williams Coastal Valley 204 E. Enos, Santa Maria (805) 310.5800



SEWING IS “GREEN”… AND SO IS THE MONEY PEOPLE SAVE BY BUYING LOCAL The SANTA MARIA SEWING SUPERSTORE has been “Keeping the Central Coast in Stitches” since Bill Racanski started the business in 1967. Michael Hudachek closed his three stores in Ohio in 1979 and came to Santa Maria to purchase the business that same year. In 2005, Michael and Ellen Hudachek moved the store to the present location at 127 East Main Street (across from the mall parking lot). Their son Christopher Lawrence, with a background in film and television, helped lay out the store to be most convenient and aesthetically pleasing for customers. The store specializes in staying current with all that is new in sewing and creativity. They carry machines and sergers from Bernina, Babylock, Husqvarna Viking, Singer, and are proud to have recently added Janome. – with prices starting at $99. Lifetime free classes come with every machine purchased. “Our goal is to give the best buying experience, training and classes for our customers. We know they do not get that kind of service buying a machine from the shelf at the Big Box Stores,” says Michael. The Santa Maria Sewing Superstore also carries the largest selection of thread in California and the best selection of sewing furniture such as cabinets, cutting tables, storage units and

sewing chairs. They stress ergonomically correct sewing. All technicians go for corporate technical training and therefore is the only sewing store on the central coast that offers “in house” repairs for all sewing equipment … including industrial machines. Michael also sharpens scissors! Ellen said, “We have the most wonderful group of customers. They and our staff are our family.” One group of ladies called “The Quilting Angels” come into the store every other Wednesday (bringing homemade cookies) and use our equipment in order to make quilts for charities. They have now made almost 2000 quilts to give away to needy causes. One customer makes quilts for the owners who adopt pets from the shelter as a “carry home” security blanket. Some customers form their own “cottage” business and do very well on their Internet stores with the items they make. But most are people who enjoy the creativity and the community created by sewing. Michael says, “Buy Local and come join us!” Thanks.

Santa Maria Sewing 127 E. Main Street, Santa Maria (805) 927.1784 www.santamariasewing.com

Small Town, Big Service.. SLO’s No. 1 Honda Specialist

We’ve been able to do this for two reasons. The first is the the product we work on is amazing. We love Honda for what it has done for the automotive industry. And by focusing exclusively on one manufacture, we are able to provide a high quality service at a price that’s actually much lower than most other shops. We know these cars so well we often diagnose a problem over the phone! The second reason we’ve stayed in business is that we truly care about our customers. We see our clients every where--downtown, at the coffee shop, in church, at the supermarket, or dining out at a local restaurant. They’re not just customers, they’re our neighbors. And in many cases, they’re friends. And for us, that’s what being in business here is all about. Yeah, San Luis is a small town, and we love it!

San Luis Obispo is a small town. It’s pretty hard to stay in business for any length of time unless you’re treating people right. And even then, it’s not easy. At Landis Automotive, we’ve been servicing the Honda/Acura product line and its customers for three decades-that’s actually longer than the local dealership.

Landis Auto Sales 396 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo Landis Auto Service 435 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo (805) 544.9198 www.landisauto.com

More Bang for Your Buck!…New Website Offers Spectacular Discounts Plus Amazing Exposure

deals. Similar to Groupon or Living Social in major U.S. cities, Bazomb helps local businesses attract new customers by offering them a unique way to save big on the things they love to do and see, eat and buy. BAZOMB.com advertises mindblowing discounts—at least fifty percent off!—on everything from local restaurants and hair salons to car washes and spas. Vouchers are purchased online, and if enough consumers buy the deal, the deal is on. Customers get a fantastic deal on their purchases, and the featured business gets a boost from free advertising exposure, increased sales and new customers. BAZOMB is partnered with many Central Coast businesses and is forming new partnerships every day to offer fresh discounts and great deals. Visit BAZOMB.com and sign up to receive the latest unbelievable discounts. Business owners can also learn about a new way to advertise that provides huge exposure and new customers without the risk of an upfront investment. BAZOMB.com delivers experiences that bring an outgoing, loyal new following to local businesses.

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Improving The Health Of The Central Coast…One Smile At A Time As Dr. Mark Leopold and Dr. Nicholas Murphy reflect on their 34th year of practice together, things have never been as exciting—both in the practice and in the field of dentistry. The last six years have been especially eventful for Leopold, Murphy, and Main. Dr. Craig Main joined the practice in May of 2003, and in addition to his restorative and cosmetic dentistry, he’s brought a number of specialty services into the fold. His extended education and training in orthodontics and endodontics helps take care of more patients in-house. “We really enjoy working with Dr. Main.” says Dr. Murphy. “As clinicians, we’re all on the same page when it comes to how to care for our patients’ health and provide for their needs, and that like-mindedness is so important. Craig’s an excellent fit, and we’re happy to see his practice grow.” Dr. Main’s orthodontic services are definitely a factor in the practice growth. Both the Invisalign® and Six-Month Smile® programs are popular with patients. “Most people associate straighter teeth with better aesthetics, but that’s not the only reason to consider straightening your teeth.” says Dr. Main. “People don’t realize that straighter teeth can improve oral health simply because they are easier to brush and floss than misaligned teeth. Today’s orthodontic treatments are geared with the adult patient in mind, either with clear appliances, shorter total treatment time, or both.” Another factor in the practice growth is the arrival of Mark’s son Ian Leopold to the practice. Dr. Ian Leopold graduated from UOP in June of 2010

and started practicing full-time October 1, 2010. He’s added additional late evening and convenient Saturday appointments to the schedule to make it easy for working professionals to get to the dentist. “It’s amazing what Ian’s prepared to do right out of school.” says Mark Leopold. “His skills are impeccable, and he’s only going to get better. Knowing that when Nick and I are ready to retire, Ian and Craig are here to continue our legacy brings me a great deal of satisfaction.” Not that anyone is going anywhere. Mark and Ian are attending the California Implant Institute, a one-year comprehensive fellowship program in implant dentistry that includes 170 hours of lectures, laboratory sessions, live surgical demonstrations, and cadaver workshops, building up to 570 hours of advanced training. At the conclusion of the program this July, both Mark and Ian will begin placing implants in the office. “Implants have been around for over 40 years, and in many instances are considered the standard of care for replacing teeth.” says Ian Leopold. “Now with the installation of our new digital i-Cat® Cone Beam CT, we provide state-of-the-art imaging to guide our implant placements. I find the accuracy of this enhanced imaging essential to planning and placing implants. It just makes the most sense—for both the patient and the dentist.”


Doing what’s best for the patient is always the #1 focus at Leopold, Murphy, and Main. Examples include providing laser decontamination in hygiene, and taking digital x-rays for reduced radiation exposure. For Dr. Craig Main, that meant investing in a Surgical Operating Microscope for endodontic treatment. “Use of the dental microscope in endodontics sets the stage for long-term function and biological success, helping patients remain free of pain.” says Dr. Main. “It provides better visualization, improved treatment quality, and ideal treatment ergonomics, all of which result in a better outcome for the patient.” While all the doctors value being able to provide care to their patients using the most up-to-date techniques and equipment, prevention is their highest priority. “We are all focused on the overall health and well-being of our patients.” says Nick Murphy. “Research has confirmed the oral-systemic health link, and every day, more manifestations of this link become known. Good dental health can help prevent diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Periodontal disease has been linked to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, higher incidents of pre-term births, peri-implantitis, even certain types of pneumonia in older people.” As a founding member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, Dr. Murphy helps all the doctors stay updated on the latest research in oral-systemic health. Understanding the emerging science-driven relationships between the mouth and the body—and applying that understanding to the care they provide—is at the heart of their philosophy as dentists and of their vision for the future. Together, with their combined wisdom and energy, they are actively involved in changing the public and professional attitudes and awareness related to the many oral-systemic connections. It’s this focus on patient education that sets them apart from most. As the exclusive representative for KSBY’s Healthy Living Program, Leopold, Murphy, and Main is working to bring common sense answers to the public’s most common dental questions. “We believe that helping people clearly understand their dental choices and the benefits of treatment and prevention enable them to make more informed choices about their care.” says Mark. “At the end of the day, it’s all about our patients.” says Nick. Patients can expect the highest quality of care available using the latest in technology, techniques, and information, with convenient evening and weekend appointments available. To learn more about Dr. Mark Leopold, Dr. Nicholas Murphy, Dr. Craig Main, or Dr. Ian Leopold, visit their website at slosmiles.com or their Healthy Living page on KSBY. com, or call 541-0550.

Leopold, Murphy and Main DDS 878 Walnut Street, San Luis Obispo (805) 541.0550 www.slosmiles.com



Your Community Bank is Ready to Lend!

Complete Implant Services that truly make you Smile. There are a lot of big grins flashing around the happiest town on Earth, and many owe their sparkle to Dr. Carol L. Phillips of Swiss Dental Center. Since 1984, her pioneering methods have kept San Luis Obispo at the forefront of implant dentistry, and her new location, with its modern equipment and vintage Hollywood décor, promise to propel her practice into the future. On the office walls, TV screens display pictures of decaying, diseased, and missing teeth that transform into perfectly-aligned, pearly whites. These “before and after” shots show what amazing work Dr. Phillips and her team can do. “Some people have low confidence or they have trouble eating because of bad or missing teeth,” said Dr. Phillips. “They come to us with a desired result, and it’s up to us to make their wish come true. It’s very gratifying to solve those problems once and for all.” Swiss Dental is the only game in town with a total focus on tooth implants and reconstruction dentistry, and that focus has led to mastery. In fact, Dr. Phillips developed the FDA approved system for implants that dentists use across the country. Advances in technology allow Swiss Dental to build new teeth from resin molds and snap them into a Ti-

tanium alloy substructure that is secured directly into the jaw bone. They use only the latest techniques and technology, but how does Dr. Philips stay abreast of all the developments? As a Diplomate of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry she is actively involved in advancing the science and practice of implant dentistry. “I teach the refresher courses,” she said. Her office includes a large classroom, which she uses for her “Pathway Learning Series” an annual hands on continuum for other dentists. The classroom’s big screen TV lets visiting dentists watch Dr. Phillips perform live surgeries. “Implants are statistically the most reliable thing in dentistry,” said Dr. Phillips. “If you’re missing teeth, you owe it to yourself to get more information about your options.” Swiss Dental Center accepts most insurance plans. For more information, call the office at 541-1004, or visit SwissDentalCenter.com.

Swiss Dental Center 3046 South Higuera Street, Suite C San Luis Obispo (805) 541.1004 www.swissdentalcenter.com

You’ve probably heard in the news that banks aren’t lending in this economy. At Coast National Bank, we would like to dispel that rumor. We support local business and have a full range of products and services ready to meet your businesses’ needs. Our professional staff of lenders is available to guide you through the process of getting a loan, and Yes! We are making loans. In fact, Coast National Bank has been the leading SBA Lender on the Central Coast for

If You’re Craving Mexican Food, Dos Carlitos Satisfies! Dos Carlitos was conceived from a long-standing desire to bring to the Santa Ynez Valley the bold Mexican and Latin flavors from my family’s two restaurants, Carlitos Café y Cantina in Santa Barbara (Est. 1979) and Cava Restaurant & Bar in Montecito (Est. 1997). The Dos Carlitos experience combines many elements: La Parrilla, our

the past 10 consecutive years. That means we have helped more businesses grow and succeed through the SBA program than any other bank in the County. If you want to work with a local bank that will take the time to understand your business, we are here and ready to help. Whether you’re looking at starting a business or growing your existing business, we can assist you with that process. We look forward to working with you to help your business succeed. Because our success depends on your success!

Coast National Bank San Luis Obispo 541.0400 Arroyo Grande 473.6560 Morro Bay 772.6800 Paso Robles 239.9520 www.coastnationalbank.com

open fire grill, imparts a smoky essence to our authentic grilled especiales and delicious salsas. Our comal fills the air with the aroma of fresh handmade tortillas. The tequila bar offers an extensive collection of over 60 premium 100% Blue Agave tequilas. Dos Carlitos is a place for friends and family to enjoy a relaxed outdoor patio or a casual indoor setting with sunflower-colored walls and a cozy fireplace. Our beautiful private dining room and terrace, El Comedor, is also available yearround for special events. We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (805) 688-0033, or email info@DosCarlitosRestaurant.com, for reservations.

Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar 3544 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez (805) 688.0033 www.DosCarlitosRestaurant.com


OHIO VALLEY REFINERY RECLAMATION DRIVE IS A HIT IN PASO ROBLES AND STARTS NEXT WEEK IN GROVER BEACH! They are paying out right on the spot for my stuff. Unbelievable! By David Morgan STAFF WRITER A spokesperson for the event said he expects to spend in excess of $200,000.00 this week for vintage items and precious metals from local residents. At previous events: One person sold an old Gibson guitar that was purchased in the 1960’s for less than $250.00. A collector at the event paid him $2,175.00 for it. Another person had a pocket watch collection that sold for $4,600.00, with one of the watches making up $375.00 of the $4,600.00 total. A husband and wife brought in a box of old jewelry, wrist watches, coins and 2 German daggers from WWII and left $785.00 richer. This is cool that something like this would come here to our town. Where else would this stuff ever be sold? The Refinery has teamed up with the collectors for a 24 month tour of the United States, both big and small towns, to dig up hidden gems.


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Ohio Valley Refinery Reclamation Drive


Open to the public to sell their gold and silver

WHERE: THIS WEEK IN PASO ROBLES Holiday Inn Express 2455 Riverside Avenue Directions: 805.238.6500 WHEN: June 21st - 25th WHERE: NEXT WEEK IN GROVER BEACH Holiday Inn Express 775 North Oak Park Blvd. Directions: 805.481.4448 WHEN: June 28th - July 2nd

TIMES: TUESDAY–FRIDAY 9:00am–6:00pm SATURDAY 9:00am–4:00pm



ITEMS OF INTEREST COINS: All coins made before 1965. All conditions wanted! VINTAGE GUITARS: Martin, Gibson, Fender, National, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, Mandolins, Banjos & others WRIST & POCKET WATCHES: Rolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Philippe, Waltham, Swatch, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Ebel, Illinois, Hamilton & all others JEWELRY: Gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, all types of stones and metals, rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. (including broken and early costume jewelry) ANTIQUE TOYS: All makers and types of toys made before 1965 WAR MEMORABILIA: Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc.

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Above: Refinery representatives will be on hand to purchase all gold, silver and platinum items, as well as coins. Public welcome!

DOZENS CASH IN YESTERDAY WITH JEWELRY, RAILROAD WATCHES AND GUITARS. AN ESTIMATED $200,000 IN PASO ROBLES AND GROVER BEACH. By David Morgan STAFF WRITER The first days of the 5 day reclamation drive in Paso Robles were a hit with those looking to sell their gold and silver coins. An estimated 55 people left the event with over $200 from old class rings, wedding bands, herringbones and gold teeth. Coins dated 1964 and earlier were bringing big premiums as well. Silver dollars, halves and quarters arrived in large quantities. Lots of gold coins were also brought in. On the other side of the room were representatives from the Antique Association. They were purchasing all types of guitars, large currency bills dated


before 1923, military items and pocket watches. One watch was purchased by a collector in Montana for $835.00. There were piles of sterling silver items like old silverware sets and tea pots. Company officials reported spending over $90,000 the first day of the event, alone. Brian Eades, with the Ohio Valley, said, “We have had an overwhelming turnout this first day, and we expect to get more busy every day this week.” The event continues today in Paso Robles and opens next week in Grover Beach. It is free and the public is encouraged to attend.




“I’ve never seen so many Area Rugs before!!!” That’s what we hear almost every time a new customer walks through our door. We have such a large assortment of all types of flooring, sometimes people don’t realize that we also have the largest selection of area rugs from LA to SF. That’s right! We have over 3,000 area rugs in-stock. There is no other store for hundreds of miles that can even come close to what we have to offer. But we are not limited to just area rugs. We also have nearly $2,000,000 inventory of all types of flooring: hardwood, laminate, tile, vinyl and the hottest new flooring on the market . . . Earthscapes. We also carry window coverings. Valley Flooring Carpet One of Santa Maria is truly your one-stop flooring destination. You’ll find everything you need to make your home look its best - all at great low prices. This year we are celebrating our 43rd year of serving the Central Coast. We are serving customers today whose grandparents bought flooring from us 40 years ago. And we’ll be there to serve their grandchildren. We’re not going anywhere. It all started back in 1968 when Ron Ferrari and his friend, Dennis Jensen, opened a small flooring store in Santa Maria. In 1972 we moved to our current location at 1133 West Cook. In 1995, Valley Flooring joined the powerhouse flooring co-op Carpet

One. Unfortunately Dennis passed away in 2004. Since then, Valley Flooring Carpet One of Santa Maria has been run by Ron and his two sons, Eric and Steve. You can count on us to be there for you before, during, and after the sale. We look at our relationship with our customers as a long-term commitment. A customer of ours is a customer for life. Our affiliation with Carpet One allows us to combine the buying power of nearly 2,000 stores giving our customers the best value for their flooring dollar. We invite you to come in and see what all of the excitement is about. You’ll be glad you did. You can learn more about us or even take a virtual tour of our store by visiting our website at www.CarpetOneSantaMaria.com

time for children of all ages to try some FREE gymnastics & more. Kids can celebrate at our Kids Night Out Party that same night from 5:30-10pm. Call (805) 549-8408 and register early as this will be a sold out party! For details, visit www.iflipforCCC.com. Our state-of-the-art facility is designed to give all children their best chance to achieve their dreams. As we pass the 20-year mark, our thanks go to our dedicated CCG coaching staff, who are passionate about the success of every child. We have over 600 children in our preschool, recreational, and developmental programs; and we have almost 100 athletes on our competitive teams. This past Winter Season, CCG athletes & teams won (10) State, (10) Regional, & (1) National Titles. Come celebrate their success as we look forward to another 20 years, on July 2nd.

Help Us Celebrate Our 20th Anniversary! Central Coast Gymnastics will celebrate our 20th Anniversary on Saturday, July 2, 2011, with an Open House from 12-3pm. This FREE event offers FREE hot dogs & beverages, great music, and lots of giveaways & prizes every hour. Our talented athletes will give amazing demos in all our programs: gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics, cheerleading, Cirque Du CCG, and karate. We’ll have music & information booths, plus open



Central Coast Gymnastics 21 Zaca Lane, San Luis Obispo (805) 549.8408 iflipforCCG.com


Tumble & Trampoline


New! Cirque De CCG Program with Parkour

School’s Out for Summer!

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8 fabulous weeks of Summer Camp: Olympic Week!

Pirates of the Gym!

JUNE 20 - 24

JULY 25 - 29

CCG’s Birthday Bash!

Sponge Bob Does Flips!

JUNE 27 - JULY 1

AUG. 1 - 5

Surf’s Up!

CCG’s Got Talent!

JULY 11 - 15

AUG. 8 - 12

CCG’s Super Heroes!

Splish Splash Summer Bash!

JULY 18 - 22

AUG. 15 - 19

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary! 1991 – 2011

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Did you Know? You Have a Choice For Blood Testing Central Coast Pathology (CCP) is growing, and dedicated to excellence. Drs. David Lawrence and Steven Jobst founded the local laboratory more than 25 years ago. CCP operates patient service centers (blood draw sites) from Santa Maria to Paso Robles. They accept any physician’s orders for blood testing at their patient service centers, with no appointments necessary.

CCP employs over 240 Central Coast residents. Local, Board-certified pathologists provide expertise in sub specialized anatomic and clinical pathology. CCP considers it their duty to report all results quickly without compromising quality. Their mission is to improve the quality of patient care by supporting the community with state-of-the-art testing and technology while providing reliable, cost-effective services. CCP accepts all major insurance, Medicare, and Medi-Cal. They are the preferred local laboratories for CCPN subscribers. For more affordable healthcare, there is a discount for payment at the time of services. Choosing a high quality, experienced laboratory is a key element to good healthcare decisions. At Central Coast Pathology, serving the interests of patients always comes first! Experience, longevity and quick, accurate results; isn’t it good to know you have that choice?

Patient Service Centers San Luis Obispo Pismo Beach Los Osos Morro Bay (805) 541.6033 www.ccpathology.com

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Local Care for Your Loved Ones Country Oaks Care Center is a locally owned and operated, 57-bed Medicareand MediCal-certified skilled nursing facility. Owners, John and Sharon Henning, have been in this business for over 30 years, and have owned Country Oaks for 20 years. They are at the facility every business day. We offer both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. For residents who need rehabilitation, we provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as I.V. and enteral therapy. Our restorative


nursing program assists residents in maintaining the therapy gains they have achieved. Our caring attitude and the professionalism of our staff are what sets Country Oaks apart from other nursing facilities. The positive relationships between the friendly staff and the residents help to promote the healing process. We realize that all of our residents want to feel special, and we treat them that way. Our resident care plan team develops individualized programs for each resident to achieve his or her maximum potential. Besides providing quality care for seniors, we are involved in the community. We belong to the Rotary Club of Santa Maria, Elks Lodge No. 1538, Smooth Transportation Services, and the Central Coast Literacy Council. We participate in the Elks Rodeo Parade every year.

Country Oaks Care Center 830 E. Chapel Street, Santa Maria (805) 922.6657 www.countryoakscarecenter.com



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Dog-Paddling to health… Splash Helps Dogs with Warm Water Swimming When her beloved dog Abbie was hit by a car, Chris Barrett quickly discovered the need for a safe, clean canine swimming facility on the Central Coast. Abbie’s recovery depended on a regimen of warm water swimming to help heal her injuries and strengthen her muscles. So Barrett began training under Susan Marino, founder/owner of Angel’s Gate

Community Based Real Estate Lending Since 1989 In today’s more stringent credit market our goal is to help people obtain real estate fi nancing by matching up investors in our community that can meet the needs of today’s borrowers. Because we work with private investors, we have more flexible lending criteria, with the ability to close loans that might not meet a traditional

Animal Hospice and Rehabilitation Center in Long Island, New York. She opened Splash, a warm water canine swim facility, in 2003, bringing all that Abbie taught her about what dogs can do under difficult circumstances to the task. Barrett now has 8 years’ experience, and is currently enrolled at Purdue University’s distance learning program for Veterinary Technician Certification. Warm water swimming is an excellent form of non-weight bearing / low impact exercise that can safely reestablish lost muscle strength, coordination, cardiovascular strength, and range of motion. Warm water swimming can help those suffering from arthritis, dysplasia, joint and muscle injury, and neuromuscular conditions, as well as those recovering from orthopedic surgeries and obesity. And it’s a great way to cross-train canine athletes!

Splash Canine Swimming 216 Surf Street, Morro Bay (805) 772.5363

bank’s guidelines. Our investors are individuals, trusts, and different retirement vehicles such as IRAs and Pensions. Whether it is Residential, Commercial, Construction, or Land we work hard to get you the funds you need as quickly as possible. We also buy Real Estate Notes and help investors purchase Foreclosure and bank owned properties. Real Estate Investors by both buying and lending help stimulate our local economy and create jobs in our community. We are also currently accepting new investors/ lenders, call for more information. And we have a convenient new downtown location: 1204 Nipomo Street at the corner of Marsh and Nipomo.

San Luis Financial 1204 Nipomo Street, San Luis Obispo Office: (805) 541.3444 Fax: (805) 541.0774 NMLS# 350408 CA DRE LIC# 01010459.

A Relaxation Destination Awaits… Spa Escapes & Retreats Whether you need to lose weight, relieve stress, are in recovery, or just need time to relax, Serenity awaits you. We specialize in offering personalized treatments and packages for your specific needs. Participate in our

Make it Real, Make it Raw Good nutrition and vibrant health are not luxuries – they’re essential to leading a long and active life. “I have never seen anything improve people’s lives more than by eating raw food!” exclaims Betsy Asmus, owner of Raw Food Betsy. With a passion for teaching, she is spreading the “raw” word through her classes, one student at a time. Raw Food Betsy’s classes, lectures,

BeFit Yoga Boot Camp, Spa Escape, or Wellness Package. Or design your own retreat from our a la carte menu. Our diverse menu includes: Yoga, Life Coaching, Holistic Consultation, Nutrition, Juicing, Ayurveda, Cooking Classes, Raw Food Prep, Far Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Bath, Royal Jade Facial, Body Wraps, Massage, Workshops, and more. Book a Retreat July-September 2011 and get $250 off on BeFit Retreats, and $100 off on Spa Escape, Romantic Getaway or Wellness Package. Details at www.serenitynaturalliving.com

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food demonstrations and tastings have people “fired up” about eating their veggies. If you want increased energy, to lose weight, improve your nutrition and overall health – take a raw food class. Discover the benefits of raw food as you listen to Betsy’s healing journey; then watch how easy it is to prepare raw food recipes, and taste the delicious raw food dishes prepared in class. Learn how raw food can improve your immune system and heal your body from the inside out, by eating mostly plant-based “raw” foods – the way Mother Nature intended us to eat.

Raw Food Betsy 1-888-732-3879 www.rawfoodbetsy.com


We Make House Calls! …a Homeowner’s and Contractor’s dream-come-true When was the last time the do-ityourself home improvement center guy or gal came to your home to help you choose just the right tile for your

Two Kids’ Museums for Double the Fun Summer is the best time to become a San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum or a Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum member, because when you join one, you can enjoy full admission privileges at the other! It’s called a Reciprocal Membership and is a fabulous value for central coast families. This summer, your kids will enjoy the “Fins, Feathers and Fur” programs all season long at the SLO museum. Plus

new bath, kitchen, fireplace, patio or home remodel project? We’re guessing the answer is never. With a huge selection of gorgeous tiles, travertine, and granite for every tiling project you can imagine, we’ll provide in-home visits and personalized guidance for individuals and contractors alike. “Walk in our customer, and walk out our friend,” says owner Darla Prewett. A Santa Maria native with 10 years’ experience and an artist’s eye for detail, Darla’s goal is to make sure every customer gets the kind of care and attention you just don’t get at a big box store.

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Ruth’s Herbal Remedies creates healing tinctures and salves for various ailments and pain relief, 100% natural aromatherapy bath salts, spritzers, air fresheners, candles and lip balms. Medicinal plant extract (tincture) formulas include relief for hormonal imbalance, joint pain, allergies, stress, the flu, insomnia, weight loss and many more. Try them all and discover the natural relief and soothing properties of herbs and aromatherapy!

Order online www.RuthsHerbalRemedies.com or call Ruth at 805-481-9205 You can also find Ruth’s Remedies at The Secret Garden in Downtown SLO, Salisbury Winery Avila, Harmony House Yoga in Pismo Beach & The Halcyon Store AG

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they can participate in the Discovery Drama Camp featuring Seussical, Jr. during the month of July at the Santa Maria museum. After their successful joint venture to bring a rockin’ rocket ship exhibit to the Central Coast for almost a full year, these two exceptional children’s museums want to make sure local families realize they are partners in more ways than one. Ask for a reciprocal membership and gain access to amazing exhibits and exciting events at these and other participating museums throughout the country. Visit www.slocm.org or www.smvdiscoverymuseum.org for museum details and information.

A Thoughtful Place That Feels Like Home. A Relationship Rich Place.

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Discovery Museum 705 S. McClelland, Santa Maria (805) 928.8414 www.smvdiscoverymuseum.org San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum 1010 Nipomo Street, San Luis Obispo (805) 544.5437 www.slocm.org

Specialized care for adults with Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss Margie Halsell, Administrator / Owner mobile 805/937-3332, www.magnoliacare.net 4620 & 4630 Song Lane, Orcutt




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Marian Hospice Making Every Moment Count Whether it’s a visit to a physician’s office, a patient’s home, or to a hospitalized patient, Marian Hospice is available to help terminally ill patients, their families, physicians and healthcare workers. Since 1987, Marian Hospice has been providing assistance with pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support, practical assistance and all issues related to end-of-life care. When terminally ill patients are asked where they want to spend their last days, most will tell you they want to be at home, in their own surroundings, with their own family, friends and pets. If patients are referred to a Medicare certified hospice agency, it is likely that they will be able to end their days in their home, with the support of an interdisciplinary team of hospice professionals. Yet, less than one third of the population currently utilizes hospice care due to a lack of knowledge about hospice care and available services. Since hospice focuses on providing comprehensive physical, emotional and spiritual care to patients and families at the most critical point in their lives, experts recommend services for a minimum of three months to provide the most benefit to patients and their loved ones. This time also enables the Hospice Team to develop a relationship with the patient and family in order to better respond to medical, psycho-social and spiritual needs as the patient’s condition further deteriorates. For patients and their families, there is a lack of knowledge about hospice services and frequently, a hesitation about being “ready” for end-of-life care. Some patients and their loved ones have a hard time

accepting that there are no further treatments that might change the course of their illness. Others are very ready for hospice care, but don’t know enough to ask for it. Most studies confirm that all patients look to their physicians for direction at this difficult time. Marian Hospice helps Central Coast physicians evaluate their patients for hospice eligibility. Marian Hospice nurses meet with patients and their families to determine the patient’s goals for care and to review available resources. Some of the key areas to look for that might indicate a hospice referral is appropriate include: · Cancer with no further treatment options or decline in treatment · Any intervention that is no longer effective or desired · Increased need for assistance in personal care · Difficulty in managing pain or other symptoms · Progressive dementia or Alzheimer’s disease · Desire to avoid frequent hospitalizations or ER visits · Weight loss Michael P. Schrager, M.D., and Richard L. Zachrich, M.D., have served as Medical Directors


for Marian Hospice since 2004. Drs. Schrager and Zachrich care for a large geriatric population in their practice and know how important it is to talk to their terminally ill patients and families at an earlier stage in treatment. “More frequently, physicians are realizing it’s important to talk about end-of-life care with their patients, especially before a crisis occurs,” says Dr. Zachrich. “We are seeing more and more patients proactively planning their end-of-life care in order to avoid long-term hospital stays and precious time spent away from their family and friends. For many patients this means doing whatever it takes to remain in their home care setting,” says Dr. Schrager. “Several trips to the hospital or to the ER within a short period of time can be stressful for the patient and family. Family members often relay to us, after their loved one has died that, ‘I wish I had known about Marian Hospice sooner’ or ‘I had no idea what a difference Marian Hospice would make in helping me care for my loved one at home.’” One of the beautiful things about the types of services offered by Marian Hospice is that the organization also offers respite care to families. Even with the best of intentions, families are frequently unaware of the strain on their physical and emotional state as a result of caring for a loved one on a 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a- week basis. Marian Hospice’s respite services can offer help with bathing and personal care, homemaking assistance and volunteer support. In addition, respite care can include a transfer to a skilled nursing facility for up to five days to give the family needed relief. Another important service offered by Marian Hospice is bereavement care for the family and/or loved ones. Bereavement care includes individual counseling, group support, telephone support and mailings that include information about the grief process. Marian Hospice offers these services and more to all who need them. Ultimately, Marian Hospice helps end-of-life patients and their families live as comfortably and as fully as possible, all in order to truly make every moment count.

Marian Hospice 506 E. Plaza Drive, Unit 7, Santa Maria (805) 739.3830 www.marianmedicalcenter.org (Marian Hospice link under Medical Services tab)



Now Open for Caring New staff members are ready to treat patients at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital’s new Acute Rehabilitation Center. They include the Program Director, Lisa Ivers, RN (far left in photo) along with Physicians, Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, Social Workers and Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists. The beautiful new, state-of-the-art, 14-bed impatient Acute Rehabilitation Center officially opens July 1, 2011. This center is the only one of its kind in a 200-mile radius. With its central location at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in southern San Luis Obispo County, it will serve patients from all over the Central Coast. The Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Rehabilitation Center offers a wide range of intensive therapies to help patients improve mental and physical functioning after a life-changing event due to a disabling illness and orthopedic and general surgeries. We provide rehabilitative services for patients who have suffered functional loss from illnesses such as: · Stroke · Major Multiple Trauma · Brain Injury · Amputation · Spinal Cord Injury · Orthopedic Dysfunction · Degenerative Neurological Disorders

Our Acute Rehabilitation Center program ensures an optimum level of recovery for these patients. They will receive a minimum of three hours of intensive therapy per day and are followed by a physician who specializes in rehabilitation on a daily basis. Our main goal is to get our patients ready to go back home after receiving services from our staff. Led by our Medical Director, Richard Martin, MD, our treatment team includes Physiatrists, Rehabilitation Nurses and Social Workers along with Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, Registered Dietitians, Respiratory Therapists, Family Physicians as well as Orthotic/Prosthetic Specialists. We believe that family members of our patients are an integral part of our team and we encourage their participation from the initial assessment through the daily treatment regimen, discharge planning and post-inpatient phases. To learn more about the treatment options available at the new Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Rehabilitation Center, please contact the Program Director, Lisa Ivers, RN, BSN, MEd, PHN at (805) 473-7663 Ext. 7803.

Arroyo Grande Community Hospital 345 S. Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande (805) 489.4261 www.arroyograndehospital.org (Click on Acute Rehabilitation)

Passionate Assisted Living For those who’ve given so much, now it’s our turn to give back to them. When someone you love needs the kind of extra care and expertise that memory loss requires, you have a choice. Magnolia and our new addition Primrose, both specialize in memory care and provides a comfortable, homelike setting for each resident. Our rooms, dining schedule, and activities

Your Sports Nutrition Specialist Outlaw Sports Nutrition specializes in bringing customers high quality nutritional supplements at below-retail prices. Owner/Operator Mike Romero, who was born and raised in the neighborhood where his shop is now located, has 15 years of experience in the health-and-fitness industry. Whether you are looking to shed a few pounds, put on some muscle, or just get healthy, Outlaw Sports Nutrition has it all.

are designed for those with memory impairment, and a secured perimeter ensures safety while allowing residents to move about freely within the home, expansive gardens, and walking paths. Based on the practice of Eden Alternative principles, the caring staff at Magnolia and Primrose are intent on eliminating the three main sources of suffering among our elders—loneliness, helplessness, and boredom. Visit www.edenalt.org for details. And call us today for more information. We’ll be glad to show you around. Ask for Tyler or Margie at 805.937.3332.

Magnolia & Primrose 4620 & 4630 Song Lane, Santa Maria (805) 937.3332 www.magnoliacare.net

Mike has had the opportunity to learn from the biggest and most respected names in the industry, including Dave Palumbo and Author L. Rea. Mike was also a supplement and nutrition adviser to UFC fighter Joe “Daddy” Stevenson leading up to his main event fight at UFC 95. “The problem most consumers face as it relates to the supplement industry is the sheer amount of products available to them. It can be quite overwhelming. If you do a web search for fat-loss or muscle-building supplements, you had better have packed a lunch—you will be reading for hours and probably be more confused than when you started,” Mike said. That is one of the reasons Outlaw Sports Nutrition was opened: to offer people the absolute best products on the market and someone with the knowledge to guide them through their decision-making process.

Outlaw Sports Nutrition 4869 S. Bradley Road #107, Orcutt (behind 7-11) (805) 938.5869




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Open Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm · Fri 10am-9pm · Sat 11am-7:30pm · Closed Sunday

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“For a woman, our hair is our anchor. It makes us feel good when our hair looks beautiful. Losing your hair is like losing part of your soul!” ~ Kathryn M.

Now in our fifth year of servicing San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara counties

Losing Your Hair? …Help is Here!

Now, men and women with weak, thinning, or damaged hair have a treatment option that is safe, natural—and really works! You don’t have to accept thinning hair. Now there’s an easy, painless, natural way to improve your hair-with no side effects, using Low Level Laser Light Therapy (LLLT). Cool light energy works through the process of photo-bio-stimulation of the scalp and hair. Simple 30-minute in-office treatments and/or in-home devices make this a convenient way to deal with hair you aren’t happy with. LLLT has been used for decades to treat many types of conditions and injuries. It essentially encourages the body to repair itself. Leading hair-restoration physicians have been using LLLT for more than 15 years. Central

California Laser Hair Therapy is now in its fifth year of proving great results for men and women with thinning hair. Clinic Director, John Vincent, has been training physicians throughout the country to provide this amazing technology for their patients. Dr. Michael Hamblin, Associate Professor of Dermatology, a teaching affi liate of the Harvard Medical School, who is with the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, states LLLT has been shown to: · Increase Blood Flow in the Scalp · Increase cellular activity (ATP Synthesis) in the scalp, bringing nutrients into cells while releasing toxins · Stimulate muscle support to increase hair volume · Normalize sebaceous activity to provide sheen and elasticity to the hair · Stimulate hair follicles and reverse miniaturization A complimentary consultation and scalp analysis will help you determine whether you are a candidate for this treatment.

Dr. Bradley Kurgis, Medical Director Central California Laser Hair Therapy San Luis Obispo & Northern Santa Barbara Counties (800) NOW HAIR (805) 597.3004 See our results at www.ImproveYourHair.com



The staff of the weekly Sun newspaper decided to hold an annual event, gathering the finest crafts, food, services, and people the kingdom had to offer into one issue. They called it “Best Of,” and it was a hit in every gingerbread house and castle, with every sick grandma and kindly woodsman. The season has once again turned to “Best Of” weather, and the good people at the Sun will soon be printing the heralded publication for distribution far and wide. Look for this publication on August 18, 2011 throughout the land.

2540 Skyway Drive · Santa Maria · 347-1968 · www.santamariasun.com



Some of Urban Planning Concepts’ projects include: · Vallarta Supermarket · Rice Ranch · Windset Farms · Kohl’s Shopping Center · Lavigna · Presqu’ile Winery

Planning For Tomorrow Urban Planning Concepts Inc. was founded in 1987 and is the local land use planning team specializing in urban and rural development, design, and environmental analysis. We assist homeowners, builders, developers and agriculturists with their project ideas and plans. Our professional team provides a comprehensive and cost-effective approach to meet today’s social, economic, and political environments.

Using Astrology and Reiki For Your Health Curtis Williams, of Astro-Reiki Rising, is a professionally certified Master Astrologer, a certified Reiki Master and Teacher with over 25 years’ experience and a diploma in Astro/Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. His company, Astro - Reiki Rising, is the Central Coast’s resource for alternative healing and counseling modalities. Astrology and Reiki are tools to help facilitate the health and well-being of

We offer quality service for each project and assist every client in transforming goals into reality through proactive design and representation. This commitment to service and excellence has allowed UPC to achieve an impeccable record of success throughout the Central Coast.

Urban Planning Concepts Inc. 2624 Airpark Drive, Santa Maria Phone: (805) 934.5760 Fax: (805) 934.3448 www.urbanplanningconcepts.com Hours: 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday

body and mind. Reiki is best described as the balancing of one’s energy through our physical and emotional structures for a sense of relaxation and reduced stress. The predictive measurements of Astrology combined with the balancing elements of Reiki work together for optimum results. For those who wish to experience the outer limits of consciousness, Curtis is also a Shamanic practitioner who works with Ecstatic Body Posture analysis; and he is certified in E3 (Emotional Energetic Evolution), a technique for helping to define and release latent emotional blocks from early childhood to the present. E3 is also useful for helping to identify food and other organic allergies. If you have any questions, call Curtis at Astro-Reiki Rising for a consultation.

Astro-Reiki Rising Curtis Williams, A.P.D., MA, CRMT Humanistic Astrologer, Certified Reiki Practitioner Central Coast of California (805) 234.7615 www.astrologyreiki.com

Always Start With the Best Soil You know that San Luis Soils & Sod is the place to get your sod but did you also know they carry a large selection of soils for your vegetable and flower gardens? Superior Soil Mixes include Sandy For Clay, Clay Mix For Sandy, Acid Mix, Victory Garden and Organic Raised Bed Mix. SL Soils & Sod can provide the right soil for small or large gardens. With over 30 years of farming experience, owner, Bill Kostik has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to growing and can help you with your garden and landscape needs. Bill prides himself in being able to help the home owner as well as contractors get the best value on their projects. With the proper know-how and practice anyone can grow a successful vegetable garden. Bill recommends that you first organize the garden using soil beds or grow boxes with row & aisle spacing. Next, train plants to grow vertically by using stakes, Aframes or strings for light and to save space. Get off to a good start by starting seeds in a grow box & transplanting only strong and healthy plants. Apply fertilizer before planting and be sure to control weeds after. Water only the roots to conserve. Last, careful pruning can help to produce a higher yield by removing leaves that

do not support the plant or its fruit. Rest in the knowledge of knowing exactly where your food is coming from and enjoy the harvest! SL Soil & Sod is widely known for their large selection of locally grown Sod. Installing sod is the fastest and easiest way to establish a new yard. Choices include Cuesta Highland Dwarf Fescues, Bonsai 3000, Obispo Green Shady Mixes, Running Tall Fescue and No Mow Fine Fescue. Soil preparation is the fundamental element in having a successful lawn. Always use a preplant fertilizer under sod, on the surface of the soil. When ordering your sod, measure area at least twice and order a little extra. Give at least 24 hours notice whenever possible as SL Soil & Sod cuts to order. Call today and enjoy free delivery on most orders from Paso Robles to Santa Maria.


SOILS & SOD FARM San Luis Soils & Sod Farm 2130 Blue Heron Way, Los Osos 528-SOIL (7645) Monday-Friday 8am-5pm Saturday 8am-12pm





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The most important aspect at French Hospital’s ER is quality–the quality of patient care, the quality of our physicians and the quality of RXU QXUVHV $W )UHQFK \RXœOO EH VHHQ E\ %RDUG &HUWL¿HG 5HVLGHQW Trained Emergency Medicine physicians and specially trained, highly-skilled ER nurses. Our average wait time to be seen by a physician is 20 minutes or less and you’ll never be asked to pay a pre-registration fee for ER services. Avatar International once again, has awarded French Hospital the Five Star Loyalty and Endorsement – Emergency Award as well as the Exceeding Patients Expectations Award. (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010)

Exceeding Patient Expectations 2009

Five Star Service Loyalty and Endorsement 2009

*Avatar International rates and ranks 400 Emergency Department’s nationally. Designation as Blue Distinction Centers ÂŽ means these facilities’ overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians’ and leading professional organizations’ recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To ďŹ nd out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please contact your health plan.

1911 Johnson Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (805) 543-5353 frenchmedicalcenter.org facebook.com/frenchhospital