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NOJOQUI FARMS TOUR is presented by Helmut Klauer and New Frontiers at 9:30 a.m. June 12 at the farm, south of Buellton. The farm grows organic produce for New Frontiers. Info: www.nojoquifarms.org or 686-0194.
PROD YOUR WAY TO A RUG teaches easy techniques for making throw rugs June 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Atascadero Lake Park Ranger House. Cost is $22, $20 for residents. Info: 461-5000.
CENTRAL COAST CHAPTER OF SISTERS IN CRIME, a national organization for fans and writers of mysteries, meets June 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at Borders, 243 Madonna Rd., SLO. Terri Woods, a local crime prevention specialist, is the guest speaker. Info: 544-8222.
AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR SHARON LOVEJOY signs copies of her latest book, "Garden Party," June 12, 2-4 p.m., at Seekhaven, 1899 Cardiff Dr., Cambria. Info: 927-1224.
HOPEDANCE FILMS presents films at the SLO City/County Library, 995 Palm St., SLO. A question and answer session follows each film. June 12, 5 p.m.: Water Film Festival features "Thirst" and "Drowned Out." June 18: Hijacking Catastrophe: 911, Fear and the Selling of American Empire. Info: www.hopedance.org.
ENERGY HEALING is presented by Trisha Norman Reed June 13, 1-3 p.m., at "Sunday for the Spirit" at the Halcyon Store, 936 S. Halcyon Rd. Energy healings are also offered. Info: 489-2432.
AUTHOR THORDIS SEAGER will sign copies of her book, "Simply Delicious: Wheat and Gluten Free Cooking," June 13, 1-4 p.m., at Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St., Morro Bay. Info: 772-2880.
SANTA MARIA NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM presents its 2004 Science Speakers Series at the Minerva Club, 127 W. Boone St., Santa Maria. All events include a reception, appetizers, beverages, and more. June 13, 2:30-4:30 p.m.: Michael Williams, Sedgwick Reserve Director, presents "A Landscape Preserved." Tickets are $15, $12 for members, $5 for students. Tickets for entire series are $20. Info: www.naturalhistorymuseum.com or 614-0806.
SECOND SUNDAY AT SEVEN features former SLO poet laureate Anne Candelaria at 7 p.m. June 13 at the Coalesce Bookstore Chapel, 845 Main St., Morro Bay. Nightwriter Poets host a poetry reading after the presentation. Info: 772-2880.
MORRO BAY ART ASSOCIATION meets for a demonstration by artist Shirley Pittman at 7:15 p.m. June 14 at the Morro Bay Art Association Gallery Activity Room, 835 Main St., Morro Bay. Free. Info: 772-2504.
LOW-COST AND FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS for ages 50 and older include tests for blood pressure, anemia, diabetes, cholesterol, and more. June 14, 9:30 a.m.-noon: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cambria. June 16, 10 a.m.-noon: Madonna Road Apartments, SLO. June 17, 9:30 a.m.-noon: San Miguel Senior Center. June 18, 9-11 a.m.: Cayucos Senior Center. Info: 544-4355, ext. 295.
DOG OBEDIENCE CLASS meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., June 14-July 26, at the Atascadero Lake Park. Dogs must be at least four months old and have proof of immunization. Cost is $65. Info: 461-5000.
THINKERS BOOK CLUB is a book discussion group that meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the clubhouse at 345 Sunrise Terrace Dr., Arroyo Grande. The book for June 15 is Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel." Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 474-9618.
CENTRAL COAST COMPUTER CLUB meets every third Tues. Special interest groups meet at 5:45 p.m. for Internet. Windows and guest orientation begin at 6 p.m. The business and main meeting meets at 7 p.m. The next meeting is June 15. The topic is hard drive technology. Info: Charles, 937-1240. They meet at Knollwood Village Clubhouse, 4012 S Bradley, Orcutt.
NEW FRONTIERS NATURAL FOODS hosts free weekly seminars on health and nutrition in the cafe area. Refreshments provided. Seminars are 7-8 p.m., at 896 Foothill Blvd., SLO. June 15: Energy Healing. Info: 785-0194.
SIERRA CLUB meets at 7 p.m. June 15 at the Meadow Park Recreation Center, SLO. The topic is "Water for Profit: The Sotry of Corporate Water Privatization." Info: 543-8717.
CREEKSIDE CAREER CENTER offers free workshops to help in today's job market at 4111 Broad St., SLO. Info: 788-2631 or 788-2696. June 15, 9 a.m.-noon: Career Exploration. 1-4 p.m.: Identifying Your Job Skills. June 16, 9 a.m.-noon: Starting a New Business. 9 a.m.-noon: Job Applications and Resume Preparation. 1-4 p.m.: Interviewing for Employment. June 17, 10-11 a.m.: Welcome to the Private Industry Council. 2-3 p.m.: Orientation to Cuesta College Programs. The Estrella Career Center is located at 2800 Buena Vista Dr., Bldg. 400, Paso Robles. Info: 237-3014 or 238-4847. June 17, 9 a.m.-noon: Career Assessment.
ESTERO BAY NEWCOMERS CLUB meets at 11:30 a.m. June 16 for a luncheon at the Morro Bay Golf Course, 201 State Park Rd., Morro Bay. Info: www.geocities.com/esteronew/.
WOMEN IN MUSIC: LADIES IN THE DARK is a lecture series with recorded examples profiling notable women composers, performers, and teachers from the 12th to 20th centuries. The series is presented by Alan Frank June 16 & 23, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana St., SLO. Cost is $3. Info: 544-7930.
RETIRED MEN'S COFFEE CABINET meets every Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. at Madonna Inn, SLO. Info: Don, 773-1672. June 17: Sam Miller presents Don Pieper, "The Churchill Society and Sir Winston."
ESTERO BAY REPUBLICAN WOMEN meet at 11:30 a.m. June 17 at the Inn at Morro Bay. The guest speaker is Greg Shiltz from Star Drug Testing. Info: 995-2844.
COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY, in conjunction with the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce and the Atascadero Main Street Association, presents a workshop about the façade improvement program June 17, 8-10 a.m., at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion, 9315 Pismo St. Info: 461-5000, Ext. 5634.
THIRD THURSDAY, POETS NIGHT OUT features Evelyn Cole Terrill reading original works at 7 p.m. June 17 at Carlene's Café, 5735 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Followed by open mic. Free. Info: 466-0356.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES are offered by the City of Atascadero beginning June 17. Classes include Spanish and Italian. Info: 461-5000.
TWO CLASSIC BIKE FILMS about bike culture and politics are screened at 7 p.m. June 19 at the County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 511 E. Lakeside Pkwy, Santa Maria. Presented by HopeDance Media and the Santa Maria Peace Coalition. Free. Info: www.santamariapeacecoalition.org or 349-3796.
PSYCHIC CHANNELING is presented by Solomei June 20, 1-3 p.m., at "Sunday for the Spirit" at the Halcyon Store, 936 S. Halcyon Rd. Energy healings are also offered. Info: 489-2432.
CORNERS OF THE MOUTH monthly poetry readings features Ray Clark Dickson of SLO, Clemens Starck of Oregon, and Raoger Taus of Los Angeles at 7 p.m. June 20 at Linnaea's Café, 1110 Garden St., SLO. Open readings follow. Free. Info: 547-1318.
UNCOVERING THE DESTINY OF THIS GENERATION offers a renewal of hope through music, drama, dance, testimony and teaching and it is presented at 7 p.m. June 20 at Rock Harbor Christian Fellowship and at 7 p.m. June 21 at the South Bay Community Center. Presented by Los Osos Christian Fellowship, Morro Bay Foursquare Church, and Rock Harbor Christian Fellowship. Info: 528-2140.
CITIZENS COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS is a nonprofit organization that opposes prescribing drugs to children with educational problems. For more information, visit www.fightforkids.org or call 1-800-896-2247.
BHAKTI YOGA is offered at 6 p.m. Sundays in the gazebo building at Meadow Park, SLO. Includes refreshments. Yoga Sutra classes are at 7:15 p.m. Mondays at The Yoga Way, 2074 Parker St., SLO.
WIDOWED PERSONS ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA, INC., SLO County Chapter #18, helps widowed people overcome their grief and learn to live again. The group hosts a variety of activities with weekly happy hours, card nights, golf, and more. Info: 481-5806.
LINDY HOP SAVOY STYLE swing dance classes are offered at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Morro Bay. Info: 771-8925.
CUESTA COMMUNITY PROGRAMS offers summer recreational activities including dance classes, sailing, and more. Info: www.communityprograms.net.
UPDATES TO RESUMES is a class offered every Tuesday, 6-7 p.m., at 1128 Morro St., #9, SLO. Cost is $25. Info: 549-8565.
SLO TOASTMASTERS is a healthy, supportive, friendly, and welcoming club and it meets to help overcome fears of public speaking and develops communication skills and personal growth. The group meets every Thursday. 6:30-7:45 a.m., at the Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana St., SLO. Info: www.slotoastmasters.org or 772-7452.
CODEPENDENCY 12-STEP MEETINGS are help every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Building, 232 Foothill Blvd., SLO. Info: 542-0577 or 543-7881.
MENDING THE BODY; HEALING THE HEART is a free five-week class focusing on topics and techniques related to wellness. It is offered by Hospice of SLO County. Info: 544-2266.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SINGLES meets the first Saturday of every month. Times and activities vary. The group is targeted at baby boomers. Affordable child care is available. Info: 528-4040.
COMPULSIVE EATERS ANONYMOUS, which works on the "HOW" concept, meets every Wed. at 6:45 p.m. and every Fri. at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in SLO. Other groups meet every Tues. at 7 p.m. in Atascadero, every Wed. at 5 p.m. in Los Osos, every Thurs. at 6:30 p.m. in Santa Maria, and every Friday at 7 p.m. in Arroyo Grande. For information about either event, call 546-1178.
SLO BYTES, a PC users group dedicated to educating its members in the use of personal computers, meets at 1 p.m. the first Sunday of every month at the Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana St., SLO. Info: www.slobytes.org.
WORDS WORTHY WRITING CRITIQUE GROUP is for serious, innovative writers meets in the Five Cities area. Info: 489-7180.
PISMO BEACH RECREATION DIVISION offers ongoing classes for every taste. Classes include watercolor, dance, sports, and more. For a complete list, visit www.pismobeach.org or call 773-7063.
WOMEN'S SUPPORT GROUP is offered by the North County Women's Shelter and Resource Center Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., in Atascadero. Learn about healthy relationships and what are signals for concern. Info: 461-1338.
LEGAL CLINICS for self represented litigants are held the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at SLO Women's Community Center, 1129 Marsh St., SLO. A $25 donation is requested. Hosted by the SLO County Bar Association Family Law Section. Registration: 544-9313.
MALE BUSINESS DRESS teaches personal care to men and is offered every Monday, 6-7 p.m., at 1128 Morro St., #9, SLO. Cost is $25. Info: 549-8565.
COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTER is now accepting clients for short-term, low-cost counseling. Info: 543-7969.
NORTH COUNTY COMPUTER CLUB meets the second Tuesday, 1-3 p.m., and fourth Thursday of every month, 7-9 p.m., at the Senior Citizen Center, 270 Scott St., Paso Robles. The group now has a leader for Mac users. Info: www.northcountycomputerclub.org.
CENTRAL COAST BUSINESS REFERRALS is currently seeking members. The group is a network of area professionals whose purpose is to seek and receive business referrals. All professions welcome. The group meets every Tuesday at 7:30 in Morro Bay. Info: 772-1296.
BETTER BUSINESS CARDS is a class offered every Thursday, 6-7 p.m., at 1128 Morro St., #9, SLO. Cost is $25. Info: 549-8565.
CANCER SUPPORT WELLNESS GROUP meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Twin Cities Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas Rd., Templeton. Info: 434-4561.
TWO GROUPS FORMING in the Five Cities area. One group is a casual and fun singing group. The other is a spiritual exploration, non-religious group. Info: 489-7180.
WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUP for people with chronic, life-threatening illnesses meets weekly at Hospice of SLO County. Info: 544-2266.
HOLISTIC HEALING SUPPORT GROUP meets every Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m., at 845 Napa Ave,, Suite A, Morro Bay. Info: 924-1334.
ATASCADERO HORSEMEN'S CLUB meets the second Tuesday of every month at Player's Pizza in Atascadero. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., guest speaker is at 7 p.m., and general meeting is at 8 p.m. Info: 462-2241.
"NICE PEOPLE" SUPPORT GROUP is now forming for people who believe in peace, the power of love, and non-violence. Being totally honest and doing nice things for others and not expecting rewards and wish to seek others call 473-3837.
TABLE MANNERS FOR GRADUATES is a class offered every Wednesday, 6-7 p.m., at 1128 Morro St., #9, SLO. Cost is $25. Info: 549-8565.
FIVE CITIES PRAYER AND HEALING ROOMS are a group of trained Christians from many churches on the Central Coast who pray for the sick. Free, no appointment needed. The healing rooms are located at 1052 E. Grand Ave., Arroyo Grande. Open Mondays, 6-9 p.m., and Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 474-9984.
SELF-ESTEEM AND SPIRITUALITY GROUP FOR WOMEN meets Mondays, 7-9 p.m., at the Community Counseling Center, 1129 Marsh St., SLO. Info: 406-9296 or 543-7969.
A COURSE IN MIRACLES teaches a joyful way to universal love and peace. A group meets the second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. at Unity of SLO, 1490 Southwood Dr., SLO. Info: 995-1390.
BEREAVED PARENTS, a support group for parents, siblings, and grandparents whose children have died, meets throughout the county on a monthly basis. Info: www.bereavedparents.org or 438-5203.
CO-DEPENDANTS ANONYMOUS meets at 7:30 p.m. every Friday at the Mid-State Bank Conference Room, 1554 S. Broadway, Santa Maria. Info: 934-2013.
MEDITATION AND HEALING CIRCLE, facilitated by the QuietStar Healing Team, meets every Sunday at 3 p.m. a the QuietStar Center for Transformation, 11549 Los Osos Valley Rd., Suite 109, SLO. Free. Info: www.quietstar.com/slo.htm or 783-2662.
INTERNATIONAL GERANIUM SOCIETY, California Central Coast Branch, meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Central Coast Senior Center, 1580 Railroad St., Oceano. Info: 489-1224.
GROWING WITH BABY is a 7-week class taught by Andrea Herron, pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation consultant. Classes meet at 1230 Marsh St., SLO. First class is free. Open to moms and babies, birth to 4 months. Info: 543-6988.
SLO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY is available to assist anyone interested in researching his or her family's history. The Carnegie Historic Library maintains SLO County land records and maps, newspapers, hospital and fire department records, and City Assessment Books. The group meets at 12:30 p.m. Info: 772-9620.
SANTA LUCIA ROCKHOUNDS meet the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson Dr., Paso Robles. Visitors are welcome. Info: Dee, 438-3764.
SANTA MARIA CAMERA CLUB meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays at the Arbor View Retirement Center, 1220 N. Suey Rd., Santa Maria. Info: 934-9709.
CLASSES IN THE COUNTRY features classes in Ukrainian "Pysanky" eggshell art, pine needle basketry, and gourd with pine needles at Boehme Studio, 123 W. Pozo Rd., Pozo. Info: 438-5364.
WEB SUCCESS GROUP provides inspiration and knowledge for small business owners and technology folks and includes guest speakers and a chance to network. It meets the first and third Mondays of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the KCBXnet Training Room, 4100 Vachell Ln., SLO. Info: 474-8066.
WORKING WIDOW AND WIDOWERS GROUP meets at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church in SLO. This group is designed for working people who have lost a spouse in the last few years. Info: 544-2133.
THE YOGA CENTRE offers a wide variety of classes for every level of student. For a complete list of classes, visit the Yoga Centre at 1880 Santa Barbara St., SLO. Info: www.yogacentre.com or 549-YOGA.
CENTRAL COAST NOETICS is a community discussion group that explores the frontiers of consciousness and builds bridges between science and spirit. It meets the second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon, at Unitarian Fellowship, 232 Foothill Blvd., SLO. Info: 481-1724.
RED HOT POTTERY is an open studio environment and is open to all levels. Bring food and drink if you would like and create your own masterpiece. Choose from hundreds of shapes, including mosaics. The studio is located at 940 Chorro St., SLO. Open daily. Info: 545-POTS.
SISTERS and their relationships are being studied. To learn more about your sister relationship and to participate in the study, contact email@example.com.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR HIP, KNEE, OR SHOULDER REPLACEMENT SURGERY is a free class offered by Meenzhuber, Martin & Strollberg Physical Therapy at 6 p.m. the first Monday of the month. Classes are at 426 E. Barcellus Ave., Suite 101, Santa Maria. Reservations required. Info: 928-8257.
YOGA FOR THOSE WITH PHYSICAL CHALLENGES is open to people in the MS Society and others with physical challenges. Classes are Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., at The Yoga Way, 2074 Parker St., Suite 120, SLO. Info: 543-4122.
KCBX.NET offers affordable computer and internet classes at 4100 Vachell Rd., SLO. Info: 545-5002.
NEW FRONTIERS NATURAL FOODS hosts free weekly seminars on health and nutrition in the cafe area. Refreshments provided. Seminars are 7-8 p.m., at 896 Foothill Blvd., SLO. Info: 785-0194.
SANTA LUCIA FLYFISHERS meet at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Margie's Diner in SLO. Beginners welcome. Includes guest speakers, club outings, fly tying, and rod building. Info: 934-2476.
FIBROMYALGIA AND ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP meets the third Saturday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Arroyo Grande Hospital Annex, 345 Halcyon Rd., Arroyo Grande. Info: 343-2905, 473-3309, or 925-8075.
CLASS ACT DANCE offers classes in Pilates, jazz, tap, and ballet in Paso Robles. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-3668.
SLO PHILATELIC SOCIETY meets at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana St., SLO, and at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at 3172 Johnson Ave., SLO. This is a stamp collectors club that features presentations and stamp auctions. All are welcome. Info: 547-9022.
WORLD SERVICE MEDITATION GROUP offers free copies of the Meditation of Goodwill, the Meditation for the United Nations and the Meditation for Clarity in the Middle East. Info: P.O. Box 818, Atascadero, CA, 93423.
SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP MEDITATION CIRCLE meets every Thursday and Sunday evenings in Los Osos. Info: Christine, 528-3888.
ESTERO BAY WOMEN'S CLUB holds regular meetings the third Tuesday of every month at 12:30 p.m. at the Veterans Hall, Surf St., Morro Bay. Info: 995-3859 or 528-0927.
SLO WOMEN'S NETWORK meets the third Wednesday of every month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Madonna Inn, 100 Madonna Rd., SLO. Reservations must be made the Friday before the luncheon. Meetings offer a chance to meet other women and make business contacts. Info: 546-3727.
SLO DELIVERANCE POETRY READING, hosted by Jack Mothershed, is at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Railroad Coffee House, 1804 Osos St., SLO. Info: slomo@ourSLO.com.
WOMEN IN BLACK OF SLO holds their silent vigils every second Tuesday of the month, noon-1 p.m., on the corner of Chorro and Monterey streets. The vigils are in mourning of all victims of war and violence and for those suffering under occupation in the Middle East and around the world. Open to the public. Dress in black. Info: 547-1643.
TIBETAN BUDDHIST MEDITATION AND DHARMA TEACHINGS with Lama Khedrub, Khenpo Ngawang and students are every Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. Schedule may vary. Info: www.bodhipath-west.org, 528-1388, or 528-2495.
ARROYO GRANDE MOPS-that's mothers of preschoolers-is a nondenominational Christian group that meets the first and third Fridays of every month to hear speakers, share experiences. The group meets at Crossroads Community Church, 330 Stanton Rd., Arroyo Grande, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Childcare provided. Any mother with children under 6 years of age-or who is pregnant-is welcome. Cost is $3 per meeting. First meeting is free. Info: 352-0050.
NEW SPRITIUALITY DISCUSSION GROUPS are now forming in Grover Beach and Cambria and ongoing in Los Osos. Help support the growth of others in seeking truths beyond religion. Info: Clare, 528-4743.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WATCH AND CLOCK COLLECTORS meets the second Sun. of every month at the Central Coast Senior Center Hall, 1580 Railroad St., Oceano. Mart begins at 12:30 p.m. If you have an old clock or watch and would like help identifying or valuing it, they can help. Info: Jerry, 528-3100.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL offers a support group for family members whose loved ones suffer from mental illness. The group meets the second Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m., at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 5318 Palma Ave. Info: 460-0343 or 238-5506.
WORKING WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS GRIEF GROUP for anyone who has lost a spouse in the last few years meets at 7 p.m. on designated Wednesdays at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, 1701 Fredericks, SLO. This is a non-denominational group. Info: 544-2133.
PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, hosted by the American Cancer Society, meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at 197 Santa Rosa St., SLO. Info: 543-1481.
ALL ORGAN TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP meets for discussion and support the first Saturday of the month, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1344 Nipomo St., SLO. Info: 929-1690.
LOSS OF A CHILD BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 608 E Main St., Santa Maria. Info: 925-8000.
PARKINSON'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP meets the third Monday of every month, 1-3 p.m., at MidState Bank, 542 Camino Mercado, Arroyo Grande. Info: 773-8638.