SLO LIFE Fall 2010








&Chad Henry

Comes Home

Fall 2010

Meet Harmony True

fence mending, after school romance & little dancers

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Publisher’s Message

It was a Wednesday morning at 10:23 when I first lost track of the time. I

know that because a moment before entering Cloud Canyon I had checked

my watch to calculate our pace.

I had gone backpacking before, including some overnighters to destinations

at the end of well-worn trails, but it wasn’t until that Wednesday morning

that I first “got it.” My youngest sister had been asking me for years to

go on a backcountry backpacking trip with her. She’s an experienced high

country trekker and has developed an extensive knowledge of the Sierras.

So, I finally relented when Emily called and said, “Tommy, you just have to

come with us this time. You have to. I’ve got a great group coming along

and the route we have chosen is amazing.” Plus, she’s about to embark on

the greatest journey of her life; she’s getting married, so how could I say


We spent the first day of our trip hiking through the hot, dusty, and welltrafficked

“frontcountry” (loosely defined as anything within a full day’s

walk from where you can park your car). I was adjusting to the fifty pounds

I was carrying on my back, but I was also thinking about the distance we’d

covered; whether or not I remembered to set my “auto-attendant” on my

email (I didn’t); the number of days left in our trip; what my wife and kids

were up to; how much time until our next stop; and what I was going to

have for dinner. But, mostly, I questioned my sister’s choice of recreation.

Publisher Tom Franciskovich points to the other side of

“Big Wet Meadow” as he talks with friend and Fresno Bee

columnist, Marek Warszawski, upon entering Cloud Canyon.

(You can find Marek’s article on our website where he

recounts the journey, which, unfortunately, ended for him

halfway through as he succumbed to altitude sickness)

It wasn’t until the morning of that second day, the day we unofficially entered the Kings Canyon National Park “backcountry,” that we encountered the

most picturesque, awe-inspiring landscape I had ever seen. Setting foot on what is aptly called “Big Wet Meadow” of Cloud Canyon fully captured my

attention. I was completely in the moment and no longer cared about our pace.

Although the landscape we encountered throughout our trip was beyond my imagination, I will admit that, at least initially, I had been pretty focused on

the idea of getting “somewhere” and wondering when we were going to get “there.” Over the course of six days and 73 miles, I began to understand

the experience Emily had been talking about all of these years.

The concept of embracing the journey is not a new one, and anyone who has lived much life will readily offer the wisdom that “it’s about the journey,

not the destination.” But, it’s a lesson that is easily forgotten, and I was grateful for the reminder. For me, the trip was the perfect metaphor as I

returned my focus to this magazine. Just like that second day in Cloud Canyon, the journey here has really just begun with the publication of this

second issue.

I would like to thank you for the overwhelming support you have given to the launch of SLO LIFE Magazine. Your emails and website submissions

make my pack feel much lighter along the way. And, to our advertisers, thanks for making this journey possible in the first place.

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Meet Your Neighbor:

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How I Found My Way Here

Chad Henry’s Croatian Odyssey

“I remember getting leveled just as I released the ball,” says 34-year-old, Chad

Henry, former Cal Poly quarterback. “My brother, Troy, was running a post-corner

route, and I threw it out there for him because I trusted him to go get it, just like

he’d always done when we were kids. I was on the ground trying to see what

was going on but could hear the Poly side of the stadium erupt, so I knew we


It took Chad three years to reach his goal of becoming Cal Poly’s first African-American starting

quarterback, but he said he will never forget that first touchdown pass to cap the first drive of his first

start, fittingly to his younger brother in an away game against Sacramento State just a few miles from

where they grew up.

Like so many other student-athletes, Chad, who was also a standout pitcher in high school, felt

conflicted about what to do as his football career came to an end. Although he had initially enrolled at

Cal Poly as an architectural engineering student, he graduated with a business degree that emphasized

hands-on learning. “There was an opportunity to do a six month internship in Croatia, so I thought…

why not?”

The initial placement with an old “Soviet-style” company left Chad feeling unchallenged, disillusioned,

and ready to quit. Then one day he happened upon some people in the park playing baseball and word

soon got around about his blazing fastball. It wasn’t long before Chad found himself negotiating through

an interpreter with Mr. Mladinic, who was the owner of a specialty foods company and the sponsor of

the fledgling Croatian baseball club. “He offered me a job doing exports for his company and a salary to

be a pitcher for the club,” Chad explains. “For most of these Croatian guys, they didn’t grow up playing

baseball. I was able to get 16 or 17 strikeouts per game with nothing but an 85 mile-per-hour fastball.”

Things starting clicking for Chad when he successfully placed the first Croatian specialty food item at

Whole Foods, something called “Adriatic Fig Spread,” which can still be found there today. The next

four years of life in Croatia continued to “go well,” but things came crashing down suddenly when it

was learned that Mr. Mladinic was “cooking the books,” and that the company would not be around

much longer. So, the former quarterback, who was now fluent in the Croatian language set out to start

his own business exporting organic specialty items.

“I had to jump through all kinds of hoops with various international agencies to be able to advertise

on my product labels: ‘prirodno, domaci, nešpricano’ which means ‘natural, domestic, unsprayed’…

in other words 100% organic, Croatian-grown. So, I go visit these farmers, my suppliers, and see

that they are spraying their crops with chemicals. And, I say, ‘Hey what are you guys doing!?...

You’re not supposed to be spraying!’ and they’d say, ‘Oh, it’s just a little bit.’ Chad throws up his

arms in animated exasperation as he retells the story. “I would say, ‘No. No. No. No spraying. Not

even just a little bit. We are selling this to our customers as organic - it cannot be sprayed at all.’”

This constant uphill battle continued for nearly six years until he learned that a large Hungarianbased

contractor, who won the bid to build a 17,000 seat handball arena, was looking for

someone to head up media relations just prior to the 2009 World Handball Championship to

be hosted in Croatia. Upon completion of the new stadium, which also meant the end of his

contract, Chad’s six month Croatian visit had turned into ten years. He found himself at a

crossroads, and decided to take what he thought would be a short vacation. “I came back to

San Luis, and I remembered just how much I love it here. I brought a duffle bag with enough

stuff to get me through a couple of days; that was April 26th and I’m still here!”

Today, Chad is employed by SLO-based TechXpress and can be found coaching football

at Mission Prep. Although he has been back for a while, he does admit to feeling a bit

of culture shock. “Sometimes people are talking to me about something and I just have

no idea what they are saying. I’ve been gone so long that I’ll just completely miss the

reference, but I keep it to myself and think, ‘Man, it’s good to be home.’” SLO LIFE

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Just who was Saint Louis, and

what did he do to get

such a special place

named after him?

Born some 736 years ago

in Brignoles, France,

prior to his sainthood,

the young Louis was

a military cadet of the

Royal French “House

of Anjou,” which until

it became defunct

in 1435, ruled much

of Southern Europe.

At some point during

Louis’ childhood, his

father was named

the “King of Naples,”

because of his

personal relationship

with a secretary to the

King of France.

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Saint Louis, the Bishop

During one of the many feudal wars at the

time, Louis’ father was taken prisoner in

Italy, but he was able to obtain his freedom

by offering his three sons as hostages

[Gee… thanks, dad!]. So, Louis and his two

brothers were hauled off to enemy territory

in Barcelona, Spain and placed under the

supervision of Franciscan friars who cared for

the boys and educated them over a period

of seven years.

At twenty-one years old, when his older

brother died in 1295, Louis became the heir

to his father’s throne. It was the same year

that he was freed by the friars. So, you would

imagine the young prince would spend his life

in-waiting, enjoying the spoils of royalty and

wealth, right? Well, not quite…

When presented with the choice, Louis

elected to travel to Rome and announce

that he would take the Franciscan vows of

poverty, chastity, and obedience. He then

forfeited his royal inheritance and claims to

the throne to his youngest brother.

Despite Louis’ desire to live a simple life in a

monastery, his father’s political connections

kept pulling him back into governance and

the secular world. And, at the age of 22, the

young Louis was appointed to the enormously

important leadership position as “Bishop of

Toulouse.” Although he continued to

impress the Church with his dedication and

willingness to walk away from vast

wealth, it was the fact that his uncle,

Alphonse, the brother of his father,

had recently been installed as

the “Count of Toulouse,” but

died suddenly without a son.

As a result, the position of

“Bishop of Toulouse” was

appointed to his nephew,

Louis. It was now his job

to govern the affairs of the


Historical accounts of the

time indicate that young

Louis was an extremely

popular and magnanimous

leader, always putting the

needs of others before his

own. Although “mildmannered”

he developed a

reputation for actively serving

the poor, feeding the hungry, and ignoring his

own well-being. In fact, he worked so hard

that just six months into his role as Bishop, he

became so exhausted by his efforts that he

was no longer able to function. So he quit.

Just a few months later, Louis died at the age

of 23. Today, it is speculated that the cause

of death was actually typhoid fever that was

probably brought on by his exhaustion and

overexposure to his many ailing subjects. The

young bishop had literally worked himself to


After his passing Louis was never widely

celebrated by the Catholic Church, but the

Franciscans continued to embrace him and

lobbied for his sainthood. They eventually

won over Pope John XXII and Louis became

Saint Louis. The Franciscans further honored

him by creating a holiday in their calendar

and moved his relics (essentially, his personal

items) to Valencia, Spain where he was also

made a patron saint. The unique bond that

Saint Louis formed at a young age with the

Franciscans was never forgotten. So, when

Father Junipero Serra passed through this

beautiful part of “Alta California” (the name

the Spanish had given to lands North of

Mexico) in 1772, he was inspired to name

it “San Luis Obispo” which is Spanish for

“Saint Louis, the Bishop.” SLO LIFE

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Meet Harmony True

her life one step at a time

In the second installment of our “Meet Your Neighbor” series, SLO LIFE

Magazine sat down to talk with Harmony True. She is a long-time Central Coast

resident, a dance instructor at the San Luis Obispo Academy of Dance, a parttime

nanny, and she makes her home in Los Osos with her husband, Sean, a

history teacher at Morro Bay High School. Here is her story…

Let’s start from the beginning. Where are you from originally?

My family started off in Oxnard; my dad was a fisherman there. I’m the oldest of

five children. Just before my brother Jacob, who is the second youngest, was

born, my parents decided that they didn’t like the direction our neighborhood was

taking. So, they went up to North County and found this little house literally out in

the middle of nowhere. I was maybe 9 years old at the time.

What was that like?

As little kids we thought it was great. It was on 60 acres and just a huge

playground to us. There was barley growing everywhere and all these animals.

When we first moved, we really didn’t have any furniture, so we just camped out,

which was fine because it was summer, and it was warm outside.

That’s a pretty big move… how’d your parents pull it off?

I don’t know; that’s actually a really good question. It was a surprise to us when

we heard the news. You know how when you’re little, you usually know when your

parents are talking about things… it wasn’t like that with this. We just moved.

In a lot of ways it was a pretty big sacrifice for my parents, but I think they were

at a point where they were going to do whatever it took to make it work. My dad

continued to fish out of Oxnard and would commute three hours, and my mom did

some interior design work on the side.

Do any memories stand out about growing up out in the country?

Oh, boy… there was so much. Actually, I do remember when I had just received

my driver’s license. I was 16, and since I was the oldest, I would have to pick up

all my brothers and sisters from school. Well, I thought I was the cool big sister

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and decided that I would let Kaitlynne, who was probably 10 at the time, sit on

my lap while we drove down the road of our property up to our house. So, we’re

driving on the road, and everything’s going fine, and we’re about to put on the

brakes when she steps on the gas, and we crash through this beautiful white

picket fence that my parents had just built.

Uh, oh… What happened next?

My mom was home, and she came running out, and there was all this commotion.

I was able to stop the car, and nobody was hurt. Anyway, my mom just said, “Your

dad is going to flip out when he sees this…” and I could see her surveying the

damage, and then she said, “I don’t want to deal with this right now. Come on

everyone, let’s get it fixed before he gets home.” So we took out the hammers and

nails and paint, and we filled in all of the holes with putty. It was a huge job, and

thank goodness my dad was out of town until later the next day. I don’t know how

he didn’t notice it, but to this day, he still doesn’t know about it [Hey, Harmony’s

dad… surprise!].

Let’s switch gears now – no pun intended – and talk about dance. When did you

realize you wanted to be a dancer?

When I was 7 years old, still living in Oxnard, I went to see the Nutcraker, and I

just loved it. After that, I started dancing at home all the time. I would dress up my

little brother, Ian, like one of the marching soldiers, poor guy. So, my mom gave me

a tape of the Nutcracker, thinking it’s just a phase I was going through. Once I had

the music, I did a performance that my family would have to watch pretty much

every night. After a while, my mom decided to put me in lessons. There was a

local community rec. center, and they had some really good classes… ballet, tap,

and jazz. When we moved, I enrolled at Class Act in Paso Robles, and that’s when

I really got involved and when I first got en pointe [pronounced “on point” and it

means to dance on your tippy-toes].

What was your best dance experience?

I was able to go to New York for dance right after I finished high school. It was

such a great experience. When I was there, I lived right in Manhattan and learned

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how to take the subway. I shared a tiny

apartment that, well, it really wasn’t much

bigger than this room [this interview was

conducted in a 10’ x 12’ conference room]

and I had a roommate who I split the $2,000

rent with. It left me totally broke, but it was

worth it! I mean, I got to live in this cool

building with all these New Yorkers who

knew what they were doing, and I got to sort

of play along. But, really, the best part of the

whole thing was being able to train with the

instructors and the dancers from The Joffrey

Ballet. They were amazing.

So, you’re living in New York City…

Then I moved to Los Osos.

Well, if you can make it there, you can make

it anywhere, right?

I know, I know [laughter]. It took me a while

to readjust to small town life. I took a job

teaching preschool and started classes in

ECE (Early Children’s Education), all the while

continuing to dance. It was a couple of years

later that Lori Silvaggio asked me to start

teaching classes at The Academy. She really

wanted to start a children’s dance program;

she knew that I was teaching preschool, and

she thought I would be the right person to

make it happen. So, Lori and I met regularly

for a couple of months, and we put together a

program. I wanted it to be set up like a series

of stepping stones, so when the kids left one

class, they would be ready for the next one. I

wanted the kids to really blossom.

You really seem to come

to life when talking about


I get really excited about

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month. For example, we may

be learning a new tap step,

and I get really excited about

what I’m going to teach them

because I know they are

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class - they’ve been with me

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catch things, even though

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They’re like little sponges

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these new dance steps that I

get to teach them. Then they

learn a routine and actually

perform, which is so, I’m sorry,

it just gets me so emotional.

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of her passion for teaching

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It seems that teaching runs in the family… tell us

about your husband, Sean. How did you two meet?

Okay, San Miguel High School needed a volunteer

dance instructor and cheerleader coach. They

had just started an outreach program to try to get

their girls more active in after school activities,

and I applied. The school didn’t have a big budget,

but we managed somehow to get some uniforms

together and have a really nice experience for the

girls. Sean was a teacher there and led a lot of the

after school activities, as well. He would put on the

dances and organize the games, and he would help

with plays and those sorts of things. I would have

to go into his classroom quite a bit to coordinate

with him on all of the after school activities.

Was it love at first sight?

Actually, the first time I met him, I didn’t like him.

He was very rude to me. We were talking about

colleges and, at the time, I was thinking about

transferring to UC Davis and he said, “Why would

you want to go there, that’s a horrible school,” and

he kind of got on my case about it.

I remember walking out of the room thinking, I

really do not like him at all. He is not a nice

person. I don’t care how much the students love

him; he is not a nice person. I just said to myself,


Okay, take us from “I do not like him at all” to

“I do” if you would…

Well, some time passed and we started doing

more and more after school activities together.

For example, I chaperoned a dance that he had

organized. So we kind of got to know each other,

and it turned out that he wasn’t such a bad guy

after all. We became close as friends, and I really

started to like him. The test was when I invited

him to come see me perform in the Nutcracker. He

said “Ok” and I said, “Really?” and he said,“Sure.”

Anyway, after the show, I asked him what he

thought and he said, “You know I had never been to

a ballet before, but you know, I really liked it,” and

he told me that I was a really good dancer. And, I

thought to myself, ‘Wow. This is kind of nice.’

...somehow I get

reminded that what

I am doing is all

that I need to do.

I don’t need

anything else.

Now we’re getting somewhere.

So, afterward we went out together for dinner. At

the end of the night we’re sitting in the car, and I

could tell that he was really shy. But we had such

a great time, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘I know he

wants my phone number,’ and was wondering why

he wasn’t asking for it. So I finally turned to him

and said, “Do you want my phone number?”

And he said, “Yeah, that would be nice.” So I gave

it to him, and from then on we were pretty much

inseparable. We’ve been together for nine years

now. October will be our five year anniversary.

What does the future hold for you?

I want to teach. I’m going to continue to teach.

I’m still going to school and probably always will. I

love taking classes at Cuesta. I am going to stay in

the area; I mean, I don’t think I could ever leave. I

won’t. And, if Sean and I decided to start a family,

this is definitely where we would want to raise

our kids. I don’t think there is a better place, to be

honest. Being married, teaching, and dancing has

been so wonderful and has opened up so many

doors that I don’t feel like I need to go a different

route. I get to do what I love, and I get paid for

it, which is a bonus. I feel very fortunate. I have

always sort of questioned myself, and there have

been times in my life where I think to myself, what

am I going to do? Which direction should I go? But,

it always seems to naturally work itself out. And,

somehow I get reminded that what I am doing is all

that I need to do. I don’t need anything else.

Harmony, thank you very much for visiting with

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The Way We Live

the Rudd family shares their innovative style

An Interview with Jeff & Meka Rudd

Jeff, Meka, Ben & Belle relax in their backyard that is kept

amazingly green with a homemade run-off water irrigation system

When our daughter, Belle, was four or five years old, she was playing with a

dollhouse, and I noticed that she was putting a bunch of little squares neatly across

the roof. I asked her what they were, and she said, ‘solar panels’,” laughs Meka Rudd.

It turns out that a focus on conservation comes naturally to the Rudd children, as their

father, Jeff, is both an avid surfer and committed environmentalist, who also manages

the San Luis Obispo and Ventura offices for REC Solar.

Meka, who split time growing up between Northern California and Cape Cod,

Massachusetts, remembers her family culture being one of conservation and respect

for nature. “It’s something we really try to instill in our kids. I mean, it can be as simple

as hanging out our clothes on the clothesline, or figuring out creative ways to reuse

things. We actually have a lot of fun with it.”

A walk around the garden with Jeff is accompanied by a steady flow of facts and

figures pertaining to conservation, and the discussion shifts easily between last

season’s fruit production to the practical application of theories about tree shade and

water savings. Between bites of a freshly picked fig Jeff reflects, “We really wanted to

make our home centered around the backyard. Rather than having to take the kids to

the park or a trail to explore nature, we can do it right here.”

The Rudd’s commitment to conservation has yielded some impressive results. Because

of their rooftop solar system, they pay virtually no electric bill and expect that they may

soon be able to sell some of their excess power back to the utility company. Jeff also

engineered and built a simple water run-off collection system, which fills a 1,100 gallon

tank purchased from Farm Supply several years ago. Jeff explains, “It’s not the ideal

system since we have a composite roof; you really should have a metal roof to use the

water for all purposes, but we are able save a lot by using our homemade collection

system to water our lawn.” According to Jeff, the whole system cost less than $1,000, it

uses no pumps, and the tank fills to capacity after “two good rains.”

Never quite satisfied, Jeff recently designed and built a solar-thermal system that

allows him to take a warm shower after his surf sessions. “There was a bunch of this

leftover PVC pipe from an old marketing display at work and I had been thinking about

how to build one of these, so now we have one less traditionally heated hot shower,

which yields a lot of savings. And, after I’m done, I use all the of the runoff water that is

captured in the removable base of the shower to water the garden,” he explains.

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Clearly, these are the impressive results of innovative

projects that Jeff insists can be easily done at any home.

Charmingly, we are reminded about his humble beginnings

when Meka answers the question about where his

resourceful garden skills were developed. “Honestly,” she

recalls, “I bought him this lime tree for his first Father’s

Day when we were still living in Shell Beach. The yard we

had was so small, but we did manage to find a little spot to

plant it. I thought it would be fun for him to be able to walk

outside and grab a lime for his beer in the evening.” SLO LIFE

Jeff gives Ben a boost to look

into the water collection tank.

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Let’s Talk Business

buying a small business

A reader submitted a question to us that piqued our curiosity. He asked, “How do you go about buying a small

business?” SLO LIFE Magazine was able to follow up by posing the question to a variety of small business

owners, who have gone through the process and they indicated that now is a great time to “buy a job.” By that

they mean, buy a small business. The reasons seem logical: the job market continues to be tight and financing

is scarce, so small business owners have become increasingly creative with their succession plans. If you

find yourself currently unemployed or “underemployed,” now might be the time to consider buying a small

business. Although this is not intended to be an exhaustive list, below is a brief overview of what you might

expect with a business purchase:

First, before you do anything else, identify the type of business you would like to own. Think about your

strengths. Are you good at selling? Does managing people come easily to you? Be very honest with yourself.

You wouldn’t want to buy a restaurant, for example, if you are not passionate about food and service.

Next, find a business that is for sale. Most of these resources can now be found online [if you go to this article

on our website you will find links to all of the major business-for-sale websites]. Nearly all of the listings will

identify the industry of the business (e.g., restaurant or roofer), the county in which it is located, its last full year

of revenues, cash flow, and asking price.

Contact the listings which you would like to learn more about. This is now typically done with a request form

through the website or by email. You can then expect to receive a reply from the business owner, or the

business broker handling the sale. This person is similar to a real estate agent and customarily receives a 10%

commission upon closing from the seller.

After the owner spends some time prequalifying you as a buyer, they will open up their books to you. Expect to

sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) requiring you to keep everything you learn confidential. The seller will

not want his or her competitors or customers knowing about the sale until it goes through.

Once a good preliminary understanding of the business has been achieved via phone and email, a visit will be

scheduled to the business itself, typically afterhours, on a weekend, or an off day. Usually, during this same

visit, an extensive interview will take place between buyer and seller. There may be multiple visits to ensure

that a good understanding has been achieved and the chemistry is favorable between buyer and seller. If

it looks like a deal can be made, the buyer will have an opportunity to review the last three-to-five years of

financial statements and tax returns. This is typically done with the help of an accountant or adviser who can

read these documents.

Now, it’s time to make an offer. And, this is where things get really interesting. Unlike real estate, there are

no set rules and creativity typically rules the day. For example, unless you are using an SBA loan, you do not

necessarily need a 20% down payment and an 80% bank loan to finance the purchase. In fact, many small

business deals end up with a significant seller “carry-back” (payments made to the seller over time). The key is

finding something that works for both parties.

If the offer is accepted, an escrow account is opened with a title company that can handle small business

transactions. This usually marks the due diligence period where the buyer has the opportunity to fully

investigate all of the claims made by the seller (for example, checking sales receipts against bank deposits).

Once all of the conditions of the sales agreement are met and the title company verifies clear ownership, the

business changes hands. Congratulations - you now own your own business! SLO LIFE

Determining Price

Discretionary cash flow, or EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) times a

multiple most often determines the asking price. The quality of the business, including its level of profitability,

typically determine the size of the multiple. A highly profitable business with an impeccable reputation will

gain a higher multiple than will a marginally profitable business with a poor reputation. Although valuing a

small business is far beyond the scope of this article, here is one example:

Sales = $300,000 EBITDA = $85,000 Multiple = 3 Price = $255,000 ($85,000 x 3)

As you can see, the multiple is critical in this calculation and this number varies by industry, as well. Much

like real estate, multiples in business transactions are often determined by comparable sales. But, unlike real

estate, there are not nearly as many sales to study, so this is truly an inexact science. Most often the asking

price is used as a point to begin negotiations. Where the price ultimately falls is determined by what makes

sense for both the seller and the buyer.

Note - Other factors that may be valued differently or separately from this method are hard assets (such as

equipment) and real estate.

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To Your Health

vitamin D



Many of us equate Vitamin D with strong bones, which is true and a good place to

start this conversation, but it doesn’t come close to telling the whole story.

Vitamin D is actually a “steroid vitamin,” which

encourages the metabolism of calcium and

phosphorus. Although there are five known forms

of Vitamin D, only two are relevant for nutrition:

Vitamins D2 and D3.

During our research for this article, we encountered

study after study indicating that Vitamin D has been

shown to reduce the risk of developing certain

cancers, osteoporosis, various autoimmune and

cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease,

fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, high blood

pressure, chronic muscle pain and even depression.

You may be asking, “Hey, how come milk is not on

this list?” We wondered the same thing and had

always assumed that Vitamin D was present in dairy

products, which is often true but they are added,

or “fortified,” after the fact with Vitamin D2. Many

processed flours and breads are also fortified in this

same way.

We think that D3 is the most interesting of the

Vitamin D family because you can actually get it

just by going outside! That’s right, sunlight triggers

a photosynthetic process in our skin, which creates

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Just how much Vitamin D do you need anyway?

The government recommends 200 to 600 IU

(International Units) per day, which is the minimum

amount you need to prevent rickets, a rare disease

caused by Vitamin D deficiency. Most researchers

and health practitioners in this area now

recommend much more, on the order of somewhere

between 1,000 IU and 2,000 IU daily.

Foods naturally high in Vitamin D:

Fatty fish [remember them from our talk about

Omega 3’s last time?] such as Salmon (360 IU),

Mackerel (345 IU), Sardines (250 IU), and Tuna

(325 IU).

Eggs (20 IU)

Beef liver (15 IU)

Fish liver oils, such as cod liver oil (1360 IU)

Mushrooms (100 – 500 IU with some wild

varieties providing as much as 46,000 IU!)

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recommended reading:

So, what’s the problem? There’s loads of sunshine

and great weather on the Cental Coast, and most of

us spend a good deal of time outside. Well, as we

have become wise to the dangers of overexposure

to the sun, we have inadvertently but dramatically

decreased our Vitamin D3 consumption. Some

studies have found that as much as 97% of our

Vitamin D3 intake from the sun has been blocked by

our use of sunscreens [sometimes it feels like you

just can’t win, doesn’t it?]. Also, aging skin produces

less Vitamin D3. In fact, the average 70-year-old

produces 75% less than a 20-year-old does. Skin

color makes a difference too, as people with dark

skin produce less Vitamin D than those with light


If you’re looking for a personal analysis of your

Vitamin D levels, you can go and get yourself

tested, but we encourage you to draw your own

conclusions because, again, many of the experts

today claim that the “normal” levels are found to be

overly focused on minimum levels which is great for

preventing rickets, but may miss the bigger picture

when it comes to achieving optimal health.

…one study found that vitamin D

supplementation could reduce the

risk of getting type 1 diabetes by

80 percent. In the Nurses’ Health

Study (a study of more than 130,000

nurses over 3 decades), vitamin D

supplementation reduced the risk

of multiple sclerosis by 40 percent.

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Milestones & Memories


Thank you Karen Sweeny and Morro Bay Recreation

& Parks Department for your dedication and support in

hosting another wonderful Rock to Pier Run!

Mark your milestones and

keep your memories with

SLO LIFE Magazine!

It’s FREE!

We’re here to celebrate with you! And, we’ll pick

up the tab, so you can use your money to buy a

really fancy gift instead.

It’s a keepsake!

It’s easy!

Go to and click “Post

Your Announcement” (it’s the big green

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description of your celebration, and upload

your photo. A little time, a lot of smiles!

What better way to capture your moment

than in print? Put it on your refrigerator,

stick it in your scrapbook, or bury it in your

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It’s fun!

Okay, it’s not like riding-a-rollercoaster-fun, but

it’s fun, really fun. Really. Fun.

It’s for everyone!

Whether marking a birthday, celebrating an anniversary, announcing

an engagement, popping The Question, or giving a special thank you.

Milestones & Memories is the place to share your good news.

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No Place Like Home

Avila Valley Barn

By Jeanette Trompeter, KSBY News

This is the best time of the year to enjoy locally

grown fresh fruits and vegetables. And, we

are so fortunate on the Central Coast to have

access to a full bounty of them. Fortunately, you

don’t have to wait for a farmer’s market to find a

collection of the finest.




in Avila Valley


in Avila Valley

Anyone who has traveled Avila Beach Drive has

probably noticed a lot of folks stopping at the Avila

Valley Barn. There’s good reason for that. The freshly

harvested fare sold here makes it one of the best fruit

and vegetable stands on the Central Coast. But, you’ll

find so much more here than great produce.

It’s part petting zoo, part ice cream parlor, candy shop,

and general store - it’s a place where you can find all

things sweet that come from this valley. “We use our

own olallieberries, our own apricots and peaches,

everything goes into our jams,” explains owner

Debbie Smith. “Our apples and our apple butters, our

ice cream is used with a lot of our fresh ingredients,

and now we’re starting deli sandwiches.”

And while you are welcome to just make a quick stop

to pick up a few things on the way home, the idea

behind the Barn is to bring you as close to the roots

of the fruits as possible. That’s why so many people

choose to pick their own. “In the spring we have berry

picking, come summer we have peach picking. We’re

now picking apples. We have pumpkin picking,” says

Smith. “They can feed the goats and they can take the

hayrides, and what you pick is what you pay for.”

The Barn has 90 acres to harvest from, so even if you

choose to buy what’s already been picked for you,

rest assured you are still getting the fruits of Central

Coast labors. “Because we’re local, I think we need

to buy local!” Smith exclaims with excitement.

It’s a place to be proud of, where kids can be kids and

create memories that will last even longer than their

fascination with the latest video game. And Smith

has gotten to know a lot of kids over the years. “They

came 15 years, 20 years ago for hayrides, and now

they’re bringing their own kids back. We really see

a resurgence of families and people wanting to be in

touch with the farm,” she observes.

It’s Americana. Quite frankly, it’s a place you can just

sit and relax for a while and it will make your heart


The Barn opens in March and closes at Christmas.

But in the months in-between, you can find plenty of

proof here there’s no place like home. SLO LIFE

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Local Food by Local People

pumkin and red lentil soup

Shared by Laura Sanchez

I have been enamored with pumpkins since I was a young child, and some of my most

beloved memories are of walking through the pumpkin patch with my family. When I had

children of my own, I discovered a new sense of joy watching my little ones, Davey, Lucy

and Joaquin, during harvest time, toddling through the pumpkins.

The year we moved to our new home, my oldest son, Davey, brought home a pumpkin

plant from kindergarten. It was an incredibly windy spring, and the two tender sprouts

peeked precariously over the edge of a small milk carton. As Davey ran proudly home to

show me his plant, not one, but two sprouts snapped in the wind. My heart sank, but my

young one insisted that we must plant his beloved pumpkin in the ground. My husband,

Dave, and I looked at each other knowingly, assuming that his plant would not survive

after breaking. Amidst the wreckage of a landscaping remodel, we staked out a plot for

Davey’s pumpkin patch. Alongside his kindergarten plant, we planted heirloom pumpkin

seeds in mounds. As these seeds sprouted, they were the only shreds of green in our

sea of dirt. Amazingly, Davey’s pumpkin plant not only survived, but thrived, fruiting

months later with beautiful, dark-orange pumpkins.

After seeding and roasting, I pureed and stored our pumpkins in mason jars in the freezer.

I called my friend and fellow pumpkin gardener, Laura McCarley, to share ideas on recipes

using pumpkin puree. Laura, who makes everything taste delicious, shared a recipe with

me that inspired this soup.

PumPkin and Red LentiL SouP

1/2 cup butter or extra virgin olive oil

3 large onions, chopped

1 1/2 cups red or pink lentils, dried

10 cups chicken stock

3 1/2 cups roasted pumpkin puree

1/2 teaspoon marjoram, dried

1 teaspoon thyme, dried

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

• This recipe also works with butternut squash •

oPtionaL additionS

1 cup heavy cream (added at the end)

a drizzle of toasted pumpkin seed oil

Roasted pumpkin seeds

a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream

Fresh thyme sprigs or leaves

1. To roast pumpkin cut lengthwise and remove

seeds, reserving them for later use. Rub squash

with olive oil, both inside and out, and place facedown

on a baking sheet. Roast in oven at 350

degrees for about an hour, until soft when pierced

with a knife. Scoop flesh from cooled squash and

puree in blender or food processor, adding small

amounts of water if needed. Use, can or freeze.

2. To prepare soup, saute onions in butter or olive

oil until soft. Add the remaining ingredients and

simmer for about 40-45 minutes, or until lentils are

soft. Because pink and red lentils cook quicker than

other varieties, take care to watch the soup near

the end. Blend soup to desired consistency. I enjoy

the texture best when half of the soup is blended,

leaving the other half chunky. Then mix both soups

back together and keep warm on the stove. After

soup is gently warmed through, top with any

desired garnish and serve hot, with crusty bread,

for a beautiful and comforting harvest feast.

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• San Luis Obispo • Avila •

• Los Osos • Five Cities •

• Nipomo •


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five reasons why SLO is unique

We here at SLO LIFE Magazine have always heard that the real estate market in San Luis Obispo is unique, and we were

curious to know exactly how it is different. So we decided to ask local realtors. In our many conversations, we were able

to come up with a bit of a consensus, and we wanted to share this admittedly unscientific study with you…


The great weather and amazing landscape make this a desirable place to live.

National magazines continue to put us at the top of various “Best Places to

Live” lists, so the word is out [check out a new book called Thrive… Finding

Happiness the Blue Zones Way, published by National Geographic]. And,

simple economics dictate that when something is wanted, or “in demand,” and

the supply is constant, prices go up.


Believe it or not, SLO still offers better property prices than many areas of

the Bay Area or Southern California. It is still possible to sell a home in one of

these urban areas and come to SLO where money goes further (although the

difference in values continues to narrow). This makes for a smart financial move,

especially for those who have been toiling away for the last 30-years paying off

a mortgage in high-cost urban area.

College Town

Certainly, Cal Poly ads so much to life here in San Luis Obispo, but its 20,000

students also naturally affect the local housing market. First, there is a high

percentage of Single Family Dwellings here rented to college students. Second,

there has always been a trend of parents of students buying “starter” homes to

rent to their kids and their friends.



No matter what side of this issue you are on, it is true that there are not a lot

of new housing starts in SLO. On the plus side, this has meant maintaining

open lands and preserving natural beauty. On the minus side, it means less

affordable housing and less availability. There are no easy answers to this one,

and there are persuasive arguments on both sides.



The number of people living in SLO has remained remarkably stable and

has even shrunk a bit in recent years. A college town like ours always has

a fair amount of turnover each year, and since we are without a long list of

big employers, people have to be creative in making a living. Moving here

and staying here can be a challenge; therefore, the population has remained

relatively constant. SLO LIFE

the numbers at a glance

Comparing the last four months to the same period last year (04/01/09 - 07/31/09 vs. 04/01/10 - 07/31/10)

Home Price

$100,000 - $500,000

2009 2010 +/-

Home Price

$500,001 - $1,000,000

2009 2010 +/-

Home Price

$1,000,001 - $2,500,000

2009 2010 +/-

1. Total Homes Sold

27 37 37.04%

52 67 28.85%

3 6 100%

2. Average Asking Price

$430,204 $443,266 3.04%

$679,304 $681,498 0.33%

$1,680,667 $1,960,033 16.62%

3. Average Selling Price

$410,689 $426,431 3.83%

$651,045 $645,713 -0.82%

$1,558,333 $1,737,333 11.49%

4. Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

95.46% 96.2% 0.74%

95.84% 94.75% -1.09%

92.72% 88.64% -4.08%

5. Average # of Days on the Market

95 71 -25.26%

81 84 3.7%

212 120 -43.4%

SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Association of Realtors

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Our approach to real estate is about

much more than property… it’s about people.

The Payne Team


AVILA BEACH - Spacious 2700 sq. ft. luxury penthouse with three

comfortable suites complete with private bathrooms. Private entrance

directly off Front Street, meticulously furnished, amazing white water

ocean and beach views. Large patio is complete with built-in BBQ and

refrigerator, patio furniture and ceiling mounted gas heaters. Includes

private off-street parking and 2 car garage. Offered at $ 2,969,000 by

Gavin Payne 805.550.3918

Stunning Views from Mediterranean Estate. Built in 2007, this 4

bedroom, 4 bath plus office, craft room and separate media room totals

4300+ sq. ft. Fabulous modern kitchen featuring granite counters, butlers

pantry and entertaining bar. Open floor plan featuring Travertine floors,

Cherry hardwood and multiple fireplaces. Offered at $1,699,000 by Gavin

Payne 805.550.3918


MORRO BAY - This beautiful home offers approximately 2400 sq. ft. of

comfortable living space, featuring quality materials throughout. Floor to

ceiling windows designed for endless observation of marine life. Patios

and a second story 300+ sq. ft. deck. A private deep water boat slip

and access to dry-land bathroom at dock level are also included in the

sale of this one-of-a-kind home. Offered at $1,475,000 by Gavin Payne


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East Atascadero. This wonderful horse or hobby farm property

includes a three bedroom, three bath home with a separate office,

and a three car garage and RV parking. Plenty of room with fenced

pastures and a large dog run. Offered at $ 670,000 by Gavin Payne


Incredible Investment Opportunity. Two homes on 1 large parcel,

lots of potential for development in the future. Preliminary city approval

to divide into 3 separate parcels with Common Interest Subdivision.

Engineering, Soils and plans available. Offered at $675,000 by Gavin Payne


SHELL BEACH - Wonderful ocean view property in established

neighborhood. Stone driveway and walls greet you as you approach

the home. Inside the carved wood gate sits a private pool area, sauna

and BBQ area. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths with second floor family room

and office with endless views of the Pacific. Remodeled kitchen with

modern appliances and stone floor. Offered at $ 879,000 by Gavin Payne


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Real Estate

“What’s the most important thing to consider when buying a home?”

You will save a lot of money and trouble down the road if you

make sure that the house is in great shape before you buy it.

The only way you can do that is by hiring an experienced,

knowledgeable home inspector, who will thoroughly examine

the structure and provide you with a detailed written analysis

upon completion. This report will itemize any problem areas of

the house so you will know what you are getting into. And, don’t

fall into the trap of hiring the cheapest home inspector, as there

are no certification or licensing requirements to become a home

inspector. So, stick with someone who belongs to one of the

major national associations (CREIA and/or ASHI); this will ensure

that they have at least met all of the necessary on-going training

requirements. When it comes time to make what will likely be

your biggest investment, be sure to go into it with full knowledge

of any problems that may exist.

Butch Vlako

Cornerstone Home Inspection

The single most important thing to consider when purchasing a

home is LIFESTYLE. It can be so easy to become distracted by

all of the factors that go along with choosing a home that you

can lose sight of the bigger picture. If you focus instead on what

sort of lifestyle you are looking for – not only right now, but into

the future – then all of the other answers for everything from

financing to location will come naturally. And, this is not just a

suggestion for the first-time homebuyer, but at all stages of life

you will want to carefully consider what you are looking for in

your lifestyle. Are you close to retirement? Expecting a family?

Growing your family? These are just a few questions to get you

started, but you will find that when you answer the question of

lifestyle first, you will be quite successful in all of the other things

that go along with buying a home. Fortunately, San Luis Obispo

offers a large diversity of options sure to fit your lifestyle, both for

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The Real Estate Group of San Luis Obispo

There is a lot to consider when buying a house. From a lender’s

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just the price. There is the question of how much down payment

is required to get in. Plus, there is the cost of the financing and

what the payments will be over the long run. People are often

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that many people get hung up on the price issue in negotiations

for a home. While important, the bigger picture needs to be

remembered including the taxes, insurance costs, maintenance,

utilities, homeowner’s association fees, and whatever other

costs may be applicable to a particular property.

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The Mortgage House


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September 4

Event Brews & Bites

Time 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Location Mission Plaza


Description The San Luis Brewers

Guild showcase their craft beers

together with foods from local

restaurants. Proceeds go to

Woods Humane Society and

Earth Day Alliance.

September 4, 11

Event Cal Poly Football

Time 6:00pm

Location Alex G. Spanos Stadium


September 3, 10, 17, 24

Event Endless Summer

Time 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location Edna Valley Vineyard


Description Live music, wine and


September 11

Event Hit & Giggle Golf Tournament

Time 10:30am

Location Avila Beach Golf Resort


Description Great Food, Fun and

Frolic at every hole. The day

will culminate with a cocktail

reception and great prizes.

September 15

Event Taste of San Luis

Time 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Location Mission Plaza


Event Dance the night away

as you eat, drink, mingle with

friends and enjoy a beautiful

evening. Proceeds support

beautification and promotions

programs in Downtown SLO.

September 16

Event Women’s Legacy Fund Luncheon

Time 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location Embassy Suites, SLO


Description Help build a

permanent endowment to

support programs and projects of

local organizations that address

the needs of women and girls.

September 19

Event Book and Author Festival

Time 8:30am-4:00pm

Location SLO Library & Mission Plaza


Description Costumed breakfast

served at the Library followed by

author presentations in the plaza.

September 19 - 20

Event Pallet to Palate

Location Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa


Description Celebrate the

importance of fresh, local food.

Proceeds benefit The Food Bank

Coalition of SLO County.

September 24

Event Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks

Time 8:00pm

Location Spanos Theater


Description Dan Hicks, long

considered one of pop music’s

truly original figures and

America’s finest songwriters.

September 25

Event Bravo SLO!

Time 10:00am

Location Cohan Center


Preview the upcoming arts

season at BravoSLO! 2010,

a showcase for more than 20

organizations that perform at the

PAC throughout the year.

September 26

Event Bill Cosby

Time 3:00pm & 7:00pm

Location Christopher Cohan Center


Description America’s most

popular comedians of all time,

returns for two “face-hurtingly”

funny shows.

September 26

Event Hunger Walk

Time 2:00pm

Location St. Stephen’s Church


Description Food Bank Coalitiion

and Central Coast Clergy & Laity

for Justice team up in their 2010

Hunger Walk.

September 29

Event Benise

Time 7:30pm

Location Cohan Center


Description An evening of

passion, music, and dance.

September 27 - October 3

Event Plein Air Festival

Time All Day

Location Mission Plaza &

Museum or Art


Description Concert Under the Star,

Kids Paint Out, Movie Night, Plein Air

Poetry, Collectors Party, and more!

September 30 – October 3

Event Savor The Central Coast

Location Throughout the County


Description Celebrate the beauty

and bounty of this unspoiled and

largely unexplored part of the

Golden State in an incredible

four-day experience.

October 3

Event Off The Hook

Time 2:00pm

Location Unity, San Luis Obispo


Description Explore redemption

in prison by following the braided

stories of four groups of inmates.

October 6

Event Steve Martin

Time 7:30pm - 11:00pm

Location Cohan Center


Description Steve Martin pushes

his creative envelope with his

Grammy-winning, chart-topping

bluegrass album.

October 7

Event Paula Poundstone

Time 8:00pm

Location Spanos Theater


Description An evening of laughout-loud

standup. A benefit for

the SLO Hep C Project.

October 8 - 31

Event Leading Ladies

Location SLO Little Theatre


Description Some Like it Hot

meets Twelfth Night in this

hilarious farce!

October 8

Event Eperanza Spalding

Time 8:00pm

Location Spanos Theater


Description Classically trained

Esperanza Spalding combines

elements of jazz, folk, and

world music into the enduring

foundations of classical music.

October 8

Event Bishop’s Peak Carnival

Time 5:00:pm - 8:00pm

Location Bishops Peak Elementary


Description Support the school

and enjoy food, games and fun

for the whole family. Don’t forget

to stop by the multi-purpose

room for the amazing auction!

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October 9

Event Ellis Marsalis

Time 8:00pm

Location Spanos Theater


Description Ellis Marsalis,

modern-jazz innovator in New

Orleans and renowned teacher.

October 10

Event Diane Schuur & SLO Symphony

Time 3:00pm

Location Cohan Center


Description Diane Schuur, winner

of two Grammy Awards for

Best Jazz Vocalist and a repeat

performer at the White House.

October 12

Event Drumline Live

Time 7:30pm

Location Cohan Center


Description Drumline Live offers

a night filled with riveting

rhythms and bold beats.

October 15

Event Hal Holbrook

Time 8:00pm

Location Cohan Center


Description The one-man Emmy &

Tony Award-winning show is the

celebrated Mark Twain Tonight!

October 20

Event Taj Mahal

Time 7:30pm

Location Cohan Center


Description Grammy Awardwinning

blues and roots legend

Taj Mahal joins rising star Malian

artist Vieux Farka Touré.

October 21

Event Great Pumpkin Contest

Time 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Location Farm Supply, SLO


Description Come join us for

the Central Coasts 5th Annual

Pumkin Contest!

October 22

Event Sea Fare

Time 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Location Avila Beach Golf Resort


Description Join us for seafood,

wine, amazing auction items

and a whole lot of fun while

supporting the Sea Life Center’s

marine education programs and

promoting ocean awareness.

October 22

Event Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Time 7:30pm

Location Spanos Theater


Description The largest

environmental film festival in the

U.S. returns to SLO, featuring

environmental and outdoor

adventure films in a spirit of

inspiration, education, and


October 23

Event Jay Johnson

Time 8:00pm

Location Spanos Theater


Description Jay Johnson offers

an evening of heart-warming

hilarity for the whole family with

his classic ventriloquist routines.

October 28

Event David Sedaris

Time 8:00pm

Location Cohan Center


Description Come experience

the great skill with which master

of satire David Sedaris slices

through cultural euphemisms

and political correctness.

October 23, 30

Event Cal Poly Football

Time 6:00pm

Location Alex G. Spanos Stadium


November 4

Event Imago Theatre

Time 7:30pm

Location Cohan Center


Description In the comical

ZooZoo, IMAGO will mesmerize

the audience with acrobatic and

sly movement while tantalizing

the senses, the intellect, and the


November 5

Event Winemaker Dinner

Location Et Voila


Description Join Claiborne &

Churchill for a sumptuous

winemaker dinner prepared by

Chef de Cuisine José Dahan.

November 5

Event Harvest Dinner

Time 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Location Edna Valley Vineyards


Description A feast with the

Wine Maker.

November 5, 6, 7

Event SLO Vintners Harvest Celebration

Location SLO Wineries and Avila Beach


Description Winemaker Dinners

& Mixers, Wine Seminar &

Grand Tasting with Auction, and

Open Houses at wineries.

November 7

Event Click Clack Moo

Time 3:00pm

Location Cohan Center


Description The hilariously “mooving”

new musical, teaches

the young ones all about

compromise and caring.

November 5 - 14

Event Poetry Festival

Time 7:00pm

Location San Luis Obispo


Description Corners of the

Mouth in conjunction with Cal

Poly University WriterSpeak are

pleased to announce the 27th

Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry


November 10

Event The 5 Browns

Time 7:30pm

Location Cohan Center


Description Julliard-trained

superstars will dazzle audiences

with performances of classical


November 13

Event Cal Poly Football

Time 6:00pm

Location Alex G. Spanos Stadium


November 19 – December 19

Event Nuncrackers

Location SLO Little Theatre


Description This fun-for-thewhole-family

holiday musical is

the perfect way to insure your

holiday season is merry and


November 26

Event Mariachi Los Comperos

Time 8:00pm

Location Cohan Center


Description Celebrate their 50th

anniversary with Nati Cano

and his Los Camperos through

popular song and rich cultural


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