Friday, July 23, 2021     Volume: 31, Issue: 46

Weekly Poll
Do you think the Carrizo Plain should stay a national monument?

Absolutely. The Carrizo is one of the last undeveloped areas of the San Joaquin Valley, a protected habitat for endangered species, and a natural wonder for the public.
Yes, but I don't think it's as clear cut as some think. The Trump Administration should take a look at its status.
The feds should consider reducing the size of the monument.
No. The Carrizo should be privatized. Allow the market to tap into its natural resources.

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Hey, babies!

Does your kid know the difference between raw, real veggies pulled from the dirt and those weird, chemically washed “baby carrots” encased beneath plastic wrap in their pre-packaged snack box? If the answer is “no,” take them to the SLO Botanical Garden for a Kid’s Garden Fresh Cooking Class coming up this June 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. (and blow their tiny little minds). Not only can tots harvest, plant, and cook a meal from the thriving Children’s Garden with their own two hands, they’ll also learn about kitchen safety, nutrition, and—of course—delicious flavor! That sounds like a parenting win-win to me. Congrats, mom and dad. You just earned yourself a pat on the back and a big glass of chardonnay. For tickets and information or to pre-register, go to

The SLO Bontanical Garden is located at 3450 Dairy Creek Road.

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