Community

Reports focusing on the latest community events and happenings along California's Central Coast.

Teresa Stephens at Cast Iron Grill
Thomas Wilmer

Teresa Stephens, owner of the Lubbock, Texas Cast Iron Grill recounts her fear of the homeless. She confronted her phobia and wound up embracing the homeless and made major sacrifices to feed those in need. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer at the Cast Iron Grill in downtown Lubbock as Teresa shares her poignant tale of personal sacrifice that ultimately enriched and transformed her life through serving the homeless.  

Broadcast date: 08/23/2016

As our students, K - Post Graduate, head back to school for another year of learning, tests, challenges and achievements, this is a good time to discuss the goals of the public education system and what we can, and should, expect from these institutions. And maybe more importantly, we need to talk about what not to expect a public education to offer. Tune in for a conversation about the many ways we gain knowledge that have nothing to do with a classroom. Your calls with comments and questions will be welcomed and encouraged.

Broadcast date: 08/16/2016

Sometimes it takes just one right thing said by the right person to change, or inspire the course of our lives. It also take being in the right place at the right time, having a bit of talent and the fortitude to overcome challenges to help us become who we are. Tune in for 2 conversations about the healing power of the performing arts at every age - and the importance of the community that nurtures our growth and supports our journey. One last show from the road visiting French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in the Catskills and getting to know New York's Kristine Zbornik, actress, writer, singer and entertainer.

Broadcast date: 08/09/2016

Tune in for another show from the road! A conversation with this young family building their life outside of the social norm on an organic farm in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Broadcast date: 9/22/2016

This week, Central Coast Voices is participating in a national week of conversation along with other NPR Member stations called A Nation Engaged. We’re asking this question: ‘What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?’

Arroyo Grande, California historian, Jim Gregory spent years researching the lives of 52 Civil War veterans who settled in Arroyo Grande in the years following the war. The culmination of Gregory’s exhaustive research is his just released book, Patriot Graves—Discovering a California Town’s Civil War Heritage.

Broadcast date: 9/15/16

Long Term Care Ombudsman advocate for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes and assisted living facilities. They work to promote the highest possible quality of life and care for all residents in long term care facilities, in addition to educating consumers and providers and resolving residents' complaints. The Administration on Aging (AoA) reports that there are more than 8,000 volunteer ombudsman nationally, and in 2014 the program investigated over 191,553 complaints on behalf of 125,642 individuals. 

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Karen Jones, Executive Director with Long Term Care Ombudsman Services of San Luis Obispo County and Volunteer Ombudsmen about the important work they do advocating for compassionate and caring assistance for residents in long term care facilities.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 9/8/16

The vision of the Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center is that everyone, regardless of their financial situation, who is dealing with a health crisis, can receive food support through their programs until they get back on their feet. What can we do to make their vision a reality and together make our community stronger?

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Nancy Walker, Founder, Executive Director & Therapeutic Chef of The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center, Jennifer Langstaff, Member of the Board of Directors and Principal of Legacy Retirement Advisors, and Sarah Highnote, Staff Member as they discuss their mission to provide Healing Foods to those in critical need along with education resources and nourishing meals for individuals wanting to regain or sustain optimal health in a supportive, healing atmosphere and the importance and necessity of their work for the community.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 9/1/2016

Central Coast Voices has joined NPR this week in a special reporting project, called A Nation Engaged.

With the twists and turns in the national political campaigns, and the turbulent and often traumatic news we receive from throughout the world, and too often here at home, we want to continue to help you stay and feel engaged, while providing the conversation vital to be an effective citizen.  

This week we will be exploring topics such as diplomacy, immigration, and military and asking this question: “What is America’s role in the world?" Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with experts in international affairs, Alfred J. Fonzi II, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), Shelley Hurt, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science at Cal Poly, and Robert Schaeffer, Professor, Department of Sociology at Cal Poly. We hope you will listen and be part of the conversation.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

KCBX News, Karen Garcia

A building abandoned for decades in one San Luis Obispo community could soon be restored as supportive housing for people with mental illness.

Pacific Standard

Aug 19, 2016

Broadcast date: 8/25/16

Broadcast date: 8/18/2016

How does a community engage the under 40 crowd to involve them in discussion, idea sharing and to shape the future of a city’s political, business and overarching community life?

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Ermina Karim, president and CEO of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, Audrey Bigelow, Member of the Founding Five for the SLO Scoop and Courtney Meznarich, a leader with SLO U40.  They will be discussing recent efforts to increase U40 (under 40) engagement in the City of San Luis Obispo.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 8/11/16

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) made its debut in 1993 with 18 trained volunteers to serve as advocates for 18 abused and neglected children throughout the County of San Luis Obispo. Since then more than 2,000 children have had the benefit of a CASA volunteer. In 2012, CASA reached a new milestone of 100 CASA volunteers serving more than 140 children in our community.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Cathy Orton, Resource Development Director with CASA and Pete Skarda, Advocate Supervisor with CASA as they discuss the important work that CASA does in the community to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children within the court system to ensure each and every child grows up in a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County

We often think of helping out local food pantries during the year-end holiday season...but summertime is when children and families rely on them most. Hear how the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County works to make sure children and other food-insecure groups have enough healthy foods to eat this August and why it’s such a critical time of year.

Urban Century

Aug 3, 2016

Broadcast date: 8/4/2016

After many decades of decline due to suburban sprawl, downtown communities are being reborn. Across the country, downtowns are once again becoming vibrant, desirable destinations to live, work, and play. The documentary film Urban Century – America’s Return to Main Street, examines the current revitalization of Main Street America and the significance that downtown's play in their communities and the possibility that they may be the key to economic prosperity moving forward.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with members of the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association, Executive Director, Dominic Tartaglia, and downtown business owner, community leader, and Economic Committee chairwoman, Jules DuRocher, owner of Jules D. They will talk about the upcoming documentary film screening of Urban Century – America’s Return to Main Street and the current revitalization of Main Street America, discuss the film and the emerging economic, residential and entertainment trends in the hearts of cities just like yours.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 7/28/16

In the U.S., the average fruit or vegetable can travel as much as 1,500 miles from where it was grown to your dinner plate. Eating more locally grown foods can have many benefits for not only the consumer, but also small farmers and the community. Locally grown food can help build a thriving local economy, promotes health in the community, and even benefits the soil, which can assist in ensuring a quality food system for generations to come.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Jeff Wade, with Slow Money SLO, Bob Roos, President with the North County Farmer's Market Association, and Eric Michielssen, President of the Board for the SLO Natural Foods Co-op, as they discuss the economic and agricultural importance of creating food hubs for linking small farmers to consumers, as well as other ways to increase access and promote affordability of local foods in the community. 

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 7/21/16

We are enduring one of the most polarizing elections in recent memory.  The nominees for the major political parties are entering the election with historically low popularity, and minor party candidates are gaining support in polls.  Is this the end of the American party system as we know it?  How are these nationwide patterns impacting political competition and representation on the Central Coast?

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with political scientists Alex Keena, a Visiting Lecturer in American Politics at the University of Richmond in Virginia and Michael Latner, Director of the Cal Poly Master’s in Public Policy Program, two of the four co-authors of the new book Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty, to discuss electoral competition and its consequences.  They will explore the evolution of our political parties, and how political institutions shape representation and sovereignty in this turbulent era. 

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 7/14/16

Research shows that more than 80% of a child’s brain develops in his or her first three years of life. Even before a child can speak, babies learn from hearing words spoken or sung. Experts say that taking advantage of any opportunity to talk, read and sing to a child to teach them about language and its connection to the world around us can be one of the easiest and most important things you can do to help them grow up smarter, happier, and gain a brighter future.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Misty Livengood, Communications Officer, First 5 San Luis Obispo County, Children & Families Commission, Heidi Harmon, Host of Music Time at Boo Boo Records and Early Childhood Educator, and Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer the Youth Services Coordinator Librarian with the San Luis Obispo County Library System as they discuss the importance of talking, reading, and singing to children and how it can benefit early brain development and future school success.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

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Events for San Luis Obispo’s Pride week start Wednesday night and run through Sunday when the 20th Anniversary Pride in the Plaza takes place, celebrating the local LGBT community. 

Broadcast date: 7/7/16

The documentary film In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye shares the intimate story of three individuals, who like a growing number of families are in search of a more personal and fulfilling way to say goodbye to loved ones. Rejecting the mainstream tradition of hiring funeral professionals, the documentary film examines the growing trend of families caring for their loved ones after death.

Both a critical look at the American relationship with death and an inquiry into the home death care movement, In The Parlor: The Final Goodbye takes viewers on a journey where very few have gone, and challenges us to reflect on this uncomfortable subject, which so often is hidden away and ignored.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Heidi Boucher, writer, producer, and director, of the documentary film, In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye as they discuss how individuals, with the support and guidance of their families, and communities, are being cared for after their death, at home.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

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Central Coast CHP officers are stepping efforts along Santa Barbara County's Highway 154 following an uptick in traffic collisions. 

Broadcast date: 6/30/16

The vision of One Cool Earth is to create a peaceful, abundant planet with a healthy environment for all. They do this by supporting outdoor education, neighborhood gardens and community tree plantings. Real planting, they believe, takes place when ideas and youth connect, so they aim to plant the seeds of education, inspiration, and empowerment to help youth take charge of their futures.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks Greg Ellis-Valencia, Executive Director with One Cool Earth, and Victoria Carranza, Education Director with One Cool Earth as they discuss the value of outdoor education to student health, academics, and well-being.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County, Facebook

A Habitat for Humanity project in Paso Robles is such a success that it’s becoming an example for the organization of how to best use resources. 

Broadcast Date: 6/23/16

Improving the quality of life by providing the gift of better vision and health, I Care International collaborates with community service groups, civic and government organizations, translators, and the medical and business communities, both locally and in host countries to provide eye care services to less fortunate men, women and children around the world.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with founder of I Care International optometrist Dr. Phil Ortiz, OD, and Central Coast volunteers, Jim Patterson, Leigh Livick, and AVID student Jabnia Hernandez, about how these dedicated individuals work to change the lives of individuals one by one. 

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 6/16/16

Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) is an organization that works to create a safer environment for abused children. As a group of Bikers, they empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. Working in conjunction with local and state officials, B.A.C.A. assists by lending physical and emotional support to victims, standing ready to shield children from further abuse.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks Atascadero Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) as they discuss how they work to lend support to abused children and empower them by involving them with an established, united organization.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 6/9/16

On June 9th, California’s End of Life Option Act (SB 128) will go into effect, and the state will become the fifth in the U.S. to permit physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. That means that a patient who has been diagnosed as having six months or less to live can then request life-ending medication from their physicians. The law has been highly controversial, and heavily protested, by groups far and wide, from faith groups to patients rights’ organizations. Now, with its passage, efforts turn towards educating the terminally ill, their families and medical providers about the law.

Broadcast date: 6/2/16

Integrating behavioral health into our primary care system is no easy task. 

Broadcast date: 5/26/16

The purpose of HomeShareSLO is connecting people and homes. 

Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County Facebook Page

For many Santa Barbara County residents, access to proper nutrition and quality food is a struggle. 

Broadcast date: 5/19/16

While the Affordable Care Act has made coverage more available and affordable for many Americans through subsidized insurance and an expansion of Medi-Caid in states which have opted to do so, several million Californians still don’t have health insurance. 

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