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2017

March 22 – Club 42 picks up "Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County" as a fundraising tool for its nonprofit, which strives to build community through tabletop gaming.

March 14 – "Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County" donated to 97.3 The Rock, Estero Bay Radio benefit fundraiser.

2013-2017

Spent most of this period promoting events, activities, nonprofits and school projects throughout San Luis Obispo County. Sold out of "Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County." Donated countless copies of both books to fund-raising events. Provided publicity services to a variety of nonprofits benefiting San Luis Obispo County youth. Lost track of this calendar page! Want to see what we did? Visit our Facebook page and peruse the posts.

2012

October 18 – Speaking at Parent Connect training, Ludwig Community Center, SLO.

September 22 – "Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County" and "Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County" donated for auction to benefit Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo during their Ballet in the Vineyard event in Paso Robles.

August 31 – "Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County" donated to a benefit for Justine Jo Alvernaz.

August 10 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Nice, easy walk along Reservoir Canyon, one of SLO's original water sources. No strollers on this trail, but it's a relatively flat trail, bit bumpy, some poison oak. Creek play is inevitable. Bring water, snacks, kids. Departing trailhead at 10 a.m. (Trailhead is here: http://goo.gl/maps/cWtb)

August 3 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Our easiest, most-stroller-friendly, off-pavement hike of the summer. Bring your rugged stroller, water, picnic or lunch and kids for a walk up to the Design Village, then enjoy creek play on our return trip to vehicles. Parking passes may be required to park at Cal Poly. Check at info booth on your way into campus. Departing from the Poly Canyon Gate at 10 a.m. (GATE is here: http://goo.gl/maps/FfWF)

July 20 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Bishop Peak, San Luis Obispo. The pinnacle of the summer hiking series. This is a big kids hike. Some 5 year olds can make it, some can't. Join us for all or part of this hike up SLO's Bishop Peak. Picnic at the top. Leaving the Highlands Ave. trailhead at 10:00 a.m. Bring water, picnic, kids. Trailhead here: http://goo.gl/maps/9PQw

July 6 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Cerro San Luis. We've been hiking and biking all summer, right? So it's time to increase that degree of difficulty. Join us for a leisurely walk up Cerro San Luis (San Luis Mountain). Bring water, lunch, kids. No strollers. Departing the trailhead at 10 a.m.

June 29 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - San Simeon Point, W.R. Hearst Memorial State Park. Meet at the parking lot trailhead at 10 a.m. Explore the 1.5-mile trail, tidepools, flora and fauna of San Simeon Point. Departs from trailhead at 10 a.m.Bring a picnic, camera and water.

June 22 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Bring scooter, skates, bikes and/or strollers, kids, snacks and water to this fun walk along Bob Jones Trail, then join us for a swim at Avila Hot Springs. The group departs from the Ontario Road trailhead at 10 a.m.

June 8 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Coon Creek Trail, Montana de Oro State Park - Meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m. for a long, easy hike, creek play, tree climbing. Bring a picnic, camera and water. No strollers allowed.

2011

December 6 – Local talk show host Dave Congalton interviews author Jennifer Best live on KVEC 920AM out of San Luis Obispo, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

November 30 – Author Jennifer Best live on-air interview with Adam Montiel on Q104.5 in San Luis Obispo.

August 20-November 9 – Best Family Adventures hits the road to research family-friendly adventures across the country.

August 18 - "Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County SECOND EDITION" is here! Entirely revised and updated. Now with maps!

July 22 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Red Rocks, Upper Santa Ynez River, Highway 154 east of Santa Ynez - Meet at the trailhead at 11 a.m. No strollers.

July 18-22 – Adventure Experience Day Camp, 9-noon Mon.-Thurs., Orcutt; 9-4 Fri., Paradise Road. Adventurous kids ages 8-12 will discuss, learn and practice skills required for overnight adventure experiences including: map, compass and GPS use; trip planning; shelter use including tent setup/teardown; camp cooking; and hiking. Course limited to 15 campers on first-registered, first-served basis. $30/camper/week. E-mail camp@BestFamilyAdventures.com for further details.

July 15 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Coon Creek, Montana de Oro State Park near Los Osos - Meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m. No strollers. This is a longer hike than most of our others, but it's relatively flat.

July 8 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Reservoir Canyon, SLO - Meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m. No strollers.

July 1 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Bob Jones Bike Path & Avila Hot Springs Dip, Avila - Meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m. for a ride to the beach, then return to the pool for a dip.

June 15 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Poly Canyon, SLO - Meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m. Parking permit required on campus. Rugged strollers OK.

June 10 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Froom Creek, SLO - Meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m. Strollers not advised.

June 3 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Black Hill, Morro Bay - Meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m.

June 1 – Author Jennifer Best will speak to parents enrolled in the Los Osos Parent Participation Program - 10:30 a.m., Los Osos

March 5 – BFA: Santa Barbara County is now on sale at Santa Barbara Outfitters - 1200 State St., Santa Barbara

March 5 – BFA: Santa Barbara County picked up by a new bookshop in Carpinteria - Curious Cup, 929 Linden Ave., Carpinteria

March 5 – Author on hand and books available at Santa Barbara Kid Expo - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., La Cumbre Plaza, Santa Barbara

Feb. 28 – Author on hand at Parentclick.com Mixer - State Street, Santa Barbara

2010

December 11 – Author and books available at Santa Barbara Law Enforcement Wives fundraiser - Buellton

November 18 – Book signing at St. Andrew's Author Festival - 5:30 p.m., 3945 S. Bradley Road, Orcutt

November 6 – Author and books on hand at Friends of Santa Maria Library Book Fair - 420 S. Broadway, Santa Maria

August 12 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - TBA - Santa Barbara area

August 5 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - TBA - Santa Barbara area

July 29 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Terrace Hill, SLO - Meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m. for a short, steep climb to the top where we'll picnic and fly kites. Bring a KITE, camera, picnic and water.

July 22 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Oso Flaco Lake, near Guadalupe - Meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m. for an easy stroll along old dirt road and across the lake on the wooden boardwalk. Then, either turn back or join us for a short walk through the short dunes to the beach. Bring water, picnic and camera. Stroller friendly until the dunes.

July 15 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Irish Hills, SLO - Meet at the trailhead at 10:15 a.m. for a moderate, approx. 1-mile loop hike followed by park play back at the trailhead. Bring camera, snacks and water. Not particularly stroller friendly.

July 8 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Red Rocks Swimming Hole, Santa Ynez Mountains/Highway 154 - Meet at trailhead at 10:30 a.m. for short, moderate hike to local swimming hole. Adventure Pass required for access. Not stroller accessible.

July 1 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series -Lemon Grove Loop, SLO - Meet at the trailhead at 10:15 a.m. for moderate loop hike on the Cerro San Luis Foothills. Bring camera, snacks, water. Not stroller friendly.

June 24 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Poly Canyon, Cal Poly, SLO - Meet at the Poly Canyon gate at 10:30 a.m. for an easy walk along a graded road, Design Village exploration, creek play. Bring picnic, camera, water and a change of clothes for the kids. Stroller friendly.

June 17 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Coon Creek Trail, Montana de Oro State Park - Meet at the trailhead at 10:30 a.m. for a long, easy hike, creek play, tree climbing. Bring a picnic, camera and water. No strollers allowed.

June 10 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Red Rocks Swimming Hole, Santa Ynez Mountains/Highway 154 - Meet at trailhead at 10:30 a.m. for short, moderate hike to local swimming hole. Adventure Pass required for access. Not stroller friendly.

June 3 – Best Family Adventures Summer Hike Series - Johnson Trail, SLO - Meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m. for easy hike along the coastal foothills. No strollers.

May 29 – Book Signing - The Bookstore, 1137 North H Street, Lompoc. Time TBD. Info: 735-9729. Come check out the book, the newly revamped and expanded shop, and ask the author all of your questions about getting out and about on the Central Coast, writing and publishing.

May 18 – Guest interviewer at Orcutt Junior High School Community Interview Day.

May 6 – 5:30 p.m. - Guest speaker at Trilogy Central Coast, Nipomo.

April 30 – 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m - Guest at Orcutt Academy Family Reading Night and Book Fair, Casmalia.

April 26 & 27 – Guest speaker at Lucia Mar Unified School District's Parent Participation Program, Oceano.

April 16 – Author will be on hand for a one-day sale at Vandenberg Air Force Base Base Exchange. Stop by to ask questions about the book, the area, or anything that strikes your fancy.

April 12 – Featured speaker at Pacific Christian Center Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Orcutt.

April 10 – Author and books will be on hand at the Central Coast Home Education Conference, Grace Baptist Church, 605 E. McCoy Lane, Santa Maria.

April 8 – Author to speak at Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary.

April 6 – Author and books featured in Santa Maria Sun.

April 5 – "Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County" reviewed in Adobe Press.

April 2 – "Best Family Adventures" featured on KSBY's "Family Fun Friday" at 5:15, 6:15 and 6:40 p.m.

March 21 – "Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County" finds space in Santa Maria Times.

March 19 – 4 p.m. - Featured guest on 920 KVEC's Dave Congalton Show.

March 11 – The Book Loft, 1680 Mission Drive, Solvang, becomes the first retailer in Santa Ynez Valley to carry "Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County," and picks up "Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County" as well.

March 11 – Santa Ynez Mothers of Preschoolers has Jennifer Best as its featured speaker to discuss the books and answer questions about how, why, and where to get out and about with young children.

March 9 – Toy Zoo & Anything Educational, Too becomes the first store to place "Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County" on its shelves. The first copy is sold within two minutes of its arrival!

March 9 – After computer glitches and printing delays, weather delays and more excitement, "Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County" arrives on the Central Coast.

January 15 – "Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County" completed and delivered to printing house!

2009
December 2009 – Doc Burnstein's of Arroyo Grande becomes the top seller of "Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County" as it sells out of another case! (Don't worry - they ordered more!)

November 2009 – Sales of "Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County" exceeds 3,000 copies!

Jul 17, 2009 – Author will be on hand to discuss the writing life, sign books and discuss "Best Family Adventures." Central Coast Women's Network, The Rock, Morro Bay.

February 20, 2009 – Book signing and discussion at Trilogy, Nipomo.

2008
July 16, 2008 – Guest speaker for Estero Bay Newcomers luncheon.

 June 12-14, 2008 – Books available for auction supporting KCBX during Live Oak Music Festival.

 April 20, 2008 – Book signing at Rios-Caledonia Adobe Authors & Artists festival.

 April 9, 2008 – On the air with Dave Congalton, KVEC 920AM

2007
November 29, 2007 – Author featured by King Harris on KVEC 920 morning news.

November 26, 2007 – The U.S. Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest, has placed their first order of Best Family Adventures for inclusion in their office bookstores.

November 17, 2007 - Author will be on hand to sign and sell books at Hullabaloo for the Zoo Holiday Bazaar, AARP Building, Atascadero Lake Park, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

October 28, 2007 - Author will be on hand to sign and sell books at Oktoberfest, Los Osos, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

September 26, 2007 – Author to speak at Newcomers of Santa Maria, 10:15 a.m.

September 21, 2007 – Books picked up by The Dunes Center auction in support of center programs.

August 2007 – Books auctioned by SLO County Mommies.

July 21, 2007 – Sales surpass the 2,000 mark! Thank you, readers, for supporting this endeavor.

June 2007 – Books auctioned in support of KCBX at Live Oak Music Festival. 

May 14, 2007 – Albertson’s stores throughout San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara County introduce Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County in their stores. Now available at Albertson’s stores in Paso Robles, Atascadero, Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria, Orcutt, Lompoc and Buellton.

April 26, 2007 – New Times readers select author Jennifer Best “Best Local Artist – Written” in its 21st Annual Best of San Luis Obispo County readers’ poll.

April 17, 2007 – Author to speak at 10:45 a.m. Parent Participation Program, Sunnyside Elementary School, Los Osos.

April 12, 2007 – Author to speak at noon at Morro Bay Women’s Connection.

March 2, 2007 – Author featured on-air for discussion of Poly Canyon with Dave Congalton, KVEC Talk 920AM.

March 2007 – Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County featured in Central Coast Family.

February 2007 – Shell Beach Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization picks up Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County as a fundraiser supporting student activities.

February 2007 - Albertson’s grocery corporate approval process completed. Managers of Central Coast Albertson’s stores may now order copies of the book for inclusion on their shelves.

 

2006
December 14, 2006 - Author will be on hand to sign and sell books at Thursday Night Farmers’ Market, downtown San Luis Obispo near The Novel Experience, 779 Higuera St., 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

 November 30, 2006 - Author will be on hand to sign and sell books at Thursday Night Farmers’ Market, downtown San Luis Obispo near The Novel Experience, 779 Higuera St., 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

 November 22, 2006 – KVEC Talk 920AM Host Dave Congalton and author Jennifer Best chat on air to help listeners prepare for holiday visitors.

 October 20, 2006 – Little Lambs Preschool raises nearly $300 for its programs in its first fundraising sale of Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County.

 October 10, 2006 – Author to speak at 10 a.m. at Moms Club, Orcutt.

 September 1, 2006 – More than 1,000 copies sold in the first 11 weeks on sale!

 August 30, 2006 – Author to speak at 7 a.m. at Nipomo Rotary, Blacklake Golf Club, Nipomo. Book signing to follow.

 August 26, 2006 – Come explore Halcyon Store, meet the author, ask questions or offer pointers of your own Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. at Halcyon Store, 936 S. Halcyon Road, Halcyon (just outside Arroyo Grande).

 August 16, 2006 – Meet the author, discuss the best spots in SLO County and have your book signed at Mollywogs, 72 S. Main St., Templeton from 10:30 a.m. til noon.

 August 16, 2006 – Listing in SLO Tribune calendar “Best Bets” section for today’s book signing.

 August 11, 2006 – Author interviewed again on KJUG for recent #1 position on local bestsellers list.

 August 5, 2006 – Author to speak at 10:30 a.m. at Anything Educational, 1545 Stowell Center Plaza, Santa Maria. Book signing to follow.

 July 22, 2006 – Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County rises to #1 on the Local Best Sellers list at Novel Experience! Read about it.

 July 16, 2006Best Family Adventures:San Luis Obispo County hits #4 on the Local Best Sellers list published in the San Luis Obispo County Tribune. The list is based on sales from Novel Experience (779 Higuera St., SLO).

 July 12, 2006 – Book and Best family featured on KSBY News, San Luis Obispo.

 July 11, 2006 – Author and research assistants to speak at Parent Participation Workshop, San Luis Obispo. Book signing to follow.

 July 8, 2006 – Author and photographer Jennifer Best will discuss “Keys to a Fun Family Day Out” at Chelsea’s Bookstore, 721 12th St., Paso Robles at 10:30 a.m. Book signing to follow.

 July 6, 2006 – The Coast News features Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County.

 June 29, 2006 – Author and research assistants to appear at 8:45 a.m. on the Coast Morning Show, KKST, Coast 101.3 FM.

 June 24, 2006 – Book signing at The Novel Experience, 779 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Meet the author, ask questions, peruse the book, enjoy a bit of downtown.

 June 23, 2006 – Author to visit on air with Dave Congalton, KVEC 920 AM at 3:30 p.m.

 June 22, 2006 – Author to speak at San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning SLO, 7:30 a.m. at Grace Bible Church, San Luis Obispo. Book signing to follow. Public welcome. Reservations required.

 June 21, 2006 – Author to visit on air during JUGCountry Mornings with Tom Keffury at 8:15 a.m., KKJG 98.1, San Luis Obispo.

June 19, 2006 – Book featured in Paso Robles Press.

June 16, 2006 – Book and Best family featured in Five Cities Times-Press-Recorder.

 June 9, 2006 – Author to appear at 7:30 a.m. on Sunny Country 102.5 with Jay & Niki Mornings, Santa Maria.

 June 7-10, 2006 – The book begins hitting the shelves at Novel Experience (779 Higuera St., SLO) and other booksellers throughout the Central Coast.

 June 1, 2006 – Book featured in The Adobe Press.

 May 30, 2006 – Best family interview on Down the Rabbit Hole, KCPR.

 May 25, 2006 – Book featured in Santa Maria Sun.

 May 20, 2006 – Book featured in Santa Maria Times.

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