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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

January 8, 2015
Outdoor Heaven
Arana Gulch Dedication and Ribbon Cutting

Suki: Decelerated Reader

Steve: New Resolve
Meet Falconer Kenny Elvin
Ask Nicole: January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month
This Week
Seymour Community Free Day
Ask Nicole continued
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  Outdoor Heaven

(Photos General) LouisaMayAlcottRunning.jpgWe live in out door heaven with beaches, woods, mountains, streams.  Are we stuck at our computers and other electronic gadgets?  What would Louisa May Alcott do if she were alive today? This excerpt from an article "Where Do the Children Play?" is delightful.

"Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, was raised a Transcendentalist. Alcottt often described the passion for physical activity she had as a child.

Alcott had an ecstatic connection to running that seemed deeply embedded in her cells. She loved to run through the woods as a child. Louisa May Alcott once said:

Active exercise was my delight from the time when a child of six I drove my hoop around the Common without stopping, to the days when I did my twenty miles in five hours and went to a party in the evening. I always thought I must have been a deer or a horse in some former state, because it was such a joy to run. No boy could be my friend until I had beaten him in a race, and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences, and be a tomboy ... My wise mother, anxious to give me a strong body to support a lively brain, turned me loose in the country and let me run wild.

I know the times have changed, but Louisa May Alcott's mom was wise to understand the importance of physical activity on a child's developing the body, brain and spirit. Parents of today could benefit by adhering to her wisdom and allowing their children to "run wild" a little more and "helicopter" parent a little less."

I promise the entire article is inspiring!

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  Arana Gulch Dedication and Ribbon Cutting

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ARANA GULCH MULTI-USE TRAIL PROJECT
DEDICATION and RIBBON-CUTTING


Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 2-4 p.m. (Rain or shine!)

Hagemann Gulch Bridge (Frederick Street entrance)

A free family event featuring the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band and refreshments! Celebrate with City and County officials and community members! Enjoy environmental and construction tours!

Parking hosted by
Santa Cruz Bible Church, 440 Frederick Street or Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. 515 Frederick Street
Bike valet parking hosted by People Power of Santa Cruz County
More information: (831) 420-5160

The City of Santa Cruz will dedicate the Arana Gulch Multi-Use Trail Project on Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Frederick Street entrance to Hagemann Gulch Bridge. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate new trails that expand the greenbelt's access to more people while providing habitat protection, green infrastructure and interpretive opportunities and delivering a new cross-town link for pedestrians and bicyclists. The dedication will recognize City and County officials and community members who helped achieve this project over many years. The family-friendly celebration includes live music, refreshments and environmental and construction tours - come rain or shine.

(Photos General) AranaGulch_BenchView.jpgThe new multi-use trails provide access to the 68-acres of Arana Gulch meadows, California oak woodland and Arana Creek riparian zone. These are the first City of Santa Cruz open space trails that are compliant with the American Disabilities Act. The greenbelt's vegetation, wildlife and vistas are now accessible to people with disabilities, the elderly and those with limited mobility or injuries who have difficulty walking on uneven and muddy surfaces. The new trails also offer access for parents with small children who are not comfortable riding bicycles or pushing strollers on dirt trails.

The nearly one-mile long multi-use trail system also provides convenient new connections for City residents and visitors. Most City inhabitants live to the west of the greenbelt, which has had no access along the entire western boundary. The City's improvements include a new west entrance to Arana Gulch at Broadway and Frederick Street by way of a new 340-foot stress-ribbon pedestrian bridge across Hagemann Gulch. It is the first use of stress-ribbon engineering design in Central California which allows for a single span with minimal impact on the gulch below.

A second bridge-like structure, the Arana Creek Causeway, has been constructed above ground over culverts that drain Arana Creek into the north harbor. This causeway provides access to the pipes in the event they need future replacement or maintenance. The elevated trail allows the passage of potential flood waters flowing from Arana Creek during a peak flow storm event.

Not only in bridge design, but throughout the entire project, the City devoted much time and expense working closely with botanists and other technical specialists to ensure protection of sensitive habitat and provide a prudent level of public use. The project includes an adaptive management plan to restore and enhance native habitats, especially that of the endangered Santa Cruz tarplant.

(Photos General) Arana_HagemannGulch_LifeinTrees.jpgDesign choices reflect the City's commitment to increasing green infrastructure. The all-weather surface trails are constructed of pervious concrete which has a high porosity allowing water to pass directly through, thereby reducing runoff and permitting groundwater recharge.

An interpretive program includes signage on the natural history of the area and also encourages stewardship such as docent-led walks and opportunities for school programs in collaboration with partner organizations. There are scenic overlooks with bench seating.

The City welcomes all Santa Cruz residents and visitors to the dedication. The Wednesday afternoon event will include music performed by the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, construction and environmental tours, refreshments and speeches by Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane and County Supervisors John Leopold and Ryan Coonerty. Community members who led important efforts will be the official ribbon-cutters: Lynn Gallagher of La Posada Retirement Community and John Daugherty, former chair of the Regional Transit Commission's Elderly and Disabled Transportation Advisory Committee.

For more information, please visit the Arana Gulch Multi-Use Trail Project blog, http://aranatrailproject.blogspot.com, and the City's website, http://www.cityofsantacruz.com.

 

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  Suki: Decelerated Reader

(Photos General) SukiWessling2013.jpgThis morning at breakfast my daughter sadly eyed the book I'd gotten her for Chanukah, Alice in Quantumland. This is the sort of nerdy, unusual book I love to buy -once we're done with it we'll donate it to our library and hopefully they'll make it available to other nerdy unusual kids in our community.

But why was she sad?

A book about quantum physics for kids! Featuring a girl! How could AR pass this up?

A book about quantum physics for kids! Featuring a girl! How could AR pass this up?

When you have kids who are avid readers, they run into different obstacles than the general public understands. Our children's publishing industry is focused on "hi-lo" books-high interest, low readability. In other words, books that are very similar to the type of kids' movies that Hollywood puts out. The producers of these books assume that:

  1. Kids don't like to read
  2. Kids have to be enticed into reading by high concept stories
  3. Kids are terrified to come across a word they don't understand
  4. Kids will refuse to pick up any book that's heftier than their iPad

Problem is, there are tons of kids who don't fit this model, but because they are "doing fine," no one is paying them much attention.

In the past, I've written about two periods of childhood in which avid readers run into roadblocks (pre-K/K and tween) and also how hard it is for science-minded girls to see themselves in kids' literature (here).

Our daughter, now that she's doing 7th grade in school, has run into another avid reader roadblock: Accelerated Reader.

In concept, AR sounds great. Kids read books on their own, log into AR at school, take a quiz about the book*, and get credit for reading time. At the beginning of each year, teachers set AR goals for all their students. Not having much of an idea who these kids are**, they set a low goal for the semester and kids like my daughter blow through that goal in a couple of months.

You can guess what happens next >>>>>>

 

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  Steve: New Resolve

(Photos General) SteveSpitalny.jpgIt is the start of another year. For me it is a time of both looking ahead and looking back. As I review my activities, I can celebrate many things. I also can see some things in hindsight that I would have done differently. That is always the opportunity with new beginnings - to see what you might choose to do differently. It is part of the development of self awareness to attempt to know yourself, see yourself, and honestly consider what you have said and done. Are there things to change? Are there choices that lead to more kindness? Can you become more noble? Can you develop the inner strength to accomplish what you set out to do?

That is how the past can lead us into the future. We can see what we want to change, and then take hold of what is needed to make those changes. When we really commit to making the changes, that is called resolve. Often "New Year's Resolutions" are superficial and we lack the commitment to bring them about. When we engage our will in looking back, seeing what we want to change, and actually making the changes, then we have resolve. Resolve is the firm determination to do something...

At the beginning of this year 2015, I suggest choosing one or two specific actions to resolve to put into practice. Too many and the likelihood of those actions taking root is diminished. You may have already found something you want to bring into your life of relating with young children. If not, I offer several simple practices for your consideration. See if any of these suggestions speak to you.

Read the rest>>>>>

Stephen Spitalny IS a writer, speaker and early childhood consultant. He was a kindergarten teacher at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School for 24 years.  Steve's book "Connecting with Young Children: Educating the Will" was published in 2012. He offers workshops, coaching and mentoring in the U.S. and around the world.

  Meet Falconer Kenny Elvin

(Special Event Images / Graphics) KennyElvin_Falconer.jpgOn Wednesday, January 14, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch is hosting falconer Kenny Elvin, who will talk about the ancient art of falconry. Flying raptors is as much about the area you fly and quarry as it is about your chosen "hunting partners". These birds fly like their lives depend on it and interact with animals, wind patterns and the falconer.

Kenny Elvin has been a licensed falconer for 12 years and flown in a wide variety of settings. Making a connection with each bird and dog is a chessboard of decisions. Come and enjoy this discussion and bring questions. Kenny will be accompanied by live birds.

This talk, hosted by the Watsonville Wetlands Watch, is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center.

Click for map/directions.  Admission is free but you must reserve a seat with the form below, or by contacting Kathy Fieberling at 831-345-1226 or kathy@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.

  Ask Nicole: January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month

by Nicole M. Young, MSW

This month I'm taking a break from our regular question-and-answer format to recognize January as the third annual Positive Parenting Awareness Month in Santa Cruz County. If you have a parenting question for next month's column, please email me at triplep@first5scc.org.

I have always known that I wanted to be a parent. And I thought I would be prepared. I read books, studied psychology, child development and social work, and spent years working with children in childcare settings, schools, group homes and parenting programs. I thought I was prepared to raise children - until I had them. Read more>>>>

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 11 and 14, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, the world's leading positive parenting program. For more information, including classes and one-on-one meetings to help parents handle everyday parenting challenges, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc or www.youtube.com/triplepsantacruzco. To find a Triple P class or practitioner, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 465-2217 or triplep@first5scc.org.

  This Week

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January in the Parks

 

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School Corner

Learn to Discover, Electronics & Programming Classes

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Art & Play in PreK, 1/8

 

SCPENS Preschool, Open House 1/10

 

Spring Hill School K-8, Family Math Night 1/13

 

Fusion Academy and Learning Center 6-12, Open House 1/14

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour Day, 1/14

 

SC Waldorf PreK-8, A Walk Through the Grades 1/14

 

SC Waldorf PreK-8, Mornings In the Kindergarten 1/17

 

Gateway School K-8, Saturday Open House 1/17

 

Santa Catalina Girls 9-12, Open House 1/17

 

Gateway School K-8, Middle School Information Night 1/22

 

Kirby School 6-12, Open House 1/24

 

Good Shepherd School PreK-8, Open House 1/25

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, "Footloose" 1/23-25


Chartwell School 1-12, Open House 1/27

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The Secret Life of a Snowflake describes the art and science of snowflakes, aimed at readers from 6 to 12.

 

CLUBS FOR KIDS!

 


Date Nights

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Junebugs Gym
2nd Saturdays
5:45 - 8:45

 

Ohana Gym
3rd Saturday
5:30 - 8:30pm

 

FREE

ACTIVITIES

 

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 Seymour Community Free Day

Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Community Free Day
Date: 1/09 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE

Enjoy free admission to the Seymour Center all day!

(Photos General) Seymour_KidsVisit.jpgCome Explore Your Ocean - Welcome!

Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. Our exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz
and around the world.

Visit us and explore the fascinating world of marine science and conservation. We look forward to meeting you!

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a self-supporting part of the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 Shaffer Rd., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Side

Fungus Fair 2018
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  Fungus Fair 2018
Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Jan 12-Jan 14) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Learn about the hundreds of beautiful and fascinating species of local fungi on display in a re-created woodland habitat.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.684.2275 view all details >>
     
2015 Physics Shows
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Foothill College
Date: Every day (Sep 12-Sep 13)
Details: If you can't have fun with physics ... you aren't a very fun person! A Tribute to Galileo & Temperature
Special Instructions: El Monte exit off Hw 280
City: Los Altos Phone: 650.949.7777 view all details >>
     
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Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
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  Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: The 2nd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 10 years of age and older.
Details: Experience the wildlife and natural beauty of Younger Lagoon.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
     
  Ask Nicole continued

If you've ever helped raise a child, then you know what I mean when I say there is no way to prepare for parenthood before you actually become a parent. You might understand in concept that life will be different once you have kids, but you really have to experience sleep deprivation to understand how much it affects your mood and ability to form complete sentences, let alone make rational decisions.

You might think you will never be the parent of "that child" who throws a fit when it's time to leave the park because you've read every parenting book on the planet and have a game plan for staying calm while being firm. But you really have to experience the panic and embarrassment of being "that parent" in the park to understand just how difficult parenting is in real life.

You might know that you have a tremendous capacity to love unconditionally. And yet you have to watch your child take his first steps, hear her say "I love you," or feel the warmth of his embrace as you comfort him to fully understand the depth and magnitude of the love you have for your child.

So as someone who was overconfident and underprepared before becoming a parent, I want to thank the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors for designating January as Positive Parenting Awareness Month for the third year in a row. Although parenting is a non-stop job that deserves recognition every day of the year, this month is a great opportunity to reflect on the joys and rewards of raising children and recommit to being a positive parent.

What is positive parenting? It's an approach to raising children based on collective wisdom and evidence about the skills and support children need to become happy, healthy, confident, independent human beings. Positive parenting is about promoting children's healthy development, building their capacity to handle emotions and solve problems, and teaching skills they'll need to have healthy relationships at home, school and work. Research shows that when children grow up in positive, loving and safe environments with clear and consistent boundaries and limits, their brains are primed to learn in school, get along with others, and succeed in future relationships and life endeavors.

Positive parenting is not about being a perfect parent or raising a perfect child. Neither of those things exist, not even in Disney movies. And positive parenting is not about finding a "one size fits all" solution for parenting. That also doesn't exist.

What does exist are multiple parenting programs in Santa Cruz County that provide families with information and support they need to raise happy, healthy children. One option is the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, backed by 30 years of international research. The network of Triple P providers in our community has helped thousands of Santa Cruz County families over the past five years find helpful and effective parenting tools.

This January, join us in celebrating the many biological, foster and adoptive parents, grandparents, relatives and other caregivers who are raising children. If you're raising a child, give yourself a pat on the back (or get a well-deserved massage), then help consider these positive parenting strategies:

-          Give your children extra affection and quality time. This is the "ounce of prevention" that is "worth a pound of cure."

-          Pick up a Triple P Parenting Pocket Guide. Our newest Stepping Stones Triple P guide provides tips for families raising children with special needs, and complements our pocket guide for families with children birth to 12 years old and families with teens.

-          Participate in any of the Triple P events happening throughout January.

-          Support a new parent with a smile, and a home-cooked meal or two. They might think they can make dinner with one hand and change a crying baby's diaper with the other, but they'll realize soon that a helping hand from a caring friend or family member is priceless. And we could all use a helping hand from time to time, right?

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