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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

April 13, 2017

Family Fun at 11 th Annual Summit for the Planet

Eric Fromm's Six Rules of Listening

Practice Makes Perfect as Your Child Learns to Talk

Trained Dogs Can Detect Historical & Prehistoric Burials

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Practice Makes Perfect as Your Child Learns to Talk - continued
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I share a passage from Brain Pickings on The Art of Listening.  It's hearty fare.  Lately it seems like there's more loud shouting than quality listening going around. I wonder, "Is it possible to be a good listener when someone is shouting?" Or do we listen better to a "whisperer?"

I did not know there was such a thing as Dog Forensics. If anyone in your family loves dogs, detecting, AND archeology, there's a talk TONIGHT by two archeologists who use dogs to help in their work.

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Have a sunny weekend,  Parmalee


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  Family Fun at 11 th Annual Summit for the Planet

Family Fun at 11 th Annual Summit for the Planet Walk-a-thon and Celebration

(0 Summit 2017) Summit_TrashSoloFashion.jpgGarbed in costume-like fashions made from colorful plastic packaging, assorted paper products, re-purposed fabric and more, about a dozen children strutted confidently across the stage during last year's Summit for the Planet "Trash Fashion" show. The show was a culmination of weeks of gathering recycled materials and designing wearable garments during school art classes and at home; and provided participants with a fun outlet for showcasing their creativity by using items that might otherwise have ended up in a landfill.

Catch the next Trash Fashion show and a whole array of family-themed "green" activities at the upcoming 11th annual Summit for the Planet Walk-a- thon and Eco-Carnival, on Saturday, April 29.

Hosted by Mount Madonna School, this FREE public event combines a 5K fundraising walk-a-thon supporting local nonprofits with an eco-carnival, solar car races, music, wildlife, "green" shopping, learning expo and organic foods.

(0 Summit 2017) Summit_theboys.jpgFestivities will begin at 9:00am with an opening ceremony and walk-a- thon registration; the walk begins at 10:30am. The celebration will get underway as the walkers return, and concludes at 1:45pm.

"The 5K run through the redwood forest is the main part of the event," shared seventh grade student Maddie Erbe. "Summit for the Planet is a time when the students raise money for our school. California has the most redwoods, so walking through the redwood forest is really special, especially when you are walking or running with your best friends. It is a day to learn and have fun together - from preschool to high school, we observe the day together. I'm looking forward to it again this year!"

The celebration will spotlight sustainable "eco-living" and education, and participants will include Allterra Solar, Coastal Habitat Education & Environmental Restoration (CHEER), Mt. Madonna Stables, the Wildlife Education Rehabilitation Center (WERC), the Bay Area Amphibian and Reptile Society (BAARS), India Gourmet, Kaya Kalpa/Mount Madonna Institute and Pacific Gas and Electric. Attendance at this annual event has grown to some 500 people of all ages, from across south Silicon Valley and the Monterey Bay areas.

The support of key sponsors for Summit for the Planet is very important for sustaining and growing this festival, and event organizers are honored that numerous local businesses are participating, including presenting sponsors SunRidge Farms, the Michael Lee Environmental Foundation (MLEF) and Lazy Suzan Designs. Additional community sponsors include: KAZU 90.3FM and

"The 11th annual Summit for the Planet connects the MMS school community with local area organizations and businesses supporting the environment and teaching young people the importance of stewardship, commented MMS Head of School Mary Supriya McDonald. "The walk-a- thon is a way for our school to raise funds and awareness, and a day of play and fun for families and all the visitors who join us on the mountaintop."

Depending on the number of walkers and amount pledged to each walker, participating organizations will have the opportunity to cover a hefty portion of their annual fundraising needs - without the hassle and expense of running their own fundraiser! There is no charge for organizations to sign up and participate; and organizations keep 70% of what they raise in pledges, while 30% is used to offset the costs of organizing and running the event.

Healthy, family fun-draising. It's truly a walk in the park!

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11th annual Summit for the Planet Walk-a- thon and Eco-Carnival, April 29 from 9:00am-1:45pm*. Hosted by Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. There is a $35 fee to walk and receive a t-shirt. The celebration has FREE admission. For more information or to sponsor a walker, visit: and on Facebook at, or email

*Walk-a- thon participants must pre-register online at; or in-person registration begins at 9:30am; the walk begins at 10:30am.


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  Eric Fromm's Six Rules of Listening

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by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

"Listening, Fromm argues, is "is an art like the understanding of poetry" and, like any art, has its own rules and norms. Drawing on his half-century practice as a therapist, Fromm offers six such guidelines for mastering the art of unselfish understanding:

  1. The basic rule for practicing this art is the complete concentration of the listener.
  2. Nothing of importance must be on his mind, he must be optimally free from anxiety as well as from greed.
  3. He must possess a freely-working imagination which is sufficiently concrete to be expressed in words.
  4. He must be endowed with a capacity for empathy with another person and strong enough to feel the experience of the other as if it were his own.
  5. The condition for such empathy is a crucial facet of the capacity for love. To understand another means to love him - not in the erotic sense but in the sense of reaching out to him and of overcoming the fear of losing oneself.
  6. Understanding and loving are inseparable. If they are separate, it is a cerebral process and the door to essential understanding remains closed.

In the remainder of the The Art of Listening, Fromm goes on to detail the techniques, dynamics, and mindsets that make for an optimal listening relationship, in therapy and in life. Complement it with Ursula K. Le Guin on the magic of real human communication and Alain de Botton on what makes a good communicator, then revisit Fromm on the art of living, the art of loving, how to transcend the common laziness of optimism and pessimism, and the key to a sane society."


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  Practice Makes Perfect as Your Child Learns to Talk

By Michelle MacRoy-Higgins, Ph.D., and Carlyn Kolker

(0 April 2017) BabyDadTalk.jpgEvery parent has questions about his or her child's speech and language development. "When is she expected to say sounds? Words? Sentences?" "When should he understand me?" "Should we speak more than one language in our home? 

And questions about speech and language development will continue well into the time your child reaches adulthood.

It's important for parents to understand typical speech and language development so they can identify any early warning signs that their child may be missing developmental milestones and could need some extra assistance.

Sure, there's a large range in what is considered appropriate among the many markers children will meet. Learning to talk and uttering her first recognizable word is an important one that new parents will want to gauge against prescribed expectations. Delays could signal hearing problems or health issues that need to be addressed as quickly as possible. 

Babies begin learning speech even while in utero. At birth, they're already familiar with the sounds of their parents' native language.  Yes, talking to your baby in utero starts the process of his speech formation -- he's listening. And keep talking once he's born. He's listening even more... Continue>>>>


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  Trained Dogs Can Detect Historical & Prehistoric Burials

Join SCAS for "The Use of Trained Canines to Detect Historical and Prehistoric Burials," a talk by Adela Morris and Lynne Engelbert, of the Institute for Canine Forensics.

The talk will be held on April 13 at 7:30 pm at the Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange Hall at 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz.

(0 April 2017) AM-and-Jasper-254x300.jpgApproximately 20 years ago, Morris and Engelbert discovered that their trained dogs could detect old burials. Since that time, they have worked hard on perfecting their techniques. They are currently researching the feasibility of canines searching for the remains of Amelia Earhart on the remote island of Nikumaroro as part of an upcoming Betchart Expedition in 2017. Morris and Engelbert will discuss past projects and share what the dogs have been doing since their last visit. The presentation will be exciting, but the best part will be the demonstration of how the dogs work. Meet Piper and Jasper and watch them locate and alert on human scent articles right before your eyes.

Adela Morris has been involved in human remains detection with her dogs since 1986 and has deployed her dogs on hundreds of searches specializing in cold cases, crime scenes and historical burials. She is the founder of the Institute for Canine Forensics, a nonprofit organization for the advancement of research and education concerning the use of canines in the gathering of forensic evidence. Adela is also the founder of the Canine Specialized Search Team, a volunteer resource for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. Jasper, her current working partner, is a 6-year old tri-blue merle border collie.

Lynne Engelbert has over 25 years of detection dog training and handling experience and is a member of the Institute for Canine Forensics.  Lynne and Piper, her border collie, are certified as a Historical Human Remains Detection team: California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) Human Remains Detection and FEMA Human Remains Detection (disaster). Piper is a 7-year old black-and-white border collie.


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Spring Break at Boardwalk
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every day (Apr 1-Apr 16)
Details: Ditch the books and hit the beach!   FREE Photo FUN with
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-5590 view all details >>
Musical Me Inc. Offers Music Together
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Musical Me
Date: Every day (Apr 9-Apr 30)
Ages: babies, toddlers, preschool
Details: Learn how to nurture your young child's musicality at a free preview class of Music Together
Special Instructions: with parents
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Date: Every day (Apr 15-Apr 16)
Ages: All
Details: Hunt for thousands of chocolate candy eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny in a redwood forest and win prizes
City: Felton Phone: 831/ 335-4484 view all details >>
Trek to the Forbidden Sandhills
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: Every Su and Tues (Apr 2-Apr 30) from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: 16+
Details: Take a rare tour of the sandhills
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-9348 view all details >>
The Art of Nature
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: Every day (Apr 8-Jun 18)
Details: Come see the art of California artists who bring science to life through art in our beloved annual Art of Nature exhibit
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
Mission Cooking Demonstration
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State Park Mission
Date: 04/15/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Details: Presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 425-5849 view all details >>
Old Cove Landing Trail Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Date: Every Sa (Apr 8-Apr 15) at 11:00am
Details: Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 421-0139 view all details >>
Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Exploring the San Lorenzo River
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: Every Sa (Mar 11-Apr 22) from 8:30am to 10:30am
Ages: All Ages
Details: A special Earth Day "BioBlitz"- where citizen scientists can identify organisms and record data. A BioBlitz is a period of biolo
Special Instructions: various locations
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-6115 view all details >>
Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free
Details: Learn how to fix your flat tire!
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Capitola Village Easter Egg Hunt
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Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce
Date: 04/15/2017 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 12-under
Details: Family fun on the beach!
Special Instructions: Hunt begins at 11:00am sharp! Please limit 3 eggs per child.
City: Capitola Phone: (831) 475-6522 view all details >>
Dog Adoption Opportunity
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Peace of Mind Dog Rescue
Date: 04/15/2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Details: We find loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them and for senior dogs in shelters.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Lose your Lawn Workshop
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Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation Dept.
Date: 04/15/2017 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Details: Witness a landscape make over from lawn to drought-tolerant landscaping...
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 454-7941 view all details >>
Easter Egg Hunt
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Kennolyn Camp
Date: 04/15/2017 at 10:00am
Details: 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt FREE event for the entire family
City: Soquel view all details >>
Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt
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Boulder Creek Rec Center
Date: 04/15/2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Details: Join us for a great egg hunt in Boulder Creek
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  Practice Makes Perfect as Your Child Learns to Talk - continued

While some babies say their first word as early as 9 months, and others wait until 14 or 15 months, much is happening as your baby preps for this moment. Your baby is participating in the system of spoken language even though he's not officially talking yet.

From four to six months, your baby will start to discover her voice. You'll hear loud cooing, soft cooing, medium cooing, and all sorts of extremes in loudness and pitch. Then from six to nine months your baby will learn a new, big, important skill: babbling. If your baby isn't babbling by eight months, it may be time to talk to her pediatrician about what's going on.

(0 April 2017) Baby_Twins.jpgFrom ten to twelve months of age, your baby should be putting together consonant-vowel combinations that have all the intonations of your speech. But these sounds don't actually mean anything -- yet. Then, around age one, babies start to say their first words. Notice that we say around age one. Don't worry if your baby's first birthday comes and goes and he doesn't have a word yet. Do worry, though, if at age one your baby doesn't yet respond to his name.

Over the next six months, babies gradually add more and more words to their vocabularies, initially preferring words with the same sound ("ba, da, ma"). Most children experience a word spurt from 18 to 24 months, adding new words to their repertoire each week. They start to try new sounds, such as f, w, and h. Around the time of this word spurt, she'll begin forming rudimentary first sentences. Toddlers are known to lop off a consonant from a blend of consonants, so blue becomes bu, truck becomes tuck. By ages 3 to 4, children can generally speak in full sentences and are continually practicing and improving their speech sounds. Trouble with r, s and l sounds, and sh, th and ch, is common.

If, by age 3, most people can't understand about half of what your child says, you might want to consider checking in with a speech language therapist. If a child is having difficulty with many speech sounds, he may have difficulty learning the letters and speech sounds needed for literacy development because phonics, or letter-sound correspondence, is an essential building block of learning to read.

As parents, you have an important role to play alongside your child's emerging language skills.

1. Use "parentese." The singsong way that we talk to babies and young children, in a slow, simplified manner with big changes in intonation, help them find the important words in our speech, bringing them to the baby's attention.

2. Respond to your baby's sounds. The more mothers and fathers respond to infant vocalizations, the more infants vocalize. Look him in the eyes when you talk to him.

3. TV doesn't count. Sitting your child in front of TV programs doesn't replace exposing him to the spoken word. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for children under age 2.

4. Take away the pacifier. Extended pacifier use and/or thumb-sucking may influence the development and production of certain speech sounds because it affects palate and teeth arrangement.

5. Seek help if talking is delayed. Make sure your child gets the right kind of help if she's not hitting important milestones. Developmental skills build on each other, so it's important to begin therapy as soon as a delay is detected.

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Dr. Michelle MacRoy-Higgins and Carlyn Kolker are co-authors of the new book, Time to Talk: What You Need to Know About Your Child's Speech and Language Development (Amacom 2017). Dr. MacRoy-Higgins is an associate professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Hunter College in New York City. She has a BS and MS in speech-language pathology and a PhD in speech-language-hearing sciences. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is licensed in New York State as a speech-language pathologist, and has worked as a classroom teacher. Dr. Michelle has evaluated and worked with hundreds of children ages 6 months to 10 years with their speech and language issues. Carlyn Kolker is a freelance and former reporter for Bloomberg News and Reuters who is raising two boys. Learn more at

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