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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

April 14, 2016
Make!


10th Annual Summit for the Planet


Bouncing Back!

Christine: Genetics and Epigenetics

Santa Cruz Maker Faire
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  Make!

(A April 2016) MakerFair_Kid2.jpgWhat do you like to make?  The Makers Faire comes to Santa Cruz with all manner of makers. No need to pack a lunch as food trucks will be there. Don't miss it.

A recent headline intrigued me. I paraphrase: "What ails us is a spiritual malaise." If this is true --and I find it possible in this age of easy access to all manner of tragic news, nasty politics, dark movies, junk on the internet-- then reading Ami Chen's article(s) can be inspiring for those of us seeking real meaning in our lives and our children's lives. What's really going on when suddenly tempers rise within the family? Ami explores emotional explosions, "thought storms", an apt description. Fascinating!

Christine shares more about our amazing brain/mind.  Will our growing knowledge about the intertwinings of brain, mind, ego and body provide for richer, more peaceful, fulfilling lives?

There are so many choices of things to do this weekend. We couldn't list them all, so be sure to click on The Weekend to find the events for your family.

(A Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events! We cannot fit them all into this newsletter.  There are more on the online calendar.

Have a great weekend and many reflective moments! Parmalee

 

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  10th Annual Summit for the Planet

By Sarojani Rohan

(A April 2016) SummitBOwl2016.jpgNaturalist and wilderness advocate, John Muir, tells us: "Everybody needs beauty... places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike." Many have found this sentiment to be true and Mount Madonna School (MMS), now in its 37th year, is just such a place.

You are cordially invited to come see and experience this for yourself. Please join us on Saturday, April 23 as we celebrate the 10th annual Summit for the Planet Walk-a-thon and Celebration, an environmental festival designed both as a fundraiser and educational event focusing on ecology issues.

Since its grassroots inception 10 years ago, this gathering has grown and continues to nourish, inspire and educate children and their families. It is the MMS community at its finest, as students, their families, staff, faculty and local ecology groups join forces to engage in a delightful and educational day focused on various aspects of the environment.

(A April 2016) SummitATeens2016.jpgThe MMS community thrives on a deep connection to the exquisite mountaintop campus setting and invites the public to come and share in festivities of the day. A 5K walk-a-thon course has been charted for anyone wishing to explore and enjoy the beauties of this forested wonderland. There will be local entertainment, exhibits, including student-designed solar car races, great, locally prepared healthy food, and booths hosted by local ecology-focused organizations. Part participants have included: Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC), Bay Area Amphibian and Reptile Society (BAARS), Allterra Solar, Live Earth Organic Farm, Sulphur Creek Nature Center, Save the Planet & Go Vegan, Bat Conservancy of Coastal California and the Coastal Habitat Education and Environmental Restoration (CHEER), which displayed its unusual mobile trash museum. 

(A April 2016) SummitC2016CarnivalAction.jpgThe environmental event started in 2007 with MMS science teacher Weston Miller who learned of the local and endangered Pajaro River. He made an impassioned plea for MMS to come together in creating an interdisciplinary curriculum for students Pre/K through grade 12, complete with a service component, which focused on the local watershed. It was a grand success and connected MMS in a very meaningful way. A "Trash Fashion" show, comprised of students making use of recycled materials for their "runway" event, was added and the keynote speaker was then-Ocean Conservancy Executive Vice President Dennis Takahashi Kelso.

(A April 2016) SummitBlast_RunningBuddies2.jpgBy 2009, MMS added a walk-a-thon as we realized that we wanted a fundraiser that more clearly reflected our school's values of outdoor and environmental education and the importance of staying connected to our natural world. As a result, our "Festival for the Environment" was reborn as "Summit for the Planet." We now had a wonderful invitation to extend to the larger community; people who never knew of our school, came up and were inspired by the educational resources, eco-centered activities and beauties of walking the mountain trails.

Now in its tenth year, the Summit for the Planet is the school's keystone celebration of earth stewardship and community outreach. Our students join together as they "buddy up" in hiking the trails, designing eco-friendly carnival games, engaging in the Trash Fashion show, growing plants in their science classes to use as carnival prizes and having an altogether great outdoor adventure! Please join us!

Sarojani Rohan is the co-founder of Mount Madonna School's preschool and kindergarten program and has always believed in daily walks in the woods! She is one of the original event planning team members and remains enthusiastically involved on the planning committee.

"Photos Courtesy of Mount Madonna School"

 

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  Bouncing Back!

Resilience for Ourselves Means Resilience for Our Families

by Ami Chen

This morning saw a major kerfuffle in our household. Has this happened to you? You wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and then your kid or someone else in your family has a bad moment, and you react, they react-and thus ensues a delightful downward spiral of upset ... until one kid is perhaps crying, and perhaps you also are about to cry, or throw something at the wall, or storm off to a neighborhood bar (if only one were open at 7:30 in the morning!)

You might see these incidents as thought storms, and if we can see them as such, the storm clouds pass, and we can welcome the sun of a clearer mind back pretty quickly. For me, "resilience" means returning to a more flexible mind, a more natural state of caring and compassion for ourselves, and our families that always lies within us.

That also happened this morning, when my youngest (who was crying because I raised my voice and told her she could no longer watch a TV show which was making her afraid of things ... like, taking showers) suddenly was able to shake it all off, and say she was sorry. I in turn told her I would sit with her, near the shower when she bathed, for as long as she needed me to until she was no longer scared. This happened within the space of 10 minutes or so. (The TV show is still banned.)

The danger of thought storms is that because of resultant intense feelings from such storms, we can begin to gather "evidence" for our feelings in the form of more negative thoughts. As we accept and believe these new thoughts, as we add fuel to our mental fire, resiliency or "bouncing back" begins to seem more and more distant.

I have worked for many years helping people see the connection between their thoughts and their resultant feelings. They begin to see that what they think is not necessarily true, and certainly, the "taking it personally" part is always optional.

They begin to see the distance to resiliency as the simple measure of a thought ... either we follow a thought to its bitter end (or rather, miserable endlessness) or we let it go.

Sometimes, the best we can do is just not take our current thinking so seriously. This does not mean we never have a negative thought or feeling again in our lifetimes. It simply means that resiliency becomes a moment-to-moment experience, and not an in-born personality trait, or special skill. We all have resilience (the capacity to come back to our natural state of love, of simple being-ness). Although most of us will not escape the occasional thought storm, the way we handle such storms is our modeling for our children. Do we have to take a negative thought or judgment (of another, of ourselves) into the rest of our day, month ... or life?

Even some of the "worst" moments in my marriage, for example, have come and gone quickly because I and my husband have refused to make a lot of meaning out of some kind of ego eruption between us. The ego will always react defensively, angrily. And being human means that we will be subject to "ego" from time to time. Yet, as a very wise person once said to me: "You can never get rid of the ego, but you can find out what it is, so that it does not control you."* What is the ego? A kind of thinking. A kind of thinking that comes and goes, and actually begins to diminish as we shine the light of awareness on it.

We can hope for many things for our children, and for others in our families. But there is one thing we can always do on a daily basis that will help them more than all of our hopes and dreams for them. We can become more resilient ourselves. We can begin to see Thought in action. As we see ourselves more often as simply caught up in the human condition (like everyone else on the planet), caught up in Thought, we begin to transcend our own suffering, and become a part of the answer: for our children, for our world.

*That wise person was Mr. Sydney Banks, author of The Missing Link and The Enlightened Gardener series, among other works.


Ami Chen Mills-Naim is a mother of two and author of The Spark Inside: A Special Book for Youth and State of Mind in the Classroom. She leads a monthly drop-in class at Santa Cruz Yoga, including one this Saturday, April 16, 1:30-3:30 pm ($15 class fee). Ami is also a global speaker and wellness coach, with ongoing retreats and events worldwide. Find more at www.AmiChen.com

 

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  Christine: Genetics and Epigenetics

Genetics and Epigenetics Affect Different Brain Regions

(A April 2016) Brain2.jpgThere are times I read something that seems so obvious that I wonder why someone spent money to examine the subject. Then I remember the "obvious" things that aren't true and the completely wacky things that are true. Since I am a physicist who likes quantum mechanics - I shouldn't throw stones.

An interesting article has just been published that looks at the brain. The "nature versus nurture" discussion has been ongoing for decades. There are many areas of behavior that could either be inherited or learned. Various research has not answered this question, and only left a confused field with scientists duking it out in the journals. This article still doesn't answer the question but shows a clearer path... Read on>>>>>

Christine Cockey is a local mom and scientist who researches what's happening in the world of science and makes science easier to understand.  Keep up with her latest articles at http://mistralmtn.blogspot.com/ Bill Cockey took this photo.

 

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  Santa Cruz Maker Faire


Maker Faire
This should be the most fun event of the spring!
Date: 4/16/2016 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $2 - $16

This is a family-friendly event that celebrates the creativity and inventiveness of companies and individuals in the Santa Cruz community. The Mini Maker Faire allows creators and tinkerers to showcase their work to the community, while the public comes to enjoy hands-on, interactive experiences, connect with like-minded people, and to be inspired. Maker Faire supports the ideas of passionate innovation, collaboration and joyful connection with others, and hands-on doing as a way of experiencing the world. Check out www.makerfaire.com for more!

(A April 2016) maker-faire-robots2.jpgOne thing that we love about the Maker Faire is that the installations are 100% accessible. In fact, they are to interactive and hands-on. Participants have made their project themselves, so there is also the element of being able to speak directly to the maker. You might see something and think, I want to do that at home, and the person showing you can explain right then and there how to do it.

Here are the day-of-the-event ticket prices:

  • Adult: $16.00 (Currently $8.00)
  • Child age 4-12: $4.00 (Currently $2.00)
  • Child under 4: Free!
  • Seniors (65+) and Students: $6.00 (Currently $3.00)

Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Chartwell School 1-12, Open House 4/5

 

Coastal Community Preschool, Family Day 4/16

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour 4/20

 

Branciforte Middle School, Spring Festival 4/29

 

SantaCruz Children's School K-5, The Sign of the Seahorse (Play) 4/30

 

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Preschool Storytime
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Date: Every Wed from 10:00am to 10:30am
Ages: toddler and pre-school aged chil
Details: Mamoura Slike reads to toddlers and pre-schoolers
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Be a Maker!
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Earth Day Santa Cruz
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  Earth Day Santa Cruz
City of Santa Cruz
Date: 04/22/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Activities for all ages, delicious food and live music!
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Be a Maker!
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Exotic Bird Expo
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Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
Date: 04/17/2016 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Details: 1000's of Birds, Toys, Cages, Seeds & so much more at wholesale prices!
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Be a Maker!
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Garden Planting and Wool Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Date: 04/29/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Plant a seed , watch shearing and...
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Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire
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Maker Faire
Date: 04/29/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: This should be the most fun event of the spring!
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Wildflower Festival
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State Park Francis Beach
Date: 04/16/2016 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Details: The 3rd annual Coastal Wildflower Day marks both the start of California Native Plant Week and Earth Day
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Be a Maker!
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Exotic Bird Expo
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Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
Date: 04/17/2016 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Details: 1000's of Birds, Toys, Cages, Seeds & so much more at wholesale prices!
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Be a Maker!
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Big Sur Camping Trip!
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  Big Sur Camping Trip!
Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Date: Every day (Oct 2-Oct 5)
Ages: Ages 3 and up
Details: Camp, hike the mountains of the south coast, repose in flowing streams, hunt for jade and jasper, surf, boogie board, and play .
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 458-3648 view all details >>
     
     
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