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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

April 19, 2018
Joy and Laughter, More Please!

Earth Day

Dance Week

Preventing Lyme Disease

School Stats and Facts
Fun Events!
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  Joy and Laughter, More Please!

(0 April 2018) DanceWeek_Kids.jpgLocal dancers who move beautifully will be out in force during Santa Cruz Dance Week, sharing their joy, beginning today! As I looked at photos from previous years I found myself smiling because dancers and audience alike were smiling! Let's join them, as participants or spectators.

I am privileged to know parents who are guiding their children thoughtfully, imbuing them with principles for life, paying attention to their unique personalities and interests,  and doing it all in an environment of joy and laughter. As I age and gain tiny grains of wisdom I realize more and more the glue that holds families together is love, consideration, humor and laughter, lots of laughter.

(2 Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgI've been curious about the statistics on the educational paths parents are choosing for their young children. One of the national statistics caught me unawares. Which one do you think it is? I wonder how Santa Cruz County stats compare to national statistics.

Enjoy many happy moments over the weekend with the family! Parmalee

 

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  Earth Day

(0 April 2018) earthday2018.jpgTruly, Earth Day is every day. We pick up trash as we walk neighborhoods, beaches, woods. We plant a garden, support a favorite cause, change an old habit for a more earth-friendly one. 

Saturday brings several opportunities to join others in service and celebration.  Choose your preferred activity and have fun!

Earth Day at State Parks
California State Parks
Date: 04/21/2018 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Details: Celebrate Earth Day working in a state park!
City: CA website

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City of Santa Cruz
Date: 04/21/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Activities for all ages, delicious food and live music!
City: San Lorenzo Park Benchlands, 137 Dakota Ave, Santa Cruz
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Exploring the San Lorenzo River: Earth Day BioBlitz
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Exploring the San Lorenzo River: Earth Day BioBlitz
Date: 04/21/2018 from 9:00am to 10:30am
Ages: All ages ~ Free event
Registration encouraged
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Tannery Arts Center, (Riparian corridor behind Tannery Bldg.), Santa Cruz.

Earth Week Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Earth Week 2018 - Iit's a beautiful bike ride through the fields to Seymour Center at the edge of the ocean!
Date: Every day (Apr 17-Apr 22) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: ALL Admission Fees: FREE
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Earthday River Cleanup
Save Our Shores
You're needed for Earthday River cleanups
Date: 04/21/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Meet us at the Mimi de Marta Park parking lot, 119 Broadway, SC

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City of Watsonville
Activities, information and food!
Date: 04/22/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Watsonville City Plaza, 358 Main St, Watsonville

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  Dance Week

(0 April 2018) DanceWeek_Night.jpg"The streets of Downtown Santa Cruz come alive with dance and music as dancers take to the streets to kick off  Santa Cruz Dance Week. Three Hours, Three stages, hundreds of dancers! This year's event brings together dancers from across the county, presenting dancers include: Groovaroo Family Dance, Worldanz, Tango Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College, UCSC, Te Hau Nui, Palomar Ballroom, Contra Dance Santa Cruz, EVERY dance studio in Santa Cruz County.

The event will kick off  5:30pm on Pacific and Cooper streets. Three stages of dancers will continue throughout the evening concluding with a square/country/community dance with dance caller Andy Wilson & Band."

Dancing in the Streets- April 19th, 2018   5:20pm-9:30pm
Pacific and Cooper Streets, Downtown Santa Cruz

8:40pm - The evening will culminate in a community dance brought to you by Andy Wilson, Dance Caller & Band.

Schedule Details

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  Preventing Lyme Disease

(0 April 2018) Westernblackleggedtick6.jpgYou've been walking in the woods, crossing a few fields, enjoying the serenity and beauty. You return home and suddenly get that tickling sensation of something crawling around your scalp only to discover it's a western black legged tick!? Yech! You run for the hot shower which you should have done anyway if you live in tick country, and you do!

Please read this comprehensive article on ticks and lyme disease. Keep your family active AND safe.  These few excerpts should be enough to persuade you to read the entire article.

"Lyme disease is a potentially serious disease, and can be localized or affect multiple body systems." 

In California, approximately 5% of the landscape is covered by forest. Six counties-four in the northwest (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Trinity), Santa Cruz County on the central coast, and Nevada County in the northeast-are more than 10% covered by forests that may entail high risk of exposure to nymphs.

"...people are most likely to be bitten in spring and early summer when the nymphs are abundant in forests carpeted with leaf or fir-needle litter."

"Preventing exposure to ticks is the best way to reduce the risk of getting Lyme disease. Know how to recognize the western blacklegged tick and the areas and times of year where and when this tick occurs. Always inspect clothing, exposed skin, and pets for ticks when outdoors in tick habitats, and oneself for several days afterward to ensure that one or more nymphs may not have been overlooked."

"While outdoors in tick habitats, frequently inspect your clothing or exposed skin to detect and remove ticks before they have a chance to attach. Ticks may attach anywhere on the body, but on fully clothed persons they often attach to the scalp, behind an ear, or to an arm or leg. Pay particular attention to these areas as well to pant and bare legs when examining yourself or others."

"Shower and Heat Clothing - Research has demonstrated that showering within two hours of exposure to ticks offers protection against Lyme disease. Moreover, subjecting clothes worn outdoors to a one-hour dryer cycle at high heat will kill any ticks that crawled onto them."

 

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  School Stats and Facts

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THERE'S A DUE PROCESS PROBLEM WITH HOMESCHOOL REGULATIONS by Kerry McDonald

At over two million young people, the number of US homeschoolers is comparable to the number of US students enrolled in public charter schools, and it is now considered a worthwhile education option for many families. Recent efforts to tighten homeschooling regulations have been spotlighted ... and homeschoolers ... are now dealing with mounting pressure to make ... homeschooling laws more restrictive. Read more>>>

Kerry McDonald has a B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin and an M.Ed. in education policy from Harvard. Follow her writing at Whole Family Learning.

RESEARCH FACTS ON HOMESCHOOLING, Homeschool Fast Facts by Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. January 13, 2018

General Facts, Statistics, and Trends; Reasons and Motivations for Home Educating; Academic Performance; Social, Emotional, and Psychological Development (Socialization); Gender Differences in Children and Youth Respected? Success in the "Real World" of Adulthood   ...read the details>>>

Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. is a former certified teacher in public and private schools and served as a professor in the fields of science, research methods, and education at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His Ph.D. is in science education from Oregon State University and his M.S. is in zoology from Ohio University. Dr. Ray has been studying the homeschool movement for about 33 years.

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DISCOVERY LEARNING CENTER

You can learn more about local homeschooling from Heddi Craft at Discovery Learning Center. Heddi has three children and has been homeschooling for the past 12 years. She is the county contact for the California Homeschool Network and is a member of the Homeschool Association of California. These two organizations offer information, pros and cons on Assembly Bill 2926. Read more>>>

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PUBLIC SCHOOL CHARTER ENROLLMENT from National Center for Education Statstics

Between fall 2000 and fall 2015, overall public charter school enrollment increased from 0.4 million to 2.8 million. During this period, the percentage of public school students who attended charter schools increased from 1 to 6 percent. Read more>>>

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PRIVATE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT from National Center for Education Statstics

Between fall 1999 and fall 2015, the percentage of all elementary and secondary students who were enrolled in private schools fluctuated between 9.6 percent and 11.7 percent. Read more>>>

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY ENROLLMENT from National Center for Education Statstics

Between fall 2014 and fall 2026, total public school enrollment in prekindergarten through grade 12 is projected to increase by 3 percent (from 50.3 million to 51.7 million students).

Changes in elementary and secondary school enrollment are largely reflective of demographic changes in the population.  Read more>>>

  Fun Events!
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APRIL

CALENDAR

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Mount Madonna School Pre-K-12, Campus Tour 4/18

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School Pre-8, Walk Through the Grades 4/19

 

Mount Madonna School Pre-K-12, Summit for the Planet 4/28

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School Pre-8, Mayfaire 5/5

 

Expedition Academy 5-8, Open House 5/12

ALL SCHOOL EVENTS

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More Please!
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Folk Dancing!
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  Folk Dancing!
Cabrillo Folk Dancers
Date: Every Tues and Fri from 7:30am to 11:00pm
Details: Check out these folk dancing events! Balkan, Israeli, International
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Do It Ourselves Fest
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  Do It Ourselves Fest
Camp Krem
Date: Every day (Apr 27-Apr 29)
Details: Music festival to raise funds for Camp Krem programs
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-3210 view all details >>
     
Fashion Teens
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Fashion Teens
Date: 04/20/2018 at 7:30pm
Details: Teens show off their fashion creations, many of them from upcycled materials
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Pie Contest
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  Pie Contest
Live Oak Grange
Date: 09/16/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Come on down to the Live Oak Grange to eat delicious pie, play pie games and help raise funds for our Grange Hall Renovation!
Special Instructions: Pie eaters - 3 slices for $10
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Craft Sale in the Mountains
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  Craft Sale in the Mountains
Made in the Mountains
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Apr 21-Dec 15) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
City: Boulder Creek view all details >>
     
Love is a Four-Legged Word
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Santa Cruz SPCA
Date: 04/21/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Images of the winning posters will be made into an awesome calendar!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Paint This! El Capitan
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Palace Art & Office Supply
Date: 04/21/2018 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Details: We're super excited to be hosting a very special one-day art workshop
City: Capitola Phone: 831-332-9532 view all details >>
     
More Please!
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Kelp Pickling
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  Kelp Pickling
Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Date: Every Su and Fri (May 18-May 20)
Ages: Adults and Children 10+
Details: Learn about kelp forests and get a great reward in the form of a delicious treat
Special Instructions: Friday and Sunday
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 458-3648 view all details >>
     
     
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