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Easter
April 22, 2011

Triple P Comes to Santa Cruz
A Letter from Easter Seals

Suki Blogs: From Scratch
Citron Blogs: What Does "Frugal" Mean?
This Week's Events
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(Site Photos) 5ookan_EasterSeals-HelpingaChild.jpgIt's good to be amazed... amazed that with all the news about bad guys there are so many good guys quietly, individually, consistently doing good deeds -for their families, neighbors, community; for people in need near and far.  Easter Seals is a "good guy".

Whether you are a new parent or feel the need to tune up your parenting skills when reality sets in, and it will somewhere along the 18+ year journey, there is help for you!  You can easily locate parenting support programs on our Events Calendar.  Just select the category Parenting Workshops. or Support Groups.

Viva Harris, local parent, is back with us sharing her fascination with managing the family finances and other thoughts on family life.  Welcome!

Have a beautiful Easter Weekend, Parmalee

  Triple P Comes to Santa Cruz

(Event Calendar Logos) TripleP.jpg"Parenting is the hardest job we have and when you really find something that makes it easier, it's a relief for parents."

Urmila Schmit-Cohen, Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency Triple P Practitioner

Parenting is very rewarding and enjoyable but it can also be challenging and exhausting. There is no one right way to be a parent, but the Positive Parenting Program, Triple P, offers information, support and practical answers to everyday parenting concerns.

Three local funders - First 5 Santa Cruz County, Health Services Agency and Human Services Department have partnered with several agencies to make it easier for parents to get the information and support they need through the evidence based Positive Parenting Program.

With Triple P, parents can expect a range of high quality parenting services that are consistent across all agencies, and easy to access through a central phone number and website.

Triple P has been successful with families all over the world. Susan True, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Cruz County, states that local families are also finding success with the program, "Triple P is a parenting program, supported by 30 years of research. It is an approach that promotes good communication and strong relationships between parents and their children. Parents are successfully using new strategies to promote children's development, create a positive relationship with their children, and gain the knowledge and confidence to encourage positive behavior and solve future issues with their children."

Parents are always given the opportunity to select which strategies they would like to try at home. The goal of Triple P is to help parents create positive, caring relationships.

Experienced providers have recognized the importance of Triple P on our community's families. Deborah Vitullo, Triple P Practitioner at Families Together and private family therapist, states, "As a Clinician it is my responsibility to provide evidence based programs to my families. Triple P is one of the most comprehensive parenting programs. I have been doing this for over 25 years, this one (Triple P) covers everything that you would want it to cover. It is state of the art. It is a good solid, tried and trued parenting program. They did their homework and their research. It is an amazing program."

There are over 80 other Santa Cruz County Triple P accredited practitioners who....read more>>>

  A Letter from Easter Seals

(Event Calendar Logos) EAsterSealsStamp.jpgDear Friends,

Kyle was diagnosed with a form of autism when he was 26 months old - months after his mom knew that something was different about him. Quickly, relief at knowing how to help Kyle turned into fear about where he could get the help he needed.

Kyle's family turned to Easter Seals and the services made possible by support from people like you. Now 7, Kyle still receives therapy at home through Easter Seals and has made big strides.

But every child's story is unique and not all stories end happily like Kyle's. So many other kids with special needs aren't getting the early diagnosis and treatment they need to be able to grow and thrive. We can reach them, but only with your help.

Make a gift before our deadline this Easter Sunday and help us reach our $1 million Easter Seals 2011 Drive goal - we're still $646,378 away.

For every child that's diagnosed with a disability, four more children don't get the screening they need. And fewer than half of the children who are diagnosed with a developmental delay receive appropriate treatment.

(Site Photos) EasterSeals_Girl.jpgAll children living with disabilities have the potential to learn, develop, grow and thrive - but only if they and their families receive the support and services they need when they need them.

As the largest provider of inclusive childcare for children with and without disabilities, we see the value of early diagnosis and treatment every day. We know that reaching kids early can make all the difference - for the children themselves and the families who love them. But we urgently need more resources to meet the growing need for these services.

Make a gift in the next five days to reach our $1 million goal so we can help more kids like Kyle beat the odds.

April 24 is just around the corner, I hope we can count on you.

Sincerely, Eve Smith ~ Easter Seals

 

 
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Easter Buffet Brunch at The Tyrolean Inn

The chef is preparing a delicious selection; the sun is out; the patio is open; the bounce house is up and waiting for children!

Please join us for Easter Brunch, Sunday April 24, 10 -2. 

Adults are only $18.95 and kids between ages 6 and 12 are only $9

9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond, 336.5188 ~ tyroleaninn.com

  Suki Blogs: From Scratch

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgThings are going a little overboard these days at my house. Something's growing in my kitchen.

No, we haven't had an invasion of ants (though that has happened) or mold (ditto). It's not that we've found a new unusual cuisine to pursue (though my husband is always on the lookout for that).

What's more beautiful than radish sprouts greening up on the windowsill?

I have started to realize that I can make pretty much anything better than it'll be coming from a package. And if there is someone making a good version of something, I bet I can make it cheaper at home.

It started with the granola.... Find out what else Suki makes from scratch and how you can too! >>>

  Citron Blogs: What Does "Frugal" Mean?

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Viva Harris, Daily Citron

I don't like the word, "frugal."

I don't even like the way it sounds. The first half of the word comes out sounding like, "ewww", the second half requires you to push your tongue forward as if you're clearing something nasty out of your throat. And, the word "frugal" has so many negative connotations- I think "deprivation," or "cheap," or "penny-pinching." I imagine some person of desperately limited means living a hunched-over and reclusive life of hoarding useless materials and craving things that they don't allow themselves to have.

As it turns out, "frugal," despite it's unappealing sound and undeserved reputation, means something astonishingly wonderful: To make smart financial decisions so that you can focus on what is really important to you in life. Or, if you need a more practically-oriented definition, here's Wikipedia's: "Frugality is the practice of acquiring goods and services in a restrained manner, and resourcefully using already owned economic goods and services, to achieve a longer term goal."

Frugality focuses on something that is a core value in life- living for what is truly important to us, and making decisions that are consistent with that. (But note, "saving money" or "spending wisely" are not what's truly important to the frugal person- it's the goals that we can reach by doing so that are truly important.)

So, although I don't like the word, "frugal," I do love it's meaning, and I love that it is helping me get to where I want to go in life.

Viva Harris is a local mom, wife, attorney and frugal practioner who also blogs on The Daily Citron which "contains tips for frugal living, money management practices, ideas for living green, thoughts on parenting, and recipes that tie it all together. All written by someone who hasn't yet come close to figuring life out, but wants to share what they've found useful so far in that quest. :)"

  This Week's Events

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 Mineral & Gem Show

(Site Photos) Minerals_2.jpgSanta Cruz Mineral and Gem Society's 59th annual "Treasures of the Earth" show will feature a variety of Jewels, Jade, Rocks and Fossils.

There will be several activities for children of all ages. The fluorescent mineral room, a spectacular glow-in-the-dark black-light collection will again be on display. Continuing this year, family friendly attractions include rock painting, sand bottles, free rock give-away and the popular Treasure Wheel.

This year in celebration of Easter we will have a wonderful Easter egg gift for the first 200 children. Follow the rock related treasure hunt to this special give-away.

Traditional attractions continue, door prizes every half hour, hands on demos, and guest speakers. In addition there will be a Raffle with many exciting items, including your choice of a large crystal formation or fossil specimen.

(Site Photos) Minerals_1.jpgThere will be beautiful and informative rock, mineral and gem displays collected by local club members and guests from afar!

Attendees will be able to speak with rock hounds and purchase quality items from dealers from throughout the Western states who will have gems, crystals, beads, rocks, jewelry and fossils for sale as well as lapidary and jewelry making supplies.

Apr 23-Apr 24, 10:00am to 5:00pm, Admission Fees: $4,  Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Doors open at 10:00 am Saturday and Sunday, April 23th & 24th 2011, at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Children under twelve, and Scouts in uniform, when accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. The $4.00 admission ticket will help support the Society's activities including their scholarship and workshop programs.

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