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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

April 25, 2019
Do-It-Ourselves

It's the Soil!

Ways to Help Our Bees

Book: The Honey Bus

Re-thinking Dandelions

Summit for the Planet

"Leaves of three, let it be."
Fun Events!
Moms Weigh In On Poison Oak
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  Do-It-Ourselves

(0 A 0 April 2019) EarthDay_Kids.jpgAs I read about Earth Day activities all over the country, I am struck by the many choices we have to make a difference within our home and community. On our very own little patch we can make choices that affect birds, bees, us, our food, our yards, our houses and apartments.

We also can support private organizations, nonprofits and government initiatives that are working to make a difference on grand scales (like planting millions of trees), yet it always comes back to individual choices that nourish our spirit and engage our children in a worthy cause.

In the Santa Cruz Parent world it always comes back to action within the family, to setting examples for our children. I gathered a few articles on the topic. Enjoy!

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a great weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  It's the Soil!

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There's a lot of innovation in the farm soil world, especially among organic farmers who eschew inorganic fertilizers. Let's join them by taking good care of our own soil in our own yards, gardens and houseplants!

To fix the climate, we have to fix our soil

by Annie Anzilotti

"One of our most important solutions to the global challenge posed by climate change lies right under our feet." That's according to Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, a soil biochemist at the University of Merced, and she's talking about soil, which isn't acknowledged as a key factor in the fight against climate change.

When it's healthy, soil is incredibly effective at storing carbon, Berhe said on the stage at TED in Vancouver. Soil stores around 3,000 billion metric tons of carbon, which is double the amount stored in vegetation and in the atmosphere, combined. The ability of natural ecosystems like soil to capture and sequester carbon is essentially bailing us out of experiencing the effects of excessive amounts of CO2 that human activities produce. Around half of the 9.4 billion metric tons of CO2 released into the atmosphere every year are captured in soil, plants, and the ocean, and soil is doing the bulk of that heavy lifting." Read more>>>

 

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  Ways to Help Our Bees

(0 A 0 April 2019) BeeBeautiful.jpg"Bees are the backbone of the environment as we know it, helping many plant and animal species by pollinating. "More than 20,000 bee species around the world are the most important group of pollinators for farming and wild plants," a representative from The Honeybee Conservancy told Bored Panda. We can thank bees for such delicious produce as potatoes, tangerines, apples and so, so much more! "One in three mouthfuls of food we eat benefits from bee pollination" the representative added.

Unfortunately, as precious as the bees are to our ecosystem, there has been an increasing worry regarding their numbers and what it means to our future.

1. Protect bee habitat. 

2. Avoid harmful pesticides. 

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4. Build homes for solitary and bumble bees. 

5. Plant a bee-friendly garden

6. Plant trees.  I

7. Support your local beekeeper. 

8. Sponsor a Hive. 

Read the eight point details!>>>

 

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  Book: The Honey Bus

(0 A 0 April 2019) BookTheHoneyBus.jpgA Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees

by Meredith May

Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. That first close encounter was at once terrifying and exhilarating for May, and in that moment she discovered that everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes, in the secret world of bees.

"Swarm season always arrived by telephone. The red rotary phone jangled to life every spring with frantic callers reporting honeybees in their walls, or in their chimneys, or in their trees.

I was pouring Grandpa's honey over my corn bread when he came out of the kitchen with that sly smile that said we'd have to let our breakfast go cold again. I was ten, and had been catching swarms with him for almost half my life, so I knew what was coming next. He slugged back his coffee in one gulp and wiped his mustache with the back of his arm.

"Got us another one," he said. Read more>>>>>

"Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. That first close encounter was at once terrifying and exhilarating for May, and in that moment she discovered that everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes, in the secret world of bees." Amazon Review

 

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  Re-thinking Dandelions

(0 A 0 April 2019) Dandelion.jpg"Dandelions are NOT weeds, but are from the same family as sunflowers. A dandelion seed can travel up to 5 miles before it lands. Every part of the dandelion is edible. 1 cup of dandelion greens = 535% of your daily recommended vitamin K and 112% of vitamin A. Up until the 1800's dandelions were seen as extremely beneficial. People would remove grass to plant dandelions!

While dandelions are considered a nuisance by those who prefer a pristine lawn, others know the many benefits that dandelions have yielded over centuries in the areas of folk medicine and healthy eating. It's proven as an antioxidant that also lowers blood sugar, but it may also be useful in treating jaundice, cirrhosis, edema, gout, eczema, and acne. There's even evidence that dandelion greens might prove helpful in treating AIDS and herpes. Highly nutritious as an ingredient in salads, its roots show ever-increasing possibilities in the fight against cancer.

The Middle English form of dandelion - dent-de-lioun - reveals the word's French origin: dentdelion, meaning "tooth of the lion," for the plant's sharply indented leaves."

Learn more about the benefits of dandelions and how to use them >>>>>

 

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  Summit for the Planet

Summit for the Planet

Mount Madonna School
Join us for an amazing Learning Expo & fun-filled day!
Date: 04/27/2019 from 11:00am to 1:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free!
SummitforthePlanet.org  Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville

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An eco-carnival and e-waste event

"The 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."

 

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  "Leaves of three, let it be."

"Behold the diversity of poison oak! The species name of poison oak is diversilobum which quite literally means "variable leaves." Young poison oak leaves are usually reddish and turn a bright green, but the shapes of the leaves can vary a lot. Just remember, "Leaves of three, let it be," unless it's the occasional poison oak plant with 5, 7 or 9 leaves."
Hastings Natural History Reserve

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In other words, wear long pants and look, don't touch! If you do get  poison oak, check out these "Mom wisdoms" based on personal experience. >>>>>

  Fun Events!
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Mount Madonna PreK-12, Summit for the Planet 4/27

 

Kirby School 6-12, Shadow Days are Mondays

 

Good Shepherd Pre-8, Shadow-A-Ram Visit Days

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Summit for the Planet Earth Day Celebration
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  Summit for the Planet Earth Day Celebration
Mount Madonna School
Date: 04/27/2019 from 11:00am to 1:30pm
Ages: all
Details: Join us for an amazing Learning Expo & fun-filled day!
City: Mount Madonna Phone: (408) 847-2717 view all details >>
     
Children's Planetarium Show
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  Children's Planetarium Show
Hartnell Planetarium
Date: Every Fri (Aug 30-Dec 13) at 5:15pm
Details: Star programs for children
Special Instructions: No late admittance. Be sure to show up 5-10 minutes early. Doors are locked shut at start times.
City: Salinas Phone: (831) 755-6979 view all details >>
     
FIESTA: Love. Community. Home.
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  FIESTA: Love. Community. Home.
Research Center for the Americas
Date: 04/27/2019 from 8:00pm to 12:00am
Ages: All
Details: You won't want to miss this party!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Homesteading Day
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  Homesteading Day
Hidden Villa
Date: 04/27/2019 at 9:30am
Details: Sheep-shearing, fiber arts, food preservation, backyard chicken care, composting, fruit tree pruning and more
City: Los Altos Hills Phone: (650) 949-8650 view all details >>
     
Garden Planting and Wool Day
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  Garden Planting and Wool Day
State Park Wilder Ranch
Date: 04/27/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Plant a seed , watch shearing and...
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-9703 view all details >>
     
High School Art Show
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  High School Art Show
Santa Cruz Art League
Date: Every day (Apr 26-May 19) from 9:00am to 3:30pm
Details: Come see some amazing art by local high school students... Opening reception May 4, 3-5pm
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-5787 view all details >>
     
International Children's Festival
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International Children's Festival
Date: 04/27/2019 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Hey, kids and parents of the Bay Area! 10th International Children's Festival will be held on April 27th, 2019. Save the date!
City: San Jose view all details >>
     
FREE swim lessons w. Seahorse Swim School
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  FREE swim lessons w. Seahorse Swim School
Seahorse Swim School
Date: 04/27/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: ages 6 months and up
Details: FREE swim lessons w. Seahorse Swim School
Special Instructions: no appointment needed , no experience necessary
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 476-7946 view all details >>
     
Old Time Music Jam
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Toneway Project
Date: The 4th Su of every month at 1:00pm
Details: Play, listen, dance! Ocean View Park
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Raising Confident, Competent Children
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  Raising Confident, Competent Children
Triple P
Date: 04/30/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Details: Attend Raising Confident, Competent Children to get tips for helping your children.
Special Instructions: (831) 724-2997 x212
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 724-2997 view all details >>
     
Pick One!
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  Pick One!
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Pick One!
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Guys and Dolls
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  Guys and Dolls
Scotts Valley High School
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Apr 18-Apr 28)
Details: A fun family friendly musical comedy
City: Scotts Valley Phone: 831.439-9555 view all details >>
     
Springfest
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Envision831
Date: 04/28/2019 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Join us to sip a cold brew, enjoy a fine glass of wine, jam out, snack on some goodies, and check out local artists!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
DIO Fest 2019
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Do-It_Ourselves Fest
Date: Every day (Apr 25-Apr 28)
Details: DIO Fest is a family friendly event, admission is free for kids 12 and under.
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 703-4183 view all details >>
     
Waterwise Garden Pruning & Maintenance Workshop
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  Waterwise Garden Pruning & Maintenance Workshop
Sierra Azul Gardens
Date: 04/27/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Details: Practical and aesthetic ways to prune and shape up your perennials, salvias, grasses, restios, shrubs, trees, proteas and ground
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-728-2532 view all details >>
     
Hand in Hand Parenting
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Hand in Hand Parenting
Date: Every Su (Apr 14-May 19) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: The Starter Class covers the full set of tools developed by Hand In Hand Parenting to develop, maintain and repair a strong conn
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Touch a Truck!
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  Touch a Truck!
Scotts Valley Educational Foundation
Date: 04/28/2019 from 10:30am to 3:00pm
Details: Interactive event where boys and girls of all ages can come and explore trucks and vehicles of all shapes and sizes
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
     
     
  Moms Weigh In On Poison Oak

"My daughter is on the other side of a bad poison oak rash. I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations to heal it faster and to minimize scarring. She's past the point of itching and now it's just trying to heal but it's looking pretty gnarly. Thanks! A

We added some links to some of the recommendations. As you will see our Mom contributors have had differing successes with a variety of remedies. Hopefully you and your children will be able to dress preventively when you walk in the woods and fields, practice "leave it" and never have to use post poison oak remedies! Parmalee

L It may sound silly but I swear by noxzema cleansing cream for burns and rashes. It has a coolant and feels so good 🙂

Re That was all we used for sunburns growing up!

Ra Vaseline. Vaseline. Vaseline. Hydrate the skin as much as possible to give it the best chance to heal itself.

B I usually dry it out with Tea Tree Oil, then hydrate once the blistering starts to heal.

D Reach out to Farmer Carin at Blossom's Farm. She makes biodynamic salves and skin creams. I bet she has something that's great for post-poison oak rash. They sell at a few of the local farmer's markets in town.

K Jump in the ocean!!! Whatever is in that water dries it our instantly!

M Salt? However if there are open sores, it could get funky.

K Totally helps with the itching too. My dad once drove 90 minutes to fill a cooler of ocean water and bring it home to me when I was a little kid. I was healed almost overnight. Salt is likely the reason but I wouldn't suggest a salt bath I think other natural components of the water help.

G The BeautyCounter Baby Balm has worked wonders for a few people I know! But jumping in the ocean helps as well!

E Haven't used it for poison oak but for other rashes and skin problems: vitamin E. I would break open vitamin E gel caps and smear the contents straight onto the skin.

P So, I get terrible poison oak, aaaand I learned years after suffering loooong painful healing periods that what is actually going on is that I am acquiring a secondary infection-usually impetigo-that masquerades on top of the original rash and doubles the healing time. The solution is topical antibiotics. Mupirocin, to be exact. I now use it preventively when I get a PO rash.

A So I ended up bathing her in an Epsom Salt bath with some ACV. I think that did help a lot. I also got some plantain oil which I was told is good for poison oak. It already looks better than it did this morning!

T My daughter is super sensitive and gets awful rashes if she even gets near it. We have tried EVERYTHING. The one thing that works every time is scrubbing with dish soap. Use tepid-cold water (as cold as she can handle) scrub with dish soap for a minimum of 30 seconds as hard as she can handle then rinse. Repeat for a total of 3 times. Works every time and better than anything even Zanfel for which we paid $50 for a tiny tube.

A I did that too! It did seem to help. I also bought the stupid Zanfel but I got the CVS brand and used a coupon so I paid $27. But still. Expensive!

T The pics on the box had me so convinced but it didn't do anything for us. If you did the dish soap it will clear up in a couple days. You can put Aloe Vera on it to help soothe

V I was taught by a dear friend about green clay last summer when my daughter had a very bad episode of poison oak. You can buy in bulk at new leaf or whole foods. It helped a lot. You mix it with a little water and salt and put it on the area until it dries out and you can leave it on even longer.

W Hi! Calendula/Comfrey salve to heal the scarring."

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