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Children's Week
April 7, 2011

1776 A Dramatic Reading
Week of the Child Parade and Family Fun Fair
Suki's Blog: Getting Ready

Save the Frog Founder To Speak
This Week
Summit for the Planet
Spring Cleaning
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(Icons/Graphics) ChildrensWeek.jpgThe calendar is brimming with spring events put on by people who care about children, the environment, education and entertainment.  Some weekends there are more events than we can possibly attend and this is one of them.  You'll simply have to make some choices.  We pull a variety of events into the newsletter from the Events Calendar, but this week we recommend that you alsovperuse the online calendar to see everything going on!

One has but to tune into the news briefly to see world wide ignorance (or denial) of history by persons of wide ranging political persuasions --which leads to the question of how do we parents ensure our children of a balanced knowledge of history and how do we know that our own knowledge and perspectve is accurate and unbiased.  A good book or a well made movie can inspire us: I learned more reading David McCullough's John Adams than I did in any American history course.  In Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court we do some fictional time traveling to medieval times.  The movie made from McCullough's John Adams does an outstanding job of introducing us to the history of differing political philosophies in our culture as does Ken Burns' movie on Thomas Jefferson. Several local museums have interesting local history displays.  Perhaps the most fortunate of all are the students whose history teachers make history come alive in imaginations by involving them in re-enactments. That's happening in at least one class in Scotts Valley as you will see reading on.

Does anyone do a whole week of Spring Cleaning anymore?  I'm more the project a week type, but kindness of Martha Stewart, we bring you a comprehensive list of what to do where, when and how!  Why?  Clean and uncluttered truly helps me function best in all ways. How about you?

Have fun this weekend! Parmalee

  1776 A Dramatic Reading

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Coached by directors, Trish Melehan and Lisa Kirk-Williams from Scotts Valley Performing Arts, 23 eighth grade students from Scotts Valley Middle School are preparing to present to the public a dramatic staged reading reenacting the Second Continental Congress in 1776.

Students will be playing famous figures from that tumultuous congress, such as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Hancock, and Benjamin Franklin. The play will end with a dramatic reading from The Declaration of Independence.

Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road Scotts Valley, April 13, 7pm, free to the public

  Week of the Child Parade and Family Fun Fair

First Annual Week of the Child Parade and Family Fun Fair, 4/09, 10am -3pm ~  Free

(Special Event Page Graphics) Parade_Children2.jpgParade 10:00-11:00am. Will begin at Pacific Avenue and Cathcart and will march to San Lorenzo Park.

Family Fun Fair - 11:00am-3:00pm. San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Street, Santa Cruz
There will be fun games, live music, crafts, healthy snacks, and interactive and live performances including Peter Weiss and the popular local teen band, Almost Chaos.

Family Fun Fair Entertainment Schedule:

On the lawn:
11:30 - Elite Martial Arts Academy - Exciting martial arts demonstration
11:45 - International Academy of Dance - Live music box ballerinas

(Special Event Page Graphics) FacePainting.jpgOn the Duck Island Stage:
11:00 - Ryan Cummings - Guitar classics
11:15 - Kids on Broadway - "Cats and Rabbits" from their upcoming production of Wonderland
12:00 - Almost Chaos - Santa Cruz favorite teen band
1:00 - Dr. Pete the Singing Scientist with Scuba Ron
1:40 - International Academy of Dance - An impromptu performance
2:00 - Santa Cruz Gymnastics - Kids gymnastics demonstration
2:30 - Banana Slug String Band - Duets by Santa Cruz's own stringed science celebrities

There will be opportunities for children to participate in tumbling, hula, drumming, face painting, water games and zumba. To register a booth or organize a group activity contact: Denise Ruso at 831-724-3885 x135 or visit www.scccc.org/day-of-the-child

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  Suki's Blog: Getting Ready

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgMy kids' homeschool program is putting on their annual play this week. It's a lot of work. One by one, kids and adults are melting down. At our house, we haven't done much in the way of academics this week. I ask my daughter to do math and she says she needs to make a sign for the teacher's director's chair. I throw up my hands and make muffins.

It's the lot of the homeschooler always to second-guess her performance as a teacher of her children. We all accept that someone with a degree can walk into a classroom and teach the children of strangers, but we question whether a mom who's known her kids her whole life, who is, herself, a well-educated person, can really do a good job.

And in weeks like this, it's very easy to start wondering: Am I doing the right thing? Are my kids learning anything?

And then I remembered the lessons I learned when ... >>>>>>

 
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  Save the Frog Founder To Speak

Local Scientist & "Save The Frogs" Founder To Be Featured Speaker at Summit for the Planet Eco-Festival

(Special Event Page Graphics) Frog1.jpgRespected local ecologist Dr. Kerry Kriger will be the featured speaker at the upcoming 5th Annual Summit for the Planet eco-living festival. Kriger is founder and executive director of Save The Frogs!, the first and only public charity in the United States dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation.

Featuring carnival games for kids, a walk-a-thon, eco-friendly shopping, environmental organizations, live music, student exhibits, renewable energy, solar car races, live animals and more, the Summit for the Planet festival is one of the "green" must-do family event on the Central Coast! This free event is co-hosted by Mount Madonna School at its campus at 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna, and will take place Saturday, April 9 from 11:00 am to 3:00pm (walk-a-thon requires pre-registration and begins at 9:30 am).
Kriger's research into global amphibian population decline has been supported by the National Geographic Society and various philanthropic organizations throughout the world; and he has presented the results of his research at scientific conferences in several countries. His experience also includes studies of endangered Hawaiian birds and the biophysical properties of the amino acids involved in Cystic Fibrosis.

(Special Event Page Graphics) Frog2.jpgKriger holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is a recognized expert on the amphibian disease Chytridiomycosis; and has climbed mountains in the Himalayas, Alps, Alaska Range, Southern Alps and the Andes.

The Save The Frogs organization is sponsoring the 3rd annual Save The Frogs Day on April 29, 2011, which involves educational events in more than 15 countries. For more information, savethefrogs.com

Summit festival, things to know when you go:

5th Annual Summit for the Planet festival, April 9 from 11-3 at Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Rd., Mount Madonna, between Gilroy and Watsonville. Walk-a-thon begins at 9:30. **Free Event with $5 carbon offset parking (waived for participants of Summit for the Planet walk-a-thon and alternative energy vehicles) More information at: ecofest.us

  This Week

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Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list.

DETAILED CAMP & CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 

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Santa Cruz Montessori, Parent-Child Co-educational Collaboration Fridays through 4/15

 

Mount Madonna, Summit for the Planet 4/9

 

SPIN Stars Gala 4/9

 

Waldorf, Beyond Carrots and Sticks 4/9

 

New High School Project, Informal Tour 4/12

 

Chartwell, Informal Tour 4/12

 

Chartwell, Math, Why Is it So Hard for Students? 4/13

 

Waldorf, Parent Circle 5/4

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Spring Break Camps and Drop-Ins

 

Spring Break Camps

City of Santa Cruz

 

Spring Break Camp

Springhill School


Spring Break Camp

Glen Arbor School

336-3448

 

Spring Break Farm Camp

Peaceful Valley Farm

 

Catalyst Soccer


Spring Camp
West Performing Arts


Spring Gardening at

Life Lab


Camp Flip
Santa Cruz Sports Central


Spring Camp
Aptos Village Park


Adventure Horses

Pleasant Valley Horse Club


Spring Into Clay and

Picasso, Cubism, Collage

Mountain Art Center


Spring Camp

Boys & Girls Club


Easter Camp

Willow Pond Ranch

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Welcome!

 

Palace Arts & Office

Art Classes & Supplies

 

City of Santa Cruz

Parks and Rec

Camps & Classes

 

United Way Santa Cruz

Learn about 211 Helpline

 

First 5 Santa Cruz County

Investing in Our Children

 

Peaceful Valley Farm Camp

heirloom-organic-sustainable

for children

 

Miss Jonnie's Aftercare

for ages 2-6

on the west side of SC

426-6276

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This year, Easter falls later, so we're hoping for sunny weather! If so, the patio will be in full swing with the bounce house up for the kids!

We'll be open April 24 10am-2pm.

Reservations are recommended, and, appreciated!


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Side Benefits

of Spring Cleaning

Activity

Calories burned

in 30 minutes

Doing laundry 73
Dusting 85
Gardening 184
Ironing 77
Mopping floor 153
Mowing Lawn 148
Raking Lawn 135
Rearranging furniture 225
Washing dishes 77
Washing the car 153
Washing windows 105
Weeding the yard 153

Based on a 150 lb. person

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 Summit for the Planet

(Special Event Page Graphics) 3i2dhn_SummitforthePlanet_Walkathon.jpgYou are cordially invited to our 5th Annual Summit for the Planet, a festival for eco-living, coming up on Saturday, April 9, 2011, in honor of Earth Day. The Festival begins at 11:00 a.m. and concludes at 3pm Walk-thon registration begins at 9am

Featuring eco-friendly vendor booths, student exhibits, hands-on learning activities, an eco-carnival, live music and much more, Summit for the Planet is becoming the "green" must-do family event in our area!

  • Great music by local bands, Innisfree and Wooster!
  • Delicious food offered by Sweet Elena's Bakery and Gandhi India's Cuisine!
  • An entertaining and interesting keynote by Dr. Kerry Kriger, Ecologist and Founder of Save The Frogs!
  • Arts and activities for children ages 3 to young adult - including felt making, wreath building, face painting, model bungee jump experiment and solar car races!

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  • Eco-carnival featuring games and prizes - and a dunk tank!
  • Trash fashion show featuring clothes made by students from materials ranging from trash to pieces of recycled clothing!
  • Hands-on learning opportunities for children, teenagers and grown-ups with Sierra Club, Live Earth Farm Discovery Program, Bay Area Amphibian and Reptile Society, Electric Auto Association, Save Our Shores
  • Opportunities for networking and inspirational conversations in a thought-provoking natural environment overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay!

    In the past four years, this festival has shown how inspiring it is to bring together students, faculty, parents, grandparents, community members, scientists, and other local experts to focus on becoming a part of important environment and stewardship projects.

    Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna, between Watsonville and Gilroy
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  Spring Cleaning
THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE WITH MARTHA STEWART
KITCHEN

 

 

 
  • DUST REFRIGERATOR COILS  Turn off power at circuit breaker or fuse box. Coils are usually at the bottom of the refrigerator, under the grill. Clean coils with the crevice attachment of a vacuum or a specialty refrigerator-coil brush, available at hardware stores.
  • DEFROST THE FREEZER Turn off power at circuit breaker or fuse box. Empty freezer’s contents;
    wipe interior with a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda per 1 quart hot water.
LIVING ROOM

 

 

  •  SWAP HEAVY CURTAINS, RUGS AND THROWS FOR LIGHTWEIGHT ONES. Clean items first. To store, roll material around an acid-free tube; wrap in a clean sheet of cotton, muslin, or polyethylene; secure with twill tape, and label each bundle so you’ll know which is which.

BEDROOMS

 

 

 

  •  ROTATE BEN AND CHANGE BLANKETS Turn over your mattress to distribute the wear evenly.  Replace cool-weather bedding with warm-weather bedding.
  • CLEAN PILLOWS. Whether made of natural fibers (such as down) or synthetic (often polyester), most pillows can be machine-washed.  This rids them of mold, bacteria and odors.

BATHROOMS

 

 

 

 

  •  DISCARD OLD COSMETICS AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS. Secure these items in a plastic trash bag, and keep it out of reach of children and animals.
  • UPDATE FIRST AID KIT. In addition to bandages and Ointments, the kit should include a list of emergency numbers, especially the one for your nearest poison-control center.
HOME  OFFICE

 

 

 

  • ORGANIZE FILES. Review insurance policies, contracts, and household inventories.
  • CLEAN COMPUTERS Scrub casings with a solution of 1 drop mild dishwashing liquid per 1 quart of water and a Lint-free cloth; dust crevices in keyboards with cotton swabs; wipe screens with a soft cloth or a dry screen-cleaning sponge.

 CLOSETS

 

 

 

  • REPLACE COOL-WEATHER CLOTHING WITH WARM-WEATHER CLOTHING Wash or dry-clean garments before storing them in a zippered sweater or blanket bag.
  • DONATE APPAREL YOU NO LONGER USE Many charities are happy to accept old clothing and may send a truck to pick it Up. They may also provide receipts for tax purposes.
UTILITY SPACES

 

 

 

  •  CLEAN ATTIC AND BASEMENT GIVING AWAY OR DISCARDING UNWANTED ITEMS. Divide whatever is left into two zones: one for things you'll need to retrieve in the next six months, such as clothes, and the other for objects that may be there for years, such as furniture.
  • PROTECT OBJECTS IN BASEMENT. Use concrete blocks to keep storage boxes off the ground. Place washer and dryer on elevated pedestals (made by the appliances' manufacturers)to prevent electrical shock during flooding.

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  • SCRUB DECKS, PATIOS, DRIVEWAYS AND WALKWAYS. Treat mildew spots with a solution of 1 part oxygen bleach to 3 parts water using a deck brush.
  • WASH OUTDOOR FURNITURE. Most materials, including aluminum, plastic, wood, and wicker,can handle a solution of mild dish washing liquid and water and a soft-bristle brush.
  • INSPECT LIGHT FIXTURES. Wash covers, and check for damaged wires and connections.
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