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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

August 27, 2015
Words

Good People, Bad People and the Rest of Us

Setting the Reading Example with Quality Selections
Locking Down Your Data
Full Moon Madness Astronomy Night
Setting Up for Full Moon Madness Night
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  Words

(AAA Aug 2015) BigBlueLiveHumpbackWhale.jpgOn Monday, August 31 set aside time to watch Big Blue Live. The Seymour Center had a special visit from Joy Reidenberg and a BBC Big Blue Live film crew capturing footage for an upcoming event. Big Blue Live is a joint production with PBS and BBC featuring the spectacular gathering of marine life happening in Monterey Bay, CA. It will air live for 3 straight nights on Aug 31-Sept 2.

(AAA Aug 2015) Constitution.jpgOn September 17, Americans will observe the 228th anniversary of the adoption and signing of the U.S. Constitution by the Constitutional Convention.  Children and adults can enter a contest about the constitution: poetry, essays, songs, plays at ConstitutingAmerica.org

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education has links to excellent nonpartisan websites about the constitution.  This should be helpful to parents, students and teachers, as we active citizens need to be well informed about our system of government. Hillsdale College offers a free online course on the constitution.

I've been watching the PC Police efforts to ban words.  It's turning a bit controlling and sometimes just plain laughable.  As parents we make choices about the words we use around children.  When they try out unsavory words from the playground, we talk with them about words that might hurt or offend and why.  Sometimes we parents give up our use of certain expletives. But please, don't ask us to give up calling ourselves  "Americans".

The Santa Cruz County Fair is getting ready for you!  Discount tickets are availabe online NOW

Parenting SupportMuseums The Weekend

Thank you for sending many new families our way. Please, drop us a line anytime and recommend us to a friend

Have a "nature" weekend with your family, Parmalee

 

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  Good People, Bad People and the Rest of Us

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The other day when we were talking to our kids about interacting with other people online, we came up against a problem that we face over and over as parents:

Concern #1: We don't it's healthy for our kids to think that the world is some horrible scary place they should be afraid of interacting with.

Concern #2: On the other hand, horrible scary things happen out there every day, and we want our children to have basic tools to deal with things that might come their way.

How you balance those concerns pretty much sums up your view of what your role as a parent is.

I tend to spend a lot of time standing in the middle of the seesaw, trying to keep it level. I did let my kids walk around the neighborhood alone when they were little. I didn't prime them with horrible stories about mean people and what they will do to them. I did tell them that it's OK to question the motives of adults they come into contact with. Read more >>>>>>>

 

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  Setting the Reading Example with Quality Selections

Now that I've devoured a bunch of easy summer beach reads, I've decided to spend time with historian Richard Brookhiser's Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln. 

"In the words of the Boston Globe, Founders' Son is "beautifully written and choked with insights." As Brookhiser writes early in the book, Founders' Son "is not a full-dress biography of Lincoln" but rather "a history of his career, and the unfolding of the ideas that animated it." Brookhiser masterfully explores those ideas, and the sources for them-in particular, the ideas of America's Founders."

We Americans are participants in one of the most successful political systems ever to grace this planet in the evolution.  It's good to understand out rich heritage, its evolution in order to cotinue evolving as an enlightened society.

  Locking Down Your Data

Think you're safe on social media? Think again

by Dave Taylor

If the web wasn't an ever-evolving creature, it'd be easy to sign yourself up on the big social networking sites, pick your settings and be 100 percent sure that your data is as private as you desire.

Unfortunately, that's far from the case. Every website keeps tweaking and changing its settings, and all too often that means you're losing your privacy, whether you like it or not.  Read on for the latest on Facebook and Twitter>>>>

  Full Moon Madness Astronomy Night

State Park Henry Cowell
Enjoy the moon phases and a talk by a NASA scientist
Friday 8/28, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Day-use parking fee is $10


This is a fun event for the whole family! There will be kids' crafts, live music and guided walks throughout the evening. We are also excited to host an astronomy specialist speaker and the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club! Come for some or this entire event, located in our Day Use area at 101 Big Trees Park Road in Felton, off Hwy 9.

The main entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located off of Highway 9 in Felton at 101 Big Trees Park Rd Felton, CA 95018. Parking fee is $10, program is free.  This event is appropriate for all ages and no reservations are needed. 

More information is available at (831)335-7077.

Friday August 28, Brian Day from NASA will be at this evening to talk about the most recent NASA discoveries. He does this every year and gives a slideshow presentation.


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map Phone: (831) 335-7077 

(AAA Aug 2015) SettingUpTelescopes.jpgHere's an unedited, delightful description of a previous moon viewing night from a member of the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club.  His enthusiasm, generosity and knowledge is inspiring! continue>>>>

 

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Parks

A-Z Camps

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If you can't have fun with physics ...
... you aren't a very fun person!

Saturday, Sept 12
10am / 1pm
Sunday, Sept 13
10am, 1pm, 3:30pm

thephysicsshow.com

Camp Out

in the Parks

Labor Day Weekend

It's not too late to make reservations for camping to celebrate Labor Day!  Get out there and have your own adventure at one of our 279 State Parks.

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parks.ca.gov

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Big Blue Live

PBS and the BBC are teaming up for a groundbreaking multimedia event showcasing marine life along California's coast, delivering real-time images of whales, dolphins, great white sharks, elephant seals and other sea creatures to millions of viewers across the nation.

Watch it on PBS at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 through Sept. 2. Footage will also be streamed online at www.pbs.org/big-blue-live.

 

Enter a contest at the Santa Cruz County Fair! 

Show off your best! 

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Online Entry Deadline August 22,  11:59pm, due on August 30 by 5pm

Entries and entry forms

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"Bad Grammar...

Poor Spelling...

I cannot eat this homework."

FREE CHILD SAFETY WORKSHOP
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  FREE CHILD SAFETY WORKSHOP
Elite Martial Arts Academy
Date: 08/28/2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Details: Children learn skills in how to deal with strangers...
City: Scotts Valley Phone: 831-438-KICK (5425) view all details >>
     
LitWits hands-on experiences of children's literature
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  LitWits hands-on experiences of children's literature
LitWits Workshops, LLC
Date: Every 2 weeks on Th and Fri (Aug 13-Aug 5) from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12
Details: We bring great books to life!
Special Instructions: Upstairs (no elevator access)
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 247-0593 view all details >>
     
The Joy Of Acrylic Painting
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  The Joy Of Acrylic Painting
Palace Arts
Date: Every Th (Aug 6-Sep 10) from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Details: Come join me and learn to paint in acrylics. This class is for beginners and intermediate painters.
City: Capitola Phone: 831-239-3688 view all details >>
     
Screening of Class Dismissed - The Movie
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  Screening of Class Dismissed - The Movie
Discovery Learning Center
Date: 08/28/2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Details: Join us for a screening of "Class Dismissed"
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 531-7352 view all details >>
     
FREE CHILD SAFETY WORKSHOP
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  FREE CHILD SAFETY WORKSHOP
Elite Martial Arts Academy
Date: 08/28/2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Details: Children learn skills in how to deal with strangers...
City: Scotts Valley Phone: 831-438-KICK (5425) view all details >>
     
Words!
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Twilight Adaptation Adventure
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  Twilight Adaptation Adventure
State Park Big Basin
Date: Every Wed (Jul 27-Aug 25) at 7:30pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike
Details: Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8883 view all details >>
     
Herbal Uses of Local Plants
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  Herbal Uses of Local Plants
Watsonville Wetlands
Date: 03/16/2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Details: Learn the healthful benefits of herbal plants
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-345-1226 view all details >>
     
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Aromas Day in the Country
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  Aromas Day in the Country
City of Aromas
Date: 08/28/2016 from 7:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Aromas Day is a day of fun for everyone with live music all day, wonderful food, lots of goodies to find in our vendor booths an
City: Aromas Phone: 831-277-8194 view all details >>
     
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Public Safety Appreciation Day
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  Public Safety Appreciation Day
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every day (Aug 29-Aug 30) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Bring your valid ID to the Season Pass/Group Sales Office to receive your FREE All-Day Rides wristband and family discount.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
     
  Setting Up for Full Moon Madness Night

""We had 4-5 telescopes and a couple pairs of nice binoculars on parallelogram mounts. I got their early, as there was a good number of sunspots, and setup the Celestron 80mm Superpolaris for solar. Before long Bill showed up and setup his green dob on the eq platform for exactly the same thing.

when the sun set, I spent a little time trying to find Venus in the glare, then noticed the moon was just coming over the trees at my location, so I spun the scope around and put it on the moon, initially at 50X, then when it got a little higher, at 100X... Since it was a couple days before the actual full moon, there was a bit of terminator showing on the left limb, and the declination slow motion nicely panned across the terminator from pole to pole.

my magnetic compass set tracking did quite well. I had printed a compass rose with our local magnetic declination, and cut this out as a 5" circle . i could put my sailors hand compass on it, exactly center and align the compass to the magnetic inner ring, and then turn the sheet til magnetic N was indicated, quite accurately. the outer rose now points at true north. I also tried putting the rose on the tray of the telescope, aligned so true north was pointing the same as the EQ head, I then stood about 12' south of the telescope, held the sailors compass out in my hand, and sighted through the compass to the rose on the telescope. I believe this got me within a a couple degrees of true north. my mount wasn't quite perfectly leveled, so my polar elevation just a bit off, not bad.

Anyways, once it was decently dark, I used the polar scope and polaris was only a few degrees off from where it should have been. dialed it in, and the tracking got even better.

We had many viewers, adults and kids. Eventually, I moved my scope onto Saturn, also at 100X. more awes and oohs. once again, at up to 100X, this 25 year old Celestron/Vixen 80mm f/11.3 achromat performed very nicely.

at one lull, I slapped my DSLR onto the telescope at prime focus, and took a few moon pictures."

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