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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

August 6, 2015

Cabrillo Music Festival

Church Street Festival Creativity Tent for Kids

Christine: Sand Dollars

Ask Nicole: tips for New Parents
Tips for New Parents continued
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(AAA Aug 2015) TidepoolswithRanger.jpgSeymour Center opens its doors every Monday in August, in fact it is open EVERY DAY in August.  Save these dates on your calendars: a talk on The Great Tidepool Sunday, August 16 and a PBS/BBC documentary on whales and other sea creatures August 31, September 1 & 2, 8pm.  You may glimpse a scene about our own Seymour in the documentary.

(AAA Aug 2015) BigBlueLiveHumpbackWhale.jpgBig Blue Live is a live television and online event celebrating some of the world's most amazing marine creatures converging off California's coast. Set in Monterey Bay, the bay has experienced an environmental rebirth. This wildlife success story attracts humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and much more for a once-a-year marine animal phenomenon.

Nicole has advice for new parents and reminds you that you are not alone!  Check out these Parent Support Groups.

(AAA July 2015) CabrilloMusicFestival_BoyTrumpet.jpgIt promises to be a musical, artistic, foodie weekend at the Cabrillo Church Street Fair.

If you wish to escape the bustle after a while, try the solitude of a quiet walk in the redwoods, a stroll through the Watsonville Wetlands, or a visit to the beach ending with a beautiful sunset. Destinations are all in the calendar.

Camp Options: A-Z Camps  ~  Camps on the Calendar  ~  Camp Guide Newsletter.

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

Enjoy the weekend with your family, Parmalee

  Cabrillo Music Festival

Church Street Fair
Non-stop world and ethnic music and dance on the outdoor Church Street Stage, and dozens of premier artists and craftspeople
Aug 8-Aug 9, 11:00am to 8:00pm

Cabrillo Festival's popular Church Street Fair features a two-day "festival within the Festival", an inspiring celebration of the arts in Santa Cruz. Now in its 24th year, the Fair features local food purveyors, vintners and brewers, plus an eclectic menu of musical genres on the outdoor stage.

Dozens of artists and craftspeople will sell their treasures all along Church Street in front of the Civic Auditorium; while the Church Street Stage takes audiences on a journey across the world from Africa to Asia, Europe, and back to the Americas. Exciting additions this year include performances by two youth ensembles-El Sistema and Little Opera-in which grade-schoolers take center stage!

(AAA July 2015) CabrilloMusicFestival_Musicians.jpgNever is the spirit of Santa Cruz more alive than on the Church Street Stage when the spotlight is focused on Santa Cruz's exceptional performing artists. Audiences will travel the globe with musical voices and dance styles from a wide variety of cultures and traditions.

You'll have lots of tasty local treats to choose from, including Sam's Falafel and scoops from Mission Creamery, and local beer and wine tasting. To learn more about the wonderful musicians, artists and vendors involved in the Church Street Fair, check out our Facebook page!

Hosted by ever-charming emcee Brett Taylor of KUSP radio, the Church Street Fair is a collaboration between the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

2015 CHURCH STREET STAGE PERFORMERS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8
11:15 Gamelan Anak Swarasanti
12:15  Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre
1:00 Aza-Mohamed & Fattah
2:15 Samba Cruz Trio
3:15 Shakti Bhakti Ensemble
5:15 Domu Africa
5:15 Flor de Caña
6:30 Pure Roots

 SUNDAY, AUGUST 9
11:30 Little Opera
12:15 El Sistema Santa Cruz
1:00 Free Family Concert
2:30 Watsonville Taiko
3:30 Te Hau Nui Hula & Tahitian Dance
4:15 Crooked Road Céilí Band
5:15 Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men
6:30 Ashwin Batish & His Sitar Power Ensemble
 

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  Church Street Festival Creativity Tent for Kids

(AAA July 2015) CabrilloMusicFestival_BoyTrumpet.jpgThe Cabrillo Festival's "Creativity Tent for Kids" offers two full days of free hands-on music and art workshops under a big canopy canopy in the gardens of the Santa Cruz City Hall, Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9, 11am-5:30pm! The Creativity Tent is just one of the exciting components of children's activities at the Festival; others include our innovative Free Family Concert and free family performances on the Church Street Stage! All workshops are free for children and their families! Special thanks to Mariposa's Art/Arts Council Santa Cruz for assistance in curating this year's artist workshops!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 

11:00am-2:00pm Music Together with MusicalMe, Inc.: A huge hit with the toddler set, Music Together/MusicalMe transforms the Creativity Tent into a fun and friendly drop-in circle time, where kids and their adults can sing, dance, and play a variety of instruments together. www.musicalme.com

2:30-5:30pm Metal Etching/Repujado-Kyle Morris Kids will learn the cultural history of the Repujado technique, and then try the process themselves by etching an image into tooling metal using a wooden stylus.

(AAA July 2015) CabrilloMusicFestival_GirlPainting2.jpgMixed Media Recycled Audio Mobiles-Oliver Whitcroft Participants create collages with recycled vinyl records and music images, then finish with fishing line for a beautiful mobile.

DIY Instruments-Emma Garcia Young makers will create and decorate their own instrument using a variety of unusual materials.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9
11:00am-1:00pmMixed Media Bird Prints-Susana Terrell  Participants will collage with musical pages, then print birds using a variety of pre-made shapes, before embellishing their work with oil pastels.

Aboriginal Stencil Wood Paintings-Amanda Hess Kids learn about the culture and decorative traditions used by Australia's indigenous Aboriginal people. They will then stencil onto wood and cut out an animal shape, apply paint in small dots and lines to create visual beats with pattern and rhythm.

2:30-5:30pm Mural Painting-Katelyn Byrne Our teaching artist will sketch out a mural on an 8×4' ply board depicting a particular music style or inspired by the technique of a famous artist. The board will lie flat on a table so that participants can collaborate on completing the design.

Found Poetry Collages-Magdalena Montagne Participants will write a poem, using fragments of poetry from published authors of the great literary canon. The poems will be assembled on construction paper along with collaged imagery to create beautiful works of art to take home.

Mixed Media Starry Night Paintings-Claudia Stevens Using pastels, tempera, metallic ink and watercolor pencils, students create their own magical Van Gogh-inspired Starry Night. Movement, repeated pattern, and texture along with line, shape, proportion, and color mixing are all introduced.


Location: Street in front of Civic Auditor, Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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  Christine: Sand Dollars

(AAA July 2015) SandDollar.jpgI have wandered along many a beach and picked up a sand dollar. They are roundish creatures with a flower-shape cut into one flat side. They are very interesting creatures. Thank you to Sylvia for pointing these out to me.

(AAA July 2015) SandDollar_Live.jpgThe ancestors of sand dollars first appeared in the fossil record about 265 million years ago and have been well-tracked to our modern age. Dead sand dollars are flat and disc-shaped. Live ones have short spines all over. They are closely related to sea urchins. The outer shell is called a test. The flower-like structures are used for respiration and are called petalloids. Scientists can be very unoriginal. The mouth is at the center of the petalloids. Read more>>>>>

Christine is a local mom and scientist who enjoys making science easy to understand! You can find more of her essays at http://mistralmtn.blogspot.com/

 

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  Ask Nicole: tips for New Parents

By Nicole M. Young, MSW

(AAA Aug 2015) CarynOneWeek.jpgSome days, I miss having babies. Not enough to actually have more babies, but I have many fond memories (and thousands of pictures) of my children's early years. I spent hours gazing at my first-born son, captivated by his every expression and movement. But I also felt overwhelmed, uncertain and tired as an inexperienced parent. Very tired. When I had my daughter, I was more confident about what I was doing, but still very tired. Now that they're older, I sometimes wish I could turn the clock back to relive their younger years - just for a brief moment.

Dear Nicole,

I really like the simple parenting tips in these articles. My husband and I are expecting our first son next month. I'm excited about having a baby, but my friends and family are giving so much advice that it's getting overwhelming. Do you have any tips for new parents?  Guadalupe

Read Nicole's suggestions>>>>>

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 11 and 15, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program. Scientifically proven, Triple P is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act) and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. For more information on Triple P classes and one-on-one sessions for parents, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc or contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 465-2217 or triplep@first5scc.org.

 

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August

in the Parks

A-Z Camps

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The LitWits experience of PINOCCHIO
LitWits Workshops
 
We bring great books to life! PINOCCHIO by Carlo Collodi (1863) - not at all Walt Disney's puppet!

Aug 13-Aug 14 9am to 4pm
Ages 7-12

Santa Cruz 
(831) 247-0593

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Guitar &

African Drumming

Small Group Lessons

with Ron Dunn

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Weekly July 6 - Aug. 12

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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Schoolhouse Rock Live!
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  Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Cabrillo Theater
Date: Every day (Jul 10-Aug 8)
Details: A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live!
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 479-6154 view all details >>
     
Beauty and the Beast
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  Beauty and the Beast
Cabrillo Theater
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 21-Aug 13)
Details: A heartwarming performance of a classic!
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 479-6154 view all details >>
     
Summer of Creativity Grants
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  Summer of Creativity Grants
Youth Service America
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 10)
Details: Young change-makers can now apply for a Summer of Creativity Grant to help make their community greener, safer, smarter, healthi
view all details >>
     
FREE Heritage Events
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  FREE Heritage Events
Roaring Camp Railroad
Date: Every day (Jun 6-Sep 2)
Details: Free Heritage Events all summer long! Take part in living history with activities for all ages including the old town printing
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-4484 view all details >>
     
First Friday Art in the Library
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  First Friday Art in the Library
Library Central
Date: 08/07/2015 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Details: Art and Oaxaca dance!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-5700 view all details >>
     
Plein Air Art in Action
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  Plein Air Art in Action
Watercolor Society of Santa Cru
Date: 08/07/2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Visitors can try their hand at watercoloring or sketching.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
It's A Musical Weekend!
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  It's A Musical Weekend!
Date:
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Build a Better Lunch Box
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  Build a Better Lunch Box
Whole Foods Market
Date: 08/08/2015 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Build A Better Lunch Box
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-9901 view all details >>
     
Second Saturday on the Farm
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  Second Saturday on the Farm
Ag History Project
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-728-5898 view all details >>
     
Church Street Fair
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  Church Street Fair
Cabrillo Music Festival
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 11:00am to 8:00pm
Details: Non-stop world and ethnic music and dance on the outdoor Church Street Stage, and dozens of premier artists and craftspeople
Special Instructions: Church Street in front of Civic Auditor
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
FREE Heritage Events
click to view website
  FREE Heritage Events
Roaring Camp Railroad
Date: Every day (Jun 6-Sep 2)
Details: Free Heritage Events all summer long! Take part in living history with activities for all ages including the old town printing
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-4484 view all details >>
     
It's A Musical Weekend!
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  It's A Musical Weekend!
Date:
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  Tips for New Parents continued

Dear Guadalupe,

(AAA Aug 2015) CarynTwoWeeks.jpgCongratulations! Raising your child to become a healthy, happy, capable adult is the most important, rewarding, challenging (and never-ending) job you'll have in life. And like most jobs, it will take both time and practice to gain confidence in your skills and abilities.

There isn't one "right" way to be a parent. Deciding how to parent is a personal choice influenced by many factors, such as how you and your husband were raised; religious beliefs; cultural values and traditions; messages from friends, family and the media; and your life experiences. All these factors can easily make parenting overwhelming or confusing. Here are a few tips to make your job easier:

Build a loving, nurturing relationship with your child. This is the first and most important parenting task that continues throughout life. Give your baby lots of quality time and physical affection by holding, touching, looking at and smiling at him. Notice and respond to the signals he gives you when he's hungry, tired, over-stimulated or needs a new diaper (this takes practice, but it gets easier). The affection and attention you give your child will make him feel loved and secure, which is essential for healthy development and learning.

(AAA Aug 2015) CarynReading.jpgTalk, read, and sing to your baby. Even though he can't speak or fully understand what you're saying, your newborn can recognize and respond to your voice. And hearing many words early in life helps children develop social, emotional and thinking skills that will prepare them for school.

If you feel uncertain about what to say to your baby, try these ideas:

  • Describe everyday tasks such as feeding, bathing or dressing him. For example, "It's time for a bath. First we turn on the water. Now let's get you into the tub."
  • Sing nursery rhymes, lullabies or your favorite songs.
  • Read simple stories. Show and describe the pictures to your child.
  • Play a game such as "Peek-a-Boo," "Pat-a-Cake," or "This Little Piggy."

Give your baby safe and interesting things to see, touch, hear and taste. Let your baby explore with his senses to learn about the world around him. During the first few months, show him toys, books or other items. Describe what he's seeing and touching. As he gets older, he will try to grab and hold things and put them in his mouth. Make sure that nothing within his reach is sharp, poisonous or a choking hazard. When your child starts crawling, get down on the floor to view things from his perspective and see what other baby-proofing steps are needed.

Take care of yourself. This will help you be physically and emotionally available for your child. Talk with your husband about how to share the parenting responsibilities. Set realistic expectations for yourselves as parents. Be kind to yourself when you make mistakes or don't know what to do. Ask friends or family to watch your child so that you can take care of yourself.

Final Thoughts: It's common to feel overwhelmed and tired as a new parent. If you find that you get upset easily, lose your temper, or feel sad or anxious, these may be signs that you could use extra support. Talk to your doctor, pastor or a friend, or attend a parenting class to get assistance from other parents. Trust me, you won't be the first parent to reach out for help.

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