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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

August 15, 2013
Exercize in Appreciation
Seymour Center, A fulfilling experience for "kids" ages one to 100

Suki: Skyline to the Sea Adventure
Elkhorn Slough Photo Contest

Christine: Earthquake Protection
Lorraine: Stay Open to Your Child
Textbooks for Less

This Week
Santa Cruz County Fair Entry Guides
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  Exercize in Appreciation

(Photos General) SeymourAerial.jpgPretend you have to move away from this gentle, nourishing region with its magnificent natural resources and small yet remarkable museums and marine centers. What would be on your "must do before I leave" list?  

Chris Reeves, Program director at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, shares with us all we can do and learn visiting this wonderful resource.  Surely it would be on the top of your list!  After reading his article, I'm determined to visit Seymour soon!

Before I moved here from Boulder CO I hiked almost every trail in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and, despite stories about their presence and signs with directions on what to do if you met one, I never saw one mountain lion.  On my first visit to Elkhorn Slough, I was privileged to see a beautiful bobcat crossing the meadow on his, or her, way to a fresh water source. Go figure!  Suki tells us about her "must do" hike, a great adventure for a family with tweens or teens.

Are you entering any of the Santa Cruz County Fair contests?  There's still time!

Get out! Explore! Parmalee

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  Seymour Center, A fulfilling experience for "kids" ages one to 100

(Photos General) Seymour_ChildatTankwStarfish.jpgby Chris Reeves, Visitor Programs Manager
Seymour Marine Discovery Center

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz is all about connections. It is much more than just a visitor center and aquarium representing the work of marine scientists at UCSC; it is a true community resource. The Seymour Center connects you with marine life, with your community, and with your children.

The value of captivating children with nature early and often is undisputed. What activities are appropriate for different ages? How can parents give deeper meaning to a day at the beach? Isn't there an age when kids are too old for simply touching sea stars? 

(Photos General) Seymour_BoyHowTall.jpgThe Seymour Center provides opportunities for families to connect around ideas and hands-on learning at every stage of growth. The Center is staffed year-round with over 200 volunteer educators from the local community, who are highly trained to accommodate the learning styles of every age. Living touch-pools provide places to engage little hands with everything from the smooth textures of seaweeds and sea cucumbers, to sparking inquiry in older minds through the kinds of questions that scientists ask everyday, such as how an anemone catches food, or where a hermit crab finds the shell it uses for a home.

(Photos General) SeymourSummer.jpgDaily tours provide families with insight into what it's like to work with dolphins and seals, and stop at an 87-foot skeleton of a blue whale to relate how the life-filled waters of nearby Monterey Bay can support the largest animals ever to live on Earth. 

For inquiring minds eager to absorb a little more, the Seymour Center connects you directly with scientists on the third Sunday of every month with our one-hour Science Sunday lecture. Marine researchers, professors, animal care-workers, and conservationists come to chat with the public in an easy-to-learn talk to tell you first-hand about their research and what life is like for them as a scientist.

Sundays are a great time for families with younger children to come together over Sunday Seaside Crafts. Get gluey, decorate sea slugs, and make shark hats for the whole family!

(Photos General) Seymour_seasidecrafts3.jpgKids ages 7 to 14 can learn to become a marine mammal trainer or delve deeper into the lives of sharks and fishes in the great outdoors, through the Ocean Explorers summer camp. Each fall, teens, 15 years old and up who are eager to keep their hands wet, can connect full-circle with their community by becoming an Exhibit Guide volunteer. A 4-day (2 weekend) training in October (offered again in May), primes volunteers with the know-how to interpret the science featured in the Seymour Center's exhibit hall, and share in the family experiences of visitors to the intertidal and shark touching pools.  Many teen Exhibit Guides enjoy meaningful job experience in public speaking and science, applying their new skills toward careers and advanced education, (Photos General) Seymour_hermitcrab.jpgwhile developing useful work references. Volunteering is an excellent first-step on the path to working with marine animals or becoming the scientists that the Seymour Center shares with future families!

Whether your child wants to grow up to be a marine biologist (and who doesn't at some point?) or they are going through a phase where they are simply touched by touching a shark, the Seymour Center promises a fulfilling experience for "kids" ages one to 100.

For more information about the variety of ways that the Seymour Center can connect your family with each other and with the world's oceans, visit: http://seymourcenter.ucsc.edu, or call (831) 459-3800.

 

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  Suki: Skyline to the Sea Adventure

Saturday my husband, son and I completed something I've wanted to do since moving to Santa Cruz County: We started up in Big Basin and hiked the Skyline to the Sea trail down to the ocean. It was a glorious day and we are now very tired. But I have the Santa Cruz Metro bus system (and a friend who alerted me to their new service) to thank for being able to do this great hike.

A beautiful vista opened up as we approached the ocean.

A beautiful vista opened up as we approached the ocean.

For those of you who don't know, the trail from Big Basin breaks off of the Skyline trail (which I have also never hiked - something for another time!). The problem with doing this hike normally is that if you leave a car in Big Basin and hike down, you have two pretty difficult solutions: Either you hike back up to get your car or you do the crazy preparation of leaving one car at the beach, driving up, hiking down, driving the beach car back up to Big Basin (over an hour drive) and then back down again in two cars. Not exactly your best solution. However, a friend alerted me to the fact that the SC Metro had reinstated their excellent summer service that extends two bus lines out to the two end points of this hike. At 8:30 in the morning, we took a Metro bus up from Santa Cruz, and at 5:15 we grabbed the bus down at Waddell Creek State Beach. It cost $12 for the three of us, and worked like a charm. It was sort of amusing, also, to ride up in the morning with largely the same folks we rode back into town with in the afternoon (including a family that did the hike with a jogging stoller - don't ask me how!).  Read the rest of the adventure>>>>

  Elkhorn Slough Photo Contest

Elkhorn Slough Photo Contest

(Photos General) ElkhornSlough_Calendar2013.jpgESF is now accepting photos! Deadline to enter is October 1, 2013.
Every day (Aug 1-Oct 1)

Calling all photographers!
The Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) is excited to announce an open call for photos for use in our 2014 wall calendar! Images must be taken in the Elkhorn Slough watershed and may feature diverse subject matter including landscapes, wildlife, plants, and people.

Winning entries will be featured in our full-color, 8.5" x 11", 2014 Elkhorn Slough Foundation calendar. All proceeds of the calendar benefit ESF's work to conserve and restore the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed.

General guidelines:
Photos may feature any appropriate content, provided the photo is taken in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. The watershed encompasses Moss Landing Harbor, the slough channel and the Reserve, as well as the surrounding hills and upland habitats. We encourage you to submit diverse subject matter. Ideally photos will have been taken within the past two years. Minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable.  

Resolution:
Photographs must be submitted in digital format. For the contest, please only submit a small JPEG of your image NO LARGER THAN 1MB file size. If we select your image as a contest winner, we will contact you to request a larger version suitable for printing (8.5" x 11" inches at a resolution of at least 300dpi). If your photo is selected, but you are unable to supply it in at 300dpi or higher, we may not be able to include your photo in the calendar and we may select another winner.

Image selection:
Images selected by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) will be featured in ESF's 2014 calendar. Photographers of selected images will receive photo credit and a copy of the calendar, but no monetary compensation.

During the selection process, the cover photo will be chosen by a public vote. Four photos will earn special prizes for their photographers. The top two entries will recieve a private photo tour in Elkhorn Slough with Paul Zaretsky, alocal professional photographer who has been photographing the Slough and contributing to ESF for more than 10 years. Two additional photographers' entries will earn annual passes to the Elkhorn Slough Reserve (and other DFG managed Reserves around California).

Entrant agrees to grant ESF irrevocable perpetual, nonexclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in ESF's 2014 calendar as well as in other materials produced by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. If your image is selected and includes identifiable people, a model release will be required.

Photographers:
We encourage anyone with a great slough shot-amateur or professional- to enter. Each entrant may submit up to 5 photos. By submitting a photo, entrant agrees to all contest regulations.

ESF is now accepting photos! Deadline to enter is October 1, 2013.

Location: 700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville Map
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Guys and Dolls Jr by All About Theatre

Set in Damon Runyon`s mythical New York City, GUYS AND DOLLS JR. introduces us to colorful characters who have become legends in the musical theatre canon

Fri, Aug 16 - 7pm;  Sat, Aug 17 - 2pm and 7pm; Sun, Aug 18 - 2pm

buy tix online $10-$13

Louden Nelson Theatre, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz Mapwebsite
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  Christine: Earthquake Protection

(Photos General) SanFranciscoEarthquake.jpgProtecting buildings during earthquakes is very important in many areas of the world. Including mine. So I pay attention to this technology. There are some interesting techniques that engineers use. Why do we need to do anything? An earthquake generates energy that is transported along the ground. As the energy is transferred into a building, it needs to be dissipated somehow. One method of dissipation is for the building to shake itself apart. Engineers try to find better ways.

First of all, a building in an earthquake hazard zone is built very differently than one where the earth is quiet. If the area can have little quakes (like most of the world) you want to make a building stiff. This will allow for minimal damage when the ground moves a little. If the region can get big quakes, you want a flexible structure. This will give you more damage in a small quake, but the building won't collapse in a large quake. 

The big question is where you put the energy...  Read more>>>>>

Christine is a scientist and mom.  You can find more of her essays here.

  Lorraine: Stay Open to Your Child

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Stay open to your child even if your feelings are hurt. Your child is able to grow and be independent from you when he knows you'll be there when he needs you later.  "Individuation is an important stage of development that allows your child to grow independent because she knows you will be stable, strong and loving."  This is a vital phase in his growth; resist taking his rejection or refusal personally. Gently train her how to speak to you by modeling what you would like her to say, by speaking to her in the way you want to be spoken to, thereby reducing hurt feelings.

When our feelings are hurt because our child seems to not need or want us, let's step back and take a deep breath. It is going to happen more and more as they grow. Our job is to teach them to be capable, self-sufficient human beings. Our children are not our security or source of love and fulfillment- we have adults for that. When we learn to let go of our kids and not use them for emotional support, they can leave us without guilt or fear. Our mission is to raise strong children who are ready for life when it's time. If they feel guilty for leaving or being a separate person, their job is hard! Let's take care of our own feelings with a counselor or a trusted friend. If you'd like to talk about this, or anything else, you can email me and we can set up an appointment to chat, moan and/or cry. I've been there, believe me!

I want to know how this goes for you. When you email me, you are automatically registered for this month's drawing for a Parent Strategy Session* (value $300). The more you email me, the more chances you have to win! Drawing is the first week of August. Email me.

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 Santa Cruz County Fair Entry Guides
Santa Cruz County Fair Entry Guides

Santa Cruz County Fair
Plan ahead for entering the county fair -all ages!
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Aug 31)

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We can use your help!
We are looking for volunteers for this year's fair. If you work at least one four hour shift, you will receive free admission to the Santa Cruz County Fair. Fill out this short form if you're interested and someone will contact you directly. Thanks!

Fair Horse Show Update

Horse show entries are open! You can also post most shows the day of the event. Please call the Fair Office at 831.724.5671 for more information.

Downloads for All Entry Guides

Contests

2013 Apple Pie Baking Contest Entry Form

2013 Diaper Derby / Toddler Contest   ~   2013 Senior Contest

Education Days Applications

2013 Education Days Application   ~    2013 Panel Entry Application

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Beach Boardwalk
Date: 08/16/2014
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Aloha Celebrity Races & Polynesian Festival
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  Aloha Celebrity Races & Polynesian Festival
City of Santa Cruz
Date: 08/21/2016 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
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Park PLAY in Laurel Park
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  Park PLAY in Laurel Park
City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Date: 08/17/2013 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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Details: Ping Pong, Pickle Ball, Chess, Tie Dye fun!
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Date: 08/17/2013
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Details: Olive Inspired Fun
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Kid Salmon Fishing Opportunity
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Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout
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Details: kids salmon fishing opportunity on even numbered days
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