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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

August 2, 2018
"Tough" Choices

Two Incredible Weeks of Music

Grandparents are the most fun!

Ask Nicole: Preparing Your Child for Transitions
Fun Events!
continued... Transition Tips!
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  "Tough" Choices

(0 A Aug 2018) ArtbyChildren_ActionFigures.jpgI love children's art. Thank you to all the talented art teachers in this world for giving them skills to last a lifetime.

This is one of those weekends filled with delightful choices for family outings. The Church Street Fair offers a potpourri of music and art. Or you can celebrate your Scottish ancestry with Scottish Games in Monterey.

Are you fortunate enough to have grandparents nearby? Especially the kind who love and delight in your children! One Grandpa in Santa Cruz waxes poetically about his granddaughter over the littlest, sweet moments!

Just in case you're ready for a change of pace, check out the Summer Camp offerings here and here.

Enjoy the weekend with the family! Parmalee


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  Two Incredible Weeks of Music

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The world meets at Cabrillo Festival July 29-August 12

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Free activities for children include hands-on workshops in the Creativity Tent for Kids, and the Cabrillo Festival's Free Family Concert.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 (11:15am-6:45pm)

11:15-12:00 COASTAL PRAIRIE BAND (American Folk Music)
12:15-12:45 SANTA CRUZ BALLET THEATRE (European Dance)
2:00-2:30 TBA
2:45-3:45 DANCE AROUND MOLLY (Celtic Music)
4:00-5:00 AZA (Moroccan Music)
5:15-6:45 THE JOINT CHIEFS (Soul/Funk Music)


So much is new in 2018!

  • New pay-what-you-can Community Night Concert This new event welcomes the wider community to experience just how fun new music can be.
  • Earlier concert times All our evening concerts now begin at 7pm!
  • New $20 Youth tickets Invite your favorite young person (age 6-25), and inspire a future Festival fan!
  • New Prix Fixe Dinner on our Grand Finale night.


Printable Open Rehearsal Schedule

Open Rehearsal Free (Aural Histories)  August 2 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz.  Rehearsal program: Dan DEDIU: Grana Huang RUO: Folksongs for Orchestra Pande SHAHOV: Piano Concerto (with Simon Trpceski, piano) Zosha DI CASTRI: Dear Life (with Mary Mackenzie, soprano)

Open Rehearsal Free (After Dixieland) August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz.  Rehearsal program: Vivian FUNG: Dust Devils William BOLCOM: Concerto in D for Violin (with Philippe Quint) Gabriela Lena FRANK: Walkabout, Concerto for Orchestra Kristin KUSTER: Rain On It

Church Street Fair

Aug 4-Aug 5 from 11:00am to 8:00pm


Non-stop world and ethnic music and dance on the outdoor Church Street Stage, and dozens of premier artists and craftspeople

The CHURCH STREET FAIR celebrates Santa Cruz's vibrant cultural scene with free non-stop performances from diverse global traditions, delicious fare from local food purveyors, vintners and brewers, and vendor booths filled with the work of regional artisans.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 (11:15am-6:45pm)

11:15-12:00 GREAT MORGANI (Costumed Accoridionist)
12:15-12:45 EL SISTEMA SANTA CRUZ (Elementary School Music Program)
1:00 FREE FAMILY CONCERT (inside the Civic)
2:30-3:15 WATSONVILLE TAIKO (Japanese Drumming)
3:30-4:15 SHAKTI BHAKTI ENSEMBLE (Classical Indian Dance)
4:30-5:15 DESERT DREAM MUSIC AND DANCE (Middle Eastern Dance)
5:30-6:45 SAMBADA (Brazilian Samba/Latin/Caribbean )


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  Grandparents are the most fun!

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by Rob Elmore, July 2018

in Santa Cruz, CA, USA


Grandchild Anna came to visit on Sunday

After maybe a month away, including

Time for a very good two-week

Visit with her father's folks in Maine.

Here in Santa Cruz on Sunday, Anna and I

Had a breakthru in her journey of learning speech.

It was near the end of my time with her for the day,

When just she and I were sitting at the table.

I was making up an enthusiastic

Series of Funny Granddad

Speech and Face and Hand Movement sequences

Centered on my Hat.

I would put two hands up to the wide brim and

Lift the hat up just an inch, then set it down,

Calling out loudly and with a big smile


After several times, I paused.

Anna looked away a little, down at the table.

Her gaze was a bit soft, as if

Deep in thought.

Quietly she said At, just half out loud.

And of course I cheered her on

With my lively

Yes! Hat!

She paused, then louder said At. At.

And i realized that the H-sound was kind of advanced,

So At would be just fine for Hat,

For now.

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  Ask Nicole: Preparing Your Child for Transitions

by Nicole M. Young, MSW

My oldest child is getting ready for the biggest transition of his life. He's leaving for college soon, and I couldn't be more sad. I mean, proud. And sad. Half of my heart is bursting with excitement for him. He worked hard, did well in school, and is a kind, funny, thoughtful (but still tardy) young man. The other half of my heart breaks when I think about his empty room. I know we will always be a family, and yet I also know things will change once he leaves home, and that my daughter is not far behind. As I brace myself for this huge transition, I'm reminded of all the times I helped my children handle big transitions in their lives - starting kindergarten with "the big kids," going to middle and high school among a sea of strangers, starting new jobs, and now moving away from home. The steps I taught them to deal with their emotions during transitions are coming in handy - for me.

This monthly column provides tips for anyone who is raising children, based on the world-renowned Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, available to families in Santa Cruz County. If you have questions for a future column, email me at

Dear Nicole, My son starts middle school soon. He seems excited but also anxious about going to a new, bigger school. He struggled with homework in elementary school and is worried about having multiple classes. His group of friends also drifted apart over the summer, and I think he's worried about making new friends. The more suggestions I give him, the less he wants to talk. What can I do to help him feel confident and ready for this transition? Rob

Dear Rob, Ah, yes. Going back to school can be stressful for many kids, even when they enjoy learning. Starting middle school can be particularly stressful because of changes in the school schedule, academic expectations, friendships, and teenage hormones. Here are some tips to try >>>>>>

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Art by Children

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Imagine that -- messenger bags sewn from old pants!

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My Life Size Self!

Art by Children

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Outer Space Visitor!

Art by Children

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Wood and Tools!

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Day Out with Thomas
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Roaring Camp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 26-Aug 4)
Details: A train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,TM temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling
Special Instructions: July 26-28, July 31-August 4
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Shake the Square: Merengue
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Date: 08/09/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Get moving in a series of free movement classes in Abbott Square.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Monterey Scottish Games
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The Scottish Society
Date: Every day (Aug 3-Aug 4) at 9:00am
Ages: All
Details: Come out and celebrate Scottish culture, traditions, athletic competitions and entertainment - fun activities for the whole fami
Special Instructions: Enter Gate 5
City: Monterey Phone: 831-372-5863 view all details >>
Family Camp
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Web Of Life Field (WOLF) School
Date: 08/02/2018
Ages: All ages!
Details: Family Camp at Monte Toyon in the Redwood Forest
Special Instructions: Relax in the Redwood Forest!
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 684-0148 view all details >>
Kid's Tool Workshop
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Home Depot
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12
Details: Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
City: Capitola or Watsonville view all details >>
La Selva Beach Summer Fair
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Date: 08/04/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Buy books, brews, baked good and listen to live music on the lawn with Toby Gray Highway Buddha, Jane Medith Daugherty, Girls &
City: La Selva Beach Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
Street Smarts Back-to-School Traffic Safety Blast
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Santa Cruz Police
Date: 08/04/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Family-friendly booths with free games and prizes plus bike safety obstacle course
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  continued... Transition Tips!

Talk about the positive aspects of this transition. Ask your son to describe the things about middle school that he’s looking forward to. Write them down as a visual reminder of things that might be fun, exciting, or a welcome change in middle school. Encourage him to keep adding to the list whenever he thinks of something.

Encourage your son to ask questions. It’s natural for parents and caregivers to try and help worried or anxious children by reassuring them their fears won’t come true and that everything will be alright. This can end up increasing children’s anxiety if they feel their concerns haven’t been acknowledged or addressed. Encourage your son to ask you questions about anything he’s worrying or wondering about, such as whether he’ll make new friends, be able to keep up with the schoolwork, how to find the bathrooms, whether he’ll be able to find his classes, or where to eat lunch. Listen and reassure him that all his questions and feelings are common and natural.

Coach your son through a problem-solving process. Write down all your son’s questions and concerns. Pick one to start with and ask him to describe his concern in more detail. This helps uncover the underlying worries and fears, which will help with the next step. Then encourage him to brainstorm as many possible solutions as he can think of. Write down all his ideas, then ask your son to identify the benefits and limitations of each idea. Finally, ask him to pick an idea or solution that seems most realistic and useful to try. Have him practice (role play with you) what he would do or say.

Offer guidance throughout this problem-solving process if he needs help, but try to avoid telling him the solution. For example, if he’s worried about not being able to find his classrooms, ask “What could you do to get familiar with the campus?” instead of telling him, “You should walk around the campus before school starts.”

After he’s had a chance to try his solution, talk with him about how it worked and whether he needs to try any additional ideas. Repeat this process for the other questions and concerns on his list.

Final Thoughts: Life is a series of transitions, one after another. Teaching children how to prepare for and problem-solve during major transitions will help them adapt and cope with change. It can also help parents and caregivers breathe easier, knowing they’ve done their best to prepare their children for life.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 14 and 18, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, the world's leading 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. To find a Triple P parenting class or practitioner, visit, or contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 465-2217 or


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