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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

August 24, 2017
Goodbyes and Dahlias!
Fun Events!
Suki to Tweens & Teens: How should you study?

Learning Support at Your Libraries

Street Smarts
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  Goodbyes and Dahlias!

(0 Aug 2017) StreetSmartsKids.jpgGoodbyes are tough whether they are big or little, forever or temporary. In this transition time between summer and fall, families are waving goodbye to children headed off to new schooling ventures. Traditionally the two most difficult goodbyes seem to be to our kindergarteners and our college bound. We parents do our best for the 18 years we have them in our care, then suddenly are hit with the reality of a quiet void. It's a leap filled with both concern and hope. Suki shares her thoughts in Loving and Loss. Be comforted, the fledglings will return --over and over, with many tales to share.

(0 Aug 2017) DahliaGarden2.jpgFor inspiration and relaxation, go to the Monterey Bay Garden Dahlia Show.  I promise you will be awed with their variety and beauty! Lots of green thumbs will be on hand to give you successful growing tips. I cannot imagine life without flowers, especially dahlias.

Today we turned the newsletter upside down, events first, followed by articles.  What do you think? (

Please recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events! We cannot fit them all into this newsletter.  Check the online calendar.

Have a great weekend with the family!  Parmalee

  Fun Events!
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Annual Dahlia
Bloom Show

Monterey Bay Dahlia Society

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Hundreds of Dahlias
Sat 8/26, 11a-10p
Sun 8/27,11a-4p


705 Front St
Santa Cruz

Learn How to Make a Keyhole Garden

Sat 10/26, 10a-12p

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Keyhole gardens are circular raised bed gardens. Crops are planted in the larger outer circles and the center portion of these gardens are active composting baskets. Small aisles are built to access the compost baskets. Keyhole gardens get their name from the bird's eye view of these features.

The composting basket is center to the success of keyhole gardens. Kitchen scraps and grey water are added daily to the compost basket for continuous replenishment of the soil. The soil for keyhole gardens is specially layered to boost its ability to maintain moisture and nourishment.

Monterey Bay Master Gardeners
Demonstration Garden
1430 Freedom Blvd.


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Goodbyes are tough!
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  Goodbyes are tough!
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Science Saturday: Fossils
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  Science Saturday: Fossils
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Date: 08/26/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Decorate a fossil necklace, dig for real fossils, create casts, and more
City: Pacific Grove Phone: 831-648-5716 view all details >>
Garden Plant Exchange
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  Garden Plant Exchange
Live Oak Grange
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All
Details: Bring anything from your garden to trade with like minded gardeners
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Aromas Day in the Country
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  Aromas Day in the Country
City of Aromas
Date: 08/27/2017 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 >>
Calendar Contest
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  Calendar Contest
Elkhorn Slough
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Details: Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 728-2822 view all details >>
87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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  87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
Santa Cruz Art League
Date: Every day (Aug 11-Sep 10)
Details: California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-5787 view all details >>
Skypark Music Festival
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  Skypark Music Festival
Scotts Valley Kiwanis
Date: 09/24/2017 from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Details: Free music in the park -supports music in schools
City: Scotts Valley Phone: 831-438-4506 view all details >>
Parks & Rex - Pool Party!
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  Parks & Rex - Pool Party!
Santa Cruz County Parks
Date: 08/26/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Everyone will have a blast at this end-of-summer summer celebration, which will include with local craft beer, wine, great food
Special Instructions: Buy tickets in advance and save!
City: SANTA CRUZ Phone: (831) 454-7901 view all details >>
Tequila & Taco Music Festival
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  Tequila & Taco Music Festival
Tequila & Taco Music Festival
Date: Every day (Aug 25-Aug 26) from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Family Day on Sunday vating delicious tacos, all while enjoying a great music lineup
Special Instructions: Children under 12 free
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Hikes at Castle Rock
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  Hikes at Castle Rock
State Park Castle Rock
Date: Every day (May 27-Sep 3)
Details: Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Special Instructions: Located on Highway 35, just 2.5 miles southeast of the junction with Hwy 9
City: Los Gatos Phone: (408) 867-2952 view all details >>
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College of Botanical Healing Arts
Date: 08/26/2017 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Holistic Health Wellness Fair bringing together traditional and alternative practitioners, businesses and educational institutio
Special Instructions: between Pacific and Cedar
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 8314621807 view all details >>
  Suki to Tweens & Teens: How should you study?

(Photos General) SukiWessling2013.jpgThe weird thing about learning is that we all do it, but we hardly ever talk about how we do it. And when we do, it's usually adults talking to adults.

But since kids, teens, and young adults are the ones who are expected to learn lots of material and get graded for it, it seems to me that you all should know some of this information, too!

It turns out that there's no mystery in the best ways to study. It also turns out that almost all the advice that people give you is wrong. Oops! I'll give you a don't-do list at the end, but here are the study techniques that researchers have found really do work:

#1: Lots of quizzes

If you're going to take the time to learn, why not do it the best way possible?If you're going to take the time to learn, why not do it the best way possible?

Ew! Lots of quizzes! Yuck! That means I need to be prepared every day to possibly take a quiz?

Exactly. It turns out that if you take little quizzes (which shouldn't affect your grade, in my opinion), you learn the material more deeply. That's because you find out over a period of weeks all the little things that you're missing, and you can fill them in.

Your brain learns things through repetition. If you fail to remember something a few times, and each time you go back and look up the answer, eventually your brain will remember that thing.

#2: Lots of studying

Oh, man. Really? More studying?

Well, no, not more studying. Just more often studying. If you like to leave things to the last minute, you're not doing yourself any favors. Your brain works by being reminded of things (like your parent nagging you to clean your room!). You have to nag your brain on a regular basis in order to get it to commit things to memory.

This is true of facts, like dates on a history test, skills, like doing a new type of math problem, and also performances, like sports or music. You don't need to do it more if you do it often.

#3: Don't just move on

You mean I can't just forget I ever had to study geometry? I have to do those problems again?

Yes, indeed. Were you one of those kids who knew the name of every single type of dinosaur when you were 5? How many can you remember now if you're not still into dinosaurs? Probably many fewer.

In order to learn something really well, you have to cycle back to it. That's why modern math teaching is moving toward "integrated math"-mixing all the types of math together rather than teaching them in separate years.

#4: Make it a community effort

I shouldn't just sit in my room with my headphones on?

That can be fun and relaxing, but it doesn't make for the best learning all the time. You need to mix it up. And also, you need to be open to guidance from adults. Maybe you got a math teacher you don't click with, or your parent drives you crazy. That doesn't mean you can't work with them.

Explaining to someone else something you have learned is a great way to figure out what you know and don't know. Answering their questions challenges your brain. Hearing their ideas can help your brain connect the knowledge and skills you have learned. At the very least, try to work with another student. You may just want to play video games together, but take a bit of time to challenge each other in math or exchange ideas about a story you read.

It will do you a lot of good! And now....

What doesn't work:

- Cramming the night before
- Rereading your notes
- Highlighting important things in a book
- Always working alone

Don't. Do. It.

I notice that lots of great pieces on learning and teaching are written for adults, but I hardly ever see them written for the people who need them-kids! This piece was based on a piece for teachers. If you and your parent or teacher want to read more details, please visit "Why Teachers Should Help Students Learn Effective Study Strategies."

Suki is a local mom, writer and musician blogging at The Babblery and Kid Blog.


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  Learning Support at Your Libraries

Find Yourself in the NEW Library With the Most Important School Supplies

Lots of work is happening to make our library spaces work better for you. We're not waiting for building projects though. We've already got some great changes that will help students, teachers, and parents alike this back to school season.

  • Public computers at every branch have been upgraded, and wireless printing has been installed. Printer's broken and that assignment is due? On-the-go mobile printing is easy and convenient. Print from any Internet connected or Wi-Fi enabled device to any of our library branches.
  • (0 Aug 2017) Library_TumbleBook.jpgWe've embarked on a new partnership with TumbleBook Library that provides access to thousands of read-a-long books in our local schools! Of course, you can still get all these great books from home with your library card.
  • We've added a new streaming video service: Kanopy. Kanopy is one of the most unique collections of films in the world, including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases - on every topic imaginable. Educational Films for Teacher Educational Development and Educational Documentaries are great for teachers and students.
  • Scienceflix offer streaming books and videos for different learning styles to give you the edge in Science, including projects! And younger kids can build their literacy with Bookflix, which pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks (some in Spanish). Specifically created to support non-, beginning and reluctant readers.
  • Another great way for reluctant readers and others to improve their reading skills is to read to a dog or other Therapy Animal at one of our Tales to Tails sessions.
  • Or to sign up for one of our R.E.A.D. Reach Every Amazing Detail Reading Comprehension sessions or Homework Help sessions starting in October.
  • (0 Aug 2017) Library_Explora-highschool.jpgKids can get live online tutoring from certified teachers, skill building exercises, test prep, and more with Brainfuse HelpNow. You can even upload your paper and have it reviewed and returned the next day!
  • Ace everything from the SAT to the GRE and more with the Testing and Education Reference Center
  • When you're doing academic research and it's got to be Peer Reviewed, try Academic Onefile and Explora for articles on mutiple topics
  • Teachers and Homeschool educators are welcome to come to the library with classes and groups. Find out more about visiting the library with a group on our website.

And don't forget, your friendly library staff are always there to help you find what you need! Visit our Homework Help Research page for more!


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  Street Smarts

(0 Aug 2017) StreetSmarts2.jpgThe mission of the Street Smarts public education campaign is to reduce the number of traffic-related crashes and injuries in the City of Santa Cruz.

Street Smarts is a traffic safety public education campaign launched in August 2017. The citywide campaign is modeled after the successful program produced by the City of San Jose and rolled out in various Northern California communities.

Street Smarts' mission is to reduce the number of traffic-related crashes and injuries in the City of Santa Cruz. The campaign is designed for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, and intends to improve the behavior of all three groups. Year one focus is twofold: elementary school outreach and the delivery of community-wide media messages that raise awareness of top traffic-related issues and our most vulnerable road-users.

With our Santa Cruz Police Department we will be delivering quarterly Street Smarts traffic safety presentations. Topics and schedule will soon be posted here; please check back for more information.

Request a Bumper Sticker or Yard Sign / Solicite una Pegatina para Parachoques o Signo de Patio

Bumper stickers and yard signs with traffic safety messages in English and Spanish are available free of charge to City of Santa Cruz residents. Follow the link above to see the various options. To pick up a bumper sticker or yard sign, visit the Public Works office (809 Center Street, Room 201), Monday through Friday from 7am-12pm and 1pm-3:30pm.

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