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August 31, 2017
Getting to Center

About Logic and Critical Thinking

2017 Friends Reading Gala

Support Tropical Storm Harvey Relief!
Fun Events!
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  Getting to Center

(0 Aug 2017) Jefferson_Walking_quote.jpg"First, you turn off your devices, including your smart phone and your television. Second, you start walking every day. Third, you try gently to lead every conversation back to the center. Fourth, you resolve not to open your mouth unless you know what you are talking about. Fifth, you grow something." Clay Jenkinson, humanities scholar, speaking as  "Jefferson," The Jefferson Hour on NPR

This is the concluding paragraph of an inspiring essay by Clay Jenkinson, creator of the enlightening and entertaining Jefferson Hour. Read the entire essay here. If you like what you read, listen to the entire hour here, essay at 51:55 of 59.55 minutes.

The third admonishment and possibly the most difficult to achieve, "...try gently to lead every conversation back to the center...", intrigues me. I think it means for each of us to be willing to seek to find areas of common ground. While the other four seem doable, this one is challenging, but necessary, in all our relationships.

(0 Aug 2017) Begonia8-2.jpgPlease recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always the many fun events! This weekend is the LAST EVER Capitola Begonia Festival.  Check the online calendar.

Before stepping out for a great weekend with the family, take a moment to support victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County has researched legitimate organizations for us. Thanks!  Parmalee


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  About Logic and Critical Thinking

What is Critical Thinking?

"Critical thinking is the ability to apply reasoning and logic to new or unfamiliar ideas, opinions, and situations. Thinking critically involves seeing things in an open-minded way and examining an idea or concept from as many angles as possible. This important skill allows people to look past their own views of the world and to better understand the opinions of others..."  WiseGeek

Does Your Child's School Teach and Practice Logic?

Logic is More Important than Ever - So Why Don't Schools Teach it Anymore? In the age of mass media, logic is more important than ever. But schools rarely teach formal logic anymore. Why? 

by Jon Miltimore | August 7, 2017

Logic is More Important than Ever - So Why Don't Schools Teach it Anymore?

One of the great ironies of our age is that schools have stopped teaching logic in an age when it's more necessary than ever.

We live in a time defined by vast information, mass marketing, and propaganda. It's been 70 years since Dorothy Sayers observed that by teaching young men and women to read but not think, "we have left them at the mercy of the printed word." Read more>>>

Teaching Critical Thinking

by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.,

Teaching critical thinking? You might wonder if kids will work it out for themselves.

After all, lots of smart people have managed to think logically without formal instruction in logic. Moreover, studies show that kids become better learners when they are forced to explain how they solve problems. So maybe kids will discover principles of logic spontaneously, as they discuss their ideas with others. Read more for suggestions on how to teach critical thinking>>>


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  2017 Friends Reading Gala

Relax at Home with a Good Book, Solstice Gala
9/6 All day! Donations welcome!

(0 Aug 2017) BookRelaxing.jpgDear Reader,

I just saw an old photograph of the stone-and-ivy-covered Carnegie-built Santa Cruz Public Library that I frequented as a child. It brought back a flood of memories. I remember my earliest days walking up the steps, sunlight filtering through the windows, the musty smells and honey-colored vistas, obtaining my first library card (how proud of it I was!)-and with it, the right and responsibilities of taking home a book. What a marvel. The library was a sanctuary and refuge, a wonder room and a cabinet of curiosities, a baseball park, opium den, and 19th century California fishing wharf all rolled into one. The library took me on a magic carpet ride to places I could never imagine, to worlds I could only dream.

What a wonderful place to get lost! I listened to Louis Armstrong playing jazz in a New Orleans dance hall, circa 1918. I watched Ty Cobb and Cool Papa Bell round the bases, Billie Holiday and Zora Neale Hurston huddled in conversation. I walked through the looking glass and fell into the spell.

Because of this magic, I'm now inviting you to a library party. It takes place on the winter solstice-my favorite night, because from that point on spring and summer are on their way-the annual Relax at Home with a Good Book Solstice Gala. What better way to celebrate the solstice than at a party of your own creation, at a venue provided by a book of your choosing, taking you to some distant, mystical place.

I like to think of it as the Un-Gala. And the best part: Admission is merely a gift to the Friends of the Public Library. Be generous and imaginative! Remember the old Carnegie Library I mentioned? That's where I first imagined myself being a writer. And it was in the California Room there-at the big wooden table in the middle of it-that I scratched out (quite literally) my very first stories. It was there that I could find the quiet, solitude and inspiration requisite to compose a story. The magic was in the room.

Even in the Age of the Internet-and perhaps because of the internet!- libraries remain a cornerstone of civilized society. They are at once democratic and collective institutions that feed and support civic goals and values. Libraries are power. Libraries are freedom. Libraries are strength. Libraries are community. Celebrate with us at the Relax at Home with a Good Book Solstice Gala.

Party hard! I look forward to seeing you there! 

-Geoffrey Dunn


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  Support Tropical Storm Harvey Relief!

The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County has done the research for us!

August 29, 2017 - Ways to help!

Like you, our hearts are with those in the Texas and Gulf Coast region. Support for those in the path of Hurricane Harvey, now downgraded to a tropical storm, can be made to a number of reputable organizations based and working on the ground in those areas.

Animal service organizations providing care during storm

We can also help

This list is not posted as a complete directory of all organizations, local and across the country, mobilizing support. Contact your favorite local charity to find out what they may be doing.

If you have a fund here at the Community Foundation and want to advise a grant, or need further guidance selecting a charitable organization, we can help. Email Robin Larsen or call her at 831.662.2061.

  Fun Events!
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Capitola Begonia Festival
Capitola Village

Sep 1-Sep 4, 7am - 8pm

A Labor Day weekend filled with fun events for the whole family. Beautifully decorated floats, concerts, sandcastles and...

Schedule of Events


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"Begonias Take a Bow!"
2017 Capitola Begonia Festival Poster
by Lori Tharp

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Arboretum Garden Free Day
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  Arboretum Garden Free Day
Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Details: A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.427.2998 view all details >>
Capitola Begonia Festival
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  Capitola Begonia Festival
Capitola Village
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 4) from 7:00am to 8:00pm
Details: A Labor Day weekend filled with fun events for the whole family. Beautifully decorated floats, concerts, sand
City: Capitola Village Phone: (831)476-6522 view all details >>
Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough
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  Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 8:30am
Details: Go on a guided bird hunt, begin or add to your list of sitings
Special Instructions: Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 728-2822 view all details >>
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  The Art of Wonder Natural History Etchings
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 09/01/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Stephanie Martin's art celebrates the exquisite design and diversity of California's flora and avifauna
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
Friday Night Recess
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  Friday Night Recess
Date: 10/06/2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: All-ages playground, featuring dodgeball, giant volleyball, badminton, cornhole, and a pop-up playground with huge building bloc
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831 763 4047 view all details >>
Seymour Locals Free Days
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  Seymour Locals Free Days
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: Every Th (Sep 7-Sep 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Free Locals Days in September...Come visit us!
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
Grizzly Bear Festival
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  Grizzly Bear Festival
State Park Rancho del Oso
Date: 09/02/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Come to Rancho del Oso for a day of commemorating the once-abundant predator that roamed this "Ranch of the Bear."
Special Instructions: 17 mo north of Santa Cruz
City: Davenport Phone: (831) 427-2288 view all details >>
2017 Garden Tour
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  2017 Garden Tour
UC Master Gardeners of Monterey & Santa Cruz
Date: 09/07/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: This tour offers access to hidden gardens large and small in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Free Community Swim Sept 4th!
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  Free Community Swim Sept 4th!
Santa Cruz County Parks
Date: 09/04/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: If you love swimming and barbecue bring your bathing suits, smiles and the whole family
Special Instructions: Entry is first-come, first-served
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 454-7946 view all details >>
Annual Fiddle Extravaganza
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  Annual Fiddle Extravaganza
Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School
Date: 09/01/2017 at 8:00pm
Details: 150 enthusiastic musicians in a lively celebration of music, song, and dance...
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Papa Doo Run Run
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  Papa Doo Run Run
Beach Boardwalk
Date: 09/01/2017
Details: Last free Friday night concert of the summer
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-5590 view all details >>
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