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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

December 14, 2017
Great Books for Children

8 Things You Should Know About Hanukkah

Kwanzaa: A Social Holiday

Join the Christmas Bird Count

Ask Nicole: Developing an Attitude of Gratitude
Fun Events!
Ask Nicole continued
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  Great Books for Children

(0 Dec 2017) LitWitsLadies.jpgJust in time for Christmas, sisters, best friends and founders of LitWits Workshops, Becky Kimball and Jenny Walicek, have provided a list of the GREAT books they've "Litwitted" for children. When two lifetime readers have spent their adult years bringing great literature alive for children --reading, teaching, dramatizing, illustrating, writing, sewing, cooking, breathing, immersing themselves in the lives and times of their characters-- you take advantage of their talents and presence! Over the past year they have expanded, taking their literature kits to a national level, yet they are still "ours" --continuing to offer their workshops locally. Many local parents and teachers are taking advantage of our local literary treasure, LitWits! I hope you will too.

If you have read some of the classics a long time ago, read them again. You could be in for a surprise! On a recent road trip, I listened to the audio of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. It captured my attention as if I had never read it.  I remembered the great love story, but had little recollection of the adversity Jane overcame or that Charlotte Bronte, who lived and wrote between 1816-1855, was such a powerful feminist, as well as a great story teller.

(2 Widgets) Holliday_Christmas.jpgThe calendar is FULL with events, so many we cannot list them all in this newsletter. Be sure to keep checking it as more events are added every day!

Please 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! Check the online calendar.

Enjoy the event filled weekend with family!  Parmalee

 

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  8 Things You Should Know About Hanukkah

(0 Dec 2017) MenorahManfredAnsonHolocaustSurvivor.jpg"Each Hanukkah, families gather together for an eight-day celebration to commemorate the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem.

While not the most important religious holiday on the calendar, Hanukkah has come to be one of the most well-known Jewish holidays, thanks to its traditional fried foods, games and the ever-present menorah.

Discover eight interesting facts about the Festival of Lights." Read more>>>History Stories

Statue of Liberty Menorah handcrafted by Manfred Anson, Holocaust Survivor

 

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  Kwanzaa: A Social Holiday

(0 Dec 2017) KwanzaaCandles.jpgWhile Kwanzaa has been around since its inception in 1966, my fellow teachers and I were unaware of it when we were teaching in a mostly black school in a large eastern city.  In fact the first I heard of it was in the mid 90's in Santa Cruz. Today it has spread into a worldwide celebration of a shared cultural heritage by millions with origins in western Africa.

"Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966. After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga searched for ways to bring African-Americans together as a community. He founded US, a cultural organization, and started to research African "first fruit" (harvest) celebrations. Karenga combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu, to form the basis of Kwanzaa."

Kwanzaa is celebrated December 26 through January 1. Read more at history.com where you can learn about Kwanzaa's Seven Candles, their symbolizism and how Kwanzaa is celebrated.  In fact, get some of these children's books to learn more about this evolving social holiday. 

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Toy Trains at MAH! Dec. 15 - 31

Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up with the headlight flashing and drive wheels spinning. Marvel at smoke flowing from the smoke stack, and a mighty whistle.
  Join the Christmas Bird Count

(0 Dec 2017) californiaQuail300.jpgAnnual Audubon Bird Count

You can add to a century of citizen science data by signing up for a count near you.

Audubon's 118th Christmas Bird Count will be conducted between  Thursday, December 14, 2017 through Friday, January 5, 2018.

A map view of the circles expected to be included in the completed 118th CBC can be found here. If you're interested in participating this season, check out the map to find a count near you. Please  contact compilers by email using the information from the pop-ups on the map.

(0 Dec 2017) HouseFinch300.jpgSince the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers like you. Please keep reading to learn more about the Christmas Bird Count.

If your home is within the boundaries of a CBC circle, then you can stay at home and report the birds that visit your feeder on count day as long as you have made prior arrangement with the count compiler. Check out the sign-up link above during the sign-up season for information on how to contact the compiler.

Santa Cruz County Moss Landing
Compiler: Eric Feuss Compiler: Bob Ramer
Email: feuss@adobe.com; ericfeuss@sbcglobal.net Email: rjramer@sbcglobal.net
Location: (-122.05, 37.02) Location: (-121.74, 36.90)
Count Date: 12/16/2017 Count Date:
Contact Eric to participate. You will then be assigned to a section, and a section leader will contact you the week of the count with meeting details. Countdown potluck at end of the day at Soquel Glen Mobile Home Park, 5470 Soquel Dr, Soquel Tired spending New Year's Day watching football games? If you would rather be birding, please contact Bob Ramer at rjramer@sbcglobal.net for details about the Moss Landing CBC.
 

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  Ask Nicole: Developing an Attitude of Gratitude

(0 Dec 2017) NicoleYoung2.jpgby Nicole M. Young, MSW

I live five minutes away from the beach, and yet I often go months without stepping foot in the sand. Sometimes, the closest I get to the ocean is when I take the back roads instead of the highway to get to or from meetings. It's ridiculous, especially when I know that many people dream of living near the ocean or travel for hours to spend a day at the beach. And yet every time I get a glimpse of the ocean - or actually make it to the beach - I automatically take a deep breath, say a silent "thank you," and feel a sense of peace and contentment that had been absent only moments before. It's little moments like these that remind me how grateful I am for the life I live.

This monthly column provides tips for anyone who is helping raise children or teens, based on the world-renowned Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, available to families in Santa Cruz County. If you have a question or idea for a future column, please email me at triplep@first5scc.org.

Dear Nicole,

I have great kids (9 and 11) who are polite, get along with each other, and don't have any behavior issues (yet). I'd like some ideas, though, about how to teach them to be grateful for what they have, instead of always wanting or feeling entitled to have more things. Do you have any tips for me? - Desiree

Dear Desiree, What a great question! continue reading>>>

  Fun Events!
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Kirby School 6-12, Shadow Day 12/11

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf Pre-8, Morning In the Preschool 12/16

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LitWits Kits

Help Parents and Teachers Make Literature Real:

 

sensory prop ideas:  see, hear, smell, and feel what the characters did


bookbites ideas:  taste what the characters ate


creative project ideas & instructions:  make what a character made


kinetic activity ideas & instructions:  do what a character did (or might/should have!)


academic handouts:  learn the story’s narrative arc, vocabulary, setting, and more


creative writing handouts:  write what a character wrote or felt


takeaway topics:  know what the characters knew


learning links:
learn more about what the characters’ world was like


audiovisual links:
see and hear what the characters’ world looked and sounded like

Holiday Book Sales

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Library Watsonville
12/11-14, 3:30-6pm
Teen Book Sale

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Holiday Puppet Special: Caterpillar Puppets

Giggles guaranteed!


Library Central
12/16 at 11:00am
Santa Cruz 

Library Scotts Valley
12/16 at 3:00pm
  Scotts Valley

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Great Books for Children
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Nutcracker Santa Cruz: Experience The Magic!
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  Nutcracker Santa Cruz: Experience The Magic!
International Academy of Dance, Santa Cruz Dance Guild
Date: Every day (Dec 16-Dec 17)
Ages: all
Details: Kick off your family's holiday traditions with the magical Nutcracker Ballet, a spectacular performance sure to delight and insp
Special Instructions: Performances 1:00pm and 4:30pm
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 466-0458 view all details >>
     
"The Nutcracker"
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  "The Nutcracker"
Santa Cruz Ballet Theater
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Dec 17)
Ages: 3 - 103
Details: Everyone's Favorite Holiday Tradition!
Special Instructions: For Group Sales rates , call the Box Office.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-5260 view all details >>
     
Great Books for Children
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Great Books for Children
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Canta y Baila ConmigoŽ with MusicalMe, Inc.
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Musical Me, Inc. Offers Music Together
Date: Every day (Feb 23-Apr 1)
Ages: 0-6 years
Details: CyBC enhances children's learning in multiple domains, increases family engagement and adds richly to each family's "toolbox."
Special Instructions: Locations in Los Gatos, Pleasure Point & Westside Santa Cruz
City: Ben Lomond Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
     
Chanukkuh Train
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: 12/14/2017
Details: Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends as we experience the lights, stories and traditions of Chanukah in a whol
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Great Books for Children
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CHANUKAH EXTRAVAGANZA
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  CHANUKAH EXTRAVAGANZA
Temple Beth El
Date: Every day (Dec 12-Dec 15)
Ages: all
Details: First Night of Chanukah
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 336-1462 view all details >>
     
Gulliver Unlimited
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  Gulliver Unlimited
Alternative Family Education
Date: Every day (Dec 14-Dec 17)
Details: AFE middle school production of Gulliver Unlimited-a steampunk coming of age story set during the industrial revolution
Special Instructions: See varying dates, times
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Great Books for Children
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Great Books for Children
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The Buzz About Local Santa Cruz Bees
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  The Buzz About Local Santa Cruz Bees
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 04/25/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Explore ongoing research focused on local bee diversity.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
     
iskate
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Chamber of Commerce Capitola-Soquel
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Jan 7)
Details: Ice skate by the sea!!
City: Capitola Village view all details >>
     
The Ultimate Christmas Show
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  The Ultimate Christmas Show
Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 17)
Ages: 12+
Details: The fruitcakes of Mountain Community Theater invite you to take an irreverent, comedic, yet heartwarming trip through the holida
Special Instructions: Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun2pm
City: Ben Lomond Phone: (831) 336-4777 view all details >>
     
Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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  Old-Time Family Barn Dance
Live Oak Grange
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Details: Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Apr 21-Dec 15) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
City: Boulder Creek view all details >>
     
Annual "Messiah" Sing-A-Long
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  Annual "Messiah" Sing-A-Long
Peace United Church of Christ
Date: 12/19/2017 at 7:00pm
Details: A community sing-a-long, open to anyone who would like to raise their voice to sing Handel's legendary "Messiah."
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
     
  Ask Nicole continued

It's common for children - and many adults - to behave in ways that appear self-centered, materialistic, or constantly dissatisfied. It might seem like these behaviors are part of human nature or our society that we have to accept, but they are actually learned behaviors that can be reduced or replaced with gratitude. In fact, research shows that having an attitude of gratitude changes the structure of the human brain, making people feel happier, healthier, and more peaceful. Here are some tips to try:

Set a good example. Take time to notice the things you are grateful for, even if it's something that seems trivial. Talk to your children about the peace, satisfaction, or happiness that you feel when you watch the sunset, smell your favorite food, read a good book, get their help with chores, or put on your sweatpants and slippers at the end of a long day. Avoid complaining or criticizing other people or things, especially in front of your children. Remember they are constantly watching, listening, and learning from you - even when it seems like they are ignoring you.

Make gratitude a daily habit. Ask your children to identify one thing they are grateful or thankful for each day. Younger children might enjoy drawing pictures of the things that make them feel content and peaceful. Older children can also draw, write in a journal or take pictures. Have conversations about the things they appreciate during mealtimes, bedtime, or as you're going about your daily activities. These simple steps can teach children to notice and find joy in the everyday moments of their lives.

Give them responsibilities at home. Running a household and raising children is hard work! Give children age-appropriate chores and responsibilities to teach them that family life runs more smoothly when everyone pitches in. Give descriptive praise and positive attention to show your appreciation when they help with laundry, dishes, cleaning, feeding pets, or doing yardwork. This will encourage them to continue being helpful, as well as increase the likelihood that they'll be grateful - instead of taking it for granted - when other people do things for them.

Encourage children to help and care for others. Receiving gratitude from other people gives children the chance to feel good about being kind, helpful, and generous. Try to find an activity your whole family can help with - provide baked goods for a school fundraiser, serve meals at a shelter, pick up trash in your community, or visit seniors who live alone without family close by. Involve your children in picking the activity and talk about how it will be helpful. Acknowledge their helpfulness during the activity, then talk to them afterwards about how they felt. Encourage your children to continue helping others without expecting anything in return, so that they learn to receive gratitude throughout the year.

Final Thoughts: Take a few moments each day to notice the people and experiences that make you happy, content and peaceful. Express your appreciation and gratitude, and teach your children to do the same. Make this a daily habit, and you'll find that gratitude becomes contagious.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 14 and 17, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program. To find a Triple P parenting class visit http://triplep.first5scc.org or contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or triplep@first5scc.org.

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