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Getting Ready is Fun!
December 2, 2010

Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree
Happy Birthday Santa Cruz Roller Palladium!
Suki's Blog: Teaching Programming to Children
This Week
Mixed Nutz! The Nutcracker Re-Mxedi
Christmas Tree Farms
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(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) ChristmasCarTree.jpgRounding the corner, there it was --a Christmas tree on top of a car.  It’s time to head for the hills to cut a fresh one!  The neighborhood is becoming sparkly with Christmas lights.  The call has gone out for volunteers at the annual Toy Train Show at MAH (teens, call Eric 423.8072) and the calendar is filled with holiday events.

Listening and watching for real clues to the perfect gift that will delight someone dear to you is a fun challenge.  You get to be a year-round sleuth.  Young children will talk to puppets as if you are not there.  A friend says "I don't care what anyone says, I like pink!" and you know she prefers cotton, so you make her a giant pink shopping bag.  I recently overheard, "That is such a good movie.  I could watch it again."  Or you visit newly-wed relatives and notice that their decor includes creams, shades of orange and soft browns and while they have every up to date electronic gadget, they don't have a bright orange crockpot.  Perhaps you have an elderly aunt whose ears are not pierced: go to the flea market for clipons.  If you  have a child who is interested in what makes computer programs work, read Suki's recommendations!  Enjoy your sleuthing! 

Since it is season of gifts, keep a lookout for our TOY LIST!  Look for a link to it on our homepage SOON!  Remember to visit the Jingle Shells sale at Seymour for unique sea gifts.

Have fun thinking of others!  Parmalee

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  Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

(Holidays) ChristmasTree_Farm.jpgWe have some great local tree farms in our mountains.  It doesn't get much fresher than picking and cutting your own tree, plus my theory is that if it's grown around here it's going to stay fresh longer than those trees that were cut a month or more ago and shipped here from far away, not to mention that I do everything I can to buy local.  This can be a very special family occasion that creates memories for a lifetime.

Our three most favorite Christmas tree farms are Four Winds, Patchen  and Ward Ranch.  Learn more about them here.

2. Most farms provide the tools you will need.  Ask!  To be on the safe side, bring a blanket for protecting the car and a few bungee cords.

3. Give your cut tree a good shaking to loosen up the spiders, or even a family of mice!  Some farms will do a professional "shake" for you.

4. Ask if you do the cutting or if they do (for a fee?).  Sometimes you can have lower branches trimmed.  Take them home and make a wreath or spray.  Some farms have extra trimmings you can take home for table, mantle or outside decorations.

5. Wear old clothes, layered for variable weather, and pack for a day trip, snacks or lunch.  Many farms offer picnic tables and cocoa or cider.

6. Remember the camera!

For a list of farms, cruise to the end of newsletter.

  Happy Birthday Santa Cruz Roller Palladium!

 (Icons/Graphics) RollerSkatingKids.jpgSixty years old and still the only game in town, only indoor roller skating rink that is, and holder of the title "Best Place for Fun Birthday Parties", the Santa Cruz Roller Palladium, family owned and run, is celebrating its own 60th birthday and you are invited! (Saturday, December 4)

When the doors open, you walk in and immediately are impressed by its spaciousness. The benches where you sit to put on skates or watch the skaters and the picnic style birthday party tables are ready and waiting for the children. Beyond the entry area is the great skating space, a vast polished wood floor under a 30 foot ceiling. Someone keeps this dust-free every day. Railings along the walls provide security for beginners. I'm impressed.

A cheerful greeting comes from the command post. It's Diane, one of the owners, a third generation owner and one of three generations currently working the business. The first owners, Denny and Heddy, built the present rink in 1950 when it was considered daring to locate a business on the edge of town. That foresight placed the rink in what is today a thriving local shopping area and family neighborhood, an ideal location for a business that caters to families.

(Site Photos) RollerSkating_Party.jpgAs Diane spoke about the family legacy I began to understand that keeping the business in the family and fostering a strong work ethic were two keys to its success.  According to Diane, "It's fun, the music is lively, the environment is cheerful, it's good exercize --it gets the endorphins flowing. People come in to skate and leave with happy memories --why we get people in their 30's and 40's coming back because they have fond memories of their first birthday parties here. We have a lady who has been coming for sixty years from the time she was 8 years old." Today one often encounters Diane's daughter Amy, or her daughter Desiree, age 19, helping customers. By the way, Amy met her husband Jeff while working at the rink, so this business can claim to foster romance too!

While chatting with Diane before opening, I noticed a busy 3rd generation getting ready for opening. Lilly, age 9, told me she can handle the snackbar and make change. She especially likes teaching the little ones how to skate. Lilly gave me a demonstration of how to run the music, playing "YMCA" and demonstrating the movements that accompany the classic skating song! Alexander, age 11, was behind the scenes keeping the skates in good working order.

(Site Photos) RollerSkatingWithDad.jpgThey have retained what works and adapted to changes. Prices of course have evolved from about $1 in 1950 to $6.75 (quad skate rental included) in 2010, still a bargain for a couple of hours of fun. Short shorts and bare midriffs have overtaken a 1950's dress code. Music has expanded to include contemporary pieces and include the most popular skating songs, including YMCA, the Limbo and the Hokey Pokey. Favorites are the Beach Boys and Michael Jackson --even Lady Gaga gets played.

While the technology for delivering music has gone from reel to reel, to 45's to albums to cd's, one fad you will not find is video games. Santa Cruz roller Palladium is totally dedicated to roller skating.

Suddenly the doors burst open and a crowd of skaters arrives. The family team gets busy, turning on the music, providing the right size skates, helping newbies get started. Skaters get laced up and go out on the floor. I watch an older gent wearing in-lines skate in smooth circles. He can turn on a dime and skate backwards without a hitch; he makes it look so easy.  Two little boys are out there with their mom, one on each side, doing a walk/glide beginner step while she's working to keep her balance while helping them. Here come some tweens, boys and girls, playing a flirty game of tag. A couple of boys, about 7 or 8 I figure, whiz by, going for speed. Make a note: stay out of their way. I'm going to try this roller skating. I used to ice skate, but oh my, this is different. Lilly, please come give me some pointers!

Like the energizer bunny the Santa Cruz Roller Palladium keeps on going, offering good service and great roller skating on a classic wood floor in a high domed building in a friendly family neighborhood --to the beat of classic skating songs. Happy Birthday!  See you on the floor this Saturday!  Get your perk here. (No perk, no discount!)

  Suki's Blog: Teaching Programming to Children

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgKids tend to become interested in programming through being consumers. So it's likely that your if your child expresses interest in programming, it will be such activities as making app's for the iPod or becoming a computer game programmer. The problem is, those are not really attainable as first goals, and trying to attain them too early may either turn your child off to future attempts, or teach him bad habits that will cause him trouble later.

My husband is a computer scientist with strong opinions about what makes bad programming. He sees it all the time in his line of work. So when our son first started expressing interest in programming, we wanted to find a good way to proceed that would lead him to understand programming, restrict him from making frustrating mistakes, and also allow him to have fun.

At the time, the options were a bit more limited. We found...   continued>>>>>

  This Week

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Mount Madonna Pre-K - 12, Campus Tour 12/7


Spring Hill K-8, Middle School Information Day 12/7

 

3PENS (WPENS, SCPENS & SoquelPENS) Fundraiser 12/9

 

Kirby, John Lennon & Me" Play 12/9

 

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Adventure Horses
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Wizard of Oz
Christmas Claymation Classics
Play In A Day
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Children's Gift Making Workshop
at The Studio Palette


Winter Soccer
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We Futsal!
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Middle School Information Day 12/7, 9-11

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Spring Hill is a private school where the talents of bright, motivated and gifted children are recognized, nurtured and developed to their full potential.

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 Mixed Nutz! The Nutcracker Re-Mxedi

(Event Calendar Logos) mixdnutz.jpgTandy Beal & Company and the UCSC Theater Arts Department present "Mixed Nutz! The Nutcracker Re-Mixed"  (November 19-December 5)

Audiences will once again fill the theater with enthusiastic applause, lively laughter, and delighted "oohs" and "ahhhs" when Bay Area-based SoVoSó performs inspired a cappella vocal music, awesome circus and acrobatic artists perform feats of comedy and skill, costumed dancers present beautiful dance sequences choreographed by Tandy Beal, and everyone has a wonderful time!

"Mixed Nutz!" is a co-production of Tandy Beal & Company and the UCSC Theater Arts Department.  Tickets and Times

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  Christmas Tree Farms
Four Winds 408.399.9020 19679 Skyline Bl, Los Gatos Sat/Sun 8:30-4:30
Ward Ranch 831.423.6975 4820 Bonny Doon Rd, Santa Cruz Sat/Sun 9-5
Patchen 408.353.1615 22217 Old Santa Cruz Hwy, Los Gatos Daily 7-7
Black Road 408.354.8472 Bear Creek exit to Black Rd *signs Daily 7-dark
Crest Ranch 831.426.1522 12200 Empire Grade Rd, Santa Cruz Daily 9-4:30
Summit Farm 408.354.3595 Summit Rd btw 17 & San Jose/Soquel Rd Sa/Su 8-4:30, M-F 9-4:30
The Johnson Farm 831.338.0422 16385 Two Bar Rd, Boulder Creek Daily 9-5
Arrowhead Farms 831.772.4740 24261 Loma Prieta Ave, Los Gatos
Sa/Su 8-5, M-F 12-5
GHJ Tree Farm 408.354.1401 16765 Skyline Bl, Los Gatos F-Su 8-4
Thompson's 831.726.9126 207 Aromas Rd, Aromas Sa/Sun 10-dark, M-F 3-dark
Frosty's 408.395.3789 19965 Skyline Bl, Los Gatos Daily 8-5
McKenzie Ranch 408.867.5693 19970 Skyline Bl, Los Gatos F-Su8-4:30, M-Th 10-4:30
Lone Star 408.395.0337 20514 Gist Rd, Los Gatos Sa/Su 8-4:30, M-F 8-4:30
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