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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

December 20, 2017
It's a bustling time. Enjoy!
Give them paper and your expertise!

Coastal Art & Poetry Winners

Suki: Home for the Holidays
Fun Events!
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  It's a bustling time. Enjoy!

(0 January 2018) ChristmasO_PoinsettiaHolly.jpgThere's a bustle in the shops with cheerful greetings --Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! It's soothing on the beach with the waves rolling in and quiet in the woods, except for the rustle of boughs greeting little winds and birds announcing my presence. I'm enjoying it all. You?!

Have you been to the Toy Trains at MAH? Wonderful sounds, engrossed children and nostalgic parents gather around the interactive show!

Are you lonely? All ages are welcome to the Friday Solstice Contra Dance on Friday. Come with or without a partner. Volunteers are needed at the Veteran's Christmas Dinner at MAH December 25, noon.

After you have mastered the engineering to make these superior paper airplanes with the children, decorate them!

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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.

Have a festive Christmas with the family.  Be safe in your travels. Parmalee

  Give them paper and your expertise!

How to Make a Paper Airplane that Really Flies

"There are many skills fathers should pass on to their children: how to ride a bike, how to skip a stone, and of course, how to make a paper airplane. When it's time to show your kids how to fold a humble piece of paper into a soaring jet, don't stumble around and hastily construct one from the poor memory of your youth - one that takes a disappointing nosedive as soon as it leaves your fingertips. Instead, teach them the art of making a plane that can truly go the distance.

The three designs below are tried and true (you wouldn't believe some of the science behind paper airplanes) and are perfect beginner, moderate, and expert level models to play with. They go in order from easiest to hardest, so there's something for every age level - including adult; don't act like you're not going to try these out in the break room." How>>>>

The Bulldog Dart The Harrier The Hammer
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  Coastal Art & Poetry Winners

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is happy to display winning entries from the 2017 Coastal Commission's Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. This beautiful art and poetry features a California coastal or California marine theme, all done by K-12 students from across the state. Show these  students your support for their creations! - through January 2018

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Firecracker
Lauren Lee
Grade 3, Irvine

My inspiration for this artwork is an
elephant seal named Firecracker. He was
rescued by the Pacific Marine Mammal
Center on July 23, 2016 at 114 pounds
with bite wounds on his neck. On August
23, 2016, a coast guard released
Firecracker at a healthy 204 pounds.

Waves

Do not stop me waves.
You can't stop me now.
The sun is shining on me.
The sand is so soft.
And it's like a blanket.

I can see the mountains.
They are so beautiful!
Like you! You! You!

You can't stop me now!
I'm like a wave! A wave!
A wave! The sun is shining on me!

The waves are so beautiful!
You can't stop me now waves!
Even if the waves are so high!
You can't stop me now!
I can climb the rocks
And you can't get me!!

You can't stop me now...

Emma Lucchesi
Grade 3, Elk Grove

Coastal Commission Art & Poetry Contest 2018

 

 

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  Suki: Home for the Holidays

21 years ago I moved a couple hours south from San Francisco to live with my then boyfriend, now husband. I also coincidentally ended up living a 15-minute drive from my parents' farm, which they had just purchased after looking at properties many miles apart from Central to Northern California.

This was the start of a family life that I never envisioned when I left my parents' home in Michigan at the age of 17, moved out to California, and expected to be the adult child furthest from my family seat. I ended up raising my two children within a short drive of a farm that became the center of an extended family of cousins, aunts and uncles, and my two healthy, active parents.

My mother never gave me much parenting advice, feeling that she and my father had pretty much been dumped into the middle of the hardest job they ever had with no preparation. However, she did tell me one thing that she and my father had made a decision about before they had children. They made a conscious decision that their family was going to get along.

Maybe this sounds like a little thing. But it wasn't to them, coming from families who bickered, fought, and kept their distance as adults.

I'm not saying that my siblings and I, our children who are cousins, and spouses and other extensions of our family don't ever have disagreements. But my parents did see success in their approach.

I wish I could offer a formula for other families, whom I often see suffering during the holidays because of the pain that they carry as a group. But there is no formula that we follow except that simple decision that our parents made: No matter what it takes, we get along. Read more>>>>

Suki Wessling is a local parent of two who writes fiction and nonfiction about reading, writing, parenting, education, and homeschooling. More about Suki.

  Fun Events!
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Have a great vacation!

Felt, yarn, needle, buttons, scissors, cinnamon, fir greens, sparkles, old map, glue!

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Holiday Ice Skating
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  Holiday Ice Skating
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every day (Nov 11-Jan 7)
Details: Ice skate by the beach, on real ice!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Holiday Train Rides
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  Holiday Train Rides
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 23)
Details: Celebrate the Holiday Season with a ride on one of three festive trains!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Holiday Movies
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  Holiday Movies
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every day (Dec 14-Jan 7)
Details: Free Christmas and Hanukkah movies
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-5590 view all details >>
     
12th Annual Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration
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  12th Annual Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration
Celtic Society of Monterey
Date: 12/22/2017 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Details: An evening of music, song and dance, Christmas with a Celtic twist
City: Pacific Grove Phone: (831) 373-4441 view all details >>
     
Fantasy of Lights
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  Fantasy of Lights
County of Santa Clara Parks
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 30) from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Details: Magical wonderland of thousands of colorful twinkling lights, exciting, animated displays and favorite holiday music
Special Instructions: OPEN DECEMBER 2-30
City: Los Gatos Phone: (408) 355-2201 view all details >>
     
 Christmas Eve Service
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  Christmas Eve Service
Hope Church
Date: 12/24/2017 at 5:00pm
Details: Join us this Christmas Eve for a festive, fun-filled, candlelight, family service with live music, and an inspirational message
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Reindeer at SF Zoo
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  Reindeer at SF Zoo
San Francisco Zoo
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 18-Jan 1)
Details: Come see the reindeer on loan from Santa
Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway
City: San Francisco Phone: (415) 753-7080 view all details >>
     
Solstice Contra Dance
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  Solstice Contra Dance
Santa Cruz Dance
Date: 12/22/2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers
Special Instructions: Usually Third Friday, Check website.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Community Christmas Day Dinner
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  Community Christmas Day Dinner
Veterans for Peace
Date: 12/25/2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Details: The Friends of Christmas are partnering with the Veterans for Peace to provide a full Christmas-style ham dinner (with vegan & v
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 466-6078 view all details >>
     
Toy Trains 2017
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  Toy Trains 2017
MAH and Golden State Toy Train Operators
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Dec 31)
Ages: All
Details: Experience a mini-universe of model trains that delight the young and young at heart.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.429.1964 view all details >>
     
The quilts are back!
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  The quilts are back!
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Date: Every day (Dec 11-Apr 15)
Details: Beautiful quilts on exhibit!
City: Pacific Grove Phone: 831-648-5716 view all details >>
     
iskate
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  iskate
Chamber of Commerce Capitola-Soquel
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Jan 7)
Details: Ice skate by the sea!!
City: Capitola Village view all details >>
     
     
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