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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

December 20, 2018
Puzzle Challenges

Winter Solstice

Local Children Will Sing with The ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show
Suki: Young writers reading list
Homemade Cough Remedy
Fun Events!
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  Puzzle Challenges

(Holidays) Christmas_Boy_NormanRockwell.jpgMerry Christmas and warm holiday times for all.

Just for fun,we're sharing a few puzzles from Curiosity for the family to solve on the long Winter Solstice night!

Tricky Math Problem for 8 Year Olds

The Coin Flip Puzzle

Spy Recruitment Puzzle

And in case you're a parent with "math anxiety" here's a way to overcome it and not pass it on to your children >>>>>

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  • Saturday- High Tide 6.4 ft at 9:04 am, Low Tide -1.3 ft at 4:22 pm
  • Sunday- High Tide 6.4 ft at 9:48 am, Low Tide -1.4 ft at 5:08 pm

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a festive AND relaxing weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee


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Toy Trains at MAH! Dec. 21 - 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.

  Winter Solstice

(0 A December 2018) Winter_SnowFenceDave.jpg"Amid the whirl of the holiday season, many are vaguely aware of the approach of the winter solstice, but how much do you really know about it? Whether you're a fan of winter or just wish it would go away, here are 10 things to note-or even celebrate-about the solstice." 

Growing up in New England, December meant lots of snow and snow activities.  Regardless of the cold or great quantities of snow, we children were outside every day. As it grew colder and threatened to become dark, we returned home with snow-crusted mittens, red cheeks and were welcomed with warm soup and family time close to the fire in the living room.

In Santa Cruz it's a little cooler, perhaps rainy --excellent weather for hiking among the redwoods, exploring the beaches, but on the shortest day/longest night of the year we too like to return to a warm home and a bowl of soup.

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Birdist Rule #25:

Join Your Local Audubon Christmas Bird Count


  Local Children Will Sing with The ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show

(0 A December 2018) Abba-Solutely.jpgWhen the touring production, The ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show, comes to the Rio Theatre on Friday, December 21, the Gateway School Children's Choir will join the professional musicians on stage to lend some local talent to this homage to the iconic Swedish pop group, ABBA.

The ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show features live ABBA hits with a mix of Christmas music sprinkled in to celebrate the holidays. The choir, with children aged 7 to 12, will accompany the tribute band on stage during the songs "I Have A Dream", "Let it Snow" and "Santa Baby."

The producers of The ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show approached Gatewood School's Music Director, David Cameron, looking for a talented children's choir. The show commonly hires a local children's choir to augment the production while on tour.

"The Abba Show Christmas Choir is always adorable and the songs they are involved in are one of the highlights of the show," said Marie-Claire Follett, who plays "Frida.'

"It's great to share the stage with kids because you never quite know what they are going to do and usually it's the littlest one that steals the show."

(0 A December 2018) AbbaGatewayChildren.jpgDespite their young ages, many of the choir members are ABBA fans.

"I can sing any ABBA song in my sleep," said Lena Totten, 10.

Nine-year-old Eva Pelletier's favorite ABBA tune is "Super Trouper."

Natalie Wolkstein, 9, and Eva Luksich, 9, both favor "Dancing Queen.'

"The students at Gateway are very excited to be a part of this show," said Gateway Music Teacher David Cameron. "As their music teacher, I'm looking forward to this opportunity for these talented singers to showcase their singing on stage!"

The ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show is family friendly and appropriate for all ages.

PHOTO TAGS: (left to right) Sophie Graham, Gigi Prado, Sofia Prado, Lena Totten, Natalie Wolkstein, Eva Pelletier and Eva Luksich. Mattias Lundell not pictured. Photo by David Cameron.

"ABBAXmas" (left to right): Andrew Harvey (Benny) , Marie-Claire Follett (Frida), Natalie Eaton, ( Agnetha), Patrick Jamieson( Bjorn)

  Suki: Young writers reading list

(0 A December 2018) Suki_180No2.jpgYoung writers reading list

The most important thing that young writers can do to develop their skills is write, write, and write some more.

In conjunction with writing, young writers should read great writing: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, jokes, text messages.... The form doesn't actually matter. The more great writing they read, the more the rhythm of language will take root in their heads.

But finally, young writers can be really inspired by books about writing and reading. Following are a few of my favorites for young writers of a variety of ages. Read more>>>>

Read more about Suki Wessling, local parent, teacher, musician and writer>>>>>>

  Homemade Cough Remedy

This remedy is a spicy honey-cider syrup potent enough to calm a cough and soothe a sore throat. Recipe from Barefeet In the Kitchen.

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2 T apple cider vinegar preferably Bragg's, if available
2 T honey locally produced raw honey is best, if available
T2  water [Adults may substitute B & B]
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/4 t ground ginger

Place all the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Leave at room temperature for a few days or place in the refrigerator for longer storage. Shake well each time, before using. The spices will not dissolve into the liquid. It should remain watery.

  Fun Events!
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Kirby School 6-12, Shadow Days, Mondays


Orchard School K-6, Open House 1/19


Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Campus Tour and Preview of "13" the Musical1/24


Kirby School 6-12, Open House 1/26

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Toy Trains
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  Toy Trains
MAH and Golden State Toy Train Operators
Date: Every day (Dec 21-Dec 31) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
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 >>
Nutcracker Santa Cruz
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  Nutcracker Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz City Ballet
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Dec 16) from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: What better way to ring in the season than with smiles, beauty and laughter?
Special Instructions: December 15th & 16 at 1:00pm & 4:30pm
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 466-0458 view all details >>
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Agape Dance
Date: Every day (Dec 22-Dec 23)
Details: Nutcracker and Petite Nutcracker by Agape...this should be awesome and adorable!
City: Aptos view all details >>
"The Nutcracker"
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  "The Nutcracker"
Santa Cruz Ballet Theater
Date: Every day (Dec 21-Dec 23)
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 >>
Holiday Lights Train
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  Holiday Lights Train
Roaring Camp
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 23-Dec 31)
Details: Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!
City: Felton view all details >>
Munching with Mozart Concert
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  Munching with Mozart Concert
Library Central
Date: 12/20/2018 from 12:10pm to 12:50pm
Details: Bring your lunch and enjoy a concert, great midday interlude...This month will feature Josef Feinberg, cello.
Special Instructions: To make a reservation for your class or other large group contact
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show
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  ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show
Rio Theater
Date: 12/21/2018 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Details: Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Take a Chance On Me, Super Trouper, Voulez Vous, Gimme Gimme Gimme, SOS, The Winner Takes it all, and T
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Molly's Revenge!
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  Molly's Revenge!
Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Date: 12/21/2018 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Details: Ring in the holiday with a decidedly Celtic "take" on old favorites and Dazzling Dancing!
City: Pacific Grove view all details >>
Photography Hike
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  Photography Hike
State Park Henry Cowell
Date: 03/24/2019 at 3:00pm
Details: Sunlight filtering through the redwoods, a glistening river, and breathtaking views make this hike ideal
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-7077 view all details >>
Zoo Lights Celebration
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  Zoo Lights Celebration
San Francisco Zoo
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Dec 14-Dec 30) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Experience bright holiday light displays, Santa Claus and the only place around where you can see Santa's reindeer!
Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great Highway
City: San Francisco Phone: (415) 753-7080 view all details >>
David Copperfield
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  David Copperfield
Jewel Theatre Co
Date: Every day (Dec 13-Dec 23)
Details: Adapted from Charles Dickens' favorite and most autobiographical novel, "David Copperfield, The New Musical" follows David's lif
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Blanket Drive
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  Blanket Drive
AFN Autism Family Network Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Dec 20-Dec 22)
Details: Donate a new blanket for Hearts and Hands
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
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