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Merry Christmas
December 23, 2009
Traditions
Thank You Business Friends!
What can we do? Visit a Museum!
This Week
Who's having more fun with the trains --Dad, Grandpa or the Children!?
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  Traditions

(Holidays) Christmas_SantaSandCastle.jpgDear Parents, Friends, Teachers and Business Associates,

We wish you a wonderful holiday week.  We overheard a mom asking "What's there to do during vacation?"  Of course the Toy Train Show comes to mind!  It's becoming a tradition! There's "treasure hunting" for sea glass, shells, colorful rocks and sand dollars at our many beaches, hiking in our mountain parks and local parks to visit. We hear the production of Scrooge at Cabrillo is excellent.  There's ice skating in San Jose!

Museums and Nature Centers are beckoning!  If you're up for a day trip, the choices expand! Below are some museums new to us. Be sure to check any museum's website for days, hours, admission fees, free days. Have fun!

No matter which holiday you celebrate, have a lovely time with friends and family!  When we introduce children to family holiday traditions we are creating memories.  It's good that Santa is so flexible  --he went from man to saint to secular icon and now surfs out west and braves heavy snows back east!  I grew up with sledding and tobagganning on snow or ice skating on frozen swamps all day long.  The best present was a new pair of ice skates!  Christmas Day we had a mid-day dinner of roast beef, peas, yorkshire pudding and gravy.  It makes my mouth water to think of this meal!  My family out west has cioppino on Christmas Eve.  There's quite a ritual in the making of it.  Santa Mouse always leaves miniature treasures in a white box tied with a gold ribbon on a branch of the Christmas tree.  What are your Christmas traditions?

Parmalee

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Thank you to these businesses on our site for helping to bring newsletters and resources to our community.  You can thank them too by visiting their websites and learning more about them. Be sure to check our Parent Perks frequently to see what Specials they have for you! There are new ones there now!

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I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.

~Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

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Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.

~Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Downtown Santa Cruz

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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

~Norman Vincent Peale

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A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away.

~Eva Logue

 

 

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Rod Sanford's Martial arts

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Santa Cruz Nannies

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Santa Cruz Soccer Inc.

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Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.

~Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby

 

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The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.

~Burton Hillis

 

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  What can we do? Visit a Museum!

Our Activities & Family Fun section is full of places to go, especially museums.  We also discovered two museums in the King City area that look interesting, La Gloria School and the Hays Truck Museum.

(Site Photos) LaGloriaSchool.jpgLa Gloria School was first organized in 1873. Located 5 miles southeast of Gonzales, the schoolhouse was built by local people. The desks were handmade and "the house was plain and not well finished". In 1887 a tax was voted to build the present school. The schoolhouse, outhouses and fences were built for a total of $1,325.


Each year the school was improved with new books, furniture, pictures and a horse shed. Among the improvements was an Estey Organ, purchased by the Trustees in 1895 for $90. Pepper trees lined the schoolyard and three garden plots provided flowers for the schoolroom. A flag pole, built in 1898, stood in the center of the yard.

(Site Photos) LaGloriaSchoolInside.jpgLike all country schools, La Gloria was the entertainment center for the community. Dinners, exhibitions, and "patriotic entertainment" was often held at the school. In East of Eden John Steinbeck described the role of the country school:

"In the country the repository of art and science was the school, and the schoolteacher shielded and carried the torch of learning and beauty. The schoolhouse was the meeting place for music, for debate. The polls were set in the schoolhouse for elections. Social life whether it was the crowning of a May Queen, the eulogy to a dead president, or an all-night dance, could be held nowhere else."

La Gloria School was closed in the early 1960s. It remained vacant until it was moved to San Lorenzo Park in 1980 to become part of the museum complex.

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(Site Photos) Truck1914.jpgThe Hays Antique Truck Museum contains one of the largest collections of antique trucks in the United States. The museum was formally established in 1982 by Mr. A.W. Hays, a pioneer and leading figure in the California trucking industry. Retired after fifty years in the trucking business, with "nothing to do," this active 76 year old man began to collect and restore the old trucks you see at the museum today.

(Site Photos) Truck1939.jpgThe museum's collection includes over 100 different makes of old trucks, representing 94 different manufacturers such as Fageol, Freightliner, Mack, Sterling, Oshkosh, Peterbilt, and the one and only 1916 Breeding Steam Truck. Also on display are trailers, industrial powerplants, tools, equipment, and trucking memorabilia. The museum attracts visitors from around the world and serves as an educational resource for schools and truck historians.

 

  This Week

Event CalendarBelow is only a partial list of upcoming events and activities so be sure to click on our EVENT CALENDAR so you do not miss anything >>

Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list.

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Save the date:
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Festive Holidays

The Tyrolean Inn

Christmas Eve, 4 -9pm

New Year's Eve, 5-10pm

Advance reservations requested!
9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond
336.5188

 

Cooking Classes at

Fresh Prep Kitchens


KID-Chef 101
Cooking Basics
Tues, 12/29, 3:30-5pm:


Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting--Make, Decorate and Take Home


Ages 8-12
Instructor Phyllis Endicott
$40/student/class

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Fresh Prep Kitchens
504 A Front St, SC
429-1390

 

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Time for KEEN!

Katie Dog's little friend likes Katie's Keen so now her Dad feeds her KEEN!

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KEEN

A low-gluten diet made with turkey, organic oats, vegetables, and love!

Dr. Ken & Dr. Jen at

Allpets Clinic recommend it!

So does Katie-Dog!

1226 B Soquel Av, Santa Cruz
425.0945

 Who's having more fun with the trains --Dad, Grandpa or the Children!?

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Annual Toy Train Show

Spend a few hours taking a trip back into childhood --running the trains at MAH with members of the "Over the Hill Gang," a group of toy train enthusiasts who share their collections with the public every December. This is a free event, guaranteed to bring on smiles and joy!

Cheerful adults and teens are welcome to volunteer helping children share the running of the trains.  Call Eric, Engineer in charge of Fun, 423.8072 or show up to see if you're needed!

MAH, Museum of Art and History

705 Front St, Santa Cruz, Dec 18 - Jan 3, Closed Mondays, Christmas & New Years Day

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