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December 24, 2014

A Life Worth Living

This Week
Guided Elephant Seal Walks
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(Photos General) BeachFt.jpgGreetings from the east coast! Here I am watching a sunrise with family and planning to go boogey boarding later. Wherever you are for the holidays, have a warm family gathering, make memories for the children and relax!  Merry Christmas! Happy Chanukka!

Because the holidays too often bring up sad memories, I'm sharing an interesting, provocative article on happiness with you.   Be kind to yourself and loved ones!

The Weekend   ~  December Holiday Events  ~ Parenting Support  ~  Classes  ~  Winter Camps for Children!

Thank you for your interest in our newsletter and for sending so many new families our way. Please, drop us a line anytime and recommend us to a friend

Enjoy the holidays with family and friends, Parmalee

  A Life Worth Living

(Books/Movies/Products) CamusALifeWorthLiving.jpgA Life Worth Living: Albert Camus on Our Search for Meaning and Why Happiness Is Our Moral Obligation

by Maria Popova

Why "the demand for happiness and the patient quest for it" isn't a luxury or a mere need but our existential duty.

"To decide whether life is worth living is to answer the fundamental question of philosophy," Albert Camus wrote in his 119-page philosophical essay The Myth of Sisyphus in 1942. "Everything else ... is child's play; we must first of all answer the question." One of the most famous opening lines of the twentieth century captures one of humanity's most enduring philosophical challenges - the impulse at the heart of Seneca's meditations on life and Montaigne's timeless essays and Maya Angelou's reflections, and a wealth of human inquiry in between. But Camus, the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature after Rudyard Kipling, addressed it with unparalleled courage of conviction and insight into the irreconcilable longings of the human spirit.

In the beautifully titled and beautifully written A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning (public library | IndieBound), historian Robert Zaretsky considers Camus's lifelong quest to shed light on the absurd condition, his "yearning for a meaning or a unity to our lives," and its timeless yet increasingly timely legacy... Read more at Brain Pickings >>>>>


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Camp Flip at Ohana Gym
Learn new skills, meet new friends, laugh and play!!

MTW Dec 22 - Jan 1, 9am-12pm, Ages 4-12, $50/day, $90/ 2 days; $125/ 3 days, 20% sibling discount

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 Winter Break Camps for Youth and Teens
Ages 5-12: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas; Harry Potter: Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes; Frozen; A Play In A Day
Ages 13 - 20 Acting Conservatory

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  This Week

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December in the Parks


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School Corner

Learn to Discover, Electronics & Programming Classes


Mount Madonna PreK-12, Art & Play in PreK, 1/8


Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour Day, 1/14


SC Waldorf PreK-8, Mornings In the Kindergarten 1/17


Gateway School K-8, Saturday Open House 1/17


Gateway School K-8, Middle School Information Night 1/22


Kirby School 6-12, Open House 1/24


Mount Madonna PreK-12, "Footloose" 1/23-25

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Date Nights

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Junebugs Gym
2nd Saturdays
5:45 - 8:45




Parenting is "thrilling, exhausting, hilarious, fun, frustrating, rewarding.... and requires constant vigilance..."

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Tune up Your Parenting Skills


Workshops for  Parents with Babies to Teens




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 Guided Elephant Seal Walks

State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Regular Size Auto $10.00 Senior (age 62+) $9.00

Guided Elephant Seal Walks

December 15 through March 31 By reservation only. Winter is the prime season to view thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls.  Ano Nuevo State Reserve is home to a large colony of Northern Elephant Seals. The seals come ashore to give birth and mate from mid December through March.

Walks last about 2.5 hours, and consist of a moderately strenuous 3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain. Be prepared for windy, rainy conditions, as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and hooded rain gear are recommended.  Bring bottled water for drinking as there is none available during the walk.

Reservations guarantee your space!

(Photos General) Elephant-sealandbaby.jpgOpen Walk tickets also are sold at the Reserve on a first come first serve basis and cannot be reserved. These tickets are made available at the beginning of each day to visitors arriving at the Reserve without reservations. Ticket availability is limited.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map  Phone: 800.444.4445 •website Pescadero

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  2015 Physics Shows
Foothill College
Date: Every day (Sep 12-Sep 13)
Details: If you can't have fun with physics ... you aren't a very fun person! A Tribute to Galileo & Temperature
Special Instructions: El Monte exit off Hw 280
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Watsonville Wetlands Alive!
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  Watsonville Wetlands Alive!
Watsonville Wetlands
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Fun-filled day sprucing up the wetlands
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