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December 4, 2014
Let's Go for a Walk



Relax at Home with a Good Book ... Solstice Gala

Suki: Mommy Brain


Seasons of Gratitude and Generosity

Christine: Happy Babies Learn Better
This Week
Downtown Santa Cruz - Holiday Parade
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  Let's Go for a Walk

(Photos General) Walking_FatherandSon.jpg"I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit. In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to Society. But it sometimes happens that I cannot easily shake off the village. The thought of some work will run in my head and I am not where my body is - I am out of my senses. In my walks I would fain return to my senses. What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking of something out of the woods?" Thoreau

In the bustle of the holiday season and all the enriching entertainment and exquisite craft fairs and warm, friend & family gatherings offered to us, let's remember to take the children, or even just ourselves, for a walk --in the woods, on the beach, along an urban path, emptying our minds from niggling worries and opening our beings to the natural beauty around us.  This simple act is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and it models a lifelong habit for our children.

All this rain gives me the perfect excuse to stay inside with a good book and my own projects!  And yet the calendar is FULL with wondrous activities.  Santa arrives on a surfboard and makes appearances around the county throughout December. While it may "rain on the parade", spirits are unlikely to be dampened.

There are lots of craft fairs this weekend: Jingle Shells at The Seymour Center, the Artisans Holiday Gift Sale at the Vets Hall, Santa Cruz County Parks Holiday Art & Craft Fair, the Santa Cruz County Heritage Foundation Craft Fair at the Fairgrounds, The Boys and Girls Club Crafts by Children Frosty Fun Fest at Louden and more!  Find details for all here

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Have fun choosing for you and your family!

The Weekend   ~  December Holidays  ~ Parenting Support  ~  Classes  ~  Be sure to check out Winter Camps!

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Have a festive weekend with your family, Parmalee

 

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For Ages 5-12: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas; Harry Potter: Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes; Frozen; Create A Play In A Day
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  Relax at Home with a Good Book ... Solstice Gala

Dear Reader,

(Photos General) Reading_Woman_Renoir.jpgPretend you are going to a party with your favorite characters from your favorite books.  How great would that be?  You could have a drink with Elizabeth Bennet or Mary Poppins or Seabiscuit or Ernest Shackleton.  Wear whatever you like.  Take the most comfortable chair in the room.  Begin to read.  The conversation is witty, the situation perilous or mysterious or magical.  Entirely your choice, because this is the way we party at the Friends of the Public Library Solstice Gala.  Check out a book and consider yourself invited.

So I hope you'll join me this year on the solstice from the comfort of your very own home as we both take a moment, make a donation, and say thank you to the books, the librarians, the programs that serve and create our community.  Winter is the very best season for staying inside and reading.  I look forward to seeing you there. (To read more of Karen Joy Fowlers's invitation, click here.)

Join your Friends at the second edition of Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries To Benefit
The Santa Cruz Public Libraries Cultural and Educational Programs
On Saturday December 21, 2014, at anytime o'clock, wherever you are!
Food and Drink: Yes, please ~ Attire: Whatever strikes your fancy ~ Pets are welcome, too!

RSVP for the event here.    To see what others are reading at the event click here.

 

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  Suki: Mommy Brain

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Moms congregating in groups at parks, breastfeeding support groups, and cafes often find themselves trading stories about "Mommy brain." You know, B.B. (before baby) you were a high-ranking partner at a law firm and now you can't remember where you stashed your favorite nursing bra. B.B. you aced calculus and now you stare blankly at a restaurant receipt, trying to remember how to calculate a tip. B.B. you never missed an appointment, but now you've rescheduled your haircut twice because it's not like you were actually doing anything important, but somehow you managed to forget the only hour you've had to yourself in the last three weeks...twice.

You know how most of the time changes like these can go unnoticed, but every once in a while a ghost of your former self comes out to haunt you? Read more>>>>

Suki Wessling is a local parent who writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling at Avant Parenting.

 

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  Seasons of Gratitude and Generosity

This story comes from our friends at MOD, who wrote it in gratitude for their new home at Capitola Mall.  We think it works well for the entire season, or forever!

Studies have shown that gratitude is good for kids. Research collated by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley reveals that gratitude makes us more resilient, makes us more connected wi.th our community, makes us healthier, and is one of the most reliable ways to increase happiness.

(Photos General) Gratitude-jar.jpgWith that in mind, here are five ways you can help your family have a Season of Gratitude and Generosity during the holidays (and year-round).

  • Create a Gratitude Jar. It doesn't have to be fancy. Decorate a recycled glass jar with the word "gratitude." Place a pen and a pad of paper (or post-it notes) next to it. Every day ask your children to name three things they are grateful for. Write them down and put them in the jar. At the end of the week, read what everyone said. Studies show that even the act of thinking about what you are thankful for helps people feel happier.
  • Have your children write their own thank you notes. When they receive a gift, have them create a drawing on an index card. On the back, have them write "Thank You" and their name. Writing thank you notes for gifts received is more than just good manners. It helps children to connect in a meaningful way.
  • Let your little ones make a difference at home. Sure the laundry gets done faster when you fold it yourself, but by letting your children help (without criticism), you are teaching them that they can make a difference. Whether it's tearing lettuce for salad or helping to clear the plates from dinner, letting children become involved with helping at home makes them more likely to believe they can help out in the world.
  • Involve your child in giving to someone else. Whether it's a can of soup, a toy for a needy child or sponsoring a family, let your child help with the giving. Take them to the grocery store and give them a budget ($5) and some parameters on what they can buy (no perishables like fruit or vegetables, no candy, etc.) and let them choose what to place in the Second Harvest Food Bank barrel. Take them to the toy store and let them choose the toy to give away for Toys for Tots. Or have them go through their closet and find a gently-used coat to give to the local coat drive. Letting your child make the choice of what to give helps them understand about giving to others and being grateful for what they have.
  • Set a good example. If your child hears you regularly saying "Please" and "Thank You," and observes you being kind to others, they are more likely to do the same. If your child hears you telling them why you are grateful to have them in your life, they begin to understand that gratitude goes beyond material things. Grateful parents help create grateful kids.

We at the Santa Cruz Museum of Discovery are grateful for you, the families of Santa Cruz County and beyond. Thank you for all of your support and generosity. We would not be here without you.

Contributed by Jennifer K Mahal, Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery Volunteer

 
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  Christine: Happy Babies Learn Better

(Photos General) gregsouza-smiling-headsupdaycare-may20070026.jpgThe next time you are trying to teach your baby something, use your happy voice. New research now says that happy babies remember things better when they are happy than when either neutral or negative impressions are made.

Researchers from BYU had babies look at a screen. First they heard a person's voice that was either negative, positive or neutral. They were immediately shown a geometrical shape. They were given memory tests 5 minutes later and the next day.

How do you give a memory test to a baby? There is a fair amount of research showing that a baby will look longer at something new. So a baby will look longer at a shape it doesn't remember and less at a shape it remembers seeing.

Funny thing - I recently did a blog about the ability to more easily learn if you are curious. Also I wrote about how much easier learning is when someone knows they are going to teach something. All this adds up to something - learning works better under certain positive circumstances. I wonder how much of the current study applies to adults. Do you learn better when you are happy? Do you remember items better when you associate them with happy thoughts?

If you want your baby to remember things - smile and make happy noises. Tickle their toesies. Don't be rigid and too strict. I suspect older kids also remember better under happy circumstances.


http://news.byu.edu/archive14-nov-babiesremembergoodtimes.aspx
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0163638314000940

Chistine is a local mom and scientist who makes science easy to understand.  You can find her blog here.  That's her happy son Greg several years ago!

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December in the Parks

 

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School Corner

Gateway School K-8, School Day Tour 12/4

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour Day 12/10


Santa Cruz Waldorf School K-12, Waldorf Alive, A Walk through the Grades 12/10

 

Monte Vista School 6-12, Open House & Curriculum Fair 12/7


Spring Hill School K-6, Kindergarten Open House 12/11

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, "Seussical the Musical", 12/13 & 14

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MusicalMe, Inc. is expanding to offer an introductory six-week Family Favorites session at the newly opened Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, at the Capitola Mall.

REGISTER NOW!

Come sing and dance November 17th through December 22nd, taught by our Director Lizz Hodgin. 

Space is limited so register NOW to guarantee a spot in this NEW class!

 

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 Downtown Santa Cruz - Holiday Parade

Downtown Santa Cruz - Holiday Parade
Date: 12/06/2014 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

This Holiday Tradition seems to get better every year, with hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators, the Holiday season is officially ushered in with bands cars, bikes, floats, fire trucks and of course Old Saint Nick bringing up the end.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Downtown-Holiday-Parade_kids.jpgThe parade starts at 10am and runs up Pacific Avenue from Laurel to Water.

After the Parade, visit the Children's International Craft Holiday Gift and Food Fair at the Boys and Girls Club!

Participants check in between 8:30-9:30am. This is a great way to represent your school,  business, or community organization to the community with a banner, decorated float/vehicle, contingent of staff, family and friends - use your imagination for this fun morning!

For more information email Chip@downtownsantacruz.com

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Date: Every day (Dec 5-Dec 7)
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Details: Festive event full of holiday cheer includes crafts, folk art, antiques, collectibles, gift foods, delicious refreshments at the
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Date: Every day (Nov 27-Dec 27) at 2:00pm
Ages: all ages
Details: Relive the tale of a child's train ride with woodland friends, jolly elves serving cookies and cocoa, and a bag full of surprise
Special Instructions: At the Depot across from Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville
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Saratoga History Museum
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Nov 21-Jan 25) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: It's a Boomer Christmas-Toys from the 1950's, 60's and 70's
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Artisans Holiday Gift Sale 2014 ($25 and under)
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Yvette Contois and Jenny Sandrof
Date: 12/06/2015 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Welcome
Details: Beautiful, locally handmade gifts for everyone on your list
Special Instructions: All items $25 or less
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Tannery Arts Center
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 4)
Ages: All ages
Details: Enjoy ornament making, holiday gift show, art demonstrations, stocking making, live music, caroling, and more. Free and open to
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The Watsonville Community Band's Christmas concert
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Date: Every day (Dec 3-Dec 11)
Ages: All
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Santa Cruz Harbor
Date: 12/02/2017 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Ages: All
Details: 50+ beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor
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Date: 12/02/2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Sale with a delightful array of products... save the date, it happens only once a year!
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