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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

December 6, 2018

Love them.

Join the National Christmas Bird Count!

The Warmth of Traditions
Make It!

Fun Events!
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  Love them.

(0 A December 2018) CaliforniaQuail18.jpgIn case your family decides to participate in the Christmas Bird Count, be assured, even if the only bird you know is a robin, you are welcome.

Get get one or all of these free bird apps and start using them: Audubon, Merlin Bird ID & eBird. I've used all three to identify birds all over the country. They work! For beginner birding walks, check out guided birding with rangers at Rancho del Oso, Henry Cowell, Wilder Ranch and Burleigh Murray Ranch.

The somber and beautiful ceremonies memorializing and celebrating President George H.R. Bush's life of service to our country led me to reflect upon the beauty of families and our nation coming together to support each other when we lose a revered member. Let us hold our dear ones close, love them, even as we guide them toward independence. Think deeply about the values we wish to instill in the children. They are our future leaders, doers, inventors, artists, musicians, teachers, librarians, scientists, policemen, nurses. Nurture their unique talents. Love them.

(0 A December 2018) JamesAndTheGiantPeach_Small.jpgPlease CLICK HERE for the many Holiday Craft and Art Fairs and Events this weekend and HERE for all weekend events! We have two free sets of two tickets for James and the Giant Peach. First to email for them gets them! parmalee @ santacruzparent.com

Have a warm, family weekend, indoors and out! Parmalee

 

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  Join the National Christmas Bird Count!

(0 A December 2018) pURPLEfINCH2018.jpgFor the 119th year, the National Audubon Society is organizing its annual Christmas Bird Count. Between December 14 and January 5, tens of thousands of bird-loving volunteers will participate in counts across the Western Hemisphere. The data collected by participants continues to contribute to one of only two large existing pools of information notifying ornithologists and conservation biologists about what conservation action is required to protect birds and the places they need.

(0 A December 2018) JuncoLeft.jpgThe Christmas Bird Count is one of the longest-running wildlife censuses in the world. Each individual count takes place in a 15-mile-wide circle and is led by a compiler responsible for organizing volunteers and submitting observations to Audubon. Within each circle, participants tally all birds seen or heard that day-not just the species but total numbers to provide a clear idea of the health of that particular population.

Santa Cruz County
Compiler: Eric Feuss
Email: feuss@adobe.com
Location: (-122.05, 37.02)
Count Date: TBD

Moss Landing
Compiler: Bob Ramer  Email: rjramer@sbcglobal.net
Location: (-121.7436.90)
Count Date: TBD

Contact Eric to participate. You will then be assigned to a section, and a section leader will contact you the week of the count with meeting details. Countdown potluck at end of the day at Soquel Glen Mobile Home Park, 5470 Soquel Dr, Soquel.

Tired of spending New Year's Day watching football games? If you would rather be birding, please contact Bob Ramer  for details about the Moss Landing CBC.

Christmas Bird Count data have been used in more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, including 2014's Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report, which found that more than half of the bird species in North America are threatened by a changing climate. When combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, it provides a picture of how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years. The long term perspective is vital for conservationists. It informs strategies to protect birds and their habitat, and helps identify environmental issues with implications for people as well.

Last year, the 118th Christmas Bird Count included a record-setting 2585 count circles, with 1957 counts in the United States, 463 in Canada and 165 in Latin America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Pacific Islands. This was the eighth-straight year of record-breaking counts. In total, 76,987 (0 A December 2018) mistle-thrush-berries.jpgobservers out in the field and watching feeders tallied up 59,242,067 birds representing 2,673 different species and 426 identifiable forms -about one-quarter of the world's known avifauna.

Approximately 5 percent of the North American landmass was surveyed by the Christmas Bird Count. Last year included a new species for the entire Christmas Bird Count database: a Mistle Thrush representing the first ever appearance of that species in North America.

Continuing the disturbing finding from last year was the continued decline of the Northern Bobwhite, the only native quail in the eastern United (0 A December 2018) american-kestrel2018.jpgStates. This species has essentially disappeared from the Northeast and faces massive declines due to loss of shrubland habitat exacerbated by increased droughts. Other species in decline include American Kestrels, our smallest falcon, and the Loggerhead Shrike, a predatory songbird that impales its prey on thorns. While the reasons for these declines is poorly understood, scientists suspect loss of habitat as well as susceptibility to pesticide use.

Beginning on Christmas Day in 1900, Dr. Frank M. Chapman, founder of Bird-Lore - which evolved (0 A December 2018) Loggerhead_Shrike.jpginto Audubon magazine -- proposed a new holiday tradition that would count birds during the holidays rather than hunt them. Conservation was in its beginning stages in that era, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. So began the Christmas Bird Count. 119 years later, the tradition continues and still manages to bring out the best in people.

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is a community science project organized by the National Audubon Society. There is no fee to participate and the quarterly report, American Birds, is available online. Counts are open to birders of all skill levels and Audubon's free Bird Guide app makes it even easier to learn more. To find a count near you visit www.christmasbirdcount.org.

 

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  The Warmth of Traditions

(0 A November 2018) Christmas_NR_TownTree.jpgWe blend our favorite traditions from our own childhood and add new ones, creating memories for a lifetime. Holiday Traditions live in our hearts. We are privileged to create special moments for our children and to take cues from them about adding new traditions. No matter our situation -far from family, near all your relatives, new single parent, good times/rough times- we do our best and give the gift of warm moments for the children.

  • Bake cookies together. Share "Grandma's" recipes. Talk about "the old days."
  • (0 A December 2018) Hanukkah_Latkes.jpgFind the perfect tree; decorate it your family's way, popcorn and cranberries, paper rings, twinkling white lights, colored lights, a star, angel or spike on top. Sit in the living room with only the lights on and tell family stories: "Remember when..."
  • Read Christmas and Hanukkah stories like Santa Mouse, The Night Before Christmas. Play dreidel.
  • Always have the same Christmas Day meal such as roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, gravy and peas or traditional lattkes during Hanukkah.
  • Walk on the beach, in the woods, around the neighborhood. Make it a treasure walk for pine cones, pennies, the most beautiful leaf, a new bird, seaglass, a shell! Leave little gifts for the fairies.
  • Keep an Advent Calendar or make one. Light the menorah each night.
  • (0 A December 2018) christmas-village.jpgListen to classic Christmas music. Watch some heartwarming, serious, or funny Christmas movies like Amahl and the Night Visitors, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
  • Set up the trains. Make a little village with snow, skating pond and little people. Set up the manger scene.
  • Make gifts. Write notes to friends and family, especially thank you notes.
  • Share your bounty with others, a meal, a visit, a kind word. Someone is hungry for a kindness.
  • Be together.

  Make It!
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  Fun Events!
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Kirby School 6-12, Winter Concert 12/6

 

Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Campus Tour 12/7

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School K-8, Winter Faire 12/8


Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Honk Jr 12/8-9

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Free Books! Downtown Branch

Weds, Dec. 2 12:30 - 2:30pm

Donations accepted
Friends of SCPL

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PET PORTRAITS WITH SANTA PAWS

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Mondays, 12/17, 6-8pm

Adoptable doggies will be there too!

Capitola Mall

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Imagine the sounds!

TubaChristmas

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Sunday, December 9, 1pm-2pm

 A concert featuring the spectacular resonance of over 50 tubas during TubaChristmas!

Monterey Conference Center

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Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival
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  Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Date: 12/09/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: All
Details: Celebrate the holidays-Santa Cruz-style!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
Curious Contraptions
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  Curious Contraptions
Exploratorium, Pier 15
Date: Every day (Nov 8-Jan 20) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: A whimsical winter exhibition where small sculptures are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and
City: San Francisco Phone: (415) 528-4444 view all details >>
     
Miracle On 34th Street
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  Miracle On 34th Street
Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Nov 16-Dec 9)
Ages: 12+
Details: The heart-warming story of a gentle old man named Kris Kringle who believes he is Santa Claus and who uses kindness and generosi
City: Ben Lomond Phone: (831) 336-4777 view all details >>
     
Free Outdoor Movies
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  Free Outdoor Movies
Library Central
Date: Every Fri (Nov 23-Dec 21) at 5:30pm
Ages: All
Details: Celebrate the holiday season with free, family-friendly outdoor movies Downtown, in the Library parking lot every Friday evening
Special Instructions: 5:30pm: set-up chairs, 6-8pm: Movie
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7700 view all details >>
     
Community Open House
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  Community Open House
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Free admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County residents
City: Monterey view all details >>
     
Be Natural Music | Youth Concert at Kuumbwa Jazz Center
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  Be Natural Music | Youth Concert at Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Be Natural Music
Date: 12/07/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Family Friendly
Details: Youth Rock, Concerts, Teen Bands, Kid Bands, Rock Bands, Real Rock Bands, Be Natural Music
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 8315158369 view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Sesquicentennial Celebration
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  Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Sesquicentennial Celebration
Library Central
Date: 12/07/2018 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Sesquicentennial Celebration
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
A CRAFT SHOW FOR PARENTS BY PARENTS
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  A CRAFT SHOW FOR PARENTS BY PARENTS
Little Craft Pop Up
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Handmade crafts made by parents for families
City: Santa Cruz CA 95062 view all details >>
     
Holidays at the Ranch
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  Holidays at the Ranch
State Park Wilder
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Candle and wreath making, cookie decorating, machine shop and blacksmith demonstrations, tours of the 1859 Gothic Revival farmho
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 429-1840 view all details >>
     
Streets of Bethlehem
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  Streets of Bethlehem
First Baptist Church
Date: Every day (Dec 5-Dec 8) from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Details: Experience the streets of Bethlehem's time when Jesus was born
City: Salinas Phone: (831) 422-9872 view all details >>
     
James and the Giant Peach
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  James and the Giant Peach
All About Theatre
Date: Every day (Dec 7-Dec 9)
Details: "A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, a boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey acr
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Friends of the Scotts Valley Library Holiday Book Sale
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  Friends of the Scotts Valley Library Holiday Book Sale
Library Scotts Valley
Date: 12/08/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Friends of the Scotts Valley Library Holiday Book Sale
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
     
Pathways Through Our Parks
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  Pathways Through Our Parks
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: Every day (Oct 5-Jan 6) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Meet the Artist: December 7th, 6-8pm. Free to the public.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
     
Winter Faire
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  Winter Faire
Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Winter forest walk, Model Trains, Bonfire with chestnuts, Seasonal Crafts, Shopping, Food & Music
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 8314250519 view all details >>
     
Drawing for the Love of Nature
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  Drawing for the Love of Nature
State Park Rancho del Oso
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Nov 10-Dec 8) at 10:30am
Details: Join Judy Sears, California Naturalist, for a 1.5 hour nature drawing session.
City: Davenport Phone: (831) 427-2288 view all details >>
     
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles: Navidad Mexicana
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  Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles: Navidad Mexicana
Rio Theatre
Date: 12/09/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Details: Famous all female mariachi band!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Holiday Lights Train
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  Holiday Lights Train
Roaring Camp
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 23-Dec 23)
Details: Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Transport of Delight
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  Transport of Delight
San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 8-Jan 6) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Transportation models of all kinds
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8382 view all details >>
     
     
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