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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

September 7, 2011


Environmental Literacy-it's not just for Hippies!
Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day - September 24
This Week
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Enriching Our Children's Lives

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Art Factory

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West Performing Arts

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Musical Me

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Willow Pond Ranch

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Orchard School - Circus Arts

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Seymour Center

We delight in our children's interests and talents.  We nourish them and expose them to new opportunities.  In Santa Cruz County we are fortunate to have so many creative and talented artists, athletes, musicians, dancers dedicated to sharing their talents with our youth.  Many programs are very affordable.  Some involve the entire family.  We asked our members who offer classes to post at least one class in our Events Calendar.  Be sure to click through to their websites so you can learn about all their offerings.

Many children are following their interests and entering contests in the Santa Cruz County Fair.  Let's put the dates on our calendars and support the children and the fair!

Since this is a special enrichment issue, we encourage parents to visit the Events Calendar for fun things to do over the weekend: Saturday and Sunday Events.

Enjoy the richness, Parmalee

 

 

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  Environmental Literacy-it's not just for Hippies!

by Pam Carrico, Peaceful Valley Farm

(Photos General) PamCarrico.jpgOur kids are over-scheduled and over-connected with all the current technology available. No Child Left Behind has (in my opinion) caused more problems than it was ever meant to correct. Schools are now so test score driven, that there is no room for the things that are needed to grow well rounded, thinking children. Sunshine, fresh air, a sense of themselves and their place in the world, these are crucial, but lacking from our public schools. It used to be that these things were available outside of school. We spent our afternoons, weekends and Summers outside, making our own adventures. We didn't have video games or cell phones. We had to think of ways to entertain ourselves and, guess what, we DID! We learned how to think, and solve problems, not just to pass tests. We had art classes and shop classes, cooking and sewing, even auto repair class! We could go out for any number of sports teams, we had marching bands and could choose from a variety of instruments to learn. And we got to choose from 3 languages to learn, beginning in 7th grade. All during school hours. The same number of hours that our kids are in school now. Is this new math?

I came across an article and feel so relieved to see someone else feeling the way I do.  The authors of The Failure of Enviromental Education, Saylan and Blumstein, write, "The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, with its focus on standardized tests, leaves little time for history, civics, art, literature and other courses that can shape responsible, involved citizens and teach them common sense."  So far, schools have failed "to provide what is necessary to turn the tide of environmental deterioration."

Mmm-K?

I started my educational farm because I saw a need for kids to spend time outdoors, climbing trees, caring for animals. We plant and harvest and cook and bake. We make art and play hide and seek. We all sit down and eat a picnic lunch together. And, by doing so, we learn to communicate, to have social skills, compassion and conversation. To be responsible and self sufficient. We even figure out how to "pump" ourselves on the big tree swing and think of the best hiding places. I think these life skills are the building blocks of a good human. And isn't that what we all hope to contribute to this world? As a parent who can't afford to send my kids off to private school, where they could get more of these experiences, it becomes my responsibility to fill in the gaps and help my children to be enriched with a well rounded education.

What are you doing to enhance your kid's public school education? If you decided to give up on the system and home school, at what point did you round that corner?   I'd love to hear your thoughts, Pam

  Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day - September 24

(Special Event Images / Graphics) MontereyBayYouthOutdoorDay_Climber_SantaCruzParent.jpgOur goal is simple, we want today's youth to be exposed to all the outdoor adventures and activities available for their enjoyment. Then hopefully they will become the stewards. Modern society and electronics h ve made it too easy for today's kids to get (Special Event Images / Graphics) MontereyBayYouthOutdoorDay_Surfing_SantaCruzParent.jpgwrapped up in their video games and computers. This event hopes to showcase wonderful and exciting outdoor activities that are healthy for the body and the soul.

Come and enjoy a great day with your family and friends. Learn tips and secrets from professionals and individuals in outdoor activities. Talk to a variety of people about the great benefits of being active in the the outdoors.  Test your skill in a variety of booths and win extra raffle tickets.  Raffles will be held at 12.30 pm and 3 pm ( only 15 and under can enter to win)

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds ~ Free Admission and Free Parking

Monterey Bay Youth Outdoors Day

Activities Activities Schedule
Games Surfing Instructors 10am Doors open
Raffle Prizes Sailing Club 10:30 - 11 Field Dog Show
Food and Drinks Hunter Safety Instructors 11- - 11:30 Skateboard Show
Fishing Classes Rock Climbing 11:30 -12:00 Field Dog and Horse Show
Skate Board Show Target Range 12- -12:30 2 HIP BMX show
Kayaking Instruction Hunting Dog Shows 12:30 -1:00 first Raffle
SCUBA Fly Fishing Clubs 1- -1:30 2 HIP BMX show
Wildlife Photography Equestrian Club 1- -1:30 2 HIP BMX show
Archery Range Conservation Groups 1:30 -2:00 Skateboard show
Biking Disc Golf 2- -2:30 Field Dog show
Backpacking Paddle Boarding 2:30 -3:00 Field Dog and Horse show
    3pm Final raffle
  This Week

Event CalendarBelow is only a partial list of upcoming enrichment classes so be sure to click on our  CLASS CALENDAR so you do not miss anything.

Pleas visit our EVENT CALENDAR for all events.

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.

Movie Showtimes

 

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Suki Wessling

 

Back to Homeschool

 

Both homeschoolers and schoolers alike are often interested to find out how homeschoolers work within our cultural focus on a "school year" and "summer break." For as many ways as homeschoolers do everything else, we all have different approaches, but here is ours... continued>>>

3 Days of Clay!

Come join the fun!

Experience clay!

Contests! Demos!

Kiln-fired Pizza! Raku!

 

Friday, September 16th, 6pm BBQ Potluck and movie.
Ceramic Artist, Wesley Anderegg, presents an animated movie (based on his work).
Our second featured film is a claymation movie by Moa Lonn!
For FREE admission, bring something to share for the Potluck (food, beverage)


Saturday, September 17th, 10am - 4pm
Workshop with Ceramic Artist Wesley Anderegg.


Sunday, September 18th, 11am - 5pm
FREE Event: Demos, hands-on clay, clay contests & prizes, Kiln fired Pizza, Raku
Demonstration by Liz Crain
Demonstration by Andrea Dana-McCullough

 

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center

9341 Mill St

mountainartcenter.org

831.336.3513

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Amy Wirth

 

Ode to the Library

 

As I lug 50 pound bag of books across the street or around the corner


the kids running ahead or lagging behind


I don't mind the weight because I know four small hands will soon put it all in the book drop


taking peaks in the slot hoping to see hands on the other side whisking away the volume

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Enrichment Opportunities


Adventure Sports Unlimited - Swim Program


Aikido Monterey


All About Theatre


Art duJour


Art Factory


Aux Tois Pommes


Cabrillo Swim School


Catalyst Soccer Club


Central Coast NFL Flag Football


Charlotte McManus Clarinet Studio


City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation


Drawn2Art


EFBA Education Francaise Bay Area  (website coming soon) 588.8856


Gymnastics Learning Center


Holistic Family Nutrition


Horse and Heart


International Academy of Dance


Junebug's Gym & Tumbling Tutor


Kathleen Kasdorf Voice Studio


Kids on Broadway


Life Lab Science Program


Love Apple Farm


Marya Stark MT-BC, Music Therapy


Mothersong, A Multicultural Singalong


Motion Pacific


Museum of Art & History


Musical Me, Inc. Offers Music Together


Nature's Apprentice


New Leaf Community Market


Outdoor Science Exploration & Classroom Science Fun


Pacific Edge Climbing Gym


Palace Art


Parrish Piano Studio

 

Peaceful Valley Farm


Pegasus Horse Camp at Vigne Farms


Rod Sanfords Traditional Martial Arts


Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation


Santa Cruz Gymnastics


Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center


Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

 

Santa Cruz Soccer, Inc.

 

Santa Cruz World Choir & Orchestra


Seahorse Swim School


Seymour Marine Discovery Center


The Studio Palette


WEST Performing Arts


Willow Pond Ranch


WiX, Candle and Soap Creations

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Sierra Azul Sculpture Garden
Major exhibition of sculptures throughout the beautiful demonstration gardens.
Every day (May 31-Oct 31) from 9:30am to 2:30am

 

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6 artists and 135 sculptures are exhibited in the sixth annual show in our beautiful two-acre Mediterranean garden. Exhibiting sculptors come from as far north as Humboldt County and as far south as San Luis Obispo County. Medias range from steel, wood, and ceramics, to bronze, glass, and concrete.

 

This year's show includes the popular kinetic mobile work of Santa Cruz sculptor, Moto Ohtake.

 

  Sierra Azul Nursery

2660 East Lake Ave, Watsonville 

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