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February 17, 2012

Tours with Docents

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(Products/Books) WholeBrainChild.jpgThere's a lot of help out there for families on parenting: how to interpret test scores, budgeting, planning for retirement, how to sell on EBay, how to choose the best school for your child, planting a garden, support for challenges unique to raising adopted children, services for special needs children, and a lot of it is in the Events Calendar and in our Resources Directory. We enjoy finding choices for you.  Get knowledgeable with the calendar; scroll through it frequently; use the categories to locate information quickly and please about it.  We and our tell your friendsfamily friendly services post almost daily!

Santa Cruz Parent is about choices. We understand that choosing how and where children will receive their education is one of the most important choices a family will make. Public neighborhood, public charter, private, homeschooling, and sometimes a combination -all are available to us and each has something to commend it to a particular family. 

(Photos General) SchoolScene.jpgThere are some parents and educators striving to get a new public charter school off the ground and there are some folks objecting to it.  These "discussions" have taken place before in our community.  Fact: the public charter school movement has gained momentum nationwide over the last 15 years. Opinion: quite possibly this movement has inadvertently led to the strengthening of public neighborhood schools. At any rate, it's not going away.

This interest in quality of education and action on a local level is good for our learning community.   Witness the parallel growth of homeschooling and the high quality of private schools in our communities.  California law provides for a process to establish and monitor all these categories.  This is supportive of choice.  Choice is good for all of us.

Visit, compare and imagine your child in a particular environment and choose what is best for your unique requirements.

Dr. Daniel Siegel's talk is sold out.  You can learn more about his work here.  His talk and book are titled The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive.

Now go research all your options and have fun at MAH's Musical Explosion tonight!  Parmalee

  Tours with Docents

(Photos General) Animal_muledeer.jpgThe Hidden Lives of Native Animals,  Rancho del Oso State Park, 2/19, 1pm  Deer and bobcats to hawks and lizards...

On this 2 hour leisurely walk we'll uncover the tracks and other "signs" that animals leave. We'll see how predator and prey (from deer and bobcats to hawks and lizards) survive in our streams, forests and fields. Bring walking shoes and water. Park and meet at 1:00 PM at the Highway 1 gate to Rancho del Oso/Big Basin State Park - approximately 17 miles north of Santa Cruz.

History Hike - A Walk Through Time, Quail Hollow Ranch, 2/19, 1-3pm, Free!

Join Lee Summers, park naturalist, for a stroll through the park's hills and ranch buildings recounting the history of California and Quail Hollow Ranch. Learn about the Ohlone, Missions, Californios, American Settlers, and the Lane family as they relate to the park and its history.

Tour the Reserve with knowledgeable docents, Elkorn Slough Reserve, 2/18 & 19, 10am and 1pm

(Photos General) ElkhornOtter.jpgThese rare habitats are home to species that can be found nowhere else in the world, and many of them make the Elkhorn Slough their home, use it as a nursery, or stop through on their annual migration. You might see great blue herons, coyotes, or even mountain lions hunting for gophers or rabbits. Brown and white pelicans dip their massive bills into the waters of the slough, making a lunch of gobies or topsmelt. Olympia oysters filter water here. Harbor seals and Southern sea otters mate and raise their young in the protected waters of the estuary, teaching their pups to swim, hunt, and play. Each year swallows make their muddy nests under the eaves of the Reserve's roofs. And endangered species like the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander and California red legged frog have been found breeding in our freshwater pools.

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  Bay Federal Credit Union: Free Financial Seminar

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Are you overwhelmed by credit card debt? Then do something about it!

Come to this free seminar to learn how to re-think your credit card payments and what steps you can take to pay off card balances fast.

This workshop is free and open to the public. To reserve your place, please call 831.479.6000, ext. 500, or send your name and phone number to seminar@bayfed.com.

Sponsored by Bay Federal Credit Union.

It's next Tuesday.  Get all the details here.

  Viva: Have you packed your bags?

(Graphics) LemonGirl.jpgWhen I'm away from the house, whether it's on an errand or on a road trip, I find that if I've brought a bag packed with strategic items then I'm less likely to spend money needlessly. Which strategic items might those be? Well, it depends on where I'm going. Here are my little checklists of what to pack for various trips -the short car ride, the longer car ride and the road trip... continued

  Pam : Cooking with Chard

(Photos General) PamCarrico.jpgIn my ongoing effort to grow more of what I eat and eat more of what I grow, I tried a new recipe last night, and it's worth sharing! I hadn't even eaten chard until a few months ago when it was served at Lightfoot's Supper Club! Shocking, I know. Until last year, I hadn't had kale, either!! Now it's a daily menu item! Since Kale and Chard are both prolific and easy to grow year round, it's worth finding some recipes and making the most of these cheap and extremely healthy foods! Here are some nutritional facts about chard.

I adapted a little bit, but this recipe comes from the book Seasonal Food, a cook's bible, by Susannah Blake. It is broken down into seasons (duh) and has over 200 recipes using only what is available during each season. While the recipe called for Swiss chard, I had picked up Rainbow (because it's so pretty) and that worked just fine... THE RECIPE>>>

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      Saturday Date Night! Feb. 18 at Gymnastics Learning Center!

 

Museum Free Days Parenting Workshops Guided Hikes & Park Activities
 

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School Corner

 

 


Orchard School K-6, Open House 2/21

 

Aptos Academy Pre-8, Star Wars Play 2/23

 

Bay Federal $1.000 Scholarship Applications Deadline 2/24

 

Mount Madonna Pre-12, Miss Representation movie screening. Free 2/26

 

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Please visit us!

 

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 Musical Explosion at MAH

New this season, the Museum is open until 9pm on the third Friday of every month and features rotating programming ranging from game nights to films to behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum. Tonight features interactive demonstrations by students and graduates of UCSC's Digital Arts & New Media. All activities included with general Museum admission.

(Graphics) MusicNotescolors.jpgMAH's February 17th 3rd Friday offers a thrilling explosion of musical performances, demonstrations, and workshops from local Santa Cruz musicians, artists, and music organizations.

From Polynesian to jazz, pop to opera, and swing to rock, a series of ongoing performances in the atrium will celebrate diverse local talent and have you dancing your way through the museum, where you can find bundles of musical fun:

Turn an old shoebox into a jamming guitar. Invent new sounds and instruments out of recycled materials. Redesign record covers with Streetlight Records artists. Play with CDS, instruments, records, sheet music and cassette tapes to remake into art. Meet artists that combine music and art into ukulele art books and perform with art guitars. Revisit Santa Cruz's history of powerful protest songs, meet leaders of these movements and join us in writing or performing protest songs of your own.

Transforming galleries into interactive sound gardens, our back patio into a live looping visual instrument and our Front Street entrance into a collaborative concert, digital sound installation artists will keep the beat going.  More Information!

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