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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

February 25, 2016
Literary Dessert For Parents & Teens

5 Ways to Prepare Your Kids for College

Back Packing Adventures with CA State Parks Pros

View the Babies at Elkhorn Slough!
A Letter from Jacqueline Winspear and A Book for Parents
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  Literary Dessert For Parents & Teens

(A Feb 2016) MakerFairSC_Widget.jpgHow exciting to have Maker Faire coming to Santa Cruz! Plan ahead: You can participate as a "maker" or visitor. 

Parents, treat yourself to a good read; inspire the children to mimic you!  One of my favorite fictional protagonists is Maisie Dobbs, created by Jacqueline Winspear.  Ms. Winspear's next novel, Journey to Munich, is coming out soon and she has written a most engaging letter about what led her to write this particular novel. Read her thoughts on peace here.  If you haven't been following the Maisie Dobbs series, begin with the first in the series, Maisie Dobbs.  Historical fiction, well done, is a great way to bring history alive.  Enjoy this series. It's suitable for teens.

If your student is bound for college, whether this year or several years from now, in this era of exorbitant tuition, Rachel Cruze's advice is down to earth helpful!

(A Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events! We cannot fit them all into this newsletter.  There are more on the online calendar.

Have a great weekend and make the 29th of February a big deal! Parmalee

 

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  5 Ways to Prepare Your Kids for College

by Rachael Cruze

(A Feb 2016) CollegeBound.jpgFor a lot of parents, sending their kids off to college is a bittersweet experience. It's a battle between being proud of their son or daughter for taking this next step and thinking back on how fast the time has gone-and how it seems like just yesterday that they were 2 years old.

It wasn't that long ago that I was stepping onto a college campus for the first time, and I remember how thankful I was for the effort my parents put into preparing me for that experience. But I think a lot of teenagers head to college without any idea about how money works. Ten years from now, they'll more than likely be loaded up with student loan bills. It's a scary trend that keeps getting worse.

Don't let that happen to your college kid. Help them understand these issues before they step into that first class.  Continue for the 5 ways>>>>>

Rachel Cruze, Dave Ramsey's daughter, grew up learning how money works. She has a heart to empower people to save, give, and live intentionally. Read more articles by Rachel on Getting Ready for College.

 

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  Back Packing Adventures with CA State Parks Pros

(A Feb 2016) BigBasin_BackPacking_BerryCreekViera2.jpgWho better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Travel from spectacular ridgelines, through old growth redwood forests, to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of naturalists. Imagine if the Santa Cruz Mountains could speak, and the stories they could tell. We will share the secrets of this precious wilderness and give you a window into the lives of the people who lived here for thousands of years.

There will be five different trips lasting from one to three nights:

  • Skyline to the Sea 40th Anniversary Adventure, Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach, June 23 to June 26
  • A Night Among Ancients, Portola Redwoods State Park to Slate Creek, July 9 to July 10
  • Waddell to Waterfalls, Waddell State Beach to Berry Creek Falls loop, July 23 to July 24
  • One Night, Three Waterfalls, Big Basin Redwoods State Park to Waddell State Beach, August 13 to August 14
  • Butano to Waddell - The Trail Less Traveled, Butano State Park to Waddell State Beach, September 16 to September 18

Registration Opened February 1, 2016

For more information, including prices, please visit: www.parks.ca.gov/BackpackingAdventures

Photo Credit: Miguel Viera, Hill Tromper

 

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  View the Babies at Elkhorn Slough!

(A Feb 2016) ElkhornSlough_Pelicans.jpgI like birds.  I like "collecting" birds.  I have a sighting list that dates back to childhood.  My mother liked birds.  My grandmother liked birds.  They each had dining room windows that looked out on bird feeders and trees with hanging suet.  Breakfast was bird watching time.  I just found this list of bird sightings at Elkhorn Slough: 55 different birds!  So if you too are into birds, this is a great place for sightings. 

Oh, and if you like otters too, there are 11-13 new baby otters at the Slough.  You might see them on the otter cam however, as the moms tend to hide away from visitor accessible locations. 

ElkhornSlough.org

 

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Infant & Toddler Center Open House 2/27

 

Cabrillo College, College Planning 2/29

 

UCSC, Mesa Day 3/5

 

Gateway K-8, School Day Tours 3/8

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Meet us in Aptos 3/10

 

Orchard School K-6, Open House 3/15

 

Mount Madonna, Campus Tour 3/15

 

Waldorf K-8, A Walk Through the Grades 3/16

 

All School Events

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Santa Cruz County Quilters' Show

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Nana Montgomery  Art Quilts

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Jan 15 - Mar 25

Simpkins Family Swim Center

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Fourth Friday Family Music Jam
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  Fourth Friday Family Music Jam
MusicalMe, Inc
Date: The 4th Fri of every month from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: birth - preschool with caregiver
Details: Your children want from you, more than anything, to sing & dance & play - with you and their loved ones!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
     
Bridge to Terabithia
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  Bridge to Terabithia
Christian Youth Theater
Date: Every day (May 13-May 22)
Details: Travel back in time to 1972, in this dramatic musical journey.
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Prepare for College!
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  Prepare for College!
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Polar Plunge
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: 02/27/2016 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Details: Polar Plunge for the daring and fun loving
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Annual Quilt Show
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  Annual Quilt Show
Pajaro Valley Quilters
Date: Every day (Feb 27-Feb 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Over 300 quilted items on display
Special Instructions: Sat 10-5 & Sun 10-4
City: Watsonville Phone: 831.724-5671 view all details >>
     
Prepare for College!
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  Prepare for College!
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Kids' Connection with Lorraine Pursell
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  Kids' Connection with Lorraine Pursell
Lorraine Pursell, M.A.
Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa
Ages: All
Details: The 3 Greatest Gifts You Can Give Your Child
Phone: (808) 936-4370 view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire
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Maker Faire
Date: 04/29/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: This should be the most fun event of the spring!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Hummingbird Days at the UCSC Arboretum
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  Hummingbird Days at the UCSC Arboretum
Arboretum at UCSC
Date: 03/04/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Nature Inspired Fun for the Whole Family
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-2998 view all details >>
     
Prepare for College!
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  Prepare for College!
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"Behind the Scenes with the US Geological Survey"
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  "Behind the Scenes with the US Geological Survey"
Coastal Watershed Council
Date: 02/29/2016 at 10:00am
Details: Learn about stream gaging technologies and talk about how rain impacts the San Lorenzo River channel and fish habitat
City: Felton Phone: (831) 464-9200 view all details >>
     
Crab Feed!
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Santa Cruz County Fair Heritage Foundation
Date: Every day (Mar 5-Mar 6)
Details: Eat delicious crab meal and raise funds for the Fairgrounds
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-786-9698 view all details >>
     
Prepare for College!
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Prepare for College!
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  A Letter from Jacqueline Winspear and A Book for Parents

Maybe it's my sense of irony, but of everything I've seen and experienced during my whistle-stop trip to Munich-including the beer hall where Hitler gave one of his first rousing speeches, the headquarters of the Nazi party, and Dachau concentration camp-the thing that will stick in my mind is walking through Marienplatz later in the day, and stopping to watch a Jewish klezmer trio busking in the square under the famous Glockenspiel. Children were skipping around to the music, tourists snapped photos Jewish klezmer triowith their smart phones, while others hurried to and fro carrying bags revealing their shopping habits-teens who'd been spending money in H&M, forty-somethings in Zara, and the wealthier of any age in Prada, Burberry or Chanel. Along the way a woman of Middle-Eastern origin held out a Starbucks cup to beg for money, and a couple of very blonde German twenty-something lads with shoulder-length dreadlocks bounced along to shared listening through earpieces attached to the same device. I stood there feeling as if I was having an out-of-body experience, and not for the first time in my life, a completely different memory converged with the scene-I'm strange that way.

I remembered the Point Reyes fire, not far from my home in northern California; it must have been some twenty years ago now. It was a massive forest fire that consumed over 10,000 acres in the blink of an eye. I remember riding my friend's horse to a higher elevation so I could see the fire in the distance, and being quite stunned by the power of the conflagration, even though it was some miles away. I moved off quickly in case the winds changed. But just a couple of months later, during a hike out to Point Reyes with one of my friends, I looked down at the burned remains of once-magnificent trees and saw the bright green shoots of life bursting up through charcoal stumps.

Point Reyes fire


I don't know when the green shoots of life began to rise up through the terror that became Munich in the 1930's, but I know I have wondered, many times, why we have to go through this fiery experience we call war. As a child I meandered across a field where King Harold was supposedly felled in 1066-our teachers let us know how bloody a battle that was-and many years later I stood in exactly the place where Great War poet Siegfried Sassoon lingered to watch the opening salvos of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. I have peered into the achingly clear waters of Pearl Harbor and seen the ghost of tragedy that lingers just beneath the surface, and I have had a drink or two in the pub close to Biggin Hill in Kent, England, where young Battle of Britain pilots raised their glasses to those who hadn't made it home. I have listened to the stories of veterans, and in my time I have hoped someone I loved would come home from war. And I have come to believe that peace is the most precious jewel we humans can possibly have in our grasp.

Peace, the gift and all it encompasses-freedom from fear, freedom of expression, freedom to love and commit to whoever we want to be with in this life, and freedom to worship any deity-or not to worship at all. Seems to me that peace and freedom go hand in hand, and surely peace is a freedom in and of itself.

When I think about all the places in the world that have seen a terrible tyranny-and have come through it as if it were a sickness, a feverish epidemic of killing and inhumanity-I start to wonder why it happened in the first place, and I have come to the conclusion that it all starts when someone thinks they're better than someone else, when some sort of elitism plays a part in the conversation, and that a sense of being right and being better gives an out of control belief in an outrageous level of singular or collective power-and that power can be rooted in money, in education, cultural background, skin color, a mode of speech or any number of elements. It happens when one person thinks they're a notch or two above their neighbor, or there is cause to put another person down. It is the result of intolerance and a hunger to be really important-and many men and woman have put that into words far more eloquent than I could ever compose.

(A Feb 2016) JourneytoMunich.jpgSo, I wonder where the next regeneration will be. Will there be tentative green shoots of peace in Libya, in Syria, or in places closer to home where we're afraid to acknowledge discord as something akin to war? I wonder where, in time, music will be played loud at the site of terror, and where the children will dance instead of running for cover.

I walked back across Marienplatz, stopped to place some coins in the woman's Starbucks cup, and made my way to my hotel. It had been a long day, and had given me much to think about.

Journey To Munich, the book I was in the midst of writing when I traveled to Munich, will be published on March 29, 2016.

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