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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

January 23, 2014
Equality of Opportunity

Christine : New Views Into Asthma

Suki: what's a Parent to Do About Health and Diet?

All About Theatre: The Drowsy Chaperone
Mount Madonna: Self-Discovery and Empowerment: Legally Blonde
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  Equality of Opportunity

(Special Event Images / Graphics) AClassTheyWouldNeverForget.jpgWe all know that doing or experiencing is the best way to learn.  I ran across a story about a teacher who, right after Martin Luther King was assassinated, created a lesson that would help her class of all-white children learn what it was like to experience discrimination:

"One Friday in April, 1968 producer William Peters, in this first chapter of his book A Class Divided: Then and Now, relates the story behind Jane Elliott's decision to teach a daring "blue-eyes/brown-eyes" lesson in discrimination to her class of third graders."

Forty plus years later, the powerful movie, 12 Years A Slave, explores two sides of slavery -what it feels like to be a slave and what it feels like to be the oppressor.  

America has experienced a tremendous journey in our struggle to offer equality of opportunity to ALL and while we (and other nations) have areas where improvement is needed, we continue to grow and strive to get it right.  There are many amazing stories of ethical and compassionate behavior.  Read this one about a parent who found the answer to helping his adult autistic son find a place in society and achieve a sense of self-worth:

"Autistic man's gift for IKEA assembly turns into business --An Edmonton father starts a business with his 24-year-old son, who can't read or talk but can figure out how to put together complex furniture."

There are some amazing lessons in these stories.  Try sharing them with the children.  What ideas come forth from them?

Now go enjoy the interactions! Parmalee

 

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  Christine : New Views Into Asthma

A couple of new studies are opening some windows into asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

(Graphics) AsthmaAirways.jpgFirst of all, odor receptors have been found in the lungs. A few years ago bitter receptors were found on cilia in the lungs. When bitter smells were located, the cilia beat harder to push away the nasty stuff. Researchers looked further and recently found more odor receptors in the lungs on neuroendocrine cells. In the nose, these receptors sit on neurons and the information goes to the brain where the the brain sends the "yum!" signal or the "ewww!" signal. The receptors on lung material tell the neuroendocrine cells to release hormones that make your airways constrict and may release mucus. These receptors react so quickly that the brain doesn't have time to stop the process. Now that we know the receptors are doing this, we can look for ways to shut down the process in asthmatics.

A second study looked at high and low fiber diets. It seems to show that the amount of fiber in our diets can change our immune response to outside irritants. The researchers looked at pectin, usually found in fruits and vegetables. Our gut bacteria converts pectin into fatty acids that interact with immune cells and keep inflammation in check. Mice eating a high fiber diet had a lower allergenic response to dust mites than mice eating a low fiber diet. The lower allergenic response translated to less airway constriction. The fatty acids were injected into other mice and these mice also showed the same lower allergenic response. More good stuff was happening. When mice were injected with the fatty acid, they produced more dendritic cells that protect against asthma and other allergic reactions.

These results all come from peer-reviewed studies in high quality journals. It looks like we are getting at some of the precursors that cause the over-reaction of our bodies that is asthma. In general, we understand the reactions of asthma and COPD. We can see causes. But we don't really understand why our bodies choose to have these reactions and what exactly is happening in our bodies in the small. These studies allow us to see some of the small changes that cause big problems. Once we tease out the whole process beginning with an allergen and ending up with airway constriction we can find better ways to stop the process.

If I had asthma or my child had asthma, I would feed them a high fiber diet. I wouldn't add extra pectins, as too much of many things can cause problems, but I would make sure that the diet was full of good fiber.

http://www.atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1165/rcmb.2013-0199OC
http://news.sciencemag.org/health/2014/01/high-fiber-diet-may-ward-asthma

Christine is a local mom and scientist.  You can read more of Christine's science explanations here!

 

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  Suki: what's a Parent to Do About Health and Diet?

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I think parents around the Internet responded strongly to the article Puberty Before Age 10: A New Normal?, published in the New York Times, because it hit on how vulnerable we feel when it comes to making decisions about food. It's extremely hard to decide what to believe on the issue of how to feed our children a healthy diet and avoid dangerous substances in their food. There is so much competing information out there, and so much "evidence" that is cited that really isn't evidence at all. How can we make decisions when the information we get is so confusing?

First of all, what sort of evidence should be considered "hard" evidence? The difference between "hard evidence" and "evidence" is that hard evidence withstands rigorous inquiry:

  • It's reproducible
  • It can be seen on a large scale
  • It doesn't go away in double-blind testing

There's lots of "evidence" out there that indicates that some things in our environment may be making our kids sick. But how do we know how to react to all this information? .... Continue >>>

Suki Wessling writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling. If you'd like to learn more about this Suki, please click on "About Suki".

 

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  All About Theatre: The Drowsy Chaperone

Mark your calendars now - for our spectacular musical production of "THE DROWSY CHAPERONE," winner of 5 TONY AWARDS. We'll be on stage with full, LIVE ORCHESTRATION at the Louden Nelson Theater in downtown Santa Cruz.  Almost two dozen performers will be singing and dancing in this fun and wacky "Musical within a Comedy".


"DROWSY CHAPERONE" SHOW SYNOPSIS
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First, you'll meet the Man in Chair inside his New York City apartment; he serves as the narrator and says aloud what we have all thought about while seeing a live show. He opens with some theater jokes like quips about cell phone interruptions and relevant improv. Then he shares his favorite cast album from an old 1920s fictional hit, "THE DROWSY CHAPERONE." As the record plays, the Man's apartment is transformed and the cast album comes to life before our eyes.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) AllAboutTheatre_Drowsy_Chaperone_photo.jpgAs with many glamorous 1920s musicals there are big company song and dance numbers, "famous" stars who need their solos on-stage, and love-struck starlets trying to make it in show business. The plot is relatively simple and easy to follow as the Man in Chair provides commentary. The trouble starts when the young actress, Janet Van De Graaff, decides to quit show business and marry a man she met on a whimsy. Quitting show business would mean big financial trouble for her boss Mr. Feldzieg, owner of the Feldzieg Follies, who also happens to owe money to a gangster. Then there is Janet's loopy chaperone who is supposed to keep her away from the groom until the actual wedding. Mix-ups, mischief and mayhem and ensue.

This production does not miss a beat with the big company numbers such as "Show Off," "Toledo Surprise," and "I Do, I Do in the Sky." You won't be disappointed as you are transported into a dazzling fantasy of a play-within-a-play crammed full of every cliche, gag and gimmick from the golden age of musicals.

We're on stage just for only TWO WEEKENDS and this is sure to be a great show FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. So please come out and support me and my cast mates in this amazing musical production. Arrive early for best seats; or get your advance "reserved seats" (available 24 hours in advance of showtime); we're expecting large audiences and most shows do sell out.

SHOW DATES • SHOW TIMES • TICKETS

Friday, January 24 - 7pm  ~  Saturday, January 25 - 2pm/7pm
Thursday, January 30 - Discount Matinees at 9:30/12:30; Tickets only $8/$10
Friday, January 31st - 7pm   ~   Saturday, February 1st - 2pm/7pm
Tickets: Online Purchase with credit card, http://www.allabouttheatre.org, or cash & check at the door  ~  $13 Students • $16 General • $20 Advance Reserved

Clips to give you a feel of the show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLDq-2e2JC0 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXC3rz9gdeA  ~  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NclEwoOsMNE

Location: The Louden Nelson Community Cent, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6177 •website Santa Cruz

  Mount Madonna: Self-Discovery and Empowerment: Legally Blonde

Edgy, ironic and bitingly funny, Legally Blonde also contains a message of empowerment and self-discovery, and believing in one's own capabilities whether you're woman or man, blonde or some other hair color. This upbeat musical is infused with contemporary music in various styles, including ballad, reggae, snappy funk and big Broadway-like "show-stoppers.'

Mount Madonna School (MMS) invites you to its high school production of Legally Blonde, January 24-26 at the Hawks' Nest Theater (445 Summit Road, Mount Madonna).

SHOW DATES • SHOW TIMES • TICKETS

Friday and Saturday, January 24 and 25, 7:00pm
Sunday, January 26, 2:00pm

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students under 18; all seats are reserved. To purchase tickets, call (408) 847-2717.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) MM_LegallyBlonde_Group.jpgThe plot centers on Elle Woods, a character who appears to "have it all." Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law School. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. Once there, she struggles with peers, professors, and fitting in. With the help of her Delta Nu Sorority friends, as well as Paulette, a prophetic hairdresser, and Emmet, her academic advisor and admirer, Elle discovers her inner fortitude and sets out to reach her true potential.

"Legally Blonde is a fairly established choice among high schools that allow a little room in selection of more (Special Event Images / Graphics) MM_LegallyBlonde_Solo.jpgPG-themed shows," commented MMS Performing Arts Director Sampad Kachuck. "As with our prior productions of Urinetown and 13, there is satirical edginess to the subject material which high school students find alluring, relevant, and even realistic.

"Based on the movie, the characters are broadly drawn; from frats and sorority members, to college admission officers to lawyers and yes, blondes, there is plenty of lampooning of stereotypes to go around, with "tongue firmly in cheek.' We have characters that discover their own power of choice; that hard work and dedication bring internal, if not always external, fulfillment, and that our quirks, native abilities and even individualized wisdom can be gifts if applied positively. "

Location: Hawks' Nest Theater, 445 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville

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School Corner

Coastal Community Preschool, Kindergarten Readiness and Info Meeting 1/28

 

 

Santa Cruz Montessori PreK-8, Cosmic Education, Thursdays 1/9 -30

 

 

Spring Hill K-6, Open House and Science Fair 2/4

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CDC FLU MESSAGE

Flu activity is widespread in most of the country. High flu activity is likely to continue for several weeks. If you have not gotten your flu vaccine yet this season, you should get one now. And remember that flu antiviral drugs are a second line of defense to treat flu illness. People at high risk of serious flu illness should call a health care provider if they get flu symptoms.

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Jan 25-Jan 26 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

This free fun family event for all ages celebrates the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Old Fisherman's Wharf, and the gray whales migration, while benefiting many local marine conservation non-profit organizations.

The days will feature a wide array of fun activities including a special marine-themed concert with Barbara Joy and a Community Children's Chorus, a 60-foot model gray whale to climb inside, a Yacht Club Remote-Controlled Sailing Regatta, documentaries & lectures by world-renowned scientists, historic walking tours, fire boat, underwater remote camera and more. For information, visit www.montereywharf.com


Location: #1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey Map
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