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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

January 25, 2018
Create a Forever Memory

Super Blue Blood Moon

Do you like to hear Yes or No?

Suki: The Mama Instinct

Fun Events!
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  Create a Forever Memory

(0 January 2018) MoonFamily.jpgWe are in for a celestial treat! All that's required is to set the alarm a little early and we shall have the best viewing of a Super Blue Blood Moon!

Create a forever memory for the family by waking up extra early next Wednesday.

"Californians and viewers in western Canada will be treated to the total eclipse phase from start to finish, though the penumbral shadow will pass after the Moon has set. The umbral eclipse begins at 3:48 a.m. Pacific Time. At 4:51 a.m., totality will begin, with best viewing between about 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. local time. The totality phase ends about 6:05 a.m." NASA.

Please recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always the many fun events!

Enjoy the super blue blood moon with the family!  Parmalee

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  Super Blue Blood Moon

Super Blue Blood Moon to Occur for the First Time in 150 Years

By Jessica Stewart

In 2017, we were treated to a total solar eclipse and now, get ready for another rare celestial event when, for the first time in 150 years, a total lunar eclipse will occur during a blue moon. It's the grand finale of a trilogy of supermoons that have been taking place since early December.

(0 January 2018) NASA_LunarEclipse.jpgSo just what are we in store for on January 31, 2018, when the eclipse will take place? In order to understand the significance, we first need to take apart the different phenomena that will align in the sky. A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the Moon is at its closest point of orbit around the Earth. December 3 was the first in a series of three supermoons, and was the only one of 2017. Due to their relatively close position to Earth, supermoons appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than regular full moons.

 

(0 January 2018) EclipseSuperBlueBloodMoon.jpgBut we're not just talking about a supermoon here. The January 31 supermoon will have a total lunar eclipse visible over western North America and Eastern Asia. According to NASA, "the Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere. Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed Moons are sometimes called "blood Moons.'"

If that wasn't interesting enough, the stars have aligned to stack one more unique feature-a blue moon. Having nothing to do with the Moon's color, a blue moon is defined as a second full moon in the same calendar month (the January 31 moon follows the supermoon of January 1). And now you can see why the January 31 event is so unique, stacking three rare occurrences together. In fact, you can call it a super blue blood moon.

 
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  Do you like to hear Yes or No?

(0 January 2018) Book_YesBrain.jpgIn case you missed Dr. Dan Siegel talking about his latest book, YES Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child here's an interview which gives a fairly hefty introduction to what he means about using a "yes" approach to child rearing. As I read it, I thought of how this concept applies to all interactions in work places, schools, neighborhoods, between best friends, husbands and wives,bosses and employees, etc.

"Dr. Dan Siegel: What Hearing "Yes" Does to Your Child's Brain

It's not about permissive parenting, says Dr. Dan Siegel in his new book "Yes Brain" with co-author Tina Payne Bryson. It's about using "yes" to find ways to relate, which encourages kids to explore and be resilient, instead of starting at "no," which shuts them down.

Dan Siegel: It's a yes-brainer, exactly! The idea is that when parents or anyone caring for a child-a grandparent, a coach or a teacher-anyone who's supporting the growth of children, when they understand that the brain can get into a "yes brain" state and approach life with all of these positive features versus a "no brain" state, which is created when we feel threatened and we shut down, you're actually empowered as an adult to help raise children where these states of a yes brain that are repeatedly created become a trait of positivity in life.

Lu Hanessian: So, a "yes brain" is open, it's flexible, it can pause before reacting, all that good stuff, looks at the glass half full, or maybe filled and overflowing and "no brain" is...

Dan Siegel: "No brain" is where you're either getting ready to fight or you might get ready to flee and even, you don't know whether to fight or flee, so you freeze up your muscles and hold on until you figure out whether you're going to run or fight and those are the activating threat states of a no brain. There's also a deactivating no brain threat state which is where you collapse in a faint. So whether you're fainting or moving toward the freeze or flee or fight, all of those are called reactive states that are activated. For example, if I said "No" harshly several times, you'd feel that kind of reactivity rising up in you depending on your temperament and your history. You might tend to go to fight, you might tend to faint. We're all different from each other, but in any of those F's of a no brain state, you shut down learning and you shut down connection to other people. When it's repeated in a child, a child's development becomes curtailed because they're not open to new learning and connected with others." Read Lots More!>>>

 
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Storytelling Night: "Stories for a New Year"
Friday, January 26 at 6:30pm

Gather around the campfire as storyteller Jim Cockrell & friends spin tales of adventure, mystery, and laughter. Bundle up! We'll provide the hot chocolate. Event is free.

Santa Cruz Mission State Park

  Suki: The Mama Instinct

The "Mama Instinct' answer: They'll do fine.

The things we do as parents.

We want our children to do well. We want them to succeed. We want them to say the right thing. To be respected by adults in their lives.

And sometimes that leads us to act in rather silly ways.

Last week that lesson hit home for me. I was teaching an online course at Athena's Advanced Academy, a provider of online classes for gifted kids. We don't test for the "gifted" part of it-our approach is that if kids can't keep up, they figure out that they're not in the right place.

For the most part, this approach works great. Research shows the the most reliable predictor of whether a child is gifted is the parent. Parents are keen observers of their children, and they notice when their kids are different.

"Trust your mama instinct" is something I heard often when my kids were young.

But sometimes we go a little past that. Sometimes, after trusting our instincts, we feel compelled to go beyond and, perhaps, do a little extra work to insure that our instincts were correct.

In a class last week, one of my new students turned on her microphone three times to answer questions. I always love hearing my students' voices, and love waiting to find out the surprising and insightful things they will say.

But in this case, once, then twice, then three times, I heard the mother's voice in the background prompting the child on what to say.

"Really?" I thought. "Who signed up for this class, the kid or the mom?"

I had a mix of feelings. Find out what happened>>>

Suki Wessling is a local parent of two who writes fiction and nonfiction about reading, writing, parenting, education, and homeschooling. More about Suki.

 

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  Fun Events!
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AFE HIGH SCHOOL, The Canterbury Tales 1/27-28

 

Mount Madonna K-12, Urinetown 1/26-28

 

Good Shepherd K-8, Open House 1/28

 

Salesian School TK-8, Open House 1/28

 

Mount Madonna K-12, Campus Tour 1/30

 

Coastal Community Preschool, Kindergarten Information Night 2/1

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School K-8, Walk Through the Grades 2/1

 

Gateway School K-8, School Day Tour 2/6

 

ALL SCHOOL EVENTS

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INTO AFRICA

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A Benefit for

Seymour Marine Discovery Center
  01/27/2018
All Ages


A New Presentation by Frans Lanting & Chris Eckstrom about the wonders of wild Africa

 

Santa Cruz 

831) 459-3800

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Volunteer! Make Animal Toys for SPCA
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  Volunteer! Make Animal Toys for SPCA
SPCA
Date: 01/28/2018 at 4:00pm
Details: Fun making animal toys for animals!
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The Canterbury Tales, or Chaucer's Flying Circus
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  The Canterbury Tales, or Chaucer's Flying Circus
AFE (Alternative Family Education)
Date: Every day (Jan 27-Jan 28)
Ages: 5-100
Details: The Canterbury Tales, or Geoffrey Chaucer's Flying Circus
Special Instructions: Sat, Jan. 27 at 7PM and Sun, Jan. 28 at 2 PM & 6PM
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
8th Annual Whalefest Monterey
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  8th Annual Whalefest Monterey
Fisherman's Wharf Association
Date: Every day (Jan 27-Jan 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Ocean-themed exhibits and activities fun for all ages, Whale Watching Capital of the World
City: Monterey Phone: 831-238-0777 view all details >>
     
Urinetown onstage at Mount Madonna School
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  Urinetown onstage at Mount Madonna School
Mount Madonna School
Date: Every day (Jan 26-Jan 28)
Ages: All
Details: Fresh, relevant and provocative: a story with a controversial, edgy message couched in humor.
Special Instructions: January 26, 27, 28
City: Mount Madonna Phone: (408) 847-2717 view all details >>
     
Forever Memories
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  Forever Memories
Date:
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Guided Backpacking Adventures Summer 2018
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  Guided Backpacking Adventures Summer 2018
State Parks California
Date: 01/25/2018
Ages: adults 18 + and children ages 13
Details: Travel from spectacular ridgelines, through old growth redwood forests, to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of naturalis
Special Instructions: Registration opens Thursday February 1, 2018 at 8am
City: Boulder Creek Phone: 831-335-7077 view all details >>
     
Community Day at the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
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  Community Day at the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Date: 01/27/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Community Day at the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, Sponsored by Triple P Santa Cruz County, a program of First 5 Sa
City: Capitola view all details >>
     
Community Restoration
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  Community Restoration
Watsonville Wetlands
Date: 01/27/2018 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Details: Join us to help restore wetlands...
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-345-1226 view all details >>
     
Foster Dog Meet Up: Adoptable Dogs from Foster Homes!
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  Foster Dog Meet Up: Adoptable Dogs from Foster Homes!
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Date: 03/31/2018 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Details: Meet adoptable dogs
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Life on Corcoran Lagoon: Intersection of Habitats
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  Life on Corcoran Lagoon: Intersection of Habitats
Library Central
Date: 02/01/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Details: Learn about the ecology, history, ownership and management problems, and opportunities of Corcoran Lagoon
Special Instructions: Friends of Corcoran Lagoon
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-427-7717 view all details >>
     
Free Open Rehearsals
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  Free Open Rehearsals
Santa Cruz County Symphony
Date: 01/26/2018 from 7:30am to 10:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Opportunity to see musicians rehearsing ahd interacting prior to a performance
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Songs of Past, Present & Future
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  Songs of Past, Present & Future
Santa Cruz County Symphony
Date: Every day (Jan 27-Jan 28)
Details: Wagner, Strauss and Rimsky-Korsakov! Songs of the Past, Present and Future
Special Instructions: Sunday at The Mello, Watsonville
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
     
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