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July 10, 2014


The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet
Christine: Are Teens Crazy?
Viva: Purge the Pantry
Suki: Legendary Learning
This Week
All About Theatre: Annie Jr.
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(Graphics) LibrariesBetterThan.jpgHave you noticed the many, diverse, welcoming, entertaining activities the libraries are sponsoring.  In addition to borrowing traditional books we can download numerous books onto our devices.  This is great for summer travelers.  

Walk into the library and you may encounter a magician, a playlet, musicians, business seminars, puppeteers, cowgirls, jugglers, Shakespearean actors, genealogy hunters, children making crafts, catapults, collages or lego robots, children reading to dogs or listening to stories, teens watching movies, tweens playing chess and seniors learning how to navigate computers.  It's free to us, thanks to us taxpayers and Friends of the Library.  I really like seeing local tax dollars go to this venerable institution and rather think of my occasional fines as the least I can do to support my local library!

Before you take a ride with the original Santa Cruz Portland Cement Company Engine No. 2, coming home to the Santa Cruz Mountains, visit this video about its restoration.  This 105 year old (Special Event Images / Graphics) Chiggen.jpgSteam locomotive has been lovingly restored by men who never forgot how to "play."  It's fired up and will be chugging through the streets of Santa Cruz.  

The Chiggen, affectionately named after the chicken restaurant it once advertised, will depart from the Boardwalk on Friday, July 11 and from Roaring Camp Railroads on July 12-13, making its way through Santa Cruz, up the Davenport Branch Line and back. This is your once in a lifetime opportunity to ride a Steam Train through Santa Cruz!  

In case you like trains, here's a wonderful list of TRAIN STORIES.  Also, I so enjoyed Nancy Pearl's review of The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen that I'm mentioning it before reading it.  Her review is included below.

Many parents decide to make sure one of them is home with young children at least until they go to school.  It's not new that the same is recommended for parents of teens and Christine brings us more evidence of that.  I've known way too many teens who were delightfully engaging in Junior High but as teens lost their lives owing to crazy choices. Be there for them, especially when they are struggling with "separating and finding their own identities".

Suki reviews an interesting book for homeschooling parents. Viva is on an inspiring, stuff-purging campaign; she shares her technique for making it painless. 

The calendar is full of fun summer events. Enjoy! Parmalee

 

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  The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet

(Books/Movies/Products) Book_TheCollectedWorksofTS.jpgThe Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen  Reviewed by Nancy Pearl

"This is a fabulous, fabulous novel. ... Set in contemporary times, it's the story of a 12-year-old boy, T.S. Spivet (Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet), who is a cartographer and he maps everything. ... When you read this book, your definition, your thinking about what a map is, is just totally expanding because of the kinds of things T.S. maps. So he maps the dinner table conversation of his family. He maps almost anything that you can think of - sound quality as it travels through the Montana countryside where he and his mother and father and older sister live. ...

"But T.S. Spivet gets a call one day ... that he has won a very prestigious award, the Baird award from the Smithsonian Institution for his drawings, his maps, and he is invited to come to Washington to speak. Now, they don't know that he's only 12 years old ... and he gets on a train, and much of the book is his adventures on the train as he travels across the country mapping everything. ...

"Here's a quote that I found that just struck me, where T.S. says, 'Adults were pack rats of old, useless emotions.' Isn't that great? When I go back and think about this book, this is a book about fathers and sons, and this is a book about sons trying not to disappoint their fathers. ... You could reread this book again and again and again.

  Christine: Are Teens Crazy?

(Photos General) Christine_BrainTeen.jpgThere has been a lot of recent research investigating the state of the teen-age brain. Results have all shown one thing - the teenage brain is different from the child and adult brain. There are huge physical differences, which manifest as psychological differences. 

I blogged earlier about some of these changes. As the brain grows from childhood to adult, some areas grow faster than other areas. Two areas that seem to grow the fastest are the
amygdala (controls fear and anxiety) and the reward center which wants novelty and risk. The prefrontal cortex, which is the seat of reason, matures later.

These growth patterns lead to someone who is overly anxious and fearful, but willing to make high-risk decisions and craves novelty. This "normal behavior" makes you wonder how humanity survived this long... Read more>>>>

  Viva: Purge the Pantry

(Photos General) VivaGravatar.jpg(Photos General) DailyCitron_PurgethePantry.jpgToday I'm eyeballing my cluttered pantry and thinking that it's about time to apply my purging prowess.  My pantry probably feels dismayed by my interest, because it knows as well as anyone that I do not, in fact, have any significant prowess in purging items out of our house, and the whole affair could get chaotic.  But, nonetheless, I'm feeling the urge to give it a shot today.

This is not a random idea of mine- one of my goals for this year is to purge items out of our house so that we're a less cluttered and more streamlined.  To make the goal more manageable, I've broken it down into sub-goals, such as "Purge the Office," "Purge the Kitchen," and "Purge the Bathrooms."  Because I'm completely overwhelmed with the idea of achieving each of these sub-goals, I've broken them down even further... Read more>>>

  Suki: Legendary Learning

(Books/Movies/Products) Book_legendarylearning.jpgBook Review: Legendary Learning: The Famous Homeschoolers' Guide to Self-Directed Excellence by Jamie McMillin

Great summer reading for homeschooling parents!

Last August, I attended the first ever (that I know about!) online homeschooling conference through The Learning Revolution Project. One of the talks I attended was by homeschooler and author Jamie McMillin, who had researched the lives of famous homeschoolers. I requested a copy of her book and recently unearthed it on my desk. Oh yeah, I said I'd review that book. Ah, the life of an overly busy writer/mother/homeschooler.

I am glad, however, that I finally got around to reading this wonderful book. McMillin shows fine writing skills, impressive research, and insightful analysis of how we homeschoolers can learn by example.

One of the first questions she addresses is one very important to me: why does she choose "famous" homeschoolers rather than people who exhibited other kinds of success? Her justification is probably the best one could offer: we don't know much about other homeschoolers. McMillin's homeschoolers-Pearl Buck, Louis Armstrong, Thomas Edison, Frederick Douglass, Andrew Carnegie...-were the subjects of multiple biographies and left detailed paper trails for (Photos General) SukiWessling2013.jpgus to consider. So although she does focus on famous people rather than on the decidedly more real tapestry of people who simply led successful and productive lives, she does a great job framing how she chose her subjects and what she believes we can learn from them.

The book is arranged thematically, with chapters addressing various aspects of life and learning illuminated by examples of famous homeschoolers. Read more>>>

  This Week

 

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Events in the Parks

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A - Z Camps Swimming Holes Camp Guide
 

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Kids Love

Clubs for Kids!

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So many

museums!

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Visit several

this summer!

 

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Kids Love

Clubs for Kids!

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Priya Riding the Rails!

Boardwalk to Roaring Camp

 All About Theatre: Annie Jr.

All About Theatre

AAT's uniquely talented cast of characters, aged 4-9, will perform a heartwarming rendition of Annie Jr.
Dates: Jul 11, 12, 13
Admission Fees: $13 Students/Seniors, $16 General Admission, $20 Reserved Seating
Special Instructions: Fri & Sat 6:30pm ~ Sat & Sun 1pm

(Logos Event Calendar) AnnieJr.jpgLeapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine Little Orphan Annie takes center stage in Annie Jr., an adaptation of one of the world's best-loved and most-performed musicals. It's upbeat plot and flamboyant characters have made Annie one of the most beloved musicals in history -- what girl hasn't dreamed of performing the title role or playing the outrageous Miss Hannigan? The bright, tuneful score is easy to sing and filled with familiar numbers.

With pluck and positivity, Annie charms everyone she meets despite a next-to-nothing start in the Depression-era New York City of the 1930s. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.

When billionaire Oliver Warbucks decides to invite an orphan to his mansion for Christmas, Annie gets her chance to experience NYC anew outside the confines of the orphanage. Despite Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, Annie befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new home alongside Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

This big, bold, glitzy musical celebrates the stuff that dreams are made of as well as the dreams of performers everywhere. Based on the Tribune Media Service Comic Strip, Little Orphan Annie, with a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, the memorable score includes Maybe, Hard-Knock Life, Tomorrow, Little Girls, I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here, N.Y.C., Easy Street, You Won't Be An Orphan For Long, You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile, and I Don't Need Anything But You.
Get your tickets and experience Annie Jr.!

Show Dates:
• Friday, July 11 6:30pm  • Saturday, July 12 1:00pm, • Saturday, July 12 6:30pm  • Sunday, July 13 1:00pm

Tickets - available at www.allabouttheatre.org:

• $13 for Students/Seniors   • $16 for General Admission   • $20 for Reserved Seating
Children six and under are free to sit on laps.

Location: Soquel Foursquare Theater, 4525 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
Phone: (831) 345-6340 •website Soquel

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