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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

July 13, 2017
Read in the Garden

Mac 'n Cheese, Good for you?

Elkhorn Slough Bird Story

Bill Gates Recommends Reads...

Science Sunday: The Ultimate Mouthful
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  Read in the Garden

(0 July 2017) ReadinginShadeLonDress.jpg"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Chores first, then read, and when possible, read in the garden..." Mom

Bill Gates' moving review of Born A Crime has inspired me to read it and other books he recommends.

(0 July 2017) Bushtits_Slough.jpgThis photo from Elkhorn Slough delights me --two little bushtits just "hangin'."  The Slough is a great place for bird watching. Another great location for bird watching is the UCSC Arboretum. I think I was a birder in another life.  Bird names seem to simply "come" to me, or did my mother's and grandmother's love of birds get into my DNA? 

(2 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.  Check the online calendar.

Have a great summer weekend with the family! Parmalee

 

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  Mac 'n Cheese, Good for you?

(0 July 2017) macaroni-cheese.jpgThis article might make you give up your quick, boxed mac 'n cheese meals for kids: The Chemicals in Your Mac and Cheese By Roni Caryn Rabin, NYT,  July12, 2017. 

It doesn't take that long to make it from scratch and it can taste so much better! Simply google "easy mac n cheese all organic ingredients" and pick a recipe you like.  Make it in the morning so it's ready to warm up as soon as everyone's back from the beach.

I always like going to the readers' comments.  Here's a recipe from Sally, which I note has NO flour and allows you to choose your favorite cheese. You can even select no-flour based "macaroni."

A great recipe for a healthful homemade version are Swiss "Älplermagronen" (Alpine herder macaroni). Cut unpeeled potatoes into 1 cm cubes and stir fry them until golden. Stir fry finely cut onion as well. Cook macaroni in water, when done, stir grated cheese, the potatoes, and the onions into it and add pepper and chopped chives to taste. Add a touch of white wine if the mixture is not fluid enough. Serve warm with salad and applesauce.


Tastes great, can be done completely organically, and does not take much longer to cook than the c--p you buy in the freezer at the supermarket.
(The real Swiss Älplermagronen have a special form, but any macaroni will work just as well.)
 

 

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  Elkhorn Slough Bird Story

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"Only for the second time in 27 years, a pair of Great Horned Owls decided to use a nesting box in the large barn on the Elkhorn Slough Reserve.  In early March, the female was seen in the box.  A few weeks later, in April, two chicks appeared.  Unfortunately one of the chicks fell off the owl box platform.  The fallen baby owl was taken to the SPCA of Monterey County for care.  When the SPCA returned that chick, they brought along another one, which was about the same age and both little owls were put into the box.  So now there were three chicks.  The question was would the parents accept the third chick or reject it.  This story has a happy ending - everyone accepted the new chick and all three little owls have fledged successfully!" (2015 story)

Visit Elkhorn Slough or Watsonville Wetlands to discover local birds! Join a tour with a docent.

 
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  Bill Gates Recommends Reads...

"5 Books to Read This Summer

By Bill Gates  | May 22, 2017

(0 July 2017) Book_BornACrime.jpgSummer is a great time to escape: to the beach, to the mountains, or to the world of a great book. This year, I found myself drawn even more than usual to books that took me outside (and I don't mean the great outdoors). The books on this year's summer reading list pushed me out of my own experiences, and I learned some things that shed new light on how our experiences shape us and where humanity might be headed.

Some of these books helped me better understand what it's like to grow up outside the mainstream: as a child of mixed race in apartheid South Africa, as a young man trying to escape his impoverished life in rural Appalachia, or as the son of a peanut farmer in Plains, Georgia. I hope you'll find that others make you think deeper about what it means to truly connect with other people and to have purpose in your life. And all of them will transport you somewhere else-whether you're sitting on a beach towel or on your own couch."

Choose at least one of Mr. Gates 5 recommendations >>>>>

 

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  Science Sunday: The Ultimate Mouthful

Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
The Ultimate Mouthful
Date: 07/16/2017 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: 10+ Admission Fees: $6-$8

(0 July 2017) SeymourLogoJuly.jpgThe Ultimate Mouthful: How the Largest Baleen Whales Feed
Jeremy Goldbogen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University

Whales are the largest animals on our planet and have unique ways of eating small prey. Some of the largest baleen whales-blue whales, fin whales, and humpbacks-fall into a family (called rorquals) that have an unusual method of feeding. These whales feed by lunging with their mouths open wide to force huge volumes of water and prey into their expandable oral cavities.

(0 July 2017) WhaleHumpback.jpgJoin Jeremy Goldbogen as he describes how this extreme lunge feeding strategy is facilitated by some of the most bizarre anatomical adaptations, many of which are unique among mammals. Come learn about new insights into how the largest vertebrates subsist on the smallest food.

Lectures take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM. Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM. Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.

Lectures are one hour long, including time for a few questions at the end. Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Free ADMISSION for Seymour Center Members and UC Santa Cruz Undergraduates with valid Student ID.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz

 

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Triple P 8-Week Group for Families with Children 2-12 years old
Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Every Th (Jul 13-Aug 31) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All
  8-Week Group for Families with Children 2-12 years old
Felton

Phone: (831) 465-2217

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Pajaro Valley Arts Show

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June 7 - July 23

22 Sudden St.

Watsonville

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Free Music Together Preview Classes!
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  Free Music Together Preview Classes!
MusicalMe, Inc.
Date: Every day (Jul 9-Jul 31) from 9:30am to 5:30pm
Ages: 0-6 with parent/cargiver
Details: The Joy of Family Music
Special Instructions: Schedule online www.musicalme.com or call 831 438 3514
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
     
Wizard of Oz
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  Wizard of Oz
All About Theatre
Date: Every day (Jul 14-Jul 16)
City: Soquel view all details >>
     
Shakespeare Summer
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  Shakespeare Summer
Santa CruzShakespeare
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Sep 23)
Ages: All ages
Details: The 39 Steps, Measure for Measure, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 460-6399 view all details >>
     
Open Bluegrass Jam
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  Open Bluegrass Jam
Crepe Place
Date: Every Su (Jun 25-Sep 24) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Summertime brings warmer weather and a more relaxed pace, perfect for sitting outside on the porch and playing/listening to musi
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 429-6994 view all details >>
     
Paws in the Park Series
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  Paws in the Park Series
Coastal Wattershed Council
Date: The 3rd Su of every month (May 21-Sep 24) from 10:00am to 11:30am
Details: Paws in the Park is organized to encourage people and pets to exercise at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, a city park along the lower
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Predator or Prey - What's for Dinner?
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  Predator or Prey - What's for Dinner?
Watsonville Wetlands
Date: 07/19/2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Details: Local wildlife today and in the recent past, viewing the animals through the daily and seasonal cycles -fantastic event for fami
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-345-1226 view all details >>
     
Wacky Carnival Fun
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  Wacky Carnival Fun
Louden Nelson Community Center
Date: 07/15/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Families with children 2-12yr.
Details: Come join us for fun in the park with lots of carnival games
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6177 view all details >>
     
Reading in the Garden
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  Reading in the Garden
Date:
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Zooburbia
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  Zooburbia
State Park Natural Bridges
Date: 07/15/2017 from 3:30pm to 6:00pm
Details: Join Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and local author Tai Moses at a reading and discussion of her book, Zooburbia
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-4609 view all details >>
     
Sunday Art & Music at the Beach
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  Sunday Art & Music at the Beach
Capitola Village
Date: Every Su (Jun 25-Aug 20) from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Music and art
Special Instructions: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 25; July 2, 16 & 30; August 6 & 20
City: Capitola Village view all details >>
     
Summer Concert Series
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  Summer Concert Series
State Park New Brighton
Date: Every Sa (Jul 1-Aug 27) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Details: Campfire concerts. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!
City: Capitola view all details >>
     
Contra Dancing
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  Contra Dancing
Santa Cruz Dance
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Lecture: Coho Salmon
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  Lecture: Coho Salmon
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: 10/24/2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: 10+
Details: Ken Norris Memorial Lecture: Coho Salmon Saving a Species Living on the Edge
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
Triple P Workshop: It's Time for Potty Training
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  Triple P Workshop: It's Time for Potty Training
Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Date: 07/18/2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All
Details: It's Time for Potty Training
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 465-2217 view all details >>
     
     
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