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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

July 14, 2016
Art Dali Style

Ask Nicole: Making the Most of Summertime

Santa Cruz Police: Free Online Bike Registration

Dali17 Museum is Open

Tweens & Teens Go Backpacking In Yosemite

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  Art Dali Style

(A July) DaliCoffee.jpgIf you decide to take the family(with older children) to see the new Dali17 Museum in Monterey, be sure to preserve the children's reactions to Dali's outrageous art.  They could be memorable.  I find Dali's wonderfully wacky art to be perplexing, a challenge to understand, and  perhaps  profound in a genius level way beyond me.  He was certainly one of the most colorful personalities ever.  I would not miss a visit! By the way, this "Dali Coffee" is not a Dali painting, just a creative barista's nod to Dali!

Remember, many of our wonderful summer camps operate on a weekly basis, which means you can try out different activities.

(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 creative weekend with the family! Parmalee

 

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  Ask Nicole: Making the Most of Summertime

When I was a child, summertime seemed to last forever. I remember long days (that usually began with chores), and endless hours and weeks of playing with my siblings. Now that I'm an adult, it seems like summer is over in the blink of an eye. Sometimes I have to remind myself to pause and enjoy the slightly slower pace of my family's life during the summer, and resist the urge to fill every moment of my kids' schedules with activities. Although I'll admit I do like the idea of having them start each day with some chores.

This monthly column provides tips for anyone who is helping raise children, based on the world-renowned Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, available to families in Santa Cruz County. If you have a question or idea for a future column, email me at triplep@first5scc.org.

Dear Nicole,

I'm so relieved that summer is here! Our lives get so hectic during the school year that it usually takes a couple weeks before we really start enjoying the summer break. But summer gets hard, too - just in a different way. I'm a single mom and work full time, so my kids (6 and 8) have to be in camps or child care every day. I feel guilty that I'm not spending more time with them during their summer break, and I don't want them to get bored. But sometimes our schedules feel just as hectic as during the school year. What tips do you have for getting through the summer?   Gina

Dear Gina, Many parents have the same dilemma - kids get a welcome break from the school schedule, but parents still have to report to work every day! It sounds like you already know the importance of arranging safe, interesting, engaging places for your children to be while you're at work, which is a great starting point. Here are a few other tips to help you and your kids make the most of summertime:

(A July) TripleP_SummerFamilyTime.jpgReconnect with your children. For many families, summer means a break from the hectic routine of school, homework, sports or other afterschool activities. This often creates more free time in the evening or on weekends, or can make it easier for some children to have later bedtimes. Use these opportunities to spend quality time together and add variety to your daily routines. The simplest ideas are often the best, like having a picnic dinner instead of eating at the table, or going on walks or playing games after dinner instead of watching TV.

(A July) TripleP_BucketList.jpgPlan family outings, even if they are just for a few hours or in your home town. Build a summertime "bucket list" with your kids, and encourage them to be creative about where and how you can explore something new together. Again, simple and inexpensive activities are often the ones that create happy memories to last a lifetime. Visit a local museum, go to a park or beach you've never been to, attend free outdoor concerts or movies, try a new ice cream or frozen yogurt shop, or visit the library or local bookstore. The possibilities for creating happy memories while strengthening your relationships with your children are endless.

Encourage your children to develop new skills and interests. Talk to your children about what they're interested in learning or trying, then find activities in the community or things you could do at home. Keep it simple enough that it's fun for your children and realistic for you. Even teaching your children to make something besides cereal for breakfast can be a positive learning experience and provide them with lifelong skills.

Maintain a routine. Although summertime routines might be more flexible, maintaining some consistency will make life more predictable and easier, especially with work, camp and child care schedules. It can also help teach your children about time or give them something to look forward to - e.g. go to the library every Thursday or call Grandma every Sunday. And it will help you ease back into the school routine once summer is over.

Final Thoughts: It's ironic that many families look forward to summer during the entire school year, only to find that managing everyone's schedules and spending time together can be more complicated than keeping up with school work! The good news is that there are many ways to be positive parents during the summer that meet our children's needs - and free us up from feeling guilty.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 12 and 16, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, the world's leading positive parenting program. Scientifically proven, Triple P is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act) and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. For more information, including classes and one-on-one meetings to help parents handle everyday parenting challenges, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc 

 

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  Santa Cruz Police: Free Online Bike Registration

(A July) CABikeLicense.jpgSCPD Offers FREE Online Bike Registration for SC Residents & Bike Shops

The Santa Cruz Police Department has launched an online bicycle license registration system. The registration is free and never expires! The online registration was developed to make registration of bicycles easier for Santa Cruz residents and bike shops, deter bicycle theft, and to help locate owners of recovered bicycles.

155 stolen bikes have been reported so far in the first five months of 2016. In 2015, reported bike thefts increased by 19% over 2014. The Santa Cruz Police Department recovers hundreds of bikes.  Help improve the chances of your bicycle being returned by registering it with SCPD's Online Bicycle Registration program. 

Here's What You Can Do!

Along with keeping your bike locked up, register your bike now. Registering your bicycle provides the police with a written record of the bike's pertinent information including the serial number.
Bicycle Registration Form

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1. To register your bike simply complete the Bicycle Registration Form

2. Fill in info about your bike, with the serial number. The more detail you can provide about the bike the better.

3. You will receive a bicycle registration sticker by mail.

4. Apply the license decal on your bike. 

 

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  Dali17 Museum is Open

Dali17 Museum
The exhibition will be the largest collection of Dali’s art on the West Coast and will feature over 300 originals.
Date: Every day
Special Instructions: Call for hours


(A July) Dali_TimeSlithering.jpgDali17 Museum will open to the public on Friday, July 8 at 10am!

The new museum is a permanent exhibition of original etchings, mixed media, lithographs, and rare sculptures by one of the twentieth century's most celebrated surrealist artists, Salvador Dali.

This is the first permanent Dali exhibition on the West Coast and the second largest private collection in the United States. Previously, this collection has only been exhibited in Spain and Belgium.

It will feature over 300 originals. Did you know that Monterey was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and worked? The exhibition will reintroduce Dali’s local history and will be the only museum to showcase photographs from Dali’s fundraiser Surrealistic Night at Del Monte.

(A July) Dali.jpgMonterey was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and worked. While the Nazis stormed across Europe, Dali and his wife Gala fled to the U.S. and in July 1941 found refuge at the Hotel Del Monte. While living in the Monterey area, he was heavily involved with the arts. Dali exhibited vintage sourced photographs as an early member of the Carmel Art Association and every May he participated as a juror for the local high school art competition.

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Location: Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-372-2608 •website Monterey

 
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  Tweens & Teens Go Backpacking In Yosemite
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Next week a dozen or so students ranging from ages 11-16 will be going on an exciting and rewarding 37 mile week of back country fun in fabulous Yosemite Park with Irvin Lindsey, Master Science Teacher and director of Outdoor Science Exploration. This annual trip combines nurturing opportunities for developing self-confidence and nature awareness with learning-by-discovery. How refreshing to have a week without technology and instead, time and space to renew and think.  To find out more about this special week email Irvin at info@osefun.com.

 

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Tips for Parents of Teens

*Don't take things personally.  It's not about you so much as about the fact that the brain is remodeling itself. This causes hiccups. The thinking process and ability to manage emotions are challenged. Empathy is emerging but not fully there.

 

*Channel the need for novelty, risk, and adventure. Offer experiences in controlled environments such as sports, rock climbing, or organized travel experiences with peers. Pull back your direct adult supervision to some degree but communicate expectations. 

 

*Assure that consequences make sense. If something gets broken or lost, have teens take part in repairing and paying expenses. If teens stay up too late, they still must get up and meet responsibilities on time. 

 

*Give needed space but stay connected.  Show interest, not judgment, about their newly emerging opinions. Invite genuine conversations through questions, "What do you think about this issue?"  Listen with your mouth shut and ears open!

 

*Accept who they are becoming.  This is truly an exciting time as teens mature into unique adults.  You may learn a great deal as you let them teach you things you've never explored.

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Boomeria Organ Extravaganza!
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  Boomeria Organ Extravaganza!
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Date: 07/08/2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Rare opportunity to see Boomeria organ in action and raise funds for SC Baroque! Worth it!!
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Mid-Summer Fun!
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Kiddie Kapers Parade
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California Rodeo
Date: 07/16/2016 at 6:30pm
Details: Bring your family to Oldtown Salinas and join years of tradition with the Kiddie Kapers and Colmo del Rodeo Parades.
Special Instructions: followed by Colmo Parade
City: Salinas Phone: 831-751-3100 view all details >>
     
Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
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Capitola Village
Date: Every Wed from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax.
City: Capitola Village view all details >>
     
Wacky Carnival in Laurel Park
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  Wacky Carnival in Laurel Park
City of Santa Cruz
Date: 07/16/2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Details: Zoom down the 20-foot inflatable slide for the brave of heart
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NorCal Bats
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  NorCal Bats
Downtown Santa Cruz Library
Date: 07/20/2016 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome
Details: NorCal Bats
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7707 view all details >>
     
Minecraft Mania
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Garfield Park Library
Date: 07/19/2016 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Ages: 7 and under
Details: Minecraft Mania
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7709 view all details >>
     
Mid-Summer Fun!
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Workshop: Ruby Beach
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Palace Art & Office Supply
Date: 04/01/2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Details: We're super excited to be hosting a very special one-day art workshop featuring Toaa Dallo
City: Capitola Phone: (831) 464-2700 view all details >>
     
Mid-Summer Fun!
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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Date: 09/16/2016 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Details: Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Preparing Your Teen for Their Future
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  Preparing Your Teen for Their Future
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: 07/16/2016 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: Parents
Details: Prepare Your Teen for the Future (can be taken as individual classes or as full series)
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 479-6331 view all details >>
     
Mid-Summer Fun!
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