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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

July 16, 2015

Can listening to birds make you a good listener?
Suki reminds us to beware the dangers of sand

Lynda and Kidz Backpack Project

Ask Nicole: When Can I Leave My Child Home Alone?

Plan Ahead!
California Rodeo
Ask Nicole: When Can I Leave My Child Home Alone?
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(AAA July 2015) Bird_Blackbird.jpgWhen you wake up early do you step outside and listen to the symphony of bird songs?  As you walk in the woods, do you wonder which bird is making that cheerful, melodic sound or harsh, scolding sound? It strikes me that learning to listen for and identify bird songs is a skill that could be transferred to other areas --our interactions as and with parents, children, teachers, co-workers, spouses, neighbors, politicians-- because one has to be quiet and patient in order to hear the birds.

(AAA July 2015) TheMusicLesson_ChristianEduardBottcher_1860.jpgUbiquitous as bird songs are, it's a joy to find excellent music teachers for our children! We especially like Santa Cruz Music Academy for guitar, cello and drum lessons, Musical Me, group music for parents, babies and toddlers, Mothersong at The Tannery for ages 0-3 and parents, Be Natural Music for "would-be-rock-stars", Singing Wood Marimba, and All About Theatre and CYT for musical theater.  I know there are many more talented musicians offering lessons including musicians in schools.  If you know of someone excellent, please tell them about us and drop us a line too.

It's rodeo time.  Did you know that funds raised by the event --between $200,000 and $300,000-- are donated to local charities?

Camp Options: A-Z Camps  ~  Camps on the Calendar  ~  Camp Guide Newsletter.

Thank you for sending many new families our way. Please, drop us a line anytime and recommend us to a friend

Have a rewarding weekend with the family, Parmalee

Parenting Support ~ Parks ~ Museums The Weekend

The Music Lesson by artist Christian Eduard Bottcher 1860

  Can listening to birds make you a good listener?

(AAA July 2015) PurpleFinch.jpgI'm inspired to learn more about bird sounds by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's upcoming program, "Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound."

"For seven weeks, beginning July 30, NPR's Morning Edition will be running a series of reports produced in collaboration with the Cornell Lab. Called "Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound," presentations introduce us to a small group of scientists who have pioneered ways to tune in to the chatter going on all around us.

These researchers had the imagination to listen where others heard nothing, and to invent technology to hear the unhearable. We join them in the field and in the lab. We hear what they hear. And learn how sound sustains the very existence of life on this planet.

Start Identifying by Sound 
It is more difficult to see birds with all the leaves on the trees, so now is the time to hone your hearing skills. Check out this series of free sound activities associated with the All About Bird Song interactive guide."

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  Suki reminds us to beware the dangers of sand

(AAA_Feb 2015) Suki2015.jpgThe most recent newsletter from Santa Cruz Parent contained some great advice about fun and safety for families at the beach. However, I noticed that it lacked one warning that I think is particularly pertinent to Santa Cruz: Don't let your kids dig deep holes in the sand! I wrote the following article for the summer after one child was killed and another was seriously injured after a sand cave collapse. These children's parents were beach natives and caring people, yet they didn't realize the risk.  Read more>>>>

 

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  Lynda and Kidz Backpack Project

(AAA July 2015) LyndaandKidzBackpacksKids.jpgThe Lynda and Kidz Backpack Project has received 340 backpacks and 408 - $25 donations so far toward its goal of providing 750 backpacks to homeless/low-income children for the upcoming school year. They are half-way there with three weeks to go!  A HUGE thank you to those who have donated already!

To those of you in Santa Cruz County, donating now thru July 20th, will be entered to win a Free 1-Hr Massage - generously donated by Tiffany at Whole Body Peace Massage in Santa Cruz. 

How to help:
1. Donate a gently used or new backpack
(s)
2. Donate $25 to fill a backpack full of school supplies.
3. Donate a fully stuffed backpack(s) (view our list of supplies)

How to donate:
(AAA July 2015) LyndaandKidzLogo.jpg1. Drop off locations: Deluxe Foods of Aptos, True Olive Connection, Agile Monkey Pilates Studio, Felton Nails or Scotts Valley Market

2. US Mail: P.O. Box 97, Mount Hermon, CA 95041-0097

3. FedEx/UPS: 8 Madrone Avenue, Mount Hermon, CA 95041-0097

4. PayPal to kidzbackpacks@gmail.com

If you drop off your donations at Agile Monkey Downtown Santa Cruz - all donations will be rewarded with great Pilates prizes (free classes or private sessions!). 

Lynda and Kidz Backpack Project is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, Federal ID# 45-5531045

 

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  Ask Nicole: When Can I Leave My Child Home Alone?

Happy summer? Yes, that's a question. Like many working parents, I've been awaiting summer vacation since school started last fall. I breathed a sigh of relief on the last day of school, then the reality of summer scheduling sank in. With two full-time working parents in our family, we have to make sure our kids are in safe, supervised places during the day. Their different ages, interests and maturity levels means they're often in different places at different times, which makes my color-coded calendar look like a patchwork quilt.

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, please email me at triplep@first5scc.org.

Dear Nicole, My wife and I are wondering how old kids should be before they can be left at home alone. We both work full-time, and our 12-year-old daughter wants to stay home instead of having a babysitter. She's responsible, but we're nervous about leaving her alone. Is she too young?   Margaret 

Read Nicole's answer>>>>>

 

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  Plan Ahead!

Heads Up!

Upcoming Events

The Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 24-Jul 26)
Ages: All
37th annual "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three days of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr
City: Gilroy Phone: 408-846-6886 view all details >>
Mary Poppins
Cabrillo Theater
Date: Every day (Jul 24-Aug 16)
Mary Poppins musical will capture your heart all over again
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 479-6154 view all details >>
The LitWits experience of PINOCCHIO
LitWits Workshops, LLC
Date: Every day (Aug 13-Aug 14) from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12
We bring great books to life! PINOCCHIO by Carlo Collodi (1863) - not at all Walt Disney's puppet!
Special Instructions: Upstairs (no elevator access)
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 247-0593 view all details >>
All Ages Dance Party
Library Scotts Valley
Date: 07/24/2015 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: 8 & up
Dance to the tunes of Kuzanga Marimba on the patio, all ages
City: Scotts Valley Phone: 831-427-7712 view all details >>
Sketching through the Seasons
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 07/25/2015 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 8+
  Connect with nature through art! Spend the morning hiking and sketching in beautiful Santa Cruz.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: view all details >>
 

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July

in the Parks

A-Z Camps

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MBARI OPEN HOUSE

July 18

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Guitar &

African Drumming

Small Group Lessons

with Ron Dunn

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Weekly July 6 - Aug. 12

Enter a contest at the Santa Cruz County Fair! 

Show off your best! 

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Online Entry Deadline August 22,  11:59pm, due on August 30 by 5pm

Entries and entry forms

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 California Rodeo

California Rodeo
Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
Date: Every day Jul 16-Jul 19
Ages: All Admission Fees: $7-$65

(Special Event Images / Graphics) CaliforniaRodeoPoster2014.jpgKnown for its week-long cavalcade of events, California Rodeo "Big Week" is the largest community event held in Salinas. Parades, barbecues, cowboy poetry, fireworks, concerts, a carnival, and much more. 

Big Week offers something for every member of the family, and a chance for the entire community to participate in the California Rodeo.

The Rodeo itself is designed to operate like a two-ring circus, each Rodeo performance features events that occur in the arena and on the track simultaneously. While the classic event of saddle bronc riding bucks out in the arena, a horse race speeds by on the track.

Each year, the Salinas Rodeo ranks in the top 20 of nearly 800 North American rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. For four action-packed days, more the 50,000 spectators pass through our gates to see the country's top professional rodeo athletes compete.

Saddle Bronc Riding ~ Bareback Riding ~ Bull Riding ~ Tie-Down Roping ~ Steer Wrestling ~ Team Roping ~ Barrel Racing ~ Bull Fighting

Purchase Tickets   and download the Events Details

Location: Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 Main Street , Salinas Map • (831)775-3100 • website

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Life on Mars
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  Life on Mars
Rio Theater
Date: 06/08/2017 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Details: Discussion about the most current research related to water and life on Mars
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
MBARI Open House
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  MBARI Open House
MBARI
Date: 10/15/2016 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Highlights include science exhibits, technology demonstrations, deep-sea videos, presentations about our research, robotic subma
City: Moss Landing view all details >>
     
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Wacky Carnival Fun
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  Wacky Carnival Fun
Louden Nelson Community Center
Date: 07/18/2015 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 >>
     
Library Book Fair!
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  Library Book Fair!
Library La Selva Beach
Date: 07/18/2015 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Book Fair - Friends of the La Selva Beach Library Friends of the
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Day out with Thomas
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  Day out with Thomas
Roaring Camp Railroads
Date: Every day (Jul 29-Aug 7)
Ages: All
Details: Thomas the Tank wants you to come visit!
City: Felton view all details >>
     
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Schoolhouse Rock Live!
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  Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Cabrillo Theater
Date: Every day (Jul 10-Aug 8)
Details: A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live!
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 479-6154 view all details >>
     
The LitWits experience of PINOCCHIO
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  The LitWits experience of PINOCCHIO
LitWits Workshops, LLC
Date: Every day (Aug 13-Aug 14) from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12
Details: We bring great books to life! PINOCCHIO by Carlo Collodi (1863) - not at all Walt Disney's puppet!
Special Instructions: Upstairs (no elevator access)
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  Ask Nicole: When Can I Leave My Child Home Alone?

Dear Nicole,

My wife and I are wondering how old kids should be before they can be left at home alone. We both work full-time, and our 12-year-old daughter wants to stay home instead of having a babysitter. She's responsible, but we're nervous about leaving her alone. Is she too young?

-       Margaret 

Dear Margaret,

I'll bet many other working parents with "tweens" wonder the same thing. As with most parenting questions, the answer is, "It depends." The age at which a child can be left home alone will vary based on several factors, including:

  • The child's age, maturity level and abilities.
  • How long s/he will be alone and the time of day.
  • How far away the parent(s) or another trusted adult will be.
  • How the child feels about being home alone.
  • The child's ability to understand and follow rules.
  • The safety of the home and neighborhood.
  • The child's knowledge of what to do in an emergency.

When your family decides the time is right, try these tips to build your child's (and your) confidence in her ability to be safe and responsible at home alone.

Prepare in advance. Make sure your child knows her full name, address and phone number. Review a list of people and phone numbers to call if she needs help. If you know and trust your immediate neighbors, let them know your daughter will be home alone and ask if they can be a resource.

Develop a safety plan. Remove or lock up items that could be health or safety risks for your child, including medications, alcohol, tobacco products and weapons. Teach your child how to safely use appliances and other kitchen equipment.

Talk with your child about what to do in an emergency (e.g. earthquake, fire), and what to do when someone comes to the door or calls the house. Have your child write down the steps to take in each of these situations. As you discuss different scenarios, ask who she would contact for help and at what point she would seek help. You might even want to role-play a variety of situations to help her develop valuable problem-solving skills and give you reassurance she'll be able to handle unexpected situations.

Establish ground rules for when she is home alone. Talk with your child about rules such as the amount of screen time allowed, chores to be completed each day, and whether friends can come over. Keep the rules simple and pick ones you'll be able to monitor. Have your child write the rules down and post them in a visible place.

Schedule check-in times. Make an agreement about when and how you will check in during the day via calls or texts. You might decide to check in more often when you begin leaving her home alone, and then reduce the check-ins as you all gain confidence about her safety and responsibility.

Start small, then work up to longer periods of time. Try leaving your child home alone for a short time as a "trial run." Review the rules and safety plan before you leave, then review how things went when you return. Give descriptive praise for following the agreed-upon plan. Gradually stay away for longer or go farther away from home, until you all feel she can be home alone when you and your partner are at work.

Final Thoughts: Deciding whether a child is old enough to be home alone can be a big, scary parenting task. We can prepare our children for independence by carefully assessing their readiness to be home alone, and then teaching them skills to be safe and responsible.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 11 and 15, 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 or www.youtube.com/triplepsantacruzco. To find a Triple P class or practitioner, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 465-2217 or triplep@first5scc.org.

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