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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

July 31, 2014

Suki: Little-c Creativity In Our Lives

Christine: Morality Changes with Time of Day

Viva: Great Tips for Making Satisfying Changes

Cabrillo Festival's Church Street Fair
Cabrillo Festival: Children's Art & Music Workshops
This Week
Annual Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
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(Special Event Images / Graphics) CabrilloMusicFestival_Scribbles.jpgIt's a musical and artistic weekend for families!  In addition to Cabrillo Music Festival's Church Street Festival and performances, we can attend rehearsals at the Civic, free, with the children.  Stay as long as they're interested, then slip out quietly.

"As the community of conductors, musicians, and composers sculpt pieces for performances, you have the chance to truly watch the music come to life. You're invited to discover what increasing numbers of Festival fans have already realized-Open Rehearsals are a dynamic precursor to the concerts themselves."

MORNINGS: 10:00am - 12:30pm |  August 6, 7
AFTERNOONS: 2:30 - 5:00pm |  August 5, 8
EVENINGS: 7:00 - 9:30pm |  August 5, 6

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Whether you're attending the Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival, going to the beach, hiking in the mountains, flying with Young Eagles or partaking of musical activities, have a great family weekend!

Your child could win a slurpee! "Courtesy of 7-Eleven, Santa Cruz police officers are hitting the streets with "Operation Chill" coupons. When officers observe kids exhibiting good behavior (wearing safety helmets, observing traffic safety rules, good citizenship and good deeds, being "brave" after a traffic collision or other emergency event, etc.), they can issue an "Operation Chill" coupon. The coupons are good for a FREE small Slurpee® drink at any one of the four 7-Eleven Stores in the City of Santa Cruz.  No reason why parents couldn't do a similar program at home!

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  Suki: Little-c Creativity In Our Lives

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I recently attended a talk by psychologist Susan Daniels, who lectures and writes about creativity. Her talk was based on a book she'd read, assigned to her college students, and followed herself. (The book, which she highly recommends, is The Creativity Cure by Carrie and Alton Barron. Susan's book is Raising Creative Kids and I reviewed it here.)

Susan's talk was about the importance of "everyday creativity" for everyone. Although some of us are involved in creative work for pay, and others of us think of ourselves as "not (Photos General) Suki_NeedleFeltLandscape-300x204.jpgcreative," we all benefit from using our hands and bodies to do what's called "little-c creativity." This is the sort of creativity involved in improvising a new dish while cooking, playing a song on the piano, or making up a game with our kids. It's pretty humble stuff-not meant to impress anyone else, done for enjoyment and only sometimes with a product that we use or enjoy.

Susan suggests that we can all improve our well-being by not only pursuing little-c creativity, but incorporating it into our lives with intention. In her own life, despite her busy life as a psychologist, teacher, and lecturer, she intentionally returned to... Read more>>>

This is a needle-felted landscape (with stormy sky) that I did at a recent homeschool retreat. It was just a simple project in a medium I'd never tried before (and won't do often because of my propensity for carpal tunnel syndrome!), but it was extremely rewarding for me.

Suki Wessling writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling. If you'd like to learn more about Suki please click here.

 

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  Christine: Morality Changes with Time of Day

(Graphics) Ying_yang.jpgYou probably think you know where you fall on the morality scale. You need to think again. According to a new study, our morality changes with the time of day.

Some researchers from Harvard and University of Utah did a couple of interesting studies. They looked at how people responded to moral choices at different times of day. They looked at both larks and owls.

Are you a lark or an owl? I am a lark, and I consider myself lucky to live this long. Larks are morning people. We wake up early naturally and smile at everybody. I don't drink coffee and am cheerful in the morning. Roommates don't always like larks. Owls are night people. They function best later in the day. Their natural waking times are much later.

Here is a great example... Read more>>>>>

Christine is a local mom and scientist. She likes making challenging science accessible to us non-scientists.  Visit her blog at Science Fun.

 

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  Viva: Great Tips for Making Satisfying Changes

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If you're interested in working from home, Kiplinger put together a list of "10 Great Work-at-Home Jobs" that is worth a look.  They list potential employers for each job and vetted them to make sure none of them were scams.

Traveling this summer?  Needing some inspiration on how to pack light?  Check out this short video by the Minimalists, in which they reveal how little they packed for their 10-month road trip.  I am picturing them standing in their underwear at the laundry mat while they wash their one pair of pants.  I love that one of them (the one with the cool hair) actually found room for a blow dryer in his tiny little suitcase.

Not traveling? Staying home and wishing your house was less cluttered?  Check out 10 Uncluttering Tasks You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less from The Unclutterer.  Or visit Be More With Less for inspiration on minimalist living.

And on a financial note, this article by Get Rich Slowly goes through the benefits of buying a car within your budget instead of taking out a car loan or leasing a car.  I would just add that whether you pay cash or take out a loan, it's important to factor the car's depreciation into your budget when deciding what car you can afford.

Viva Harris writes The Daily Citron, a fun blog about setting goals, saving money, staying organized, and enjoying life in the process. Don't want to miss any tips? Sign up for the free Daily Citron Weekly Newsletter.

 

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  Cabrillo Festival's Church Street Fair

(Special Event Images / Graphics) CabrilloMusicFestivalFamilyConcert.jpg"Saturday and Sunday, August 2nd and 3rd see the return of Cabrillo Festival's popular Church Street Fair - a festival of music, art & wine. Celebrating its 23rd year, the two-day "festival within the Festival" offers an inspiring reflection of the arts in Santa Cruz. The weekend bursts with non-stop world and ethnic music and dance on the outdoor Church Street Stage, and dozens of premier artists and craftspeople selling their treasures all along Church Street in front of the Civic Auditorium.

Never is the spirit of Santa Cruz more alive than on the Church Street Stage when the spotlight is focused on Santa Cruz's exceptional musicians. Audiences will travel the globe with musical voices from Mexico to Ireland, Africa to Cuba, and dance traditions from the Middle Eastern to European classical ballet, American urban styles. Some groups make their Church Street Stage debut, and many are old favorites returning for the fun.

You'll have lots of tasty local treats to choose from, including mobile gourmet vendors Cruz'n Gourmet and Low n' Slow, scoops from the Penny Ice Creamery, and wine tasting with Vinocruz."

STAGE PERFORMERS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
11:15  The Great Morgani
12:15  Samba Cruz Quartet
1:15  Shakti Bhakti Ensemble
2:15  Rebecca Lomnicky & David Brewer
3:30  Diaspora Dance Company
4:15  Pacific Voices
5:15  Desert Dream Music & Dance
6:30  The Mosaic Trio

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
11:15  Jesse Autumn & Shelley Phillips Harp Duo
12:15  Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre
1:00  Free Family Concert
2:30  Watsonville Taiko
3:30  Xochipilli Compañia Danza De Mexico
4:15  On The Spot Trio
5:15  Kat Parra Latin World Ensemble
6:30  AZA

  Cabrillo Festival: Children's Art & Music Workshops

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
(Logos Business) MusicalMe_Logo2013.jpgSATURDAY, AUGUST 2 | MORNING WORKSHOP (11:00am - 2:00pm)
Music Together Family Music Workshop

Sing, dance, play instruments and have fun making Music Together! All ages will have the chance to be playful and engage with each other through music and dance. This is the ultimate in family music-making fun!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 | AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (2:30 - 5:30pm)
Drawing and Painting - Carmen Leon

This workshop involves drawing with oil pastels, then painting lightly with watercolors, unveiling the delightfully unexpected aspects of this mixed-media "resist" method. Carmen combines gentle guidance and inspiration from nature to encourage free expression and exploration of the physics of her technique.

Printmaking - Jennifer Cordery
Using a sheet of Styrofam and a pencil, here's a quick and simple way of making prints with great results. After the pencil drawing is pressed into the foam, colored printing inks are rolled over with a brayer. The drawing is then transferred onto a piece of paper, and can be repeated in various colors.

Didgeridoo Making - Kathy Pearson
Surrounded by inspiring samples of Australian Aboriginal art and music, children will decorate their own didgeridoos, using paint and oil pastels. Drawing ideas will be taken from examples of Aboriginal dream-time designs and young people will walk away with a beautiful playable instrument.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 | MORNING WORKSHOP (11:00am - 1:00pm)
Monoprint Birds - Susana Terrell
Using precut models, children will decorate birds by decorating their wings with monoprints. Working with poster paint and exploring color, brush stroke, and design, they will add features to the birds with markers, finishing them with a holding stick and ribbon streamer. Young artists will be proud to bring their creations into the 1pm Free Family Concert, The Conference of the Birds!

Exotic Bird Masks - Fiona & Lauren
Children can practice their scissor skills when cutting around a pre-printed paper bird mask. Then imaginations will take flight as they decorate their creations with pastel and mixed-media collage!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 | AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (2:30pm - 5:30pm)
Mixed Media Owls - Claudia Stevens
Inspired by reference material of Persian owls, and the music they've just heard in the Free Family Concert, children will form the basic shapes (circle, oval, upside down triangle) for the owl's body and facial features. Next, they'll use pastels, watercolor pencils and tempera paint to build color and repeated pattern, capturing some of the feather textures. Lastly, they'll put the bird into a nocturnal environment with the flicking of stars. Participants learn about line, texture, pattern, and design, as well as owl habitat.

Music-Themed Acrylic Stencil Paintings - Emma Garcia
First kids will paint their entire paper, using an array of colors in an abstract form, and then be assisted in stenciling patterns and/or musical imagery over their artwork. The result will be a complex work of art in a highly contemporary style!

Dreamcatchers - Kyle Morris
Dreamcatchers are not only beautiful objects, they are also said to promote good rest and happy dreams! Wooden or brass rings are wrapped in leather and a hoop is made at the top of the circle, then a simple knot is tied over and over again to create a net. Then leather tassels, feathers and beads are added to complete a lovely and powerful Dreamcatcher.

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Events in the Parks

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Welcome New Businesses!

 

Mr Mom Radio Show  David Marin, adoptive Dad, offers a pithy, informative radio show with unique guests ,for hopeful parents.

 

Lightspeed Martial Arts  Matt and Alexis Salisbury offer Where children learn respect, focus, concentration, discipline and self-defense, powerful skills that they will use for their entire lives.

 

Learn to Discover  Brian and Shelly Laschkewitsch offer Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM) courses emphasizing 21st-century skills such as critical & analytical thinking; problem-solving; teamwork/collaboration; respect; communication; creativity; and imagination.

 

Garden Patch Farm  Under the guidance of Linnaea Avenell, a play based, emergent program offers children a joyful variety of activities, equipment, and materials to choose from in order to support their exploration, imagination, and development in a rustic, natural setting where kids can experience outdoor play and imagination as well as chickens,  ducks, goats and other animals.

 

Family Network Preschool  New owners, Victoria Nobles and Melissa Wiley, offer a child-centered environment supporting the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children, continuing in the tradition of the noted  program of founders Cathy and Marty.

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Big Basin

Hiking and Camping

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Hiking on Your Own

Easy hiking:
Redwood Loop Trail
Maddock Cabin Site
Sequoia Trail

 

Moderate hiking:
Sequoia Trail

 

Strenuous hiking:
Berry Creek Falls

 

Other trails

Camping

Backpacking

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So many

museums!

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Visit several

this summer!

 

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 Annual Scottish Games & Celtic Festival

Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula -
Pipe bands, Drum Major and Solo and Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, Sheepdog Herding and...

Aug 2-Aug 3 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

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The award-winning Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula 47th Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3 at the beautiful Monterey County Fair & Event Center located at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey. The Monterey Scottish Games & Festival features exciting Scottish heavy athletic competition events, including the famous Caber Toss.

Great entertainment will be provided by professional Celtic Pipe Bands. Exciting colorful activities include the powerful massed pipe bands, Drum Major and Solo and Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, Sheepdog Herding, Historical Re-enactment Groups depicting life in 16th Century Scotland, Sheep on Stilts, and Clan and Celtic Association Tents. Watch the highly trained sheepdogs gently guide sheep and ducks under the command of their handlers.  

Attendees can stroll through the Avenue of Clans, visit one of the Clan tents and trace their ancestry.  Over 50 vendors offering tasty British and Scottish food and drink, and unique Scottish and Irish crafts, jewelry, clothing, and music will be enjoyed by all.

This year, on Sunday, the Festival will again feature a very special "Salute to the Irish" that will include Irish entertainment and Irish Dancing. There will be lots of fun special Children's Games activities planned for the wee ones at the Children's Glen, too. Little ones will participate in scaled down athletic events (mini-Caber toss, pillow over the bar, mini braemar stone putt) plus fun Celtic craft projects  and the popular Celtic Quest).

Schedule

Location: Monterey County Fair & Event Cen, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 682-2022 •website Monterey

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Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Details: A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
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Young Eagles - Kids Fly Free
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Young Eagles
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 8 yrs - 17 yrs
Details: Kds fly free EAA airplane rides, on the first Saturday of every month between January and April and then again between September
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-531-8440 view all details >>
     
41st Annual Roughwater Swim
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City of Santa Cruz
Date: 08/02/2014 at 11:00am
Details: One mile swim around the wharf!
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Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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City of Watsonville
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Details: Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
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The Backpack Project: Packing Life into Giving
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Lynda and Kids Backpack Project
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 15)
Details: Help us provide 200 backpacks to kids who need them
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Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 10 years of age and older.
Details: Experience the wildlife and natural beauty of Younger Lagoon.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
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Baby Sign Language Introductory Class
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Touch Blue Sky Baby Sign Language
Date: 08/19/2014 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Birth to 18 months
Details: Baby Sign Language Introductory Class
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California Turkish Arts & Culture Festival
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Turkish American Association of California
Date: Every day (Aug 23-Aug 24) from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Details: Turkish culture on display
City: Monterey view all details >>
     
     
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