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July 4, 2012

History Site About Our American Path to Independence

Viva: Cash-Only Challenge Part III: The Roller Coaster

Science Fun with Christine: Living Fossil Plants

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(Photos General) Food_AppleStrudel.jpgANYONE can enter a contest at the Santa Cruz County Fair, all ages and MANY categories!  Do you make a mean apple pie, killer plum jelly, unique cumquot wine, wicked raspberry cordial, or hearty homebrew? Does one of your children have a collection of little cars, bugs, fairies, seaglass or ?  Is there a child in your home who builds winning lego masterpieces?  Do you paint, write poetry or take great photos?  Is your chicken the fattest, prettiest, ugliest?  Do you quilt or knit or sew originals?  Do you grow prize roses, unique vegetables or practice bonsai arrangements?  Entry Downloads

The Fair welcomes volunteers NOW as well as in September.  If you have a teen hanging around with little to do, this would be a great opportunity to give time, gain experience and even have fun!  Volunteer Signup   "If you work at least one four hour shift, you will receive free admission to the Santa Cruz County Fair."

Remember to join the millions of Americans across America who are pausing to read the Declaration of Independence.  If it's too much for your young ones, simply find a sentence or phrase to share! How far we have come from those early days of revolution centering around 1776!

Have a wonderful Independence Day with friends and family!  Parmalee

  History Site About Our American Path to Independence

America's independence from Great Britain was a decisive turning point in world history. Join us to explore the causes, character, and consequences of an American Revolution that continues to shape lives around the globe.  Begin Your Journey>

In 1750, the British Empire in America included almost two million free and unfree Europeans and Africans living in 23 colonies from Newfoundland to Jamaica. But they were not alone: French, Spanish, and Native American empires contested with the British for control of North America. The resulting clash of empires from 1754 to 1763 was a global conflict that created a British American world unprecedented in the space it covered, the diversity of the nations it contained, and in the potential for conflicts among its peoples.

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  Viva: Cash-Only Challenge Part III: The Roller Coaster

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My husband and I have officially begun our unofficial Three Month Cash-Only Challenge, which means that we reluctantly weaned ourselves of our credit and debit cards and start using actual, physical cash to make our purchases.  If you curious as to why would go cash-only despite our long-standing affection for credit card rewards, check out Part I, "The Accidental Players."

Week 3 of the Cash-Only Challenge has been a bit up-and-down for us, so I'll give you a day-by-day synopsis:

Monday: Mood: Calm. After being a nervous wreck last week about whether we would overspend and run out of cash (see Part II: Grocery Budget Jitters), I had separated our spending money into envelopes- each month we'd withdraw $350 for groceries, $50 for household expenses (toilet paper, shampoo, etc), $100 for miscellaneous expenses. With one week left in the month, we had $21 in our "household" cash envelope and $25 in the "grocery" envelope- everything was proceeding according to plan.


Tuesday: Mood: Gleeful. By doing some coupon acrobatics, I spent $17 from the "household" envelope on a really good deal on all-natural sunscreens, which means we'll be stocked up for the summer. More coupon acrobatics ensued at the grocery store, where we spent $24 from the "groceries" envelope and bought enough food for the rest of the month (with $1 left). I'm embarrassed to say that I felt positively flushed with endorphins- we were going to survive our first cash-only month without running out of money.

Wednesday: Mood:... Read more>>>>

Visit Viva at the Daily Citron for more frugal tips and finds.

 

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  Science Fun with Christine: Living Fossil Plants

(Photos General) RedwoodTree.jpgWe have some very ancient plants on this world. Some have been around for many millions of years.

Let's start with redwoods. There are 3 types still alive, and all three are in the fossil record. They were common during the time of the dinosaurs, about 200 million years ago. These trees were widespread, and fossils have been found all over the world. Now they live in 3 regions, the California/Oregon Coast, the California Sierra Nevada mountain range and one location in southwest China.


The ginkgo tree is unique. It has no close living relatives. Scientists still disagree over its' place in the species list since it isn't even close to any other plant. It has been cultivated by humans since pre-history. These trees are resistant to disease and insects, and can live to over 2500 years. They used to grow all over the world, but now only grow as a cultivated plant or in a few areas in China. There may be no wild ginkgo left. Recognizable fossils have been found as old as 270 million years ago. Definitely a spring chicken.

(Photos General) Horsetail.jpgThe horsetail plant is even older, appearing in the fossil record around 370 million years ago. Back in the fossil record, there was time when it dominated other plants. They reproduce by spores (like mushrooms) rather than seeds. They pre-date the era of flowering plants. Very old fashioned. There are various species that still grow all over the world (except Antarctica). This is certainly a successful plant. It has survived numerous extinctions and continues to survive man's encroachment. One thing - they are poisonous to horses.

More posts at Science Fun with Christine Cockey, local scientist and mom.

 
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 Families In Nature: Summer Saturday Series

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Recycled Music featuring ZunZun
July 7, 11:00am - 1:30pm


This program is free with Museum admission: $4 adults, $2 seniors, free for kids and Museum members.

Musical guests, ZunZun, will bring the stage alive and get you on your feet. With over 20 instruments from across the Americas, this lively band will perform songs that educate and entertain. Two shows: 11:00am & 12:30pm. Other activities will include face painting and crafts. Children of all ages are welcome, and must be accompanied by an adult.

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