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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County
Remember what it was like?
June 2, 2011
Intro

Daily Citron with Viva: Grow Some Herbs!
Santa Cruz Parent Seeks Part Time Help!
Suki Blogs: "I coulda tole you that for twenny bucks!"


This Week
Redwood Mountain Faire, June 4-5
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  Intro

(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) GraduationHat.jpgRemember what it was like? ... Completing one level and feeling excited all summer long that you were going on to the next level. Graduations are an accomplishment, a ticket to the next adventure, easy for some and challenging for others.  We parents know from experience that these transitions can be both exhilarating and scary.  Wise parents keep the conversations going, helping their children find a balance between the letdown from the intensity of the school year, the freedom of the summer and anticipation of the next steps. 

Summer is a great time for reading, trying a new activity, honing skills in a special interest, catching up, maintaining or strengthening academic skills with a tutor, getting a summer job, interning in a field of interest, going away to camp or visiting relatives in a different part of the country.

I was switching between favorite stations when I heard, "...so that is why we have a remarkable population of children and teens identified as ADD and ADHD..."  That got my attention.  The "why" of this condition that is a relatively recent phenomenon and that I did not observe among my k-12 classmates, but became aware of as a teacher, has always bothered me.   This interview with Dr. Herbert Mate, author of Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do about It  resonated with me.  You can read the text of the interview or listen to the audio here.  My take on his message: it's not caused by a gene; drugs are not the answer; it's cultural; its causes originate in parenting [or lack of].  His observations align with our recent visitor and author Dr. John Medina, author of Brain Rules and Baby Brain Rules.

Combine some of this reading with the availability of parenting classes in this community and goodbye ADD / ADHD!?  What do you think?

I think it means we get to be present for our children, to go on mini-adventures with them, to read with them, dine with them, greet them after school with a smile, hug and snack, to hold them, guide them, love them, encourage choices and allow consequences, etc.....  Enjoy!  Parmalee

 
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A landmark on the Santa Cruz Beach for over a half century,

Casablanca Inn and Bistro
is open with a new, exquisite, classic, innovative Northern Mediterranean cuisine.

"Meet me at the Casablanca!"

Wednesday through Monday 11am -10pm
Reservations 831.426.9063 ~ Beach and Main, Santa Cruz
  Daily Citron with Viva: Grow Some Herbs!

(Icons/Graphics) LemonGirl.jpgThere is some debate as to how cost-effective it is to grow your own vegetables. For instance, one avid gardener details how his adventures in gardening led him to unwittingly grow tomatoes that cost him $64 a piece.

The frugal idealist in me wants to believe it IS possible to grow vegetables more cheaply than buying them at the grocery store, and I'll be monitoring my gardening costs this summer to see how it turns out.

But, I'm also "diversifying my portfolio" with the belief that growing herbs will be a sure-fire way to save some money over buying them at the grocery store. Organic parsley and cilantro sell for about $1.50/bunch, and herbs like organic Tarragon, Rosemary, and Chives sell for $2.50/bunch. A "bunch" is about 3oz, which means we're paying over $13/pound for fresh herbs! To make matters worse, the bunch inevitably spoils before we're able to use it up, so we don't even get our money's worth.

On the other hand, herb seeds are fairly cheap- even the organic, non-GMO ones. For instance, seed packs  are only $1.59 a piece....... continue >>>>>

  Santa Cruz Parent Seeks Part Time Help!
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Santa Cruz Parent keeps growing! As we expand, we need more editors and client services.  If you would like to explore this opportunity, please email Parmalee: parmalee@santacruzparent.com.

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  Suki Blogs: "I coulda tole you that for twenny bucks!"

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgSo the jury has come back and presented their decision. No one's going to be surprised on this one:

Making kids take lots of standardized tests doesn't make them become any better educated. Read about it here.

I wonder if anyone really knows - or wants to know - how much money has been spent on this testing bonanza in the last ten years. I wish they'd given that money to me: I could have told them the outcome. Yet our federal government keeps giving states more and more money to apply to a losing proposition.

Part of this travesty is due directly to the fact that we have education policy made by non-educators. Bush's Secretary of Education was not an educator. But she sure did know how to torture schools and demonize teachers. I have to say I'm not much more fond of Obama's Secretary of Ed, who thinks that if a school is "failing," he just needs to fire everyone to make it work right.

Yeah, kids really respond real well to turning up and finding a bunch of strangers at their school. That will make them learn! ...continued>>>>

 

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Bavarian Buffet at Tyrolean Inn!

Thursday, June 2nd

Always the first Thursday of the month, and always a different set of entrees! Reservations are appreciated! Live accordion music all night! Only $19.95!

TyroleanInn.com  ~  336.5188  ~  9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond

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DeLaveaga Dragons' Spring Carnival 6/4

 

Chartwell School Informal Tour 6/14

 

Kirby School American Sign Language Course 6/20


The New High School Informal Tour 6/14

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New Businesses

 

Casablanca Inn & Bistro Newly open with exquisite, innovative Northern Mediterranean cuisine


Art duJour Themed art classes with a dual focus on art & science


EFBA Education Francaise Bay Area  French classes after school


The Mad Molecule - Explosively Exciting Science Camp!


Girls Moving Forward - Unique Summer Camps for Girls!


Camp Unalayee - Overnight Wilderness Adventures & Backpacking and Family Camping


Kennolyn Camps - Overnight and Local Day Camp


Drawn2Art - Fine art instruction ages 4- adult


City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation - Camps, sports, art, something for everyone!


Art Therapy Counseling with Carolyn Farrell, MA, MFP- family counseling and parenting support


Pegasus Horse Camp - a friendly, welcoming environment dedicated to the fun and education of horse and rider. All disciplines and levels welcome!!!


Santa Cruz Waldorf Camp - Arts & Activities summer program


Speech, Learning & Psychology Services with Carol Murphy, MA, CCLP-SLP


County of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation - Five Great Camps!

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 Redwood Mountain Faire, June 4-5

(Event Calendar Logos) RedwoodMountainFaire.jpgMusic lovers, arts and crafts aficionados, people of all ages, will enjoy this remarkable festival. The Faire promises a wide range of music styles on two stages, to appeal to all ages, with juried fine art and crafts, exciting children's activities, and excellent food and beverages, including local micro-brews and wines, while it benefits a wide range of nonprofit and service organizations.

Produced by the Valley Women's Club of the San Lorenzo Valley. June 4 & 5 at Roaring Camp. All the details.

Fabulous Music Lineup

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