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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

June 21, 2018
Libraries Entice Us with Delightful Performers

Good Sunscreens for Summer

Tell us about your favorite destinations. Please!

A Father-Son "Surfing Lesson"

How to Persuade Others
Summer Events!
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  Libraries Entice Us with Delightful Performers

(0 A June 2018) OliverParrot.jpgHave you noticed the wonderful entertainment available at all our local libraries this summer? I think our librarians must be children at heart because the performers they select are enchanting and sure to spark young imaginations. Thank you Santa Cruz librarians for keeping our libraries a favorite place to go and be.

Happy Solstice! Summer has always been my favorite season. Have a great one!

When you spend time with your children, special teaching moments often materialize.  We share  one of our favorite dad's moments with his "tween" for you.

Enjoy the weekend with the family! Parmalee

 

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  Good Sunscreens for Summer

Can You Find a Good Sunscreen Without Oxybenzone?

Oxybenzone (aka BP-3) is found in many effective sunscreens, but it is a suspected hormone disruptor. Are there sunscreens without it?

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In the last few years, alert consumers have sought sunscreens that do not contain endocrine disruptors. Sometimes, this can be quite a challenge. Two consumer organizations have recently issued their recommendations for 2018, but their lists are very different. One took this concern into account and the other did not. Some readers have have asked about sunscreen without oxybenzone.

Looking for Sunscreen with No Hormone Disruptors:

Q. In the Consumer Reports ratings on sunscreen, most of the top ranked lotions contain oxybenzone (a.k.a. benzophenone-3 or BP-3). You have warned previously about the possible hormone-disrupting or endocrine-disrupting effects of this chemical in many articles. What are we to do?

A. You are right that many of Consumer Reports' (CR) top rated sunscreens contain oxybenzone. Nevertheless, the organization acknowledges that the chemical contributes to coral bleaching. CR also notes that Hawaii has banned sunscreens containing ozybenzone starting in 2021.

EWG Rating Sunscreens:

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a nonprofit organization promoting human health with attention to environmental effects.

It warns that oxybenzone

"is a toxic chemical that is harmful to our health and our planet. It's linked to hormone disruption and allergic skin reactions in people, as well as the bleaching of coral reefs and coral death."

That's why the organization is campaigning to have oxybenzone removed from sunscreens. EWG found it in a majority of the products they reviewed this year, but they also found more than 200 products that do not contain BP-3. You can check the list at EWG.org.

Common Sense for Sun Exposure:

Don't forget that common sense can go a long way to preventing a burn. Try to schedule outdoor activities early or late rather than between 10 am and 2 pm when the sun may be most intense. A hat and sunglasses are essential gear, along with long sleeves when they are practical. Don't be lulled into complacency by an overcast sky. You can burn even when the (0 A June 2018) PeoplesPharmacy_Graedons.jpgsun is not casting a shadow.

The People's Pharmacy with Joe and Terry Graedon has featured the People's Perspective on Medicine, since 1976. It helps you to make informed decisions about both traditional and alternative treatments. Visit The People's Pharmacy online and listen to their weekly radio show.

 

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  Tell us about your favorite destinations. Please!

(0 A June 2018) Travel_Portland2.jpgWe are looking for some unique, fun travel reports by families! Have you made a successful day, weekend or week-long trip that you could share with other families? These do not need to be elaborate, just a few sentences covering some or all of the following categories:

♥ Highlights/Overview - where you went and why

♥ Dining - kid friendly &/or glamorous

♥ Shopping - unique and local

♥ Entertainment - free to paid

♥ Prices/Deals - ranges

♥ Kid Fun - parks, beaches, lakes, amusement parks

♥ Parent Fun - museums, date night activities

(0 A June 2018) Travel_DeathValley2.jpg♥ Nearby Places to Visit - within 30-60 minutes drive

♥ Resources & Contacts -where you stayed or wished you had stayed
Travel Tips/Lessons Learned - what to bring or what you wish you had brought

Places could be nearby or far enough away that you need to fly - Half Moon Bay, Monterey, San Jose, San Francisco, Sonoma or Seattle, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Orlando, etc. 

Please share, anonymously or with your name! info@santacruzparent.com

 

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  A Father-Son "Surfing Lesson"

(0 A June 2018) swelllines.jpg"Surfing with Joe this morning, we watched as people constantly shifted hoping to find the ideal position for waves. Joe and I were just staying in place, we had observed the break from shore prior to heading out.

I hoped to impart a life lesson, as a few teenage girls had been watching Joe in the water. I said "Joe, you are getting older and your focus will eventually shift to girls..Joe is very shy in this regard...I counseled him and told him that his friends may try to constantly shift their behavior in an attempt to win a girls attention..just like the new surfers we're constantly shifting their positions, hoping to catch that elusive perfect wave.

I asked Joe, "Son, what lesson can we learn in this regard about being consistent and holding our space?" Joe innocently answered.."A bigger set will always come along..? I was cracking up......!"

 

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  How to Persuade Others

A quote from a gentle, thoughtful and brilliant man:

"You don't want to talk in high-falutin', ridiculous abstractions that nobody understands. Just try to make things plain and clear.

The one thing I try to do when I want to persuade someone is never start with my assumptions, because if I do, we're not going to get anywhere. You have to figure out what the other person believes, and then try to draw a line from what they believe into what you believe in by showing them a logical sequence. But you've got to lead them along and you have to have it clear in your head from the beginning or you'll never get there."

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Rent
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
Date: Every day (Jun 28-Jul 17)
Details: Jonathan Larson's RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world.
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Woodies on the Wharf
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  Woodies on the Wharf
City of Santa Cruz
Date: 06/23/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: More than 200 stylish, pre-1952 wood-bodied cars. Plus music, woodie goodies, prize drawings and a parade!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-5273 view all details >>
     
Adventures in Virtual Reality Aptos
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Library Aptos
Date: 06/26/2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 13+
Details: Adventures in Virtual Reality
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Free Daily Entertainment
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every day (Jun 18-Aug 17) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Details: World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Reach for the Stars: Star Types & Light Pollution
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  Reach for the Stars: Star Types & Light Pollution
Library Boulder Creek
Date: 06/26/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All
Details: Reach for the Stars: Star Types & Light Pollution
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Reach for the Stars: Star Types & Light Pollution
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  Reach for the Stars: Star Types & Light Pollution
Library Boulder Creek
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Star Types & Light Pollution
City: Boulder reek Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Felt Story Workshop Downtown
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Library Central
Date: 06/24/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Felt Story Workshop - make your own felt stories
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Music & Dance w/Robert Cornelius
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Library Felton
Date: 06/21/2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Music & Dance with Robert Cornelius
City: Felton Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Magical Moonshine "The Three Little Pigs"
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  Magical Moonshine "The Three Little Pigs"
Library Boulder Creek
Date: 06/27/2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Things don't go as planned in this creative retelling of the traditional story...
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Magical Moonshine "Chanticleer the Rooster"
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  Magical Moonshine "Chanticleer the Rooster"
Library Garfield Park
Date: 06/27/2018 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Chaucer's Canterbury tale about a rooster who is caught by the flattering fox...but foxes can be fooled as well
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Perry Yan the Magician
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  Perry Yan the Magician
Library La Selva Beach
Date: 06/21/2018 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Perry Yan the Magician
City: La Selva Beach Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Magical Moonshine "Chanticleer the Rooster"
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  Magical Moonshine "Chanticleer the Rooster"
Library Garfield Park
Date: 06/27/2018 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Chaucer's Canterbury tale about a rooster who is caught by the flattering fox...but foxes can be fooled as well
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Free Parenting Talk: Understanding Children's Emotions II
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  Free Parenting Talk: Understanding Children's Emotions II
Library Live Oak
Date: 06/24/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: Adults
Details: Free Parenting Talk: Understanding Children's Emotions II
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
A Cinematic Summer in Aptos
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  A Cinematic Summer in Aptos
Movies in the Park
Date: 06/24/2018 at 7:30pm
Ages: All ages.
Details: Come early for food and music.
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Urban Farm Day
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  Urban Farm Day
Live Oak Grange
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All
Details: Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy worksho
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Summer Kick-Off Festival
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  Summer Kick-Off Festival
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 06/23/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Summer Kick-Off Festival with song, dance, music, food, surprise animals
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
     
     
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