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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

June 23, 2016
Shark Week

About Sharks
Seymour: Shark Science Week

Christine: Can You See the Milky Way?

Suki The Value of Competition

Wild West Art Show

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  Shark Week

(A June) Shark_Hammerhead.jpgI think sharks may have attained equal rank with or even be running ahead of dinosaurs with kid fans! In recent years there seems to be an increasing interest in sharks.  Some of this is the result of news hype about spectacular shark-human encounters, but more accurate information comes from scientists studying sharks in their natural habitat, the ocean. 

(A June) Christine_MilkyWayOverLakeTiticaca.jpgCan you see the Milky Way from where you live or a little better in the mountains?  This is a view of the Milky Way over Lake Titicaca.  Wow!  Perhaps you've seen a pretty good view if you were traveling in the Rocky Mountains and some other lightly populated areas.  Christine shares why. Save these dates for free star gazing with our local Santa Cruz Astronomy Club: July 8 Star Party at Quail Hollow Ranch and July 15 Full Moon Madness at Henry Cowell.

The Great American Backyard Campout is this weekend.  Backyard camping is a great way to introduce little ones to camping adventures. To make it realistic, treat the planning the same as if you were going to the mountains or beaches. 

(A June) Campout_TentLitUp.jpgWe don't have to travel far for camping opportunites.  There's RV camping at Seacliff  Beach, and New Brighton; tent camping at Big Basin, Sunset Beach, Manresa Uplands, New Brighton Beach, Half Moon Bay Beach, Portola Redwoods, and Henry Cowell; backpacking camps at Rancho del Oso. and horse camping at Wilder Ranch!

WOLF (Web of Life) offers a great camping weekend for families at Little Basin in Boulder Creek.  Another great family camping adventure can be found at Camp Unalayee, a wilderness summer camp in the heart of Northern California's Trinity Alps Wilderness. At 6,400', Camp is nestled in a beautiful, alpine lake basin, surrounded by rugged peaks and saw-tooth ridges. Campers live in small groups along a year-round creek, or by meadows in the woods near the lake.

(A Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events! We cannot fit them all into this newsletter.  There are more on the online calendar.

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Have a robust and relaxing weekend with the family! Parmalee

 

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  About Sharks

Before you visit Seymour Marine Center during Shark Week, bone up on a few facts to share with the children. The folks at Seymour are looking forward to "talking shark" with us.  They have lots of accurate information to share.

(A June) shark_anatomy.jpgOur libraries have 25 pages of books about sharks!

From NPR's Morning Edition, "After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin" offers hints on how to be properly discerning about shark stories.

Pinterest boasts 1,000 shark ideas with interesting images.

Facebook has a Shark Week page with a variety of postings.

There are at least 18 different shows on TV on sharks.  Will they be accurate or full of hype? I would be very selective about what I let the little ones watch.

  Seymour: Shark Science Week

Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Where Do They Come From? Where Do They Go?
Every day (Jun 26-Jul 3)

Ages: 10 and up Admission Fees: $6-$8

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For a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Come explore amazing shark adaptations including their extraordinary senses, the unique ways in which they reproduce, and so much more!


Location: 100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz Map  Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website

 

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  Christine: Can You See the Milky Way?

Night Sky Brightness

(A June) Christine_LightPollution.jpgGo outside your home tonight and look up. What do you see? Can you see stars? Can you see the Milky Way? 

A group of researchers have updated the Night Sky Brightness Atlas. This atlas quantifies the amount of light pollution all over the world. The results make me sad.


Here is a quote from the paper:

"This atlas shows that more than 80% of the world and more than 99% of the U.S. and European populations live under light-polluted skies. The Milky Way is hidden from more than one-third of humanity, including 60% of Europeans and nearly 80% of North Americans. Moreover, 23% of the world's land surfaces between 75°N and 60°S, 88% of Europe, and almost half of the United States.  Read more>>>>

Christine Cockey is a local mom and scientist who researches what's happening in the world of science and makes science easier to understand.  Keep up with her latest articles at http://mistralmtn.blogspot.com/

 

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  Suki The Value of Competition

(AA Oct) Suki_2015.jpgWhen I first became a homeschooler, I was surprised by the number of parents I met who were against allowing children to compete in any way. Activities in our public homeschool program were designed as "everyone wins" events. We hardly saw any homeschoolers at our county science fair, despite the fact that it was very welcoming to our kids. Parents were always on the lookout for cooperative games so that their children wouldn't have to compete with each other.

Other homeschooling families I know also love to enter the science fair.

Other homeschooling families I know also love to enter the science fair.

The rare competitive homeschooler seems to be the exception: often they are homeschoolers specifically because their achievements leave little time for school. A high-level competitive gymnast seems more common amongst homeschoolers than a child who just likes the challenge of competition at any level.

In our family, however, we have an instinctive enthusiasm for competitions. It isn't that our kids are generally high-achievers; in fact, they don't necessarily place in competitions they enter. But we all feel the excitement and fulfillment of identifying a target, working toward it, and seeing our work alongside others who share our interests.

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Suki Wessling is a local parent who writes fiction and nonfiction about reading, writing, parenting, education, and homeschooling and most recently is a performing musician.

 

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  Wild West Art Show

Wild West Art Show

Legion of Honor Museum
See more than 170 paintings, prints, historical objects, and other works that trace our shifting sense of the country's last frontier
Date: Every day (Jun 18-Sep 16)

(A June) WildWest_hahn_sacramento.jpgArtists have long been inspired by the promise and peril of the American West. See more than 170 paintings, prints, historical objects, and other works that trace our shifting sense of the country's last frontier. Learn more about Wild West: Plains to the Pacific.

Mined from the wide-ranging collections of the Fine Arts Museums, Wild West explores artistic responses to the natural and cultivated landscapes of the western United States from the frontier era to the present. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, historical artifacts, and ephemera in a thematic presentation that celebrates the abundance and diversity within the region's physical environment. This is a companion exhibition to Ed Ruscha and the Great American West.

(A June) WildWest_muybridge_seward.jpgThe American frontier has long existed in the popular imagination as a land of unlimited promise and potential. As the landscape has been reshaped throughout history by prospectors, loggers, farmers, and urban developers, generations of artists have also invented and re-envisioned it in their works to fit the preoccupations of their times. Images of the land's exploitation contrast with those that document the natural beauty and unique geological features of the region, including depictions of the Western national parks.

Included in Wild West are works by Albert Bierstadt, Maynard Dixon, William Keith, Thomas Moran, Eadweard Muybridge, Chiura Obata, Bill Owens, Frederic Remington, Ed Ruscha, Fritz Scholder, Michael Schwab, Wayne Thiebaud, Carleton Watkins, and other artists, whose diverse range of approaches to the theme contribute to a multifaceted picture of the American West.

Location: 100 34th Avenue and Clement Street, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 750-3600 •website San Francisco

 

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Independence Day Events

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All mystery and science fiction fantasy titles at Bookshop Santa Cruz --including new, used, and sale titles. (Excludes special orders, publishing services, and Kobo e-books.)

Highlight, copy and print out this coupon. (Santa Cruz Parent) Limit one per customer.

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Great American Backyard Campout
National Wildlife Federation
6/25

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 Camp out in your own backyard.

 

Camping Tips

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Free Movies at the Beach
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  Free Movies at the Beach
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Wed (Jun 21-Aug 16) at 9:00pm
Details: Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Summer Beach Party Series
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  Summer Beach Party Series
Crows Nest
Date: Every Th (Jun 16-Aug 25) at 7:00pm
Details: Summer Beach Party series with fun and funky live entertainment, right on the beach
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Shark Week
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  Shark Week
Date:
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Community Day at The Tech
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  Community Day at The Tech
The Tech Museum
Date: 06/26/2016 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Enjoy Free admission to our regular galleries
City: San Jose Phone: 408-294-8324 view all details >>
     
Shark Week
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  Shark Week
Date:
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Strawberry Festival - Cultivating Community
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  Strawberry Festival - Cultivating Community
Walnut Ave Women's Center
Date: 06/25/2016 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Enjoy strawberries, entertainment and support the fundraiser
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-426-3062 view all details >>
     
Community Day at The Tech
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  Community Day at The Tech
The Tech Museum
Date: 06/26/2016 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Enjoy Free admission to our regular galleries
City: San Jose Phone: 408-294-8324 view all details >>
     
Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
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  Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
Capitola Village
Date: Every Wed from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax.
City: Capitola Village view all details >>
     
Shark Science Week
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  Shark Science Week
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: Every day (Jun 26-Jul 3)
Ages: 10 and up
Details: Where Do They Come From? Where Do They Go?
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
FREE Parents of Teens Support Group
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  FREE Parents of Teens Support Group
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: The last Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Parents of Teens
Details: Transforming Lives through Respectful Relationships!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
4th Annual Pleasure Point Street Fair
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  4th Annual Pleasure Point Street Fair
Pleasure Point Business Association
Date: 06/25/2016 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Free, blockbuster entertainment for families!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 464-7748 view all details >>
     
Fourth Friday Family Music Jam
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  Fourth Friday Family Music Jam
MusicalMe, Inc
Date: The 4th Fri of every month from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: birth - preschool with caregiver
Details: Your children want from you, more than anything, to sing & dance & play - with you and their loved ones!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
     
MONTEREY BACONFEST
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  MONTEREY BACONFEST
Monterey Baconfest
Date: Every day (Jun 25-Jun 26)
Details: If you like bacon, this fest is a must!
City: Monterey Phone: MapQuest view all details >>
     
     
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