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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

June 28, 2018
Happy Birthday America!

History of the 4th of July

The Connection Between Doing And Happiness

Try this!

Book for Children: Ripple's Effect
Be Pet-triotic on the 4th!
Fun Events!
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  Happy Birthday America!

(Holidays) 4thjuly_HappyBirthdayAmerica.jpgHappy Birthday America! That's right: HAPPY!! We are so fortunate to live in this beautiful country with the freedom to evolve, work together and/or squabble about what needs changing and keep all that is good and unique. I am thankful to those who have gone before us to create and preserve our freedoms. Let's take a page from Shawn Achor and look around our world --home, community, country and world-- for the littlest and greatest joys.

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Enjoy the weekend and the 4th with the family, Parmalee

 

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  History of the 4th of July

(0 A June 2018) Flag13colonies_1777stars-and-stripes.jpgDuring the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

Historians have long disputed whether members of Congress signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.

Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration."

 

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  The Connection Between Doing And Happiness

The Connection Between Doing Stuff And Happiness

By Rayven

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We are hard wired for taking action and getting stuff done. It only makes sense, doesn't it? Our survival as a society depends on the actions of lots of different people. We each do our part and everything runs smoothly. It only makes sense then that we have an internal mechanism hard wired into our brain that rewards us for getting things done.

I'm sure you've seen this in action in your own life. You feel proud, accomplished, and happy when you wrap up a big work project, or finish reorganizing your closet. It's a great feeling and it's what drives us to get things done on a regular basis. It's motivation to get to work and take action.

On the other hand, when we don't have anything meaningful to do and we don't feel like we're contributing, we get depressed. People who don't have a fulfilling job, or feel like the work they do is useless, are much more likely to feel down, tired, sad, and depressed.

The best way to turn that around is to find something, anything we can do to make us feel productive. If we feel like we're contributing to others, having a positive impact on their lives, all the better. Give it a try. The next time you feel down, force yourself to do one little productive thing:

Go clean the bathroom ~ Organize your book shelf ~ Do a load of laundry

Then use the accomplishment from that to motivate yourself to get something else done. Keep building on it, and before you know it you'll notice your mood changing for the better.

If you want to supercharge this experience, go out and do something productive that helps others:

Work at a soup kitchen for a couple of hours ~ Help out at your local animal shelter ~ Offer to baby sit for a friend with little kids who hasn't gotten out all week

Do something that benefits someone else and you'll feel even better than before.

For the long run, make it a goal to work at a job, or build a business that helps fuel this feeling of contributing and giving back. Wouldn't it be great if the hours you spent earning a living each week, also contributed to your overall happiness and a feeling of fulfillment? What can you do this week or this month to work towards this goal? That's where you want to start and in the meantime, keep volunteering, keep taking action, and do things that make you feel happy and accomplished.

Thank you to colorhappy.com!

 

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  Try this!

(0 A June 2018) Achor_TrainBrainHappy.jpgKnow someone who has a "glass half full" outlook?  Share this 13 minute TED Talk by Shawn Achor.  It could change their (and your) life.

The "how-to" comes at the end of the video: Create positive change in your outlook and success by doing each of these activities for
21 days:

  • Express 3 new gratitudes each day
  • Journal about one positive experience by hand (kinesthetic gets it into the brain)
  • (0 A June 2018) Achor_Negativity.jpgExercise - on purpose or as you go about your chores/work, but spread through the day
  • Meditate - This changes the ADHD habit of multitasking which leads to an increased ability to focus on and complete one task
  • Perform a random act of kindness as the opportunity occurs (let a car into space ahead of you) or on purpose (email a friend or work acquaintance with thanks for help or sharing a bit of wisdom)
 

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  Book for Children: Ripple's Effect

(0 A June 2018) Book_RipplesEffect.jpg"The new dolphin at the aquarium, Ripple, is surprised that no one will play with her. No one plays or has any fun at all, because of Snark and his shiver of sharks.

At first, Ripple is intimidated by their bullying, but her trainer reminds her that happiness is a choice, and that we can each make the world a better place because of who we choose to be.

Choosing to have fun, Ripple challenges Snark to a staring competition-if she can make Snark smile, Ripple wins and everyone gets to play. If not, Snark's no-fun rules will rule. Will Ripple's smile be enough to save the day?

What effect does YOUR smile have? The author of the national bestseller, The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor spent over a decade at Harvard University studying happiness. While he's been widely published, his research findings have never before been shared with children. Inspired to do just that, Shawn partnered with his sister, Amy Blankson, to get this valuable information into children's minds early, so the next generation can understand-and harness-the power of positive psychology. The result is Ripple's Effect, winner of The Mom's Choice Gold Award."

  Be Pet-triotic on the 4th!

Message from Santa Cruz SPCA: More pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year!  They are going to need just a little more love on terrible boom boom nightmare day. 

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Be Pet-triotic on the 4th!
Keep your pets securely inside
safe from frightening explosions!

Give them a place to hide ~ Turn on music to mask noise ~ Update ID's & microchips ~ Stay home with them during the peak noise time ~ Be careful around doors to the outside

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Hot Water for Itches Works for Hours

What do you do for mosquito bites or poison ivy? Ever heard of hot water for itches? It's an old home remedy. We have an explanation for how it works.

Running hot but not burning water on the affected area does the trick. A few minutes will desensitize the skin for hours of relief.

If the water is hot enough, between 120 and 130 degrees F, just a few seconds of exposure should take away the itch for hours. We found this gem of a home remedy decades ago in a dermatology textbook, Dermatology: Diagnosis and Treatment (1961). The dermatologists who wrote about this suggested that heat "short circuits" the itch reflex.

Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology, 2015

Anyone using this remedy must be careful not to burn the skin. A couple of seconds is all you need.

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The World's Shortest Parade & Pancake Breakfast & "Party in the
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Chamber of Commerce Aptos
Date: 07/04/2018 at 7:30am
Details: Perfect parade length -short! Anyone can parade
City: Aptos Phone: 831.688-1467 view all details >>
     
4th of July BBQ in Pacific Grove City
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  4th of July BBQ in Pacific Grove City
City of Pacific Grove
Date: 07/04/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Celebrate the 4th with an old-fashioned, down-home BBQ
City: Pacific Grove Phone: (831) 373-3304 view all details >>
     
Carmel-by-the-Sea's 4th of July Celebration
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  Carmel-by-the-Sea's 4th of July Celebration
City of Carmel
Date: 07/04/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Spend a fun-filled afternoon with us at the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Special Instructions: Junipero St. and Ocean Ave.
City: Carmel-by-the-Sea Phone: (831) 620-2020 view all details >>
     
Red, White & Blue Block Party
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  Red, White & Blue Block Party
City of Los Gatos
Date: 07/04/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Come relax and enjoy the downtown businesses and family friendly activities. We are looking forward to celebrating the 4th of J
City: Los Gatos Phone: (408) 354-9300 view all details >>
     
Spirit of Watsonville
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City of Watsonville
Date: 07/04/2018 at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: 4th of July parade!
Special Instructions: Main St. from St. Patrick's Church to First Street
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-768-3240 view all details >>
     
Pleasure Point 4th of July Parade
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Pleasure Point Community
Date: 07/04/2018 at 12:00pm
Details: A fun, impromptu, spontaneous gathering of community. Will Wonder Women be there again this year??
Special Instructions: 1st Peak Park to the Hook
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 464-7748 view all details >>
     
Freedom Fest with Fireworks
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Morgan Hill Freedom Fest
Date: Every day (Jul 3-Jul 4)
Details: Patriotic songs July 3rd and Fireworks July 4th
Special Instructions: 16500 Condit Road, located between Tennant and E. Dunne Avenue
City: Morgan Hill view all details >>
     
Free Community Swim
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Date: 07/04/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: If you love swimming and barbecue bring your bathing suits, smiles and the whole family
Special Instructions: Entry is first-come, first-served
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 454-7946 view all details >>
     
Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
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  Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
Capitola Village
Date: Every Wed (Jun 6-Aug 29) 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 >>
     
4th of July Fireworks
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Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Date: 07/04/2018 from 3:00pm to 9:45pm
Details: Parade, food, music, games, fireworks!
Special Instructions: Ticket price does not include food and game
City: Scotts Valley Phone: 831.438-3251 view all details >>
     
ALBA SCHOOL 4th of July Celebration & BBQ
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Alba School
Date: 07/04/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Benefit for Alba Schoolhouse, Orchestra, Homemade Ice cream, Nature Display, Plant and Book Sales, Book Signing, Raffle, Barbecu
Special Instructions: 1.5 miles down from Empire Grade or 2 miles up from Hwy 9
City: Bonny Doon Phone: 831.334-3664 view all details >>
     
Free Movies at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Wed and Fri (Jun 15-Aug 31)
Details: Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Spirit of Watsonville
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City of Watsonville
Date: 07/04/2018 at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: 4th of July parade!
Special Instructions: Main St. from St. Patrick's Church to First Street
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-768-3240 view all details >>
     
July 4th Road Closures and Safety Zone
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  July 4th Road Closures and Safety Zone
Santa Cruz Police
Date: 07/04/2018
Details: If you wish to go to beaches for the 4th, check for road closures and plan accordingly
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Save Our Shores 4th July Beach Cleanups
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Save Our Shores
Date: Every day (Jul 4-Jul 5)
Details: Save Our Shores invites residents and visitors to participate in beach cleanup activities
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
     
SONOMA'S OLD-FASHIONED FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION
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Sonoma Volunteer Firefighter's Association
Date: 07/04/2018 at 10:00am
Details: One of the ten best 4th of July celebrations in the country
City: Sonoma view all details >>
     
Spreckels 4th of July Celebration - Run & Parade!
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  Spreckels 4th of July Celebration - Run & Parade!
Spreckels Park
Date: 07/04/2018
Details: Youth One-Mile, Men's & Women's 5K Walk/10K Run, Special Olympic 5K Walk/10K Run
City: Spreckels Phone: 831-455-8595 view all details >>
     
30th Annual 1, 5, 10k Firecracker Run
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  30th Annual 1, 5, 10k Firecracker Run
Sunrise Rotary Club
Date: 07/04/2018 from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Fire Up For The 2015 Santa Cruz Firecracker!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Old-fashioned Independence Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Date: 07/04/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Parade, cake walk, historic lawn games, draft horse wagon rides, ice cream cranking, make crafts, and listen to live music
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-0505 view all details >>
     
Fire in the Sky Open House
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Watsonville FlyIn & Air Show
Date: 07/04/2018 from 5:00pm to 9:30pm
Details: Spectacular fun and educational too!
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
     
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