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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

June 29, 2012

Summer, A Good Time to Build Positive Relationships with Your Children

Viva: Cash-Only Challenge Part II: Grocery Budget Jitters

Science Fun with Christine: Fast Creatures & Weird Planets
Blueberry Heaven Recipe
This Week
117th Alba Schoolhouse 4th of July Celebration & BBQ
Summer Movies
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Viva has a fun selection of holiday crafts for you.  Remember to take a moment to think about what Independence Day means to you and your family!  We received a lot of thank yous for the idea of reading from the Declaration of Independence on the 4th!  Here's a link to a printable pdf of the Declaration of Independence.

Bring fun topics to the dinner table.  Model the art of conversation for and with your children.  Christine offers some unique science topics. 

We share a "Blueberry Heaven Recipe" for all of you with a sweet tooth.  Yum!  It comes from a friend who lives in Louisiana who does a newsletter like ours. ( :

Have a wonderful 4th of July with friends and family!  Parmalee

  Summer, A Good Time to Build Positive Relationships with Your Children

Figuring out what to do with your kids for the months of summer can be anxiety provoking for parents. Parents often feel like they have to spend lots of money on summer camps and vacations to keep the kids safe and happy. But Triple P offers some simple inexpensive suggestions for a fun low stress summer that will also encourage your child to learn and grow.

(Photos General) ASUFamilyKayaking.jpgTake this time to build a positive relationship with your child. Often as parents we rush through our days with our kids- from school, to afterschool activities, to homework, to house chores. It is sometimes easy to forget to do the basic things that keep us close to our children. Here are some ways that you can build the foundation for a positive relationship with your child.

  • Spending time with your child is one the best ways for your child to feel valued and important. This can be time at home or it can be doing something out in the community. A local nature attraction to explore such as state/county parks and beaches, or going to free events like cultural festivals and farmer's market are inexpensive and easy ways to spend time together and can be a great learning experience for your child.
  • Communicating with your child by giving her plenty of opportunities to talk with you when you are not distracted and listening and sharing your own experiences will help her learn to express herself and develop her ideas. Keeping communication open and honest builds close family relationships.
  • Being affectionate and giving attention is essential for your child to know that he is loved and cared for. Hugs, cuddles, kisses, smiles, winks, high fives or just watching what she is doing will make her feel wanted, important and loved.

(Photos General) CookingTeens.jpgTeach your child new skills. When your child approaches you for information, help or attention, they are often motivated and ready to learn. You are in a position to teach your child something new! Help your child come up with the answers by prompting her and asking questions back. This type of teaching will help her develop her language and to think for herself. You can also encourage new skills by engaging your child in various household projects such as gardening, cleaning garage closet, or organizing a book shelf. It doesn't have to be a big project, just an opportunity for her to spend time with you and learn something new.

Maintain a routine. Consistency in your days and weeks will make life more predictable and easier to handle for your child and more manageable for you. These can be simple things like going to the library every Monday, having a play-date with the same friend every Tuesday, going to the park every Wednesday etc.. Keeping a regular routine during the days will also help him start and end the day with ease. For example, having the same morning routine of getting dressed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth or the same bedtime routine of brushing teeth, reading books, and going to bed at the same time very night.

(Photos General) Camp_bowandarrow.jpgTake a low cost family outing. Family trips, even for a day, can be a time for having fun, strengthening your bond, and building memories. These can be kept simple and inexpensive- an overnight or weekend camping trip; day trips to nearby cities; a visit to the low tides, finding all the redwood trees you can count in the Santa Cruz mountains, flying a kite with a picnic made by you and your child...there are many possibilities to explore something new together.

Summer time can really be a time to re-group and get reconnected with your kids. It often doesn't take much for kids...just a chance for them to spend time with you and learn, can make a difference. Remember, these small changes, can make big differences!

If you are interested in learning more about the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and services available, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County:  visit www.first5scc.org or contact Stephanie Bluford at sbluford@first5scc.org (831) 465-2217.

Written by Susan True, Executive Director First 5 Santa Cruz County

 
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  Viva: Cash-Only Challenge Part II: Grocery Budget Jitters

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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."

As you can imagine, the weaning process was easier said than done- credit and debit cards have become such an integral part of our financial lives that it's a task in itself just to track down all of the auto-pay bills that are linked to our credit and debit cards.  It turned out there were eight bills we needed to take care of: the water bill, garbage bill, gym membership, cell phone bill, Tivo bill, newspaper subscription, auto insurance bill, and the internet bill.  It took me about 30 minutes total to log into each billing account online and switch the auto-pay information over to our checking account. (Ok, I admit that I didn't change the billing information on  the Tivo bill- it's not due for 7 months, and I just couldn't commit myself to the cash-only challenge for that long.)... Read more>>>>

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

 

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  Science Fun with Christine: Fast Creatures & Weird Planets

(Photos General) PeregrineFalcon_inTree.jpgFastest Creatures and a True Peregrine Falcon Story

What would win a race?  How fast can it go?  First, let's make it fair.  We'll look at birds, animals, and fish separately.  I am also talking top sprint speed.  Even if it is only for a short distance. Read the answers and the falcon story>>>>

Weird New Planets

(Photos General) WeirdNewPlanets.jpgMost planets are like Jupiter or Neptune.  This is mainly because in the beginning we could only see big planets.  We can now see smaller planets, but the big ones are still the easiest to spot. 
Astronomers have been finding planets orbiting other suns. These are called "exoplanets" to distinguish them from our solar system planets. The total is up to 778, but I may be wrong because they are finding more all the time. Scientists are so blase about finding planets that they can check off the types of planets they find, and map them to planets in our solar system. They recently had to put on the brakes on a new found pair of planets. Read why they are weird>>>

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

  Blueberry Heaven Recipe

(Photos General) Food_BlueberryCreamCheesePie.jpgBLUEBERRY CREAM CHEESE DESSERT
Serves: 12

Crust:
• 1 cup chopped pecans
• ½ cup butter, melted
• 1 cup flour
Filling:
• 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
• 1 cup powdered sugar
• 8 ounces Cool Whip
Topping:
• 8 ounces Cool Whip
• 1 cup sugar, divided
• 3 tablespoons cornstarch
• ¼ cup water

1. Combine crust ingredients; spread in a 9X13-inch pan and cook for 15 minutes at 350°F. Cool.
2. Cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in Cool Whip.
3. Spread over cooled crust.
4. Combine ½ cup sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add water then 2 cups of the blueberries. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and translucent. Crush some of the blueberries as they cook.
5. Remove from heat and add remaining sugar and blueberries. Cool. Spread over cream cheese filling and fill.

(Recipe from Alexander Berry Farm)

  This Week

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 117th Alba Schoolhouse 4th of July Celebration & BBQ

(Special Event Images / Graphics) AlbaSchoolhouse.jpgOrchestra, Homemade Ice cream, Nature Display, Plant and Book Sales, Book Signing, Raffle, Penny Pitch, Dessert and Drink Sales, Fire Engine, Schoolhouse History, and more...

Schedule:
11:30 San Lorenzo Valley Orchestra
12:00 Flag raising, singing
12:30 - 2pm BBQ lunch
12:30 Alba School History Tour
1:00 Auction

BBQ lunch includes choice of hot dog or veggie-dog with salad and beans for $6. Kid's meal (hot dog only) for $4. Drinks, homemade ice cream and desserts are extra.

Your participation helps preserve and maintain this historic treasure.  Join us for an old fashioned social gathering in the redwoods. See what a one-room school was like!

Alba School is two miles up Alba Road from Hwy 9 in Ben Lomond, or 2 miles down Alba from Empire Grade. Please carpool if possible, as parking is limited.

12070 Alba Road, Bonny Doon Map  831.334-3664

The Alba School was built by Alba Road neighbors in 1895. Classes were held in the school from 1895 through the early 40′s. Since then it has served as a neighborhood-operated library and meeting hall.

The schoolhouse and grounds are managed and maintained by the Alba Park, Recreation, and Parkway District, a special recreation district of Santa Cruz County. The District's Board of Directors consists of 5 volunteer Alba Road residents who live within the district boundaries.

We've heard (but have not yet be able to confirm) that the Alba Rec District is the smallest rec district in all of California!

With the exception of a one time 2004 bond issue / state grant for building repairs and maintenance, the schoolhouse is maintained and operated solely on contributions. The schoolhouse does not receive any operating funds from the San Lorenzo Valley School District or Santa Cruz County.

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Boardwalk 2017 Concerts
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  Boardwalk 2017 Concerts
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Fri (Jun 16-Sep 1)
Details: Come on down for free Friday night concerts
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-5590 view all details >>
     
ALBA SCHOOL 4th of July Celebration & BBQ
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  ALBA SCHOOL 4th of July Celebration & BBQ
Alba School
Date: 07/04/2016 from 11:30am to 3:00pm
Details: Benefit for Alba Schoolhouse, Orchestra, Homemade Ice cream, Nature Display, Plant and Book Sales, Book Signing, Raffle, Penny P
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 >>
     
Boulder Creek 4th of July Parade
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  Boulder Creek 4th of July Parade
Boulder Creek Rec & Park District
Date: 07/04/2016 at 10:00am
Ages: All
Details: Come watch the parade, enjoy art, music and bbq
Special Instructions: BBQ Junction Park
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4th of July Fireworks
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Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Date: 07/04/2016 at 3:00pm
Details: Parade, food, music, games, fireworks!
Special Instructions: Ticket price does not include food and game
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July 4th Road Closures and Safety Zone
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  July 4th Road Closures and Safety Zone
Santa Cruz Police
Date: 07/04/2016
Details: If you wish to go to beaches for the 4th, check for road closures and plan accordingly
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Spirit of Watsonville
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City of Watsonville
Date: 07/04/2016 at 2:00pm
Ages: All
Details: 4th of July parade!
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Scotts Valley's Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
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Scotts Valley Chamber
Date: 07/04/2012 from 3:00pm to 9:30pm
Details: Parade, music, entertainment, food and fireworks!
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4th of July Celebration
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Date: 07/04/2016
Ages: All
Details: Family 4th of July with games, barbecue, music...
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-4484 view all details >>
     
Beginning Birding
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  Beginning Birding
Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 06/05/2016 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Ages: All ages
Details: Join Eric Feuss from the Santa Cruz Bird Club for a leisurely hike
City: Felton Phone: 831-335-9348 view all details >>
     
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30th Annual 1, 5, 10k Firecracker Run
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Sunrise Rotary Club
Date: 07/04/2016 from 7:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Fire Up For The 2015 Santa Cruz Firecracker!
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  Summer Movies

Here's some movies to look forward to this summer...
Click movie titles for reviews and age recommendations from CommonSenseMedia.org.

Summer Movies!

The Avengers
What's better than a superhero flick? A movie about a group of superheroes, from sweet Captain America (Chris Evans) and burly Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to rakish Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and green-with-anger Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). This Marvel "dream team" unites to save the Earth from the nefarious Loki and his legions of destruction.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
They are back! This time around, Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller), Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith), Marty (Chris Rock), and Melman (David Schwimmer) resurface in Monte Carlo to rescue the mischievous penguins. To escape from a vicious animal control agent (Frances McDormand), the crew joins a traveling circus.

Brave
Medieval Scottish princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) accidentally unleashes a beastly terror and must battle it on her own to protect her kingdom. Pixar has promised a "fairytale without romance," making Merida a strong-willed princess that girls and boys will want to see on screen.

The Amazing Spider-Man
Starring Andrew Garfield as a younger spider man and Emma Stone as Peter Parker's love interest Gwen Stacy, the new take focuses on a highschool Spider-Man who's obsessed with figuring out how and why his parents died.

Ice Age: Continental Drift
The prehistoric pals return for their fourth movie. Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary), and Sid (John Leguizamo) are separated from their family during the continental drift. Holding onto an iceberg, they encounter a pirate ship and attempt to find Manny's wife and daughter.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
The third film focuses on Greg's summer, which he plans to spend indoors playing video games and hanging out with friends. But his mom spoils everything when she schedules a summer full of outdoor adventures and family time.


The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) play an infertile couple who bury a box in their backyard containing of all their wishes for a child. Then the universe grants them their wish in the form of a little boy who magically appears at their door during a rainstorm. Young Timothy Green, however, isn't your typical kid; he's special in ways the Greens never imagined.

ParaNorman
Norman is a misfit who doesn't fit in at school and worries his parents with his oddball behavior. The thing is, he can see and speak to the dead -- and the friendly ghosts have a mission for him to break a centuries-old curse that could destroy his small town. 

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