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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

June 27, 2013
Getting Ready for a Red, White and Blue Birthday Party
4th of July Celebrations

Suki: From Soccer to Leadership

Christine: Big Brain, Open Source Biology

Patriotic Sing
This Week
Babysitting Basics
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  Getting Ready for a Red, White and Blue Birthday Party

(Photos General) Frenchonthewhale.jpgWhether your children are young, tweens or teens, you surely will enjoy sharing your home with a teen from Italy, France or Germany and expanding your teens' perspectives on the world.  A local organization, International Services Santa Cruz, has been bringing teens to Santa Cruz for 30 years.  Sandi and Jessica are very experienced at making good matches.  The teens are busy with classes and excursions all day, and your teens are invited to join them.  Call Sandi, 335-3088, or Jessica, 462-0650, to explore the benefits.  Programs are available for 2 to 3 weeks this summer and also for the 2013-14 school term.  Who knows, your entire family could make friends for life!

Is your teen looking for something meaningful to do?  DeFib This is offering a Babysitting Basics course.  The training from this course can add to your teen's skills for many life situations, including employment!  Check it out in our featured event!

(Photos General) International_GermanGirland.jpgAre we in Santa Cruz "too sophisticated' to sing patriotic songs?  I hope not, because at the first strains of America the Beautiful my heart swells with sweet memories of children singing patriotic songs in schools I've attended and taught in. The older I become and the more I learn about other cultures not so free and fortunate as our own, the more precious America and all it offers becomes to me.  There's a community nearby that celebrates our patriotic songs sung by children, and probably the audience too! Do you know of any such programs in Santa Cruz County? 

Here's a preview of all  4th of July events. You may want to attend an event or take an idea from one of them to use at your home celebration.  In the history of world governments we are unique.  Find something special to share with the children.  Go here for words to patriotic songs.  There are sure to be a few that fit with your values.  Who remembers "Yankee doodle came to town, A riding on a pony, He put a feather in his cap, And called it Macaroni" Let us know if we've missed any good songs or events open to the public.

Enjoy the weekend and getting ready for the 4th, Parmalee

Pictured: 1) French students and their American hosts at "The Whale" and 2) German student and her American hostess, International Services Santa Cruz

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  4th of July Celebrations

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 27th Annual 1, 5, 10k Firecracker Run  ALBA SCHOOL 4th Celebration & BBQ
 Wilder Ranch Independence Day  Roaring Camp Sock Hop and 50’s 4th Celebration
 FREE 4th of July COMMUNITY SWIM!  Gilroy Gardens Independence Day   BBQ Buffet
 4th in Monterey  Santa Cruz Beaches July 4th Road Closures
 4TH  Parade & Fireworks Scotts Valley  Boulder Creek Fire Station Pancake Breakfast
 Freedom Fest in Morgan Hill  Spirit of Watsonville Parade
 World’s Shortest July 4 Parade Aptos
 Spreckles
 Cooper Molera Celebration

 Evening Kayaking Tour in Santa Cruz

 Pacific Grove  Carmel-by-the-Sea
 Boulder Creek 4th  Parade  Street Fair on the Bay
 Seaside  Half Moon Bay's Ol' Fashioned 4TH Parade

 
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BRING HOME THE WORLD
Make life-long friendships with families from Italy, France or Germany!

HOST FAMILIES URGENTLY NEEDED for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

International Student Services Santa Cruz
Call Sandi 335-3088  or  Jessica 462-0650

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  Suki: From Soccer to Leadership

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My daughter has been going to soccer camp since the day she saw a flyer and said she just had to go. We're not a big organized sports family, so she had to drag us along as she wanted more: soccer camp every summer, then recreational soccer in the fall then softball in the spring. I am very generally involved in my kids' activities, but this the area of my parenting where I am thankful for all the involved parents who coach and organize. All I do is play my Good Little Mommy role and bring snack when my turn comes up.

(Photos General) SCSoccerCamp_ParentsvKids.jpgBut although this is the one area in my child's life where I don't play a big role, I am still aware of the great things that happen when kids learn through play and fun. There is nowhere that this learning through enjoyment happens more than at Santa Cruz Soccer Camp. Today I went to the last day of the first week of soccer camp, and it was magic as usual. Following tradition, the campers ganged up to play against the parents, and as usual, the campers played magnificently. (And I am rather proud of myself that the ball came in contact with my foot twice, which was astounding given that I was largely doing my best to avoid it!)

Of course, the game wasn't about the score (which wasn't actually being kept). Soccer camp is about... Continue Reading! >>>>>

Suki Wessling is a writer, blogger, former English teacher, and homeschooler living in Coastal California. Links to her work can be found at www.SukiWessling.com. Check out her Parenting and Education Page on Facebook.

 

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  Christine: Big Brain, Open Source Biology

(Graphics) BigBrain.jpgThe brain is a pretty important part of our body. Yet we still don't know that much about it. Now researchers from Canada and Germany have collaborated to put a computer model together that puts all previous models to shame. This model includes details (at 20 microns) that are smaller than the width of a human hair. It isn't quite cellular level - but close. This model will be freely available to all researchers. Yep - we are talking about Open Source Biology.


A model sounds very simple. How hard can it be? Yet much of the brain's structure is buried inside. Many of these structures are quite small. When you are trying to track changes in neurons you want as much detail as possible. These researchers used 7404 sections of the brain to construct their model.

The interesting thing about this announcement - it isn't new science. Yet it is important enough to be published in one of the premier science journals - Science. Although this isn't new science, it will lead to lots of new stuff. The fact that the researchers made it freely available is wonderful. In an era where genes have been patented and thus restrictions have been put on cancer testing, these researchers are truly working for the common good.


http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6139/1472

Click here for more science with scientist and mom, Christine Cockey.

 

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  Patriotic Sing

HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY TO FREEDOM FEST'S PATRIOTIC SING

(Holidays) FreedomFest_PatrioticSing_Children.jpgWould you like to be involved in a tribute to our troops? Would you like to hear children from our community sing the Patriotic songs of our country? Would you like to invite friends and family to honor a local military hero?

Then the 2013 Freedom Fest Patriotic Sing is perfect for you! The 25th annual Freedom Fest Patriotic Sing will be held on Wednesday, July 3rd from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Britton Middle School Gym in Morgan Hill. Our 2013 performance will "Honor Those Who Serve". Our chorus and audience will honor members of our Armed Forces who have served our country in the past as well as those courageous men and women who are currently serving in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard.

The Patriotic Sing features elementary school-aged children from Morgan Hill and San Martin. The original goal of the Patriotic Sing was to teach the words of beloved Patriotic songs to children. While teaching first grade at Westwings Elementary School on Vandenberg Air Force Base, I witnessed patriotism daily.

As a school, we would raise and lower the American flag as one of the 6th grade students served as a bugler. Each day, Patriotic songs would fill the hallways. In 1970, when I moved toSan Jose and began teaching, I was astonished that the children in my first grade class did not know the words to "God Bless America", or "America the Beautiful". This revelation, for me, was life-changing.

I was not the only one concerned that children know our country's songs. In 1988, a local orthodontist, Dr. Ronald Mackley, approached me about presenting a program during the 4th of July festivities in Morgan Hill. Now residing in Morgan Hill, this seemed like a perfect opportunity for me. Thus, the Sing was born.

For many years, the Sing accomplished its goal. Parents who moved from Morgan Hill, would call and ask me to send a songsheet and music to them in their new community. They, like me, had discovered children did not know the songs of our country. Here in Morgan Hill, the Sing continued to grow in popularity. Not only were we teaching the students our Patriotic songs, but we were reviving a Morgan Hill tradition from the turn of the century. At that time, school children would gather the night of July 3rd to do what? You guessed it, sing Patriotic songs!

During the past few years, with so many of our returning chorus members now proficient at their songs, the Sing has evolved into an event to honor our troops. At each of the rehearsals, chorus members are encouraged to donate items needed by our deployed troops. From batteries to black socks, chorus parents help their youngsters choose and shop for items to donate. The discussions shared by these youngsters and their families make our children well aware of the sacrifices made by the men and women of our military.

The Blue Star Moms are always in attendance at our performance, bringing pictures of their enlisted and deployed sons and daughters. Their motto, "Our hearts are on the line" serves as a reminder of the challenge they face. At the Sing, they provide stationery for our chorus members and audience to write notes of encouragement to these young people. Due to the longevity of the Sing, we now have children of former chorus members who sing with us. And, what a thrill it is for me to see past members of our chorus return, wearing their Service uniform.

Three years ago, the children of the chorus created our first "Wall of Heroes". Children brought in the names, branch of Service, and area of deployment of friends and family members. Stars were made for each soldier and added to our "Wall." We now have over two hundred stars. This "Wall" has generated such emotion from family members and members of the military. People take pictures of their loved ones' Star and send these pictures to those who are deployed, letting them know they are not far from our thoughts. Vietnam Veterans stand in front of their Star with their grandchildren, grateful to have their service acknowledged. Our chorus members also created posters dedicated to their soldiers.

Last year, people from Morgan Hill, upon hearing of these posters, brought posters and pictures of family members and friends to the Britton Gym the morning of July 3rd as we decorated for the Sing. This year, the Gym will be open from 9 a.m. until noon on the morning of July 3rd. We welcome any posters of soldiers.

The Patriotic Sing is sponsored by Independence Day Celebration. This group of hard-working, dedicated volunteers is focused on presenting Freedom Fest events to the public. All events are presented free of charge, allowing everyone to attend. And what a variety of events we'll have in Morgan Hill! On June 29th, the 2nd annual Freedom Fest Bike Classic will be our first event. Following the Freedom Fest Bike Classic are the Patriotic Sing, Family Festival, 5K Run/Walk, Car Show, award-winning Freedom Fest Parade, and Fireworks, all held on the 3rd and 4th of July.

You can find more information about our event by checking our website or visiting our Facebook  page. Press "Like" and you will be entered in a drawing for a $100 Gift Certificate to Odeum, an amazing restaurant in Morgan Hill.

I would like to invite you to this year's Patriotic Sing. Here, you'll see the faces of our future. Regardless of ethnicities, or ages, in our chorus you'll see respect, enthusiasm, pride, and a spirit of patriotism as we sing the songs of Americaand honor those men and women who serve.

Karen Ann Crane

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Junebug's Gym

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Defib This! Emergency Response Training
Great Babysitting Basics Class
6/30, 10am - 4pm
Ages: Teenagers Admission Fees: $95.00
Special Instructions: Must bring or purchase Pediatric First Aid Book for $25.50

(Photos General) TeenBabysittingBasics.jpgThis course is intended for: childcare providers, new parents, guardians, and other caretakers.  It covers the American Heart Association Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED course that includes CPR with and without a mask. Along with, asthma care training for child care providers, eye injuries, fever, suspected abuse, and snake, spider, scorpion, tick, and marine animal bites and stings.

The babysitting portion of the course will include but is not limited to, home safety, what to do in different emergency situations, bath time, handling more than one child, differences between the age groups, pricing, and when it is time to call a parent.

Students are required to have an American Heart Association Pediatric First Aid book for this course.

Location: Defib This!/ Outfit This! , 1543 Pacific Avenue , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-426-9111 •website Santa Cruz

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