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Spring!
March 17, 2010
Happy St. Patrick's Day
A Mompreneur in Motion
Suki's Blog: Existential Angst
This Week
"A Run with a View"
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  Happy St. Patrick's Day

(Holidays) StPats_Happy.jpgIn her blog, Existential Angst, Suki describes "stripping away" our various roles to find out who we really are. This is both intriguing and challenging --read her blog. Could it be that we are simultaneously stripping away and bringing on new roles or is it a continuous morphing. 

I hope you will enjoy this week's "mompreneur" story about Abra Allan.  She successfully coordinates parenting, dancing, sweetheart and business owner roles. Please send us your story or your best friend's story.

Spring is in the air. Daylight Savings slipped in unexpectedly. People are walking around in shorts.  These 70 degree days are nice. (Site Photos) ParkNisene.jpg The lemon trees are full and spring flowers are blooming in our gardens and the wild. It's time to get outdoors and into our wonderful parks.  If you were to visit one park every weekend from now through August you still couldn't get to them all. Check the Events Calendar for lots of fun activities.  We add new events almost daily for children, teens,  parents and the entire family.  Spring Break is a good time for children to try a new activity.  See our Spring Break Camps for ideas.  

Have you visited our Resources section lately?  It's full of new information.  Orange bullets indicate resources (businesses, camps, schools, non-profits, parks, etc) and fuschia bullets indicate tips (all kinds of (Icons/Graphics) OpenforBusiness.jpgarticles that would interest parents).

Also on our homepage are businesses that have recently joined us and which are in the resources sections, often in several categories.  Get to know them.  Families are their target markets.  As your needs change, it's nice to know you can find them by category even if you have forgotten the name of the business.

Enjoy the weather and weekend!

Parmalee                                                          

 

  A Mompreneur in Motion

(Site Photos) Abra.jpgAbra Allan's life is in constant motion. She is the owner-director of Motion Pacific Dance Studio and is preparing for her third season as director of National Dance Week Santa Cruz. Abra is also a founding member of the aerial dance company, The Gravity Girls. She's a Mom to her 7 1/2 year-old-daughter, Aya, and helps care for Aya's step-siblings, 13 year-old Dahniella and 12 year-old Carson. Even as we spoke in her modest dance studio office, Abra rolled and swayed on the exercise ball she uses for a chair.


Abra's (pronounced with a long A; it's the feminine version of Abraham) leadership abilities have been developing for a long time. She began dancing competitively at age 5 and by age 11 had showed her own choreography at National Competitions. She continued competitive dance up until high school, where she captained her cheerleading squad for three years. Her entrepreneurial gifts were nurtured through her own voluntary efforts in the art world and as a freelance stage and house manager, event planner, producer, promoter, fundraiser, and, at times, web and graphic designer.


She received her BA from UCSC in Community Studies in 2003, the same year her daughter was born. Soon after, Abra became administrator for aerial dance company, Mir & A Company in 2006, started teaching aerial dance, and formed The Gravity Girls in 2007 and sister company the The Gravity Arts, where she teaches and is director of the children's program. After she met her life partner, Chip, Executive (Site Photos) AbraandAya.jpgDirector of the Santa Cruz Downtown Association, they collaborated on the 2008 National Dance Week. (Chip, she explained, has played a huge and "pivotal" role in her career path as an arts administrator and in her personal development.) In 2009 she produced National Dance Week, as well as a season of contemporary dance shows, presented by her organization, Santa Cruz Dance.com. Concluding 2009, Abra was the guiding force behind the first Santa Cruz Ethnic Dance Festival, and took over ownership of Motion Pacific Studio and Company.


How does she balance all these community activities with her family life? Abra attributes her ability to maintain a fluid and well-balanced life to her family: her daughter Aya, partner Chip and his son Carson, Aya's father Skot and his partner and her daughter. Her strong friendship and respect for Skot (her "was-band" she says laughingly) means the whole lot of them share holidays and vacations, and "share very deeply in parenting our kids." They carpool all over town in her and Chip's shared car, dropping off and picking up the kids and parents, and sharing in the after-school care.


This extended and cooperative family make it possible for Abra to serve the dance community. It helps, too, that Aya is used to accompanying her mom to the family-friendly dance events and studios. Motion Pacific, says Abra, is all about kids and the community. This was an important factor in her decision to take over the studio: "Can I still continue to be the Mom I want to be and run this business?" She quickly discovered that, yes, it indeed was possible because of the nature of the business and because of the nature of her very supportive family.


We finished our interview as Abra greeted and attended to the pack of girls arriving for their ballet class, including Dahniella. Abra told me that "Abra" is Hebrew for "mother to the multitudes." "I always wondered what that might mean," she pondered. "Now I am somewhat of a mother to all these children." And that seems right to Abra's natural ability to nurture both children and the art of dance.

by Renee Rothman

  Suki's Blog: Existential Angst

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgOne of the talks I went to at the conference last weekend was about how intense adults who spend a lot of time in their heads can struggle with bouts of existential depression throughout their lifetimes.

As one woman I talked with afterward said, "That was a great talk, but now I'm SO depressed!"

The speaker was James T. Webb, the wonderful publisher of Great Potential Press and the founder of SENG, the organization that gave me the psychological tools to start understanding what might be going on with my daughter. And with my son. And with my husband.

And with me.... Read more >>>>>

 

  This Week

Event CalendarBelow is only a partial list of upcoming events and activities so be sure to click on our EVENT CALENDAR so you do not miss anything >>

Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list.

Spring Break Camp Calendar

 

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3/22 Georgianna Bruce Kirby, 6-12

3/28 Gault Elementary Auction Fundraiser

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Classes at

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Preschool Enrichment
(ages 4-5):

* Story Stretchers Book Club: ABCs and 123s
* Story Stretchers Book Club: Seasons
* Story Stretchers Book Club: Caldecott Honor Books
* Young Scientists: Magnets and Electricity

 

After School Enrichment
(ages 6-12):

* Trash Can Math
* Artist Trading Cards
* Camouflage to Claws: Animal Survival
* Magnet Madness

 

Homeschool Enrichment
(ages 5-12):

* Minimus Latin
* Camouflage to Claws: Animal Survival
* The Art of Math
* Artist Trading Cards

224 C Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz
818-8178
Weds-Sat, 11am-4pm
EdCenterSantaCruz.com

Spring Break Camps

 

Catalyst Soccer Spring Camp

 

Crystal Bay Farm Camp

 

The Art Factory

 

Black Rails Riding Camp

 

West Performing Arts

 

Santa Cruz Sports Central

 

Boys & Girls Club

 

Mountain Arts Center

 

Life Lab Spring Camp

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Santa Cruz
Sports Central
Gymnastics

Date Night
March 20, 6-10pm

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Don't miss out on the FUN!
Ages 3-12
ONLY $40, Siblings $10

 

Every third Saturday of the month. Call to confirm and register. Pre-registration and active member discounts available.

 

427.3547
350 B Coral St, Santa Cruz
SCSportsCentral.com

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 "A Run with a View"

(Special Event Page Graphics) SlugRunPhoto.jpgDoes your family run? Do your children run? Santa Cruz races often have kid runs.  Here's the first one this spring  --with time to train!

UCSC Slug Run X, "A Run with a View", Saturday, April 11

1k Kids run ~ 5k Run/Walk ~ 10k Run

Sponsored by UCSC Recreation, UCSC Cross Country and the Santa Cruz Track Club

A challenging 5K & 10K race with heart-stirring views of the Monterey Bay. Run starts at the East Fields. Bring a picnic and enjoy the view with your family after the race. Meet Sammy the Slug, the acclaimed mascot of UC Santa Cruz.      More information

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