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March 22, 2012


Science Fun with Christine: Let's Talk about Pluto

Suki: What's Up with theScience Fair?
Viva: Money Saving Mom's Budget
This Week
Plays with Children for Children
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(Graphics) WhosinCharge.jpgThe kind of food we eat is a topic of interest to all of us.  Local radio journalist Michael Olson covers challenging issues on Food Chain Radio every Saturday at 9am on KSCO 1080AM and this Saturday is no exception; he tackles the question of who's in charge of what our children eat, us or the government.  You can find all sorts of food topics in his archives, but if you listen live YOU can call in with your question or comment!

Are your young scientists imagining inventions and tinkering in the garage?  Are they getting factual or agendized, emotional information in science classes or tv news/reports?  Have we parents and teachers absorbed false information and don't even know to question it?  What are we doing to inspire and guide our children who have the potential to solve a great problem or invent something we cannot even imagine now? I think the answer is to continuously educate ourselves, to go to varying and opposing sources for information. 

For example.  You are for or against coal based or nuclear based energy.  Is your position based on scientific facts or opinion or a little of both?  Try this article on coal and nuclear energy.  Does it fit with your knowledge or does it cause you to question your information and seek more.  Follow it to its source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and read a little about them. 

(Graphics) LadyDetectives.jpgThat should not be the end of the investigation.  Take it from there; become an Information Detective! Don't "they" always say "Follow the money."  Who funded a report or study?  Who's behind the funders?  Is there a bias?  Why? etc.  Why are schools underfunded?  Do new taxes need to be levied on us or is there another solution?  Is our tax money going where we want it to go?  Where is it going?  Why is it going there? Who benefits?  Parents need to be good information detectives.

Children get to act out different roles when they take a part in theater productions and learn lessons and concepts through the process.  How does it feel to be Pinocchio and lie?  Pinocchio's father when Pinocchio gets in trouble?  The Bad Guy who's mean and dishonest?    Take the children to a play!  Talk about the characters.  Go home and play, "Let's pretend I'm the _____ and you're the ____."

Enjoy, Parmalee

 

Spring Camps April 2-6

 

Catalyst Soccer

Boys and Girls
Super FUNdamentals Ages 6-14
Little Skillsbuilders Ages 4-6

 

Kennolyn Camp

tree-top ropes course
pool, arts & crafts,
archery & riflery

Camp Flip
Gymnastics Learning Center

gymnastics, games,
activities and MORE!

New Leaf Cooking Camp

  mac-n-cheese, crispy chicken
kale chips, ice cream sandwiches
mud pie, granola pancakes

 

Peaceful Valley Farm

farm animal care
planting, watering, eating,
tree climbing, creative play

 

Santa Cruz Mountain
Arts Center

pastel, watercolor,
and pen & ink

West Performing Arts

favorite stories and characters
games, skits, costumes, arts
cooking projects, creative play

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  Science Fun with Christine: Let's Talk about Pluto

(Photos General) Pluto.jpgI like Pluto. It has always been the underdog. It was the smallest planet for a long time. Hey, there are moons bigger than Pluto. It also has a moon that is really big. In this picture, you can see Pluto at the far right. It is barely bigger than our moon.

Other weird stuff about Pluto: it has a bizarre orbit. All the picture of the solar system show the planets moving in circles or ellipses around the sun. Wrong!! Pluto is sometimes inside Neptune, and sometimes outside. The other planets also orbit in a (mostly) flat plane around the sun. Not Pluto. It goes up and down around the plane of the other planets. Pluto's orbit is also in resonance with Neptune's. This means they are dance partners. Not very independent, is that? ... read more about Pluto at Science Fun>>>

Christine Cockey, a scientist and mom, comes from a science oriented family. She has degrees in Physics and Engineering, as well as an MBA. Christine worked in the nuclear industry for a while, and then moved to high tech in Silicon Valley. "I started this blog to give kids a place to find some fun (and straightforward) science. I also wanted non-technical parents to find a place they could find some fun stuff to share with kids."

 

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  Suki: What's Up with theScience Fair?

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Regular readers will know that we are big fans of the science fair. Ever since the first time we wandered in, having seen an announcement somewhere, we haven't found any local event cooler for our kids to take part in. My husband and I marvel at the fact that we didn't even know about science fairs when we were kids, while our kids enter it every year. [See: A few words about scientists and inventors... Science inspirations... Winning and losing... Science Fair... And I'm sure I've written more but that's what you're getting right now!]

The thing that was particularly interesting about the science fair this year was the lack of high school division projects. We couldn't find them, and thought perhaps they had split them off due to high demand. No such luck. There were "only about 16 projects (out of an eligible population of about 12,000 high school students)" (from my fellow parent-of-science-fair-kids Kevin, who is also a judge). In other words: we didn't find the projects done by high schoolers because they were lost in the sea of elementary and middle school projects. Kevin points out that getting 1% of our high school students to do science fair projects seems like a fair goal-and that would mean "about an 8-fold increase over the current situation."

There are plenty of reasons not to do the science fair. It takes lots of time, parental involvement, teacher leadership and determination on the part of the students. The thing is, I can't really believe that everyone doesn't do it-at least at their school science fair. It's so fun! But apparently I'm a bit out of touch. As far as teens in this county goes, the science fair is nothing special.

A future scientific breakthrough in process?

I think this probably reflects the general trend in our society away from a culture that "does" toward a culture that "watches."........ continued>>>

  Viva: Money Saving Mom's Budget

(Graphics) LemonGirl.jpg(Books/Products) MoneySavingMomsBudget.jpgEver wish you had a trusted friend who could help you figure out how to improve your financial situation and teach you all the great money-saving secrets? You may never meet Crystal Paine, but after listening to her audio book you'll probably feel like she's become that person to you.

Most of us realize that we would benefit from an overhaul of our spending and savings habits, but we lack the knowledge and/or motivation to do so. In The Money Saving Mom's Budget, Crystal Paine comes armed with both, ready to inspire us and teach us money-saving strategies that will allow us to reach our financial goals.

With her upbeat and friendly attitude, Paine explains how you can greatly improve your financial situation by following seven rules....continued>>>

Visit the Daily Citron for more frugal tips.

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Aptos Academy Pre-8, Pinocchio 3/23

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School K-8, Open House 3/27

 

Mount Madonna Pre-12, Cultural Awareness Performance 3/30


Santa Cruz Waldorf K-8, Kindergarten Open House 3/31

 

Santa Cruz Children's School K-6, Open House  4/3

 

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Learn bluegrass songs from a 3rd generation Nashville musician?

 

Johnny Campbell, lively fiddler of the award winning Windy Hill Bluegrass Band is available for private lessons on the fiddle, guitar, or mandolin.

 

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 Plays with Children for Children

Trash Town

Kids on Broadway
Kids put their creative noodles together to tame the Tyrant-o-sorry-us Rex and transform this trash monster into...

When Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout refused to take the garbage out and when Little Leonard Lunk regularly left his lunch litter lying around and when the heaps of garbage that had piled up at the neighborhood dump got completely out of hand the inevitable happened. A huge Tyrant-o-sorry-us Rex grew out of the mess threatening to gobble up the entire town. Too many grown ups threw up their hands in despair. At this point the kids of Trash Town knew it was time for them to take action!

This is the story of how a group of kids put their creative noodles together to tame the Tyrant-o-sorry-us Rex and transform this trash monster into... new art, music, gardens, fashion and homes to show everyone in their town how much fun it can be and how imagination is the key... to reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose our trash.

Saturday, March 24, 2pm & 6pm ~ GBK, 425 Encinal St, Santa Cruz 

Pinocchio

Aptos Academy
Free production of Pinocchio on March 23 at The Aptos Academy

Families are invited to enjoy a few skits performed by the school's Pre-K and Kindergarten students, followed by a production of Pinocchio by the first and second graders who will bring to life the beloved story of a wooden puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy.

Friday March 23, 4:30 pm In The Aptos Academy Theater, 1940 Bonita Dr, Aptos

All Things Bright & Beautiful Play

Aptos Summer Music Camp
An Easter Pageant Play
Free

This Easter Pageant Play includes the performance of kids from ages 4 through 16. Singing "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and dancing to illustrate the Spirit of the Easter Holiday.


Sunday March 25, 10:30am, St Andrew Presbyterian Church, 9850 Monroe Avenue, Aptos

Join us at our Hiring Fair!
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Banana Slug String Band Concert
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Date: 03/24/2012 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Banana Slug String Band Benefit Concert
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Girls Night Out
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  Girls Night Out
Art Factory
Date: Every Fri (Oct 14-Dec 16) from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: Treat yourself to some time with the girls, wine and cheese and a create evening
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