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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

March 28, 2019
Welcome Spring!

Give Your Yard a Makeover

World's biggest Tyrannosaurus Rex Discovered

Three Film Festivals!

Fun Events!
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  Welcome Spring!

(0 A 0 March) Arboretum_Spring.jpgWelcome Spring! What better place to welcome Spring than at the Arboretum where flowers, rabbits, quail, hummingbirds are opening running and flying! Take advantage of the Arboretum's Community Free Day next Tuesday.

Too often we are blasted with the drama of the bad news first when all the while multitudes are doing their own good works. A lot of people are working quietly in their own yards, on farms, in research labs in universities and private companies -small, medium and large- to find ways to recover, maintain and enhance the health of our soils, water and air. Take a peek at some of them. Also, today I share with you an environmental article that offers action beginning at home! Another interesting source for how to make changes at home is Small Footprint Family.

The Summer Camp Guide is coming in a few days! Please share this news with your friends so they won't miss summer camp fun!

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a great weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  Give Your Yard a Makeover

Lose the fertilizers, power tools, and water-hogging plants, and you'll have a much greener garden. Here's how.

by Janet Marinelli

(0 A 0 March) YardBeforeAfter.jpgWant a climate-friendly home? Your yard is a good place to start. This is the first in a five-part series of guides on how to manage your outdoor turf to reduce your carbon footprint, all while creating bird-friendly habitat. 

Picture this familiar scene in cities and suburbs across America: Landscape crews jump out of giant eight-cylinder trucks and rev up a variety of mowers, leaf blowers, and other gas-guzzling engines-all in the name of maintaining our green yards. From a carbon footprint perspective, "it would be better to just pave over the landscape," says gardening expert Doug Kent, only half-jokingly, as we walk through one of his low-carbon gardens in Manhattan Beach, California.

Many gardeners assume their activities are good for the climate because yards are full of plants that soak up carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas. But maintaining the typical garden "is incredibly fossil-fuel dependent," says Kent, author of A New Era of Gardening (2001), the first book on low-carbon gardening published in the United States. In reality, he points out, many gardens create more CO2 than they take up-often a lot more. 

The good news is that if you take your yard's care into your own hands, you can lessen its climate impact while conserving water and resources and creating habitat. The following are the most important steps you can take to slash your landscape's greenhouse gas emissions. Read these next steps>>>


Janet Marinelli is a prolific author and a director at Brooklyn Botanic Garden for more than sixteen years, Janet Marinelli has been at the forefront of the sustainability revolution that is transforming landscape design. The American Gardener magazine has called her "an internationally respected ecological and horticultural visionary." More>>>

 

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  World's biggest Tyrannosaurus Rex Discovered

(0 A 0 March) Scotty.jpgWorld's biggest Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered

Heftier than an adult elephant, the 9.8-ton animal shows that predatory dinosaurs got older and bigger than once thought.

By Michael Greshko

A fossil site in Canada has yielded the heaviest Tyrannosaurus Rex specimen ever found-an animal that weighed an estimated 19,500 pounds in life, far heftier than most elephants alive today.

The dinosaur, unveiled last week in The Anatomical Record, consists of a skeleton that's about 65 percent complete, including the skull and hips along with some of its ribs, leg bones, and tail bones. Nicknamed "Scotty," the tyrannosaur was a senior by this species' standards, making it to at least the age of 28. Read more and share with your little dinosaur fans >>>

 

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  Three Film Festivals!

Great films from independent film makers, this weekend!

Here's a teaser from the Watsonville Film Festival:

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HARVEST SEASON

California's Napa Valley is one of the premier wine growing regions in the world. Yet, many of the vineyard workers and the small producers with roots in the fields are rarely credited for the valley's famed bounty.

Filmed over the course of one agricultural year, HARVEST SEASON follows the triumphs and tragedies of two Latino winemaking families and the Mexican farm laborers who help bring the wines to your table. Director Bernardo Ruiz will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

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(0 A 0 March) JewishFilmFestival_Young-Pramila.jpgSanta Cruz Jewish Film Festival - Saturday, March 30 - Thursday, April 4

One highlight of many: SHALOM, BOLLYWOOD 

When the Indian cinema industry began it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on-screen, so Indian Jewish women took upon the female lead roles and continued to do so for decades. With rare archival footage, this new documentary tells the extraordinary tale of Indian Jewish icons at the heart of Bollywood from the early 20th century to the present day.

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(0 A 0 March) SUP_Film_Fest_Rio_2019.jpgSUP Film Fest - Saturday, March 30 at the Rio

At last, a film festival dedicated to awesome & inspiring SUP (Stand Up Paddling) films. In the same spirit that festivals like the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the ReelRock Film Festival, and the Mountain Festival encourage mountain adventure & stewardship, the SUP Film Fest inspires water-based adventure, environmentalism, & community through the power of SUP & amazing film-making.

 

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  Fun Events!
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Gateway School K-8, School Day Tour 4/9

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Art & Play Day in the Pre & K 4/12

 

Kirby School 6-12, Shadow Days are Mondays

 

Good Shepherd Pre-8, Shadow-A-Ram Visit Days

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Lucy Lou, a great pyrenee puppy, is training to be a farm guard.

Friday Evening Program
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  Friday Evening Program
Hartnell College Planetarium
Date: Every Fri (Mar 22-May 17) from 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Ages: Mature 3rd graders and up
Details: Our Evening Shows are geared towards an audience looking to explore more complex material while still enjoying a fun and enterta
Special Instructions: Pay at the door by cash or check only. Discounts for Seniors, Military and all students. Doors open fifteen minutes before show time.
City: Salinas Phone: (831) 770-6161 view all details >>
     
Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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  Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
Santa Cruz Art League
Date: Every day (Mar 1-Apr 14)
Details: California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-5787 view all details >>
     
San Lorenzo River Adventures!
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  San Lorenzo River Adventures!
Coastal Watershed
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Feb 23-Jun 22)
Details: The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Jewish FilmFestival
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Jewish Film Festival
Date: Every day (Mar 30-Apr 4)
Details: Really great Jewish films!
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Spring!
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  Spring!
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Spring!
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Citizen Science
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  Citizen Science
Library Central
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All
Details: A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Spring!
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  Spring!
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The MAKE Lab
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  The MAKE Lab
Library Scotts Valley
Date: Every Fri (Mar 8-Jul 26) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come
Special Instructions: Teens 12-18 years
City: Scotts Valley Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Spring Camps in the Redwoods
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  Spring Camps in the Redwoods
YMCA
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Apr 5-May 27)
Ages: Families
Details: Family camps!
City: Boulder Creek Phone: 831-338-2128 view all details >>
     
The world's first SUP film festival
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  The world's first SUP film festival
Rio Theatre
Date: 03/30/2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Details: Inspiring, water-based films featuring: Natural beauty. Conservation. Human spirit.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
2019 Watsonville Film Festival || STORIES MATTER
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  2019 Watsonville Film Festival || STORIES MATTER
Watsonville Film Festival
Date: Every day (Mar 28-Mar 31)
Details: Featuring the theme #Stories Matter, the 7th Annual Watsonville Film Festival will present a powerful and inspiring program.
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz PaddleFest
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Santa Cruz Paddlefest
Date: Every day (Mar 28-Mar 31)
Details: An event of these epic proportions is a joy to watch!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz VegFest
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  Santa Cruz VegFest
Santa Cruz VegFest
Date: 04/06/2019 from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Details: VegFest will feature local restaurants, free food samples, cruelty-free fashion and beauty products, non-profit orgs and kid's a
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
     
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