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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

March 29, 2018
Happy Easter

Visit Our Local Museums

Happy Birthday Watsonville
Fun Events!
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  Happy Easter

(0 March 2018) EasterLily2.jpgHappy Easter to all who celebrate this joyous Christian holiday on Sunday, April 1.

We've gathered a few egg events for children. What do you do with all those eggs? Egg salad sandwiches, Spinach-bacon-egg salad, Deviled eggs?

(0 March 2018) WatsonvilleFieldsSentinel.jpgHappy 150th Birthday Watsonville!

Home to about 52,000 people, Watsonville is a community noted for its farming, valleys, rolling hills and mountains, dunes and beaches. Thoughts of Watsonville bring up strawberries, raspberries, broccoli, cauliflower, apples, lettuce; citizens with varied ethnic backgrounds; Elkhorn Slough, the Watsonville Bird Festival, the Strawberry Festival; and the beautiful, long beaches on the other side of great sand dunes.

Spring Break is a great time to visit museums! Prepare to be pleased at the treasures awaiting you. See "old-fashioned" items through your children's eyes. Find a new artist you like. Touch and explore. Take a picnic lunch. Have fun.

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

Enjoy the spring weekend with the family,  Parmalee

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  Visit Our Local Museums

Local museums await you! Be sure to check their websites for addresses, days, hours, admission fees, free days. Have fun!

(0 March 2018) Museum_NatHist.jpgSanta Cruz Museum of Natural History, home to the whale, exhibits of local critters diorama style, a touching tidepool, and host to many informative community programs!  

Visit the Arboretum any time of the year, but especially in Spring if you want to see a riot of exotic beautiful flowering plants. If you walk quietly you may just come upon a family of quail running from one bush to another. 

(0 March 2018) MuseumSeymourseal_girls.jpgVisit Seymour Marine Discovery Center, a working marine laboratory and explore our aquarium, exhibit halls, and touch tank. (Hold a handsome hermit crab!) Explore on your own or take a tour. See exotic creatures from the deep! Learn about marine life through hands-on fun. 

Come visit The Agricultural History Project and see implements of yesterday's farming, along with fascinating historical notes! Admission is free, but visitors are asked to help support the work of AHP with a donation.  

The Capitola Historical Museum maintains extensive collections of photographs and artifacts, and offers changing exhibits on the history and art of the area, as well as on special seasonal and topical themes. Museum grounds now include a reconstructed cottage from the era of the early 20th century beach resort.  

The Museum of Art & History houses a permanent exhibit of artifacts from early Santa Cruz history which fascinate children and adults alike. In addition it offers frequent special art exhibits, not to mention its vibrant, eclectic community activities. "Your home for the best creative collaborations in Santa Cruz"

(0 March 2018) MuseumRoaringCamp.jpgRoaring Camp lets you see California's towering redwood forests from two historic railroads. Travel by steam train up a narrow-gauge track through the Big Trees to Bear Mountain or by beach train down the scenic San Lorenzo River to the sunny beaches of Santa Cruz. 

(0 March 2018) Museum-Surfing.jpgHoused in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum traces over 100 years of surfing history displaying include surf boards ranging from redwood "planks" to modern high-tech designs, early wetsuits, photographs showing Santa Cruz surfers and wave riding from the 1930s through today, continuous videos illustrating surfing's ever-changing styles, and a giftshop with books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, posters, and more. 

(0 March 2018) MuseumBockius-OrrHouse.jpgThe Pajaro Valley Historical Association offers glimpses into the past at its "campus" which is comprised of the Bockius-Orr House, the Tank House, the Snyder Archive and The Volck Museum - This is a sweet little museum with some sophisticated displays of vintage clothing, household, office, farm and store items. 

(0 March 2018) Museum_MOD.jpgSanta Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, MOD, is an interactive space where children can explore, question and investigate at their own pace. Leveraging children's natural curiosity, the museum will complement more formal education in an environment full of laughter, enjoyment and sharing. Parents and caregivers can explore with their children as well as observe their children's learning process.

The San Lorenzo Valley Museum preserves and shares the history of the San Lorenzo Valley by collecting and exhibiting artifacts, gathering historical information, and providing education through the San Lorenzo Valley Museum and our educational outreach programs.

(0 March 2018) MuseumSanta_Cruz_Mission.jpgSanta Cruz Mission State Historic Park sits atop Mission Hill offering a patio, gardens, and excellent views of the city. The park features the only building left of the 12th California Mission, Misión la Exaltacion de la Santa Cruz, founded by the Franciscans in 1791. Restored to its original appearance, the austere single-story adobe was once housing for the California Indian residents of the Mission. Exhibits inside tell the story of the mission through the lens of the experience of the Ohlone and Yokuts people.

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Center features state-of-the art exhibits and interactive displays highlighting the sanctuary and its incredible underwater environment. Visitors can explore the sanctuary's remarkable marine environment as well as their personal role in protecting one of our nation's underwater treasures.

 

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  Happy Birthday Watsonville

2018 marks the Sesquicentennial anniversary of Watsonville's incorporation on March 30th, 1868. Over these last 150 years, Watsonville has seen many changes and experienced much growth.

(0 March 2018) WatsonvilleCivicParkHistoric.jpgThroughout our City's history, many groups and individuals have worked together to build and shape our community. For example, a large portion of our historic City Plaza was donated by Sebastian Rodriguez and his family in 1860. Soon after, the community of our newly established City started a movement to beautify our City's center. The Native Daughters of the Golden West were an integral part of transforming the plaza, removing and burning the eucalyptus stumps and bringing in 800 loads of sand from the Pajaro River to flatten out the Plaza. During this same time, the Pajaronian newspaper wanted a fountain to be part of our Plaza and they were able to get the Butterfly Social Club to donate the fountain to the City of Watsonville. Charles Ford's family donated $400 to help fund many of the improvements in 1890.

By the turn of the 20th century, Watsonville was becoming one of the most important locations for apple production in the United States. The community rallied together to fund the new bandstand, which was built in the center of the Plaza by Granite Rock for $1,590. By 1909, Watsonville held the title as largest Apple Annual event worldwide. Thousands of people from all over the country and world rushed to Watsonville to experience our culture, activities and festivities that celebrated this community's rich and vibrant apple industry.

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50th Birthday Party Celebration!

Friday March 30, 5:30pm ~ Historic Civic Plaza, Watsonville

Live music, cake and special activities for the whole community to enjoy

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Mount Madonna School Pre-K-12, Art & Play in Pre & K: Teddy Bear Day 4/13

 

Gateway School K-8, School Day Tour 4/17

 

Mount Madonna School Pre-K-12, Campus Tour 4/18

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School Pre-8, Walk Through the Grades 4/19

 

ALL SCHOOL EVENTS

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Teen Career Conference
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  Teen Career Conference
Bay Area Teen Science
Date: 04/07/2018 from 8:30am to 2:30am
Ages: 8th -12th grade students
Details: Meet & discuss your interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with undergraduate and graduate studen
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Summer Activity Fun Fair
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Santa Cruz City Parks and Recreation
Date: 04/06/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Meet instructors at City Parks and Rec Fun Fair
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To Do on Spring Break
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Better Choices, Better Health
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Details: Better Choices, Better Health Workshop
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Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Date: Every day (Mar 31-Apr 1)
Ages: All
Details: Hunt for thousands of chocolate candy eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny in a redwood forest and win prizes
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To Do on Spring Break
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Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest
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Save Our Shores
Date: Every day (Apr 1-May 31)
Details: Get excited about our 3rd annual Waves and Wildlife photo competition! We'll start accepting entries THIS Sunday, April 1 and wi
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