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A Musical Weekend
March 3, 2011
Jazz Bash by the Bay
from the Editor
Thoughts on Science
Suki's Blog: How [Not] to Teach Science
A Savings Extravaganza!
This Week
Rhythms of Life - Santa Cruz County Symphony Family Concert
Parties for All Ages!
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  Jazz Bash by the Bay

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Welcome to the Monterey waterfront, where we've been presenting the best in
Dixieland, big band, swing, ragtime, blues and gypsy jazz for over 30 years!

* Thursday Swing Dance Party March 3, 7:30-11:00 PM
* Friday Dueling Pianos March 4,1:30-8:30 PM
* Saturday Dance Marathon March 5, 1:00-11:00 pm
* Fri / Sat / Sun Banjo Jamboree March 4, 5, & 6

List of Bands!

  from the Editor

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Oops! Those mischievous brownies are at it again, sending out February's Valentine newsletter in March! If you're fond of brownies anyway, read about more of their antics here (patience while Brownies At Home downloads).

It looks like quite a musical weekend with offerings from Dixieland Jazz, big band, swing, ragtime, blues and gypsy jazz at the Jazz Bash on the Monterey waterfront to musical selections by Leonard Bernstein, Camille Saint-Saens, Russell Peck, John Philips Sousa and Mexican composer, Jose Elizondo by the Santa Cruz Symphony or a children's opera at UCSC, Riddle Me, based loosely on the story of Rumpelstiltskin.

I liked high school Biology so much I wanted to take more of it in college.  But a possible science path for me was derailed by a frustrating experience of getting lost in a too-large chemistry class.  Quite possibly the hard sciences wouldn't have been my forte.  No regrets, I am enjoying my journey, and I still play around with the art of botanical drawing/painting.  Our own good and not so good classroom experiences do cause one to think about the importance of how and when a subject is introduced to children.  Science (or any subject) can be very exciting or awfully boring.  It depends on the teacher.  Two local teachers, homeschooler Suki Wessling and Irvin Lindsey, Outdoor Science teacher, weigh in on "Science" today.

Tonight 570 of us who reserved seats will be listening to Dr. Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and  bestselling author speak on "12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School."  There's a huge wait list of people who wanted to hear him speak.  Read our review next week.

We've had a lot of fun building our Festivals section for you.  It's not finished, but take a peek.  If you know of a festival, great or small, that we have not yet entered, please email us about it!  Birthday parties can be "mini festivals" --anything from a family dinner party to a full blown celebration.  Our article on parties makes it seem easy!

Have a great weekend, Parmalee

  Thoughts on Science

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Ration It or Give Them All They Want?


What it would be like to give kids all the science they want? Science is more than a big part of education. It is an essential part. It is much more important than school offices suggest. A childs' sometimes endless curiosity is a genetic reflection of how important it is to learn about ourselves and our world. Nurturing these interests can be an invaluable gift with permanent benefits.

Science awareness is arguably most important for elementary school ages when natural curiosity is abundant and success is important, yet only a few of us know programs that might be called good. The vast majority of students really enjoy physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences, etc., especially when taught well, e.g. with hands-on active learning and positive reinforcement. I mean students enjoy it so much they can lose track of time or want the class to be longer or more often.

(Site Photos) Science-Biology.jpgMany adults are very surprised when they see that we could be teaching much more science much faster. Imagine a survey of adults who can remember something about balancing equations in chemistry. We could get them to make a list of things you should know first like atom structure, the elements, periodic table, a little math, etc. Asking them when they learned to balance equations would likely get a range from high school to college. Did you know it can be learned in elementary school?

Imagine the advances in our science graduate schools for research and technology if our students were taught enough science that they could balance chemistry equations before middle school. And the truth is some 3rd graders can do it.

Outdoor Science Exploration with Classroom Science Fun is the science education nonprofit that serves the Santa Cruz county areas. It teaches an expansive variety of advanced kid-friendly activities for ages 8-15 in physics, chemistry, biology and earth sciences on summer field trips, backpacking in Yosemite, and in a few hundred classes for local school children every year. Their student centered, active learning and advanced lessons offer many clear benefits especially when natural curiosity is abundant and success is important.

  Suki's Blog: How [Not] to Teach Science

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI was thrilled to be able to go to the San Francisco Academy of Sciences homeschool day. It promised both a reduced price and fewer crowds.

We had been to the Academy one time since it opened. The crowds were so thick we couldn't see the exhibits. Downstairs in the aquarium, we were in a standing-room-only crowd - literally. We stood shoulder-to-shoulder with other adults, while miserable children squirmed in between us.

This time, I was looking forward to actually seeing what we were supposed to see last time! In two ways, my expectations were fulfilled: We paid a fraction of the usual price, and the attendance was sparse. We actually got to walk into the rainforest exhibit, which usually has long lines, with approximately 25 other awestruck people. It was really gorgeous, a marvel of modern engineering and an experience worth having.

Then we visited the rest of the museum.

I'll start with this disclaimer: I love modern museum architecture! I love the air and the light, and I think the buildings themselves are marvels. Not only do they push the envelope on aesthetics, but they also show what sort of engineering is possible for other, more modest buildings. The Academy building is lovely. Its living roof is inspiring.

However, ..... >>>>>>>

  A Savings Extravaganza!
(Business Logos) KidsCloset.jpg Welcome to Kid's Closet Connection March 4-6, 10am->

Kid's & Teens Consignment Sale Events - A savings extravaganza!


Save 60-90% off the retail price for quality, gently used maternity and children's clothes - brands like Gymboree, Gap, Old Navy, Justice, Janie and Jack. In addition, the sale features hundreds of quality toys, games, puzzles, strollers, joggers, room decor, play yards, high-chairs, swings, exer-saucers, furniture...the list of items goes on and on! And so do the savings!

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  This Week

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Santa Cruz Waldorf K-8 Morning in the Kindergarten 3/5

 

The New High School 9-12  Informal tour 3/8

 

Chartwell 1-8 Informal Tour 3/8

 

GatewayK-8 Open House 3/9

 

Monarch Community School K-6  Open House 3/10

 

Kirby 9-12 Open House 3/22

 

Aptos Academy Pre-8 Evening Open House 3/23

 

Santa Cruz Montessori Pre-8 Parent-Child Co-educational Collaboration 3/4-4/15

 

Waldorf School 1-6 Waldorf Alive! A Walk Through the Grades 3/29

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International Academy of Dance

 

Art Therapy Counseling

Carolyn Ferrell, MFT

 

Nitless Noggins

 

Kids Closet Connection

 

Bayside Preschool

 

Cabrillo Swim School

 

Nature's Apprentice

 

Life Lab Science

 

St. Andrew

Summer Music Camp

 

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German Roulette Continues!

This has been one of our most popular specials ever!


Every Tuesday and Thursday* in the month of March, the chef will pick an entree from our regular menu and offer it at

1/2 price!

*except Buffet

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336.5188

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Activity Parties!

 

Usually they provide the location and activity and you bring the cake!

 

Junebug's Gym &
Tumbling Tutor

 

Adventure Horses at
Pleasant Valley Horse Club

 

The Art Factory

 

International Academy
of Dance

 

Old School Shoes

 

Pacific Edge
Climbing Gym

 

Santa Cruz
Roller Palladium

 

Seahorse Swim School

 

Willow Pond Ranch

 

WiX, Candle and
Soap Creations...
by you

 

Boardwalk Bowl

 

The Studio Palette

 

Santa Cruz
Sports Central

 

Mothersong,
A Multicultural
Singalong

 

Musical Me, Inc.
Offers
Music Together

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 Rhythms of Life - Santa Cruz County Symphony Family Concert

 

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Come Feel the 'Rhythms of Life'
03/06  2pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 4+ Admission Fees: $8/10 advance, $10/12 door

The Symphony presents an educational concert that's fun for the entire family!

The concert teaches children about the orchestra and features local duo, ZunZun, the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre and musical selections by Saint-Saens, Bernstein and Sousa, among others.

After the concert, young musicians to be will have an opportunity to "Meet the Instruments" at an instrument petting zoo.

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz ~ 420-5260

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Ages: Newborn - Preschool (Parents to
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  Parties for All Ages!

(Site Photos) BirthdayPartyPirate.jpgAt the heart of a memorable kid's party is a relevant theme and engaging activity.  Picking an exciting theme / activity combo can transport the kids to a magical place, making the party more fun for kids and less crazy for parents.

Selecting a Theme

  • To select a theme, make a list of 3 to 5 of your child's current interests and then let them make the final selection. (You may want to do some homework on what themes you can easily get or make supplies for prior to giving them the list to choose from. :)
  • The theme can be based on something they're studying in school, a favorite past time, an adored character, a favorite food... etc.

Ideas for Activities

Try to stay away from competitive games. Activities without winners or losers minimize friction and the need for prizes. It's best if everyone can participate and feel like a winner. There are a variety of formats to consider.

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  • Activity Stations – Create several stations that kids can rotate through for different activities. For example, a princess party may have one area to play dress-up, another for face painting, and another to make crowns and wands.
  • Obstacle Courses – Setup a series of physical obstacles that kids can go through sequentially. Like crawling through a tunnel, then jumping in an old pillowcase across the lawn, then limbo-ing under a stick, etc. For a Diego themed party they could be exploring the jungle and learning about jungle animals and plants along the way.
  • Make Your Own Projects – Select an art, craft or decorating project that acts as the centerpiece of the party. The crafts can also double as party favors. You can choose from several prepackaged, inexpensive craft kits or create your own. Preparing food such as sushi, pocket pies or ice cream sundaes is another form of craft to explore. For a horse-themed party, they could make their own stick ponies.
  • Games – Devise a non-competitive game. Scavenger or treasure hunts, charades and Simon Says are all fun choices. A treasure hunt with a map to follow is an excellent activity for a pirate party.
  • Interactive Entertainment - Hire or appoint an instructor or entertainer to put on an interactive show, such as magic, juggling, music or dance, in which the kids actively participate. A ballet class with tutus and ballet slippers can be a fun activity for a ballerina party.

(Site Photos) BirthdayPartyTeen.jpgSimple Execution

  • To make the logistics as easy as possible, set up all the pieces for the activity the night before and put everything out prior to guests arriving.
  • Designate someone else to be in charge of the activity, if possible. That way you can focus on greeting guests, putting out the nibbles and dessert, capturing the moment, ensuring all is running smoothly, and chasing after your little ones.
  • A little upfront work makes for a much smoother event that allows parents to really engage with the children and creates lifelong memories for all who attend.

Nicki Zuchowicz Horne

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