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  Moms Moving Through Time and Spring Break

(Site Photos) BluegrassKids.jpgKatie Dog and I walked to Ocean View Park last Sunday afternoon. It was the fourth Sunday of the month so the bluegrass players and afficionados were in full swing. Groups of 3 to 10 players and singers with banjos, mandolins, guitars and violins, even a bass were scattered around the park. Children were playing and parents were chatting in the playground area. Dogs were frolicking and chasing frisbies and balls in the other end of the park.

I heard "Hi Parmalee" in a little boy's voice and my four year old friend Owen rode up on his two wheeler. Katie likes him and gave him a kiss. Owen recently had mastered balancing and today was practicing pushing off with his feet, then lifting them onto the pedals while balancing, pedaling round and round the paths and concentrating on coming to a controlled stop. Yeah!

(Icons/Graphics) WomenFriends.jpgI knew my daughter would be at the park and I wanted to see her. I found her at a picnic table with half a dozen friends. Katie adores her so this was becoming a good afternoon for finding friends. I arrived just in time to take a group photo! These were very special friends, as they had known each other for eighteen or more years, from when their children were babies through all the growing up years. They gave each other support through good times and rough times, cheered for each others' children's successes, covered for each other in emergencies, celebrated birthdays, had beach rendezvous, saw each other at soccer games and once in a while had moms' nights out together.

As the children grew older the formality of the babysitting coop dissolved and some drifted away.  They had always had an annual ornament exchange in December but even that dwindled.  Then this Christmas they made a big effort to reconnect.  Twelve showed up and they had such a good time re-kindling those early friendships that they determined to get together more often. 

(Icons/Graphics) WomenVictorian.jpgWith children off to college or out in the world supporting themselves, this round would be for the moms! They began having monthly potluck lunch gatherings. Someone had brought the scrapbook with photos of children, themselves in bikinis --"...wouldn't be caught in one now" was heard-- husbands at parties, but mostly children playing together. I expect the picture I took will go into that scrapbook, to be looked at in years to come.

With Spring Break about here, Suki offers some personal recommendations for fun places to go. Have a wonderful week with the children!  If they're in one of those great camps (see below) enjoy the stories around the family dinner table.

                                                                                                         Parmalee

 

  Suki's Blog: Next Week's Buzz

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgOne of my favorite things to do with my kids is see people really at work on something they know a lot about. Museums are great, but just watching someone doing something that you've never done and asking a few questions can lead to a depth that just looking at the results of the work can't.

Some recent trips we've taken in this vein were when we went to San Jose Tofu Company and also when my friend Daniella Woolf taught a class in encaustic. It's one thing to eat the stuff or admire it; it's another to see it being made and talk to the person who was making it.

Another local experience that I can't recommend highly enough is......... 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.

Summer Camp Calendar   Have fun!    | Spring Break Camp Calendar

 

Easter Brunch Buffet

The Tyrolean

Only $19.95 Per Person

Children $5.95-$11.95

9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond
Reservations
336.5188

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Spring Break Camps


Catalyst Soccer Spring Camp


Crystal Bay Farm Camp


The Art Factory


Black Rails Riding Camp


West Performing Arts

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Santa Cruz Sports Central


Boys & Girls Club


Mountain Arts Center


Life Lab Spring Camp

 

Adventure Horses at Pleasant Valley Horse Club

For Children

Who Love Horses

 

Black Rails Equestrian

 

Spring Break Riding Camp
April 5-8, 9am-1 or 5pm

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Riding, Vaulting, Horsemanship, Horse Care & Grooming,
Arts and Crafts
with
Olympic trained Instructor
"Laurie DeLalla"

 

Ages 6 yrs +
Mon - Thurs 9-1 $375
BlackRailsEquestrian.com
728.2646 or 761-8150

Springtime

in the Parks

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for suggested

Hikes or Walks

Events Calendar / Parks

Include a
 Museum
or two
in your
Spring Break
Plans!

One of these...

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 Save the Date! Kids Concert for Haiti

(Icons/Graphics) ChildrenDancing6.jpgOren & the Hiccups, Peter the Singing Scientist, and Bato Lomuda will join together for a kids music concert at 3PM on April 11th at The 418 Project in downtown Santa Cruz. The concert is a benefit for the international relief group Doctors Without Borders, as well as for a local Haitian relief group, Project Medishare.

Oren & the Hiccups is a high energy kids rock band and serious crowd pleaser. Peter the Singing Scientist plays thoughtful music about the environment and the world around us. Bato Lomuda focuses on storytelling and interaction through music.

04/11/2010 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm  ~  for kids 0-10 and parents  ~  $20 suggested donation  ~  More info

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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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