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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

March 9, 2017
Get a Jump on the Future

What's next?

Christine: Path of Least Resistance Looks Smoother

PDRC: Tips on Handling Children's Mistakes

What to do when you meet a mountain lion
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  Get a Jump on the Future

(0 Mar 2017) FutureCar.jpgWant to get a jump on the future?  Do you ever feel like technology is pulling/pushing us into the next era?  Are you experiencing a need to slow down, walk on the beach, hike in the redwoods, enjoy a quiet moment, simplify? Then when you do, you feel naked without your phone in your pocket? Want to get a jump on the future so you won't be overwhelmed by the next avalanche of inventions? Read Soonish by Kelly and Jack Weinersmith.

Christina has a thrilling "Gods Must Be Crazy II" experience outside her house and brings science into the moment!

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Have a peaceful weekend,  Parmalee

Ecofix Car: Running on fruit and vegetable compost, a car that will help people and the environment. Minhal Adnan Sami, age 9, U.A.E.


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  What's next?

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Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

by Zach Weinersmith (Author), Kelly Weinersmith (Author)

"From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies -- from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D organ printing
What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the hold-up?

In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next -- from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach's trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.

New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea. A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization.

To this end, SOONISH investigates ten different emerging fields, from programmable matter to augmented reality, from space elevators to robotic construction, to show us the amazing world we will have, you know, soonish."


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  Christine: Path of Least Resistance Looks Smoother

(0 Mar 2017) MountainLion3.jpgOur brains handle many chores automatically. We breathe and our hearts beat without any conscious thought.  Our brains also automatically evaluate our environment and make decisions without our conscious involvement. One evening I was outdoors at my house getting some wood for a fire. I heard a noise on the hill above me. I normally don't worry about living noises since they are usually raccoons. However in this case the hair rose stiffly on the back of my neck (it can do that!) and I started backing toward my door. My arms went up to shoulder height and spread out.  I remember asking myself, "What are you doing." A moment later I caught a glimpse of my silent watcher and realized it was a cougar.  Read what happens next>>>>


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  PDRC: Tips on Handling Children's Mistakes

FOR PARENTS:  See mistakes as opportunities for learning.

1.  Respond to mistakes with compassion and kindness instead of shame, blame or lectures.

2.  When appropriate, use curiousity questions to help your child "explore" the consequences of their choices.

3.  During dinner time, invite everyone to share a mistake they made that day and what they learned from it.

FOR TEACHERS: Model and teach students that mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn.  
1.  When you make mistakes, say something like, "Oh, I made a mistake, and I learned _____________."
2.  Once a week, during class meetings, pass the talking stick around the circle and invite students to share a mistake they made, and what they learned from it.

3.  If the mistake requires amends or finding a solution, engage the student (or the whole class) in a plan for the best way to make amends or to brainstorm for solutions.  

We need to teach children over and over again that mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn.  
Read more here!


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  What to do when you meet a mountain lion

If you see a mountain lion, no matter how thrilled you are to be one of the very few who gets such an opportunity, stay well back, and take the encounter seriously.  Mountain Lion Foundation

    Make yourself appear as large as possible.

    Make yourself appear larger by picking up your children, leashing pets in, and standing close to other adults. Open your jacket. Raise your arms. Wave your raised arms slowly.

    Make noise.

    Yell, shout, bang your walking stick against a tree. Make any loud sound that cannot be confused by the lion as the sound of prey. Speak slowly, firmly and loudly to disrupt and discourage predatory behavior.

    Act like a predator yourself.

    Maintain eye contact. Never run past or from a mountain lion. Never bend over or crouch down. Aggressively wave your raised arms, throw stones or branches, all without turning away.

    Slowly create distance.

    Assess the situation. Consider whether you may be between the lion and its kittens, or between the lion and its prey or cache. Back slowly to a spot that gives the mountain lion a path to get away, never turning away from the animal. Give a mountain lions the time and ability to move away.

    Protect yourself.

    If attacked, fight back. Protect your neck and throat. People have utilized rocks, jackets, garden tools, tree branches, walking sticks, fanny packs and even bare hands to turn away cougars.

  Places to Go!

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Gateway School K-8, School Day Tour 3/9


Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour 3/15


Tara Redwood School, Elementary, Campus Tour 3/22

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The Gods Must Be Crazy II

Santa Cruz County Road Closures

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  Quiznite is coming !!!
SPIN, Special Parents Information
Date: 03/11/2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: This is the biggest & funnest fundraiser by S.P.I.N. Hosted by Lex Van Den Berghe (TV's 'Survivor' fame)
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 722-2800 view all details >>
Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
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  Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: The 2nd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 10 years of age and older.
Details: Experience the wildlife and natural beauty of Younger Lagoon.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
Banana Slug String Band
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  Banana Slug String Band
Banana Slug String Band
Date: 03/12/2017 at 2:00pm
Ages: families
Details: Kid-friendly concert at a family-friendly time in a venue that serves Mexican food
City: Ben Lomond view all details >>
Contra Dancing
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  Contra Dancing
Santa Cruz Dance
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
 Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
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  Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 03/14/2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Details: After nearly losing his 65' wooden schooner in a large Alaskan tide, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White vowed to understa
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
Exploring the San Lorenzo River
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  Exploring the San Lorenzo River
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: Every Sa (Mar 11-Apr 22) from 8:30am to 10:30am
Ages: All Ages
Details: A special Earth Day "BioBlitz"- where citizen scientists can identify organisms and record data. A BioBlitz is a period of biolo
Special Instructions: various locations
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-6115 view all details >>
 Monet: The Early Years
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  Monet: The Early Years
Legion of Honor Museum
Date: Every day (Feb 25-May 29)
Details: This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Monet's mastery before Impressionism, and includes paintings
City: San Francisco Phone: (415) 750-3600 view all details >>
Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley
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  Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley
State Park Rancho del Oso
Date: 03/10/2017 at 10:00am
Details: Come and see what's in bloom
City: Davenport Phone: (831) 427-2288 view all details >>
Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair
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  Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair
Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Date: 03/11/2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Details: Come see youth's science projects
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 466-5802 view all details >>
Historical Aircraft Display
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  Historical Aircraft Display
Young Eagles
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-768-3575 view all details >>
Mac Barnett And Brian Biggs Noisy Night
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  Mac Barnett And Brian Biggs Noisy Night
Bookshop Santa Cruz
Date: 03/14/2017 at 4:00pm
Ages: preschoo l- 1st grade
Details: In honor of NOISY NIGHT, we are throwing a NOISY pajama party!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 460-3232 view all details >>
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