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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

May 10, 2018
Happy Mother's Day!

Ted Talks with Children!

Inspiration! Protecting Endangered Species

Up is down and down is up

Tales from the Brink

Fun Events!
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  Happy Mother's Day!

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Wishing for you a Happy Mother's Day with great respect of all you do!

No respite for this mama bird, however she is on intense duty for only a few weeks whereas human mamas and papas are on the job for 18 years (and more...).

We are all different kinds of mothering styles striving to do our best by our children. On Mother's Day let's relax and reflect on the joy of it all. A hug and kind words, perhaps a kind deed are welcome rewards for our important job! Well...perhaps a few flowers.

What does stewardship mean to you? How can we help our children develop an awareness of our relationships with our natural world? Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Heather Moffat McCoy, ponders this question and invites us to learn more.

Enjoy some good mom times over the weekend with the family! Parmalee

 

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  Ted Talks with Children!

(0 A May 2018) SCCS-TedTalks.jpgSanta Cruz Children's School's eldest students (4th-6th grade) will be performing their SCCS TED-Ed Talks at UCSC in Marine Sciences B206.

The lineup includes multimedia presentations on such diverse concepts as apitherapy, the science behind smiles, what's really in your neighbor's fast food, self-driving cars, black holes, rabies, intriguing international borders, slime, the ramifications of privatized fishing, can we live on Mars, the science behind mythconceptions, and whether you can even be sure that you exist!

In addition to the talks at this FREE event, there will be hands-on science activities for all ages as well as food. Please join us and support the next generation of scientists with your sense of wonder.

May 12, 11am - 2pm

 

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  Inspiration! Protecting Endangered Species

(0 April 2018) Rio_TalesFromtheBrink.jpgWhen we talk about engaging in stewardship of the natural world, we might be tempted to think of nature as it exists today. But the one sure thing about nature is that it is always changing-adapting to its own forces as well as those contributed by human factors.

For many, the defining motivation behind stewardship is the desire to act in the present to positively impact the future-thinking about how actions we take now can improve conditions in nature.

As our natural resources respond-positively and negatively-to our actions, we must wonder what "nature" will look like to future generations who have never had the chance to see the Great Barrier Reef, an old-growth redwood forest, or a flock of snowy plovers. Will we be able to preserve critical species and habitats, and with what tools and resources? What role can we play individually to preserve something that is meaningful to us?

On May 17, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History will host the next installment of our bi-annual Rio Theatre Speaker Series with a panel discussing "Tales from the Brink: Recovering Endangered Species in California."

Moderated by California's Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird, the presentation will feature status updates by three scientific experts on the California Condor, Southern Sea Otter and Salmonids -all currently listed under the Endangered Species Act.

The panel will explore how everyone from policymakers, researchers and individual community scientists on the Central Coast has a part in pulling these populations back from the brink of extinction. Secretary Laird, a former Assembly member and Santa Cruz mayor, will provide a larger context about the status of species protection in California. I hope you will join us for what promises to be an engaging, informative program.

Heather Mofffat, Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

 

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  Up is down and down is up

In this topsy-turvy world of ours it appears that certain traditions are fading, being replaced or even revived! For example, "Everyone should go to college" is no longer de rigueur. Entering the trades is being touted as a respectable, viable and even wise choice for some.  Graduating with a college degree and a heavy debt load is being questioned as a good start as an adult. Long a tradition of European education options, and once an important part of training in the USA, apprenticeships are returning to  vogue.

I'm delighted to see sensibility and respect for different paths entering the picture.  As well as nurturing natural talents and interests, we need to think very carefully about how to guide our children in their post high school paths, to do lots of reading, to explore options. Most of all include them in exploring options and making decisions from babyhood into fledgling adult. It's our job because we know our children better than anyone else.

 

(0 A May 2018) ironworker.jpgHigh-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University by Jon Marcus

Garret Morgan (center) is training as an ironworker near Seattle and already has a job that pays him $50,000 a year. Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor's degree. "All through my life it was, 'if you don't go to college you're going to end up on the streets,' " Morgan said. "Everybody's so gung-ho about going to college." So he tried it for a while. Then he quit and started training as an iron worker... continue>

 

(0 A May 2018) StudentLoans.jpgHow to Pay for College Without Student Loans by Dave Ramsey

It goes without saying that college is not cheap and more often than not leaves graduates drowning in debt. Here's why: When we don't talk about the hard stuff-even the obviously hard stuff like money and finances-we often end up taking the easiest path. For college students this path is paved with loans and lots of them! Thankfully, if you just kick your brain into high gear and think about the hard stuff, you'll find plenty of options to pay for school with zero debt. And we're here to help with some alternatives to paying for college with student loans...continue>


(0 A May 2018) Apprenticeships.jpgWhy Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers
by Talmar Jacoby, The Atlantic

America rarely uses an apprenticeship model to teach young people a trade. Could such a system help the unemployed?At last, unemployment is easing. But the latest low rate-hovering below 6 percent-obscures a deeper, longer-term problem: "skills mismatches" in the labor force, which will only worsen in years to come. According to the most recent figures, 9.3 million Americans are unemployed, but 4.8 million jobs stand empty because employers can't find people to fill them. With new technology transforming work across a range of sectors, more and more businesses are struggling to find workers with the skills to man new machines and manage new processes.

One solution has enchanted employers, educators, and policymakers on both sides of the aisle: European-style apprenticeship...continue>

 

(0 A May 2018) Siemens.jpgWanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required by Jeffrey J. Selingo

When the German engineering company Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, N.C., some 10,000 people showed up at a job fair for 800 positions. But fewer than 15 percent of the applicants were able to pass a reading, writing and math screening test geared toward a ninth-grade education. "In our factories, there's a computer about every 20 or 30 feet," said Eric Spiegel, who recently retired as president and chief executive of Siemens U.S.A. "People on the plant floor need to be much more skilled than they were in the past. There are no jobs for high school graduates at Siemens today." Ditto at John Deere dealerships, which repair million-dollar farming machinery filled with several dozen computers. Fixing tractors and grain harvesters now requires advanced math and comprehension skills and the ability to solve problems on the fly. "The toolbox is now a computer," said Andy Winnett, who directs the company's agricultural program at Walla Walla Community College in Washington...continue>

 

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  Tales from the Brink

Rio Theatre Speaker Series: Tales from the Brink
May 17. 7 - 9 pm.
$15 General Admission | $10 Museum Members | CLICK HERE to purchase Gen Admission Tickets
$30 Gold Circle | CLICK HERE for Gold Circle

Moderator:
John Laird, CA Secretary for Natural Resources

Panelists:
Charlotte Ambrose, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region
Lilian Carswell, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Kelly Sorenson, Ventana Wildlife Society

Looking out at the Monterey Bay you are likely to see the floating tops of kelp and the furry face of a sea otter (or a few). Now, as their population size reaches record highs, it may be hard to believe that 100 years ago there were only a few dozen individuals. The Endangered Species Act was established in 1973 to protect species at risk of extinction as a "consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation." Every endangered species faces a unique set of threats and challenges: hunting, poisoning, habitat loss, and even competing with humans for resources. For each dwindling population, the road to recovery involves the hard work of policy-makers, scientists, conservation groups and individuals working together to better understand, restore, and protect endangered species.

This panel will tell three different tales of recovering species from the brink of extinction. Southern Sea Otters, California Condors, and Salmon are each at a different point in their journeys toward recovery, and each face a unique set of challenges and solutions. Through this panel we will discover how their survival is in all of our hands.

 

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  Fun Events!
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Expedition Academy 5-8, Open House 5/12

 

High School Art Show 4/27-5/20

 

ALL SCHOOL EVENTS

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The Serengeti Rules
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Rio Theater
Date: 05/11/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Details: "A master storyteller, Carroll explores the unity of biology from the molecular level to the Serengeti, the rules that regulate
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Happy Mom's Day!
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International Migratory Bird Day
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State Park Natural Bridges
Date: 05/12/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Activities include guided bird walks, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kid
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-4609 view all details >>
     
Indigenous Land Stewardship at Quiroste Valley, Then and Now
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  Indigenous Land Stewardship at Quiroste Valley, Then and Now
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 07/28/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: We will visit the remains of a large Quiroste village (most likely the village of Metenne)
Special Instructions:
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831)420-6115 view all details >>
     
Senderos Fiesta
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Senderos
Date: 05/12/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Oaxacan food, music and dance to mark the beginning of the traditional Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza festivities
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 854-7740 view all details >>
     
Arboretum September Events
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Arboretum
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 30)
Details: September at the Arboretum is filled with colorful events.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.427.2998 view all details >>
     
Human Race
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The Human Race
Date: 05/12/2018
Details: Be a Star for Your Community at the Human Race
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
World Migratory Bird Day Celebration
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  World Migratory Bird Day Celebration
Watsonville Wetlands
Date: 05/12/2018 from 10:00am to 3:30pm
Details: A bird walk and a beautiful photo-journal presentation
Special Instructions: See events, times, locations
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-345-1226 view all details >>
     
2018 Bike Week Schedule :
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Ecology Action
Date: Every day (May 4-May 12)
Details: Find a bike activity to suit your skills!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
COME DANCE!
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  COME DANCE!
Santa Cruz Dance
Date: 05/13/2018 from 6:40pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers
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Annual Bike Fest
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Bicycle Trip
Date: 05/12/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Come together to celebrate riding and having fun on two wheels in Santa Cruz
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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Women of the Castro
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Date: 06/10/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Join us for a unique opportunity to view our newest State Historic Park.
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 429-1840 view all details >>
     
Little Craft Pop Up Mama Style
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Little Craft Pop Up
Date: 05/12/2018 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Details: Best in locally made gifts for Mother's Day
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY
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Scotts Valley Police
Date: Every day (May 1-Aug 3)
Details: Provides students with alternatives to drugs, violence, and other illegal activities through exciting events and educational pro
Special Instructions: June 18-22, July 9-13, July 30-Aug 3
City: Scotts Valley Phone: 831-440-5656 view all details >>
     
     
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