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May 11, 2011
Kids on Broadway to American Idol... You go James!

Where can I take the kids?!
Save May 26 for MAMAS' NIGHT OUT
Boltage Program Inspires Kids to Bike and Walk at Two Local Elementary Schools

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  Kids on Broadway to American Idol... You go James!

(Site Photos) JamesDurbin2.jpgI confess that I've never watched American Idol, but I've caught the fever because James Durbin's story is compelling. It reads like a Dickens classic: young man faces and learns to handle tourettes, aspergers and family challenges and meets a variety of characters, who play influential roles and encourage him on his journey. Along the way he meets a lovely lady, Heidi, and they have a little boy. They have a rough time financially, but he perseveres. He tries for American Idol a couple of years ago, is turned down, tries again and is accepted. If you've been following his story, you know that the outcome is positive. When (!) James wins this week, he will be coming to Santa Cruz to perform for us and American Idol fans.

Two of the "good local guys" in this story are Judy, his mother, and Mary Lundberg, Executive Director of Kids on Broadway. James' mother Judy encouraged his talent and applied for scholarships for him with KOB when he was 16. He played three leading roles with them. I bet many of you have seen him in these roles. Grease 2006 Summer-Lead- Danny; Beauty and the Beast 2006 Fall-Lead -The Beast; and Singin' in the Rain 2008 Spring-Lead- Don Lockwood. ." Here's a link to him singing "Good Morning" from "Singin' in the Rain" and my favorite, in rehearsal with a chicken for an umbrella. Another favorite is James singing the National Anthem.

Mary Lundberg got to know him well, as she frequently gave him rides to and from rehearsals. She recalls that "His favorite activities were performing, and going to pro wrestling events whenever he could. He did a lot of karaoke at Ideal Fish & Fog Bank, was a street musician on the Pacific Garden Mall, played in different bands (Hollywood Scars) and was invited to sing with "The White Album".

(Site Photos) JamesDurbinandFamily.jpgRobin Aronson who directed James in "Singin' in the Rain" was once quoted, "Kids On Broadway has really opened doors for James , A year and a half ago, he couldn't look you in the eye. You couldn't connect with him on a personal basis. Now, he's made such great strides. He has about him a professionalism that is amazing to see."

Speaking of Kids on Broadway and scholarship funds, Mary told us "KOB is looking for someone who needs a tax write-off to donate to our Scholarship Fund. We have 8 families right now asking for a scholarship to be involved in our Summer Academy Program, "Got Rhythm". $5,600.00 is needed. If you are that angel or even an angel with a smaller donation, give Mary a call or go here to donate.  The Summer Academy is an everyday Performing Arts Training program for four weeks with two Performances at the end. You might just be helping the next James Durbin.

There's one more message from Mary Lundberg, one of James' original benefactors and fans, "The most important message to get out now is "Vote for James Durbin every Wed night for the next 3 Wednesdays. It's Critical! Fox Channel 3, 8pm."

Kids on Broadway offers young people the opportunity to learn about and participate in quality professional theatre in a supportive environment wherethey can acquire communication, performance and technical skills, develop character and self-esteem, experience the pride of accomplishment and the joy of working as a team.  KIDS ON BROADWAY is a non-profit, year-round performing arts organization serving the greater Santa Cruz community for children and teenagers ages 5-18,and provides an enriching, bonding, and creative experience for the entire family.

 

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  Where can I take the kids?!

She said, "Where can I take my little ones?"  So of course I offered her a bookmark and invited her to sign up for the weekly newsletter.  This made me realize that every once in a while I should remind parents to use the category menu on the Events Calendar.  It saves time!  There are some months when we have hundreds of events for you to choose from.  The spring and summer seasons are especially full!  Click on a category that interests you, or go to the Events Calendar and isolate a category within a date range.

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  Save May 26 for MAMAS' NIGHT OUT

(Business Logos) CookiesforKidsCancer.jpg"MAMAS NIGHT OUT' TO RAISE MONEY FOR COOKIES FOR KIDS' CANCER
LOCAL WOMEN COMING TOGEHER IN SANTA CRUZ, CA TO SUPPORT PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH

"The scans were awful. His disease is now at the point where it's laughing at chemo. I need more time with him to love him and be loved by him. He is pure love and life and joy and kindness and strength. How can that be taken away from me?"  Gretchen Holt-Witt, Founder of CFKC / Mother of Liam Witt, one week before her son lost his battle with pediatric cancer at the age of 6.

Join local moms for a "Mamas Night Out' at The Top of the Ritt in Santa Cruz, CA on Thursday, May 26th from 6-11pm. Organized by two local moms who are supporters of Cookies for Kids' Cancer, the event will attract women who are looking to spend time with their girlfriends while raising money for Cookies for Kids' Cancer, a national non-profit organization committed to funding new, improved treatments for kids fighting cancer.

Mama's Night Out is organized by local businesswomen and moms Cara Pearson and Michelle Riddle. The evening will feature raffle prizes donated from local businesses, desserts from local bakeries, martinis from Clouds, wine from local wineries, a photo booth, DJ, and a bake sale. Karen Mazen Miller, author of Momma Zen will speak at the event. Expected are 200-250 women with a goal is to raise over $10,000. Packaged goods giant, Glad Products is a proud supporter of CFKC, and has committed $225,000 to match all money raised by Cookies For Kids' Cancer events during the month of May.

The event is dedicated to the memory of Liam Witt, known to many as "Prince Liam the Brave' who fought a 4-year battle with cancer after being diagnosed at the tender age of 2. This past January, Liam came to the end of his battle at age 6 ½. Liam was the inspiration behind Cookies for Kids' Cancer, founded by his parents as a way to inspire individuals around the country to Be a Good Cookie and get involved in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer
In the fall of 2008, Gretchen and Larry Witt launched Cookies for Kids' Cancer as a national non-profit supporting all types of pediatric cancer at leading research institutions. Pediatric cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. taking the lives of more children than asthma, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and (Site Photos) Food_Cupcakes.jpgmuscular dystrophy combined. A lack of funding into new and improved therapies contributes to this sobering statistic. Through the concept of local bake sales and online cookie sales, Cookies for Kids' Cancer inspires individuals, organizations, and businesses to join in the fight against pediatric cancer by raising the funds and awareness necessary to change the face of pediatric cancer and provide more families with the hope they deserve. Cookies for Kids' Cancer grants funds to leading pediatric cancer research facilities including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Texas Children's Cancer Center and Dana Farber Cancer Center.

For more information, visit CookiesforKidsCancer.org. Follow on Facebook and Twitter.  Cookies for Kids Cancer is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Mamas Night Out, The Top of the Ritt, Santa Cruz, Thursday, May 26th, 6-11pm

  Boltage Program Inspires Kids to Bike and Walk at Two Local Elementary Schools
- Jeanne LePage, Program Specialist, Transportation Group

(Event Calendar Logos) boltage.jpgLaunched at Gault Elementary this fall with great success, Boltage is an innovative program that is inspiring kids to improve their health, their community, and their world with each walking and biking trip to school. At Gault, 179 students have registered since October, logging 4,898 active trips, traveling 5,424 miles, burning 216,960 calories and sparing the air 5,424 pounds of CO2.

The second Santa Cruz County installation will launch at Starlight Elementary in Watsonville this month. The backbone of the Boltage program is a solar-powered Radio (Site Photos) Bike2Work_Kids.jpgFrequency Identification (RFID) reader which is mounted on a pole at the school site. Registered students get an RFID tag with a unique number that attaches to their backpack. On the days that a student uses active transportation they pass beneath the RFID reader which emits a beep and flashes a light, letting kids know that their trip was counted.

Boltage uploads data to a secure website so families and school administrators can see how many active trips students have logged, miles they've traveled, greenhouses gases reduced, and calories burned throughout the school year. Children are initially motivated by this program because they earn privileges, recognition and prizes based on the number of trips tallied - the more trips logged the more chances to win. But we have found that regular participants take pride in their efforts and often just do it for fun. Go Boltage!!

Visit www.ecoact.org for more information on the Boltage program.

 

 

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3PENS Rummage & Bake Sale 5/14

 

Orchard School, Mayfair & Open House 5/15

 

Aptos Academy, School and Camp Open House 5/19

 

Kirby School Dance Performance "The Limits of Language",  5/19


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 BIKE WEEK 2011 is May 9th -15th

 - Nick Mucha, Program Specialist, Transportation Group

(Event Calendar Logos) BiketoWorkWeek_colorful.jpgEcology Action is proud to host the 24th Annual Santa Cruz County Bike Week. 2011 Spring Bike to Work/School Day events are expected to attract roughly 7,000 participants!

Although a 24 year old tradition in Santa Cruz, the Bike to Work Day program continues to grow in participation. Last year's Spring and Fall Bike to Work/School Day events served over 12,500 participants across the county. This represents a 11% increase in participation from 2009!

(Event Calendar Logos) BiketoWork_2011_logo.jpgUS Census American Community Survey Data shows a 132% increase in bicycle commute to work trips in the City of Santa Cruz and a 65% increase overall in Santa Cruz County from 2000 to 2008. The City of Santa Cruz has some of the highest bicycle to work commuter percentages in the country.

Bike to Work/School Day is taking place on Thursday, May 12th. Free breakfast for all participants! Check www.bike2work.com for free breakfast locations, details and updates.

The 2011 Bike Week calendar is full of other events and promotions - including daily promotions at local businesses and restaurants - and a free Rail and Trail Celebration with the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission to keep you riding your bike to all week long.  Click for more details!

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Voting Tips from American Idol

Every week, millions of votes are cast for American Idol contestants. As the season progresses and the demand for voting increases week after week, it can get more difficult to get through right away on the toll-free phone lines. The tips below will help American Idol viewers have the best opportunity to vote for their favorite contestants.

Follow these tips for successful voting:

1. Call Toll-free during non-peak periods.
Toll-free voting lines are open for two hours following each American Idol broadcast. The highest call volumes for toll-free telephone voting generally occur within the first 30-45 minutes after the show ends and this is the time when viewers are most likely to get a busy signal. Waiting for non-peak times, such as the second hour of voting, increases your chances of successfully voting for your favorite American Idol contestants via the toll-free numbers.

2. Use a Cell Phone to call.
Try calling from a cell phone if you cannot get through using a land line - and vice versa. Both land lines and cell phone systems will experience line congestion, especially during peak periods, but try both if you can. Cell minutes will be used even though the call is toll-free.

3. Vote via Text Message.
AT&T wireless customers can, of course, send the word 'VOTE' to the 4 digit number that corresponds to their contestant of choice (e.g., 5701, 5702, etc). Standard text messaging rates will apply depending on your wireless plan. If you are not an AT&T wireless subscriber, you will not be able to vote via text message, so follow the tips above for calling the toll-free numbers or go to www.AmericanIdol.com and log in using your Facebook account.

4. Vote Online
Vote at www.AmericanIdol.com if you have a Facebook account. To vote online go to www.AmericanIdol.com and follow the links to vote at the end of each performance show. Online voting closes 2 hours after the Hawaii broadcast of a performance show. During the valid vote window, you will see a 'vote' button. Follow the instructions for how to vote online. You may vote up to 50 times per performance show. Also, note that although the voting systems can handle huge volumes of vote submissions simultaneously, there may be times (particularly just after the show) when the system may not be able to handle every attempt due to the sheer volume. If you are trying to vote during the vote window but it isn't processing your attempt, be patient and try again later or try voting via toll-free or AT&T SMS.

5. Be patient!!
Remember, there are millions of people also trying to vote at the same time, so if you can't get through, keep trying and you will be able to cast your vote eventually.

How do I vote?

There are three ways for you to vote for your next American Idol: (1) toll-free; (2) AT&T text voting (SMS); and (3) online at www.AmericanIdol.com.

1. (1) Toll-free voting: Each contestant will be assigned his or her own toll-free number during the performance show each Wednesday (for the last week of the competition, the performance show will air Tuesday, May 24). To vote, simply watch American Idol on FOX each week (see local listings for dates/times in your area) and dial the telephone number of the contestant for whom you wish to vote.

2. (2) AT&T text voting: Each contestant will be assigned his or her own text message short code number each Wednesday (except during the first voting week when the performance shows will air on Tuesday and Wednesday). AT&T wireless customers may text the word 'VOTE' to the 4 digit short code numbers promoted for each contestant. Only send the word 'VOTE' to the 4 digit short code numbers you see on screen, you cannot send a text message to the toll-free numbers.

3. (3) Online Voting: If you have a Facebook account you can also vote online at www.AmericanIdol.com. If you do not already have a Facebook account, you will need to create one before being able to vote online for American idol.

Voting will open at the end of each performance show. If voting by toll-free or text messaging, during the show you just need to note the number of the contestant you want to vote for and then call or text after the show is over, as voting will NOT be open before that. Voting will begin at the end of each performance show and you will have at least 2 hours to cast your votes. Online voting is limited to 50 votes per performance show and closes 2 hours after the Hawaii broadcast.

You may vote as often as you like when voting via toll-free or AT&T wireless text messaging, although producers reserve the right to disqualify, block or remove any votes from any individual who votes by any electronic, mechanical or automated means, or otherwise tampers with the vote process. When voting online at www.AmericanIdol.com you may vote up to 50 times per performance show. Any additional votes you cast or attempt to cast above these limits will NOT count.

Online voting is available to Facebook account holders. Simply go to www.AmericanIdol.com and follow the links to vote. Vote online at the end of each performance show. Online voting closes 2 hours after the Hawaii broadcast of a performance show. During the vote window, you will see a 'vote' button. When you click on the 'vote' button you will be directed to a Facebook login page where you will need to enter your e-mail address and password to log in (if you are not already logged in to Facebook). If you do not currently have a Facebook account you will not be able to vote online unless you create a new account (but you can still vote via toll-free and if you are an AT&T wireless customer you can also vote via AT&T text messaging). Once you successfully log in using your Facebook account you will be prompted to select the contestant for whom you want to vote and complete a 'CAPTCHA' and click 'vote'. A CAPTCHA is a security measure which requires you to enter the scrambled letters/numbers you see on your screen. If you do not correctly enter the CAPTCHA information you will be prompted to try again. If you successfully submit your vote, you will receive a page which thanks you for your vote, asks you if you want to post your vote to your Facebook page and if you want to vote again. Note, you are not required to post to your Facebook page, this is just an optional feature offered.

You may vote up to 50 times per performance show. Any additional votes you cast or attempt to cast above this limit will NOT count.

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