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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

May 16, 2019
Play It Forward

A Playshop Festival

Teens! How to Volunteer at Native Animal Rescue

Kindness Can Be Taught

Kissing Bug in California

Fun Events!
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  Play It Forward

(0 A May 2019) Playho-ho-ha-ha-ha300.jpgSome, not all, of us adults become so loaded down with responsibilities and work that we forget to play. I'm guilty! Thanks to good people at our Santa Cruz Libraries and Santa Cruz City Recreation Department we can renew our youthful enjoyment of playing at Saturday's Play It Forward event.

Kindness and volunteering go together. Summer can be an in-between time for teenagers. It's also a good time to push them toward thinking beyond themselves like volunteering in our nearby parks, the SPCA or Native Animal Rescue, a library or museum, babysitting, mowing lawns, helping a neighbor, taking a trash bag to the beach, or learning a new skill.

Kissing Bugs... sounds cute, but it is not! I've had encounters with mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers and even a brown recluse. Now kissing bugs, aka nasty assassin bugs, enter the picture. Beware!

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a playful weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  A Playshop Festival

(0 A May 2019) PlaylHaHa.jpgRide, skip, skate or dance your way to Play it Forward Santa Cruz, brought to you by Santa Cruz Public Libraries and City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation  Experience how play can transform lives and strengthen communities.

What's a Playshop? A playshop is a fun hands-on experience that showcases how local organizations use play to make a positive impact in our community. There are a wide variety of playshops to choose from in the park and in Louden Nelson Community Center rooms. Schedule of playshops updated daily. 12:00pm

(0 A May 2019) Playlaughter_yoga.jpgLaughter Yoga Laugh your way out of stress and negative thoughts through playful, interactive laughter exercises, meditation and shivasana (deep relaxation). Room #1, 12 :00pm

Cuéntame a Story We can all use a little self-love. Join us for an All Ages Bilingual Adventure towards self-acceptance through storytime and crafts. (2:30- 3:10)  Room #5 

Martial Arts Maneuvers Come experience a Martial Arts mini class! Learn meditation, energy flow, stretching and kicking and hear an ancient martial arts story. Every child gets to kick through a wooden board at the end of the 20 minute session! (Limit 10 children per session.) Room #4, 2:00 & 2:40pm

(0 A May 2019) Playdoggone150.jpgA Virtual Playshop  Explore first-hand how virtual reality technology is used for gaming, learning and more. Ages 13 and up. (Drop in 12:30 -1:10)  Room #5  

Dog-gone Fun  Try not to fall in love with any of the friendly dogs that are taking turns hanging out in the Beer & Wine Garden with the hopes of finding a forever home. (Drop in 12:00 - 4:00) Multi-purpose Room

(0 A May 2019) Playjazz_band.jpgMeet the Band  This is your backstage pass to meet members of the Kuumbwa Honors Jazz band! (Drop in 1:30-2:15) Room #1

Zines for Social Change  Join our DIY Zine making workshop to explore community social issues around the themes of climate change, families and speaking up and out. (Drop in 1:30 -2:10) Room #5

(0 A May 2019) PlayMusicalMe.jpgDiscover your Family's Rhythm Make the world a better place through interactive music-making for the whole family: singing, dancing and rhythm instrument play.  Room #1, 2:45pm

(0 A May 2019) Playwaltz2.jpgLearn to Waltz Swirl your way into fun at this beginner Waltz lesson. (40 minute lesson)  Room #4, 12:45pm

Math Adventures of Jamear Discover how math is a fun part of everyday life through exciting math-based crafts, games and activities for kids K-3. (0 A May 2019) Playmath_adventures.jpg(12:15-1:00) Room #7

Up-cycle Plastics to Art! Using plastic re-purposed scraps, create a jellyfish, sea turtle, fish or something entirely of your own creation. Room #7, 3:10pm

There's MORE! Ongoing Activities,  Live Bands,   Beer & Wine,   Food Trucks,   Schedule

 

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  Teens! How to Volunteer at Native Animal Rescue

(0 A May 2019) TeenVolunteer_NativeAmericanRescue.jpgVolunteers are the backbone of Native Animal Rescue.

As a volunteer, your contribution helps give wildlife a second chance. Native Animal Rescue is a great place for people who are passionate about wildlife conservation. Even if you don't work directly with the animals, volunteering at Native Animal Rescue is a powerful and extremely satisfying experience.

To be a Native Animal Rescue volunteer, you must:

  • complete the Native Animal Rescue volunteer application
  • be at least 18 years of age or*
  • work within Native Animal Rescue's guidelines
  • understand that the goal of Native Animal Rescue is to release animals into the wild
  • attend a one four hour training session per year in order to provide direct animal care or to rescue or transport animals
  • sign NAR's Release of Liability and Indemnity Agreement
  • (0 A May 2019) Raccoon.jpgif you will be using your car to rescue or transport animals, you must provide Proof of Insurance as evidence you meet California requirements for car insurance

      *Children who are 16 and 17 can volunteer if the parent or guardian provides written permission.
      *Children who are under 16 can volunteer in they are accompanied by an adult.

 

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  Kindness Can Be Taught

(0 A May 2019) KindKids.jpgHere's How

LA Johnson/NPR

"Most kids value success and achievement more than caring for others, according to Harvard's Making Caring Common project. Who is to blame? We are. We talk to Scarlett Lewis of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement; Jennifer Kotler Clarke, vice president of content research and evaluation at Sesame Workshop; and Thomas Lickona, author of How To Raise Kind Kids, for some ideas on how to do better, and why.

Here's what to remember:

  • Children are born to be kind - but also unkind.
  • Kindness requires courage.
  • To build kindness, practice mindfulness.
  • Teach real apologies, and frame forgiveness as a gift you give yourself.
  • Practice gratitude to "raise the capital" of everyday kindness.
  • Kindness is a habit; rituals, chores and service can all help."
 

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  Kissing Bug in California

CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports that the Triatomine, aka Kissing Bug, aka assassin bug, which can transmit the fatal Chagas disease, has been reported in California.

"Although they are proficient killers, assassin bugs have natural enemies. Main predators of assassin bugs are: birds, rodents, praying mantis, spiders and other assassin bugs. Assassin bugs can transmit serious diseases, such as Chagas disease, to humans. Chagas disease may lead to heart failure."

"Main predators of assassin bugs are: birds, rodents, praying mantis, spiders and other assassin bugs."

You do not want to mess with a triatomine. Learn more about this bug directly from CDC: how to identify it, prevent it from coming into your house, and what to do if you find one >>>>>>

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Assassin Bug Facts>>>>

 

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Good Shepherd Pre-8, Shadow-A-Ram Visit Days

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Art Expo
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Event Santa Cruz
Date: 05/18/2019 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Details: Art, food, wineries and new artists!
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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Date: The 4th Fri of every month at 7:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Come dance with us! Live music * easy to learn * high energy * great community!
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Magical Harp Night
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Date: 05/17/2019 at 5:00pm
Details: Bring the children to listen to harp music up close ... and touchable...
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Santa Cruz County History Fair
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Santa Cruz County
Date: 05/18/2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Santa Cruz County History Fair
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Play!
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Elephant Seal Equal Access Tour
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State Park Ano Nuevo
Date: 05/19/2019
Details: Elephant seals galore! 3 mile hike to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Special Instructions: 10am and/or 1pm
City: Pescadero Phone: (650) 879-2025 view all details >>
     
FREE swim lessons w. Seahorse Swim School
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Seahorse Swim School
Date: 05/18/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: ages 6 months and up
Details: FREE swim lessons w. Seahorse Swim School
Special Instructions: no appointment needed , no experience necessary
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 476-7946 view all details >>
     
Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza Cultural Festival
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Date: 05/19/2019 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages
Details: Spend the Day in Oaxaca!
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50th Anniversary Celebration
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Staff of Life
Date: 05/18/2019 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Over 110 of Staff of Life's top suppliers offering free product samples and tastings, wine and beer ...
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-8632 view all details >>
     
Food Truck Friday
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Date: 05/17/2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Great Evening for the Whole Family! Celebrate with delicious dinner, drinks and live music! Support SV Educational Foundation.
City: Scotts Valley Phone: (831) 247-1236 view all details >>
     
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Maker Faire
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Maker Faire
Date: Every day (May 17-May 19)
Details: Immerse yourself in Maker culture with over 800 exhibits, 6+ stages, big art and spectacle, hands-on making and learning- all sh
City: San Mateo view all details >>
     
     
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