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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

May 2, 2019
Comics!

It's A Whale of an Auction

Ask Nicole: We are all Michelle Obama

Comics Are Superpowers!

Fun Events!
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  Comics!

(0 A May 2019) ComicScooby-Doo_Moon_Monster_Madness.jpgOne of my favorite summer activities on a rainy summer day was opening my friend's trunk filled with hundreds of comics. We spent hours reading! Oh yes! Comics are fun, full of adventure, impossible situations, teen romances, monsters etc., and kids love them. So let them have comic book times! On Saturday, try out Free Comic Day at Atlantis Fantasyworld.

History: Lost Chinatown  Join artist and choreographer Cynthia Ling Lee and community member George Ow, Jr. for an afternoon of conversation and dance-theater inspired by the historic lost Chinatowns of Santa Cruz. The afternoon will begin at the MAH where George will share his experiences and reflections on growing up in Santa Cruz's last Chinatown followed by a solo performance of Lost Chinatowns by Cynthia. The event will then continue across the street to the site where the 1955 San Lorenzo flood washed away the last remaining Chinatown in Santa Cruz.

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 great weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  It's A Whale of an Auction

Friends of Seymour Marine Discovery Center is getting ready to hold an online auction fundraiser.

Starting on May 1, 2019, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center will auction off a number of exciting items, unique adventures, and priceless experiences.

All proceeds from our 2019 Whale of an Auction will benefit the Seymour Center's marine education programs.

Just by registering, you're entered to win a $50 gift card for Whole Foods Market.

Show your support by registering today, then bid May 1 starting at 9 AM through May 9 until 9 PM!

 A Few of 150 Auction Items!

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34 years — Whale of an Auction!

This auction fundraiser provides crucial support for the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, the marine science education center associated with Long Marine Lab, on the University of California, Santa Cruz Coastal Science Campus. Because of people like you, tens of thousands of children and families, plus people from all walks of life will discover why ocean science is important, now and for the future of the planet.

Sign up and bid early so you don't miss out on any of our fabulous items. Bid often, bid high, and help us meet the challenges facing our oceans. Thank you for your generosity!

If you have previously participated in a BiddingForGood auction, you simply need to "Sign In" by May 9, 2019. (Or use the "Forgot Password" feature to retrieve your sign-in information.) You will be entered into our drawing for the Whole Foods gift certificate. Winner will be notified by May 31, 2019.

 

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  Ask Nicole: We are all Michelle Obama

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I recently listened to Michelle Obama's book, Becoming. I was fascinated by her life and the depth of skills and experience she had before becoming the First Lady. I was also surprised to hear her describe self-doubts and the number of times she questioned whether she was "good enough" as a child, a student, a professional, and a parent. My first reaction was disbelief, since I'd only seen the confident, public version of Michelle.

My reaction was followed by the realization that I often ask myself that same question - am I doing "good enough" as a parent, a partner, a  professional, a friend, a sibling, a daughter? Sometimes, I ask that question to remind myself to be present and available. Other times, I ask that question because I'm my own harshest critic, facing the same kinds of self-doubts as Michelle. I know I'm not the only parent who feels this way, so really, we are all Michelle Obama.

Dear Nicole,
My sister and I both work full-time, but she manages to volunteer at her kids' schools, help with homework, and drive them to different activities. Sometimes it feels like she's comparing her parenting to mine, which never feels good. When my sister brags about how great her kids are (and how it's because of her parenting), it makes me feel like I'm not doing enough for my kids. But I'm worried that if I take on more commitments, it will make me feel stressed and resentful. What can I do? - Fatima


Dear Fatima,
Thanks for your question! Raising children is one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs a person could have. The job of parenting becomes much harder when it feels like we're doing it alone or are being judged for our choices and actions. Here are some tips to consider:

Keep taking care of yourself so you can take care of others. Self-care is one of the key principles of positive parenting for a good reason. It's common for many parents to put the needs of their children, partners, other family members, or friends ahead of their own physical, mental, and emotional needs. This can be especially true when parents feel pressure to be a "superparent" that never gets tired, upset, frustrated, or too busy. When this becomes a pattern, it can lead to burnout, which makes it even harder to be a patient, loving, calm, fair, and positive parent. Setting limits and saying "no" to extra commitments that would make your
life more stressful is a form of self-care.

Be kind to yourself. When we feel judged or self-doubt, it's easy to fall into the trap of telling ourselves unhelpful thoughts, such as "I'll never be good enough," or "I'll never be able to do that." This can stir up emotions such as stress, anxiety, depression, anger, or hopelessness, which can be paralyzing or create a self-fulfilling prophecy. Try replacing unhelpful thoughts with affirmations or coping statements such as, "I'm doing the best I can," "I can make my own choices," or "I'm doing what's best for me and my family."

Talk with your sister. It's possible your sister is seeking acknowledgement for the care and attention she gives her family, especially if she feels her efforts are overlooked or unappreciated at home. Let her know you understand how hard it is to balance work and family life, and that her kids are lucky to have such a loving, available mother. You can also tell her that it sometimes feels as though she's comparing your parenting to hers, which sends the message that you're not doing enough, and it doesn't feel good. She might be unaware she is
doing this, or that her words have this effect. Let her know you want to support and encourage her choices as a parent, and you'd like the same from her.

Final Thoughts: Many parents wonder and worry about whether they are doing enough or doing the right things for their children. While self-doubt is common, too much of it can keep us from learning and growing. In the end, our children will benefit more from being raised by happy, healthy parents and caregivers than having their days filled with endless activities. At least that's what I'd like to think Michelle would say.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 15 and 19, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, the world's leading positive parenting program. Scientifically proven, Triple P is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act) and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. To find a Triple P parenting class or practitioner, visit http://first5scc.org/families-are-strong/triple-p or contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 465-2217.

 

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  Comics Are Superpowers!

(0 A May 2019) Comicsuperfamcover.jpg"The language and narrative structure of comic books can help to draw in reluctant readers," says Ellie Stefanidi.

Storytelling is one of humanity's oldest pastimes, and for good reason. We're naturally drawn to stories of all sorts; narratives are attractive, partly because they give us a linearity and a causality that are often lacking in real life, helping us make better sense of the world around us. Hence, storytelling can make the perfect teaching tool. When people think of stories, the first thing that might pop into their mind is words. Visual storytelling, however, has predated oral tradition and it remains a highly effective way of conveying information. A picture's impact is strong and immediate. Wouldn't it be great if there was a magic blend of image and text?

(0 A May 2019) ComicArchie-Joke-Book-2.jpgWell, there is. Comics have been here all along. For years, they were looked down upon and treated with varying levels of mistrust. Then they slowly claimed their place in the mainstream and started fighting for their right to be viewed not just as a legitimate form of art, but also as highly efficient instructional tools. A comic's main ingredients are words and pictures. Pictures not as illustrations that complement the story. Pictures as the story: a marriage of pictures and words whose fruit is a meaningful story with a beginning, a middle and an end.

Studies seem to back up the potential of comics in education, as they have long pointed to the educational benefits of visual aids and storytelling; comics in classrooms make more sense than you think. Read more>>>>

 

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  Fun Events!
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Kirby School 6-12, Shadow Days are Mondays

 

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

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Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
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  Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
Arboretum
Date: Every Sa
Details: Free guided tour with paid admission, $3
Special Instructions: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.427.2998 view all details >>
     
Stewarding the Elkhorn Slough Watershed
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  Stewarding the Elkhorn Slough Watershed
Elkhorn Slough
Date: 05/09/2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: Conservation in a Working Landscape
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 728-2822 view all details >>
     
Kid's Tool Workshop
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  Kid's Tool Workshop
Home Depot
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12
Details: Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
City: Capitola or Watsonville view all details >>
     
May the 4th Be With You @ Downtown Library
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  May the 4th Be With You @ Downtown Library
Library Central
Date: 05/04/2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: May the 4th Be With You @ Downtown Library
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Infant Sleep Basics for Parents
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  Infant Sleep Basics for Parents
Rosewood Doula
Date: 07/18/2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: Parents of 0-1yr
Details: Tips and tricks from a doula with over a decade of experience working with new families in their homes...
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (610) 762-7354 view all details >>
     
High School Art Show
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  High School Art Show
Santa Cruz Art League
Date: Every day (Apr 26-May 19) from 9:00am to 3:30pm
Details: Come see some amazing art by local high school students... Opening reception May 4, 3-5pm
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-5787 view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair
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Santa Cruz Bluegrass Festival
Date: 05/05/2019 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Details: Great bluegrass music
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
STEAM - Make & Explore
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  STEAM - Make & Explore
Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Date: Every Fri (Mar 29-May 24) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 0-12
Details: We provide materials to explore creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries.
City: Capitola Phone: (888) 424-8035 view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz Toddler Center Bagel Brunch and Silent Auction
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  Santa Cruz Toddler Center Bagel Brunch and Silent Auction
Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center
Date: 05/04/2019 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: All - Very toddler friendly
Details: Toddler Friendly Event that's fun for the whole family
Special Instructions: Rain cancels
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-4120 view all details >>
     
FREE swim lessons w. Seahorse Swim School
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  FREE swim lessons w. Seahorse Swim School
Seahorse Swim School
Date: 05/04/2019 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 >>
     
Welcome May!
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  Welcome May!
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Star Wars Themed Costume Party and Fundraiser!
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  Star Wars Themed Costume Party and Fundraiser!
Soquel PENS
Date: 05/04/2019 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Star Wars Family Friendly Party!
City: Soquel Phone: (831) 429-3464 view all details >>
     
Wildflower Weekend
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  Wildflower Weekend
State Park Rancho del Oso
Date: Every day (May 4-May 5) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Come and see what's in bloom...Botanist-led wildflower walks at 10am and 1pm
Special Instructions: Guided hikes at 10am and 1pm on both Saturday and Sunday
City: Davenport Phone: (831) 427-2288 view all details >>
     
Baby Bunch
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  Baby Bunch
Temple Beth El
Date: Every Mon at 11:00am
Details: ... social time and support for babies and their parents...
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
     
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