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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

May 22, 2015
Remember

148th Annual Memorial Day Remembrance

Tiffany: Preparing for Jr. Lifeguard Programs
Santa Cruz County Parks & Rec Summer Programs!
Sewing is Art


Featured Event
May Campfire Programs
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  Remember

(AAA_Feb 2015) MemorialDay_MomandSon2.jpgRemembering our loved ones lost in wars is what Memorial Day is about.    This is an opportunity to help our children understand our history, world history and the amazing warring nature of mankind.  When it's difficult for us adults who live in a relatively safe country and have never experienced the horrors of serving in a war, or what it's like to live in a country that harms its own citizens, it almost defies our ability to explain this to children.  There's a great program at Evergreen Cemetery for all ages that promises to be moving may be helpful placing events into a context that makes some sense.

The Weekend  ~ Parenting Support ~ Parks ~ Museums ~ A-Z Camps

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Have a great weekend with family and friends, Parmalee

 

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  148th Annual Memorial Day Remembrance

(AAA_Feb 2015) MemorialDay_Evergreen.jpgJoin the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History along with local military and veterans organizations to commemorate Santa Cruz's 148th Memorial Day.

The Observance is held in the quiet Grand Army of the Republic plot at Evergreen Cemetery. This traditional remembrance features musical and spoken tributes from local community leaders, veterans and military including Mich Bench, Steve Johnson from Buglers Across America, The Color Guard from the Defense Lanuage Institute of the Presidio of Monterey Bay, Reverand T'Shala Olivieri, Timothy P. Reese from the Department Councilman - Calif. & Pacific. Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Santa Cruz City Mayor Don Lane, Chuck Woodson and the Defense Language Institute Active Personnel and ACWA 2nd Wisconson Infantry, Co. "H" and SVR's 89th California Infantry Company C.

(AAA_Feb 2015) AmyChristey.jpgAmy Christey will be our keynote speaker for this event. She serves as the Police Chief in the City of Morro Bay, prior to that she served twenty years as a member of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office. Chief Christey is firm in her convictions and understanding of how to protect and serve the citizens of Morro Bay, while treating all people with human dignity and respect. Chief Christey is a veteran of the Army, where she served as a communication's operator, and she left her service at the rank of Sergeant First Class. She was stationed in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down and is mindful of how important our democratic society is, as well as the freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America. Since returning from Germany, and while serving as a public safety officer, she continues to exemplify the importance of leadership, public service and public safety in our communities. Her mantras are "Excellence in Service" and "Challenges Present Opportunities," which she attributes to her role as a law enforcement officer and a veteran of the United States Army.

(AAA_Feb 2015) Memorial-Day-Remember.jpgBefore and after the Remembrance, we will have a Pop Up Museum that honors those who have served our country.  We encourage you to bring an object, memorabilia, or photograph to share with the public that honors your memory of a loved one, family member or friend who has served or is serving our country's armed forces.  We will ask you to write a brief label about the object and the person are honoring.

Thank you to all those who are part of this Remembrance Day

After the hour-long program, enjoy a BBQ luncheon at the Portuguese Hall hosted by Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 10110. Cost: $5/person.

 

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  Tiffany: Preparing for Jr. Lifeguard Programs

By Tiffany Harmon


(AAA_Feb 2015) Seahorse_JRGuards3.jpgJr. Lifeguard programs in Santa Cruz County are very popular with parents and kids alike. While some children are enthusiastic about swimming in the ocean, others are not quite ready for the deep blue sea. Fortunately, there are both pool and ocean Summer Junior Lifeguard programs for young swimmers in Santa Cruz County.


To prepare your child for the program that suits them best, follow these tips:
~Check the brochures or websites for the prerequisites to ensure that you know what is expected in order to pass and join the program of choice. There are varying requirements and schedules; consider all of the factors and leave enough time to get ready. If your child has not been in the water since last Summer, consider swim lessons or pre-training to make the experience safer and more enjoyable. Take advantage of multiple testing days in case your child needs to try out more than once to be successful. Lesson: if you don't succeed at first, try, try again.

(AAA_Feb 2015) Seahorse_JRGuards2.jpg~Hone skills. Swimming skills usually digress from the previous Summer unless the individual is training regularly. To refresh form, build confidence and improve endurance, enroll your child in swim lessons at least a month prior to be well prepared and successful on testing day. When short on time to prepare, private swim lessons can hone in on the skills needed to pass the tests and provide quick results.


~Get suited up! Protection from the elements (sun, wind and fog) is key to ensure that participants are comfortable for all activities in the Program. Ocean water temperatures range from 51 to 58 degrees in the Summer and Santa Cruz is often foggy in the morning. Consider a wetsuit or rashguard to help your child stay warm no matter what the weather report says. Waterproof/sweatproof sunscreen is imperative even if foggy (apply before leaving the house, teach to re-apply continually in the day). Don't forget lots of towels (or a shammy to preserve space in the day pack and the water to wash the towels). Remember to pack hats and sunglasses to protect skin and eyes from the elements and glare from the water or deck. Pack drinking water and snacks full of fiber, protein and carbohydrates to give them enough energy to happily participate in a full day of activities. (Glass is not allowed on the beach or pool areas; use an alternate type of container for snacks).

(AAA_Feb 2015) Seahorse_JRGuards1.jpgTo acclimate the participant to the environment, visit the Program site in advance. Get IN the ocean or pool water with them in advance of your program if possible. Swim often and swim as much as you can prior to the program start date. If your children are water lovers, they may do very well on a year round swim team or water polo program. It's important that every person, young and old, learn to swim. With participation in the Jr. Guard programs you are encouraging your children to make swimming an ongoing part of their lives.

With enough time, practice and preparation your child will gain the confidence in their abilities and be the star of the Program!

Tiffany Harmon , owner of Seahorse Swim School, is an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer and has been teaching swimming lessons since 1985. She holds a BA in Psychology and a Teaching Credential in Health and Safety.  Jr. Guard Programs, swim lessons, swim team and parent tot classes are offered through Seahorse Swim School in Aptos and Santa Cruz.

  Santa Cruz County Parks & Rec Summer Programs!
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  Sewing is Art

Everyone should learn to sew! It's creative. It saves money. You can get exactly the style, fabric and colors you like. You learn about fabrics and what goes into a quality product.

(AAA_Feb 2015) ArtFactory_sewinggroup2.jpgSewing occupies minds and keeps little fingers busy. Handwork helps with manual dexterity. Have you noticed that children who are exposed to hand skills tend to have more legible handwriting? Everyone should know how to hem pants or skirts or sew on a button --especially in this era of gender equality. You can source environmentally green fabrics, ensure that clothes and projects are well constructed, even dye fabrics to get your favorite color. Children sewing together are experiencing the camaraderie of an old fashioned sewing circle.

Yvette Contois' Art Factory has been providing sewing lessons for years and this summer is offering three unique classes.


(AAA_Feb 2015) ArtFactory_hedgieandmushroom2.jpgSewing and Needle Felting for Kids; Ages 5-7 and 8-12, $295 Students will master hand-sewing and learn how to sew on the machine while making fun, useful projects! And yes, we will have an entire day devoted to the delightful art of Needle Felting! June 8 - June 11, 10am-3pm

These two classes are one day only:

Teen Sewing Camp: Make Your Own Summer Skirt; Ages 13 and up, $48 Would you like to sew your own clothes? At this one-day workshop, you will learn to follow a simple pattern and use a sewing machine to construct a skirt just for you! Please plan to bring 1.5 (AAA_Feb 2015) ArtFactory_summerskirt2.jpgyards of cotton fabric. All other materials will be provided although you may bring your own sewing machine and learn to use it for future projects. Please be prepared to give waist, hip and waist-knee measurements when you call to register. Call the studio with any questions about fabric or measurements! Friday, June 12, 1pm-4pm

An Afternoon of Needle Felting for Teens Join us for the magical process of making wool into felted animals. Students will learn why felting works and use this knowledge to create a miniature sculpture from wool. Beginners and skilled needle felters welcome! All materials provided. Friday, June 19

Call to reserve your child's space. (831) 688-8862  The Art Factory

 

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 May Campfire Programs

May Campfire Programs

State Park Big Basin
Nature Presentation With an Interpreter!
Date: Every day (May 23-May 31)

Campfire Programs
Saturday, May 23 at 7 pm
Sunday, May 24 at 7 pm

Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallow roasting (we provide the marshmallows and sticks!) starts at 7:00 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Meet at the Campfire Center.

SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE
A Visit with Pioneer Alice Maddock
Saturday, May 30 at 7 pm
What was life like 125 years ago in Big Basin? Come meet Alice Maddock, a pioneering homesteader who lived here with her family in the late 1800s. What did they eat and how did they get it? What happened if they got sick? Hear Alice tell of life with her husband Tom and their seven children. Marshmallow roasting from 7-7:30; campfire program 7:30-8:30.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Alice in Wonderland
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Los Gatos Ballet
Date: Every day (May 26-May 28)
Details: We are excited about our brand new full-length production of Alice in Wonderland, a whimsical journey down the rabbit hole to Wo
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Parent Support Group: For Parents of Teens
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: The last Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Details: Parent Support Group: For Parents of Teens Last Wednesday of every month from 6:30 - 8:00pm -
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Santa Cruz American Music Festival
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Santa Cruz American Music Festival
Date: Every day (May 27-May 28)
Details: A mix of country, Americana and good ole rock 'n' roll,
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Bird Walk
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State Park Henry Cowell
Date: 03/26/2017 at 8:00am
Details: A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Memorial Day Interpretive Hike
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Date: 05/25/2015 at 1:00pm
Details: Stimulating and educational hike through the diverse ecosystems of the Waddell Creek Valley
Special Instructions: Meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and
City: Davenport Phone: (831) 427-2288 view all details >>
     
Teens in Action
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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Garage Sale Weekend
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Date: Every day (Jun 3-Jun 4)
Details: Hold a sale at your homehome or go garage sale shopping. Register your sale
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-5449 view all details >>
     
     
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