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May 29, 2014
Food for Thought

Christine: The World's Most Important Problem

Raising A Moral Child

Viva: Five Best Food Apps for iPhones and Android

This Week
Artichoke Festival
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  Food for Thought

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Who doesn't like artichokes?  This weekend offers an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the popular artichoke at the Artichoke Festival.  Most of us began eating artichokes by peeling off the leaves and dipping them in an enticing dip.  Artichoke lovers have come up with some enchanting recipes that go beyond "beginner".  You might be able to taste artichoke hummus, fried artichokes or artichoke cookies, artichoke nachos, campfire artichokes, artchips and more!

Be sure to take advantage of the Summer Kickoff Pool Party with Tiffany Harmon of Seahorse Swim School Saturday, May 31, 2-5pm. at Santa Cruz High pool.  Tiffany will be there to answer all your questions about teaching children how to swim.

In case you've lost confidence in values in world of politics and government, listening to teens from Mount Madonna School (PreK - 12th grade) presenting what they learned in Washington D.C. as part of their values course just might re-invigorate your hopes for the future.  It happens Friday May 30, 1pm.

Serendipitously, Christine's article on The World's Most Important Problems offers our young students an opportunity to direct their thinking toward solving big problems.  Have fun posing these challenges to your children. 

Tying in with these themes is a helpful article by Adam Grant on Raising A Moral Child. Adam offers us outstanding food for thought on a very important topic.

Have a great weekend with family and friends, Parmalee

 

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  Christine: The World's Most Important Problem

(Graphics) Sci_Longitude.jpgHow would you define the world's most important problem? We have many. Now you can not only vote on a problem, you can choose the problem where a solution would win £10 million. And anyone could win. This means you!

An English organization (Nesta) has announced a new Longitude Prize

The original Longitude Prize was announced in 1714.  The prize was to be given for a method to accurately depict longitude. This was necessary in order to sail accurately.  Latitude are the lines parallel to the equator, longitude are the lines that go through the poles. I remember longitude by thinking "long" and thinking long-wise on the world. Back in the 1700s we could calculate latitude fairly accurately but were crashing ships due to longitude errors. The original competition was an Act of Parliament in England. The prize was never officially awarded (due to professional jealousies) but was considered won by John Harrison who developed an accurate chronometer-based method.

The new prize will be chosen by the public from one of six problems:

1)  Prevention of antibiotic resistance
2)  Help people with dementia live independently longer
3)  Nutritious, sustainable food for everyone
4)  Restore movement to paralyzed people
5)  Access to safe & clean water for everyone
6)  Flight without environmental damage

Which do you think is most important? Do you have a solution?

The vote takes place from May 25 until June 25.  The committee will finalize criteria. Solutions will be accepted beginning in September. The prize will run for 5 years or until a solution is found. The original Longitude Prize gave partial money for improvements that didn't completely solve the problem. We will have to see the criteria for this version.

Can you help solve one of the world's great problems? Anyone with a good idea can win. The original Latitude Prize was won by an amateur who was good at watches.


http://www.longitudeprize.org/

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27443825

Christine is a local mom and scientist. She likes making challenging science accessible to us non-scientists.  Visit her blog at Science Fun.

 

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  Raising A Moral Child

by Adam Grant

What does it take to be a good parent? We know some of the tricks for teaching kids to become high achievers. For example, research suggests that when parents praise effort rather than ability, children develop a stronger work ethic and become more motivated.

Yet although some parents live vicariously through their children's accomplishments, success is not the No. 1 priority for most parents. We're much more concerned about our children becoming kind, compassionate and helpful. Surveys reveal that in the United States, parents from European, Asian, Hispanic and African ethnic groups all place far greater importance on caring than achievement. These patterns hold around the world: When people in 50 countries were asked to report their guiding principles in life, the value that mattered most was not achievement, but caring.

Despite the significance that it holds in our lives, teaching children to care about others is no simple task continue reading>>>>>>>.

Adam Grant is a professor of management and psychology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the author of "Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success."

 

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  Viva: Five Best Food Apps for iPhones and Android

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These are the five best food apps that I've found for saving money and staying organized when I'm buying and preparing food.  All five are available for iPhones and Androids, and four of them are free.  Get Viva's opinion on these food apps>>>>>

Viva is a local mother of two and writes about saving money, "I started The Daily Citron in 2009, when I was determined to learn more about how to manage my money so that I could spend it on what I wanted to spend it on instead of watching it be frittered away on debt payments." You can find more of her articles on The Daily Citron.

 

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  This Week

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Mount Madonna PreK-12, Values in World Thought Presentation by Seniors 5/30

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, 36th Annual Ramayana 6/6-8

 

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 Artichoke Festival

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Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup and much more!
Saturday, May 31 ~ 10am - 6pm  ~  Sunday, June 1 ~ 10am - 5pm
Admission Fees:
Tickets on sale at the door $10 Adults/$5 Active Military, Seniors and Children (4-12) $5.00. Children 3 and under free.

Enjoy food and cooking demonstrations for artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup as well as recipes from the many ethnic groups that give this area its character as well as a plethora of other family-friendly events including an Agro Art competition, a parade and two days of live music including everything from swing to mariachi, country to 50's Rock & Roll. Children's activities include games, face paints, clowns, stilt walkers, puppets and more! Unique gifts and (Special Event Images / Graphics) ArtichokeArt_owl.jpgapparel crafted by artisans from throughout the country as well as artichoke souvenirs will be available for purchase Enjoy a farmers market featuring artichokes (of course!) and more, fresh from the heart of the salad bowl.

  • AGRO ART Competition: AGRO art is 3-dimensional fruit and vegetable artwork. This quirky competition fosters imagination, creativity and fun for both participants and the viewing public.
  • PARADE: Our sanctioned parade is one of the largest and most colorful of its kind.
  • MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Two days of live music! Everything from Swing to Mariachi, Country to 50's Rock & Roll.
  • CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES: Games, face paints, clowns, stilt walkers, puppets and more!
  • FOOD: Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup. Plus foods from the many ethnic groups that give this area its character.
  • COOKING DEMOS: The area's finest showcase the versatility and unique techniques for preparing and using artichokes.
  • WINE TASTING: Sample the best from the area's award winning producers.
  • ARTS & CRAFTS: Unique gifts and apparel crafted by artisans from throughout the country. Plus artichoke souvenirs galore!
  • FARMERS MARKET: Artichokes and more, fresh from the heart of the salad bowl.
  • FIELD TOURS: Hop a bus to the artichoke patch for grower talks and photo ops.

Please No Pets

Location: Monterey County Fair and Event Center, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-633-3465 •website• 

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Date: Every day (Jun 4-Jun 5)
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