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Mother's Day at The Tyrolean | New Leaf Community Markets
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May 5, 2010
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  Happy Mother's Day!

(Holidays) MothersDay1.jpgDear Moms, Grandmoms, Aunts and Your Partners,

Being a parent is an awesome experience.  This weekend we celebrate moms. While parenting is non-stop responsibility for 18+ years, along with the challenges come memorable rewards: the way your heart swells when you hold your new baby, the delight in your daughter's beautiful singing voice, the relief when you find out your lost son is at the Dumbo ticket booth, the moments they made you laugh "til the tears were streaming, the phone call from across the country to say "Hi Mom, I love you."   Mother's Day may have its commercial tones, and we do love those flowers, dinners out, times at a spa, girl's night out, new earrings, etc., but the very best part of the day is when the children say "Thanks Mom."

Have a wonderful mother's day,

Parmalee

P.S. The fine folks at The Tyrolean in Ben Lomond are planning a delicious Mother's Day brunch for you.  That is one great place to dine with children as the staff expects them to be visiting the play corner and the Bounce House.  Call to make a reservation, 336.5188. Bon appetite!

  Other People's Children

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI've been working on editing the video of my daughter's school play. In editing the video, I have to go back and forth through small parts of it to find the places to cut, merge, add subtitles, etc. It's painstaking work, and should be boring, but I find it enjoyable. It's a sort of meditation.

And in doing this, I get to see other people's kids, over and over, repeating themselves each time the same, yet different, more deeply. I particularly enjoyed one part where I was trying to match the subtitles to what a small girl was chanting as she danced. You couldn't really hear the chant; it faded away into nothing somewhere a few words before the end.

But you can definitely see her dance. You can see that she loves the dance, she is inhabiting the dance. The way one of my kids might look when figuring something out on the computer, or making new clothes for her babydoll. The entranced look, that rapture, that people get when they're doing something they love. That's the look that this girl has for her dance. Who cares about the words? The dance says it all.

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  Team Sports

Calling ALL TEAM SPORT Parents, Coaches, Teachers


SantaCruzParent.com is developing a new section,
A-Z Team Sports & Team Sports Calendar.


Email or call us, 713.7026, and we shall help you list and promote your information.

Baseball ~ Football ~ Soccer ~ La Crosse ~ Volleyball ~ Swim Teams ~ Hockey ~ Basketball

  This Week

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5/8 Santa Cruz Gardens Benefit Auction

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9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond
Reservations 336.5188

Spicy Cooking!

Thurs, May 20, 6:30pm
Spice of Life Cooking Class, Indian Cuisine

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 Got Legs? Walk/Run for Local Charities

(Special Event Page Graphics) HumanRacePoster.jpgSanta Cruz County's 30th Human Race helps raise funds for local non-profit agencies, schools, religious, social and arts groups. This is a fun way to support our non-profits. The Walkathon and Fun Run will take place Saturday, May 8. The course is approximately 5K and winds along beautiful West Cliff Drive. Shuttles are available for those who get tired.

Local organizations and businesses recruit walkers, runners and pledge-gatherers to raise funds for various participating Santa Cruz County non-profit organizations. You can sign up to support your favorite organization by running or walking for them. Participating nonprofit organizations receive 75-85% of funds raised and the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz receives the remaining percentage to coordinate and stage the event.

Join the fun, be a part of making a difference in our community. Any county nonprofit, school or faith-based organization, and any individual or team wanting to support them is welcome. Breakfast begins at 7:40am and the race begins at 8am. Any individual raising more than $25 gets a free T-shirt, breakfast and barbecue lunch.  Contact information

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  Festival of the Winds in Marina May 8 -9

(Special Event Page Graphics) FestivalofWindsKiteGiant.jpgKite Flying • Skim Boarding• Food and Vendor Booths • Live Music and Entertainment • Giant Inflatable Air Park • Kite Making and Wind-Related Kids Crafts • Science and Technology Tent •  Free Medical Screening • Marina Volunteer Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast on Saturday

◊ Giant Inflatable Air Park: Giant Tiger, Iron Man, Tiki, and Hot Air Balloon Bounce House
◊ Skate Board Contest at Marina Skate Park
◊ Children's Educational Activities: Kite Making Workshops, Kite Competition, Hands-on Wind-related Crafts, including Wind Chimes with Marina Youth Arts, and Wind-related Science projects with the National Weather Service.
◊ A.J. Robinson Free Medical Screening: On Cardoza Avenue, above the Park
◊ Professional Kite Demonstrations featuring Dan Whitney, Brian Champie and David Sabilino. Both Saturday and Sunday!
◊ Mission Soaring Center - Free hang gliding simulator and "mini" lessons at the Park

Saturday 1-3pm Kite making workshop; 3pm Kite Competition; John "Broadway" Tucker will be performing
Sat & Sun: Free A.J. Robinson Health Screening and Crime Stoppers Children's Fingerprinting
Sunday: Shinsho Mugen Taiko Japanese Drums, El Sol Folklorico, and the Kaye Bohler Blues Band

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  Five Bucks Worth of Romance Advice

by Leon Scott Baxter

When we hear the name Abraham Lincoln most of us think of the gentle-giant president, the Gettysburg Address, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Rarely do we see our sixteenth president as a romantic, but romantic he was. What a lucky woman Mary Todd was, for it was Lincoln who once said that the best thing a man can do for his children is to love their mother. Talk about 19th century smooth. His words rang true then, as their echoes resonate truth now in the 21st century.

I've seen the results of Lincoln's advice not so much as America's Romance Guru, but more through my thirteen years as an elementary school teacher. I didn't make the connection at first, but after a few years, the pattern began to emerge. Those students who were polite and respectful, the ones who treated their peers well and were well-liked, tended to be the same children who wrote about both parents, who would have Mom and Dad attend parent conferences, and who always knew when it was their parents' wedding anniversary.

These parents spent time together. They made an effort to share special days with one another. The dads loved the moms, and the children could feel that.

When children see a strong, loving relationship between their parents, a sense of security, stability, and safety is anchored within them. "If Mom and Dad love each other so much, they must love us, too," children reason, feeling that nothing will separate the family in this world where over 50% of marriages end in divorce, and so many children are being raised in single-family households.

A strong bond between parents allows children to know that love is okay. Not just romantic love, but love for friends, family, pets, and teachers. They learn there's no shame in being kind. It's pleasing to make others happy. They will internalize these characteristics which will undoubtedly resurface during playdates, at school recess, and any other child-social gatherings.

Not only will your children become happier people, but the affection aimed at Mom will plant the seed for strong relationships for your children's future. Little ones may want to get in on Mommy and Daddy's hug or sofa-snuggle. Teens may tell you to "get a room". But, no matter how they react, they will see what love is, not from a TV sitcom, a PG-13 movie, an article in a teen magazine, or what their friends tell them. They learn love from you.

Legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, said, "The person you are is the person your children will be." What a powerful, poignant, and provocative statement. If it's true, we as parents have incredible responsibility to live our lives as we hope our children will live theirs. So, show them true love, for isn't love what we all strive for? Don't you want your children to find as loving a relationship as you have? Then... show them.

Buy Mom flowers. Tickle her when she washes the dishes. Have date nights without the kids. Hold hands in public. Snuggle on the couch. All the while, letting the kids see you love their mother.

Your children will develop into strong and healthy people whose relationships will blossom, while yours will stay as romantic as those days you were courting, all thanks to the man on the five. Thanks, Abe. And, Happy Mother's Day.

Leon Scott Baxter Lewandowski, (America's Romance Guru), Author of "A Labor With Love" and "Out of the Doghouse", www.CouplesCommittedToLove.com

 

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