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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

May 9, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day Has a Unique Beginning!

Human Race

Four Ways to Attract Birds and Butterflies

Fun Events!
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  Happy Mother's Day

(0 A May 2019) CZ3ChildrenDogFishing2.jpgHappy Mother's Day! I hope all you loving, hard-working moms have a day of rest and appreciation! Parenting is challenging, exhausting, rewarding, frustrating, full of laughs and awe. You deserve a great day.

Of course there are centuries of traditions to honor moms in different ways, but this year we focus on the history of Mother's Day in America. One of our community's own mothers, Susan Tatsui D'Arcy, is California "Mother of the Year." I've known her as an outstanding educator, setting high standards for students and teachers at her private school, Merit Academy, while guiding them through their youth.

Here's a special hug for moms who have lost their children and for children who have lost their moms. A young mom/artist I knew painted this precious summer scene of her three children and their furry protector before she succumbed to cancer. If you know someone who is hurting a little on Mother's Day, reach out. TLC flowing out comes back sweetly!

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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  Mother's Day Has a Unique Beginning!

(0 A May 2019) daisies.jpg"Did you know that American Mothers Inc. is the official sponsor of Mother's Day?  The ideals of American Mothers, Inc. began in the heart and mind of Anna Reeves Jarvis as she sought to heal the damage done to families caught in the conflict of the Civil War. By organizing a day of love and friendship across battle lines, this simple observance grew into the national holiday known as Mother's Day for which American Mothers is the official sponsor.

By 1935, the American Mothers Committee of the Golden Rule Foundation gathered New York City's elite at the Waldorf Astoria where Sarah Delano Roosevelt, the Committee's Honorary Chairman, presented Lucy Keen Johnson from Georgia as the first American Mother of the Year.

Every year since, American Mothers has named an inspirational mother from nominees across the 50 states, District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for this important honor.

(0 A May 2019) SusanTatsuiDArcy.jpgThe 2019 California Mother of the Year is Susan Tatsui-D'Arcy, mother of two from Santa Cruz in Northern California, who just returned from the American Mothers National Convention in Washington, D.C. 


"The common thread that wove us together was that we are all momma bears. In our unique ways, we protect, we guide, we overcome, and we cherish our children. Some of us have been raped, some live without modern conveniences, and some are single moms. Others are raising children with challenging disabilities and mental health issues. But we're all moms who have changed our lives so we can be there for our children forever.

We discussed major issues that we face as mothers: child care, gun violence, education/student debt, mental health and more. I shared my platforms for setting up free child care in the home, and getting students to do projects to get into top colleges and win scholarships (without cheating!) while solving major issues we face as a nation -- and as a civilization. Many mothers have set up non-profit organizations and started lucrative businesses to support mothers and children."

 

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  Human Race

(0 A May 2019) HumanRaceStart.jpgThis is one fabulous community event you don't want to miss. It's your chance to join with the change makers in our community, give where you live and have fun doing it! Choose between making a one-time donation or fundraising for your favorite cause. With 90+ participating non-profits, schools, and community groups you are sure to find a cause that matters most to you.

Join us on race day to run, wheel, or walk for change and enjoy pre-race yoga, breakfast, live music along the 5-mile course, costumes, hula hoopers, face-painting, DJ's and more. Our superstar finishers will be welcomed to a free finish line BBQ and after-party.

 

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  Four Ways to Attract Birds and Butterflies

David Mizejewski | May 1, 2019

for National Wildlife Federation


May is Garden for Wildlife Month! It's the perfect time to make your yard or garden space more attractive to birds, butterflies and other local wildlife. All wildlife need four things to survive and thrive: natural sources

Here are four easy ways to provide the four habitat components to create a garden space that attracts birds, butterflies and all sorts of other wonderful "backyard wildlife" this month.

Plant Natives
Habitat Provided: FOOD
Native plants are the plant species that are naturally found in your region. They are adapted to the climate, weather, and soil types of their native region, so they generally thrive with little maintenance once established. Native plants also co-evolved with wildlife and provide food sources birds and butterflies need to survive, from berries, seeds and nuts to nectar and leaves for butterfly caterpillars to eat. By supporting caterpillars and other insects, native plants also provide a critical protein source for backyard birds, the majority of which must feed their babies insects. Many native plants are highly ornamental and look great.

Get a list of native plants for your zip code.

(0 A May 2019) BirdBath-Robin-new-Mexico.jpgAdd a Birdbath
Habitat Provided: WATER
Birds and other wildlife need a clean source of drinking water. Birds also need to bathe in order to keep their feathers in good condition. A simple birdbath will do the trick. Birdbaths should be relatively shallow, no deeper than two to three inches. It's important to regularly dump and refill with fresh water. This makes sure the birds have a clean water source and will also eliminate any mosquitoes. Clean your birdbath with hot soapy water and a scrub brush periodically.

Build a Brush Pile
Habitat Provided: COVER
Birds and other wildlife need sheltered places to get out of bad weather and to find cover from predators. In nature, dead and dying trees-called snags-and the branches and logs of fallen trees provide excellent cover for birds and butterflies. If you have a tree snag on your property, keep it if it poses no danger of falling and damaging your home. You can mimic this kind of natural habitat by building a brush pile using logs and tree branches to create a rough dome filled with hidden spaces for birds and other small wildlife to hide.

(0 A May 2019) BirdboxandEastern-Bluebird.jpgInstall a Nesting Box
Habitat Provided: PLACES TO RAISE YOUNG
Many species of birds nest in tree holes called cavities. As trees age, branches break and decay sets in, causing natural cavities to form. Woodpeckers also excavate their own cavities for nesting, which are then available to other birds in subsequent seasons. You can mimic this important nesting habitat by putting out a nesting box for birds such as bluebirds, wrens, chickadees, woodpeckers or even kestrels, owls and wood ducks!

 

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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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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-728-5898 view all details >>
     
Happy Mother's Day!
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Details: Autism Spectrum Support GroupSupport is crucial to thriving as parents
Special Instructions: next to Nickelodeon Theater
City: Santa Cruz 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 >>
     
Shakespeare to Go's The Tempest
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  Shakespeare to Go's The Tempest
Library Boulder Creek
Date: 05/11/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Shakespeare to Go's The Tempest
City: Boulder Creek view all details >>
     
Infant Sleep Basics for Parents
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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 >>
     
Spring Mother's Day Plant Sale
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  Spring Mother's Day Plant Sale
Cabrillo College
Date: Every day (May 10-May 12)
Ages: All
Details: Over 1,000 different organic vegetable starts, perennial edible crops, annuals, bedding plants, culinary & medicinal herbs ....
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 479-624 view all details >>
     
Coping With Stress
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Triple P
Date: 05/15/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Details: Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: Common causes of stress, and how stress affects parenting ...
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x220
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 724-2997 view all details >>
     
Drawing for the Love of Nature
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Date: 10/12/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature - from leaf to watershed
City: Davenport Phone: (831) 427-2288 view all details >>
     
Happy Mother's Day!
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Archeology Day
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State Park Mission
Date: 10/05/2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 425-5849 view all details >>
     
Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival
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  Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival
Bonny Doon Elementary School
Date: 06/01/2019 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Details: Help fund science and arts programs and grow the Bonny Doon School Future Fund.
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Senderos Fiesta
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Senderos
Date: 05/11/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Oaxacan food, music and dance to mark the beginning of the traditional Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza festivities
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 854-7740 view all details >>
     
Human Race Fundraiser
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Human Race
Date: 05/11/2019 at 8:00am
Details: Walk, run, entertain or cheer in the Human Race
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Mediterranean Mound Class
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  Mediterranean Mound Class
Sierra Azul Gardens
Date: 05/11/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Details: Create a waterwise garden/landscape design using mounds, drought tolerant plants, paths, seating and focal area
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-728-2532 view all details >>
     
Hummingbird Days
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  Hummingbird Days
Arboretum
Date: 05/11/2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Birds and the plants they love... You'll likely spot Anna's and Allen's hummingbirds, the two most common species in Northern C
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-2998 view all details >>
     
     
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