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March 21, 2019
Guide and Nourish

How The Very Hungry Caterpillar Became a Classic

What to Do If You Meet a Mountain Lion

Different Perspectives

Fun Events!
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  Guide and Nourish

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Spring is here! Can you guess which children's classic this quote is about?  "And its enduring appeal, according to librarians and children's-literature experts, can be attributed to its effortless fusion of story and educational concepts, its striking visual style, and the timelessness of both its aesthetic and its content." Find out>>>

I'm glad to see so many people talking about life after high school, especially the "confessions" of successful people who took many different paths. There truly is something for everyone. Guide your child's journey to adulthood. Nourish talents and interests; be there to help them make good choices; let them make and learn from mistakes; take a parenting class when you need support and a tuneup; talk with other parents who've been where you are now. I hear you doing all that Santa Cruz parents!

Taking a closer look today at the historical artworks curated for the 89th Annual Statewide CA Landscapes Exhibition. Some of these artworks are over 100 years old!

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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  How The Very Hungry Caterpillar Became a Classic

"It happens pretty much the same way every time. The day after I've partaken in some sort of weekend or holiday eating-and-drinking binge-i.e., the Monday after the Super Bowl, the fifth of July, the first week of January after the entire Thanksgiving-through-New Year's season officially comes to a close-I engage in the same detoxifying, repenting ritual: the consumption of a fresh, nutrient-rich salad. Somehow, in my mind, the more vividly green the leaves in the salad, the more purifying the ritual will feel, and with that first crunch on a crisp piece of greenery, I hear a tiny voice in my head, murmuring, "The next day was Sunday again. The caterpillar ate through one nice green leaf, and after that he felt much better." A pivotal line from a formative piece of literature that I, like many thousands of other now-adults, first encountered in childhood: The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

(0 A 0 March) VHCaterpillar.jpgEric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar-in which a caterpillar hatches out of an egg on a Sunday, proceeds to eat vibrantly colored fruits it finds in escalating quantities from Monday to Friday, goes on a junk-food-eating rampage on Saturday, eats a nice green leaf on Sunday, and then nestles into a cocoon for two weeks and emerges a beautiful butterfly-was released 50 years ago, on March 20, 1969. In the years since, it has sold almost 50 million copies around the world, in more than 62 languages; today, according to the book's publisher, Penguin Random House, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds. And its enduring appeal, according to librarians and children's-literature experts, can be attributed to its effortless fusion of story and educational concepts, its striking visual style, and the timelessness of both its aesthetic and its content." Read more of this entertaining essay>>>>

 

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  What to Do If You Meet a Mountain Lion

If you see a mountain lion, no matter how thrilled you are to be one of the very few who gets such an opportunity, stay well back, and take the encounter seriously. Learn more about mountain lions at Mountain Lion Foundation.

    Make yourself appear as large as possible.

    Make yourself appear larger by picking up your children, leashing pets in, and standing close to other adults. Open your jacket. Raise your arms. Wave your raised arms slowly.

    Make noise.

    Yell, shout, bang your walking stick against a tree. Make any loud sound that cannot be confused by the lion as the sound of prey. Speak slowly, firmly and loudly to disrupt and discourage predatory behavior.

    Act like a predator yourself.

    Maintain eye contact. Never run past or from a mountain lion. Never bend over or crouch down. Aggressively wave your raised arms, throw stones or branches, all without turning away.

    Slowly create distance.

    Assess the situation. Consider whether you may be between the lion and its kittens, or between the lion and its prey or cache. Back slowly to a spot that gives the mountain lion a path to get away, never turning away from the animal. Give a mountain lion the time and ability to move away.

    Protect yourself.

    If attacked, fight back. Protect your neck and throat. People have utilized rocks, jackets, garden tools, tree branches, walking sticks, fanny packs and even bare hands to turn away cougars.

 

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  Different Perspectives

 Help yourself to information because you want to help your children find their own paths. These articles offer different perspectives!

Back Off: It Doesn't Matter What College Your Kids Attend  Attending an elite college provides no long-term advantage to most students. Read more>>>

No One Asks the Top CEOs Where They Went to College
The perception that only elite schools produce elite leaders needs to die. Read more>>>

Want your kid to be the next big CEO? Buy them a puppy
Overall, 62 percent of the 857 corporate executives polled believe their childhood pets had a positive impact on their ability to build lasting relationships with their coworkers and clients. Read more>>>

The Importance of Apprenticeships in the New Economy
Diverging slightly from the mentorship model of traditional workforce training programs, we see a modern tech apprenticeship as part boot camp, in which immersive curriculum is delivered to the apprentices in the workplace over a longer more digestible time period. Read more>>>

Student Opinion: What Are Your Thoughts on "Snowplow Parents'?
Last week, a college admissions bribery scandal made the news. In fact, we asked students for their responses. Today, we ask about the parental behavior that may give rise to such situations. Read more>>>

 

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Expedition Academy 5-8, Children's Business Fair 3/23

 

Kirby School 6-12, Shadow Days are Mondays

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Who's Got Me?
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  Who's Got Me?
Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Aug 16-Aug 18)
Details: A new musical, is a nod to the "golden age" Broadway musicals of the 1930s and 40s.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 336-4777 view all details >>
     
Dancing Through the Decades: 50th Anniversary Gala
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  Dancing Through the Decades: 50th Anniversary Gala
Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County
Date: 03/23/2019 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Ages: 21+
Details: Dance with us through the decades --in costume!!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-3138 view all details >>
     
She Is Beautiful!
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  She Is Beautiful!
Dignity Health
Date: 03/23/2019
Details: Our Santa Cruz race course runs along the coast and finishes oceanside with a post race festival on Lighthouse Point in Santa Cr
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Kids Day 2019
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  Kids Day 2019
Downtown Association
Date: 03/24/2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Performances, exhibits, games, science, art, yoga, legos, face painting, food and In-store specials
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Spring!
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Polar Plunge for SPECIAL OLYMPICS
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  Polar Plunge for SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics
Date: 03/23/2019
Details: A crazy fundraising event where people raise a minimum of $125 for the opportunity to run into and out of chilly waters along wi
City: Rio Del Mar view all details >>
     
Old Time Music Jam
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  Old Time Music Jam
Toneway Project
Date: The 4th Su of every month at 1:00pm
Details: Play, listen, dance! Ocean View Park
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Photography Hike
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  Photography Hike
State Park Henry Cowell
Date: 03/24/2019 at 3:00pm
Details: Sunlight filtering through the redwoods, a glistening river, and breathtaking views make this hike ideal
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-7077 view all details >>
     
Salinas Air Show
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  Salinas Air Show
California Air Show
Date: Every day (Mar 23-Mar 24) at 11:00am
Details: Don't miss the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and more!
City: Salinas view all details >>
     
The MAKE Lab
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  The MAKE Lab
Library Scotts Valley
Date: Every Fri (Mar 8-Jul 26) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come
Special Instructions: Teens 12-18 years
City: Scotts Valley Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Friday Evening Program
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  Friday Evening Program
Hartnell College Planetarium
Date: Every Fri (Mar 22-May 17) from 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Ages: Mature 3rd graders and up
Details: Our Evening Shows are geared towards an audience looking to explore more complex material while still enjoying a fun and enterta
Special Instructions: Pay at the door by cash or check only. Discounts for Seniors, Military and all students. Doors open fifteen minutes before show time.
City: Salinas Phone: (831) 770-6161 view all details >>
     
Bellies Birth Babies
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  Bellies Birth Babies
Birth Net
Date: 03/23/2019 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Everything new parents could want!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
San Lorenzo River Adventures!
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  San Lorenzo River Adventures!
Coastal Watershed
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Feb 23-Jun 22)
Details: The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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  Sunday Seaside Crafts
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up
Details: Join the hands-on fun at the crafts table every Sunday from 1-3 PM.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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Santa Cruz Art League
Date: Every day (Mar 1-Apr 14)
Details: California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-5787 view all details >>
     
Youth Rock Show
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  Youth Rock Show
MAH
Date: 03/22/2019 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Details: Enjoy a tasty meal, beverage and music by kid rock bands!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Family Fun Day!
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  Family Fun Day!
Santa Cruz City Parks and Recreation
Date: 03/23/2019 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Details: Inflatable obstacle courses, oversize board games, a pop-up playground, kickball, cornhole, food trucks, and swimming at Harvey
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
     
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