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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

November 13, 2013
Giving Time
Mount Madonna
Suki: Rethinking the Education Problem
Five Flu Fighting foods
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Toys for Tots Events
Join the fun. Volunteer to help the Annual Interactive Toy Train Exhibit at MAH
Support Bluegrass !
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Science Sunday: About Bald Eagles
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  Giving Time

(Graphics) Volunteersign.jpgGiving time is coming, although it seems to be giving time all year.  Some families have a rich tradition of giving and others have decided they want to get going on giving back. There is much need and there are  many ways to give: time, gifts, donatons.  You might like the Adopt-A-Family program or may want to work with Toys 4 Tots.  Current high needs are gifts for children under 2yrs; girls 12/14yrs; and books for early readers or spanish/english books. Visit the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center for many opportunities to serve.

(Photos General) WhitneySmiling2.jpgThe online calendar is filling with holdiday events, shopping, fairs, performances, fall and winter hikes, holiday camps for the young ones. Remember you can isolate events by category and date. We've selected Nov.1- Dec 31 "Holidays" using the Search feature on our Events Calendar.

This is a "short" holiday season, just one of those calendar occurrences, but when you plan ahead about where you will shop, think about the positive effect of thousands of locals spending their dollars locally.  You can help make our local economy successful while having fun shopping.  Besides, shopping early enables you to be much more thoughtful and creative about finding that very special gift.

Suki poses a challenge on how to measure how U.S. schools are doing. Read her very thoughtful essay first and then check out how some educators are doing something about inner city education, very successfully.  Several years ago a "high up" administrator in California educational circles confessed to me that "throwing money at it doesn't work".  Cristo Rey schools demonstrate how a private non-governmental organization with private funding, student funding, businesses partners, a rigorous curriculum and high expectations achieves success in inner city cultures.  Check out this 60 Minutes video.  I would love to see their "rule book."

This is my daughter Whitney Campbell, local Santa Cruz mom for 20 years, leaving for the studio to add another song to her first bluegrass cd and hoping for Kickstarter support from Santa Cruz friends.  Do you know her? 

Enjoy the weekend, Parmalee

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  Suki: Rethinking the Education Problem

(Photos General) SukiWessling2013.jpgJudging from the mainstream education news you read, the US is in big trouble. Our students are falling behind. Little countries like Finland and Singapore are going to take over the world with their fantastically well-educated populations. Our public schools are so broken, we should pay corporations and churches to educate our youth instead.

If you only read general interest press, what you don't read are articles like this one in Education Week, which highlights the startling research that shows we're doing just fine... most of us, that is. The article focuses on new data that compares students' achievements in math and science by state rather than aggregated from the whole country. The result is what anyone who is paying attention could tell you: our poorest, most culturally conservative, and/or most economically and linguistically diverse states are, indeed, suffering when compared on a world stage.  Read the entire article>>>

  Five Flu Fighting foods

by Jill Troderman                    

Flu season is best navigated by a good dose of common sense and a good helping of nutritive foods to keep you and your family healthy. As a family holistic nutritionist, I love Hippocrates' message, "Food is thy medicine, and medicine is thy food."  This flu season I recommend stocking up on these 5 immune boosting plant based power foods for your families flu prevention.  

(Photos General) Food_MisoSoup.jpgMiso Soup

We often enjoy a bowl of miso soup when we go out for sushi but how about offering this warming wonder food to your kids for breakfast before they head out to school?

Miso soup is a popular Japanese food made from fermented soybeans and is hailed for its health benefits.

Miso helps keep the intestinal tract in tip-top shape. The gut is home to the immune system. In fact 90% of a persons immune complexes are found in the intestinal lining. Keeping the digestive tract populated with beneficial bacteria, like those found in miso soup will strengthen immune fighting capabilities, so your kids will be ready to fend off any pesky bug.

Making miso soup is quick and easy. Just make sure not to boil the soup after you add the miso paste, because the heat will destroy the beneficial cultures. Add diced tofu, scallion, and carrot and warm gently. When the carrots are soft add cooked brown rice, rice noodles or egg.

Avocado

(Photos General) Food_AvocadoSalad.jpgWhether smashed into guacamole, sliced on top of a salad or tucked away into a sandwich, kids who enjoy eating avocado will feel satiated throughout the school day. This healthy fat is filled with beneficial nutrients that are essential for maintaining optimal health.

Avocado is really a fruit originally named the alligator pear by the Spanish in the 1600's and is best known as a rich source of monounsaturated fats. Avocado is also abundant in essential immune boosting, infection fighting B vitamins, as well as the antioxidants vitamin E, and our most abundant universal antioxidant, glutathione. Encouraging your kids to eat this yummy food will have them thanking you for it later.

(Photos General) Food_Oatmeal.jpgOats

Oats may be perceived as a more folksy food than the exotic miso or the glamorous avocado, but this hearty fiber rich grain is a sure flu fighter and a kid pleaser.

Skip buying the "just add hot water, sweetened, overly processed, packaged variety" and spend the extra few minutes to make oatmeal from "scratch".  Use rolled oats that cook up in 15 minutes or for the more adventurous morning cook use the least unprocessed oat variety, the steel cut oat, which takes about 40 minutes to cook. Toss in a banana while cooking to add a natural sweetness. With either variety, the taste will please the whole family and nutritionally it is worth the effort to use an unprocessed whole grain.

Create an oatmeal bar by offering a colorful mixture of toppings including butter, milk, yogurt, nuts, seeds, berries, bananas, raisins and other fruit.  Whatever lovely creation you child takes for himself, oatmeal and the fixings will provide stable energy and immune boosting nutrients.

Oats are loaded with B-vitamins, folate, vitamin E, and flavonoids that are beneficial for the digestive tract. Oats are also rich in the minerals, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc. Selenium in particular is known for its ability to resist disease, aid in detoxification, and fight cancer.

(Photos General) Food_BlueberryBush.jpgBlueberries

We have heard berries are great for the immune system and I am hear to say it is no urban myth, blueberries really are an amazing food to help fight illness. The deep blue colored berry might be small in stature yet it is a top rated food on the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), a tool for measuring antioxidant capacity. Blueberries even out-rank broccoli, apples and carrots in antioxidants per serving.

The deep blue purple color provides the phyto-nutrient anthocyanins that improve circulation, reduce inflammation and do a great job destroying bacterial infections. This berry is also loaded in vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B-2, beta-carotene, fiber, and ellagic acid.

Kids enjoy blueberries raw right off the bush, but they will love them topped upon a steamy bowl of oatmeal, in smoothies, in pancakes, mixed with yogurt and nuts, or eaten frozen like mini popsicles.

(Photos General) Food_Kale.jpgKale

Kale is a flu fighting all-star absolutely bursting with immune boosting vitamins and phytonutrients. It is a member of the cruciferous family (broccoli, collards, and cabbage are too) known for their liver detoxifying capacities. Kale is rich in the plant chemical, glucosinolate that does the job of disabling cancer cell division. This delicious vegetable is also brimming with other immune enhancing elements like flavonoids, plant sterols, vitamin C, energy boosting B vitamins , and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc.

Kale is quick and easy to steam up and is sure to become a staple in your home. You can stir fry/steam the leaves until bright green. Just add bit of water in a pan and toss until done. (Photos General) JillTroderman.jpgSprinkle with sea salt and lightly fried garlic bits. Love to eat kale and your kids will grow up loving it too.

These are my Five Flu Fighting Foods that are staples in our family and I believe eating them often helps keep my kids flu free throughout the winter season, leaving fever and chills in the snow tracks.

This is just a handful of foods that can be built into an even more delicious nutrient dense immune boosting diet your whole family will love. And remember, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food."

Jill Troderman, NC, Holistic Family Nutrition, 831-476-2303, 831-239-1021

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  Toys for Tots Events

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3 weekends, 11/29-30, 12/01; 12/7-8, 12/14-15,  Roaring Camp's daytime steam train will again deliver and delight enroute to Bear Mountain.  At the summit, guests may sip hot cider and bask in the annual Holiday Tree Walk of beautifully decorated holiday trees.  (Trees provided by T4T supporters Patchen California Christmas Tree Farm!)  For each donated toy, Roaring Camp will deduct $2 per train ticket, whether purchased online or in person.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Alice_in_Wonderland.jpgSun, 12/08, Santa Cruz Jingle Bell Rock 5K Run/Walk along the Levee Trail. Sponsored by Finish Line Productions, this run/walk will start at Ross Dress in Santa Cruz then proceed along the levee trail all the way to the Boardwalk trestle and back again. Entrance is either $25 with a new, unwrapped toy or $35 without.  
Prizes for: best holiday running wear, best dressed canine running partner, best decorated stroller & more!

Sun, 12/15, Mad Hatter's Holiday Tea Party will come alive once again.  Based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and hosted by The Quail & Thistle Tea Room in Capitola this affair will amuse, entertain and dazzle you in true Hatter Victorian style. 3 Family Seatings available at 11am, 1pm & 3:30pm  (prices $39/$29/$10 more information here)  And, an evening seating, a Tea Party & Auction, at 6pm for Adults only ($59, more info here)  All four events will feature the Queen and Court, including Alice, the White Rabbit and of course, the Mad Hatter. Join us for Tea and Absurd-i-Tea!

  Join the fun. Volunteer to help the Annual Interactive Toy Train Exhibit at MAH

(Special Event Images / Graphics) TrainExhibit1.jpgComing soon and looking for train loving volunteers to help kids man the controls - Toy Trains at the MAH

Join us for a rotating cavalcade of  operating toy trains from the 1920s to the 21st century. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up-headlight flashing, drive wheels spinning, smoke flowing from the smoke stack and of course a mighty whistle.

On another track, see a remote controlled modern production of an O gauge diesel with all the latest electronic features. Hear the roar as the diesel starts up, the blast of the mighty horn, the squeal of the brakes at the train slows for a curve and the chatter between the engineer and the control tower. Toy trains have come a long way over the last century, but new or old, the emphasis is on fun!

The exhibit is opens Friday December 21st 5-9pm through Saturday January 5th.

Volunteers should call Eric at 408-674-2573 or email him.  Teen volunteers are welcome!  Choose a day and an afternoon or morning time.

  Support Bluegrass !
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Message from 20-years-local-mom Whitney Campbell

Hey friends and family, Just a friendly reminder! Only 3 days left to pledge to our Kickstarter project for our first album. Been waiting till the end to pledge? Well, here we are! We're going back into the studio on faith that you'll be looking for your Bluegrass Drifters CD for Christmas. I've got 2 originals picked out to record! Woohoo!

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Springhill K-8, Kindergarten Tours Wednesdays 9-10

 

Kirby Prep 6-12, Open House 11/14

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf PreK-8, A Walk Through the Grades 11/13

 

Mount Madonna Open House 11/23

 

Spring Hill K-6, Open House 11/22

 

Gateway K-8, Open House 12/5


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 Science Sunday: About Bald Eagles

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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us the third Sunday of every month for a public lecture from a scientist!
Date: 11/17/2013 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Admission Fees: Visit our website for details.
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Ave in Santa Cruz.

(Photos General) Animal_BaldEagle_Flying.jpgRe-patriation of Bald Eagles to the Central Coast: Forty years ago, the bald eagle was in danger of extinction throughout most of its range. In 1973 the bald eagle was declared endangered and shortly thereafter, Glenn Stewart of the UC Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group teamed up with the Ventana Wildlife Society to create a bald eagle recovery plan for Central California. Join Stewart in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act and hear the remarkable story of the return of the bald eagle back to the central coast. Science Sunday is free with admission. Seating is limited. Sponsored by: Allterra Solar.

Learn more about the bald eagle before the event.

Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Side

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Big Sur Marathon
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  Tools of the Treasure Hunt Orienteering & Mapping for Kids
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Date: 10/05/2014 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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