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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving is family time, although....
Metamorphosis: A Musical Journey

Fires: How to Help

The Season of Giving
Fun Events!
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  Thanksgiving is family time, although....

(0 A November 2018) Halloween_SquirrelinPumpkin22.jpgThe animals desire your jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins and squash!  Wilder Ranch is glad to take them to feed to the cows, goats, sheep, and chickens. Donated pumpkins help get the cows through the winter --carved, slightly rotten, any size and variety.

You can drive straight to the barn.  If anyone stops you, just let them know that you are dropping off donations. Please leave them in the horse barn (straight ahead) with a note. Thank you!!!

Is your family scattered all over the country or close enough to easily get together? Mine is all over --east, west, north, south. I've seen a lot of family this year, for which I'm deeply grateful, but I don't do airports during holidays so I'm going to volunteer at a Thanksgiving community dinner. You? Family Volunteering Opportunities abound.

"For the last several weeks, Santa Cruz County fire agencies have responded to near-daily fires, and sometimes more than one per day. Please do everything possible to protect your family and your property from the dangers posed by wildfire."

Parents, tweens and teens: please research the facts about why we have such destructive fires in California. Begin here, and here, and here and here and here. Search further. Encourage the children to interview fire fighters and forestry experts. Help them distinguish between fact and opinion. Can they find a region, state, country that successfully prevents wildfires? What is our responsibility as citizens?

We all feel badly for people who need our help, most recently fire victims. Families have lost loved ones, homes and all their belongings to fire. Trained professionals on the front line offer you recommendations for best ways to help.

Have a thoughtful weekend prior to Thanksgiving, Parmalee

  Metamorphosis: A Musical Journey

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All About Theatre presents a remarkable show for its 15-Year Anniversary Fundraising Gala and Performance on Saturday, November 17, at the historic Rio Theatre. Metamorphosis: A Musical Journey is an extraordinary odyssey of beloved musical theater songs that weaves the threads of individuals as they grow, blossom and ultimately find their artistic voice and true self. Each song speaks to this evolution as budding artists, growing with every show, come together in this community that is All About Theatre.

The fun and poignant musical mash-ups, featuring songs such as "Somewhere" from West Side Story, "When I Grow Up" from Matilda, "Take a Chance on Me" from Mama Mia and "This is Me" from The Greatest Showman, present an unprecedented opportunity to see future stars and current stars share the stage for one night only to connect through the languages of music, dance, and theater.

Saturday, November 17
5:30 pm - Special Pre-Performance Gala Entertainment
7:30 pm - Metamorphosis Performance
Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

We have two sets of one adult / one child tickets for the 7:30 performance. First two to email parmalee @ gets them!


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  Fires: How to Help


We want to help fire victims. Those on the front line say they have too much clothing, toothpaste, deodorant, "things," but...

Yes to credit cards --Walmart, Target or grocery, pharmacy, drugstore, gas station type cards

Yes cash to the Red Cross. No to old clothes you no longer need; instead have a garage sale and make a donation.

Yes to new underclothes - particularly for women - backpacks, duffle bags and luggage

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SCSPCA staff and volunteers are standing at the ready with vans and crates -- fully prepared to assist the Butte County and Southern California shelters by taking adoptable animals in order to create room for strays and fire evacuees.

We are in touch with many of the lead animal organizations and are following-up with the ever-changing needs. Those agencies are:

Butte County Animal Services
North Valley Animal Disaster Group
Butte Humane Society
Chico Animal Shelter
Northwest SPCA


The Humane Society of Ventura County
Ventura County Animal Services
spcaLA's DART team
The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation

Monetary donations made directly to any of these agencies is a great way to help animals and their humans at this time!

We also suggest following these organizations Facebook pages to stay up to date on the donation needs/wish lists. We have been told that making trips over with supplies should be limited or consolidated as much as possible, as the the in/out traffic in the area can be problematic.

We send our thoughts and prayers! 


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  The Season of Giving

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Santa Cruz Gives is project-based. Donors will be motivated by both the mission of an organization and a special project chosen for this campaign. At, each nonprofit has a web page with details, it's simple to click and give, and the leader board makes it exciting to watch your favorite nonprofits tick up in donations as totals are tracked in real time.

Browse the individual web pages and get fired up about some great objectives for the holiday season and 2018!

Make a tax-free donation. 

Your tax-free gift will increase the enormous impact of these organizations' volunteers, staff and programs. Please visit

Join us with your support. We are in this together.

  Fun Events!
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Expedition Academy Middle School, Open Studio 11/15


Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Campus Tour 12/7


GatewaySchool K-8,  Middle School Information Night 11/29 and Middle School Sneak Peek 11/30

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Wreath and Gift Sale

Saturday, Nov. 17

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World Chess Championship Parties

 Aptos Library

11/16, 24 & 26

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Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society

Holiday Sale

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Nov 17-18, 10- 5

Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, Gems, Jewelry, Lapidary Arts

  Santa Cruz 408-644-7848
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 Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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  Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
Watsonville Municipal Airport
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Like old planes? Come visit us!
City: Watsonville view all details >>
Gift and Wreath Sale
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  Gift and Wreath Sale
Date: 11/17/2018
Details: Run, don't walk, to the Arboretum's ever-popular Holiday Gift and Wreath Sale!
Special Instructions: 9am-10am Members' Pre-Sale 10am-4pm General Public
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.427.2998 view all details >>
Holiday Art Festival
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  Holiday Art Festival
Aromas Hills Artisans
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Nov 18) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: A great variety of artisans' works... find one of a kind gifts. hot drinks, treats and lunch!
Special Instructions: corner of Rose and Blohm Ave
City: San Juan Bautista Phone: 831-594-0033 view all details >>
Re-enactment: Battle of Monterey
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  Re-enactment: Battle of Monterey
City of Monterey
Date: 11/17/2018 at 1:00pm
Details: On November 17 at 1 p.m., pirates will once again storm the shores of Monterey.
Special Instructions: See different times & locations
City: Monterey view all details >>
La Selva Beach Holiday Fair
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  La Selva Beach Holiday Fair
Library La Selva Beach
Date: 11/17/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Shop over 50 arts and crafts vendors for handmade jewelry, cards, art, ornaments, pottery, woodcraft, jams, soaps, garden art, c
City: La Selva Beach view all details >>
Stories: 150 Years of Watsonville
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  Stories: 150 Years of Watsonville
Date: 11/15/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: Join us for a speaker series event with noted community members sharing their stories centered around farm worker experience, lo
City: sANTA view all details >>
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: 11/17/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
Details: Workshop for parents of children of all ages who are co-parenting
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-476-7284 x107 view all details >>
MOD Community Day
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  MOD Community Day
Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Date: 11/18/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: 2-12
Details: Enjoy a free day at the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
City: Capitola Phone: (888) 424-8035 view all details >>
Science Sunday: Turning off the Tap on California's Trash
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  Science Sunday: Turning off the Tap on California's Trash
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Date: 11/18/2018 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 & older
Details: Learn more about this multifaceted problem, approaches to prevention, and the state of the science surrounding marine debris.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
Open House: Thanks for the Memories!
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  Open House: Thanks for the Memories!
State Park Castro Adobe
Date: 11/17/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: "Thanks for the Memories" is a chance for history buffs, locals and Castro family descendants to visit
Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-335-6318 view all details >>
Pleasure Point Third Thursdays
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  Pleasure Point Third Thursdays
Pleasure Point Community
Date: The 3rd Th of every month (Sep 20-May 16) at 5:00pm
Details: Come down to Pleasure Point, check out all of our fantastic new shops, support and meet local artisans and have a good time!
Special Instructions: 1st Peak Park to the Hook
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 464-7748 view all details >>
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  Fall STEAM
Watsonville PAL
Date: 11/23/2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 2-5 & 2-7
Details: STEAM is back at PAL with some holiday fun.
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-763-4147 view all details >>
Turkey Trot
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  Turkey Trot
Santa Cruz Track Club
Date: 11/17/2018 at 8:00am
Details: Dress like a turkey for the Turkey Trot!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Native crafts workshop with Amah Mutsun artisans
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  Native crafts workshop with Amah Mutsun artisans
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 11/17/2018 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Native crafts workshop with Amah Mutsun artisans
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
Reindeer Romp at SF Zoo
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  Reindeer Romp at SF Zoo
San Francisco Zoo
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 17-Jan 1)
Details: Come see the reindeer on loan from Santa
Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway
City: San Francisco Phone: (415) 753-7080 view all details >>
Workshop: Preparing Children to Have Visitors
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  Workshop: Preparing Children to Have Visitors
Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Date: 11/15/2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Details: Tips for helping children when visitors come over
City: Watsonville view all details >>
Curious Contraptions
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  Curious Contraptions
Exploratorium, Pier 15
Date: Every day (Nov 8-Jan 20) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: A whimsical winter exhibition where small sculptures are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and
City: San Francisco Phone: (415) 528-4444 view all details >>
Miracle On 34th Street
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  Miracle On 34th Street
Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Nov 16-Dec 9)
Ages: 12+
Details: The heart-warming story of a gentle old man named Kris Kringle who believes he is Santa Claus and who uses kindness and generosi
City: Ben Lomond Phone: (831) 336-4777 view all details >>
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