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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

November 25, 2015
A California Thanksgiving

The Real Story of Thanksgiving

Suki writes a chapter book!

Family Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Holiday Camps
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  A California Thanksgiving

(A Nov) ThanksgivingRedwoodsWalk.jpgNo politics, no religion, just family "remember-when" stories --plus turkey, potluck from guests, hopefully some tamales, decorations by the kids, then a great hike in the redwoods or walk on the beach, maybe even a round of surfing. That's a California Thanksgiving!  My youngest son and wife are hosting family this year.  Two years ago they served turducken.  I'm ready for the unexpected.  It's a tradition!

Ready for Thanksgiving? Big turkey and all the wonderful side dishes. Wondering if there's enough space in the refrigerator? Solution: Think of one or two or more people you know whom you could bless with an invitation to join you! This is the perfect day to model generosity for the children and to bring joy into others' lives. What a great way to start the holiday season.

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Have a wonderful day with your family and friends.  I am thankful for you, our readers.  Please recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss any fun events!


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 a miniature rendition of the ballet for 3-7 year old dancers and young audiences
 Sat, Nov, 28th 11am @ Santa Cruz High School
  The Real Story of Thanksgiving

 ...and Why Some Families Place Three Kernels of Corn by Each Place Setting

(Holidays) Thanksgiving_FIRSTThanksgiving.jpgIf you read Governor Bradford's diary of the travails of the pilgrims, you will learn that after landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620, they established a collective system of tending crops and dividing the workload. Collectively everyone owned and worked the land, did the laundry, prepared meals, and cared for the children.

Sadly, production declined, poverty was rampant and confusion prevailed. Women resented having to do laundry and cook for the entire community as well as being asked to work the fields. Young men found no reward for putting forth their best efforts. Resentment grew. Many died from poor nutrition. At the lowest point, a day's ration for one person was three kernels of corn.

Faced with extinction, Governor Bradford and the elders decided to do something radical. They gave each family a plot of land to work or barter as they wished. In one growing season individual owners within the colony reversed three years of failure, harvested bountiful crops, established trading posts, and began repaying their sponsors! They invited the Indians to share a feast of thanks --and that was the real story of the first Thanksgiving.

Let's place three kernels of corn by each place and ask each child and guest to tell a story about them, then tell the children the real story of Thanksgiving!

Read a more extensive essay on Our First Thanksgiving.  Foundation for Economic Education


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  Suki writes a chapter book!

(A Oct) Suki_2015.jpgWarning! Reading Hanna Homeschooler, a chapter book written for young readers, may open your mind to the joys, benefits and tribulations of homeschooling. Life in the world of Hanna, age 6 or so, who's coping with a move away from a best friend and experiencing time demands of a baby brother on her mother, the interactions of three generations living together, a dad who's busy retraining for a new career, is a year of change and growth.

For our young protagonist Hanna, age 6 or so, homeschooling is all she has ever known. However a necessary move to a new town exposes her to alternative modes of education, mean kids, nice kids, family generational conflicts and resolutions, and many new opportunities for learning.

Through Hanna's eyes we see questioning of Hanna's home schooling by her contemporaries, her parents' friends, even her grandmother,  paralleling a peek into how Hanna is gently guided and encouraged toward taking responsibility for her own learning via everyday activities in the home, neighborhood, with friends, in local businesses.  Her learning includes math, history, geography, handwriting, spelling, art, music, science and literature and also making choices about whom to befriend, understanding personalities different from her own, being kind and compassionate to others, etc.

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A few lessons:
Make choices right for you.
Be curious. Ask questions.
Provide a secure, loving environment for your children.
Allow your children to make and learn from mistakes.
Find the good in all efforts.
Be kind.
Choose friends wisely.
Be creative.
Find experts and learn from them.
Nourish and keep an open mind.
Model the behavior you seek from your children. Watch them practice that very behavior with younger children.
Be comfortable, strong and modest in your right choices.
...and more!

Suki Wessling is a local author and parent who cannot stop writing!  Hannah Homeschooler is her first venture into children's fiction, and probably won't be the last. Word has it that early readers are asking for a sequel!  HH is available at Bookshop Santa Cruz in paperback now. The ebook is available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble now and the paperback version will be available online at and by mid-December.


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  Family Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors

UCSC Theater Arts
This chamber opera is one of the most beloved and frequently performed operas in the repertoire, and families are invited to attend.
Date: 12/06/2015
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Two performances: 11:00AM and 2:00PM

Family opera: "Amahl and the Night Visitors"

  • Two performances: 11:00AM and 2:00PM
  • Sunday, December 6, Two performances: 11:00AM and 2:00PM
  • Music Center Recital Hall, UCSC

(A Nov) Amahl2.jpgThis chamber opera is one of the most beloved and frequently performed operas in the repertoire, and families are invited to attend for free!

Gian Carlo Menotti's beautiful score will be played and sung by UCSC opera students and instrumentalists conducted by Nathaniel Berman with stage direction by Sheila Willey and Brian Staufenbiel, opera program artistic director. The first-ever opera written for television, this popular Christmas program was premiered live December 24, 1951 on NBC.

Two performances: 11:00AM and 2:00PM
(performance is approx 50 minutes)

Free and open to the public.
Doors open 30 minutes before curtain.
Parking: $4

Please arrive 30 minutes before curtain to allow time to park (and to take a shuttle, if necessary), pick up tickets at will-call, and be in your seat before curtain. (Special note: the parking lot will be shared by patrons attending the 2:00PM performance of Tandy Beal's "Nutz Re-Mixed" in the Theater Arts Center.)

Late seating will be at the discretion of the management.

A You Tube video of the 1951 original performance (in black and white) with an introductory address by the composer Gian Carlo Menotti.  The first-ever opera written for television, this popular Christmas program was premiered live December 24, 1951 on NBC.

Location: UCMusic Center Recital Hall, Mainstage, Santa Cruz Map
website Santa Cruz West Side

  Holiday Camps

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Mount Madonna PreK-12, Fall Open House 11/21


Gateway School K-8, School Day Tour 12/10


All School Events

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Boulder Police!

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Ice Skating at Circle of Palms
San Jose Downtown

  Every day, 11/13-2/7

Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night

(408) 291-0525

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 Are you Prepared?

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Boulder Creek Fire Department


City of Santa Cruz


County of Santa Cruz


City of Watsonville

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The Petite Nutcracker
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  The Petite Nutcracker
Agape Dance
Date: Every day (Dec 16-Dec 18)
Ages: Young Audiences
Details: The Petite Nutcracker comes to Santa Cruz County
Phone: 831-359-0850 view all details >>
Strike Out Hunger
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  Strike Out Hunger
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Jan 1) from 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Bowl for Free at the Boardwalk Bowl, up through Dec.31. before 8:00 pm
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.423-5590 view all details >>
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California Theater
Date: 12/02/2015
Details: Beloved CTC classic adored by both children and adults
City: Watsonville view all details >>
Surfin' Santa
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  Surfin' Santa
Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce and Capitola Village
Date: 11/26/2016 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Surfin' Santa Arrives on the Shores of Capitola Beach
City: Capitola Phone: (831) 475-6522 view all details >>
Foster Parent and Adoption Orientation
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  Foster Parent and Adoption Orientation
County of Santa Cruz
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: Adult
Details: Foster Parent and Adoption Orientation
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 345-2700 view all details >>
Saratoga Holiday Tree Lighting And Village Open House
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  Saratoga Holiday Tree Lighting And Village Open House
Chamber of Commerce Saratoga Village
Date: 11/27/2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Snow machines, strutting horse-drawn carriages, crafts people, Santa Claus and more
Special Instructions: Free to stroll
City: Saratoga Phone: (408) 867-0753 view all details >>
Nutcracker Santa Cruz: Experience The Magic!
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  Nutcracker Santa Cruz: Experience The Magic!
International Academy of Dance, Santa Cruz Dance Guild
Date: Every day (Nov 26-Nov 27) at 4:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Kick off your family's holiday traditions with the magical Nutcracker Ballet, a spectacular performance sure to delight and insp
Special Instructions: Performances 1:00pm and 4:30pm
City: Aptos, 95003 Phone: (831) 466-0458 view all details >>
Molly's Revenge
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  Molly's Revenge
Don Quixotes International Music Hall
Date: 12/01/2016 at 7:30pm
Details: A dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm
City: Felton view all details >>
New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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  New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
Musical Me, Inc. Offers Music Together
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Ages: birth - 12months
Details: Join us every 3rd Tuesday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
Happy Thanksgiving
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Happy Thanksgiving
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Santa's Kingdom Holiday Lights Train
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  Santa's Kingdom Holiday Lights Train
Roaring Camp Railroads
Date: Every day (Nov 27-Dec 23)
Details: Sing along to seasonal carols while sipping hot-spiced cider, listen to musical entertainment, and enjoy a visit from Santa and
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-4484 view all details >>
Happy Thanksgiving
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  Happy Thanksgiving
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Bird Walk
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  Bird Walk
State Park Henry Cowell
Date: 03/26/2017 at 8:00am
Details: A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
City: Felton view all details >>
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