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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

November 29, 2018
Whistle for Your Life!

Puzzle Challenge!

How to Whistle LOUDLY!

Ask Nicole: Give Yourself Peace of Mind

Christmas with Dickens

Make It!

Fun Events!
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  Whistle for Your Life!

(0 A November 2018) Whistle_EzraJackKeats.jpgLast week an experienced mountain woods hiker/walker misjudged her directions and could not find her way out. Fortunately, as darkness descended, she made the decision to stay put, curled up with her dog and waited to be found. Rescuers reached them the next morning, chilled but okay. 

Remember how excited you were when you first learned to whistle? Have you been envious of those who can whistle extremely loudly? Well, that skill could save your life, so let's learn it and teach our children! And if your lips just won't cooperate, by all means equip your family with whistles --and whistling etiquette!

Please CLICK HERE for the extensive posts of Holiday Craft and Art Fairs and Events!

Have a great weekend, indoors and out! Parmalee

Image from Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

 

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  Puzzle Challenge!

(0 A November 2018) PuzzleWinterSummer.jpgWinter is nearing with our wonderful holidays. I've always associated doing jigsaw puzzles with holidays because solving puzzles requires  time, not to mention concentration and teamwork with anyone you can entice to join you.

Puzzles are an indoor activity suited to all ages, for they range from six to thousands of pieces. It's likely that the number of pieces we enjoy working correlates with our maturity and increased attention spans, although I'm finding that going back to 500 just about fits my time and patience levels.

Notice this odd Winter/Summer puzzle! It used to be two puzzles, but the creator discovered that puzzle makers use the identical template for cutting the pieces. That brings puzzle solving to a new level of challenge! Check out your own puzzles (same size, same manufacturer). Set up a card table and see what you can create!

Start with some easy 9 piece puzzles!

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Easy, right?! Now step up to 48, 60, 100 etc. piece puzzles and more!

 

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  How to Whistle LOUDLY!

(0 A November 2018) Whistle_man.jpgThe lost art of whistling loudly with your fingers - if stranded it could save your life

When most people think about loud whistling, they often think about trying to get someone's attention or perhaps even using it as a survival skill in the woods.

Although humans have used loud whistling for hundreds, and perhaps thousands of years, it is a dying art. Here's how you can learn to do it, and the history behind your newest survival skill.

First, you need to wet your lips and curl them back over your teeth as if you were imitating an old person who'd forgotten to put in their dentures that morning.

Next, you put your fingers in your mouth using your desired placement and hold your bottom lip curled in while pushing your tongue back in your mouth.

(0 A November 2018) Whistle_woman.jpgThis step is a little complicated and can take some practice to get right, but generally, you push on the bottom of the tip of your tongue so that it curls upwards while simultaneously being pushed back by your fingers. Then, keeping your lips curled, you close your mouth over your fingers creating an airtight seal - and blow.With dedication and some trial and error, it shouldn't take too long for you to achieve your goal

It is unlikely that you will be able to make a loud whistle immediately, but with practice, it should come. If your whistle isn't working, it's a good idea to try adjusting your fingers, your tongue, your lips, and anything else you think might help. With a little dedication and some trial and error, it shouldn't take too long for you to achieve your goal.

There are plenty of reasons for learning how to whistle in this way. Apart from quickly getting someone's attention in a crowded place, whistling like this could save your life if you are lost or injured and cannot reach or have forgotten your survival whistle.

Because of the nature of the sound, whistling can sometimes travel a distance that's about ten times further than shouting, according to the BBC. This means that your whistle could travel up to 5 miles. Not all whistles will travel this great distance because the range of the sound is dependent on many factors such as the number of trees and the weather, but it should always reach further than a yell.

However, learning how to whistle with your fingers could be the first step to resurrecting and reviving this fascinating part of human history. It may even save your life one day.

Go to the original article for a little history on whistling. Also watch the video.

 

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  Ask Nicole: Give Yourself Peace of Mind

by Nicole M. Young, MSW

There have been many devastating events happening lately, one right after another. Lives and homes have been lost, and it feels as though the tidal wave of tragedies is relentless. It's emotionally exhausting, and it's hard not to get weighed down with fear and sadness every time I read the news.

Yet this is also a time of year when many people celebrate holidays that represent hope, peace, and new beginnings. It can be hard to feel the true meaning of these holidays when we're feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed. But Taking Care of Yourself is one of the 5 principles of positive parenting that is so important - now more than ever.

(0 A November 2018) KeepCalmandHaveACuppa.jpgDear Nicole, I work full-time and try to stay involved in my kids' schools and other activities as much as possible. I'm constantly on the move and doing things for other people at home and in my community. I love it - until I end up throwing an "adult tantrum" because I've taken on too much and get overwhelmed with stress. We have several relatives who will be visiting us over the next few weeks, and I'm already feeling resentful about the amount of time and attention they're demanding from me. What tips can you give me so that my stress doesn't ruin the holidays for everyone else?   Mindy

Dear Mindy, You're not alone! This is a common issue in many families, and the holidays have a way of magnifying emotions so that even small things become a huge deal. Here are a few tips to try>>>>>

 

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  Christmas with Dickens

(0 A November 2018) Library_DickensColor.jpgWilling Suspension Armchair Theater & The Dickens Project present Christmas with Dickens

Charles Dickens just wants to talk about his book, A Christmas Carol, but what happens when Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Mrs. Catherine Dickens, and the Ghost of Christmas Present show up? Chaos, confusion, conflict, and complaints, just like a normal holiday gathering.

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater and the Dickens Project (UCSC) present an original piece written by JoAnna Rottke and directed by Karen Schamberg. Readers will be; Brian Spencer, Frank Widman, Martha Rabin, Susan Forrest and Jim Schultz.

JoAnna Rottke spent her best years as Assistant Director of the Dickens Project, a research program at UCSC devoted to the life and works of Charles Dickens. She knows more about Dickens than she'd like to admit.

This event is free, but donations are most welcome and appreciated. There will be refreshments as well as time at the end to ask questions and interact with the author, director and readers.

Performances start at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday • November 29 • Scotts Valley Library • 251 Kings Village Rd.
Tuesday • December 4 • Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Dr.

 

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  Make It!
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  Fun Events!
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GatewaySchool K-8,  School Day Tour 12/4

 

Kirby School 6-12, Winter Concert 12/6

 

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

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School K-8, Winter Faire 12/8


Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Honk Jr 12/8-9

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PET PORTRAITS WITH SANTA PAWS

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Mondays, 12/3 & 17, 6-8pm

Adoptable doggies will be there too!

Capitola Mall

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Waiting...

Norman Rockwell

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Curious Contraptions
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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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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 >>
     
Chanukkuh Train
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: 12/03/2018
Details: Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends as we experience the lights, stories and traditions of Chanukah in a whol
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
An Irish Christmas
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Golden State Fox Theatre
Date: 12/06/2018 at 8:00pm
Details: Don't miss a fabulous An Irish Christmas performance with world champion Irish dancers at the Golden State Theatre
City: Monterey Phone: (831) 649-1070 x 21 view all details >>
     
Kid's Tool Workshop
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  Kid's Tool Workshop
Home Depot
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12
Details: Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
City: Capitola or Watsonville view all details >>
     
Origami Club with Japanese Cultural Fair
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Library Aptos
Date: The 1st Sa of every month (Apr 7-Dec 1) at 1:00pm
Details: performances
City: Aptos Phone: 831- 427-7700 ext. 7665 view all details >>
     
Free Outdoor Movies
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Library Central
Date: Every Fri (Nov 23-Dec 21) at 5:30pm
Ages: All
Details: Celebrate the holiday season with free, family-friendly outdoor movies Downtown, in the Library parking lot every Friday evening
Special Instructions: 5:30pm: set-up chairs, 6-8pm: Movie
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7700 view all details >>
     
Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
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  Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
Library Central
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7700 view all details >>
     
Anime Club
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Library Watsonville
Date: The 1st Tues of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6-12 grades
Details: Join our Anime Club!
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-768-3400 view all details >>
     
Community Open House
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Free admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County residents
City: Monterey view all details >>
     
ParkStore Holiday Sale
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State Park Natural Bridges
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: ParkStore Holiday Sale with special discounts
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 429-1840 view all details >>
     
Winter Performance: December in Mexico
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Senderos
Date: Every day (Nov 30-Dec 1) at 7:00pm
Details: Take in dinner and a show with Senderos
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Holiday Parade
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Community celebration, rain or shine, quirky, fun parade!
Special Instructions: Spruce Street down to Pacific Avenue to Front Street
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Lucia Festival of Lights
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  Lucia Festival of Lights
Scandinavian Cultural Center of Santa Cruz
Date: 12/01/2018 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Details: Celebrate the pageantry of the candlelit procession with Lucia, her attendants and star boys
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Lighted Boat Parade
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  Lighted Boat Parade
Santa Cruz Harbor
Date: 12/01/2018 from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Ages: All
Details: 50+ beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831)425-0690 view all details >>
     
Trim A Tree Workshop
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Date: 12/02/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Create an ornament for our Christmas tree or for your home. Decorate cookies, make a holiday table display, or create your own
Special Instructions: Every Tues - Sat
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8382 view all details >>
     
     
  Ask Nicole continued

Notice the early signs of tension and stress in your body, before the "adult tantrum" occurs. Common signs can include: Tense or stiff muscles, headaches, irritability or anger, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, feeling overwhelmed or unable to keep up, and an upset stomach.

Use relaxation strategies. When you're feeling tense or stressed, try to relax your mind and body by breathing in slowly through your nose. When you've taken a full breath, pause for a moment, then breathe out slowly through your nose or mouth. Repeat these slow, deep breaths a few times.

Or close your eyes for a few minutes and imagine a place that makes you feel peaceful and relaxed. It could be a forest, a meadow, the beach, a foreign country, or a dark room with no one around you. Use your imagination to see every color and hear every sound. Take deep breaths as you envision this peaceful place and imagine your stress leaving your body each time you exhale.

Use coping statements. In stressful situations, you might find yourself automatically thinking negative things about yourself, other people, or the situation that's happening, which can add to your stress. Try telling yourself some coping statements or affirmations, such as: "I can do this. I've done it before. Just breathe deeply and relax. This situation won't last forever." Replacing unhelpful thoughts with positive ones can help keep your stress level from escalating.

Ask family members for their help. Have a discussion before the holidays about what celebrations your family will participate in, expectations (or limits) about gifts, how to share household or holiday-related tasks, and how to share parenting duties with your partner or co-parent. Developing those agreements ahead of time can prevent minor issues from turning into major conflicts. Talk with your children about how they can be helpful during the holidays. Prepare them for possible changes in their daily routines, especially if you have guests staying with you. Let your children know which family rules can be flexible during the holidays, and which ones they'll need to follow as usual.

Give yourself permission to say no. This can seem impossible for people who are natural-born helpers and thrive when they're busy. Yet it's vitally important to take care of yourself so that you have the physical and emotional energy to keep going. Let go of any guilt or fear of missing out when you say no, and notice how it feels to have fewer demands on your time.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Holidays are both joyful and stressful for all types of families. Take steps to minimize stress and give yourself peace of mind so that you and your family can create memories filled with love, joy, and laughter.

This monthly column provides tips for anyone who is helping raise children, based on the world-renowned Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, available to families in Santa Cruz County. If you have a question or idea for a future column, please email me at triplep@first5scc.org.

Nicole Young is a local mother of two children, ages 15 and 18, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, To find a Triple P parenting class or practitioner, visit  TripleP.

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