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Sea Glass Treasure
November 4, 2010

Gremlins in the Computer
Praise for the Middle and High School Fair
Sea Glass from Santa Cruz and Beaches of the World
This Week
Santa Cruz Seaglass Festival
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(Site Photos) Twins_CpyandPaste.jpgYou can find most anything at a flea market. Saturday the Santa Cruz Twins Club is having a giant flea market.  This should be fun.  I hope to see lots of twins at the event!  Members are from all over the county.

Tonight is the showing of Race to Nowhere!  This challenging film on our educational system is sponsored by Gateway, Georgianna Bruce Kirby, Mount Madonna and Santa Cruz Montessori Schools.  If you don't have a ticket, there is another way to see it: sponsor another showing.

It's Coats for Kids time again. Drop them off at Classic Cleaners.  Details here.

Sunday at Seymour Center, the first part of Building an Underwater Robot is for parents (only) of children in grades 6-12.  Sounds like a great project.  The second part, a few weeks later, includes parents and children.

(Site Photos) SeaglassGreen.jpgI have a little collection of Santa Cruz Beaches seaglass.  My blue, green, brown and white pieces are displayed in a tall glass looking quite lovely all together.  For only $3 admission, you can go to the Seaglass Festival at the Cocoanut Grove this weekend and see what artists do with seaglass.  If you've collected some pretty good pieces, you might enter them into a contest, $2/entry.  Collecting seaglass is something you can really get hooked on; it's a treasure hunt anytime you go to the beach.  I read about a secret garden that has little collections of seaglass (and other treasures) embedded in stone/stucco walls.

There is so much to do this weekend that ordering and picking up a tamale pie for dinner from Jody's Fresh Prep Kitchens would be a satisfying conclusion to a day out.

Enjoy your weekend with the family, Parmalee

  Gremlins in the Computer

(Icons/Graphics) ComputerVirus.jpgMost of us just want our cars and computers to work, no grief, no malfunctioning. We don't want to deal with what's under the hood or how to program.

When I opened up my computer Tuesday morning, I was greeted with a great big popup from "Think" which told me I had a bad virus and to click for help. No way was I going to do that.  I clicked all around it but could not get rid of that big blue square.  I turned off the computer and rebooted it. There it was again. I knew enough not to click on it, but how was I to get to the project due that day?! I turned on the laptop and looked up "Think". Bad news.

Time to call the computer fix-it man because the fixes suggested in various articles were daunting. He said "Quick, turn off the computer, disconnect it from the ether net and wait for me." This was serious! He spent an hour, fingers flying, finding every infected section.  Praise for geeks!

I never open attachments from unknown sources. Did a friend using my computer unknowingly click on something? Did I get it that morning when I visited a Ft. Lauderdale news site and clicked on cute kid Halloween photos? Don't know, but lesson learned: run a scan more often and use a second malware program to catch what the first one missed.

Click here, really it's okay, for Anti-Virus & Anti-Trojan Horse Suggestions for the latest in fighting the gremlins.

  Praise for the Middle and High School Fair

by Lucy Ruggles

(Site Photos) SchoolFair.jpgIt is pretty tough to compete against the Giants in their run for the World Series Championship, but if you ventured away from the television Wednesday night, you discovered a rich resource right in the heart of Santa Cruz.

The middle and High School Fair at Holy Cross presented by Central Coast Independent Schools offered opportunities for twenty schools representing our diverse educational community to share information and educational philosophy with teachers, tutors and parents. There was a genuine feeling of community and a buzz of activity and conversation about the education of our children. People talked intently, read materials from the various schools, and feasted on delicious healthy and just-in-time for Halloween naughtier treats.

For me, it was also a chance to see some colleagues in education, even some from many years ago. I was very impressed by the welcoming Organizing Committee and the attention paid to every detail. I had a chance to visit almost every booth and loved meeting actual students from the various schools, along with the school teachers and staff who were friendly, enthusiastic and informative. In my work as a tutor, knowing about diverse educational philosophies and working closely with schools is of utmost importance. It was also a nice surprise to run into some parents I recognized.

Last January, I attended the K-12 Independent Schools Fair at Resurrection Church in Aptos. It was pouring rain that night, but somehow, people weathered the storm with the purpose of discovering excellent educational options for their students.

If you have not attended the one of the Independant School Fairs and puzzle over what is the best educational fit for your youngsters in these important years of development, I hope you will not miss the one featuring K-12 schools in January. It will be held on January 19, 2011, 6:30pm at the Resurrection Church in Aptos.

I missed the Giants game, but I never looked back once I arrived at this lively event.

Go Giants!

Lucy Ruggles is a local private tutor working with students all ages and a multitude of subjects.  You can reach her at ADVANCE Interactive Tutoring.

  Sea Glass from Santa Cruz and Beaches of the World

by Krista Hammond, Santa Cruz Sea Glass

Natural, authentic, real sea glass can be found around the world on beaches along oceans or large lakes where-ever man has been. Sea glass originates from old bottles and tableware, or sometimes the discards from glass blowers that has been broken by waves and rocks then tumbled and smoothed by the water and sand over the course of many years, creating pieces of smooth, worn, frosted glass.

Time, sand and surf are the ingredients needed to create worn, flawless natural seaglass and the Monterey Bay Sanctuary provides just that. Old harbors, piers and beach dump sites are where the best sea glass can be found. At least 10 years of constant action by the sand and waves is needed to wear down the sharp edges and decades more to reach a worn, frosted appearance.


(Site Photos) Seaglass_Turquoise.jpgReal, authentic sea glass will have a "frosty" appearance. Real sea glass will also have irregular "pitting" on the surface of the glass.

Real sea glass gains its value by being just that: "real". Pieces of historical significance have been tumbled for decades in the ocean. It is also hand-found and can be quite tricky to find. Natural sea glass is a diminishing resource and since we no longer (thankfully) dump our trash into the ocean, less and less sea glass will be available in the future.

Green, clear, and brown beach glass is common (consider the most common colors of beer-bottles). Much more rare are grey, purple, bright red, aqua, and the black varieties. Red and orange sea glass are found only once for every 5,000 pieces! The top 3 rarest colors are 1) orange, 2) red, and 3) yellow. Yellow, pink, and turquoise are also among the most treasured colors by collectors. The rarity of these colors lends to the very minimal use of such colors in the history of glass production. So finding a nice frosted piece of red can give a thrill! Sea glass is one of the very few objects made valuable by the actions of the environment on man-made litter.

Collecting sea glass is a great hobby for all ages, and many enjoy filling decorative jars or making jewelry from their finds.  To me, collecting sea glass is not only fun, but it provides an almost meditative kind of relaxation.  I treasure the quality time I get to spend with my husband and beloved dog at the beach.


Krista and her husband make "Sanctuary Art", i.e. take trash out of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary in the form of sea glass and create beautiful jewelry. You can meet them and other sea glass artists at the Santa Cruz Sea Glass Festival.

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  This Week

Event CalendarBelow is only a partial list of upcoming events and activities so be sure to click on our EVENT CALENDAR so you do not miss anything >>

It's called EASY SEARCH because it makes it easy to find resources on our website.  You find it on the upper right corner of every page.   Click on the arrow, scroll down, explore a few areas.  You will be amazed at the depth of information for you.  Enjoy!

 

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Gateway, Kirby, Mount Madonna, SC Montessori Race to Nowhere film 11/4


SCPENS (Preschool) Open House 11/6

 

Georgianna Bruce Kirby 6-12 Informal Tour 11/8

 

Chartwell K-8 and The New High School Project 9-12 Informal Tour 11/9

 

Gateway K-8 Open House 11/10

 

Mount Madonna Pre-12 Open House 11/13

 

SPIN IEP Training 11/13

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 Twins Club
Flea Market

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Sat, Nov 6, 8am-1pm

 Used clothing, equipment, toys, furniture,

crafts, art, anything!

 COME SHOP!

111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz

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Advanced K - 8 Education

Middle School Open House
Art & Music Show
Tues, Nov 16, 6:30pm
Students and Parents welcome!

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Spring Hill is a private school where the talents of bright, motivated and gifted children are recognized, nurtured and developed to their full potential.

SpringHill.org

250 California St, Santa Cruz

427.2641

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Way of Life

in the Begonia Plaza

1220 A 41st St, Capitola

464-4113

Free Days

at Museums

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Museum of Art & History (MAH) - 1st Friday

 

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History - 1st Thursday

 

The Tech - 2nd Sunday

 

California Academy of Sciences - 3rd Wednesday

 

Exploratorium - 1st Wednesday

 

DeYoung - 1st Tuesday

 

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum - Always Free

 

Seymour Marine Discovery Center - 1st Tuesday every 3 months, next one is Dec. 7

 

All Museums

 


Mom's Beef

Tamale Pie
with Organic Spring Mix

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Comfort food at its best!
Tender beef, seasonings, olives, cheese, corn and tomatoes cooked just right with a topping of creamy cornmeal
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 429.1390

504 A Front St, SC

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 Santa Cruz Seaglass Festival

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The Festival features over 38 sea glass and ocean related artists who all share a passion for the Ocean and the conservation of our beaches and oceans.

2009 was a HUGE success, raising over $10,000 for the Seymour Science Center with 2400 attendees - Thank you!

10% of admission fees will be donated to the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary Foundation. So come have fun and help the ocean!

Enter your own seaglass to win a cash prize.

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Christmas Goose Boutique
Date: Every day (Nov 7-Nov 10)
Details: Celebrating 38 years of holiday decorations and gifts
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Mothersong, A MultiCultural Singalong
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  Mothersong, A MultiCultural Singalong
Mothersong
Date: Every Wed and Th from 9:15am to 11:30am
Ages: Newborn - Preschool (Parents to
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Special Instructions: Two Sessions: 9:15am & 10:30am
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