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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

October 22, 2015
Santa Cruz History Fair!

Ami Chen: Trusting Our Children, Trusting Life

Suki: What is meaningful reflection and why should you do it?

Christine: The 1000 Genomes Project
Avoid Halloween Meltdowns
Going trick-or-treating?
Organizations at the History Fair
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  Santa Cruz History Fair!

(A Oct) HistoryFair.jpg "The Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District is hosting a local history fair, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Henry Cowell's purchase of the land that would become UC Santa Cruz. The event will take place on Saturday, October 24, on the UCSC campus."  Do go! Look at all the organizations which will be present with displays!

There is a new partner among our libraries' several ebook programs.  The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) is partnering with Total BooX, an ebook service that provides 50,000 ebook titles to SCPL patrons without quantity limitations, holds, expirations or fines.

Ami Chen is joining us with monthly blogs on a subject dear to her heart, the connection between parenting and spirituality. I'm looking forward to her insights in strengthening the family.  Because she leads "Everyday Satsang" in Santa Cruz, I asked Ami what "satsang" means.  Truth!  You too can explore satsang with Ami.

Please explore all the Halloween/Harvest festivities we've gathered for you.  Surely there will be an event that is just right for your family.

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Enjoy the weekend with your family, Parmalee

 

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  Ami Chen: Trusting Our Children, Trusting Life

(A Oct) AmiChenMills_Render.jpgI was out in the garden today. As those of you in California know, we've had a drought, and things haven't been looking so swell. I haven't had time to put the energy in, but I've been worrying about the garden nonetheless.

It's looks a bit crappy, frankly. I've been thinking I should be mulching, fertilizing and pruning. But, as I say, I was out watering early this morning (we have to water before 10 am), and I noticed that even without my attentions, many of the plants seem to be thriving-looking healthy, looking good! Some had new flowers, or were standing quite tall, exuding their handsome greenness, or shiny new leaves and graceful symmetry. They were doing it all on their own.

" ... I remembered that Life thrives with or without our attention, and there is room to relax. Room to allow. Room to trust Life."

And I remembered that Life thrives with or without our attention, and there is room to relax. Room to allow. Room to trust Life.

When our children begin to seem "out of sorts," or issues arise around school, friends, or siblings, I know as a mother and parent that our first impulse is often to fix the problem-or at the very least worry about it! And of course, I have done. I have interjected, lectured, become fearful (and thus, angry) sent kids to their rooms, outlined a homework schedule, planned to speak to principals and teachers, researched private schools, looked up counselors.

And while there is nothing wrong with actually doing any of these things, we can dive so deep into the "parenting" role, that we forget that it is not our job to fix everything for our children, or our lives in general. We have another option... continue>>>>>

(A Oct) Ami-Chen.jpgAmi leads a monthly drop-in class called "Everyday Satsang" for parents, gaurdians and everyone else, through Santa Cruz Yoga at 1010 Fair Ave. Ste. E on Sundays, 2-4 pm. Coming dates are Oct. 25, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13.

This is first of a series of monthly blogs by Ami Chen on parenting, written especially for Santa Cruz Parent. Ami is a professional coach and consultant, as well as global speaker, trainer and author. She is author of The Spark Inside: A Special Book for Youth, and State of Mind in Classroom. She has worked with families and schools for more than 17 years.

 

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Santa Cruz County 

El Nino,

A Guide for Residents

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Flood Preparation

  Suki: What is meaningful reflection and why should you do it?

(A Oct) Suki_2015.jpgNote: Often I read articles written for adults and think, hey, I wish they had written this for kids! I started this blog is to present really important (and cool) information about learning to kids. If your parents are interested in reading the adult article that I based this blog entry on, you can send them this link. No need for you to read it, though, unless you want more details than I offer here.


It used to be sort of a mystery how people learn. But in the last few years, researchers have been finding out more and more about how our brains work and what helps them work better.

Here are some ways that you can help yourself when you are learning something new, whether it's math, literature, or learning to jump your bike!

Metacognition-thinking about thinking!

OK, whether you call it "metacognition" or "thinking about thinking," it sounds pretty complicated. But actually, it's pretty simple...  Read more >>>>>

Suki Wessling is a local parent who writes about reading, writing, parenting, education, and homeschooling and has recently added a blog for children, Kids Learn, A blog about how kids learn, to her repertoire.  

 

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  Christine: The 1000 Genomes Project

(A Oct) Christine_Genome.jpgAfter the Human Genome Project created the first human genome map it was realized that there are many genetic differences between people. So in 2007 the 1000 Genome Project was created.

This project attempted to sequence the genes of at least 1000 distinct genetic human groups and look at the differences. The number of people has grown to over 2500 but the goal has remained.

Now Nature has published some final papers from the project as well as news and commentary. There are many good papers here and Nature has made them open to read...continue reading>>>

Christine Cockey is a local mom and scientist who makes science easier to understand for all of us!  For more science, visit her here.

  Avoid Halloween Meltdowns

Tips For Trick-Or-Treating Parents

(A Oct) Halloween_AdultsandKids.jpgSplit into age groups. Have one parent take one age group and the other parent take the other age group. Tweens like to run in packs and they move fast, so wear sneakers and layers you can lose, if you plan on keeping up with them. Toddlers and preschoolers may dawdle. Or consider taking two shifts, trading off who stays home to hand out candy.

Wear a backpack. Maybe it seems extreme to gear up as though you are going for an overnight hike just to walk a few blocks around the neighborhood. Once you grab everything you need for a pleasant evening, you will be amazed by how much stuff you have to tote. And don't be surprised if your kids shed pieces of their costumes as the excitement heats up.

Have a back up clothing plan. It pays to have a backup plan for your child's costume. If the weather turns a little cooler, an extra layer will make all the difference. Bring a sweater and umbrella just in case.

Eat a high-protein dinner.  Set sugar standards with the children: how much they get to eat tonight and tomorrow, then buy back the rest. 

Practice their refrains. Commit to making the night pleasant for all. "Trick-or-treat!" and "Thank you!" are perfect for young children. Encourage older children to be cordial especially to the older folks who will likely opt out altogether if they are offended by enough poorly behaved kids. How about making a chorus of "Happy Halloween!" or "Have a great night!" mandatory before the kids run off to the next house?

Be prepared. Plastic and paper bags for treats are likely to rip or tear. Cloth shopping bags are great.  Whatever they carry, stuff a few extra bags in your backpack in case you need replacements. Also carry band-aids for blisters and water for hydration. And, of course, don't forget the camera/smart phone.

Use social sense. No one likes to feel left out, so encourage your kids to invite new or shy kids who might not already be part of a group to join you. If you know that you will all have a better time if it's just you and your kids, don't feel bad about breaking off from a group. 

  Going trick-or-treating?

(A Oct) Halloween_Trick-or-treaters.jpgUse these easy steps to be S.A.F.E. on HALLOWEEN

Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

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Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

 

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Chartwell 1-12, Open House 11/3

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12,  Art & Play in PreK 11/3

 

Kirby School 5-12, Open House 11/10

 

Waldorf K-8, Waldorf Alive! A Walk Through the Grades 11/18

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Elkhorn Slough

 

Wildlife Tracking in the Watershed

Sat, October 24

Register today!

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Field Sketching Workshop

with Artist in Residence Debby Kaspari

Sun, October 25

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Halloween Festivus

Haunted House

Louden Nelson

October 24

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Safe Under a Mushroom!

 

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Fall Book Sale!
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  Fall Book Sale!
Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: Every day (Oct 21-Oct 22) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Thousands of books will be available!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 477-7707 view all details >>
     
Family Fun Nite-Halloween Theme-Oct. 23rd
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  Family Fun Nite-Halloween Theme-Oct. 23rd
Learn to Discover
Date: 10/23/2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: 3 and up
Details: Join us for some ghoulish fun, drinks and snacks while you create your very own Halloween-themed video game, Halloween treat bag
Special Instructions: Capitola Mall Site Across from Food Court
City: Capitola Phone: (831) 662-9700 view all details >>
     
Calamari Dinner
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  Calamari Dinner
Santa Cruz Elks Lodge
Date: 10/23/2015 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Ages Welcome
Details: Calamari Dinner for Elks Charity Project
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-8240 view all details >>
     
Chile Cookoff - 6th!
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  Chile Cookoff - 6th!
Beach Boardwalk
Date: 10/22/2016 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Taste and vote for your favorite chile
Special Instructions: $9 for a tasting kit
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-7433 view all details >>
     
 United Nations Day
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  United Nations Day
Downtown Santa Cruz
Date: 10/24/2015 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Vendors offer an eclectic blend of antiques and unique items
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831)476-6940 view all details >>
     
Harvest Hops & Hounds
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  Harvest Hops & Hounds
C-Dog, Living with Dogs and the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Date: 10/24/2015 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Details: A cooperative effort raising funds for the SCruz County Animal Shelter. Great Food & Live music
Special Instructions: go to www.costaldogs.com for advanced ticket sales
City: Aptos Phone: (888) 682-6972 view all details >>
     
History Fair
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  History Fair
Friends of the Cowell Lime Works
Date: 10/24/2015 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Learn about the history of Cowell Ranch and the land before UCSC
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: THE CELEBRATION TOUR 2015
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  DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: THE CELEBRATION TOUR 2015
HIT Entertainment
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 10-Nov 1) from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: 2 and up
Details:
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-4484 view all details >>
     
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Fall Harvest Festival
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  Fall Harvest Festival
Live Earth Farm
Date: 10/29/2016 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Pumpkin Patch & Apple Bash
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 763-2448 view all details >>
     
Day of the Dead Family Craft
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  Day of the Dead Family Craft
Freedom Branch Library
Date: 10/22/2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Details: Join us for an afternoon of creativity.
City: Freedom view all details >>
     
Make a Difference Day - River Cleanup
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  Make a Difference Day - River Cleanup
Save Our Shores
Date: 10/24/2015
Details: Join Save Our Shores as we clean the San Lorenzo River
Special Instructions: check-in table will be located at Mimi De Marta Park
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
     
Banana Slug Parade and Expo
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  Banana Slug Parade and Expo
UCSC, City of SC, Downtown Assoc.
Date: 10/25/2015 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Banana Slug Parade and Expo celebrate UCSC 50 year Anniversary!
Special Instructions: Pacific Avenue
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
     
  Organizations at the History Fair

In addition, a large number of on- and off-campus organizations will staff information and activity booths at the history fair, including:

  • Agricultural History Project: Milking (fake) cows, for children
  • California Lichen Society: lichens on historic structures
  • Capitola Historical Museum: exhibit of logging tools and logging photos
  • Mobile Ranger: Demonstration of app with local history walking tours, including lime works tour
  • San Lorenzo Valley Museum: activity related to the history of Chinese in local area
  • Santa Cruz Archaeological Society: learn about local archaeology, plus activities for children
  • Santa Cruz Heritage Foods Project: history and use of foods grown in the region
  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History: information about Evergreen Cemetery; display and sale of local history publications
  • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History: native crafts and activities
  • Santa Cruz Public Libraries: information about local history resources at the library
  • Santa Cruz Timberframes: how the hay barn at UCSC was rebuilt
  • Lime expert Tom Schreiner: demonstration of making and slaking lime
  • UCSC Arboretum: samples of native plants used by the Amah Mutsun
  • UCSC Archaeology Research Center (ARC): information about the center and children's activities
  • UCSC Campus Reserve: exhibit about the reserve, what it is, and where it is"
  • UCSC Department of Anthropology: historical archaeology finds by students in the district
  • UCSC Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences: display of campus rocks and minerals
  • UCSC Farm: information from the campus's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
  • UCSC Friends of the Cowell Lime Works: information about the historic district, displays of lime-related tools and equipment, and information about Cooperage restoration plans
  • UCSC Hihn Archive, University Library: Collections and artifacts on F.A. Hihn, early Santa Cruz pioneer
  • UCSC Institute of Arts & Sciences: a new project planned for the campus
  • UCSC Kenneth Norris Center for Natural History: natural history of the campus and the environmental impact of logging, quarrying, and ranching on the land
  • UCSC Student Services: information about the UCSC Quarry Amphitheater restoration project

In addition to the UCSC Lime Works Friends Group, other sponsors of the local history fair include the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, UCSC's Archaeological Research Center, UCSC's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), UCSC's Kenneth Norris Center for Natural History, and Mobile Ranger.

For more information about the fair, please phone Alisa Klaus in UCSC's Physical Planning & Construction Office at 831-459-3732 or send email to limeworks@ucsc.edu.

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