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October 12, 2011

Safe Sleep for all Babies

Moms Blog!

Attention! New Booster Seat Law, SB929

I enjoy family dinners...but it hasn't always been that way!

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(Special Event Images / Graphics) BayAreaSciencePhotos2.jpgSteve Jobs was/is a fine role model for young scientists.  His creativity and vision led to an expansion of resources that changed cultures worldwide.  Share with your children that there are new inventions yet to be made, ideas and businesses we cannot even imagine, unless perhaps we are sci-fi fans.  Encourage their curiosity and interests.  Expose them to scientists who make themselves available at museums and science fairs like the November Bay Area Science Festival at AT&T Park.

There are so many components in making good choices for our children. Educating ourselves on what's available is a good start. 'Tis the season for going to school open houses and back to school nights. We suggest you LIKE the Central Coast Independent Schools Facebook page. It introduces a great variety of educational articles, some of which will challenge your thinking.

Two weeks ago we said "Ea Eckerman is known for his rock sculpture sculptures.  You've likely seen his dogs downtown."  Well... that's his Dad.    Ea received the artistic genes and took them in a different direction. This weekend ALL artists' studios are open for your enjoyment. 

Viva keeps us on track saving money so we have money when we need it!  She has a delightful take on napkins this week.  Now if only I could figure out how to do without paper towels.

Lastly, we bring you some art classes for YOU!

Have a great weekend! Parmalee

  Safe Sleep for all Babies

October is National Infant Mortality and SIDS Awareness Month

by Nancy Diehl, PHN SIDS Coordinator

I am the Santa Cruz County SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Coordinator and every October I look forward to keeping our community up to date about how to reduce the risk of SIDS and how every baby can sleep safely.

I am happy to share that this past fiscal year (7/10- 6/11), we had no baby die from SIDS in Santa Cruz County. Though our county has not experienced a SIDS death, rates of SIDS deaths continue to increase in California. In 2008, 201 babies died from SIDS, a 12.7% increase from 2007 when 183 babies died from SIDS, so the work of getting the safe sleep message out to all new parents is not finished. The focus of our work, like that of the state's SIDS program needs to embrace the work of those in the infant mortality community and reduce the risk of all preventable infant deaths, not just those from SIDS, but from suffocation and strangulation as well. Every baby sleeping safely continues to be the goal all of us need to embrace.

To support achieving the goal of every baby in Santa Cruz County having a safe sleep environment, I'd like to share information about a new law regarding crib safety. The Consumer Products Safety Commission has enacted new standards for cribs, banning drop side cribs from sale, as of June 2011. It is now illegal to sell a drop side crib. Also, by December 28, 2012, all licensed child care homes, hotels and crib rental companies will have to comply with this law. More information can be found at
Safe sleep recommendations continue to strongly advise parents to avoid the use of all "after-market" products including positioners and firm or soft bumpers as both place the baby at risk of suffocation.

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To ensure safe sleep for all babies, professionals remain in agreement that parents should follow the American Academy of Pediatrics reduce the risk recommendations:
1. Always place a baby on his or her Back to Sleep, for every nap and at night.
2. Place a baby on a firm sleep surface, such as on a safety-approved crib mattress, covered by a fitted sheet.
3. Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of a baby's sleep area.
4. Do not allow smoking around a baby or a pregnant woman.
5. Keep the baby's sleep area close to, but separate from, where you and others sleep.
6. Think about using a clean, dry pacifier when placing an infant down to sleep. Do not force the baby to take it. When a baby breastfeeds, wait until he or she is one month old or until after breastfeeding has been established to use a pacifier.
7. Do not let a baby overheat during sleep.
8. Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS including infant positions.
9. Do not use home monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS.
10. Reduce the chance that flat spots will develop on a baby's head by placing a baby on their tummy when he/she is awake and someone is watching.

If you have additional questions please do not hesitate to contact me at 831-454-4331. All babies deserve to sleep safely every time they sleep.

Nancy Diehl, Santa Cruz County SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Coordinator

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A couple days ago we officially made the switch to cloth napkins (instead of paper napkins) for our breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at home. Here are four reasons why you might consider making the same choice... continued>>>

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All children are natural scientists at first, exploring the world through their senses, and using their reasoning abilities to form hypotheses and test them. But some children seem to be drawn to science the way others are drawn to the arts or sports. How can we nurture them in their early years? ......continued

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  Attention! New Booster Seat Law, SB929

(Photos General) BoosterSeat.jpgGovernor Jerry Brown signed today legislation by Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) that experts say will save lives and prevent injuries to our most precious passengers - our children.

"SB 929 will save children's lives and reduce injuries to children when they are involved in vehicular accidents," said Evans. "It requires that children under 8-years old remain in booster seats, unless they are 4 foot 9 inches tall."

Car collisions are the leading cause of death and acquired disability in children between ages 4 and 8, and it has been proven that booster seats save the lives of children by reducing their risk of vehicle accident related injury and fatality by 60 percent.

Senator Evans' SB 929 implements the recommendations of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to keep kids in booster seats until they are 8 years old or are 4'9" or taller. This view is shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


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Treat the kids before they go trick or treating. Keep two in the freezer so you'll never be without this supreme comfort food. Simply go online and order your favorites to be delivered to your door!

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  I enjoy family dinners...but it hasn't always been that way!

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Susan True,
Executive Director First 5 Santa Cruz County

Mealtimes can provide great opportunities for families to connect and enjoy each others' company. But if children have a difficult time with eating or they are not behaving well during meals, this time becomes a "battle' for parents, who find themselves stressed out and frustrated. Common mealtime problems include refusing to come to the table, leaving the table during the meals, complaining about the food, refusing to feed themselves, playing with food, and eating very slowly.

(Photos General) FamilyCooking.jpgIf you are a parent who experiences these challenges with your child, you are not alone! There are several steps that parents can take to encourage positive mealtime behaviors. Here are some things you can try right away... continued >>>>>>


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Enjoy a night out playing Texas Hold 'Em while raising funds for the Arts, Music, Technology and Education programs.  Open to all!   First time players welcome.  Training provided.

Friday, Oct. 21, Check-in 6-7pm, Cards fly 7pm sharp!

Registration/Donation $80 in advance (cash or check) or $100 day of event. Spectators welcome, $25 Donation.

Elks Lodge, 150 Jewel St, Santa Cruz

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Gateway School K-8, Open House 10/13


Good Shepherd Pre-8, Harvest Festival, 10/15


Mount Madonna Pre-12, Campus Tour 10/19


Aptos Academy Pre-8, Pancake Breakfast & Rummage Sale 10/19


Main Street School K-5, Texas Hold 'Em Poker Fundraiser 10/21


Santa Cruz Gardens K-5, Harvest Festival, 10/28


Independent School Fair pre-12, 11/8, 6:30pm

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Pre-school Classes!!

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Ages 3-5
Monday or Wednesday
with Teacher Miki

These classes teach letter, number, and color recognition along with gymnastics, circle, and table/center time

Contact Michelle to get started!
Gymnastics Learning Center
2608 Chanticleer

Santa Cruz

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Good Shepherd

Harvest Festival

Sat, Oct 15 ~ 10-4

2727 Mattison Ln, Santa Cruz


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for All Your Pets


Conventional, Alternative and Holistic


1226-B Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz

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 Art Classes for Adults!

The Joy of Drawing, Instructor: Dawn Maclaughlin

(Special Event Images / Graphics) PalaceArts_Drawing_SantaCruzParent.jpgThis class is designed to help you improve your drawing skills and have fun in the process. Dawn Maclaughlin has been teaching this class for seven years and has taught many students to draw better than they thought they could!

Dawn describes this class... "my curriculum is tried and proven successful for everyone. I have developed many exercises that anyone can do. It's joyful and challenging as you gain skill to express what you want in your art." This class will cover basic drawing skills... working with values, basic shapes and shading for 3 dimension, expressive line, negative space, creating contrast and visual interest and creating interesting design and composition. You will draw still life and landscapes. Drawing is the basis of painting. For those who paint, or would like to, this class will improve your paintings as you improve your drawing skills. "I am excited for the opportunity to help you succeed as the artist you want to be! I look forward to our time together creating art."

FOUR Thursdays, October 13, 20, 27 & November 3, 9am-12pm, $90 ~  GET THE FLYER

Palace Arts, 1501 K 41st St, Capitola, 464-2700

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Pique Assiette - Art from a Broken Plate

Monterey Bay Master Gardneners will teach how to use chipped and broken china to make art such as a trivet or stepping stone
10/15 9am - 10am

Can't bear to throw away those chipped cups and plates from your Mother's china set? Wondering what to do with the leftover tiles from the kitchen remodel? Ready to create garden art from recycled items? This is the class for you. This is hands-on and hands dirty. Wear old clothes and come have some fun making a trivet or stepping stone to take home.

Bonnie Pond is one of the stars in the genre of art called Pique Assiette. A French-inspired practice of using broken pottery, plates, tile - anything that can be glued and grouted, this creative process will tap into your inner child. Come to the class promptly at 9 AM and there will be time to finish a gem an hour later.

Monterey Bay Farmers Markets, Cabrillo College, Aptos 

2011/12 Girls Night Out Friday Night Fall Workshops...

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Have fun learning something new and bring home your own fabulous "original" piece of artwork. Great for wearing, framing or gift-giving! Register now for a great evening out with other creative women in our community. All 2 hour workshops are $35 unless otherwise noted.

This Friday, treat yourself to some time to create a vision board. This process will draw positive things into your life amongst a supportive, fun group of women.  Wine, cheese, 16"x20" canvas panel and all materials will be provided. $35 per person. BYO additional drinks & snacks to share.

Oct. 14 Vision Boards Noelle
Oct. 21 Screen Printing Simone
Oct. 28 Pastel Still Life Julie
Nov. 4

Glass Pendants


The Art Factory, Redwood Village of Aptos, 9099 Soquel Drive, #15 Aptos, 688-8862  Groups are welcome but please call first for availability.

Fiber Focus. Hokus Pokus. October is Fiber Arts Month: Spin, Weave, Felt

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Weaving.jpgArt du Jour is a gallery and teaching studio space offering art and educational curriculum tailored to a monthly theme. Art education and technique classes will be offered to children and adults alike taught by credentialed instructors, many of whom are professional artists and trades-people within the areas of expertise.

Sheer Terror -all things wool: weave, spin, sew, felt, braid, dye
Doll Making Class -hand sewing for beginners with fabrics and embroidery
Holidays Around the World Projects -cookie decorating, ornament making, holiday arty fun
Pink Tool Belt Ladies Night - A girl, a spark plug, and a plan. Fix things around the house, build and more!

Ladies Who Lunch, Every Wednesday in the gardenstudio (if it's iffy we'll move indoors) bring a dish to share and a friend too and enjoy a meal with whomever graces our space -hopefully that's you! 12:30-1:30ish

Art duJour, 1013 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, 621.0672

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