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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

October 4, 2018

Thin it out

Drawing is the best way to learn...


Open Studios
Open Farm Tours

Ask Nicole: Adjusting to Parenthood
Book Kits for Book Clubs
Fun Events!
Ask Nicole continued
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  Thin it out

(0 A October 2018) sunrise_Pajaro.jpgA friend posted: "That's it. I'm closing my Facebook account.  I truly believe social media, as they call it, is destroying society. I want no part of it. I'm out. You kids have fun."

His friend replied, " Man don't do it. Without people like you on here, ain't nothing to counter balance the stupidity. Delete the nimwits, like I do. I've unfollowed about a 3rd of my friends list. Getting ready to thin it out again. I've got no time for the hate and ignorance of politics. It brings out the worst in people."

We CAN block out hateful news/opinions! We CAN maintain/regain balance and appreciation for all that is good and beautiful in our lives --our families, friends, beaches mountain parks, gardens, libraries, theaters, art, music.  We can pass along kindnesses as we go about our daily lives. We do not have to be part of vitriol. And we CAN enjoy the positive benefits of social media although we need to be careful because it can be addicting.

(0 AA Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgEnjoy a weekend with your family away from social media. Relax at home, visit some of the artists in their studios or a local farmer, get up for the sunrise and bid the sun goodnight as it sets over the Pacific! Life is sweet! Parmalee

 

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  Drawing is the best way to learn...

Drawing is the best way to learn, even if you're no Leonardo da Vinci

By Anne Quito  September 15, 2018

"I just can't draw." It's a refrain most adults say when confronted with a blank piece of paper. Something happens in our teenage years that makes most of us shy away from drawing, fretting that our draftsmanship skills aren't up to par, and leaving it to the "artists" among us.

Spartan Holiday

But we've been thinking about drawing all wrong, says the design historian D.B. Dowd. In his illuminating new book, titled Stick Figures: Drawing as a Human Practice, Dowd argues that putting a pencil to paper shouldn't be about making art at all.

"We have misfiled the significance of drawing because we see it as a professional skill instead of a personal capacity," he writes. "This essential confusion has stunted our understanding of drawing and kept it from being seen as a tool for learning above all else."

Put another way >>>>>

 

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  Open Studios

Is this your month to find one new work of art that you will treasure? We have it all: painting, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, furniture...created by artists living in our neighborhoods.

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South County (October 6-7) includes studios south of the Yacht Harbor: Live Oak, Capitola, Soquel, Aptos, Freedom, La Selva Beach, Corralitos, and Watsonville

North County (October 13-14) includes studios north of the Yacht Harbor: Santa Cruz, Davenport, Bonny Doon, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Ben Lomond, Felton, and Scotts Valley

All County (October 20-21) artists in the guide and map, or just look for the green signs all over the county.

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Artists A-Z

Pick up an Artist Guide The 2018 Open Studios Artist Guide is FREE and available alongside the Good Times at locations throughout Santa Cruz County (while supplies last) or at any of these outlets.

Download the App Free app (or app update) available October 1, 2018. If you downloaded the App to an iPhone or iPad in 2016 or 2017 you will be able to install an update.. Or download for the first time via iTunes or Google Play. Search keyword "Open Studios Art Tour".

Follow the Green Signs Another popular tour strategy is to choose a neighborhood and then follow the signs. Each studio puts out large lime green signs pointing to their location.

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  Open Farm Tours

(0 A September 2018) OpenFarmToursOct.jpgThe 2018 tours will be on Sunday Oct. 7th with lots of new farms and food establishments participating.  All farms implement sustainable agriculture practices. Tour the farms at your own pace and learn what is involved in growing our food and how important sustainable farming methods are to the health of the Earth and our community.

  • Self-guided tour of organic family-run farms.
  • Market Place with local food & wine, live music and a kids activity area.
  • Free homesteading demonstrations & food preservation techniques.
  • Engaging kid friendly activities, farm animals and more!

Marketplace at Alladin Nursery

(0 A October 2018) OpenFarms_Carrots.jpgWe are partnering with Alladin Nursery for this years Marketplace. Stop by for a fantastic BBQ lunch of Corralitos Sausages, beer, cider, wine and beverages, pizza cooked in a wood burning oven from the folks at "Sleight of Hand", Mexican fare from My Mom's Mole, plus local food artisans from the El Pajaro CDC Commercial Kitchen Incubator and much more! Check the events schedule for our food preservation demo times. Listen to live music while enjoying artisan food and wine, all in the beautiful surroundings of Alladin Nursery.

Register Online!

(0 A October 2018) OpenFarms_chickensboy.jpgWhen you register to attend the tours online you are automatically entered into our drawing with chances to win free lunches at the Market Place and gifts donated by our supporting sponsors!  Making a suggested donation of $10.00 or more helps support the tours & will get you a FREE beverage of choice from our lunch booth at the Market Place.

Tour using our Google Maps GPS! Download map.

 

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  Ask Nicole: Adjusting to Parenthood

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

By Nicole M. Young, MSW

(0 A October 2018) Baby_Talk.jpgWhen my son was a newborn, I remember feeling frustrated that I couldn't make sense of his eating and sleeping patterns - because there were no patterns yet. I couldn't tell if he was crying because he was tired, hungry, wet, or had gas. Every time I tried to take a nap while he was sleeping, he woke up as soon as my head touched the pillow. When my daughter was a newborn, she was colicky and could only be soothed if we wrapped her tightly in a blanket and turned on the vacuum cleaner - even in the middle of the night. I longed for some peace and predictability in our daily lives. Now that my kids are older and more independent, I long for the days when they were small enough to hold in my arms.

Dear Nicole, I had my first baby a month ago. I thought I'd be excited about becoming a parent, but so far, I've mostly felt sad, lonely, and overwhelmed. Everyone tells me to enjoy my baby while he's little because kids grow up quickly, but I have a hard time handling the constant feeding, crying, and dirty diapers. I can't go anywhere or do things I used to enjoy, and it makes me wish I had my old life back. Do you have any suggestions for me? -Magda

Read Nicole's suggestions>>>>

  Book Kits for Book Clubs

(0 A September 2018) Library_bookkit_.jpgDo you know that your Santa Cruz Public Libraries has book club kits ready for you to check out?

To help your book discussion group, we've gathered a collection of popular paperback titles and sorted them into kits. We can send a kit to you upon request. Each kit is put into a canvas bag and contains paperback copies of the selected title, information about the author and a list of possible discussion topics.

Once your book group has decided on a title, you can get a kit by placing a request through the online catalog, or by calling the reference service at 427-7713.

 

  Fun Events!
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OCTOBER

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Ecology Action, Bike to School Day 10/4

 

Gateway School K-8, School Day Tour 10/9

 

Kirby Preparatory School 6-12, Open House for Prospective Parents 10/20

 

Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Open House 10/28

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Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day

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Reach Every Amazing Detail

Our Libraries free reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12

TED TALKS

The complexity of memory


The mind is a diligent recorder, taking note of all that happens and storing data on it for retrieval later, right? Well actually, no. Enjoy these 7 illuminating talks on the science-and oddities-of our memory.

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Renaissance Faire Weekends
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  Renaissance Faire Weekends
Northern California Renaissance Faire
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 15-Oct 21) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Pageantry, Revelry, Crafts and Romance
City: Hollister view all details >>
     
Big Sur Camping Trip!
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  Big Sur Camping Trip!
Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Date: Every day (Oct 15-Oct 19)
Ages: Ages 3 and up
Details: Camp, hike the mountains of the south coast, repose in flowing streams, hunt for jade and jasper, surf, boogie board, and play .
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 458-3648 view all details >>
     
Open Farm Tours
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Open Farm Tours
Date: 10/07/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Tour the farms at your own pace. Engaging kid friendly farm activities, farm animals and more!
City: Soquel Phone: 831-316-4540, x 707 view all details >>
     
Bike to Work/School
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  Bike to Work/School
Ecology Action
Date: 10/04/2018
Ages: All
Details: Let's bike to school and work!
Special Instructions: Locations Across Santa Cruz County
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
     
15 Years of FishWise
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FishWise
Date: 10/05/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Come enjoy craft beer, tasty eats, face painting for children, and ocean-themed art by local artists
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-1707 view all details >>
     
Citizen Science: Musical Glass
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Library Central
Date: 10/04/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Teens and Adults
Details: Explore the art and science of acoustics
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
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Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
Date: Every day (Oct 5-Oct 6) at 6:00pm
Details: Incredible surf storytelling
City: Santa Cruz 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 >>
     
Thrill the World Santa Cruz
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  Thrill the World Santa Cruz
Louden Nelson Center
Date: Every Sa (Sep 29-Oct 27) at 10:00am
Ages: All ages welcome
Details: Thriller Dancing Class!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day
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  Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day
Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day
Date: Every day (Oct 5-Oct 6) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Free Outdoor Activity Event!
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 840-5547 view all details >>
     
Harvest Faire & Steam Festival
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  Harvest Faire & Steam Festival
Roaring Camp
Date: Every day (Oct 6-Oct 7)
Details: Admission is FREE for the whole family October 4-5 and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from ou
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Fiddle Fantazye!
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  Fiddle Fantazye!
Santa Cruz Symphony
Date: Every day (Oct 6-Oct 7)
Ages: all
Details: Noah Bendix-Balgley, first Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, will be featured in the West Coast premiere performances of
Special Instructions: See different times & locations
City: Santa Cruz and Watsonville view all details >>
     
Felton Celebrates 150th
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  Felton Celebrates 150th
City of Felton
Date: 10/06/2018 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Details: Town Party - 4 bands, dancing, various other entertainment and of course, lots of local food and drink, shopping, kids events, c
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Pathways Through Our Parks
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: Every day (Oct 5-Jan 6) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Meet the Artist: December 7th, 6-8pm. Free to the public.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
     
Pumpkin Farms
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Pumpkin Farmers
Date: Every day (Sep 27-Oct 31) from 8:00am to 9:00am
Details: Pumpkin Farms and more!
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Oktoberfest
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  Oktoberfest
German American Club
Date: 10/06/2018 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Oktoberfest Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at 1 PM - 5 PM German American
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Reach for the Stars
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  Reach for the Stars
Library Live Oak
Date: 10/09/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Details: Reach for the Stars
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Alfred Hitchcock in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, and Beyond
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  Alfred Hitchcock in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, and Beyond
Library Scotts Valley
Date: 10/11/2018 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults
Details: Alfred Hitchcock in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, and Beyond
City: Scotts Valley Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
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  Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
State Park Mission
Date: 10/06/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Details: Follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt...spin your own wool
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.425-5849 view all details >>
     
Thriller Dance Mob
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  Thriller Dance Mob
Boulder Creek Parks & Rec
Date: Every Sa (Oct 13-Oct 27) at 10:15am
Ages: All ages welcome
Details: Thriller dance 3 Saturdays and 1 Tuesday!
City: Boulder Creek Phone: 831-338-2727 view all details >>
     
     
  Ask Nicole continued

Dear Magda, I'm so glad you asked this question. Having a baby can be a joyful and stressful experience for many parents. Even when expectant parents feel prepared to have a baby, the reality of frequent crying, diaper changes, and sleepless nights is often overwhelming. For first-time parents, it's especially hard to understand how much life will change after having a baby until it happens. Here are some tips to try:

Take care of yourself. Remember that taking care of your own needs is not selfish or a sign of weakness. In fact, taking care of yourself will help you be physically and emotionally ready to face each day and care for your baby. If you have a partner, close friends, or supportive family members nearby, ask them for their help with housework, grocery shopping, preparing meals, or watching the baby so you can have some time to yourself. If you feel yourself getting stressed and can't find anyone to give you a break in that moment, take some deep breaths and tell yourself positive thoughts, such as, "I'm doing the best I can. I will get through this."

Develop daily routines. When babies are very young, parents' everyday lives revolve around meeting their infants' needs. In the beginning, it can be difficult for new parents to understand their babies' cries or to predict when and how long their babies will sleep or stay dry between diaper changes. If this sounds familiar, try keeping track of your baby's activities for a while. Notice when he cries and what calms him down (feeding, sleeping, being held or rocked, new diaper), when he sleeps and for how long, and how he responds to hearing you talk, read or sing to him. After a while, you're likely to notice patterns that will help you create daily routines for feeding, sleeping, diaper changes, and playtime. The predictability of these routines will make everyday life easier for you and your baby.

Talk to someone about your feelings. It's common to feel sad, lonely, anxious, or overwhelmed after having a baby. Sometimes, talking to someone who will listen without judging is all that parents need. Other times, parents feel so sad, lonely, anxious, or overwhelmed that they have a hard time getting out of bed, leaving the house, or getting through the day. If this sounds familiar, talk to your health care provider so that you can be connected to a counselor or other professional who can provide support and services that will be most helpful to you.

Final Thoughts: It takes time to adjust to parenthood. If you're feeling sad, lonely, anxious, or overwhelmed, reach out to someone who can offer practical help and emotional support. If you know someone who's experiencing these feelings, take time to listen and find out how you can help. We could all use more kindness in our lives, even if we're no longer raising newborns.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 14 and 18, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, the world's leading positive parenting program. Scientifically proven, Triple P is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act) and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. To find a Triple P parenting class or practitioner, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org.

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