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September 6, 2012


Come See the Berry Best at the Santa Cruz County Fair
Suki: Successful on Their Own Terms

Science Fun with Christine: Are Humans Born Too Early?
Viva: Free EBook: The Happiness Spreadsheet
Feeling the Stress of Back-to-School? Try These Tips at Home.

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(Special Event Images / Graphics) SCCountyFair_Piglet.jpgLet's go to the fair next week! There is something for everyone and a great variety of animals to watch and admire.  All summer long contestants have been getting ready for contests.  Now we can see the entries. 

In August I canned pear butter that turned out delicate and gently sweet without any added sugar.  I added some cinnamon and nutmeg but the taste was  "mmmmm....good" but in the next batch  I added some tart plum jelly that hadn't thoroughly jelled.  As it cooked down to "butter" consistency, I knew I had a sensational result -the "omig, this is great" flavor!  I labeled the jars Accidental Plum-Pear Sauce.  I think that batch could have won a prize at the fair.  Maybe next year. 

Susan True gives suggestions on making the transition from summer to school mode easier.  In college I had a friend who always completed papers two to three days before due dates while the rest of us were up nights before the due dates.  She married a Wisconsin dairy farmer and when I visited her and her young family, she was still doing things ahead of time.  Orange juice for breakfast and the next day's lunches were all done the night before and everyone was in bed by 9pm with clothes for the next day laid out.  Judy always had it together, while most of us are somewhere in between being organized and chaos.  Maybe it would work to be super organized Sunday night through Friday morning and then be a little more free-form over the weekend.  That would allow for both comfortable structure and relaxing spontaneity.

Enjoy your weekend with the family, Parmalee

 

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  Come See the Berry Best at the Santa Cruz County Fair

(Photos General) Fair_HorseCompetition.jpgSea lions, nighttime main stage entertainment, livestock, a hypnotist, carnival games, auto racing, and more family fun can be found starting Tuesday September 11 at the Santa Cruz County Fair. This year's theme "Come See the Berry Best" ensures that the best of the county will be on display.

The opening day ceremony will kick off the start of the Fair at Noon on Tuesday, followed by the Farm Bureau BBQ. Opening day will feature the entertainers The Mary Ellen Duo and Divas of the Decades. Tuesday is also Senior Day, with discount senior admission, a free Ice cream social for seniors, and the Third Annual Senior Contest.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Fair2010_Girl.jpgKid's Day is Wednesday September 12 where kids under 11 get in free. Fun hands-on exhibits and performances by Circus Imagination and Balloonacy will amuse fairgoers of all ages. Country stars "The Lost Trailers" will take the Amphitheater Stage at 7:30 PM. Thursday will feature Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours on the same main Amphitheater Stage.

(Photos General) Fair_PigRace.jpgLong-time Fair favorites can be seen daily. Attractions such as the Sea Lion Encounters, the All Alaskan Racing Pigs, and the livestock barn will enchant any animal lover. Fables of the West and Michael Mezmer the Hypnotist will be sure to dazzle crowds. The Fair Food booths on Apple Blossom Lane will be back with Clover Deli Milkshakes, County Fair Cinnamon Rolls and, new this year with his pig-shaped truck, Mr. Pig's BBQ. The Carnival Midway returns, along with Yesterday's Farm, The Talking Robot, Giant Pumpkins, and Mariachi de California.

Some new additions to the Fair are Walk on Water Bubble Fun where people can play in a pool inside giant bubbles. Miniature Golf will be featured at the Fair as well as Gold Panning and the grand opening of the Heritage Hall Bar.

Come to the Fair on Friday for Date Night at the Fair. The excitement of Auto Racing also starts Friday afternoon in the Grandstands. This event begins at 4:00 pm and is free with Fair admission. The White Album Ensemble will also be performing at 7:30 pm on the main stage and is also free as is all entertainment at the fair.

(Photos General) Fair_ChildandTortoise.jpgSaturday September 15 continues the fun with more Auto Racing in the afternoon, entertainment by Katie Elkin and J.T. Hodges, and KWAV's "Central Coasts Got Talent" competition. The Junior Livestock Auction will also take place Saturday morning.

The close of the Santa Cruz County Fair will come on Sunday, September 16 after the Charro Horseshow and Banda Oro Verde at 5:30 PM in the Main Horseshow Arena and Pro Wrestling Revolution/Lucha Libre at 7:30 on the main stage.

The County Fair will run from September 11 to 16 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville. The Fair runs from Noon to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Noon to 11:00 pm Wednesday through Friday, and opens at 10:00 am Saturday and Sunday. Admission at the gate is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $6 for seniors. Parking is $5 at the Fairgrounds.  More information and schedules can be found at http://www.santacruzcountyfair.com.

  Suki: Successful on Their Own Terms

(Photos General) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI once heard a brave workshop leader say something that caused multiple mom faces around the room to fall with an almost audible thunk:

"How many of you have exactly the same values and beliefs as your parents?" the workshop leader had asked. Three moms out of perhaps 50 had raised their hands.

"Well," she said. "That's how many of your kids are going to have the same values and beliefs as you."

Many of the parents in the room seemed shocked that she would suggest that their children - how could this be? - had their own minds.

Personally, I appreciated her candor, because this is something I think that parents in our day and age forget all too often (and I'm including myself here!). We consult the latest research, we follow our favorite child-rearing manual faithfully, we research schools or try to have the perfect homeschool, we're involved with our kids, we're committed to being better parents... But we forget that in the end our kids are themselves, and all of our engineering may get them to the right schools with the right peers and the right skills for the 21st century, but it won't get past the fact that our kids are humans, complex inside and interacting with a complex world.

Are we doing our very best to give them what they will need in life? ... Read more >>>

Read more of Suki's writing... >>>

 

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  Science Fun with Christine: Are Humans Born Too Early?

I love when new information overturns old theories that were based more on prejudice than real data. Here is a very recent example.


(Photos General) BabywithWatermelon.jpgWe have long noted that human babies are born very helpless when compared to other animals, including our nearest primate relatives. Researchers believed that the "obstetric dilemma" was the issue. This was the believed "problem" that our brains are larger than other animals for our size. This leads to a head too large to go through a woman's birth canal. The canal couldn't be bigger to accommodate a larger head because a woman couldn't walk with a larger pelvis. So human babies are born at an earlier development stage than other animals.

An anthropologist got curious and looked into the whole issue. First of all, she couldn't find any data that indicated that wider hips affected walking. One of the co-authors of the paper had done some studies that looked at hip size and found no correlation between wider hips and problems walking. So it appears that women can accommodate even larger baby heads without problems.


Then she looked at gestation length relative to body size, and found that humans carry their babies longer relative to size. In a logical result, human babies are a little larger relative to other animals.


She then decided to look at metabolism. That lead to a new hypothesis - EGG (energetics, gestation, and growth). The authors of this paper found that human babies are born right before women slide into a metabolic danger zone. This danger zone is when a woman can't put any more energy into supporting the baby without danger to herself. If a woman kept the baby until it is as developed as a chimpanzee, she would have a 16 month gestation.


This paper seems to overturn some long-established ideas. The data is makes a logical argument. This paper won't stop the discussion, but it makes it more interesting.


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120827152037.htm

More posts at Science Fun with Christine Cockey, local scientist and mom.

  Viva: Free EBook: The Happiness Spreadsheet

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(Books/Products) Book_TheHappinessSpreadsheet.jpgThe Happiness Spreadsheet by Cathy Curtis is free right now on Amazon.  I am so excited to read this book because it touches on the same subject as my blog: the relationship between spending money, your values, and your happiness.  Just from skimming through it I can see that it's very "hands on," with lots of exercises and worksheets to complete.

It's an Amazon Kindle ebook, but even if you don't own a Kindle you can still enjoy it by downloading it for free to your computer (PC or Mac), iPhone, or iPad. The instructions for doing so are included under the "Buy Now With 1 Click" button. PLEASE BE AWARE that the price is currently $0.00 but that could change at any time, so always check the price before clicking Buy Now.

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  Feeling the Stress of Back-to-School? Try These Tips at Home.

by Susan True
Executive Director of First 5 Santa Cruz County

You and your family have made it through summertime-family vacations, going to the beach, play dates and picnics, arranging child care or summer camps, or hanging around the house. Now it's time for kids to get in back to school mode -making it to school on-time, meeting teachers, reconnecting with friends, starting new activities and getting homework done.

The anticipation of the start of school and getting back into school routines (or starting school for the first time) can be a welcome change. But sometimes the stress and anticipation for both the parent and child can feel overwhelming for families.

For children, the new school year is a time that can mean different things. For some, it's pure joy. For others, it's utter panic. For many, it's somewhere in between.

For parents, the new school year can bring a sense of relief that the task of keeping children active and occupied throughout long summer days has come to an end. For others, it brings the unwanted shock of returning to a more structured life after months of freedom and flexibility. For many, it's somewhere in between.

In addition, changes such as new schools, teachers, classmates, homework (or more homework) can be hard to manage for both kids and parents in any family. These transitions can lead to stressful family interactions.

Yet school is a central part of a child's life, and handling changes or transitions effectively is an important skill for children to learn. Parents and caregivers can help their kids (and themselves) have a positive back-to-school experience by taking a few moments to connect, talk and plan ahead.

Here are a few tips and suggestions that can help make the summer-to-school transition go more smoothly for everyone:

Create a morning routine. Morning routines take the guess-work out of getting ready for school. Identifying what tasks need to be completed before leaving for school-breakfast, teeth, getting dressed, etc-can reduce morning-time stress. Work with your child to create a daily routine that s/he can eventually learn to follow independently.

(Photos General) Food_BreakfastTomatoesEggsChard.jpgStart your child's day with a healthy, well-balanced breakfast. Good nutrition is a major cornerstone of your child's day. A healthy breakfast will give your child's brain and body the "fuel" needed to be ready to learn.  Having healthy foods that you or your child can easily prepare will help make the mornings more efficient-and peaceful. 

After school, let your child have some time to relax. As adults, we know the value of "down-time." Children of all ages also benefit from taking a break from the demands of the day. When your child comes home from school, offer healthy snacks and an opportunity to relax. Take this time to connect with your child by asking questions and showing interest in how his or her day went.

Set a regular time and space for homework. Whether it's for reading books, working on a project or completing a simple worksheet, designate a time and a quiet space with good lighting for doing homework. Talk with your child - or your child's teachers - about homework assignments and due dates to avoid the stress of last-minute deadlines. Homework time is an opportunity to provide support and help if needed, including providing words of encouragement as your child makes progress.

Establish an evening routine. Set a consistent bedtime, and work with your child to identify the tasks to be completed before then, such as pajamas, brushing teeth and flossing, choosing clothes for the next day, etc. Making lunch and packing backpacks may also be helpful tasks for you or your child to do each night instead of in the morning.  Start your evening routine  early enough to ensure your child gets to bed on time.

(Photos General) Dog_SleepingwithBoy.jpgMake sure your child gets enough sleep every night. Getting a full night's sleep will help your child get up on time in the morning and feel ready for a busy school day. 8-10 hours of sleep is recommended for children of all ages.

Whether your child is about to start school for the first or last time, following these practical tips can result in less stress for you, your child and your family, as well as happier, more confident kids who enjoy learning. Even small changes can make a big difference!

These tips come from the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County. Triple P is scientifically proven and is the world's leading positive parenting program. In addition to tips like these, Triple P also offers classes and one-on-one meetings to help parents handle everyday parenting challenges. For weekly quick tips and a schedule of parenting classes, visit Triple P on facebook-www.facebook.com/triplepscc or sign up for our monthly enewsletter at triplep.first5scc.org.

For more information about Triple P, visit www.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc or www.youtube.com/triplepsantacruzco. To find a Triple P class or practitioner, contact Stephanie Bluford at 831-465-2217 or sbluford@first5scc.org

 
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  • Wednesday - Friday 12pm - 11pm
  • Saturday 10am - 11pm
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  • Children 6 - 12: $5.00 ($4.00 Advance) (Free on Kid's Day, 9/12); Under 6: Free
  • Seniors 62+ : $4.00 on Senior Day, Tuesday, 9/11 at the Gate Only
  • Parking $5/vehicle

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Tuesday 9/11          Divas of the Decades

Wednesday 9/12    The Lost Trailers

Thursday 9/13         Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours

Friday 9/14             The White Album Ensemble

Saturday 9/15          J. T. Hodges

Sunday 9/16             Pro Wrestling Revolution

 


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