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September 11, 2013


The Santa Cruz County Fair: New, Interesting and Innovative!

Sawubona Ngikhona - Learning Journey 2013

Suki: A Year Long Social Science Experiment

Christine: New Information on Depression in Men
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(Special Event Images / Graphics) Fair_LittleCowboys.jpgSeriously, camel rides, pig races and a wild west turkey stampede?! You ARE going to the fair, right? 

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Fair_Camel.jpgWho would want to miss this eclectic collection of LOCALS' prize products --chickens, pigs, cows, bunnies, art, pies, big pumpkins, carved vegetables, jams and more-- and entertainment from around the world.  

If your daily lifestyle is the least bit stressful, a few minutes spent watching the pig races and turkey stampede will most assuredly tickle your funnybone and dissipate all that stress.  Here's a preview from 2012. 

When so much of world news is about conflict, it's great to read about good news, good will and the profound insights of an upcoming generation of leaders.  We include vignettes by Mount Madonna 11th graders' who traveled to Africa this summer.  On September 20th, you won't want to miss Galloping Giraffes And Other Stories including photos of the trip by Schmuel Thaler.

See you at the fair! Parmalee

 

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  The Santa Cruz County Fair: New, Interesting and Innovative!

(Ads 2013) SCCF_2013.jpgThe driving force behind this year's Santa Cruz County Fair is "New, interesting and innovative" explained Fair Manager Dave Kegebein.  "It looks like we may have achieved our goal" he added.

While keeping everything Fairgoers most love about the Fair, a long list of new attractions has been added.  "We've got everything from racing turkeys to camel rides to valet parking, it's going to be quite a Fair" promises Kegebein.

The list of what's new includes:

  • - Opening Night Gala
  • - Valet Parking
  • - Wild West Turkey Stampede
  • - Nancy's Amazing World of Birds Show
  • - Camel Rides
  • - Dr. Solar's Good Time Sunshine Traveling Medicine Show
  • - Ag Department Demonstration Kitchen
  • - Bug Barn
  • - Heritage Hall - Music and Adult Beverages
  • - Hay Maze
  • - Bruno's Barbeque
  • - New Orleans Cajun food

All the above and still room for Michael Mezmer Hypnotist, racing pigs, splashing sea lions, great carnival rides, cinnamon rolls, cute chicks (in the poultry building!) and so much more.

The Santa Cruz County Fair celebrates the rich agricultural history of our community and people, and invests heavily in bringing this heritage to our youth.  The 2013 Fair will be held September 10 - 15 at the Fairgrounds located on Highway 152 just east of Watsonville.  Information on the Fair, and the Fairgrounds - a year round entertainment and event venue, can be found at www.santacruzcountyfair.com

 

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  Sawubona Ngikhona - Learning Journey 2013

by Ward Mailliard, Mount Madonna School

(Special Event Images / Graphics) MM_Singing.jpgThe Zulu word sawbones is a traditional African greeting, which means "I see you." The proper response is ngikhona or "I am here." While words can never adequately describe the impact of our recent trip to South Africa, these words do convey the spirit of the journey, which was to meet and understand the common humanity of people who have very different lives. I teach a two-year high school Values in World Thought class at Mount Madonna School. In June, I travelled with my 11th grade students to South Africa and Swaziland. We visited schools, townships and charitable organizations, and had the honor of interviewing Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former President, F.W. de Klerk.

While there were many high points, the MMS students took special pride in their wonderful presentation in the Tembisa township where, accompanied by some talented local youth, the group performed South African songs for a crowd of several hundred people. The days of rehearsals helped build lasting friendships and understanding, and there was great joy as music came alive in this truly international choir.

Another equally powerful experience occurred when we visited Botshabelo, a community for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. For several months prior to the trip students collected medical supplies, clothing, art supplies and solar gear to offer as gifts, but I know all of us agree that what we took away was far more valuable. Meeting those children who lives were deeply affected by poverty and disease helped us to understand our great privilege and the consequent obligation we have to care for and support others in need. In return we discovered something about our universal humanity and the extreme joy that comes from caring about others. The following student reflections will give some idea of the impact of this journey.

Walking through the very prison where so many had been tortured felt surreal. How Thulani acquired the courage to return to this place where he spent his darkest years is beyond me. I am incredibly inspired by the bravery it took for him to retell his stories, even as he found himself struggling through the difficult emotions that the memories brought with them. If there is one thing I can take away from today's experiences, it is the significance of hope. Thulani never stopped believing, never let go of hope, even in his darkest times. It is because of this that he stands here today, telling his story and looking down upon prison cells that now remain empty.

- Sophie Kamkar

Peter Harris said we assume that complicated issues have complicated solutions, but many times the solution is right in front of us. He said that in order to weaken the blow of poverty and inequality, we must simply build houses and clinics and continue developing technology and infrastructure. He said that if South Africa did these things many of the nation's problems would be solved. Harris said South Africa, unlike many other nations, has the resources needed, and therefore no excuse; complexity, he said, should not be an excuse for lack of action. - Jay Ward

One of my goals for the trip was to engulf myself in this culture, but with that comes surrender, and my fear of the unknown had prevented that. However, the marketplace put me into a place where the culture was not really forced upon me, but rather presented in a way where I could not ignore the society surrounding me. Through the unique fabrics, carefully sculpted animals, most likely carved from memory, and the beautiful paintings that reflected the magic of South Africa through vibrant colors, I was finally engulfed in the culture. I can't wait to wake up to tomorrow with this new perspective that will allow me to experience South Africa without fear. - Bri Heldt

(Special Event Images / Graphics) MM_WalkingTogether.jpgJessica walked up to me as I got of the bus and I recognized a remarkable openness in her. It was the same openness that I miss most from my childhood. She took my hand and I walked with her a ways. I learned her name. She spoke in whispers. I had to lean close to hear. While Marion spoke about her inspirations, her challenges, and her beliefs, Jessica slept in my lap. Eventually Marion began to speak about Jessica's current situation. She has been through tremendous trauma in her life. Hearing about it made her remarkable openness became even more amazing. I held her. I wanted to protect her from the world. Protect her from what had already happened. I couldn't. I have not been raised with religion. I have prayed only a few times in my life, but I pray that Jessica lives happily for many years. I pray that I will make it back here, and I pray that she is here to greet me with the same openness and joy I saw today. - Olorin Etemad-Lehmer

(Special Event Images / Graphics) MM_RidingonShoulders.jpgI asked Pregs Govender, Deputy Chair of the South African Human Rights Commission, how she became more conīŦdent and she said that it was because of the supportive people around her, including her family and teachers. She also described finding "the possibility in the power of words." I found the idea that this calm and thoughtful woman used her words to express herself, whether for work or just to be creative, amazing. It takes a strong person to stand up and take risks for what she believes in, especially during a hard transitional time in South Africa. That really inspired me. - Preethi Balagani

Setting Kylay down and getting on the bus was one of the hardest things that I have ever had to do. To my surprise, it was Kylay who supported me. Before I could step on the bus, he ran back and hugged my leg and told me that I didn't have to worry because he believed me, and he knew that I would be back to see him very soon. This was the most meaningful experience I have had so far, because usually in society it is believed that advice and knowledge are passed on from an adult, who has supposedly already lived through everything. However, this knowledge and understanding came from a 5-year-old boy who I had just met earlier that day; yet it felt like we had known each other our whole lives. - Daniel Clifton

In our interview we asked Archbishop Tutu, "What was it like when you took Nelson Mandela's hand and stepped onto the balcony to introduce him as the new President of South Africa?" He got a big smile and said, "some things you cannot describe in words." He went on, "But I will say that I had a conversation with God and told him, if you want to take me now it would be alright. This is enough." There are so many moments on these journeys when I could honestly say, "this is enough." I urge you to read the blogs, see the photos and watch the videos, and share in some of these extraordinary moments.

To read more, visit the students' blog at: www.santacruzlive.com/blogs/mtmadonna

 
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  Suki: A Year Long Social Science Experiment

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As I wrote last week, my daughter decided that this year she wanted to check out school. As homeschoolers, we were never completely out of the school world since we took part in a public homeschool program. But she really wanted to find out what schools are like, and she's the sort of kid who doesn't just want to read about it-she wants to get in and get her hands dirty.

So this week she went to school every day and seems thrilled with all the novelty: Getting up early and actually eating breakfast without having time to sit in bed and read before. Riding her bike to school or getting a ride and sitting in the long line of cars in the drop-off lane. Meeting 31 new kids all at once. Taking a class with a complete stranger who didn't have to audition for the kids. Having homework 3 nights out of 5. Having folders for different subjects. And the biggest novelty: Mom caving in when at Target buying the folders and letting her get a commercial tie-in (Angry Birds).

I may be a diehard fan of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. But sometimes having folders with Angry Birds on them is an urgent matter of self-expression. Or so my 10-year-old tells me.

Partly because of the novelty, and partly because this a path she chose completely independently of everyone-her parents, her homeschool program teacher, and all of her homeschool friends-, the week went well. Ironically, however, it ended in my speaking at the inaugural Online Homeschool Conference. I had the uncomfortable feeling of being half-imposter, speaking so glowingly about an educational choice my daughter has rejected...... Read more >>>>

 Suki Wessling writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling at Avant Parenting.

 

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The Santa Cruz Rio Theatre is the only Bay Area and Central Coast stop for the off Broadway tour of Angelina Ballerina the Musical! Show has had a successful three year run in New York and comes to a close at the end of this year with its first, last and limited U.S. Tour. Children ages 3-10 absolutely love the 50 minute show with 8 characters and nine musical numbers.

Tickets on sale Aug 1,  $29.50 

Shows: Dec 7 & 8, 11am and 1pm

 Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, (831) 278-1419

  Christine: New Information on Depression in Men

Depression has historically been labeled a woman's problem. The statistics made it clear that far more women than men went through this problem. A recent study may not only change this view, but it may also get help to some severely depressed men whose depression has not been recognized. It may also solve the conundrum that more women are depressed but more men commit suicide.

There is an "approved" list of depression symptoms. These include sadness, feelings of guilt, worthlessness, loss of interest in doing fun stuff, and some others. A new study suggests that men may have some different symptoms that aren't common in women.

What took so long? This is so obvious.  I hope researchers from different cultures also look to their own cultures for symptoms.

The researchers added more symptoms to the standard list ...find out more>>>>

Christine is a scientist and mom.  You can find more of her essays here.

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Chartwell School, Open House 9/12

 

St. Stephens Preschool, Open House 9/11

 

MakersFactory, Free Minecraft Class 9/13

 

Ecology Action, Safe Routes to School Workshop 9/25

 

Waldorf, What is Waldorf? 9/25

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