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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

September 12, 2019
Meet Your Neighbors at the Fair

Fellowship, Sewing and Citizenship

2019 FAIR AT A GLANCE

Santa Cruz Moms Suggest Natural Sleep Aids

How I Finally Learned to Sleep
Fun Events!
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  Meet Your Neighbors at the Fair

(0 A September 2019) FairFloralQuilt.jpgWhether you are a local or new to Santa Cruz County, a day at the fair offers a collage of our culture and history. Being at the fair --visiting the show animals, viewing the exhibits made by locals like quilts, paintings, pies, vegetable carvings, riding a pony or camel, watching pig and turkey races, tasting awesome food and enjoying the entertainment-- is a great way to engage in the local culture and traditions!

We've run many articles on the value of handwork for children (and us!).  For all you quilters and want-to-be-quilters, there's a worthy project coming up and some wonderful quilters to help you get started, one square at a time! Historically women quilted together, sharing skills, ideas and companionship. Read all about the opportunity here and here! Attention homeschoolers and schools, this is an opportunity to add quilting and history into your curriculum!

Babies and young children are big time parent sleep disrupters. Articles and experts abound with how to help the little ones, but what about parents who struggle with insomnia long after the children have become sound sleepers. I'm amazed at the prevalence of insomnia. Read tips from local moms and one insomniac whose insomnia was severe but curable.

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  Fellowship, Sewing and Citizenship

Opening Day Ceremonies About Remembering and Appreciating

A First Ever "Quilts of Valor"

The Santa Cruz County Fair opened its gates at noon on Wednesday, September 11.  This year's 9-11 opening recalled that fateful day in 2001 when the Fair was also set to open.  It is fitting that Santa Cruz County's first ever Quilt of Valor was presented to a retired veteran as part of the opening ceremonies.

Fair Youth Department head Robin Turnquist was inspired last fall.  As a member of the Aptos Grange #800 she attended the national Grange Convention and was in the audience when the Quilts of Valor organization spoke to those gathered.  "It was so moving for me that I brought their story back to my local Grange" explained Turnquist.  Several members of the group jumped on board with the Aptos Grange agreeing to serve as sponsor.  An invitation to county 4-H clubs went out as well as to anyone in the community interested in joining them for fellowship, sewing and citizenship.

During the presentation ceremony a letter was read and those in attendance get to hear about the recipient's service to our country.  The quilt was then opened facing the veteran so they see if first before being shown to the crowd.  It was then given to the veteran by wrapping it around him.

The local Quilts of Valor group hopes to sew and wrap county veterans for many years to come.  Turnquist encourages those interested in learning more to go to the Quilts of Valor website qovf.org .  "But be careful, you might want to come sew quilts with us" she laughs.

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

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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 2019 Fair will be held September 11-15 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 santacruzcountyfair.com

Quilts of Valor 2020 Drive: https://www.qovf.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Block-drive-2020-Revision2-2019-0830.pdf

Quilts of Valor on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/QuiltsofValor/photos/

 

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  2019 FAIR AT A GLANCE

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September 11-15, 2019
Wednesday through Friday - Noon to 11 PM, Saturday - 10 AM to 11 PM, Sunday - 10 AM to 10 PM
2601 East Lake Avenue Watsonville, CA 95076

Information at SantaCruzCountyFair.com or 831-724-5671

Admission (Daily)
Adults 13 to 61: $14.00
Children 6 to 12: $7.00 (Free on Kid's Day, 9/11 only)
Children 5 and under: Free
Seniors 62 and better: $12.00 ($10.00 at the gate on Wednesday, 9/11 only)
Active Duty Military: Free with ID all days
All Veterans Free on opening day, Wednesday, 9/11 only
Parking $10.00 (Main Lot) $25.00 (Valet)

Entertainment
Wednesday 9/11 Monster Trucks and Motocross $10 adults 13+ / $5 child 6-12;(7:30 PM - Race Track)
Gary Blackburn Band (7:30 PM - Amphitheater Stage)
Thursday 9/12 Cisco Kid - A Tribute to War (7:30 PM - Amphitheater Stage)
Monster Trucks and Motocross $10 adults 13+ / $5 child 6-12: (7:30 PM - Race Track)
Friday 9/13 The White Album Ensemble (7:30 PM - Amphitheater Stage)
Saturday 9/14 One Country (7:30 PM - Amphitheater Stage)
Sunday 9/15 Salinas Valley Charros & Los Reyes De La Banda (4:00 PM - Main Horse Arena)
Sonora Tropicana (7:00 PM - Amphitheater Stage)

 

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  Santa Cruz Moms Suggest Natural Sleep Aids

Sleep experts recommend 6-8 hours of sleep for adults, less for seniors, and more for teens. When you can't get to sleep or sleep well or wake up at 2am, 3am, 4am and cannot get back to sleep, it's pretty awful dragging around the next day. A mom asked, "Anyone know of natural remedies to help insomnia?" So many parents chimed in with solutions. One of these may be right for you. My counter-intuitive technique? Get up, make a cup of my favorite orange pekoe tea (caffeinated!), get back in bed with my tea and a book. Pretty soon, often barely five pages, I'm nodding off.

gotu kola honey tart cherry juice
theanine D3 at 8pm caffeine morning only
no sugar gotu kola Natural Calm magnesium powder
no caffeine
milk and banana exercise in daytime
massage warm milk meditation tapes
air purifier pink noise cooler room temp
skullcap sleep hypnosis videos no eating after 6pm
gaba sleep mask white noise
valerian essential oils relaxation apps
yoga kava kava Jade nectar cbd
melatonin chamomile tea shea butter on pulse sites
magnesium cbd sleep gummies lavender essential oils

Read this informative article on the Mayo clinic website for solid information and advice.

 
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  How I Finally Learned to Sleep

from Pocket Worthy... Stories to fuel your mind

by Kate Edgley, The Guardian

(0 A September 2019) Insomnia.jpgFor decades, Kate Edgley struggled with insomnia. She tried everything, but nothing seemed to work...Here, she reveals the terrible toll it took on her life - and how she eventually realized her dreams.

 

My brain flickered into consciousness and, a moment later, a tiny lift in my chest made itself known. Glee. A simple but palpable joy on waking. I bounded out of bed, looking forward to the day. Then a sudden jolt had me standing, motionless, gazing across the room in wonder. I'm looking forward to my day! I'm looking forward to my day? Bloody hell! A slow grin squeezed my cheeks as energy zipped around my body and, refusing to be contained, had me gyrating my hips and arms in sync, dancing, naked, around my bedroom, wondering whether I'd care - or stop - if either of my teenage children walked in. I'm looking forward to my day! I'm looking forward to my day! Whaaaaa-hoo!

It was, in fact, an ordinary day. I was getting the train to work, sitting in an office, then coming home again. But my energy! I could feel it pulsing through me and my body tingled with vitality. Later, at my desk, my concentration was focused, the words I was reading hanging together. Walking around the building, my torso stood tall. In conversations, my brain and mouth played ball. None of which had been the case all on the same day for a long, long time.

The best part of this energised, vivacious me, however, was the absence of any niggling doubt. No background anxiety that I'd never feel like this again: that this was a one-off; that this was how everybody, except me, got to feel most of the time; that this being part of the human race again would be zapped away tomorrow.

No, this joyous life force, this jubilant exuberance for merely existing, was a part of me, propelling me into each moment. And, fabulously, amazingly, miraculously, I knew how to get it. After 20 years of not knowing and desperately trying, hoping, longing, and oh, so-wretchedly failing, I now knew how to sleep. Find out how>>>>

  Fun Events!

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Know your school.

Ask for a tour.

Bring your questions.

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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Tues, Sept. 17
Enjoy free admission to the Seymour Center  10 AM–5 PM

Mother, May I?
 

    Did you  play that fun playground game, Mother May I?  "May I take three umbrella steps? No, you may take two.  May I take five giant steps? No you may take five baby steps.  Can I take three rabbit hops? No, go back to the starting line!"  I think an English teacher invented that game to get us comfortable with the difference between may and can, not to mention I and me.

Overheard:

"Mom... can me and Stacey go to the park?"

"Who?" Mom responded.

"Me and Stacey..."

"Who?" she repeated with a smile.

"Stacey and I,  ...but all the kids say that..."

"I'm sure you can go.  Are you asking permission?" 

"Yes..."

"Try again..." 

"May Stacey and I go to the park?"

"Yes, you may. Be back home by 4." 

 "Thanks Mom!"

Pumpkin Farms

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Children's Planetarium Show
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  Children's Planetarium Show
Hartnell Planetarium
Date: Every Fri (Aug 30-Dec 13) at 5:15pm
Details: Star programs for children
Special Instructions: No late admittance. Be sure to show up 5-10 minutes early. Doors are locked shut at start times.
City: Salinas Phone: (831) 755-6979 view all details >>
     
Fair Time!
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  Fair Time!
Date:
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Movie: Ralph Breaks the Internet
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  Movie: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Capitola Village
Date: Every Fri (Sep 6-Sep 13) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Details: Family friendly movies: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Special Instructions: Free Popcorn
City: Capitola Village view all details >>
     
River Health Day
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  River Health Day
Coastal Watershed
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Jul 23-Dec 8) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Ages: All
Details: Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 464-9200 view all details >>
     
Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
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  Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
Roaring Camp
Date: 09/14/2019 at 6:00pm
Details: Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
Special Instructions: July 20, August 17, September 14, October 5
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Fair Time!
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  Fair Time!
Date:
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Fruit Trees for Every Garden.
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  Fruit Trees for Every Garden.
UCSC Farm
Date: 09/15/2019 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Details: Orin Martin shares his wisdom, experience, and advice in his new book, Fruit Trees for Every Garden.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: Phone (831) 459-3240 view all details >>
     
Navigating the Teen Years with Positive Discipline
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  Navigating the Teen Years with Positive Discipline
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: Every Th (Sep 19-Oct 10) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults
Details: Build a respectful parenting connection and discover an effective alternative to punishments and rewards!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
Bird Fun Fest Make Night
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  Bird Fun Fest Make Night
MAH
Date: 09/13/2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Make a one-of-a-kind bird mask using feathers, glitter, ribbon, and more
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Apple-A-Day
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  Apple-A-Day
Felton Farmers Market
Date: 09/17/2019 from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Details: Join us for a flurry of activities for kids and adults alike.
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Archeology Day
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  Archeology Day
State Park Mission
Date: 10/05/2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 425-5849 view all details >>
     
SuperKid Triathlon
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  SuperKid Triathlon
Finish Line Productions
Date: 09/15/2019 at 8:00am
Details: A swim, bike and run course for kids!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz County Fair
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  Santa Cruz County Fair
Santa Cruz County Fair
Date: Every day (Sep 11-Sep 15)
Ages: All
Details: "Round up the Red, White and Blue" will guide the joyous celebration that is our annual Santa Cruz County Fair.
Special Instructions: parking $10/car
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 724-5671 view all details >>
     
Renaissance Faire Weekends
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  Renaissance Faire Weekends
Northern California Renaissance Faire
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 14-Oct 20) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Pageantry, Revelry, Crafts and Romance
City: Hollister view all details >>
     
Open House 2019
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  Open House 2019
State Park Castro Adobe
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 6-Dec 29) from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: "Thanks for the Memories" is a chance for history buffs, locals and Castro family descendants to visit
Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-335-6318 view all details >>
     
Ohlone Day
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  Ohlone Day
State Park Henry Cowell
Date: 09/14/2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Ohlone people will share their traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, dance, and their history
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-7077 view all details >>
     
Capitola Art & Wine Festival
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  Capitola Art & Wine Festival
Capitola Chamber
Date: Every day (Sep 14-Sep 15)
Details: Wineries, gourmet food, fine art, entertainment, children's art area. Admission free.
City: Capitola Village Phone: (831) 475 6522 view all details >>
     
8-Week Triple P Group: for Families with Teens
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  8-Week Triple P Group: for Families with Teens
Triple P
Date: Every Th (Sep 5-Oct 24) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Meet other families and learn simple strategies to help you: Build a positive relationship with your teen ...
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 335-6600, ext 6605
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-6600 view all details >>
     
Fair Time!
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  Fair Time!
Date:
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