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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

September 13, 2018
Seeking Your Help!

2018 Fair Schedule at a Glance

Wheel of Choice

The Secret Lives of California Great White Sharks
Fun Events!
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  Seeking Your Help!

(0 A September 2018) Homepage373.jpgIt's time for a new website for Santa Cruz Parent and we are talking with local web developers to find a mutual good fit (if you are a web builder, drop us a line). 

We like a lot about our site: the resource pages, the family and date night events calendar, the newsletter that shares parenting ideas and events, the family oriented businesses, schools and nonprofits that reach out to you with their messages and you, our readers.

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We also welcome any photos you care to share for the new website: families at local activities and locations, every day activities in parks, beaches, schools, the backyard, at classes, dinner, seasonal etc. from anywhere in our county, north to south, beaches to redwoods.

Enjoy the weekend with the family! Parmalee

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  2018 Fair Schedule at a Glance

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2601 East Lake Avenue  Watsonville, CA 95076


Wednesday - Friday Noon to 11:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Getting Around

2018 Santa Cruz County Fair Metro Service -  Sep 12 - Sep 16

Ride METRO to the Santa Cruz County Fair at the Watsonville Fairgrounds

Round trips of a special "County Fair" Route 79 depart on the hour from Watsonville Transit Center (WTC) during Fair Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 12pm-11pm, Saturday: 10am-11pm, Sunday: 10am-10pm.  All trips depart WTC on the hour :00, depart the Fairgrounds at :25 and arrive back at WTC at :45.

Daily Admission

Adults 13 to 61 $13.00 (Advance Ticket $12.00)
Children 6 to 12 $6 Advance Ticket $5, Free on Kid's Day, 9/12 only
Under 6 Free
Seniors 62 and better $10.00
Active Duty Military Free with ID
Parking $8.00 (Main Lot) $20.00 (Valet)

Daily Event Schedules - Click to View

Wednesday - September 12
Thursday - September 13
Friday - September 14
Saturday - September 15
Sunday - September 16

2018 Entertainment (All Shows, except as noted below, are at 7:30 PM on the Amphitheater Stage)

Wednesday 9/12 Monster Trucks and Motorcycles $10 adults 13+ / $5 child 6-12
(7:30 PM - Race Track)
Thursday 9/13 Sharon Allen and The Dusty Boots -plus- The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men
  Monster Trucks and Motorcycles $10 adults 13+ / $5 child 6-12
(7:30 PM - Race Track)
Friday 9/14 Cisco Kid - A Tribute to War
Saturday 9/15 KTOM Presents JJ Brown
Sunday 9/16 4:00 PM Salinas Valley Charros & Los Reyes De La Banda
7:00 PM Los Fugitivos - Amphitheater Stage

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  Wheel of Choice

My son, Jake, 3-years-old, loves to help out with projects like these.  We have done a behavior chart before (it turned into a piece of art on our fridge instead of a teaching tool!).  However, the Routine Chart and Wheel of Choice have been very successful in our home.  Even though he always knew his routine before bed, having a chart has made it fun for him, PLUS he gets to look at himself in the pictures he took!  We walked through his routine together before snapping photos of him doing it all!  He is proud of the chart, shares it with anyone who comes into his room!  He has been using it for about 3 weeks and he doesn't forget a step!

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The Wheel of Choice was fun to put together too.  I asked him what he'd like to do when he's feeling frustrated or sad or hurt... And he proceeded to tell me he'd rather laugh than cry; he likes to "take a break and drink water"; dance; etc.  He got into the actual searching for pictures that described the words and the outcome is our Wheel Of Choice.  

We used it today, in fact, when he and his sister (Marin, 17 months old) were sitting on the sofa sharing a book.  Marin, took the book and Jake immediately flipped his lid.  Yelled at her, grabbed the book, made her cry, she grabbed it back and I slowly walked in.  I asked Jake if he'd like to use his Wheel Of Choice to help - and he actually said YES!  He chose to "share his toys," he got Marin her own book that was more appropriate for her and she gladly gave him his book back.  They sat there for a while and then traded!!


All my very best,
 Laura Beth

Thanks to Positive Discipline Community Resource


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  The Secret Lives of California Great White Sharks

(0 A September 2018) Seymour_Sharks_Sept16.jpgModern tracking technologies reveal deep mysteries about one of Earth's most ancient and successful predators

Salvador J. Jorgensen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium

As one of the most ancient vertebrates, sharks have roamed the ocean for some 500 million years and persisted through multiple global mass extinction events. One of the largest predatory shark species, great white sharks are vast travelers and can be found worldwide.

Yet California is home to a unique and genetically isolated population of these feared and often misunderstood predators. Today, these ancient creatures concentrate around key areas at the doorstep of California's most populated metropolitan areas. What they do below the surface of the opaque waters has been seldom observed, and has largely remained a mystery. This void of knowledge is often colored by our primal fears and the enduring narrative of Jaws.

Join us as Salvador Jorgensen shares discoveries and dispels myths resulting from a decade and half of great white shark research and exploration.

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Support Group For Parenting Teens FREE!
Work on building a stronger lasting positive relationship with your teens!


We meet every last Wed. of the month, 6:30-8pm at Branciforte Small Schools' library 

FREE, drop-in 

 More details!

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Santa Cruz Parent Seeks a Marketing/Sales Person

You are a self-starter who enjoys meeting small business owners and working with them to share their unique services with familes.

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Coastal Cleanup Day: Beach Flats Cleanup
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  Coastal Cleanup Day: Beach Flats Cleanup
Date: 09/15/2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Coastal Cleanup
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 332-2860 view all details >>
Herbs 101
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  Herbs 101
Costanoa Commons
Date: 09/15/2018 from 10:00am to 11:30am
Details: Growing and Using Herbs for Medicinal, Therapeutic and Culinary purposes
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Book Sale at Aptos Library
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  Book Sale at Aptos Library
Library Aptos
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up
Details: Support your libraries by coming to the Aptos Book Sale and finding new life-changing books
Special Instructions: January-July and September-October
City: Aptos Phone: (831)427-7717 view all details >>
Financial Literacy Classes
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  Financial Literacy Classes
Library Central
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (Sep 24-Mar 25) from 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Ages: 8-18
Details: Free financial literacy classes
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email or call 831-427-7717.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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  Old-Time Family Barn Dance
Live Oak Grange
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Details: Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Black Mesa Weavers
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  Black Mesa Weavers
Date: 11/11/2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Ages
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-429-1964 view all details >>
Sex, Drugs, and Screentime 2-Hour workshop
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  Sex, Drugs, and Screentime 2-Hour workshop
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: 09/15/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Intensive 3-week Positive Discipline Parenting Class Series for Children of All Ages
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
Fair Time!!
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  Fair Time!!
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Paws in the Park
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  Paws in the Park
Wolfpack 831
Date: 09/16/2018 at 10:00am
Details: Jin us for a community dog walk along the San Lorenzo River
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
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