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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County
Our Heritage in Kitchens and Fairs
September 2, 2010
Preserving Fruits, Vegetables and A Welcoming Kitchen
Suki's Blog: Let's Go to Antartica
Yesterday's Farm and its Value to Our Children's Education
This Week
Capitola Begonia Festival
9 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew
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  Preserving Fruits, Vegetables and A Welcoming Kitchen

(Site Photos) CanningPeaches.jpgIt began with a desire to find jams and jellies with much less sugar than what was in markets, also to have food with no preservatives with long un-pronounceable names, and to be able to enjoy heirloom tomatoes in the winter. 

This August I've been in the kitchen canning  --one project per day. So far I've canned plum jelly, tomatoes, tomato sauce, blackberry jam, raspberry jam, apple jelly with peppers, plain apple sauce, spiced apple sauce, peaches, a wicked peach chutney, and today, raspberry jelly with peppers. My first plum jelly didn't jell, however plum sauce is delicious over vanilla ice cream or drizzled into a yellow cake and topped with whipped cream and a few berries.

Jams and jellies require a balance of sugar and pectin in order to "jell".  I'm experimenting to see how little sugar I can use and still have it taste "just right" and "jell". Thanks to a recent article on canning by Tara Leonard, I have been using Pomona Pectin.  It's "calcium based", so requires SIGNIFICANTLY LESS sugar than other brands.  The generic canning instructions that come with this pectin are very good, especially for beginners.  I found Pomona Pectin at New Leaf.  New Leaf also carries a good substitute for sugar, xylitol.*

It has been very satisfying to look at the results stacking up on my shelves and I've been helping the economy by buying canning jars at local stores.  It's also fun to have guests hanging around the kitchen when there's action and tantalizing aromas.

Try just one batch.  You may get hooked on it and your family will appreciate you!  When you go to the Santa Cruz County Fair be sure to visit the area that features winning jams, jellies, preserved vegetables and pies!

Start jamming! Parmalee

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  Suki's Blog: Let's Go to Antartica

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgLast night I attended a mysterious congregation in a parking lot after dark. Luckily, I had a flashlight on my keychain, and I knew the people I was meeting were not dangerous. They are scientists who study Antarctica, and a local teacher who is going with them with a mission to teach us more about the mysterious bottom of our earth.
Students will send water drops to take part in the Ice Aged expedition.

Students will send water drops to take part in the Ice Aged expedition.

There's lots of information about their project at their website, IceAged. They plan to go to Antarctica at the end of September and spend a few months - until the summer "warmth" makes the ice dangerous to maneuver on - living at a research facility, going out on expeditions over the ice, scuba diving under the ice, and sending SCINI ("skinny") the robot to go where humans can't.

Tina Sander is a local teacher who is going along to forge a connection between what these researchers are doing and the rest of us. Her mission? To show us.... read more>>>>>

  Yesterday's Farm and its Value to Our Children's Education

For many years I didn't go to the fair because I "didn't do" traffic jams, long lines and crowds of people. Then I had company from Colorado and Switzerland, so we went and I learned a lot about our heritage, our culture and our history.  I spent a little time on SantaCruzCountyFair.com's website and was impressed at how well the fair preserves the BEST of our country by showcasing our county.   The website is FULL of great information and it's so interesting that here's an excerpt!  Spend some time on the website so that when you go with your children you can make it a great learning experience.  Parmalee

(Special Event Page Graphics) SCCountyFair_YesterdaysFarm.jpg"Yesterday's Farm in its 25th Year

The Agricultural History Project (AHP) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year as an organization and has had an exhibit at the fair each year.

It started out as a 10-foot by 10-foot booth the first year and then took over half of the Harvest Building the following two years. At the start of the fourth year Yesterday's Farm was created, expanding the exhibit to an entire corner of the fairgrounds and it has been an integral part of the fair ever since.

This year the theme, "Apple Pies and Family Ties," is a perfect fit for Yesterday's Farm. This living exhibit tells a story about what life was like 50 or more years ago when families worked together to grow and process food to put on their table and clothes on their backs. It showcases the techniques of farming and family life through exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. Yesterday's Farm also brings back found memories for people who lived in the era, when horses were the main power on the farm, tractors were being introduced to replace the horses, washing of clothes was done by hand or with very crude washing machines, and where children created their own toys and things to play with.

What you will see this year when you come to the fair and stroll the Farm are exhibits in the Codiga Center and Museum on early-day life in the area; food being prepared in Claudia's Kitchen the old-fashioned way on a propane stove; an antique engine display; a tractor show, an exhibit of antique cars in the Snyder Building and more.

Yesterday's Farm is produced by volunteers from the Agricultural History Project, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of agriculture on the Central Coast of California.

Demonstrations will be held each day at the Madesko Education Center (Gazebo). Antique farm equipment in the AHP collection will be shown and a docent will explain how it was used. And don't miss Watsonville resident Fred Silva's beautiful Clydesdale draft horses. Silva will do a demonstration of the power of these horses each day.

Wednesday and Thursday are Education Days, when school children are invited to the fair to learn about agriculture and Yesterday's Farm showcases what life was like in the past and how changes have occurred over the years.

John Kegebein, volunteer CEO of the Ag History Project, said teaching people, especially children, how agricultural is integral to their lives, showing them where their food comes from and how it has historically been produced is the main purpose.

"We're here to show folks, especially kids, how food is grown, where the food they are eating comes from today and how it has been produced in the past," he said. "A lot of people don't know. Kids just think it shows up at the supermarket."

  This Week

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Kathleen Kasdorf Voice Studio -private voice lessons

Chartwell School -diagnostically educates students with language-related learning variations

The New High School -innovative, college preparatory school for bright teens who may have struggled in a more traditional educational environment

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Oktoberfest

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 Capitola Begonia Festival

(Special Event Page Graphics) BegoniaFestival_TigerFloat.jpgA Labor Day weekend filled with fun events for the whole family. Beautifully decorated floats, concerts, sand sculpture contests, movies, art, fishing derby and more!

9/3

Friday Movie Night at the Beach, Beach Blanket Bingo - Begins at dusk. Bring the family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and we'll provide the popcorn!

Sat, 9/4

8am-12pm Sand Sculpture Contest at Capitola Beach. Registration begins on the beach at 8:00 AM. Guidelines and info for the event are available to view and download here
9am-12pm Budding Artists Event at the Esplanade. View the work of local student artists!
4-6pm Concert in the Park  Mike Hadley and the Groove live at the beach in Esplanade ParkBring the family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and bring your dancing shoes!
4-7pm MEET THE ARTIST at Pacific Gallery Framing, Pacific Gallery Framing, 321 Capitola Avenue . Capitola Village . 831.476.3588 Light refreshments will be served
Movie: Mama Mia! on the beach at dusk. Bring the family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and we'll provide the popcorn!
4-10pm Float Construction Viewing  Stroll along the banks of Soquel Creek and watch as the floats begin to take shape.

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8am Horseshoes on the Sand  Capitola Beach in front of the Venetian Hotel Teams will be chosen by drawing names from a hat. Participants must pre-register beforehand.
Float Construction Viewing Take another stroll along the banks of Soquel Creek in the morning, and watch as the floats get their finishing touches.
9am-12pm Chalk Art on the Seawall, Sign in at Esplanade Park Open to children of all ages. Create your own masterpiece atop the seawall on the Esplanade for all to enjoy! Art chalk provided to all participants.
11am -12pm Begonias to go, Head to Toe! Esplanade Park, Become a part of the Festival! Create and design a festive hat for the occasion! Bring your own hat; we'll provide the begonias.
1-3pm 56th Annual Nautical Parade, Begonia covered barges float down Soquel Creek to the Lagoon. Great views from the Stockton Bridge, Cliff Avenue and Wharf Road. ADA seating available.
4-6pm Concert in the Park
The Houserockers live at the beach in Esplanade Park. Bring the family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and bring your dancing shoes!

Mon, 9/6

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11am - 2pm Children's Art Event, Esplanade Park, Children of all ages are welcome to come and create a memory to take home.
1pm Rowboat Races Soquel Creek - We supply the boats! Registration at the pathway by the Stockton Bridge from noon until 1pm.

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Date: 09/05/2010
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  9 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew

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Parents, do you wonder what it takes to help your kids do their very best at school? Good Housekeeping went into classrooms at schools around the country and talked to the teachers who spend their days with your children. Here's what they said about how you can help them help your kids:

1. Don't be a stranger!
Talk to your child's teacher early and often. Back-to-school night shouldn't be the only time you connect, but it's a great time to introduce yourself and find out the best way to contact her in the future. Then stay in touch with updates on how things are going at home, questions about your child and his work, or to schedule conferences to head off trouble (should you worry about that string of C's?). Most teachers have e-mail at school, which is a great way to check in.

2. Learning doesn't stop at 3:15.
You can help the teacher do a better job by encouraging your child to show you something he's working on at school, suggests Ron Martucci, who teaches fourth grade in Pelham, New York. It doesn't have to be a big deal: "Ask him to demonstrate how he does long division or to read his book report out loud," says Martucci. "Every time your child gets a chance to show off what he knows, it builds confidence."
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3. Stay involved - even when you don't know the material.
You can provide moral support and be your child's cheerleader no matter how well (or poorly) you did in a certain subject. "Parents tell me they didn't take trigonometry or flunked chemistry, so how can they check the homework?" says Tim Devine, a high school social science teacher in Chicago. "But we don't expect you to be an expert on every subject." Just knowing a parent is paying attention can be very motivating for a student.

4. Keep your child organized.
That means helping teachers with the paper chase. "I spend way too much time tracking down tests or forms I've sent home for a parent's signature," says Judy Powell, a fifth-grade teacher from Richmond, Virginia. Usually, the missing items are crumpled up in the bottom of the kid's backpack, along with lunch leftovers and other clutter. Powell's solution: Have your child empty his backpack every day as part of a regular after-school routine. Set up a special place, such as a box in the kitchen, where he can put the day's papers, and provide another spot, such as a desk drawer, for old assignments that you want to save. A bright-colored folder is a good idea, too, for toting homework - and signed papers - to and from school. And about those supplies: Keep plenty on hand. "Kids run out of pencils and paper, and it'll be three weeks before they'll remember to tell you," says Powell.

5. Let your child make mistakes.
Don't forget, he's learning. Teachers don't want perfect students, they want students who try hard. "Sometimes parents get caught up in thinking every assignment has to be done exactly right, and they put too much pressure on their child," says Brian Freeman, a second-grade teacher from Red Spring, North Carolina. "But it's OK for kids to get some problems wrong. It's important for us to see what students don't know, so we can go over the material again."

Is your child struggling with an assignment? Help him brainstorm possible solutions. If he's still stuck, resist the temptation to write a note. Instead, encourage your child to take charge by asking the teacher for help the next day.

Hands off bigger assignments, too, says Marty Kaminsky, a fourth-grade teacher in Ithaca, New York. "I assigned a project on inventors, and several kids brought in amazingly detailed reports with slide-shows. They looked great, but they clearly weren't the work of a nine-year-old," he says. "I was much happier with the posters with the pictures glued on crooked, because I knew those children did the work themselves. What matters isn't the final result; it's letting a child have ownership of the project."

6. Raise a good reader.
Even if your child isn't a natural-born bookworm, you can encourage him to love literature. Keep reading together, even if your kid can breeze through a book on his own. Reading aloud can expand his vocabulary, and your chats about the book will help him understand and enjoy more. But you might want to shelve books that seem way over his head. It's tempting to push literary limits, but the goal is understanding and enjoyment.

Use audiobooks as a tool to inspire love of reading. They aren't "cheating;" they're a terrific way to engage kids in a good yarn. Check out bookadventure.com for more with books kids will enjoy.

7. If the teacher deserves a good grade, give her one.
Teaching isn't easy, and there are days when a kid has a tantrum, or a teacher feels like crying because a parent speaks to her harshly. So why not e-mail or call when your child enjoys a class event or says something nice about the instructor? And if you feel the teacher is doing a good job, let the principal know. Volunteering is another way to demonstrate your enthusiasm and support, even if you only have time to help out once a year. It shows your child - and his teacher - that you really care about his education.

8. The teacher's on your side - give her the benefit of the doubt.
Rachel James, a third-grade teacher in Reson, Florida, was having a terrible time with one of her students. For days, the boy had been disruptive, rolling his eyes and sighing dramatically whenever anyone spoke to him. Naturally, she had to reprimand him. "His mom called and accused me of picking on her son," says James. "When I told her what was going on, she was shocked." After the mom had calmed down, they worked out some ways to change the boy's behavior. "A lot of parents go into attack mode when their child complains about a teacher," says James. "Or they take the problem to the principal, so the teacher feels blindsided. But parents need to get all the facts before they react."

9. There is a secret to better grades.
Set up a brief get-together with your child's teacher(s) early in the school year. A one-on-one conversation is the perfect time to bring up important issues, like the fact that your child struggled in math last year or tended to hand in homework late. Also check in with the school district's or teachers' website in order to stay on top of your child's assignments, grades, test dates and scores - and more. Find out what resources there are for you, and use them. If your child is having a tough time in a particular class, don't just swoop in and try to make things right. Encourage your child to meet with his teacher to resolve a problem on his own.

If there's issue between your child and a teacher, don't automatically run to the principal behind the teacher's back. Certain situations that involve your child's safety do merit a meeting with the head of school, but otherwise, going over the teacher's head signals a lack of respect. When you can't agree on a solution, set up a meeting with the teacher and a school administrator, who can help work things out.

 

  *Xylitol

from Wikipedia:  One teaspoon (5 gm) of xylitol contains 9.6 calories, as compared to one teaspoon of sugar, which has 15 calories. Xylitol has virtually no aftertaste, and is advertised as "safe for diabetics and individuals with hyperglycemia." This tolerance is attributed to the lower impact of xylitol on a person's blood sugar, compared to that of regular sugars[8] and also has a very low glycemic index of 13 (glucose has a GI of 100).

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