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The Tyrolean Inn - Oktoberfest | New Leaf Community Markets
  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County
Nature Connection
September 22, 2010
Self-Sufficiency and Choices
Birding is a Great Family Activity
Re-Skilling Sounds Like Fun!
Take A Child Outside Week
This Week
'Family Days' - A Bird Watching Adventure
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  Self-Sufficiency and Choices

(Site Photos) Canning.jpgWe are hardly self-sufficient in our contemporary society compared to life even a hundred years ago.  Back then "everyone" put up fruits and vegetables from the garden, traded with neighbors, dug their own wells, etc. 

Today there's a resurgence of self-sufficiency, perhaps an expression of our need to connect locally, make choices and decisions locally, in short control our own lives in a world that sometimes seems too fast, too impersonal, too bossy and occasionally too scary (hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunami's, etc.).  Take a look at the Re-Skilling Expo.  It may have just the mini-class that will interest you and help you take a stand for self-sufficiency in some aspects of your life!

A few newsletters back I shared my re-kindled interest in canning with you.  It's expanding! 

(Site Photos) FruitLeather.jpgI had so many blackberries (and the freezer is full) that I had to process them quickly, so I began making fruit leather.  The recipe called for fruit and sugar --lots-- but I added only 2 tablespoons.  Too sweet.  In the next batch I added 2 teaspoons of xylitol.  Still too sweet.  Next I made it with no added sugar.  Perfect!  These fruit leathers are the best I've ever tasted (never liked commercial fruit leathers)!  I placed them in a jar and during the day as friends stopped in, one by one, they disappeared.  Email me for a complete recipe and please include a friend's email who also wants to receive our newsletters.

There are so many excellent activities this weekend.  You may have to make some choices.  For sure I'm going to Oktoberfest at the Tyrolean Inn.  They are one of the most family friendly businesses in town.  Not only do they welcome children, they provide lots of fun activities for them and the staff expects children to be walking around from table to play areas.

Put October 27 on your calendar if you would like to explore your middle and high school options.  There's a middle and high school fair offering you the chance to talk with representatives of some of the finest schools in the county.

Prost! Parmalee

  Birding is a Great Family Activity

(Site Photos) BirdDownyWoodpeckerfemale.jpgFrom my kitchen window I watch birds visiting the feeders hanging in the olive tree.  They arrive in groups of like feathers.  All summer we have the ubiquitous doves, towhees and bluejays.  I hear but don't see the musical mocking birds calling their territories.  Hummingbirds flit into the yard looking for new red trumpet flowers.  Lately we've seen black-capped chickadees and a lone female downy woodpecker.

They are quite entertaining as they jockey for possession of the bird feeder, playing a bird version of king of the hill.  They seem to have a rule that up to three can feed at one time and they have to be the same "kind".  Suddenly the finches grow impatient and claim the feeder from the sparrows. The doves simply squat in the feeder oblivious to the concept of turns and noisy pressure from the little birds.

(Site Photos) BirdsJunco.jpgMy favorites are the juncos who arrive in the winter, knock the seeds out of the feeder and then feed on the ground.  Don't they know the neighbor cats are around!?  Actually they're fairly safe, as Katie Dog makes perimeter patrols checking for feline, skunk, possum, raccoon and squirrel "invaders". 

Expanding our children's birding horizons is easy in this area, especially with the upcoming Monterey Bay Bird Festival.  It helps to have a bird book and a notebook for keeping a tally of bird sightings.  I like one which allows for quick sketches.  Children can really get into the spirit of hunting for new birds to add to their lists.  Check out the Santa Cruz Bird Club for  ideas and information.

In the morning before school, would you like your children to be riveted to watching the birds at the feeder or TV?  Which will enrich their lives the most?  Which will they carry into adulthood?

  Re-Skilling Sounds Like Fun!

(Site Photos) CanningTomatoes.jpgThird Santa Cruz Reskilling Expo

(Site Photos) RainwaterCollection.jpgOur mission is to strengthen the reskilling movement locally by regularly teaching sustainable daily-living skills, to promote skill-sharing for a resilient common future and to enhance the development of self-reliance in Santa Cruz County.

The Expo will be a day-long symposium of workshops offered to the public free-of-charge and designed to impart skills that will increase food security, conserve water and build community resilience.

The Reskilling Expo will take place on September 26, 10am-4pm.

Beekeeping Emergency Solar Power Pickles and Sauerkraut
Aptos Community Garden Energy-Free Home Construction Natural Agriculture
Jam-Making Solar Water Heating Knitting
Ham Radio Aquaponics and Hydroponics Tool Sharpening
Plant Propagation Urban Foraging Microfinance
Local Currency Graywater: Laundry to Landscape Raising Goats
Water-Neutral Gardening Alternatives to Lawns Plant Propagation
Rainwater Harvesting Bio-swales and Infiltration Basins Pantry Rotation
Food Dehydration Skills Follow Your Heart Action Network Medicine of Local Herbs
Regenerative Tonics Plant Energetics Home Canning
How To Use 211 Services Local Food Economy Practices Restorative Justice
Deciduous Tree Care
Subtropical Fruit Tree Care Bird Language

This Reskilling Expo will also feature a slate of speakers on the Future of Small-Scale Home Energy Production, the Future of Urban Food Production, the Future of Sanitation, Climate Change and California, the Future of Water, and the Future of Local Banking.

  Take A Child Outside Week

Take a Child Outside Week, September 24 - 30

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Take A Child Outside Week is a program designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world. By arming parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources on outdoor activities, our goal is to help children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live, and a burgeoning enthusiasm for its exploration.

Going outside:
* connects children to the natural world
* helps kids focus in school
* reduces chances of obesity

So take a child outside!

Come, be a part of this national movement! Take A Child Outside

  This Week

Event CalendarBelow is only a partial list of upcoming events and activities so be sure to click on our EVENT CALENDAR so you do not miss anything >>

Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list.

Halloween/Harvest Events | Movie Showtimes

 

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School Corner

 

 

Seymour Center School Tours

Waldorf Alive! A Walk Through the Grades 10/7

Chartwell School Informal Tour 10/12

The New High School Project Informal Tour 10/12

Monte Foundation Raise $ for your school

CCISF Central Coast Middle and High School Fair 10/27

SPIN IEP Training 11/13

Ecology Action Bike to School 10/7

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Fall in the

Parks

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Advanced K - 8 Education

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Spring Hill is a private school where the talents of bright, motivated and gifted children are recognized, nurtured and developed to their full potential.

SpringHill.org

250 California St, Santa Cruz

427.2641

Oktoberfest at

The Tyrolean Inn

September 24-26

Fri: 4-10pm
Sat: 2-10pm
Sunday: 2-9pm

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Tyrolean Man's Rules

 

  • Come to Oktoberfest!
  • Have fun!
  • Do the Chicken Dance!
  • Polka with your Sweetie!
  • Dance with the Children!
  • Hoist a stein of beer!
  • Enjoy Bavarian cooking!
  • Wear lederhosen, dirndls, jeans or swirly skirts!

The Tyrolean Inn

9600 Hwy 9

Ben Lomond

336.5188

 

 

Blackberries

& Raspberries

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$2.75 per pound

5 or 10 pound pack

 

Call Beth  

713.0583

 

Hopii Pristine Foods LLC

Corralitos, CA

Save the Date!

October 27, 6:30pm


Middle & High School Fair


For more information

and RSVP

IndependentSchoolFair

359.5949

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Dinner for
Back to School
Nights

 

Kids Love Them!

 

Cod Cakes with Fresh Parsley and Lemon with Organic Couscous and Green Beans

$29.95
($7.49 per serving)

These tasty fish cakes or sticks are great. Made with cod filet, fresh parsley, lemon juice, scallions and seasonings and have a crispy Panko coating. Even folks who don't usually like fish will enjoy these!

 

Order online:

FreshPrepKitchens.com

429-1390

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 'Family Days' - A Bird Watching Adventure

(Event Calendar Logos) MontereyBayBirdingFestival.jpg'Family Days' - A Bird Watching Adventure

Are you looking for something the whole family can enjoy together? If you have ever wondered what birdwatching was all about, now is your chance! Family Days. As part of the Monterey Bay Birding Festival, the City's Wetlands of Watsonville Nature Center in Ramsay Park invites you and your children to the free, bilingual "Family Days" on Sept. 25 and 26. Join us for a bird watching adventure along our City trails, or enjoy children's activities at the Nature Center. Feathered fun includes:

- Family birdwatching outings
- Arts & crafts
- Science activities
- Books, games and puppet shows

(Site Photos) BirdsEgret1.jpgCome explore the wonders of wetlands with your children and create new adventures together. Every fall the Wetlands of Watsonville's vegetation, beautiful waters and exposed mudflats welcome back thousands of migrating birds passing through on their long journey south. Many even stay for the winter, or raise their chicks here in the spring. With wetlands in California and around the world disappearing, our town's wetlands play an important role in providing bird habitat. Over 200 species of birds depend on the Wetlands of Watsonville.

Experienced, bilingual guides will help you and your children learn the "tricks of the trade" -- where to look, what to look for, and how to identify the many species found in our wetlands. Watch giant herons fly overhead, while pink-legged birds search the mudflats for food with their long bills. Walks run Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All scheduled walks have 1/2 hour and 1 1/2 hour options.

The "Family Days" event is free of charge and binoculars will be provided. Bring comfortable walking shoes, hats, sunscreen, water, and binoculars if you have them.

For more information on bilingual family bird walks or kids activities call the Wetlands of Watsonville Nature Center at (831) 768-1622.

Monterey Bay Birding Festival
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Date: Every day (Sep 28-Sep 30)
Details: Join one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America- the tenth annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival.
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