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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

September 26, 2019
Good People

He inspires kids to love themselves!

A Revered Farmer Blogs with Humor

Seven Simple Actions to Help Birds

Fun Events!
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  Good People

(0 A September 2019) sand-castle-2.jpgI like sand sculptures! This weekend join in making or viewing the magnificent sand sculptures at the  Capitola Beach Festival.

Good people abound. Look for them. I've met them all over the USA. It's rewarding. Today we highlight a creative grandpa and a popular, successful farmer with a great sense of humor. Look for people who modestly, quietly walk their talk. You will find them cleaning up our beaches, doing kind deeds for birds, volunteering, greeting a stranger with a smile, interacting pleasantly with clerks, helping police, seeking facts before formulating opinions, spending time with their children. Good people!

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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  He inspires kids to love themselves!

(0 A September 2019) grandfather-with-vitiligo.jpgGrandfather With Vitiligo Knits Dolls For Children With The Same Disease

Do You Remember by Jane Kenney

Vitiligo is a skin condition that affects nearly 3 million Brazilians. It consists of the loss of skin color in certain areas on their bodies. While there are tons of different treatments to combat the condition, the worst part is dealing with judgment from other people. Many kids have self-esteem issues because they feel they look different than other kids.

One grandfather by the name of Mr. João has vitiligo himself. He decided to make use of his crocheting and knitting skills to make dolls that look the same as those children who are struggling to accept themselves as a result of the condition.

João's experience with vitiligo and his dolls

João Stanganelli, who is now 64 years old, began showing signs of vitiligo when he was 38. He had been working in the gastronomy industry, but his life took a much different turn when he came down with a heart problem. That's when João decided to pick up a hobby to keep his mind healthy and active. He started crocheting and knitting with his wife Marilena.

While he says crocheting is definitely a hard skill that he contemplated giving up, he has continued on. Within 5 days, he made his first doll. He said his original idea was to make dolls for his granddaughter. From there, he started knitting dolls with vitiligo.

He also takes on new challenges by crocheting dolls with disabilities

After the vitiligo dolls were born, João decided to get even more inclusive by crocheting dolls in a wheelchair. They were also a huge success and it made his work a lot more rewarding. He has done many interviews about his work and he always has the same message: "The spots I have are beautiful. What hurts me are the flaws in people's characters."

It's the sole fact that someone owns and appreciates his work that inspires him to continue doing what he does.

What a beautiful way to inspire kids to love themselves a little more!


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  A Revered Farmer Blogs with Humor

(0 A September 2019) lunatic-farmer-blogger.jpgSUGGESTIONS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE MARCHERS

Musings from  The Lunatic Farmer, September 24, 2019

            We're all immersed in the media coverage of [last] weekend's climate strike and consummate marches to whip up the movement.  I'm elated that folks are concerned about the environment.  Perhaps this is the next step past Earth Day.  But as I've read and heard the themes from the speeches and watched the sponsors, I'm not sure it's effective.

             For example, our local Mary Baldwin University was a proud sponsor of Staunton's event, but their dining services won't even purchase GMO-free, pastured meat and poultry.  Strikers demand that "we" reduce carbon footprints, install more solar power, protect rainforests, the Chesapeake Bay and reduce plastic.

             The rules around setting goals that can be reached are simple:  measurable, timed, and specific.  The problem with the above list, as reported in the newspapers anyway, is that they don't adhere to any of these.  So it's a lot of walk, a lot of talk, but no action.

             In light of that, I humbly offer the following list of goals:

 1.  Boycott all fast food places that sell industrial chemical-based food, including Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat that use GMOs, chemicals, and monocultures.

 2.  Drink coffee only if it's in a washable and reusable container.

 3.  Refuse to take the children to any athletic event more than 1 hour away.

 4.  Plant a garden in a backyard.  Borrow one if necessary.

 5.  Don't eat any prepackaged, processed food; eat only whole foods that you prepare yourself in your own kitchen; eat left-overs for lunch; take it with you to work.  "Bring lunch to work day."

 6.  For one year, cancel all vacations that require air travel and instead visit 5 local points of interest (museums, farms, nature spots, etc.).

 7.  Volunteer at a local farm:  dig fence post holes, chop thistles, build fence.  [Locally in Santa Cruz: visit farms on Open Farm Tours Oct. 12-13.]

 8.  Build a solarium on your house so you can grow produce year-round and enjoy passive solar heat.

 9.  Do not spend more than $200 on clothes per year per person.

 10.  Get a chest freezer so you can buy local pastured meat and poultry in-season and in-volume; cut grocery store trips to once every two weeks.

             These are specific, measurable, and timed.  But you won't see anything this practical or this personally responsible; it'll be all about other people; those people; over there.  It's never about me. I've got news for you, folks, it is all about me.  If we don't get that right, we won't get any of it right.

             Now that I've shared my list, what's one you'd like to add?

Joel Salatin, 61, calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Those who don't like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate.


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  Seven Simple Actions to Help Birds

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

(0 A September 2019) bluejay-baby-in-window-with-cat-2.jpg1. Make Windows Safer, Day and Night

The challenge: Up to 1 billion birds are estimated to die each year after hitting windows in the United States and Canada.
The cause: By day, birds perceive reflections in glass as habitat they can fly into. By night, migratory birds drawn in by city lights are at high risk of colliding with buildings.
These simple steps save birds: On the outside of the window, install screens or break up reflections-using film, paint, or Acopian BirdSavers or other string spaced no more than two inches high or four inches wide.

Take it further: Work with businesses or public buildings to offer a contest for creative "window mural" designs that make windows safer for birds. Support legislation for bird-friendly building designs. Start a lights-out campaign in your city.

Get started today:

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The challenge: Cats are estimated to kill more than 2.6 billion birds annually in the U.S. and Canada. This is the #1 human-caused reason for the loss of birds, aside from habitat loss.

The cause: Cats can make great pets, but more than 110 million feral and pet cats now roam in the United States and Canada . These nonnative predators instinctively hunt and kill birds even when well fed.

A solution that's good for cats and birds: Save birds and keep cats healthy by keeping cats indoors or creating an outdoor "catio." You can also train your cat to walk on a leash. [Go on a local Catio Tour Oct. 12 sponsored by Native Animal Rescue.]

Take it further: Speak out about the impacts of feral cat colonies in your neighborhood and on public lands. Unowned cats' lives may be as short as two years because of disease and hardship, and they are responsible for more than two-thirds of birds killed by cats in the United States.

Get started today: Six ways to keep your indoor cats happy

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Native Animal Rescue of Santa Cruz County


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to feed our hungry population of young wild animals. ACORNS have just begun their autumn drop.

Please gather them from your property or on your walks and bring them to us for squirrels, deer, fawns, raccoons, and coyotes. In fact, over 100 species of birds and mammals include acorns in their diets.

1855 17th Ave. Santa Cruz


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Renaissance Faire Weekends
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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 >>
Bystander CPR Class
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Aptos/LaSelva Fire
Date: 09/26/2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Adults & Teens with Participatin
Details: Teens are welcome to register for this class as long as they are accompanied by an adult who is also registered.
City: Aptos view all details >>
Boardwalk Beers & Brews
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: 09/28/2019
Details: Our newest food festival celebrates everyone's favorite Boardwalk foods paired with the Bay Area's best craft beers!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Kidrageous Carnival
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Jacob's Heart
Date: 09/29/2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: It's all about the kids! It's all about the love! Now, all we need is you!
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 724-9100 view all details >>
Bystander Intervention Workshop
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Library Central
Date: 09/29/2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: Adults
Details: Bystander Intervention Workshop
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
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Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
Date: 09/30/2019 from 11:00am to 6:30pm
Details: Great local artists, wineries, breweries, musicians, games, hayrides and crafts, petting zoo, jump house, face painting and more
City: Boulder Creek Phone: 831-588-5628 view all details >>
Music at Sky Park
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Scotts Valley Kiwanis
Date: The last Su of every month (Jul 28-Sep 29) from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Details: GREAT Lineup for our 2019 CONCERTs and they're FREE!
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
Reserve Open House and Native Plant Fair
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Elkhorn Slough
Date: 09/28/2019 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Explore behind the scenes on a campus tour, chat with our scientists, paint a wooden wetland critter, and magnify the wildlife i
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 728-2822 view all details >>
Capitola Beach Festival
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Capitola Village
Date: Every day (Sep 28-Sep 29)
Details: 3-Miler Fun Run hosted by the Wharf to Wharf, a Horseshoe Tournament, the Lighted Nautical Parade, a Fishing Derby, a Sand Sculp
City: Capitola view all details >>
 2019 Fall Harvest Festival
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  2019 Fall Harvest Festival
Date: 09/29/2019 from 11:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Music along with kids' crafts, great food, an apple pie baking contest, hay ride
City: Santa Cruz Phone: Phone (831) 459-3240 view all details >>
Dropin Family Crafts - Candle Dipping
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State Park Mission
Date: 09/29/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Details: Hand-dip a wax candle!
Special Instructions: Dec 2 & 22
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.425-5849 view all details >>
Birds by the Bay
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 09/28/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Come bird with us!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Finding the Good!
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Rockin' Pop-Up at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 09/28/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Come meet the Geology Gents at SCMNH every fourth Saturday of the month!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
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Jewell Theatre
Date: Every day (Sep 4-Sep 29)
Details: Will two lost souls find hope under a lover's moon?
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 425-7506 view all details >>
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Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Oct 20)
Details: Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music
City: Ben Lomond Phone: (831) 336-4777 view all details >>
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3. Reduce Lawn, Plant Natives

The challenge: Birds have fewer places to safely rest during migration and to raise their young: More than 10 million acres of land in the United States were converted to developed land from 1982 to 1997.

The cause: Lawns and pavement don't offer enough food or shelter for many birds and other wildlife. With more than 63 million acres of lawn in the U.S. alone, there's huge potential to support wildlife by replacing lawns with native plantings.

Add native plants, watch birds come in: Native plants add interest and beauty to your yard and neighborhood, and provide shelter and nesting areas for birds. The nectar, seeds, berries, and insects will sustain birds and diverse wildlife.

Get started today: Find out which native plants are best for your area

4. Avoid Pesticides

The challenge: More than 1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied in the United States each year. The continent's most widely used insecticides, called neonicotinoids or "neonics," are lethal to birds and to the insects that birds consume. Common weed killers used around homes, such as 2, 4-D and glyphosate (used in Roundup), can be toxic to wildlife, and glyphosate has been declared a probable human carcinogen.

The cause: Pesticides that are toxic to birds can harm them directly through contact, or if they eat contaminated seeds or prey. Pesticides can also harm birds indirectly by reducing the number of available insects, which birds need to survive.

A healthy choice for you, your family, and birds: Consider purchasing organic food. Nearly 70% of produce sold in the U.S. contains pesticides. Reduce pesticides around your home and garden.

Take it further: Urge U.S. Representatives to cosponsor the Saving America's Pollinators Act. The bill, H.R. 1337, requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend registration of neonics.

Get started today:

 5. Drink Coffee That's Good for Birds

The challenge: Three-quarters of the world's coffee farms grow their plants in the sun, destroying forests that birds and other wildlife need for food and shelter. Sun-grown coffee also often requires using environmentally harmful pesticides and fertilizers. On the other hand, shade-grown coffee preserves a forest canopy that helps migratory birds survive the winter.

The cause: Too few consumers are aware of the problems of sun coffee. Those who are aware may be reluctant to pay more for environmentally sustainable coffee.

Enjoy shade-grown coffee: It's a win-win-win: it's delicious, economically beneficial to coffee farmers, and helps more than 42 species of North American migratory songbirds that winter in coffee plantations, including orioles, warblers, and thrushes.

Take it further: Look for Bird-Friendly coffee, a certification from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center that also includes organic and fair trade standards. Educate coffee shops and grocery stores about shade-grown coffees.

Get started today: Find out where to buy Bird-Friendly coffee in the U.S. and Canada

6. Protect Our Planet from Plastic

The challenge: It's estimated that 4,900 million metric tons of plastic have accumulated in landfills and in our environment worldwide, polluting our oceans and harming wildlife such as seabirds, whales, and turtles that mistakenly eat plastic, or become entangled in it.

The cause: Plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade, and 91% of plastics created are not recycled. Studies show that at least 80 seabird species ingest plastic, mistaking it for food. Cigarette lighters, toothbrushes, and other trash have been found in the stomachs of dead albatrosses.

Reduce your plastics: Avoid single-use plastics including bags, bottles, wraps, and disposable utensils. It's far better to choose reusable items, but if you do have disposable plastic, be sure to recycle it.

Take it further: Advocate for bans of plastic bags, styrofoam, and straws. Encourage stores to offer incentives for reusable bags, and ask restaurants and other businesses to phase out single-use plastics.

Get started today: Eight easy ways to reduce your plastic waste

 7. Watch Birds, Share What You See

The challenge: The world's most abundant bird, the Passenger Pigeon, went extinct, and people didn't realize how quickly it was vanishing until it was too late. Monitoring birds is essential to help protect them, but tracking the health of the world's 10,000 bird species is an immense challenge.

The cause: To understand how birds are faring, scientists need hundreds of thousands of people to report what they're seeing in backyards, neighborhoods, and wild places around the world. Without this information, scientists will not have enough timely data to show where and when birds are declining around the world.

Enjoy birds while helping science and conservation: Join a project such as eBird, Project FeederWatch, a Christmas Bird Count, or a Breeding Bird Survey to record your bird observations. Your contributions will provide valuable information to show where birds are thriving-and where they need our help.

Take it further: Mobilize others in your community by organizing school groups or leading bird walks and submitting your counts to eBird. Support organizations that coordinate monitoring projects.

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