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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

September 27, 2018


Pumpkin Patches

Developing the Listening Skill

Monterey Bay Bird Festival Family Days

Upcoming! 15 Years of FishWise

Fun Events!
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(0 A September 2018) To_Kill_a_Mockingbird.jpgBanned Book Week brings up the topic of censorship, "the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that is considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security."

"Censorship is a growing threat that infringes on our foundational rights. The year 2017 saw an increase in censorship attempts and a revitalized effort to remove books from communal shelves to avoid controversy.  ---  Usually these threats target literature but they sometimes venture beyond books, affecting DVDs, databases, displays, and art exhibits. ---Censorship succeeds when no one talks about it; let's make some noise." American Library Association

As a child, one of my favorite books was Little Black Sambo. My imagination was totally caught up in the concept that tigers running faster and faster around a tree turned into butter to be put on pancakes. Nevertheless, time brought changes in cultural norms and the book fell out of favor. Read more about the story, plot and controversy of this banned book ...>>> 

One of my all time favorite works of fiction is Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, in my opinion one of the most complex and powerful anti-discrimination stories ever written, all too frequently banned because of its use of one word that was part of the culture of the times. It made the current top 10 banned books list, again!

(0 A September 2018) OwenMcPhee.jpgThree articles on listening caught my attention. I think many of us struggle with being good listeners --really good listeners; to not interrupt but to  hold a thought and; to speak with forethought, not ramblings. I include one article on building listening skills with children. Please read the two excellent referenced articles, especially if you are close to a "talker" (adult or child) like Owen McPhee.

Enjoy the freedom to read what you choose and the weekend with your family! Parmalee


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  Pumpkin Patches

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Borchard Farms
142 Rodgers Road, Salinas
Find thousands of pumpkins, gourds, and squash a Ghost Town, Haunted Barn, 5 acre corn maze, and lots of farm animals.

Crystal Bay Farm
40 Zils Road, Watsonville
Great variety at this small organic farm!

The Farm
Spreckles Blvd Exit off Hwy 68, Salinas
Family friendly pumpkin patch, animals, hay rides, puppet shows and a cow train.

Rodoni Farms
4444 Coast Road, Santa Cruz
North of Santa Cruz on HWY 1.
Beautiful views, pumpkins, specialty squash, a fun corn maze and hay forts.

Arata Pumpkin Farm
185 Verde Rd
Half Moon Bay
Hay maze, haunted barn, hay rides, petting zoo and a pumpkin for everyone!

Cardinale and Wright Pumpkin Patch
Monterey Fairgrounds
2004 Fairground Road, Monterey
Great service and lots of pumpkins to choose from.

Earthbound Farms
725 Carmel Valley Road,Carmel Valley
Farm stand with organic veggies, frozen yogurt, pumpkins and a children's garden.

Hacienda Hay and Feed
7180 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
Haunted hay maze, pumpkins,donkey, goats, turtles, an Emu, and more

Swank Farms
4751 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister
Huge pumpkin patch! Giant corn maze, little kids' play areas, jumping pillows, cow train, corn cannons, hours of fun for the kids!

Lemos Farm
12320 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy 92)
Half Moon Bay
One zone for the little ones who don't want to be really scared and another scare zone with live actors who will do their best to "scare the yell out of you," train rides, hay rides, pony rides and pumpkins

Uesugi Farms
14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins


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  Developing the Listening Skill

Listen Up! Kid-Friendly Activities to Build Listening Skills

by Trudy Ludwig

"We speak with more than our mouths. We listen with more than our ears." Fred Rogers

Getting kids to talk is relatively easy. But getting them to really listen to what others have to say? Well, that takes a whole lot more work. I should know. I was quite the chatterbox as a child.

When I was little, I had the tendency to be long-winded. It drove my family, especially my father, crazy. I remember one particular occasion when Dad asked what my plans were for the day. After hearing me drone on and on, he interrupted my endless monologue with this terse parental command: "Trudy, speak in headlines!"

We humans have a basic need to be heard and understood. We all want to feel that what we have to say is worth hearing and caring about. That's the basis for building collaborative personal and professional relationships. But what talkative kids (and, yes, adults) don't get is that the more they talk, the less people will listen. Communication expert Dr. Mark Goulston reports (How to Know If You Talk Too Much) that even after just 20 seconds of talking, listeners may start tuning out if they're not included in the conversation.

Being over-communicative isn't just about talking incessantly; it can also take the form of interrupting someone who is sharing information, feelings, or opinions. When we interrupt the conversation, we've stopped listening because we focus our attention on what we want to say next, devaluing what the speaker is saying. As Minda Zetlin aptly summarized (7 Smart Reasons You Should Talk Less and Listen More): "If you constantly share your opinions, no one will seek them out."

So how can we help our chatty children understand that too much talking can get in the way of listening, and, in turn, connecting and collaborating with those around them? Start with these kid-friendly activities to help build their listening skills:

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Children's stories are wonderful supplemental tools that help build kids' social-emotional learning skills. So why not incorporate into your family read-alouds picture books that show both in text and illustrations the beauty and benefits of being a good listener? Stories like my picture book Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! help young readers connect with the characters and become more aware of how their actions and words both negatively and positively impact others. (Also take advantage of the discussion questions in the back matter of Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! to generate thoughtful conversations with your child on the topic of listening.)

Popcorn Storytelling

This collaborative listening activity brings a fun, new twist to the age-old tradition of oral storytelling. You really have to pay attention to what you're hearing or you'll miss your chance to contribute to the story thread. Try it on road trips, family hikes, and at family meals. One person starts making up a story by sharing the first few lines and then shouts, "Popcorn!" to let the next person in the group pick up the story where the first person left off. So it goes until everyone has had several chances to add to the story and the story comes to a timely end.

"Picture This!" Activity

For this activity, you'll need some paper and pencils. Draw ahead of time on a piece of paper a picture made up of simple shapes and stick figures. Don't show that drawing to your children. Give them each a blank piece of paper and a pencil and then instruct them on how to draw your picture - without letting them peek at it. When they're done, have them compare their drawings to yours to see which one's picture was most similar to yours. Then switch roles until everyone gets a turn giving and listening to drawing instructions.

Helping our kids to hear others' points of view - particularly those not in alliance with their own - is challenging. But by being good role models ourselves when it comes to listening, we can help them in their efforts to connect and engage with one another in kinder, more caring ways.

by Trudy Ludwig,


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  Monterey Bay Bird Festival Family Days

Bird Festival Family Days

(0 A September 2018) BeltedKingfisher.jpgAre you looking for something the whole family can enjoy together? If you have ever wondered what birdwatching was all about, now is your chance! As part of the Monterey Bay Birding Festival, the City of Watsonville's Nature Center in Ramsay Park invites you and your children to the free, bilingual "Family Days" on September 29 & 30. 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 and crafts ~ Science activities

(0 A September 2018) bluejay1.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 leave Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. 

The "Bird Festival 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. 


Family Bird Watching & Exploration Walks:

  • Saturday, 11:00 am
  • Sunday, 1:30 pm
  • Spanish/English
  • Binoculars and instruction provided
  • No birdwatching experience needed
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  • Arts & Crafts and Science
  • Activities all day
  • Learn about birds while making bird masks and playing fun games!
  • Snacks and drinks provided

Download the Family Days Flyer:  Family Days 2018 


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  Upcoming! 15 Years of FishWise

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You are invited to come celebrate FishWise's 15-year anniversary! Enjoy live music by Santa Cruz's own Getaway Dogs, food and craft beer!

Friday, 10/5 from 5:00-8:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

(0 A September 2018) Fishwise_AndrewW.jpgHosted at our office, this is a fun, social networking opportunity, and a family-friendly event open to all! We will also have ocean-themed art for your enjoyment in honor of Santa Cruz's First Friday.

Come meet FishWise staff and learn what this local Santa Cruz non-profit is doing nationally and internationally to create lasting change by bringing socially responsible and environmentally sustainable seafood to your plate.

(0 A September 2018) Fishwise_ToddH.jpgFeaturing live music by the Getaway Dogs, short talks about FishWise's past work and future goals, and an opportunity for social networking.

Come enjoy craft beer, tasty eats, face painting for children, and ocean-themed art by local artists.

500 Seabright Avenue #101, Santa Cruz Map (831) 427-1707 •website


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  Fun Events!
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Kirby Preparatory School 6-12, Parent Speaker Series: Drug Awareness and Prevention 10/2


Ecology Action, Bike to School Day 10/4


Gateway School K-8, School Day Tour 10/9


Kirby Preparatory School 6-12, Open House for Prospective Parents 10/20


Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Open House 10/28

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Are you ready to enter the sandcastle contest in Capitola this weekend?

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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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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Tales to Tails

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Capitola Beach Festival
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  Capitola Beach Festival
Capitola Beach Festival
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Sep 30)
Details: 5k Fun Run, Horseshoe Tournament, Lighted Nautical Parade, Fishing Derby, Sand Sculpture Contest, Chalk Art Event, Rowboat Races
City: Capitola view all details >>
Gift and Wreath Sale
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  Gift and Wreath Sale
Date: 11/17/2018
Details: Run, don't walk, to the Arboretum's ever-popular Holiday Gift and Wreath Sale!
Special Instructions: 9am-10am Members' Pre-Sale 10am-4pm General Public
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.427.2998 view all details >>
MAKE & Explore at the Capitola Mall
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  MAKE & Explore at the Capitola Mall
Libraries - All
Date: Every Fri (Sep 14-Nov 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-12 year olds
Details: MAKE & Explore at the Capitola Mall
City: Capitola Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
The Science of Pickling Workshop
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  The Science of Pickling Workshop
Santa Cruz County Parks
Date: 09/29/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: all
Details: Learn the science of how to ensure that you're preserving your food safely and what and why a few additions make your pickles cr
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 454-7946 view all details >>
Through the Eyes of a Farmer
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  Through the Eyes of a Farmer
Live Earth Farm
Date: The last Sa of every month (Jul 30-Sep 24) from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Ages: 10 and up
Details: Learn about herbal medicinals, native plants and Pickling & Jarring
City: Watsonville Phone: (831)728-2032 view all details >>
Renaissance Faire Weekends
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  Renaissance Faire Weekends
Northern California Renaissance Faire
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 15-Oct 21) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Pageantry, Revelry, Crafts and Romance
City: Hollister view all details >>
Teacher Open House
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  Teacher Open House
San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Date: 09/28/2018 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Learn all about our school programs
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8382 view all details >>
Tannery World Dance Family Festival Days
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  Tannery World Dance Family Festival Days
Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: Every Fri (Sep 22-Oct 6)
Ages: All Ages
Details: Tannery World Dance Family Festival Days
Special Instructions: See specific days & times
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
Founders Day Special Events
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  Founders Day Special Events
State Park Big Basin
Date: 09/29/2018 from 9:00am to 8:00pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike
Details: Honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers and Visitors that shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 109years.
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8883 view all details >>
Oktoberfest at the Tyrolean Inn
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  Oktoberfest at the Tyrolean Inn
The Tyrolean Inn Restaurant
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Sep 30)
Details: Celebrate Oktoberfest at The Tyrolean Inn Restaurant with Dancing, Children's Activities, Bavarian Cuisine, and of course, beer!
City: Ben Lomond Phone: 831.336.5188 view all details >>
Cub Scout Pack 674 Recruitment Night
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  Cub Scout Pack 674 Recruitment Night
Boys & Girls Club Cub Scout Pack 674
Date: 09/27/2018 from 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Ages: Kinder - 5th
Details: Cub Scout Pack 674 for Girls and Boys!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-3138 view all details >>
Thriller Dance Mob
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  Thriller Dance Mob
Boulder Creek Parks & Rec
Date: Every Sa (Oct 13-Oct 27) at 10:15am
Ages: All ages welcome
Details: Thriller dance 3 Saturdays and 1 Tuesday!
City: Boulder Creek Phone: 831-338-2727 view all details >>
Monterey Bay Birding Festival
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  Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Monterey Bay Birding Festival
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.
City: Watsonville view all details >>
Music at Sky Park
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  Music at Sky Park
Scotts Valley Kiwanis
Date: 09/30/2018 from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Details: GREAT Lineup for our 2nd CONCERT of the summer season! Downbeat at 2:30 ~ and it's FREE!
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
Fall Harvest Festival at the UCSC Farm
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  Fall Harvest Festival at the UCSC Farm
Date: 09/30/2018 from 11:00am 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 >>
Big Sur Camping Trip!
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  Big Sur Camping Trip!
Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Date: Every day (Oct 15-Oct 19)
Ages: Ages 3 and up
Details: Camp, hike the mountains of the south coast, repose in flowing streams, hunt for jade and jasper, surf, boogie board, and play .
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 458-3648 view all details >>
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