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September 29, 2011


Cellular Etiquette for Teens... and Us!

Santa Cruz Deputy Sheriff's Charity Rodeo

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(Special Event Images / Graphics) OpenStudios_EaEckerman_SantaCruzParent.jpgTaking the family to some of the studios of local artists is a great way to introduce them to the real world of artists.  Start with babies and take the teens too.  It's an eye-opening experience.  You can "drop in" wherever you see a sign.  Even better, support the art programs by purchasing the Open Studios calendar for $20.

Ea Eckerman is known for his rock sculpture sculptures.  You've likely seen his dogs downtown.  Look at what he has done with a giraffe!  You can visit his studio at 301 Hanover St.

Visiting artists in their studios offers a perfect opportunity to model good manners and the art of conversation for the children because artists love to answer your questions about their work.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Rodeo_RopeSkills_SantaCruzParent.jpgThe romance of the west with cowboys, cattle, sheep and rodeos is upon us this weekend. The Santa Cruz Rodeo, a charity event, runs October 1 & 2.

If you've never ridden a sheep, you've simply missed out on one of the joyful memories of childhood.  Who but a 50 pound child could ride this generally gentle creature, grasping the wooly coat and hanging on for as long as possible.  "Mutton Busting" is just one of the many traditional events brought to you by the revived local  rodeo!  Not only will you get entertainment for your dollar, you will be contributing to programs for children throughout the county.

Have a visually lively weekend! Parmalee

 
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  Cellular Etiquette for Teens... and Us!

Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, MS, LPC

(Graphics) CellPhoneIntervention.jpgIs your teen texting all the time? What about that annoying ring tone that goes off every time his best friend calls? If so, then your teen just might need a crash course in Cellular Etiquette. Many teens today use modern technology as a primary means of communication. From cells to texting to social networking sites, teens have many more avenues to communicate with one another than in the past.

The days of face to face interaction is decreasing as we have the convenience of immediate and instant gratification of real time communication. Oftentimes as parents, it's hard to keep up with the fast paced technological world that our teens live in so they get the advantage of getting one step ahead of us. With the growing use of cell phones, more and more teens are zoning into a different world and are quickly forgetting their manners.

Top 10 Cell Phone Etiquette Tips:

1. Exercise the Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Speak with respect to one another on the phone or in a text. Remember, that there's another person on the receiving end of what you're sending.

2. Don't text or talk on your handset while you're driving. This is a big mistake that can lead to wrecks and fatalities. Nothing is so important that it can't wait and if it is then find a place to pull off the road and send your message or make your call. Plus, in some states you may get a ticket if you're caught.

3. If the person that you're talking to can't hear you don't speak louder. Cell phones have microphones that are right at your mouth so the phone will carry your voice, no need to shout.

4. Turn off your ringer in public places. Nothing is more annoying than a phone going off in a public place.

5. Don't talk or text when you are in the company of someone else. It makes the person that you're with feel unimportant.

6. Don't talk in a public place where others can hear your conversation. Exercise the 10 Foot Proximity Rule - keep a distance of 10 feet from the closest person when you're talking on the phone.

7. Don't snap pictures or video someone without their permission. Just because there's a camera on your phone it doesn't give you the right to photograph someone. Don't post a picture of anyone on-line without their consent - it can lead to big trouble if you do, especially if the picture is inappropriate (better yet, don't take inappropriate pictures).

8. If you drop a call, call the person back.

9. Don't text when you're angry. Anger can blind you and result in doing or saying things that you later regret. When you blast someone out of anger it can cause a lot of hurt or even more anger. Unfortunately, once the deed is done there's no going back. If you are mad at someone, lay low until you get your cool and then address the situation.

10. Texting is like shorthand. Remember, the way you text is not the way you write an academic paper. It's not uncommon to see teens use the lingo and abbreviated versions of texting in their academic work. U know what I mean? U need 2 Bcareful. Not a good habit 2 4m.

While advancing technology is exciting it also has its drawbacks and for teens this comes in the form of social skills. As parents, it's hard to instill cellular manners when you're not with your teen 24/7 and aren't privy to what they're doing with their phone. So, how do you teach Cellular Etiquette? Easy, sit down and review appropriate and inappropriate ways to speak and text one another on the phone. Keep the dialogue open with your teen. They will carry the skills that you teach them throughout the duration of their life.

 
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  Santa Cruz Deputy Sheriff's Charity Rodeo

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Rodeo_MuttonBustingBackwards_SantaCruzParent.jpgRodeos are as American as apple pie, but many of us are pretty far removed from the culture so here's a history and a primer from the Stars of Justice!

History

"As far back as the late 1940's the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Posse hosted numerous rodeo type events throughout the county. In the mid 1960's they centralized their events at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. In 1972 they officially began hosting the county's first "Professional Rodeo Cowboy Assoc." sanctioned rodeo as a charity event to raise money for the youth of Santa Cruz County. However, The Sheriff's Posse's rodeo took place each year at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds starting as far back as the mid 1960's and ran until 1993 when the Sheriff's Posse could no longer host the event due financial constraints. Since then, this event is said to have been "longed for" by so many members of the community as they reminisce about the skill of the contestants, the unpredictability of the stock, the memorable times had with friends and family and the help this event provided to the youth of the Santa Cruz County.

Despite the change in the rodeo's host, the rodeo's goals have not changed at all. The Santa Cruz Deputy Sheriff's Association (DSA) is still dedicated to creating funding opportunities that will support efforts to provide education, character and good decision making skills for the youth of Santa Cruz County. To help do this, the Deputy Sheriff's Association created a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called, Stars of Justice, Inc. designed to focus solely on the DSA's fundraising efforts for the youth of Santa Cruz County.

This year, the County of Santa Cruz will once again be host to a Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association "PRCA" sanctioned rodeo. Based on the incredible financial support the original Sheriff's Posse Rodeo was able to provide this county's youth during the event's almost 30 year run and the Posse's creativeness in designing such a fundraising event, the members of The Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriff's Association (DSA) and Stars of Justice, Inc. (SJI) have been inspired and motivated to revive this charity event in an effort to continue carrying the torch for our youth and to do what we can to give back to this community during these financially trying times. Proceeds from this event will go to support your local schools, youth programs and other youth oriented charities throughout Santa Cruz County."

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(Special Event Images / Graphics) Rodeo_BarrelRacing_SantaCruzParent.jpgBarrel Racing Watch riders complete a clover-leaf pattern around rodeo barrels in the fastest time, where hundredths of a second means the difference between winning and losing.

Team Roping A true test of "team work" and accuracy as both the "header" and "heeler" do their best to rope the calf's horns & hind legs. This event originated as ranchers helped one another with gather calves for yearly brandings.

Bull Riding ranked as one of rodeo's most popular events, bull riding is dangerous and predictably exciting, demanding intense physical prowess and supreme mental toughness - pitting man vs bull - challenging the other for superiority.

Saddle Bronc Riding is rodeo's oldest classic event, origin based in simple rivalry between ranches both a complement and contrast to the wilder spectacles of bareback riding and bull riding.

Tie Down Roping Great timing and accuracy are needed as the cowboy focuses on roping the horns of quick and agile calf. Then he'll have to then jump form his horse and quickly secure three of the calf's four legs with no time to waste.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Rodeo_muttonBusting_SantaCruzParent.jpgMutton Busting The future generation of rodeo competitors show their skills as children hold tight to the wool of a sheep and take the 8 second ride. These brave youngsters have got guts as their opponent, the sheep, does not make for an easy trip.

Steer Wrestling Witness the test of "Man vs. Muscle" as each cowboy make a flying dismount from their horse, and using only their hands, arms, feet and legs bring a full grown steer to the ground.

Bare Back Bronc Riding Similar to saddle back riding, this event is classic in nature and based on a cowboy's ability to "brake" a wild horse, however this rider has little to keep in in the "saddle" as there is no saddle to be seen.

 

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