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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

September 29, 2016
Allay the Children's Fears with Positive Action

Halloween Craft: Make little friends!

Santa Cruz County Fire Department: Dangers in Paradise

Ways to Volunteer to Help Victims of the Loma Prieta Fire
Ask Nicole: Becoming a New Parent
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  Allay the Children's Fears with Positive Action

http://www.santacruzparent.com/_local/dynamic/img/LomaPrietaFire.jpgFor our friends living in or near the Loma Prieta Fire area and being evacuated and having to leave homes and possessions behind, it's an uncertain and scary time.  We cannot hide its awesomeness from the children, and so we need to allay their fears.  While the fire is far away for most of us in terms of immediate impact, it's affecting our entire county.   There are many ways each of us can help.  Talking with the children about ways to volunteer can help the children and ourselves.  Choose an option that works for your family!

(A A Sep 16) Fireworks6.jpgSanta Cruz is celebrating its 150th birthday with a FREE fireworks beach party on Main Beach Friday, October 1, 12pm - 10pm.  Featured musicians will be James Durbin, Tess Dunn, The Coffis Brothers, Extra Large, Austin Shaw and Joint Chiefs.  There will be numerous children's activities. In celebration of the Jr. Lifeguard program's 50th anniversary, there will be Jr. Lifeguard games for all ages and alumni of the program.  All the fun will be followed by a firework show at dark.  Come out for a great day of sun and fun and help us mark 150 years of creating community.

(A Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events! We cannot fit them all into this newsletter.  There are more on the online calendar.

Thank a fireman and enjoy your weekend with the family! Parmalee

 

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  Halloween Craft: Make little friends!

These little characters are for sale at Juicy Bugs.  I look at them and think, "Children could make some of these, one for every season or to look like characters from favorite books, or just to have a few little bugs living on shelves or among houseplants."  And if I were a teacher it would be fun to have these little friends around the classroom.  The materials are readily available at local craft shops.

Materials: wool, felt, wire, wood, bead, cotton, floss, pipe cleaners     Tools: needles, glue, scissors

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Visit Juicy Bugs on Facebook for more inspiration!

 

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  Santa Cruz County Fire Department: Dangers in Paradise

(A A Sep 16) dangers_in_paradise.jpg"READY, SET, GO! In California, wildfires aren't a question of if, but only a question of when. If you choose to live near a natural area of the state, you are at risk for wildfires and it's your responsibility to prepare yourself, your family, and your home. And that preparation starts with three simple steps: READY, SET, GO!" Saturday, October 2, 10am- 4 pm Home Depot Parking Lot - 2600 41st Avenue, Soquel

 

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  Ways to Volunteer to Help Victims of the Loma Prieta Fire

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  • Santa Cruz Volunteer Center We have received a number of inquiries from community members about how they can help respond to the Loma Fire. We appreciate your willingness to step up for your neighbors. Emergency crews are working around the clock to contain the fire.

    We are in close contact with the Red Cross and other emergency response agencies and at this time there is not a need for additional volunteers. It is most important that we give firefighters the space to do their job effectively.

    Should the need for additional help arise we want to have volunteers at the ready and therefore we are pre-registering volunteers. If you would like to register your skills and availability we will stay in contact to let you know if any volunteers are needed. Pre-Register to Volunteer

  • Red Cross: A financial donation makes the most immediate impact. Challenge the children to come up with ways to raise funds.
  • Salvation Army of Santa Cruz (812 Pacific St, Santa Cruz): Accepts clothing, bedding, material donations and food donations.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank (800 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville): Accepts food donations in bulk or smaller items.
  • SPCA of Santa Cruz County (685 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz): Accepts pet supplies, carriers, leashes, feeding bowls, blankets and any pet supplies including food.
  • Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (2200 7th Ave., SC) For those who are not able to keep their animals with them during the displacement, animal evacuation sites have been set up as follows: small domestic animals (e.g. dogs, cats, rabbits) at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz, horses at Graham Hill Showgrounds, 1145 Graham Hill Road, Santa Cruz, other livestock at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville Click for more info
  • Have space for a friend who has had to evacuate fire area?

  Ask Nicole: Becoming a New Parent

Nicole M. Young, MSW

(A A Sep 16) BabyLindenandDad.jpgWhen I became a new parent, it was blissful, and everything went according to plan. Yeah, right. After a painful 20-hour labor, I was exhausted and couldn't get a moment of peace. I struggled with breastfeeding, and my son's constant, piercing screams both scared and frustrated me. Then my husband became extremely sick, and his doctor quarantined him in another room. Fortunately, my mom was able to come stay with me. I met with a lactation specialist, who gave me a few simple breastfeeding tips that made a world of difference. Life as a new parent was filled with sleepless nights and tears (mostly mine) but eventually my husband and I figured things out, and, many months later, we finally got a good night's sleep. Just in time to have our second child.

This monthly column provides tips for anyone who is helping raise children, based on the world-renowned Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, available to families in Santa Cruz County. If you have a question or idea for a future column, email me at triplep@first5scc.org.

Dear Nicole, I had a baby three weeks ago and am feeling really overwhelmed. She cries all the time, and I don't know whether she's tired or hungry or needs a diaper change. I'm so tired that I usually end up crying, too. My husband stayed home for a week after our daughter was born, but now he's gone back to work and I feel so alone. I hate that he gets to go back to his "old" life, while I'm tied down to a crying baby. I feel guilty for saying that, and I'm worried that I don't have what it takes to be a good parent. What can I do? Leslie

Dear Leslie, I'm so glad you were brave enough to ask this question. Becoming a new parent can feel very overwhelming and isolating. Even though parenting books will tell you what to expect and what to do, you can't understand the effects of sleep deprivation, hormonal changes and constant crying until you live through it. Here are a few tips to help you adjust:

Take care of your own needs. This will help you feel calm and ready to respond to your baby's needs. Try something as simple as taking a few deep breaths before responding to your baby's cries, listening to music, or going for a walk. If you have friends or family nearby, ask for their help so that you can take brief breaks. Make a list of activities you miss from your "old" life, and pick a few you'd like to do again. Talk to your husband about how he could support you in doing that.

Establish routines and rituals. In the beginning, it's a guessing game to figure out whether a baby's cries are signs of hunger, tiredness, physical discomfort, or something more serious. After awhile, you're likely to notice patterns that will help you create daily routines for feeding, naps, diaper changes, and playtime. The predictability of these routines can be soothing for both parents and babies. They can also lead to wonderful rituals that strengthen the parent-child relationship - singing at bath time, snuggling during storytime, talking during mealtimes.

Talk to someone about how you're feeling. Many parents - both moms and dads - can feel sad, depressed, overwhelmed, or anxious after having a baby. Attending a support group or class for new parents can provide reassurance that you're not alone. If the feelings are lasting a long time, growing stronger, or making it difficult to get through each day, consider talking with a counselor, a pediatrician, a pastor, or a parent educator - someone who will listen with compassion and provide support that can help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Becoming a new parent can be exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. And every parent could use help with raising children, regardless of their income, education or social status. Adjusting to parenthood takes time, but those days of nonstop crying and sleep deprivation will inevitably become a distant memory.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 12 and 16, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, the world's leading positive parenting program. For more information, including classes and one-on-one meetings to help parents handle everyday parenting challenges, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc.

 

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Chartwell School 1-12, Open House 10/4

 

Bike to School Day. 10/6

 

Gateway School K-8, School Day Tour 10/13

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour Day 10/19

 

Physics & Chemistry Fun with Irvin Live Oak 10/7 and Santa Cruz 10/5

 

Bay Area Mathematics Adventures, Randomness in Prime Numbers 10/21

 

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Have you noticed more yellow jackets this year? Scientists think the surge in swarms are due to last winter's rains after several drought years.

Tip: If you happen to disturb a yellow jacket nest, experts suggest slowly walking away with both hands covering the face to protect the more sensitive body areas. Swift movements will attract more yellow jackets!

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Girls Night Out
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  Girls Night Out
Art Factory
Date: Every Fri (Oct 14-Dec 16) from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: Treat yourself to some time with the girls, wine and cheese and a create evening
City: Aptos Phone: 831-688-8862 view all details >>
     
Open Studios
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Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 24-Oct 16)
Details: The Cultural Council's Open Studios Art Tour brings artists and art enthusiasts together--from the redwoods to the sea
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
     
Arata Farm Hay Maze
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  Arata Farm Hay Maze
Arata Pumpkin Farm
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Great pumpkins and huge haybale maze
City: Half Moon Bay Phone: (650) 726-7548 view all details >>
     
Arboretum Garden Free Day
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  Arboretum Garden Free Day
Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Details: A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.427.2998 view all details >>
     
Volunteer!
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  Volunteer!
Date:
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 MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
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Branciforte Small Schools Campus
Date: 10/01/2016 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Details: The acclaimed film, Most Likely to Succeed, offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of-if we have the
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
150th Celebration Beach Party
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  150th Celebration Beach Party
City of Santa Cruz
Date: 10/01/2016 from 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Details: Enjoy a fun family event and FIREWORKS at dark
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Harvest Hops and Hounds
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Coastal Dog Owner's Group
Date: 10/01/2016 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Celebrate your dog and our support the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Special Instructions: Dogs must be leashed
City: Aptos Village Phone: (888)682-6972 view all details >>
     
 Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
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  Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
Conservatory of Flowers
Date: The 1st Tues of every month
Details: Experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries
City: San Francisco view all details >>
     
Bike to Work/School Day
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Ecology Action
Date: 10/06/2016 from 6:30am to 9:30am
Ages: All
Details: Bike/Walk to School Day as part of Bike Week
Special Instructions: Locations Across Santa Cruz County
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
     
Mammograms and Massages Event--North County
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  Mammograms and Massages Event--North County
Dominican Breast Center
Date: 10/01/2016 at 8:30am
Details: Free massage with your mammogram
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Free 2 Be a Kid
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Live Oak Grange
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Details: Bring what you can. Take what you need.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Positive Discipline: The Parents' Role in Sibling Relationships
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  Positive Discipline: The Parents' Role in Sibling Relationships
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: 10/01/2016 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Positive Discipline - The Parents' Role in Sibling Relationships
Special Instructions: Limited Scholarships Available for Workshop and Childcare ($10/child)
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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  Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Date: Every day
Details: Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Special Instructions: Starts up in October
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-454-7235 view all details >>
     
Volunteer!
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  Volunteer!
Date:
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5th Annual Watsonville Film Festival
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Watsonville Film Festival
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Oct 2)
Details: This 4-day film festival features a newly-restored historic venue, over 40 films, special events with filmmakers, and more. Fest
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
     
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