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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

September 29, 2017

Go Miniature!



Fun Events!
You Otter Know! Sea Otter Fun Facts
Don't miss an evening with Dr. Tim Tinker!
Sweet Story
A Friendly Post
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  Go Miniature!

(0 Sept 2017) HalloweenFairyGardenLights.jpgIt's that fun time of year!  In case we have a rainy day or someone's saying "I'm bored," we've found some inspiring miniature Fall and Halloween projects to keep everyone creative and busy. Go miniature!

About ten years ago I met a woman who impressed me and thought "She's going places." In the ensuing years she got her degree in city management while she and her husband raised two wonderful teens. A few years ago she became city manager in a thriving southern California city where she is effective and highly respected. When you read her "friendly post" you'll see why.

Who doesn't like otters?! Certainly no one on the central coast. Be sure to share the otter facts we bring you with the children before heading to Seymour Marine Discovery Center or the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.

I promise you will LIKE the beautiful fall glassware at The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch!

Please recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always the many fun events! Check the online calendar.

Enjoy a walk in the woods with family!  Parmalee

 

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(2 Widgets) HalloweenFun.jpg The calendar is full of Fall and Halloween Events!  If your event is missing, please post it!
 

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  Fun Events!
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Native Plant Sale
Saturday, Oct 7
8:30–1:00

California Fuchsia

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Go small!

Keep them creative and busy!

 

Gather materials:

tiny, medium and big pumpkins, gourds,
driftwood, shells, pine cones, small flat stones, small round pebbles, berries, moss, twine, leaves, tiny plants, cardboard,
gauze, glue, packing tape, twigs, wax paper, paint, paint brushes, tiny lights, little fairies

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Thanks Pinterest!

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Sea Otter Awareness Week
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  Sea Otter Awareness Week
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: Every day (Sep 23-Sep 30) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages
Details: Learn more about he vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem
Special Instructions: The Seymour Center is closed on September 19.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
Voices of the River
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  Voices of the River
Coastal Watershed Council
Date: 10/01/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Enjoy poetry readings by the river
Special Instructions: Call (831) 464-9200 for exact location
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Bike to Work/School Day
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  Bike to Work/School Day
Ecology Action
Date: 10/05/2017 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 >>
     
Make Miso
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  Make Miso
Live Oak Grange
Date: 09/30/2017 at 10:00am
Ages: All
Details: Learn how to make miso, a delicious, high-protein seasoning that has been used everyday in the Japanese kitchen for 1300 years
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
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  Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
Date: 09/30/2017 from 11:00am to 6:30pm
Details: Great local artists, wineries, breweries, musicians, games, hayrides and crafts
City: Boulder Creek Phone: 831-588-5628 view all details >>
     
Fall Fest Walnut Avenue
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  Fall Fest Walnut Avenue
Walnut Ave Women's Center
Date: 09/30/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Live music, food, beer, wine and activities for kids. Funds raised will support this important community organization.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-3062 view all details >>
     
Star Wars and Food Trucks
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  Star Wars and Food Trucks
Downtown Santa Cruz
Date: 09/29/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Dress as your favorite Star Wars character and come for the fun
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Go Miniature for Halloween!
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  Go Miniature for Halloween!
Date:
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Founders Day Special Events
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  Founders Day Special Events
State Park Big Basin
Date: 09/30/2017 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 >>
     
Corralitos Open Farm Tours
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  Corralitos Open Farm Tours
Corralitos Farm Tours
Date: 10/08/2017
Details: Tour the farms at your own pace and learn what is involved in growing our food and how important sustainable farming methods are
City: Corralitos view all details >>
     
The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
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  The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
Great GlassPumpkin Patch
Date: Every day (Sep 26-Oct 1)
Ages: Children are welcome!
Details: Glass pumpkins and autumnal fruits and vegetables, glass-blowing demonstrations...
City: Palo Alto Phone: 650.329.2366 view all details >>
     
"9 to 5" MUSICAL
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  "9 to 5" MUSICAL
Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 21)
Details: Mountain Community Theater is proud to present 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL,
Special Instructions: Community Afternoon is Sunday, November 29. Tickets are 2 for $20.
City: Ben Lomond Phone: 831.336.4777 view all details >>
     
Fall Harvest Festival at the UCSC Farm
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  Fall Harvest Festival at the UCSC Farm
UCSC Farm
Date: 10/01/2017 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Music by the Down Beets, Makru, and Ancestree Reggae, along with kids' crafts, great food, an apple pie baking contest, hay ride
City: Santa Cruz Phone: Phone (831) 459-3240 view all details >>
     
Embracing the Dance
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  Embracing the Dance
Santa Cruz County Symphony
Date: Every day (Nov 18-Nov 19)
Ages: all
Details: Celebration of Dance
Special Instructions: Sat at Civic ~ Sun at Mello
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
SuperKid Triathlon
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  SuperKid Triathlon
Finish Line Productions
Date: 10/15/2017
Details: A swim, bike and run course for kids!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Respectful Parenting- A Question and Answer Symposium
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  Respectful Parenting- A Question and Answer Symposium
Regarding Baby
Date: 10/07/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ages: Adults
Details: Special Event With Janet Lansbury, Respectful Parenting Symposium With Janet Lansbury
Special Instructions: Tickets Available Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/respectful-parenting-a-question-and-answer-symposium-tickets-36949600249
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-296-2229 view all details >>
     
     
  You Otter Know! Sea Otter Fun Facts

Why Are Sea Otters So Important?

(0 Sept 2017) SeaOttersHanging.jpgSea otters play a critical role in the marine ecosystem as a keystone species. They promote a healthy kelp forest that, in turn, supports thousands of organisms.

Wildlife viewing is one of the most popular activities among tourists and residents of California, as well as other areas where sea otters reside. However, excited tourists can put sea otters at risk by getting too close and making too much noise. Learn to be Sea Otter Savvy!

Sea otters are indicator or sentinel species, meaning they reflect the condition of the environment they live in, and they are dying of a tremendous among of disease that has land-based connections. As humans and sea otters eat many of the same seafood items, high rates of sea otter disease may be a warning for both human and marine ecosystem health.

Sea Otter Systematics

Common names: Southern or California sea otter, Northern sea otter, Russian sea otter

Genus/species/subspecies: Enhydra lutris nereis, Enhydra lutris kenyoni, Enhydra lutris lutrisSmallest marine mammal in northern hemisphere

Largest member of Family Mustelidae; relatives include ferret, badger, mink, river otter, etc.

Historic and Current Range/Population 

    In the early 1700's, before wide-scale hunting began, their worldwide range was continuous from Japan to Baja California and the population was estimated at 300,000, possibly with a million or more, with approximately 16,000-20,000 along California's coast. 

    Sea otters are now only found off the coast of Japan, Russia, Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and California. 

    Standardized census of the California population was initiated in 1983
    Learn more about sea otters before visiting Seymour Marine Discovery Center>>>>>
  Don't miss an evening with Dr. Tim Tinker!

‚ÄčSeptember 30, 2017
5:30 to 8 pm
Center for Ocean Health, UC Santa CruzCenter for Ocean Health, room 118, Long Marine Lab
115 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz

"An Old Dog Learns New Tricks from a Big Weasel: Lessons About Life Learned Over a Career Studying Sea Otters."

(0 Sept 2017) TimTinker.jpgDr. M. Tim Tinker, Research Wildlife Biologist with the Western Ecological Research Center of the U.S. Geological Survey, and adjunct Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Dr. Tinker, one of the world's leading sea otter scientists, shares insights and anecdotes from a 25-year career studying sea otters in some of the most remote, as well as most familiar, regions of the north Pacific.

Don't miss this summary perspective from an exceptional scientist, whose seminal research has contributed much to our understanding not only of sea otters but the complexity and resilience of coastal ecosystems.

Following the talk, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet Dr. Tinker.

  Sweet Story

(0 Sept 2017) SpunCounterguy.jpg"The little girl on my bus who named me "Mr. Muffin", and thus now is Miss Muffin, usually sits at the back, and then when her friends get off, she'll come to the front and talk to me. One day Miss Muffin got on the bus dressed in a old timey Sunday-go-to-Meeting dress.

I asked why she looked so vintage nice and she said she was gonna be Rosa Parks in a school presentation that day. I thought about that for a second and then asked, "Hey Miss Muffin, do you mind just for today sitting at the front of the bus the whole time? If people see Rosa Parks sitting at the back of my bus, I'm gonna look like a terrible person." She actually got my meaning, laughed and replied, "No problem, Mr. Muffin!" Spun Counterguy

  A Friendly Post

(0 Sept 2017) coffee9.jpg"My door is always open. My house is safe. Coffee can be on in minutes, and my dining room table is a place of peace and non-judgment. Anyone who needs to chat is welcome anytime. It's no good suffering in silence. I have food in the fridge, coffee and tea in the cupboard, and listening ears, shoulders to cry on and prayer to share. I will always be here...you are always welcome!! This is an old value that has been lost to technology...a text, facetime, or emoji is not the equivalent of making time for those we love or care about!

Could at least one friend please copy and re-post (not share)? I'm trying to demonstrate that someone is always listening, you are never really alone!
I promise to sit at the table while we talk...this is a value that we should bring back!!

Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, but it will never replace a face to face conversation or a big ol' hug! You are NOT alone. I care."

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