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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

September 6, 2018

Kiddie Korral at the Santa Cruz County Fair

A Peek at the Fair

Meet Isaac (aka Isaac Newton)!

Ask Nicole: Time for a Digital Health Check-Up
Fun Events!
Digital Checkup continued
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It's a weekend of festivals, hikes in the redwoods, beach cleanups, contra dancing, Ohlone dancing, Greek dancing, folkloric dancing by Estrellas de Esperanza and Sendero, bird watching, learning how to survive in the wild and more. 

Enjoy the weekend with the family! Parmalee

  Kiddie Korral at the Santa Cruz County Fair

(0 A September 2018) Fair_Kids.jpgThe Kiddie Korral - The Fair Has the Perfect Spot for Young Families

The Santa Cruz County Fair continues the Fairtime tradition of blending old favorites, history and tradition, with new ideas like no other event can. A case in point? The Kiddie Korral.

Sometimes you just need to get out of your stroller and run around. And if you are a toddler, and your parents are near Paddy Smith Park during the 2017 Santa Cruz County Fair, you can! The inaugural Kiddie Korral will be set up in beautiful Paddy Smith Park each afternoon during the times listed below.

With green grass, shade trees, activities, toys, rocking chairs, picnic tables and a changing area, the Kiddie Korral provides a safe fun place for parents to let their young children run and get some of that "kid energy" out. Then the entire family can go out on the grounds and spend more time enjoying everything the Fair offers.

 

The Kiddie Korral will be open:

Wednesday, September 13 ... 5-7 PM
Thursday, September 14 ... 2-7 PM
Friday, September 15 ... 2-7 PM
Saturday, September 16 ... 2-7 PM
Sunday, September 17 ... 2-5 PM

 

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  A Peek at the Fair

(0 A September 2018) Fairmichael-mezmer.jpgMichael Mezmer -  Michael is known as the "Phenomenist" who combines his talents as one of the world's top performing stage hypnotists with his award winning skills in the field of organic magic phenomena to create amazing performances.

(0 A September 2018) Fairturkey-races.jpgWild West Turkey Stampede -  If you are within the sound of my voice... you are just seconds away from the funniest show in America... It is time for the Wild West Turkey Stampeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeede! These turkeys will keep you cheering and laughing all "race" long.

(0 A September 2018) Fairpig-races.jpgAll Alaskan Racing Pigs - The Famous All-Alaskan Racing Pigs are a team of the fastest and funniest athletes to serve up entertainment anywhere! Flat-track racing and hurdling are their specialties, but a good gag is always on the menu. If you are looking for entertainment don't miss these Racing Pigs.

(0 A September 2018) fair-twinkle.jpgTwinkle Time - Rocking with orange pigtails out, "Twinkle," the bilingual pop artist for kids returns to the Santa Cruz County Fair. Starring Twinkle, sporting her signature bright orange pigtails, the show features her two best friends; Happy, a clumsy and shy bookworm that loves science, and Lil Hoopz, who is blissfully aloof and loves anything sports or competitive. The trio performs wearing wacky colored clothing and puts on a show that will get kids and parents jumping to their feet to dance and sing along.

(0 A September 2018) fair-brad-reptiles.jpgBrad's World Reptiles - Unique and mysterious, reptiles, amphibians, and other exotic animals raise both hairs and curiosities. It is through this interest that Brad's World Reptiles create exhibits and programs that offer an unusual and memorable educational experience by making it a fun, entertaining, and interactive adventure.

(0 A September 2018) fair-rattlesnake-dave2.jpgRattlesnake Dave Richardson - The show starts out with the snake wrangler standing in our specially designed glass enclosure with rattlesnakes crawling freely around his feet. A demonstration is performed showing how to use the hooks, tongs, and tubes when dealing with venomous snakes. The audience is educated in the art and practice of safely handling rattlesnakes, and are shown how veterinarians, laboratory workers and research workers all handle venomous snakes. The show concludes with a spectacular display of a rattler actually striking and popping a balloon with lightning speed.

 

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  Meet Isaac (aka Isaac Newton)!
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Meet Isaac (aka Isaac Newton)!

Isaac is such a handsome boy! He loves hiking, sleeping and playing with his puppy brother and favorite cat!

Isaac does not like getting up early and he hates the rain but he does love reading with children at the Tales to Tails program!

We are lucky to have such a great pup as our library friend.

Santa Cruz Public Libraries

 

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  Ask Nicole: Time for a Digital Health Check-Up

Ask Nicole: Time for a Digital Health Check-Up

By Nicole M. Young, MSW

Before my son left for college, I deleted the settings on his phone that limited late-night use and access to certain apps and web sites. I'd set those limits so many years ago (when it was necessary for my sanity) that I'd forgotten about them. Changing the settings was a small task but huge reminder of the new life he was beginning. I still have my teenage daughter ask permission before downloading apps so we can talk about what they are and why she wants them. I usually say yes, but often ask, "Why?" repeatedly. As in, "Why would anyone want an app that mimics slime?" I still don't undersand her answer, but I like knowing what goes on in her digital world.

Dear Nicole, My kids (8, 14) are obsessed with their electronic devices. We have rules about screen time and social media, but sometimes it's easier to let things go instead of getting into a fight. I'm worried about what they're seeing (and doing) online, though. What can I do?   Ismael

Dear Ismael, Great question! Technology and digital media (web sites, apps, social media, online video games, video streaming, etc.) have become a central part of many people's lives - for better or worse. This is a good time to do a "digital health check-up" with your kids. Here are some tips >>>>>>>

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River Health Day on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk
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  River Health Day on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk
Coastal Watershed Council
Date: 09/08/2018 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Revitalize river habitat in the heart of Santa Cruz at Coastal Watershed Council's monthly volunteer event.
Special Instructions: Meet behind the Sherwin Williams
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 464-9200 view all details >>
     
A Weekend of Choices
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Author Talk with Local Mystery Writer: Leslie Karst
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: 09/08/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Ages: All
Details: Author Talk with Local Mystery Writer: Leslie Karst
City: La Selva Beach Phone: (831) 427-7710 view all details >>
     
Brain Fitness: How Adventure Improves Quality of Life
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  Brain Fitness: How Adventure Improves Quality of Life
Library Scotts Valley
Date: 09/06/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Details: How Adventure & Risk-Taking Improves Quality of Life
City: Scotts Valley Phone: (831) 427-7712 view all details >>
     
New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months
Details: Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
     
International OCEAN FILM TOUR
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Patagonia
Date: 09/08/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Details: Six visually stunning documentary OCEAN films
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Live Like A Greek
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Prophet Elias Greek Church
Date: Every day (Sep 7-Sep 9)
Ages: All Ages
Details: Come and enjoy this showcase authentic Greek food and pastries, spirits, live music, and dancing.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 429-6500 view all details >>
     
Can You Survive in the Wild?
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State Park Big Basin
Date: 09/08/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Learn what it takes to survive overnight in the wilderness
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Ohlone Day
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State Park Henry Cowell
Date: 09/08/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Ohlone people will share their traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, dance, and their history
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-7077 view all details >>
     
SC County Fair
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Santa Cruz County Fair
Date: Every day (Sep 12-Sep 16)
Ages: All
Details:
Special Instructions: parking $5/car
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 724-5671 view all details >>
     
     
  Digital Checkup continued

 

(0 A September 2018) boy_computer.jpgTalk with your kids about the digital media they're viewing and using. Ask your kids to describe - or even show you - the videos, games, apps, and web sites on their devices and how they're using them. Tell them you want to learn about their interests and make sure they're being safe and responsible. Keep the conversation casual to encourage honesty. If you see something that seems unsafe or inappropriate for their ages, ask questions to understand what they're viewing or using, then share your concerns. If needed, tell them you want to learn more about it on your own, and that content that's clearly unsafe or inappropriate will need to be removed or blocked.

Revisit the family rules. It's great that you have family rules - that's an important step! If the rules aren't being followed, it's possible they're too hard to remember or enforce consistently. Family rules work best when they're limited to a few simple things that focus on what to do instead of what not to do - for example, "Finish homework before screen time," "Turn off screens at mealtimes and bedtime," or "Ask before downloading." If the family rules are reasonable but you're hesitant to hold your kids responsible for following them, try starting with one rule. Let your kids know you've been relaxed about the rules and are working on being consistent. Review the rules together and see if they have questions or suggestions. Talk about what will happen if they don't follow the rules, such as losing screen time privileges. Make sure the action is something you're willing and able to do.

Talk about safe and respectful online behavior. Your kids might roll their eyes or say that nothing bad has happened (or will happen) to them online - i.e. you're overreacting. If this happens, tell them that reviewing privacy settings and guidelines for online behavior is a "digital health check-up," like visiting a doctor before health problems occur.

Review the privacy settings on their devices and talk about the benefits and risks of different settings. For instance, many apps can share the location of a mobile device, which is helpful when locating a lost phone or fun when posting on social media, but risky if kids unintentionally share their location online with strangers. Adjust the settings as needed and teach your kids to do this on their own.

(0 A September 2018) Girl_Phone.jpgTalk about the "digital footprint" they create each time they share things online. Remind them that photos, texts, and comments could still be saved or used to hurt or embarrass them (or others), even years later. It's often hard for kids to understand or believe this concept, but it's important to talk about.

Final Thoughts: Using technology and digital media safely and responsibly are important skills for kids to develop. And, as we teach our kids these skills, they could probably teach us a lot about using technology in new and interesting ways.  

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 14 and 18, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, the world's leading positive parenting program. Scientifically proven, Triple P is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act) and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. To find a Triple P parenting class or practitioner, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org.

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