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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

May 10, 2017
Camp is fun, and...
How to Pick the Right Summer Camp for Kids
Camps with a Special Focus
Spotlight on Sunscreens
Day Camps
Ticks And Tick-Borne Diseases
Water & Sports
Summer Festivals
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  Camp is fun, and...

(0 May 2017) CampingBackyard2.jpgThe children think camp is fun, and it is! We know it is MORE. Good camps help children acquire new skills, build character, make friends, work/play/learn independently or as a team, and figure out how to get along with others.

Enjoy a little family camping too.  Start with the backyard or our local state parks. Be sure to celebrate The Great American Campout in June in your own backyard!

Go online to our A-Z SUMMER CAMP DIRECTORY to find detailed descriptions and contact information. We try to list every camp we find.  Some will have name and phone only. If you know of a camp we have missed, let us know! Click on the camp ads below to reach their websites and you will be delighted with the quality programs available. 

We added more festivals and summer fun!

Have fun planning a great summer! Parmalee

  How to Pick the Right Summer Camp for Kids

It's much more than s'mores and sing-alongs: Top camps provide lifelong memories and skills. Here's how to pick a winner -- and help your kid have an awesome summer

By Barbara Rowley

(0 April 2017) Camp_Avid4_boyCloseupBike.jpgEven before I had kids, I knew they'd go to summer camp. I had spent literally decades (as a camper, staffer, and director) at my own sleepaway camp. What child of mine wouldn't want to do the same?

But my daughters turned out to be homebodies who didn't want to leave for a day, let alone overnight. My husband had never gone to camp himself and liked having everyone close in the summer. Faced with an uphill battle, I began to lose perspective. What did camp really matter, anyway?

It's a question many parents struggle with -- and one that camp professionals are eager to answer...  Read more>>>>

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  Camps with a Special Focus

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  Spotlight on Sunscreens

by New Leaf Community Markets Staff

Summer's fast approaching. How to choose a sunscreen to protect your child?

Understanding Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation

There are two types of harmful Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation in particular to watch out for when it comes to protecting your children's skin. UVA rays are deep penetrating and linked to premature aging. UVB rays do not penetrate as deeply, but because they have 1,000 times the effect on the skin, they will cause sunburn, and are linked to most skin cancers.

What about SPF?

SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, indicates a level of protection against the UVB rays that cause sunburn.
For example, if one normally begins to burn after 10 minutes of sun exposure, a SPF 15 properly applied should provide protection from burning for 150 minutes. However, to protect the delicate skin of little ones, look for a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that screens out both UVA and UVB rays. Apply every one to two hours when outdoors, especially if swimming or sweating. Don't be fooled by the term "water-proof"-it is not recognized by the FDA, so in this case as well, apply regularly.

(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) BeachMomDaughter.jpgSunscreens fall into two categories: mineral and chemical. Mineral sunscreens that feature zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are popular with parents because they work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. They are often referred to as physical sun blockers. Also important for young bodies, mineral sunscreens are typically free of chemicals, petroleum, parabens, phthalates, paba, fragrance, and gluten, and are hypoallergenic. On the other hand, chemical-based sunscreens are absorbed into the skin and contain potentially harmful ingredients.

Quick Tips for Healthy Summer Skin

1. Look for mineral sunscreens with a minimum SPF of 30 that offer protection from UVA and UVB rays, and apply every one to two hours when outdoors, especially if swimming or sweating.
2. Apply to skin even on cloudy days that can have up to 80% of the UV light as the hottest day in summer.
3. For best protection, don't rely just on sunscreen; cover up kids with hats, light clothing, and sunglasses to protect eyes and vision.
4. Remedy over-sunned skin with soothing plant-based ingredients.

New Leaf Community Markets' Nutrition and Body Care Department carries and recommends several brands of mineral-based sunscreen brands for use with the children including Acure, BurnOut, Goddess Garden, Badger, Elemental Herbs, and Thinksport. Stop by and talk to our friendly and knowledgeable staff. www.newleaf.com

  Day Camps

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Hiking... Quail Hollow Ranch

 

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  Ticks And Tick-Borne Diseases

Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, today warned individuals who work or play outdoors in the winter months to be on the alert for ticks that may carry bacteria that cause Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

"Although most people associate ticks with summer outdoor activities, adult western black-legged ticks continue to be active in temperatures above freezing levels and can pass pathogens such as Lyme disease to humans," Chapman said.

(0 May 2017) Westernblackleggedtick2.jpgTicks are small, insect-like creatures most often found in naturally vegetated areas. There are many different kinds of ticks in California, but only the western black-legged tick transmits Lyme disease. This reddish - brown tick is found in most California counties, but is more common in the humid northwestern coastal areas and the western slope of the northern Sierra Nevada.

Ticks can be found in tall grass and brush in urban, suburban and rural settings. Adult ticks climb to the tips of vegetation, often alongside trails or paths, and wait for a host to brush against them. They attach to animals and humans and feed by sticking their mouthparts into the skin and sucking blood for up to several days. Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis and babesiosis, are transmitted while the tick is attached and feeding.

If you find a tick, remove it with tweezers by grasping it close to the skin and applying a steady upward pressure to make sure the entire tick is pulled free. Do not use insecticides, lighted matches, gasoline, petroleum jelly or liquid soaps to remove ticks, as these techniques may cause injury and are ineffective. After the tick is removed, individuals should wash their hands and apply antiseptic to the affected area. Pets should be regularly checked for ticks.

Symptoms of Lyme disease can include a spreading rash usually accompanied by flu-like symptoms, such as fever and body aches. Painful redness that occurs less than 24 hours after a tick bite and does not spread is more likely to be a reaction to the tick's saliva. Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics, and most patients recover completely without complications if treated early during the course of the infection. However, in some people, if left untreated, symptoms can progress into arthritis or nervous system disorders.

CDPH recommends the following practices which can reduce the chance of being bitten by ticks.

  • Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Tuck pant legs into boots or socks and tuck shirts into pants.
  • Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be easily seen.
  • Apply a repellent, such as DEET, registered for use against ticks. Always follow directions on the container and be careful when applying to children. Before entering tick habitat, permethrin spray may be applied to clothing to kill ticks.
  • Stay in the middle of the trail. Avoid trail margins, brush and grassy areas.
  • Inspect yourself frequently for ticks while in tick habitats. Once out of tick habitat, thoroughly check your entire body for ticks up to three days after being in tick areas. Parents should examine their children, especially on the scalp, hairline and skin folds.

Individuals should consult their physician immediately if symptoms similar to those described for Lyme disease develop within one to several weeks after being bitten by a tick.

  Water & Sports
"Play is the highest
form of research"
--Albert Einstein.


Always take a buddy!


Being active in nature
makes children
healthier!

Get outside!

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When a camper asks me
what I get paid I answer
"Sunshine and smiles"
I mean it.


The most memorable
days end with
the dirtiest clothes
.

 

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  Summer Festivals
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Amazing Art

Created at

The Art Factory

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Loves Santa Cruz Soccer Camp!

 

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Pool Jr. Guard

Seahorse Swim School

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Starfish!

Camps at

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Be Vigilant!

Ticks are thriving after the rains.

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So precious!

WOLF

Web of Life Field School

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Montessori

Paddling together!

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Orchard Creative Arts Daycamp

Ready, Set, Let Loose!

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Free Movies at the Beach
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  Free Movies at the Beach
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Wed (Jun 21-Aug 16) at 9:00pm
Details: Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
88 Keys Spooky Music Concert
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  88 Keys Spooky Music Concert
Cabrillo Music Festival
Date: 10/27/2017 at 12:40pm
Ages: All ages welcome
Details: Delightful family spooky music concert!
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
California Rodeo Salinas
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  California Rodeo Salinas
California Rodeo
Date: Every day (Jul 20-Jul 23)
Ages: All
Details: 2016 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
City: Salinas Phone: (831)775-3100 view all details >>
     
Capitola Begonia Festival
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  Capitola Begonia Festival
Capitola Village
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 4) from 7:00am to 8:00pm
Details: A Labor Day weekend filled with fun events for the whole family. Beautifully decorated floats, concerts, sand
City: Capitola Village Phone: (831)476-6522 view all details >>
     
Scotts Valley Art, Wine & BeerFestival
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  Scotts Valley Art, Wine & BeerFestival
Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Date: Every day (Aug 19-Aug 20) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Come enjoy fine art, wine & beer tasting, great food, and live entertainment in an open park setting
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
     
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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  Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
City of Watsonville
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Details: Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-768-3240 view all details >>
     
Boomeria Organ Extravaganza!
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  Boomeria Organ Extravaganza!
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Date: 07/08/2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Rare opportunity to see Boomeria organ in action and raise funds for SC Baroque! Worth it!!
City: Bonny Doon view all details >>
     
The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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  The Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Jul 30)
Ages: All
Details: "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three d9ys of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr
City: Gilroy Phone: 408-846-6886 view all details >>
     
Pirate Party
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  Pirate Party
Northern California Pirate Festival
Date: Every day (Jun 17-Jun 18)
Details: Avast Mates! Come join us pirates for non-stop entertainment, hearty food and drink, unique shopping and lively games and activi
City: Vallejo view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz American Music Festival
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  Santa Cruz American Music Festival
Santa Cruz American Music Festival
Date: Every day (May 27-May 28)
Details: A mix of country, Americana and good ole rock 'n' roll,
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Boomeria Organ Extravaganza!
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  Boomeria Organ Extravaganza!
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Date: 07/08/2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Rare opportunity to see Boomeria organ in action and raise funds for SC Baroque! Worth it!!
City: Bonny Doon view all details >>
     
Artichoke Festival
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  Artichoke Festival
Castroville Artichoke Festival
Date: Every day (Jun 3-Jun 4)
Details: Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup and much more!
City: Monterey Phone: 831-633-3465 view all details >>
     
Felton Covered Bridge Festival
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  Felton Covered Bridge Festival
Felton Business Assoc
Date: 05/27/2017
Details: A day of fun! Entertainment, food, parade, music, kids activities craft vendors
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Japanese Cultural Fair
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  Japanese Cultural Fair
Japanese Cultural Fair
Date: 06/10/2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Explore traditional and contemporary Japanese culture
Special Instructions: Japanese Theme
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 462-4589 view all details >>
     
Monterey Blues Festival
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  Monterey Blues Festival
Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Date: 05/13/2017 at 12:00pm
Details: The greats in the blues world perform
City: Monterey Phone: 831.394.2652 view all details >>
     
Monterey Pop Festival
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  Monterey Pop Festival
Monterey Pop Festival
Date: Every day (Jun 16-Jun 18) from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Details: A musical celebration of the Summer Of Love
City: Monterey view all details >>
     
Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
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  Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Pipe bands, Drum Major and Solo and Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, Sheepdog Herding and...
City: Monterey Phone: (831) 682-2022 view all details >>
     
     
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