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(Site Photos) ArnsGriscomFamily.jpgA Singing, Acting Family
 All Appear

In the classic story & musical

A Secret Garden


    If you enjoy a classic children's story about children conquering life's
challenges and developing strength of character in the process, this production will swell your heart and bring tears to your eyes. The Tony award winning musical, The Secret Garden, is being put on by Theater in the Mountains.


    Imagine what fun it has been for one family of four to spend their summer's spare hours rehearsing together in this play. When we asked the Arns/Griscoms family a few questions about what it's like they were enthusiastic about the their acting/singing summer.


    Ethan, 12 and going into 7th grade, plays the part of Colin. Chris, 10 and going into 5th grade, adds a rousing voice to the chorus. Nell, who sings in Cantiamo and plays the part of Rose is a vet in real life and Tom who plays the part of Albert Lenox, Mary's father, is a CAD manager.


    Nell told us "It's a surprise how this came about because most everyone was thinking of a nice relaxing summer vacation when a phone call came wondering if Ethan would be interested in the part of Colin. Ethan was uncertain about giving up his summer free time at first, but we convinced him he should be flattered that he was being asked to be a lead. When I took him to try out and they found out I could sing I was talked into playing the part of Rose, alternating with another person who couldn't do all the performances. !"


    When Nell and Ethan went to the first rehearsal they discovered that they still needed a couple of male singing parts, so Nell volunteered Tom, the only member of the family who had been thinking of trying out for a part but had missed tryouts. That left Christopher at home alone, "... not an option, so I convinced the director to put him in somewhere, since I knew he enjoyed musicals"


    According to Nell, "This is the first time we've all been in a musical together. It's fun to see a different side of Tom." Chris thought it was "a little weird. The challenges are learning the songs and going to play rehearsals until 10 pm. The rewards are getting cheered at the end and getting flowers maybe." Ethan told us, "It's different than the normal school play because there are more adults. I think it's easier to do a show with the whole family. We can practice at home." Tom liked rehearsing together, "It's nice to have a creative outlet. It's a lot of work - the cast is also involved in set building and other preparation for the play."
    Nell's favorite scene is when the schoolmistress arrives and Mary has a tantrum, because it's funny. Chris likes the song "If I Had a Fine White Horse" because I like the music. Tom summed it up with "My favorite part of the story is the finale. I'd get all choked up if I wasn't busy singing. It's a wonderful story and a great stage adaptation which won a Tony award when it was on Broadway. I think anyone would enjoy the play.


    Based on the beloved children's classic by FRANCES HODGSON(Special Event Page Graphics) TheSecretGarden.jpg BURNETT, published in 1909, The Secret Garden captures the beauty and magic of the original story. Mary Lennox, orphaned while living in India, is sent to England to live with her Uncle Archibald at his estate on the mysterious Yorkshire moors. Mary finds the key to an enclosed garden which has been neglected for years. Her discovery also unlocks secrets about the family of Misselthwaite Manor. With care and nurturing, Mary's secret garden becomes a magical paradise in which a family rediscovers joy, love and life.


Showtimes are 8pm Aug 22, 23, and 29, 30, and 2pm Aug 24 & 31.


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of a gift certificate for a one and a half hour consult/take action session

with Organized for Success.

     Valeria won a session with Organized for Success!



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Fri, Aug 22, 6:30 & 8pm Gin Blossoms - “Hey Jealousy” & “Follow You Down” Beach Boardwalk


Aug 23 & 24, 11am-5pm  Safety Weekend(Site Photos) SafetySC.jpg

Visit safety-related booths and demonstrations along the Boardwalk. Find out about disaster preparedness, child fingerprinting and safety-related employment opportunities. Also, get a closer look at safety vehicles.

Saturday ONLY
1) Ask-A-Cop Booth: Mt. View PD and Santa Cruz PD answer questions
2) Santa Cruz Police Department: handing out Child Finger Print kits at Ask A Cop booth
Saturday AND Sunday
3) Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Department:  Recruitment
4) Santa Cruz County Fire Department/ Lifeguards: Fire prevention & beach safety
5) Santa Cruz Red Cross: Emergency Preparedness
6) Santa Cruz Seaside Company Security: Recruitment
7) Santa Cruz Consolidated Emergency Services: Talk about 9-1-1
8) Concerns of Police Survivors: Discuss C.O.P.S benefits to families of fallen officers

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Saturdays, Aug 9-30, 7:30pm  Summer Campfire Presentations,(Icons/Graphics) CampfirePhoto.jpg


Fridays and Saturdays, Aug, 8 pm, Campfire Programs, Big Basin
Join us at the campfire center for an evening of interactive and educational entertainment for the whole family. Topics include: the most extreme marine mammals, creepy crawling creatures, the magic of migration, and much more through song, story, and celebration. Wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Sundays, Aug 24, 12:30pm. Could You Survive in the Wild? 
During this fun, interactive demonstration, you’ll learn what it takes to survive overnight in the wilderness. Dan Friend, a wilderness survival teacher, will lead this family friendly, hour-long program on how to be prepared in the wilderness—what to bring in your pack and what knowledge to have in your head. Bring your daypack and we’ll review the contents! Meet at Park Headquarters.

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus!(Site Photos) CircusElephant.jpg

HP Pavilion at San Jose Aug. 20 - 24

Wed. Aug. 20 at 7:30pm; Thu. Aug. 21 at 7:30pm; Fri. Aug. 22 at 7:30pm; Sat. Aug. 23 at 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm; Sun. Aug. 24 at 1:30pm & 5:30pm




Saturday, August 23, 11am Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks On(Site Photos) WilderRanchBluffs.jpg these two-hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch interpretive center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow.


Fri-Sun, Aug 22-31  The Secret Garden, Theater in the Mountains

Reserve your tickets now!


Sun Aug 24 4pm Sushi Making 101, Ages 13+, 4:00 p.m Fresh Prep Kitchens


Sun Aug 24, 12-4pm 1st Annual Kitchen Tour Tour of 8 kitchens listed on ticket.  Aptos, Capitola and Santa Cruz 831.476.8975 or 831.427.5077
Tickets available at Aptos Bookstore, Capitola Book Cafe and Bookshop Santa Cruz or call 831.427.5077.


(Site Photos) ClownsKids.jpgSun Aug 24 11-3 CLOWNOPOLIS is a fund raiser to benefit Conversations with Clowns, an in school performing arts educational program. This one-of-a-kind festival, will be fun for all ages. 423 Washington St, Santa Cruz

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Sun Aug 24, 1-4 Snakes Alive! Quail Hollow Ranch  Have you ever held a snake? How about a lizard?  Hold King snakes, gopher snakes and various other reptiles.  Bring a camera for those photographic smiles.


Sun Aug 24, 8pm Summer Sunday Cinema, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Free Outdoor Movies All Month in Abbott's Square Bring a lawn Chair, and Snacks if you like. The Movie starts at 8:30pm - In Abbott's Square off of Cooper Street, by VinoCruz and the Museum of art and History.


Now - Sept 7   From the Byways to the Highways - Photo Images by Rondal Partidge of California, from 1936-1969. Partidge has been photographing for over 85 years. Very interesting exhibit.  Take your budding photographer to see this exhibit interesting for both its artistic photography and history.


Carden School's

Junior Kindergarten

is for the 4 Year Old

Who Delights in

Learning and Play

in a Nurturing

& Rich Program

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Carden School of Santa Cruz

319 La Fonda Ave,

Santa Cruz



To the Cook in the Family!

Make the transition




easy with

Fresh Prep Kitchen's

Fresh n' Ready Dinners To Go!

Dinner serves three.

August 19-23

Asian Infused Tri-Tip Kabobs

w/Jasmine Rice
Bourbon Glazed Pork Steaks

w/Mashed Potatoes

Two Locations to Serve You
Fresh Prep Kitchens, Santa Cruz
Mint, Scotts Valley
Available Tues-Sat, starting at 11am

Fresh Prep Kitchens

504 A Front St,

Santa Cruz

For help


Piano Lessons

by Bike with

Michael Levy

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10 years' music teaching experience
Beginners of all ages welcome
Pop, jazz, gospel, more!
Save a trip-

I'll bike to you

(Santa Cruz and Live Oak)
Always encouraging


Let your child amaze you!

Is your child frustrated with math?  At Kumon we identify the missing foundation and build skills from that point.

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845 Cedar St, Santa Cruz


(Special Event Page Graphics) TyroMan3.jpg  Mark the Dates

  Fri, Sat, Sun

  Oct 26




 at the

Tyrolean Inn

 Get out your

dancing shoes!

 Karl Lebbherz Band

 California Alpine Band

 Big Lou's Polka Band

 Kids Activities

and Bounce House

 Hot Pretzels

 Hofbrau Haus'

Oktoberfest beer

 Beer stein and

Yodeling contests!

 Reservations taken

for large groups.

9600 Hwy 9





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Santa Cruz Sports Central

350 B Coral St, SC

near Costco



Local Perks

for You!



Special Offers

Have you

tried the

Parent Planner?

Coordinate Activities

with friends.

Print it out

or email it.

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Route 1 Farms

Organic Gardens


Not in Santa Cruz!

    When we were travelling a few weeks ago and sitting in a booth for breakfast, we couldn't help but overhear a woman saying loudly, "You're a brat, a little spoiled brat!"  It was so loud, and ongoing, we turned around to look.  It seemed she, a grandmother we think, was trying to get the child to eat and the little girl, my guess about one and a half, was keeping her mouth closed tight and averting her head.  The abuse continued until another woman, the mother we think, returned to the table.  The loudmouth, er, grandmother, reported "She's such a brat.  She doesn't do anything I say.  I can't understand why!"

    Parenting is a challenging 24/7 job.  Children are good at testing our patience and good will, but everywhere we go in Santa Cruz County we observe parents doing conscious parenting. 

Good job Parents!


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