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(Site Photos) ThanksgivingNormalRockwell.jpgHappy Thanksgiving to Each of You


     Stay safe whether you're traveling afar or being a tourist here at home.  Have a wonderful time with your loved ones.  We're having a quiet gathering of family and friends --after first visiting with a dear relative who is 94 and now in need of assisted living.  Some members of the family are far away this year and we shall be warming up the phone lines. 


         I know better than to try shopping at Shoppers on Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so I thought I was an early bird on Monday afternoon.  The store was packed.   Jim was everywhere on the floor helping shoppers, making sure everything was going well.  He's a hands-on owner.  The guys behind the meat counter were staying up with the numbers and the checkers had us through the lines and bagged up quickly.  I put my Diestel free range turkey into the refrigerator so it can take the recommended 72 hours to thaw.  I simply couldn't bring myself to buy the pre-mixed stuffing mix.  It's just not the same as "from scratch" with two kinds of Beckman's breads, and I want control over the spices!  I was going to make a pumpkin pie, and then I gave myself a talking to and told myself I deserved to purchase one made by Gizdich's.  You can tell, it's important to me to support local businesses.


     I won't be shopping on "Black Friday," partly because I've already bought the perfect socks from the Sock Shop for everyone on my list but mostly I like to make presents --I actually get requests for my zesty peach chutney-- and am not a crowd person.  For all you shopping warriors, have a great day.  For the rest of us, there are inviting state parks and beaches nearby.  Well... I might go down to Baby Shoppe Santa Cruz for their super Black Friday sale.  Please visit our Local Perks for special offers from some of our listed businesses and check back frequently for more perks.

Norman Rockwell Painting


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with a nod to Think Local First friends

for mostof the text herein


     When you turn on the news today you hear "... bad and getting worse." But wait!   Not necessarily!   A year ago an organization of local business owners decided to join forces to make a difference in our local economy. At first their energies went toward learning from other communities about how to strengthen local economies.  Now they are on a mission to share with us ways to maintain and grow a vibrant local economy.  They are 200 strong now and you can visit them at Think Local First.

     Did You Know... that for every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 continues to circulate within the community but when you spend $100 at a non-locally owned business only $13 continues to circulate within the community? (2002 Austin study by Civic Economics.)

   You may wonder why it matters where your money goes once you've made purchases at locally owned businesses. How do you benefit when $45 of your spent $100 remains circulating in the community?

     Buying from locally owned and independent businesses benefits the local economy. We NEED a healthy local economy for so many reasons and while the global situation may be bewildering and overwhelming, locally we individuals have the power to influence our micro economy. 


 (Business Logos) TLF.jpg    Locally owned businesses spend their profits locally, purchase more goods from local suppliers, and employ their own office, sales and support staff (us!). When more money gets re-circulated in the community, general prosperity as well as tax revenues increase, creating a more vibrant and sustainable economy and financing local services. Locally owned businesses tend to stick around when times get harder. A local owner doesn't easily pack up and leave town for "better" pastures. Local businesses bank with local banks which in turn lend money to you and me for cars, homes and small business startups. This creates more stability in the local economy.

     Because local businesses focus primarily on local markets, locally owned businesses tend to be smaller and place a high premium on being easily accessible to local residents. This cuts down on car travel and promotes sustainable neighborhood economies.


     Buying from locally owned and independent businesses benefits the entire community. Business owners, who live in town, have a vested interest in caring for the local environment. They participate in public life and donate time and money to local charities. A wide variety of locally owned businesses contributes to a stronger local identity and cultural diversity, creating an attractive place to live and visit. Strengthening our locally owned business community promotes authentic and meaningful relationships between employees, business owners, customers, suppliers, and neighbors.  When you buy from a locally owned business, part of your purchase will benefit your neighbors and friends.


Visit Think Local First to meet members who are working to make our local economy vibrant.


Events for your Enjoyment!

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For times, locations and descriptions, please visit our full calendar

You can select by exact date, a range of dates or category.

full calendar

Nov. 24 - Dec. 18, 10am, Homeless Garden Project Holiday Store, West Cliff Drive, SC
The store is now filled to the brim with handmade dried-flower wreaths, hand-dipped beeswax candles decorated with dried flowers, organic herbal tea mixes, lavender potpourri, handmade soap, herbal bath tea, bags of lavender shortbread mix and more.
Open seven days a week: 10am-6pm from Nov. 24 - Dec. 18; 10am-8pm Dec. 19-23; 10am-4pm Dec. 24.


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11/29 Surfin' Santa, Capitola Village
Santa and his Reindeer surf into Capitola main beach at noon. Be sure to bring your camera to capture Santa's wave-riding arrival. Once Santa has dried off, he will visit with all the children and hear their holiday wishes.





(Special Event Page Graphics) PacificMigrationsBear.jpg11/29, 7pm Pacific Migrations with Kennan & Karen Ward, Museum of Natural History
     A Showcase of Wildlife from the Central Coast of California to the Alaskan Wilderness
Imagine swimming thousands of miles through icy waters, or trekking that same distance without the benefit of GPS or a motorized vehicle. Then imagine that your survival, and the survival of your species, depends on your ability to make this trip twice each year. Some of the animals you see here in Santa Cruz are among these amazing migrants. These animals complete this circuit year in and year out - their livelihood linked to seasonal changes in temperatures, precipitation, and food availability from South America to the Arctic Circle.


(Special Event Page Graphics) MeleKalikimaka.jpg11/30 1-3pm, Mele Kalikimaka: A Hawaiian Kick-Off to Our Holiday Season, Capitola Book Cafe
      Enjoy an afternoon devoted to the stories, music, and food of the Hawaiian Islands, led by native Kalae Miles-life-long student of Hawaiian culture, language and dance, and a world-famous musician who shares with his audience traditional and original Hawaiian mele, or songs about Hawai'i. Find a gift for everyone in your 'ohana and get into the spirit of an Island Holiday-all while celebrating the rich culture of Hawai'i with one of her most talented sons.
12pm  Sing & Tell: Children's Storytelling and Sing-Along Hour.
1pm  Eat & Listen: An Hawaiian plate lunch feast offers Kalua Pork, Pineapple Chicken Kabob, Mac Salad, Rice & Spam and Tropical Punch. Tropical entertainment provided by Hawaiian Native "Kalae Miles" and Santa Cruz's own "Aloha Island Serenaders."
2pm  Learn & Celebrate: A Hawaiian Resource Session will comprise a "Who's Who" of Hawaiian Music, Literature, and Culture and will be presented by Kalae Miles.


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11/29-12/22 Holiday Lights Train, Roaring Camp & Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Every week on Fri, Sa & Sun (Nov 29-Dec 22) from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Adults $22; Age 3-12 $17; Under 3 Free.  The beautiful, decked-out Holiday Lights Train makes a round trip from the Boardwalk through the streets of Santa Cruz with music, hot cider, and Santa. It's festive fun for kids of all ages. Children under 3 are free.


(Site Photos) TallShipChieftain.jpgTall Ships at Moss Landing, Lady Washington &Hawaiian Chieftain

Sat Nov 29, 2pm & Sun Nov 30, 2pm Battle Sail
Our popular three-hour Battle Sails feature booming cannons, close-quarters maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships.

Sun Nov 30 & Sun Dec 7, 10am, Adventure Sail
Our three-hour family-oriented Adventure Sail features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling.

Dec 2-4, The tallship "Hawaiian Chieftain" will visit Santa Cruz Harbor and offer a walk-on tour at the dock. Tickets are not required, but a $3 donation per person is appreciated.


11/30 1-3pm Bay Angels, Quail Hollow Ranch
Are you interested in creating your own holiday decorations? Join a park docent, Carolyn Newt, for a session on how to make a bay leaf angel from natural materials. Bring along an acorn, which will become your angel's head. All other materials will be provided. Class size limited, so sign up now. 13+, $5 materials fee


11/23-12/23 2pm-6pm, Santa Comes to Downtown Santa Cruz, Marini's
Come visit Jolly Old Saint Nicholas and enjoy all the festive environment of one of Santa Cruz' oldest businesses. Santa will be waiting for you, each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Nov 21-Dec 14, weekends, The Wind in the Willows, Directed by Randall Stuart
(Special Event Page Graphics) WindintheWillowsMr.jpg     The Shakespeare Santa Cruz Holiday Show is a collaboration with the UCSC Theatre Arts Department.  The Wind in the Willows was the inaugural Shakespeare Santa Cruz's Holiday Show in 1997 (and 1998) and we are delighted to bring it back to its many fans and introduce it to new ones.

(Special Event Page Graphics) WindintheWillowsRatSaving.jpg     The Wind in the Willows is the classic tale of friendship and adventure along the riverbank between the Mole, Ratty, Badger, and the irrepressible Mr. Toad.  The Shakespeare Santa Cruz annual Holiday Show is a very special treat for kids of all ages, kids at heart, and the people who love them. Continue the tradition or start a new one with this delightful theatrical celebration of timeless fairy tales, classic children's literature and more!

You can win tickets to this event! See column on the right.

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(Site Photos) WinterAdventureFilm.jpgTues & Weds, Nov 25 & 26, 8pm Rio Theater,  Warren Miller's Children of Winter, the largest action sports film on the planet, is coming to kick off your winter sports season for the 59th year! Children of Winter showcases incredible cinematography that will get you craving deep powder, fresh lines, and outrageous adventure!
      This year's film takes you on a daring escape to electrifying global destinations, including Japan, Austria, Iceland, and more! Don't forget to breathe as this year's film features snowboarding's Olympic Gold Medalist Seth Westcott charging down the Alaskan backcountry, as surf legend Gerry Lopez shreds the Oregon steeps, and as Chris Anthony takes on Leadville Colorado's legendary Skijoring competition.

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For a complete list of all the wonderful outdoor activities in the our parks go to the events calendar.  On the drop down menu, select State Parks.

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Suki Wessling's Blog

An Idyllic Vision

I have this idyllic vision of one part of my childhood that I'm hesitant to give up. The way I remember it, my family had a good number of something I've been searching for: compatible families. These are the families where the women get along, the men get along (assuming there are men involved), and the children get along. In other words, you can invite them over and no one is left needing to be entertained, the men don't go home grumbling about having to spend time with someone they have nothing to say to, the children don't end up hiding behind the couch. You know what I'm talking about, right? (continued...)


Suki Wessling, Aptos, CA,

Writer, stay-at-home mom, educator, web designer, homeschooling parent.


(Site Photos) LorrainePhotoforWeb.jpgLorraine Is Here with a

Much Asked for Parenting Workshop


Top 3 Secrets to Managing Your Challenging Child:

The Big A's - ASPERGERS, High Functioning AUTISM, ADD and Homework


1. Immersing Yourself in Their World

2. Structure and Consistency for Raising Self-worth

3. Adjust When Something is Not Working

This is a FREE workshop.

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7pm Presentation and Q & A

AmericaEd Learning Center, 762 Sunset Glen Dr., San Jose

Lorraine Pursell,  Conscious Parent Mentor,


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Schools K-12



Open Houses

Most schools offer shadow days when your child may visit for a day.  Directors welcome you and your questions.  Call to schedule a visit.



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All About Theatre

Dec. 5-14


Come and enjoy this fabulous comedy performed by local talented students ages 7 through 13 years of age, accompanied by a 7-piece orchestra.


Owing to to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror of a wife, Queen Aggravian, has taken over control of the kingdom. Most importantly, in an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless by her side, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does.


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Is there something in a previous newsletter that you need?!  Just go to any second page and you will see Newsletter Archives on the left.

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Open to children ages 5-8
Dancing, singing,

acting, arts & crafts,

and costume construction

on a small scale

for small people.
Rudolph's Rescue

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An Original Musical Robin Macomber
Dec 2-19
Tues and Thurs
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Performance Dec 19, 6pm

Next Teleclass

with Lorraine

December 16, 6pm

The 12 Secrets to Parenting Success
In 12 Interactive Phone Meetings with Lorraine

You're about to learn the 12 Secrets to Parenting Success while Creating the Closeness You Crave with Your Child...for LIFE!

I'll show you step-by-step how to do the 'right parent thing' (not always popular with your kids). These 12 Secrets will inspire your child's gratitude for how you raised him or her.
All my love, and can hardly wait to introduce you to the 12 Secrets! You'll love it. -Lorraine


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The Wind in the Willows

Nov 21-Dec 14

For details go to

full Calendar.

Click on the exact date.


Send us the name of your favorite Wind in the Willows character and we shall enter you in a chance to win tickets to the show.  Hurry!  Do it NOW!!

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capturing every moment,
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Please visit us at

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Hope to see you soon!

Tschuss! Whitney

9600 Hwy 9

Ben Lomond


Have you visited every nearby state, county and city park?

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Visit a beach new to you!

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Thank You!


     We are thankful for all of you who invite us into your mailbox and send us suggestions for adding resources and calendar items. 


     A big Thanks for sending so many new friends our way.  It's a pleasure to meet some of you when we're out and about.  We hope every one of you will share this newsletter with a friend new to  


Parmalee and Brownie

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