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1. Use our Local Resources to find businesses you need --classes, preschools, day care centers, after school programs, camps, birthday party resources, parks, beaches and anything else that's related to families.   Local Resources are easy to navigate because they are organized by category and enable you to find information you need about each listed resource.  Are we missing a great resource? E-mail us and let us know.


(Icons/Graphics) DollarStretchingMom.jpg2. Saving money is important to families.   Visit Local Perks to find money saving coupons from the businesses who support  You can print each coupon and use it when you visit that business. Check Local Perks often because new coupons and special offers are updated often.

(Special Event Page Graphics) FireworksBoardwalk.jpg3. If you're looking for things to do with your family, friends or out of town guests, go to our Events Calendar.  Comprehensive and constantly updated, the Events Calendar can help you plan your days, evenings and weekends - and many of the events listed are free!

4. Do you have gently used toys that your kids don't play with anymore? Are you looking for a babysitter? Or a job? Or are you a babysitter looking for more work? Visit our Classifieds and browse the posted ads or post your own - it's free!


5. Here's a great way to keep track of all of the great resources you find on our site - the Parent Planner!   Next to each Local Resource and Event on our site, you'll see a small link that says Add to Planner. Click on the links that you find interesting. At the end of your visit, select Parent Planner on the left side bar or from the drop-down menu at the top of your screen. You'll be brought to a new screen that includes all of the details of the items you selected, which you can print for your own use and/or e-mail to a friend. Either way, you save yourself valuable time by not having to write down all the information. (Note: Parent Planner does not save from visit to visit).

6. Looking for information? Check our Parent Tips. Organized by category, you can find articles, tips and information on numerous topics!

(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) Note_New.jpg7. When you log onto the home page each day, look on the left side of the screen at the section entitled Current Highlights. Here you will find new posts to our site including links to contests, blogs, new classified ads, local perks, great events and more. This should always be your first stop on the site to see what's new.

(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) PhoneGirls.jpg8. Parents need to be able to connect with each other and share concerns and solutions.  Parent Chat is great for this.   You can read tips, information and questions or post your own and get answers sent directly to you without having to publicly post your e-mail address.   All responses are sent via's contact manager and will arrive in your inbox.  This is a great place to talk about forming book clubs and playgroups, ask for & make gift suggestions, finding child care and so much more - check it out today!


(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) Text_FamiliesGivingBack.jpg9. Teaching our children generosity toward families less fortunate than our own is part of our culture. How do we find a project or cause that's a fit for our family? If you're trying to figure out a way to involve your family in giving, visit Families Giving Back. If you're a non-profit organization, post your needs here so families can learn how to help your group. On a monthly basis, we will profile one non-profit organization and post their wish list and information about their group to give families a little bit more insight into how they can help.


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Questions? Comments? Drop us a note any time.  Tell us what we're doing right or what you want to see on our site. We welcome your feedback!


Live Oak Resource Center Needs Our Help!

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     Live Oak Family Resource Center is asking for private donations to help with funding their family programs. While all these classes are free of charge to families who attend, many participants are making weekly donations.


     If you've ever benefitted from some of their fine services such as Together in the Park pictured here, and/or support strengthening families in our community, keeping these classes going is a worthy cause.


Parent Education Programs

• 2 classes a week in English at the Center for parents with children 9-18 months and 18-30 months.
• 3 classes a week in Spanish: El Patio de mi Casa for parents with children 0-5; an ongoing Positive Discipline support group; and a support group for new parents with children 0-2.
• 2 meetings a week of Together in the Park.
• Two annual Positive Discipline classes in English and Spanish with FREE childcare.


     These programs perform a much needed and valuable service to families in our community. The classes are not just playgroups. They offer parenting information, socialization, and a sense of community. They are also a bridge to other services. No donation is too small.


     Please donate as generously as you can. It's easy to do it online. There is a DONATE button at the top left corner of the page.  When you get to Step 2 fill in the box that says "direct my gift to the following program" with LOFRC/Parent Ed.


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Together in the Park,Drop-in playgroup for parents & young children

Thursdays, 10-12, Frederick St Park, Santa Cruz

Tuesdays, 9-12:30 Callaghan Park, 225 Sudden St, Watsonville

Tuesdays 10-12 Jose Ave Park, Live Oak

Wednesdays 9-12:30 Marinovich Park, 120 2nd St, Watsonville

Wednesdays 10:30-12 San Lorenzo Valley, 6869 Hwy 9

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Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9:15 or 10:30, Mothersong with Joya Winwood, Unity, 407 Broadway, Sing and dance, Babies and Parents



Wednesdays 6-7:15pm, Debtors Anonymous, Calvary Episcopal Church, Free. For anyone who has problems with debting, spending or underearning.


Wednesdays 3-6pm, Naturopathic Health Consults, New Leaf, Bring health and product questions to Dr. Aimée Shunney, Licensed Naturopathic Doctor for 15-minute consult. Dr. Shunney combines conventional medical diagnosis and treatment with natural therapeutic.

(Icons/Graphics) Knitting_4.jpgSaturdays 4pm, Join us for Knitting and Talking, Asana Tea, 103 Lincoln, The knitting lasts until they throw us out at about 6 p.m. Stay as long, or as little, as you like. We have experts as well as beginners - come for help if you need it, help others if you can.

Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm, Old Growth Redwood Walks, State Park Henry Cowell, Enjoy one of California's most scenic hikes on this one hour guided walk through the tallest living things on earth, the coastal redwoods. A park docent will share local lore and ecology about this majestic habitat. This trail is also stroller and wheelchair accessible. Come see the park's newly remodeled Visitor Center.


Sundays, 2pm, Chess Instruction with Gjon Feinstein, Central Library, SC,Ages 5-8 and 9-15

See full Calendar for Events Details!


(Special Event Page Graphics) JohnMcCutcheonConcert.jpgFri Jan 17, 7:30pm & Sat Jan 18 10am, John McCutcheon Concert, 900 High St.  John McCutcheon is a gifted folklorist, singer, entertainer, multiple instrumentalist, and storyteller coming to Santa Cruz once again for two fabulous concerts.


Fri, Jan 17, 9am-3pm, Free Electronic Waste Recycling, A benefit for the softball team, this e-waste event in the lower parking lot will accept computers and peripherals, stereos, DVD players, VCR's, TV's and phones.


Sat, Jan 17, 10am-1pm, Broom Bash, Quail Hollow Ranch, French and Scotch Broom are two of the nastier, exotic plants that take over our natural habitats. Join the CNPS Habitat Restoration Program and park volunteers to help remove these unwanted plants from the park trails. Your help with this project will improve the natural system of the park as well as its beauty. Tools will be provided. Bring work gloves, water and lunch.



Sat, Jan 17, 1-3pm, Victorian Tea Party, Quail Hollow Ranch, Ages 7+,
100 years ago a standard tea party consisted of more than just tea and crumpets; there were also fun-filled parlor games that challenged the mind, heightened observation skills, and improved physical motor reflexes. Join Lee Summers, the park naturalist, for an afternoon of games like blindman's bluff, charades, and more... oh, and tea and cookies too. Enrollment is limited so call to sign up soon.

(Icons/Graphics) MomwithBaby2.jpgTues, Jan 20, 7-9pm, Bellies, Birth & Babies Winter Expo  An evening packed with positive energy and valuable resources for pregnant and postpartum women and their families. Meet doulas, midwives, acupuncturists, yoga teachers, childbirth educators and much more!  Door prizes. University Inn, 611 Ocean St. (Note New Location!) Sponsored by Birth Network


See full Calendar for Events Details!


(Icons/Graphics) SchoolHouseRed.jpgThurs, Jan 22 Independent School Fair, Pre/K-12th Grades. 7-8:30pm. Find the right school for your children!  Come, get information and meet representatives from the top schools in the county: Carden, Chartwell, Empire, Gateway, GBK, Holy Cross, Montessori Scotts Valley, Monte Vista Christian, Mount Madonna, Salesian, Santa Cruz Children's, Santa Cruz Montessori, Santa Cruz Waldorf, Spring Hill, Tara Redwood, The New High School Project, Orchard, and York. 

Social Hall, Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos.


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Dec - Mar, Guided Elephant Seal Walks, December By reservation only. Winter is the prime season to view thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls. Ano Nuevo State Reserve is home to a large colony of Northern Elephant Seals. The seals come ashore to give birth and mate from mid December through March.

See full Calendar for Events Details!


(Special Event Page Graphics) DaVinci.jpgthrough Jan 25, Leonardo: 500 Years into the Future For the first time ever in the U.S.! The world premiere of the largest, most comprehensive exhibit of the innovative art, science and engineering works of Leonardo da Vinci and his contemporaries. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see how this genius of the Renaissance has influenced and inspired much of the technology we use today.




Parent Coach: "Stop, Drop and Roll"

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     Recently, I was reminded about how important this simple message is. Remember during school fire drills we were instructed to "Stop, Drop and Roll" when our clothes were on fire? Well, just as important as putting out clothes-on-fire is putting-out-troubles with our kids before they happen... (continued...)




Suki Wessling's Blog: A New Puritanism

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     I was talking to a parent recently about keeping kids from eating too much sugar. As we talked, she revealed that her child hadn't ever tasted candy. I said that my son didn't even know that donuts existed till he was four.


     She was wondering how she was going to introduce her child to Halloween without candy. It seemed like a pretty usual conversation until she clarified that her child is six. Six, and somehow he doesn't even know about Halloween and candy yet... (continued...)


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7th Annual

Independent School Fair

Pre-K - 12th grades

Thursday, Jan 22, 7-8:30pm

Meet representatives from 18 schools.

Temple Beth El,

3055 Porter Gulch Rd, Aptos


Open Houses

GBK 6-12

1/13 7-9pm

SC Waldorf 1-8

1/13 8:45am

SC Montessori Jr Hi

1/15, 7pm

SC Waldorf 9-12

1/15 8am

SC Waldorf K

1/17 10am-2pm

Monarch K-5

1/21, 6:30pm

SC Montessori Elem 1-6

1/21, 7pm

Independent School Fair

1/22, 7pm

Carden JrK-6

Jan 24, 10am-12pm

Aptos Academy Pre-8

1/25 2-5pm

The New High School Project

1/27, 7:30pm

Details in Calendar


Aptos Academy

PreK - 8
Sun, Jan. 25
2-5 pm

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Meet inspired teachers
& friendly students!


arts-enriched programs

WASC Accredited

Aptos Academy
1940 Bonita Dr, Aptos


Baby Bloomers

Annual Sale!

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30% off all used clothing

15% off every other item in the store

for the entire month of January!

923 Water St, Santa Cruz


Fresh Prep


Enjoy Fresh

Hand-Made Dinners
Each Week!

Our service is great for those who want to enjoy fresh dinners by the week. Many of our clients order their dinners to pick-up at the beginning of each week, making their nightly dinner preparation at home almost effortless!

Enjoy great dinners

this month!
Stuffed Chicken Florentine
Asian Beef Stir-Fry
Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie
Italian-Style Turkey Meatloaf
Cilantro-Ginger Baked Tilapia

...and of course dessert...
Apple-Blueberry Crisp!

View entire January menu

504 B Front St,

Santa Cruz


A.D.D. is a gift...

You are Unique

& Special!

Don Mordasini, M.A.

ADD Psychotherapist


Don Mordasini


Open Gym
Parents Night Out
Santa Cruz

Sports Central
(near Costco)

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Jan 25, 6-10pm
Ages 3-13
Safe gymnastics, games, trampoline, snacks & fun.

Call to reserve your spot as space is limited.



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Open House

Sat, Jan 24, 10am-12pm

319 La Fonda Ave


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kajeet is the only cell phone service especially for kids!

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Visit: for details!

kajeet is the only cell phone company designed especially for teens and tweens that allows parents to monitor the usage.   kajeet gives kids a great sense of responsibility and is a great first cell phone for any teen or tween.  kajeet phones have no contracts, no equipment charges, no long term commitments, no hidden fees and are prepaid with the lowest plan starting at $4.99 per month.

If you sign up for a monthly plan (as low as $4.99/month!) before February 16, 2009, you'll receive 3,000 FREE text messages!
And as a third bonus, use code BONUS10 at activation to receive an additional $10 in free airtime.

Enter coupon code: SCPARENT at check out and receive FREE Shipping and 15% OFF your order

Offer good through Feb 16

Check Local Perks 

Tyrolean Inn

Please join us.

We welcome


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Tyrolean Inn

9600 Hwy 9

Ben Lomond



Katie Dog

raves about


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A low-gluten diet

made with turkey,

organic Oats,

vegetables, and love!

Dr. Ken & Dr. Jen

at Allpets Clinic

 recommend it!

1226 B Soquel Ave,



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