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Gen-X moms will love this book!

Gen-X dads will get to understand

"how women think".


     "She's funny. She's fearless. She's Erma Bombeck in Carrie Bradshaw's(Site Photos) StarshinePhoto2009.jpg stilettos.  From swanky, seaside Santa Barbara, where carpools collide with couture, award-winning journalist Starshine Roshell turns a keen eye -and dazzling wit- to the puzzles and peeves of modern gal-hood.  In this collection of smart, stylish stories from her nationally syndicated column, the Gen-X everymom mines for meaning in Pilates and politics, swing sets and strip clubs."


     I started reading it and lost all my stress knots laughing out loud at images conjured up by Starshine's columns.  Favorite chapters, so far, are Growing Up by Bleeps and Bounds -My Foul Mouthed Toddler, The Third Graders Guide to Girls and Ode to Love.  I like Starshine's sassy commentary, even when it makes me blush!   You will too!  Parmalee


Starshine Roshell is a journalist and overwhelmed mother of two.  Visit her at

Win a copy of

Keep Your Skirt On, Kicky Columns with Legs!

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Enter Seymour Center's Marine Art Contest!


      Students in grades K through 12 should submit their artwork between February 3 and 17.


     Contest details are online including submission "rules."


     Visit to the center to gain inspiration!


     Prizes for students and teachers include Seymour Center T-shirts, books, art supplies, memberships, and free future field trips!


      Winners are are announced and honored at an awards ceremony in April. Six winners' masterpieces are then selected to become boxed notecards for sale at the Jingle Shells Holiday Crafts sale, with all proceeds going for the support of the Center. Prizes for students and teachers include Seymour Center T-shirts, books, art supplies, memberships, and free future field trips!

Seymour Center Contest Information

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with Parent Coach, Lorraine Pursell

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Inspiring Your Child's Best

You will learn:

1- The Sweet Secret of inspiring your child's greatness
2- The #1 Key to creating lifetime loyalty
3- How to keep your child "sweet on you"

Tuesday, February 10, 6pm PST, More info here!


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See full Calendar for Events Details


Wednesdays 2/4-25, 7-9pm, World of the Young Child Parenting Classes, Santa Cruz Waldorf School, $75 per person, or $100 per couple. We'll look at developmental stages of the physical and self-consciousness of the young child, leading to discussion on ways to truly connect with the child and support his or her individual development.


Fri, 2/6 Get a Taste of Bauman College, Santa Cruz, You'll enjoy an evening of nutrition and healthy culinary delights and learn tips and techniques from one of our Natural Chef Instructors who will demonstrate how to make a mouth watering dish with ample tastings provided. Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the evening as we share an enlightening time with our graduate guest speakers and Executive Director, Dr. Ed Bauman. We'll end with tea and a scrumptious dessert bar brimming with delectable and savory treats.


(Special Event Page Graphics) PeterPan.jpgFri, 2/6 7pm, Peter Pan, Aptos Academy,Free, This classic tale will be performed by Aptos Academy students in first through fifth grade and features swash-buckling sword fights and comedy. Always a fun production at Aptos Academy!


Fri, 2/6 7:40pm, Contra Dance - Traditional New England Folk Dance, Felton
Traditional Dancers of Santa Cruz, Contra Dancing, also called Traditional New England Folk dancing, involves couples dancing in two facing lines while following the directions of the dance caller. Each dance is about 10 minutes long, after which everyone changes partners.

Sat, 2/7, 8am-12pm, Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Market, Aptos, Do your weekly shopping while enjoying live Bluegrass by the Farmers Market String Band or lively accordion music by one of Santa Cruz's favorite performing artists, The Great Morgani.

See full Calendar for Events Details!

Sat, 2/7 10am-1pm, Green Day Open House, Ask Tony the Gardener, Boulder Creek, A green open house will be held at the home of George and Karen Vega. The home's rain harvesting system will be on display along with a hi-tech gutter protection system. Expert gardener, newspaper columnist and horticulturist Tony Tomeo will be on hand to answer questions about sustainable gardening and drought tolerant plants. There will be free hotdogs, sodas and lots more information on sustainable energy systems.

Sat, 2/7 Acoustic Jam Session, Boulder Creek Rec Center, Free, Grab your instrument, guitar, banjo, drums, and trumpet or just come down and enjoy the biggest jam session in Boulder Creek. All ages, instruments, abilities welcome!

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Wed, 2/4 1-6pm Downtown & Sat, 1/31, 9-1 West Side , Santa Cruz Farmers Markets, The Santa Cruz Farmers Markets offer a moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, as well as baked goods, ready-to-eat treats and espresso drinks.
Downtown: Lincoln & Cedar  ~  West Side: 2801 Mission


2/8, 3-4pm, Wild Cat Adventure features 5 live wild cats from around the world. Each cat is shown on stage as information about the species is shared with the audience. Rio


Tues, 2/10, 6pm, Free Parent Teleclass with Lorraine Pursell


Weds, 2/11 6-8pm, Free Workshop: How to Interpret Educational & Academic Testing, Chartwell School, Free, We will review the bell curve and learn about the types of assessments and what they measure. The presenter will relate this information to specific learning styles and discuss how this data is used to determine how students learn best. John Aulenta, licensed educational psychologist.

See full Calendar for Events Details!

California Academy of Sciences Events
Free Admission third Wednesday of each month

Daily 10:30am & 3:30pm Penguin Feeding, Meet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the African Penguin colony. Academy marine biologists will field visitor questions while feeding and caring for them.

Daily 11:30am-4:30pm every hour on the half hour, Planetarium Shows, Lift off from planet Earth and take a jaw-dropping ride to the far reaches of the Universe. The Academy's initial program, Fragile Planet, is projected onto a 75-foot diameter screen.
Daily 11:30am & 2:30pm, Coral Reef Dives, Meet a coral reef diver who descends into the exhibit to introduce you to the world's deepest living coral reef exhibit.

Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm, on the hour, Bugs! Slip on a pair of 3D glasses and check out Bugs! Shot on location in the tropical forests of Borneo, this 25-minute film is premiering in the new Hearst 3D theater.

Sat & Sun, 11am, 1pm & 3pm Swamp Talk, Join us at the Swamp to learn about some of the Academy's most popular animals, including the albino alligator and the alligator snapping turtles. You'll find out what it takes to care for these amazing creatures, which are native to swamps in the southeastern United States.

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1/30-2/8 7-9:30pm, The Producers - Musical Production, All About Theatre, Down-on-his-luck Broadway producer, Max Bialystock, and a nerdy, young accountant, Leo Bloom, concoct a scheme to raise thousands of dollars from backers and then put on a flop of a show. With all the money that will be leftover, the pair will be rich! Only one thing goes wrong: the show is a gigantic hit!

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Suki Wessling's Blog

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     I hope you are enjoying Suki's blogs.  Her personal chronicling of her parenting journey warms my heart.  Suki approaches serious topics with gentle humor and perceptive insight.  You can receive instant notice whenever she posts a new blog by clicking on the orange RSS feed button at the bottom of the homepage.  Suki welcomes your feedback, comments, and your own stories.  Please share!

     Today's Advice

     Occasionally it occurred to me that as our kids went through their preschool years, they exhibited pretty much all the major psychiatric disorders. Obsessive-compulsive ("I will only use the pink plate!"), delusional ("I didn't draw on the wall, my baby doll did."), hearing voices ("My imaginary friend told me"), depression ("This is the WORST thing that ever happened to me!"). (continued...)


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Books from Susan Tatsui-D'Arcy, 

founder of Merit World, to Inspire You!


For Parents of Preschoolers

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     This guide by local educator, Susan Tatsui-D'Arcy, founder of Merit Academy and the Merit Curriculum Guides, takes parents step-by-step through everything you need to know about starting up childcare in your home  -from planning to execution.

For parents of college bound students  

Beat the College Admissions Game,

Do a Project!

    Susan Tatsui-D'Arcy, is successful at helping students go to the college of their choice!  "Admission officers admit students who are engaged in intellectually stimulating activities. When these students write their college application essay, they don’t write about how they hope to do something, they write about how they initiated a movement or started a nonprofit to make a difference while.."


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Preview 90 Preschools here.

Is your K-12 school Here?

Open Houses

Kirby Campus Tours

2/4, 9am

Montessori Scotts Valley

2/07 11am- 2pm


2/11, 9-11

Gateway Kindergarten Info Night

2/12 6:30pm

Kirby Science Fair

2/12, 6-8pm


School Events

Aptos Academy

Peter Pan 2/6, 7pm

Santa Cruz Montessori

World of the Young Child Class

2/4 7pm


2/11 6pm, How to Interpret Educational & Academic Testing

Details in Calendar


Winter Clearance!

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50% Off Sale

February 15
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Growing Minds


Call to visit!


* Child-centered
* Multi-sensory
* Multi-age group 3-6
* Warm, experienced Montessori teacher
* Spacious classroom & outside play area
* A parent co-op


411 Roxas St, SC
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Before it Fills!

Thurs 2/12, 6:30pm

Culinary Center of SC

Got Friends?

Social Skills

Learning Groups


A Program designed to provide your child with a "social skills toolbox" to help make friends and build healthy relationships

Cris Colip, M.S., CCC-SLP




Therapy Services



Fresh Prep


Enjoy Fresh

Hand-Made Dinners
Each Week!


Oven-Ready Main Dishes

Homestyle Chicken

Pot Pie

Pork Loin Chops


View entire menu

504 B Front St, SC


The Village Preschool

A Waldorf-inspired Preschool & Kindergarten

Come play with us!


Glen Arbor Preschool


First 5 Kits

for New Parents!


Stop in or call.

9393 Glen Arbor Rd
Ben Lomond

Save the date!

Open Gym

Parents Night Out
Santa Cruz

Sports Central
(near Costco)

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Reserve Space Now!

Feb. 21, 6-10pm
Ages 3-13
Safe gymnastics, games, trampoline, snacks & fun.

Call to reserve your spot as space is limited.



Cooking 101
Ages 8-12
2/9, 16 & 24, 3:30-5pm


Basic cooking skills
and FUN!


Class 1: Surf City Macaroni and Cheese
Class 2: Everybody Loves Lasagna
Class 3: Chilled and Chunky Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad


Culinary Institute

of Santa Cruz


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We love teaching Spanish in our community!



Trinity Preschool

A Safe, Caring, High-Quality Preschool

420 Melrose Avenue
Santa Cruz


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