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(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) Money_DollarSign.jpgFor Schools!


     School parent support groups do a LOT of fundraising. The number of volunteer hours put into some of the projects is amazing, especially silent auctions. This goes for all schools, private and public.     


     We've just learned of a new fundraiser that's a win-win for school budgets, parents, teachers and one of our favorite local businesses.  This fundraiser 1) involves very little time from volunteers, 2) generates income instantly, 3) is already in the family budget, 4) saves housework time for everyone involved, 5) tastes delicious, and 6) can become addictive (in a positive way!). 


     Here's an example of an offer put together for Soquel Elementary.

(Icons/Graphics) 5_Planets.jpg    For Sky Watchers!

              Spot 5 Planets


 By Joe Rao Skywatching Columnist


     This month you'll have an opportunity to see all five naked-eye planets – but not all at once. Two of them are evening objects, while the other three are clustered together low in the east-southeast sky deep in the dawn twilight. The planets move around in our sky and become brighter and dimmer over time depending on where they are in their orbits around the sun. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are never visible to the naked eye. Here's what you can look for: >>>>>


If you have starwatchers in your family we suggest connecting with the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club. They schedule regular nighttime star gazings at the Bonny Doon Airport and welcome newcomers all ages!

(Special Event Page Graphics) QuiltFair_SearchingForIntelligentLife.jpgFor Quilters, Would Be Quilters and the Appreciative!


    There are always some amazing quilts at the Pajaro Valley Quilter’s annual show. This year’s theme is “The Universe of Quilts” with inspiration from outer space.


     Over 500 quilts will be displayed. You can talk with quilters, find out where to take lessons, locate a quilting group,  buy materials or even a quilt. If you’ve ever had the slightest desire to create your own quilt, this is the place to get inspiration and encouragement.


     Today’s quilters are continuing a great American tradition of quilting that goes way back to our pioneering days. You’ve heard of quilting bees  -women coming together to share work and enjoy gossip while working on a quilt. They still exist!


(Special Event Page Graphics) QuiltFair_4.jpg     The featured artist this year is Ellen Edith who resides right here in Santa Cruz. “Ellen Edith has created a visual memoir of her unusual family in a small quilt form. Many of her funny story-quilts will be on display at the quilt show. Plan to sit down while Ellen regales you with humorous stories of her family, illustrated by these unique quilts.


(Special Event Page Graphics) QuiltFair-5.jpg     They are made from an original cartoon drawing. She then uses any and all quilt techniques including an innovative combination of fused shapes, machine applique, free motion stitching, words and embellishments to complete each whimsical piece. Non-quilters are entertained and quilters will be intrigued and inspired by these fanciful creations.


(Special Event Page Graphics) QuiltFair_Donkey.jpg"As a child, our family moved all around California. When I was 16, we moved to Guadalajara Mexico and I fell in love with everything handmade and decorated in a riot of bright colors."


     Ellen uses luscious colors and an imaginary world of pretend critters. She also designs fabric with quilters in mind. All of the pieces in the line coordinate: blocks, borders and sprinkles for unlimited creativity. Her latest lines are Dreaming Deco, Cat in the Garden, Dragonflies, Tree Frogs, Butterflies, Fantasy Ponies, and Garden Fairy.


     Ellen will make several presentations during the weekend -- you won't want to miss this adventure!”   For a preview and inspiration, visit Ellen at and Pajaro Valley Quilter's Association.


From top to bottom Ellen's quilts are titled: Searching for Intelligent Life ~ Kelly Fixes Her Hair for the Family Photo ~ Mermaids Like Margaritas with Salt and Jilly's Burro "Dulce".


Scenes from the Amgen Event


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At the Amgen Festival, we found Light Barrett painting children's faces, transforming them into





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Light is the official face painter

                          for Santa Cruz City

                                       and Santa Cruz Wharf.





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Families were waiting patiently in line while this young man held still for his transformation into Spiderman.



You can find Light here.




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See full Calendar for Events Details

We had two "complaints" about the calendar.  "Too many fun choices" and "Is this only for families with  kids?"  Thanks!


Every Friday, 1pm, Game Day, Louden Nelson Center, Santa Cruz, Bring friends and family of all ages, eat popcorn and play chess, checkers, dominoes, Yahtzee and other board games.


Thurs, 2/19, 7:30pm, Jennifer Robin, Growing More Beautiful: An Artful Approach to Personal Style, Capitola Book Cafe, "...a lively guide for women of all ages to discover and project their unique personal style..."


Thurs, 2/19 4-7pm, "It's Easy Being Green" Business Showcase, Aptos and Capitola/Soquel Chambers of Commerce, Capitola Mall

Sat, 2/21, 9:30am William Emery, called a folklorist of food, will speak and sign his new book, Edges of Bounty, Adventures in the Edible Valley, In his book, Emery describes his adventures roaming the back roads of the Central Valley in search of "edibilists" ~ people producing their own food.  Aptos Farmers Market.


(Special Event Page Graphics) ClamChowder_1.jpgSat, 2/21 10am-3pm, Clam Chowder Cookoff, Tasting begins 1pm, Tasting kits $8, You Vote for the Winners, Join the fun and excitement as talented chefs from throughout the West Coast compete for the glory of the BEST CLAM CHOWDER! Look for the "Clam Fairy". more info


(Business Logos) QuiltFairLogo.jpgSat, 2/21 & Sun 2/22 The Universe of Quilts, Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 450 quilts and garments · Special Exhibits · Merchant Mall · Quilt Auction · Fashion Show · Opportunity Quilt · Antique Quilt Bed Turning

more info


Sat & Sun 2/21 & 22, New Leaf's 6th Annual Natural Health Fair, All New Leaf Community Markets, features bone density and skill screenings, spinal scans and posture analysis, wellness product demonstrations and sampling, raffles, healthy recipe sampling, and nutrition information from Nutritionist and Natural Chef Jennifer Brewer.


Sat, 2/21 4:30pm, Pinnacles Nat'l Monument Star Party, For those that are interested, we will start off with a Park Ranger guided nature walk into the park starting at 4:30pm and lasting for about an hour or so. You will be allowed to setup your scopes after the tour is finished, around 6pm. You can stay as long as you like to enjoy the beautiful skies. more info

Sun, 2/22,12pm Creeping Forest Ramble, Big Basin Redwoods, Explore the natural history of this less-visited trail of Big Basin with docent Doreen Devorah on a three-hour, 2.5-mile hike up and down the "creeping" terrain, along creeks, through fire-scarred redwoods and over log bridges. Bring sturdy shoes and water. Meet at Park Headquarters. Heavy rain cancels.


Sun, 2/22 3:00pm WINE TASTING Capitola Book Café  Come and taste across our wine list. From the medium-full body taste of organically grown grapes in the Lolonis '05 Chardonnay to the black currant and cherry flavors of the Guenoc '05 Cabernet Sauvignon, we invite you to tell us what you think. New wines are being added, so you can be the first to enjoy them all. A sample cheese plate will be included in the $5 cost, too. Enjoy wine among the writers today!

Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour, JUST ADDED! Keep Rocking with Corbin Bleu appearing LIVE for a special performance immediately after the show. Free to ice tour ticket holders.
Feb. 25-March 1, HP Pavilion at San Jose
March 4-8, ORACLE Arena in Oakland


(Special Event Page Graphics) Rosie.jpgWeds, 2/25, Really Rosie, California Theater Center at the Mello, Watsonville, Really Rosie Written by Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are and including music by the legendary Carole King, this lively musical follows a typical summer day in the life of several neighborhood friends.

     Self-proclaimed leader Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block, entertains everyone by directing and starring in an "Oscar-winning movie" based on the exciting, dramatic, funny (and slightly exaggerated) story of her life. The original recording of these songs has been called "the finest children's album ever made" and includes the very popular "Chicken Soup with Rice". For grades K and up. details

See full Calendar for Events Details!

Suki Wessling's Blog: Nature Therapy

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     "...My son was sulking and had refused to play a game with us.  My daughter was getting frustrated and suddenly without warning tossed a pencil at my face.


Time to do an about-face! I ordered them outside. "I want to go to Blue Balls Park!" my daughter protested. "I want to stay inside," my son grumbled. "Out!" I commanded. Amazingly, they went.  We have the great fortune to be able to walk into Nisene Marks State Park from our backyard, so I herded them down toward the creek. We were out in the dripping wet of the newly rained-upon redwood forest about 30 seconds before their bodies relaxed. Then their voices. Then their faces....." > > > 

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#1 Reason Your Child Won't Do Homework

     "It's one of the 3 biggest complaints I hear from parents: "My child won't get to his homework, or finish it, or it takes FOREVER."
     I'm sure it won't take much for you to remember why you didn't want to do yours, either. It's not fun. Plain and simple- it's just not fun. Your child has been at school all day, now they get to have more of the same at home, in their sanctuary and refuge (brother, will it ever end?)
     So how do we make peace with the beast? Since it is no fun, let me give you some tips over this next series of articles to at least bring it a little further up the fun meter. Here's today's tip..."   > > >

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Sun, 2/22 3pm, $5
Come and taste across our wine list.

Tell us what you think.

A sample cheese plate will be included.

Enjoy wine among the writers!

1475 41st Avenue



We have a Winner!



Keep Your Skirt On,

Kicky Columns with Legs

by Starshine Rochelle


Aptos Academy

PreK - 8
Sun, Feb 22
2-5 pm

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Meet inspired teachers
& friendly students!


arts-enriched programs

WASC Accredited

Aptos Academy
1940 Bonita Dr, Aptos



Enter to Win

A Family 4 Pack

of Tickets to


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Enter to Win!


Keep Rocking with Corbin Bleu appearing LIVE for a special performance immediately after the show. Free to ice tour ticket holders.

HP Pavilion, San Jose


Oracle Arena, Oakland


Buy Tickets

Fresh Prep


Pick up

an oven ready dinner!

Molasses Spiced

Pork Tenderloin
marinated in a blend of
fresh garlic
lime juice
a hint of molasses
& brown sugar...
Great with
Mashed Potatoes

View entire menu

504 B Front St, SC


When to Choose a Tutor

1)  need to catch up or fill in missed steps,

2)  need to learn how to study and organize 

3) a desire to accelerate learning

What to Look For

Look for a program that offers

1) a sequential, integrated curriculum

2) a proven track record

3) an ability to accommodate individual needs

4) Excellent teachers 


Reading and Math


845 Cedar St, SC

This Saturday!

Open Gym

Parents Night Out
Santa Cruz

Sports Central
(near Costco)

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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

3/2, 9 & 17

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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 Center

of Santa Cruz

Scotts Valley

Tae Kwon Do

Kicking Good Fun

for Moms, Dads, Kids




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5004 SV Dr, SV



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We love teaching Spanish in our community!



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Have fun this weekend!














Hawkins Bubbles by Meri Vahl

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