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"Most Valuable Player"


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Internationally Acclaimed Drama about the Life of Jackie Robinson

Friday 9:30am at the Mello


     The California Theater Center brings "Most Valuable Player" to the Mello Center.
      Witness the internationally acclaimed drama about the life of Jackie Robinson. Through a series of moving flashbacks, the play chronicles the life of an extraordinary man fighting a tough battle against prejudice to become the first black major league baseball player, eventually winning the award for Most Valuable Player in 1949.


Friday, March 6, 2009 - 9:30am for grades 3 and up

Great Group Rates


Win two tickets! Respond by Wednesday, March 4, 8pm.


Read! Read! Read!


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         There's almost no greater pleasure than reading to children at the end of the day, lots of pillows behind you, warm little kidlets freshly bathed, wearing clean pj's, snuggled up to you with a stack of favorite books ready to read aloud. Stories were so real to Charlie he literally tried to "get into the book." Jimmy wanted to bring Curious George home with him, "He could be my pet." Whitney loved the adventures of Babar and Queen Celeste, especially when we would read one of the series, line by line, first in English, then in French.


     Fast forward to a time of crisis when Jim was 14. He was in intensive care from a skiing accident. To keep his mind engaged, and keep up with school, I was reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to him several hours a day over a period of a few days. When he reached for the book and said, "Mom, let me read it myself, it's too slow this way," I knew he had turned a corner!

     Today, James is a writer. He keeps me current on the most avant-guarde books. Whitney is never without a book and shares with me an insatiable love of mysteries.  Charlie reads history as a way to gain insight into present day politics. A friend and I have tickets for King Tut in September, so we are reading (again!) Elizabeth Peters' Egyptian mystery series, in sequence.  Is everyone in your family reading, even if it's only 20 minutes a day?  I know of no better way to nourish in your children the love of reading than by being a reader.


   My book club just finished reading John Adams by David McCullough. If you think history is "dry" think again. This was a joy to read. Being in a book club exposes me to literature that I might never select on my own. I recommend book clubs for all ages!


(Icons/Graphics) Reading_Teacher.jpg   There are some great programs that support literacy within our county library system. Visit your local branch to get information on the summer reading programs. Each year they choose a theme and do many things to get kids excited about reading over the summer. Our libraries also have great free events: story times, reading clubs, chess games/instruction.  Local bookstores like Capitola Book Café  have weekly story times for kids and book clubs for adults.  Bookshop Santa Cruz offers a community book club.  Check our Events Calendar for locations and times.


     Start a Parent-Child Book Club with a few families. Use SantaCruzParent's Parent Chat to invite other families to join you. Talk with your local library about hosting a neighborhood book club. Tell us about your book group. We'll help promoteit. is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8 where they create their own book lists from over 7,000 titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read, and earn points and prizes.


      Read America took place in classrooms across the country on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss' Birthday. Great!  My hope for children across the nation is to have someplace safe where reading is nourished and cherished.


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Santa Cruz Public Libraries

To help a struggling reader, visit Reading Rockets.

Really neat reading lists including a list of lists >>>


Places to Go, Fun Things to Do



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


Mondays, 11am, Storytime with Billie Harris, Capitola Book Cafe

Tuesdays/Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm, Kids On Broadway's March Junior Thespians program, for children ages 5-8, "Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears - A West African Folktale


Thursdays, 8pm, Flashback Flix at Cinema 9, 3/05 - Gone With the Wind, $5 Jump back in time for classic films on the big screen.

Fridays 3:30pm, Chess Club, Aptos Library, Ages: 6+, Chess Club - Led by Dana Mackenzie


Weds, 3/4 6-7pm, Whole Foods to hold "town hall meeting," an overview of the store's special features and products; a question and answer session will follow. The market is scheduled to open March 18.

Fri, 3/6, 3-6pm A special audition for children ages 11 to 13. in the Cabrillo Theater. For complete information go to "The Wizard of Oz"

Thurs, 3/5, 7:30pm, Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms. Capitola Book Café, KNOW THE SOURCE OF YOUR FOOD. ENJOY TONIGHT'S LITERARY DINNER WHILE DOING JUST THAT...

Fri, 3/6, 7pm, Contra Dancing, Santa Cruz Dance, Felton Community Hall, Ages 7+, Traditional New England Folk Dancing, involves couples dancing in two facing lines while following the direction of a skilled dance caller. Snack potluck during the break. Wear clean dance shoes. 7:40 for an introductory lesson,


Sat, 3/7, 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.

Sun, 3/8 4th Annual Pooches in the Park,  $5/dog, free for humans,  Pooches in the Park is a unique opportunity for Santa Cruz dog lovers of all ages to showcase their pets in an environment that fosters education, advocacy and fun. Register your Terrier, Poodle, Labrador or whatever breed is a part of your family, and take part in the Dog Pride Costume Parade!


Tues, 3/10, 7-9pm, Exploring Storytelling for Early Childhood Teachers, Santa Cruz Waldorf School, 469-9835, This 3 session course is an in-depth look at the needs of the young child in relation to story choices and telling styles. Led by Stephen Spitalny, storyteller and Santa Cruz Waldorf School kindergarten teacher for 20 years, these classes will include tools for interpreting stories and ideas for creating your own stories. Be prepared to practice some of your new skills in class.


Adults only: Free Acupuncturist Martha Benedict and pediatrician Therese Trolan are joining together to present a free workshop for parents on maintaining healthy children and families. This month's topic will be THE FIRST YEAR OF LIFE. Adults only. Please call 425-5977 for more information.

Weds, 3/11, 6-8pm, Free Educational Workshop: Math - Who Needs it? You do! Chartwell School, Please attend our free workshop titled "Math - Who Needs It? You Do!" on March 11th. In this session, you will develop a better understanding of how to overcome anxieties associated with math instruction. Strategies for helping with math at home will be reviewed. Please contact Kristen Atkins for more information on this and other free workshops at


Thurs, 3/12, 10:30am-12:30pm, Parents Writing Group, Live Oak Family Resource Center,  8 weeks.

If you don't find it here, check the Calendar!


If it's not in the Calendar, tell us about it!


Suki's Blog: Choice, Ain't it Cool?



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     I was talking to another mom in my daughter's homeschool program the other day, when she happened to mention her age. She has kids just a bit younger than mine, and she's still in her twenties. No wonder she's so much fun, I thought. Her back isn't killing her yet!

Seriously... >>>>>


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Open House

Village Preschool

3/12, 2-4pm


3/10, 6:30-8pm


Educational Event

SC Waldorf

Exploring Storytelling

3/10, 7-9pm


Math Workshop

3/11, 6-8pm


Details in Calendar

Jim Booth

Swim School

Now also in

Santa Cruz

 Harvey West Pool


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Gentle encouragement,

a lot of little steps,

plus high expectations

build happy,

confident swimmers.

Call Jim 772.3500

Jim Booth Swim School



An Ode To Read Across America

You're never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You're never too busy, too cool or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you've got.

In schools and communities,
Let's gather around,
Let's pick up a book,
Let's pass it around.

There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug
Someone to read.


KID-Chef Series
Cooking 01
March 2, 9, 16

March 2
Surf City Macaroni and Cheese


March 9
Everybody Loves Lasagna!

March 16
Caesar Salad
Chicken and pasta make it even better--we'll make our dressing from scratch!

Ages: 8-12
Mondays 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
$110/student  3part series, or $40 per class.

Culinary Center

of Santa Cruz



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We are So Ready

for Spring!

Buzz on over!

Scotts Valley 

243 Mt Hermon Rd


Soquel  2601 Main St


Daylight Savings Time

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"Spring forward, Fall Back"
Don't forget to Spring Ahead and set your clock one hour ahead on Saturday night. Daylight Saving begins

Sunday, March 8.

We visited the kitchen at the Tyrolean Inn this morning. The chefs are busy getting ready for Weiner Schnitzel (1/2 off) Wednesday (that's tonight!) and the always popular Thursday Buffet. Better call for reservations! 336.5188

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Tyrolean Inn

9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond


Santa Cruz Soccer

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Spring Fun League
DeLaveaga Park
Ages 7-9
Thurs 3:305:30pm
Sun 12-2pm
4/12 - 6/14

Call Mike

Doggone Good Advice

"Bark Less...

Wag More!"


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