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Literacy Center Education Network


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Parents and teachers!  (Business Logos) Deutsch.jpgWe think you will like this website where you and your children can learn another language.  Although it is in its first year it has already had 30 million page views by children from 220 countries.  It's a must-visit!  If you and your children are ready and want to learn another language together, visit  Also, if you speak another language, you may be needed.


(Business Logos) bmx1xo_Literacy_English.jpg     "The Literacy Center Education Network is a non-profit organization with a mission to deliver free, high-quality, education material to children around the world."  They encourage your children to play with their interactive activities and hope that you will send them your feedback. 

     "One hundred years ago, children learned to read with one book. Today, they are exposed to a dizzying array of objects, toys, and games that purport to be educational. The only thing these products have in common is that they are confusing. They have made the simple task of learning more difficult for children.

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     At the LiteracyCenter.Net, we believe that learning to read in a first language should be as natural as learning to speak. All research at the Literacy Center begins with parents and teachers because no one knows better what children need than those who love them and teach them.


     Our usability experts collect feedback and work with our design team in the implementation of every online lesson. Our system offers alphabets, numbers, and words in clear and concise formats. We limit the learning environment so children can clearly see what it is that they are expected to learn. Our lessons allow children to have fun, concentrate, and remember.

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     We suggest that parents and teachers teach first language skills, first. Then, using precisely the same method, introduce a second or other language. This unique methodology helps children learn second or other languages even as they are learning to read.


     We would like to add new languages to our free website so we are looking for teachers who speak any of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Hebrew." 


Learn more about this non-profit.


Linda Hahner | website | email Linda |

Ben Lomond, CA 95005


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

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

Calendar for details

Thurs, 3/12, 7-10:30pm, English Country Dance Class, First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, $5-$7 Offering the traditional fare you've come to expect from our group: lively dancing, stirring tempos, a welcoming atmosphere for beginners, assorted comic antics, occasional laughter, and musicians that will play 'till the cows come home.


Thurs, 3/12, 8pm, Flashback Flix at Cinema 9 3/12 - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 3/19 - Titanic


Thurs, 3/12 and every Thurs, 11-11:45am, Parent Talk, Felton Family Place, Parents and Children Free Get together with child experts to talk, meet with other parents and let your children play!

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


** Teens! **

Sat, 3/14, 8-11pm (doors close 8:30), American Red Cross Youth Dance (High School Age only), Aptos Village Park Clubhouse - 100 Aptos Creek Rd. (by Nicene Marks), Theme: Sports, DJ will be playing popular dance music.


(Special Event Page Graphics) FiddlerCellist.jpgFri, 3/13, 8pm, The Famed Scots Fiddler & The Amazing American Cellist, $20 or $18 to Celtic Society members, Great local favorites at the annual cynosure event, The Valley of the Moon Fiddle Concert, for the first time in Santa Cruz, the dynamic & dazzling duo of Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas will be performing an entire evening of Scottish fiddle & cello music of unrivalled beauty, eloquence & passion.

     Long regarded as Scotland's premiere fiddle ambassador, as much for his warm personality as his playing, Fraser's concert & recording career spans over 30 years, with a lengthy list of awards & accolades. The sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Hass first met Fraser at his Valley of the Moon Fiddle Camp. The sparks ignited there have served to fire enormously successful international tours & two CDs, one of which won the coveted Scots Trad Music Award as ‘Album of the Year.' Rio Theater

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(Site Photos) BirdsJunco.jpgSat, 3/14, 10:30am, What's That Bird? Big Basin, Docent Karen DeMello will lead this easy, one-mile stroll and help you discover the birds of the redwood forest. Beginner birders welcomed! Bring binoculars if you have them, but they're not required. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Sat, 3/14, 10am, Ocean View Summit Hike, Big Basin Redwoods, Join docent David Auerbach on this fascinating exploration through a variety of habitats. This is one of our most diverse hikes-you travel by a mountain stream, through oak woodlands, into chaparral and back to the redwoods. You'll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, four-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters. Heavy rain cancels.


Sat, 3/14, 9am, Tour Grey Whale Ranch Area, Wilder Ranch, $6 parking. History, Nature, and Scenic Views A challenging guided three-hour hike explores the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Bring good walking shoes, lunch, snacks and water. Rain cancels. Meet at the interpretive center. Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their homes and then at the materials used by the Spanish to build Mission Santa Cruz. You will get the chance to get your hands dirty and make your own mini abode brick. Rain cancels.

Sat & Sun, 3/14 & 15, 11am-6pm, Boardwalk Open Weekends, The Boardwalk is buzzing as all departments prepare for the rapidly approaching 2009 season. Starting February 7, rides are once again open for Full Operation on weekends and holidays.

Sat & Sun, 3/14 & 15, 11am, Redwood Loop Walk,
Big Basin Redwoods, How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join docent Doreen Devorah for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. One hour. Meet at Park Headquarters. Heavy rain cancels.

Calendar for details

Sat, 3/14, 8-11pm (doors close 8:30), American Red Cross Youth Dance (High School Age only), Aptos Village Park Clubhouse - 100 Aptos Creek Rd. (by Nicene Marks), Theme: Sports, DJ will be playing popular dance music.

(Icons/Graphics) Music_GClef.jpgSun, 3/15, 11:30am-5:30pm, Jazz on the Wharf City of Santa Cruz, Live jazz by is even better with the backdrop of the scenic Santa Cruz Wharf. Jazz musicians grace the wharf stage with other top jazz musicians performing in popular wharf restaurants. Also look for special entertainment for the kids.

3/15 2-3:30pm, Old Time Games Quail Hollow Ranch Ages: 5 and up, Free Put aside the electronic games of today and come to Quail Hollow Ranch for an afternoon of fun, the old-fashioned way. Learn how to play games from the Ohlone and early American traditions including staves, jacks, pick-up sticks and more. Bring along a playful attitude.


Sun, 3/15, 10am, Outlook from Mt. McAbee Big Basin Redwoods, Join docent Philip Shear on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Sun, 3/15, 2-4pm, Irish Jam Sessions UCSC Marine Science Campus Free Irish Jam Sessions - Slow Speed. Join us as we play slow and easy in a supportive atmosphere.


Weds, 3/18, 7:30pm, Do Not Miss the Hilarious and Wicked-Smart Chris Moore! Adults & children 9 & up. Capitola Book Café, Free. "Here's the Cliff Notes you wished you'd had for King Lear-the mad royal, his devious daughters, rhyming ghosts and a castle full of hot intrigue-in a cheeky and ribald romp that both channels and chides the Bard and all Fate's bastards." Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review. Master madman Moore, author of Lamb, A Dirty Job, The Stupidest Angel and You Suck: A Love Story (just to name a few), now takes on no less than the legendary Bard himself (with the utmost humility and respect). It is a twisted and insanely funny tale-a rousing story of plots, subplots, counterplots, betrayals, war, revenge, bared bosoms, unbridled lust, a ghost (there's always a bloody ghost). Wearing codpiece and bells, the Court Jester Pocket tells all.

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


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


Trudie's Blog: Trudie is Training to do a Triathlon!


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     I am not sure where I got the idea that doing a triathlon (or even a marathon) was easy. Maybe because everyone seems to be doing them, or that you can sign up anywhere to do one.


     Last summer I signed up with Team in Training to train to run a half marathon. There were many reasons why I would do something so challenging. The main reason for me was that I am a fit and healthy 40 something woman who felt that I could use what I have to make somebody else's life better. >>>>>


Suki's Blog: A Proven Formula



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     Someone pointed me toward this article from Newsweek Magazine. It is one of those articles that many people wish they could have written, but they knew they didn't have the moral standing to do so.


     The writer is in the unique position of having both a gifted and a disabled child. She points out that the disabled child, who may never be able to be self-supporting, receives wonderful, government-mandated, free services from his school. Her gifted child gets a paltry three hours a week of special schooling. If they lived in Santa Cruz County, she'd be getting even less. >>>>>


Parent Coach: Make Homework Better #2


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     Last time, I wrote that the #1 reason kids don't do their homework is because it isn't FUN! I gave you tips about how to make a welcoming and comfortable spot for homework. Today I'll give you another super remedy. This one is really important.


     Remember I said that homework never ends and that we never escape it? (And that I didn't want to depress you?) We've got bills to pay, bank statements to do, forms to fill out and emails to answer, don't we. Argh!  >>>>>


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Open House


3/12, 9-11am


3/18, 6:30-8pm

Living Earth


3/19, 3-4:30pm


3/22, 11am-2pm

The New High School

3/22, 11am-2pm

Aptos Academy

3/22, 2-5pm

Montessori Scotts


3/28, 11am-2pm


School Events

Santa Cruz High

Mafia, The Musical

3/14-15, 7pm

Pacific Collegiate

Starmites, Spring

3/20-22, 7pm


Pool for School

3/22, 5-9pm

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



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Hey Dad...


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We have three wonderful, talented parent bloggers, and they're all moms! We want a dad blogger!! We only ask that you write well and post roughly once a week on anything relevant about parenting! If you're interested or you know someone who might be interested,

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