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Real Mountain Bike Riding

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by Mark Davidson


     Mountain biking with your children is a great way to share the outdoors in a fun and healthy way. My wife and I are active mountain bikers and we have been off road riding with our daughter since she was a year old. We do real mountain biking with our little girl around Santa Cruz and the SF Bay Area but we have taken trips around Tahoe and other parts of California. With a little preparation, the correct bike setup and a passion for the outdoors and adventure you can explore the trails with your child.


The Child

     Many people have asked us how old a child should be to start riding. It's important that the child's neck is strong enough to support the weight of her head with a helmet. We bought her a helmet when she was 6 months old. We recommend Giro helmets because they fit well, are high quality, look cool and have a helmet trade up program for kids called "Grow with Giro". Also, Giro is based in Santa Cruz so it's great to support a local company.


In the beginning, we would all wear our helmets around the house so she would get comfortable with it. I never used to wear a helmet around town but for my daughter, I wore one just to demonstrate to her that it's normal to wear a helmet while riding a bike. Now wearing a helmet on road or off is a habit.

We started riding with a used Burley trailer when our daughter was 8 months old. We rode all over town, Westcliff Drive and out to Wilder Ranch but not off road. We didn't like the Burley since it wasn't manuverable and it situated her head too close to car exhaust. We also didn't like fact that we couldn't see or hear our child. Back there she seemed more like luggage than a passenger.

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Events for Your Enjoyment!

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Details in Events Calendar

Weds, 5/13, 3pm, All Ages, Free Cooking Demonstration and Book Signing with Chef Bryant Terry
"Much more than a cookbook Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African American Cuisine, reads like a rich gumbo of the African American experience, a history lesson with a mouthwatering twist.  Bookshop Santa Cruz


Fri, Sat, Sun 5/15-30 Grease is the Word!  All About Theatre proudly presents Grease the Musical. This show takes a satirical look at the dress, manners, morals, and music of teenagers at the beginning of the rock and roll era. A show for all the family and not to be missed... Louden Nelson.
Fridays 7pm, Saturdays 7pm, Sundays 2pm ~  Thursday 5/28, 7pm ~ Saturday May 5/30 2pm & 7pm


Sat 5/16, 12pm, Fallen Signing at Skateworks Santa Cruz, Demo at Santa Cruz Skatepark after the Signing.  Riders: Jamie Thomas, Chris Cole, Tommy Sandoval, Josh Harmony, Tony Cervantes, and Gilbert Crocket.


Sat, 5/16, 10am-4pm, 15th Annual Open Architecture Tour,  Architects Association of Santa Cruz County.  Self-guided tour showcases nine unique, local architectural works representing a wide range of styles and budgets. The featured homes demonstrate the ability of local architects to translate needs, lifestyles, interests and dreams of the client into beautiful and diverse solutions. Tour guests will have the opportunity to learn about the latest in design, finishes, building materials and colors as well as green building techniques. Benefit for Habitat for Humanity Santa Cruz County.

(Special Event Page Graphics) UglyDuckling.jpgMon, 5/18, The California Theater Center brings the Ugly Duckling to the Mello Center.  Be inspired by the thoughtful Hans Christian Andersen tale in which an outcast duckling becomes a handsome swan. This heartwarming musical production about the passage from the awkwardness of adolescence to the grace of maturity has won acclaim from audiences across the USA and has traveled to Japan and Russia. details in calendar



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River Arts Festival


Sat & Sun, 5/16 & 17, 11am-6pm, An exciting annual festival celebrating Santa Cruz's rich cultural and natural resources. San Lorenzo Park's bench lands will be transformed into the "Piazza di San Lorenzo", an aesthetic contemporary arts and crafts marketplace.


80 West Coast artists exhibit and sell their original contemporary fine art and crafts. Live demonstrations of artists working with Glass Blowing, Metal Working, Painting, Ceramics and more!
Fabulous sculpture & art experiences throughout the park by local artists.

Sat 5/16 Kinetic Art Cruz Workshop. Decorate / Create your Art Cruz Vehicle!
Sun, 5/17, 10am, Kinetic Art Cruz! $500 in cash prizes & awards!

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Spectacular Music by local talent.
Art Stations (Sand Painting, Sun Prints, etc.) for children and adults, lead by professional artists.
Food Court around the Piazza will serve savory selections of snacks, coffee, tea, smoothies, desserts.
Enchanting Troubadours will stroll the marketplace.
San Lorenzo River Ecology and plans for its future.


River Arts Festival 

 Boardwalk Season Kickoff Event

(Special Event Page Graphics) BoardwalkSkyDivers.jpgSat & Sun, 5/16 & 17,  It's a great time to visit the Boardwalk as summer kicks off with an action-packed weekend of free entertainment! Catch a sneak peak of this summer's main attraction - Cirque Magnifique! Rock out to an extra special concert right on the beach with The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill and witness an amazing sight as dare-devil skydivers land right on the beach (Saturday Only)

Sat, May 16, 1 & 3pm, CIRQUE MAGNIFIQUE performs on Beach Bandstand
5pm SKYDIVERS land on Main Beach  &  THE TUBES perform on the Beach Bandstand

Sun, 5/17, 1 & 5pm, CIRQUE MAGNIFIQUE performs on Beach Bandstand


Castroville Artichoke Festival
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* AGRO ART Competition: 3 dimensional fruit and vegetable artwork
* PARADE: Large and colorful
* MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Two days of live music! Swing, Mariachi, Country, 50's Rock & Roll
* CHILDREN: Games, face paints, clowns, stilt walkers, puppets and more!
* FOOD: Artichokes fried, sautéed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup. Plus foods from the many ethnic groups that give this area its character.
* COOKING DEMOS: versatility and unique techniques for preparing and using artichokes.
* WINE TASTING: Sample the area's award winning producers.
* ARTS & CRAFTS: Unique gifts and apparel crafted by artisans from throughout the country. Artichoke souvenirs
* FARMERS MARKET: Artichokes and more 
Artichoke Festival            

(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) Bike_trailer.jpg22nd Annual Santa Cruz County Bike Week

Bike to Worship on the day that you worship @ your place of worship (a do-it-yourself event). For more information contact Batya, 419-6574.

Bike to Work is Every Day!  Ride your bike to work as many days as possible during Bike Week and save money, help the environment and get exercise! Sign up at here and be eligible to win prizes.

Tues, 5/12, Commuter Race, An afternoon commute-hour friendly competition between a motorist, cyclist, electric bike rider, tandem rider and other sustainable forms of transportation. Check your local media to see who can navigate through traffic and reach their destination first.

Weds, 5/13, Food Delivery Day, 9:00am-5:00pm, the Civic Center ABC Room (307 Church Street). Call and volunteer to spend 1-2 hours transporting food to feed 5,000 people for Bike to Work/School Day! Call Kelly: 212- 1987 or email:

Thurs, 5/14, Bike to School/Work Day, 6:30am-9:30am. FREE breakfast for cyclists at sites around Santa Cruz County as well as free massages by Cypress Health Institute and bike maintenance by local bike shops at most sites. Click here for a list of breakfast sites.


Sat, 5/16, Rail and Trail Day - Train and Bike Ride, 10:00am, Santa Cruz Train Depot Park, (119 Center St. two blocks down from the Wharf). Celebrate train and bike travel with a train ride from the Depot Park in Santa Cruz to Felton. Bring your bike on the train for a fun group ride back down to Santa Cruz along scenic Highway 9. Helmet required. Train tickets are $4 for children under 12 and $8 for adults.

Sun, 5/17, Kinetic Santa Cruz, 10:00am, San Lorenzo Park. Bring your human powered art vehicle to downtown Santa Cruz and celebrate creative community spirit and alternative transportation. For more information visit


(Site Photos) SukiWessling.jpgSuki's Blog: Chewing on Peach Pits


     I found a reference to a study that showed a link between iron levels in kids' blood and diagnoses of ADHD. They found that supplementing iron caused the kids' symptoms to decrease.

     More strikingly, the lower the serum ferritin was in this study, the worse the ADHD symptoms ? worse hyperactivity, worse oppositional behavior, and worse cognitive scores. But none of the children had anemia from their iron deficiency. They all tested normal on the hemoglobin or hematocrit blood tests used in doctors' offices to screen for iron problems!  >>>


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    When the average person hears the term "frugal living," they might think of coupon-clipping, which was all the rage for money smart homemakers in the 60s and 70s (how many of us remember the coupon-filing box on the kitchen counters at our mother's or grandmother's house?). I don't incorporate much "couponing" into my own frugal plan, because I find that:

   1. The coupons are most commonly for unhealthy, processed foods
   2. Even if they are for healthy foods, they apply to more expensive types of foods (energy bars, seasoned crackers, spice mixes, energy drinks, etc.), so the savings are questionable
    3. The time it takes to find coupons I can use to employ other frugal strategies (for example, making my own pizza dough) 


Nonetheless.....  >>>


Design the Family You Want with Lorraine Pursell, MA, BCET,

"The Parent Coach"

Only $25 for full-day, transformational workshop!

Bring a friend for free.

Sunday, May 31, 9am - 5 pm (registration starts at 8:30am)

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-Enroll your family to share the load
-Talk so your child listens and acts
-Create healthy and lasting communication
-Get your needs met and have family harmony


Presented by Lorraine Pursell, MA, BCET

Parenting coach and board certified educational therapist

Vets Hall, 846 Front St., Santa Cruz, Free parking in Front/River Street Parking Garage, 1st floor
Potluck lunch for parent fellowship
To register: call 808-936-4370, LorrainePursell.

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School Corner

Writing & Inspiration Software Workshop


5/13, 6-8pm

Spring Festival

Branciforte Middle

5/15, 5-7

Zero Gravity, Dance


5/19, 7-9pm

Spring Carnival


5/29, 4-8pm

Calendar for Details



Maifest in the Redwoods!

Tyrolean Inn

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Saturday, May 16


Al Gruber's Band 3pm

*Maibocks Beer

(and 8 more)

on tap


(Knuckle of pork) served with bread dumpling and red cabbage

Dance Floor

All Ages

Bounce House

for the Kids

Tyrolean Inn

9600 Hwy 9

Ben Lomond



Parents Night Out!

Kids too!

Saturday, May 16


Bring the children to

Santa Cruz

Sports Central

for a fun evening of gymnastics and games.

Ages 3-12



Camps A-Z



Get a Handle

Before You

Lose It:
3 Discipline Pro-Secrets

that WORK!


Lorraine Pursell


The Parent Coach

Learn the 3 KEYS
to discipline that

Learn how to give
yourself a break
and make it EASY!

See how your child
learns to make
good choices &
develop good habits

Instill pride in a
while teaching
critical life skills.

Weds, 5/20
Aptos Academy
1940 Bonita Dr, Aptos


Weds, 5/27

Learning Center


Thurs, 5/21, 6-7:30pm
Keep Your Teen On Track:
3 Communication
that WORK!

Aptos Jr High,
1001 Huntington Dr



"The Parent Coach"

is an international parenting expert. Since 1995 she's worked closely with children, parents and educators as a family counselor and educational therapist.






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Jim Booth Swim


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Santa Cruz

& Watsonville



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Branciforte & Soquel

Santa Cruz


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May's featured

main dish...

Citrus Infused Grilled Chicken w/Cilantro Lime Butter

Great served over our Jasmine Rice for an easy and healthy dinner!




Asparagus Chicken Divan
Catalina Pepper Steak
Chile Verde Pork Chops
Nonnie's Classic Italian Meatloaf
Lean Turkey and Bean Chili
Orange-Ginger Prawn Saute
Spring Fresh Vegetable Strata
Wine Glazed Turkey Breast Roast
Garlic-Lime Dijon Flank Steak
Santa Cruz Berry Cobbler



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