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Giving the Gift of Dignity and Self-Reliance!


    The first time I saw a Heifer International catalogue, I was enchanted, first with the appealing photos of families and children with (Site Photos) BoywithBlackGoat.jpgtheir new animals, then with the idea that I could donate money to provide an animal to a family in need. 


    Over the years I have given chickens, ducks, sheep, goats, pigs, a “share” of a cow and also of a water buffalo to people all over the world, including the USA.  This year I’m selecting honeybees. 


    Most of all I liked that my small gift supported the dignity and self-reliance of the recipients by giving them a chance to improve their lives through their own efforts. “Teach a man to fish” has been the philosophy behind Heifer International since 1944.


    Happily, this is a gift that “multiplies.”   The catalogue (Site Photos) BoywithDucks.jpgis titled “The Most Important Gift Catalogue in the World”.  You can view wonderful photos online and ask for your own catalogue here.  Inspire your children to create stories about the animals and children receiving their gifts!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday...


(Site Photos) TurkeyPhoto.jpg ...and possibly the easiest holiday of all because family and friends all contribute wonderful dishes.  We visit, nibble, walk on the beach, play scrabble, call far-away relatives, feast and somehow end up in the hot tub as twilight comes on.  Life is full of small pleasures to be thankful for!


    My earliest Thanksgiving memories are of the turkey running around the yard with no head and hanging by its feet on our swingset, picking up lots of feathers for my little brother and me and my father presiding over the making of the gravy and carving of the turkey.  My father made a mean gravy, the kind that made guests sit up and say, “Yum, what’s in this?!”  Email me with your favorite Thanksgiving memory and I’ll share his secret ingredient with you. 


    Travel safely, and if you’re staying in town, be sure to check our Events Calendar for fun outings.  It's chock full of newly listed special events and on-going classes!

Family Events for You!

11/16   The Princess and the Pea - Shakespeare Santa Cruz
11/17    Star Party - Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy 
11/17    Alternative Gift Market -fair trade & hand made
11/17    Leather & Tallow Demonstration - SC Mission
11/17    Dried Flower & Succulent Wreath Sale - UC Arboretum
11/17    The Physics of Toys - The Exploratorium
11/18    Rock Hound Delight - Quail Hollow Ranch
11/19    Reindeer Romp - SF Zoo 

The Tyrolean Inn


Fine Dining

Casual Atmosphere

Family Friendly 

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9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond


New Business Listings!
Carden School of Santa Cruz
Gateway School
Santa Cruz Waldorf
Santa Cruz Waldorf High School 

Star Party!  
Bring warm clothes, hot cocoa and a fascination with the universe when you take a field trip to the stars.
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 Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy

Wanted: Real Genuine Princess

to wed Prince Royal

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 The Princess & the Pea

Nov. 16 - Dec. 16 

For  dates, times & tickets: website or 831-459-2159 

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  WINNER of the Electric Razor Scooter
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  to be announced next Wednesday

...good Thanksgiving dinner...
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