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 How do we teach kids to vote?!...  VOTE!!!


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      We begin teaching our children to vote even as  babies  --"Do you want to wear the red or the blue hat?"  As they mature we increase the complexity of choices, including political topics. We bring interesting and opposing articles to the dinner table for discussion.  We encourage them to do original research, so easy now with the internet.  We listen to different perspectives on radio and tv.  We ask teachers how they approach politics and voting in classrooms.  We take our children to the polls with us.  We are so fortunate to have choices. 

Public Agenda has non-partisan online guides to major public issues like health care, campaign finance, immigration, poverty, and the environment.

Project Vote Smart collects information about the stands and records of politicians. Their site includes candidate biographies, information about campaign finance, voting records, issue briefs, and more.

The League of Women Voters has information on elections and links to local, state, and national candidate information, as well as an archive of its publications on various public policy issues.


 How do we teach kids to vote?!

VOTE!!! Tuesday, Feb. 5


Find details of these and more events on the Calendar.

Rain Forest Train Ride: Roaring Camp 2/2 & 3, 12:30pm

Ride an antique steam train through California’s rain forest of coastal redwoods as fascinating information about forest ecology and seasonal changes is revealed.


In Search of Herps: Quail Hollow Sun 2/3, 1-3pm

Join herpetologist, Paul Haskins for a saunter along park trails in search of herps - that is reptiles and amphibians.


Magic Carpet Ride, An all Disney event: UCSC  2/1 & 2

Acquire A Cappella presents an enchanting night of magic carpet rides and faraway kingdoms from UCSC's freshest a cappella group.


Free Infant Sign Language Workshop: Sat 2/9, 9:30-11am

With Angelita.  Sign up early, space limited.

Tours of the Monarch Butterfly Grove: Sat & Sun 2/2 & 3, 11-2



Elkhorn Slough Guided or Self Tours: Sat & Sun, 10am & 1pm

The Visitor Center features outstanding educational exhibits that invite visitors of all ages to take a closer look at the unseen world of the slough. Ongoing.


Rescued Dog Behavior Coaching: Tues 2/5, 6:30pm

Bed and Biscuits, Humans only.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center:
Tues 2/5

Free admission.


Big Brothers Big Sisters Information Meeting: Weds 2/6, 6-7pm



Foster Care / Adoption Orientation: 2/6, 6-7:30pm

DCCS, Adults.


Free 1st Friday: Museum of Art & History: Fri 2/8, 11-9pm


For Teens and Almost Tweens

The Dangerous Book for Boys
&aThe Daring Book for Girls

    I was in Bookshop Santa Cruz and thought I would just peek at(Site Photos) Treehouse.jpg these two books, so I sat down with them for a few minutes.  An hour later I decided I must buy them.  I shall give them to two of my favorite tweens (and their parents), after I've read them cover to cover.  Full of interesting facts and creative activities, these books are upbeat and engaging.   If you want to get your tweens away from video games and into the world of doing and making, these books may help.  Go here (girls) and here (boys) for fun reviews and videos about the books.  Expect to become involved!

 Mother, May I? 


    Did you  play that fun playground game, Mother May I?  "May I take three umbrella steps? No, you may take two.  May I take five giant steps? No you may take five baby steps.  Can I take three rabbit hops? No, go back to the starting line!"  I think an English teacher invented that game to get us comfortable with the difference between may and can, not to mention the I/me confusion. 

    I overheard an amusing conversation:

"Mom... can me and Stacey go to the park?"

"Who?" Mom responded.

"Me and Stacey..."

"Who?" she repeated with a smile.

"Stacey and I,  ...but all the kids say that..."

"I'm sure you can go.  Are you asking permission?" 


"Try again..." 

"May Stacey and I go to the park?"

"Yes, you may. Be back home by 4." 

 "Thanks Mom!"


Kung Fu Kids
A Full Service Activity-Based
After-School Program for K-8

    We met with Luke Gellin who runs Kung Fu Kids and decided to(Business Logos) KungFuKids.jpg become kids again so we could study martial arts and have a mentor like Luke.  Luke is a long-time Santa Cruz resident and athlete, so some of you will remember him from high school.  After studying martial arts with uncles,  majoring in Classics and History at Santa Clara University, and teaching Kung Fu Kids with his uncle, Luke is back in Santa Cruz offering a program modeled after his uncle’s successful program.

    Kung Fu Kids provides after-school pickup, snacks, homework time and martial arts training, freeing up your evenings for quality time with your children! Give Luke a call at 475-1429.  Visit him at the Academy of Martial Arts, 1570 Soquel Dr. across from Dominican.  You will be pleased!

Disney on Ice: Princess Wishes: Weds  2/27 - Sun 3/2


Enter a world of wishes with your favorite Disney princesses in(Speical Event Page Graphics) PrincessesDisney.jpg Disney On Ice presents Princess Wishes. Tinker Bell represents the magic of Disney, as she whisks you through a collection of enchanting and beloved Disney stories. Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves, see Snow White find her one true love, discover a whole new world with Jasmine, and, watch in wonder as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Aurora and Mulan all come true. Be sure to see this magical show where believing is just the beginning. Details here.

Did you know...
If you click on the
Shoppers logo
it takes
you right to the
Weekly Specials!?
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 Soquel & Branciforte
Santa Cruz
Are You a "Mompreneur"
or "Dadpreneur"?
(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) family_brunette.jpgWe're planning to do a series of stories on parents who parent and run their own businesses. Email us a few lines about your story.  We want to hear from you! Your story could inspire others.

Tyrolean Inn
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 Owner/Chef Whitney
Invites you
to Bring the Family

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9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond

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Excerpt from 10 Minute Tidy
"...You can quickly and easily tidy your home --just use a timer to keep your organizing projects manageable.  Have The 10-Minute Tidy become a nightly routine for every member of your family! Play 10 minutes of the same music around the same time each night, while everyone picks up their bedrooms and the common areas throughout the house.  This fun family habit is an opportunity to tidy your home at least once every day."
Shannon McGinness, local author of 10 Minute Tidy, can be found at her website

  SWISH Girls Basketball

If you have girls who want to play basketball, this is a great organization.    

Saturday, February 16, 1-3pm

SWISH is a spring recreational girls' basketball league for grades 3-10 led by women with an emphasis on teaching the strategy and skills of the game in balance with competition and sportsmanship.

Parents are Heroines and Heroes! 

Do you know a great Mom? a terrific Dad?
Is it your spouse?Your neighbor?
Tell us about them.
Santa Cruz Parent

wants to highlight

parents making a difference.

 Katie and Priya
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