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 Every Day is Earth Day!


    I am so thankful to live here. For daily living it's an exquisite location!  I do my part to tread lightly.  Last fall a friend and I  planted 400 daffodil bulbs in a local park.  They put on quite a show this spring.  It’s a good feeling to know they’ll spread and give pleasure in years to come. 

    I pick up after my dog and also after irresponsible dog owners who don’t, especially the phantom dropper who leaves his dog’s bagged poop in the street at the same corner twice a week.  My good sun space is limited, but this year I’m planting one tomato plant.  When I go to the beach I pick up broken glass and litter, sometimes seaglass treasure.  I shovel up the detritus that piles up in the street by my curb and also tackle the neighbor’s section occasionally.   As I walk in the redwoods, I toss my cares over my shoulder and Mother Earth blows them away.  It's good to be here.



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 How Would You Handle this Question? 

   A friend called me, "The BIG question came from my son... no it's not what you're thinking... He asked "What's the difference between a Democrat and a Republican?  You can imagine how tempting it was to tell him what I think!"  My friend is of one party's persuasion and her husband the other and I've  seen them go head to toe over political issues.  They have an agreement to avoid partisan discussions around their children.  "So..... " I said, imagining all the nuances involved here, "What did you tell him?"   She laughed and said, "I sent him to two opposing websites and told him to bring his definitions to the dinner table.  It should be lively tonight! I mean we can't avoid this until he's 18, especially this year."  How do you help your children understand opposing perspectives, especially when you favor one or the other?


 It's TV Turn Off Week! Yeah!  

    Turnoff Week is an ideal time to turn off the TV and video games, and to take advantage of some of the great opportunities for physical activity and family time.  Experts believe that excessive screen time can have negative effects on children and teens, including an increase in obesity.  


    The statistics regarding television watching in the average American home are staggering:

  • American children watch television and average of 28 hours/week
  • 50% of children ages 6-17 have TV's in their bedrooms
  • 70% of day care centers use TV during a typical day
  • A student spends 900 hours/year in school and watches 1500 hours/year of television
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 Instead of TV...

  • Family Game Night
  • Read together after dinner
  • Walk the neighborhood with the dog
  • Go to the beach and watch the sunset
  • Ride bikes
  • Go to the park
  • Listen to music... make music
  • Go to a free band concert at the Boardwalk
  • Plant a garden and tend it together
  • Do the nightly 10 minute pick up with music 


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 See Calendar of Events for Details

4/24 SPIN Workshop: Educational Options 6:15-9:15pm. For families & supporters of special needs children. Branciforte Small Schools Campus, 840 N Branciforte Ave, SC.


4/24 Looking for Chinatown 6pm. Join Sandy Lydon & George Ow, Jr. for a premier re-release 20th anniversary edition of the book Chinese Gold: The Chinese in the Monterey Bay Region. Discussion of SC’s Chinatown & info about the unique Chinatowns that dotted the Central Coast. $5/members; $7/non-members. MAH, 705 Front St, SC.

4/24 Author Event for ALBA 7:30pm. Jim Hightower, Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow. Join the undaunted Jim Hightower for a fun evening that will give all of us a laugh & a serious kick in the we-can-do-it pants while raising funds for ALBA, our local organic farmer training program. Tickets required. Capitola Book Café, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola. 


4/26 Exploring Homeschooling, 1-2pm Ed Resource Center


4/25, 26, 27 Sidewalk Sales Downtown Santa Cruz


4/25 Peter Pan 7pm. All About Theatre proudly presents the classic story of the Darling family, specifically Wendy, Michael & John, the Lost Boys and Peter Pan, the little boy who never grew up. Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St, SC. 


4/25 Annie 7pm. Kids On Broadway presents the stage adaptation of this classic film with an amazing cast of teen performers. $10-$20. Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St, SC


4/26 Mineral & Gem Show 10am-5pm. Kids activities. Gem & mineral jewelry, specimens, gifts, exhibits & demos. Treasure wheel, door prizes. $3; FREE/children under 12 & Scouts in uniform with an adult. SC Civic, 307 Church St, SC. 


4/26 Omega Nu Ducky Derby 10:30am-3:30pm. All ages. Enjoy games, food, music & prizes. Watch as over 12,500 ducks race throughout the day down a 75-yard special waterway. Rain or shine. Proceeds benefit Omega Nu charities. Harvey West Park, SC. 


4/26 Spring Planting Day 11am-3pm.  All ages. Help plant the heirloom vegetable garden as it would have been planted in 1900. Gather composting skills, gardening tips & kids can enjoy some garden crafts to take home.


4/26 Santa Cruz Mission: Wool, Spinning & Weaving 1-2pm. Follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt & spin you’re own piece of wool. 


4/26 Touched By Adoption Group 10am-12pm. Those touched by adoption meet in a safe, confidential setting. Childcare available: call 1-wk prior to arrange. LO Family Resource Center, 1438 Capitola Rd, SC. 866-219-1155


4/26 Raising Children in the 21st Century 4-6pm. Topic: Raising Our Children to Live with Joy & Dignity in a World of Diversity - Preparing them for the Challenges Ahead. Julie Olsen Edwards, founding director of the Cabrillo College Children's Center will present lecture benefiting the SC Adult School's Parent Education Nursery Schools. $10. SC High School Auditorium, 415 Walnut Ave, SC.


4/27 Wonderful Wildflowers of Waddell Creek, noon-4


4/28 & 29 Kids Aikido  Join an ongoing class for a taste of Aikido, a non-violent martial art. Call for details. 306 Mission St, SC. 423-8326 x2




SC Earth Day 11am-4pm. This will be a fun environmental celebration for the whole family with live entertainment, activities for kids, and a wide variety of vendors, including food booths, eco-businesses, and local non-profits and government. Rain/shine. Corner of Lincoln/Cedar St, SC. 420-5131


Earth Day with SC Waldorf School 11am-4pm. Visit with representative parents, students & faculty at the SC Earth Day Celebration. Crafts & edibles made from bio-dynamically raised ingredients grown & harvested by students will be available for purchase. Corner of Lincoln/Cedar St, SC. 420-0519


Earth Day Bird Walk 11-12:30am. Explore our urban wetland at Neary Lagoon, learn about how it’s changed & the plants and animals there. Meet promptly at the entrance at Chestnut St bike racks & metered parking nearby. Dress in layers, bring water & a hat. Limited to 30 people, pre-registration required. 420-6113


SC Earth Day Festival 11am-5pm. Save Our Shores. 462-5660

Day of the Child/Earth Day 12pm-4pm. FREE. Enjoy a day of arts & crafts, live entertainment, relay races, interactive booths, guided nature tours & more. Ramsay Park, 1301 Main St, Watsonville. 768-3240


San Lorenzo River Cleanup 1pm-3pm. Save Our Shores. 462-5660




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    SantaCruzParent is growing and we need help on our(Icons/Graphics) LadyonPhone.jpg Sales Team!  Help us add more great local businesses to our Resources. Work part-time and set your own hours. Experience in sales helpful.  This is a great opportunity for moms home with kids but want to work a flexible schedule.  If it sounds interesting to you, drop us an e-mail and let us know why you think we'd be a good fit and we'll send some more information! 

In Loving Memory
Adrianne Bresnahan-Gomes
June 5, 1973 - April 21, 2008

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    Adrianne passed away April 21 at 3:50 pm.  She was surrounded by family and close friends and went very peacefully while holding her Moms hand.

    Her Celebration of Life Service that will be held at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, Saturday, May 3, 11am.  Adrianne wants her Celebration of Life to be PINK. if you want to show your love of pink for Adrianne please wear some pink in her memory. If you would like to send a card or flowers you can send them to...
Diane Bresnahan, 720 Rosedale Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010


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New 4 Year Old Class, Carden of Santa Cruz

Nurture your child's tremendous desire to learn!  Opening  September 2008

When you visit, ask about the "Language of the Blocks." 

319 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz, across from Harbor High

Call 460-2600 to arrange for a campus visit. 

For a virtual visit to Carden go here.


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