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(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) flowers_red.jpgHappy Mother's Day!

In Remembrance of

the Mothers Who Came

Before Us

and Thank You to the Mothers

Who Are Guiding the Next Generation! 


    We've taken to honoring present and past mothers on Mother's Day. In our family some of the "mothers" included female relatives who never had children of their own but were terrific aunts (Effie Louise, Carolyn), a wonderful mother-in-law (Ione), a grandmother who wrote and directed plays and owned an ice cream stand at the beach (Dorothy), an aunt who was a librarian and sadly died early and tragically ("Bunny"), a sister who became a mother through adoption (Anne), and a grandmother who loved being an at-home mother all her life (Elizabeth).  


    Last year we decided to find out what we could about the mothers who had lived beyond our memories.  As we began to trace farther back than my mother and her mother it became very challenging, partly because women in those generations were known only by their married names, didn't own property, make wills, vote, work outside the home, etc.  


    With more information constantly becoming available at numerous ancestry sites, we have begun filling in gaps.  Over a year's time we were able to trace ancestry back to 16th century England in one branch of the family. Naturally this project became a highlight for Father's Day too.   Download a starter tree here.  


   For all the moms on the front lines now, enjoy breakfast in bed for(Speical Event Page Graphics) MothersDayMaryCassatt.jpg a few brief moments just like the sweet mother and child in this Mary Cassatt painting.  Tell your sweetie you want "time" and "one" flower frequently!  Raise money for homeless families on-the-mend running in the Pajaro Valley Mother's Day Run.  Or come to the Tyrolean Inn for a special Mother's Day Brunch. This is one restaurant where the staff expects the children to be visiting the bounce house or the play corner while parents relax.  Check the calendar for other fun events.  You deserve a lovely day!




Teens and Parents of Teen Drivers

Can Benefit from the Information Age 

   The only accidents I’ve ever been in were caused by teen drivers driving into me, two from behind and the third, coming from the opposite direction, turned into the path of my vehicle (love those airbags!). 


    Needless to say I am supportive of the new tougher teen driving laws in California.  Teens have the highest rate of accidents of any age group.  Every hour of every single day a teen driver is tragically killed in a car accident.  We now know, based on scientific studies, that the "good judgment” part of the teen brain doesn’t mature until age 19 or so.


    While you may have the nicest, very-mature-for-their-age, responsible teens, remember that at their age they feel invincible, and good judgment can flee in a moment.  As you cautiously allow them to drive alone on short range trips with the car, feel free to make them call you when they arrive, when they leave, etc. Be thankful the new laws do not allow them to drive with other teens in their cars. 


    There's good news! In today’s electronic age there are some great (Site Photos) TeenDriver.jpgtools out there for parents to monitor, and keep safe, their teen drivers.  Your auto insurance company can give you the most accurate information on them.  One option is a “perimeter tracker.” You set the geographical perimeter and if the car goes outside the boundaries you receive a text message.  A GPS tracking system can be hooked up to your home computer.  Some offer real time tracking and some give you a report the next day.  One system provides you instant alerts of speeding.  Another is a camera mounted in the ceiling with a view of the teen driver and auto interior. 


    If you decide to go this route, let your teens know that what you have installed is part of your plan for keeping them safe, helping them maintain good driving habits and earning more privileges.  Think of these electronic monitors as chaperones that keep them alive until the good judgment section of their brains kicks in.  Teens generally drive one way when parents are in the car and another way when alone (or with other teens).  Remember? Do not for one moment let your teen accuse you of “not trusting” them or of “spying” on them. With these products your "virtual" presence with your driving teen can have a positive influence! Happily, most insurance companies will give you a 15% discount on insurance when you have one of these monitors installed on your vehicle, a sure sign of their effectiveness. 


         P.S.  Come July 1,  a law will go into effect that prohibits drivers younger than 18 from using any type of electronic communication device to text or talk - even hands-free ones.  (Adults will be required to use hands-free devices.)


Mardi Barnes



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All details in Events Calendar! 


5/8 Magic Bubble Show, Could your child be chosen to be the child in the bubble? Capitola Mall


5/9 & 10 The Pirates of Penzance, Aptos Academy


5/10 Alice in Wonderland, Children's Discovery Museum


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5/10 Bike Fest Jam, Bicycle Trip Park,

Santa Cruz

5/11 PV Shelter Mother's Day Run, Ramsay Park, Watsonville


5/13 China Film Series, MAH


5/15 Local Expert Talks: Money on the Mind, Capitola Book Cafe


Story Hours, PlayGroups, Weekly Classes here


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God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers. 

~Jewish Proverb


The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a scepter more potent than that of kings or priests. ~Author Unknown


Sweater, n.:  garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.  ~Ambrose Bierce


That best academy, a mother's knee.  ~James Russell Lowell


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Sat 5/10, 11am-4pm 

Bicycle TripBike Park

35 Pacific Avenue

across from the entrance

to the Santa Cruz Wharf


(Icons/Graphics) BikeJump.jpg     Witness the best local and national freestyle BMX and MTN bike riders launch big air at the Bicycle Trip Bike Park. This pro and amateur contest is open to the public, with prizes, a live DJ, industry vendor booths, refreshments, a free raffle and more! Sponsored by Bicycle Trip and Barry Swenson Builder. 




Sat 5/10, 10am

Depot Park, 119 Center St., SC


(Site Photos) BikeGirl.jpg    Kids 4-8 years old will receive on-bike traffic safety instruction and bicycle riding basics. Bring your bike; helmets required, some loaner bikes will be available. Free raffle for participants!



May 12-16 


    Ride your bike to work as many days as possible during Bike Week and help the environment, get exercise, and save money! Employees of participating businesses who ride their bikes are eligible to win prize incentives. To get your business signed up contact us at 426-5925 or visit here.



Thurs, May 15, 6:30-9:30am


    FREE breakfast for cyclists at sites around Santa CruzCounty as well as free massages by Cypress Health Institute and bike maintenance by local bike shops at most sites. See list of free breakfast sites.

Sunday, May 11

Mother's Day Brunch

Tyrolean Inn 

German American style
Unlimited trips
to the buffet
Only $21/adult
$12/child age 6-12
$6/child under 6

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Patio seating outdoors. 

9600 Hwy 9

Ben Lomond


Reservations Suggested!



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Adventure Sports Unlimited

An Aquatics Fun Center

That Teaches People to

Play in the Water

Swim & Kayak Lessons

Family Water Weekends 


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Magic Bubble Show

May 8, 3pm

Capitola Mall 

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 Summer Soccer!

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Babies, Toddlers and Parents
Come Sing with Us!

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 Musical Me Invites you

to Music Together! 

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Terriers, Cute

and Usually

Very High Energy 

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