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  Flag Day, Father’s Day and Graduations!

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    Growing up in Connecticut, one of the 13 original colonies, Flag Day was a big deal.  On Main Street each white colonial house flew a (Icons/Graphics) FisforFlag.jpgflag from the front porch, including replicas of the original 13 stars & stripes flag.  We children attached little American flags to  bike handlebars and wove red. white and blue crepe paper through the spokes of the wheels, also attaching playing cards for a snappy noisy effect. 

    Today, in the busyness of our lives, we seem so far away from the passion of those early Americans, yet I know of a family that keeps alive the concept of flags as symbols of individuals within a family unit, like our the union of our states.

    With scrap material, embroidery thread, buttons, ribbons, shiny objects and lots of imagination they make a new family flag every year, always placing a small American flag somewhere in their flag.  As the children(Icons/Graphics) FlagBoyWagon.jpg have grown, the flags have become more sophisticated, representing new and varied interests.  For major family events –birthdays, graduations, visits from relatives— they fly the flags, all of them! 

    We salute all families who are nurturing and guiding next generations of responsible citizens and leaders. If you decide to do make a family flag, please send us photos of your family flag!


Happy Father’s Day to Dads on the front lines! 


    You’ve signed on for a very important 20 year commitment.  We love watching you at the parks. Somehow you know just how to get into the running, chasing, climbing, wrestling, rough-housing and noise-making in a way that is welcomed by the children and is different from the moms' interaction. 

    If you’re a family without a Dad, Grandad or uncle, there’s an organization out there that does some great work pairing male volunteers/mentors to children without a dad.  It’s called Big Brothers / Big Sisters and it needs more male volunteers.  If you’re part of a divorced family, there’s a support group that’s very positive, helping dads be good dads, Divorced Fathers Network.  Now let’s hear from a brand new dad.



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Congratulations to the Graduates

and their Parents!!



Father’s Day Fingerprints

by David Jacobsen, author of Rookie Dad


“Daddy,” whispered my three-year-old, “is it June yet?”


“Yeah, buddy, today’s the first day of June.”


His eyes widened slightly and he leaned in closer, confiding in me. “Daddy, June is when Father’s Day is. And I’m making you a secret(Site Photos) DadwithBaby.jpg Father’s Day present at preschool!”


“Oh! I can't wait to find out what it is!” I replied, and, as he began to happily describe it, I had to interrupt him. “Don't tell me now, honey--it’ll be a surprise!”


We adults like to think we understand everything better than our kids. They might glimpse the meaning of a holiday, but we see the whole picture. For my son, Father’s Day is a time to enjoy giving a homemade craft to dad--and to eat some of dad's favorite dessert, too!


But is that the real meaning of Father’s Day? Only we parents know how mind-numbingly repetitive being a parent really is. We know how frustrating it can be to discipline our children and how exhausting it is to clean the kitchen after the kids have gone to bed and all we really want to do is flop on the couch and watch The Colbert Report. Surely recognizing and celebrating this unsung, heroic labor is what Father’s Day is really about, right?


Well, partly. It does feel good when another adult gives you a genuine compliment--that’s the reason most fathers are given presents by their partner, the one person who really fathoms the behind-the-scenes sacrifices we make every day.


But that’s not the whole story. Which present will I remember more, the banana cream pie and day of surfing that my wife gives me, or the picture frame that my son makes me at preschool--the one covered in rainbow tissue paper and smeared with so many gluey fingerprints that the picture is almost impossible to see?


When my kids clean out my house after I die, that picture frame, (Speical Event Page Graphics) RookieDadBookCover.jpgand dozens of other presents like it, will be shining their love from every room. Long after I’ve hung up my wetsuit, and long after my doctor has given me strict orders not to eat any more banana cream pie, I’ll continue to esteem the Father’s Day gifts given to me by my son.


He may not understand everything we do for him--how could he?--but he understands this: Dad loves me, I love him, and it’s fun to give each other presents. Maybe that’s closer to what Father’s Day is all about. Maybe things really are that simple. After all, we don’t sign up to be dads for the paycheck--we do it for the benefits package.



David Jacobsen lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and two sons. He is the author of Rookie Dad: Thoughts on First-Time Fatherhood (2007). He can be contacted at



Calendar Changes!

(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) calendar.jpg    Our Calendar is being revised to make it even easier for you to find events.  Now, in addition to being able to look at the entire month at a time, you will be able to search by both category and day.  Pardon any bumps in the road!  We're on it on the back end.  Over the next few weeks, you will see the ongoing events (classes, play groups, parent groups etc) integrated into one Events Calendar.



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6/11 7:30pm The Debt Free Possibility Capitola Book Cafe(Icons/Graphics) DollarStretchingDad.jpg


6/12 3:30 Kid's Club - Adventure Under the Sea, Capitola Mall


Summer Camps



6/12 7:30 New, Community Book Club, Bookshop Santa Cruz


6/12 7:30 Re-Energize Your Life and Career Capitola Book Cafe



(Site Photos) OwenKickingBall.jpg6/12 & 13 Free Toddler Sports Class, Jade St Park, Capitola and Skypark, Scotts Valley.New class with Coach Josh.  Come play soccer and t-ball!

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6/14 11am Flag Day & Meder House Grand Opening

    Come help us celebrate the restored and refurnished historically significant Meder House. At 11:00 there will be a dedication ceremony on the front lawn with flag-raising and music, followed by docents in costume leading living history demonstrations and crafts. Cookies and lemonade will be served and draft horse wagon rides available. Experience local California dairy history first hand as we bring the past into the future at Wilder Ranch State Park.


6/14 Dark, Fireworks at the Boardwalk!  Visible at the Boardwalk and from(Site Photos) Fireworks2.jpg many vantage points around the bay.


6/15 7am Father's Day Breakfast, Zayante Firehouse


6/15 Pogonip walking tour of historic sites on this open-space preserve


6/17-21 Music Together Free Demo Classes


6/19 Plein Air Event, Quail Hollow


6/20 6:30 & 8:30 Kickoff Boardwalk Summer Nights Series

TWO FREE SHOWS!  Beach Bandstand!  The Romantics - “That’s What I Like About You” & “Talking In Your Sleep”

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Don't miss this!!

A Once in a Lifetime Event!

Salmon Rushdie

at the Rio Theatre

June 17


    Get a sitter and come listen to Salmon Rushdie talk about his new book, The Enchantress of Florence.  A virtuosic feat of storytelling that mixes political, romance and magic, Rushdie's novel is a reflection on war and politics, gender and society, fantasy and rumor, individuality and public life, and how the brutal past still influences our present world.


    Salman Rushdie is one of the world literature’s leading voices.  Our local bookshops go the extra mile for us when they bring in world class authors.  Support by us enables them to continue this service.  It's all part of "Think Local, Buy Local."  See you there I hope! Go here for ticket details.


Coming Home with

6 Family Meals

That You Prepared

in Under One Hour


Fresh Prep Kitchens!

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" I did!  It was fun, saved time, was cost effective and tasted great.  I never could have prepared six meals at home in an hour.  This is fun to do with girlfriends or your sweetie, or your teenager!  If you have little ones, trade off with a friend and you'll both have more time for the family."


Sample Meals from June Menu


  • Baked Chicken, Tilapia or Tofu w/Chunky Olive and Tomato Sauce
  • Garlic-Lime-Dijon Flank Steak
  • Citrus Infused Grilled Chicken w/Cilantro Lime Butter
  • Jody's Turkey Burgers w/Burger Buns
  • Orange-Ginger Shrimp Skewers Classic
  • Stuffed Pork Loin Chops w/Italian Sausage and Mozzarella
  • Spanish Pepper Steak
  • Apple-Blueberry Pie w/Crumb Topping

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