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"Mom, I'm Bored!"


  We've hit the midpoint of glorious Summer, the point when you might hear "There's nothing to do" which means it's time to get creative so they won't get into trouble! Here's something fun.


    We visited a kids/tween cooking class at the Culinary Center of Santa Cruz.  Chef(Site Photos) FreshPrepTeens2.jpg Neil was teaching them about the chemistry of eggs, what they do in a recipe and why.  Two of the boys were eating the delicious looking omelets they had just made.  Chef Neil had certain livelier kids right beside him and "buddies" placed at strategically opposite sides of the table while showing them how to make real mayonnaise.  While I was there the kids rotated cleanup duties.  One of them told me that when he cooked a meal at home he could get out of doing the dishes! Sounds fair!


    Culinary Center of Santa Cruz owner Jody Lombardo has some wonderful cooking classes lined up for kids (adults too) in July and August. In her Sushi for Teens class July 25, ages 12-17, they will learn how to make California Rolls, Cucumber Rolls, Tuna Rolls, Shrimp Rolls and Kani Salad (Crab).   Sushi Lover's Classes, Intro and Advanced, sound delicious.  You have to be 15+ to take these classes.  What fun to do this with your teen!  Another class is called Fabulous Fresh Fruit Tarts for ages 13+, but a child 8-12 can come with an adult. Go to Culinary Center of SantaCruz to see details.  You will be thrilled at the classes you can take with notable guest chefs. 


    Not to leave out the moms and dads, Jody is offering a unique class:


Sustainable Nutrition for Kids: Nourishing our Children with Whole Foods

  Ages 13+,Sunday, 7/20 3pm


You are invited to join a nutritious, and delicious hands on eating adventure to learn and practice the art of Sustainable Nutrition for Kids. Learn to prepare nutritious, whole foods snacks that you and your children will love! Nourish your children with foods that are nutrient dense, packed with good fats, proteins, vitamins, probiotics, and live enzymes.

We will prepare a wonderful assortment of delicious, nutritious drinks, snacks, and treats right before your eyes.

During our demo, you will learn to make and taste:
100% natural, organic, sweet lemonade- no sugar added!
Healthy Cultured Ranch Dressing
Raw- Honey-Nut-Nori rolls (nut alternatives available)
Sprouted Tostada Shell Snacks
Sprouted Refried Beans
Cultured Apricot Butter
Raw Coconut/Flax Pie Shells w/ Nutritious Coconut Flax Pudding
Cultured Whipped Cream Topping

Go to Culinary Center of Santa Cruz

for more information.

Register Your Cell Phone for Emergency Communication

    Santa Cruz Consolidated Emergency Communications Center (9-1-1) has launched a new Emergency Notification system which can be used by center staff to send important messages to residents and businesses within Santa Cruz County. The system has the capability of sending thousands of messages in a very short time based on geographic location of the incident.

Examples of uses may be:

  • Request for community assistance in locating missing children
  • Evacuation notices due to emergency situations
  • Be-on-the-lookout notices for dangerous criminals in your area

    To register:


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W & Th  after 5pm, Pepsi Discount Nights, Unlimited Ride Wristbands are just $9.95 + a pepsi can


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7/17-20 Rodeo, Salinas "There's a little cowboy in all of us."


F, 7/18 6:30 & 8:30 Free Concert Eddie Money - "Take me Home Tonight" & "Two Tickets to Paradise"  Beach Boardwalk


Sat, 7/19 Roller Girls, Fast Action and Fun, Civic Auditorium


Sat, 7/19 11-2 Creepy Crawlies  Creeping and crawling insects and spiders with Classroom Safari. Natural History Museum


Sun, 7/20, 9:30-5:30 Art on the Wharf, Dozens of artists display original paintings, photography and other works in an outdoor showcase of fine art and live jazz. The kids will enjoy balloons, print making and face painting. 


Sun, 7/120 noon & 6pm, Amazing Chinese Acrobats, Beach Boardwalk.  See calendar for more dates and times.

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Library Story Times, Groups, Music and More!


Thursdays 10:30am Story Time! Jelli Beanz


Thursdays, 7pm  Support Group for Moms with Bipolar Disorder


Mondays, 11am Story Time with Billie Harris, Capitola Book Cafe


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Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9:15 & 10:30

Mothersong with Joya

back at Unity

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Local Museum Exhibits for every taste!


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Playgroups for Parents as much as for Children!


Farmers Markets - Great Local Food from Farmers, Bakers, Entertainment too!

Save these dates!


7/18-9/2 Shakespeare Santa Cruz

7/26 Sommerfest, Tyrolean Inn

7/26 Observing the Night Skies, Santa Cruz Astronomy Club

7/25-27 Gilroy Garlic Festival

Your little one can be in a play!

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Call Robin Macomber, 345.5224

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Village Preschool


Capitola Sonshine Preschool


Wonder Years

Preschool & Childcare


Culinary Institute

of Santa Cruz

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...where you create meals in minutes!

Come alone or with a friend or family member! Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or a glass of wine while you assemble your meals!

You can expect freshly prepped meats, poultry, seafood, vegetables and herbs at every meal preparation session!

504 A Front St, Santa Cruz


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Summer Vacation

Cooking Camp for Kids!

Weeks of August 4, 11 & 18

M-F 9 -noon

Ages 11 to 18

3 separate, one-week long sessions

Limit 12 students per week

Culinary Institute

of Santa Cruz

504 A Front St, Santa Cruz


Carden School of Santa Cruz

has a few openings

in its

Junior Kindergarten

for 4 Year Olds


Carden School

319 La Fonda Ave

Santa Cruz



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Baby Bloomers

has a Perk for you!

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Save the Date!


July 26, 3-10pm

Tony Raymann's Eidelweiss Band


Beer Stein Holding Contests

Pretzel Counts

Bounce House

Arts 7 Crafts

Festival Menu!

9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond


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Swim Classes,

Nearby Adventure Weekends

for Families

Go here

The Circus is Coming!

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Check SantaCruzParent Calendar


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