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A True Story

Which Came to us from a Friend...

with A Happy Ending

and A Lesson for Us All


    "My family and I go back to the Midwest every year to visit my parents and my in-laws, as well as all of the other ba-zillion family members we have there.  The weather was hot and so humid you could cut it with a knife. We were graciously invited to a 50th Wedding Anniversary that was absolutely lovely at a community pool & clubhouse. So far so good.


    Toward the end of the party, the kids were getting excited to go swimming, so my husband and I and another family took our two kids,  two nieces and the other couple's kids swimming in the pool immediately adjacent to the clubhouse where the party was. The kids had a blast, so did the adults!


    After about an hour and a half, my niece, 6-year old Juliana, informed me that she was done swimming and wanted to get her clothes on. "Great," I said, "Go on up to the clubhouse and tell mommy you are done so she can help you change". She obliged and went on up. My 7-year old, Mihajla, seeing that her cousin Juliana was done, also wanted to change so we went to the bathroom in the clubhouse to do so. After a minute or so, we heard Michael, my husband, in a panicked voice I had never heard from him before, exclaim "CALL 9-1-1, JULIANA WAS PULLED FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL!"


    Chaos ensued. Everyone left at the party (mostly relatives) ran out to the pool deck where they saw Elena, a quick responding neighbor and nurse performing CPR on Juliana. She was not breathing and had no pulse.  Then Ken, Juliana's uncle who is a physician, teamed up with Elena to continue trying to bring Juliana back.


    What seemed like an eternity was probably just a few minutes. Elena and Ken continued resuscitating Juliana until, amazingly, she choked up food and what seemed like a gallon of water right along with it. She started crying....she was back.


    The ambulance  arrived to take Juliana and her parents to the hospital where she spent the next couple of days being monitored and treated. She was released just prior to my family's departure to come home, back to Phoenix.


    I am sharing this story with all of you so that the thousands of you that read this newsletter can remember to NEVER EVER leave your children unattended around water. The reason Juliana survived was because she was watched, and the response time was so quick from Bryan and Michael who pulled her out once they realized that she was not coming back up on her own.


    The other reason that this story didn't turn tragic: the miracle of CPR.

If you don't do anything else this summer, please find a certified CPR instructor or CPR class and LEARN it. Teach your children water safety. I know that you all have heard this before, but, take it from me, you NEVER want to experience the emotions that Juliana's family went through.


    How did she get from the clubhouse back to the pool?  She didn't listen when she was told to stay where she was so that her mom could go and get her clothes. She walked back to the pool and just decided to go back in!"



CPR and/or First Aid Classes

CPR and/or First Aid Classes

Red Cross for CPR, First Aid and Babysitting Classes

UCSC Fire Dept for American Red Cross CPR/First Aid, infant CPR, and AED (automated external defibrillator) classes in English or Spanish.

SC County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) First Aid, CPR and much more to become a member of the CERT team.

Watsonville Adult Education First Aid, Adult and Infant CPR


Swim Lessons


Adventure Sports, Santa Cruz, 9 months through adult

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Jim Booth Swim School, Watsonville and Capitola

Red Cross Swim Classes, Locations throughout SC County

Santa Cruz Swim School, Santa Cruz, Elks and West Side

Seahorse Swim School, Seascape

Siltanen Family Swim Center, Scotts Valley

Simpkins Swim Center, Santa Cruz/Live Oak

Watsonville Parks & Rec, Watsonville High School



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Weds 7/23 Twilight Concert, Capitola Beach

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Thurs 7/24


Fri 7/25 Sushi for Teens!, Fresh Prep Kitchens, Santa Cruz(Site Photos) Sushi.jpg

A great skill for a teen with a culinary interest! Learn to make:  California Roll,   Cucumber Roll,  Tuna Roll,  Shrimp Roll,   Kani Salad (Crab)




Fri-Sun July 25-27 & Aug 1-3 Thomas the Tank, Felton(Icons/Graphics) ThomasTrainRoaringCamp.jpg

Young Thomas fans and their adults will enjoy a 25 minute rail excursion through the Big Trees behind Thomas the Tank Engine, visit with Sir Topham Hatt, live children's music, caboose tours, Thomas and FriendsTM videos, a model railway exhibit, imagination station, motor car rides and more!


Fri 7/25 Contra Dancing, Felton

Contra Dancing, or Traditional New England Folk Dancing, involves couples dancing in two facing lines while following the direction of a skilled dance caller.


Fri 7/25 8:45 Bug Night, Henry Cowell


Fri 7/25 Blue Oyster Cult - "Reaper” & “Burnin’ For You” Beach Boardwalk Concert, Santa Cruz


Fri-Sun 7/25-27 Gilroy Garlic Festival -10 tons of beef … 4 tons of pasta … 4 tons of calamari … 2 tons of scampi …  plus 2 tons of fresh Christopher Ranch garlic …  three stages of musical entertainment, shopping for arts and crafts, great garlic cook-off, children's area and more!


Sat -Sun 7/26-27 10-4 Family Activity Centers, Sea Otters, Natural Bridges State Park

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Sat, 7/26 Sommerfest, Tyrolean Inn, Ben Lomond


Sat 7/26 11:30 am & 1pm Spirit of the Rainforest, Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz Join us for a live presentation of rainforest animals from around the world and learn how you can help protect them!


Sat 7/26 Big Basin “Nature Tails” Big Basin State Park
A world of animal songs and stories presented for children of all ages by local storytellers. Meet at the Campfire Center.


Sat 7/26 Guided Ocean View Summit Hike, Big Basin State Park

This is one of our most diverse hikes—you travel by a mountain stream, through oak woodlands, into chaparral and back to the redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, four-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes.


Sat, 7/26 11am  Little Sprouts Singalong, The Farm, Salinas

Bring your little ones for a fun sing-along of children’s favorites!

Hayrides afterwards! 


Sat 7/26 8:30-1 Annual Salsa Festival this weekend at the Aptos Farmers(Site Photos) Salsa.jpg Market! Music, balloon sculpture and cookie decorating for the kids. Come watch a salsa making demonstration by Chef Owen Snyder and hear what farmer Phil Foster of Pinnacle has to say about tomatoes.


Sat 7/26 7:30pm Tales of the Basin, Big Basin State Park Sit back and experience an old-fashioned evening steeped in the oral tradition, as our guest storytellers the weave their yarns in our historic amphitheater. Meet at the Campfire Center. Evening begins with fire lighting and marshmallow roasting at 7:30 p.m.; program begins at 8:00. Bring a flashlight. Good dogs welcome!

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Sat 7/27 8:30am Wharf to Wharf Race, Santa Cruz to Capitola

Scenic six-mile classic before,  forty+ live bands, throngs of festive spectators. Line the route and cheer for friends!


Sat 7/27 1pm Worm Composting Workshop, Worm Doctor, Santa Cruz County,  Learn how to set up worm composting bins so you can re-cycle your scraps into rich garden vermicompost.  Visit Compost Santa Cruz County for details.


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Wine and Cheese Tasting

Friday, 7/25, 7pm, 21+
Real Men Drink Rose:

Praise Cheeses-Pass the Wine,

Women too!

Sushi Lovers Class

Saturday, 7/26 or 8/2

6pm, 15+

Lighten Up Workshop!

With Robyn Boyd

Monday, 7/28 6:30pm, 13+

504 Front St, Santa Cruz

Culinary Center of Santa Cruz

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Kumon is not a "quick fix."  It is a systematic approach to giving your child the tools to succeed in every aspect --and at every stage-- of school.  Come visit us to find out how Kumon can make your child a better learner.

845 Cedar St, Santa Cruz


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Pre-Reading and Pre-Math Skills

Brief visits at Kumon for the eager learner

and support for parents

who want to be involved

in their child's learning!

845 Cedar St, Santa Cruz


Win Tickets

to Circus

Enter our contest

for a chance to win tickets

to the Circus

Ringling Brothers &

Barnum & Bailey

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Adventure Sports

Invites Your Family

to a Stillwater Cove Weekend

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Stillwater Cove Ranch is an ideal setting for abalone divers, kayakers and families simply wanting to get away. We stay at the Dairy Barn, a bunkhouse setting with showers, wood burning stove, kitchen and dining room. Most prefer to camp in the meadow for peace and privacy. The ranch is right across the street from the ocean with its protected coves loaded with the king of shellfish, Haliotus rufescens, the Red Abalone.   ....continued

Tyrolean Inn


July 26, 3-10pm

Tony Raymann's Eidelweiss Band


Beer Stein Holding Contests

Pretzel Counts

Bounce House

Arts & Crafts

Festival Menu!

9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond


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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Over The Top

a wacky and whimsical circus spectacular where dogs fly, Asian Elephants stomp, hop, and groove and one courageous man stands eye to eye with a pack of powerful Bengal tigers. Extraordinary aerial acts fill the arena sky with a rare double-decker trapeze and Chinese acrobats propelling through the air. And with the audience participation, this circus really goes Over The Top.
HP Pavilion, San Jose, Aug. 20 - 24

Oracle Arena, Oakland, Aug. 14 - 17

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