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Memorial Day Weekend


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Weds, 5/27
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Sun, 5/31
"Design the Family You Want,

Transformational Workshop"  

Vets Hall, Santa Cruz  Only $25

Bring a friend free.

Free parking

and potluck lunch.


"The Parent Coach"

is an international parenting expert. Since 1995 she's worked closely with children, parents and educators as a family counselor and educational therapist.





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Friends Preview Night

Fri, May 29




Free to Public!

Sat, May 30

10-1pm $1.50/lb

2-4pm  $5/bag


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Sat, May 30, 1-2pm

Call 420.5798

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(Icons/Graphics) Fly-in1.jpgHappy Memorial Day weekend!

     We plan to stay home and spend time with family and friends, walking the beaches, the sweet ones only we locals know about, gardening, barbecuing, swimming and maybe going out early for a sale item that's on our list. For those of you staying in town, there's some great entertainment throughout the county: the annual Antique Plane Fly-in, Blues Festival and Civil War Battle and Encampment.

      On Memorial Day there's a ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery in memory of soldiers who have served our nation. While you're out and about, if you see a veteran volunteer selling poppies, make a donation and wear it proudly! It helps disabled veterans.

     If you're travelling, be safe and have fun!



Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Watsonville's 45th Annual Fly-in & Air Show.

by Hugh Seagreaves, President, Watsonville's 45th Annual Fly-in & Air Show


     Enjoy chills and thrills by the dozen and delight your senses. There is something for everyone in the family.


(Special Event Page Graphics) F-18SuperHornet.jpg     Be awed by the beauty of the Friday night Air Show starting at dusk. Saturday and Sunday, thrill to the noise and tactical maneuvers of two F-18 Super Hornets! See the Marines demonstrate vertical takeoffs and landings with the AV-8B Harrier from MAG-13 out of Yuma!


     Top that off with breathtaking performances by Vicky Benzig with her highly modified Extra 330 Single, Tim Decker in a Pitts S2B, John Collver in his T-6, Bill Stein and his Edge 540, and Eddie Andreini in his 450 Super Stearman, Jess Rodriguez skydiving, and local performer Carlos "CRASH" Tapia's acrobatics with Extreme Industries motorcycles.


(Special Event Page Graphics) F6FHellcat.jpg     Watch the aerial parade of WWII war birds, including an F6F Hellcat, P-40 Warhawk, Hawker SeaFury, Yak-11, P-51 Mustangs, and an assortment of T-6, SNJ, and BT-13's as they fly overhead in a pre-show salute.


     Stroll down the rows of beautifully restored antique aircraft flown in from all over the country, such as the very rare 1928 Boeing 40C owned by Addison Pemberton of Spokane, Washington. But, don't stop with aircraft, enjoy The 3rd Annual Show-N-Shine Car Extravaganza with its dazzling array of custom and classic cars, co-hosted by Koolstangs and Road Angels. While you're at it, stop by the many vendors booths for that perfect souvenir or your favorite event food.


     Bring your sense of smell and taste to the Friday night Family Spaghetti Dinner, May 22, in the Pacific Air Care hangar. More great food awaits you at the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.


     Learn about the mysterious Skunk Works and the F117, flying around the world, or even formation flying and much more at the Open Hangar hosted by EAA Chapter 119 all three days.


     This is your chance to have a great time with your family while supporting local non-profit organizations; this is truly a community event."


                                                            Be A Maker!

by Suki Wessling

     Coming soon to a convention center near you... (if you live near the Bay Area)...


      For the last couple of years, we have made the Maker Faire a destination of choice for our family. This year it's happening May 30 and 31, so I thought I'd give it a plug and explain why.


     First of all, what they call a Maker is what is commonly known as a do-it-yourselfer, and known around our house as just plain "us". This fair is all about doing cool stuff. Sometimes the cool stuff has a purpose, like something you can wear, ride on, or possibly eat. Sometimes its purpose is just to entertain. Sometimes its purpose is... well... rather more obscure. There is little chance that you'll be bored at the Maker Faire, and a pretty big chance that you and your kids will leave with some choice memories.


Some highlights for us:


     Our daughter never tires of the fire-throwing fire engine. The rest of us can do without it, but it just drives her wild to see that thing spurt out a ball of flame instead of water. Get it? It's a FIRE engine.


     We all love the Tesla Coil (read about that here). As soon as you get there, you have to go find it and find out what its schedule is. It only goes off every so often. And if you have a pacemaker, keep your distance.


     Both of our kids played really cool electronic guitars last year. There's always a fair amount of music-related stuff, from electronic to old-fashioned.


     A great highlight for my kids is a room that kids actually need their parents to sign a release form for! The room is filled with cast-off "junk" from local companies, from keyboard keys to paper clips to chips and boards. The tables are stocked with hot glue guns (thus the release form). The kids (and the big kids) go around the room, collect an intriguing pile of "junk," and then construct! I still have the box I made last year, with a plastic baby-doll leg as a handle to lift the cover off. Totally fun.


     The other great thing about the Maker Faire is that I can't tell you what else you'll experience there. It will certainly be fun. Last year there was a coordinated display of Mentos in Diet Coke that was something akin to synchronized swimming.


     There is a downside: It used to be cheap, and is no more. However, one of the resourceful homeschoolers I told about it noticed that you only need to get ten people to get the 50% off group rate. So go for it! Find some friends, bring a picnic (and a little cash for ice cream), and spend the day with other people who like to do weird stuff.


     And unless you want to incur some bruises on your credit card, stay out of the Maker Store. That's where the real damage can be done!

Kid Friendly Activities


                                               6 Tips for Stressed-Out Moms!

By Judith Orloff, MD,

author of Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life


It's not surprising that mothers reported higher levels of stress than any other age group in an international survey of 30,000 people aged 13 to 65, conducted by Roper Starch Worldwide.

Mothers by definition are caretakers. They take care of kids and partners, elderly parents, family pets, shopping and cooking, and most of the domestic chores. On top of all that, they work outside the home and volunteer in their spare time. So who's taking care of the caretaker?


If not managed, a mom's stress can affect her health and happiness. Here are 6 tips for combating the stress, worry, fear, and anxiety that come from being a supermom and caretaker.

Set limits with emotional vampires. Emotional vampires are people who sap your energy and leave you feeling fatigued, agitated, or craving comfort food. Emotional vampires come in all forms, from needy children and critical spouses, to unpleasant coworkers and nagging parents. When you're around people who drain your energy, practice saying no, politely excusing yourself, or communicating your limits clearly and calmly.


Stay in the "now." When you feel yourself being overwhelmed by responsibilities, deadlines, and pressures, don't catastrophize. Instead, keep your mind focused on the present moment only. Don't let it wander to worst-case scenarios. Stay focused on the positive changes you can make and the practical steps you can take today.


Use humor to counter frustration. Mothers are great at changing direction. They're used to making last-minute changes due to a sick child, a snow day, or a babysitter who doesn't show. Next time you're stressed out because things aren't going your way, find something humorous about your current situation, and write an inner comedy sketch about it. Searching for humor in a situation immediately counteracts stress.


Evaluate the anxiety. Thoughtfully consider if a real threat exists or if you're blowing things out of proportion. You can ask questions such as, "What's the worst thing that could happen?" Or, "Will anyone die, go hungry, or be harmed?" Go through this mental exercise to bring stressors back into perspective.


Change your stress chemistry. 5-HTP is a plant extract that converts into serotonin in the brain, gently reducing anxiety and improving sleep. Kava-kava, from the root of a South Pacific plant, promotes relaxation, improves sleep, and relieves muscle tension. Calcium/magnesium, minerals that are depleted by stress, are calming and promote rest. Vigorous aerobic exercise stimulates feel-good endorphins that counteract stress.


Express gratitude. One of the quickest ways to defuse stress is to take a breath and make a mental list of five things for which you are grateful. Not only does this activity distract you from obsessive worries, but cultivating positive thoughts has an immediate calming effect on your neurochemistry and will help you relax and unwind.


Judith Orloff, MD (, is a board-certified psychiatrist and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA. Her new book is Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life, on The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.



(Icons/Graphics) LadyDetectives.jpg  5/23 10am, Felton Remembers Parade and Covered Bridge Festival honors local veterans. The parade, led by Veterans, includes more than 60 floats and marching entries, vintage automobiles, children's groups and riders on horseback. There are flags for everybody and the festival offers food, beer, wine, entertainment and children's games 11-4.

Calendar Details

5/22-24 Watsonville Airport Fly-in, Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Watsonville's 45th Annual Fly-in & Air Show. Enjoy chills and thrills by the dozen and delight your senses.


5/23 1-3pm, Jazz Music In The Redwoods, Henry Cowell State Park, The Sam Kellerman Trio will perform a variety of jazz styles. Free


5/23, 11am, Strawberry Day at The Farm, Strawberry shortcake! Lean about strawberries from a local farmer. Free Salinas Valley

5/23-24 10-7, Santa Cruz Blues Festival, $25 - $100, Aptos Village Park

5/24, 12-3pm, 1950's Picnic, Quail Hollow Ranch, Pack a picnic lunch and travel back in time to enjoy an afternoon of fun and games in the 1950s style. Park volunteers will introduce you to a variety of games including hoola-hoops, horseshoes, ping-pong, pick-up-sticks, monopoly, marbles, and more. Enjoy old-time TV shows, and organized games like musical chairs, sack races, and 3-legged races. Bring the entire family.


5/23-25, 9am, Memorial Weekend at Gilroy Gardens, You don't have to ride in on a white horse to be a hero! Celebrate your heroes by joining us on Memorial Day Weekend for an All-You-Can-Eat BBQ with all the fixings! Also, this is your last chance to experience our Secret Treasures special event, where children can partake in a scavenger hunt throughout the park!


5/23-25, 28th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment, Roaring Camp Railroads, Visit encampments of Union and Confederate solders and witness historic battles at one of the longest-running Civil War reenactments in the West. Be advised that occasional loud cannon and gunfire may be heard as part of the re-enactment activities during the day. It is not advisable to bring dogs to this event.

5/23-25, 12pm, Boulder Creek Art & Wine Festival, Music, Wine and Art Vendors, Youth performances

5/26. 6-7:30pm, Be the Best Parent, Deborah Valentino Mitchell, MFTT, Helping your teen be a more successful student and young adult.... San Lorenzo Valley High School in partnership with Youth Services is offering free parent sessions to provide more effective tools for parents to better support and communicate with their children. 7105 Highway 9 , Felton

Calendar Details

5/31, 9am "Design the Family You Want, Transformational Workshop" on May 31 at the Vets Hall in Santa Cruz . Only $25 with free parking and potluck lunch. Bring a friend for free.


5/22-30, Grease the Musical, All About Theatre, Ages: PG-13 (high energy teen show)

Admission Fees: $7 - $18


Design the Family You Want with Lorraine Pursell, MA, BCET,

"The Parent Coach"

Only $25 for full-day, transformational workshop!

Bring a friend for free.

Sunday, May 31, 9am - 5 pm (registration starts at 8:30am)

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-Enroll your family to share the load
-Talk so your child listens and acts
-Create healthy and lasting communication
-Get your needs met and have family harmony


Presented by Lorraine Pursell, MA, BCET

Parenting coach and board certified educational therapist

Vets Hall, 846 Front St., Santa Cruz, Free parking in Front/River Street Parking Garage, 1st floor
Potluck lunch for parent fellowship
To register: call 808-936-4370, LorrainePursell.

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