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April 22, 2009


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Ducky Derby!!

Please join us for our
Ducky Derby

& Carnival
Saturday, 4/25
Rain or Shine
Harvey West Park
Santa Cruz
 Duck Races

Omega Nu


Trudie's Blog:

Our Children Do Walk in Our Shoes

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Or in my case it could be that my child will be running in mine.


This past weekend saw my transition into be a real athlete. One of the reasons that I know this is because I have now got two new magazine subscriptions - Running Women and Biking. Prior to this I subscribed to Cosmo or Martha Stewart.


I also...>>>>

Suki's Blog:

Empire State Egg Drop


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   ...If that hadn't been enough, we got to the Great Egg Drop. My son's school sent home a paper announcing that his grade and another grade would be competing in an "egg drop" contest. They are to devise a container that will protect an egg dropped from 12 feet. Upon hearing this, my daughter was thrilled, excited, and inspired. Jumping to her feet and dancing, she talked wildly about the prospect of dropping an egg from the top of the Empire State Building. Then she ran to her room.


A few minutes later she reappeared. "This is how... >>>>

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Aimee Citron's Blog:

Books Can Break Your Budget


Don't kid yourself, a reading habit can be expensive, especially if you have voracious readers in the house. At our house, my husband prefers novels, I'm currently into finance books and cookbooks, and my daughter, who is only a toddler, loves board books. How do we sustain our love of ...>>>>>



Wild About Otters

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Features two species of freshwater otters, and the frogs, snakes and fish that share their river and lake habitats. Includes interactive exhibitions where visitors learn about otters from around the world.





Twinkie Offense


They became famous as a defense strategy in the San Francisco murder trial of Dan White.


Fifteen billion golden cakes later we pause to ask...

What's in a Twinkie?

 Saturday, 9am  Michael Olson's

Food Chain Radio hosts

Steve Ettlinger, author of Twinkie Deconstructed, for

a conversation

about the making

of the perfect industrial food.


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Topics include why

we eat 500 million Twinkies every year;

what ingredients go into the making of Twinkies;

and why Twinkies,

like many industrial foods,

no longer have terroir.




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April 24 - May 9


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Check Perks

for Opportunity

to win Tickets

Omega Nu Raises Money for Charity ~ 19th Annual Duck Derby


     Year after year women in Omega Nu donate time to meet the charitable needs of the local community. Since the first charity grant was made following the 1906 earthquake, the group has given over 1.7 million dollars to individuals, families and organizations in need, with over $256,300 donated in just the past 5 years.  We can support them by supporting the Ducky Derby!


* Santa Cruz Chapter established in 1903
* An entirely volunteer group of more than 40 women of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds
* Hosts 2 annual fund raisers to benefit the community
* Returns 100% of proceeds directly back to the Santa Cruz community
* 18th Annual Ducky Derby and Carnival raised $70,000
* 53th Annual Rummage Sale raised over $12,000 in October 2007
* Currently have 49 local scholarship recipients from 6 public high schools, studying in California state colleges and universities, whose grants total $52,450
* First $500 scholarship award was made in 1957
* Established pilot program named Funds for Fundamentals in 2004. In the past 5 years $95,200 has been awarded to 631 local teachers
* Contributions of over $1.7 million have been made to the local community over the life of the organization
* Over $500,000 contributed in the last 5 years through our charity, scholarship and Funds for Fundamentals programs
* Chosen as a 2003 United Way Community Hero
* 2003 City of Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Organization of the year
* Chosen as 2004 outstanding organization by Family Service Association of Santa Cruz County
* 2008 Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce "Woman of the Year" Award


This weekend, or sooner, they ask you to buy rubber ducks for the Ducky Derby and come out for a fun time!  Enjoy!

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     Many of us are paying more attention to our finances.  We're shopping differently, doing different activities, and generally trying to spend less and save more.  We find ourselves reviewing the basics. This is a great time to model for our children how to think and act about money.  Money and children are always a tricky subject... should we give them an allowance? At what age should we start? Should it be tied to chores? Answers and ideas to these and many other questions can be found in our Parent Tips section. Nothing can stop you dead in your tracks like a six year old throwing away a toy with a piece missing saying, "Don't worry... we'll just get another one." Teaching our children about the value of money, spending and saving are lessons they will carry forever. It's never too early to start!


Parenting Tips for Children's Healthy Financial Futures

~ Lori Mackey

     One measure of the success of our children's financial future is based on the habits they create around money as children. Instilling positive money habits early, prevents bad financial habits later. Children's habits around money are a reflection of what they see us do with money, their personality type (spender or saver) and the family's lifestyle.


    When children receive a dollar and spend a dollar, they are learning to live paycheck to paycheck. The best concept to teach children is to apportion their money before they spend via the 10/10/10/70 rule.


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   *Gives 10 cents to the charity of their choice

   *Puts 10 cents away for future investing

   *Puts 10 cents away for savings for "big" items

   *Now she has given back, paid her-self first and still has 70 cents for spending.


     Next we need to help our children make wise decisions.  Again we can model this for them, including them in grocery shopping, even auto purchase decisions.  With their own purchase, help them consider:

   *Is this something I really need and want?
   *Will it last or break easily?
   *Is there something else I want instead?

   *Can I borrow one from a toy library?


     Taking the time to think about what they are buying will help delay gratification, help them become  wiser consumers and encourage them to be more responsible with how they spend their money.


     Through our survey of hundreds of kids, we have learned that a child's # 1 question when it comes to money is "How do I get, earn or have more money?"  Our #1 concern as parents teaching about money is: are we giving our children way too much stuff, money and "un-necessities?"


     Here's one win-win for both sides.

     Allow children to earn money around the house by assigning chores jobs or tasks for them to do on a daily basis. Encourage their entrepreneurial spirit by seeking to work for neighbors or friends.  Giving children money for nothing creates entitlement attitudes, but allowing children to be creative and participate in structuring chores and "outside" work creates successful work ethics.


     The key to this working is for parents to stop buying for our children.  We know our children will spend our money 10 times faster than their own.  Allow our children to earn, save, donate, and spend their own money, including allowing them to experience successes and mistakes.  We know of one parent who agreed to finance a rather expensive toy for their child, making a payment agreement including a "re-possession" clause.  The child defaulted on the loan, had his toy repossessed and learned a valuable lesson early.  As a teen, he purchased his own first car and made car and insurance payments promptly.


     A little success and a little reality in the early years make for an adult able to handle money and financial decisions wisely.


                                            Events for You!

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Please visit the full Calendar of Events for Details


4/24 7-10pm, CATS, All About Theatre: An amazing play production sure to please all ages with magic and an awesome CATS world! $15 general, $10 students, Louden Nelson Center


4/25 10:30am-3pm, Omega Nu's 19th Annual Ducky Derby and Carnival,  Entertainment, Prizes, Rubber Duck Races, Food, 100 Winners! Adopt a duck at a donation of $5.00 each. Adoption papers must be postmarked no later than April 20, 2008. A limited number of ducks will be available at the event. Harvey West, 6 ducks for $25 (1 free), 12 ducks for $50 (2 free), 25 ducks for $100 (5 free)


(Special Event Page Graphics) HikingwithBaby.jpg4/25 1pm, "Redwood Baby Treks" Big Basin, Join us for a relaxed, easygoing hike with your baby in a front or back carrier. Have fun, exercise, get out of your house, and meet other parents who also love the redwoods. As we explore the redwood forest with our progenies, we will learn how the plants of the redwood forest propagate their own "babies." This 2.5 mile hike on the Creeping Forest trail ascends approx. 500 ft. through a mixed redwood forest with a dense understory of huckleberry shrubs. As the trail descends, it passes through a redwood grove where the soil has slid downhill due to earthquakes causing the trees to lean.

4/25 2-3pm, Duets of Broadway Children's Show, presents an educational music performance for children of all ages! Children will learn about harmony, rhythm, and music of Broadway. Central Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz


4/25 11am-2pm, Come Fly With Me Fashion Show Luncheon Silent Auction/Trunk Show, Come join us for a celebration with local business, civic and political leaders in support of Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition for our first Come Fly With Me Fashion Show Luncheon Silent Auction and Trunk Show. Wine tasting, raffle prizes and so much more... Children's Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition, $50.00 ($25.00 is tax deductible), Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley...


4/25 8:30am-1:30pm, Earth Day 2009 at Wilder, While every day is Earth Day at our local State Parks, Friends invites you to join our official celebration when we return to the Laguna Creek area of Coast Dairies. The native plants that we planted during our January event have been putting down roots and soaking up the winter rains, and now it's time to tend them. We also plan a full scale beach cleanup of Laguna Beach, so we need your help! Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. Participants of all ages and their families are welcome. Shuttles will run between the Wilder Ranch parking lot and the site from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information and to sign up, contact Peg Danielson at


4/25 7am The 7th Annual Mt. Charlie Challenge Ride will be held on April 25th. The SVEF Mountain Charlie Challenge is a pledge ride to benefit all Scotts Valley public schools. All funds raised go directly to SVEF to support school programs. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year around the same time. Our event offers your choice of a 100K or 50K route. Both rides start and end at Skypark in Scotts Valley. Scotts Valley Educational Foundation


(Special Event Page Graphics) CapBookCafe_RealFood.jpg4/26 5:30-6:30pm, Nina Planck, author of Real Food for Mother and Baby, Keep Mom & Baby Healthy with Good, Simple Food, One of the great food activists and the former head of New York City's farmers markets (Greenmarkets), Nina Planck changed the way we view "old-fashioned foods" like butter with her groundbreaking Real Food. Then she got pregnant. Never one to accept conventional wisdom blindly, Nina found the usual advice about pregnancy and baby food riddled with myths and misunderstandings, and she now explains why traditional whole foods yet again. Pregnant women need meat and salt, not iron supplements. Meat, eggs and avocados are better than cereals for tiny tots. Even as she casts a skeptical eye on the conventional wisdom, Planck reassures by showing how to keep your baby healthy on good, simple food. Capitola Book Cafe


(Special Event Page Graphics) Mineral_Gem_Show.jpg4/25 & 26 10am-5pm, Mineral and Gem Show. The Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society presents the 57th annual "Treasures of the Earth." Traditional attractions include the popular treasure wheel, free rock give away, door prizes and a raffle for an Amethyst. New attractions include a treasure hunt! Children under 12, and Scouts in uniform, when accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free. The $4 admission fee will support the Society's activities including scholarship and workshop programs. Please visit website for more information.

4/26 1-3pm, Creating a Children' Garden, Life Lab Science Program, Adults $20, Learn how to to make your yard into a magical, fun-filled and nutritious space for you and your family to enjoy. We will plant easy to grow plants to take home. Leave inspired with great ideas, resources and renewed energy to transform your own outdoor space. Trish Hildinger has worked with elementary age students in gardens for over 12 years. She loves it when her 9 year old and friends are outside playing and having fun in the garden. Registration Required.


4/26 10am-6pm, Día del Niño  Celebrate a day for children and families with a craft room, live music, prize drawings and Latin performances throughout the Aquarium. Children 12 and under will be admitted free all day. Monterey Bay Aquarium. Free with Aquarium admission.


(Special Event Page Graphics) Snazzy_RidersintheSky.jpg4/28 5-6pm, Snazzy Kidz presents Riders in The Sky at The Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz on Tuesday, April 28th at 4 pm. You may remember these wonderful cowboys from "Toy Story 2" and "Woody's Roundup." Riders In The Sky are truly exceptional. By definition, empirical data, and critical acclaim, they stand "hats & shoulders" above the rest of the purveyors of C & W - "Comedy & Western!" For thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life "The Cowboy Way!" Tickets are $12.50 for kids and $16 for adults. You can buy them at 831-479-9421 or at Infant-Tween


Please visit the full Calendar of Events for Details

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School Corner


Open Houses

Chartwell &
The New High

School Project
4/26, 11am-2pm

Parent Info


The New High

School Project

4/28 7:30pm



The 7th Annual
Mt. Charlie
Challenge Ride
Scotts Valley



4/26 7am

Montessori SV

80+ Families

Yard Sale

4/26 7am-12pm



"Sibling Rivalry"
Parent Ed Night
4/29 6pm

See Calendar for details



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Tweens &



Sailing Classes
Ages 8-10

& 11-16

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Hands-on sailing experience with exactly the right size boat for his/her experience and age




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Ready to Cook
from Locally Owned


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Dijon Flank Steak
An all time FPK favorite! These tender flank steaks are marinated in our tangy Dijon-lime sauce. Great with potato salad.


Grilled Chicken & Pesto Francese Bread Bake
Grilled chicken breast, fresh pesto and mozzarella cheese are layered on Kelly's French Bakery

Francese bread.

At home, bake in your oven until

piping hot.


Infused Salmon Fillets
Enjoy fresh salmon, a fish filled

with nutrients. Marinated in our fantastic ginger-soy infusion, it tastes heavenly. Excellent

on the BBQ.




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 Parent Perk


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