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School's Out, Summer's In




at Main Beach!

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June 13


It's the Giant Dipper's 87th Anniversary!



Your Child's Horse Dreams!

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Your Child's Purpose!

Week Long Day Camps


Ranch Responsibilities

Ages 6-16

Willow Pond Ranch
Home to Mild Mannered Rescued Horses
Host to Children
Who Love Horses


10 minutes from
Soquel Village


Tara Redwood School

...Empowering children to make a positive difference in the world...

Inner Compass Summer Program 2009

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June 23 - August 20
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9am to 3pm
After School Care available until 5pm

Our Elementary School is accepting applications for the 2010 school year.

Ages 3-12

5810 Prescott Rd

Call to visit today!



fresh prep kitchens
featured main dish...

This month, Fresh Prep Kitchens is pleased to feature one of our favorite main dish dinners...

Our Southwest Chicken Fajitas is a quick, easy and delicious dinner made with tender lime-marinated chicken breast, fresh cilantro, bell peppers and onions. It's great served with our warmed flour or corn tortillas!

Don't miss this great dinner--Get yours free! See our June promotion.



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discounts on books,

 free cafe items & 

special event tickets

while helping to build the


of the Future.


Join Today!


Please call 

or come by the store.


Support what you love

and get the book for less!

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Last Minute!
Teacher Gifts

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Theatre Tickets

Gift Cards to:
 Local Coffee Shop
Tickets/Pass to Museum, Zoo or Aquarium


Going to Monterey? Salinas? Big Sur? Carmel? Check out

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A Math Test



     At a business meeting I attended a couple of weeks ago, a math test was handed out. This was a test which a major locally owned Santa Cruz County retailer gives its job applicants. They hire a lot of entry level salespeople and have been giving this same test to applicants for years! It used to be that only those scoring 100% would qualify for an interview. Of late standards have had to be lowered to those achieving 70%, and it did not even include any train problems!  Samples: If the sales tax is 5%, how much is the tax on $3.67?  What is the sales price of $1.65 less 10%  Add 36, 46 and 65.  Subtract .89 from 4.33.  Divide 640 by 8.  Multiply 3.68 by 10. What do you think?



  Top 5 Questions for Teens Looking for Summer Jobs



1) Who is the competition for teens this summer?
     According to a recent "Teens and Personal Finance" poll conducted in late February by Junior Achievement, 85% of students ages 15 and older plan on looking for jobs. This same poll cited 57% of teens as seeing fewer jobs available and more competition for the jobs they are applying for. This competition is coming, in part, from experienced workers and recent college graduates who are either looking for part time employment to supplement income, or are accepting these positions as a result of unemployment.


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• Positive, Good Attitude
• Schedule Flexibility
• Reliability
• Trust-worthiness
• Willingness to Learn
• Well Groomed (clean, neat & ironed clothing)
• Good Communication Skills (oral and written)
• A Neat, Thorough and Complete Application
• Basic Math, Reading and Comprehension Skills
• Self-Motivated
• Courteous
• Ambitious
• Organized
• Team Player
• Problem Solver

     Hiring managers would like to see students defy stereotypes typically associated with teen candidates by arriving on time to the interview and shaking hands with the interviewer. Even the little details can effect whether or not a job offer is made.


3) Where can teens do their summer job search?
     Most teens will be using the internet as their primary source for finding open positions. Some sites that post part time and hourly positions include,, Craigslist,, Additionally, teens should look around for "Help Wanted" or "Now Hiring" signs which many employers still use as a way to find candidates. Social media is also a good place for teens to post their quest for employment as more companies are recognizing Facebook, MySpace and Twitter for their reach.


4) What summer jobs are available in Santa Cruz County?
     A few examples of traditional summer jobs for teens include camp counselors, lifeguards, retail, fast food, coffee server, bussing in restaurants, and babysitting/child care.  Lots of teens work at the Boardwalk. Some other positions could include working at the movie theater, pool cleaning & lawn care, and even working as a teen promotions expert which would give excellent experience in the field of marketing and public relations.

     Proactive teens can isolate a skill they are good at and submit their resume, along with a brief description of what they can do for the company, directly to hiring managers even if there is no official job posting. In some cases, companies take this into consideration when deciding whether or not and how to post vacancies.


5) What can teens do this summer if they don't get a job?
     The important thing for teens to keep in mind this summer is not to get disheartened if they don't secure a job right away. Some employers will be hiring all summer in anticipation of turnover because someone doesn't work out or goes on vacation. Those teens successful in landing a job will be making minimum wage which is $8 in California.

     In the meantime, teens should remain upbeat and productive by taking a summer school class (or two), volunteering with community non profits, consider an internship, or even start a business!  Think how nice it would be to have a teen come to your house to wash your car, pull weeds, help clean out the garage, etc.  Doing a good job for a few neighbor clients possibly could turn into a "real" job somewhere else. Help your teen see the possibilities.  Make this summer one that gives you the experience to last a lifetime!


  Container Gardening with Children

By Janine Canada


     Gardening in containers can be an exercise in instant gratification and children love that! Let your child help you pick out an attractive pot or, if you're really handy, help them build a small planter box for the garden. Choosing a container can be tricky since there's so many to choose from: there are plastic containers in a variety of colors, terra cotta pots and colorful ceramic pots, as well as wooden planters and all of them can be either round, rectangular, square or other unique shapes.


(Site Photos) ContainerGarden1.jpg     I've recently come across another kind of container called a Smart Pot! It's like a felt material and comes in different sizes depending on what your planting needs are. What's unique about it is that it releases the heat from the roots of the plant, aerates the root system and stops root circling. It promotes the growth of the plant and, as a result, is healthier and very lush. If you'd like to read more, go to They can be ordered online; I bought mine at the Columbia Nursery near Sonora and am not aware of a local source.

     Once you've decided on the container(s), you and your child can select annuals, long-blooming perennials or small shrubs or trees. You can mix and match plants, however, it's important to choose plants that have similar water needs and exposure to sun or shade. Also, choose plants that are somewhat drought tolerant since it can be tough to keep container gardens always moist. Choosing plants that are tall for the center of the container, medium height surrounding it, and trailing plants to hang over the edge can make a very attractive arrangement. Plants that are all the same color or a variety of colors is equally attractive. Using attractive foliage in various colors of green and texture is also a good thing to keep in mind. When a child is choosing the plants, though, I wouldn't worry too much about color. Let them have fun........

(Icons/Graphics) FlowerNigellaRose.jpg    Here is a list of good plants for container gardening: Tall, spiky plants: cannas, celosia, New Zealand flax, lavender, salvia, snapdragons.  Mid-height plants: ageratum, begonia, dusty miller, geranium, grasses, inpatients, marigold, pansy, vinca, zinnia.  Low, trailing plants: bacopa, lobelia, ivy, lantana, nasturtium, petunia, alyssum, sweet pea, verbena.  Drought-tolerant: agapanthus, cactus, dusty miller, geranium, flax, hens & chicks, kalanchoe, lantana, salvia, thyme, verbena, yucca.

      Another great reason to use containers is that gophers won't eat their roots! Santa Cruz County seems to be having a population explosion of gophers and I, for one, am using gopher cages, more containers and gopher-resistant plants. Next month I'll share more about that!


Janine Canada, formerly a local pre-school owner and teacher, recently published Gardening with Gus, a fun and colorful activity book full of projects, songs, recipes, a list of gardening books for young children and lots of resources. She is also offering in-service workshops for pre-school staff. Go to for more information or contact her at



Events for You!


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Fri & Sat, 6/12 & 13 7pm, Campfire Programs, State Park Big Basin, Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening (Icons/Graphics) CampfirePhoto.jpgof song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the marshmallows and sticks!) at 7:00 pm and program begins at 7:30 pm  Good dogs welcome!


6/12 6-7pm, African Music and Story Time, Steve Spitalny and master

musicians of Mbira DzeMuninga from Zimbabwe. Call 469.9835 for location

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Listen to Santa Cruz' Own Michael Olson
Food Chain Radio
Saturday, June 13, 9-10am

     There are three frightening ironies within the three simple sentences of this Chico Enterprise-Record letter to the editor: "Today when I paid for my child's lunch at school, I asked about the food that was being served. The lunch lady explained that all the canned food is from China because it is really cheap. She showed me the cans and verified the truth."

Can you identify three ironies in this letter to the editor?

    This Saturday at 9am Pacific, Michael Olson's Food Chain Radio hosts a conversation about the real costs of feeding our children cheap food from China.

    Topics include why Chico, California must feed its school children cheap food from China; the true costs of buying that cheap food; and the consequences of forcing food production off shore.

Listen on your radio 1080AM, 9-10am, computer or IPOD: Food Chain Radio



6/13, 10am-1pm, Saturdoon, Art, Food, Entertainment, Handmade items! Bonny Doon

6/13, Juneteenth Celebration, Louden Nelson


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6/14 Art at the Beach, Capitola Village


6/14, Creating Compassionate Cultures, Adults, Tara Redwood School, (Jun 14-Jun 17) from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Admission Fees: check our website


6/14, 10:30am-1pm Dog Walk & Yappy Hour, Woofers & Walkers


6/14, 1-2pm, Father's Day Hike through the Marsh, State Park Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, Bring your dad for a fun time amongst the rushes and willows for a special father's day hike through the marsh. Let's find snakes and bugs and sneak up on the birds.


6/15, 11-11:45am, Storytime at Capitola Book Café, Lively readers Billie Harris and Jill Rose read stories. All ages are welcome as Billie & Jill enjoy engaging everyone in the conversation. Enjoy lunch in the cafe as well!

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6/15, 7:30-9pm, Divorced Fathers Network, Every Mon


6/17. 6:30-9:30, Lucky Steppers Square Dancing, Lucky Steppers is a Plus level club that meets in Santa Cruz, California. We dance on Thursday nights from 6:30 until 9:30 PM. 6:30 - 7:00 - Round Dance Teach, taught by Sue and Phil Harris; 7:00 - 8:30 - Beginner Class; 8:30 - 9:30 -- Club Dance


6/19-9/4, Every Fri, 6:30pm Boardwalk Friday Nights Summer Series


6/26-28, 24th Annual Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Monterey Blues Festival, Listen to some toe tappin' blues at the 24th annual Monterey Blues Festival. Three stages will work in unison to commemorate and celebrate this historical American art form.


Fri, 6/26 12-8pm, US Women's Expo, For the woman on the go...Who wants to stay in the know. The Expo is everything that will help to empower women in their every day lives. The U.S. Women's Expo is a one stop shop for the woman on the go who wants to stay "in-the-know" on the latest in beauty, fashion and so much more! Santa Clara

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Kids Chef Program
at New Leaf
Community Market

M - Th, 6/22-25
10 am - 1pm
Ages 11-14

Prepare and enjoy healthy dishes while learning measuring, reading a recipe, planning a menu,
knife skills and
kitchen safety
with Marisa Johnston.

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Register by 6/18
 831-466-9060 x 126

1101 Fair Ave,

Santa Cruz



Parents Night Out!
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Kids too!

Saturday, June 20


Bring the children to

Santa Cruz

Sports Central

for a fun evening of gymnastics and games.

Ages 3-12




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Father's Day!

Sunday, June 21


An all you can eat brunch buffet from  in honor of dad. Patio dining is available and the bounce house will be set up for the kids. Regular evening dinner service.

See Sample

Father's Day Menu.

Hwy 9, Ben Lomond



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Aimee Citron's


 Take-Out Dinner Problem (& Solution!)

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The Problem: I was at a meeting recently where I met a lawyer in her early thirties who had a husband (also a lawyer) and two children, ages five and two. She lived in Kentucky, and was complaining about the fact that Kentucky restaurants didn't have many, if any, vegetarian entrees on the menu (she was a vegetarian). I commented that she must rarely go out to restaurants for that reason, and her reply was, "No, actually, we go eat out twice a week, and the other days we get take-out. We never cook at home."
I was only partially astounded ...>>>>>

Suki Wessling's

Blog:Kitchen Gadgets

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     One of the wonders of modern life is all the amazing gadgets that people are inventing. Though not life-saving, they can sometimes be life-altering.

     My favorites often are solutions to annoying little problems that happen all the time, but aren't important enough for you to give much thought to. Then one day you're wandering through a kitchen store and there it is ...



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