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Amazing Times
School. Work. What does the future look like? When will we be able to visit with friends, play sports together, learn together, work together? How do we balance screen time with outdoor time, reading, playing, chores, alone time?

Parents are having to make work, education, childcare, safe recreation choices, yet are in somewhat of a holding pattern. Teachers are having to make major changes, or even to decide if they can be a teacher in these uncertain times. Every family brings its own unique circumstances to the decision making.

Our lives have been thrown a curve! This is a time for exploring all options. Resources exist. Go to the original source for accurate information. Explore, discuss and keep options open.

Just look at how our libraries have pivoted to offer support. Another group which is very available to help is the CDRC, Child Development Resource Center. Their specialists can help you find the best childcare program for your needs. Every educational organization including private, public and homeschooling resources offers information on their websites and welcomes your questions.

We found some provocative articles, podcasts and videos for you. Scroll to the end!

It's an amazing time of restrictions, re-evaluation, choices and opportunity. You can do it!
Too much!? Scroll down for the loveliest, most tasty floral shortbread cookie recipe to make with the children, but first research edible flowers, then find them!

Bon apetit, Parmalee

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Family Events
Monterey Bay Aquarium Opens
Fall in love, all over again. From sea otters to seaweeds, our unique oceanfront location and timeless galleries bring the wonders of the ocean to life for our visitors. Details
All the Farmers Markets!
Just picked, fresh from the farms to you, and often musical entertainment and special, delectable eats for foodies! Details
Exploring Homeschooling Free Workshop July 11
This fast paced, one and a half hour introductory workshop will help new homeschooling families find out more about the legal ways to homeschool, the various styles of homeschooling, and the area resources and programs for homeschooling. With veteran Homeschooler, Heddi Craft.
July 11 Details July 14 Details
Want to live from fear or values? July 14 @ 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Bi-weekly teaching on FB Live 2pm Tuesday and Thursday in July. 3rd monthly series after Thought Traps and Emotional Well-being. Details
Triple P 8-week Virtual Group: for families with children 2 – 12 years old - July 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Details
Triple P Workshop: Helping Teens Cope with Depression - July 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Triple P Workshops cover practical tips and strategies for handling specific parenting questions and challenges. Details
The Magic of Germar July 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Germar (aka Gerardo Martinez) is a Vallejo, California, USA based magician who strives to entertain and educate his audience through his magic and illusions. Details
Lego Building Challenge
July 15 - Join our 8 week summer Lego Building Challenge. Details
Rockin’ Pop-Up with the Geology Gents July 15 @ 3:00 pm - Join the Geology Gents, Gavin and Graham, for weekly conversations about rocks live on Facebook. Details
Join us at The Art Factory for our 12th year of extraordinary art camp! Due to Covid-19, we are running a virtual program this year. Camps are 1 week long and meet for 2 hours per day, California inspired art starts next week! Details
Barrel Full of Monkeys Circus Show - July 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Hilarious and inspiring family entertainment, Slim and Squeaky's show is the perfect cocktail of thrills and skills that will delight audiences of all ages. Details
Minecraft Club at the Discovery Learning Center July 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm - The DLC Minecraft Club is a club where we play and build things together in Minecraft, online. Details
More Library Summer Entertainment Our librarians have been busy lining up entertainers for us. Sign up now to reserve your spot, and put it on your calendar. Details
Positive Discipline Community Resources (PDCR) Monday’s and Thursdays 3-4:30pm, Rotating topics for all ages and parents. Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties welcome to join FREE! Details
Tales to Tails goes virtual!
Wednesdays, 10-11am, How will this work? Join us!
Redwood Forest Steam Train, Roaring Camp, Daily 11 am, 12:30pm, 2pm, masks required. Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain as conductors narrate the history of Roaring Camp , the railroad and the forest. Opening June 26 Details
Join SCPL for a weekly Dungeons & Dragons campaign, Fridays, 1-4pm, Details
New Moms Support Group, Wednesdays @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm , Ask questions about your newborn, share your joys and challenges while sheltering in place, and a Mindfulness Meditation exercise at the end to start the afternoon off right! Details
Wacky Water Day – Kits To Go! July 16 & 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pick up your Wacky Water “fun-day” kit for your family and take home or to your favorite park or beach to celebrate “Wacky Water Day - Details
Summer Camps for the children!
Many are open and following safe practices.

Schools have been preparing reopening plans. Here are a few for your consideration. If your school or district is not mentioned, call them!

Gateway  Reopening Plans
Good Shepherd School   Reopening Plans
Mount Madonna   Reopening Plans
Springhill   Reopening Plans

Santa Cruz County Education  Current Information
Live Oak   Reopening all Live Oak Schools  July 9th Zoom meeting on Reopening Schools this fall
Pacific  Reopening Plan

For those families wanting or needing to homeschool, visit our Calendar for several homeschooling workshops abourchoices available.
Nature and Cookies!
Loria's Flower Cookies

3 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/3 C organic sugar
2 t kosher salt
3 eggs
2 T vanilla
4 C flour
edible flowers

Mix butter, sugar & salt.
Add yolks one at a time.
Add vanilla.
Carefully add flour.
Place dough on parchment paper;cover with parchment paper and roll out.
Cut cookie shapes; remove excess dough.
Add flowers; cover with parchment paper; roll lightly.
Refrigerate 20 minutes; Bake at 360 10-15 minutes; Sprinkle with organic sugar.
Support for Parents
In Defense of Absurdly Early Bedtimes
by Melinda Wenner Moyer
I make my kids go to sleep by 7:30 p.m., without exception. They’re happier and might even be smarter and healthier because of it. Read this article > > >

The Science of Reading Before Bed
by Gillian Sisley
Disappearing into another world right before bed has massive benefits. And apparently, science is backing me on why this is such a great practice for my health. Find out how much this lowers stress levels compared to other techniques > > >

Thoughts For Parents And Educators On School Reopening
by Ronnie Burt
For those of us in the northern hemisphere, we will be starting our next school year in the coming weeks and months. Depending on where you live, there will be really difficult decisions made about how school will proceed during the current pandemic the world is facing. Read more > > >

An Unsolicited Commencement Speech Delivered at the Height of the Plague By Mike Rowe - Watch and listen to this. It's inspiring! Go> > >

Why are you still sending your kids to school? A conversation with Blake Boles
with Suki Wessling | Jul 6, 2020 | COVID-19 , Education , Talk of the Bay
On Talk of the Bay, host Suki Wessling speaks with Blake Boles, who has been writing about and leading alternative education for teens since the publication of his debut book, College Without High School . We talk about Blake’s new book, Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School? , and explore why some parents were rethinking school even before the pandemic. Learn more about Blake’s work at www.BlakeBoles.com .