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Can you do it for two days?!
A friend deleted her Facebook app from her phone; she says it's more peaceful, and safer driving also! This weekend is National Unplug Day. Can you do it? Can you spend two whole days with your cell phone in its sleeping bag and your computer closed? It's good for you, really good! Listen to Tommy Sobel, Digital Habit Specialist. You may not find it practical to follow a bachelor's routine, but there are a few good takeaways here.

Local clinical and public health experts provide information: Covid-19 Vaccines

About returning to classrooms...Parents have been offered a variety of choices. Reactions vary as parents balance their children's needs; family income and work needs; and physical and mental health considerations. Take comfort in knowing that a lot of work and caring by our educational community has gone into making this stage of returning-to-classrooms work well for all participants.
Have an unplugged weekend with your families, Parmalee

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National Day of Unplugging
National Day of Unplugging
from sundown-to-sundown March 5-6
National Day of Unplugging is an awareness campaign that promotes an annual 24-hour respite from technology, observed the first weekend in March. For more than a decade, schools, religious institutions and businesses have inspired to lead a healthy life/tech balance for their communities. Participation is open to anyone who wishes to elevate human connection over digital engagement.

Ask Nicole!
Balancing Work and Family During a Pandemic

By Nicole M. Young, MSW
I’ve been working from home for nearly 20 years, so when COVID-19 turned life upside down, I was already familiar with the joys of working in sweatpants all day and rarely having to commute. My kids and husband had (sort-of) learned that if they could see or hear me working in my office but still asked, “What can I have to eat?” then they would probably get a sarcastic (but still loving!) response from me. That doesn’t mean I’d figured out a healthy work-life balance before the pandemic, though, and somehow I’ve managed to blur those lines even more during the pandemic. Sound familiar, anyone?

Dear Nicole, I’m completely worn down. Before COVID, I handled multiple responsibilities – work, helping with homework, housework, grocery shopping, etc. I was exhausted and thought it couldn’t get any harder, but I was wrong! My partner and I both work two jobs – one job away from home and one at home, so one of us is always there with our kids (6, 10, and 14 years old). I’m constantly working or doing things for my family but feel like I’m always falling behind or failing at work and home. I hate feeling this stressed and overwhelmed. Help! Isabel

Back to the classroom we go!
"First schools in the county to open in person, Vine Hill and Brook Knoll Elementary Schools. So wonderful to see so many students back in our classrooms. Very emotional for everyone!"

It's hybrid, and it's a start. It will be fine.

March is Hummingbird Month
Come celebrate the beginning of hummingbird migration season with a visit to the Arboretum!
This time of year the Arboretum hosts both Anna’s and Allen’s hummingbirds, the two most common species in Northern California.

“The density of hummingbirds—the number per area in the Arboretum—is ridiculously high,” says Bruce Lyon, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCSC. “You can watch them feeding on flowers, you can watch their courtship, you can watch them chasing different species. It’s a great opportunity to see some pretty amazing hummingbird biology.”

The Arboretum is home to many lovely plants that attract one of the Garden's most celebrated birds—the Hummingbird! Learn more about hummingbirds and their favorite flowers in our pdfs listed below.

9th Annual Watsonville Film Festival - March 5-13 - Award-winning documentary “The Sower” by Mexican director Melissa Elizondo will be screened at this year’s Watsonville Film Festival.

Mount Madonna SDG Speaker Series: American Democracy, American Racism, March 18, 7-8pm, Details

School Events: Open Houses, Tours by Appointment, Virtual Tours, Online Performances.
Parent Workshops - for parents of toddlers through teens. Find inspiration from local professionals who care! Virtual. Details
SPCA Rescue Readers: These cute, cuddly, judgment-free listeners enjoy the extra TLC while they wait for their forever homes. While we aren’t able to offer in-person Rescue Readers at this time, we are now offering it VIRTUALLY! Sign up: Details

Free to Be a Kid Clothing Exchange, March 6, 9:30 am - 11:30 am - Bring what you can, take what you need. Details
Out and About: Indigenous Culture of Santa Cruz, Mar 6, 10 - 11am, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History - Learn about Indigenous culture in Santa Cruz, originally named Aulinta by the Awaswas-speaking Uypi people. Details
NAMI Basics Class for Parents of Teens - Mar 9, 6 - 8pm, NAMI Santa Cruz County offers NAMI Basics, a free, 6-session education program for loved ones of teens (11-17) with mental health challenges. This series will be offered via Zoom. Students must commit to all sessions to enroll. Details
Redwood Forest Steam Train Opens, 75 mins Daily, 12:30pm, 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. Details
Pick-Up Your Free Creativity Kit at the MAH, March Creativity Kit Launch Date,
Friday, March 5, (all day), The MAH's Secret Garden, Located behind Abbott Square. Pick up a new, free crafting kit that includes supplies and step-by-step instructions. Details
Sardine Stories of the Monterey Bay, Mar 7, 10 am - 12pm, he topic for the Wharf Walks will be: “Sardine Stories of the Monterey Bay” including all of the various seafood that has been pursued and processed in the Monterey Bay. Details
Welcome to Ongoing Programs for babies, toddlers, kids and teens at our libraries (virtual) Details
Boardwalk Winter Drivein Movies - Sat. Mar 6, 6:30pm, Croods, A New Age + Sat. Mar 13, 6:30pm, Wreck It Ralph Details
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