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Welcome November!

At several points in family acquisition stages we rebel! “Too much stuff! Purge time!” we admonish ourselves. Remember the zero waste family who had nothing to put out for trash collection? Really! I suspect they unwrapped everything at the store and put the wrappings into the store trash. Nevertheless, with gift season coming up I’m giving serious thought to mostly consumable gifts. Just look at all these ideas from The Minimalist Mom's – 90 Clutter-free Gift Ideas.
Santa Cruz County is back in the Red Tier. Sigh... Carry on... We each choose a best path for us and our family.

Cheer up! Treat your pod or young, doodling artist to a fun class with local cartoonist Jon "Bean" Hastings.

Have a sunny-get-outside weekend, Parmalee
Volunteer if you can ... Ask if you need help
Santa Cruz County families have been giving generously throughout 2020's covid and fires. With the holidays approaching, many parents are talking about how to involve their children in the joy of giving. they want to connect with families who need help. Santa Cruz County abounds in a variety of sterling organizations available to help us help others. Whether you can give money or time, there is a reliable organization available. Check out our list of charitable organizations > > >
Colds may keep kids covid-free
"The sniffles might be key to a big puzzle of the pandemic: Why are children so much less likely than adults to become infected with the new coronavirus and, if infected, less likely to become ill?

One possible reason: Kids may have antibodies that block SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus causing the pandemic, because they so frequently get milder coronaviruses in the form of colds, according to a new study.

While adults might get one or two colds a year, children may get up to a dozen, said Stephen J. Elledge, a genetics professor at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital." Source: NYT School Briefing
Our Changing Weight
There's a lot of anecdotal complaining that stress and isolation has led to weight gain among us. With the holidays coming up, here is an approach which may help!

Ten Healthful Habits to Embrace

  1. Keep to a meal routine: eat at roughly the same times each day. People who succeed at long term weight loss tend to have a regular meal rhythm (avoidance of snacking and nibbling). A consistent diet regimen across the week and year also predicts subsequent long-term weight loss maintenance
  2. Go for healthy fats: choose to eat healthy fats from nuts, avocado and oily fish instead of fast food. Trans-fats are linked to an increased risk of heart-disease
  3. Walk off the weight: aim for 10,000 steps a day. Take the stairs and park far away from your destination to ensure you’re getting your heart rate up every day
  4. Pack healthy snacks when you go out: swap potato chips and cookies for fresh fruit and veggies
  5. Always look at the labels: check the fat, sugar and salt content on food labels
  6. Caution with your portions: use smaller plates, and drink a glass of water and wait five minutes then check in with your hunger before going back for seconds
  7. Break up sitting time: decreasing sedentary time and increasing activity is linked to substantial health benefits. Time spent sedentary is related to excess weight and obesity, independent of physical activity level
  8. Think about your drinks: choose water and limit or give up fruit juice
  9. Focus on your food: slow down and eat while sitting at the table, not on the go. Internal cues regulating food intake (hunger/fullness signals) may not be as effective while distracted
  10. Always aim for five serves of vegetables a day. Fruit and vegetables have high nutritional quality and low energy density. Eating the recommended amount produces health benefits, including reduction in the risk of cancer and coronary heart disease.
What to Do with Political Yard Signs

Recycle! Do not place in trash bins. Yard signs may be dropped at the Santa Cruz City’s Resource Recovery Facility, 605 Dimeo Lane, any Monday through Saturday, 7:30am to 3:30pm.

Use Your Imagination to Transform Election Signs
Spray paint the signs and you’re off! Make your own messages: Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Welcome Baby Girl Sarah, Welcome Grandma & Grampa! Yard Sale Saturday, Free Stuff, Join us for Caroling, Slow down - Children Playing, We Shop Locally, Join us! Seabright Beach Cleanup Saturday 9am, Lemonade for Sale!
Family Events
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Santa Cruz Parent Calendar
We receive new CALENDAR posts daily, so visit our homepage and click on CALENDAR any time! https://santacruzparent.com/
Libraries Expand Services! As fall weather approaches, SCPL recognizes the need to begin offering services safely indoors. Grab & Go lobby service allows patrons to enter library lobbies to retrieve library materials on hold. Details
Beach Boardwalk Rides Closed but Some Activities Open, Saturdays & Sundays, Enjoy a limited selection of Boardwalk activities this weekend! Reservations required. Details
Elkhorn Slough Open, Wednesdays -Sundays, 9am - 5pm You can print a hard copy of our trail map HERE Details
Holiday Lights 2020 Reservations go on sale Nov. 2. Event is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 27-Dec. 27, 5:30-9:30pm. The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation and the Agricultural History Project are the proud presenters of a new adventure at the Fairgrounds celebrating the Holiday Season. Details
The Wienermobile is Here - November 11 - 17, Molly, a hotdogger who drives the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, has lined up a variety of appearances. Details
Dungeons and Dragons, Tuesdays, 3:30-6:30pm, Attention tweens and teens — Adventure awaits! A friendly introduction to Dungeons & Dragons for players of all experience levels, led by an experienced player. Details
Taming Power Struggles & Temper Tantrums, Triple P, November 12 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
She Adventure Film Tour, Nov. 12-22- This collection of the most inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining films celebrates women in adventure from independent filmmakers around the globe.
Childbirth Education Weekend Express Class, Nov 14 - 15 or Dec 19-20, 1-5:30pm - Virtual class is intended for expectant mothers and their labor support team - Details
Helping Teens Cope with Anxiety & Depression, November 17, 5-6:30 pm, Learn about common causes and signs of depression and anxiety in teens; what to do if you think your teen is depressed or has anxiety; tips for helping teens develop healthy coping skills. Details

All the County Farmers Markets! Details
One Silent Night Virtual Music Camp and Concert, Music Camp International, is offering a virtual Music Camp to U.S. teens. The virtual concert is November 18th. U.S. teens will virtually join teens from Ukraine, Romania, Latvia, Kenya and India to perform the concert “One Silent Night.” Details
Holiday Fair Goes Virtual, November 9+ The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Heritage Holiday Craft and Gift Fair will be a VIRTUAL EVENT. We still want you to be able to shop with our Holiday Fair Family of Crafters so we are busy building that experience here on our website. We will have pictures and contact information of the vendors you visit from year to year at our live event. Details
Tales to Tails - Mondays 3:30-4pm, Register! Santa Cruz Public Libraries Details

Toddler Story Time, Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11am, Bienvenidos/Welcome ~ Toddler Storytime is now live. Help your child (12 to 36 months old) build early literacy skills as we have fun with songs and stories on Thursday mornings. Details
Parenting in Difficult Times- Holiday Season Hand in Hand Parenting Class - Sundays or Wednesdays, beginning November 1 with Shauna Casey. This class and support group will help you develop and deepen your parenting skills for navigating difficulties peacefully, even playfully, while staying calmer and better-connected during the holidays.
NAMI Support Group for Parents & Caregivers of Youth, Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm - Join our free and drop-in friendly Zoom support groups every 2nd Wednesday of the month for parents and caregivers of youth struggling with mental health concerns. Details