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We can make Halloween as special as ever!
Make Halloween a giving opportunity. Create a Halloween fairy garden for the pleasure of little ghosts and witches! Turn Halloween into a gift for homebound neighbors, or residents in assisted living homes. Plan an outdoor visit in costume! Wave, blow kisses, do a little line dance, sing a special song. then go home for a special evening of games, movies, popcorn!

If you are ready to venture forth, there are a few "scary-boo" events! Check today and come back for more.
We need humor. Oh do we need humor! Listen to a baby laugh at the little oddities! Pure joy floods their entire being. Humor relieves tension, deflates an argument, ends a tense work week, grounds a teenager, interrupts a temper tantrum (all ages), bonds a class and teacher. Our nation needs gentle, witty, not biting, humor. So bring on the jokes, choose to watch more comedies. Start with the littles: 50 BestJokes for Kids and 20 Not That Lame Knock Knock Jokes and as their vocabulary and sense of humor gain sophistication, bring on the punny jokes.

Enjoy the weekend with your young jokesters, Parmalee
What is the current status of schools
in Santa Cruz County?

In-Person? Distance-Learning? Combination Choices?
You would have to be living under a rock to not know that throughout the world there are differing opinions and practices about the efficacy of lockdowns. The seismic shift created by covid19 in our educational environment has generated incredulity, frustration, creativity, ingenuity, teamwork, and unique solutions to this crisis. Parents, teachers, administrators and children are adapting to change and offering innovative approaches to learning, yet most yearn for the day their children’s schools are open safely.

What is the current status of schools in Santa Cruz County? Who is closed? Who is open and how? We asked schools for their status and if a response has not yet arrived, we checked their websites and/or facebook pages. Here's the scoop! > > >
A Timely Online Course
A local DAD and attorney emailed me to suggest that I share with readers "the best course I ever took about the Supreme Court. It would be good for high school kids, maybe some middle school kids, with parents participating for discussion purposes." Here. Check out the Supreme Court's very own website.
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Reading is thinking ~ know a virtual learner who would benefit from participating in an engaging book club? WPL’s “My First Bookclub” program will meet online twice a month to read a picture book, have a discussion, and enjoy a fun activity. School aged children in Grades 1st-3rd and 4th-5th are encouraged to participate. To register visit Watsonville Public Library. Details
Are you ready for an adventure? Using the FREE Agents of Discovery app (from your app store), you are invited to complete six different challenges at Quail Hollow Ranch County Park! Details
Ocean Film Festival 2020, October 15 - 20, $15, Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases a cinematic celebration of our oceans comprised of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. Details
Line Dance Lessons with the Sundance Saloon - Sundays, 6-9pm,
Free - Line dance lessons through live-streaming in the comfort of your own home. Details
Navigating "these" School Years with Positive Discipline, Tuesdays 6pm, Nov. 3-24, This 4 week virtual support and learning group will bring you everything from how to address and mitigate distance learning challenges with kindness and firmness at the same time, gain encouragement strategies and learn how to win cooperation with your 6-12 year olds. Details
Positive Discipline - Family Support Sessions - Bilingual and Free, Tuesdays, 6 - 7pm - Positive Discipline family support sessions for families within Santa Cruz City School District. Details
All the County Farmers Markets! Details
Parent-Child Home Support Program, Waldorf School, October - November, 3 Age Groups: Details
School Day Tours
by appointment
Tuesday, November 3 &
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm Details
Families with school-age children are invited to attend our virtual Open House to learn more about the school program, Oct. 17, 11am-12pm. Details
Parent-Child Home Support Program,
Santa Cruz Waldorf School, October - November, 3 Age Groups, walking through kindergarten Details
Mountain Makers Market, October 18,10am-5pm, Everything from home goods to jewelry, original artwork to pottery, artisan food to body products, textiles & leather work to birdhouses! Details
Wilder Ranch State Park - Partial Closure Notice (9/13/2020): The portions of this park which have reopened include: The Coast Dairies State Beach, Coastal Side, Historic Complex and Day Use Backcountry areas. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Details
November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election County Election Information November 3 Details List of Voting Locations
Harvest Faire - Weekends Oct 3 -Nov 1, Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Details
Triple P Parent Workshop: How to Foster Positive Friendships Among Teens, Register to get the Zoom meeting link: Details
We are launching The Museum At Your Side — a collection of hands-on activities, informative articles, and engaging videos to connect you with nature and science wherever you are! Details
Tales to Tails - Mondays 3:30-4pm, Register! Santa Cruz Public Libraries Details
Bonsai Fundraising Sale, The Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai will be hosting an outdoor bonsai fundraising sale at the Aptos Grange on Sunday October 18, 10am - 3pm. A minimum of 50% of the proceeds will be donated to fire related charities (Sempervirens fund and Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County). 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.