New Babies, Inside Education, and October Fun!

Friday, October 16, 2020

If having a baby during a pandemic wasn’t stressful enough, add being evacuated during an unprecedented fire. Moms have an inherently unique strength, and giving birth during crazy times is no match. In the middle of August, both Kristin and Mayya were preparing to have their babies, and then the lighting storms hit, lighting the mountains on fire, then the entire San Lorenzo Valley was evacuated.

How to Celebrate Halloween Safely

Friday, October 9, 2020

No, there’s plenty to do. You can see the events and our readers thoughts about what to do for the last day of October and preparing for it right here. Plus see our list of the best creepy Halloween family movies.

Important news and information for October.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Santa Cruz has the best signs. This one is at Arana Gulch park, a once hotly-debated project that has been a great success, and will make you smile while doing the dirty work. Nice job, whoever created it.

It's beginning to look like fall.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Among our kids’ biggest fears is that they won’t be able to continue our annual tradition of celebrating Halloween at a theme park fright fest. We are still waiting for news on what, if anything, local and state theme parks will be doing for the holiday. So far, the news is more gloomy than the one-time decorations. Meanwhile, at least we can go to drive-in movies at the beach. We also enjoy, more than ever, the Spirit Halloween store and are looking forward to a parking lot display and sale at our favorite local haunt, Trick or Treat productions, now on 17th Street in the old Ledyard building. More on that soon.

Generosity is love in action.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Growing Up put out the call to action to collect items to donate to the schools most affected by the CZU Lightning fires, and you answered! The love shown by Growing Up readers for the communities in Santa Cruz County was breathtaking. Thanks to the generosity of the Owners of Kiantis and their employees, Palace Art Supply, Salesian School, Growing Up Staff, and many individual monetary contributions, we could fill over 800 bags of goodies.

Helping others, and taking care of yourself during a crisis.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Louanne Myers, retired teacher from San Lorenzo Valley USD, wrote down her thoughts about volunteering at the Fairgrounds with two young family members in the days following evacuations from the CZU Lightning Complex fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Issues and debates, plus some good news.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Hundreds of firefighters from out of the area are staying at local hotels, including the Best Western Seacliff Inn. Residents turned up at 5 a.m. to wish the firefighters well. Thanks to you early birds and you great firefighters, from Growing Up in Santa Cruz.

Out of the ashes beauty will rise.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Hundreds of firefighters from out of the area are staying at local hotels, including the Best Western Seacliff Inn. Residents turned up at 5 a.m. to wish the firefighters well. Thanks to you early birds and you great firefighters, from Growing Up in Santa Cruz.

Communities come together as our mountains are ablaze.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Just as Santa Cruz was beginning a recovery from COVID-19, the county was struck by another terrible tragedy, fires that have burned 50,000 acres and destroyed homes and lives.

Miss going to the movies? How about a drive in?!

Friday, August 14, 2020

Businesses are doing what they have to in order to survive the pandemic and some are coming up with ingenuitive ways to reach families and stay safe. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is turning its parking lot into a giant drive-in movie theater, showing classics on the big, big screen for only $25 a car load.


Changes are Fluid, How to Adjust Accordingly

Friday, August 6, 2020

What can you do without in-person school? We’re tracking options and sharing with you businesses that are moving their learning online.

Surviving Shelter-in-Place and Screen Time

Friday, July 24, 2020

If you’ve managed to survive this shelter-in-place without letting your kids have excessive screen time, we salute you. Parents used to call TV the “electronic babysitter,” but now it’s been replaced by tablets and desktops.

What is School Going to Look Like in the Fall

Friday, July 17, 2020

Freedom is taking on a whole new meaning in the wake of the coronavirus. Do we open schools? Do we open beaches? Do we wear masks? Things one would think aren’t debatable are suddenly becoming constitutional issues.

Special Solutions for Special Needs

Friday, July 10, 2020

July is our annual special needs issue and we salute the great things being done in Santa Cruz to help those who need it most. This month’s issue has a moving story about the Autism Family Network and its founders, motorcycling banker Stoney Godet and Gabby Johnson.

Teach Your Children Well

Friday, July 3, 2020

The biggest issues in Santa Cruz and the world right now are racism and the coronavirus, both deadly diseases.  How do you raise kids not to be racist, when this virus has spread, with seemingly invisible symptoms, but has been rearing its ugly head a lot lately?

How to Deal with Grief

Friday, June 19, 2020

We watched the memorial service for Santa Cruz Sheriff Deputy Damon Gutzwiller, 38, and it was overwhelmingly sad. A white supremacist murdered the deputy in Ben Lomond, June 6. He had a 2-year-old son, Carter, and his wife, Faviola, has a baby due this month.

A New Normal

Friday, June 12, 2020

Some of the highlights include students and employees wearing masks and social distancing. 

Finding Ways to Make a Difference

Monday, June 8, 2020

We saw an editorial cartoon that stands out and defines the times. There was a small grim reaper with coronavirus written on it. Behind it was a much larger grim reaper that said Climate Change. “Who’s your agent?” asked the bigger one. Just as many people ignored the virus and equal rights for all races, they have their heads in the sand about a considerable threat.

Let the Graduation Ceremonies Commence

Friday, June 5, 2020

Nothing feels quite normal, but schools are doing their best to make graduates feel special. Here’s what some of our local schools are doing:

Santa Cruz Leads the Way

Monday, June 1, 2020

Just as it started to feel like we could reach some kind of normal, parts of the country are now in flames. How do you explain it to your kids or do you shelter them from the storm?

Graduation, Beaches and Ice Cream!

Monday, May 27, 2020

Our social media audience is growing! Follow us on Instagram @growingupsc for a chance to win an ice cream delivery from Aunt Lali’s Treats! (service area from Ben Lomond to Santa Cruz)

Dive into May's Articles

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter will host a Pet Food Pantry for pet owners in need. Free pet food can be picked up at the Shelter’s Education Center, 2260 7th Avenue in Santa Cruz on May 19 from 10 am to noon. During this time, the Shelter is also accepting pet food donations for these pets in need. You can drop off unopened pet food at the Shelter’s entrance (1001 Rodriguez St.) in Santa Cruz at the front door.

Taking Time Away from the Screen

Monday, May 11, 2020

Soquel High 16-year-old Jayden Gallegos found a new passion during the Stay In Place order (besides video games).  He’s making planter boxes. SInce his mom posted about it on Facebook, the orders have been streaming in fast. At first the starting price was $12 for each box, but he raised it to a starting price of $16 for smaller ones of 24 X 10 X 8 inches

Find the Magic in Your Own Backyard

Monday, April 27, 2020

Another day when hard-working parents have to also be homeschool teachers, especially tough with toddlers. 

What have we got the most of in our backyard? Nature. And we’re so lucky to have so many types of ecosystems right here. 

Writer Sandi Schwartz, who writes the Happy Science Mom blog has these suggestions for what to do this week with your young ones.

Celebrating Earth Day's 50th Anniversary

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Fifty years ago much of the country shut down on a Wednesday for a new reason: they wanted to share their concerns for the state of the environment. The first Earth Day went nationwide, amazingly enough, organized by members of both parties, back when things happened like that.

Santa Cruz Gets an A for Sheltering in Place

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

County Health Chief Dr. Gail Newel announced that beaches and parks will reopen Thursday and will stay open unless people are seen to be violating social distancing. She said the county is looking at opening up more businesses by May 4, but couldn’t say for sure what will happen until that date. She said she expects future waves of the virus in the county, but suggested summer camps may be opened.

As reported in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, she said,  “This would be over time that we would try various measures, and then perhaps also need to retract them as well,” Newel said. “We’re hoping that the public can get used to the idea of pivoting and needing to change direction at times to control the virus.”

How are things changing in your home?

Monday, April 13, 2020

We’ve got all the time in the world to study what we want or take on new at-home challenges. It’s easy to think that maybe this is a vacation, but it’s not. Students are still doing online classes and tons of homework (about which some parents are whining more than the kids. Are they getting too much or it is a necessary evil since they have no classes?)

Laughter and Dance Make the BEST Medicine

Monday, April 6, 2020

Looking for some fun things online for entertainment? How about comedy? DNA’s Comedy Lounge, hit hard after its pretty recent opening, is offering live comedy shows online. It’s a great way to have fun and help a local business.

Shelter in Place Building Stronger Community

Friday, April 3, 2020

Here’s the best laugh we’ve had all day. I bought Companion Bakery’s “Classic Shelter Box,” which includes a bag of granola, a loaf of picnic bread, a loaf of three-seed bread, six cookies, three buckwheat scones and three Galettes for $55.

Not only is it filled with day-brightening fresh treats, but we are doing everything we can to support local restaurants and businesses, buying at least one meal a day out of the house. But here was the laugh: when we opened the shelter box, on top of the bread was a roll of toilet paper. Well played, Companion!

No April Fools Here

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Like our readers, we are stuck at home too with, well a bunch of kids of all ages, trying to figure ways to keep them happy and us sane.

During the quarantine, which is now expected to last another month, at least, we will step up the number of newsletters we send out to keep you informed about all levels of the novel disease and its effect on our community.

*Gavin Newsom has announced distance learning will continue until the end of the academic school year for all schools.

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