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Neat!

We’re looking forward to having these two Eco Fashion kids back for our 2nd Annual show on Saturday April 7th at CReATE STUDIO, 2-4pm.
We still have space for more participants and would love to have more kids and teens join the show! What a great way to be of service to fellow kids and teens that Casa Pacifca serves!
To participate email glamourlartygirls@gmail.com

We Need Casa Pacifica

Hearing about the shooting at our local mall yesterday and understanding that children are going to be affected by the loss of their mother I immediately thought of Casa Pacifica and what a valuable resource it is for children who are affected by the decisions, actions and choices of the adults in their lives. Casa helps children and families in need.
Though Casa Pacifica is not related to what happened yesterday at the  mall, they are a valuable resource for children who are in crisis like this and more.
I imagine the children who have lost their mother in unsurmountable ways in yesterdays event and in so many ways have lost their father too. How many kids are out there, being affected, abused, suffering loss, feeling responsible, confused, rejected and unloved. How many more are yet to come?
I am grateful that Casa is part of an important solution for the growing problems in todays world. They are truly a shining light with loving resources to help children not only survive life’s injustices but to grow into adulthood and thrive beyond the adversities of their childhoods.
I grew up in an alcoholic home with trauma and drama woven into my life so I understand what adversity can be for a child.
I created CReATE STUDIO in some ways to be a source of happiness for all kids, but have a special place in my heart for kids who’s childhood challenges can be a big or small facet to their lives. Like I was, there are  likely more kids affected by difficulty than we know are around us, at CReATE they have a place to come to, to enjoy some of the positive parts of life as they thrive through free form creativity and people connections. I strive to offer the studio as a source for good. In this way, I can help others. In this way I, and may event partner Kelly Moore of Glamour Party Girls can help Casa Pacifica help children.

Please join CReATE STUDIO and Glamour Party Girls on Saturday, April 7th at 2pm at CReATE STUDIO for our Recycled Fashion Show to benefit Casa Pacifica 100% for children and families they serve. We value your community support.
Thank you!
To learn more about Casa Pacifica visit their website or call them to inquire about a tour for your troop or group at their facility in Camarillo.

Ohhh.

As we Spotlight wood this month we want to call attention to a reclaimed wood use company, Silverado Salvage and Design, that makes all kinds of design and architectural installations for all, using reclaimed wood and based in Los Angeles.
We are such fans of reuse so their love of reclaimed wood makes us happy!
Check them out and get something awesomely remade!

Gotcha!

Creating together is fun, especially when it involves catching a Leprechaun!
Open Classroom students had the awesome task of creating Leprechaun traps during their fieldtrip to see us this week.

Fun!

Hey Recycled Fashion Show friends! We got a super cool donation for costume and jewelry makers for our Recycled Fashion Show participants!
Come on into CReATE and make a costume or jewelry piece with some of this Origami Owl jewelry to wear on the runway on April 7th!

Mini Me.

CReATE STUDIO and Girls Club Strong are excited to put a mini Kindness Wall in the AHS Counseling Offices where kindness and good vibes can continue to flow even farther on campus.

Spark

John J. Ratey’s book Spark already has me hooked in chapter one with the science of exercise and the brain. So interesting.
As he lays out the theory on what has been discovered around exercise and the way it can enhance thinking, I got a visual of CReATE STUDIO and how the creating kids do is so physical. It’s hands-on for sure, but more.
Among the work tables at the studio kids rarely stay put. They are always on the move, seeking materials and assembling things. If they are with friends they are like slow moving whirling dervishes, twirling around the studio, together.
Hm. There must be something to this movement that I hadn’t figured. Based on the book, exercise sparks the brain to think, to learn, but is the mind one step ahead of that concept already?
When given the space to move and create, does the creator move to create or create to move? Somehow there is a correlation in what I see day to day. Movement. Moving and making are one.
I am going to keep an eye on this. Until now, I thought kids kept moving from table to table looking for a clean space to work but now, I think they are moving to create. It seems much bigger a concept.

P.S. Have you ever noticed how kids dance when they eat? It must all be part of the same deal for our human bodies- move! Does this concept interest you? Check out John J. Ratey’s book, Spark to learn more about the power of movement and our brains.

Its a trap!

Watch out Leprechauns! The trap makers are out in full force. That’s good because we lots of interesting materials to use when you come in to make yours!

Drop in this weekend and create a fantastic trap your Leprechaun won’t believe!

Pencils?

This month as we spotlight Wood we think from our non profit’s (C.O.Y.C.) perspective we think about wood on campuses.

You might ask what would wood be doing on school campuses? Well, how about pencils that have been used so much they are too short to sharpen or write with. They can become a campus material that’s great for reuse as part of a science project or maker contraption. Kids are so smart, they’ll come up with awesome creations we are sure.