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Exploring the San Lorenzo River - The River Through Time
Take a journey through time and learn how this waterway has shaped local communities, and how in turn, humans have affected the
02/23/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map

The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and funghi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem during the 2nd Annual Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Coastal Watershed Council. Learn from local naturalists, scientists and artists during this FREE weekly series, held at a different location along the river every Saturday now through April 21.

Saturday, February 17: Fungus Among Us

Pre-registration is required. Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/event/exploring-san-lorenzo-river-tour/ to register for this free event and to find out the exact meeting location.

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8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival
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Actors Theatre
8 short plays each night
Date: Every day (Jan 5-Feb 4)


(0 January 2018) ActorsTheatre_8Tens.jpg8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival, January 5 - February 4, 2018

The 23rd annual 10-minute play festival is one of the most anticipated and popular events of the theatre season in Santa Cruz! Always a sell-out - get your tickets early!

 

Sixteen awarded short plays, from our annual international playwriting contest, are performed and directed by some of the best the Santa Cruz theatre community has to offer.

 

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The Festival performs 8 short plays each night, running in rep as "A" Night and "B" Night.

"A" NIGHT

"B" NIGHT

ESTHER WILLIAMS EXPLAINED

by Eileen Valentino Flaxman. Directed by Peter Gelblum

 

HOMECOMING by Jeffrey Strausser. Directed by Gail Borkowski

AFTER THE DARKNESS by Joe Starzyk.

Directed by Suzanne Schrag & Noel Warwick

M AND THE WATER MAN

by Hannah Vaughn. Directed by Gerry Gerringer

WHILE WAITING FOR THE PLANE

by Steve Capasso. Directed by Davis Banta

THE EXCHANGE by Greg Aktins. Directed by Don Williams

ANONYMOUS DONOR by Mark Nutter. Directed by Helene Jara

LOST & FOUND by Dennis Porter. Directed by Anita Natale

THE NEW CLIENT by Paul Donnelly. Directed by April Bennett

DRIVING LESSON

by Steve "Spike" Wong. Directed by Nat Robinson

PINK ROSES AND APPLE PIE by Lindsey Esplin.

Directed by Sarah Albertson

PHONE SETS by Karen Schamberg & Wilma Chandler.

Directed by Andrew Stewart

HIGH GRASS by Irene Ziegler. Directed by Daria Troxell

DRAGON SKIN by Steve "Spike" Wong. Directed by Don Grube

SKY TRAIL, WILDER by Allston James. Directed by Bill Peters

MICHELANGELO'S JESUS by Paola Bruni. Directed by Jim Schultz

 


Location: 1001 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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The quilts are back!
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Beautiful quilts on exhibit!
Date: Every day (Dec 11-Apr 15)
Admission Fees: Free - $5

(0 Dec 2017) Quilt-Flowers.jpgThe quilts are back!
The Museum has partnered with the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild for a new temporary exhibit, "Wildflowers Through a Quilter's Eyes," beginning with an opening reception on Monday, December 11th, from 6-8 p.m. This temporary exhibit will be on display through mid-April.


http://www.pgmuseum.org/.../wildflowers-through-a-quilters-ey...


Pictured are quilts from last year's reception.
#Quilts #Quilters #Monterey #PacificGrove

 


Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
Phone: 831-648-5716 •website Pacific Grovecreate a direct event link
On the Spot Docent
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
We offer interesting and enriching volunteer experiences for all ages, talents, and skill levels
Date: Every day (Jan 9-Feb 28)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE with Museum Admission (18 and under FREE)

Volunteer

Our Museum needs you! Volunteering your time and energy is one of the many ways you can support the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. We offer an interesting and enriching experience for all ages, talents, and skill levels.

Already a Volunteer?
Sign in to the online volunteer calendar, HERE.

Interested in volunteering?
Please read through our volunteer opportunities and consider which position(s) best aligns with your interests, schedule, and level of commitment. The link to our Volunteer Application can be found at the bottom of the page. Join us for Docent Training from 9 a.m. to noon January 11 at the Museum. Please RSVP by January 9.

Interested in an internship?
Please read our Education Program Internship description and complete our Internship Application.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Events

Beach Cleanups
Description: Clean up Seabright Beach!
Duties: Pick up trash and recycling and take data to support ongoing research
Relevant Skills and Interests: Environmental stewardship, recycling
Commitment: No commitment necessary. Cleanups are hosted by the Museum 4-6 Saturdays per year.

NEXT CLEANUP: Saturday, January 27, 11:00-1:00.
Email volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org to sign up

 

Special Events
Description: Help before, during, and after events, including Naturalist Night lectures, walks, and workshops.
Duties: Set up (tables, chairs, activities), greet guests, serve drinks, help with crafts/activities, clean up and other duties as assigned by staff.
Relevant skills and Interests: Friendly and outgoing, knowledge about the Museum and its mission, event coordination, fundraising, photography. Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.
Commitment: No commitment necessary. Events occur 1-4 times per month, usually on weeknights and weekends.

 

Education 

Museum Programs Docent
Programs: Ohlone Program (K-4th grade), Our Animal Neighbors (K-2nd grade)
Description: Facilitate students in investigating Museum exhibits, artifacts, and specimens through inquiry-based learning curriculum. Training provided. Detailed program descriptions here.
Duties: Attend training and enrichments, teach programs to achieve learning objectives.
Relevant skills and interests: Teaching, natural science, anthropology, working with children, storytelling, Ohlone culture, animal biology and ecology, wildlife biology.
Commitment: Preferred commitment of one year; average of teaching 2 programs per month. Shifts are available

Wednesday-Friday, 8:45 - 10:15am or 10:45am - 12:15pm

 

Field Programs Docent
Programs: Wetland Walk (3rd grade), Nature Rangers (4th grade), Watershed Walk (5th grade)
Description: Lead students in exploring their natural surroundings and the life within them by facilitating making observations and recording data. Programs are held outdoors at Pogonip or Neary Lagoon. Training provided. Detailed program descriptions here.
Duties: Attend training and enrichments, teach programs to achieve learning objectives and collect data. Ensure student safety.
Relevant skills and interests: Teaching, natural science, geology, biology, ecology, wetlands, birding, hiking, working with children, outdoor education, watersheds, water quality.
Commitment: Preferred commitment of one year; average of teaching 2 programs per month. Shifts are available Wednesdays and Friday, 8:45 - 12:15pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:45 - 11:15 am.

 

Exhibits

Exhibit Care: Cleaning and/or Live Animal Feeding
Description: Help us keep our exhibits clean and fed!
Duties: Feed snake (California Kingsnake), change snake's water, clean snake enclosure. Clean all glass cases in Museum.
Relevant skills & interests: Museum operations, reptiles, wildlife.
Commitment: Six-month commitment. Flexible scheduling. Snake feeding and care once a week. Case cleaning twice a month.

 

Gardens

Garden Learning Center
Description: Help us keep our Garden Learning Center thriving for visitor to learn from. This native plant garden requires general landscaping, occasional watering, weeding, and replanting.
Duties: Watering, pruning, edging, weeding, planting, sign maintenance and restoration
Relevant skills and interests: gardening, landscaping, native plants
Commitment: Saturday mornings, once per month.

 

Outreach

Mobile Museum
Description: Engage with the community through educational activities and conversation to promote awareness of our mission, events, and opportunities.
Duties: Attend events such as Farmers Markets and community fairs to staff a booth. Engage attendees in conversations about our mission, exhibits, and events. Answer questions and foster interest. Encourage museum support through membership and volunteerism.
Relevant skills and interests: Communications, marketing, community engagement
Commitment: One event per month.

 

Interested in Volunteering?  Please fill out a Volunteer Application.

For more information please contact: volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Explore California's Wild Edge Prints by Tom Killion
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This exhibition invites you to explore California's coastal edge through prints by woodcut artist Tom Killion
Date: Every day (Jan 12-Apr 22)


Explore California's Wild Edge, Prints by Tom Killion

 

California's Wild Edge; Prints by Tom Killion: Jan 12 2018 - April 22 2018

Natural Bridge, Tom Killion, woodblock print

"The edge where the Sea meets land, the coast, is where we face true wilderness." - Tom Killion


This exhibition invites you to explore California's coastal edge through prints by woodcut artist Tom Killion alongside poems selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Gary Snyder. 

 

Tom Killion was born and raised in Mill Valley, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. Since childhood, he was moved by the rugged scenery of Marin County and Northern California.  Tom creates landscape prints using linoleum and wood, strongly influenced by the traditional Japanese Ukiyo-ë style of Hokusai and Hiroshige. This exhibition will feature a series of woodblock prints Tom made in honor of Santa Cruz County's breathtaking landscapes. From Natural Bridges to Wilder Ranch, visit your favorite Santa Cruz coastal and woodland sanctuaries through Tom's exquisite line work and crisp colors.

 

This exhibition is made possible through generous sponsorship from the following organizations and individuals: Scharf Investments, Nordic Naturals; UC Santa Cruz Arts; UC Santa Cruz Alumni; Julie Packard; Robert Stephens; Sarah Stephens; Terry, Asha, and Val Cole; the Aceves-London Family Fund; Wayne Palmer & Earleen Overend, and MAH members like you.


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831 763 4047 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
"Cinder-Idol - What the World Needs Now"
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SLV Charter School K-12
A classic fairy tale with a modern reality show twist
Date: Every day (Feb 1-Feb 3) at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $5

(0 January 2018) SLV_CinderIdol.jpgSLV Charter School K-12 students present: "Cinder-Idol - What the World Needs Now"

Original script of the classic tale twists together today's reality talent show craze, with step-sisters resembling the Spice Girls, Motown fairy godparents, 80's big hair rockers, and music ranging from pop, rock n' roll, Motown, and the Beatles.
Guaranteed to entertain all ages!
 
Part of SLV District, SLV Charter offers various tuition-free K-12 programs for an individualized approach to education.


Our goals include:
Providing meaningful, active learning, which supports real-life experiences
Developing the whole child through social-emotional learning
Guiding students to be lifelong learners.


Location: SLVHS Performing Arts Center, 7105 Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo

Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups.

 

These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Life on Corcoran Lagoon: Intersection of Habitats
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Library Central
Learn about the ecology, history, ownership and management problems, and opportunities of Corcoran Lagoon
Date: 02/01/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Friends of Corcoran Lagoon

Citizen Science  Life on Corcoran Lagoon: Intersection of Habitats


(0 January 2018) FalconCorcoran.jpgThe Live Oak Library sits adjacent to a watery world, called Corcoran Lagoon. The lagoon is part of a greater watery world, connected to the Monterey Bay via Corcoran Lagoon Beach. It is one ecosystem, fluctuating with the seasons as well as the daily tides.

 

Join the Friends of the Corcoran Beach Lagoon as they present the ecology, history, ownership and management problems, and opportunities of Corcoran Lagoon. There will be a spectacular slide show of the dozens of bird species and other life forms that call Corcoran Lagoon and its outflow to the ocean their home.

 

The Friends of Corcoran Lagoon Beach were founded in January 2014 as volunteers. Friends of Corcoran Lagoon Beach (FoCLB) has collaborated with the Live Oak Library, the County's Parks Department and Environmental Health Department, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and even researchers at UCSC to preserve and protect the lagoon system's wildlife, through education. Visit the Friends of the Corcoran Lagoon Beach at foclb.weebly.com.

 

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (SCMNH), the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717


Location: Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

FREE First Friday 11am-4pm. Enjoy the Museum for FREE with your family on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit". Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Walk Through the Grades
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Come See Why Waldorf Works
Date: 02/01/2018 from 8:30am to 10:30am


Join us for a guided tour through the grades classrooms followed by time for questions. Adults only please.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students' individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 824-2161 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Citizen Science: Environteers
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Library Central
Learn about ways to preserve our naturalresources.
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Citizen Science: Environteers

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We can all have an impact on preserving our natural resources. This month, Citizen Science invites you to learn about ways to do just that. Led by Andy Carman of Environteers, a local group dedicated to promoting environmental organizations in Santa Cruz County and connecting people with volunteer opportunities, our discussion will also give participants a chance to talk about their favorite project.

 

Presenter Andy Carman is Chief Instigator of Environteers, is a psychologist, and is committed to full participation in restoring our environment and global reforestation to help reverse climate change.

 

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (SCMNH), the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717

 


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
Note: Special Theme: Film and Television
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Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Art 1 and 2
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids
Date: Every Wed, Th and Fri (Jan 11-May 24)
Ages: 5-7; 8-12 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

Art 1: We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, colored pencil, watercolor, tempera and sculpture as a group with simple instruction. A great art foundation starts here! A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.

Art 2: Created for returning students or students with 1 to 2 years prior art experience. Students will find more freedom in their practice as they are familiar with studio materials and basic techniques. We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, sculpture, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic and tempera paint. A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.

 

Wed (Jan 10-May 23) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Th (Jan 11-May 24) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Fri (Jan 12-May 25) from 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Shelf to Shore Passes to Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
visit any Santa Cruz Public Libraries branch or bookmobile stop to request your shelf to shore pass. A valid library card is req
Date: Every day (Jan 18-May 29) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Shelf to Shore Passes to Monterey Bay Aquarium

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The Santa Cruz Public Libraries is a proud partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Shelf to Shore Program, which provides free access to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for low income families. The program, created for families who otherwise could not afford to go, admits up to six family members for a visit. Just visit any Santa Cruz Public Libraries branch or bookmobile stop to request your shelf to shore pass. A valid library card is required. Limit one pass per year per adult library card holder. For free admission to the Aquarium, you must present the ticket with your matching library card at the Aquarium's Main Entrance.

 

 

The Shelf to Shore program runs from the day after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day. Currently, a pass is valid from September 5, 2017 through May 25, 2018 and cannot be used on the following dates:

  • February 17-19, 2018
  • March 24-April 8, 2018
  • April 29, 2018

Who is Eligible?
You can get a Shelf to Shore Aquarium pass if you are 18 years old or older and have a valid Santa Cruz Public Library card. Passes are intended for low income families, so if you qualify for Free School Lunch, WIC, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, or other similar services, this program is definitely for you.


Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 647-6886 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Kindergarten Information Night
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Coastal Community Preschool
Meet local TK and Kindergarten Teachers
Date: 02/01/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Adults-no child care Admission Fees: Free

Come join us Thurs. Feb. 1st at 6pm for a night of information regarding "everything you wanted to know or learn about Kindergarten, TK and Kindergarten readiness. We will have a panel of teacher from a variety of public and private schools. Come with questions and they will be here to answer them regarding readiness, curriculum, expectations, philosophies and any other inquiries you might have.


Location: Coastal Community Preschool, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Special Square Dance with Hens Teeth
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Santa Cruz Old Time Collective
The Santa Cruz Old Time Music Collective is honored to be hosting the band Hen's Teeth for a special square dance event!
Date: 02/01/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: $10.00 at the door

The Santa Cruz Old Time Music Collective is honored to be hosting the band Hen's Teeth for a special square dance event!


ALSO- musicians Janie Rothfield and Nathan Bontrager will be teaching banjo and fiddle workshops before the dance- see separate Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/337305833417133/) for workshop sign ups and RSVPs.

This dance will be held at a different venue than The Blue Lagoon- we will be rocking the awesome dance hall at the Senior Center on Market St. in Santa Cruz.

Dancing starts at 7:00pm. Second half of the night is honky-tonk two steps! Dances taught and called by Mike Lewinski. $10.00 at the door.

(0 February 2018) SquareDance_HensTeeth.jpgRead more about Hen's Teeth below!:

Hen's Teeth is a fantastic and unique American duo featuring Janie Rothfield (fiddle, clawhammer banjo, vocals) and Nathan Bontrager (cello, fiddle, clawhammer banjo, vocals)- two powerhouse and inventive American roots musicians who specialize in traditional and original American traditional style music. With Nathan living in Cologne, Germany and Janie in Philly, this is a very rare opportunity to dance to their fine music.

Janie Rothfield is well known on the national Contra dance circuit for her powerful and lyrical fiddling that features a Celtic, European and American traditional and original tune repertoire. She has played for dances and dance weekends around the country and in Europe with her Philly based band Coracree, and is also known for her ability to play to what is happening on the call and with the dancers moves.

Janie's fiddling, combined with Nathan's outstanding and innovative skills on guitar and cello makes for a powerful dance band sound that is a result of their own inventive, soulful, wild and improvisational approach to their music. Dance music at its most dynamic, full of power, soul, creativity and whimsy.

http://www.janerothfield.com/untitled-c6sa

https://hensteethduo.bandcamp.com/releases

 


Location: Market St Senior Center, 222 Market St, Santa Cruz Map
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Silent Sky
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Jewel Theatre Co
Exquisite blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love
Date: Every day (Jan 24-Feb 18)


(0 January 2018) Silent-Sky.jpgSILENT SKY
by Lauren Gunderson
Director Susan Myer Silton

 

Based on the true story and science of early 20th century female "computers" at Harvard Observatory, astonishing discoveries await Henrietta Leavitt as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. But this brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle for recognition in the man's world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. In this exquisite blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love, a passionate woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place.

 

January 24 - February 18, 2018

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Jewel Theatre Company (JTC) is the only year-round professional theatre company in Santa Cruz County. We recently moved into our new home at the Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center in downtown Santa Cruz. JTC prides itself on bringing you quality, professional actors performing in both familiar favorites and lesser known plays, by first-rate playwrights. Our seasons are eclectic, ranging from drama and musicals to comedy and classics. All in a quest to bring you inspired live theatre you'll want to tell your friends about.


Location: Colligan Theater at Tannery Arts, 1010 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.425.7506 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration
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Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery
Koch is one of the world's most accomplished naturalist painters around. Exquisite detail!
Date: Every Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jan 24-Mar 16) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Art Seen

Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration

popout1804-maryjoMaryjo Koch doesn't overlook the little things. When it comes to painting birds nests and honeybees, every little twig and hair matters. With acute attention to detail and precision, Koch is one of the world's most accomplished naturalist painters around.

 

Her hyperrealistic specimens are often found in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where Koch works. She has illustrated 18 books, and her work has been featured across the globe.

 

Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 12 PM-5 PM
Holidays and campus breaks observed.


Location: 11 Cowell Service Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-459-2953 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Footloose the Musical
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All About Theatre
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory
Date: Every day (Feb 2-Feb 10)
Admission Fees: $13 - $20

(0 January 2018) Footloose.jpgOne of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home.

When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Performances:

Friday February 2nd at 7:00pm
Saturday February 3rd at 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Friday February 9th at 7:00pm
Saturday February 10th at 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Purchase Your Tickets (in advance):
Students & Seniors $13.00
General Admission $16.00
Reserved Seating $20.00

Lap kids 5 and under are free.
http://www.allabouttheatre.org/


Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Spring Camp: The Art and Science of Nature
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Calling young artists and scientists curious about nature!
Date: Every day (Feb 2-Apr 6) from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: 5-6 Admission Fees: $265 - April 2-6, 8:30-3:30
Special Instructions: Discounts for members and siblings, limited scholarships available

(0 February 2018) SCMus_SpringCamp2018ArtandSceinceofNature.jpgThe Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is proud to present an inspiring week of nature exploration.

Campers draw inspiration from nature through exploration and hands-on investigation! They make new friends at this day camp featuring walking field trips, Museum exploration, science projects, and nature-inspired art.

We invite kindergartners and first graders to come observe, explore, and appreciate the wonders of the natural world here in our backyard as well as in the Museum's collection. With the inspiration of our spring "Art of Nature" exhibit, we will explore what nature reveals to us everyday through a variety of individual and collaborative art projects. Every camper will create artwork to take home, make scientific discoveries, and most importantly, create memories, friendships, and a personal connection to the unique nature of the Santa Cruz coast.

Each of the five days will focus on a different theme that will guide a variety of art projects, science investigations, supervised explorations, and games. "Leave no trace" ethics and safety in nature will be emphasized throughout the week so that campers will leave equipped with a better understanding of how to responsibly interact with the natural world.

Join us to build connections to nature and stewardship for our world. ENROLLMENT WILL OPEN FEB 2 at 9 am.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Taiko Classes
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Watsonville Taiko
Taiko classes and workshops for children
Date: Every Fri (Jan 12-Feb 2)


(0 January 2018) TaikoChildren.jpgWatsonville Taiko offers classes and workshops for children, adults and seniors in various different locations. Please scroll down to find the right opportunity for you.


Beginners classes for adults & children start every 2 months, on the first Friday of the month.

 

Classes are held at Kizuka Hall, Watsonville.


Childrens classes
Fridays
4:30-5:10pm - Beginners Children 1
5:10-6:00pm - Beginners Children 2
6:00-7:00pm - Intermediate Youth

 

 

 


Location: Kizuka Hall, 150 Blackburn St, Watsonville Map
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Drawing Class Ages 7-12
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids ages 7-12
Date: Every Fri (Jan 12-May 25) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

This class is for students who want to deepen their ability to draw what they see. Learning to look is the foundation of this drawing class, set in a positive & relaxed environment. Confidence soars when visual connections are made and renderings improve. A "Drawing Sketch Book" is provided.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Homeschool Sewing
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Art Factory
Sewing Classes for homeschoolers
Date: Every Fri (Jan 12-May 25) from 10:00am to 11:30am
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: $105/month

This class is for students who love to sew and create mixed media art with textiles as the main component. As students progress, there will be occasional machine sewing. Projects include art pieces, wearable art, functional objects and more.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Sa from 11:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Redwood Tours                                                                                   

Saturdays 11am

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

(0 Oct 2017) Wilder_Baking2.jpgRanch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours.

 

Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505.

 

Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Coast Nature Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs
Date: Every Sa (Feb 3-Feb 24) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking
Special Instructions: 2/3, 1/, 24

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, February 3 at 11am

Saturday, February 17 at 11am

Saturday, February 24 at 11am

On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Wilder Ranch , Santa Cruz Map
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NewMusicWorks Night of the Living Composers
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Cabrillo College Music Department
Popular annual auditory anthology featuring new works by seven composers of Santa Cruz vintage (both past and present)
Date: 02/03/2018 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Admission Fees: $8 - $28

(0 January 2018) Music_guitarPlayers.jpgCONCERT II, NIGHT OF THE LIVING COMPOSERS

Arrive early at 6PM for our FREE to-the-public 45-minute Panel Discussion involving all seven of the evening's featured composers, moderated by NMW Artistic Director, Philip Collins.

Night of the Living Composers: the popular annual auditory anthology featuring new works by seven composers of Santa Cruz vintage (both past and present).

PROGRAM:

Ostinato for Elly's 75th, by Grammy Winning composer, Barry Phillips

STRUM - Philip Collins (world premiere), Guest Ensemble, UCSC Guitar Ensemble;

A Queer Alphabet - Michael McGushin (world premiere), Text by Gertrude Stein, Sheila Willey, soprano

Music for Three Bongos - Steed Cowart (world premiere)

Three Little Multiverses - Susan Alexjander, Texts by Lou Harrison, Sheila Willey, soprano

Quartet Polyphonic - Jon Meyers

Taxim - Scott Stobbe

TICKETS

Night of the Living Composers @ Cabrillo College Box Office: http://cabrillovapa.com/tickets

General $25 advance; $28 at the door
Senior: $20 advance, $23 at the door
Student: $10 advance, $13 at the door
*Cabrillo Students with Sac Card: $8 advance; $12.50 at the door*


Location: BARBARA SAMPER RECITAL HALL,, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
Phone: 831/425-3526 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Our Community Reads presents a Children's Story Hour
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Aptos Library
Story time designed to bring family together around one book
Date: 02/03/2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 2-5 Admission Fees: Free

The Friends of the Aptos Library hosts a children story-time as part of Our Community Reads, their program designed to bring members of the Santa Cruz County community together around one book.

 

Nancy Spangler, master teacher and faculty of the Cabrillo College Children's Center and Early Childhood Education Dept. for 22 years. Ages 2 to 5.


Location: Santa Cruz Public Libraries - Ap, 7695 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
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Watsonville World Wetlands Day 2018
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Watsonville Wetlands
A morning of volunteer planting, educational activities, food, music, prizes, and more, a free, bilingual, and family-friendly f
Date: 02/03/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Watsonville World Wetlands Day 2018

Please join us for our annual World Wetlands Day restoration and celebration event. We will gather at the Watsonville Nature Center at 30 Harkins Slough Road for a morning of volunteer planting, educational activities, food, music, prizes, and more. This is a free, bilingual, and family-friendly festivity.

Wetlands are critical ecosystems that provide our Watsonville community with valuable public health services and astounding recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities. They serve as a natural filter for cleaning our rainwater, offer a buffet for an abundance of local and migratory birds, and provide habitat for plant and mammal species.

New this year, the City of Watsonville and Watsonville Wetlands Watch are thrilled to plant native and drought tolerant trees along the boundaries of the Watsonville Slough. While wetlands are commonly depicted as grassy marshlands, perimeter trees provide bird perches, protected nesting space, and shade for resident species. Arrive on time to participate in the tree planting, which will take place from 10 - 11 AM.

See you there! Environmental restoration, music, education, food, prizes, games


Location: 30 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough
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Elkhorn Slough
Go on a guided bird hunt, begin or add to your list of sitings
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 8:30am

Special Instructions: Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada

Birding
Elkhorn Slough supports 346 diverse species of resident and migratory birds. On a recent ESF member birding walk, participants spotted more than three dozen species in a short time frame. It's no surprise that the slough is recognized as a globally important birding area. Keep track of your sightings by downloading a bird sightings list from our website.

 

Tour with professional birder Rick Fournier, one of our volunteer docents. Day use fee of $4.00 for each visitor, 16 years and older. Tour begins promptly and lasts 2-3 hours.

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Art 1
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids
Date: Every Sa (Jan 13-May 26) from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-7 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, colored pencil, watercolor, tempera and sculpture as a group with simple instruction. A great art foundation starts here!

A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Learn about the river during the 2nd Annual Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series!
Date: Every Sa (Feb 3-Apr 21) at 10:00am

Special Instructions: See varying meet locations

(0 January 2018) SanLorenzoRiverExploring.jpgThe San Lorenzo River watershed is home to you and me, AND all sorts of birds and bugs, fish and fungus, plants and amphibians. Learn about the wildlife that lives in and along the river during the 2nd Annual Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series!

Join expert birders, wildlife specialists, and fisheries biologists on guided walks along the river, to learn and connect with this beautiful natural resource in our own backyards. At the culmination of these walks we will celebrate Earth Day with a citizen science "BioBlitz" to capture biodiversity data along the river.

The following tours alternate between locations in the upper and lower watershed:

February 3 - Becoming Naturalists. Great for families!
February 10 - Birds of the lower San Lorenzo River. Great for families!
February 17 - The River through Time
February 24 - Fungus Among Us
March 3 - TBD
March 10 - Amphibians and Climate Change
March 17 - Salmon Spawning and Life Cycles*
Following the State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium.
March 24 - TBD
March 31 - San Lorenzo Salmonid Habitats
April 7 - NO WALK - Spring Break
April 14 - Bringing Stickleback!
April 21: Special Earth Day Bio Blitz

This FREE tour series is hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Coastal Watershed Council and is sponsored by the San Lorenzo Valley Water District and ClifBar Family Foundation.


Location: San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 1:30-5:30 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr Year-round
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Become a Watsonville Wetlands Docent
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join us for docent training in January
Date: Every Wed and Sa


Docent Training Starts THIS MONTH!

There is still time to sign-up for docent training. While there are a variety of ways to volunteer with us here at the Wetlands Watch, becoming a docent is a great way to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the wetlands, youth, and community! It is a fun and interesting way to learn about the natural and cultural history of the wetlands from experts. Docent trainees are treated to an inside look at the Pajaro Valley and its wide network of wetlands. Local experts share the ecology, history, and restoration of the wetlands during the 7-week program.


The interactive sessions include Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday morning field trips, visiting sites not normally seen by the public. Join our dedicated team of trained docent volunteers who help with field trips, lead wetland tours, participate in special events, work in the greenhouse and native plant demonstration garden and a whole host of other things. No previous teaching or wetland experience is necessary - beginners are welcome.  

 

Come join us - the wetlands are calling!    For more information, contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Ria Mukerji at 909-680-9872 or email at  ria@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Feb 3-Feb 23) at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See times

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, February 3 at 10:30am

Saturday, February 10 at 10:30am

Sunday, February 11 at 10:30am

Friday, February 23 at 10:30am

Join a Big Basin Docent on one of our most diverse hikes-by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You'll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

 With more than 300 plant species, ranging from Santa Cruz natives to rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest, the Arboretum is the place to see a variety of flora, fauna, birds and more. Meet at Norrie's Gift Shop.

 

Come and see native flora from around the globe, including California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Chile. The Arboretum offers many rich opportunities for casual visitors, researchers, students, members, and friends. You can find more information by visiting our About page.


1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.  The Arboretum is open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. (Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.) Directions and information about admission can be found here.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every Sa (Feb 3-Feb 10)

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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, February 3 from 10am to 12pm

Saturday, February 10 from 1pm to 3pm

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Romance in the Redwoods
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Romance in the Redwoods



 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
In Search of Herps - Reptiles & Amphibians at Quail Hollow Ranch
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Quail Hollow Ranch
In Search of Herps (reptiles & amphibians)!
Date: 02/03/2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free!

In Search of Herps

 

Join Park Docent James Maughn for a saunter along park trails in search of herps: reptiles and amphibians, that is.
Peruse the pond and muse over the meadow as we learn about the favorite hang-outs and resting places of these
fascinating animals. This free event is open to all ages.


Group size is limited; sign up by calling 335-9348.


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Flat Fixing Class

 

Spokesman offers this great (and FREE) flat-fixing class. Check it out to learn how you can most efficiently change your own flat whether you're in the middle of a ride or just wanting to bust out your bike from your garage but the tires are flat.

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Saturday swim lessons begin!
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Seahorse Swim School
Join us on Saturday winter warmup swim lessons
Date: Every Sa (Jan 13-Mar 31) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: 80

Join our non competitive swim team and our 2018 winter warm up swim lesson program.


Non-Competitive Swim-team : Our Team is learning how to create workouts for a lifetime of fitness. We teach our swim-teamers that swimming can help to maintain an active lifestyle for years to come. Swimming is a sport that can be done with little to no equipment and is often prescribed as a way to stay in shape after injuries are incurred in other land-based sports. We coach our swimmers on their technique and teach them how to take their pulse, how to use Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) to understand how hard they are working themselves out and foods that will fuel their bodies for a lifetime of health and fitness.

 

We put the workout back on the individual swimmer, taking the competition out of the equation, and putting the emphasis back on the individual swimmer to ensure a lifetime of fitness.

 

Our swim-team meets three times a week at Seascape Sports Club: Tues/Thurs 5-6pm & Saturdays from 10-11am.

 

Saturdays are all about drills, drills, drills... fantastic drills are used to help streamline each competitive stroke. Drop-in's are welcome and we always have space for you. All ages welcome. The ability to swim 25 yards of each competitive stroke is required to join. Level 4 classes will prepare the swimmer for swim-team.


Location: Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 476-7946 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Annual Short Story Contest
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Enter the annual short story contest!
Date: Every day (Feb 3-Feb 16)
Ages: 10+ Admission Fees: FREE

(0 February 2018) writing.jpgAnnual Short Story Contest

 

Bookshop Santa Cruz is sponsoring a short story contest to showcase our local talent. We are not looking for any particular theme or style - just great writing.

The winning story will be published in our 2018 Summer Newsletter, with a circulation of more than 12,000 readers, and on our website. The second and third place stories will be posted in the store and on our website. In addition, the top three winning authors will be invited to read their stories on Bruce Bratton's Universal Grapevine radio program (Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 pm, KZSC 88.1 FM). First place will be awarded a $250 Bookshop gift certificate. Second- and third-place gift certificates will also be awarded.

 

TO ENTER:

All submission must be received by February 16th, 2018.

All entries must be accompanied by a $6.00 entry fee.

Entries may be submitted online here, or physically at Bookshop Santa Cruz. All online entries must be submitted via our online submission form. All physical entries submitted to Bookshop Santa Cruz must be typewritten and double-spaced on one side of 8.5" x 11" white paper. All physical entries must have a copy of the entry form attached to the store, with your name, address, and telephone number. You can download the entry form here or pick up a copy at Bookshop Santa Cruz.


Location: 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0900 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Snakes Alive!
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State Park Big Basin
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like?
Date: 02/03/2018 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All

Snakes Alive!

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same!

 

Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. 335-7077


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) LibraryFeltonCraft1.jpgCome join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts. It's every Sunday from 2-4:30pm.

 

Bring something portable that you are working on or come prepared to have fun!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Call (831) 426-0505 for more details.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Birding Through the Habitats
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Open to anyone interested in birds and their antics.
Date: 02/04/2018 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Ages: All ages

Join Jim Williams, President, Friends of Quail Hollow Ranch and an avid birder, for a leisurely hike through Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, in search of our fine, feathered friends. No previous birding experience is necessary; open to anyone interested in birds and their antics. Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring binoculars and a field guide (if you have them), and some drinking water. Open to anyone interested in birds and their antics.


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
Phone: 831-335-9348 •website Felton create a direct event link
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(A June) Seymour_Crafts3.jpgSunday Seaside Crafts -make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share.

 

For example, find out what gray whales eat by creating a bright sun catcher for your window, or create a fancy fish with paper, paint, and color.

 

Build a seal or sea lion puppet decorated with your own special seal nose, complete with whiskers!

 

Join the fun in the crafts room every Sunday from 1-3 PM for hands-on fun.

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Parent Group
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Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Parent Group
A forum for parents of gifted learners to share experiences and information.
Date: Every Su from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Parent Group
SENG Model Parent Groups are intended to give parents of gifted learners a forum to share experiences and information.

 

(0 January 2018) Book_AParentsGuidetoGiftedChildren.jpgThe group will be guided by two co-facilitators and will work through the book A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children by James Webb and others.

 

Cost : Free

You may want to purchase the book.


For more information or to register for the group, contact Jeff Morton at jmorton@chartwell.org

 

About SENG


Location: Chartwell School, 2511 Numa Watson Road, Seaside Map
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Guided Walk: Sequoia Audubon Trail
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State Park Half Moon Bay
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su (Feb 4-Feb 18)
Ages: 7 and older Admission Fees: free

Guided Walk: Sequoia Audubon Trail

Sunday, February 4 at 10am

Sunday, February 18 at 1pm

Join us for a one-mile stroll along the California Coast into the Pescadero Marsh, a popular bird watching location.  Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot located on Highway 1, one-quarter mile north of Pescadero Creek Road in Pescadero. Bring water, and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, sunscreen and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. No pets. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov


Location: Pescadero State Beach, Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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Art 3 Drawing for Teens
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Art Factory
Art for Teens Ages 12 and Up
Date: Every Mon and Wed (Jan 10-May 21)
Ages: Teens Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Mon 4-5:30pm Weds 3:30-5pm

Art 3 Drawing for Teens

Mon 4-5:30pm or Weds 3:30-5pm

Created for returning students or students with 1 to 2 years prior art experience. We will focus on technique development and the creative process through a variety of studio art mediums, including science illustration, watercolors, acrylic painting, mixed media collage, printmaking and sculpture over the course of the school year. This class provides a wonderful opportunity for students to expand on school-related projects associated with reports and special presentations, as an alternative to the planned lessons. A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Triple P Seminar: Raising Confident, Competent Children
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Get tips for helping your children: Learn how to treat others with respect; Develop good communication and social skills; Develo
Date: 02/05/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:03pm
Admission Fees: free

Triple P seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in a wide range of situations. This seminar is the second in a series of three for families with children birth - 12 years old. You can attend one, two or all three of the seminars in the series. Attend Raising Confident, Competent Children to get tips for helping your children: Learn how to treat others with respect; Develop good communication and social skills; Develop healthy self-esteem.

This Triple P Seminar is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults.

Presented in English by: Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: Bay View Elementary School Library, 1231 Bay St, Santa Cruz
To register: Contact Sandra Rodelo at (831) 724-2997 x211 or sandrar@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Bau View Elementary School Libra, 1231 Bay St., Santa Cruz Map
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ESL Conversation Group
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Live Oak Library
ESL, conversations, adult classes
Date: 02/05/2018 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Any level of English welcome. We'll have discussion topics, games, and other activities to get the conversation rolling. Drop in to the Live Oak Branch Library and enjoy conversation.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 417-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Kirby Shadow Days
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out
Date: Every Mon (Nov 1-May 1)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out. We will pair your student with a student host with similar interests. Together they will experience a "day in the life" at Kirby. They will attend classes together, hang out with other Kirby students, and enjoy lunch with their host and some of their friends.

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202.

Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Homework Club at La Madrona
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La Madrona Athletic Club
Enjoy family time at home because all of your child's homework has been completed after school!
Date: Every Tues, Wed and Th (Feb 6-Mar 29) from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 1st-5th Grade Admission Fees: $60.00 Day/Session

Enjoy family time at home because all of your child's homework has been completed!

This special time is for doing homework under the supervision of our qualified staff that can offer assistance.

When all their homework is complete, they can participate in in quiet fun such as dot to dots, coloring sheets and mazes.

Sign up for Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays or 2 days all 3 days! Session 2 2/6/18-3/1/17

Session: Feb. 6 - Mar. 29

All Mondays in the session $60

All  Mondays and Tuesdays $120

All Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesday $180


Location: 1897 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 438-1072 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
School Day Tours at Gateway School
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Gateway School
Prospective families are invited to tour Gateway School's campus.
Date: 02/06/2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: K-8

We hope you will join us for our February School Day Tours to experience first hand our dynamic classrooms in action. Tour our K-8th grade and specialist classes in action. Come and learn how our teachers use innovative teaching informed by research to inspire a love of learning. Meet parent ambassadors, students and Head of School.


Gateway School is an independent K-8 academically challenging Progressive school. Our education is rooted in play, creativity, and critical thinking. During their time at Gateway, students develop self-confidence, communication and collaborative skills. We value a love of learning and encourage our students to become compassionate and responsible citizens. Gateway has long been a leader in innovative learning techniques - it was the first school in Santa Cruz to establish a Life Lab, the first to build a Maker's Space, and the first to institute a mindfulness program.


Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-0341 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Homeschool Art and Science
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Art Factory
Homeschool Art and Science, Tues 1:30 - 3:00pm or Weds 10:30am - 12:00pm
Date: Every Tues (Jan 16-May 22) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 5-7 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

Students enjoy this fun, positive & relaxed environment where they can explore materials, follow their creativity, naturally deepen their concentration and enhance their visual perception of the world around them. The subject matter in this class is Biology-based, with in-depth studies of plant life, animals, insects, fish & humans. Mediums include, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media collage.

A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Weds 10:30am - 12:00pm


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: 02/06/2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am


Monterey Country Dance Community (MCDC)


Upcoming Contra Dances:    


Sat, Feb 3rd: music by John & Tyler Weed, Erik Hoffman calling! 5pm to 6:30pm

 

JAM SESSION: Attention musicians!
Join us for a jam before the dance, concentrating on the Monster Band sets,
an extra opportunity  to get ready for the Monster Band dance on April 21st!
 

6:40pm Beginners Orientation7pm to 10pm Contra Dance, with 
8:30pm 15-minute break with healthy potluck snacks & raffle 

Sat, Feb 17th: music by BLAM! Yoyo Zhou calling!  

 

Sat, Mar 3rd: music by NEW BREW (on tour!) Warren Blier calling

 

Visit our Calendar Section for more dance dates!  

 

NEW PRICES for 2018: 

  • $12 general
  • $10 members of MCDC, BACDS & sister organizations
  • $5 full-time students or active military, with ID

Location: Carmel Youth Center , Torres St & 4th Av, Carmel by the Sea Map
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Navigating the Teen Years with Positive Discipline - 6 weeks
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Learn effective tools to help teenagers
Date: Every Tues from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $80.00
Special Instructions: Includes the cost of the book that comes with the class series.

This 8-week class will give you an opportunity to learn new tools and skills to communicate with your teenager or preteen that will be effective both in the short term and long term. Parents and caregivers have loved this class! Some come for several sessions because they feel it is so helpful and they enjoy learning from each other.


Tuesdays, February 6 – March 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

 

Jane Weed Pomerantz, PDCR President, Consultant to the Board of the Positive Discipline Association, and CPD Lead Trainer, with over 15 years of parent education teaching experience
$80/person. $120 couples special. $40 refresher special, Call for specials. Book sold separately for $20
To register call 831-476-7284×107


Location: SC Adult School, 319 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Robo Sumo
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Library Garfield Park
Build and compete with Sumo wrestling robots
Date: Every Tues from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 7 to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

(0 January 2018) sumorobots.jpgTry your hand at the not-so-ancient-art of building Sumo wrestling robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS.

 

NOT A DROP-IN PROGRAM: pre-registration is required for this twelve week series for youth ages 7 to 18.

 

Class size is limited to 16.

 

E-mail pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831.427.7717 to register.


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
Date: Every Tues from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $80.00

This dynamic 8-week Positive Discipline parenting class series helps parents of preschoolers understand and effectively guide children's behaviors, set and uphold limits with a combination of kindness and firmness, and encourage children to cooperate feel more capable, and regulate their big emotions.

 

Limited scholarships and childcare available but only if requested in advance by calling 831-476-7284 x107


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Tuesday Talks on Emergency Preparedness
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Library Boulder Creek
Get together and stay prepared
Date: Every Tues from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 February 2018) EmergencyPreparedness.jpgNEW!TUESDAY TALKS:

 

Emergency Preparedness

Get together and stay prepared

• 7:00pm - 8:30pm • Boulder Creek


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Sewing Class
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Art Factory
Sewing Classes
Date: Every Tues (Jan 16-May 22) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6-12 Admission Fees: $105/month

This class is for students who love to sew and create mixed media art with textiles as the main component. As students progress, there will be occasional machine sewing. Projects include art pieces, wearable art, functional objects and more.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Play & Talk! Play Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Toddlers 18-30 months & Parents

Toddlers (18-30 months) & Parents Support Classes combine the elements of a playgroup, support group and a chance to learn more about your child's development.  Come meet other parents and children, observe and discuss child development and build confidence in your parenting skills.  Enjoy seeing your child interact with other children and explore an environment set-up with them in mind.  Classes are facilitated by experienced and friendly teachers.


Location: 1740 17th Av, Capitola Map
Phone: 831.476.7284 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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Library Aptos
A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

One-on-One Tech Tutoring


Trying to play with technology and getting frustrated? A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services: How to use free downloadable content available from your library in a number of formats (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming video) Introduction to SCPL databases (i.e. Consumer Reports, Community Information, etc...) Creating an email account Downloading and attaching files Word processing direction and support.

 

Drop-in weekly appointments, 20 minute slots available. To best support learning, please bring the following items: devices (i.e., laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones), necessary passwords (Google Play, App Store), and library card!

 

First-come, First-served. FREE


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Code Combat
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Library Central
Learn basic coding skills easily
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Dec 14) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time!


Additional Information

CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game. Our courses have been specifically playtested to excel in the classroom, even for teachers with little to no prior programming experience.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707x7648 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Board Games in the Library for Adults
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Library Scotts Valley
Join this program for hours of tabletop gaming fun.
Date: Every 2 weeks on Wed (Feb 7-Feb 21) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: 18+ Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: N/A

Adults need playtime too! Join this program for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games like Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, or Ticket to Ride. No prior gaming experience is necessary.


Location: 251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 8314177717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Paint Your Pet
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SPCA
No experience? No problem! Just bring a photo of the pet, an artist from Art and Soul Events will sketch the portrait...
Date: 02/08/2018 from 6:30am to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: $42

(0 January 2018) PetPortraits.jpgCome and paint (possibly with a pint) your favorite pet and benefit the Santa Cruz SPCA at the same time!

No experience? No problem! Just bring a photo of the pet, an artist from Art and Soul Events will sketch the portrait, and then you finish the masterpiece with a bit of paint. Bring a friend or make one while you're there!

Your $42 ticket will include all material needed and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the animals!


Location: OASIS, 415 A River St, Santa Cruz Map
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Step Parents Support Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role.
Date: The 2nd Th of every month at 6:30pm


Step Parents Support Group 6:30pm. Join us on the second Thursday of each month for a free, drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role. We meet at Live Oak Family Resource Center. Contact mailto: 1notsoevilstepmom@gmail.com for more information


Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-2769 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Fighting the Bite
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Elkhorn Slough
Defending Against Invasive Mosquitoes
Date: 02/08/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Special Instructions: Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada

As part of our ongoing Evenings at the Estuary Series, presented by the Elkhorn Slough Reserve and Elkhorn Slough Foundation.

Fighting the Bite: Defending Against Invasive Mosquitoes
Ken Klemme, District Manager, Northern Salinas Valley Mosquito Abatement District


Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance -they're a serious public health hazard that can transmit West Nile Virus, Zika and other diseases that make people very sick.

 

Learn about ecologically responsible mosquito abatement in the Elkhorn Slough watershed -along with practical ways you can "Fight the Bite" to protect yourself and your family!

Ken Klemme began working in mosquito abatement in 2002, just before the onset of the West Nile virus.

 

Since 2012, he has managed the Northern Salinas Valley Mosquito Abatement District, which covers 458 square miles of the Northern portion of Monterey County.

 

No reservations needed.

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Club Kanopy
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Library Boulder Creek
Fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Jan 14-Jun 14) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Club Kanopy is a movie club that screens quality films from SCPL's hottest movie platform, Kanopy. Join us monthly for fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward.

 

Starts January 11 • Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 5:30 - 7:30pm

 

January 11- Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Watch Trailer here: https://youtu.be/n8Xvsjy57X0
February 8- Mother of George (2013) (rated R)
March 8- Gold (2014)
April 12- East Side Sushi (2015)
May 10- The Beautiful Fantastic (2016)
June 14- Almost Adults (2017)

Can't make it to the club? Stream Kanopy movies anytime with your library card and PIN/Password from home!


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English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-8621 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Triple P Workshop: Increasing Your Child's Self-Esteem
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Triple P Workshop: Increasing Your Child's Self-Esteem
Date: 02/08/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:03pm


Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: Why it is important for children to develop healthy self-esteem; How to encourage healthy self-esteem in your child; Tools to help your child cope with feelings and solve problems.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School Library, 7155 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600 x6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: 236 Santa Cruz Ave., Aptos Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: 02/09/2018 at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 



 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
A Stellar Experience - Star Gazing at Quail Hollow
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Star gazing with the pros!
Date: 02/09/2018 from 7:00pm to 11:59pm


A Stellar Experience - Star Gazing at Quail Hollow

Some people promise the stars; the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club delivers! Come to Quail Hollow Ranch where, gazing up at the night skies, you'll travel through space to see images like the earth's moon and all its craters and mountains, Jupiter and its moons, and the rings of Saturn. Bring your own telescope or just stop by and look through member's telescopes.Dress warmly. Rain or cloudy skies cancels the program. Free! All ages are welcome to attend.

 

 


Location: Quail Hollow Ranch, 800 Quail Hollow Rd, Felton Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: 02/09/2018 at 1:00pm
Ages: All

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Seafood Foraging Class
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Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Great class for the whole family to hunter/gather for a meal and learn about our ocean.
Date: Every day (Feb 9-Feb 11)
Ages: Adults, Kids 6-17 with adult
Special Instructions: Check for age suggestions

Gathering wild food from the sea is one of life's great pleasures, bringing you closer to nature's bounty and beauty. In our Seafood Foraging Class, we will walk along the seashore, wade through tide pools and listen to the ocean's rhythm is an exhilarating way to energize your life and refresh your soul. Not only will you gather wonderful delicacies from the seashore, but you will also explore a vibrant-almost paradoxical world of elegant colors and mysterious creatures.

 

(0 February 2018) ASUseafood-foraging-class.jpgAnd of course, we will gather wild foods. Wild foods are natural foods-grown without pesticides or human manipulation. Certainly, wild foods are the most organic of foods. Learning to harvest wild food brings a new twist to home cooking, parties and camping. We are going to break the myth of foraging as some kind of a hunter-gatherer survival training and show you how to create delicious gourmet dishes. You will learn that foraging is very satisfying when you become a gourmet forager.

 

The tide pools on our north coast are prolific with colorful and healthy sea vegetables.  We intend with this class to explore these crystal windows into our ocean for delicacies to create a gourmet brunch,  Our quest in this class is to search for animals and plants to create a sushi meal of crunchy salads, succulent soups, and slivers of fresh seafood to augment our rice rolls-yum!  Sushi is best when the seafood is fresh and this offering will be the freshest.  We will introduce poke poling to gather fish for food artistry of our sushi meal.  The class will start on Friday night where we will plan logistics.  Sunday will be a day of collecting and preparing our gourmet meal.  Finishing touches for the feast will be assigned to the students. 

 

It is a great class for the whole family to hunter/gather for a meal and learn about our ocean.  6-17 yr. olds must have an adult/guardian take the class with them.  An ocean only fishing license ($15.00 for one day) is required for collecting.

 

Private group outings are also available, call (831) 458-3648 for details.


Location: 303 Potrero St #15, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Library Book Group
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Live Oak Library
Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction.
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) BookGroup.jpgThe Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction.

 

In November, we will be discussing The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Stop by the circulation desk to pick up a copy.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Wilder Back Country Tour
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State Park Wilder Ranch
On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike well explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills
Date: 02/09/2018 at 9:00am


Wilder Backcountry Tour

Saturday, February 10 at 9am

On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike we'll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch parking lot.  Bring good walking shoes, lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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Thriller Bike Ride
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Bike Church
Families welcome...caution, best for teens and up
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


(0 Oct 2017) ThrillerRide2017.jpgIt's close to midnight and something evil's lurking In the dark
Under the moonlight you see a bike that almost stops Your heart
You try to scream (Bike Party!), but terror takes the sound before You make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
You're paralyzed
'Cause this is thriller, THRILLER RIDE!
Friday the 13th, 7pm at the Bike Church!

...Darkness falls across the land
The 7pm hour is close at hand
Creatures ride in search of jams
To cruise through y'all's neighborhood!

Santa Cruz Bike Party is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Rides are 7-10 miles long with music and dance breaks along the way. Rides move at a relatively slow pace and no one is left behind. Each ride has a theme and riders are encouraged to wear costumes or decorate their bikes to fit the theme.


SC Bike Party starts and ends outside the Bike Church at 703 Pacific Ave downtown. The route is not the same every time, but each month organizers will post the route online ahead of time in case anyone misses the start and wants to catch up.

Once per month, all year long. We meet at 7pm every second Friday of the month. Rides usually leave about 7:15 and last about 2 hours.

The atmosphere of the SC Bike Party is fun, (zombie) friendly, welcoming, and safe. Our goal is to celebrate cycling and build community, not to cause conflict with car drivers. Please help us maintain a positive and safe atmosphere by keeping in mind the following guidelines:


Guidelines
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Stay to the Right / Stop at Lights - This is not Critical Mass. Please stay to the right on 2-lane roads, or in the right lane on larger roads.
- Ride Straight - Please help avoid crashes by riding predictably, without any sudden turns or stops.
- Don't Hate - Please roll past any conflict that might present itself during the ride.
- Pack your Trash - Bike partiers aspire to leave party stops in better condition than we found them.
- Don't Get Smashed - Riding while inebriated poses a danger to yourself and others. Don't ruin the fun for everyone else by overdoing it.

Bring:
Lights - Rides are at night, so let's make sure to be visible.
Locks - No bikes have been stolen from the SC Bike Party, but during breaks better to be safe than sorry.
Layers - As we all know Santa Cruz evenings can get damp and chilly.
Water, snacks - Our stops are not always near stores, so best to bring what you need.
Tube, patch kit, pump, tools - The ride is unsupported; please come prepared.


Location: 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00

Everyone is welcome! Partners and dancing experience are not necessary. Each of the dozen or so dance forms during the evening are taught and prompted (except for the waltz and hambo).

 

Beginner's Workshop:  dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner's lesson at 5:40. Regular dancing begins at 6:00 (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).

 

Admission: Suggested admission donation is $12 regular, $8 for full-time students w/student ID card. Discounts for volunteers.

 

Wear: Comfortable, non-marking shoes to protect your feet and our floors - a separate pair of dance shoes works best. You'll be more comfortable in loose-fitting light-weight clothing.

 

Please note that many dancers are very sensitive to fragrances and body odor and that our dances are fragrance-free events.

 

This is an all-ages event.  Bring your joyful enthusiasm along with a sensibility toward care and consideration for your fellow dancers.

 

More information about upcoming dances in our area is online at the links below:

 

Contra dances in Santa Cruz County: http://santacruzdance.org/drupal/

English Country Dance in Santa Cruz County: http://www.englishcountrydancing.net/

Contra dances in Monterey: http://montereycdc.webs.com/


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Wildflower and Nature Hike
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux!
Date: 02/09/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley

Friday, February 9 at 10am

Join docent botanist Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of Waddell Valley's plants within Rancho del Oso's seven diverse habitats. Observe the monthly change of the ecosystems. Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux! This walk takes a leisurely pace that is great for learning the native habitat we are experiencing. Bring lunch, questions and curiosity! Meet at the yellow gate across from the Waddell State Beach parking area. Event is free.


Rancho del Oso, Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport. 427-2288


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Positive Time-Outs Help Children Do and Feel Better
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Positive Time-Outs Help Children Do and Feel Better
Date: 02/10/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00
Special Instructions: Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare will be provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but only if requested in advance.

Brain science shows the need for children to feel calm as a way to better learn, engaging in critical thinking, and regulate emotions. Positive Time-Outs DON'T involve punishment, blame, or shame because those tactics damage the valuable connections we need to have with our children in order to help them to do and feel better. Please call PDCR at 831-476-7284 x107 with questions about scholarships and childcare.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Morning in the Kindergarten
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Morning in the Kindergarten - Come visit with your 4-5 year old.
Date: 02/10/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Morning in the Kindergarten

Children 4 to 5 years old are warmly invited to experience a morning in the kindergarten while parents meet our teachers and learn about our approach to early childhood. Kindergarten visits are on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on the following dates:

 

February 10, 2018
March 3rd, 2018

 

RSVP by calling 831-824-2161 or emailing enrollment@santacruzwaldorf.org Space is limited.

 


Location: Santa Cruz Waldorf School, 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
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Romance in the Redwoods
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State Park Big Basin
Date: 02/10/2018 at 11:00am
Ages: All

Romance in the Redwoods

Saturday, February 10 at 11:30am 

On this easy, two-hour walk you'll learn about the courtship behaviors of some of the park's most fascinating plants and animals. Join Docent Eva Fewel and discover how some of Big Basin inhabitants celebrate love in the wild! Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: 02/10/2018 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Saturday, February 10 at 8am

Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate two-mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides, and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning. Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. Event is free. For more information, please email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 

Rancho del Oso - Coastal Section of Big Basin Redwoods State Park

The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is open to the general public.

The Center is located 2 miles south of Año Nuevo (or 16 miles north of Santa Cruz) just off Highway 1. Turn at the first road south of the Waddell Creek bridge and follow the signs. Extreme weather may cancel events; please call ahead. For more information or to register for events, call 831 427-2288 or email jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov. Go Green!


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Volunteer in California's Oldest State Park!
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State Park Big Basin
We need volunteers!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Volunteer with the Trail Crew Saturdays

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Board Games in the Library for Adults
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Scotts Valley Library
Join this program for hours of tabletop gaming fun.
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Feb 10-Feb 24) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 18+ Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: N/A

Adults need playtime too! Join this program for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games like Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, or Ticket to Ride. No prior gaming experience is necessary


Location: Santa Cruz Public Libraries - Sc, 251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Redwood Saturday Hike
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State Parks Nisene Marks
Walk through Nisene Marks
Date: 02/10/2018 at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Redwood Saturday Hike

Saturday, February 10 at 11am

Join us on a mile-long hike of exploration and learning. Together, we will discover how to "read the forest" as we explore Aptos Creek Canyon at a leisurely pace. We will also cover the park's history, both natural and related to the logging industry that thrived here over a century ago. Bring hiking shoes, water, and snacks and meet at the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park entrance kiosk. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $8. For more information, please call (831) 685-6444. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: located off Aptos Creek Road near Aptos Village, Aptos Map
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Migration Festival
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State Park Natural Bridges
Fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike or drive as you migrate to Natural Bridges State Beach for a full-day of activities that celebrate
Date: 02/10/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


Migration Festival

Saturday, February 10 from 11am to 4pm

Fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike or drive as you migrate to Natural Bridges State Beach for a full day of activities that celebrate the migration of whales, butterflies, birds and the many creatures that travel. The park will host migratory animal talks, active kids' games, crafts, skits, live music by the nature-loving 5M's Band, educational booths and displays, along with the now-famous free habitat-cake served at the end of the event.  You can purchase a picnic at the park or bring your own.  Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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A Gender Tipping Point: Hip Santa Cruz in the 1960s and 70s
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A Gender Tipping Point: Hip Santa Cruz in the 1960s and 70s
Date: 02/10/2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 February 2018) Hip-Santa-Cruz.jpgResearchers Anonymous presents a discussion with Ralph Abraham. UCSC Professor Emeritus Abraham is the creator of the Santa Cruz Hip History Project and editor of two books: Hip Santa Cruz Volumes 1 and 2, with Volume 3 on the way.

 

He observes, “from the florescence of hip culture in Santa Cruz in the 1960s there emerged the longer lasting feminist revolution of the 1970s.”

 

This presentation promises to be a fun opportunity to “speculate together on the dynamics of this important bifurcation.”

 

As history researchers how do we capture and relate events that happened in many of our own lifetimes?


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Concert One: Cupid's Gift - Love Songs & Enchantments
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
A great way to introduce the children to joyful baroque music ...
Date: 02/10/2018 at 7:30pm
Ages: All

(0 February 2018) BaroqueConcertFeb2018.jpgConcert One: Cupid's Gift - Love Songs & Enchantments

Traveling all the way from England to bring you the experience of falling in love-one of a beating heart and a quick smile-soprano Elizabeth Hungerford will enchant you.

 

Enjoy gentle plucked strings that carry you through simple songs of romance, marked with dignified harpsichord accompaniment.

 

Elizabeth performed in 2016 and the audience then fell in love with her expressive voice, witty engagement, and tremendous musicianship. With Valentine's Day around the corner, this is a concert that cannot be missed.

 

Elizabeth Hungerford, soprano
Hideki Yamaya, 10-course Renaissance lute
Linda Burman-Hall, harpsichord & virginal

 

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Phone: (831) 459-2159 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
To Bee or Not to Be
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Mountain Feed
Interested in beekeeping but not sure if it's right for you? This workshop explains what it takes to become a successful, respon
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su and Sa (Feb 11-Feb 25) from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

To Bee or Not to Bee: Free Beekeeping Overview 
THIS DATE IS FULL
Sunday, February 11, 11:00am-12:30pm Lecture, 1:00pm-2:00pm Equipment overview

How about this date>> Sunday, February 25, 11:00am-12:30pm Lecture, 1:00pm-2:00pm Equipment overview

Interested in beekeeping but not sure if it's right for you? This workshop explains what it takes to become a successful, responsible beekeeper before you commit to buying equipment and taking a paid class. Complete Beekeeping equipment overview to follow.

RSVP is required. RSVP by calling (831) 336-8876 or by emailing events@mountainfeed.com. Please include your phone number if you are RSVP'ing by email.


Location: 9550 Highway 9, Ben Lomond Map
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Basics of Rose Care
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Rose care and hands on rose pruning demonstration
Date: 02/11/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 10 & up Admission Fees: $3.00 per person

(0 February 2018) FlowerRosePink2.jpgJoin UC Master Gardener Dawn Avery for a "Basics of Rose Care" class. She will talk about summer and winter pruning, watering, and mulching and fertilizing, followed by a discussion of rose disorders. The first half of the class is held in the classroom followed by the pruning demonstration outdoors.

 

Rain cancels outdoor demonstration that follows. Bring your gloves and clippers for a hands on rose pruning demonstration of the roses at Quail Hollow Ranch. Do you have potted roses that need some TLC? Bring them, too, and Dawn will show you how to prune for health and vigor. For ages 16 and up.

 

Sign up in advance by calling 831-335-9348.


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Six Hour Contra Cruz 2018
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Traditional Dancers of Santa Cruz
Highly recommended for families with teens and tweens!
Date: 02/11/2018 from 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: $22 general / $12 students

(0 January 2018) Dance_ContraYoungCouple.jpgTraditional Dancers of Santa Cruz presents...

Contra Cruz 2018


Lesson for newcomers and returning dancers alike: 1:30-2:00


Two Bands & Two Callers!

Please invite your friends on Facebook.

Presale instructions


Santa Cruz Contra Dance in the news! An article in the Good Times Weekly


Please bring soft-soled, non-marking shoes to help protect the floor. Thank you for keeping our dances fragrance free for the comfort of all


Potluck contributions are encouraged!


Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Pickwick Book Club
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Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations ...
Date: The 2nd Su of every month (Jan 14-May 13) at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 January 2018) PicwickBookClub.jpgThe Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly to discuss a nineteenth-century novel, beginning this January with Charles Dickens's "Little Dorrit".

 

Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations to help us contextualize our readings.

SECOND SUNDAYS OF THE MONTH
JANUARY-MAY 2018 AT 2:00 PM
MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY

Questions? Visit dickens.ucsc.edu or call 831/459-2103


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Miss Logo's? Used Book Sale!
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Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
BIG Booksale!
Date: 02/11/2018 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: free admission

(0 February 2018) BookSalFeb11l.jpgMiss Logo's?

Wish there was somewhere local to find reasonably priced books and media? There is! The Friends of the Library Book Sale offers a variety of paperbacks, hardbacks, movies, and music for sale - something for everyone! And you can feel good about your purchases knowing that all the proceeds benefit your public libraries.

Sunday

 

Can't make it to the big sale? Stop by the Donwtown Library Friends Bookstore any time the library is open to find great books at great prices. Books make great Valentines Day Gifts!

 


Location: Upstairs Meeting Room , 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Seminar: Raising Resilient Children
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Triple P Seminar: Raising Resilient Children
Date: 02/12/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:03pm


Triple P seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in a wide range of situations. This seminar is the second in a series of three for families with children birth - 12 years old. You can attend one, two or all three of the seminars in the series. Attend Raising Resilient Children to get tips for helping children develop important social-emotional skills, such as: Recognizing and expressing emotions in healthy ways; Developing positive ways to think about themselves and the world around them; and Coping with difficult emotions and stressful situations.

This Triple P Seminar is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults.

Presented in English by: Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: Bay View Elementary School Library, 1231 Bay St, Santa Cruz
To register: Contact Sandra Rodelo at (831) 724-2997 x211 or sandrar@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Bay View Elementary School Libra, 1231 Bay St., Santa Cruz Map
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Scotts Valley 4-H Club Meeting
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Scotts Valley 4-H Club
Join 4-H!
Date: 02/12/2018 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ages: 5-18 Admission Fees: 0

Visit our club meeting to learn more about the 4-H Youth Development Program.


Location: Community Covenant Church, 2700 El Rancho Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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Santa Cruz Young People's Chess Club
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Library Central
Newcomers welcome!
Date: Every Tues (Feb 13-May 29) from 3:45pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

Chess for Young People at the Library


Aptos Branch Library ~ Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm


Downtown Branch Library ~ 2nd, 3rd, 4th Saturdays from 2-3:30pm


For more information, email pro@santacruzpl.org or call
(831)427-7717


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Kick the Sugar Habit
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Library Central
Discover why you have sugar cravings, why they can feel out of control, and what you can do about it
Date: 02/13/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Learn to kick the sugar habit without giving up sweetness In this workshop you will discover why you have sugar cravings, why they can feel out of control, and what you can do about it. Sandy Lee, a certified holistic health and Lifestyle Coach, will discuss how kicking the sugar habit can increase energy, result in better moods and increase the body and mind balance.


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
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SPIN
Meet with other parents for support, networking and information
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
This group is for parents to share space with each other, to support each other and to problem solve challenges together!


Meets the second Tuesday of each month at Hope Services- 220 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Email Heidi at hlister@spinsc.org for more information.

 


Location: Hope Services, 220 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
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CASA Information Meeting
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CASA of SC Coounty
With just a few hours a week, you can make an impact in the life of a child.
Date: 02/13/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm


(0 February 2018) CasaValentine.jpgWith just a few hours a week, you can make a lifetime of impact.

CASA of Santa Cruz County needs volunteers to devote 2-4 hours a week to helping a child in foster care. You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA volunteers are everyday people, trained by CASA and then appointed by judges to advocate for the safety of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Advocates speak up for the best interest of children and teens in the court room, in the classroom, and in the community. Advocates are fully supported by a staff supervisor and are part of a team that works in the best interests of the child.

 

A CASA volunteer spends time with his or her child each week, offering friendship and emotional support while helping the child rebuild trust and self-esteem, as well as gathering information from everyone involved in the child's case. Although there is a great need for bilingual and male volunteers, we always encourage people from all cultures and professions and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds to learn more.

 

Learn more at www.casaofsantacruz.org and click on "Volunteer".

 


Location: 813 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville Map
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Our Community Reads Film Series presents: "Loving."
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Library Aptos
Join us for this screening of "Loving," 2016 historical film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, plaintiffs in the 19
Date: 02/13/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 January 2018) Loving_2016_film.jpgThe Friends of the Aptos Library hosts a film series as part of Our Community Reads, their program designed to bring members of the Santa Cruz County community together around one book.

 

Join us for this screening of "Loving," 2016 historical film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, that invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

 

The Film will be introduced by Kelsey Doyle, a digital media producer and editor. Currently working at Stanford, her work has been published in National Geographic, PBS, National Science Foundation, and Filmmaker Magazine.

 

Popcorn provided.


Location: 7695 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
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Free Homework Help
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Connect | Inspire | Inform
Date: Every Tues (Feb 13-May 22) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park.

 

The program takes aSpring break: March 30 to April 9, 2018 (resuming April 10, 2018)


Location: 316 Estrella Ave, La Selva Beach Map
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Brown Bag Biz Lunches
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Library Central
Monthly Meetings: Ebay for Beginners I & II, LinkedIn to Grow Sales
Date: 02/14/2018 at 12:00pm
Ages: teens - Adults Admission Fees: Free

2018 Small Business Brown Bag Series is a collection of free, hour-long workshops designed to support small businesses. Bring your lunch and join us in the upstairs meeting room at the Downtown Branch Library for these great seminars.

 

Bring your lunch and learn how to grow your business. In the first seminar of the 2018 Series, Maria Elena Duron will talk about "Getting Found on Google" - a must for any business to survive. Register at santacruzpl.org/brownbags/.

The Small Business Brown Bag Series is a collection of free, hour-long workshops designed to support small businesses. Speaker presentations are posted on the library's Brown Bag page after each event. You will definitely want to take notes and bring business cards to do some networking.

 


Location: Downtown Branch, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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ADHD Parent Support Group
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Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay ADHD Support Group
Support for Parents of Children and Teens with ADHD
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Donation welcome!
Special Instructions: Additional parking available at Mar Vista Elementary

The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay ADHD Support Group is run by kind and helpful volunteers and hosts monthly support group meetings for Parents of children and teens with ADHD on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Please join us at our next monthly meeting for more information and support or just come and share with those who understand.


Location: Aptos Fire Station Conference Ro, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library Garfield Park
Connect | Inspire | Inform
Date: Every Wed and Th (Feb 14-May 23) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

 

The program takes Spring break: March 30 to April 9, 2018 (resuming April 10, 2018)


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7709 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Art & Play in Pre & K!
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Mount Madonna School
Preschool and Kindergarten Fun Activities
Date: 02/14/2018 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: Toddlers, preschool & kinders Admission Fees: Free

Parents of toddler, preschool and kindergarten age children are invited to come for a morning of activities and fun experiences with your child(ren) at the Mount Madonna School Preschool and Kindergarten.


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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Seymour Community Free Days
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Free Community Day...Come visit us!
Date: 02/15/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

Community Free Days

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is open to the community free of charge on the following days:

 

2018
January 18
February 15
September 20
October 18
November 13
December 4


Sponsored by:www.montereybayseaglass.com / Nancy Allen

 

Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. Our exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz and around the world. Visit us and explore the fascinating world of marine science and conservation. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a self-supporting part of the University of California, Santa Cruz. At the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, you can visit exhibit halls, aquarium, and touch pools as part of a working marine laboratory. Take tours to the marine mammal research overlook, visit the Ocean Discovery Shop, and delight in unsurpassed vistas of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Exploring Virtual Reality
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Virtual Reality, 13+, La Selva Beach
Date: 02/15/2018 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

Learn about the applications, benefits and concerns related to Virtual Reality technology and explore the HTC Vive VR system to experience it for yourself. Participants must be 13 years or older.


Location: La Selva Beach Library, 316 Estrella Ave, La Selva Beach Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.

 

Note: Special Theme: Film and Television


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Kicking the Sugar Habit
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Live Oak Library
Learn to kick the sugar habit without giving up sweetness.
Date: 02/15/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Learn to kick the sugar habit without giving up sweetness. In this workshop you will discover why you have sugar cravings, why they can feel out of control, and what you can do about it. Sandy Lee, a certified holistic health and Lifestyle Coach, will discuss how kicking the sugar habit can increase energy, result in better moods and increase the body and mind balance.


Location: Santa Cruz Public Library - Live, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Workshop: It's Time for Potty Training
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Learn: How to decide when your child is ready for potty (toilet) training; How to prepare your child to use the toilet; Tips to
Date: 02/15/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:03pm


Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop at Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us to learn: How to decide when your child is ready for potty (toilet) training; How to prepare your child to use the toilet; Tips to make potty training a positive experience for you and your child.

This Triple P Workshop is free and open to the public. Please note: child care is not available at this location.

Presented in English by: Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz (in furniture section)
To register: Contact Caitlin McElroy, Baby Registry Supervisor at Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us (831) 479‐4296 or 5843.Registry@toysrus.com


Location: Toys R Us/Babies R Us, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop: Coping With Stress
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop: Coping With Stress
Date: 02/15/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Stepping Stones Triple P offers parenting support for families with children with special needs, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Stepping Stones Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues.

Attend this FREE workshop to learn: How stress affects parenting and children's development; How to recognize signs of stress; Healthy ways to reduce and manage stress.

This Stepping Stones Triple P workshop is offered as part of the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Community Advisory Committee's monthly meeting. No registration required. Light snacks provided. Please note: child care will not be available at this event.

Presented in English by: Stella Lauerman, Triple P Practitioner
Location: Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, 1855 41st Ave, Capitola (inside the mall)
For questions, contact the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Office at (831) 466-5700 or visit www.nsccselpa.org


Location: Santa Cruz Children's Museum of , 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
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First Ever Girls Cub Scout Pack
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La Madrona Athletic Club
Informational Meeting Girls Cub Scout Pack
Date: 02/15/2018 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Kindergarten through 5th grade

Does your daughter enjoy nature, crafting, archery and community service?

Girls Kindergarten through 5th grade are now invited to make history by joining the very first "all girls" Santa Cruz Mountain Cub Scout Pack!


Location: 1897 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Scotts Valley
21+ trivia on tap
Date: The 1st Th of every month (Feb 15-May 17) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: 21+ Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month

Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company, 20 Victor Square B, Scotts Valley Map
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Deepak Chopra is coming to Santa Cruz!
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
He shares new insights from his latest work THE HEALING SELF and explores some of the most important and baffling questions we f
Date: 02/16/2018 at 6:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) DeepakChopra.jpgDeepak Chopra is coming to Santa Cruz!

Bookshop Santa Cruz is excited to present an evening with Deepak Chopra as he shares new insights from his latest work THE HEALING SELF and explores some of the most important and baffling questions we face in the face of environmental toxins, potential epidemics, superbugs, and the accelerated aging process.

 

This offsite and ticketed event will take place at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH AT 7:00 PM.

 

Get your tickets today! http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/deepak-chopra

 

 

 


Location: Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Great Backyard Bird Count
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Audubon Society
Be a bird counter... for just 15minutes
Date: Every day (Feb 16-Feb 19) from 6:00pm to 7:00pm


(0 January 2018) GreatBackyardBirdCount.jpgThe 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count runs from February 16-19. It's an easy way to help the birds you see everyday!

 

With just 15 minutes of your time, you can help scientists better understand birds.

 

Learn more and sign up today: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/


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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family
Special Instructions: AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

On the third Friday of every month, Grange member and Professional Dance Caller Andy Wilson hosts a family-friendly barn dance.  Join us for a potluck supper at 6:00 before the dancing starts at 6:30.  We knock off around 8:00 to let everyone get home and have a good night sleep.  Live music featuring Deby's Ginormous String Band.


$10 per person
$15 for two people
$20 per family



Musicians (young or old) are welcome to join the band on stage.

 

AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED, SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Library Book Group
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Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

The Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction. Check with the front desk staff for the current month's book selection.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Hike to Ocean View Summit
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State Park Big Basin
Six-mile loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast
Date: 02/17/2018 from 10:00am to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Hike to Ocean View Summit

Saturday, February 17 from 10am to 2:30pm

Escape the crowds on this 6-mile loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast. Join Docent Steve Stolper as we climb the Meteor Trail through the trees, gaining 600 feet before emerging at Ocean View Summit. After a relaxed lunch we descend back into the forest and return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Starry Night Concert
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Christ Lutheran Church
Be enveloped in the romantic "starry night" with this carefully curated program of exquisite poetry sung to piano accompaniment,
Date: 02/17/2018 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm


Soprano Danielle Crook and pianist Leah Zumberge present an evening of sparkling late-romantic and impressionist-era classical music.

(0 January 2018) StarryNightConcert.jpgPoets and composers have long reveled in the beauty and mystery of the night sky. Be enveloped in the romantic "starry night" with this carefully curated program of exquisite poetry sung to piano accompaniment, and beloved classical piano pieces on themes of moonlight and the starry sky.

The program will feature favorites such as Debussy's Clair de Lune, Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata, Dvorak's Song to the Moon from Rusalka, and Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. Additional composers include Faure, Schumann, Sibelius, and Amy Beach. Songs in Icelandic, Finnish and Swedish will also be performed.

With guest artists on violin and guitar.

Tickets: $20 general, $15 student


Location: 10707 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Re-opening in the Spring!

 

It's time for Made in the Mountains again! What is Made in the Mountains, you ask? Well, it's a fun event that happens the 3rd Saturday of every month in beautiful downtown Boulder Creek.

 

Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts. You might find a photo you like. Or a metal art piece for your garden. Or get a henna tattoo. Or a piece of jewelry. Or some woodwork. You never know what incredible art you'll find!

 

To top it off, you could win $100!! Just spend $50 at any local business during the event, take your receipt to Karen in front of Century 21 and you could be the lucky recipient of a $100 gift certificate to a BCBA member business of your choice! It's one of those win-win situations! Looking forward to seeing you there!

 


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Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
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Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Sep 16-May 19) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
Start to develop a better understanding of how to manage your personal finances. Learn about a different topic on the 3rd Saturday of each month with George Haas and Anthony Rovai, financial advisers at Money Concepts Capital Corporation. Start getting your personal finances in shape. The series starts on September 16th and runs through May.


Note: Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg

 


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Book Sale at Aptos Library
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Library Aptos
Support your libraries by coming to the Aptos Book Sale and finding new life-changing books
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

Monthly Book Sale @ Aptos Branch: 3rd Saturday of every month, 11 AM - 3 PM

Come browse a wide ranging collection from fiction to children's books, audio books to CD's. Our non-fiction covers subjects from A-Z: cookbooks, gardening, health & well-being, poetry, and travel among a myriad of other subject areas. Join us on Saturdays in the Aptos Library meeting room as the Aptos Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (Aptos FSCPL) hosts monthly book sales throughout the year (January-July and September-October). The books and media sold are selected from library donations.

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Sempervirens Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Three-hour, 2.5-mile hike
Date: 02/17/2018 at 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Sempervirens Falls Hike

Saturday, February 17 at 10:30am

This beautiful hike takes you by Sempervirens Falls, old-growth redwoods, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin and more! Join Docent Hal Anjo on this 4-mile, 3-hour hike. Bring water and snacks. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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SPIN
'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm


'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group for any parent of a child with any type of disability
Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm at 820 Bay Ave. Capitola
Like our Facebook page and receive info. on up coming meetings.


For more info or to RSVP, please call and leave a message at 423-7713 or email Heidi Lister at hlister@spinsc.org


NOTE: Child care is NOT provided at these meetings.


Location: 820 Bay Ave, Capitola Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the parks less traveled backcountry,
Date: Every Su and Sa (Feb 18-Feb 25)
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Sunday, February 18 at noon

Saturday, February 24 at noon

Sunday, February 25 at noon

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: The 3rd Su of every month at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

 

 


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Ranch House Tour
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Join Park Naturalist Lee Summers on a tour through the Quail Hollow Ranch House.
Date: 02/18/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $2/person

Do you enjoy looking through old buildings, learning about their stories? Join Park Docent, Richard James, on a
tour through the Quail Hollow Ranch house. Learn about its history from the Watermelon King to Sun-Kissed Ranch, Sunset Magazine, and beyond. This informative tour will give you the opportunity to find out about four of the families who made the ranch their business, home, and haven. All ages are welcome to attend. Sign up in advance by call-
ing 831-335-9348.


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 3rd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 3rd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00am
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

Being a new mom is the best thing that has just happened to you. But, you have to admit, it can be isolating at times. Would you like to meet and mingle with new mothers just like you, share parenting ideas and make music together alongside your babies (birth to 12 mos.) while learning lifelong parenting tips? Join the new New Mommy Musical Meet-Up where we support you in your new life adventure in a musical way. Bring your baby and enjoy meeting other mommies, free refreshments, and drawings for prizes while a certified Music Together® teacher leads a short music making session geared specifically to babies. Look for us under "New Mommy Musical Meetup" @ Meetup.com.

Join us every 3rd Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:00pm in our Santa Cruz classroom - 239 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


CONTACT: MusicalMe, Inc.
Call: 831-438-3514 or Text: 831-332-9002
registrar@musicalme.com
PO Box 66438, Scotts Valley, CA 95067
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Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Mission Strategy Game
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State Parks Mission
Mission Strategy Game
Date: 02/19/2018 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep's knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. This event is free. Rain or shine.


Location: Santa Cruz Mission State Histori, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Young Makers Club
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Library Central
Newcomers welcome!
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month (Feb 13-May 29) from 3:45pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

A flexible club bringing together a community of young people with mentors and a space to make. Participants work together to design and create a youth-chosen project. The club is lead by Sasha, a young maker mentor, who has been on panels at Intel, Pearson Learning, Pixar and Bay Area Maker Faire, and Young Makers.

 

She has won awards at Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship and Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair. She was recently published in National Geographic Magazine January 2017 issue. Club meets the second Tuesday of each month, February through May. Registration required. Call 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org.


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Symphony Children's and Family Concerts
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
Children's concert and ballet!
Date: Every day (Feb 20-Feb 25)
Ages: all
Special Instructions: 2/20 and 2/25

Santa Cruz Symphony Children's and Family Concerts


Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre collaborates with the Santa Cruz Symphony in these fun, informative concerts which center around the orchestra, directed by Maestro Daniel Stewart.  


Children's Concerts Tuesday, February 20
2 morning performances for local schools

Kaiser Arena 
140 Front Street, Santa Cruz


Family Concert Sunday, February 25
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church Street, Santa Cruz

 


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Exploring Homeschooling Workshop
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Discovery Learning Center
Thinking of homeschooling?
Date: 02/20/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $2

Exploring Homeschooling Workshop

with Heddi Craft

$2

February 20, 6:30pm-8pm

This fast paced, one and a half hour introductory workshop will help new homeschooling families find out more about the legal ways to homeschool, the various styles of homeschooling, and the area resources for homeschooling.

Heddi has three children and has been homeschooling for the past 12 years. She is the county contact for the California Homeschool Network and is a member of the Homeschool Association of California.

 

If you have questions about the workshop, please contact her at 831-458-1711 or heddicr@gmail.com.

 


Location: 5271 Scotts Valley Dr, Scotts Valley Map
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Square Dncing
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Santa Cruz Old Time Music Collective
Live bands, square dancing, honky tonk, two-stepping!
Date: 02/20/2018 from 9:00pm to 12:00am
Admission Fees: $5 at the door

Live bands, square dancing, honky tonk two-stepping! What else would you be doing on a Tuesday night?

Dances taught and called my Mike Lewinski. No experience or dancing partner necessary to attend. $5 at the door.


Location: The Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Tuesday Talks
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Library Boulder Creek
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month (Nov 21-Feb 20) at 7:00pm


T(0 Nov 2017) Library_BoulderCreekRR.jpguesday Talks is an ongoing discussion series bringing local experts and community members together to explore issues important to Boulder Creek and the San Lorenzo Valley. Join us at 7:00pm the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Nov 21

Boulder Creek's Lost Railroad: The Twilight Years of the Boulder Creek Branch, 1906 - 1934

When the earth shook in 1906, it marked the beginning of the end for the railroads of the upper San Lorenzo Valley. Join us for a discussion of the history of railroads in the San Lorenzo Valley presented by Derek Whaley, author of Santa Cruz Trains: Railroads of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

 


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Helping Children Adjust to Having Siblings with Special Needs
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Helping Children Adjust to Having Siblings With Special Needs
Date: 02/20/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:03pm
Admission Fees: free

Stepping Stones Triple P offers parenting support for families with children with special needs, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Stepping Stones Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues.

Attend this FREE workshop to learn: Common feelings and questions children may have about their siblings with special needs; How to talk to children about their siblings' disabilities or special needs; Tips for promoting healthy relationships between siblings.

This Stepping Stones Triple P workshop is offered as part of the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Community Advisory Committee's monthly meeting. No registration required. Light snacks provided. Please note: child care will not be available at this event.

Presented in English by: Stella Lauerman, Triple P Practitioner
Location: Live Oak Elementary School District, Board Room, 984-1 Bostwick Lane, Santa Cruz
For questions, contact the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Office at (831) 466-5700 or visit www.nsccselpa.org


Location: Live Oak Elementary School Distr, 984-1 Bostwick Lane, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Workshop: Parenting Together
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Triple P Workshop: Parenting Together
Date: 02/20/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


This class will address some necessary components of supporting your partner so you can incorporate positive parenting principles from the Triple P program. This includes positive communication guidelines, giving and receiving feedback, building casual conversations into your day, and problem solving. This class is best when attended with your parenting partner.

This Triple P Workshop is offered through the Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) and is open to the public. Cost is $30/participant or $45/couple. Please note: child care is not available at this location.

Presented in English by: Natalie Hanneman, Triple P practitioner
Location: Dominican Rehab Solarium, 610 Frederick St, Santa Cruz
Register through Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) at least two days prior to the workshop by phone (831) 457-7099 or register online at www.dignityhealth.org/dominican/pep. Dominican PEP is unable to accommodate walk-ins.


Location: Dominican Rehab Solarium, 610 Frederick St, Santa Cruz Map
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CASE Art Club
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Library Scotts Valley
Come craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science
Date: 02/21/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-10 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: N/A

CASE stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive. A new monthly class for kids ages 6-10. Come craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science. The goal is to involve kids in art using their own creativity. Parents are welcome to observe and learn but the art is for the kids.


Location: 251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Does your child enjoy art? Science?
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Kids ages 6-10 are invited to craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science.
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month (Jan 17-May 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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Does your child enjoy art? Science?

CASE stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive

Kids ages 6-10 are invited to craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science. The goal is to involve kids in art using their own creativity. Parents are welcome to observe and learn but the art is for the kids.

Starts January 17

  • Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Scotts Valley Library • 251 Kings Village Rd.

 

At the first class kids will experiment with Zentangle Snowflakes. Every class will involve art and the science behind the art.

 

Anna is a junior at Scotts Valley High School. She has fond memories of the art and craft classes at Scotts Valley Library when she was younger and wants to replicate those memories for other Scotts Valley kids.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 210-6551 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
CASE Art, stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive
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Library Scotts Valley
Kids in art by using their own creativity while learning about the relationship between art and science
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month (Jan 17-May 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-10

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) has announced a new ongoing STEAM program for kids set to begin on January 17th, 2018 and continue every third Wednesday of the month from 2:00pm - 4:00pm through May at the Scotts Valley Library.

 

The program, called CASE Art, stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive. This new monthly class for ages 6-10 involves kids in art by using their own creativity while learning about the relationship between art and science. Parents are welcome to observe and learn, but the art is for the kids.  At the first class kids will experiment with Zentangle Snowflakes. Every class will involve art and the science behind the art.

 

"Learning about the relationship between art and science at an early way is a great way to get young children on the path to academic success," says Library Director Susan Nemitz. "And we have noticed that kids really enjoy learning from other kids."

 

The class is led by Scotts Valley High School student Anna, who is in her junior year. She has fond memories of the art and craft classes at Scotts Valley Library when she was younger and wants to create similar memories for other Scotts Valley kids.


Location: 251 Mount Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Genealogy Research Group
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Library La Selva Beach
Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Genealogy Research Group

 

This new group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month to explore genealogy related research topics. Learn how to use the resources paid for by the library as well as other online sources to find all kinds of genealogical information. Laptops are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own as well.

 

Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for hands-on research using the library's databases and internet resources. We will have laptops available for your use.


Phone: 661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 4th Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-8621 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
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UCSC Recreation
Ignite your passion for adventure, action & travel!
Date: Every day (Feb 22-Feb 25) at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $22

(0 Nov 2017) Banff2018Feb.jpgIgnite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes the Rio Theatre at 7 pm February 22 - 25 (Four nights, two programs). Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks.

 

Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth. The 2017/2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 42nd annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 400 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year's World Tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you. Be moved. Be inspired. Don't miss out. Reserve your tickets today. For more information visit recreation.ucsc.edu. This stop on the world tour is hosted by UC Santa Cruz Recreation Department.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $22
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and Bicycle Trip beginning December 15
Event website: www.recreation.ucsc.edu
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Location: Rio Theater, Soquel Av, Santa Cruz Map
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Exploring the San Lorenzo River - The River Through Time
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Take a journey through time and learn how this waterway has shaped local communities, and how in turn, humans have affected the
Date: 02/23/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Registration required.

The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and funghi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem during the 2nd Annual Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Coastal Watershed Council. Learn from local naturalists, scientists and artists during this FREE weekly series, held at a different location along the river every Saturday now through April 21.

Saturday, February 17: Fungus Among Us

Pre-registration is required. Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/event/exploring-san-lorenzo-river-tour/ to register for this free event and to find out the exact meeting location.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Homeschool Day 2018
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Homeschool Day 2018
Date: 02/23/2018 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 5-18 Admission Fees: $6 for students and seniors, $8 for adults, children under 3 Free, Members Free

Dive into marine science research and hands-on activities designed especially for homeschool students and families!

• Hands-on marine science learning stations featuring realia and animal investigations facilitated by Seymour Center education staff and volunteer instructors (1:30-3 PM)

• Ocean-themed craft activities (1:30-3 PM)

• Walk the "Path of Outdoor Giants" to learn about elephant seals, gray whales, and blue whales, including "Ms. Blue," our 87-foot-long blue whale skeleton

• All day access to the Seymour Center's aquarium and exhibit hall showcasing more than 80 different species of animals, invertebrate and shark touch pools, and interactive exhibits

Admission fees apply. Register in advance for $1 off admission costs.
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Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Downtown Santa Cruz "Pre-Am" Mini Golf / Art Festival
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Downtown Association
Putter around Downtown and play a round on 9 unique and artistically designed golf holes located in some of your favorite shops
Date: Every day (Feb 23-Feb 25)
Admission Fees: $10 - $20

 

Downtown Santa Cruz "Pre-Am" Mini Golf / Art Festival

 

Mini Golf / Art Festival in Downtown Santa Cruz.


The Downtown Association is excited to announce the inaugural "Downtown Santa Cruz Pre-Am Mini Golf / Art Festival in Downtown Santa Cruz. Putter around Downtown and play a round on 9 unique and artistically designed golf holes located in some of your favorite shops and secret spots.

 

Each golf hole is designed by a different team of artists, engineers, makers and other community groups. Play around and vote for your favorite hole.

The event will kick off on Friday afternoon with an opening night artists reception and culminate with an awards presentation on Sunday after the course closes.

 

Course hours:
Friday, Feb 22nd, 3:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, Feb 23rd, 12:00pm-8:00pm
Sunday, Feb 24th, 12:00pm-6:00pm

TICKETS


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The Road Less TraveledA Dog-Friendly Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Dog-friendly walk on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic
Date: 02/24/2018 at 10:00am

Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

The Road Less Traveled-A Dog-Friendly Walk

Saturday, February 24 at 10am

On this dog-, stroller- and wheelchair-friendly walk, we travel on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, three-mile, two-hour roundtrip walk with Docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Opening Reception: Harvesting Our Heritage
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SLV Museum
Bite-sized looks at the history of agriculture and food ways here in Santa Cruz county.
Date: 02/24/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Donation of $5 per family is requested

(0 January 2018) SLVMuseum_HarvestHeritage.jpgJoin us to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Harvesting Our Heritage.

 

This exhibition, based on the research project and book of the same name, takes some bite-sized looks at the history of agriculture and food ways here in Santa Cruz county.

 

 


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
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Managing Children's Tantrums with Positive Discipline
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Managing Children's Tantrums with Positive Discipline
Date: 02/24/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00
Special Instructions: Limited scholarships and childcare available but only if requested in advance by calling 831-476-7284 x107

This dynamic 2-hour Positive Discipline parenting workshop helps parents manage children's tantrums. Children can experience big emotions and become extremely frustrated. Parents will learn the brain science behind tantrums, gain effective tools to help prevent and manage emotional outbursts, and discover strategies to positively engage with children so that they can express themselves in more cooperative ways.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Spring Management & Swarms Beekeeping Class
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Mountain Feed
Spring build up, swarm management and the possibility of honey production
Date: 02/24/2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: $45

Spring Management & Swarms Beekeeping Class
Successful beekeeping is an artful balance of skill, anticipation, preparation and luck. This intermediate class will explore the best methods to achieve this for Spring. Most of the beekeeping year is spent supporting colonies for optimal health and Winter survival. In Spring, management techniques aim for this, but also must incorporate Spring build up, swarm management and the possibility of honey production.


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Location: 9550 Highway 9, Ben Lomond Map
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Harvesting Our Heritage
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SLV Museum
Bite-sized looks at the history of agriculture and food ways here in Santa Cruz county.
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Feb 24-Apr 30) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Donation of $5 per family is requested

(0 January 2018) SLVMuseum_HarvestHeritage.jpgJoin us to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Harvesting Our Heritage.

 

This exhibition, based on the research project and book of the same name, takes some bite-sized looks at the history of agriculture and food ways here in Santa Cruz county.

 

Wednesday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
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Phenology Walk
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Arboretum
Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Jan 27-Feb 24) from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6

Phenology walks are back! Free with admission.

Please meet at Norrie's Gift Shop.

Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.

Phenology: nature's calendar: phenology is the timing of life cycle events, for example: when plants first bloom, birds migrate, and insects hatch.

Monitoring phenology is important: changing phenology is a key indicator of climate change. It is a hot topic in climate change research. You may have even observed phenology change without realizing it, like if you noticed plants in your garden blooming earlier during warm years.

YOU can collect phenology data and contribute to climate change research: The Garden Phenology Walk gathers data on seasonal changes in plants including when they leaf out, flower and form fruit. Help us monitor 18 permanently marked California native plants while touring the beautiful Native Plant Garden. Your data will be uploaded to the USA National Phenology Network's (link to USANPN) database for use in research, policy and land management.

Help us collect data:Come to a workshop: Phenology researcher Karen Tanner provides hands-on data collection training.

Note: New time slot for sessions. Space is limited, advanced registration is recommended. (eventful link)

January 27, Saturday, 11 am-1 pm. Meet at the picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop.
February 24, Saturday,11 am-1 pm. Meet at the picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop.
March 18, Sunday,11 am-1 pm. Meet at the picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Clam Chowder Cook-Off
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City of Santa Cruz
Join the fun and excitement as talented Chefs from throughout the West Coast compete for the glory of the BEST CLAM CHOWDER!
Date: Every day (Feb 24-Feb 25)
Admission Fees: Tasting Kits are $10 each.
Special Instructions: Each Tasting Kit Includes 6 taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot.

Clam Chowder Cookoff

Sample and savor clam chowder from amateur chefs on Saturday and professional chefs on Sunday at the country's largest and longest-running clam chowder competition at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Purchase a tasting kit ($10 each) to be able to sample the clammy concoctions and select your favorite Boston and Manhattan clam chowders and help pick a winner!

Each Tasting Kit includes 6 taste tickets (valid either day of the event), spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot.

100% of Tasting Kit sales benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

The event will happen, rain or shine!

Enter a team today! http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/chowder

Full event details: http://bit.ly/chowder-s


Location: Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Garden Plant Exchange
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Live Oak Grange
Bring anything from your garden to trade with like minded gardeners
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

The Grange Garden Exchange

 

(0 July 2017) GrangeGardenPhotowSquash.jpgGardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots. You need not bring anything in order to take something. For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com Tell and bring your friends!

 

The Grange Garden Exchange is held on the 4th Saturday of the month from 8-9am in the Live Oak Grange Parking Lot
Gardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots.  You need not bring anything in order to take something.

 

For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com  Tell and bring your friends!

 

 


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Burleigh Murray Ranch Guided Walk
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State Park Burleigh Murray Ranch
Take a journey back in time along Mills Creek and learn about the early pioneers and farming families
Date: 02/25/2018 at 10:00am


Guided Walk: Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park

Sunday, February 25 at 10am

Journey back in time to discover the lives of early pioneers on this two-mile stroll along Mills Creek at Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Appropriate for children age seven and older accompanied by parent. Rain cancels.

 

For more information, please call 1-650-726-8819 or email HMBParksVolunteer@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


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Photography Hike
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sunlight filtering through the redwoods, a glistening river, and breathtaking views make this hike ideal
Date: 02/25/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Photography Hike

Sunday, February 25 at 1pm

Beginners to advanced photographers and nature enthusiasts alike are invited on a 5-mile hike through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits discovering panoramic views along the way.

 

Please bring a camera, water, layered clothing, snacks, and hiking shoes. We will be discussing the natural history of the park in addition to compositional elements. Meet at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Visitor Center, located off Highway 9 in Felton.

 

Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, and California State Parks.


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
The Power of Sleep: Enhancing Performance, Safety and Health
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Gateway, Mount Madonna, York & Cabrillo
Strategies for better sleep, alertness, and performance will highlight the value that good sleep can bring to help everyone thri
Date: 02/28/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: free

2018 Speaker Series on Education 

Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D.

The Power of Sleep: Enhancing Performance, Safety and Health


Sleep is a basic of life, a fundamental human need like food, water, and air. Yet in today’s fast-paced, connected, and demanding world it seems everyone jams more hours in the day by cheating on sleep.

 

The consequences to individuals and our society can be devastating as sleep loss can impair performance, safety, and health.

 

This presentation will introduce the basics of sleep: our need, the circadian (body) clock, changes with age, sleep disorders, and the effects of sleep loss.

 

Strategies for better sleep, alertness, and performance will highlight the value that good sleep can bring to help everyone thrive.


Location: Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
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