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River Health Day
Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
The 2nd Sa of every month (Jul 23-Dec 8) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 107 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz Map

Every second Saturday of the month you can join the Coastal Watershed Council in improving habitat conditions along the lower San Lorenzo River.

During these River Health Days, we will be planting and watering beneficial native seedlings, as well as removing invasive plants along the river to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity.

Events occur along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Equipment, gloves and refreshments are provided.

All ages and abilities welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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How to Raise an Adult
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Gateway School
Date: 01/28/2016 at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10

(A Jan_16) HowtoRaiseAnAdult.jpgParent Education Lecture: How to Raise an Adult 6:30pm.


An evening with author Julie Lythcott Haims. Aptos High, Gateway School and Pacific Collegiate School are partnering to bring former Stanford University Dean and renowned author, Julie Lythcott-Haims, to Santa Cruz County to speak about her new book, How to Raise an Adult at Aptos High School theater.


Tickets are available for $10/each at SeatYourself. Only 350 tickets will be sold...reserve your space today!






Phone: (831) 423-0341 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
LitWits hands-on experiences of children's literature
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LitWits Workshops, LLC
We bring great books to life!
Date: Every 2 weeks on Th and Fri (Aug 13-Aug 5) from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: $65
Special Instructions: Upstairs (no elevator access)

Dates: See our books/workshop schedule below (each workshop is offered on your choice of Thursday OR Friday)
Times: 9a-12p for ages 7+ and 1p-4p for ages 10+

LitWits® workshops are hands-on, memorable experiences of literature. We explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of great books through prop-based discussion and straight-from-the-story activities.

"LitWits is motivating, educational, and inspirational . . . Your workshops have shown [my son] that exploring the world of literature and writing can be fun. I can't thank you enough."

When kids experience literature with their senses, they empathize with the characters. They learn naturally, and remember more. Best of all, they have a great time -- and want to read more great books! And kids who read more great books learn more great things.

Our "straight-from-the-pages" props, activities and creative projects are carefully planned to naturally convey key academic information such as:

There's no pressure to perform or participate - we want to inspire your kids to read great books. See our Teacher Support page (or Facebook albums) to see what we've done so far and read more about our experiential methods at

LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School.



8/13 - 14 Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (1883)
8/27 - 28 The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong (1954)
9/10 - 11 Heidi by Johanna Spyri (1880)
9/24 - 25 Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (1943)
10/8 - 9 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (1963)
10/22 - 23 The House of 60 Fathers by Meindert DeJong (1956)
11/5 - 6 The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit (1906)
11/19 - 20 The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly (1928)
12/17 - 18 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

1/21 - 22 The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1958)
2/4 - 5 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (1976)
2/18 - 19 The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck (1948)
3/3 - 4 Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray (1943)
3/17 - 18 Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1908)
3/31 - 4/1 The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1961)
4/14 - 15 Follow My Leader by James B. Garfield (1957)
4/28 - 29 The Good Master by Kate Seredy (1935)
5/12 - 13 Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (1960)
5/26 - 27 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)
6/9 - 10 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)
6/23 - 24 Stuart Little by E.B. White (1945)
7/7 - 8 A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)
7/21 - 22 Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (1877)
8/4 - 5 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1876)

Location: Campus of Vintage Faith Church, 350 Mission Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 247-0593 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Translating Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Instruc
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Santa Cruz County Office of Education
2-Day Workshop for Santa Cruz Teachers: Translating Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Instruction
Date: Every day (Jan 29-Feb 1) from 8:30am to 3:30pm

2-Day Workshop for Santa Cruz Teachers: Translating Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Instruction

Deepen your understanding of NGSS Conceptual Shifts. Experience the 5E Instructional Model. Explore 3-Dimensional science teaching & learning. The focus will be on designing learning experiences that support students in explaining phenomena, engaging in discourse based upon evidence, and making their thinking visible. Teachers are encouraged to attend with at least one other person from their school/department.

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Laurie Stewart at (831) 466-5802.
Location: Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Tech Center, 400 Encinal St., Santa, Cruz, CA 95060
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Location: Tech Center, 400 Encinal St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 466-5802 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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