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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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The Sign of the Seahorse
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Santa Cruz Childrens School
Enjoy an original play with a delightful ecology message
Date: 04/30/2016
Admission Fees: $0 - $10
Special Instructions: 11:30am & 2:30pm

(A April 2016) SCCSchool_SeahorseCafe.jpgSanta Cruz Children's School presents an original play based on Graeme Base's book. Written and directed by Zak Bauman, book adapted and music composed by Amy Pine, and performed by the students of SCCS.


The Sign of the Seahorse, by Graeme Base is a wonderful tale about ecology set on the Great Barrier Reef. It is an incredible adventure about how a punk gold fish and a heroic lobster thwart the evil plans of the mobster grouper. Funny, adventurous, and told in rhyme.



We have so many wonderful items donated by dozens of generous local businesses and even 4 tickets to Disneyland! Online bidding for the Santa Cruz Children's School Silent Auction can be found at

  • Online bidding begins April 1st at 9:00am PDT.
  • Online bidding concludes April 27th at 9:00 pm PDT.

  • Auction concludes April 30th at 2:15 pm PDT, following the first performance.

All auction proceeds and ticket sales go directly to supporting the programs and students of Santa Cruz Children's School, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Location: Louden Nelson, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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Goal-Setting for Sanity: Easing the transition to adulthood
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Suki Wessling
Get help setting up a goal-setting system with teens/pre-teens
Date: Every Sa (Jul 1-Sep 5) at 9:30am

(0 May 2017) Suki_BookGoalSettingGuideforTeens2.jpgGoal-Setting for Sanity: Easing the transition to adulthood 7pm. In this free parent workshop, writer and teacher Suki Wessling will lead parents through the preparatory steps of setting up a goal-setting system with their teens/pre-teens. Why goal-setting? We all know that raising teens can be stressful.


Academically, emotionally, and socially they are in a time of huge transition and growth. Parent/teen interactions can become minefields where teens inevitably feel that they are misunderstood, and parents find themselves pushing buttons they didn't know were there. Helping teens learn about goal-setting offers new vocabulary and strategies for avoiding or resolving these conflicts. In this workshop, we will identify problems in our households, talk about the basics of goal-setting, and explore how this approach can help improve parent/teen relationships during the time of transition. This workshop will be geared to both homeschooling and schooling families.


Held at The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Drive #15, Aptos. Registration: Please register for this free workshop by using this link or email for more information.

Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Drive #15, Aptos Map
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