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Santa Cruz Dance Week
Enjoy the dancing!
Every day (Apr 18-Apr 26)
Location: Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map

(0 April 2018) DanceWeek_Night.jpgMotion Pacific is pleased to announce the annual Santa Cruz Dance Week :: April 19 - 26, 2019

Dance Week will be a vibrant celebration, with an anticipated 300+ free events including classes, performances, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations, and the annual Dancing in the Streets kick off event - Downtown Santa Cruz, April 19th.

The streets of Downtown Santa Cruz come alive with dance and music as dancers take to the streets to kick off Santa Cruz Dance Week. Three Hours, Three stages, hundreds of dancers! This years event brings together dancers from across the county. Line up will be announced soon!

The event will kick off 5:30pm on Pacific & Cooper streets. Three stages of dancers will continue throughout the evening.

Over one hundred dance classes of all levels and genres open to the public for the week in local studios and community centers. Belly dance, Samba, Ballet, Contemporary. We got it all! For just $10! That's right, $10 for an all-class pass! All proceeds go to benefit Santa Cruz Dance Week


Dance will be popping up everywhere, as dancers take to the streets, restaurants, cafes, and bookshops and beyond. Keep your eyes open. Participating artists include: Julie Oak-Real Play, Stellaria Productions Raízes do Brazil Capoeira Santa Cruz, Synergy, Vargas Academy of Gymnastic Arts

More about this local and national celebration...

Santa Cruz Dance Week has become an annual centerpiece of the local dance repertoire,  showcasing all forms of dance throughout the county and encouraging participation in and appreciation of dance, through accessible performances, public exhibitions and free classes. Partnering with several dance studios and instructors, plus the literal hundreds of performers, SC Dance Week is a one of a kind community experience.

There are few other places that have more diverse and exciting dance opportunities than right here in Santa Cruz. Motion Pacific is proud to celebrate this expansive art form as part of National Dance Week!

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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: for more information

Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-2769 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Sex, Drugs, and Screentime 2-Hour workshop
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Intensive 3-week Positive Discipline Parenting Class Series for Children of All Ages
Date: 09/15/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: $20.00 per person

Sex, Drugs, and Screentime 2-Hour workshop

What: This is a 2-hour workshop for parents of tweens and teens that helps parents to adapt to a changing world in which their children are hyper-exposed to media, which can be of an addictive, violent, and sexual nature.  Parents will learn how to talk with their kids about these things in respectful ways, establish and uphold limits with both kindness and firmness, and avoid common power struggles that get in the way of the parent-child connection required for modeling positive relationships. 


When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10am-12pm


Where: Live Oak Community Resources,1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA  95062


Who: Steve Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, and Certified Positive Discipline in the Classroom Educator


Cost: $20 per person


Contact: Call 831-476-7284 x107 or email for scholarships and other info


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Uniquely Beautiful & Beautifully Unique Parents Support Group
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Library Boulder Creek
Support group for parents and loved ones of children with special needs
Date: The 1st Th of every month (May 3-Sep 6) from 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Uniquely Beautiful & Beautifully Unique Parents Support Group

First Thursdays 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM


The Uniquely Beautiful and Beautifully Unique group is a support group for parents and loved ones of children with special needs. We will meet at the Boulder Creek Library on the first Thursday of the month. Join us to discuss the joys and stresses of parenthood.


Location: Boulder Creek Branch Library Amp, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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5 Steps To Connect Parenting Class
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Allison Livingston
We all need support to be real as we experience the hardest and most rewarding job on earth. Learn or hear something new that wi
Date: Every Su from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: parents/adults
Special Instructions: Email to register

Note New Start Date: Thursday October 11th
Inviting all Santa Cruz County Parents! (Especially ones with challenging spirited kids!)

5 Thursdays 7:00pm-8:30pm Starting Oct 11
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Parenting evokes a full spectrum of emotions with higher intensity than many other experiences. Knowing how to deal with the intensity of these emotions both personally and with your kids can be difficult and challenging to navigate.


Wouldn't it be satisfying to connect rather than ignore, react, or pretend with your kids. Becoming the CEO of your reactions provides you tools to authentically deepen and live in relationships filled with connection, love and understanding.


I am so inspired to teach after being nourished by all the faculty at 1440 Multiversity like Dan Siegel, Dr. Shefali, a Brene Brown trainer, Liz Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed plus so many more.

I have also practiced my own 5 Steps to Connect during challenging times at work with my attachments to 'doing well', competency, striving to be superwoman, keeping an impossible amount of balls in the air, and being a learner instead of 'the knowing' one. As you can imagine it has triggered all my stuff. Of course then there is home life with teens, attitude, setting boundaries (which I am terrible at and gives me stomach aches), all with my husband which just adds another layer.


This work isn't easy, but it is Life Enriching and so worthwhile!

Come learn in community.


Allison is a mother of two teenage daughters. She is a conflict resolution mediator, a workshop leader and works at 1440 Multiversity. She started this work in 2005 when she was seeking a better way to relate to her oldest, spirited child, who was then four.

Location: 145 Riviera Dr, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 685-9379 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Navigating the School Years w/Positive Discipline (5-12 yrs)
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline (5-12 yrs)
Date: Every Tues (Oct 2-Nov 13) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $80 per person

Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline

What: This 7-week (14-hour) parenting class series is tailored specifically for parents of school-age children and provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include child brain development, social emotional learning, belonging and significance as innate social needs, the essential nature of long-term positive parent-child relationships, mutual respect, modeling behaviors, authoritative parenting styles that use kindness and firmness at the same time, connection before correction, the criteria for effective discipline, agreements and follow-through, non-violent communication, family meetings, routines, and the internal locus of control that guides parents and children alike to practice self-regulation. Parents have commented that the experiential activities help them better get into their children's world and connect with them on deeper levels!


When: Tuesdays, October 2 - November 13, 2018 from 6pm-8pm


Where: Westlake Elementary School, 1000 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA  95060


Who: Julie Atkinson, Preschool Teacher, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, and Certified Positive Discipline in the Classroom Educator


Cost: $80 per person


Contact: Call Julie at 831-234-2663 or email her at for scholarships, childcare, and other info

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Location: Westlake School, 1000 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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