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Legos at Garfield Park
Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more!
Every Th (Oct 4-May 30) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A October 2018) Library_Garfield_Legos.jpgLEGO @ Garfield Park from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more! Come to the Garfield Park Library every Thursday and have fun with Lego's.

 

During each month, we will introduce Botley Robots and Makey Makey circuit creator. Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.

 

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Parent Speaker Series: Drug Awareness and Prevention
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Kirby Preparatory School
Free: Drug Awareness and Prevention Speaker for Parents
Date: 10/02/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Parents/Adults Admission Fees: Free

Join us for a highly engaging evening with speaker, Jonathan Scott, from Miles to Go Drug Prevention Education. Jonathan will share latest research and wisdom on raising healthy children by preventing alcohol, drug and substance abuse.

 

Open to the community.

 

Find out about what your student might be aware of and learn practical tips for open and honest conversation.

Light refreshments will be available from 6:30pm. Program starts at 7pm.

 

 


Location: Kirby School , 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Bike to Work/School
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Ecology Action
Let's bike to school and work!
Date: 10/04/2018
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Locations Across Santa Cruz County

 

Saddle up, Santa Cruz! Bike to Work Day returns once again on October 4th to give you another opportunity to ditch the car and enjoy a day on two wheels in our amazing community. Check out the details at ecoact.org/biketowork

 

For questions or to request more info contact Kira Ticus at kticus(at)ecoact.org.


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School Day Tours at Gateway School
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Gateway School
Come and learn how our teachers use innovative teaching informed by research to inspire a love of learning.
Date: 10/09/2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: K-8

We hope you will join us for our March 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: 126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-0341 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Homeschooling Workshop
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The Discovery Learning Center
Find out more about the legal ways to homeschool, the various styles of homeschooling, and the area resources for homeschooling
Date: 10/18/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: parents

(0 A October 2018) DLC_HomeschoolingWorkshop_Oct18.jpgThis 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.

This is a workshop for adults and babies in arms. No child care is provided. Up to two adults may attend with one registration (please RSVP on Facebook event).

About the presenter: 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 Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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Open House for Prospective Families
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Kirby School
Looking for a place to belong? We are now accepting 2019-20 applications for grades 6 - 12!
Date: 10/20/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:15pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: free

With an average class size of 12 students, a full range of AP and honors courses, intensive study paths, and a world-class faculty, Kirby students are challenged based on interests and readiness, not grade level. Please join us at our Open House to learn more about how Kirby supports, engages, and challenges every student in our care. We will begin with a Meet and Greet, followed by a more formal presentation, a campus "passport tour," and a closing reception. Learn more about our school, talk with Kirby families and faculty, and see our campus in action. We look forward to seeing you there!

Reservations are appreciated but not required: https://kirby.org/rsvp


Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0658 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Gault Halloween-DIa de los Muertos Parade
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Gault Elementary School
Celebrate Fall at the Annual Gault Elementary Halloween - Da de los Muertos Parade & Carnival
Date: 10/27/2018 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

Gault Elementary School invites all of Santa Cruz to put on costumes and join us for our annual fall celebration. Festivities begin with a Costume Parade down Soquel Avenue and culminate with a fun-filled Carnival on the school grounds of Gault Elementary. Carnival will feature games, food, prizes, music, and trophies for the best home-made costumes! Come join us for good old-fashioned spooky fun!

9:00 a.m. Costume Parade Participants (all are invited to march in parade!) assemble at the corner of N. Branciforte & Soquel in front of The Buttery

9:30 a.m. Costume Parade begins at the corner of N. Branciforte & Soquel, turns right on Seabright, and ends at Gault Elementary School

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Carnival: Games, face painting, cakewalk, sugar skull decorating, & more!


Location: 1320 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-3856 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Open House
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Mount Madonna School
The Open House will feature an elementary garden party, with opportunities to meet teachers and tour the campus.
Date: 10/28/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

The Open House will feature an elementary garden party, with opportunities to meet teachers and tour the campus. MMS has small class sizes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, a Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring project-based science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology and oceanography studies on Catalina Island, national and international travel, mixed-grade buddy program, visual and performing arts. RSVP to Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonnaschool.org.


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Kindergarten Visit Day at Gateway School
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Gateway School
Kindergarten Visit Day
Date: 11/03/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Families welcome! Admission Fees: Free

Gateway School's exceptional kindergarten program will be open for prospective parents during our annual Kindergarten Visit Day. You and your child will meet the kindergarten faculty and explore Kindergarten Island.


Location: 126 Eucalyptus Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0341 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
The Addams Family Musical
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Aptos High
A cast and crew of spooky ancestors, and a live orchestra… this show will be to die for
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Oct 27-Nov 3)


(0 A October 2018) AptosHigh_AddamsFamily.jpg"This year Aptos High is presenting the musical, The Addams Family, in the fall to coincide with Halloween.

 

Drama teacher Stacy Aronovici directs the musical. Everyone knows the classic TV show and movie The Addams Family, but now you can see the family in a musical, too!

 

The Addams Family is a musical comedy based on the characters created by Charles Addams and shows a ghoulish American family with a passion for all things macabre." (TPG)

 

Performance dates and times: Saturday, October 27 at 7pm,

Sunday, October 28 at 2pm (matinee), Thursday, November 1, 7pm

Friday November 2, 7pm

Saturday November 3, 7pm.

 

Tickets for all performances are $8 for students (K-12) or seniors and $10 for adults. To reserve tickets online go to www.aptoshs.net for the link. Non-reserved tickets will be available at the door starting 30 minutes before show time.

 

There will be a preview performance on Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m., with donations accepted at the door.


Location: 100 Mariner Way, Aptos Map
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Gateway School Day Tours
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Gateway School
School Day Tours
Date: 11/06/2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am


We hope you will join us for our November School Day Tours to experience first hand our dynamic classrooms in action. Tour our K-8th grade and co-curricular specialist classes in action. Meet parent ambassadors, students and our Head of School.


Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Coffee and Q&A @ Expedition Academy
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Expedition Academy Santa Cruz
Come Meet the Founders!
Date: 11/08/2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: Parents of middle schoolers Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: This is a Parent Coffee, there are no planned activities for younger children.

(0 A October 2018) Expedition_QandA.jpgDrop by the Expedition Academy Santa Cruz studio. Meet the founders and learn about our program.

 

This Q&A is intended for parents of middle school-aged children who want to learn more about how we have changed the middle school experience.


Location: 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 854-7125 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
A Panel Discussion with U.S. Service Veterans
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Mount Madonna School
Teen Engages Veterans to Discuss War, Sacrifice and History
Date: 11/09/2018 from 9:00am to 11:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

A panel discussion with local United States service veterans to discuss, war, sacrifice and history, organized and facilitated by Mount Madonna School alumnus Cyrus Kamkar ('18).


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
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Six Characters in Search of an Author
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Kirby School
An intellectual comedy exploring other realities and relationships
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Nov 8-Nov 11)
Ages: All ages

(0 A October 2018) Kirby_six-characters.jpgFall Play: Six Characters in Search of an Author

"Six Characters In Search Of an Author," written by Luigi Pirandello, a Nobel Prize-winning playwright, and adapted by MarNae Taylor and Donna Johansen, takes place in a theatre where a rehearsal is happening, and six mysterious strangers appear. An intellectual comedy exploring other realities and relationships, the strangers explain that they are characters created for a play that the author never got around to writing. They are trapped in an eternal present unless they can persuade the theatre director to stage their drama. The director and actors resist but agree to hear their story. 

 

Dates and place are November 8th-10th at 7:30 and the 11th at 2:00 Center Stage in Santa Cruz.

 


Location: Center Stage, 1001 Center Street , Santa Cruz Map
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Art & Play in the Pre & K!
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Mount Madonna School
Come experience the joy of early childhood learning!
Date: 11/14/2018 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: Toddler, preschool, kindergarten Admission Fees: free

Parents of toddlers, 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. RSVPs encouraged. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonnaschool.org


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
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Fall STEAM
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Watsonville PAL
STEAM is back at PAL with some holiday fun.
Date: 11/15/2018 from 10:30am to 11:15am
Ages: 2-5 & 2-7 Admission Fees: $10/class

(0 A November 2018) WatsPalSteam22.jpgWatsonville Police Activities League (PAL)

It's back! STEAM is back at PAL with some holiday fun.

 

Join us on Thursday November 15th or Friday November 23rd. It's only $10 per class.

 

Give us a call if you have any questions! #policeactivitiesleague #watsonvilleyouth #watsonville #watsonvillepal #watsonvillecalifornia #steam

 


Location: 37 Davis Ave, Watsonville Map
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Open Studio @ Expedition Academy
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Expedition Academy Santa Cruz
Come See our latest Expedition!
Date: 11/15/2018 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Ages: Families w/ middle schoolers Admission Fees: FREE

(0 A October 2018) Expedition_OpenStudio.jpgEvery Expedition ends with a culminating experience called Open Studio.

 

Our Explorers put their learning on display in the form of Action Projects that integrate a variety of subject areas and personal interests!

Come see first-hand what our Explorers have been creating on our latest Expedition!


Location: 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
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Fall STEAM
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Watsonville PAL
STEAM is back at PAL with some holiday fun.
Date: 11/23/2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 2-5 & 2-7 Admission Fees: $10/class

(0 A November 2018) WatsPalSteam22.jpgWatsonville Police Activities League (PAL)

It's back! STEAM is back at PAL with some holiday fun.

 

Join us on Thursday November 15th or Friday November 23rd. It's only $10 per class.

 

Give us a call if you have any questions! #policeactivitiesleague #watsonvilleyouth #watsonville #watsonvillepal #watsonvillecalifornia #steam

 


Location: 37 Davis Ave, Watsonville Map
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READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
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Library Central
READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail - A reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12
Date: Every Wed (Oct 3-Jul 24) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Grades 2 to 12 Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Library_READ.jpgREAD is the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12. Students receive 25 minutes of individual instruction from a California credentialed teacher.

 

Wednesdays October 3rd, 2018 through July 25th, 2019 • 3:00 -5:00pm Downtown Library • 224 Church St.


By appointment only. Please, no drop-ins! To make an appointment contact us at 831- 427-7717 or pro@santacruzpl.org


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Google Science Fair
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Google
Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Dec 12)


Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.

 

You can sign up starting September 13th 2018 by visiting googlesciencefair.com and clicking on the Start your project button. If you're not sure where to start, you can get help by taking a look at our Student resources and checking out some out some of our previous winners.

 

 

This competition is open to full-time and home-schooled students around the world, between ages of 13 and 18 (these ages are slightly different in a few countries like Israel, South Korea and Europe). See the Official Rules for more details.


You can win amazing prizes.

 

Submissions close December 12th, 2018

Global finalists announced May 2019


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