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California State Parks Backpacking Adventures
Registration for Summer 2019 opens Friday, February 1 at 9am
03/31/2019 from 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Who better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Three backpacking trips are offered from June through August 2019 ranging from two to three nights, offering options for every experience level. Hike spectacular ridgelines, old growth redwood forests, and sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists. Native plant teas, trail desserts, skills demonstrations, campfire stories, and jokes are added bonuses!

This program is truly unique, the only such program led by California State Park staff. Participation is open to adults 18 or over and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, email backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 335-1743. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Waddell Creek Association, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and California State Parks.

Trip Options:

Skyline to the Sea: Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach
$300; Thursday June 20 through Sunday June 23, 2019

 

NEW! Just Added!

Skyline to the Sea, Second Trip: Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach $300; Thursday August 15 through Sunday August 18, 2019

 

A Trek through Time: Butano State Park to Waddell State Beach
$225; Friday July 19 through Sunday July 21, 2019

Ridges to Redwoods: Castle Rock State Park to Portola Redwoods State Park
$225; Friday August 16 through Sunday August 18, 2019

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Death Cafe
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Open ended discussion about death
Date: 01/03/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: 18 yrs & up Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Mon 14th & Fri 18th

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At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.

Come gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is not a grief support group or counseling session, just some folks getting together to eat cake and talk about death.

 

Thursday, January 3rd, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Downtown Library,224 Church St.

 

Learn more at Death Cafe Website


Program provided by Hospice of Santa Cruz County.

 


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707x7648 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Boulder Creek Library Community Meeting & Design Discussion
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Boulder Creek Library Community Meeting & Design Discussion
Date: 01/17/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: 18+ Admission Fees: n/a

Please join us to learn more about the plans for the renovation of the existing Boulder Creek library and for an opportunity to share thoughts about the proposed plans for the new space.

Presentation and discussion led by Santa Cruz Public Libraries and County of Santa Cruz.


Location: Boulder Creek Public Library, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7703 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Family Literacy Fun Day
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Triple P
Family, Postive Parenting with the librarians, fun activities and information
Date: 01/19/2019 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Get practical tips for helping children learn how to treat others with respect, develop good communication and social skills, and develop healthy self-esteem. This Triple P Seminar is free and open to CalWORKs participants only. CalWORKs participants should contact their Employment and Training Specialists to let them know if they plan on attending.

Presented in English by: Dr. Lourdes Barraza, Triple P practitioner
Location: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Room 913


Location: Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main Street, #100, Watsonville Map
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Film Series ~ Saving Otter 501
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The film follows the 501st otter pup to be rescued by the aquarium from the time she is found stranded on a beach through her re
Date: 01/22/2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


(0 A January 2019) Library_SavingOtter501.jpgJoin your Friends with Our Community Reads for the Film Series ~ Saving Otter 501!

Presented by Michelle Staedler, Otter Expert at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA). The film follows the 501st otter pup to be rescued by the aquarium from the time she is found stranded on a beach through her rehabilitation and release into the wild. Learn about MBA's otter rescue program and why otters are such an important species for Monterey Bay.

Popcorn provided. Show your library card and get a free cookie!


Twin Lakes Church, 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Monschke Hall, Room 7100.

Contact friendsoftheaptoslibrary@fscpl.org with any questions.

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Our Community Reads is a program launched in August 2017 by the
Aptos Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
The goal is to create a shared experience by having members of the entire Santa Cruz community - from teens to adults - all reading the same book.


Location: Twin Lakes Church, 2701 Cabrillo College Dr., Aptos Map
Phone: 831-688-1074 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Yin Yoga for All
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Library Scotts Valley
Gentle stretches, yin-style yoga, and some mindfulness and breathing exercise
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Jan 12-Jan 26) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: Tweens/Teens, Parents,Educators Admission Fees: Free

A healthy body shouldn't cost a fortune. Luckily the library has you covered! Join us at the Scotts Valley Library on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10-11 am for gentle stretches, yin-style yoga, and some mindfulness and breathing exercises. This program is FREE! No experience is necessary but you should bring your own yoga mat or towel.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Our Community Reads
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Library Aptos
Create a stronger future for your community by reveling with your Friends in the wonders of the Monterey Bay!
Date: Every day (Jan 1-Jan 31)
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A January 2019) Book_TheLifeandDeathofMontereyBay.jpgCreate Comaraderie by Reveling in the Wonders of the Monterey Bay with your Neighbors and Friends!

 

Donate today to Our Community Reads!

Our Community Reads strengthens your local neighborhood by bringing neighbors together to enjoy a shared experience. And the topic for next year can be seen in your Monterey Bay!

The 2019 selection for Our Community Reads is Death and Life of Monterey Bay by Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka. It's an inspiring tale of the rebirth of one of our most valuable, local natural resources. 

 

Your donation today will fund:

  • A Trivia Night
  • Several Speakers Forums
  • A Poetry Slam
  • Movie Night 
  • And more!

For every $35 you give to Our Community Reads, you provide two books to individuals with tight budgets who would like to join the discussion, or to students from your local high school or Cabrillo College, or for books to go directly to the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, so others can check out and research their Monterey Bay.


Visit https://fscpl.org/ocr/ for more information about Our Community Reads!


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Girls Who Code
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3rd-5th grade girls will build sisterhood, read and reflect on the Girls Who Code book, and complete various challenges over a
Date: Every Th (Jan 17-Mar 21) from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free

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Girls Who Code (GWC) is a program meant to bridge the gender gap in the field of tech.


In Session A, 3rd-5th grade girls will build sisterhood, read and reflect on the Girls Who Code book, and complete various challenges over a 10-week course.

 

Every Thursday

    January 17th-March 21st- 3:30pm - 4:30 p.m

 

Space is limited and attendees MUST register.

CLICK AND REGISTER


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Special Storytime: Local authors read Wally the Wave
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Special Storytime: Local authors read Wally the Wave
Date: 02/03/2019 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: Free

Diversity, Inclusivity and Art!

Come explore themes of inclusivity through the enchanting children's book: Wally the Wave. This book was co-created by Pastor Ryan Althaus and Noah. They will discuss the artistic process for creating and illustrating their new children's book. We'll end with an arts and craft project.

Bio: Ryan is the founder of Sweaty Sheep Ministries (sweatysheep.com). Noah is a member of Costanoa Commons Farm an organic inclusive farm being developed in Santa Cruz.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
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