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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 https://coastal-watershed.org/events/ to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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Storytime at the Museum of Natural History
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Storytime at the Museum
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:30am to 11:30am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $4 adults, $2 senior, FREE for kids

A monthly series highlighting local animals, habitats and natural history topics with interactive stories, games, crafts and more. Families & children of all ages are welcome.


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •websitecreate a direct event link
Visit Monterey Adobes
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Monterey State Historic Park
Date: Every Su, Mon, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm


It took a lot of donated cash, but Monterey's historic adobes are open to the public once more.

The Monterey State Historic Park adobes in downtown Monterey were largely closed to the public, along with walking tours, starting in 2007 because of budget cuts.

 

The tours will consist of the Custom House and its plaza, Pacific House Museum and First Brick House.

 

The adobes will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

The Custom House was the primary port of entry on the Alta California coast and the spot where the American flag was raised in 1846, claiming the land for the United States. At one time, the Custom House presided over Mexico's primary port of entry on the Alta California coast. It was here that Commodore John Drake Sloat raised the American flag in July 1846, claiming over 600,000 square miles of territory for the United States. This territory later was included in all or portions of the states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, California and New Mexico.

 

This building is recognized as the oldest government building in California. It is State Historic Landmark #1.

 

It is $3 for the combined admission to Custom House and Pacific House. Walking tours, which last 50 minutes, are $5. Children 12 and younger are free.


Location: 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
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Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Market, Aptos
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Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Market
Produce, dancing and breakfast at this Farmers' Market!
Date: Every Sa from 8:00am to 12:00pm

Special Instructions: upper parking lot

Do your weekly shopping while enjoying live Bluegrass by the Farmers Market String Band or lively accordion music by one of Santa Cruz's favorite performing artists, The Great Morgani.

 

You'll be delighted by the large variety of produce and specialty foods offered by 80 vendors. The market is located on the Cabrillo College campus, just a few blocks from New Brighton beach. There's plenty of free parking and easy access to the market. Be sure to check out our special events which are offered year-round. We invite you to become a volunteer or sponsor to help us put on programs that bring our community together to celebrate the richness of local agriculture and the people that produce it for us.

 

Shop with the Chef 2nd Saturday, Cooking demonstrations

 

Can You Dig It? 3rd Saturday Aptos Farmers Market, Monthly garden workshop features hands-on demonstrations and talks from Master Gardeners, educators, authors, professionals.

 

Knife Sharpening Services

 


Location: Cabrillo College , 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831.728.5060 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Baby Happy Hour
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Junebug's Gym
Where FUNdamental Motor Development begins.
Date: Every Mon and Wed from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Ages: crawling to early walkers Admission Fees: 10.00/class

Baby Happy Hour  Mondays & Wednesdays from 12:15-1:15pm. AKA InchWorm Class is a class designed for the child that is crawling through early walkers. Come join the fun and let your young child crawl, creep and explore their motor skills in a fun and stimulating environment. Music, parachute and more!! $10/hr with Inchworm punch card.

 

Call (831) 464-BUGS (2847) or drop by at 3910 Portola Drive. Ste. 2 & 3 Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz. www.junebugsgym.com

 


Location: 3910 Portola Dr. Ste. 2 & 3, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 464-2847 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Childbirth Classes
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Watsonville Community Hospital
Take a maternity tour before birth
Date: The 1st Tues of every month at 5:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Childbirth Classes
Our prepared childbirth series shares information and techniques women and their coaches need to help with a safe and healthy birth. Instructors are experienced prenatal educators. Maternity tours are also available monthly on the first Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Registration is not required.

 

 


Location: 75 Nielson Street, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-763-6015 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Tumble-On-Tuesdays
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Junebug's Gym
Where FUNdamental Motor Development begins.
Date: Every Tues
Ages: crawling to early walkers Admission Fees: 10.00/class

Tumble-On-Tuesdays  Tuesdays 12-3pm. Ongoing Open Gym  Ages: walking to 7 years. Parents may leave children over 3 yrs. Need a break from the kids, go out to lunch...the solution is JuneBugs Gym. Cost is $10/hr with open gym punchcard.

 

Call (831) 464-BUGS (2847) or drop by at 3910 Portola Drive. Ste. 2 & 3 Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz. www.junebugsgym.com

 


Location: 3910 Portola Dr. Ste. 2 & 3, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 464-2847 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
4-H Club
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Santa Cruz County 4-H
Family Fun!
Date: The 1st Wed of every month at 6:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: FREE

You all are invited to visit Felton 4H for our open house on this Wednesday, April 9 at the SLV Elementary Cafeteria (Highway 9). We will be working on paper rockets and crafts starting at 6:30pm. There will be animals on hand to see.

 

You do not need to be from Felton, Felton 4H families are from SV, Ben Lomond, and all over the county. We usually meet the First Wednesday of the month. Come see what 4H is about!


Phone: (831) 566-1178 •website Felton create a direct event link
Foster Parent and Adoption Orientation
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County of Santa Cruz
Foster Parent and Adoption Orientation
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: Adult Admission Fees: Free

Join us the first Wednesday of the month to learn about the many benefits of fostering and adopting through the County of Santa Cruz. Benefits include individual support, free trainings, a monthly stipend and making a difference in the life of a child. We have wonderful children of all ages who are waiting for wonderful homes. At the orientation, you will meet with social workers to have your questions answered. For more information, visit www.fostercare4kids.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/santacruzfostercare


Location: Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 345-2700 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Todos Juntos en el Patio
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Fri from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ages: pre-scholares y sus padres Admission Fees: donation

Todos Juntos en el Patio 1:30-3:30pm. Todos Juntos en El Patio! Un grupo de discusión y apoyo para padres con supervision de niños. Tiene preguntas sobre la crianza de sus hijos? Venga y conozca a otros padres con niños de 0-12 años de edad. Aprenda de herramientas para padres y estrategias basadas en las últimas investigaciones y la filosofía de Disciplina Positiva y currículo. Todos Juntos es un lugar positivo para padres y sus hijos para reunirse a recibir información, apoyo, amistad, y diversión! Programa conducido en español. Tarifa reducida entre $3-7/clase. Becas disponibles. Nadie será rechazado por Inhabilidad de pagar.

 

LO Family Resource Center, 1740 17th Avenue, SC. 476-7284

 

 


Location: 1740 17th Av, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 476-7284 x104 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
All Together Now !
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Parent Education, Play Group, Resource
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Parents & Toddlers 9-30 months Admission Fees: $3/session

All Together Now ! For parents & their children 9-30 months

 

Come meet other parents & children, observe & discuss child development & build confidence in your parenting skills.  Enjoy seeing your child interact with other children and explore an environment set up with them in mind.  Classes facilitated by experienced & friendly teachers.

 

Sliding scale fee $3-7 per class, scholarships available. No one turned away for inability to pay.

 

Community Bridges/Live Oak Family Resource Center


Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.476-7284 x110 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
La Leche League
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La Leche League Santa Cruz Mountains
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month at 10:30am


La Leche League Santa Cruz, Weekend Live Oak Meeting 10:30am-Noon. Ongoing 2nd Saturday of each month.

 

All women interested in breastfeeding are encouraged to attend group meetings regardless of membership status. Children and Fathers are welcome at this meeting. Learn about all the ages and stages of the breastfeeding relationship from pregnancy through weaning. Available at each meeting is an excellent library containing books on breastfeeding, pregnancy, birth, nutrition, and parenting. Our manual, The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding, recently revised, is available to borrow or purchase. FREE.

 

Held at Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz


Location: Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.425-3088 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
La Leche League Santa Cruz
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La Leche League Santa Cruz Mountains
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month at 10:30am


La Leche League Santa Cruz Mountains Meeting 10:30am-Noon. Ongoing 2nd Tuesday of each month. FREE. All women interested in breastfeeding are encouraged to attend group meetings regardless of membership status. Babies are always welcome. Learn about all the ages and stages of the breastfeeding relationship from pregnancy through weaning.

 

Excellent library containing books on breastfeeding, pregnancy, birth, nutrition, and parenting. Our manual, The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding, recently revised, is available to borrow or purchase.

 

Volunteer Leaders can be contacted for breastfeeding questions or for more information on our meetings by calling 425-3088. Highlands Park Senior Ctr, 8500 Highway 9, Ben Lomond.


Location: Highlands Park Senior Ctr, 8500 Highway 9, Ben Lomond Map
Phone: 831.425-3088 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
Open House & Curriculum Fair
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Monte Vista Christian School
Open House/Curriculum Fair
Date: 11/11/2014


Parents and families are invited to explore Monte Vista Christian School anytime between 1:00 and 3:30. Faculty-led campus tours are scheduled every 15 minutes beginning at 1:00 with the last tour departing at 2:45 pm. Steve Sharp, Head of School, will offer a short presentation providing an overview of the opportunities at MVCS. Mingle with faculty and staff while exploring curriculum fairs (one for high school and another for middle school) at the end of your tour.

 

RSVP online at www.mvcs.org or call (831) 722-8178.

 

Oct. 26       Open House/Curriculum Fair
Nov. 11      Open House/Curriculum Fair
Dec. 7        Discover MVCS - A Showcase


Location: 2 School Way, Watsonville Map
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ADHD Support Group
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The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Support Group CHADD
Monthly ADHD Support Group Meeting
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month from 6:00pm to 8:30pm


The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Support Group CHADD branch is run by kind and helpful volunteers and hosts monthly support group meetings for anyone who would like to learn more about ADHD or has questions or concerns. Join us at a meeting for more information and support resources or just come and share with those who understand.


Location: Aptos Fire Station Conference Ro, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 684-0590 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Reserve October Tours Now
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Winchester Mystery House
Tour the rambling, mysterious mansion
Date: The 13th of every month from 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Ages: Teens and up Admission Fees: $30.00 - $49.00

Since her death, millions of people have visited her home and many report the sightings of ghosts. Was the house built solely as a monument to the dead or do the phantoms Sarah communed with in life, or perhaps Sarah herself, still lurk nightly in the maze-like corridors of the Winchester Mystery House?

The tradition of Sarah Winchester's bizarre legacy continues...

 

Tickets for special events are available in advance online.


Special 65 minute Flashlight Tours of the Winchester Mansion are given every Friday the 13th and on select evenings in October. You'll tour the rambling, mysterious mansion at night with only the moonlight, a souvenir flashlight, and your imagination to provide illumination through the bewildering maze of rooms and stairways. But watch your back, Sarah could be waiting around any turn. This is one open house you'll never forget.

 

With admission, also enjoy extra entertainment on the estate from awe-inspiring magicians, to balloon artists, to caricature illustrators! Entertainment varies per evening, all entertainment is included in the cost of your ticket - limited availability, first come, first served on items such as caricature art.


Due to the popularity of the Flashlight Tours, we highly recommend you purchase your tickets ahead of time. Friday the 13th tickets go on sale approximately 1 month in advance of the event. This event WILL sell out and when it does, tickets will not be available at Box Office on the night of the event.

 

In tribute to Mrs. Winchester's fascination with the number 13, celebrity "Bell Ringers" sound the old tower bell 13 times at 1300 hours every Friday the 13th.

 

 

Plan Your Special Event

 

Private Party and Event Space Available

 

FLASHLIGHT TOURS

October Flashlight Tours are on sale now!


Location: 525 S Winchester Ave, San Jose Map
Phone: (408) 247-2101 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
Passionate Readers Book Discussion Group
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 2nd Th of every month from 10:30am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Read and Discuss with Us

La Selva Book Club

La Selva Beach Branch

 

We all love a good book - almost as much as we love talking about a good book. The La Selva Beach Adult Book Club invites you to join the literary conversation, tomorrow! Feel free to gush or critique to your heart's content with others who are all on the same page as you - at the end! The Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30 am. For more information and to get the discussion started, please call 831-427-7710.


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, Aptos Map
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La Leche League Support for Breastfeeding
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La Leche League
Encouragement and information for women on breastfeeding
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: Moms & Babies Admission Fees: Free

La Leche League Santa Cruz In-Town Day Meeting 10:30am- Noon. 3rd Tuesday each month.

 

All women interested in breastfeeding are encouraged to attend group meetings regardless of membership status. Children and Fathers are welcome at this meeting. Learn about all the ages and stages of the breastfeeding relationship from pregnancy through weaning. Available at each meeting is an excellent library containing books on breastfeeding, pregnancy, birth, nutrition, and parenting. Our manual, The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding, recently revised, is available to borrow or purchase.

 

FREE. 111 Erret Circle, SC. (In space rented from the Discovery Learning Center)

 

La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. Volunteers available by telephone day or night to give support and to answer any questions concerning breastfeeding. Free lending library containing information on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, nutrition and parenting.


Location: Discovery Learning Center, 111 Erret Circle, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.425-3088 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Popular Computing Topics with Computer Dave
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Library Central
Do you want to know more about your computer than how to turn it on?
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm


eConnect: Popular Computing Topics with Computer Dave


Do you want to know more about your computer than how to turn it on? On the third Wednesday of each month seniors gather to share what they know, don't know, and want to know about computers. The groups is led by computer instructor, David Shaw, and topics are chosen by the group. Beginners are welcome.


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Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7707 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Watsonville Wetlands Alive!
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Watsonville Wetlands
Fun-filled day sprucing up the wetlands
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm


We invite you to help restore wetland habitat by planting native plants and removing exotic invasive plants as part of our monthly community work day on Feb. 22. We will work from 9 a.m. until noon, and we always make time for birding or a short hike around the wetlands. We supply the gloves, tools, and a snack.

 

Meet at our Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (map/directions). If you have questions, please contact Mary Paul at mary@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org or 831-566-4938.


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Parent Support Group: For Parents of Teens
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Costanoa, Ark, and AFE
Monthly meeting where parents of teenagers can share their challenges, concerns, problem solve together, and find support
Date: The last Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Parent Support Group: For Parents of Teens 6:30-8pm. Last Wednesday each month. This is a monthly meeting where parents of teenagers can share their challenges, concerns, problem solve together, and find support. The group is primarily for parents of Costanoa, Ark, and AFE, but open to other parents of teens in the community as well. Meetings are facilitated by Stephanie Tam Rosas, a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. These groups are based on the principals of Positive Discipline but will be led in a support group format versus an instructional class series.

 

No Cost. Drop In. 840 N Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz. Branciforte Small Schools Library. 920-3835

 


Location: Small School Library, 840 N Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Adopt A Family
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Walnut Ave Women's Center
Adopt A Family 2014; Bring the magic of the Christmas Season to a family in need.
Date: Every day (Nov 26-Dec 14) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

The Adopt-A-Family Program matches families in need with individuals, community groups and/or local businesses who "adopt" them for the holidays. Every gift, large or small makes a difference!

 

Choose how you'd like to participate:

-Adopt an entire family or individual

-Provide gift cards

-Make a cash donation and we'll take care of the gift-purchasing


Choose A Family (click on a family to view their bio and wishlist):


Please deliver your new, unwrapped gifts (WITH WISH LISTS STAPLED TO THEM) by December 16th to our North Pole location at 740 Front St, Suite #160. (inside the Galleria).

 

Gift Drop-off day is  December 15-16 during the hours of 10:00am.-3:30pm (close 1-2 for lunch). For more information and to sign up to adopt a family, please contact Mary at (831) 426-3062, ext. 201 or mrivera@wawc.org

 

Please Note: Some browsers seem to have trouble displaying the lists. If you have trouble please call Mary and she can email wish lists directly to you.  Please call Mary at 831-426-3062, ext. 201

 

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Location: 303 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-3062 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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