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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
The Backpack Project: Packing Life into Giving
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Lynda and Kids Backpack Project
Help us provide 200 backpacks to kids who need them
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 15)


To date we have collected 274 backpacks and 231-$25 donations. So we need 226 more backpacks and 269-$25 donation by July 31 to reach this year's goal of providing 500 backpacks to low income/homeless youth in Santa Cruz County through various shelters and churches. We would like to say THANK YOU to all of you who have donated so far!

 

Other news:

1.    Agile Monkey Pilates Backpack Collection - For the rest of the month of July, customers of Agile Monkey or the general public can drop off backpacks to the collection bin located at Agile Monkey in downtown Santa Cruz. http://www.agilemonkey.net/pages/community

2.    Garvin Thomas of Bay Area Proud featured our project on NBC Bay Area News last week. You can read the article and view the rebroadcast here: http://bit.ly/bap199

 

How to help:
1. Donate a gently used or new backpack
2. Donate $25 to fill a backpack full of school supplies

 

How to donate:
1. Drop off donations at Deluxe Foods of Aptos, True Olive Connection, Agile Monkey, Felton Nails or Scotts Valley Market

2. US Mail to Lynda Hall, P.O. Box 97, Mount Hermon, CA 95041-0097

3. Via FedEx/UPS to Lynda Hall, 8 Madrone Avenue, Mount Hermon, CA 95041-0097

4. PayPal to Lynda Hall -- ID is kidzbackpacks@gmail.com

Thank you for being a part of our 2014 Lynda and Kidz Back-to-School Backpack Project team and please feel free to share this update with others who may be interested in donating to our cause!

 

Lynda Hall, Lynda and Kidz Backpack Project
Web: backpackproject.info 
Email: kidzbackpacks@gmail.com 


Phone: 831.332.6371 •websitecreate a direct event link
State Park Campfire Programs
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State Parks California
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 31)


Butano SP Campfire Programs, Every Saturday, from 7:30 to 8:45pm

Come join us for campfire food, songs, games, and trivia, followed by a short slideshow presentation on some of the features of the park. See detailed program in the Friends of Butano State Park blog, facebook page, or at the park exhibits. Meet at the Campfire Center. Butano State Park, 1500 Cloverdale Rd., Pescadero. (650) 879-2040

 

Campfires at Little Basin, All Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays in July at 7pm

Come learn about Little Basin's unique history, natural environment, and culture. Be ready to sing some fun songs and hear some interesting facts about Little Basin. Little Basin, 21700 Little Basin Road, Boulder Creek. 338-8018

 

Big Basin Afternoon Campfire Program, Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm

Drop by anytime between 4:30-5:30 pm at our historic campfire and enjoy roasting ranger apples, music and crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals.

 

Evening Campfire Program at Big Basin, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm

Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 6:30pm; program begins at 7pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236. 338-8883

 

Portola Redwoods State Park Campfire, Every Friday and Saturday in July at 7pm

And Monday, July 28 at 7pm

Come enjoy marshmallows, the comforting warmth of our campfire, and have some fun with us! Some activities include (But are by no means limited to!) entertaining and educating slideshows about the unique and interesting features of our park, as well as sing-alongs, silly skits, and trivia. Program generally lasts around 1 hour. Meet at the Campfire Center. Portola Redwoods State Park. From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd. Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding (650) 948-9098


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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
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
41st Annual Roughwater Swim
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City of Santa Cruz
One mile swim around the wharf!
Date: 08/02/2014 at 11:00am


Just named by the World Open Water Swimming Association as one of America's Top Open Water Swims! This one-mile swim around the historic Santa Cruz Wharf attracts ocean swimmers from all over Northern California.

 

Participating or viewing the race is an ideal way to celebrate the wharf's 100th Anniversary. Starting on Main Beach and finishing on Cowell Beach, the swim around the Wharf gives athletes a unique perspective on this century-old structure and its most vocal residents, the sea lions!

 

The Roughwater Swim is co-sponsored by the Santa Cruz City Surf Lifesaving Association and sanctioned by United States Swimming and Pacific Masters Swimming. Entry forms and information available at pacificmasters.org, Lifeguard Headquarters on the Wharf or at the Parks and Recreation Office, 323 Church Street in Santa Cruz. Call 831-420-5270.

 

 


Location: Main Beach, Beach and Main, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5273 •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
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
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
Little One's Nature Club
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State Park Henry Cowell
Nature, crafts, story, puppets
Date: Every Su (Aug 8-Aug 29) at 11:00am
Ages: 4-7 accompanied by an adult Admission Fees: Park entrance/parking fee is $10.

Little One's Nature Club ages 4-7 accompanied by an adult

 

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Parks and Beaches

Meet at the Campfire Center off Graham Hill Road
Learn about nature, make a craft, listen to a story, play with puppets and much more in this hour long program! Meet at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campfire Center. Program is free. Park entrance/parking fee is $10. For more information call 335-7077.

 

 

Program is free.  Park entrance/parking fee is $10.  For more information call 335-7077.

 

 


Location: 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton 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
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
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
Race through the Redwoods
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Felton Business Association
Race Thru the Redwoods 10K, Kids 1 Mile Breakfast in the Park hosted by Cowboy bar and Grill.
Date: 08/16/2014 at 8:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: parking $10
Special Instructions: Meet at the Visitor Center

Race Thru the Redwoods is run entirely in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, California. The race starts near the main picnic area and runs one mile on paved roads followed by scenic trails next to meadows and the San Lorenzo River. The moderate to challenging course then rises approximately 300 feet in elevation between mile 2.5 and mile 3.5. Return is on downhill paved road and dirt trails with the finish near the starting line. Water/aid stations, mile markers.

 

All participants will receive a newly designed t-shirt for 2015 and breakfast. There will be coffee, juice, and healthy breakfast available (free to runners who show bib).

 

All Kids will receive ribbons just for finishing, along with medals for top finishers.

 

Your parking is paid for the day inside (limited availability, so get there early). Enjoy a day at the park and bring your family and friends. Enjoy breakfast in the park then stay and play the day away! Picnic grounds are beautiful, swim in the river or go ride the train. There is free parking outside the park (see Directions page for more info on parking) and you can hike in on the trail (you'll see a sign posted at beginning of trail right after the bridge). It's a 10 minute walk depending where you park-great for your warm up!

 

Electronic timing results immediately after race are provided by the Santa Cruz Track Club. During the awards ceremony prizes will be drawn for those present!

 

Proceeds from the race go to the Felton Business Association, San Lorenzo Valley High's cross country program, local charities and the Felton California State Parks.

 

1-mile trail fun for ages 2-12

 

Make this a family day! For kids we have a one mile trail fun run for ages 2 - 12. Medals go to top 3 boys and girls in each age bracket: 2-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12

 

Start times

 

8:10 am - Kids Mile
8:30 am - 10K

 


Location: State Park Henry Cowell, Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831.335.7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Monday Marsh Mosey
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Join us for a family friendly walk as we listen with our deer ears, walk like a fox and use our owl eyes
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su (Aug 11-Aug 25) at 10:00am


Join us for a family friendly walk as we listen with our deer ears, walk like a fox and use our owl eyes to experience the wonder of the Marsh Trail. We'll find evidence of animals, learn about plants, and see Waddell Creek on this one mile, one hour walk. We will meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center.

 


Location: 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 425-1218 •website Davenport create a direct event link
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
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
Phone: (831)427-7710 •website Aptos create a direct event link
California Turkish Arts & Culture Festival
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Turkish American Association of California
Turkish culture on display
Date: Every day (Aug 23-Aug 24) from 11:00am to 7:00pm


California Turkish Arts & Culture Festival

Hosted by the Turkish American Association of California, this 15+ year-old tradition offers live music and entertainment, including folk dancing, belly dancing and art exhibits, food and drinks, and lots of kid-friendly fun, including puppet making, painting, coloring, folk dancing, games & more. For more information, visit www.turkfestca.org.

 


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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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