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Volunteers Wanted Monterey Birding Festival
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Call for Volunteers
Date: Every day (Apr 28-Oct 2)


The 2016 Monterey Bay Birding Festival, taking place September 23 - 25, 2016, will offer exciting new field trips, workshops, speakers, youth, and community events. The Festival's energetic Planning Committee has already hit the ground running to make this the best festival yet!

 

Many dedicated volunteers and docents help with the festival each year. Once again, they need your help with a diverse set of volunteer opportunities. In particular, they have three important coordinator positions that need a leader to participate in the advance festival planning, including Vendor Coordinator, Facilities Coordinator, and Co-Festival Director.

 

Detailed information for each of these positions is available so if you are interested in one of these or any other position, please send an email to montereybaybirdingfestival@gmail.com. It might seem daunting, but don't worry because you'll be working with a seasoned group of festival coordinators who will help make your area of responsibility a success. For more information about the Monterey Bay Birding Festival please visit the website at http://montereybaybirding.org/. Thank you!

 


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Guided Redwood Grove Walks
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su and Sa at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday and Sunday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell off of HWY 9, at 101 N. Big Trees Park Road in Felton.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Chess Instruction - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

 

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Go Fishing Locally
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Loch Lomond Lake
Visit Loch Lomond Lake and go fishing or hike or picnic!
Date: Every day (Mar 1-Sep 30) from 6:00am to 8:00pm


After much anticipation, DFW came by on Friday and stocked the Loch with 2,000 lbs of trout (approximately 2,000 fish). This is the first time we've been stocked since the Loch was closed for the drought. Now is a great time to visit, as visitation is low early in the week and the fish are biting!

 

Loch Lomond Lake is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the heart of Lompico and comprises an 87-acre lake stocked with Trout, Bluegills and Largemouth Bass. Twelve miles of trails wind their way across the woods and along two miles of lakeshore. One spectacular five mile loop goes along the lake to Deer Flat and to Highland Trail and up to the ridge where the view is worth every step. Fishing is always an option; just bring your pole. This 180 acres of recreation area offers picnic tables, a children's playground, nature center, interpretive walks with rangers and a lake side store where you can rent an electric or row boat, as well as pick up bait, tackle, fishing licenses, hot and cold drinks, and snacks.


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March: 6 AM - 6:00 PM
April: 6 AM - 7:30 PM
May: 6 AM - 8:00 PM
June: 6 AM - 8:30 PM
July: 6 AM - 8:30 PM
August: 6 AM - 8:00 PM
September: 6 AM - 8:00 PM


Location: 100 Loch Lomond Way , Lompico Map
Phone: (831) 335-7424 •website Felton create a direct event link
Goal-Setting for Sanity: Easing the transition to adulthood
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Suki Wessling
Get help setting up a goal-setting system with teens/pre-teens
Date: Every Sa (Jul 1-Sep 5) at 9:30am


(0 May 2017) Suki_BookGoalSettingGuideforTeens2.jpgGoal-Setting for Sanity: Easing the transition to adulthood 7pm. In this free parent workshop, writer and teacher Suki Wessling will lead parents through the preparatory steps of setting up a goal-setting system with their teens/pre-teens. Why goal-setting? We all know that raising teens can be stressful.

 

Academically, emotionally, and socially they are in a time of huge transition and growth. Parent/teen interactions can become minefields where teens inevitably feel that they are misunderstood, and parents find themselves pushing buttons they didn't know were there. Helping teens learn about goal-setting offers new vocabulary and strategies for avoiding or resolving these conflicts. In this workshop, we will identify problems in our households, talk about the basics of goal-setting, and explore how this approach can help improve parent/teen relationships during the time of transition. This workshop will be geared to both homeschooling and schooling families.

 

Held at The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Drive #15, Aptos. Registration: Please register for this free workshop by using this linkhttp://bit.ly/2p42SRB or email  suki@sukiwessling.com for more information.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Drive #15, Aptos Map
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The Sign of the Seahorse
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Santa Cruz Childrens School
Enjoy an original play with a delightful ecology message
Date: 04/30/2016
Admission Fees: $0 - $10
Special Instructions: 11:30am & 2:30pm

(A April 2016) SCCSchool_SeahorseCafe.jpgSanta Cruz Children's School presents an original play based on Graeme Base's book. Written and directed by Zak Bauman, book adapted and music composed by Amy Pine, and performed by the students of SCCS.

 

The Sign of the Seahorse, by Graeme Base is a wonderful tale about ecology set on the Great Barrier Reef. It is an incredible adventure about how a punk gold fish and a heroic lobster thwart the evil plans of the mobster grouper. Funny, adventurous, and told in rhyme.

 

SANTA CRUZ CHILDREN'S SCHOOL SILENT AUCTION

We have so many wonderful items donated by dozens of generous local businesses and even 4 tickets to Disneyland! Online bidding for the Santa Cruz Children's School Silent Auction can be found at www.32auctions.com/sccs.

  • Online bidding begins April 1st at 9:00am PDT.
  • Online bidding concludes April 27th at 9:00 pm PDT.

  • Auction concludes April 30th at 2:15 pm PDT, following the first performance.

All auction proceeds and ticket sales go directly to supporting the programs and students of Santa Cruz Children's School, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


Location: Louden Nelson, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Art, Books & Coffee
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State Park Big Basin
Choose a book or two to read with your family, while sipping coffee, tea or hot chocolate next to a roaring fire
Date: 04/30/2016 from 9:30pm to 12:30pm
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 4-5 miles Admission Fees: free

Come sit in our beautiful redwood Sempervirens Room (next to Park Headquarters), and choose a book or two to read with your family, while sipping coffee, tea or hot chocolate next to a roaring fire. Drop by and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy, answer your questions about the park and provide an artful craft for your children.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Celebrate Heritage Day in Saratoga
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Saratoga Historical Foundation Museum
Saratoga and the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition-100 Year Centennial
Date: Every day
Ages: All

A new exhibit-Saratoga and the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition-100 Year Centennial opens February 13 at the Saratoga History Museum.

 

The Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) was a world's fair held in San Francisco, in the United States, between February 20 and December 4 in 1915. The purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal but the reality was to demonstrate that San Francisco had recovered from the 1906 earthquake.

 

The fair was constructed on a 635 site in San Francisco. It featured 11 Exhibit Palaces with over 40 countries and all the states participating. Among the exhibits at the Exposition was the C. P. Huntington, the first steam locomotive purchased by Southern Pacific Railroad; A telephone line was also established to New York so people across the continent could hear the Pacific Ocean. The Liberty Bell traveled by train on a nationwide tour from Pennsylvania to attend the exposition. Henry Ford had cars assembled every 10 minutes for 3 hours each day.

 

The exhibit will cover the PPIE exhibit and include information on Saratogans participating. The exhibit will run from February -June 26. Fair artifacts and ephemera will be on display.

 

 

Location & Nearby Info Saratoga Historical Foundation Museum
20450 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd.
Saratoga, CA 95070

 


Location: 20450 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd. , Saratoga Map
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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


(AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

 

Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

 

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

 

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


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Mad Hatter Tea and Croquet
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Louden Nelson Community Center
Join us for a leisurely round of croquet, or simply spend some quality time with friends
Date: 04/30/2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE

Bring your favorite tea cup and wear your best "Garden Party" attire for an afternoon tea. Play a leisurely round of croquet, or simply spend some quality time with friends. There is an area where children can make their own hat, and this year Hidden Peak Tea House will be giving samples of traditional Chinese tea! Prizes provided by the Hat Co. will be awarded for the fanciest hat and People's Choice!


Location: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Parent's Date Night!
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Parent's Date Night!
Date: Every Fri and Sa from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 3-12 Admission Fees: $15/hr
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

Parents - treat yourselves to a night out on the town for dinner and a movie while the kids play and create art! Walk from Kaiwa's downtown location to your favorite restaurant and entertainment venue. Under the guidance and care of the teacher, children will have toys, musical instruments, books, and art supplies to create a magical night for themselves!


Location: Kaiwa Art & Play Space, 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 316-0918 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Cell Phone Tours Monterey Historic Park
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State Park Monterey Historic
Take a cell phone tour of historic buildings
Date: Every day


Cell Phone Tours

Visitors to Monterey State Historic Park may take a cell phone tour of historic buildings by dialing (831) 998-9458, followed by a Stop Number when prompted. Stop Numbers correspond to various Monterey State Historic Park adobes in the downtown area. Listeners recieve a two-minute narration for each building. There is no charge for the cell phone tours, but callers will use cell minutes, according to their individual plan. Callers may also use land based phones and will be charged based on normal land based rates.
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Stop Number/Building
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After prompt, enter Stop Number:

401 Custom House
402 Pacific House
403 First Brick House
404 Old Whaling Station
405 California's First Theater
406 Casa Soberanes
407 Larkin House
408 Cooper-Molera Adobe
409 Robert Louis Stevenson House
410 Casa de Oro (J. Boston Store)

 


Location: Alvarado St and Franklin St, 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
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