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Nutcracker Santa Cruz
What better way to ring in the season than with smiles, beauty and laughter?
Every day (Dec 15-Dec 16) from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Cabrillo College's Crocker Theat, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map

The Full Length Nutcracker Ballet - Experience the Magic!

Join the festivities and kick off your family's holiday tradition with the magic Nutcracker Ballet, a spectacular performance sure to delight and inspire!

(0 A October 2018) NutcrackerSC_2018.jpgThe Santa Cruz Dance Guild (501c3), presents the full length Nutcracker Ballet at Cabrillo's Crocker Theater for one weekend only on December 15th & 16th. Join us for our 10th year and our 8th year at Cabrillo's Crocker Theater.

What better way to ring in the season than with smiles, beauty and laughter?

Director/Choreographer and Juilliard Alumnae, Shannon Chipman began the Nutcracker tradition as the Snow Queen in the first ever production of the Nutcracker in Santa Cruz at Cabrillo's old theater in 1988... Thirty years of Nutcracker! Since 2008, she has brought her vision to life with Co-Director, Vicki Bergland at the International Academy of Dance, home of the Santa Cruz City Ballet. Chipman and Bergland combine their artistic efforts alongside Choreographer, Melissa Palumbo to once again bring the stunning Nutcracker Ballet to life.

The Santa Cruz Dance Guild production is the premier Nutcracker Ballet in Santa Cruz and has become a steadfast holiday tradition showcasing local talent, as well as bringing in guest artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Many dancers have grown up with the production and began as tiny Angels, Lambs or Gingersnaps and are now dancing en pointe.

For the fourth year in a row, Mother Ginger will be preformed by Krazy George. You may know him as the inventor of "The Wave" or may have seen him cheer for the San Jose Earthquakes or the Oakland A's. Don't miss this special opportunity to cheer on Krazy George and his team of adorable Gingersnaps!

It is exciting to see the production continue to grow as well as the dancers. Every year this is something new to see!

We invite you to experience quality, entertaining Classical Ballet, enchanting choreography, magnificent guest artists, beautiful sets, brilliant costumes, family tradition and the JOY of Dance at the premier Nutcracker in Santa Cruz! Experience the Magic for yourself!

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Cyber Security Workshop
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Cyber Security Workshops
Date: Every Mon, Tues and Th (Oct 1-Oct 30)
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free
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October is Cybersecurity Month. For this annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of safe online behavior, your library has partnered with National Cyber Security Alliance & the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help you learn safe cyber security practices.

Learn safe online habits with experts from Library IT. Bring your questions and concerns to the extended Q & A that follows.


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Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Zine Fronteras: Submissions Wanted! Contribuya al proyecto!
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Zine Fronteras: Submissions Wanted! Contribuya al proyecto!
Date: Every day (Oct 3-Oct 12)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Call-out to the Santa Cruz Community! Submissions Wanted! Zine Fronteras is looking to collect submissions of original writings, short memoirs, essays, poetry, photographs and art that reflects on and highlights immigrant experiences.

 

All content contributors will receive a free copy of the published book! Zine Fronteras seeks to create a safe space for artistic and intellectual expression encapsulating the stories and experiences of immigrant communities in Santa Cruz.

 

We believe that sharing one's individual and community experiences can be acts of self-empowerment, thus creating a positive atmosphere for cultural appreciation, political consciousness, and empathy building for our entire community.


Submission Deadlines

Art/Photo due Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by 6pm.

Written due Friday, October 12, 2018 at 5pm.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Tannery World Dance Family Festival Days
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Tannery World Dance Family Festival Days
Date: Every Fri (Sep 22-Oct 6)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

This year the Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center celebrates the African Diaspora during the 2018 World Arts Festival on October 13th & 14th. Once again, we are lucky to have Festival artists join us at the library for free Family Festival Days workshops. All ages are invited to these free workshops.

Saturday, September 22nd / 11:30-12:30PM (Haitian Dance w/ Shawn Merriman Roberts)

Saturday, September 29th / 10:30-11:30AM (Congolese Dance w/ Vivien Boussamina)

Saturday, October 6th / 11:30-12:30PM (Senegalese Dance w/ Oumou Faye)


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Family Lagoon Watch
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A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon
Date: Every Sa (Sep 15-Dec 15) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon.

• Learn about the environment and local wildlife with local experts.
• Bird Watching
• Examine microscopic creatures
• Watercolor painting, printing, writing and reading.

Adults must accompany children under 10. Not suitable for very young children.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Reach for the Stars
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Reach for the Stars
Date: 10/09/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families. Whether you're an experienced astronomer or someone who doesn't know the difference between a comet and an asteroid, this program is for you! Topics will vary month-to-month.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Alfred Hitchcock in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, and Beyond
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Alfred Hitchcock in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, and Beyond
Date: 10/11/2018 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Library_HitchcockSilhouette.jpgJoin UCSC Professor Shelley Stamp for an evening of photographs and a lecture on famed director Alfred Hitchcock's time as a Scotts Valley resident and how it influenced his illustrious career.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Hitchcock Tales
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An Evening with the Spirit of Alfred Hitchcock, a fundraiser celebrating an era when Hollywood came to Scotts Valley
Date: 10/13/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $25 in advance or $30 at the door

(0 A September 2018) Library_HitchcockTales.jpgPlease Join us for a FUN Evening!!!

HITCHCOCK TALES: An Evening with the Spirit of Alfred Hitchcock

 

The Friends of the Scotts Valley Library will host HITCHCOCK TALES: An Evening with the Spirit of Alfred Hitchcock, a fundraiser celebrating an era when Hollywood came to Scotts Valley.

 

Alfred Hitchcock lived in Scotts Valley for more than 30 years and many of his most famous films were inspired by this place.

 

Activities include a noir movie costume contest, a green screen photo booth, a trivia quiz, lots of great gift baskets to bid on, a silent auction, yummy food, a cash bar (wine, Hitchcocktails & mocktails, pinot flight tasting), movie-watching, button-making, and more.

 

Adults only. Tickets: $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets for the fundraiser are on sale at the Scotts Valley Library, at Mollie's Country Café, and through members of the SV Friends. Guests who come in a Hitchcock-inspired costume will be entered in a special drawing.


Location: Friends of Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Medicare Explained Series
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If you, a loved one, or even someone you know is on Medicare or about to be eligible for Medicare, Manfred will answer your qu
Date: The 3rd Mon of every month (Aug 20-Dec 17) from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) Medicare-Options-Logo.jpgEverything you need to know about Medicare. Manfred Luedge of Health Markets in Santa Cruz will explain and simplify all things Medicare, from the basics to Medicare supplemental insurance to Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare savings plans, and outpatient services.

 

If you, a loved one, or even someone you know is on Medicare or about to be eligible for Medicare, Manfred will answer your questions. The five months of the program will correspond to the open enrollment period to choose plans.

This series will be offered on the 3rd Monday of each month, August - December 2018

August 20 - Understanding Medicare: The Basics
September 17 - Choosing a MediGap Plan: Medicare Supplements
October 15 - Finding help with prescription drug costs
November 19 - How do Medicare Savings Plans (MSP's) Work?
December 17 - Medicare and Outpatient Services


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Retirement Planning and Home Equity Conversion Mortgages
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Learn about the pros and cons of today's Home Equity Conversion Mortgage and other reverse mortgages
Date: 10/16/2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Learn about the pros and cons of today's Home Equity Conversion Mortgage and other reverse mortgages with local mortgage loan originator, Marina Watts.

 

This free workshop will focus on educating homeowners on the most recent updates and products available for folks 60+ in reverse mortgages. Discover what your benefit may look like with a reverse mortgage and the different ways you can utilize funds to increase cash flow in retirement. Forty-five minute presentation followed by Q & A.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Social Security: Maximizing Your Claiming Decision
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Social Security: Maximizing Your Claiming Decision
Date: 10/16/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Learn best strategies for optimizing your Social Security claiming age with local, registered Social Security analyst and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, Martha Shedden. This free workshop will help retirees and pre-retirees understand Social Security's rules in order to maximize their benefit. Married couples will learn why it is so important to coordinate your Social Security income election with your spouse, and divorced people will find out if ex-spousal benefits may be an option for you. Discover how much money you may gain by waiting past age 62 to claim your benefit.


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Tech Talks
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Tech Talks: 10/15 - Health, 10/29 - Smart Homes
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Oct 15-Oct 29) from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults

Special guest, Philip King, shares his favorite tech tools and tips that can enrich your life. Join as we explore and discuss the following topics. Free coffee provided!

10/15 - Health
10/29 - Smart Homes


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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7th Annual Day of the Dead Watsonville Library
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Come together to create art, follow traditions, or create new traditions.
Date: 10/25/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

Children and their families move between four different stations to decorate sugar skulls, color, make paper flowers, and work on their miniature altars. This is a busy, exciting, hectic wonderful event. EVENT REPEATS AT THE FREEDOM BRANCH OCT 27 2018, 1:00-3:00


Location: Watsonville Public Library Commu, 275 Main Street, Watsonville Map
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Novel Writing Workshop
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Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.
Date: Every day (Oct 27-Oct 28) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Teen and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.

  • Bring your laptop and your library card.
  • Check out three library books in the genre that you want to write.
  • After you study the sales pitch for these published novels, use your laptop or notebook to free write as you interview your main character, brainstorm ideas for the plot, and write an elevator pitch to guide you as you write your novel day by day in November.

Developmental editor Anastasia Suen has written and edited books for children, teens, and adults and mentored writers around the globe in her online workshops. This interactive workshop for adults and teens is 2 hours in length.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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7th Annual Day of the Dead Freedom Library
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Library Freedom
Come together to create art, follow traditions, or create new traditions.
Date: 10/27/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

Children and their families move between four different stations to decorate sugar skulls, color, make paper flowers, and work on their miniature altars. This is a busy, exciting, hectic wonderful event. EVENT IS ALSO AT THE MAIN WATSONVILLE LIBRARY OCT 25 2018, 6:00-8:00


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
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Free Pumpkin Carving
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Free Pumpkin Carving
Date: 10/27/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: Childre of All Ages Welcomed Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Halloween_PumpkinCarving.jpgCome join us for free pumpkin carving! The pumpkins are provided by the Boulder Creek Chapter of the Friends of the Library.

 

Space and tools are provided as well.

 

Refreshments provided. Free and open to the public!


Location: Boulder Creek Branch Library, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt: Santa Cruz Noir
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Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt: Santa Cruz Noir
Date: 10/28/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) MurderMystery22.jpgHave you ever played the board game clue?

Come to the MAH and play a live action version for a thrilling and riddle-packed Murder Mystery Game Day. Unravel who murdered notorious Santa Cruz private investigator Harlow Lindsay through a series of clues and activities. The clues will lead you to the weapon of choice, the location of the crime, and the murderer.

This is a free, drop in event for all ages created with the Santa Cruz Public Libraries & Editor of Santa Cruz Noir, Susie Bright.


Location: MAH, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Novel Writing Workshop
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Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.
Date: 10/28/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.

  • Bring your laptop and your library card.
  • Check out three library books in the genre that you want to write.
  • After you study the sales pitch for these published novels, use your laptop or notebook to free write as you interview your main character, brainstorm ideas for the plot, and write an elevator pitch to guide you as you write your novel day by day in November.

 

Developmental editor Anastasia Suen has written and edited books for children, teens, and adults and mentored writers around the globe in her online workshops. This interactive workshop for adults and teens is 2 hours in length.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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