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11th Annual Pumpkin Carving & Pizza Spooky Night Out!
Includes: pizza, a pumpkin for carving and a spooky project!THIS YEAR WE HAVE ONE FOR THE TEENAGERS TOO!
Every day (Oct 25-Oct 26) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 9099 Soquel Dr. #15, Aptos Map

11th Annual Pumpkin Carving & Pizza Spooky Night Out!
*NEW* THIS YEAR WE HAVE ONE FOR THE TEENAGERS TOO!

It's back... Our annual fall favorite!  Come spend a spooky, skill building, pumpkin carving night at the Art Factory! Pizza, pumpkins and carving tools are included.


Kids love a night out at the studio for lots of fun carving tips and tricks. And the teenagers will dive into drills, chisels and extreme carving tools!


KIDS; Ages 7-12; Fri. Oct. 25, 6:30pm-8:30pm
TEENS; Ages 13-17 Sat. Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30pm
PRE-REGISTER: $45 per student Includes: pizza & a pumpkin for carving 831-688-8862 www.artfactorystudios.com

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Women by Women Film Series
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Watsonville Film Series
Join us for a series of powerful films by and about women!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Mar 8-Jun 14) at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Tickets $8 at the door, unless otherwise noted. Youth under 18 free

Join us for a series of powerful films by and about women!

Each screening will feature community discussions with special guests. All films presented at Appleton Event Lounge, 410 Rodriguez St., Watsonville, at 7PM on the second Thursday of each month, March through June.

Tickets $8 at the door, unless otherwise noted. Youth under 18 free.

Thursday March 8, International Women's Day
SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY
Community conversation on local women's history & current issues led by special guests. Free screening, donations accepted.
This must-see documentary film resurrects the buried history of the courageous & outrageous women who founded the modern Feminist Movement from 1966 to 1971. The documentary takes us from the founding of NOW, to the emergence of more radical factions of women's liberation. Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

Thursday, April 12
PINK SARIS & LAAL PARI

Special Guest: Director Sadia Halima
"A girl's life is cruel... A woman's life is very cruel," notes Sampat Pal, the protagonist of PINK SARIS. Sampat was married as a young girl into a family that made her work hard and beat her. But she fought back, leaving her in-laws and eventually becoming a champion for young women in Uttar Pradesh. These young women, frightened and desperate, reach out for their only hope: Sampat Pal and her Gulabi Gang, India's vigilantes in pink. A film by Sundance award-winning director Kim Longinotto.

Accompanying Short Film: LAAL PARI (The Red Fairy)
Laal Pari is a self-motivated, self-taught, elected village council leader in Bihar, India, who is fighting to change the playing field for women's participation in politics.

Thursday, May 10
NO MÁS BEBÉS (No More Babies)

Special guest: Director Renee Tajima-Peña
In NO MAS BEBES, Oscar® nominated Director Renee Tajima-Peña reveals the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who were pushed into sterilizations while giving birth at Los Angeles County Hospital during the 1960s and '70s. Alongside an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and a young, whistle-blowing doctor, the mothers mounted a landmark civil rights lawsuit that is seminal to the movement for reproductive justice.


Thursday, June 14, Monterey Bay Premiere:
ADIÓS AMOR

Special Guest: Director Laurie Coyle
The discovery of forgotten photographs prompts a search for an unsung heroine: Maria Moreno, a migrant mother with twelve children who led a movement for farmworker rights years before Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta launched the UFW. ADIOS AMOR tells a personal story with national resonance about the migrant workers who put food on our tables, and explores enduring questions about whose lives we remember, record and recognize.


Location: Appleton Event Lounge, 410 Rodriguez St, Watsonville Map
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Preschool Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Downtown Preschool Story Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
 
Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
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Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY
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Scotts Valley Police
Provides students with alternatives to drugs, violence, and other illegal activities through exciting events and educational pro
Date: Every day (May 1-Aug 3)

Special Instructions: June 18-22, July 9-13, July 30-Aug 3

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Registration is now open for all three of our 2018 Junior Police Academy sessions!

 

Dates are currently scheduled for June 18-22, July 9-13 and July 30-Aug 3

 

Our Junior Police Academy has been running since 2000. We offer three week-long sessions, each with room for twenty students. Our program reaches out to students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

 

Registration, cost and further information can be found at the link below, or by calling Det. Mike Birley at 831-440-5656.


https://www.scottsvalleypd.com/juvenile-programs


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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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Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest
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Save Our Shores
Get excited about our 3rd annual Waves and Wildlife photo competition! We'll start accepting entries THIS Sunday, April 1 and wi
Date: Every day (Apr 1-May 31)


(0 March 2018) SaveOurShores-PhotoContest.jpgGet excited about our 3rd annual Waves and Wildlife photo competition! We'll start accepting entries THIS Sunday, April 1 and will continue to do so until Thursday, May 31.

 

Each year, Save Our Shores encourages amateur photographers to submit their best shots from state marine protected areas (MPAs) along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to our Waves and Wildlife competition. The best images are then displayed in a month-long exhibit at the Sanctuary Exploration Center. Save Our Shores aims to raise awareness and appreciation of our local marine protected areas by highlighting these locations and the amazing wildlife and ecosystems within them. Below are some of our top submissions from the 2017 Waves and Wildlife photo competition.


Winners will be announced in mid-June and the best photos will be displayed throughout July in an exhibit at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center - Unofficial!

Go to saveourshores.org/wavesandwildlife to learn more about the #wavesandwildlife competition!


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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Step Parents Support Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role.
Date: The 2nd Th of every month at 6:30pm


Step Parents Support Group 6:30pm. Join us on the second Thursday of each month for a free, drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role. We meet at Live Oak Family Resource Center. Contact mailto: 1notsoevilstepmom@gmail.com for more information


Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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2018 Bike Week Schedule :
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Ecology Action
Find a bike activity to suit your skills!
Date: Every day (May 4-May 12)


2018 Bike Week Schedule :

FRIDAY, MAY 4

Bike Week First Friday at the Museum of Art & History (5pm to 9pm): Join us for a special Bike Week First Friday at the MAH , the kick-off celebration to Bike Week hosted by Ecology Action and Bike Santa Cruz County! Bike Night is a family-friendly, inclusive experience for community members to celebrate biking in Santa Cruz. So, come on down to participate in a variety of environmentally-focused art, craft and playful activities. Event highlights include:

  • Bike stunts performed by Matt Myer, our local stunt bike legend
  • Electric bikes on display featuring the new JUMP electric bikes which will be the City of Santa Cruz Bike Share bikes and Blix
  • Local frame builders on display: Rock Lobster Cycles, Caletti Cycles, and Frances Cycles
  • Totally Tubular designs selling fun bike-merchandise
  • Little Giant Collective which will be running screen printing and art activities
  • Check out our local bike-powered compost collection company, Santa Cruz Community Compost and see the infinite possibilities with two wheels
  • Live music with Cosmic Pinball
  • Bike Valet courtesy of Bike Santa Cruz County
  • Remember to share our Facebook event and invite your friends!

SATURDAY, MAY 5

Bird School Project Bike and Bird (9am to Noon): The Bird School Project is a local outdoor education organization who provides phenomena-based science lessons focused on birdwatching for middle school students. Join them for a special coastal bike and bird tour through Santa Cruz's westside to visit some familiar local hotspots for birds on their migratory journeys! Come prepared for being outside in sun, wind, or changing conditions for about 3 hours. BSP will supply optics equipment for close up viewing of wildlife for those without, but if you have binoculars please bring them along! We'll meet at 9 am at the entrance to Natural Bridges along Delaware Ave. After exploring Natural Bridges on foot, we'll continue our bike ride along the coast, visiting Neary Lagoon, and eventually ending at the San Lorenzo river mouth. Hummingbirds, ducks, raptors, and so much more!

SUNDAY, MAY 6

Cinco de Mayo Watsonville (11:30am-5:30pm): Food, music and community bike ride with Ecology Action, Bike Santa Cruz County, and Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency as part of the City of Watsonville's Cinco de Mayo festival. The bike ride will consist of 2 parts - the first is appropriate for all skill levels and types of bikes. Both parts will involve music courtesy of Santa Cruz Bike Party! We'll meet across from the Watsonville Buddhist Temple (423 Bridge Street) and start the ride with a casual 5 mile out-and-back ride on the Salsipuedes Creek levee path - a totally flat and paved path that winds through gorgeous farmland along the creek.  After the levee path, we'll make our way by the Watsonville Plaza where Cinco de Mayo festivities will be in full swing.  For those interested in a slightly longer ride, we'll then continue to Ramsay Park, and explore the upper section of Struve Slough's bicycle and pedestrian path, and make our way back to the plaza. Part one of the ride is 5.5 miles. Part two is an additional ~4 miles. Need a tune-up? Stop by the Plaza before hand! 

TUESDAY, MAY 8

Patagonia Movie Night (7-9pm): Movie night featuring a new film compilation from Brian Vernor including his latest release, Hi Lo Cali. In addition, there will be ebike demos from Blix Bike and City of Santa Cruz Bike Share JUMP bikes and Santa Cruz Community Compost Company will be showing off their bike powered compost. Food and drink you ask?! Tacos from El Buen Taco and Rail Trail IPA courtesy of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery (with beer glass rentals for $1 from ReCruz but we encourage you to BYO). Bike valet will be provided thanks to Bike Santa Cruz County. Share our Facebook event and invite your friends!

THURSDAY, MAY 10

Bike to Work/School Day (6:30-9:30am): Visit our Breakfast Site page for a complete list of our 12 public breakfast sites across Santa Cruz County and our 45+ participating school sites. Cyclists will be able to receive a free breakfast, free bike maintenance, raffle prizes and more! Remember to pre-register for the chance to win prizes!

FRIDAY, MAY 11

Santa Cruz Bike Party Group Ride: Bike Party Group Ride (7-9pm): Jump on your bikes for a green-themed Bike Party Ride organized by  Santa Cruz Bike Party. Santa Cruz Bike Party is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. The theme: Bikeodiversity is good for a healthy bikecosystem. Bikes come in all shapes, sizes, colors and configurations. For this bike party, we'll celebrate the diversity of bikes, riders, and styles on this fun Friday night celebration.

SATURDAY, MAY 12

Bicycle Trip's 25th Annual Bike Fest (11am-3pm): Once a year, Bicycle Trip hosts all cyclists for a bash at the shop on Soquel Avenue. It's a time when young and old, roadies and mountain bikers, recreational riders and racer-types come together to celebrate riding and having fun on two wheels in Santa Cruz. Indulge in good eats, get your mind blown by our multiple bike stunt shows, demo your dream eBike, road bike or MTB, browse the neat cycles and bits in our vendor village, partake in numerous kids activities and reap the rich bounty of our famous, free raffle and prize wheel! This year, Bike Fest boasts a demo bike extravaganza, with factory fleets from Giant, Norco, Gazelle and Faraday!

Questions, confusion, or just so excited you want to share, contact Matt at mmiller(at)ecoact.org or 831-515-1324.


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