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Legos at Garfield Park
Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more!
Every Th (Oct 4-May 30) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A October 2018) Library_Garfield_Legos.jpgLEGO @ Garfield Park from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more! Come to the Garfield Park Library every Thursday and have fun with Lego's.

 

During each month, we will introduce Botley Robots and Makey Makey circuit creator. Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.

 

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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

(0 A May 2018) SV_JrPoliceAcademy.jpgScotts Valley Police Department·

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


Phone: 831-440-5656 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Mindfulness For Teens
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Rebecca Roth
Mindfulness for Teens Summer Drop-in Classes
Date: Every Th (Jul 12-Aug 16) from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Ages: 14-19 Admission Fees: $25/class, or pay what you can
Special Instructions: entrance off parking lot

(0 A July 2018) RebeccaRoth.jpgTeens will learn and practice techniques to help them experience more calm, compassion, and connection.


Location: 200 wshington st.#105, s Map
Phone: (831) 566-7273 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
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
Phone: (831) 476-2769 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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Santa Cruz Art League
California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
Date: Every day (Jul 6-Aug 5)


(0 April 2018) MoonriseAtHarkinsSlough.jpgAnnual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

For almost nine decades, the Santa Cruz Art League's Statewide Landscape Exhibition has showcased the work of artists across the Golden State who depict California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions.

 

    Friday, July 6 - Sunday, August 5, 2018
    Reception: July 6, First Friday, 6-8pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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.
View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Libraries
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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Junior Rangers at Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones!
Date: Every day (Jun 16-Sep 1) at 10:00am
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See varying dates, times

Junior Rangers

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm (No programs August 25, 28, 29)

Wednesdays at 10amSpecial two-hour program (No program August 29)

Explore, hike and play games as you learn about plants, animals, and more. This 1-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12 only. Please register your child at the Nature Museum 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Coca Cola Nights
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring a Coca-Cola product and enjoy unlimited rides for only $14.95+tax!
Date: Every Wed and Th (Jun 20-Aug 16) at 5:00pm


Coca-Cola Nights

 

Not valid July 4

 

Bring a Coca-Cola product and enjoy unlimited rides for only $14.95+tax!

You can also enjoy unlimited access to Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Miniature Golf, Climb 'N Conquer, and Fright Walk for only $9.95.

 

Exchange your empty Coca-Cola can/bottle or a receipt with proof of purchase at the Coca-Cola redemption tables (located near each ticket booth) to receive your discount ride coupon.

 

Any size Coca-Cola product will be accepted including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Pibb Xtra, Barq's Root Beer, SmartWater, or Dasani.

Some specials may be subject to tax.

Purchase a MyBoardwalk Card for $1.50 rides at any Boardwalk Ticket Booth or MyBoardwalk Kiosk.


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Half Moon Bay State Beach
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State Park Half Moon Bay Beach
Junior Rangers, Campfire Programs, Guided walks
Date: Every day (Jun 29-Aug 31) from 11:00am to 3:00pm


Junior Rangers

Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm

Discover the fascinating secrets of the beach! Explore, practice outdoor skills, and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child 15 minutes before the program begins at the Francis State Beach Visitor Center. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, and California State Parks.

 

Campfire Program

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm

Join us in our new campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about beach ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of the park while relaxing by the beach. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Guided Walk: Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park

Sunday, July 22 at 10am 

Journey back in time to discover the lives of early pioneers on this two-mile stroll along Mills Creek at Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Appropriate for children age seven and older accompanied by parent. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: Sequoia Audubon Trail

Sunday, July 1 at 10am

Sunday, July 15 at 1pm

Join us for a one-mile stroll along the California Coast into the Pescadero Marsh, a popular bird watching location.  Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot located on Highway 1, one-quarter mile north of Pescadero Creek Road in Pescadero. Bring water, and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, sunscreen and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. No pets. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: McNee Ranch, Montara State Beach

Saturday, July 14 at 10am

Join us for a two-mile stroll along the California coast and enjoy stunning views, remnants of the long-gone Ocean Shore Railroad and WWII era bunker. Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach Parking Lot on Highway 1 just south of Devil's Slide. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. All pets must be on leash. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov


Location: 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Map
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Author Talk: Santa Cruz Noir
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Author Talk: Santa Cruz Noir
Date: 07/12/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A June 2018) SantaCruzNoir.jpgLocal author Susie Bright casts a light on the shadows of Santa Cruz with the newest installment of the Akashic Press "Noir" Series with Santa Cruz Noir: a collection of short stories about lust, money, murder, and power that take place in our quaint seaside county.

 

Listen to some of the contributing authors talk about their stories, research, and what it means to write a true noir story. Authors will sign copies of the book after the event.

Books will be sold by the Friends of the Aptos Library.

For more information contact Jennifer Hooker at hookerj@santacruzpl.org


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Free Daily Entertainment
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Beach Boardwalk
World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.
Date: Every day (Jun 18-Aug 17) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm


(0 A June 2018) BB_cap-jack-1-wq.jpgFREE Daily Entertainment

 

Engaging performers invite you to be a part of the show!

World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.

Neptune's Stage located next to Pirate Ship.
Cave Train Stage located near Cave Train.

The Entertainers and the Schedule



Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Sep 30)

Special Instructions: Located on Highway 35, just 2.5 miles southeast of the junction with Hwy 9

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
  Sat & Sun 11am
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1 mile loop; elevation gain 300 feet    
Ascend through Douglas-fir, madrone, and tanoak to see the park’s imposing namesake peak—a good spot for bouldering and roped climbs. The surrounding smaller rocks are a great playground for children.

Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike  Saturdays at 2:30pm

Join us on a 3-mile, 2.5-hour hike to Castle Rock, Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook. We’ll discuss Castle Rock’s unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. Please bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, snacks, a camera, and binoculars if you have them. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $8. Meet at the kiosk. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 
   
MODERATE HIKES 
Ridge/Trail Camp Loop 
Trailhead: main parking lot, 5.15 miles, elevation gain 1,190 feet
Hike through the forest and past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the San Lorenzo River Valley and glimpses of Monterey Bay. Learn about history, wildlife, and habitats at the Interpretive Shelter. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter.  
  
Skyline/Loghry Woods/Saratoga Gap Loop
Trailhead: main parking lot; 6.1 miles roundtrip; elevation gain 750 feet 
Head through the forest past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Lorenzo River with glimpses across to Monterey Bay if there’s no fog. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water, and a rain shelter. 
  
STRENUOUS HIKES  
Middle of the Park from the Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap; 9 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,530 feet. 
This challenging hike or run through the forest takes you past mountain and valley views with some glimpses of Monterey Bay on a clear day. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter. Begin at Saratoga Gap and either go down Saratoga Toll Road Trail or across Skyline Trail (Bay Area Ridge Trail). Close the loop on the Loghry Woods and Travertine Springs trails.
   
Gap to Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap or Waterman Gap; 16.4 miles round trip, elevation gain 1,860 feet
A good workout for strong trail runners and hikers. You can also backpack and stay overnight at the Waterman Gap Trail Camp (reservations required). Trails are mostly wooded, with occasional views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 
   
Skyline to the Sea Trailhead: dropoff at Saratoga Gap or park at main parking lot, pickup at Waddell Beach, 25.2–28.2 miles; elevation from 1,660–2,130 feet. 
One of the region’s most rewarding backpack options. Start on the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains and descend to the ocean in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Camp at trail camps along the way. Two to four days of backpacking or four to eight hours of trail running.

 

Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike

Saturdays at 2:30pm

Join us on a 3-mile, 2.5-hour hike to Castle Rock, Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook. We'll discuss Castle Rock's unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. Please bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, snacks, a camera, and binoculars if you have them. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $8. Meet at the kiosk. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-8621 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Summer Camp: The Art and Science of Nature
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Calling budding artists and scientists curious about nature!
Date: Every day (Jul 9-Jul 13) from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: Entering grades 2 and 3 Admission Fees: $265
Special Instructions: Scholarships and member discounts available

(0 April 2018) NATUREEXPLORERS.jpgThis summer, join us on a journey to investigate symmetries, patterns, and curiosities in the natural world. Spend the week exploring nearby beach, creek, and garden habitats, and making all sorts of art inspired by what we discover.

We invite incoming second- and third-graders to come observe, explore, and appreciate the wonders of the natural world here in our backyard as well as in the Museum's collection. We will explore what nature reveals to us everyday through a variety of individual and collaborative art projects. Every camper will create artwork to take home, make scientific discoveries, and most importantly, create memories, friendships, and a personal connection to the unique nature of the Santa Cruz coast.

Camp will run from 9AM-3PM each day, with drop-off from 8:30-9 and pickup from 3-3:30.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
This fun program is designed for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore!
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 31)
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying hours

Big Basin Nature Club

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30pm (No programs August 25, 28)

Wednesdays at 1:30pm (No program Wednesday, August 29)

This fun program is designed for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park Nature Museum. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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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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