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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
Phone: (650) 726-8819 •website Half Moon Bay create a direct event link
The Future of Agriculture with Clint Cowden
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Focus is on agricultural technology
Date: 08/22/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $10: Non-member online, $5: member online, $15: at the door.

(0 A Aug 2018) FutureofAgriculture.jpgHardcore Natural History Series: The Future of Agriculture with Clint Cowden

 

Please join us to discuss the future of agriculture with Clint Cowden of Hartnell College. Mr. Cowden will be focusing on his area of expertise, agricultural technology, as he discusses how world population, consumer trends and the environment will change the way we grow our food in the Salinas Valley and the rest of the Monterey Bay area. Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2sE9717


$10: Non-member online, $5: member online, $15: at the door. #pgmuseum


Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
Phone: 831-648-5716 •website Pacific Grovecreate a direct event link
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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Library Aptos
A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

One-on-One Tech Tutoring


Trying to play with technology and getting frustrated? A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services: How to use free downloadable content available from your library in a number of formats (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming video) Introduction to SCPL databases (i.e. Consumer Reports, Community Information, etc...) Creating an email account Downloading and attaching files Word processing direction and support.

 

Drop-in weekly appointments, 20 minute slots available. To best support learning, please bring the following items: devices (i.e., laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones), necessary passwords (Google Play, App Store), and library card!

 

First-come, First-served. FREE


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Naturalist Night: The Stories Behind Our Murals
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Learn about the research, staging, sketching, and interviews that must be done before creating natural history murals.
Date: 08/22/2018 at 7:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

(0 A August 2019) NaturalistNight.jpgMurals have long been important tools for museums and nature centers to create a sense of place within their galleries and help tell stories of our natural history. Many of these murals found along the Central Coast of California — in museums, nature centers, and on the walls of buildings in public spaces like Downtown Santa Cruz — were painted by local artist Ann Thiermann.

 

During this Naturalist Night lecture, learn about the research, staging, sketching, and interviews that must be done before creating natural history murals. Also hear the story behind the creation of our museum’s Ohlone mural, her recent work with State Parks to create a mural at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and other stories from her years as a natural history muralist, partnering with museums, parks, businesses, and tribes.


About the speaker:

Ann Thiermann has created over 70 California murals including 15 local natural history murals from Half Moon Bay to Pfeiffer Big Sur. Her 2018-19 exhibit Pathways Through Our Parks at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History shared her work as an avid local landscape painter and participant in open studios. The plein air studies included in the exhibit have also served to provide essential flora and fauna research for her studio murals. An experienced Cabrillo art lecturer and church organist the murals are designed to create dramatic, engaging visual energy akin to musical expression.

 

Thursday, August 22 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Reserve Your Seat
Free with Admission
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Talk will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Pre-registration highly recommended.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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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Hablamos Juntos/Together We Speak
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Pajaro Valley Arts Council
Experience how our artists give voice to and navigate: daily life, current events, social, political and cultural issues, commun
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th and Fri (Aug 8-Oct 7) from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Reception August 12

Hablamos Juntos/Together We Speak
August 8 - October 7, 2018

 

 

Curated by Juan R. Fuentes and Michelle P. Mouton, Hablamos Juntos explores visual dialogs created by prominent California Latinx artists at the Pajaro Valley Arts gallery in Watsonville. In this extraordinarily rich exhibit, you will experience how our artists give voice to and navigate: daily life, current events, social, political and cultural issues, community, ethnicity, as well as personal narratives, myths, and history. Click here for a virtual tour. Visit our Facebook page for additional photos.

 

Artists:  Susana Arias,  Eduardo Carrillo,  Yreina D. Cervántez,  Pablo Cristi,   Amy Díaz-Infante,  Juan R. Fuentes,  Daniel Galvez,  Lorraine García-Nakata,  Carlos Jackson,   Carmen León,  Jose Lozano,  Dionicio Mendoza,  Amalia Mesa-Bains,  Viviana Paredes,  Pancho Rodriquez,   Michael Roman,  Ivan Rubio,  Manuel Santana,   Linda Vallejo,   Cruz Ortiz Zamarron

 

A collaboration between Pajaro Valley Arts, Museo Eduardo Carrillo, and the Young Writers Program, this project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The Hablamos Juntos exhibit is also presented in partnership with the San Jose Museum of Art, New Terrains collaboration. Through New Terrains: Mobility and Migration, South Bay arts organizations band together to present a series of cross-disciplinary exhibitions, programs and experiences that explore how bodies move through spaces-social, political, literal, and figurative. Projects address timely topics such as transportation and urban planning, navigation and orientation, public protest, immigration and migration, and mobility in its many forms. For more information on New Terrains: https://sjmusart.org/new-terrains/connect


Location: 37 Sudden St, Watsonville Map
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LitWits Poetry Writing Camp
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LitWits Workshops
NEW! Because poetry is important.
Date: Every weekday (Aug 20-Aug 24) from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 8+ Admission Fees: $295
Special Instructions: Sibling discount $20 each

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The act of writing poetry teaches writing skills that apply in all genres, as well as the art of concise diction, careful speaking and listening, and most importantly, empathy. It's also mysterious, beautiful, and FUN!

In PoetryWriting Camp, poets ages 8+ will learn a classic form of poetry each day, each originating in a different part of the world. To build and embellish those forms, we'll help kids learn:

-how to condense a powerful visual into a single word or simple phrase
-the importance of rhythm and rhyme to tone and meaning; scansion skills
-the emotional and literal connotations of fresh metaphors and similes
-how to convey emotion and a physical description in a single word-image
-the significance of objects in a poem; how symbols work
-the power of their own voices
important poetry terms and their applications (put into practice)
We inspire young writers in creative, kinetic ways:

• sensory props to vivify some of the world's best poems
• inspiring excerpts by masterful poets, for appreciation, study, and emulation
• fun activities that show why certain techniques work
• engaging art projects that connect us to our own poems' themes

(0 A July 2018) LitWitsLadies3.jpgInstructors: Becky and Jenny, sisters and LitWits founders. Jenny has a BA in English literature and an MFA in creative nonfiction and poetry writing. She's been a K-6 teacher and a K-12 language arts tutor, and her scholarship, essays, and poems have appeared in several journals. Becky is a literature-based homeschool teacher and a journalism major who spent four years as a staff writer for The Register Pajaronian. Both Becky and Jenny are currently writing creative biographies of two fascinating Bay Area women of history.

Hours: 9am - 12pm, Monday through Friday

Ages: 8 and up. Our activities are geared to accommodate a range of ages simultaneously.

Cost: The cost of each camp includes all supplies; children bring their own no-nuts snack. LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School and Inspire Charter Schools. Charter parents, please enter promo code CHARTER-C to register, then request a purchase order or enrichment certificate.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the event, you can choose a refund or makeup; within 30 days, you'll get a makeup. (Use promo code MAKEUP to re-register, and please remind us, in the Notes field, which event you missed.) There are no refunds or makeups for no-shows. We hope that makes sense and seems fair!


Location: Vintage Faith Church, 350 Mission Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Play & Talk! Play Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Toddlers 18-30 months & Parents

Toddlers (18-30 months) & Parents Support Classes combine the elements of a playgroup, support group and a chance to learn more about your child's development.  Come meet other parents and children, observe and discuss child development and 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 are facilitated by experienced and friendly teachers.


Location: 1740 17th Av, Capitola Map
Phone: 831.476.7284 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
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