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Into The Woods
WINNER OF 5 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, OUTSTANDING LYRICS & BOOK!
Every day (Jun 27-Jul 14)
Location: Cabrillo Stage, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map

Into The Woods

 

WINNER OF 3 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST BOOK AND ORIGINAL SCORE!

WINNER OF 5 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, OUTSTANDING LYRICS & BOOK!  BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

 

THE PLAY

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

INTO THE WOODS follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
Elephant seals galore! 3 mile hike to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Mar 31) from 8:45am to 2:30pm
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

 

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Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Vehicle Day use fee is $10. For more information, call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227, or visit www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo.


For reservations, please call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.
These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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Legos at Garfield Park
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Library Garfield Park
Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more!
Date: Every Th (Oct 4-May 30) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 7 to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

(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.

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Confident Competent Kids -for CalWORKs participants
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Triple P
Adult, Parenting Seminar, Raising Confident Children, Respect, Communication, Raising Competent Children, CalWORKs
Date: 01/10/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Adult Admission Fees: Free Admission

Get practical tips for helping children learn how to treat others with respect, develop good communication and social skills, and develop healthy self-esteem. This Triple P Seminar is free and open to CalWORKs participants only. CalWORKs participants should contact their Employment and Training Specialists to let them know if they plan on attending.

Presented in English by: Dr. Lourdes Barraza, Triple P practitioner
Location: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Room 913


Location: Cabrillo College, Room 913, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Our Community Reads
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Library Aptos
Create a stronger future for your community by reveling with your Friends in the wonders of the Monterey Bay!
Date: Every day (Jan 1-Jan 31)
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A January 2019) Book_TheLifeandDeathofMontereyBay.jpgCreate Comaraderie by Reveling in the Wonders of the Monterey Bay with your Neighbors and Friends!

 

Donate today to Our Community Reads!

Our Community Reads strengthens your local neighborhood by bringing neighbors together to enjoy a shared experience. And the topic for next year can be seen in your Monterey Bay!

The 2019 selection for Our Community Reads is Death and Life of Monterey Bay by Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka. It's an inspiring tale of the rebirth of one of our most valuable, local natural resources. 

 

Your donation today will fund:

  • A Trivia Night
  • Several Speakers Forums
  • A Poetry Slam
  • Movie Night 
  • And more!

For every $35 you give to Our Community Reads, you provide two books to individuals with tight budgets who would like to join the discussion, or to students from your local high school or Cabrillo College, or for books to go directly to the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, so others can check out and research their Monterey Bay.


Visit https://fscpl.org/ocr/ for more information about Our Community Reads!


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Triple P 8-Week Group: For families with children 2-12 years old
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Triple P
8-Week Group: For families with children 2-12 years old
Date: Every Th (Jan 10-Feb 28) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Adult and Family Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600 x6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings

Attend this 8-week Triple P Group to meet other families and learn simple strategies to help you: Strengthen relationships in your family; Encourage positive behaviors; Teach your child new skills & behaviors; Handle disruptive or challenging behaviors with greater confidence; Take care of yourself as a parent.

This Triple P Group is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School Library, 7155 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600 x6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings


Location: San Lorenzo Valley Elementary Sc, 7155 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Triple P 8-Week Group: For families with children 2-12 years old
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Triple P
Strengthen relationships in your family; Encourage positive behaviors; Teach your child new skills & behaviors
Date: Every Th (Jan 10-Feb 28) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: free

8-Week Group: for families with children 2-12 (Session 1)

 This is the 1st session of an 8-week Triple P Group for families with children 2-12 years old.  Individuals, couples and any friends or family members who are helping raise children are welcome to attend.  Participants must register by January 17 in order to participate in the Group.  If the group is already in session and you would like more information about other upcoming 8 week Triple P Groups, please contact First 5 at (831) 465-2217.  

 

Register now to reserve your spot and get FREE child care!

 

In Session 1, participants will:

  • Learn about the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program
  • Learn what positive parenting is
  • Identify factors that influence children's behaviors
  • Set goals for making positive changes

In Session 2, participants will learn:

  • Strategies for developing positive relationships with their children

  • Strategies for encouraging desirable behavior

  • Strategies for teaching children new skills and behaviors

In Session 3, participants will learn how to:

  • Create family rules
  • Handle mild problem behaviors
  • Give clear, calm instructions
  • Back up requests with logical consequences

In Session 4, participants will:

  • Identify "high risk" situations where problematic behaviors are more likely to occur
  • Learn a 6-step routine for preventing and managing problematic behaviors in high risk situations
  • Identify who else they can turn to for parenting support
  • Learn "Family Survival Tips"

In Session 5, participants will:

  • Share their progress in using Triple P parenting strategies with their children
  • Practice the parenting strategies learned in Sessions 1-4
  • Receive coaching on using Triple P parenting strategies

In Session 6, participants will:

  • Share their progress in using Triple P parenting strategies with their children
  • Finetune their use of parenting strategies learned in Sessions 1-4
  • Receive coaching on using Triple P parenting strategies

In Session 7, participants will:

  • Share their progress in using Triple P parenting strategies with their children
  • Finetune their use of parenting strategies learned in Sessions 1-4
  • Receive coaching on using Triple P parenting strategies

In Session 8, participants will:

  • Identify the positive changes that they and their children have made
  • Discuss 5 key steps for maintaining improvements that were made
  • Identify strategies that can be used in the future, after completing the Group
  • Learn about ways to receive additional Triple P parenting support

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Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources

This Triple P Group is free and open to the public.

Snacks will be provided for children and adults.


Location: San Lorenzo Valley Elementary, L, 7155 Highway 9, Felton 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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Mothersong with Joya
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Mothersong Santa Cruz
A multi-cultural sing-a-long for families with babies
Date: Every Wed and Th at 9:15am
Ages: Babies 0-3 with parents Admission Fees: Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free
Special Instructions: Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30

(0 A November 2018) Joya.jpgMothersong Santa Cruz with Joya Winwood

Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30
Every 1st Sunday of the Month: 10:30-11:30


Directions:  Leaving town on River St, cross Hwy 1. Turn right into the driveway after all the red buildings. The sign says 1060 on it. Park in labeled Guest Parking places.   Walk between the big red buildings on the right.  Look for #111.  There's a ramp for strollers.  Enter the metal gate.  Follow signs.  Art Bar Cafe is next door.

 

All classes are one hour long.  Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free


Location: Tannery World Dance, 1060 River St #110, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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
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Curious Contraptions
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Exploratorium, Pier 15
A whimsical winter exhibition where small sculptures are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and
Date: Every day (Nov 8-Jan 20) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A November 2018) Exporatorium_CuriousContraptions_mermaid.jpgThe Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception-a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.


Celebrate the opening of Curious Contraptions, our whimsical winter exhibition where small sculptures are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.

 

VIDEO Sneak Peek!

 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:
→ Pairings: Cooking Contraptions With Loretta Keller, Clay Reynolds, Jerrel KeyAuthor, and Julie Yu
7:00 p.m. | Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

→ Building Contraptions With Simone Giertz
8:00 p.m. | Kanbar Forum

→ Commercial-Grade Contraptions With Tinker Kitchen
6:30-9:30 | Gallery 4

→ Trash Automata
With Keith Newstead and Explorables
7:00-10:00 | Tinkering Studio, Gallery 2

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More info: 18+, Free for AFTER DARK members
To become a member, please visit https://www.exploratorium.edu/membership/afterdark


Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St), San Francisco Map
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Fossils, Fog, Fun, and Friends: Join Our Volunteer Education Te
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State Park Seacliff
Volunteer and spend time on a beautiful beach with our local youth
Date: Every day (Dec 23-Jan 10)


Fossils, Fog, Fun, and Friends: Join Our Volunteer Education Team!

Apply by Thursday, January 10

Training: Thursday and Friday, January 17-18 from 10am to 3pm

If you're exploring the field of education and want experience, if you've retired from teaching but miss it, or if you just want to spend time on a beautiful beach with our local youth, please consider joining our team of friendly volunteer educators. We uncover real fossils, touch the lives of hundreds of children, and have a lot of fun. If interested, please call (831) 685-6444 or visit the Seacliff Visitor Center before Thursday, January 10 to apply. Coffee and snacks will be provided at training. Training made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


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CodeCombat at Aptos Branch Library
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CodeCombat at Aptos Branch Library
Date: Every Th (Sep 6-Apr 27) from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

(0 A Aug 2018) CodeCombatImage.jpgSCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before!

 

Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Ages 8-18. Gamers will create teams by age.

 

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Mushroom Month
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Celebrate (and consume) mushrooms throughout Downtown Santa Cruz with culinary specials
Date: Every day (Jan 1-Jan 31)


January is Mushroom Month

 

Celebrate January and all it's Spores with a month long celebration of Mushrooms.

Don't miss the 45th annual Fungus Fair held at the Louden Nelson Community Center, January 11th to the 13th.

All month long, you can celebrate (and consume) mushrooms throughout Downtown Santa Cruz with culinary specials and special mushroom inspired products.

 

 


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Coastal Rail Trail Groundbreaking
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City of Santa Cruz
Celebrate - come rain or shine - party including speakers, refreshments, commemorative giveaways and more...
Date: 01/10/2019 from 12:15pm to 12:45pm


 

Coastal Rail Trail Groundbreaking Set for January 10 - Rain or Shine

 

(0 A December 2018) RailTrailGroundbreakingLogo.jpgThe City of Santa Cruz is pleased to announce that the groundbreaking for the first segment of the Coastal Rail Trail - the San Lorenzo River Parkway Phase III/Trestle Trail Project - will take place on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at the west base of the San Lorenzo River Railroad Trestle Bridge. The 32-mile long Coastal Rail Trail is a part of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission's Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan.

 

The public is invited to celebrate - come rain or shine - with City and Santa Cruz County officials and community members who helped to bring this project to fruition over many years. The groundbreaking ceremony will be followed by a free-of-charge community party including speakers, refreshments, commemorative giveaways and Coastal Rail Trail engineering displays.

 

Attendees may park free of charge at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk River Parking Lot. Free bicycle valet parking is hosted by Bike Santa Cruz County.

 

The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network is planned to be a braided bicycle/pedestrian network along Santa Cruz County's coast to provide alternative transportation and coastal access, and foster appreciation for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.


Location: Beach Boardwalk River Parking Lo, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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