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Old Growth Redwood Tours
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Every Sa at 1:00pm
Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map

Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

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Baby Laptime
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Library Watsonville
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Tues and Fri at 10:30am


(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: Storytime Room, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Toddler Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Toddler Time @ Downtown (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)


Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let's play and learn together!

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Watsonville Certified Farmers Market
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Watsonville Farmers Market
Fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from 2:30 to 6:30 PM from May to November.
Date: Every Fri from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) WatsFarmersMkt_Mariachi.jpgAn enchanting farmers market with a "mercado" feel. Lots of wonderful produce and prepared foods.

 

The Watsonville Farmers' Market is a member of the California Federation of Certified Farmers' Markets.

 

The Market provides fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from May to November.

 

Mariachi California de Javier Vargas will play every first Friday of the month from 5-6pm (May-October) at the Watsonville city Plaza


Location: Main St/At the Plaza, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 588-7366 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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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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Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Star programs for children
Date: Every Fri at 5:30pm
Admission Fees: $4

Hartnell College Planetarium's Children's Show is geared towards local families looking for an educational and fun evening out.

 

Show Times Fridays at 5:30 PM, doors open at 5:15 PM, runs 30-40 min

 

Tickets Buy Tickets Here $4 Person Tickets also available at the door Do not be late!   You can also purchase tickets at the door. We accept cash, card, and NFC (android/applepay).

 

(0 A January 2019) Hartnell_EarthMoonSun.jpgSeason Schedule

Jan 11 & 18 - Larry Cat

 

Jan 25 & Feb 21 - Earth, Moon and the Sun

 

Feb 8 & 15 - Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

 

Feb 22 & Mar 1 - The Little Star That Could

 

Mar 8 & 15 - Astronaut


Location: S-101 S Building, 411 CENTRAL AVE, Salinas Map
Phone: (831) 755-6979 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Pathways Through Our Parks
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Ann Thiermann's series of pastel and acrylic paintings o local parks
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jan 12-Apr 7) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free,donations accepted

(0 A December 2018) SLVMuseums_PathwaysWide.jpgOn exhibition from January 12 - April 7, 2019 will be a selection of artwork from Ann Thiermann's series of pastel and acrylic paintings.

 

This series invites the viewer to linger visually over the flora and fauna along the pathways of Santa Cruz's extraordinarily diverse park system.

 

Here, state parks, open spaces, land trust easements, and both county and city parks offer pathways from meandering river to pounding surf, sandy chaparral to cool redwoods, and meadow lands to conifer forests. Ann examines the beauty of these regional parks in a variety of seasonal and weather conditions.

 

A companion book, which will be available through the Museum bookstore, includes 60 paintings, an inclusive map, historical anecdotes, and an overview of the artistic process for creating each work.

 

Opening reception on Sunday January 13, 2019, at 2pm. Refreshments provided. Cost free, donations appreciated.


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Pigeon Point Light Station Guided Tour
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
History walks of the lighthouse
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

Guided History Tour

 

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, Pescadero, CA

Guided half-hour history walks of the lighthouse grounds are available 10am - 4pm Fridays through Sundays, except on rainy days.

 


Location: Guided Tour, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Storytelling Night
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State Park Mission
Winter is for everyone! Stories, fire, hot chocolate. Tales of adventure, mystery, and comedy!
Date: 02/01/2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free!

(0 A January 2019) Park_StorytellingNight.jpgStorytelling Night: Winter is for Everyone
Friday, February 1 from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Come gather around the campfire as storyteller Jim Cockrell and friends spin tales of adventure, mystery, and comedy. Bundle up! We'll provide the Mexican hot chocolate. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: end of School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Folk Dancing!
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Cabrillo Folk Dancers
Check out these folk dancing events! Balkan, Israeli, International
Date: Every Tues and Fri from 7:30am to 11:00pm


(0 April 2018) FolkDancing.jpgTHE HELLADELICS at Live Oak Grange, Santa Cruz CA
Time: 8:00-11:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30)
Cost: $15.00 (sliding scale) + tips for the band.
Bring: Snacks to share--finger food only, please.Dancing in Santa Cruz for 48+ years.


Join us on Friday evenings...
at: MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER
222 MARKET STREET, SANTA CRUZ

 

Live music parties will usually happen at the Live Oak Grange in Santa Cruz--depending on availability of the facility and bands. Occasionally we will party at Park Hall in Ben Lomond or at our regular venue, Market Street Senior Center.

Questions? Send email to: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net
(Be patient--answers may take a few days... Thanks!)

 

LOCAL CLASSES:
FRIDAY: Cabrillo Folk Dancers--Balkan & International


TUESDAY: Alan Rothchild's Israeli Dance class


FRIDAY: BALKAN-INTERNATIONAL DANCE
Time: Friday, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
(Dancing starts about 7:45...)
EVERY Friday, except on (or near) national holidays. For the health and comfort of members with asthma and allergies, the class is "fragrance-free".
Any schedule changes will be announced on this web site, whenever possible.
Cost: $7.00
MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER, 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz, CA

In a residential neighborhood, on the surrounding streets. Please be considerate of the neighbors, and don't block driveways.

New to folk dancing or haven't danced in 10-40 years?
Come at the beginning of class, when easier dances are taught.

LIVE MUSIC: Check the Calendar of Events page for the schedule of live music parties and other parties/events of interest.

Questions? Email: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net - (answers may take a couple of days...)


TUESDAY--Alan Rothchild's ISRAELI DANCE CLASS
This class has been taught by Alan Rothchild for over 25 years.
Every Tuesday evening, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
$7.00
Peace United Church of Christ (formerly First Congregational, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz

 

For more information email: rothdance@hotmail.com


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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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

 

www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo

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
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
California State Parks Backpacking Adventures
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State Parks Backpacking
Registration for Summer 2019 opens Friday, February 1 at 9am
Date: 02/01/2019 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: 18+ and 13-17 with parent Admission Fees: $225-300

(0 A January 2019) CAStateParksBacking.jpgRegistration for Summer 2019 opens Friday, February 1 at 9am

Who better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Three backpacking trips are offered from June through August 2019 ranging from two to three nights, offering options for every experience level. Hike spectacular ridgelines, old growth redwood forests, and sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists. Native plant teas, trail desserts, skills demonstrations, campfire stories, and jokes are added bonuses!

This program is truly unique, the only such program led by California State Park staff. Participation is open to adults 18 or over and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, email backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 335-1743. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Waddell Creek Association, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and California State Parks.

Trip Options:

Skyline to the Sea: Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach
$300; Thursday June 20 through Sunday June 23, 2019

A Trek through Time: Butano State Park to Waddell State Beach
$225; Friday July 19 through Sunday July 21, 2019

Ridges to Redwoods: Castle Rock State Park to Portola Redwoods State Park
$225; Friday August 16 through Sunday August 18, 2019


Phone: (831) 429-1840 •websitecreate a direct event link
Tales to Tails La Selva Beach
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Fri from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) LibraryLaSelva_TalestoTails_.jpgTales to Tails @ La Selva Beach from 3:00pm-3:30pm!

 

Have you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

 

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)


Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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We Bring the Sandhills to You!
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills formation -its fossils, its unique plants and animals, and how fire plays a role in preserving
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

We Bring the Sandhills to You!

Saturday and Sundays from 11am to 2pm

Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills formation-its fossils, its unique plants and animals, and how fire plays a role in preserving this special habitat -at our Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center in the parking lot next to the Nature Store. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077.

 

Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Open House 2019
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State Park Castro Adobe
"Thanks for the Memories" is a chance for history buffs, locals and Castro family descendants to visit
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 6-Dec 29) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road

Located at 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville,  the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret Pajaro Valley's first State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks.

 

2019 Castro Adobe Open House events

Opened on a limited basis, the park will be open to the public one weekend day each month in 2019:

  • Sunday, Jan. 27
  • Saturday, Feb. 9
  • Sunday, March 10
  • Saturday, April 6
  • Sunday, May 19
  • Saturday, June 8
  • Sunday, July 14
  • Saturday, Aug. 10*
  • Sunday, Sept. 15
  • Saturday, Oct. 19
  • Sunday, Nov. 17
  • Holidays on the Rancho, Saturday, Dec. 7

The open houses will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the exception of the August event, which is 6-9 p.m. All events are free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

Learn more about how you can help create California's newest State Historic Park.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Kid's Tool Workshop
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Home Depot
Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12 Admission Fees: Free

(A Oct) Home-Depot-Kids2.jpgDesigned for kids ages 5-12, these free workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while instilling a sense of accomplishment.

 

Offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and noon at The Home Depot.

 

Watsonville, 355 S. Green Valley Rd, (831)786-9877
Capitola, 2600 41st Ave, (831)462-5650

Salnas, 1890 N. Davis Road

 

 


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Castle Rock Loop
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State Park Castle Rock
Join us on a 2-mile, 2-hour hike to Castle Rock and Castle Rock Falls
Date: Every Sa (Feb 2-Feb 23) from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Join us on a 2-mile, 2-hour hike to Castle Rock and Castle Rock Falls. During this trip, we will discuss Castle Rock's unique geology, plant diversity, human impacts, and various important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. Bring water, closed toe shoes, camera, and snacks. Meet at kiosk. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Plan Ahead for Summer Backpacking
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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Backpacking Trips June, July and August
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 19-May 26)
Ages: 18+ and 13-17 with parent Admission Fees: $225

(0 A January 2019) Backpacking_Parks2019.jpgWho better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Three backpacking trips are offered from June through August 2019 ranging from two to three nights, offering options for every experience level. Hike spectacular ridgelines, old growth redwood forests, and sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists. Native plant teas, trail desserts, skills demonstrations, campfire stories, and jokes are added bonuses!

This program is truly unique, the only such program led by California State Park staff. Participation is open to adults 18 or over and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, email backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 335-1743. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Waddell Creek Association, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and California State Parks.

Trip Options:

Skyline to the Sea: Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach
$300; Thursday June 20 through Sunday June 23, 2019

A Trek through Time: Butano State Park to Waddell State Beach
$225; Friday July 19 through Sunday July 21, 2019

Ridges to Redwoods: Castle Rock State Park to Portola Redwoods State Park
$225; Friday August 16 through Sunday August 18, 2019


Location: Castle Rock State Park, 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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K - 8 Interactive Open House
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Gateway School
Meet faculty, co-curricular specialist teachers and our Head of School. Enjoy a musical performance, interactive lessons, a guid
Date: 02/02/2019 from 10:00am to 1:00pm


GATEWAY SCHOOL           

 K - 8 Interactive Open House

Saturday, February 2, 10am - 1pm

Please join us for our Interactive Open House to experience the exciting things going on at Gateway School. You will meet faculty, co-curricular specialist teachers and our Head of School. You will be treated to a musical performance, interactive lessons, a guided tour and lunch.

 

Gateway School provides an environment in which students develop strong academic skills, learn to take appropriate intellectual and emotional risks, elevate their critical and abstract thinking to a high level of complexity, and create enduring relationships with their teachers and peers. Our students build confidence and gain skills of communication, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration that prepare them for life in the modern world. 

 

We look forward to meeting you and sharing all that our community has to offer your family.

 

Register Now!

 


Location: 126 Eucalyptus Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Watsonville World Wetlands Day 2019
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Watsonville Wetlands
Tree planting, educational activities, music and free food. STUDENTS can receive community hours for participating in this event
Date: 02/02/2019 from 9:30am to 12:00pm


(0 A January 2019) WetlandsDay2019.jpgWatsonville World Wetlands Day 2019

Please join us for our annual World Wetlands Day restoration and celebration event. We will gather at the Watsonville Nature Center at 30 Harkins Slough Road for a morning of volunteer planting, educational activities, food, music, prizes, and more. This is a free, bilingual, and family-friendly festivity.

Wetlands are critical ecosystems that provide our Watsonville community with valuable public health services and astounding recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities. They serve as a natural filter for cleaning our rainwater, offer a buffet for an abundance of local and migratory birds, and provide habitat for plant and mammal species.

See you there! Environmental restoration, music, education, food, prizes, games


Location: 30 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville Map
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Old Growth Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Archeology Demonstration
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State Park Mission
Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities
Date: 02/02/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Archaeology Demonstration
Saturday, February 2 at 1pm
How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archaeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told by the artifacts. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Archeological Society.

 

Event is free; rain cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Reading In the Redwoods
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Library Felton
Join our monthly book club!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) LibraryFelton_ReadingInRedwoods.jpgReading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday at 6:15 pm.

 

Copies of the book are usually available at the Felton branch library.

For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch.

 

To be added to the book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 1-Dec 30) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: see varying times, dates

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Tuesday, January 1 at 1pm

Friday, January 18 at 1 pm

Friday, January 25 at 1 pm

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Bring water and good walking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 2:30-6:00 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr April - October
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm

 

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, 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 Sa at 11:00am

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

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
  Sat 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.

 


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Do It Yourself Craft
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Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.


Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Land of the Jaguars: Wild Wetlands of South America
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
A New Presentation by Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom
Date: 02/02/2019
Ages: Recommended for ages 12 & older Admission Fees: Seymour Center Members $20 | General Admission $25 | Gold Circle $45
Special Instructions: Please note that there are two shows, 3 PM and 7 PM.

The greatest cat in the Americas-the jaguar-is a symbol for strength, power, and wilderness. Jaguars thrive in the fabled Pantanal of Brazil, but in the Ibera wetlands of Argentina, they've been gone for nearly a century. Now one of the most ambitious wildlife projects in the world is working to bring them back-along with a "Noah's Ark" of South American wildlife that was lost in a tragic era of exploitation and overhunting. Far-sighted conservationists Doug and Kris Tompkins have a vision of restoring this landscape to its primeval grandeur, and miraculously, it's working.

Join us for a new presentation by renowned photographer Frans Lanting and his partner Chris Eckstrom in celebration of two wilderness areas in South America-Brazil's Pantanal and Argentina's Ibera. Frans and Chris recently returned from a month of travel in this unique part of the world with fresh impressions. They will regale us with their images, stories, and videos about the natural and human history of these spectacular wetlands which are home to the "giants" of South America: the giant anteater, giant otter, rhino-like tapirs, colorful macaws-the largest parrots in the world, endearing capybaras-Earth's largest rodent, and of course, the jaguar-largest cat in the Americas. Frans and Chris will share personal observations and highlight conservation successes here that inspire hope.

(0 A November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.jpgProceeds will benefit the marine science education and conservation programs at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at UC Santa Cruz's Long Marine Lab.



Ocean Sponsors:
David Morrell, Santa Cruz Real Estate-C21
Jo Lynne and Fred Jones

Coastal Sponsors:

Bay Photo Lab
Day One Solar
Karon Properties
Santa Cruz County Bank
Shirley and Allen Ginzburg


Tickets available online: seymourcenter.brownpapertickets.com and at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.


Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have.

 

Meet at the visitor center. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


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Family First Saturday Concerts
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Tandy Beale and Co
Tandy Beal and Company celebrates Black History Month with the fourth concert in the ArtSmart Family First Saturday Concert Seri
Date: 02/02/2019 at 11:00am
Ages: All

Discover & Go: Tandy Beal

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Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir

Tandy Beal and Company celebrates Black History Month with the fourth concert in the ArtSmart Family First Saturday Concert Series, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Tandy Beal & Co. has provided a limited number of free tickets to library cardholders through our Discover & Go platform.

 

The Cultural Heritage Choir, a Grammy © nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble, is world renowned for their breathtaking performances of African American roots music with its West African and Caribbean origins. Their music won the Parents Choice award. Led by the astonishing Linda Tillery (who has sung with Bobby McFerrin & Santana, & is a prominent leader in women's music), the Cultural Heritage Choir inspires us with compelling rhythms, history and sparkling energy on stage--through stick, song, dance and story.

 

All performances in the series will have tickets available through Discover & Go during the 2 months prior to the event. For a full listing of events in the Family First Saturday Concert Series, visit tandybeal.com/first-saturdays-family-concert-series.

 

Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir
Saturday • February 2 • 11:00am
Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Fronst St.
Downtown Santa Cruz

 

How to reserve a pass:

To get your pass, visit santacruzpl.discoverandgo.net and log in with your library card number and PIN or password. Search for Tandy Beal & Company in the venue list, or by date. Print your pass, which grants free admission to one adult and one child. You must be in your seat at least 5 minutes before the performance begins, or your ticket may be sold. A limited number of tickets are Free.

If you'd like to support this series directly, please visit the Tandy Beal ticket site for Group Rates and Discounts on Season Passes.

 

Tandy Beal and Company is proud to partner with sponsors to make this series possible: the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Lighthouse Bank, and Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building. For more information visit www.tandybeal.com.


Location: Veteran's Hall, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

 With more than 300 plant species, ranging from Santa Cruz natives to rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest, the Arboretum is the place to see a variety of flora, fauna, birds and more. Meet at Norrie's Gift Shop.

 

Come and see native flora from around the globe, including California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Chile. The Arboretum offers many rich opportunities for casual visitors, researchers, students, members, and friends. You can find more information by visiting our About page.


1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.  The Arboretum is open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. (Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.) Directions and information about admission can be found here.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

Get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Special Storytime: Local authors read Wally the Wave
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Library Live Oak
Special Storytime: Local authors read Wally the Wave
Date: 02/03/2019 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: Free

Diversity, Inclusivity and Art!

Come explore themes of inclusivity through the enchanting children's book: Wally the Wave. This book was co-created by Pastor Ryan Althaus and Noah. They will discuss the artistic process for creating and illustrating their new children's book. We'll end with an arts and craft project.

Bio: Ryan is the founder of Sweaty Sheep Ministries (sweatysheep.com). Noah is a member of Costanoa Commons Farm an organic inclusive farm being developed in Santa Cruz.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Mountains Holiday Makers' Market
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Santa Cruz Mountain Makers Market
Over 40 local artists and crafters hosting a beautiful variety of handmade goods + Live music all day
Date: The 1st Su of every month from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A January 2019) MakersMarket_Downtown.jpgTime to get your Holiday shopping on! Bring the whole family and shop local on Sunday, December 2 at the Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market on Pacific Ave. between Water & Locust Streets.

 

10am-5pm

Over 40 local artists!
Live music ALL day
FREE Admission!

The Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market happens on the first Sunday of the month! Come on out and #supportthelocals !


See the full line-up of artists at www.scmmakersmarket.com/markets


Location: N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) LibraryFeltonCraft1.jpgCome join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts. It's every Sunday from 2-4:30pm.

 

Bring something portable that you are working on or come prepared to have fun!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Dog-friendly walk on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic
Date: Every Su at 9:30am

Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

The Road Less Traveled: A Dog-Friendly Walk

Sundays at 9:30am

On this dog-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun and easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water. Meet at park headquarters. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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DIY Crafts
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(1:00 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun with DIY crafts every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 4:30 pm! Come and create a self-directed craft.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Corralitos Farm & Garden Market
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Corralitos Valley Research & Education Association (CVREA)
We have the tastiest fruit, veggies and baked treats!
Date: Every Su from 11:00am to 3:00pm


 

The Farm & Garden Market is a small, friendly, open air market made up of local farmers and gardeners who grow within about a five mile radius of Corralitos.

 

Seasonally we have the tastiest strawberries, blueberries, cherries, lemons, tomatoes, herbs, squash, potatoes, carrots, peas, beets, and avocados, as well as a variety of other fruits, vegetables, lettuces and salad greens.

We have bakers that offer wonderful treats, along with a table full of beautiful potted flowers.

 

You may find expertly handmade natural soaps, and homemade jams and preserves.

 

The market is open to all of our friends and neighbors who grow anything from a garden to a good back yard fruit tree.

 

For a booth we request a $5 donation to the CVREA, the non-profit who maintains the Corralitos Cultural Center.

Farm & Garden Market (including vendor inquiries)
Contact Wayne Miller:  wayne@catalyst2001.com  / (831) 724-1332

 


Location: Corralitos Cultural Center, 127 Hames Road, Corralitos Map
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Kirby Shadow Days
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out
Date: Every Mon (Oct 29-Apr 29)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

A shadow day is an excellent way to experience a day at Kirby and to see if our school is a good fit for your student. We will pair your student with a host who has similar interests. They will spend the day together, attending classes, hanging out with other Kirby students, and enjoying lunch with friends in the renowned Kirby Café.

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled for any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen by our executive chef, Tracy Landry.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202, email admissions@kirby.org, or use the Contact Us link below.
Schedule »

Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Knitters
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Knit, chat, learn, make new friends
Date: Every Mon from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Get together with other knitters to knit, chat, and make new friends. No registration required. The group meets every Monday from 11am- 1pm. Call 427-7711 for more information.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Tech Talks
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Library Aptos
Tech Talks about news and entertainment, travel, & health
Date: Every Mon from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

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:

9/10 - News and Entertainment
9/17 - Travel
9/24 - Health

Free! Coffee provided!


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
ESL Conversation
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Library Central
Date: Every Mon from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

ESL Conversation Group (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)

Volunteer guided ESL conversation group for people who want to practice their English. We'll use real life situations and tasks to help people get more comfortable with using English in everyday life. Grupo de conversacion ESL dirigido por un voluntario para participantes que desean practicar su inglés. Utilizaremos situaciones de la vida diaria para ayudar a la gente a sentirse más cómodo usando el ingés en la vida cotidiana.

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Knitting @ the Library
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

Learn to knit or bring your knitting and enjoy a friendly visit with other knitters. If you are new to knitting, please bring: needles (size 8 10" straight needles or a 24" circular needle) and one skein of worsted weight yarn in your favorite color. Ages 8-108


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Tales to Tails Aptos
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Mon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Library_LaSelva_TalestoTails.jpgHave you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Toddler Story Time
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Date: Every Mon from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: toddlers & parents Admission Fees: Free

Toddler Time @ Live Oak (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Location: Live Oak Branch
Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Join us for early literacy practices involving music, movement, stories, rhymes and more for your child and you.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
Date: Every Tues (Jan 29-Mar 19) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $80 per person and $10 per child per class session for childcare

Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class series

This 8-week (16-hour) class series (tailored specifically for parents of preschoolers) provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include early child brain development, social emotional learning, belonging and significance as innate social needs, the essential nature of long-term positive parent-child relationships, mutual respect, modeling behaviors, authoritative parenting styles that use kindness and firmness at the same time, connection before correction, the criteria for effective discipline, agreements and follow-through, non-violent communication, family meetings, routines, and the internal locus of control that guides parents and children alike to practice self-regulation.

 

Facilitated by Colleen Murphy, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, ECE co-op teacher with over 16 years of ECE teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator.


Call 831-476-7284 x107 or email steve@pdcrcc.org for scholarships and other info

Register for CHILDCARE

Register for Class


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Free Homework Help
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Tues (Oct 9-May 21) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 316 Estrella Ave, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: (831) 427-7710 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Anime Club
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Join our Anime Club!
Date: The 1st Tues of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6-12 grades

Anime Club

The Anime Club is open to all students in 6th - 12th grades. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the Month 4:00 p.m - 5:30 p.m.. If you are 13 or younger, but still in 6th grade, you will need to bring a signed Anime Club Permission Form (PDF) with you to the meeting.

 

All about Manga & Anime


The History of Manga from NMP International Blackmoon's Anime and Manga Glossary to his
Anime Companion Books Mechademia: A journal of all things anime, manga, games and pop-culture about Japan.


Some Fun Links to Enjoy

 

  • Create a fun manga style avatar with Mangatar!
  • Real Kana: Where you can practice your hiragana and katakana.
  • Daily Sudoku: Where you can puzzle over more Sudoku.

Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3400 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
SLVNew Parents Support Group
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Birth Network
Date: Every Tues from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Parents and their newborns are welcome! Led by postpartum doulas, lactation counselors and an AMFT.

Make friends.

Get answers to questions.

Find reassurance!


Location: Mountain Community Resurces, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Tues (Oct 2-May 21) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 2380 Portola Dr., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7710 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Free Homework Help
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Tues (Oct 2-May 21) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 230 Gault St., Santa Cruz Map
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CodeCombat at Live Oak Public Library
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CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming
Date: Every Wed (Oct 3-May 29) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Ages 11-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Register early! Class will fill up.

SCPL'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!

Join us at the Live Oak Branch Library. Ages 11-18. Program meets every Wednesday from 1:30PM - 3PM. Begins Oct. 3rd and runs through May 29th, 2019, with breaks during holiday's. Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Freedom
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Wed at 10:30am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library Garfield Park
Date: Every Wed (Oct 11-May 22) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future.

 

The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age.

 

No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

 

Dates: Weeks of October 11 to May 22

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave., 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
Family Story Time
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Library Boulder Creek
Date: Every Wed from 11:00am to 12:00pm


Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Family Storytime @ Boulder Creek from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Stories and songs, art activities, games and play for families with children of all ages.


Location: Friends of the Santa Cruz Public, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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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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!st WednesdayFamily Fun
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Capitola Mall
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 April 2018) FamilyFunNightCapMall.jpgJoin us at Capitola Mall for 1ST Wednesday Family Fun!

Enjoy many fun activities, including:
Entertainment with Happily Ever Laughter
Family Friendly Crafts
Music and More!

We will also be giving away a Family Fun Membership to Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to one lucky family!

$5 Donation per Child benefits Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services!


Location: 1855 41st Ave, Capitola Map
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READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
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Library La Selva Beach
READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
Date: Every Wed (Oct 3-Jul 24) from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: Grades 2 to 12 Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Library_READ.jpgREAD is the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12. Students receive 25 minutes of individual instruction from a California credentialed teacher.

 

Appointments available very Wednesday from 3 pm to 5 pm. Runs Oct 2, 2018 - July 25, 2019. Program will have holiday breaks. Check library online calendar.

By appointment only. Please, no drop-ins! To make an appointment contact us at 831- 427-7717 or pro@santacruzpl.org


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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STEAM
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Library Watsonville
Join us for STEAM!
Date: Every Wed at 3:00pm
Ages: 8-12

(0 A November 2018) Wats-STEAM.jpgSTEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) in the Library will be for ages 8-12.

Participants will learn about and make (electronic) creations from Little Bits kits with the help of staff from the Environmental Science workshop.

This is an ongoing program and the kits will be re-used every time - creations will be photographed and displayed. Then projects will be taken apart and used to create something else the following week- unfortunately children will not be able to take their creations home. You can purchase a set from the official Little Bits website.

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library Children Room


Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3400 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Five Seasons Qigong with Denise
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Live Oak Grange
This class is absolutely open to beginners and beyond.
Date: Every Wed from 11:30pm to 12:30pm
Admission Fees: DROP IN $5
Special Instructions: All are welcome!

Five Seasons Qigong with Denise @ The Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange

All are welcome. This class is absolutely open to beginners and beyond.

 

(0 A January 2019) Quigong2.jpgWhat is QiGong?

QiGong (pronounced chee gung) is an ancient practice with benefits similar to Yoga and Tai Chi. Qi is translated as energy or life force and Gong generally means practicing or working with. In QiGong class we stand** in a relaxed position practicing deep breathing and simple movements to gently stretch and strengthen the body; calm and relax the mind; and awaken and enliven physical and emotional energy. Students of QiGong report deep feelings of tranquility and peace, increased energy, agility, balance and strength, as well as improvements in self-esteem and a healthy "addiction" for more. Generally, our practice includes 40-45 minutes of movements specifically designed to acknowledge the season and support the physical and emotional self during each phase of the year. We often end with a meditation to deepen the experience. And we have fun.!

 

Who is Denise?

Leaving behind a long career in crisis management & high tech, Denise and her husband live unplugged & off-grid on15 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Days are filled with all-things-homesteading, to include slowing down and embracing nature - its majesty and challenges. Denise works as a Wellness Coach & Certified QiGong instructor.

 

Drop-in classes are open to all - including beginners and can be **modified to practice seated. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes - (or bare feet).


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz 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.
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
Organic Produce Pop Up
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UCSC Farm
AFFORDABLE ORGANIC PRODUCE FROM THE CASFS FARM AND SANTA CRUZ FARMERS MARKET
Date: Every Th (Jan 22-Mar 26) from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Special Instructions: Tues: RCC Quad, Fri: Quarry PlazaCash

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AFFORDABLE ORGANIC PRODUCE FROM THE CASFS FARM AND SANTA CRUZ FARMERS MARKET

Tuesdays, 10am-2pm, RCC Quad

Fridays, 10am-2pm, Quarry PlazaCash

Check, and EBT payment accepted

 

Get low-cost organic produce from the UCSC Farm and other local organic growers.

Tuesdays, 10am-2pm, RCC Quad  ~  Fridays, 10am-2pm, Quarry PlazaCash

Tuesday, January 22 at 10:00am to 2:00pm


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: Phone (831) 459-3240 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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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Girls Who Code
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Library Scotts Valley
3rd-5th grade girls will build sisterhood, read and reflect on the Girls Who Code book, and complete various challenges over a
Date: Every Th (Jan 17-Mar 21) from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free

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Girls Who Code (GWC) is a program meant to bridge the gender gap in the field of tech.


In Session A, 3rd-5th grade girls will build sisterhood, read and reflect on the Girls Who Code book, and complete various challenges over a 10-week course.

 

Every Thursday

    January 17th-March 21st- 3:30pm - 4:30 p.m

 

Space is limited and attendees MUST register.

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Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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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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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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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Navigating the Teen Years
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting
Date: Every Th (Jan 31-Mar 28) from 6:30am to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $80 per person -- $120 couples special
Special Instructions: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for group rates and scholarships

Navigating the Teen Years with Positive Discipline class series

This 8-week (16-hour) class series (tailored specifically for parents of teens and tweens) provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include the adolescent brain, social-emotional learning, seeking identity, belonging, and significance, the essential role of parents during this very challenging time, mutual respect, establishing and upholding limits around screentime, connection before correction, power struggles, and talking with your kids about sex and drugs.

 

No class on Feb.14th!

 

Facilitated by Kenza Temsamani, Certified Positive Discipline Educator

 

Cost: $80 per person -- $120 couples special -- $40 per person if taken as a refresher. $20 for the PD book which is sold separately and is optional.

 

Contact: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for scholarships, specials, and other info

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Location: Harbor High, 300 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Citizen Science
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A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) CitizenScience22.jpgCitizen Science

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717

 

December

This month our Citizen Science series offers a discussion about the various ecological and social solutions for living with fire on the Central Coast. Our presenter, Dr. Lee Klinger leads a movement aimed at using ecologically-based techniques to address the problem of oak mortality in California and elsewhere.

 

Dr. Klinger is a tree care practitioner living in Big Sur, California. Since 2005 he has served as director of Sudden Oak Life. He has over 30 years of academic experience in the environmental sciences and has held scholarly appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, the University of Oxford, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Geological Society of London.

 

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Code Combat at Downtown Public Library
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Library Central
Game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Sep 14-Mar 8) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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.jpgCPL'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.

 

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


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Sep 14-Mar 8) at 10:30am
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.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday, 10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers retirement by design in October, preparing for the unexpected in November, and estate planning in December.

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 1390 West Park Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Book Group
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Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

Live Oak Library Book Group (2:00 PM-3:00 PM)

The Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction. Check with the front desk staff for the current month's book selection.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Financial Fridays with Jennipher Lommen
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Financial Fridays with Jennipher Lommen
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Oct 12-Jan 12) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively. Every 2nd Friday of the month at 1:00pm - 2:00pm; No class in December.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Stripes Ride
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SC Bike Party
It takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! Join this fun bike ride.
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


(0 A January 2019) BikePartyStripes.jpgIt takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! So many different types, so little time! From zebra to tiger, rainbow to candy cane, where's waldos to fashionistas, and beyond!

SC Bike Party loves your creativity and building community on bicycles. Come join us for our January ride. Costumes encouraged, but definitely not required.

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. Rides are 7-10 miles long with music and dance breaks along the way. Rides move at a relatively slow pace and no one is left behind. Each ride has a theme and riders are encouraged to wear costumes or decorate their bikes to fit the theme. But cha don't gotta...

SC Bike Party starts and ends outside the Bike Church at 703 Pacific Ave downtown. The route is not the same every time, but each month organizers will post the route online ahead of time in case anyone misses the start and wants to catch up.

Once per month,
all year long. We meet at 7pm every second Friday of the month. Rides usually leave about 7:15 and last about 2 hours.


Guidelines

The atmosphere of the SC Bike Party is fun, friendly, welcoming, and safe. Our goal is to celebrate cycling and build community, not to cause conflict with car drivers. Please help us maintain a positive and safe atmosphere by keeping in mind the following guidelines:
- Stay to the Right / Stop at Lights - This is not Critical Mass. Please stay to the right on 2-lane roads, or in the right lane on larger roads.
- Ride Straight - Please help avoid crashes by riding predictably, without any sudden turns or stops.
- Don't Hate - Please roll past any conflict that might present itself during the ride.
- Pack your Trash - Bike partiers aspire to leave party stops in better condition than we found them.
- Don't Get Smashed - Riding while inebriated poses a danger to yourself and others. Don't ruin the fun for everyone else by overdoing it.

Bring
Lights - Rides are at night, so let's make sure to be visible.
Locks - No bikes have been stolen from the SC Bike Party, but during breaks better to be safe than sorry.
Layers - As we all know Santa Cruz evenings can get damp and chilly.
Water, snacks - Our stops are not always near stores, so best to bring what you need.
Tube, patch kit, pump, tools - The ride is unsupported; please come prepared.


Location: Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Guided Walk: McNee Ranch
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State Park McNee Ranch
Easy 2 mile hike along Gray Whale Cove Trail
Date: 02/09/2019 from 10:00am to 12:45pm


Guided Walk: McNee Ranch

Join us for an easy 2-mile hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail. Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites like a World War II bunker and evidence of the long-gone Ocean Shore Railroad. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather.

 

Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of the Devil's Slide. For more information, please call (650) 726-8814.

 

Event free.

 

 

 

 


Location: Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Hwy 1, Pacifica Map
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Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: 02/09/2019 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

 

Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate 2 mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning. Please RSVP to jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov. Meet at the deck in front of the nature center. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free.

 


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Hides and Tallow
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State Park Mission
Journey back to the 19th century!
Date: 02/09/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Hides and Tallow
Saturday, February 9 at 1pm
Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 19th century. We will look at some of the major products of the mission, leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. Rain cancels. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Like old planes? Come visit us!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A November 2018) Wats_HistoricalAircraftDay.jpgSecond Weekends @ Watsonville Airport

Historical Aircraft Display every second weekend from 10 am – 4pm.


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Volunteer in California's Oldest State Park!
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State Park Big Basin
We need volunteers!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Volunteer with the Trail Crew Saturdays

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Drawing for the Love of Nature
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Join Judy Sears, California Naturalist, for a 1.5 hour nature drawing session.
Date: 02/09/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) RanchoDelOsoDrawing.jpgDrawing for the Love of Nature

Join Judy Sears, California Naturalist, for a 1.5 hour nature drawing session. If the weather is pleasant, the group will stay outside to discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature - from leaf to watershed.

 

No drawing experience necessary. Just bring a notepad with a rigid back, a pencil, and your curiosity. You may also wish to bring a chair or pillow so you can sit comfortably on the ground.

 

For more information, call (831) 427-2288.

 

Event free.

 

Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: Waddell Valley, 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Snake Park Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Learn about the fascinating world of snakes from a snake expert
Date: 02/09/2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Snake Park Saturday

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley! Park at Waddell Beach and walk 0.4 miles past the yellow gate along the Skyline to the Sea Trail to the ranger station. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Rain cancels.

 

For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Rain cancels. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks. https://www.thatsmypark.org/event/snake-park-saturday/2019-02-09/


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Romance on the Rancho
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State Park Castro Adobe
Life in California before the Gold Rush wasn't all-Zorro, all-the-time, but it did have its share of romantic charm and exciteme
Date: 02/09/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Life in California before the Gold Rush wasn't all-Zorro, all-the-time, but it did have its share of romantic charm and excitement.

 

Step into the Pájaro Valley's past with this sneak peek into our future state park. Bring your sweetheart, or meet somebody over traditional hot chocolate in our Mexican-era adobe's restored kitchen; we'll provide the fire, you bring the "spark." Who knows what may blossom while you stroll through our historic garden and orchard?

 

If the close relationship between California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks can bring this jewel from our rancho past back to life, anything's possible with a bit of love! Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site, open only during scheduled events like this.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Pickwick Book Club
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Library Central
Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations ...
Date: The 2nd Su of every month (Jan 13-May 12) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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Pickwick Book Club Discussion


Brought to you by the Dickens Project at UCSC & Santa Cruz Public Libraries.


The Santa Cruz Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly September-June to discuss a nineteenth century novel. Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations to help us contextualize our readings.

 

January book: Our Mutual Friend (Book IV) by Charles Dickens


February-June book: Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

 

2nd Sundays: January 13th, February 10th, March 10th, April 14th, May 12th and June 9th

2:00 - 4:00pm


Questions? Visit dickens.ucsc.edu or call 831/459-2103


Location: Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

(0 February 2018) MT_baby.jpgMeet and mingle with new mothers just like you, share parenting ideas and make Music Together® alongside your babies while learning lifelong parenting tips at the monthly New Mommy Musical MeetUp (Daddies and other loving adults are welcome too!).

 

Bring your baby (under a year old) and enjoy making friends and drawings for prizes while a certified Music Together teacher leads a short music making session geared specifically to babies.

 

Join us every 2nd Monday @ 239 High Street, Santa Cruz. 

 

https://www.meetup.com/New-Mommy-Musical-Meetup/events/246692123/

Questions?  831-438-3514 or sky@musicalme.com


Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Community Free Days
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Enjoy free admission all day!
Date: 02/12/2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

Enjoy free admission all day!

 

Welcome!

Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. Our exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz and around the world.

 

Visit us and explore the fascinating world of marine science and conservation. We look forward
to meeting you!

 

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a community-supported marine science education center of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

 

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is open to the community free of charge on the following days:

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January 17
February 12
September 17*
October 17
November 12
December 5

 

*Sponsored by: Monterey Bay Seaglass.

 


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
WESTERN WEDNESDAY
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The Crepe Place
A night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music AND dancing!
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 ($7 with cowboy boots :-)
Special Instructions: EARLY SHOW!!!! 8PM

(0 April 2018) CrepePlace_DanceWeds.jpgWESTERN WEDNESDAY IS BACK!!!

a night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music
Every 2nd Wednesday at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA
one touring band vs. one local band

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Laura Benitez and the Heartache
Earnest Tubb Time Machine

LAURA BENITEZ AND THE HEARTACHE - Country/ Rockabilly from the Bay Area, CA
website: www.laurabenitezandtheheartache.com
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSAeNYiYvAg
Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood ("Me or the Baby") to mean drunks ("Don't Wake the Devil"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. Frank Gutch Jr of No Depression calls Laura Benitez & the Heartache "... Original, as good as it got and as good as it gets," and Stephan Rapid of Lonesome Highway says, "Her tight and focused band play country music with a view to the past and an ear for the future."

EARNEST TUBB TIME MACHINE - Old Time Party Country from Santa Cruz, CA
The Earnest Tubb Time Machine from Santa Cruz are the best band for drinking and dancing and more drinking!


Location: 1134 Soquel Ave, 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
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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

On the third Friday of every month, Grange member and Professional Dance Caller Andy Wilson hosts a family-friendly barn dance.  Join us for a potluck supper at 6:00 before the dancing starts at 6:30.  We knock off around 8:00 to let everyone get home and have a good night sleep.  Live music featuring Deby's Ginormous String Band.


$10 per person
$15 for two people
$20 per family


Musicians (young or old) are welcome to join the band on stage.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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Save Our Shores
Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!

Visit our Cleanup & Events Calendar to find the next volunteer opportunity

 

(0 March 2018) SunnyCove.jpgMonthly beach cleanups are a fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It's easy to participate - just meet us at the check-in table where you'll sign a waiver form and receive your cleanup materials and data cards. Volunteers are encouraged to Bring Your Own buckets, gloves, and reusable bags to decrease trash. Beach cleanups demonstrate how individuals of all ages can protect the marine environment by keeping our coastlines free from harmful pollution and debris.

 

Locations rotate each month.  Monthly beach cleanups occur every 2nd Saturday of the month in Monterey County every 3rd Saturday of the month in Santa Cruz County.

All monthly beach cleanups are held from 10am to Noon.

Beach Cleanup Waiver Forms: All participants must sign a waiver form to participate in a SOS cleanup. SOS will provide waiver forms at all public cleanups. Volunteers under 18 participating without a legal guardian will need to bring a printed and signed waiver form with them. *Download the English Cleanup-Waiver-form here. *Download the Cleanup-Waiver-form_Spanish here.

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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Community Poetry Circle
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Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 3rd Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Calling All Citizen Scientists! Hikers! Families! Students! Educ
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Arboretum
Phenology Walk: Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Jan 19-Mar 16) from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: $5 for Adults

(0 A January 2019) Arboretum_2019Phenology.jpgCalling All Citizen Scientists! Hikers! Families! Students! Educators!

Do you enjoy watching plants change through the seasons? Would you like to help researchers study the effects of climate change? Join our phenology walk and workshop ! We will teach volunteers to monitor and gather data on when native plants leaf out, flower, form fruit and other seasonal changes through hands-on training. No experience necessary. Data collected will be submitted to USA-NPN databases.

 

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Phenology Workshop


The Science of the Seasons, Instructor, Karen Tanner

Please check-in at Norrie's Gift Shop; Free with your admission to the Arboretum. Meeting locations:

Saturday Jan 19: picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop

Saturday Feb 16: picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop

Saturday Mar 16: picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop

Calling All Citizen Scientists! Hikers! Families! Students! Educators!

 

For details about the Arboretum's Phenology Walk, visit the Phenology Walk http://arboretum.ucsc.edu/education/phenology-walk/

 

Spots are limited, so be sure to sign up in advance here.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Homeschool Moms Stitch Night
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Heddi Craft
Monthly get together for homeschool moms offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself
Date: The 16th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 April 2018) HomeschoolSttchNight.jpgJoin other homeschool moms for a monthly stitch and chat get together. Bring your favorite handwork (it doesn't have to be stitching, any kind of creative task is great!) and a snack to share. We'll provide the coffee and tea! This monthly get together offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself. Third Tuesday of every month from 7-9pm.

This free event is hosted by long time homeschooling mom Heddi Craft at Knit Sew Make, located in the former sanctuary area of the building at 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz.

 

Check to confirm for location and date.


Location: Knit Sew Make, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
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Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm


(0 April 2018) PieRanchDance.jpgBARN DANCE

 

6:00pm / Potluck Dinner followed by music and dancing (7:00 pm)
Reservations and information

The potluck brings a few dozen people out, each with a dish they’ve brought to share.

Cost for the dance is $15–20 per person on a sliding scale; everyone contributes what they can! PLEASE NOTE THAT AN RSVP IS RECOMMENDED but not required and is helpful for our own planning purposes. Nobody will be turned away.

The 7pm Dance lasts 3 hours and features the County Line Pickers (Jim Davies, bass; Joni Davies, guitar; Hide Kawatsur, mandolin; Ken Clarkson, banjo; Luke Abbott and Nancy Vail, fiddle) with caller Andy Wilson to lead the do-si-dos and more!

To encourage a friendly family atmosphere and encourage safe driving on Hwy 1, the potluck and barn dance are alcohol-free events. Please register using the "Sign Up" button at the top of this page and note that we can only accommodate groups of 10 or less. Our office is closed on Saturday and Sunday so the latest RSVP we can accept is the Friday before the barndance, by 3pm.


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-0995 •website Davenport create a direct event link
When Species Collide!
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Explore topics like natives vs. non-native invasives, and adaptations.
Date: 02/17/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Saturdays, October 21 ~ November 18 ~ December 16 10 am

When Species Collide

Join docent Ken Koll for a 4-mile hike on the beautiful Skyline to Sea Bypass Trail. Along the way we will pass through the varied habitats of the Waddell Valley and explore topics like native vs. non-native species, invasive species, and adaptations.

 

Meet at the Rancho del Oso entrance gate (yellow gate across from Waddell Beach parking lot). Bring water, snacks, and sturdy footwear. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free.

 

Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Sequoia Audubon Trail
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State Park Pescadero Marsh
Easy 2-mile hike along the California coast into the Pescadero Marsh
Date: 02/17/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A January 2019) PescaderoMarsh_DadKids.jpgEnjoy an easy 2-mile hike along the California coast into the Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve with popular spots for good bird watching.

 

Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather.

 

Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot on Highway 1, approximately 0.25 miles north of Pescadero Creek Road.

 

For more information, please call (650) 726-8814. Event free.

 


Location: Half Moon Bay State Beach, 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Map
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Mission Strategy Game
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State Park Mission
Journey back to the 18th century for some game playing
Date: 02/18/2019 from 11:00am to 3:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Mission Strategy Game
Monday, February 18 from 11am to 12:30pm
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep's knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Legally Speaking
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Libraries - All
Legal questions welcome: Immigration, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Labor Law, Coastal Access
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Feb 14-May 9) from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Check locations

Legally Speaking

SCPL News

Legally Speaking is a new free monthly series of discussions with Q & A on various legal and financial life event topics. In the series, Santa Cruz County Bar Association recommended lawyers and finance/business professionals answer questions about the most frequently experienced legal issues faced by people in our community. These discussions will take place at various locations throughout the county on the 2nd Thursday of the month except for the first event, covering immigration law.

 

Legally Speaking: Immigration Law

Thursday, January 24 6:00pm - 7:00pm Downtown Library • 224 Church St.

 

Led by Jeraline Singh Edwards, Esq, this presentation will encompass "Know your Rights," immigration law fundamental principles, such ways to become a U.S. citizen, main categories of immigrant, ways to get a green card, process of naturalization, and the "Do's and Don'ts" of immigration law. Most importantly, we will discuss the truths and myths about current immigration law and policies.

 

Jeraline is a Professor at Monterey College of Law teaching Immigration Law Clinic. She is a Seaside Rotary Club Board member, Del Monte Manor Board Member, and a member of Monterey County and Santa Cruz Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association.

 

All events are 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Other events in the series include:

  • Thursday, Feb 14: Estate Planning with Emily Buchbinder at the Aptos Library
  • Thursday, Mar 14: Elder Law and Abuse with Anna Penrose at the Downtown Library
  • Thursday, Apr 11: Coastal Access with Gary Redenbacher at the Scotts Valley Library
  • Thursday, May 9: Labor Law with Gretchen Reganhardt & Lizett Rodriguez (CRLA) at the Downtown Library

Location: Santa Cruz, Aptos, Scotts Valley, CA
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Pleasure Point Third Thursdays
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Pleasure Point Community
Come down to Pleasure Point, check out all of our fantastic new shops, support and meet local artisans and have a good time!
Date: The 3rd Th of every month (Sep 20-May 16) at 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st Peak Park to the Hook

(0 A September 2018) PleasurePointThursdays.jpgPleasure Point has a new and exciting event to share! Every Third Thursday of the month from 5-8 pm, businesses will stay open for our community and feature local artists and makers. We will feature musicians and food trucks to create a lively atmosphere for families to enjoy. Come down to Pleasure Point, check out all of our fantastic new shops, support and meet local artisans and have a good time!


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Spindling: From Fluff to Stuff
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Spindling: From Fluff to Stuff
Date: 02/23/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Adults & children 9 years and up Admission Fees: Free

Learn to spin wool roving into a rustic yarn on a drop spindle -a simple, portable tool which originated thousands of years ago. Connect with your ancestors while learning this relaxing and meditative craft. All materials will be provided. This class is for the absolute beginner. Class size is limited to the first 8 people. Suitable for children 9 years and up.

Register online at https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5049932

For more information contact Julie Soto 831-427-7700 ext: 7649 (sotoj@santacruzpl.org) or the Live Oak Branch Library 831-427-7711


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Skill and Luck
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State Park Mission
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Date: 02/23/2019 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

(0 A November 2018) Ohlone-Day-Game.jpgSkill and Luck

Saturday, February 23 at 1pm

What kind of games did the Ohlone play? When the Spanish came did they bring games? Did the Ohlone still play their games during the missions?

 

Come and find the answers to these questions about games at the mission. Make a game to take home!

 

For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free.

 

Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Burleigh Murray Ranch Guided Walk
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State Park Burleigh Murray Ranch
Take a journey back in time along Mills Creek and learn about the early pioneers and farming families
Date: 02/24/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park Property

Take a journey back in time on this 2.5-mile stroll along Mills Creek Trail to discover the lives of early pioneers and farming families who first settled here in the 19th century and see California's only known example of an English-style dairy barn. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather.

 

Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1 near Half Moon Bay. For more information, please call (650) 726-8814.

 

Event free. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


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Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (Sep 24-Mar 25)
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.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday,10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (Sep 24-Mar 25) from 4:00pm to 5:15pm
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.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday,10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Youth Employment Workshops
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A free monthly series for youth (ages 14-25) focusing on employment strategies
Date: The 4th Tues of every month (Oct 23-Mar 26) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Youth Ages 14 to 25 Admission Fees: Free

A free monthly series for youth (ages 14-25) focusing on employment strategies presented by Patricia Greenway or Access2Employment. The first program will be an introduction and overview of the series. Subsequent programs will focus on Job Applications, Effective Resume and Cover Letter Writing, Job Search Techniques, and Acing the Interview. Workshops will be the 4th Tuesday of the month October 2018 thru March 2019, skipping December 2018.


Location: 6299 Gushee Street, Felton Map
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Film Series ~ Of the Sea
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Library Friends
What can we learn from fishermen about the ocean and our relationship to it?
Date: 02/27/2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


(0 A January 2019) Library_OftheSea.jpgFilm Series ~ Of the Sea. Presented by Melissa Mahoney, Co-producer and board member of Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust.

 

Fishermen are the stewards of the last wild food on our planet. What can we learn from fishermen about the ocean and our relationship to it? Struggling to revive a fading way of life, fishermen and entrepreneurs are creating new models for how to support sustainably produced seafood.

 

Of the Sea tells the story of California fishing communities and presents a compelling story of the future of sustainable seafood. Popcorn provided. Show your library card and get a free cookie!

 

Aptos Library Conference Room ~ 6:30-8:30 pm.

Contact friendsoftheaptoslibrary@fscpl.org with any questions.


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Our Community Reads is a program launched in August 2017 by the
Aptos Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
The goal is to create a shared experience by having members of the entire Santa Cruz community - from teens to adults - all reading the same book.


Location: Library Aptos, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831-688-1074 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Teaching Children to Share
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Triple P
Tips on teaching children to share
Date: 02/28/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm


(0 A January 2019) TripleP_Share.jpgTeaching Children to Share


Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn:

  • How to teach young children about sharing and taking turns
  • Tips for preventing problems with sharing
  • Ways to help children resolve conflicts over sharing

Register to reserve your spot and receive FREE child care!

 

Presented in English by: Liliana Zamora, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources

Location: Live Oak Community Resources • 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz (Live Oak)

 

Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

 

Practitioner:Liliana Zamora


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Campus Tour
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Mount Madonna School
Come see classes in session and tour the campus!
Date: 02/28/2019 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

Small classes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring hands-on science labs, outdoor adventure and travel, marine biology studies on Catalina Island, buddy program, visual and performing arts. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonnaschool.org


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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