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NorCal Bats
Live bats will be presented along with a slide show geared to dispel myths and prejudices against bats
06/25/2019 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map

NorCalBats is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of bats throughout Northern California. Live bats will be presented along with a slide show geared to dispel myths and prejudices against bats that can lead to the destruction of their roosts and colonies.

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.

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Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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Santa Cruz Art League
California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
Date: Every day (Mar 1-Apr 14)


(0 A March) LandscapeExhibit.jpgAnnual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

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

 

    Friday, March 1 - Sunday, April 14, 2019

Location: 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Theater Spring Break Camp - All About Adventure
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WEST Creative Performing Arts
Around the world theater - Spring Break Adventure!
Date: Every day (Apr 1-Apr 5) from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 5-12 Admission Fees: $75/day

Join us on a trip around the world over spring break. Each day, a different country, culture and story adventure. Play theatre games, act out stories, myths and mini-plays, experience sample foods and art projects from each country. Learn what life is like for kids your age all around the world. Of course THEATRE GAMES are played throughout the day, every day.

 

Sample activities are listed and there is much more...

JAPAN - MONDAY, April 1

Story: The Drums of Noto Hanto

  • Japanese Myths & Haiku games
  • Introduction to Origami
  • Hanging Koi Fish Craft
  • Make your own mini Japanese Garden
  • Design and make a Kabuki Mask
  • Theatre Games and interactive stories based on Japanese foklore

IRELAND - TUESDAY, April 2

Story: Finn McCoul Giant Tales

  • Scavenger Hunt for Gold
  • Make Handprint Rainbows
  • Build Rainbow Mobile
  • Give characters to a Blarney Stone and a Potato Head
  • Create Shamrock Chains
  • Theatre Games and interactive stories based on Celtic foklore

(0 A 0 March) HowMusicCameToTheWorld.jpgMEXICO - WEDNESDAY, April 3

Story: How Music Came To The World

  • Make a piñata
  • Make your own Maracas
  • Tissue Flower craft
  • Limbo
  • Pin the tail on el Burro
  • Theatre Games and interactive stories based on Mexican foklore

CHINA - THURSDAY, April 4

Stories: Dragon Dancing & Seven Chinese Brothers (we also have Seven Chinese Sisters)

  • Make Chinese lanterns
  • Create a Dancing Dragon
  • Create a colorful Good Luck Goldfish
  • Build Decorative Paper Fans
  • Welcome Good Luck & Abundance with a Lucky Door Hanger
  • Panda Paper Bag Puppets
  • Theatre Games and interactive stories based on Chinese foklore

GHANA - FRIDAY, April 5

Story: Anansi and the Magic Stick

  • Design kente cloth
  • Make a djembe drum
  • African dancing
  • Make Ghanan desserts
  • African jewelry making
  • Theatre Games and interactive stories based on West African foklore

Location: Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-9378 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


(AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

 

Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

 

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

 

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


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Baby Bunch
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Temple Beth El
... social time and support for babies and their parents...
Date: Every Mon at 11:00am
Admission Fees: free

Hang out with other moms and dads with babies.


Location: 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos Map
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Four Old Broads
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Mountain Community Theater
A new comedy featuring four sassy, smart, and savvy older women
Date: Every day (Mar 15-Apr 7)
Ages: 12+

(0 A 0 March) MCT_FourOldBroads.jpgFour Old Broads is a new comedy featuring four sassy, smart, and savvy older women who are living at the Magnolia Place Assisted Living home. With fast-paced and quick-witted dialogue, it has been called "a laugh-out-loud hysterical play with a whole lot of heart."

 

The play revolves around retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton who desperately needs a vacation, but NOT another trip to see that "precious little German village for the umpteenth time." She dreams of a trip through the Caribbean on a "Sassy Seniors Cruise," but encounters obstacles along the way, including the evil Nurse Pat Jones. Much laughter ensues as the gals try to solve a mystery at Magnolia Place by going under-cover. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all.

 

Our 2019 season opens on March 15 with Four Old Broads.  See the 2019 Season Subscription page with information about our equally fascinating and entertaining 2019 season. 

 

Season tickets for 2019 can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 800-838-3006, their 24/7 customer service number.

 

Reservations for subscribers for Four Old Broads are open.  Subscribers please visit Brown Paper Tickets  or by calling 800-838-3006, their 24/7 customer service number for tickets.

 

Tickets on sale now!

March 15 - April 7

Opening Night Reception, Friday March 15th, after the performance!
Community Night, Saturday, March 16th, all tickets Two for $20!
Talk-back with the cast and director, Sunday, March 24th after the performance!


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
Phone: (831) 336-4777 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
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.
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Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Knitters
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Library Live Oak
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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Volunteer at Seymour!
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Date: Every day (Mar 24-May 5)
Ages: 15+

(0 AB November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.jpgMake a difference for the ocean and join our team of exhibit guide volunteers.

 

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals (ages 15 and above) who enjoy working with the public and have an interest in learning and teaching about marine science.

 

Applications due by Sunday, May 5, 2019. Apply today! Spring exhibit guide training runs May 14–28.

https://seymourcenter.ucsc.edu/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-job-descriptions/


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Jewish FilmFestival
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Jewish Film Festival
Really great Jewish films!
Date: Every day (Mar 30-Apr 4)
Admission Fees: Suggested donation $20 per person, $35 per couple, includes all movies and reception. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Established in 2000, the Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival was inspired by the mutual love of Jewish film and baseball. We began with a single film, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, about the first Jewish ballplayer in the major leagues.

 

With support from sponsors, community partners, volunteers, and patrons, the SCJFF has blossomed into a highly regarded cultural event. The festival is operated under the 501(c)3 charter of the Santa Cruz Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth El of Aptos.

 

Mission

Our mission is to bring high quality Jewish-themed independent films to Santa Cruz. We proudly share the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience through the magical lens of film.

We seek to increase awareness of Jewish culture, history, and identity while building bridges across the spectrum of humanity.

 

We seek to entertain our audiences with globally diverse, award-winning feature and documentary films that encourage dialogue among people and promote empathy with the Jewish experience.

We respect all peoples and cultures and do not advocate or promote any political position or religion.

 

Film Trailers

Schedule

Venues


Location: Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos Map
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Introduction to Mindfulness: Letting Be with Kind Awareness
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Library Central
Introduction to Mindfulness: Letting Be with Kind Awareness
Date: Every Mon (Feb 25-Apr 1) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Register online: https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5019647

(0 A January 2019) Library_Mindfulness.jpgThis 6-week series of classes introduces you to mindfulness meditation practices. Because the class curriculum builds on itself, please begin the course no later than week 3 (Monday, March 11). Registration is recommended.

Grounded in ancient wisdom traditions and adapted for modern life, mindfulness practice can help us lower psychological and physical stress, communicate more effectively, improve focus, and increase self-awareness and compassion.

Topics to be covered include Putting a Pause in Autopilot, Being Right Where You Are, The Storytelling Mind, and Re-wiring the Brain for Joy and Happiness. Practices taught include mindfulness of body, breath, thoughts, and feelings, as well as meditation practices that cultivate compassion for self and others. Each class will begin with a gentle mindful movement practice, such as Chi Gong (Qi Gong).

This is an experiential class and the skills developed come directly out of the class practice as well as a home practice. Small and large group discussion (bringing the quality of kind awareness to listening and talking) help us come to a more clear understanding of the practice.

Classes are taught by Ann Bolger Peruzzi, PhD.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Branch Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Start Smart- Teen Driver Safety Class
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Start Smart- Teen Driver Safety Class
Date: 04/01/2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Teens Admission Fees: Free

The California Highway Patrol offers a traffic safety program for teenage drivers and their parents. The primary objective is to provide teens and parents with an understanding of how poor choices behind the wheel can impact the lives of many.

Traffic collisions are the lead cause of death for ages 15-20.

The Start Smart Program provides information on:
- Defensive driving
- DUI awareness
- Traffic laws
- Dynamics of traffic collisions and tips on avoiding them

Reserve a spot in the class by calling: 831-662-0511


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Youth Art
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Palace
Amazing kids art show! Join us please.
Date: Every day (Mar 22-Apr 10) at 6:30pm


Palace is a proud sponsor of the Youth Art Exhibit. See over 300 pieces from classrooms across the county on exhibit at the County Government Center from March 22nd through May 10th!


Location: County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Kids2Parks
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State Parks, Friends of
Park field trips for kids!
Date: Every day (Apr 1-Apr 30)


(0 A 0 March) Kids2Parks.jpgEnsuring State Parks Access For Youth

Mark your calendar! The 2019/20 application period opens at 10 a.m. Monday, April 1


Kids2Parks is an innovative park-equity program to bring students from Title 1 schools on State Parks field trips. The program, a partnership between California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, increases the number of students who have visited a state park or beach by reducing barriers to access.

 

The program offers field trips to select Title 1 schools in Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Find out if your school is eligible for free bus transportation to a field trip!

 

Applications are accepted once a year for transportation. Teachers may apply for as many field trips as they would like (so long as the school is eligible) but will only be selected for one trip. Field trips will be scheduled by State Parks staff for the 2019/20 academic year based on availability. Teachers/schools are responsible for arranging transportation to the park. Funding is available to cover transportation costs.

 

The 2019/20 Kids2Parks application window will be April 1-30. Online registration opens at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 1. Teachers will receive a response from State Parks about the status of their application by May 15.


Field Trips

Registration for the 2019/20 academic year will be April 1-3


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ESL Conversation
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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
Toddler Story Time
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Library Live Oak
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
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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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BOARD IN THE LIBRARY
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Library Scotts Valley
Board Games for adults!
Date: Every Mon from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


(0 A February 2019) Library_BoardGames2.jpgBOARD IN THE LIBRARY


WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 6:30-8:30 p.m.


ADULTS need playtime too! Come play with us for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games.

 

No prior gaming experience is necessary.


Some of the titles we carry are:

Settlers of Catan
Disney Monopoly
Deadwood Studios, USA
Star Trek: The Interactive VHS Board Game
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
Unspeakable Words
Candy Land
Pandemic
Battleship
Apples to Apples
Elder Sign
Bananagrams
Lord of the Fries
Ticket to Ride
King of New York

D&D Basic Board Game
Shogi

Dead of Winter
7 Wonders
Elysium
Disney Scene It
Flick 'Em Up
Vikings on Board
Last Night on Earth
Imhotep
Flash Point
Dixit
Risk: Marvel Cinematic Universe Edition
Star Trek: Attack Wing
Kill Doctor Lucky (Board game and card game)
Paris Connection
Dominion

chess, backgammon, and checkers

Codenames
Stuff and Nonsense
Tak
Exploding Kittens
Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Turbulence
Braiiiins!
Zombie DIce
Fluxx
Black Market Warehouse
Evil Baby Orphanage
Give Me the Brain!
Unexploded Cow
Brawl
The Star Wars Game
Clue
Whodunit
and more!

Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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