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Reach for the Stars Movie Screening: Apollo 11
Reach for the Stars Movie Screening: Apollo 11 documentary tells the story of the mission to land on the moon
07/20/2019 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a screening of the 2019 film Apollo 11. Consisting solely of archival footage, this documentary tells the story of the mission to land on the moon in present tense. It includes previously unseen video and unheard audio recordings. After viewing, attendees will have a chance to participate in an informal discussion.

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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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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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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
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
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
Bilingual Learn & Play
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Watsonville PAL
WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.
Date: Every Th from 10:30am to 11:30am


(0 A February 2019) WatsPAL_BilingualLearnAndPlay.jpgLet's keep the streak going...
WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.

Bilingual Learn & Play will start February 21st on Thursdays at our PAL Gym - 130 Rodriguez St 10:30 - 11:30am.

More than just a play group, Learn & Play is offered as a free resource to provide early childhood education through a structured circle time followed by play based learning activities and opportunities for social connection.

We are so excited to bring this fun and interactive program to our community!

Please feel free to call us if you have any questions (831) 763-4147


#watsonville #watsonvilleyouth #policeactivitiesleague #watsonvillepal #californiapal #nationalpal #mothertoddlerprogram


Location: PAL Gym, 130 Rodriguez St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-763-4147 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Citizen Science
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Library Central
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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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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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
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
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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Robo Sumo
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Robo Sumo
Date: Every Th (Apr 4-May 23) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: ages 7-17 Admission Fees: Free

(0 A 0 March) Library_RoboSumo.jpgCome compete in the not-so-ancient art of Robo-Sumo. Kids ages 7-17 will work in groups of two to build a competition lego robot to battle on the last day of class for a Lego trophy. They will build and program their robots to knock the other team's robots out of the circle.

Children must have completed either Robo Basics, prior Robo Sumo, Robo X-games or have some kind of Lego robotics background (those with some other kind of Lego robotics background should check in with Lego Steve, our Robo Sumo teacher, and he will decide if they are ready for Robo Sumo).

Registration required. Register online at https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5226536


Location: 251 Kings Valley Road, Scotts Valley 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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Youth Art
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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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