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Matilda the Musical
The power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life
Every Fri and Sa (Oct 18-Oct 26) from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: Rio theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A September 2019) matilda.jpgInspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however - the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $18 Gen, $28 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.allabouttheatre.org
Event website: www.allabouttheatre.org

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Spring Camps in the Redwoods
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YMCA
Family camps!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Apr 5-May 27)
Ages: Families

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The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

 

April 5-7 Spring Family Camp

April 12-14 Women's Wellness

April 14-19Teen Adventure

May 3-5 Mother Daughter Family Camp

May 10-12 Mother Daughter Family Camp

May 24-27 Memorial Day Family

May 24-27 Memorial Day Family Adventure Camp

 


Location: 16275 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-2128 •website Felton create a direct event link
Loneliness: We’re Still Here
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MAH
There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before,
Date: Every day (Apr 5-Sep 22)


MAH LONELINESS EXHIBITION -- BY AND ABOUT SENIORS -- OPENS APRIL 5th

There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before, too.

 

Loneliness and social isolation affect 1 in 3 seniors in Santa Cruz County. Many seniors contact just one person a week; some said they see a visitor less than once a month. Because of this, people 60 years and older who reported feeling lonely saw a 45% increase in risk of death.*

 

Opening April 5th, "We're Still Here: Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation" sheds light on this local crisis and gives visitors the tools to help. It also shares solutions to loneliness from different cultures and families around the world. It's not your typical exhibition; over 180 seniors, advocates, and organizations created this show themselves in partnership with the MAH.

 

"When we learned about this growing issue affecting senior health and well being, we felt the MAH was in a unique position to address it," said Stacey Marie Garcia, Director of Community Engagement at the MAH. "We're all about creating connections and hope to ignite stronger links between seniors and the larger Santa Cruz County community through this exhibition."

 

(0 A 0 March) Loneliness.jpgTheir Story, Told Their Way

To tell this story, the MAH used a simple- but non-traditional- strategy: give seniors the power to design this exhibition themselves. For many museums, this is not how exhibition design operates. Typically, there is strict curatorial control over decisions big and small, from the themes of the exhibition to the title itself.

 

That's not how it worked for "We're Still Here: Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation" (a title brainstormed by the group.) From the beginning, it was a fiercely democratic process. Last September, the MAH reinvigorated the Creative Community Committee (C3), an action-oriented gathering of 186 seniors, advocates, and organizations that live this issue every day. Over the course of seven months, the group brainstormed big ideas, worked with local artists to creatively articulate the issues, and talked about ways the public can help. This was the second incarnation of C3 for this purpose; the first was in the 2017 exhibition Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and the Foster Youth Museum which gathered 100 voices from the local foster youth community for an exhibition of similar structure.

 

Among the big themes of "We're Still Here", one thread is clear: Santa Cruz needs to know about this problem, step into what it feels like, and even take actions to help.


Transforming Empathy into Action

With a topic so heavy, it can be easy to walk away feeling disempowered and sad. That's why We're Still Here dedicates an entire wall to actions the public can take to help.

 

Drive a senior to go grocery shopping. Translate written materials into Spanish for a monolingual elder. Donate an iPod for entertainment. If you have a special skill, offer it. If you just want to give money, you could do that too. These actions were developed with the dozens of organizations participating in C3, among them The County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department, Seniors Council of Santa Cruz County, and Community Bridges.

 

Visitors can explore 45 actions on a wall of business cards that contain ways to follow up and contact information. If one action resonates with them, they can take a card home to complete it.


Telling Stories Through Art

To help translate senior stories, the MAH connected the C3 group with five local artists: Wes Modes, Gina Orlando, Ry Faraola, Cid Pearlman, and The Pajaro Valley Quilt Association. They built relationships with the seniors, understood their stories, and transformed them into visual, audio, and performative experiences for the exhibition.

 

Wes Modes met with seniors to create 'Words of Wisdom', an audio piece recording their stories. Visitors can hear twenty different stories by picking up a telephone and listening in.

 

Gina Orlando empowered seniors with photography. She gave each senior a camera and worked with them one-on-one to capture words and images from their daily lives.

 

Choreographer Cid Pearlman asked seniors to describe what social isolation looked like to them. Inspired by their imagery, she created three physical rooms in the exhibition: a bedroom, a kitchen, and a "room of the mind." During this exhibition, dancers will be periodically activating these rooms with movement.

 

We're Still Here opens April 5th through September 22nd, 2019. This exhibition was made possible by the following sponsors: Visiting Angels, Care from the Heart, County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department, Community Foundation Santa Cruz, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Bay Photo, Canyon View Capital, Anonymous, In Memory of Al Killingsworth, and MAH Members.

 

Open
Sun - Thurs 10AM - 7PM  ~  Fri 10AM - 8PM  ~  Sat 10AM - 3PM

 

Admission Fees

$10 General Admission

$8 Students

Free for MAH members and children under 5.

Free on the First Friday of each month


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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STEAM - Make & Explore
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
We provide materials to explore creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries.
Date: Every Fri (Mar 29-May 24) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 0-12

(0 A 0 March) Library_STEAM.jpgJoin your Santa Cruz Public Libraries Friday afternoons to make something creative or make a new discovery from 2pm-4pm!

 

Your library is partnering with the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to offer this weekly program. We will be in their Tinkerlab room. The program is free, and most suitable for 6-12 year olds.

 

Parents will need to remain available throughout the program, and will be helping children under 6. We provide materials to explore creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries. Usually they will be able to take their creations home. Sometimes they will be building something for that day only. Please join us and have some fun!

 

Program Description: The STEAM fields of study are all intertwined in nature. Children, at all levels, will benefit from exploring and experimenting with a variety of natural, recycled, and art materials. This program might use nature's mathematical patterns of geometry, symmetry, fractals, and Fibonacci spirals. Thematic science, art, technology, and engineering from MOD's exhibits might inspire this program's open-ended projects.


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
Phone: (888) 424-8035 •website Capitola 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
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Food Truck Friday
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Great Evening for the Whole Family! Celebrate with delicious dinner, drinks and live music! Support SV Educational Foundation.
Date: 05/17/2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: none

Food Truck Friday! Celebrate with delicious dinner, drinks and live music!

(0 A March) FoodTruckFriday_TruckOnly.jpgDinner and drinks are available from 5-8pm

Participating food trucks include: Saucey'z, Union, El Buen Taco, Drunk Monkeys, Mattia Pizza & Aunt LaLi's.

The Beer and Wine Garden fundraiser is sponsored by the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) and will feature Scotts Valley's Steel Bonnet Brewery.

Local favorite band, Cringe, is performing.

There is plenty of open space for families to spread out and enjoy the evening, plenty of picnic tables plus people are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Follow @foodtrucksagogo on social media for more information or go to the event page.

The next Food Trucks A Go Go Food Truck event:
May 23: Santa Cruz Food Truck Party, San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Avenue, Santa Cruz


Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 247-1236 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
The MAKE Lab
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Library Scotts Valley
Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come
Date: Every Fri (Mar 8-Jul 26) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Teens 12-18 years

The MAKE Lab

Santa Cruz Public Libraries' very own makerspace offers a variety of tools and materials for STEAM-based projects! Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come in to learn, explore, and have fun! 

 

Tools include:

  • FlashForge CreatorPro 3D printer
  • Silhouette Cameo 3 vinyl cutter
  • Walnut Hollow woodburning tool
  • Walnut Hollow versa/soldering tool
  • American Button Machines 1.5" pinback button machine
  • Fellowes thermal book binding machine
  • Oculus Rift virtual reality set
  • MakeyMakey circuit pack
  • Botley the Coding Robot
  • MakeDo cardboard construction kit
  • Brother sewing machine
  • screenprinting kit
  • glass etching kit
  • wire wrapping and jewelry making supplies
  • book upcycling/repurposing projects

Tools are limited in quantity and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Introductory materials and training will be available onsite--elaborate projects or special materials will need to be brought by participants. Kids 13 and under will need parental permission and supervision. Staff will be available to help answer questions and train patrons on more difficult tools. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.


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Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Maker Faire
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Maker Faire
Immerse yourself in Maker culture with over 800 exhibits, 6+ stages, big art and spectacle, hands-on making and learning- all sh
Date: Every day (May 17-May 19)
Admission Fees: $2 - $16

::: EXPERIENCE the FRONTIERS of FUN in science, art and technology at Maker Faire Bay Area :::

Immerse yourself in creative culture with over 800 exhibits and 8+ presentation and performance stages- all showcasing the creative and experimental folks who make, play, tinker and hack in areas like:

+ Robotics
+ Large-scale and kinetic art
+ Digital & analog fabrication
+ Electronics
+ Cosplay
+ Craft, fashion & design
+ Food
+ Science
+ Tools & materials
+ Much much more!

Plus TONS of hands-on making and learning with drop-in and scheduled workshops for all ages. Literally hundreds of opportunities to try tools, techniques, and materials like nowhere else!

 

Dates & Hours

- Friday, May 17, 2019: 1 pm - 5 pm; Special Preview Day "FRIDAY@MakerFaire"
- Saturday, May 18, 2019: 10 am - 7 pm
- Sunday, May 19, 2019: 10 am - 6 pm

TICKETS


Location: San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo Map
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High School Art Show
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Santa Cruz Art League
Come see some amazing art by local high school students... Opening reception May 4, 3-5pm
Date: Every day (Apr 26-May 19) from 9:00am to 3:30pm


(0 A 0 April 2019) SCAL_64thHighSchoolhor.jpgAnnual High School Show

Each year, high school age artists in Santa Cruz county are given space to express themselves and their creativity in a professional gallery setting at the Santa Cruz Art League.

 

This opportunity is to encourage young artists to new heights and support the growing creative community.

 

For over 100 years, the Santa Cruz Art League has proved to be a space for artists to gather, create and display their work. We eagerly look to the future by nurturing and expanding the expression of that vision by supporting these young artists!


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Magical Harp Night
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MAH
Bring the children to listen to harp music up close ... and touchable...
Date: 05/17/2019 at 5:00pm


(0 A January 2019) HarpKid.jpgMagical Harp Night

5 pm - 7 pm Magic Wand Art Activity with the MAH
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Harp Concert by the Community Music School

Do you love the Harp, magic and music! Well, get creative with wands, by making art and listening to harps. We will have a magic wand art activity in the Garden Room and at 6:30 pm we will have a Harp Concert in the Atrium.

 

Around 6 pm, during set up, musicians will allow you to see their instruments up close with a harp petting zoo.

Made possible in part by Nordic Naturals and MAH Members.


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Preschool Storytme
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Preschool Storytime @ Aptos Library
Join us for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We will read books, sing songs and make a simple craft. For 3-6 year olds.


Kids 3-5 years

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831.427.7717 •website Aptos create 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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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
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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Bird Walk
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State Park Natural Bridges
Walk through good bird viewing areas and practice birding by ear too
Date: Every Fri (May 17-May 31) at 10:30am


Bird Walk

Friday, May 17 at 10:30am

Friday, May 24 at 10:30am

Friday, May 31 at 10:30am

Join a park docent and Santa Cruz Bird Club member for a 1-mile, 1.5 hour walk through good bird viewing areas and practice birding by ear too! Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609, ext. 8. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Women Who Rock
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Snazzy Productions
Celebrating Women of the Counterculture
Date: 05/17/2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $25

Please join us for Women Who Rock Our World, a conversation in a talk-show format followed by a rock music performance to honor the often unsung contribution of women to the counterculture and their radical influences, from the arts to public health.

Music will be performed by the legendary Ace of Cups, one of the first all-female rock bands of the San Francisco psychedelic scene, currently on tour making history yet again following the release of their first album. Back in the day, they shared the stage with Jimi Hendrix, The Band, the Grateful Dead, and others, as their songwriting, harmonies, and live performances gained popularity in the heady days of acid tests, protests and free concerts in Golden Gate Park. Bob Weir is a featured guest on the new album (but is not on the tour).

Longtime local arts and culture writer Wallace Baine will moderate a conversation with the following guests:

Douglas Brinkley-Renowned American author, historian, Jack Kerouac archivist, literary executor of Hunter S. Thompson, and tenured professor at Rice University.

Kate Bowland-groundbreaking local pioneer of home birthing and midwifery, a practice that was illegal until Bowland helped bring this basic right of women to the California Supreme Court following her arrest by an undercover policewoman pretending to be pregnant. Bowland's work radically empowered women to take back this most natural and ancient wisdom.

"When laws are unjust or immoral, it is our responsibility to disobey," Bowland wrote in the 2011 anthology Into These Hands: Wisdom From Midwives.

Lynda Francis-editor of the Psychedelic Encyclopedia, cofounder of the Colloquium and Butterfly Productions that helped to bring psychedelic/alternative movements and speakers to Santa Cruz in the '70's and '80s, including the first U.S. visit of Albert Hoffman. Francis is featured in the Hip Santa Cruz anthology, and has balanced her psychedelic interests with her role as a civic leader, including her time as executive director of the Grey Bears.

Anne Steinhardt-novelist-professor-musician Steinhardt came to Santa Cruz to teach writing at UC Santa Cruz, and also taught at Hartnell Community College in Salinas for 20 years. She has worked as a freelance journalist, a professional musician (she played bass in the local band Pele Juju, among other gigs), and authored three books that garnered positive reviews and awards: "Thunder LaBoom," "How To Get Balled in Berkeley," and "Pele Voodoo Live!"

Wallace Baine has been an arts writer, film critic, columnist and editor in Santa Cruz for more than 25 years. He is the author of "A Light in the Midst of Darkness," a cultural history of the independent bookseller Bookshop Santa Cruz, as well as the book "Rhymes with Vain: Belabored Humor and Attempted Profundity," and the story collection "The Last Temptation of Lincoln." He is a staff writer for Good Times, Metro Silicon Valley and San Benito/South Valley magazine.

This evening promises to entertain, inform and inspire, with colorful tales of heroines who made waves, changed the course of history, and impacted our world.

The concert by the Ace of Cups is sponsored by Snazzy Productions.

For more information contact achesnut@me.com.


Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (408) 712-0193 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Student & Community Art Exhibit
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Arts Council Santa Cruz County
Date: Every weekday (Apr 19-May 26) from 9:00am to 5:00pm


Arts Council invites you to the Student Art Exhibit at the County Government Center on Ocean Street! Open NOW - May 13th, be inspired by the talented work of our youngest artists! Over 400 student works on display created through the Sutter Babies Art Days partnership, the Council's art education programs, SPECTRA, & Mariposa's Art.


Check out our website for details: http://www.artscouncilsc.org/exhibits/

 

First Friday Reception
May 6th from 5-8pm


Location: 701 Ocean Street, 1st & 5th floors, Santa Cruz Map
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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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