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River Health Day
Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
The 2nd Sa of every month (Jul 23-Dec 8) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 107 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz Map

Every second Saturday of the month you can join the Coastal Watershed Council in improving habitat conditions along the lower San Lorenzo River.

During these River Health Days, we will be planting and watering beneficial native seedlings, as well as removing invasive plants along the river to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity.

Events occur along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Equipment, gloves and refreshments are provided.

All ages and abilities welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/events/ to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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Loneliness: Were Still Here
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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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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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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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The Venardos Circus
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Venardos Circus
Animal-free circus features a cast of aerialists, acrobats, comedians, jugglers, contortionists and daredevils hailing from arou
Date: Every day (May 24-Jun 9)


The Venardos Circus is coming to San Lorenzo Park along the Riverwalk in Santa Cruz CA, May 24th - June 9th.

This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning!

Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos, this animal-free circus features a cast of aerialists, acrobats, comedians, jugglers, contortionists and daredevils hailing from around the world. The Broadway-style opening and closing singing and dancing add another level of storytelling and magic to the experience.

An interactive pre-show party takes place one hour before show time with opportunities to meet the cast, snap selfies and play games so be sure to come and get your seats early!

The main event lasts approximately 90 minutes, with a brief intermission. Attendees are encouraged to stay after the show to mingle with the performers and take group photos on stage with the cast for no additional charge.

Tickets are $5 more at the door than prices shown online, so save time and money and buy online in advance. When we sellout online there are no tickets available at the door.

Keep an eye out for our special Opening Night and Early Bird Pre-Sale discounts! 🐣


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STRATFORD FESTIVAL ON FILM - The Tempest
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Del Mar Theatre
"Magic is in the air" (Broadway World) in the Stratford Festival's latest production of Shakespeare's final masterpiece, The Tem
Date: 05/29/2019 from 7:00pm to 9:45pm
Ages: Teens and Older Admission Fees: $15

(0 A May 2019) Tempest.jpgThe Stratford Festival's latest film, The Tempest, directed for the stage by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and for the screen by Barry Avrich, premières at Cineplex theaters across the United States.

 

The stage production was a truly historic event, featuring theater legend Martha Henry as Prospero, more than five decades after she made her Stratford debut as Prospero's daughter, Miranda, in the 1962 production of the play.

 

"Magic is in the air" (Broadway World) in the Stratford Festival's latest production of Shakespeare's final masterpiece, The Tempest, "an elaborate production with eye-popping costumes" (The New York Times), recorded live in 2019.

For twelve years, Prospero (Martha Henry), former Duchess of Milan and a practitioner of the magical arts, has been marooned on a remote island with her young daughter, Miranda (Mamie Zwettler). They landed there by chance after Prospero's brother, Antonio (aided by Alonso, King of Naples), deposed her from her throne and cast her and Miranda-then not quite three years old-out to sea in a decaying and ill-equipped vessel.


Prospero has spent her exile establishing dominion over the island's other inhabitants, the monstrous creature Caliban (Michael Blake) and the spirit Ariel (André Morin). Now, alerted by a sign in the heavens that Antonio and Alonso (Graham Abbey and David Collins) are within reach of her vengeance, she uses her magical powers to raise a storm at sea that brings them and the others aboard their ship, including Alonso's son, Ferdinand (Sébastien Heins), to the same island.

With Ariel's help, Prospero orchestrates a confrontation with her old enemies-and a new destiny for Miranda. Befitting the play's origins as the original sci-fi story, the production features "spectacular stagecraft" (Postmedia) and is filled with "giant monsters and sparkling special effects" (The Globe and Mail). "Seeing it is a joy" (Toronto Star).


Location: 1124 Pacific Avenue, 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

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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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Big Basin Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
Pretend, play, sing, and explore!
Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sa at 4:30pm
Ages: All
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Big Basin Nature Club

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 4:30pm

This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing, and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest.

 

Meet at the campfire center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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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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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
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