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(Icons/Graphics) BookReaderZen.jpgSummertime = Readingtime


    To me, Summertime means swimming, beaches, boogie boards and READING! I love to read! Mysteries are my favorites, especially the kind that follow a character through the years, through entire series of books and take place in past eras.  (Try the Sister Fidelma  series by Peter Tremayne, or any of Anne Perry's series.) I like biographies too.  Thanks to my book club I am challenged to try books I might not otherwise choose --from contemporary novels to classics, even political commentary, although we have to mostly avoid that genre so we can remain friends.  


    If you want your children to be readers, let them see you reading (tv off) and of course read to them.  Read out loud to(Site Photos) ReadingKitten.jpg your older children too and leave off at an exciting moment!  Then oh so casually set the book down and leave the room.  Have a "book night" at the dinner table.  It's a great precursor to official book reports.  Set the example with yours.


    All our county libraries have story hours for children. Visit your library to find out about the Summer Reading Program that rewards children for reading!  Billie Harris reads to young children and their parents at Capitola Book Cafe every Monday. That's a treat!


   We went on a search for booklists for children to share with you, and found widely different lists with books that sound enchanting. You'll find them here!



Summer Programs

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    Summer camps offer a great variety of activities for your children.  Most camps are offered on a weekly basis but many offer a daily rate and half days as well.  You can find camps for children as young as 4 and up through the teens. There are full day and half day programs, day and overnight camps, visual arts, performing arts, sports, academics.    Many schools and after-school enrichment programs switch to "summer mode" in June. If cost is critical, there is a wide range.  Just do your research and you can find what suits your family's needs and interests.  There truly is something for everyone. 


Check out our A-Z Camp List. If you know of a program that is not listed with us, let us know!





Calendar Details


Library Story Times, Groups, Music and More!

Fri 6/6

Central: Munching with Mozart 12:10

Central: Book Discussion Billy Budd 1-2

Aptos: Chess Club Ages 6+ 1-2


Sat 6/7

Branciforte: Crafts All Ages 1-4:30

Garfield Park: Anime & Manga Ages 13-18 3:30


More Library story times are here.

Saturday, June 7


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"Social" Meeting Lighthouse Field, Dogs & Friends


11-5 Strawberry Festival Benefit

Walnut Ave Women's Center


11-4 Cement Ship Festival

Seacliff State Beach

Events Details

10-3 Children's Green Health Fair

Aptos Academy


8-5 Rod & Custom Classic Art Show (Sun also)

Capitola Village


Sunday, June 8

12-5 World Ocean Day



2-3 The Singing Astronomer

Quail Hollow Ranch


Ongoing talks, walks, hikes at nearby parks


Save these Dates!


Tues 6/10 6:30-8:30pm Positive Discipline, Adults only, Reserve space.

SC Adult School

  • Learn strategies for avoiding power struggles
  • Gain an understanding of punishment vs. consequences
  • Receive individualized help for your current challenges
  • Help with understanding your child's behavior
  • Learn to use parenting tools such as: positive time-outs, family meetings, routines, encouragement instead of praise

Weds 6/11 7:30pm Debt Free Possibility

Capitola Book Cafe

Lori Lochtefeld Book Cafe 

Are you living your life purpose?is a certified independent financial advisor who knows what living in Santa Cruz means financially because she lives here, too. Join her for the third of three lectures on money issues that apply to all of us.


Thurs 6/12 7:30pm  Raymond Davi: Re-Energize your Life and Career


Are you happy with your career direction? Join Ray Davi to learn how to reenergize your spirit so you can set your life and career in motion again. As a nationally respected life coach and career mentor, Ray has helped thousands invigorate their life passion and has been at the forefront of executive mentoring and lifestyle marketing for over 25 years, working with entrepreneurs, organizations and individuals.

Events Details

Thurs 6//12 3:30pm Adventure Under the Sea at Kids Club!

Capitola Mall near Food Court 

Come to a fun Under the Sea Storytelling Time with The Little Mermaid and then enjoy “Pirate Pete’s Giant Adventure”, a rib tickling Puppet Show!  Father’s Day Craft Station where we will be decorating fish bowls (and will get free fish coupons) for Dad, a Card Making Station, and a Fish Bowl Toss Game with prizes.  Visits and photos with Ariel. Bring your cameras!


Thurs 6/12 8:00pm Community Book Group

Bookshop Santa Cruz

Our first Book Group selection is Elizabeth McKenzie's Stop that Girl--a wonderful tale that "single-handedly reinvigorate[s] the coming-of-age genre," says The San Francisco Chronicle. Community discussion(Site Photos) Fireworks2.jpg facilitated by Julie Minnis; it will be followed by a dialogue with author Elizabeth McKenzie.


Sat 6/14 Dark, Fireworks at the Boardwalk! 



Together in the Park


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Get outside.

Make new friends.

Sing songs.

Play! Snack! Laugh!

Bring Mom and/or Dad!

Frederick St Park -Thurs

Jose Avenue Park -Tues

Callaghan Park -Tues

Marinovich Park -Weds

Aldridge Park -Fri

Details here!

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Thursday, June 5
By popular demand, this month's buffet will feature kale and bacon bread pudding, marinated flap steak, meatballs in apricot brandy cream sauce, and cherry strudel.  Live accordion music throughout the evening. This is a great event to introduce your friends to Gemutlichkeit!
Father's Day
Sunday, June 15th
 An all you can eat brunch buffet in honor of dad. Patio dining is available and the bounce house will be set up for the kids. Regular evening dinner service. Go here for more menu.

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Summer Programs

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Kung Fu Kids

Weekly Summer Camp

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Swim Classes

Adventure Weekends

for Families

Go here

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Jobs for Teens!

Must be 16

Great Place to

Learn Responsibility

Show up on Time

Work the job

Get Pay!

Santa Cruz Spanish

Summer Languages Fun

Learn Spanish or Chinese

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"Hi Gnarles!"


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