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Drop-In Family Craft – Luminaria
Sunday, March 25, 1-3:30pm.
Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Create colorful layered paper decorations or a basket made of colorful yarn.
Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call 425-5849.

California Department of Parks and Recreation manages 280 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California.

Save the Date!
October 3 - 7, 2018

Submit your films today for reduced entry fee!

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The Santa Cruz Film Festival supports and promotes film arts for the local community and for filmmakers and their audiences world-wide. Through the productio...


Agri-Culture announced that Meghan Clifton has been awarded its Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship for 2018. This scholarship is awarded to a local student who plans to major in agriculture. Meghan is currently a senior at St. Francis High School. She has received First Honors throughout her 4 years in high school, and the Scholar Athlete Award for three years for playing Varsity sports and maintaining a 3.85 GPA. She currently s...erves as the Vice President of the National Honor Society and has been a member of the California Scholarship Federation, the choir and the music ministry. She has played basketball for all four years (three years on varsity) and four years of varsity softball. Late last year, she tore her ACL, and unfortunately had to miss her last 6 games of high school basketball.

Meghan Clifton will be attending Fresno State University in the Fall where she will be pursuing a career in Agricultural Communications. She hopes to graduate from college and return to Santa Cruz County to “…assist large farming operations in sustainable agricultural issues along the Central Coast.”

Agri-Culture President Steve Bontadelli stated, “We had a large number of applicants this year, we wish we could have given them all a scholarship.” Bontadelli further stated, “Meghan is an outstanding individual. She is a well-rounded student. She will be a great addition to the agriculture community when she finishes college.”

Starting in 2012, Agri-Culture announced a partnership with American AgCredit. The recipient of the Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship also receives an additional $2,000 award from the American AgCredit Scholarship Program. This brings the total scholarship amount that Meghan will receive to $4,000.

The scholarship was presented at the National Ag Day Spring Luncheon held at the Heritage Hall at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. This annual event is sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau and Agri-Culture.

For more information about the Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship, please contact Agri-Culture at 722-6622 or see the website at

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Easter on the Farm at the Agricultural History Project

WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 2018 | 11am-3pm
WHERE: Santa Cruz Co Fairgrounds 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076


Bring your family, friends and your neighbors to Easter on the Farm at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds,
March 31, from 11am-3pm.

We’re celebrating Easter on the Farm! The Easter Bunny has made special arrangements to visit AHP on Saturday, March 31! Egg hunts will start at 11:15am and will be every hour until 2:15pm in four separate age groups: 3 and under up to 12 years old. Egg Hunt Times: 11:15, 12:15, 1:15 & 2:15
Enjoy making Easter crafts and kids will delight in holding the oh-so-soft bunnies and feeding the Ag History Chickens!
This is an event for the entire family! Admission is FREE and donations are gladly accepted.
ABOUT AGRICULTURAL HISTORY PROJECT: Non-profit organization. School groups and families from Santa Cruz County spend hours exploring our educational exhibits, historical archives, and the agriculture research in the Codiga Center & Museum. When you visit, be sure to stop by our charming gift shop “Country Corner!”
We are located at the entrance to Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California. As you discover the rich agricultural history of Santa Cruz, Monterey and Pajaro Valley, you will learn about the crops, people, artifacts and farming practices that have made the Central Coast of California what it is today.

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Origami Club
Calling Origami enthusiasts of all ages! Join our monthly get together to make beautiful creations in this ancient oriental art of paper folding. We will also demonstrate more contemporary arts of book folding and 3-D modular origami.

First Saturday of the Month • Beginning Saturday, April 7th


1:00pm - 3:00pm
Aptos Branch • 7695 Soquel Drive

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Keeping Labor Low Risk
Written by Laura Maxson LM

Saturday, March 24 brings a full afternoon of activities to help parents navigate planning for labor, birth and postpartum. Families can meet other parents, explore options for care, and learn about community resources around birth and parenting at Bellies, Birth and Babies Spring event.


At Bellies, Birth and Babies from 2-5 pm, Parents can choose to attend workshops on a variety of topics:

 "Mother-Friendly” Birth Choices: Advocating for Your Choices

 Your Changing Body: Supporting for the Aches & Pains of Pregnancy and Postpartum

 Pain with a Purpose: Coping with the Intensity of Labor

 "Sleeping Like a Baby": Expectations vs Reality

Families will be able to shop for maternity and nursing wear, lactation and diapering supplies, and baby/child toys and other items. A wide variety of birth related service providers will be on hand to answer individual questions and share information. The community resource area will help parents connect with local programs and services. Santa Cruz baby wearing groups will provide both a fashion show and a parent/baby wearing dance demonstration. Womb Song will be on hand to entertain, and Luma’s massage therapists will be providing some mini-massages. Door prizes and goodie bags offer some really fun items and services!…

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Monterey Coast Preparatory
Spring Gala
March 24 from 6:00-9:00pm

Our fundraiser at the Museum of Art and History features food, wine & beer, music, and art, all included in the price of the ticket. The wine and beer have been donated by local producers. The food is being catered by a great local caterer. The current exhibition at the MAH is by the renowned former Santa Cruz resident Tom Killion, and a print of his will be auctioned off during the event.


If you or someone you know would be interested in a fun night out, you don't have to be a member of our school community to enjoy this. And when you add up the price of dinner, drinks, music, and museum admission, it's not a bad deal! Please come out to support our kids. Feel free to pass this on.

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Accredited middle and high school curriculum specifically designed to address students' individual learning differences and to meet WASC. Santa Cruz County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Monterey County

Weekly Activities Update
March 19-25, in area California State Parks

Natural Bridges State Beach
2531 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz | Phone: (831) 423-4609...

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California Department of Parks and Recreation manages 280 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California.

Triple P Workshop: Mindful Parenting
Tuesday, March 27, 6:30-8:30pm.
Ever feel like you’re a parent on a hamster wheel? You get angry and stuck on the same issues with your children time and again? Learn how to avoid common parenting traps including putting into practice Triple P parenting strategies. This class will help you identify some of the thoughts and patterns that keep you stuck and move you towards parenting from a place of love and acceptance versus a place of pe...rpetual anger. This Triple P Workshop is offered through the Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) and is open to the public. Cost is $30/participant or $45/couple. Please note: child care is not available at this location. Presented in English by: Natalie Hanneman, Triple P practitioner. Location: Dominican Rehab Lifestyle Education Room, 610 Frederick St, Santa Cruz. Register through Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) at least two days prior to the workshop by phone (831) 457-7099 or register online at Dominican PEP is unable to accommodate walk-ins.

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Parent’s Night Out at Dream Maker Creative
Friday, March 23, 6-9pm. Ages 6 - 12. Enjoy an evening out while we entertain your kids. We'll have crafts, board games, and legos, plus a movie on our big screen with popcorn and snacks. Please pack a sack dinner or feed your child before they arrive. Pre-registration required by March 21st. This is not a drop-in event. Cost is $10/hr per child. 508-1012. 1001 Center St. #2, Santa Cruz (in the Santa Cruz Arts Center)

Dream Maker Creative is a studio for do-it-yourselfers (DIY), makers and crafters to learn and practice creative hobbies in a fun, community space. Offering classes, events, parties and more.

17 Minutes of Silence: Students Participate
in National School Walkout

On Wednesday morning, March 14, Mount Madonna School (MMS) middle and high students participated in the National School Walkout day, with a short hike to a nearby fountain on their campus. At the same time, MMS fifth grade students, with parent permission, held their own silent vigil outside of their classroom.

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2018 Al Smith Friend of Agriculture – Announced
National Agriculture Day Contest Winners Presented

A record crowd attended the National Agriculture Spring Luncheon held today at the Santa Cruz County Fair Heritage Hall in Watsonville. The annual event is coordinated by the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau and the educational organization Agri-Culture. At the luncheon, the 2018 Al Smith Friend of Agriculture award was presented to Santa Cruz County Bank for the company’s strong... support of local agriculture. The award was announced by Ted Burke, Owner, Shadowbrook Restaurant, who was the 2017 award recipient.

This award is named after Al Smith who was the founder of Orchard Supply Hardware and donated 3,000 acres (Swanton Pacific Ranch) on our north coast to Cal Poly. The ranch has row crops, timber and even a one-third-scale railroad, which was Al’s hobby. The award is on a piece of redwood with a train depicted on it. It is presented annually to an individual, business or organization not involved in production agriculture but has done much for the industry.

Also presented at the luncheon were the winner of the 2018 National Ag Day Poster and Poetry Contests. Balam Landaverry, 2nd Grade, Holy Cross School, won the poster contest. And Kayley Batt, 7th Grade, Monte Vista Christian School, won the Poetry Contest and read her poem at the event. Attached is a list of all winners.

It was announced at the luncheon Meghan Clifton was selected as the 2018 recipient of the Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship. Attached is information about Meghan.

Master of Ceremonies for the event was Farm Bureau President Thomas Broz. Thomas spoke about the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau’s “2018 - Year of the Membership.”.
Other notables in attendance include County Supervisor Zach Friend; Scotts Valley Councilmember Stephany Aguilar, Watsonville City Council members Felipe Hernandez and Trina Coffman-Gomez, and Georgia Acosta, Trustee, PVUSD.

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Beth El Bim Bam / Friday, March 16
Come meet and schmooze with other Jewish families at this fun community Shabbat Event for children and families! This program is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required to 5:45pm - Vegetarian Family Potluck Singing Dinner. 6:30pm - Fun, engaging Shabbat activities for the whole family! 7:30pm - Rock Shabbat Service.
Temple Beth El Jewish Community Center,
3055 Porter Gulch Rd in Aptos

Balance, Design and Collaboration: Creative Mobiles

Subtle balance is key to the distinctive mobiles designs of the late artist Alexander Calder, known for his kinetic sculpture. When asked years ago how he achieved subtle balance in his work, Calder reportedly replied, “You put a disk here and then you put another disk that is a triangle at the other end and then you balance them on your finger and keep on adding. I don’t use rectangles – they stop. You can use them; I have ...

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Opening Reception: Museum of Curious Perceptions
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Time: 2:00 - 4:00PM
Exhibit Dates: March 21 – May 13, 2018


Information contact
Curator: Rose Sellery, Phone: 831-227-1149 or E-mail:

Enter. Within these walls are works that will confound, surprise and delight. Pajaro Valley Arts presents an eclectic gathering of meticulous collections transforming it into Spoken/Unspoken: Museum of Curious Perceptions.

The storytellers. Their words reverberate throughout the galleries… unsounded whispers, mute cries, gagged laughter, thunderous unheard sighs – the splintering profundity of their unspoken words resound silently throughout each exhibit within this fictional museum. Look, watch and listen with your imagination. The artists in each of the exhibits mold and twist, conjure, proclaim, contort and extract a story from objects mundane and sublime. Be transported. Enter their stories.

Contributing artists include: Wendy Aikin, Jody Alexander, Marie Bergstedt, Charlene Doiron Reinhart, Steve Gompf, Hope Kroll, Victoria May, Beverly Rayner, Diane R. Ritch, Judy Stabile and Rose Sellery

Museum of Curious Perceptions Curator’s Tour with Rose Sellery
April 28, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
This event will be open to the public, and is free of charge.
Join curator Rose Sellery, and some of the participating artists
to gain insights into our Museum of Curious Perceptions.

Spoken/Unspoken is a countywide collaboration venture organized by Cabrillo Gallery that brings together eleven art venues across Santa Cruz County under a unifying theme. Visit to see participating venues. This project was made possible through the generosity of a donor advised grant from the Roy and Frances Rydell Visual Arts Fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County.

The Pajaro Valley Gallery is located at 37 Sudden Street in Watsonville. Hours are Wednesday through Sundays from 11- 4PM. There is no admission fee and the gallery is ADA accessible.

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Spoken/Unspoken is a countywide collaboration that brings together eleven art venues across Santa Cruz County under a unifying theme.

Bellies, Birth & Babies Spring 2018
Free Family Event • Saturday, March 24, 2018
• 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Pacific Cultural Center
1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz


Preregistration encouraged.

Shop our Pop-up Marketplace featuring:Childish - children’s clothing, toy& gifts, Primrose & Lace - maternity & nursing-wear, Sutter Lactation - nursing needs, Tiny Tot’s– diapering needs

Door Prizes valued at over $1000! (Must be present to win!)
Baby Wearing Fashion Show & Information by Santa Cruz Baby Wearing -Check out a variety of baby carriers!
Groovaroo Dance Demo - Featuring parents with babies in carriers

Free mini-massages by Luma Yoga and Wellness -
Hands-on Demos - Learn from birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, birth photographers, midwives, fitness and yoga teachers about pregnancy, birth and postpartum topics.

Womb Song - Prenatal Singing Circle
Community Resources – Pick up useful information on community resources, classes and meetings.
Drop in for a visit - Don't have the whole afternoon free? You are welcome to just pop in.

Workshops - This event includes the option of participating in workshops to learn more about specific topics, as well as ongoing activities in the main hall throughout. Preregistration reserves a spot in the workshops of your choice.

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Free Family Event • Saturday, March 24, 2018 • Preregistration encouraged. Shop our Pop-up Marketplace featuring:Childish - children’s clothing, toy& gifts, Primrose & Lace - maternity & nursing-wear, Sutter Lactation - nursing needs, Tiny Tot’s – diapering needs Door Prizes valued at over...