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Calendar January 2018

 

Monday, January 1

Please verify that ongoing events are happening during the holidays.

iSKATE Capitola Through January 7. iSKATE Capitola glides into California’s oldest seaside resort town for three weeks of unique winter fun. Trade your flip-flops for ice skates and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at Santa Cruz County’s first eco-friendly, synthetic ice rink, located in Esplanade Park, in front of the stage and overlooking Capitola Beach and the Monterey Bay. Admission: $10 with ice skate rentals available for $5, or bring your own. Esplanade Park in Capitola Village. www.capitolavillage.com/ice-skating-capitola

Wellness Group 10-11:30am. Ongoing Mondays. Supporting mothers’ emotional health in the postpartum period. All groups are held in the Sutter Room at Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center. Classes are drop-in (no pre-reg required) donations accepted (no required fee). Questions? Call Sutter Lactation Center 477-2229. Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center. 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz.

Baby Happy Hour at JuneBug's Gym!! Every Monday & Wednesday from 12:15-1:15pm. AKA InchWorm Class is a class designed for the child that is crawling through early walkers. Come join the fun and let your young child crawl, creep and explore their motor skills in a fun and stimulating environment. Music, parachute and more!! Cost is $10/hr with open gym punchcard for $60 (with paid membership). Call 464-BUGS (2847) or drop by at 3910 Portola Drive. Ste. 2 & 3 Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz. www.junebugsgym.com

First Day Hikes

On Monday January 1, 2018, California State Parks invites you to start the New Year outside as part of the sixth annual First Day Hikes initiative across America. First Day Hikes is a nation-wide promotion of healthy lifestyles and year-round outdoor recreation through free guided hikes. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family!

 

Natural Bridges State Beach-Monarch Butterfly Talk 2pm. Enjoy an informative and interactive 45-minute talk about the amazing life and migration of the Monarch Butterflies at the Natural Bridges Visitor Center. Appropriate for all ages. Afterwards, we will continue outside to explore many of the park's diverse habitats. Event is free; day use fee is $10 per vehicle. For more information423-4609.

Natural Bridges State Beach-Bird Walk 10am. Join us for a stroll through the habitats of Natural Bridges State Beach to discover wintertime birds. Participants should expect to stop frequently, stand still, and listen quietly during the walk. Birders of all experience levels are welcome, from first timers to avid experts. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, 423-4609 ext. 8.

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park-Gardens of Time 2pm. Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds and Victorian “Nearyland”. Take home history in a seed. Event is free; rain cancels. For more information, 425-5849. 

Wilder Ranch State Park-Engelsman Loop 9am. On this 3.6-mile, 2-hour moderate hike we’ll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. For more information, 426-0505. 

Wilder Ranch State Park-Old Cove Landing Trail 11am. On this two-hour natural history excursion, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Binoculars are available to borrow. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. For more information, 426-0505. 

New Brighton State Beach-Begin your New Year at New Brighton 2pm. Experience an unforgettable negative tide and do what is rarely possible – walk the 2-mile roundtrip adventure along the beach from New Brighton to Capitola just before sunset. This staff-and-volunteer-led hike will meet on the sand at New Brighton State Beach just below the day use parking lot. Bring water, snacks, and proper footwear—feet may get wet. We will encounter interesting geologic features in a coastal bluff, 5-million-year-old whale fossils, shell fossils, tide pool creatures such as crabs, chitons, anemones, small fish, and the elusive octopus, and cover the natural history of the area. We will return to New Brighton around 4pm, and may remain on the beach until sunset. For more information, 685-6444.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park-Meteor Trail Hike 10:30am. Join Docent Hal Anjo on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park-Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike 12pm. Explore the Big Basin’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we'll choose from the many trails that explore our most scenic areas. Meet at Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. 

Big Basin Redwoods State Park-Redwood Grove Loop Walk 1pm. How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Heavy rain cancels. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park-Sequoia Trail 9am. Join us on a 4-mile hike to visit Sempervirens Falls, old-growth redwoods, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin and more! Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park-Sandhills Hike 9:30am. Visit one of Santa Cruz’s hidden gems on this guided 3-mile hike through a lesser-known portion of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Discover the rare Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat as we hike through old stands of coast live oaks, twisted mazes of manzanitas, tall majestic ponderosas, and ancient redwoods. Meet at the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall Parking lot located at 3650 Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Event is free. Rain Cancels. Please no pets. For more information, 335-7077.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park-Fall Creek Hike 9am. Hike through a 100 years young forest to examine evidence of the logging history and discover how the Bay Area was built on this 4-hour, 4-mile hike. Join us at one of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Parks hidden treasures and explore the beauty of Fall Creek. Meet at the Fall Creek Parking Lot, approximately 0.5 mile up Felton Empire Road from the Hwy 9 Intersection in Felton. Please no pets. For more information, 335-7077.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park-Observation Deck Loop Hike 11am. There and back again – from the redwoods, to the river, to the sandhills, come and experience the multitude of habitats that you can find at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Enjoy a panoramic view while eating lunch with the acorn woodpeckers before returning to the redwoods on this 4-mile, 3.5-hour hike. Meet at the Visitor Center, located in the day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, 335-7077.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park-Birding for Beginners 8am. Join us for a morning stroll to discover the wintertime birds of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Meet in the main day-use parking lot, located in the day-use area off Highway 9 in Felton. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, 335-7077. 

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park-Redwood Loop to Cable Car Beach 12pm. How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more on this 1.5-mile, docent-led stroll. Meet at the Visitor Center, located in the day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, 335-7077.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park- Redwood Loop 1pm. Every tree has a story, and many have names. Discover their stories on this 1-mile, docent-led stroll through the old-growth redwood grove. Meet at the Visitor Center, located in the day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, 335-7077.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park-“What’s in a Name?” 2pm. Discover Henry Cowell Redwoods State Parks’ past on this 1-mile, 1.5 hour living history stroll through the old-growth redwood grove. Meet at the Visitor Center, located in the day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, 335-7077.

Castle Rock State Park-First Day Hike 11am. Meet at Saratoga Gap Area for a 3-hour guided hike that will explore the less traveled parts of Castle Rock State Park. Retired Ranger Miles Standish will take you on a journey to explore the early pathways of the native peoples, park history, redwood ecology, and a secret trail. Event is free. The Saratoga Gap Parking Area is located at the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 35 in Los Gatos. Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and layered clothing. For more information, 291-8273.

Castle Rock State Park-Change through the Years First Day Hike 1:30pm. Start the New Year off with a guided First Day Hike at Castle Rock State Park. Discover how Castle Rock has changed over time on this easy 1.5-mile hike highlighting geology, plate tectonics, forest ecology, sunlight competition, and Native American presence. Meet at the Castle Rock State Park main entrance off Highway 35/ Skyline Boulevard. Please bring comfortable closed toe shoes, water, and snacks. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $8. For more information, 291-8273.

Portola Redwoods State Park-First Day Hike 11am. Start the New Year off amongst the redwoods with us on a six-mile hike through pristine forest and along Slate Creek. This moderate hike begins at the Portola Redwoods Visitor Center. Please bring appropriate hiking footwear, an extra layer of clothing (in case of rain or heavy fog), water, lunch, and snacks. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve 10am. Join us for a 2-mile stroll along the North Pond trail to the Sequoia Audubon Trail to discover what makes this marsh an important stop for migrating birds. Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot on Highway 1, approximately 0.25 miles north of Pescadero Creek Road. Please no pets. For more information, please call 650-726-8814. Event is free. 

Tuesday, January 2

Exploring Big Basin 9am.Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docent Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. 338-8883 

New Parents with Babies 3 Weeks to 4 Months 10-11:30am. Ongoing Tuesdays. All groups are held in the Sutter Room at Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center. Classes are drop-in (no pre-reg required) donations accepted (no required fee). Questions? Call Sutter Lactation Center 477-2229. Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center. 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz.

Tumble-On-Tuesdays at JuneBug's Gym 12-3pm. Ongoing Open Gym on Tuesdays at JuneBug's Gym. Ages: walking to 7 years. Parents may leave children over 3 yrs. Need a break from the kids, go out to lunch...the solution is JuneBugs Gym. Cost is $10/hr with open gym punchcard for $60 (with paid membership). Call 464-BUGS (2847) to sign up or drop by at 3910 Portola Dr. Ste. 2 & 3 Pleasure Point-Santa Cruz. www.junebugsgym

Circus Arts Class 3:30-4:30pm. Ongoing Tuesdays. Includes juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, and more. with Rock Lerum at Orchard School. Drop-in basis. Please contact the school at 688-1074, or www.orchardschoolaptos.org for more info. Orchard School K-6. 2288 Trout Gulch Road, Aptos. 688-1074. www.orchardschoolaptos.org/

Youth Coalition Meeting 5-6:30pm. Free. Ongoing Tuesdays. Ages 13-21. Get involved, get educated & become a community youth leader. Youth-designed & led group. Call first. Resource Center for Non-Violence, 515 Broadway, SC. 427-5066

Birth Center Tour 6:30pm. Free. Ongoing Tuesdays. Call to register. Dominican Hospital, 1555 Soquel Dr, SC. 462-7709

Divorced Fathers Network 7:30-8:30pm. Ongoing Tuesdays. DFN provides non-adversarial techniques to achieve healthy co-parenting through a support group network. Aptos La Selva Fire Dept, 6934 Soquel Dr. 234-5578

Wednesday, January 3

All Together Now! Offered now every Wednesday from 9-11am. In English. Inspiring playgroups for moms, dads, caregivers and children 0-5 years old. Join us to sing, play, and tend a garden along with our children. Sessions incorporate the principles of Positive Discipline. Share the joys and challenges of parenting as we grow and learn together. Drop-in. Classes facilitated by experienced and friendly teachers. Recommended fee of $3-$7 for those able to pay. Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz. 476-7284

Free Demos of MMI’s new offering: Canta Y Baila Conmigo – a Spanish language & music immersion class for ages Birth to5 years. 9:30 & 10:30am. at the Native Sons’ Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz. Advanced registration required: MusicalMe.com or 438-3514.

Bookshop Santa Cruz Story Time 10am. Bookshop invites any toddler or pre-school age children to listen to stories read by Mamoura Slike. Mamoura is a wonderful reader and she will be sharing fantastic books! 460-3251

New Moms Support Group 10:30am-12:30pm. Free. Ongoing Wednesdays. Babies 0-6 mos. Discuss common concerns with other new moms. Dominican Edu Center, Rm C, 1555 Soquel Dr, SC. 462-7709

SLV Together in the Park Playgroup 10:30am-12 noon. Parents, grandparents and caregivers and their infant-preschool children meet for play and group activities. Free. Snack, parenting resources, crafts, music, and stories provided. Call for meeting location. 335-6600 (English) or 246-2061 (Spanish).

Breastfeeding Support Group 10:30am-12:30pm. Free. Ongoing Wednesdays. Discuss joys & challenges of breastfeeding. Dominican Edu Center, Rm D, 1555 Soquel Dr, SC. 462-7709

Triple P @ Together in the Park (drop-in playgroup) 10:30am-12 pm. Parent education is offered as part of the Together in the Park drop-in playgroup led by Mountain Community Resources every Wednesday, April through October. Triple P Positive Parenting tip sheets are covered with all participants or in brief, one-on-one consultations. Triple P at Together in the Park is offered in English or Spanish by Rosa Reyes, Community Bridges – Mountain Community Resources. All children and parents/caregivers are welcome. Light snacks will be provided. Location: Felton Covered Bridge Park, corner of Graham Hill Rd and Mt. Hermon Rd (across from Safeway)

El Patio de mi Casa 11am-1pm. Ongoing Wednesdays. Inspiring playgroups for moms, dads, caregivers and children 0-5 years old. Join us to sing, play, and tend a garden along with our children. Sessions incorporate the principles of Positive Discipline. Share the joys and challenges of parenting as we grow and learn together. Instructor: Yolanda Provoste-Fuentes. Recommended fee of $3-$7 for those able to pay. Drop-in. Classes facilitated in Spanish. Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz. 476-7284

Baby Happy Hour at JuneBug's Gym!! 12:15-1:15pm. See January 1.

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults Every Wednesday. 5:30-6:30pm. Take time from your busy schedule and spend a relaxing hour in the library coloring. Designs and pencils provided – or take the time to draw your own design! Branciforte Library, 230 Gault St. Santa Cruz.

Female Survivor Support Group Every Wednesday 6-7:30pm. Is your partner violent or controlling? Have you survived a sexual assault? Monarch Services~Servicios Monarca offers a safe, supportive space. Free. Childcare activities provided. 1685 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. 425-4030. 24hr: 888 900-4232. wcs-ddm.org

Foster Parent Orientation Meeting 6-8pm. First Wednesday of each month. There is a need for loving, stable families to care for children of all age groups all over Santa Cruz County. Be an adoptive or foster parent to a child, adolescent or teen. Learn more at our monthly Orientation meeting. Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1740 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. For information or to sign up for an orientation, please go to www.fostercare4kids.com or call 345-2700.

Thursday, January 4

Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting 9am. Every Thursday. A 12-step group that helps people not eat addictively one day at a time. Many parents and teens (and of course others) struggle to lose weight. There are no dues or fees. A desire to stop eating addictively is all that is needed. Please go to foodaddicts.com for more information. Trinity Presbyterian Church on 420 Melrose. Entrance is through the yellow gate to the library.

New Parents with Babies 4 Months to 9 Months 10-11:30am. Ongoing Thursdays. All groups are held in the Sutter Room at Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center. Classes are drop-in (no pre-reg required) donations accepted (no required fee). Questions? Call Sutter Lactation Center 477-2229. Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center. 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz.

Mission Strategy Game 11am-12:30pm. Gather around the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, 425-5849.

Free Demos of MMI’s new offering: Canta Y Baila Conmigo – a Spanish language & music immersion class for ages Birth to5 years. 4:30 & 5:30pm. at the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery in the Capitola Mall. Advanced registration required: MusicalMe.com or 438-3514.

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults Every Thursday. 5:30-6:30pm. Take time from your busy schedule and spend a relaxing hour in the library coloring. Designs and pencils provided – or take the time to draw your own design! Live Oak Library, 2380 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz.

Friday, January 5

Free Demos of MMI’s beloved program: Music Together – an Early Childhood Music & Movement Program for Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers and the Adults who love them. 10 & 11am. at Watsonville Yoga, Dance & Healing Arts, 375 N. Main Street, Watsonville. Register at MusicalMe.com or 438-3514.

Fun n’ Tumble Open Gym 12-3pm. Ongoing Open Gym on Fridays at JuneBugs Gym. Ages: walking to 7 years. Parents may leave children over 3 yrs. Need a break from the kids, go out to lunch...the solution is JuneBugs Gym. Parents can drop off their children for 1, 2 or all 3 hours for tumbling fun! Cost is $10/hr with open gym punchcard for $60 (with paid membership). Call 464-BUGS (2847) to sign up or drop by at 3910 Portola Dr. Ste. 2 & 3 Pleasure Point-Santa Cruz. www.junebugsgym

Santa Cruz Mission Adobe Tour 2pm. Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a free guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, 425-5849.

Nar-Anon Family Groups Fridays, 6:30-7:45pm. A 12-step program/support group for friends and families who have been affected by the addiction or drug problem of another. Nar-Anon members share their experience, strength and hope at a weekly meeting. Scotts Valley - Meets in Bison Center, The Camp Recovery Center, 3192 Glen Canyon Road. (Park in lower lot, walk up driveway and turn right at sign.) Find other meetings: www.nar-anon.org

Saturday, January 6

Open Gym at JuneBug’s Gym Saturdays, 9am-12 pm. Ages walking to 8 years old (or 80 lbs.). Parents may leave children over 3 years of age. If you need a break from the children, go out to lunch or go on a run, then the solution is JuneBug's Gym. Parents can drop off for 1, 2, or all 3 hours for tumbling fun! Cost is $10/hr with open gym punchcard for $60 (with paid membership). Call 464-BUGS (2847) to sign up or drop by at 3910 Portola Dr. Ste. 2 & 3, Pleasure Point-Santa Cruz. www.junebugsgym.com

Free Demos of MMI’s new offering: Canta Y Baila Conmigo – a Spanish language & music immersion class for ages Birth to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30am. at the Music Together Studio in Pleasure Point, 3709 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz. Advanced registration required: MusicalMe.com or 438-3514.

A Walk in the Past 10am. No Safeway? No Home Depot? No Pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Take a walk with Docent Eva Fewel and learn about some of the plants the Ohlones used for food, tools and medicine. This is a 4-mile, 2.5-hour walk. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. Event is free; parking is $10. Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. 338-8883

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop 10am-Noon. Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Class begins at 10am and fills on a first-come basis. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. 335-7077

Redwood Tours 11am. How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Coast Nature Walks 11am. On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Wilder Ranch State Park. Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1. 426-0505

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike! Noon. Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; parking is $10.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm. How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. 338-8883

Ranch Tours 1pm. History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at 426-0505. Wilder Ranch State Park. Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1

Hides and Tallow 1-2pm. Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 1800’s. We will look at some of the major products of the mission like leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, 425-5849.

Sunday, January 7

Overeaters Anonymous 9:05-10:15am. Every Sunday. Do you have a problem with food? Come join us for a friendly, FREE, 12-Step support group with the solution. Teens and adults welcome. Includes compulsive overeating, anorexia and bulimia. Sutter Maternity & Surgical Center, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz. 429 7906 or santacruzoa.org

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk 10am. On this dog-, stroller- and wheelchair-friendly walk, we travel on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, three-mile, two-hour roundtrip walk with Docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. 338-8883

Pescadero Marsh Guided Hike 10am. Discover the natural and cultural history of the Pescadero March on this 1-mile, 2-hour stroll along the Sequoia Audubon Trail. Please bring walking shoes, layered clothing, binoculars, and water. Meet at the central Pescadero Creek State Beach parking lot located off Highway 1, approximately 0.25 miles north of Pescadero Creek Road. Event is free; rain cancels. For more information, please call (650) 726-8819.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike! Noon. See January 6.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 1pm. See January 6.

Ranch Tours 1pm. See January 6.

Drop In Family Craft 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 on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, 425-5849.

Monday, January 8

Wellness Group 10-11:30am. See January 1.

Future Stars Class at Santa Cruz Gymnastics 11am-12pm. Future Stars is a monthly drop in program for new walkers through Kindergarten boys and girls with their parent or guardian. The class will introduce gymnastic skills and motor development through play on our equipment directed by our fabulous coaches and aided by their parent or guardian. Please call in advance to reserve a spot for you and your child. Space is limited so sign up today! Visit our website to check future dates, prices and upcoming events. Santa Cruz Gymnastics Center, 2750-B Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 462-0655

Baby Happy Hour at JuneBug's Gym!! 12:15-1:15pm. See January 1.

New Mommy Musical MeetUp 12:30-2pm. Now held every 2nd Monday each month. New Moms, join the FREE Santa Cruz New Mommy Musical MeetUp to mingle with other new mommies, share parenting tips and learn how to integrate music making in your baby’s life from a certified Music Together teacher. Plus drawings for prizes! Every 2nd Monday, at the Native Sons’ Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz.

Invisible / Alienated Grandparent Support Group 2-4:30pm. Monthly 2nd Monday. Do you get to see your grandkids as often as you like? Are you estranged or alienated from an adult child? Want to release negative energy about family circumstances beyond your control? Co-sponsored by Alienated Grandparents Anonymous http://www.aga-fl.org/ a national organization that provides information and support to grandparents who feel alienated or estranged from access to their grandchildren. Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos.

Tuesday, January 9

Exploring Big Basin 9am. See January 2.

New Parents with Babies 3 Weeks to 4 Months 10-11:30am. See January 2.

Tumble-On-Tuesdays at JuneBug's Gym 12-3pm. See January 2.

Circus Arts Class 3:30-4:30pm. See January 2.

Youth Coalition Meeting 5-6:30pm. See January 2.

Birth Center Tour 6:30pm. See January 2.

Divorced Fathers Network 7:30-8:30pm. See January 2.

Wednesday, January 10

All Together Now! 9-11am. See January 3.

Bookshop Santa Cruz Story Time 10am. See January 3.

New Moms Support Group 10:30am. See January 3.

SLV Together in the Park Playgroup 10:30am. See January 3.

Breastfeeding Support Group 10:30am. See January 3.

Triple P @ Together in the Park (drop-in playgroup) 10:30am-12pm. See January 3.

El Patio de mi Casa 11am-1pm. See January 3.

Baby Happy Hour at JuneBug's Gym!! 12:15-1:15pm. See January 1.

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See January 3.

Female Survivor Support Group 6-7:30pm. See January 3.

Thursday, January 11

Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting 9am. See January 4.

Art & Play in Pre & K! 9:30-11am.Parents of toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten age children are invited to come for a morning of activities and fun experiences with your child(ren) at the Mount Madonna School Preschool and Kindergarten. RSVPs encouraged. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

New Parents with Babies 4 Months to 9 Months 10-11:30am. See January 4.

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See January 4.

Step Parents Support Group 6:30pm. Join us on the second Thursday of each month for a free, drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role. We meet at Live Oak Family Resource Center. Contact mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information

Friday, January 12

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley 10am. Join docent botanist Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of Waddell Valley’s plants within Rancho del Oso’s seven diverse habitats. Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux! This walk takes a leisurely pace that is great for learning the native habitats we are experiencing. Bring lunch, questions and curiosity! Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located off Highway 1 in Davenport. 427-2288

Fun n’ Tumble Open Gym 12-3pm. See January 5.

Nar-Anon Family Groups Fridays, 6:30-7:45pm. See January 5.

Saturday, January 13

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley 8am. Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate two-mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning. Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located off Highway 1 in Davenport. 427-2288

Open Gym at JuneBug’s Gym Saturdays, 9am-12 pm. See January 6.

The Playgarden Open House 10am-2pm. Serving children ages 15mos to five years old. Located on the West side of Santa Cruz, Call for directions. The Playgarden. Lic#444415231. www.theplaygardensc.com. 359-8382

Meteor Trail Hike 10:30am. Join a docent on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. 338-8883

Redwood Tours 11am. See January 6.

Snakes Alive! Noon-3pm. Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at Big Basin Park Headquarters, meet Docent Diane Shaw, and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Event is free; parking is $10. Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. 338-8883

What They Wore 1-2pm. Color, cloth, & cut – the clothing worn by the people in the Mission was not all about style – it was about identity, status, and different roles in the community. We will demonstrate the apparel you may have seen here in the 19th century, and lean what the clothing meant to the people who wore it. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, 425-5849.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 1pm. See January 6.

Ranch Tours 1pm. See January 6.

Sunday, January 14

Overeaters Anonymous 9:05-10:15am. See January 7.

Admission Open House at Santa Catalina School 10:30am-1:30pm. Check-in begins at 10am. Come see how your daughter can make her way with an excellent education at Santa Catalina School! Meet our students and faculty and discover how opportunities at Catalina can pave the way for her success in the classroom, on the stage, on the field, and in life. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 10 to 831.655.9356. Santa Catalina School – Girls – Day & Boarding – Grades 9-12. 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey. santacatalina.org.

Sempervirens Falls Hike 10:30am. This beautiful hike takes you by Sempervirens Falls, old-growth redwoods, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin and more! Join Docent Hal Anjo on this 4-mile, 3-hour hike. Bring water and snacks. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. 338-8883

Santa Cruz Mission Adobe Tour 1pm. See January 5.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 1pm. See January 6.

Ranch Tours 1pm. See January 6.

Nature Wander 1pm. Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1-mile, 1.5-hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world. Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located off Highway 1 in Davenport. 427-2288

Monday, January 15

Admission Open House at Santa Catalina Lower & Middle School 9:15-11:30am. It all begins here! Join us at our admission open house to see how we introduce our students to the best of everything, right from the start. Open House includes presentations, classroom visits, and student-led campus tours. Please RSVP by Friday, January 12 to 831.655.9351. Santa Catalina Lower & Middle School – Coed – PreK-Grade 8

1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey. santacatalina.org.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade 10am-12pm. Please join other community members for this family event! Santa Cruz Police Department is hosting this community parade to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and his many accomplishments. Hosted by Santa Cruz Police Department. Cathcart Street and Pacific Avenue to Cooper Street, Downtown Santa Cruz. Meet at Cathcart Street to assemble for the parade. For further information, please visit www.santacruzpolice.com

Wellness Group 10-11:30am. See January 1.

Mission Strategy Game 11am-12:30pm. See January 4.

Baby Happy Hour at JuneBug's Gym!! 12:15-1:15pm. See January 1.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. - The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child 7pm. When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and contentious issues such as homework, screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity. This is what Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., the New York Times bestselling authors of The Whole Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline, call a No Brain response—but it doesn’t have to be that way. In THE YES BRAIN: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child, they explain how kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. Parents can foster their children’s ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times—this is otherwise known as cultivating the “Yes Brain.” Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Tuesday, January 16

Exploring Big Basin 9am. See January 2.

New Parents with Babies 3 Weeks to 4 Months 10-11:30am. See January 2.

Tumble-On-Tuesdays at JuneBug's Gym 12-3pm. See January 2.

Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop: Supporting Your Partner 3-4:30pm. Stepping Stones Triple P offers parenting support for families with children with special needs, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Stepping Stones Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE workshop to learn: Parenting issues that often cause disagreements between partners; How to take care of your relationship with your partner and create a positive family life; and Tools to help partners support each other and work as a team. This Stepping Stones Triple P workshop is offered as part of the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Community Advisory Committee’s monthly meeting. No registration required. Light snacks provided. Please note: child care will not be available at this event. Presented in English by: Gelacio Gonzalez, Triple P Practitioner. Location: Soquel Union School District Board Room, 620 Monterey Ave, Capitola. For questions, contact the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Office at 466-5700 or visit www.nsccselpa.org

Circus Arts Class 3:30-4:30pm. See January 2.

Youth Coalition Meeting 5-6:30pm. See January 2.

Birth Center Tour 6:30pm. See January 2.

Divorced Fathers Network 7:30-8:30pm. See January 2.

Wednesday, January 17

All Together Now! 9-11am. See January 3.

Bookshop Santa Cruz Story Time 10am. See January 3.

New Moms Support Group 10:30am. See January 3.

SLV Together in the Park Playgroup 10:30am. See January 3.

Breastfeeding Support Group 10:30am. See January 3.

Triple P @ Together in the Park (drop-in playgroup) 10:30am-12pm. See January 3.

El Patio de mi Casa 11am-1pm. See January 3.

Baby Happy Hour at JuneBug's Gym!! 12:15-1:15pm. See January 1.

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See January 3.

Female Survivor Support Group 6-7:30pm. See January 3.

Ann M. Martin - Rain Reign 7pm. In her most powerful novel yet, Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin tells the story of Rose Howard, a girl on the autism spectrum, and the dog she loves. Rain Reign is brilliantly told from Rose’s point of view: Rose orders her disorderly world by finding and obsessively memorizing homonyms. Her dog, Rain, serves as a way for her to cope with a challenging home life and her struggle to connect with students at school. When Rain goes missing after Rose’s father lets him out into a storm, Rose must leave her routines and safe spaces behind to find the dog she loves. Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Thursday, January 18

Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting 9am. See January 4.

New Parents with Babies 4 Months to 9 Months 10-11:30am. See January 4.

Triple P South County Open House 3-5pm. Hosted by Community Bridges – La Manzana Community Resources. Stop by for food, games and a chance to win prizes! Meet La Manzana Community Resources’ Triple P practitioners, sign up for a Triple P class or one-on-one services, and learn about other organizations that support children and families. La Manzana Community Resources, 521 Main St, Watsonville (in outdoor courtyard)

Orchard School Open House 4-5:30pm. Come tour our amazing campus and hear teacher presentations about our down-to-earth educational philosophy that nourishes the developing child, while honoring and celebrating childhood. Learn more about how we create magic together! Children welcome, of course. RSVP at 688-1074 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  . Orchard School K-6, 2288 Trout Gulch Road, Aptos. 688-1074. www.orchardschoolaptos.org

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See January 4.

Triple P Workshop: How to Handle Disobedience 5:30-7pm. Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to prevent disobedience and increase cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently when your child refuses to follow directions. This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children. Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges – Mountain Community Resources. Location: Highlands Park Child Development Center, 8500 Highway 9, Felton. To register: Contact Cori Burt at 335-6600, ext 6605 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

Friday, January 19

Fun n’ Tumble Open Gym 12-3pm. See January 5.

Nar-Anon Family Groups Fridays, 6:30-7:45pm. See January 5.

Santa Catalina School Theatre Arts presents To Kill a Mockingbird 7:30pm. Few perspectives on American society have been as insightful or as poignant as that of young Scout Finch, the heroine of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, this moving play follows Scout's journey as her father, Atticus, defends Tom Robinson, a black man framed for a crime he did not commit. As the trial progresses, Scout and her brother, Jem, witness their community divided over issues of justice and racism. Santa Catalina’s stirring portrayal of both racial and family relations is a must-see production. Reservations recommended. General admission is $12; seniors, student, and military are $8; children under 12 are $4. Please call for group rates. For ticket reservations, please call 831.655.9341 or visit santacatalina.org/tickets. Santa Catalina School, Performing Arts Center, 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey.

Saturday, January 20

Free Breastfeeding Class with Nursing Mothers Counsel 9am-12 pm. Classes are held the third Saturday of the month at the East Cliff Family Health Center, East Cliff Village Shopping Center, 21507 East Cliff Drive, in Santa Cruz (the Metro Bus 66 stops in front of the center). Please register at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 688-3954

Open Gym at JuneBug’s Gym Saturdays, 9am-12 pm. See January 6.

Hidden Gems of Big Basin: Wildflowers and Other Plants Hike 10am. There are many less-famous yet still beautiful plants in the redwood forest. Join Docents Kathy Willott and Glenn Joy on this 4-mile, 3-4-hour hike and meet some hidden gems of Big Basin! Bring water and lunch. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. 338-8883

Interactive Open House 10am-1pm. Prospective families are invited to visit Gateway School’s K-8 campus to see firsthand how our program inspires children to lead lives of purpose and compassion. Explore Gateway by engaging in a series of faculty-led interactive stations of various grades and subjects including music, Life Lab and technology. Meet students, parents and our Head of School. Children encouraged! Food and drink on hand. Learn about our application process and our financial assistance program. Register at www.gatewaysc.org or call 423-0341 ext. 302

Westside Parent Education Nursery School Open House 10-11:30AM. WPENS is located on the westside on the Bay View Elementary campus. Preschoolers and their parents play, learn and grow together. This comprehensive preschool program brings out children’s ideas and creativity. Adults develop their parenting skills and build friendships with other families. Thrive in a supportive environment at this much-loved parent co-op, a part of the Santa Cruz Community since 1970. Visit our campus at 1231 Bay Street, meet our teachers and talk to other parents to find out why WPENS is their school of choice.

Coast Nature Walks 11am. See January 6.

Redwood Tours 11am. See January 6.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike! Noon. See January 6.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 1pm. See January 6.

Ranch Tours 1pm. See January 6.

Skill and Luck: Games of the Mission 1pm. Learn to play traditional California Indian games that took plenty of skill and luck. Discover how the Spanish influenced these games. Make your own traditional Ohlone game to take home during this one-hour session. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, 425-5849.

Santa Catalina School Theatre Arts presents To Kill a Mockingbird 7:30pm. See January 19.

Sunday, January 21

Overeaters Anonymous 9:05-10:15am. See January 7.

Meteor Trail Hike 10:30am. See January 13.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike! Noon. See January 6.

Ranch Tours 1pm. See January 6.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 1pm. See January 6.

Drop In Family Craft 1-3:30pm. See January 7.

Santa Catalina School Theatre Arts presents To Kill a Mockingbird 2pm. See January 19.

Monday, January 22

Wellness Group 10-11:30am. See January 1.

Baby Happy Hour at JuneBug's Gym!! 12:15-1:15pm. See January 1.

Taller de Triple P: Cómo tratar con la desobediencia 6-7:30pm. Los talleres de Triple P ofrecen consejos prácticos y estrategias para manejar las preguntas y desafíos de crianza específicas. Los padres pueden asistir a tantos talleres sobre cualquier tema que se interese. Asista a este taller GRATIS de crianza para aprender sobre: Por qué los niños podrían ser poco cooperativos o negarse a seguir instrucciones; Cómo prevenir la desobediencia y aumentar la cooperación; Cómo responder con calma y consistencia cuando su hijo se niega a seguir las direcciones. Este taller es GRATIS y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos para niños y adultos. Presentado en español por: Gladys Gómez, Puentes de la Comunidad – La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios. Ubicación: La biblioteca pública de Watsonville, 275 Main St, #100, Sala comunitaria, Watsonville

Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Gladys Gómez al (831) 724-2997 x220 o This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

Tuesday, January 23

Exploring Big Basin 9am. See January 2.

New Parents with Babies 3 Weeks to 4 Months 10-11:30am. See January 2.

Tumble-On-Tuesdays at JuneBug's Gym 12-3pm. See January 2.

Circus Arts Class 3:30-4:30pm. See January 2.

Youth Coalition Meeting 5-6:30pm. See January 2.

Birth Center Tour 6:30pm. See January 2.

Divorced Fathers Network 7:30-8:30pm. See January 2.

Wednesday, January 24

All Together Now! 9-11am. See January 3.

Bookshop Santa Cruz Story Time 10am. See January 3.

New Moms Support Group 10:30am. See January 3.

SLV Together in the Park Playgroup 10:30am. See January 3.

Breastfeeding Support Group 10:30am. See January 3.

Triple P @ Together in the Park (drop-in playgroup) 10:30am-12pm. See January 3.

El Patio de mi Casa 11am-1pm. See January 3.

Baby Happy Hour at JuneBug's Gym!! 12:15-1:15pm. See January 1.

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See January 3.

Female Survivor Support Group 6-7:30pm. See January 3.

Adults with ADHD Meeting 6:30-8pm. Fourth Wednesday of the month. The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Branch of CHADD hosts monthly support group meetings. Held at the Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. For more information contact Judy Brenis at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 818-9619.

Thursday, January 25

Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting 9am. See January 4.

New Parents with Babies 4 Months to 9 Months 10-11:30am. See January 4.

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See January 4.

Triple P Workshop: Preventing & Managing Disobedience 6-7:30pm. Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop at Babies “R” Us/Toys “R” Us to learn: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to give instructions in a way that increases your child’s cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently to challenging behaviors. This Triple P Workshop is free and open to the public. Please note: child care is not available at this location. Presented in English by: Liliana Zamora, Community Bridges – La Manzana Community Resources. Location: Babies “R” Us/Toys “R” Us, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz (in furniture section)

To register: Contact Caitlin McElroy, Baby Registry Supervisor at Babies “R” Us/Toys “R” Us 4794296 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Friday, January 26

Fun n’ Tumble Open Gym 12-3pm. See January 5.

Santa Catalina School Theatre Arts presents To Kill a Mockingbird 12:45pm. See January 19.

Nar-Anon Family Groups Fridays, 6:30-7:45pm. See January 5.

Storytelling Night: Stories for a New Year 6:30pm. Gather around the campfire as storyteller Jim Cockrell & friends spin tales of adventure, mystery, and laughter. Bundle up! We’ll provide the hot chocolate. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, 425-5849.

Urinetown onstage at Mount Madonna School Performances at 7pm on Friday and Saturday, January 26-27; and 2pm on Sunday, January 28. Fresh, relevant and provocative: a story with a controversial, edgy message couched in humor. The story is set in a dystopian ‘near future’ where decades of drought have led to water shortages and private toilets are outlawed. The evil Urine Good Company has taken control and charges people big fees to use public latrines, and those who can’t pay up…pay dearly… All seats reserved. Tickets on sale at http://mmsurinetown.bpt.me. More information at www.MountMadonnaSchool.org

Saturday, January 27

Open Gym at JuneBug’s Gym Saturdays, 9am-12 pm. See January 6.

Community Day at the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery 10am-5pm. Sponsored by Triple P Santa Cruz County, a program of First 5 Santa Cruz County. Enjoy free admission to the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD). Visit Triple P practitioners and First 5 staff at the SCCMOD for a chance to win raffle prizes, get quick parenting tips and tools, and have fun learning and exploring with your children! Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery, 1855 41st Ave, Capitola (inside the mall)

Coast Nature Walks 11am. See January 6.

Redwood Tours 11am. See January 6.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike! Noon. See January 6.

Pescadero Marsh Guided Hike 1pm. See January 7.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 1pm. See January 6.

Ranch Tours 1pm. See January 6.

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving 1-2pm. How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. Try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, 425-5849.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop 1-3pm. Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Class begins at 10am and fills on a first-come basis. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. 335-7077

Meet the Doulas 4-6pm. Pregnant? Considering a Doula on your birth team? Meet the Doulas is a great opportunity to learn about birth and postpartum doulas. Join us at this free event for an informative afternoon. This event is open to everyone- no matter where they plan to birth - home or hospital, in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Monterey, or San Jose area. Location: Pacific Cultural Center - Gallery room, upstairs, 1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz. RSVP/registration requested, but not required. Email: MTD@ birthnet.org 

Urinetown onstage at Mount Madonna School 7pm. See January 26.

Santa Catalina School Theatre Arts presents To Kill a Mockingbird 7:30pm. See January 19.

Sunday, January 28

Overeaters Anonymous 9:05-10:15am. See January 7.

Burleigh H. Murray Guided Hike 10am. Discover the lives of early pioneers and farming families who first settled the San Mateo Coast on this 2.5-mile, 2-hour hike along Mills Creek. Please bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and walking shoes. Event is free; rain cancels. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1 near Half Moon Bay. For more information, please call (650) 726-8814.

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk 10am. See January 7.

Salesian School Open House Noon-2pm. We welcome prospective families to attend our Open House Event. Come experience our family scavenger hunt; a great opportunity to explore our campus, meet our entire TK- 8 Grade Faculty and learn about our programs. Our classrooms will be open and we will be serving a free light lunch. Not able to make it to Open House? We offer private school-day tours. Contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 728-5518 to schedule a tour appointment. Come and learn more about what makes Salesian a truly special learning family. Salesian Elementary and Junior High School, 605 Enos Lane, Corralitos. 728-5518. www.salesianschool.org

Good Shepherd Catholic School Open House 1-3pm. Good Shepherd Catholic School will kick off Catholic School's Week, a national event, with an Open House. Students are excited to welcome families of all faiths, and to share the inspiring curriculum based on 21st Century trends. Classes in robotics, engineering, technology, art, music, Spanish, and Life Lab, are just a few highlights. Good Shepherd Catholic School- Preschool - 8th grade, 2727 Mattison Lane. Santa Cruz. For more information, please visit www.gsschool.org or call 476-4000.

Ranch Tours 1pm. See January 6.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 1pm. See January 6.

Santa Cruz Mission Adobe Tour 1pm. See January 5.

Urinetown onstage at Mount Madonna School 2pm. See January 26.

Monday, January 29

Wellness Group 10-11:30am. See January 1.

Baby Happy Hour at JuneBug's Gym!! 12:15-1:15pm. See January 1.

Triple P Seminar: The Power of Positive Parenting 6-7:30pm.Triple P seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in a wide range of situations. This seminar is the first in a series of three for families with children birth – 12 years old. You can attend one, two or all three of the seminars in the series. The Power of Positive Parenting provides an introduction to the Triple P program and positive parenting strategies. Attend this free seminar to learn how to: Provide positive learning environments for children; Use assertive discipline; Have realistic expectations and take care of yourself. This Triple P Seminar is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults. Presented in English by: Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges – La Manzana Community Resources. Location: Bay View Elementary, Library, 1231 Bay St, Santa Cruz. To register: Contact Sandra Rodelo at 724-2997 x211 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

Tuesday, January 30

Exploring Big Basin 9am. See January 2.

Campus Tour at Mount Madonna School 9:30am. Small classes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st–12th grades. Featuring hands-on science labs, outdoor adventure and travel, marine biology studies on Catalina Island, buddy program, visual and performing arts. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New Parents with Babies 3 Weeks to 4 Months 10-11:30am. See January 2.

Tumble-On-Tuesdays at JuneBug's Gym 12-3pm. See January 2.

Circus Arts Class 3:30-4:30pm. See January 2.

Youth Coalition Meeting 5-6:30pm. See January 2.

Birth Center Tour 6:30pm. See January 2.

Divorced Fathers Network 7:30-8:30pm. See January 2.

Wednesday, January 31

All Together Now! 9-11am. See January 3.

Bookshop Santa Cruz Story Time 10am. See January 3.

New Moms Support Group 10:30am. See January 3.

SLV Together in the Park Playgroup 10:30am. See January 3.

Breastfeeding Support Group 10:30am. See January 3.

Triple P @ Together in the Park (drop-in playgroup) 10:30am-12pm. See January 3.

El Patio de mi Casa 11am-1pm. See January 3.

Baby Happy Hour at JuneBug's Gym!! 12:15-1:15pm. See January 1.

Triple P Workshop: Encouraging Your Teen to Cooperate 5:30-7pm. Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this free parenting workshop to get tips and guidance about: Common causes of conflict between teens and parents; Strategies to encourage teens to cooperate; How to respond calmly and consistently when teens are uncooperative. This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children. Presented in English by: Gladys Gómez, Community Bridges – La Manzana Community Resources. Location: Community Bridges, Community Room, 236 Santa Cruz Ave, Aptos. To register: Contact Gladys Gómez at (831) 724-297 x220 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings Triple P Workshop: Encouraging Your Teen to Cooperate 5:30-7pm. Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this free parenting workshop to get tips and guidance about: Common causes of conflict between teens and parents; Strategies to encourage teens to cooperate; How to respond calmly and consistently when teens are uncooperative. This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children. Presented in English by: Gladys Gómez, Community Bridges – La Manzana Community Resources. Location: Community Bridges, Community Room, 236 Santa Cruz Ave, Aptos. To register: Contact Gladys Gómez at (831) 724-297 x220 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

 

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See January 3.

Female Survivor Support Group 6-7:30pm. See January 3.

 

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