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Calendar November 2017

 

Wednesday, November 1

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

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!! 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

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, November 2

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.

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.

Seminario de Triple P: Conectando a los adolescents 5:30-7pm. Los seminarios de Triple P ofrecen consejos para padres generales que se pueden utilizar en una amplia gama de situaciones.  Este seminario es el tercero de una serie de tres para familias con adolescentes 13 – 16 años.  Puede asistir a uno, dos o los tres de los seminarios de la serie. Conectando a los adolescentes ofrece estrategias crianza para ayudar a los adolescentes a: Establecer conexiones positivas con las demás; Tener confianza; Ser socialmente hábil; Planificar el futuro; Mantener compromisos; Mantenerse en contacto; y Cuidar a los demás. Presentado en español por: Sandra Rodelo, Puentes de la Comunidad – La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios. Ubicación: Primero 5 del condado de santa cruz, 4450 Capitola Road, Suite 106, Capitola. Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Sandra Rodelo al (831) 724-2997 x211 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

Triple P Seminar: Getting Teens Connected 5:30-7pm. Triple P Seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in many situations. This seminar is the third in a series of three for families with teens 13 – 16 years old. Parents can attend one, two or all three seminars in the series. Getting Teens Connected offers strategies to help parents encourage their teens to form positive connections with others.  Seminar participants will learn ways to help teens: Be confident; Develop social skills; Plan ahead; Keep their commitments; and Take care of others. 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 Spanish by: Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges – La Manzana Community Resources. Location: First 5 Santa Cruz County, 4450 Capitola Road, Suite 106, Capitola. 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/parenttrainings

Triple P Seminar: Raising Resilient Children 6-8pm. Triple P seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in a wide range of situations. This seminar is the third 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. Attend Raising Resilient Children to get tips for helping children develop important social-emotional skills, such as: Recognizing and expressing emotions in healthy ways; Developing positive ways to think about themselves and the world around them; and Coping with difficult emotions and stressful situations. 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: Heather N. Thomsen, PhD. Location: Boulder Creek Elementary School Library, 400 W. Lomond St, Boulder Creek. To register: Contact Dr. Heather Thomsen at 336-9859 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, November 3

Healthy Kids & Happy Mamas 10am-12pm. There are amazing natural ways to help keep your kids and families healthy and assist the body on its mission to prevent illness. You can build your own natural pharmacy and be prepared to prevent the otherwise inevitable wave of sickness that can move through your family this fall & winter season. Come to a free workshop to discover effective and safe ways to naturally support your family. There will be refreshments and snacks! Family friendly, your little ones are welcome. 4470 Soquel Drive, Soquel. RSVP: 234-3649

FREE First Friday 11am-4pm. Enjoy the Museum for FREE with your family on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope. Plus see our brand-new temporary exhibit and new hands-on activities. Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115

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

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.) Helpline: 888.688.7834. Find other meetings: www.nar-anon.org

Saturday, November 4

Hot Rods at the Beach Check out hundreds of sweet hot rods, street rods, vintage, muscle, custom and classic cars in the Boardwalk Parking Lot. Free admission!

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

Kindergarten Visit Day 10am-12pm. Looking for an exceptional kindergarten and school?  Come and hang out with our kindergarten teachers in our kindergarten classrooms with your rising kindergartener.  Hands-on activities and snacks on hand to fuel your explorations.  Talk with the teachers, meet parents and students.  This event is designed to be a low-key way for your child and you to visit our campus in a family friendly manner!  Register at www.gatewaysc.org or call 423-0341 ext. 302. Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Avenue, Santa Cruz. www.gatewaysc.org

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

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. 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.

Old Cove Landing 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; parking is $10. Wilder Ranch State Park. Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1. 426-0505

Redwood Grove Loop Walk Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm. Friday, November 10 Veteran’s Day at 11am and 2pm. Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving at 1pm. Friday, November 24 Green Friday at 11am and 2pm. 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

Discover Big Basin Redwoods 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.

Dia de los Muertos 12:30-6pm. Celebrate the dead with an all-ages procession through Downtown Santa Cruz with music and dance performances. Meet at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History at 2pm to join the parade that travels through the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park to end at the Evergreen Cemetery. For more information and a detailed scheduled, please visit santacruzmah.org. Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz. 425-5849

Ranch Tours 1pm. Step back in time to the late 1800's on this 1-hour tour of an early dairy ranch. 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

Sunday, November 5

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

Open House at Mount Madonna School 11am. Featuring hands-on science and a conversation cafѐ. MMS has small class sizes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, a Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st–12th grades. Featuring project-based science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology and oceanography studies on Catalina Island, national and international travel, mixed-grade buddy program, visual and performing arts and more. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 11am & 2pm. See November 4.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Noon. See November 4.

Photography Tour 1pm Beginners to advanced photographers and nature enthusiasts alike are invited on a 5-mile hike through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits discovering panoramic views along the way. Please bring a camera, water, layered clothing, snacks, and hiking shoes. We will be discussing the natural history of the park in addition to compositional elements. Meet at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Visitor Center, located off Highway 9 in Felton. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call 335-7077.

Ranch Tours 1pm. See November 4.

Drop In Family Crafts – Luminaria  1-3:30pm. Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can fashion a tin lantern in our garden courtyard or create colorful layered paper decorations. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. Rain cancels. For more information, please call 425-5849.

Monday, November 6

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!! 12:15-1:15pm. See November 1.

Tuesday, November 7

School Day Tours 9-11am. Prospective families are invited to tour Gateway School’s K-8 campus to see firsthand how our program inspires children to lead lives of purpose and compassion. Enjoy our engaging classrooms in action while meeting students, parents, and our Head of School! RSVP to www.gatewaysc.org or call 831-423-0341 ext. 302. Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Avenue, Santa Cruz. www.gatewaysc.org

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, November 8

All Together Now! 9-11am. See November 1.

Bookshop Santa Cruz Story Time 10am. See November 1.

New Moms Support Group 10:30am. See November 1.

SLV Together in the Park Playgroup 10:30am. See November 1.

Breastfeeding Support Group 10:30am. See November 1.

Triple P @ Together in the Park (drop-in playgroup) 10:30am-12pm. See November 1.

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

Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walks 11am. See November 4.

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

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See November 1.

Female Survivor Support Group 6-7:30pm. See November 1.

CHADD Meeting 6:30-8:30pm. Meets second Wednesday of the month. The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Branch of CHADD hosts monthly support group meetings for anyone who would like to learn more about ADHD. Support Group for parents of children and young adults Meets at Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. The Support Group for adults with ADHD meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month, also at the Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. For more information call Judy Brenis at 818-9619 or email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thursday, November 9

Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting 9am. See November 2.

New Parents with Babies 4 Months to 9 Months 10-11:30am. See November 2.

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

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See November 2.

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

Rocks and Waves Lecture 7-8:30pm. Join local geologist Frank Perry as he delves into the journey of making the Rocks and Waves exhibit a reality, and his exploration of the science and cultural history of our ever-changing coastline. Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115

Triple P Workshop: Developing Bedtime Routines 7-8:30pm. 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: Why it is important for children to develop healthy self-esteem; How to encourage healthy self-esteem in your child; Tools to help your child cope with feelings and solve problems. This Triple P Workshop is free and open to the public. Please note: child care is not available at this location. 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, November 10

FREE Story Time/ Craft Time 10:30-11:30am. This is a fun, monthly event that's perfect for young children and their families. Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources, 4101-B2 Soquel Dr in Soquel (41st Ave and Soquel Dr). 316-7261

Mission Building Game 11am. Gather round 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. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call 425-5849.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 11am & 2pm. See November 4.

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

Nar-Anon Family Groups Fridays, 6:30-7:45pm. See November 3.

Saturday, November 11

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 November 4.

Aging Young Health and Wellness Event 9am-Noon. Registration is now open for the for the 9th annual Aging Young Health & Wellness event at the beautiful Seascape Golf Club at 610 Clubhouse Drive in Aptos. This event, featuring health screenings, local wellness vendors, and physician presentations, is offered free of charge by Dignity Health Dominican Hospital, Dignity Health Medical Network-Santa Cruz (formerly Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz), and Dignity Health Medical Group-Dominican. For more information, visit www.mysantacruzdoctor.org.

Tour of the Wilder Backcountry 9am. This challenging guided three-hour, 6-mile hike will explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch parking lot. Bring good walking shoes, lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call 426-0505. Wilder Ranch State Park. Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1.

Birding for Beginners @ Año Nuevo State Park 9:30am. Discover the diversity of birds visiting this fall on a 2-hour stroll into the Año Nuevo State Preserve. The tour is a one-way walk, ending in the preserve; you are welcome to stay in the preserve after the walk to view the elephant seals. Please bring layered clothing, water, good walking shoes, and binoculars. Meet at the Año Nuevo State Park Marine Education Center. Rain cancels. Event is free; parking is $10. Located off Hwy1, halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. 1 New Year’s Creek Road, Pescadero. |(650) 879- 2025

Guided Hike of UCSC: History in the Rocks 10am-12pm. On this walking field trip of the UCSC Campus with Professor Elise Knittle, we will visit outcrops of ancient rocks, largely hidden beneath the redwoods and extensive modern soils, and describe their role in deducing the geologic history of the UCSC Campus and the Santa Cruz area in general.  Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115

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

Natural Bridges Children’s Center Open House 10am. Come see what all of the talk is about.... Bring the family and meet our awesome, loving, experienced, and degreed early childhood educators. Immerse yourself in our beautiful learning environment and experience what is....NBCC! Natural Bridges Children’s Center, 255 Swift St, Santa Cruz. 429-6222. www.naturalbridgescc.org/

Life on the Ranch Day 11am-3pm. Join in on the fun and old-time activities that include themes from the Old West: The Rancho, Dairy Farm, and Cowboy Rodeo Days. Living history demonstrations by docents may include; Machine Shop, Blacksmith, Wood Stove Baking, Tortilla Making, Rope Making, Butter or Ice Cream Making, Crafts, Games and Wagon Rides. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call 426-0505. Wilder Ranch State Park. Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1.

Redwood Tours 11am. See November 4.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 11am & 2pm. See November 4.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Noon. See November 4.

Ranch Tours 1pm. See November 4.

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving at the Santa Cruz Mission 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. You will have the chance to try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. Event is free; rain or shine. Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz. 425-5849

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. Schedule will include: Panel presentation about Birth Doulas and Postpartum Doulas. Time to interact with doulas and learn some "doula tricks of the trade." Location: Pacific Cultural Center - Gallery room, upstairs. 1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz. RSVP/registration requested, but not required. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Participating doulas must register at the same email.)

Mountainfilm on Tour The show kicks off at 7pm (Doors at 6 pm). A selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. The tour visits Santa Cruz at the Rio Theatre with films that will explore the themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission.

Sunday, November 12

Overeaters Anonymous 9:05-10:15am. See November 5.

Mazel Tots 9:45-11:15am. Fun Jewish activities for children 5 years and under with their families. Drop-In- no reservations needed. Everyone welcome. Bring a healthy snack to share. Questions? Contact Sarah:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Rd, Aptos

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 11am & 2pm. See November 4.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Noon. See November 4.

Ranch Tours 1pm. See November 4.

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, November 13

Wellness Group 10-11:30am. See November 6.

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

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.

Triple P Workshop: Preparing Children to Have Visitors Over 5-6:30pm. Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues.  Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: Why behavior problems can occur when visitors come over; Steps you can take before visitors arrive to prevent behavior problems; How to use visits with friends and family to teach children valuable social skills. 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 Liliana Zamora, Community Bridges, La Manzana Community Resources. Location: Community Bridges, 236 Santa Cruz Ave, Aptos

To register: Contact Liliana Zamora at 724-2997 x212 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/parenttrainings

Tuesday, November 14

New Parents with Babies 3 Weeks to 4 Months 10-11:30am. See November 7.

Tumble-On-Tuesdays at JuneBug's Gym 12-3pm. See November 7.

Circus Arts Class 3:30-4:30pm. See November 7.

Santa Cruz Young Makers Club 2nd Tuesdays. 3:45pm-5pm. The Santa Cruz Young Makers Club brings together a community of young people with a mentor and a space to make. Led by Sasha, a young Makers Ed Mentor, projects inspire creativity, imagination, and support learning. Materials for projects are provided by SCPL. Ages 8 - 18. Downtown Library, 224 Church St. Upstairs Meeting Room. Registration is required. Call 427-7717 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Youth Coalition Meeting 5-6:30pm. See November 7.

Birth Center Tour 6:30pm. See November 7.

Divorced Fathers Network 7:30-8:30pm. See November 7.

Wednesday, November 15

All Together Now! 9-11am. See November 1.

Bookshop Santa Cruz Story Time 10am. See November 1.

New Moms Support Group 10:30am. See November 1.

SLV Together in the Park Playgroup 10:30am. See November 1.

Breastfeeding Support Group 10:30am. See November 1.

Triple P @ Together in the Park (drop-in playgroup) 10:30am-12pm. See November 1.

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

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

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See November 1.

Female Survivor Support Group 6-7:30pm. See November 1.

Thursday, November 16

Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting 9am. See November 2.

New Parents with Babies 4 Months to 9 Months 10-11:30am. See November 2.

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See November 2.

Friday, November 17

Meteor Trail Hike 10:30am. See November 4.

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

Nar-Anon Family Groups Fridays, 6:30-7:45pm. See November 3.

Saturday, November 18

Open Gym at JuneBug’s Gym Saturdays, 9am-12 pm. See November 4.

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

Hidden Gems of Big Basin: Wildflowers and Other Plants Hike 9am. 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

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

When Species Collide 10am. How did Rancho del Oso become the park it is today? Who are the plants and animals that live here? Why are they here? How did humans influence the natural history of the Waddell Valley? Join Rancho del Oso docent Ken Koll for a 4-mile hike on the Skyline to Sea Bypass Trail. Bring water, snacks, and wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the Rancho del Oso entrance gate (yellow gate across from Waddell State Beach parking area), located off Highway 1 in Davenport. 427-2288

Earthly Colors: a Natural Dyes Workshop 10am-1pm. Learn how you can use locally sourced plants, minerals, and other natural materials to transform fabrics into beautiful works of art. Local artists Kate Jaffe and Kris Nardello will guide us through which materials to use for which color, how to turn these materials into dyes, and how to dye natural fabric or yarn. Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop 10am-Noon. See November 11.

Redwood Tours 11am. See November 4.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 11am & 2pm. See November 4.

Prenatal Breastfeeding 12-3pm. Nursing Mothers Counsel offers free prenatal breastfeeding classes on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz. 334-7250

Skill and Luck 1pm. Learn and play traditional games of the California Indians and Spanish that required skill and luck. Make a game to take home. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call 425-5849.

Ranch Tours 1pm. See November 4.

145th Anniversary Celebration of the Pigeon Point Light House 1-7 pm. This free event includes tours, information booths, live music, face painting, children’s activities, maritime author JoAnn Semones, food truck, and a native plant sale. The Visitor Center and park store will remain open through 7pm to show off the First Order Fresnel Lens, the original lighthouse beacon. For more information, please call (650) 879-2120.  email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit www.parks.ca.gov. Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park. Located 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay and 30 miles north of Santa Cruz, off Highway 1.

Robin Hood 2 pm. Join Alternative Family Education's 3rd - 6th graders for an exciting performance of this classic tale! Come cheer Robin and his gang in their quest for social justice. Performs at the Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz. Box Office and Will Call open 1 hour before show. Advance tickets ($6 youth, $8 adult) available at the AFE Resource Center (185 Benito Ave, Santa Cruz) Mon-Fri 10 - 3pm. At the door $10. 

Sunday, November 19

Overeaters Anonymous 9:05-10:15am. See November 5.

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk 9:30am. 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

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 11am & 2pm. See November 4.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Noon. See November 4.

Ranch Tours 1pm. See November 4.

Drop In Family Crafts – Ramillettas 1-3:30pm. Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can fashion a tin lantern in our garden courtyard or create colorful layered paper decorations. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. Rain cancels. For more information, please call 425-5849.

Robin Hood 2 pm. See November 18.

Monday, November 20

Wellness Group 10-11:30am. See November 6.

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

Santa Cruz New Mommy Musical MeetUp Every 3rd Monday. 12:30-2pm. 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! 239 High Street in Santa Cruz. More info at 438-3514. www.musicalme.com/

Tuesday, November 21

New Parents with Babies 3 Weeks to 4 Months 10-11:30am. See November 7.

Tumble-On-Tuesdays at JuneBug's Gym 12-3pm. See November 7.

Circus Arts Class 3:30-4:30pm. See November 7.

Youth Coalition Meeting 5-6:30pm. See November 7.

Birth Center Tour 6:30pm. See November 7.

Divorced Fathers Network 7:30-8:30pm. See November 7.

Wednesday, November 22

All Together Now! 9-11am. See November 1.

Bookshop Santa Cruz Story Time 10am. See November 1.

New Moms Support Group 10:30am. See November 1.

SLV Together in the Park Playgroup 10:30am. See November 1.

Breastfeeding Support Group 10:30am. See November 1.

Triple P @ Together in the Park (drop-in playgroup) 10:30am-12pm. See November 1.

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

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

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See November 1.

Female Survivor Support Group 6-7:30pm. See November 1.

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, November 23

Happy Thanksgiving!

Please verify that ongoing events are happening on the holiday.

Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting 9am. See November 2.

New Parents with Babies 4 Months to 9 Months 10-11:30am. See November 2.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk Thanksgiving 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

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See November 2.

Friday, November 24

Mission Building Game 11am. See November 10.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk Green Friday at 11am and 2pm. See November 4.

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

JOY! Nov. 24 – 26: Friday 2pm & 7pm.  Saturday 2pm & 7pm. Sunday 2pm. The holiday season kicks off with the return of Tandy Beal & Company, presenting another dazzling extravaganza for the whole family, JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music, featuring the reunion of Pickle Family Circus stars Pino and Razz – also known as Cirque du Soleil soloists Jeff Raz and Diane Wasnak. The show, which follows up on last year’s critically acclaimed Nutz RE-Mixed!, is set to the live music of award-winning a cappella group SoVoSó, performing original Candy Land flavored tunes and other seasonal favorites, accompanying a magical madcap holiday circus featuring world-class acrobats, dancers, and circus artists in a zany holiday spectacular. Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. For tickets ($9.75 - $50) and more information visit www.holiday-joy.com.

Nar-Anon Family Groups Fridays, 6:30-7:45pm. See November 3.

Saturday, November 25

Open Gym at JuneBug’s Gym Saturdays, 9am-12 pm. See November 4.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 11am & 2pm. See November 4.

Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walks 11am. See November 4.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Noon. See November 4.

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

Ranch Tours 1pm. See November 4.

Mission Cooking Demonstration 1pm. Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. Rain cancels. For more information, please call 425-5849.

JOY! 2pm & 7pm. See November 24.

Sunday, November 26

Overeaters Anonymous 9:05-10:15am. See November 5.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 11am & 2pm. See November 4.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Noon. See November 4.

Ranch Tours 1pm. See November 4.

JOY! 2pm. See November 24.

Monday, November 27

Wellness Group 10-11:30am. See November 6.

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

Tuesday, November 28

New Parents with Babies 3 Weeks to 4 Months 10-11:30am. See November 7.

Tumble-On-Tuesdays at JuneBug's Gym 12-3pm. See November 7.

Circus Arts Class 3:30-4:30pm. See November 7.

Youth Coalition Meeting 5-6:30pm. See November 7.

Birth Center Tour 6:30pm. See November 7.

Divorced Fathers Network 7:30-8:30pm. See November 7.

Wednesday, November 29

All Together Now! 9-11am. See November 1.

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 .

Bookshop Santa Cruz Story Time 10am. See November 1.

New Moms Support Group 10:30am. See November 1.

SLV Together in the Park Playgroup 10:30am. See November 1.

Breastfeeding Support Group 10:30am. See November 1.

Triple P @ Together in the Park (drop-in playgroup) 10:30am-12pm. See November 1.

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

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

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See November 1.

Female Survivor Support Group 6-7:30pm. See November 1.

Thursday, November 30

Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting 9am. See November 2.

New Parents with Babies 4 Months to 9 Months 10-11:30am. See November 2.

Color Your Stress Away: a unique program for adults 5:30-6:30pm. See November 2.

 

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