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Calendar March 2017

 

Wednesday, March 1

All Together Now! Offered now every Wednesday from 9-11am. For parents and children 9 to 3 years old. Come play with other parents & children, observe & discuss child development & build confidence in your parenting skills. Drop-in. Classes facilitated by experienced and friendly teachers. Sliding scale fee $3-7/class. No one turned away for inability to pay. Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz. 476-7284

El Patio de mi Casa Ongoing Wednesdays. 10am-12noon. For parents & their children 1-5 years old. Come play with other parents & children, observe & discuss child development & build confidence in your parenting skills. Drop-in. Classes facilitated in Spanish by experienced and friendly teachers. Sliding scale fee $3-7/class. No one turned away for inability 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

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, March 2

Together in the Park/Juntos en el Parque $5 drop-in fee. 9-11am. Ongoing Thursdays. Drop-in playgroup for parents & young children. Felt St. Park. 476-7284

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.

Together in the Park / Juntos en el Parque 9:30am-12:30pm. Ongoing Thursdays at Marinovich Park, 120 Second St., Watsonville. The class is FREE. Bilingual. For more information, call Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education at 786-2160 Cada jueves en el parque Marinovich, 120 Second St., Watsonville. La clase es GRATIS. Bilingüe. Para más información, llame a Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education 786-2160.

Marathon, Cover-To-Cover Live Reading George Orwell’s 1984 10am. Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods invite the community to a live, cover-to-cover reading of George Orwell’s iconic novel 1984. Readers, seeing the controversial and divisive actions of President Donald Trump, are rushing to George Orwell’s text, turning the chillingly dystopian classic into a sudden bestseller, sixty-eight years after it was first published. Orwellian was an adjective long before Trump acolyte Kellyanne Conway famously uttered the phrase “alternative facts” on television—but now younger readers are confronting the meanings of “newspeak” and “doublespeak” in a new era, and 1984 suddenly feels like a decoder ring to help make sense of our bewildering national crisis. This event serves both to celebrate a great work of imagination, and to speak to the current assault on basic freedoms and rights. The one-day marathon reading of 1984 will start at 10:00 a.m. and continue until the text is finished; we are featuring a lineup of local authors, educators, activists, youth, and others, each reading a twenty-minute portion of the book aloud. Chairs will be available in Bookshop’s skylight room for community members to stay for the entire reading, or drop in for whatever length they choose. There will also be a table in the reading room for people to write postcards, printed with 1984 quotes, to send to elected officials.

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.

Friday, March 3

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, and geology exhibit and "dig pit". 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 hour 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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County First Friday: Regional Arts Celebration 5-9pm. Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County will showcase 90 of the best local and regional youth art from the Pacific Region (California, Hawaii & Alaska) chosen by judges during a regional competition in Santa Cruz. Art categories include 1) Digital Arts (graphic design, music making, filmmaking, game design), 2) Image Makers (culture and tradition, nature and surroundings, portraits, editing, fashion and style) and 3) National Fine Arts (drawing, watercolor, printmaking, collage, mixed media, pastels, oil/acrylic and group project). Santa Cruz Art Center, 1001 Center St, Santa Cruz

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, March 4

Exploring the San Lorenzo River 8:30-10:30am. Join expert birders and wildlife specialists on guided walks along the San Lorenzo River! This series is a great opportunity to connect with local wildlife and fellow nature lovers, and to introduce young scientists to outdoor exploration. This is a FREE, family-friendly series. Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115

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

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 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

U.C. Santa Cruz Arboretum's Hummingbird Day 10am-4pm. The central coast’s premiere family nature event. Kids, grown-ups, birders, photographers, and nature lovers enjoy these amazing aerial acrobats and the gardens that host them. Take home nature craft-making, face painting, demonstrations and workshops, garden tours, and bird walks. Purchase unique souvenirs, plants, and delicious food and drinks. Arboretum Rd. and Empire Grade Rd. $10 Adults, $5 Members. Free to children under 12 and UCSC students. For complete information: http:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop 10am-Noon. Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryle VanDeVeer for a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary. All materials supplied. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Day Use Area located off Hwy 9 in Felton. 335-7077

Guided Redwood Grove Walks 11am. Saturdays & 1pm on Sundays. 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 located off of Hwy 9 in Felton. Tour is free; day-use parking is $10. 335-7077

Tour of the Grey Whale Ranch Area 11am. On this challenging 6-7.5 mile hike we will explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch parking area. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Rain cancels. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1. 426-0505

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours 11am-3pm. Tour of the ranch houses at 1 pm. Visit an early day dairy ranch and step back in time to the late 1800’s at Wilder Ranch State Park. Join the 1-hour tour of the 1897 Victorian home, 1896 water-powered machine shop, and other historic buildings. You can also play Victorian games or bring a picnic to enjoy on the front lawn, visit the farm animals and see what activities are taking place on the ranch this weekend; You may learn about hand quilting, watch blacksmithing, or wood stove baking techniques. Wilder Ranch State Park, Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1. 426-0505

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 11am & 2pm. Saturdays and Sundays. 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 Park Headquarters. 338-8883

Salamander Saturday Noon-4pm. Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains talk by herpetologist Amy Patten at 1pm. Ranger-led hike at 3pm. Join us as the “Ranch of the Bear” becomes “Ranch of the Newt,” and participate in our annual celebration honoring the often overlooked, but well adapted amphibians. Live amphibians will be available for viewing. Ranger led salamander hike will start at 3 pm on the mile long Marsh Trail. Herpetologist Amy Patten will be presenting a talk on “Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains” at 1 pm. This free event is appropriate for all ages. The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call 427-2288.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike! Noon. Explore the park’s less traveled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually 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 Park Headquarters. Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. 338-8883

Choose Your Own Adventure Tour 1pm. Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same! Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. 335-7077

3rd Annual Light Up the Night Bike Ride The ride will depart from the Bicycle Trip at 1001 Soquel Ave. at 6:30pm, with activities beginning at 4:30pm. community bike ride on to encourage safe nighttime cycling. The pre-ride festival will include free bike lights donated by Bell Helmets and other sponsors, activities including reflective bike and helmet decorating, and a free raffle. The family-friendly community ride is rain or shine, and will feature on-bike sound systems, and prizes for best costume, brightest bike, and brightest rider. The ride will depart from the Bicycle Trip at 1001 Soquel Ave. at 6:30pm, with activities beginning at 4:30pm. The event is free, and cyclists of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Sunday, March 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

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours 11am-3pm. See March 4.

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

Wee Tumble Time 11am-Noon. Wee Tumble Time is a drop in program for new walkers through Kindergarten age boys and girls and their parents or guardians designed to explore our gym with our fabulous instructors! $10/child. Please call in advance to reserve a spot for you and your child or visit our website to register online and see what other exciting events are taking place in at our gym for the new year. Space is limited so sign up today!Santa Cruz Gymnastics Center, 2750-B Soquel Ave. 462-0655. www.scgym.com

Guided Redwood Grove Walks 1pm. See March 4.

Monday, March 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 March 1.

Tuesday, March 7

Exploring Big Basin 9am. Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and 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 Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

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

Kids Community Ice Cream Social Every Tuesday this month is Community Day from 1-4 pm! All kids Ice Cream Scoops are just $1! Marini's Downtown, 1308 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 423-3299. www.mariniscandies.com

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

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

Awana Club! 6:30-8pm. Awana is a weekly international Bible club for boys and girls. Ages 3 - 6th grade are welcome every Tuesday night for a fun night of singing, Bible lessons, awards for Scripture memory and games. Felton Bible Church, 5999 Graham Hill Rd, Felton. Pre-register on line: feltonbiblechurch.org. For more information call 335-3418.

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, March 8

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

El Patio de mi Casa 10am. See March 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 9

Together in the Park/Juntos en el Parque 9am. See March 2.

Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting 9am. See March 2.

School Day Tours @ Gateway School 9-11am. Prospective families are invited to tour Gateway School’s campus to see firsthand how our program inspires children to become passionate scholars and compassionate citizens. Enjoy our engaging classrooms in action while meeting students, parents, and our Head of School! Call 423-0341 ext. 302 for questions.

Together in the Park / Juntos en el Parque 9:30am-12:30pm. See March 2.

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

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

Friday, March 10

The Auction Monarch Community School, is holding our annual online auction to help raise money for our school.  Funds raised will be used towards monthly thematic field trips, art and music programs, Life Lab, and classroom aide positions. The Auction will be hosted on www.biddingforgood.com/monarchcommunity/theauction  from March 10-19, and is open to bidders nationwide.

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley 10am. Join Docent Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of the Waddell Valley’s plants within Rancho del Oso’s seven diverse habitats. This walk is a leisurely hike through Waddell Valley. This monthly hike is great for those interested in natural history and our local flora. Bring a snack, water and your curiosity! Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. 427-2288

Free Story Time and Craft Time 10:30am. Join us on the second Friday of each month for free story time and craft time. Great for toddlers and preschoolers. All are welcome! Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources, 4101-B2 Soquel Dr (at 41st and Soquel). www.wonderlandsantacruz.com. 316-7261

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

Nar-Anon Family Groups 6:30-7:45pm. See March 3.

Saturday, March 11

Exploring the San Lorenzo River 8:30-10:30am. See March 4.

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walk 9am. On this two to three hour, 6-7.5 mile 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, plenty of water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Rain cancels hike. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Wilder Ranch State Park, located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1. 426-0505

Volunteer with the Trail Crew 9am. Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236.

Open Gym at JuneBug’s Gym 9am-12 pm. See March 4.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop 10am-Noon. See March 4.

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk 10:30am. On this dog-, stroller- and wheelchair-friendly walk, we travel 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, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with Docent Laurie Bergren and her dog Musa. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. 338-8883

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

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours 11am-3pm. See March 4.

Guided Redwood Grove Walks 11am. See March 4.

Choose Your Own Adventure Tour 1pm. See March 4.

Snake Park Saturday 2pm. 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 Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley! Ranger Station is located ¼ mile inland from the yellow gate across from Waddell State Beach parking lot. For more information, please call 427-2288.

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." RSVP/registration requested, but not required. Register: www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-doulas-march-11-2017-tickets or Email: MTD@ birthnet.org (Participating doulas must register at the same email.) Location: Pacific Cultural Center - Gallery room, upstairs, 1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz.

29th Annual Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair 5-7pm. Public Viewing of the Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair is a regional academic Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades K-12. This annual event promotes high quality student research in science and engineering in Santa Cruz County schools, and provides opportunities for advancement of finalists to state and international science and engineering competitions. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

Sunday, March 12

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

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

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours 11am-3pm. See March 4.

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

Wee Tumble Time 11am-Noon. See March 5.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike! Noon. See March 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 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. 427-2288

Guided Redwood Grove Walks 1pm. See March 4.

Guided Adobe Tour 1pm. Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Discover the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. This event is free. Tours are conducted rain or shine. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call 425-5849 for more information.

Monday, March 13

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

Baby Happy Hour at JuneBug's Gym!! 12:15-1:15pm. See March 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? Do you “know in your bones” what ideas, memories and values you’d like to pass on? Led by Dr. Pat Hanson author of Invisible Grandparenting: Leave a Legacy of Love Whether You Can Be There or Not this will be a safe structured environment for sharing stories if you so choose, and learning healthy ways to deal with separation from anyone. Co-sponsored by Alienated Grandparents Anonymous http://www.aga-fl.org/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.

Taller de Triple P: Desarrollando buenas rutinas a la hora de dormir 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 de crianza GRATIS para aprender: Razones comunes del por qué los niños tienen dificultad a la hora de ir a la cama y dormir toda la noche; Cómo crear tranquilas rutinas que funcionan para toda la familia a la hora de dormir; Consejos para ayudar a los niños a desarrollar hábitos saludables a la hora de dormir. Presentado en español por: Sandra Rodelo – Puentes de Comunidad, La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios. Ubicación: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 521 Main St, Sala E, Watsonville. 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 www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

Tuesday, March 14

Exploring Big Basin 9am. See March 7.

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

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

Kids Community Ice Cream Social 1pm. See March 7.

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

Mac Barnett And Brian Biggs Noisy Night 4pm. Parents, bring your kids ages pre-school to grade one for an event celebrating Mac Barnett’s newest children’s book! It's a noisy night in this city building: What could be making those baa-ing, cawing, cha-cha-cha-ing sounds? Climb floor-by-floor and page-by-page to find out whose singing, dancing, cheering, and cooing are keeping a grumpy old man awake in a multi-story apartment building deep in the city. With innovative split-level spreads that offer the feeling of climbing a building level by level, this clever and colorful collaboration between New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and gifted illustrator Brian Biggs offers an irresistible investigation of one noisy night. PLUS: In honor of NOISY NIGHT, we are throwing a NOISY pajama party! With crafts, activities, and prizes, our hosts for the evening will be wearing their PJs, and we'll be offering extra goodies for pajama-clad patrons who come to see Mac and Brian talk. In fact, Mac and Brian just might be wearing their jammies as well. Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Youth Coalition Meeting 5pm. See March 7.

Awana Club! 6:30-8pm. See March 7.

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

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

Wednesday, March 15

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

Mt. Madonna Campus Tour 9:30am. With a program focusing on positive character development, creative self-expression and academic excellence for students preschool through grade 12, Mount Madonna School (MMS) offers a unique educational experience that prepares students for college and career. Visit the campus, tour the facilities and appreciate this stimulating learning environment. To RSVP contact Benná Dimig at 408-846-4042 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Charting a New Course: Breaking the Ties that Bind Join us for this two hour workshop in the morning at 10 or in the evening at 6. Tina McRorie, leader of Monterey Bay Parenting, presents this free introduction to the Attached at the Heart Parenting Program. Learn how environment and culture influence child rearing attitudes and practices, the effects of nature and nurture on the developing child, and how a child’s attachment to their primary caregiver(s) is the foundation for the capacity to form trusting, secure relationships as adults. Full Moon Birth and Family Wellness Center, 701 Mission St., Santa Cruz. Tickets are free but space is limited. Register yourself (and your partner or supporter) atwww.fullmoonbirthing.com . For more information contact Tina at 332-0864.

El Patio de mi Casa 10am. See March 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 16

Together in the Park/Juntos en el Parque 9am. See March 2.

Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting 9am. See March 2.

Together in the Park / Juntos en el Parque 9:30am-12:30pm. See March 2.

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

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

Friday, March 17

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

Nar-Anon Family Groups 6:30-7:45pm. See March 3.

Saturday, March 18

Exploring the San Lorenzo River 8:30-10:30am. See March 4.

Open Gym at JuneBug’s Gym 9am-12 pm. See March 4.

Coffee Talk and Crafts 9:30am-12:30pm. Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. A Docent will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity! Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. 338-8883

Winter Wildflower Walk! 10am. Lichens, mosses, fungus and many chaparral plants bloom this time of year. Join Docent Kathy Willott on this four-mile, three-hour walk and meet some of the less-famous, but still beautiful, plants of the redwood forest! Bring water and lunch. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. 338-8883

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours 11am-3pm. See March 4.

Guided Redwood Grove Walks 11am. See March 4.

Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walk 11am. On this 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 now available to borrow. This is a family-friendly walk. Rain cancels. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Wilder Ranch State Park. Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk 11am & 2pm. See March 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

Choose Your Own Adventure Tour 1pm. See March 4.

Story Time Walk 1-1:30pm. Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time! Starting at Park Headquarters, we’ll walk through ancient redwoods while reading a story about an animal, forest, bird, insect–who knows? We’ll stop and read one page, walk a bit then read the next page until we finish the story. We’ll end up at the historic campfire circle and gather for Nature’s Reading Room, where you can choose from a wide variety of books about trees, animals, birds, bugs and more for the whole family to read together. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Music Camp Kick-Off Concert and Fundraiser 1-4:30pm. Community Music School (CMS) of Santa Cruz County will host a kick-off concert for its summer music camps. The event will include live music by Molly’s Revenge; the CMS Teen Band; Shape Note Choir; Deby Benton Grosjean and her Ginormous String Band; and several CMS faculty. The event and refreshments are free, but donations are encouraged. A silent auction will round out the afternoon. It all takes place at the Episcopal Church of St. John, 125 Canterbury Drive in Aptos. CommunityMusicSchool.org.

Nature’s Reading Room 1:30-3pm. Come sit in our beautiful campfire center, under ancient redwoods—nature’s reading room—and choose a book or two to read with your family. Drop by anytime between 1:00-3:00 and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy. Nature’s Reading Room is at our campfire center, across from Park Headquarters. Big Basin Park Headquarters is located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Sunday, March 19

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

What's that Bird? 9:30am. This easy, one-mile stroll with Docent Karen DeMello will introduce you to the birds of the redwood forest. Beginner birders are welcomed! Bring binoculars if you have them–but they’re not required. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours 11am-3pm. See March 4.

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

Wee Tumble Time 11am-Noon. See March 5.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike! Noon. See March 4.

Guided Redwood Grove Walks 1pm. See March 4.

Monday, March 20

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

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

Westside Parent Education Nursery School Open House 3:30-5pm. Visit our classroom on the Bayview Elementary campus as 1231 Bay Street, meet our teachers and talk to other parents to find out why WPENS is their school of choice. Westside Parent Education Nursery School, celebrating 46 years of growing strong families and building a brighter future for children.

Triple P Workshop: Developing Good Bedtime Routines 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: Common reasons why children have difficulty going to bed and sleeping through the night; How to create peaceful bedtime routines that work for the whole family; Tips to help children develop healthy sleep habits. 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 Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges, La Manzana Community Resources. Location: United Way of Santa Cruz County, S.H. Cowell Conference Room, 4450 Capitola Rd, 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 www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

Tuesday, March 21

Exploring Big Basin 9am. See March 7.

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

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

Santa Cruz New Mommy Musical MeetUp 12-1:30pm. 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 3rd Tuesday at Native Sons Hall, 239 High St, Santa Cruz. More info at 438-3514. www.musicalme.com/

Kids Community Ice Cream Social 1pm. See February 7.

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

Youth Coalition Meeting 5pm. See March 7.

Awana Club! 6:30-8pm. See March 7.

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

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

Wednesday, March 22

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

El Patio de mi Casa 10am. See March 1.

Open House @ The Village/Elementary Campus of Tara Redwood Elementary School 10-11am. Join us for a guided tour around our Village Campus. We will briefly observe each class in session followed by a thirty minute Q&A. This event is for parents only. Space is limited so please RSVP at 462.9632. Please arrive at the campus by 10am. 4746 Soquel Drive, Soquel. www.tararedwoodschool.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

Female Survivor Support Group 6-7:30pm. See March 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, March 23

Together in the Park/Juntos en el Parque 9am. See March 2.

Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting 9am. See March 2.

Together in the Park / Juntos en el Parque 9:30am-12:30pm. See March 2.

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

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

Friday, March 24

Triple P Workshop: Crying Infants 10am-12pm. Are you a new parent with a crying baby? Are you unsure whether crying means your baby is uncomfortable, hungry or tired? Attend this Triple P – Positive Parenting Program workshop to get tips that will help you understand your baby’s cries, soothe your baby, and teach your child how to self-soothe as she or he gets older. This Triple P Workshop is offered through the Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) and is open to the public. Cost is $30 per person. Please note: child care is not available at this location. Presented in English by: Dr. Lourdes Barraza, Psychological Assistant. Location: Dominican Rehab Solarium, 610 Frederick St, Santa Cruz. To register: Contact Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) office at 457-7099 or register online at www.dignityhealth.org/dominican/pep

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

Nar-Anon Family Groups 6:30-7:45pm. See March 3.

Saturday, March 25

Exploring the San Lorenzo River 8:30-10:30am. See March 4.

Tour of the Grey Whale Ranch Area 9am. See March 4.

Open Gym at JuneBug’s Gym 9am-12 pm. See March 4.

Coffee Talk and Crafts 9:30am-12:30pm. See March 18.

Guided Redwood Grove Walks 11am. See March 4.

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

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours 11am-3pm. See March 4.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike! Noon. See March 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 Park Headquarters and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Big Basin Park Headquarters is located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Stop by anytime to meet the snake and talk to Diane. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. 338-8883

Choose Your Own Adventure Tour 1pm. See March 4.

Family Discovery Walk 1pm. Enjoy a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin’s redwood forest! We’ll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile roundtrip walk that lasts about 1.5 hours. Bring water, a snack and an adventurous spirit! Rain cancels. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Sunday, March 26

Guided Bird Walk 8am. Meet in the campground for an approximately 1-mile stroll to discover the wintering birds of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The campground is located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Please no pets. For more information, please call 335-7077. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

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

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk 10am. See March 11.

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours 11am-3pm. See March 4.

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

Wee Tumble Time 11am-Noon. See March 5.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike! Noon. See March 4.

Guided Redwood Grove Walks 1pm. See March 4.

Creeping Forest Ramble 1pm. Explore the natural history of this less-visited trail with Docent Hal Anjo on a 3-hour, 3.5-mile hike up and down the “creeping” terrain, along creeks, through fire-scarred redwoods and over log bridges. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Guided Adobe Tour 1pm. See March 12.

Monday, March 27

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

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

Tuesday, March 28

Exploring Big Basin 9am. See March 7.

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

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

Kids Community Ice Cream Social 1pm. See February 7.

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

Youth Coalition Meeting 5pm. See March 7.

Awana Club! 6:30-8pm. See March 7.

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

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

Wednesday, March 29

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

El Patio de mi Casa 10am. See March 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 30

Celebrating the Cultures of America 9am. The public is invited to Mount Madonna School’s Cultural Awareness Assembly, featuring presentations on the art, culture, people and traditions of the diverse cultures that comprise America, by Pre/K through 5th grade students. The program will include songs, dance, poetry, short plays, and visual arts. Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. For more information: (408) 847-2717. www.MountMadonnaSchool.org

Together in the Park/Juntos en el Parque 9am. See March 2.

Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting 9am. See March 2.

Together in the Park / Juntos en el Parque 9:30am-12:30pm. See March 2.

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

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

Friday, March 31

Celebrating the Cultures of America 9am. See March 30.

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

Nar-Anon Family Groups 6:30-7:45pm. See March 3.

 

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