Money Matters Financial Literacy Series @ Scotts Valley Branch Library
Oct 20 2018 @ 10:00 am – May 18 2019 @ 11:00 am

Start to develop a better understanding of how to manage your personal finances. Learn about a different topic on the 3rd Saturday of each month with George Haas and Anthony Rovai, financial advisers at Money Concepts Capital Corporation. Start getting your personal finances in shape. The series starts on October 20th and runs through May 2019.

Youth Employment Workshops @ Felton Branch Library
Oct 23 2018 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 26 2019 @ 7:30 pm

A free monthly series for youth (ages 14-25) focusing on employment strategies presented by Patricia Greenway or Access2Employment. The first program will be an introduction and overview of the series. Subsequent programs will focus on Job Applications, Effective Resume and Cover Letter Writing, Job Search Techniques, and Acing the Interview. Workshops will be the 4th Tuesday of the month October 2018 thru March 2019, skipping December 2018.

Jan 2 @ 8:00 am – Apr 12 @ 10:00 pm



Registration for the Cabrillo Youth Strings Music Program is underway. An entry level String Orchestra Class, 4th-6th Grade Beginning Strings for violin, viola and cello will be offered on Fridays, 4:00-5:15, beginning February 1, VAPA5137. Students must provide their own instruments.

Auditions for Festival Strings (beginning note-readers) and Cabrillo Strings (intermediate-advanced) will be held on Friday, February 1, 3:45-4:15 with rehearsals on Fridays. Festival Strings will meet in VAPA5156, 4:15-5:45 and Cabrillo Strings will meet in VAPA5141, 4:15-5:55.The first rehearsal will be Friday, February 1 at the Music Building, VAPA 5000. Our concert will be April 12, 7:00 p.m., Samper Recital Hall.

String players ages 5 to 18 are welcome to join the private lesson and string orchestral programs. For those interested in participating in or making contributions to this program, please call (831) 479-6101 or see our website,

Jan 10 @ 8:00 am – Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm


From January 10th through March 14th there will be plenty to do in Aptos!

Starting with a book discussion group at the Aptos Library and ending with a “Lunch with Steinbeck” fundraising event hosted by the Aptos Street BBQ there will be a dizzying array of opportunities to learn about and gain appreciation for our magnificent Monterey Bay.

We will celebrate the work of local author and professor, Stephen R. Palumbi, and Carolyn Sotka with their bookThe Death & Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival. Come join the community for the Author talk, speakers, films, outings and more, all taking place right here in Aptos! Events are open to public all are free except where noted.

For information on how you can become involved please contact

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The Death and Life of Monterey Bay

A Story of Revival

by Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka




January 10th – Aptos Library Book Group Discussion led by Judy McNeely ~ 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

January 14th – Aptos Branch Book Display throughout the month

January 16th – La Selva Beach Library Book Group Discussion ~ 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

January 19th –  Aptos Library Friends Book Sale 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.

January 22nd – Film Series ~ Saving Otter 501. Presented by Michelle Staedler, Otter Expert at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA). The film follows the 501st otter pup to be rescued by the aquarium from the time she is found, her rehabilitation and release into the wild. Learn about MBA’s otter rescue program. Popcorn provided. Show your library card and get a free cookie! ~ Twin Lakes Church, 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Monschke Hall, Room 7100 ~ 6:30–8:30 pm.

January 26th – *Speaker Series ~ Dan Haifley, Director, O’Neill Sea Odyssey and Newspaper Columnist, in collaboration with the Aptos History Museum, presents: “The Death and Life of Monterey Bay.” $10 donation requested to benefit the Aptos History Museum. ~ Rio Sands Community Room, 116 Aptos Beach Drive. ~ 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

January 30th – Panel Discussion ~ Monterey Bay: Today’s Heroes. Dr. Richard Starr, Moss Landing Marine Labs; Ross Clark, Central Coast Wetlands Group; Dr. Melissa Miller, CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife; Dr. Jim Barry, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Inst.; and Dr. John Hunt, UC Davis. ~ La Selva Beach Clubhouse, 314 Estrella Avenue. ~ 7 p.m.

February month – Display of award-winning children’s picture books about beaches, sea life and environmental preservation. Selected by Julie Olsen Edwards, Cabrillo College Peace & Anti-Bias Library. ~ Youth Services Rm Aptos Library

February 6th – La Selva Beach Library Film Night. More details to be announced. ~ 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

February 7th – Speaker Series ~ Nicole Crane, Cabrillo College faculty Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences, presents her One People One Reef project documentary (produced and directed by Kelsey Doyle): Hofagie Laamle, a unique project focused on sustainable oceans, indigenous people, and coral reef management in the Western Pacific. Nicole is Project colead for One People, One Reef. ~ Cabrillo Horticulture, Room 5005, 6500 Soquel Dr. ~ 7 – 8:30 pm

February 9th – Save Our Shores Beach Clean-up at Rio Del Mar Beach. Come pitch in to help keep our beaches clean and safe! A fun and rewarding activity for the whole family! ~ Rio Del Mar Beach ~ 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

February 12th – Speaker Series ~ Mark Silberstein, Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF): “The Return of the Slough: Fifty years of Conservation at the Heart of Monterey Bay- the story of Elkhorn Slough.” Mark will share stories of the restoration and stewardship of the slough, the progress and the challenges ahead for this rich environment. ~ Rio Sands Community Room, 116 Aptos Beach Drive. ~ 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

February 16th –  Aptos Library Friends Book Sale 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.

February 19th – Trivia Night ~ Come show off your knowledge of facts from the book, The Death & Life of Monterey Bay. County Supervisor, Zach Friend, will be our Emcee and conduct the festivities. Bring your book clubs! Food & drink available for purchase. ~ Seascape Golf Club, 610 Club House Dr. 6 – 8 p.m. ~ RSVP required:

February 21st – Author Talk ~ Join us for a conversation with Author Stephen Palumbi, Professor, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, and Mark Carr, Professor of Biology, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz, as they discuss the fascinating history of Monterey Bay and the people who have had an impact on its inhabitants, both human and marine. Co-sponsored by Save Our Shores. Introduction by Nicole Crane, Cabrillo College Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences. ~ Cabrillo College Samper Recital Hall ~ 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

February 27th – Film Series ~ Of the Sea. Presented by Melissa Mahoney, Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust. Tells the story of California fishing communities and presents a compelling story of the future of sustainable seafood. Popcorn provided. Show your library card and get a free cookie! ~ Aptos Library Conference Room ~ 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

March 2nd – *Docent-led walk at Elkhorn Slough. Come learn all about the slough and why it has been designated a Wetland of international Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Hiking trails through marshes, woodlands and tidal creeks where you can see pelicans, herons, egrets, sea lions, otters and… maybe sharks! Bring a picnic lunch if you wish. ~ Elkhorn Slough Visitor Center ~ 9:30 a.m. to noon.

March 7th – Aptos High School and Delta School “Art and Poetry” Event. Students will present original works of poetry, and personal stories relating to the book. An exhibition will be on display by AHS art students and Delta School students as a competition to redesign the book jacket of The Death and Life of Monterey Bay. Come see and applaud the creativity and imagination of these young people! ~ Aptos High School Performing Arts Building ~ 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

March 10th – *Elkhorn Slough Boat Safari. Playful sea otters, curious harbor seals, boisterous sea lions, and hundreds of bird species abound as you explore one of California’s most spectacular wetlands aboard a stable, 27-foot, U.S. Coast Guard-inspected pontoon boat. Fun and informative for the whole family! $30 per person, only 22 seats available. ~Dock”A” Moss Landing South Harbor, 7881 Sandholdt Rd ~ 11 am – 1 pm ~ RSVP required:

March 14th – Lunch with Steinbeck ~ Topsy Smalley, Research Librarian and Cabrillo College Librarian Emerita will lead a fun discussion of Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. Come get your literary fix and enjoy delicious barbeque, while discussing this timeless tale of Doc (based on the real Ed Ricketts) and the people who inhabited the cannery district of Monterey during Steinbeck’s time. Fundraising ~ Bring your friends: 15% of the proceeds will be donated by Aptos St. BBQ to the Friends of the Aptos Library ~ Aptos St. BBQ, 8059 Aptos St.~ 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

March 16th –  Aptos Library Friends Book Sale 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.

* All events are open to the public, and all are free except where noted with*

Find full description of events and latest updates on our website:

Triple P 8-Week Group: For families with children 2-12 years old @ San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School Library
Jan 10 @ 5:54 pm – Feb 28 @ 5:54 pm

Attend this 8-week Triple P Group to meet other families and learn simple strategies to help you: Strengthen relationships in your family; Encourage positive behaviors; Teach your child new skills & behaviors; Handle disruptive or challenging behaviors with greater confidence; Take care of yourself as a parent.

This Triple P Group is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges – Mountain Community Resources
Location: San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School Library, 7155 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600 x6605 or or register online at‐trainings

The Monterey Bay Rose Society: Rose Care and Pruning Classes @ See event for venue location and address
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm

The Monterey Bay Rose Society has scheduled Rose Care and Pruning Classes for the months of January and February.  The classes are taught by ARS Certified Consulting Rosarians.  We are eager to share our many years of rose growing experiences.  The class lasts about 2 hours, handouts are provided, along with our membership information. Classes include pruning of rose buses of various varieties, planting, control of garden pests and diseases and choice and maintenance of garden tools and implements.  We can also help you select a rose to fit your garden needs.  Classes dates are listed below:



January 12                       10:00 am            MBRS Display Rose Garden

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

2661 E Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA

You can watch us prune as we teach or your can join us and get your hands on our roses and prune.

(This is your chance to practice on our roses…as this is a hands-on class, bring your pruners, gloves shovels, etc wear comfortable clothing & shoes & join in)

January 13                         10:00 am               MBRS Display Rose Garden

(See above)


January 19                         10:00 am            Alladin Nursery & Gift Shop

2905 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, CA 90576



January 26                         10:00 am            San Lorenzo Nursery & Garden Center

235 River St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060



February 2                         10:00 am            Bokay Nursery

30 Hitchcock Rd, Salinas, CA


February 23                      10:00 am            Alladin Nursery & Gift Shop

2905 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, CA 95076


Please contact me with your questions.


Janey’ Malatesta Leonardich,

Monterey Bay Rose Society – Master Rosarian – Secretary



Pickwick Book Club discussion @ Santa Cruz Downtown Public Library
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 4:00 pm

The Santa Cruz Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly September-June to discuss a nineteenth century novel. Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations to help us contextualize our readings.

Brought to you by the Dickens Project at UCSC & the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

January book: Our Mutual Friend (Book IV) by Charles Dickens

February-June book: Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

Girls Who Code: Session A @ Scotts Valley Branch Library
Jan 17 @ 3:30 pm – Mar 21 @ 4:30 pm

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a program meant to bridge the gender gap in the field of tech. In Session A, 3-5th grade girls will build sisterhood, read and reflect on the Girls Who Code book, and complete various challenges over a 10-week course. Participants must attend all classes. Space is limited and attendees MUST register.

All About Theatre presents Honk! The Musical @ Louden Nelson Community Theater
Jan 18 – Jan 26 all-day

Live On Stage!
All About Theatre Presents Honk! Performed by over 30 talented local youth ages 10-16 years old.

Since it first hatched in 1993, Stiles & Drewe’s musical, Honk!, has winged its way around the world in over 8,000 productions and in many different languages. Winner of multiple awards, including the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical, this heartwarming celebration of being different is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit and memorable score.

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out that being different is not a bad thing to be.

Honk! is a popular family-friendly musical. Showcasing the talents of our young actors with it’s bouncing score and universal story, this touching musical captivates audiences and warms your heart.

Friday, January 18 @ 7 pm
Saturday, January 19 @ 2 pm and 7 pm
Friday, January 25 @ 7 pm
Saturday, January 26 @ 2 pm and 7 pm

$13 – Students & Seniors (over 62)
$16 – General Admission
$20 – Reserved Seating
6 years old and under free when sitting in lap

Louden Nelson Community Theater
301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

For more info contact:
Lindsey Chester


(831) 345-6340

Geezers Golfers of Valley Gardens @ Valley Gardens
Jan 23 all-day

Geezer Golfers of Valley Gardens

8:30am, Valley Gardens 263 Mt. Hermon Road, Scotts Valley

Feeling over par? So do we. The “Geezer Golfers of Valley Gardens” invites you to join our affable group of senior citizens on Wednesdays at Valley Gardens, a beautiful 9-hole, par 31 course. Geezer Club membership is optional. Questions? Call Jim at 831.685.3829.