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.

Beginners’ Genealogy Workshop @ Santa Cruz Downtown Branch Library
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm

The Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County is offering an afternoon workshop for those interested in getting started with genealogy. SSCC member Mike Epperson will present an “Introduction to Genealogy”. It is aimed towards beginner researchers or it can serve as a refresher course for those wanting to recharge their basic research skills. Topics will revolve around family research basics such as:

-Getting started on your tree
-Basic Forms
-Free research databases available with your SCPL library card, such as,, Heritage Quest
-Tips for using Library edition
-Software programs available for recording your tree
-GSSCC library collection and resources available at the SCPL
-Local papers on microfilm &
-Overview on how to use a census
-DNA basics

This workshop is free and open to the general public. For more information visit under upcoming events or call 427-7707 ext. 5794.

Legally Speaking: Elder Law and Abuse with Anna Penrose @ Downtown Santa Cruz Branch Library
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm

This March we will discuss Elder Abuse. Local attorneys Anna M. Penrose-Levig of Penrose Chun & Gorman, LLP, Pamela Simmons of Simmons & Purdy, and Assistant District Attorney William Atkinson will provide information regarding how seniors in our community can protect themselves. The presenters will address a variety of common situations including different examples of financial elder abuse and various types of fraud commonly targeting seniors. The presentation will address legal and practical tools that seniors can use to protect themselves from being victimized, as well as how they may be able to recover money and property wrongfully taken from them. William Atkinson will share information about: current types of scams being perpetrated against seniors and consumers in Santa Cruz County; how to identify and prevent falling victim to these types of scams; who to report these scams to; and tips to remember before responding to an unsolicited offer via the telephone, mail, email, or at your front door. Anna M. Penrose-Levig will share information about how seniors can protect themselves with basic estate planning tools. She will also provide information about civil law suits that can be brought to address financial elder abuse. Pamela Simmons will share information about the many different ways scammers seek to rob seniors of their savings, home equity or even just their piece of mind.

Legally Speaking is a new series intended to answers questions about the most frequent legal issues people in our community face. These community discussions, focusing on legal and financial life events, will take place at various locations throughout the county. Legally Speaking is also intended to raise awareness about legal and professional resources available through the Santa Cruz County BAR Association, the Santa Cruz County Law Library, and the Santa Cruz County Court.