Community briefs, April 12, 2019

Literary Arts Series at the Watsonville Public Library

WATSONVILLE — Poets’ Circle Poetry Reading Series welcomes Ken Weisner to celebrate the recent publication of his collection, Cricket to Star at Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main Street on Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Weisner teaches English at De Anza College Community College, where he advises and edits Red Wheelbarrow. His poems have appeared recently in Perfume River Poetry Review, Catamaran, Caesura, Nine Mile, Porter Gulch Review and Phren-Z. He also teaches poetry writing at Salinas Valley State Prison.

An open mic will follow featured reader. Refreshments Provided.

This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Watsonville Library.

For information, visit or contact event producer Magdalena Montagne at [email protected] or 252-5776.


A taste of history

APTOS — Dine at the Aptos Erik’s Delicafé in the Rancho Del Mar center between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on April 15 and Erik’s will donate a portion of its sales to the Aptos History Museum.


High Time for Tea and Fashion

APTOS — Dust off your hats and sun dresses, bring your friends and enjoy a real high tea party with a buffet spread of sandwiches, mini croissants, scones, mini-quiches, petit fours and chocolate dipped strawberries.

The High Time for Tea and Fashion! fashion show will happen Sunday at the Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy the fashion show featuring all the latest spring trends from local stores. Partial proceeds to benefit Caroline’s Non Profit Thrift Shop.

Tickets are $60 per person. $25 bottomless mimosas available for purchase in advance or at the door.

Reservations required.

Purchase your tickets by calling 688-1467 or online at


SACO hosting Rack of Lamb BBQ

WATSONVILLE — The Slavic American Cultural Organization is hosting its Annual Lamb barbeque at Moreland Notre Dame Gymnasium, 133 Brennan St. in Watsonville, on April 27 at 4 p.m.

Adult tickets are $35 and children under 12 are $10. No tickets will be sold at the door. Reservations must be made by April 24. Take out is available at 6 p.m.

For information, call Susan at 722-3268 or Maryann at 408-828-52065


PV Community Health Trust Explores Plant-Based Eating Patterns for Diabetes

The Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust on March 29 hosted the 16th Annual Diabetes Forum, which explored the theme of plant-based eating patterns for diabetes and featured a community panel discussion on efforts to increase healthy eating behaviors in the Pajaro Valley.

Keynote speaker Meghan Jardine, the associate director of diabetes nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting preventative medicine through better nutrition and higher standards in research, discussed the benefits of plant-based nutrition for diabetes and offered guidance on how healthcare providers in the Pajaro Valley can implement plant-based eating in their clinical practice. Jardine ended her presentation with a plant-based cooking demonstration and distributed samples of her chili and coleslaw.

The complete panel included speakers from local nonprofits Food, What?! (Irene O’Connell), Extended Learning/Fitness 4 Life (Patrick Littleton), Second Harvest Food Bank (Julio Andrade), Mesa Verde Gardens (Hugo Nava) and Farm Discovery (Jessica Ridgeway) discussed the impact of healthy eating for individuals they serve.

DeAndre James, the Health Trust’s new Executive Director, announced the 16th Annual Community Health Fair will take place on May 10 at La Plaza in downtown Watsonville from 4-7 p.m.


Micro-Business Summit returns

APTOS — The fourth annual Micro-Business Summit, the largest small business event in Santa Cruz County, will return to Cabrillo College’s Aptos campus on May 3.

The summit, which will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature more than 40 speakers, and several valuable sessions on topics important to local small business owners looking to grow their profiles.

Tickets are available at The price is $49.

Enrollment is limited to 300 participants.

The event includes an afternoon mixer with door prizes, and a complimentary breakfast and lunch.


Students invited to apply for city internship program

WATSONVILLE — City and school district officials are inviting high school students to apply for the Summer in the City internship program.

This program gives incoming juniors and seniors enrolled in a Pajaro Valley Unified School District high school an inside look of the inner-workings of local government, while preparing them to enter into the workforce.

A total of 21 students will be selected to participate in the program.

The internship runs weekdays on June 17 through July 5. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon, with the internship taking place from 1-5 p.m.

Participants will receive a $500 stipend, and 2.5 elective credits.

For information, call Elizabeth Padilla at 768-3018 or [email protected].


Caltrans seeking applicants for scholarship program

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Caltrans District 5 and the California Transportation Foundation are offering two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors within the five-county district (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties).

Employees of Caltrans District 5 initiated this scholarship program 19 years ago which is entirely employee funded through the proceeds of coffee and baked good sales in the district cafeteria. The scholarship program is designed for college-bound senior high school students who are planning to pursue a career in transportation and live within the five counties of the district.

Applications must be submitted by April 30. The 2019 scholarships will be awarded this summer to high school seniors from the central coast. 

For a link to the scholarship application, visit For information, email Laurie Baima at [email protected] or call (805) 549-3353.


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