Community briefs, April 5, 2019

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.


Santa Cruz Follies to hold variety show

SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz Follies’ “Country Roads” musical variety show will be held this weekend at the Senior Citizen’s Opportunity Clubhouse in Santa Cruz.

The show will present a night of country songs to highlight western heritage. Sandi Jo Stolenkamp and Jan & Marc Bryant will direct an all-Santa Cruz County cast of performers.

Two shows will be held: Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., both at the Senior Citizen’s Opportunity Clubhouse, located in the Market Street Theater, 222 Market St., Santa Cruz. Tickets are $10, and light refreshments will be offered.

For information call 423-6641.


Castro Adobe open house

WATSONVILLEThe Castro Adobe State Historic Park 184 Old Adobe Road in Watsonville will host an open house on Saturday with a “Vaqueros and Bandidos” theme. Free guided tours of the historic site, which is still currently undergoing repairs, will be offered at 11:15 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.


Market benefits Relay For Life

The Church of the Nazarene in Watsonville is hosting a flea market benefiting Relay For Life on Friday and Saturday.

The market will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 710 Green Valley Road.


Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada is holding a lecture on April 18 about the impact of Alzheimer’s; the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia; stages and risk factors; current research and treatments available for some symptoms; and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

The meeting will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon at 550 Water Street Building L-2 in Santa Cruz.

A reservation is required. To make a reservation call (800) 272-3900 or email [email protected]


Triple P Workshop: Helping Teens Cope With Depression

WATSONVILLE — Community Bridges will hold a Triple P workshop on April 15 at La Manzana Community Resources on 18 West Lake Ave., site E in Watsonville.

Triple P workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. These free workshops will cover common causes and signs of depression in teens; what to do if you think your teen is depressed; and tips for helping teens develop healthy coping skills.

The workshop will run from 5:30-7 p.m.

Register to reserve your spot. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults, teens, and children.

To register: Contact Gladys Gómez at (831) 724-2997 extention 220 or [email protected], or register online at


Spring Bark Adoption Special

To encourage more animal adoptions the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS) has dropped the adoption price for all puppies and dogs to half-price through April 15.

For information and to view adoptable animals, please visit our shelter location at 1001 Rodriguez St. (Rodriguez St. and 7th Ave.) in Santa Cruz, or visit our website


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.


10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

The Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada will hold an educational program on April 25 in Santa Cruz to help people identify the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as the side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, join us to learn how to recognize the 10 most common warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis; possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

The program will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. at 550 Water Street Building L-2 in Santa Cruz.

A reservation is required. To register call (800) 272-3900 or email [email protected]


Vets4Vets holding chili cook-off

FREEDOM — Vets4Vets Santa Cruz will host its first-ever chili cook-off fundraiser at the Freedom VFW on April 20.

Fifteen booth, each hosted by a veteran’s organization, will showcase their chili cooking talents for the public to judge from noon to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

For information contact Dean Kaufman at 420-7348 or [email protected]


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