Community briefs, Dec. 28, 2018

Depression recovery program to begin

WATSONVILLE — A depression recovery program will begin at the Health Education Center, 700 South Green Valley Road in Watsonville, beginning on Jan. 6.

Using natural methods including nutrition, this program teaches how to remove the negative symptoms and in some cases the cause of stress, anxiety and depression. 

Some of the topics include: “What is the Best Fuel for the Brain?”, “How to Improve Brain Function,” “Lifting Brain Fog,” “Identifying the Causes of Depression & Anxiety,” “Living with Stress without Distress,” “Surviving Loss and Growing through Grief,” “How to Defeat Negative Thinking,” “Getting a Good Night’s Sleep” and more.

After each class, a brain fueled recipe will be ready to taste. Structured support groups will be available immediately following each class, for those who wish to participate. These groups are designed to help process the information from the presentations and support the goals of those participating.

The program is based off the works of Dr. Neil Nedley, MD.

An orientation meeting will be held on Jan. 6 at 3 p.m., with a repeat meeting taking place on Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

The free classes begin on Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. and continue weekly at the same time through March 3.

For information, call/text Trish at 325-7993 or email [email protected]


Dog training classes begin soon

WATSONVILLE — Dog training classes with the Monterey Bay Dog Training Club are starting Jan. 8 and 10.

Class sessions are eight weeks long and are held at two locations. All levels of training are taught by professional trainers: puppy, beginning, intermediate and advanced.

Starting Jan. 8, the classes will run Tuesday nights  at the Crosetti Building at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave. in Watsonville.

Starting Jan. 10, the classes will run Thursday nights at the Mid-County Senior Center, 829 Bay Ave. in Capitola.

The classes are $100 per eight-week session.

For times and class descriptions, visit or email [email protected]


Caliber Collision to host mixer

WATSONVILLE — Caliber Collision, 716 Walker St. in Watsonville, will be the host for the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s first mixer of 2019 on Jan. 10 from 5-7 p.m.

The mixer will include food and prizes.


MVCS students give gifts to children in orphanage

WATSONVILLE — Monte Vista Christian School students gave some unique gifts this past semester by sharing their artistic abilities with children living at Rancho de Sus Niños, an orphanage in Tecate, Mexico.

The students created portraits of Rancho residents delivered by classmates visiting the orphanage in November.

“Pictures and portraits are a highly personal form of honor in [the Rancho residents’] culture,” said Michael Lanham, MVCS Spanish teacher and trip sponsor. “These gifts from our students communicated not only care but also respect. The response on the part of the Rancho kids was overwhelmingly positive. They were moved.”


Shakespeare series returns in January

APTOS — A New York-based theater director and play creator will be one  of the speakers at the Saturday Shakespeare Club which begins its new morning series of discussions at 10 a.m. on Jan. 12 in Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive in Aptos.

Jessica Bauman, who — among other things — has staged plays using immigrants and refugees in re-imagined versions of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” (called “Into the Hazard”) and “As You Like It” (called “Arden Everywhere”), will speak to the club on Feb. 2.

“I revel in the glory of language and its theatrical potential,” said Bauman, artistic director of New Feet Productions. “I want to capture the ways people actually talk … that crack the surface to reveal what’s really going on.”

Speaking to the club on the initial Saturday, Jan. 12, will be Michael Warren, dramaturg for Santa Cruz Shakespeare and emeritus professor at UC Santa Cruz. He’ll give an overview of “The  Merry Wives of Windsor,” the selected play for this series.

Also speaking to the group will be Conrad Scott-Curtis, who teaches Shakespeare at Cabrillo College, on Jan. 19. Warren is a frequent lecturer for the Saturday Club and Scott-Curtis has spoken to the group several times.

On Jan. 26, the group will see a DVD of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. And on Feb. 9, the club will hold a potluck and show a DVD of “Merry Wives of Windsor.”

All gatherings are open to the public and last from 10 a.m. to shortly after noon, except for the potluck, which begins at 9:30 a.m. and usually lasts until 1:30 p.m. The gatherings are $2 per session or $10 for all five meetings. The money is used to pay the rental fees for the church and a small donation to a charity of choice for each of the speakers.

For information, email [email protected]


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