Community briefs, Feb. 24: Omega Nu holding bunco event

Omega Nu holding bunco event

WATSONVILLE — Omega Nu will hold its St. Patrick’s Day Bunco event on March 10 at the Watsonville Woman’s Club, 12 Brennan St.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the event starts at 6:30 p.m.

The event will include snacks, dinner, wine, prizes and more.

Tickets are $30. For tickets or information, call Tanya Passey at 334-1883 or Alison Niizawa at 750-9119.


Workshops set for Aptos Village home buyers

APTOS — The County of Santa Cruz is holding workshops for qualified buyers interested in purchasing one of 10 deed-restricted affordable homeownership units at the new Aptos Village project.

The 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom homes will be available to first-time homebuyers with household earnings at or below 120 percent of area median income.

Applications are due May 18, with a drawing to follow June 1.

Five Phase 1 units will be available during the initial drawing, including four 1-bedroom and one 2-bedroom units. Phase 2 will include five more units.

The units are being provided through Measure J, Santa Cruz County’s inclusionary housing program, which has provided more than 500 units of affordable housing since its passage in 1978.

Measure J pricing varies according to several factors that are still in flux, including interest rates and homeowner’s dues. Subject to change, the estimated price of the Aptos Village Measure J homes are expected to be $256,000 to $280,000 for a 1-bedroom; $296,000 to $322,000 for a 2-bedroom; and $338,000 to $363,000 for a 3-bedroom.

The workshops will take place at Rio Sands Hotel Conference Room, 116 Aptos Beach Drive. They will be held Feb. 28 from 6-7 p.m. in English and 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Spanish, and March 24 from 1-2 p.m. in English and 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Spanish.

For information, visit


Shadowbrook supporting Red Cross

CAPITOLA — On March 6, local residents can enjoy the offerings of the Shadowbrook Restaurant while also supporting the local chapter of the American Red Cross. That’s because the Capitola restaurant is once again hosting its annual “Dine for the Red Cross” fundraiser that evening.

To support the organization’s local programs and services, make a reservation to dine at the Shadowbrook, 1750 Wharf Road, that night between 5-10 p.m. If you mention that you want your bill to support the Red Cross, Shadowbrook will donate one-third of it to the Central Coast Chapter.

To make a reservation, call 475-1222 or visit


Lifespan celebrating 35 years

SANTA CRUZ — Lifespan, a comprehensive aging care management agency based in Santa Cruz, will celebrate its 35th anniversary with an open house March 1, at its facilities in Santa Cruz.

The event, set for 4-6 p.m.  at 600 Frederick St., will give participants the opportunity to meet the Lifespan team, take tours of the facility, sip wine and enjoy appetizers.

 The event will also honor Grey Bears, an organization that aims to improve the health and well-being of seniors through food distribution, volunteerism and community participation.

To attend the event, RSVP to [email protected]


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