Community briefs, Jan. 11, 2019

Rose Society holding classes

WATSONVILLE — The Monterey Bay Rose Society has a number of rose care and pruning classes lined up.

On Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., the classes will take place at the society’s display rose garden at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2661 East Lake Ave. in Watsonville. Attendees are invited to practice pruning during the classes.

On Jan. 19, a class will be held at Alladin Nursery and Gift Shop, 2905 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville, at 10 a.m., with another taking place on Jan. 26 at San Lorenzo Nursery and Garden Center, 235 River St. in Santa Cruz, at 10 a.m.

The classes are taught by ARS Certified Consulting Rosarians. The classes lasts about two hours, and include pruning of rose buses of various varieties, planting, control of garden pests and diseases and choice and maintenance of garden tools and implements.


Triple P holding open house

WATSONVILLE — Triple P will holding an open house at La Manzana Community Resources, 521 Main St. in Watsonville, on Jan. 24 from 3-5 p.m.

Hosted by Community Bridges, the open house will feature food, games and a chance to win prizes. Attendees can meet La Manzana Community Resources’ Triple P practitioners, sign up for a Triple P class or one-on-one services, and learn about other organizations that support children and families.


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]


VFW Post 10110 to meet in Aptos

APTOS — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10110 will meet on Jan. 25 at the Best Western Seacliff Inn, 7500 Old Dominion Court in Aptos, to begin the new year with plans for activities and fundraising events. 

All funds raised are used to assist local veterans in need. Anyone interested in helping is welcome to attend.

For information, email [email protected]


Shadowbrook to benefit Espressivo Orchestra

CAPITOLA — Jan. 22 is Community Night at Shadowbrook Restaurant for The Espressivo Orchestra.

The restaurant will donate a third of the proceeds for both food and beverages to Espressivo to help fund their 2019 classical music concerts.

Make a reservation by calling Shadowbrook at 475-1511 or reserve your table on the Shadowbrook website at Mention Espressivo to your server, so Espressivo gets the credit.


Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group meets

SANTA CRUZ — The Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group will meet on Jan. 16 at 12:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 420 Melrose St. in Santa Cruz.

The program will feature a group discussion about what works to deal with pain and balance issues.

Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that affects about 60 percent of people with diabetes, and can affect others because of chemotherapy. Estimates are that 25-30 percent of people have some degree of peripheral neuropathy. Pain is a major complaint of those dealing with PN.

There is no membership or charge required to attend the bi-monthly meetings of the support group.


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