Community briefs, June 22

World Cup watch party

WATSONVILLE — Friends of Watsonville Parks and Community Services is holding a benefit World Cup Soccer watch party and breakfast at the Appleton Grill at 410 Rodriguez St. in Watsonville on Saturday.

Mexico will be playing against South Korea. There will be breakfast for $10 as well as take away breakfast. Game begins at 8 a.m., doors at 7:30 a.m. Watch the game on the projection screen and TV’s throughout the Appleton Grill and Ballroom on FOX and Telemundo.

Drink specials and all ages welcome.


Free beekeeping class scheduled

WATSONVILLE — The UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties will hold a free class on beekeeping on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Demo Garden, 1430 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville.

This introductory class will be taught by UC Master Gardener Randy Fox. He will cover how the honey bee lives, discuss the everyday dynamics inside a beehive, and provide information on how to set up your first beehive.

For information and to pre-register, visit


Summer reading program kicks off at library

WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville Public Library’s annual summer reading program runs through July 31 with the theme “Reading Takes You Everywhere.”

Anyone can participate in the program. Participants can keep track of their reading either online or through a paper log. Everyone who completes 10 hours of reading throughout the summer will receive a prize.

Raffle prizes will be pulled on Aug. 1. Participants earn a raffle ticket by turning in their completed reading log by July 31.

The library has a number of events lined up throughout the summer. For information, visit


Hospice offers grief support group

WATSONVILLE — Hospice of Santa Cruz County offers a Grief Support Drop-In Group at its Watsonville office, open to anyone in the community grieving the death of a loved one. 

The group meets every Friday from noon–1 p.m. at 65 Nielson St., Suite 121 in Watsonville, on the campus of the Watsonville Community Hospital.


Local arts organizations awarded grants

WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville Film Festival and El Sistema Santa Cruz have been awarded grants from the California Arts Council.

The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $18,000 to the Watsonville Film Festival as part of its Cultural Pathways program.

The program provides two years of operating support and a host of technical assistance and professional development activities to small, new and emerging organizations rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, and tribal or indigenous groups.

The Watsonville Film Festival started as a grassroots organization in 2012 founded by a group of Watsonville-based filmmakers. In addition to the annual festival, the organization hosts year-round screenings.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the California Arts Council,” said WFF Executive Director Consuelo Alba. “It will allow us to take our nonprofit organization to the next level and set a strong foundation to better serve our community in the years to come.”

The Watsonville Film Festival is one of 56 grantees chosen for the Cultural Pathways program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council.

“California’s cultural diversity is its greatest creative asset,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council chair. “We are proud to support the work of Watsonville Film Festival in celebration of that unique and cherished identity.”

In addition, the California Arts Council will award $17,100 to El Sistema Santa Cruz as part of its Arts Education: Extension program. The funds will be used to support after school and summer arts education at Radcliff and Mintie White elementary schools.

“El Sistema music program uses ensemble music to transform the lives of children by teaching the importance of teamwork, promoting self-confidence, and instilling the value of social responsibility,” said Pajaro Valley Unified School District Superintendent Michelle Rodriguez. “We are excited for the success of El Sistema during its first year at PVUSD and look forward to expansion efforts that would benefit our students.”


PVUSD sponsoring summer meal sites

WATSONVILLE — The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Food and Nutrition Services Program is sponsoring free summer meal sites for Watsonville children.

The program, which runs through July 13, is available for children from 1-18 years old. There will be no meal service on July 4. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The sites are as follows:

• Ann Soldo Elementary, 1140 Menasco Drive — 8:15-8:45 a.m., 10:55-11:35 a.m.

• Calabasas Elementary, 202 Calabasas Road — 7-7:30 a.m., 9:40-10:20 a.m.

• Corralitos Creek Apartments, Community Room, 125 Pajaro Circle — 12-1 p.m. (Tuesday/Thursday only)

• Freedom Elementary, 25 Holly Drive — 7-7:30 a.m., 9:40-10:20 a.m.

• HA Hyde Elementary, 125 Alta Vista Ave. — 8:15-8:45 a.m., 10:55-11:35 a.m.

• Hall District Elementary, 300 Sill Road — 7:30-8 a.m., 10:10-10:50 a.m.

• Lakeview Middle School, 2350 East Lake Ave. — 8-8:30 a.m., 10:40-11:20 a.m.

• MacQuiddy Elementary, 330 Martinelli St. — 7-7:30 a.m., 9:40-10:20 a.m.

• Pajaro Middle School, Room 15, 250 Salinas Road — 8-10 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For information, visit


Workshop addresses basics of Alzheimer’s disease

SANTA CRUZ — The Alzheimer’s Association presents “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” on Tuesday from 10-11:30 a.m. at 1777-A Capitola Road in Santa Cruz.

The workshop is for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

To RSVP, call 800-272-3900 or email [email protected]


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