Community briefs, May 17, 2019

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services hosted the 35th annual Mother’s Day Run/Walk for Shelter at Ramsay Park in Watsonville Sunday. More than 600 runners and walkers took the starting line to support the PV Shelter, which raised roughly $60,000 thanks to more than 60 sponsors and donors. Jorge Sanchez of Salinas won the 5K race with a time of 16 minutes, 58 seconds, and Margaret Fahl of Aptos was the top female finisher in the 5K (21:25). Hugo Sanchez of La Selva Beach was the first finisher in the 10K (36:27), and Jen Keliher of Seaside was the first female runner to cross the finish line in the 10K (42:59). — Tony Nunez/Register-Pajaronian

50 year class reunion for Watsonville-Aptos-Mora Class of 1970

The 1970 graduating classes of Watsonville, Aptos and Mora high schools are planning a 50-year reunion on Sept. 19, 2020 at the Seascape Golf Club in Aptos.

Class members are encouraged to visit reunion1970.com to update contact information and spread the word about the event.

For additional information email [email protected]

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Traffic delays on Trout Gulch Road

County of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works has announced one lane of Trout Gulch Road located half a mile north of the Valencia School Road intersection, will be closed on Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Expect up to 15-minute delays. Lane closure is necessary for geotechnical drilling operations for storm damage repairs.

Questions: 454-2344.

For up-to-date information on County maintained roads in Santa Cruz County, visit http://www.sccroadclosure.org

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Bipartisan resolution supporting American flower industry introduced

WASHINGTON—Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA) on Tuesday introduced a bipartisan resolution designating July as “American Grown Flower Month” and encouraging consumers to buy “Certified American Grown” flowers.

American consumers spend $27 billion on floral products each year. While the majority of Americans would prefer to buy locally grown flowers, only 20 percent of the flowers sold in the United States are grown domestically.

“Buying American-grown flowers is one of the best ways to support local farmers,” said Sen. Feinstein. “California grows nearly 75 percent of American-grown cut flowers. Unfortunately, only one in five flowers sold in the United States today was grown here. Our resolution will encourage consumers to look for the ‘Certified American Grown’ label when buying flowers.”

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SC County behavioral services meetings

Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health Services will hold stakeholder events in early June.

On June 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Simpkin’s Swim Center in Santa Cruz, the organization will hold a children’s behavioral health event is to share information about programming.

Additionally, on June 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Simpkin’s Swim Center, an adult behavioral health stakeholder event will share information about new programs. 

Both events will provide light snacks and refreshments. Spanish translation services will be provided.

For information: www.santacruzhealth.org/MHSA

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Understanding and responding to Dementia-related behaviors

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage.

Join the Alzheimer’s Association, 550 Water Street, Ste L2, Santa Cruz, on June 7 from 10:30 a.m. to noon to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of the disease.

For information and to register call 800.272.3900 or email [email protected] 

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Red Cross urges blood donations to help trauma patients

There’s no way to predict when or where an accident will happen. That’s why the American Red Cross needs donors to give blood and platelets during Trauma Awareness Month this May and throughout the year to help ensure that trauma centers are prepared the moment an injured patient arrives. 

Donors of all blood types are urged to give now to help meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

In thanks, all those who come to donate blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross now through June 10, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. More information are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1-23:

Watsonville

5/17: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pajaro Valley Health Trust Hall, 85 Nielson Street

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Democratic Women’s Club housing forum

May is National Affordable Housing Month and the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County (DWC) is celebrating this year by sponsoring a housing forum on Saturday at 10 a.m., at St. Stephens Church, 2510 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz.

Bonnie Lipscomb, the City of Santa Cruz Economic Development Director, and Julie Conway, the Santa Cruz County Housing Manager, will both speak about their current work in the affordable housing world and some of the challenges they face. They will speak about the impact State policy is having on implementing programs locally, and some opportunities that the city has with the passing of Propositions 1 and 2. 

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., with the program at 10 a.m. and the Housing Tour at 11 a.m. 

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Bay Federal promotes Sanchez to AVP/Branch Manager of River Street Branch

CAPITOLA — Bay Federal Credit Union recently announced the promotion of Frank Sanchez to Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager of its River Street Branch in Santa Cruz.

Sanchez has excelled in leadership, team building and member service since joining Bay Federal just under two years ago. He will carry that experience moving forward as he oversees daily operations at the branch in Gateway Plaza.

Sanchez joined Bay Federal in 2017 as the River Street Branch Service Manager after working at Wells Fargo. He quickly embraced the credit union culture, and recently was honored with the Service Excellence Award in January 2019, Bay Federal’s most prestigious award for employees.

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California Water Service Group opens College Scholarship Program

The California Water Service Group officially opened its annual College Scholarship Program. Eligible students residing in areas served by the utility’s California, Hawaii and Washington subsidiaries may now apply online for one of the scholarships under the $60,000 program, which provides two $10,000 grand-prize awards and additional, smaller awards for college and higher-education expenses.

“Through the California Water Service Group Scholarship Program, we hope to support the next generation of leaders in the communities we serve,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As they embark upon the next stage of their lives, we want to help young scholars who are bright, hard-working, and ambitious – those who share our commitment to making good things happen in their communities.”

To apply to the College Scholarship Program, students must be pursuing a degree in higher education and plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, community service and financial need.

To learn about the scholarship program or to apply, California students can visit calwater.com/scholarship. The application period for the sixth-annual program will close at 1 p.m. on June 17. Winners will be announced in August.

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Rep. Panetta Members of the LGBT Equality Caucus introduce Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act

WASHINGTON—Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley), Congresswoman Donna Shalala (FL-27) and members of the LGBT Equality Caucus on Wednesday introduced the Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act. This bill prevents the maltreatment of LGBTQ youth and improves outcomes for those who enter the child welfare system.

Additionally, the Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act expands demographic information collected to include sexual orientation and gender identity when reporting on incidences and prevalence of child maltreatment; includes sexual orientation and gender identity as demographic characteristics in a report compiled by the Secretary; and provides open grant funding opportunities for the training of personnel in best practices to meet the unique needs of LGBTQ youth.

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