Workshop scheduled for homeowners facing foreclosures
The Central Coast Foreclosure Collaborative, a working group of city and county agencies and community groups, will present a free workshop for homeowners facing foreclosure from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room, 275 Main St.
From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be information for homeowners who want to learn about the foreclosure process and options available to them. From 1 to 3 p.m., there will be information for people who have gone through foreclosure and want to rebuild their credit.
Members of the Collaborative include the Santa Cruz District Attorney's Office, the law office of Simmons & Purdy, California Rural Legal Assistance, SurePath Financial Solutions, COPA, the Watsonville Law Center and Santa Cruz Community Credit Union.
Ag Against Hunger organization marks milestone
Ag Against Hunger has distributed 200 million pounds of donated fresh produce since its founding 22 years ago, a milestone beyond founders' wildest dreams.
"When we started the program, we thought we were reaching for the sky with a goal of 50,000 pounds that first year," said Jess Brown, a founding member of the nonprofit and executive director of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau.
The nonprofit gathers donations of surplus produce, often through gleanings of harvested fields by volunteers, and distributes them to food banks and pantries in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties first, and to others outside the area once the local need has been met. More than 158,000 people receive produce in the tri-county area each year, including the working poor, homeless, seniors and children.
For information, go to www.agagainsthunger.org.
Fifth annual Jingle Bell run scheduled for Dec. 9
The fifth annual Jingle Bell Run is scheduled for 7-10:30 a.m. Dec. 9 on the San Lorenzo River levee.
The 5K event starts at the Gateway Plaza Shopping Center. There is also a Kid's 1K Fun Run. Bring a toy and receive a discount on your walk/run along the river levee.
To register and see the schedule, go to http://finishlineproduction.com/events/running/JingleBellRock/JBR.html.
Annual Snow Night, holiday parade scheduled for Dec. 1, 6
Downtown Santa Cruz will be sprinkled with snow -- or something akin to it -- during the Downtown Association's annual Snow Night from 5-8:30 p.m. Dec. 6. at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cooper Street.
Also, the association's annual holiday parade will be 10-11 a.m. Dec. 1 along Pacific Avenue.
For more information, go to www.downtownsantacruz.com.
Business sought for BizAid for AIDS campaign
Santa Cruz AIDS Project is registering local businesses to participate in the 22nd annual BizAid for AIDS campaign, a fundraiser developed by Scott Roseman, co-owner of New Leaf Community Markets, and Santa Cruz AIDS Project.
Local businesses, including New Leaf and many others, support people in Santa Cruz County living with HIV by donating a percentage of sales during the 10 days following Thanksgiving, or a specific amount to Santa Cruz AIDS Project.
Funds raised provides free support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and outreach to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. For information, go to www.scapsite.org or call 427-3900.
AAUW plans holiday luncheon
The Santa Cruz chapter of the American Association of University Women will be hold a holiday luncheon at 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at Seascape Golf Course, 610 Clubhouse Drive.
Fiat Musica, a local women's choir, will sing at the event. There will be raffle prizes, a book sale, a craft sale and a bake sale. The proceeds will be used to award scholarships to women re-entering Cabrillo College and UC Santa Cruz. The cost of the luncheon is $22.
For reservations or for information, call 477-7025.