SANTA CRUZ

'Our Hearts to your Soles' coming Thursday

Local orthopedist Nicholas Abidi will spend Thanksgiving morning at the Homeless Services Center participating in "Our Hearts to Your Soles."

The annual event, which provides free foot screenings and footwear, was started in 2005 by Soles4Souls and Dr. Stephen Conti, an orthopedic surgeon, to help relieve the foot problems experienced by area homeless. Red Wing footwear donated new shoes.

"I've enjoyed being involved with this project since its inception," said Abidi. "The past few years have been gratifying as my children are also becoming involved."

His daughter, Meghan, a junior at Pacific Collegiate School, has enlisted classmates to volunteer at the event Thanksgiving morning.

Anyone interested in donating can visit the organization's website at www.giveshoes.org.

CAPITOLA

Surfin' Santa heads to beach Saturday

Surfin' Santa is coming to Capitola at noon Saturday.

He will arrive at Capitola Main Beach by outrigger canoe, then settle in his beach chair to visit with all the kids.

The visit is sponsored by the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce, which recommends you bring a camera and snap a holiday memory. For information, go to www.capitolachamber.com/events/calendar/.

APTOS

Tickets on sale for Men Who Care fundraising event

Santa Cruz County men who are committed to caring about their community and being a positive influence are invited to attend a fundraising event 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Bay Federal branch in Aptos.

Organized by community nonprofit PAPAS, the "100+ Men Who Care Santa Cruz County" fundraising event is accomplished in one-hour meetings, according to a news release. Tickets are $100 per man, and 100 percent of the donations remain local.

The event will be held at 105A Post Office Drive, Aptos. For information, call 588-7592 or email 100menwhocarescc@gmail.com.

SOQUEL

Local poet to read at Porter library Saturday

County-based poet Hunter Reeve will read from her work Saturday as part of the Community Reading Series open mike events for poets and prose writers.

The reading is set for 2-4 p.m. at the library, 3050 Porter St., one block north of the Ugly Mug coffee shop in Soquel Village.

Parking is available behind the library in the Bagelry lot.

For information, visit www.poetrysantacruz.org or call Jean Walton Wolff at 475-4221.

WATSONVILLE

Grant aimed at migrant youth services

Youth Services, a program of the Santa Cruz County Community Counseling Center, has received a $15,000 grant to provide mental health and support services to migrant and immigrant youth and their families.

Students from migrant and immigrant families are more at risk for dropping out of school, even though studies have show they typically spend more hours each week on schoolwork than native students. Researchers think part of the answer involves untended mental health needs.

Youth Services works with the Pajaro Valley Unified School District's Migrant Education Program and with the Out of School Youth Academy. The grant from the John and Abbey Sobrato Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County will enable the agency to further its efforts by providing free counseling and education to link families to community resources.

WATSONVILLE

Shelters benefit from Turkey Tow

Four towing companies raised $2,200 for the Pajaro Rescue Mission/Teen Challenge Monterey Bay homeless shelters, selling to-go turkey leg platters Saturday in the Kmart parking lot.

Turkey Tow participants included Bay City Towing, Speed of Light Towing, Auto Care Towing and JV Towing.

The benefit put the mission a little closer to the goal of raising $100,000 to provide shelter, food and intervention services to homeless men and women this winter. To date, close to $14,000 has been raised.

To help, call 722-2074 or send donations to Pajaro Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 1807, Watsonville, CA 95076.