CAPITOLA

Residents helping seniors prepare for emergencies

Capitola residents are pitching in to make sure homebound senior citizens are prepared for winter emergencies.

After the March 2011 flooding devastated Capitola Village, members of the Capitola Village Residents Association sought to help their neighbors be prepared for the next disaster.

The association raised $745 as part of Capitola's citywide garage sale in April and donated the money to the Human Care Alliance, Meals on Wheels, California Grey Bears, Seniors Council and Senior Network Services, all Alliance members, collaborated on producing emergency kits, which will be assembled by Wells Fargo employees in Capitola Tuesday afternoon.

Wells Fargo manager Michele Bassi, a founding member of Friends of Meals on Wheels, offered to help and with her husband Dean is donating drinking water from their company, H2O Box, a biodegradable bottled water alternative.

BONNY DOON

Bonny Doon Community Preschool auction planned

Bonny Doon Community Preschool is hosting a silent auction Saturday from 5-7 p.m.

Beauregard Vineyard wines will be available, as well over 60 donations to bid on from local businesses, artists and artisans. The money raised from this event supports Bonny Doon Community Preschool and helps secure a scholarship for a low-income family.

Admission is free to this adult only event.

Beauregard Vineyard is located at 10 Pine Flat Road, Bonny Doon.

For information, email director@bdcp.org.

FELTON

Satellite Telework Centers to host Holiday Bazaar Sunday

Satellite Telework Centers in Felton will host its third annual holiday bazaar 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Browsers can find local crafts and wares, as well as exotic imports featuring the Wild Poppies Eco Store and Blue Stone Imports. Other items include homemade goodies, photos and holiday cards, gluten-free holiday alternatives and consultations and local artisan gifts. Poet Ron Lampi will read from his selection of poems, Lamp Light, at 2 p.m.

The center is at 6265 Highway 9 in Felton.

For information, call 234-4337.

Santa cruz

Nonprofit celebrates 20 years of helping foster kids

Court Appointed Special Advocates will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year and the work of its volunteers to help children in foster care.

The nonprofit has served more than 3,000 children and trained more than 1,500 community members to serve as advocates and officers of the court to speak up for the needs of children in foster care.

Volunteer orientations are scheduled for Tuesday in Capitola and Dec. 13 in Watsonville. Training spans five weeks with sessions held twice per week from 6-9 p.m.

For information or reservations, call 761-2956, ext. 102, or email danielle@casaofsantacruz.org.

SANTA CRUZ

Santa Cruz County Bank joins food drive

Santa Cruz County Bank aims to collect more than 10,000 pounds of food for Second Harvest Food Bank's Holiday Food Drive by Dec. 21.

The public is encouraged to make cash donations or bring in nonperishable food items such as soups, stews, beans, rice, pasta, cereal, canned meats, tuna, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables.

Donations can be dropped off at bank offices at 7775 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 819 Bay Ave., Capitola, 720 Front St., Santa Cruz, 4604 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, 595 Auto Center Drive, Watsonville.

This is the ninth year that Santa Cruz County Bank has participated in the Holiday Food Drive.



Editor's note: The Capitola Village Residents Association donated $745 to the Human Care Alliance. The amount was incorrect in an earlier version.