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SANTA CRUZ

Entries sought for contest

The Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee invites writers to enter the annual Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest.

The contest features four age group divisions: 3-5, 6-11, 11-16, and 17 and older. Winning submissions are entered in the international competition in Sestri, Italy, one of Santa Cruz's five sister cities. Entries are due Jan. 18.

Hans Christian Andersen visited Sestri for many years, and the international competition is a celebration of his time there.

For information, go to www.cityofsantacruz.com.

CAPITOLA

Food donations accepted at Capitola Save Mart

Save Mart, 1475 41st Ave., asks shoppers to make a donation to a local food bank. A shopping bag display shows how much food can be provided to a food bank for a donation of $5, $10, $15 or $20 at checkout.

Donations will be accepted through Jan. 2. Last year, Save Mart customers donated $148,350 to local food banks. Call 831-462-6917.

SANTA CRUZ

Geneaological Society slated to meet Jan. 3 at library

The Geneaological Society of Santa Cruz will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Central Branch Library Meeting Room, 224 Church St.

The meeting will focus on German research and the great wave of immigration from 1830 to 1900. The discussion will be led by Dr. Robert Jackson, a Berkeley resident who has taught at the university level and also pursued a career in banking and finance.

Contact 831-419-7244 or jjcobas@me.com.

SANTA CRUZ

Stress solution ahead

Grace Karen Sweet will offer "Live Life Laughing," a series of six events next year to help mitigate stress with laughter. She is collaborating with the Santa Cruz Film Festival.

Dates of the events at the First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 900 High St., are March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9.

Tickets are $20 online at www.scfilmfest.com or $25 at the door.

SANTA CRUZ

Police offer tips to combat trespassing during holiday

Santa Cruz police advise residents about trespassing during a busy holiday season when many people will be out of town.

Trespassing is a recurring problem in the city that tends to occur most often when businesses are closed or residents aren't home. Police can't take enforcement action without the property owner or agent signing a citation to confirm that trespass activity is occurring. However, property owners can file documentation that allows for trespassing violations to be enforced whether the owner is present or not.

For officers to lawfully charge offenders with trespassing without the property owner present, the building must be clearly marked with notification of trespassing.

Owners must also file a trespass letter of authority with the police department.

That letter is available on the Santa Cruz Police Department's website. The form must be updated annually, and there's no charge for the service. The signage requirements, to ensure the property is properly posted, are also available on the department's website.

SANTA CRUZ

Small claims workshop Jan. 17

The Santa Cruz County Superior Court's small claims advisor will present a "how to" on small claims cases and collections on Jan. 17.

A 45-minute presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. with a question-and-answer session to follow. The small claims advisor will provide legal information, assistance with preparing court forms and other help.

The workshop will be held at the Santa Cruz Law Library, located in the basement of the County Building at 701 Ocean St. in Santa Cruz.

For more information, contact the small claims advisor at 831-786-7370.

The court also offers in-person hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Watsonville courthouse, 1 Second St., Room 300.