Local hikes organized for Tuesday
California State Parks is partnering with America's State Parks First Day Hikes, a movement to encourage outdoor activities.
The following hikes will be open to the public Jan. 1: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz; 2 p.m. at Natural Bridges State Beach, Swanton Boulevard and West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz; 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 N. Big Trees Park Road, Felton; 1 p.m. at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 2160 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek.
Hikes may be canceled due to rain. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-426-0505.
Genealogical Society to meet
The Genealogical 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 email@example.com.
Computer center to aid food bank
Jesse Wilkins, owner of Computer Center Santa Cruz, will make a $5 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for every new computer repair project through the end of January. The company provides PC and Mac users with repair, virus and spyware infection removal, training and consulting, as well as iPhone, Android and network support services.
Services are offered at 5376 Soquel Drive, or at your home.
Wilkins, who has worked in technology since 2000, took over MC Squared Computers in 2011 and renamed the business. For information, call 831-464-7262 or go to www.computercentersantacruz.com.
Nonprofit powers low-income households with solar panels
Photovoltaic solar panels have been installed at a 40-unit low-income housing complex in Greenfield by Watsonville-based Central Coast Energy Services Inc. and partner Association of California Community and Energy Services.
Vineyard Green Townhomes is owned and operated by Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association Inc.
The rooftop solar system is designed to significantly reduce utility bills for tenants.
The installation was part of Solar for All, a state-funded pilot project that provides solar installations at no cost to qualified low-income households.
More than 1,500 California households have benefitted from the project.
Help sought to organize march
Survivors Healing Center will hold Walk to Stop the Silence, its annual march to call attention to child abuse April 6 at City Plaza downtown.
Volunteers are needed to help with mailings, post fliers, manage a raffle, and with event setup and cleanup. For information, call 831-423-7601.
Middle school seeks donations
Branciforte Middle School is looking for donations to meet its goal of raising $32,000 to update its media library. The school is hoping that its alumni will contribute to the fundraiser.
Send donations to Branciforte Middle School, 315 Poplar St., Santa Cruz, 95062, or contact Wendy Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training set for wetlands docents
Watsonville Wetlands Watch will train docents to assist with field trips and lead walks during a seven-week program starting Jan. 2.
For information, go to www.watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.
Red Cross to host blood drive
The local Red Cross chapter will host a blood drive 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 7 at Scotts Valley's community center, 360 Kings Village Road.
Donors are asked to RSVP.
Go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code "scottsvalley" or call 800-733-2767. ID is required to donate.