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Watsonville

Poets' Circle hosted at library

The Poets' Circle will offer its reading series 6-8 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St., Suite 10.

This month's featured reader is Danusha Lameris, whose work has been published in Lyric, Poetry Northwest, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Sun and The Crab Orchard Review, as well as in a variety of other journals.

The free public program is funded by a grant from the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, and produced by Magdalena Montagne.

For details, call Watonka Addison, Adult Services librarian, at 831-768-3419.

Santa Cruz

Community Music School hosts Santa Cruz Harp Festival

The Community Music School presents the ninth annual Santa Cruz Harp Festival on Jan. 6, a celebration of the harp in its many forms -- from the folk harp to the historical wire strung harp to the autoharp to the classical pedal harp typically seen in orchestras.

The concert features soloists, a harp "petting zoo" at intermission where audience members can try the harps, and the Community Music School Harp Orchestra conducted by Shelley Phillips performing traditional music from France, Venezuela, Germany, medieval Europe and Anglo/Celtic America.

The event will be at the Star of the Sea Church at 515 Frederick Street at 2 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call 831-426-9155 or go to www.communitymusicschool.org.

SANTA CRUZ

Middle school seeks donations

Branciforte Middle School seeks donations to meet its goal of raising $32,000 to update its media library. The school hopes its alumni will contribute to the fundraiser.

Send donations to Branciforte Middle School, 315 Poplar St., Santa Cruz, 95062, or contact Wendy Thompson at wthompson@sccs.net.

SANTA CRUZ

Speaker gives presentation on Tajikistan on Sunday

A presentation titled "Life and Work in the Mysterious Land of Tajikistan, Along the Silk Road" will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at UC Santa Cruz.

The presenter will be Janice Setser, a food security specialist, who lives and works at the edge of the Pamir Mountain range in Tajikistan.

While managing health, agriculture and disaster preparedness projects, Setser developed a nuanced understanding of the many constraints locals face. Her respect for the people in this traditionally conservative region led her to independently pursue her passion of empowering people through social entrepreneurship and capacity building projects. She works with youth on skill development, with local beekeepers to improve the value chain for honey, and with other locals to build tourism.

The talk will be at Stevenson College, on the eastern side of campus, in the Fireside Lounge. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by UCSC Recreation's Experiential Leadership Program.

For information, call 831-459-2800 or email sleonel@ucsc.edu.



Editor's note: This Santa Cruz Harp Festival is on Jan. 6 at Star of the Sea Church at 515 Frederick Street. The date and location were incorrect in an earlier version of this article.