Poet's circle to feature Lameris
The monthly poet's circle will feature local poet and teacher Danusha Lameris from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 10.
The Poetry Reading Series and Open Mic is held on the second Thursday of every month through April, at the Watsonville Public Library Main Branch, 275 Main St.
This program is funded in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County and produced by Magdalena Montagne.
For more information, go to www.poetrycircle-magdalena.com.
School hosts harp festival
The Community Music School will present the ninth annual Santa Cruz Harp Festival at 2 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 515 Frederick St.
The festival is 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.
Admission is free. For details, call 831-426-9155 or go to www.communitymusicschool.org.
Forum looks at grand jury power
Freedom Forum on Jan. 16 will present a special guest, author Kelly Z. Mordecai, who will discuss the legal avenues for investigating and indicting corrupt
Mordecai's new book, "The Hidden 4th Branch," is receiving rave reviews for its straight-forward true accounts of the grand jury holding government accountable at all levels, as well as a clear explanation of what the grand jury can do now and in the future.
The event is free and begins at 7 p.m. at the Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Youth music classes slated
Musical Me, a musical education program for children up to age 6, is offering classes Jan. 7-31.
The program aims to enrich early childhood for infants, toddlers and preschool children by nurturing natural musical abilities.
Classes will be offered in Ben Lomond, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Soquel and Watsonville, as well as Campbell, Los Gatos and Saratoga. The first class is free.
For details, call 831-438-3514 or go to www.musicalme.com.
Japanese Cultural Fair organizers seek donations
Organizers of the Japanese Cultural Fair seek donations in support of the event held annually for 26 years. This year's free event is set for June 8.
The fair features traditional performances, arts and crafts and food. But the event has seen financial sponsorship dwindle and looks to raise at least $5,000 to ensure its continuing feasibility.
The fair is a nonprofit. Tax deductible donations may be sent to Japanese Cultural Fair, P.O. Box 3458, Santa Cruz, CA 95063, or be made via PayPal at www.jcfsantacruz.org.
Bird expert to speaks at museum
Local bird expert, tracker and naturalist Jon Young will read from his new book, "What the Robin Knows -- How Birds Reveal the Secrets of Nature," beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23.
The free presentation will be at the Museum of Natural History, 1305 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.
Young has researched and studied the importance of bird calls since he grew up in New Jersey. Copies of Young's book will be available for signing.
For information, call 831-420-6115 or go to www.santacruzmuseums.org.
Cancer fighting group hosts event to benefit hospice
The Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group is hosting its 18th annual Spring Forward Against Cancer event on April 13 at the Top of the Ritt, 101 Church St., Santa Cruz.
The black-tie event will include a reception, live and silent auction, dinner and music.
All proceeds will benefit Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services, Katz Cancer Resource Center, UCSC Cancer Research and WomenCARE Cancer Advocacy.
Tickets cost $150 per person, $300 per couple or tables of 10 for $2,000. Corporate table sponsorships are available.
For details, call 831-465-1989 or go to www.SCCBG.org.
Support group to explore peripheral neuropathy
Reflexologist Jo Ann Tennent is hosting a peripheral neuropathy support group meeting 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 420 Melrose Ave.
The meeting will show hands-on techniques to reduce pain and numbness, common side effects of neuropathy.
Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every other month.
For details, call 831-477-1239.