Habitat receives $60,000 grant
Three families will use part of a $60,000 grant to help make down payments on their soon-to-be completed townhomes on Blake Lane in Scotts Valley, according to a news release from the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the organization behind the project.
The $60,000 in funding was awarded last month by the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco's Affordable Housing Program, according to the release.
Construction on the 10,000-square-foot site began in late 2011 and is expected to be complete in the spring.
Deadline nears for applications
The Library Joint Powers Board for the Santa Cruz Public Libraries has an opening for a new citizen member who is a registered voter and resides in Library District 1, which encompasses the City of Santa Cruz, Supervisorial District 3 and Supervisorial District 1 south of Capitola Road and west of 17th Avenue.
To get an application go to http://www.santacruzpl.org/news/2012/dec/04/library-joint-powers-board-seeks-new-citizen-membe/
Applications must be received via mail or email by 5 p.m. Monday. For information about the board, go to www.santacruzpl.org/aboutscpl/.
City to host blood drive Monday
The City of Scotts Valley will sponsor a blood drive for the American Red Cross 1-5 p.m. Monday at the Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road.
To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the Sponsor Code: scottsvalley or call 800-733-2767.
For questions regarding eligibility on donating blood, call 866-236-3276.
Fire district offers CPR class
The Aptos/La Selva Fire District is offering a free adult/child/infant CPR class 6-8 p.m. Jan. 15 at 693 Soquel Drive, Aptos.
The class, which is geared toward the general public and not health care provider certification, will benefit everyone from babysitters to parents to anyone who wants to be better prepared in the event of a life-threatening cardiac emergency.
A segment on using a defibrillator machine is also included in the course.
Talk on interpretation Thursday
Kendra Keller will speak noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at NextSpace, 101 Cooper St., about how to include a interpreter in a presentation.
Keller will discuss how to find a certified, trained professional interpreter, how to communicate with the interpreter beforehand to ensure the most accurate translation, how to integrate an interpreter into your event so no one feels awkward, and how to make your business accessible to people who are deaf.
Admission is free. To RSVP, go to http://www.meetup.com/NextSpace-Santa-Cruz/events/97964362/#.
Nutritionist to lecture on healthy eating habits
Nutritionist Sandi Rechenmacher will talk about how to eat more, weigh less, prevent disease and live healthier lives 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at New Leaf Community Market, 1101 Fair Ave.
She is affiliated with Food for Life from Dr. Neal Barnard, funding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and author of a book on using diet to reverse diabetes.
Library hosts talks on bullying
The Central branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library will present a series of talks on family strategies for dealing with bullying from 2-3:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month, at the library, 224 Church St.
The series runs through May.
Matisse and Merlot event combines wine, art
People can try their hand at painting at the Matisse and Merlot painting party from 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 17.
Art supplies and local wines will be on hand for those looking to create their own 16-inch by 20-inch canvas while sipping away.
The event will be held at MJA Vineyard, 328 A Ingalls St., Santa Cruz.
For details, go to www.matisseandmerlot.com.