Santa Cruz Warriors to launch reading program
Members of the Santa Cruz Warriors will launch "Warriors Read to Achieve" in Santa Cruz City Schools next week.
Read to Achieve offers incentives and prizes to students and schools for achieving reading milestones. The goal is to help develop a life-long love of reading and literacy in elementary and middle school children.
Team members will visit the district's four elementary schools and two middle schools Monday and Tuesday, starting with DeLaveaga Elementary.
Developer to hold meeting to get input on Town Center project
Property Development Centers, which recently signed a six-month contract with Scotts Valley related to development of the Town Center, will host a public meeting 6-8 p.m. Wednesday to get input on the project.
Last month, the city council approved entering into an exclusive negotiating agreement with the Pleasanton-based company, the developer behind the Safeway shopping center on Mission Street in Santa Cruz.
The meeting will be held at the community center, 360 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley. For information, call 925-738-1400 or 831-440-5600.
Diversity Center to host artists
The Diversity Center, 1117 Soquel Ave., will host an event for First Friday from 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 1 featuring local artists. There will be hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
Artist Scottie Johnson works with mixed medium, oils, water color and charcoal on canvas, wood and various papers.
Born and raised locally, Jessica Alaimo creates art and jewelry, using recycled materials and resin to create bottle-cap art earrings and other forms of jewelry.
Quilter and sketch artist Phillip Gomez works with different mediums. He has been quilting for the last 10 years, and has sketched all his life.
Quarterly weekend Passport Day scheduled for Feb. 9
The Santa Cruz County Clerk is holding a quarterly weekend Passport Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 on the second floor of the County Governmental Building, 701 Ocean St., Santa Cruz.
To get a passport, complete an application and bring the following: photo identification such as a driver's license, copy of the front and back of identification on 8½ by 11-inch white paper, evidence of citizenship such as a birth certificate and a two-inch square color passport photo.
Passports cost $80 for citizens up to 15 years old and $110 for those 16 years old and older. Applicants also must pay a processing fee of $25 per passport. Credit cards are not accepted.
For information on travel requirements, go to travel.state.gov. The Santa Cruz County Clerk's Office can be reached at 831-454-2060.
Learn how to publish student writing at free workshop
Justin Carder, an alumnus of the 826 Valencia and designer of the writing program's Pirate Supply Store in San Francisco, will lead a free training from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 in Santa Cruz for anyone interested in publishing student writing.
"How to Publish Student Writing" is the latest in a series of trainings in conjunction with the Young Writers Program. Co-sponsored by Santa Cruz Writes and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, the Young Writers Program brings volunteers into the classroom to work with students on teacher-initiated writing projects that result in a publication.
This training will focus on getting students writing into shape for publishing, design and layout options, as well as printing alternatives. The training will be in the Pacific/Ocean Room at the Office of Education, 400 Encinal St.
To RSVP by Feb. 7, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-227-7690.
Aid offered through Dream Act
Immigrant students, able to access public financial aid through the California Dream Act, can do so online.
The Dream Act allows students who arrived in the United States before age 16 and who attended California high schools to receive aid for college, including Cal Grants.
Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, is encouraging students to apply.
For information, call Student Support Services at the California Student Aid Commission at 888-224-7268 or go to http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp.
Dine out for CASA on Feb. 12
Shadowbrook Restaurant is hosting the 14th annual Dine for Court Appointed Special Advocates on Feb. 12.
The Capitola restaurant will donate a third of patrons' food and beverage tab to support CASA and the organization's work with local children in the foster care system. It starts at 5 p.m.
Shadowbrook is at 1750 Wharf Road. For reservations, call 474-1511 and tell staff you are dining for CASA.