SOQUEL

Musicians host pancake breakfast Saturday

The Soquel High School music program will host a pancake breakfast 8-11 a.m. Saturday in the school's multipurpose room, 401 Old San Jose Road.

The all-you-can-eat breakfast, which costs $6, includes fresh fruit, pancakes and sausage made from ingredients donated by Whole Foods in Capitola.

The event is a fundraiser for the Soquel High music program.

Soquel High's jazz singers, concert choir, varsity concert band and two jazz bands will perform throughout the morning.

SANTA CRUZ

St. Stephen's Child Development Center to host crab feed

The St. Stephen's Child Development Center will hold a crab dinner at 5:30 and 7 p.m. March 2 at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave.

The event will raise funds for the center's new preschool program.

Advanced tickets are required. Tickets are $39 each or two for $70.

For information, call 831-476-4700 or go to www.ststephenslutheran.org/cdc.

BOULDER CREEK

Save the Redwoods League reaches halfway mark

San Francisco-based Save the Redwoods League recently reached its halfway mark in its $8 million fundraising campaign to protect old-growth forests in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, with hopes of raising the remainder by Dec. 31.


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Some of the funds will be used to protect the 214-acre Boulder Creek Forest, adjacent to Big Basin Redwoods State Park in Boulder Creek. The nonprofit plans to negotiate a conservation agreement that would prohibit harvesting and subdivisions, according to the release.

The fundraising campaign involves a partnership with other area nonprofits, including Palo Alto-based Peninsula Open Space Trust.

For information, go to www.savetheredwoods.org or call 415-820-5814.

SANTA CRUZ

Piano ensemble concert set for Feb. 10

Twelve local pianists will perform at Piano Ensemble's annual concert at the UC Santa Cruz Music Center Recital Hall on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.

The musicians performing are Josephine Alvarado, Karen Cole, Thomas Cole, Chris Dennis, Ray Fernando, Laureen Herr, Nicki Kerns, Lynn Kidder, Lavinia Livingston, Zack Myers, Ivan Rosenblum and Vlada Volkova-Moran.

They'll be joined by tango dancers John and Nancy Lingemann.

The concert will benefit Talent Bank Awards Festival, a scholarship program of the Music Teachers Association of California's Santa Cruz branch. Suggested donation is $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

SANTA CRUZ

Staff of Life Natural Foods to host e-waste recycling drive

Staff of Life Natural Foods will host an e-waste recycling drive with California Grey Bears 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at 1266 Soquel Ave.

The drive will accept electronics, working or not, for proper disposal. Grey Bears members will be stationed in the parking lot to assist with donations.

APTOS

Register for 2013 Human Race kickoff breakfast

The deadline is Friday to register for the Volunteer Center's 2013 Human Race kickoff breakfast, which will be held 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday at the Seacliff Inn in Aptos.

Local nonprofits, schools and churches are invited to register for the event and attend the breakfast to access the tools they need to launch a successful fundraising campaign for this year's race.

The Human Race, slated for May 11, is a walkathon and fun run along West Cliff Drive that attracts the community to raise money for the organization of their choosing.

For information, call 831-427-5070 or go to www.scvolunteercenter.org.

SANTA CRUZ

Photo event to benefit Safe Schools Project

Rebecca Stark Photography will snap some shots to benefit the queer and queer-friendly youth of Santa Cruz County.

Proceeds from each donation-only portrait session will go to the Safe Schools Project, a countywide program initiated by the Queer Youth Task Force to raise awareness for queer and queer-friendly youth on middle school and high school campuses.

The Santa Cruz Love Project runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at 627 Center St.

Couples, families and individuals will be photographed for a donation and their images emailed within 24 hours.

Each 20-minute session includes three poses. A $150 donation is suggested, but any donation will be gratefully accepted.

Also on hand will be stylist Lorene Stewart to assist with hair and makeup so everyone looks his or her best in front of the camera.

For information, call 831-325-4183.