SANTA CRUZ

Mavericks Invitational to air on television Sunday

A one-hour television package of the 2013 Mavericks Invitational will air at 7 p.m. and midnight Sunday on the CBS Sports Network.

The big wave surf contest off the Pillar Point Harbor in San Mateo County took place Jan. 20. Santa Cruz native Peter Mel won the event and Santa Cruz surfers Zach Wormhoudt and Shawn Dollar joined him in the final.

CBS Sports Network is on channel 418 and 732 in high definition on Comcast. It is channel 643 and 1643 in HD on AT&T U-Verse, channel 613 on DirecTV and channel 158 on Dish Network.

Santa Cruz

Homeless Garden Project hosts Sweets and Treats

The Santa Cruz Homeless Garden Project is hosting Sweets and Treats from 5-8 p.m. Friday at 30 W. Cliff Drive.

The event kicks off the center's Valentine's Day gift sale.

The night will include music, wine and appetizers by Erik Soderholm of Davenport Roadhouse. The Great Morgani will perform from 5-6 p.m.

For details, go to homelessgardenproject.org.

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Gay-Straight Alliance holds summit

High school students from throughout Santa Cruz County will hold the winter Gay-Straight Alliance conference on Saturday.

The event runs 1-5 p.m. at Harbor High School's multipurpose room, 300 La Fonda Ave.

Topics include a "Fight 4 Your Rights" workshop and the FAIR Act.

The conference will allow students to meet LGBTIQ community leaders, including Ron Indra of the Safe Schools Project; Sharon Papo, executive director of the Diversity Center; and Cheryl Rebottaro of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

To reserve a spot, call 831-427-4004 or email info@qytf.org.

SANTA CRUZ

Dominican Hospital receives 'Baby Friendly' status

Dominican Hospital was honored at last week's California Breastfeeding Summit for its "Baby Friendly" certification.

The summit recognized the facilities that received Baby Friendly status in the past year.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund to encourage hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. Hospitals must meet 10 criteria to achieve "Baby Friendly" status.

Fewer than 200 hospitals in the nation have earned the distinction.

CAPITOLA

Benefit for Community Music School on Feb. 19

A number of student and professional musicians will perform at Shadowbrook Restaurant on Feb. 19 to raise money for the Community Music School of Santa Cruz.

Performers will include the Ginormous String Band, teen string ensemble String Invasion, and professional guest artists Steve Palazzo on guitar and Renata Bratt on cello.

The musicians will perform as part of the restaurant's Community Tuesday series in the Rock Room Lounge.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 831-475-1511. Be sure to inform staff you will be there for Community Music School. A third of the restaurant's receipts that night will go to the organization.

Shadowbrook is at 1750 Wharf Road, Capitola.

For questions, send an email to deby.fiddler@gmail.com.

SANTA CRUZ

Forum on homelessness slated for Feb. 19

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom will focus on the problem of homelessness at its 7 p.m. meeting Feb. 19 at Quaker Meeting Center, 225 Rooney St., Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz City Councilman Don Lane and Monica Martinez, director of the Homeless Services Center, will be the guest speakers.

They'll talk about efforts being implemented to reduce and alleviate homelessness in the community.

For information, call 831-428-5096.

CAPITOLA

Toyota asks customers to support Make-A-Wish

Toyota dealerships in Northern California and Central Valley are teaming up with local Make-A-Wish chapters to improve the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Customers are encouraged to donate $10 to Make-A-Wish at Toyota of Santa Cruz in Capitola or other area Toyota dealerships and receive a $20 voucher toward a future service or installed Toyota accessory.

Every $7,500 raised by Toyota customers will grant one child's wish.

Toyota dealerships in the region collected more than 17,000 toys for the Toys for Tots Foundation during the holidays, and Capitol Toyota in San Jose has raised $50,000 for its local Make-A-Wish chapter in the last 12 months.