County Superior Court to host divorce workshop on Feb. 15
The Santa Cruz County Superior Court's Self-Help Center is holding a divorce workshop on Friday, Feb. 15.
The workshop will provide information about the divorce process, including introduction to forms, deadlines and information on finding an attorney, mediator or legal document preparer.
The free workshop will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Law Library, in the basement of 701 Ocean St.
For information, contact the Self-Help Center at 831-786-7200, option 4.
No registration is necessary, but the organizers ask attendees to refrain from bringing children and food or drinks.
Youth Council to discuss public safety, education
Watsonville Youth Council will discuss public safety, education and city spending during a meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 25 at the City Council chamber, 275 Main St., fourth floor.
The meeting was originally scheduled for Monday, but was postponed.
The youth council is an unofficial body that aims to advise city leaders on issues important to youth. Its 11 members are drawn from Watsonville high schools.
For information, go to www.facebook.com/watsonvilleyouth.
Women's group to discuss state of homelessness
Santa Cruz Councilman Don Lane and Homeless Services Center Executive Director Monica Martinez will speak about the state of homelessness in Santa Cruz County to members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Quaker Meeting Center, 225 Rooney St.
The speakers will discuss what is being done to reduce and alleviate homelessness, including the countywide 180/180 campaign to help 180 homeless men and women get into permanent housing by 2014
For information, call 831-428-5096 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water agency prepares environmental report
The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency is preparing to launch an environmental study of its proposed 2012 Basin Management Plan Update, which will guide policies and programs aimed at addressing chronic overdraft of groundwater supplies.
The deadline for comments on the scope of the environmental issues, mitigation measures and alternatives is 5 p.m. March 11. Comments may be submitted by fax, 831-722-3139; by email at email@example.com, or by mail, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, attention Mary Bannister, 36 Brennan St, Watsonville, CA 95076.
Public scoping meetings will be held from 4-5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the community room at the Watsonville Civic Plaza, 275 Main St., fourth floor.
For information, go to www.pvwater.org.
Clam Chowder contest registration still open
Registration remains open for the 32nd annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off and Festival at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on Feb. 23.
A panel of judges will determine the best Manhattan and best Boston chowders in individual and professional categories. There are also awards for people's choice and most tasted chowders. Prizes include airline tickets, cash and wall plaques.
Last year, the event attracted more than 70 entries and thousands of chowder fans, bringing in $70,000 for city Parks and Recreation Department programs. The team entry fee is $50, or $75 for cooking professionals.
For entry forms and rules, go to www.beachboardwalk.com/clamchowder/ or call 831-420-5273.
Admission is free. Visitors can watch chefs prepare their chowders and for $9 taste up to five different chowders and vote for the people's choice winner.
Cooking will begin at 10 a.m., tasting at 1 p.m. with winners announced at 4 p.m.
Applications for financial assistance due March 15
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in California will provide $1 million in technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to protect water resources in the Monterey Bay Region. The application deadline is March 15.
This program was created in 2011 as a result of the Obama Administration announcing that the Monterey Bay region was selected as one of the agency's three "America's Great Outdoors" initiative areas.
NRCS staff will work with farmers and ranchers to develop conservation plans to improve soil health, wildlife habitat and water quality, and address excessive runoff and flooding on farms, ranches and private non-industrial forestland.
Applications will be ranked according to conservation benefits.
Santa Cruz County farmers and ranchers should go to http://www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/ or contact their local NRCS office to submit an application.