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SANTA CRUZ

Mission to unveil new exhibit

A public ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate a new exhibit about the Ohlone and Yokuts Indian experience will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St., Santa Cruz.

That part of the adobe, built in the early 1800s, is the only surviving building from the mission, according to a news release announcing the ceremony. Archeological excavations revealed it once housed Native Americans, with one family assigned to each room.

The ceremony will include a tour of the exhibits, refreshments and screening of the film "We Are Still Here."

For information, call 831-425-5849.

SANTA CRUZ

History lecture set for Tuesday

Gail Hershatter, who chairs the history department at UC Santa Cruz, will deliver the 47th annual UCSC Faculty Research Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Music Recital Hall in the UCSC Performing Arts Complex.

Admission is free, and there will be a reception afterward. The annual lecture is the foremost academic research honor bestowed by the UCSC Academic Senate.

Hershatter was selected for her field research of oral history among Chinese women, and for her major contributions to the history of women, labor and sexuality.

She will speak on the topic "Rural Women, Memory and China's Collective Past."


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SANTA CRUZ

Shakespeare fundraiser Feb. 19

You can support Shakespeare Santa Cruz by dining at the Shadowbrook Restaurant on Feb. 19.

The restaurant will donate 30 percent of the total bill to Shakespeare Santa Cruz if you mention "dining for Shakespeare Santa Cruz" when making your reservation and ordering.

For reservations, call 831-475-1511 or go to www.shadowbrook-capitola.com.

APTOS

Foreign policy issues at the center of talks

The America Association of University Women holds an annual eight-month program called Great Decisions, a national program that educates citizens on current foreign policy issues.

The local chapter of the group meets the first Monday of each month 7-8:30 p.m. at St. John's Church, 125 Canterbury Drive, Aptos.

The next meeting is March 4.

SANTA CRUZ

New Leaf donates $10,000

New Leaf Community Markets and customers have donated a total of $10,000 to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, and funds will be distributed to food banks serving the hardest-hit areas in New Jersey and the American Red Cross, according to a news release from New Leaf.

The donation "will allow us to continue our efforts to assist the thousands of families who face an uncertain future due to the loss of their homes, jobs and possessions," Carlos Rodriguez, executive director of The FoodBank, wrote in the release.

Hurricane Sandy impacted millions and caused widespread destruction throughout 900-square-mile area, with total economic losses estimated at $50 billion, according to the release.

SANTA CRUZ

Tie the knot on Valentine's Day

Wedding bells will ring at the Santa Cruz County Government Center on Valentine's Day when the county's deputy marriage commissioners will perform civil marriage ceremonies throughout the day and evening.

The cost is $100.

A valid marriage license prior to the scheduled ceremony and at least one witness are required.

Each couple may have no more than 15 guests.

Ceremonies will be broadcast live on the Internet via the county's "WedCam" on the County Clerk's website at www.sccoclerk.com.

To reserve a time, call 831-454-2060.

WATSONVILLE

FosterEd launches Feb. 22

Community members are invited to the celebrate the official launch of FosterEd Santa Cruz County on Feb. 22.

FosterEd is a project aimed at helping hundreds of children living in foster care succeed in school. It's a collaborative effort of the National Center for Youth Law, county officials, the state's court system and CASA of Santa Cruz County, among other organizations.

From noon to 1 p.m., there will be lunch and refreshments at the Santa Cruz County Courthouse in Watsonville in the jury assembly room at 1 Second St.

Advocates, educators, youth, child welfare officials, parents, juvenile court judges and others are expected to attend.