WATSONVILLE

Supervisor to host forum on levee projects

Santa Cruz County Supervisor Greg Caput and county staff will hold a summit on Salsipuedes Creek 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Pajaro Village Clubhouse, 739 Bronte Ave.

Topics will include the current state of the creek, the plan for a flood control project, an update on the Pajaro River bench excavation, and the possibility of lowering rates of FEMA-required insurance.

For information, call 454-2200.

SOQUEL

Dining event to benefit Santa Cruz cleanup efforts

HOPE Services will host a dining out event Friday at Michael's on Main, 2591 S. Main St., to benefit the organization's Downtown Litter Abatement Crew that cleans up downtown Santa Cruz.

Ten percent of proceeds from each bill at the restaurant on Friday will be donated to HOPE Services, whose volunteers perform the cleanup efforts in Santa Cruz.

For information, go to hopeservices.org.

WATSONVILLE

Mock trial finals to be held Thursday

High school teams from Santa Cruz, Harbor, Soquel and Scotts Valley will meet Thursday for the championship in the Santa Cruz County Mock Trial Competition. The semifinal round is 5-7 p.m. and the final round is 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Watsonville Courthouse, 1 Second St. The award ceremony will immediately follow.

This is the 24th year of the Santa Cruz Mock Trial Competition, which gives students the opportunity to learn about the judicial system as they study a hypothetical case and develop analytical abilities and communication skills. They receive guidance from volunteer attorneys in courtroom procedures and trial preparation.

The event is coordinated by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Student Support Services Department. About 10 Santa Cruz County Superior Court judges volunteer to preside over the hearings and more than 20 local attorneys volunteer as scorers.

Seven teams entered this year: Aptos, Harbor, Scotts Valley (two), Soquel, Santa Cruz and Watsonville. The winning team will represent Santa Cruz County at the state finals in March. The national competition is in April.

APTOS

Lecture looks at global education

Scholar and author Yong Zhao will draw from his book, "World Class Learners," during a free lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cabrillo College's Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive.

The lecture is part of a series, presented by Gateway, Mount Madonna and York schools and Cabrillo and aimed at defining a high-quality education.

In "World Class Learners," Zhao, the author of more than 100 articles and 20 books, proposes that measuring quality by standardized testing is misleading and that high-performing education systems do not produce the creative and entrepreneurial minds society needs.

To reserve a seat, go to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e70ty3c604237871&;oseq=&c=&ch=.

For information about Zhao, go to zhaolearning.com.

SANTA CRUZ

Diversity Center seeks parade nominations

The Diversity Center, Santa Cruz County's nonprofit organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, seeks nominations for individuals and organizations to serve as grand marshal and proclamation honorees for the 39th annual Santa Cruz Pride Parade and Festival on June 2.

The Santa Cruz Pride Committee aims to recognize and celebrate people who have given extraordinary service to the local LGBTQ community. Nominees are chosen to lead the parade as grand marshal or receive honoree recognition during a festival after the parade.

This year's theme is "Calling All Allies." Nominations will be accepted until Monday via a form available at santacruzpride.org, email info@diversitycenter.org or call the Diversity Center 831-425-5422.

SANTA CRUZ

'Parenting from the Heart' workshop Thursday

Parents who are interested in positive discipline are invited to attend a free hands-on workshop 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at 1080 Emeline Ave., Building D, in the downstairs small conference room.

In this course, parents will be given discipline tools beyond time-outs, sticker charts and video game restrictions to obtain cooperation from their children.

Parents will learn the foundational principles to positive discipline based on current brain research; ways it differs from other parenting programs; about creating mutually respectful, healthy and lifelong relationships and practical parenting tools that can be used immediately.

For information, call 239-5543.