SANTA CRUZ

Cabrillo to host small business workshops

The Central Coast Small Business Development Center at Cabrillo College will hold a series of workshops through the end of the year starting March 14 aimed at supporting small businesses.

The first workshop, slated for March 14, will cover issues related to the new kitchen cottage bill, and how residents can produce their own specialty foods for profit. The next, on April 11, will focus on new technology tools. To register and view a list of workshops, visit www.santacruzpl.org/brownbags.

The Santa Cruz Downtown Association, the city of Santa Cruz, Think Local First, NextSpace, SCORE and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries are also partners in the effort, which is sponsored by Bay Federal Credit Union.

There is no charge to attend the workshops, which are from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the upstairs meeting room of the Santa Cruz Public Library, 224 Church St.

APTOS

Cabrillo hosts live stream of TED 2013 conference

Cabrillo College will host a free, live stream broadcast of the entire TED 2013 conference 8:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive.

This year's conference takes place in Long Beach and is themed "The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered," according to a news release from Cabrillo College. TED events started in 1984 and bring together people from the technology, entertainment and design worlds to discuss ideas.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity for the Santa Cruz County community to see a variety of experts in the fields of technology, entertainment, and design give inspiring talks on their cutting-edge work in these fields," John Graulty, dean of Cabrillo's Visual, Applied and Performing Arts Department, wrote in the release.

For information, go to http://conferences.ted.com/ TED2013/program/guide.php#Wednesday,February27,2013.

BEN LOMOND

Valley Women's Club hosts general meeting

The Valley Women's Club will hold its annual general meeting at 11:30 a.m. March 24 at the Highland Park Senior Center, 8500 Highway 9.

Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share, as well as their own plates and utensils. Leaders will provide updates on the organization's accomplishments and plans for the coming year. Various representatives, including Rep. Bill Monning and Supervisor Bruce McPherson, have been invited to attend.

The club was founded in 1978 with the goal of improving the quality of life in the San Lorenzo Valley. For information, go to http://valleywomensclub.com.

SOQUEL

Library hosts local author talk, signing

Local author Barbara Bloom will talk about her writing experience, including her collection of poems, "On the Water Meridian," as part of the Porter Memorial Library's "Meet the Author" program starting at 10:30 a.m. March 13.

Bloom, now semi-retired from teaching English and creative writing at Cabrillo College, also will discuss her memoir about her life in British Columbia, "Steering Home." Bloom also teaches a memoir-writing workshop at the library, located at 3050 Porter St.

The free "Meet the Author" programs are informal coffee hours around the fireplace where local authors discuss their works, answer questions from the audience and autograph copies of their books.

For information, call 831-475-3326.

SANTA CRUZ

Join the Arbor Day Foundation and get 10 free trees

Throughout March, the Arbor Day Foundation wants to celebrate the arrival of spring by making it easier for everyone to plant trees.

Every new member of the Arbor Day Foundation in March will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. Members also receive a subscription to the foundation's bimonthly publication, as well as an information booklet about tree planting and care.

White flowering dogwoods are known for showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage and red berries during winter.

To become a member of the Arbor Day Foundation, go to arborday.org/march, or send a $10 contribution by March 30 to 10 Free Dogwood Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410.

SANTA CRUZ

Annual AIDS Walk coming up

The Santa Cruz AIDS Walk event will begin at 9:30 a.m. March 9 at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf with registration and a continental breakfast. The 10K walk, sponsored by the Santa Cruz AIDS Project, will begin at 10:30 a.m. along West Cliff Drive to Natural Bridges State Beach, returning to the wharf, and ending about 1:30 p.m. with music and refreshments.

To receive an AIDS Walk T-shirt, walkers must raise at least $100 individually or $500 as part of a team of five to 20 members. Proceeds will directly support services for those living with HIV/AIDS and provide education and prevention services to high-risk groups throughout Santa Cruz County.

Registration forms are available at scccc.org, or call 427-3900. Supporters who can't attend but still want to donate may do so by visiting scccc.org or mailing a check to SCAP, 542 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060.