Cesar Chavez award honors youth
The 10th annual Cesar Chavez Youth Awards will be presented at a ceremony from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center, 30 Maple Ave.
The awards recognize youth for community work and activism that exemplifies and promotes values espoused by labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.
The event, co-sponsored by city Parks and Community Services and the Santa Cruz County Latino Affairs Commission, will feature entertainment, a welcome by Mayor Lowell Hurst and a keynote address by educator Ynes Rodriguez.
Admission is free. For information, call 768-3247.
Wetlands Watch presents bat talk
Bat rehabilitator and educator Monique Lee will illustrate her talk about bats with live California natives during a presentation from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center on the campus of Pajaro Valley High School, 500 Harkins Slough Road.
Bats play an important role as pollinators, pest controllers and seed distributors, and their populations are threatened. Lee will discuss their reproduction, habitats and behavior.
The presentation, sponsored by Watsonville Wetlands Watch, is free, but reservations are required. For information, contact 831-345-1226 or
Agency works on water quality plan
A Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency committee developing a plan to protect groundwater from salts and nutrients will meet at 9 a.m. March 28 in the city Water Resources Center, 500 Clearwater Lane.
Excessive concentrations of salts and nutrients threaten water quality, putting crop productivity and health at risk and increasing the cost of treating drinking water. The water management agency is facing a 2014 deadline to establish a plan for dealing with the problem.
Ag Against Hunger to honor woman
Ag Against Hunger is seeking nominations for the 2013 Agricultural Woman of the Year from Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties.
The nominee should show unique leadership qualities while working in regional agriculture.
The honoree will
The deadline for submitting a nomination is April 8. Nominations can be made online at www.agagainsthunger.org.
Volunteers needed for naturalist training
Natural Bridges State Beach needs volunteers to give tours of the tide pools. Training takes place from 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays from April 3 to April 27.
Training will cover information about park and tide pool life, as well as public speaking and teaching techniques. Volunteers will usually work six hours or more per month after the training.
Natural Bridges State Beach is located at the west end of West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. To register, call 831-423-4609 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Luncheon celebrates old local businesses
The Santa Cruz County Old Timers will host its 73rd annual Old Timers Luncheon and Raffle at 10 a.m. April 14 at the Portuguese Hall, 216 Evergreen St.
This year's theme is early businesses of Santa Cruz County, so people are encouraged to bring relevant old photos and stories.
Reservations are $25 and can be mailed by April 7 to Santa Cruz Old Timers, P.O. Box 697, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-0697. For information, call Kim Stoner at 831-426-5357.