WATSONVILLE

Business Council to discuss Measure T

Measure T, the proposal to amend Watsonville's Urban Limit Line to allow for the possible annexation by the city of approximately 95 acres of agricultural land for future commercial development, will be the focus of a special meeting of the Santa Cruz County Business Council board of directors Thursday.

Business Council members will hear presentations from Watsonville City Councilman Daniel Dodge and Chris Enright, immediate past-president of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau, at 7:30 a.m. at Graniterock-Pavex, 411 Walker St. Each will speak for 30 minutes with time for questions.

The meeting is open only to organizations that are members of the Business Council. For information, call 831-435-6361 or go to www.sccbusinesscouncil.com.

County

Distracted driving events slated for Thursday

Santa Cruz County Friday Night Live Partnership, the Santa Cruz area California Highway Patrol and Impact Teen Drivers are hosting two events Thursday on distracted driving, the number one killer of teens in the U.S.

The first will be from 10-11:30 a.m. at Ponderosa High School, 305 Marion Ave., Ben Lomond. The second will be from 1:30-3 p.m. at Pajaro Valley High School, 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville.

According to Allstate, nearly 3,500 U.S. teens die annually in accidents caused by distracted driving. More than 300,000 teens are injured.

For details, call 831-336-9338 or 831-728-8102.

Capitola

Career workshop to focus on apprenticeship

The Women Ventures Project is hosting a free workshop on apprenticeships for women from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Workforce Career Center, 2040 40th Ave.

The workshop will focus on trades going green and how to apprentice for them. There will be a panel discussion with various building trade apprenticeship coordinators.

RSVP by Monday at 831-724-0206.

Santa Cruz

Codfish Ball to benefit Santa Cruz Follies

A Codfish Ball is being held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Market Street Senior Center, 222 Market St.

The show, a benefit for the Santa Cruz Follies and Senior Citizens Opportunities, will include 27 entertainers performing music from the 1920s in an underwater Neptune's Hall theme.

The show is directed by Barbara Wright, and Jackie Lockwood painted the backdrop.

Admission is $5. For details, call 831-423-6640.

Scotts Valley

Bike ride to benefit SV public schools

The Scotts Valley Educational Foundation is hosting its 11th annual Mountain Charlie Challenge on Saturday at Skypark.

Participants can ride 50-kilometer, 100-kilometer or 100-mile routes to benefit Scotts Valley public schools. There's also a 9.6-mile route available. All funds will support districtwide school programs. Last year, the event raised $29,000.

Rides begin at 7 a.m., 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. The starts for the funrides are 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

There will also be live music, kids activities, obstacle courses, gear fitting, arts and crafts, local artists, a barbecue lunch, beer, wine, raffles and a silent auction.

For details, go to www.svef.net.

SANTA CRUZ

Dolores Huerta to headline convocation

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual César Chávez Convocation at UC Santa Cruz on Tuesday, May 7.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the College Nine and Ten Multipurpose Room, with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required by calling 831-459-2427 or emailing elcentro@ucsc.edu.

Huerta, 83, has played a major role in the American civil rights movement for more than 50 years. In 1962, with César Chávez, she co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which would later become the United Farm Workers union.

CORRALITOS

Down to Earth Women to hold luncheon May 16

Renee Shepherd, owner of Renee's Garden, will be the speaker at the annual Down to Earth Women's Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 16 at Driscoll's Rancho Corralitos, 242 Corralitos Road.

Shepherd's talk, "A Seedy Business," will be about growing and cooking from the garden.

A prize will be awarded for the best hat.

Proceeds benefit Agri-Culture's Focus Agriculture, the Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship and Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau school programs.

Cost is $100.

For information or reservations, call 831-722-6622, email agri-culture@sbcglobal.net or go to www.agri-culture.us.