Art and gift fair set for Nov. 4
Bridges to Kinder, at 15 Ortalon Ave., is hosting an Art & Gift Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4.
The event will feature the works of local artists, whose pieces include candles, clothing, feather pins, jewelry, handmade soaps, holiday ornaments, stockings, and baby gifts.
Proceeds benefit the independent, nonprofit school's pre-K/preschool program.
If there is rain, the event will be canceled.
Learn basic computer skills
The Santa Cruz Adult School, at 319 La Fonda Ave., has two new six-week basic computer skills classes starting this coming week.
The class that begins Monday, Nov. 5 lasts from 9-11 a.m. while the evening class, which begins Wednesday, Nov. 7, takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The class offers basic work processing, email and Internet use in the computer lab. Cost is $40.
Register on line at www.adultedreg.com/santacruz, by telephone at 429- 3966 or in person. Office hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Intra-district forms available
Beginning Monday, Nov. 5, parents with children attending schools in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District can apply to have their child or children attend a school that is outside of their neighborhood but inside the district.
The intra-district request form can be picked up from and dropped off at neighborhood schools through Dec. 21.
Based on the capacity of each school, the district will use a lottery system to make its decision and notify parents in February.
Montessori hosts info night
Parents are invited to learn more about Santa Cruz Montessori's junior high program at Wavecrest, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Winston Campus, 2446 Cabrillo College Drive.
Wavecrest is a safe place for youths to learn self-discipline and confidence while undertaking academic rigor and building a personal vision of the self in society.
For reservations, call 476-1646.
Information night at Gateway School
Parents who are seeking to learn more about Gateway School's middle school, at 126 Eucalyptus Ave., are invited to attend an information night at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.
The night will give prospective families the chance to hear from teachers and students, as well as an alumni panel about the program, which helps adolescents thrive as they prepare for high school.
To reserve a spot, email email@example.com or call 423-0341 ext. 302.
Learn ways to pay for college
Steve Shapiro will be hosting workshops aimed at helping families find money to pay for college.
Here are the dates and locations:
7:15-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Temple Beth El, Aptos. Focus: scholarships and tips for success; $20 entry.
7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at Scotts Valley High School. Focus: paying for college; free.
6:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at St Francis Catholic High School in Watsonville. Focus: paying for college; free.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Hill offers kindergarten tour
Spring Hill School, at 250 California St., still has spaces available for it kindergarten tour for prospective parents. The tour lasts from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.
To place reservations, contact Diane McCarthy at email@example.com or call 427-2641.
In other Spring Hill news, the school's students are mentors from the community to help with various stages of their independent projects.
Each student must choose a topic of their own choice, research it then write a paper about it, as well as make a time line for the execution of their project.
Projects include creating a cookbook for kids, with a focus on nutrition and gardening, to be delivered to low income families through community centers, Grind Out Hunger and school libraries; creating a series of paleontology videos geared toward youths ages 9-13 to help them view the development of life over time; help build a school in Africa and learn Swahili, paint a mural at Grind Out Hunger's headquarters then studying the impact on the community; starting an environmental club called Earth Club to educate members about the hazards of plastic bags, do beach clean-ups and write a script for a video game; and visit the sick, injured and the elderly with shelter dogs then researching the effects dogs have on these groups of individuals.
People interested in contributing the projects can contact Veronique Winiarski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 427-2641.
Cypress High hosts blood drive
Cypress High School is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross 2:30-6;30 p.m Friday, Nov. 9 in the Del Mar Elementary School gym, at 1959 Merrill St.
Students as young as 16 years old can donate with parental consent. To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: CYPRESSHS. For information, call 477-0302.
In other Cypress news, Emily Merrifield has been named the school's Educator of the Year as part of the California League of High Schools Region V recognition of excellence in education.
Along with nine other school's nominees, the Cypress science teacher will be honored at a dinner ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Santa Cruz Elks Lodge.
A six year veteran of teaching at Cypress, Merrifield was responsible for bringing the advanced placement environmental science curriculum to the school five years ago. She was nominated by Principal Les Forster, Trustee for the League's Region V.
To support the Dec. 5 event, or learn more about the California League of Schools, call Forster at 477-0302.
Stretch-a-thon, voting at Tierra
Tierra Pacifica Charter School is teaming up with Pleasure Point Yoga in hosting a fundraiser for the school.
From 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, people who attend a special Karma Yoga class at 3707 Portola Drive, 100 percent of the suggested $10 donation goes to the public charter school.
The fundraiser is suitable for people ages 14 and up. For information, email Jess Hess, mom and yoga teacher, at email@example.com.
Meanwhile, the school, at 986 Bostwick Lane, is helping its kids countywide get out the vote.
Justin Trinh-Halperin's seventh- and eighth-grade classes has prepared a special ballot with voting language appropriate for children ages kindergarten on up. Those ballots are then distributed to schools all over the county.
On election day, Tierra Pacifica students will hit the streets with signs reminding people to vote. The day after the election, they will tally the youth ballots and report the results.
"Voting is one thing they are not taught how to do," Trinh-Halperin said. "It's a complicated process and it's important to start young, so they're not intimidated by it when they turn 18."
Soquel High to host fundraiser
The Soquel High School Knights of the Square Stage are putting on a one-night only production of "Harry's Hotter at Twilight."
The play by Jonathan Dorf is a fundraiser. It spoofs Harry Potter, Twilight, Alice in Wonderland and Star Wars.
Tickets are $10 for this interactive event, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10. in the Soquel High School MPR.
Free dessert will be served.
For information, call Maggie Kline, show director, at 429-3909 ext. 158.
Kuumbwa Honor Band forms
The 2012-13 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band has been formed. Its members are: Alex Condotti, saxophone, of Pacific Collegiate School; Orgyen DeCosse-Graves, drums, of Soquel High School; Lucas Hahn, piano, of Georgiana Bruce Kirby High School; Derek Mather, guitar, of AFE Home School; Jeremy Yanowitz, bass, of San Lorenzo Valley High School; and Celine Miranda, vocals, Peter Tarantino, drums, and Geneva Wilson, vocals, all of Harbor High School.
Directed by Steve Wilson, these young musicians will attend weekly rehearsals, study complex jazz theory and improvisation, and learn essential life skills such as communication, cooperation and critical thinking. The band will perform at community benefits, festivals and special events. At the end of the school year, the youths will perform a concert at Kuumbwa Jazz Center.
The program is made possible with donations from businesses, individuals and groups, such as David & Lucile Packard Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Newman's Own Foundation, Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, Community Foundation of SCC Donor Advised Funds Awards Program and the Bill Graham Memorial Fund.
Students selected for exhibit
Students from Mission Hill Middle School were selected for Mi Casa Es Tu Casa 2012 at the Pajaro Valley Gallery/Arts Council Office.
The exhibit runs through Dec. 2 at the gallery, at 37 Sudden St., Watsonville. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Admission to the exhibit is free. For information, call 722-3062.
Mount Madonna School's high school students are making friends with second- through fifth-graders at Hall District Elementary School in Las Lomas.
"My goals are to promote positive relationships across the demographic divide," said Suzy Stevens, a resource specialist at Hall, and parent of one of the visiting MMS students. "I want to show both groups how similar we are as people, even though we live very differently within the same zip code."
Meanwhile, Mount Madonna is welcoming a new high school physics, AP physics and calculus teacher in Melinda Soares.
Soares grew up on a dairy farm in Gilroy and attended Gavilan College, where she earned an A.A. in liberal studies. Then, she transferred to the UC Santa Cruz, where she received a B.S. in physics.
Soares has won numerous awards and honors in the science community. Prior to Mount Madonna, her teaching experience includes preschool through introductory college level courses.
When she's not in the classroom, she enjoys salsa dancing, photography, cuddling with her two children and learning.
"I'm sincerely a lifelong learner," she said.
Good Shepherd in the news
Good Shepherd Catholic School is offering a free estate planning seminar in the gym at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. There, Kyle A. Krasa, estate planning attorney, will explain "The Dirty Dozen Estate Planning Mistakes."
Meanwhile, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, the seventh- and eighth-grade boys vs. girls basketball teams will square off during half-time of the Golden State Warriors-Indiana Pacers game at Oracle Arena.
Tickets are $20 for sideline or $50 for lower level seats. Order them by calling the Golden State Warriors ticket sales department at (510) 986-2270 and requesting the Good Shepherd Catholic School ticket special.
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