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“The 12 Acts of Christmas, Our Gifts to You” A Benefit for The 418

Holiday Show!

To: You

From: Wide Blue Yonder Dance Company,
“The 12 Acts of Christmas, Our Gifts to You” When: December 21, 3pm

Where: The 418 project, 418 Front Street Santa Cruz, CA

Purchase tickets in advance at :

Adult: $10, Seniors and Children: $5, Family: $25 Tickets at the door: Adults $10, Seniors and Children: $5,
(family price not available at the door)

Email for more information:



Winter Soccer Camp 2014 at Holy Cross Gym

Join the Santa Cruz Soccer Camp staff at the Holy Cross Gym (at 170 High St, in Santa Cruz) this winter for our winter soccer camp. We have an hour and half session for 5 and 6 year-olds and a 2 hour session for 7-10 year-olds.
The focus is on skill, drill, games as well as small scrimmages.

Camp will run Saturday December 27th through Tuesday, December 30th. Five and six year olds will practice from 10am-11:30am and 7-10 year olds from 12:00-2:00pm. The price for 5-6 year olds is $105 and for 7-11 year olds $135

We will also offer partial sessions/daily this year. Please call or email us for more information on how to register for that.

To register please mail in a check with a registration form to

Santa Cruz Soccer Camp, 1634 Dolphin Dr, Aptos, CA, 95003

Call 831-246-1517 if you have any questions

West Performing Arts


Now Enrolling for Winter Break Camps for Youth and Teens

Fiona as Hermione

Spend your winter break with WEST Guest Artists and Creative Team

For Ages 5-12

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Harry Potter: Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes


Create A Play In A Day
For Ages 13 – 20
Acting Conservatory


Camp Flip at Ohana Gym

Learn new skills, meet new friends, laugh and play!!

MTW Dec 22 - Jan 1, 9am-12pm,

Ages 4-12, $50/day, $90/ 2 days; $125/ 3 days, 20% sibling discount

December Gift-Making Workshops
and Winter Break Art Camps


 December 20th-23rd & January 5th-9th

Get your holiday errands done and leave the kids with us! We will offer a variety of 4 hour workshops where kids will come create beautiful handmade gifts for family and friends. In January when the break feels endless, bring them to us for hours of creative, UNPLUGGED fun!

Saturday, Dec. 20; Beautiful Garden Art!
We will paint a metal garden stake, create a beaded driftwood sun catcher and make a glimmering glass votive candle holder for your patio.
Sunday, Dec. 21; An Artful Day of Decoupage!
A day of colorful, layered collage!
We will create two different kinds of collaged ornaments and a glimmering glass votive candle holder. Same class as Dec. 23.
Monday, Dec. 22; Sewing & Needle Felting!
Create a hand sewn keepsake ornament, a needle felted treasure and a mason jar pin cushion. Homespun gifts are the best!

Tuesday, Dec. 23; An Artful Day of Decoupage!
A day of colorful, layered collage!
Students will make two different kinds of collaged ornaments and a glimmering glass votive candle holder.

Monday, Jan. 5
Sewing & Needle Felting!
Snowmen inspire this day of sewing and felting fun! Learn new sewing skills and the  basics of needle felting with 100% wool.

Tuesday, Jan. 6
Hand Sewn Puppet Designing/Making
Design and create a hand sewn puppet while learning and perfecting your hand sewing skills. The Art Factory puppet theater awaits!

Wednesday, Jan. 7
Paper Creations
Snowflakes and winter themes guide our creativity during this day of inventive fun! Come cut, fold, layer and experiment with us!

Thursday, January 8
Drawing, Painting & Printmaking
Winter themes will guide us through a day of drawing, painting and print making. A fabulous art piece will go home at the end of the day.

Friday, Jan. 9
An Artful Day of Collage!
Trees, snow and winter landscapes guide us through a day of beautiful creations. Collage processes allow for endless creativity!

All Camps and Workshops:
Ages: 5-7 & 8-12
$60 per day; includes all materials. Please pack a lunch.
Call 688-8862 to register. 


Natural Bridges State Beach Monarch Tours


hosts guided tours of the monarch butterfly preserve at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays through January


The tour begins at the visitor center for the hour-long program
2531 West Cliff Drive, SC


Train to Christmas Town
Watsonville Depot

765 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville
Nov 28-30, Dec 3-7, Dec 10-17, Dec 16-23, Dec 26-28, 2015

Hot chocolate, cookies, music, Santa Cruz
Parking at the Depot is $5 per vehicle



Top ten things to do with kids in Santa Cruz County!

Did you see the Santa Cruz Sentinel article? Check it out here!

1. Explore the tide pools at Natural Bridges State Beach

2. Learn about the honor system at Swanton Berry Farm

3. Stroll through Henry Cowell State Park

4. Connect with nature at the Museum of Natural History, AKA the Whale Museum

5.  Take a field trip to the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm

6.  Get a history lesson at Wilder Ranch

7.  Be aMAHzed at the SC Museum of Art and History

8.  Head to the Beach!

9.  Explore your ocean at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center

10.  Don't miss the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

lenz.jpgServing you for over 45 years, Lenz Arts offers the largest selection of fine art supplies and the oldest custom frame shop on the Central Coast. Described as "one of the last real art stores on the West Coast," people drive for hours to take advantage of our selection of materials. From the finger-painting toddler to the professional gallery artist, we've got you covered!

Do you have time to head out of town?

We have so many wonderful places to visit close to Santa Cruz. Pick out one or two, and take your kids on an adventure
for the day! The variety of attractions within a day's drive is endless!


North of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1
Go visit the Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo State Reserve. It is located about 25 miles north of Santa Cruz, off Highway 1. The guided tours are the only way to see the seals during their mating and birthing season. Tours are held daily, from early morning until mid-afternoon, rain or shine. The season is the middle of December through the end of March and cost about $4.00. (Kids 3 and under are free) Reservations must be made in advance at 800-444-4445. Weekend reservations sell out immediately when they go on sale (56 days prior to the desired tour date). Park information is 650-879-0227 or

Other activities north along Hwy 1: Half Moon Bay, Pidgeon Point Lighthouse, picking berries in season at the farms along the way, hiking at Pescadero State Beach, watching the windsurfers at Waddell Beach, touring the little Natural History Museum at Rancho del Oso across from Waddell Beach.

North of Santa Cruz Via Hwy 17: San Jose
Kelley Park-
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo-
Japanese Friendship Gardens & History Park-
Paramount's Great America-
Raging Waters-
San Jose Flea Market-
Winchester Mystery House-

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose-
History Museum of San Jose-
San Jose Museum of Art-
Rosicrusian Egyptian Museum-
The Tech Museum-
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles-

Local Teams:
San Jose Giants-
 San Jose Earthquakes-
 San Jose Sharks-
 San Jose Sabercats-

Center for the Performing Arts-
H.P.Pavillion at San Jose-
Le Petit Trianon-
San Jose Repertory Theatre-

For more event ideas check out:

North of Santa Cruz Via Hwy 17: Oakland
 Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt:
 Chabot Space and Science Center:
 Children's Fairyland:
 Gondola Servizio:
 Jack London Square:
 Oakland Zoo:
 Theatre First:    
 USS Potomac: 
 Morcom Amphitheater of Roses
 Jack London State Historic Park: 
 Lake Merritt Boating Center:


 African American Museum & Library at Oakland:
 Oakland Aviation Museum:
 Oakland Museum of California: 
 Mills College Art Museum: 
 Museum of Children's Art:
 Pardee Home Museum:
 Peralta Hacienda Historical Park:
Local Teams:
   Oakland A's:
   Oakland Raiders:

For more ideas check out:

San Francisco:
Alcatraz Island:
 Pier 39:
Aquarium of the Bay:
Golden Gate Park:

The Presidio:
 Union Square:
 Ghirardelli Square:
 Maritime National Historic Park:
 China Town:

  Bike Rentals: Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals:
  Cable Cars:
Asian Art Museum:

  California Academy of Sciences:
  Contemporary Jewish Museum:
  Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum:
  Museum of Modern Art:
  Walt Disney Family Museum:
  Wax Museum:
  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts:
Local Teams:

   San Fransisco Giants:

   San Fransisco 49ers:
For more ideas check out:

South of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1
Head south towards Monterey to see the Monterey Bay Aquarium,
  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California 93940 24-Hr. Info: (831) 648-4888 Español (800) 555-3656. Open every day except Dec. 25, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Daily 9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Summer & Holidays.

Other activities south on Highway 1: walking the beaches at Carmel-by-the Sea, kayaking near Fisherman's wharf in Monterey, renting bicycles and riding on the bike path between Monterey and Pacific Grove to Lover's Point, walking along Cannery Row, hiking in Pt. Lobos State Reserve south of Carmel and having a picnic there. Send us your ideas!



Movies Worth Watching
There have been several excellent documentaries produced in the last few years that are well worth watching. See if you can catch them! They are available at various screenings throughout the county at different venues and different times (they come and go).


Miss Representation The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

 Race to Nowhere  “Race to Nowhere” is a film and call to mobilize families, educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

Waiting for Superman "When people ask me what inspired "WAITING FOR SUPERMAN" says Guggenheim, "it was really that feeling I had every morning driving past my public school — the feeling that I'm so lucky to have found another way for my kids, and the feeling that this is not enough, it's not enough that I take care of my kids and move on. Unless each one of us fights for change, our schools won't get any better." 



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