Spring Break Camps 2014

New Leaf Community Market Cooking Camp
Chef Lauren Hoover-West will teach your child to make all three meals of the day, snacks, beverages and dessert, all delicious and nutritious. Students will learn about healthy alternatives to wheat, gluten, dairy and white sugar. Each day the class will enjoy lunch and discuss a variety of food, cooking and health topics.

March 31 - April 3, 2014, 11am - 2 pm. for Kids Ages 8-16

$195 includes Chef Lauren’s cookbook, No Wheat, No Dairy, No Problem! New Leaf Community Markets, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz.

Preregistration required at www.newleafwestside.eventbrite.com or call 426-1306 ext. 0.

Rebound Basketball Academy Spring Break Classes

Pre-K: 3-5 years old:  April 12-June 14, 2014, 9:35am-10:10am, Saturdays, $135-$170
Kinder-2nd grade:  April 12-June 14, 2014, 10:15am-11:00am, Saturdays, $145-$183
3rd grade-8th grade:  April 12-June 14, 2014, 11:05am-12:00pm, Saturdays, $155-$195
Rebound Basketball Academy Spring Break Camp
Kinder-8th grade:  March 31-April 4, 2014, 9am-12pm, Monday-Friday $145-$183

Location:  pacific Collegiate basketball gym, 255 Swift St., SC 
For more info contact:  Manuel Minzer-CEO 408-499-6707


Catalyst Soccer Player Development Programs


Program 1A: Train the Barca Way! SKILLS MENTORING PROGRAM: Fun, challenging and exciting!
Mentoring Program (Boys and Girls) Ages: 6-14, Anna Jean Cummings Park, Mondays, 4-6 pm, starting April 7, 2014, 7 sessions, $125

Program 1B: Little Skills Builders (Boys and Girls) Ages: 4-6, Anna Jean Cummings Park, Mondays, 4:30-6 pm, starting April 7, 2014, 5 sessions, $75

Program 2: Train the Barca Way! Spring Break Soccer Camp, March 31-April 4, 2014, Anna Jean Cummings Field, Soquel

Ages 4-6, 9:30 to 11:00, $75

Ages 6-14, 9 til 12 noon, $125


SPACE IS LIMITED! Register Today! Questions? Contact the Catalyst Soccer Office in your region and go to your regional page to register.http://catalystsoccer.com/santa-cruz-county/

Junior Giants Baseball

Junior Giants, the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, is a free, non-competitive and innovative baseball program for boys and girls ages 5-18 years old.

In 1994, the Fund sought a program that would give at-risk kids a meaningful partnership with community-based organizations and provide an alternative to drugs, gangs and crime. The Junior Giants Program was therefore established and now serves 20,000 children in 85 leagues across California and into Nevada and Oregon. The Community Fund provides all of the uniforms, equipment, and training necessary to run a league as well as tickets to select Giants games so the youth can experience a Major League Baseball game.

But more important than the fundamentals of baseball, Junior Giants focuses on the four bases of character development - Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork - and offers programs in Education, Health and Violence Prevention. This framework is integrated into the Junior Giants handbook distributed to all of the kids and parents.

This program, presented by Bank of America, welcomes kids from all backgrounds and encourages them to live healthy and productive lives by getting outside and playing baseball!    


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

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


1. Explore the tide pools at Natural Bridges State Beach, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372837

2. Learn about the honor system at Swanton Berry Farm http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372838

3. Stroll through Henry Cowell State Park, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372839

4. Connect with nature at the Museum of Natural History, AKA the Whale Museum, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372840

5.  Take a field trip to the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372841

6.  Get a history lesson at Wilder Ranch, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372842

7.  Be aMAHzed at the SC Museum of Art and History,  http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372843

8.  Head to the Beach!  http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372844

9.  Explore your ocean at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center,  http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372845

10.  Don't miss the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk,  http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/bucketlist/ci_23372846


Serving 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 www.parks.ca.gov

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- www.sjparks.org/regional/kelleypark.asp
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo- www.hhpz.org/
Japanese Friendship Gardens & History Park- www.sjparks.org/regional/japanesefriendship.asp
Paramount's Great America- www.cagreatamerica.com/
Raging Waters- www.ragingwaters.com/
San Jose Flea Market- www.sjfm.com/
Winchester Mystery House- www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose- www.cdm.org/
History Museum of San Jose- http://historysanjose.org/
San Jose Museum of Art- www.sjmusart.org/
Rosicrusian Egyptian Museum- www.egyptianmuseum.org/
The Tech Museum- www.thetech.org/
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles- www.sjquiltmuseum.org/

Local Teams:
San Jose Giants- www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t476
 San Jose Earthquakes- www.sjearthquakes.com/
 San Jose Sharks-  
 San Jose Sabercats- www.thesanjosesabercats.com/

Center for the Performing Arts- http://www.livesv.com/venue/detail/2043
H.P.Pavillion at San Jose- http://www.hppavilion.com/schedule/
Le Petit Trianon- http://www.trianontheatre.com/calendar.html
San Jose Repertory Theatre- http://www.sjrep.com/plays/1112/

For more event ideas check out: http://www.sanjose.org/

North of Santa Cruz Via Hwy 17: Oakland
 Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt: http://www.gsbf-bonsai.org/lake-merritt/NewHome.htm
 Chabot Space and Science Center: http://www.chabotspace.org/index.htm
 Children's Fairyland: http://fairyland.org/
 Gondola Servizio: http://www.gondolaservizio.com/
 Jack London Square: http://www.jacklondonsquare.com/services.html
 Oakland Zoo: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/
 Theatre First: http://www.theatrefirst.com/?page_id=2348    
 USS Potomac: http://www.usspotomac.org/ 
 Chinatown: http://www.oaklandchinatownchamber.org/visitor/about_chinatown.html 
 Morcom Amphitheater of Roses
 Jack London State Historic Park: http://www.jacklondonpark.com/ 
 Lake Merritt Boating Center: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/opr/s/boating/OAK029815 

 African American Museum & Library at Oakland: http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/locations/african-american-museum-library-oakland
 Oakland Aviation Museum: http://www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org/
 Oakland Museum of California: http://museumca.org/ 
 Mills College Art Museum: http://mcam.mills.edu/ 
 Museum of Children's Art: http://mocha.org/
 Pardee Home Museum: http://www.pardeehome.org/
 Peralta Hacienda Historical Park: http://www.peraltahacienda.org/pages/main.php?pageid=1&pagecategory=1

Local Teams:
   Oakland A's: http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/ticketing/index.jsp?c_id=oak
   Oakland Raiders: http://www.raiders.com/tickets/index.html 

For more ideas check out: visitoakland.org

San Francisco:
Alcatraz Island: http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/
 Pier 39: http://www.pier39.com/
Aquarium of the Bay: http://www.aquariumofthebay.com/
Golden Gate Park:
The Presidio:http://www.nps.gov/prsf/index.htm
 Union Square: http://www.visitunionsquaresf.com/
 Ghirardelli Square: http://ghirardellisq.com/
 Maritime National Historic Park: http://www.nps.gov/safr/index.htm
 China Town: http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/

  Bike Rentals: Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals: http://www.blazingsaddles.com/san-francisco.aspx?gclid=CJSHpdmKi7ICFQjZQgodPWcAxQ
  Cable Cars:    http://www.sfcablecar.com/
Asian Art Museum:http://www.asianart.org/
  California Academy of Sciences:http://www.calacademy.org/
  Contemporary Jewish Museum: http://www.thecjm.org/
  Exploratorium: http://www.exploratorium.edu/
  Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum: http://www.ripleys.com/sanfrancisco/
  Museum of Modern Art: http://www.sfmoma.org/
  Walt Disney Family Museum: http://www.waltdisney.com/
  Wax Museum: http://www.waxmuseum.com/
  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: http://www.ybca.org/

Local Teams:
   San Fransisco Giants:
   San Fransisco 49ers: http://www.49ers.com/

For more ideas check out: http://visitsf.com/


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).

Bully http://www.thenick.com/nowPlaying.html#nowplaying_Bully  

Miss Representation http://www.missrepresentation.org/  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 http://www.racetonowhere.com/  “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 http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/action/ "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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