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Jun
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all-day Santa Cruz Public Library Summer...
Santa Cruz Public Library Summer...
Jun 1 – Jun 30 all-day
A summer reading and activities program for all ages! Research shows that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall. Children who participate in Summer Reading Programs and read a minimum of six books over the summer score higher in reading AND math when they return to school. Sign ups beginning June 1st at any branch library, the bookmobile, and online at santacruzpl.org/srp/ Share your summer at the library by following @SantaCruzPL and using #SCPLSummerRead.
Jun
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10:00 am New Parents with Babies 3 Weeks ... @ Sutter Room at Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center
New Parents with Babies 3 Weeks ... @ Sutter Room at Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Ongoing Tuesdays. All groups are held in the Sutter Room at Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center. Classes are drop-in (no pre-reg required) donations accepted (no required fee). Questions? Call Sutter Lactation Center 477-2229. Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center. 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz.
10:00 am Toddler Time @ Branciforte Library
Toddler Time @ Branciforte Library
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ongoing Tuesdays. Branciforte Library. Includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let’s play and learn together!
10:30 am Preschool Storytime @ La Selva Beach Library and Scotts Valley Library
Preschool Storytime @ La Selva Beach Library and Scotts Valley Library
Jun 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Ongoing Tuesdays. La Selva Beach Library and Scotts Valley Library. A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books and make a simple craft.
12:00 pm Free Daily Entertainment @ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Free Daily Entertainment @ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Daily through August 17. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians—all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.
12:00 pm Tumble-On-Tuesdays at JuneBug’s Gym @ JuneBug's Gym
Tumble-On-Tuesdays at JuneBug’s Gym @ JuneBug's Gym
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ongoing Open Gym on Tuesdays at JuneBug’s Gym. Ages: walking to 7 years. Parents may leave children over 3 yrs. Need a break from the kids, go out to lunch, or just relax? The solution is JuneBugs Gym! Cost is $10/hr with open gym punchcard for $60 (with paid membership). Call 464-BUGS (2847) to sign up or drop by at 3910 Portola Dr. Ste. 2 & 3 Pleasure Point-Santa Cruz. www.junebugsgym
12:30 pm Cancer Support Group @ WomenCARE’s Office
Cancer Support Group @ WomenCARE’s Office
Jun 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Ongoing Tuesdays. WomenCARE’s Office. Open to newly diagnosed women throughout the course of their treatment and up to 4-6 months post-treatment. Facilitated by Vickie Assunto and Deb Abbott. Pre-registration (office intake and a conversation with the group facilitator) is required before attending any of our support groups. Please call 831-457-2273 to provide us with necessary client information.

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What are your fond memories of Father’s Day?

By Ann Carin Niland

Jeremy Stone, 29, Felton, at Lulu Carpenter’s

Jeremy is coming up on his first Father’s Day with his 2-month-old son.

“We haven’t talked about Father’s Day yet. We’ve talked about Mother’s Day, but I’m sure that’s next in the queue,” said Stone. “My father and I would play basketball together. We would do a lot of things together usually. But I do remember there would be Father’s Days where we would spend the whole day together. Kind of traipse around the city, and then play basketball and just hang out.”

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Reynaldo Olivas, 37, Davenport, who has kids 12 and 7, interviewed at Atlantis Fantasyworld

When he tried to recall a specific Father’s Day his oldest chimed in, “I got one. We made Dad pancakes, and made him breakfast in bed.”

“They do that every year,” said Olivas.

“No, this was the only time we really brought it to you in bed,” said his oldest.

“That was a pretty good one,” said Olivas. “(I remember) all the colorings they give me. All the drawings they make me. They always give me something on Father’s Day that they make. They don’t go buy anything they make it. It’s pretty cool.”

 

Erasmo Garcia 40, of Live Oak, with kids 6 and 4, interviewed at Live Oak Elementary School

“Well the first one, he was born on Fathers Day, so that was journey number one and the fun began right there. Every weekend when we can we go spend some time at the beach, we go spend some time at the parks, theme parks, and the zoo. He’s really excited about all those things. But last year he made me a little letter. That was the first one from (the afterschool program). It was really good. I was really proud of that.”

Pedro Rodriguez, of Santa Cruz with kids 9 and 5, interviewed at Live Oak Elementary School

“Spending the whole day with them, and them catering to me. It’s pretty nice. They always try to do something special for me and it’s pretty nice.”

Ann Carin Niland is a parent, student, and intersectional feminist. She hasn’t quite adjusted to writing about herself in the third person.