A resource for families in Santa Cruz County
“If school could be like camp!”
-Gracie, age 10-
Why do children say, "If only school could be like camp?"

If you were fortunate enough to go to camp -overnight or day- you know why! Camp offers a refreshing change of pace.

New friends, new experiences... something you never tried before and a little scary but a counselor saying "You can do this. I'll help you," a magical campfire late at night, your very own name tags on all your belongings, flashlights, your own bunk in a real tent, so much walking you fell asleep the moment your head hit the pillow, delicious meals in the cafeteria, never-ending fun!

200+ Camps - You're beginning to think about summer programs. We've been reviewing our list, adding new programs and checking with camps to make sure our information is up to date and accurate. We've identified over 200 summer camps and programs in Santa Cruz County. That's a lot of adults who like to share their skills and talents with children.

Soon you will find them all in our new website's camp directory. Our emailed Camp Guide comes out in early April, again in May and June. New this year will be a downloadable pdf.

Please tell a friend about us so they don't miss fun events and the coming camp info. Just forward this newsletter with a personal note! Thank you!

Have a pleasant weekend! Parmalee
Everyone knows that kids, boxes, puppies and kittens go together! We think the young artists at Cabrillo ( Scott Fife, Taro Hattori, Jason Schneider, Ann Weber, and Dag Weiser) simply never got enough cardboard time when they were little. Witness their beautiful art!
Extraordinary Ordinary: Cardboard Reimagined

Cardboard is everywhere in our lives.

It is a cheap material used for storing, packaging and shipping, but it becomes useless once it has done its job… a residual material, to be discarded. Cardboard is perfectly recyclable, at least, but it is also astoundingly “up-cyclable,” as the artists in this exhibition strikingly demonstrate.

Using a variety of inventive approaches to crafting forms from cardboard, they elevate this throwaway material from its humble, utilitarian origins, transforming it into extraordinary, sophisticated works of art.

January 27–February 28, Cabrillo Gallery
RECEPTION: Saturday, February 1, 4:00–6:00 pm
Artists' talk: 5:00pm during reception
Family Events
Retrospect - An Exhibition of Art by Artists of the Past, San Lorenzo Valley Museum, Weds-Sun, 12-4pm, Details

Orin & Manjula Martin, Fruit Trees for Every Garden, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Thursday, 1/30, 7pm, Details

Free Open Rehearsal, CATHARSIS, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Friday, 1/31, 7:30 - 10:00pm Details

Canta y Baila Conmigo – MusicalMe, MOD, 1/31, 10 - 11:45am, Details
SCPL STEAM program, MOD, Friday, 1/31, 2 - 4 pm, FREE TO THE PUBLIC Details

Catharsis, Mahler’s Symphony no. 5, Santa Cruz Symphony, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 2/1, 7:30-10pm, Details

Coventry & Kaluza Circus Show,
Veterans Memorial Building
Saturday, 2/1, 11am-12-pm, Details

In a Medieval Garden,Santa Cruz Baroque, Holy Cross Church, 2/1, 7:30pm, Details

World Wetlands Day, Watsonville Wetlands, 2/1, 9:30am behind Body Zone! Details

Archaeology Demonstration, Santa Cruz Mission, Saturday, 2/1 at 1pm, Details

Super Bowl Run, Santa Cruz Track Club, 2/2, 7:30am, Details

Bad Kitty Joins the Team, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Monday, 2/3, 4pm, Details

Guided Elephant Seal Walks,Ano Nuevo State Park, ongoing, Details

Library Fun!

Lego & Duplo Fun, Branciforte Library, 2/4, 1:30pm - 3:30pm, Details

Lego Club, Scotts Valley Library, 2/4, 3:15pm - 4:45pm, Details

Youth Chess Club, Aptos Library, 2/4, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Details
Upcoming Family Events
February First Friday: Fantastic Fungi, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 2/ 7, 5-7pm, Free Admission all day 11am–7pm, special event 5-7pm, Details

F amily Opera, Massenet's "Cinderella," UCSC Opera, 2/15, 11am-12pm & 1pm-2pm
Music Center Recital Hall , 400 McHenry Road, Santa Cruz, Details