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Watsonville FFA hosts Donkey Basketball tournament

Watsonville FFA will present its third annual Donkey Basketball tournament on Feb. 23 at Watsonville High School, 250 East Beach St., in the gym with doors opening at 6pm and the games starting at 7pm.  

“Donkey Basketball” is just that—players ride donkeys on a basketball court, attempting to shoot the ball into the hoop to score the most points.

Through this fundraising event, students will be able to earn FFA points and learn leadership and partnership skills. 

Just as in the previous years, Watsonville FFA students will be able to ride and participate in the game. FFA will also be selling pre-sale tickets and tickets at the door. On the day of the event, Watsonville FFA members will be helping around the event by selling tickets and supervising. 

Tickets are $10 presale for adults and $5 for children with a $2 increase at the door. For presale tickets, contact Jessica Sweet at [email protected].

Community Bridges offers free tablets to older residents

Community Bridges is providing free Amazon Fire tablets to qualifying Santa Cruz and North Monterey County applicants across the agency’s older adult-serving programs, including the Family Resource Collective, Elderday Adult Day Health Care and Lift Line transportation. 

Low-income applicants age 55 and over who haven’t already received a free tablet from Community Bridges are eligible to receive one by doing one of the following: 

• Signing up for Elderday Adult Day Health Care (for adults with dementia or complex medical problems; program is free for those eligible for Medi-Cal) 

• Enrolling with Lift Line and downloading the free self-service mobile app to schedule medical and dental rides, social services connection, and essential rides. 

• Receiving, or have received, a Covid-19 vaccination or booster at clinics coordinated by the Family Resource Collective 

“As we continue to move toward a more digitized world, it is critical that we ensure we don’t leave older adults behind in the process and we work toward targeted and coordinated opportunities such as this to bring the connection of the digital world a little closer to home for most older adults,” CEO Raymon Cancino said.  

The project was made possible by the support of the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County.  

For information, call the Digital Access Helpline at ‪471.7197.  

Farley appointed as chair of California Food Is Medicine Coalition

The California Food Is Medicine Coalition (CalFIMC) announced the appointment of Angela Farley as 2023 chair. 

Farley has served as the executive director of the Teen Kitchen Project, a medically tailored meal provider since 2012.

CalFIMC is a coalition of non-profit organizations that provide medically tailored meals (MTM), groceries, and nutrition counseling and education for populations with health conditions.

CalFIMC’s mission is to develop models where medical nutrition services are an integral part of healthcare.

“I am honored to be working with the California Food Is Medicine Coalition to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of Californians,” Farley said. “Food is medicine, and I am committed to using my experience and knowledge to help CalFIMC achieve its vision of a healthier California.”

The Teen Kitchen Project has delivered more than 400,000 meals to residents of Santa Cruz County living with critical and chronic illness since 2012. Farley brings 10 years of experience in program development, fundraising and community outreach.

For information on the California Food Is Medicine Coalition, visit calfimc.org.

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