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Watsonville Community Hospital. Pajaronian file photo

Watsonville Community Hospital seeks community input

Watsonville Community Hospital is hosting a town-hall-style event for area residents to hear what’s happening at the hospital and give their input about their hopes and wishes for the hospital, now that it is community-owned. 

The event takes place July 20 from 6-7:30pm at Watsonville High School, 250 E. Beach St. 

The evening will begin with an update on several new initiatives underway, along with a chance for participants to ask questions. Attendees will have the option of staying and breaking out into small groups for discussion and feedback. 

Community input will help guide plans being made for the next three to five years, according to hospital staff. 

Translation services will be available. Raffle prizes and light refreshments will be provided.

Strawberry Jam run returns

The second annual Strawberry Jam 1k/5k Fun Run/Walk will take place Aug. 5, starting and finishing at Ramsay Park in Watsonville with some of the course through the Watsonville Slough system.

The Strawberry Jam is being presented by the Friends of Watsonville Parks and Community Services and The Rotary Club of Freedom. 

The Strawberry Jam is in conjunction with the Watsonville Strawberry Festival, taking place Aug. 5-6 at the Watsonville City Plaza.

For information and to register, visit Active.com.

Class of 1983 hosting reunion

Watsonville High School’s Class of 1983 will hold its 40th reunion on July 22 from 5-9pm at Seacliff Inn Aptos, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, 7500 Old Dominion Court Aptos.

The committee is hosting a dinner, bar, music and dancing for all alumni, spouses and companions.

Attendees are asked to dress casual nice for the event.

For information and ticket purchases, contact:

• Kathy Oliver: 206.2249, [email protected]

• Diana Cadiente-McGuffey: 246.3337, [email protected]

Luna named CEO of Monarch Services

Leeann Luna has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer of Monarch Services. 

Outgoing CEO Kalyne Foster Renda announced her plan for departure earlier this year, and the Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Luna as her successor. 

Luna has been with Monarch Services since 2009, beginning as a Crisis Intervention Advocate. She has worked in various departments of the agency, including Human Resources, Grants & Contracts Management, and Fund Development. For the last five years, Luna has overseen the Crisis Intervention and Child & Youth Programs.

Luna was a member of the California Next Generation Leaders of Color 2012 Cohort, served as the VALORUS (formerly California Coalition Against Sexual Assault or CALCASA) Regional Chair, is a Solis Policy Institute of the Women’s Foundation California Fellow and has also served as a commissioner for the Santa Cruz County Women’s Commission. 

Currently, she is a commissioner for the Justice and Gender Commission, a member of Focus Agriculture and a board member for Dientes Community Dental. 

Luna earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fresno in 2007. Luna was born and raised in Watsonville, and currently lives in Salinas with her husband and two young daughters.

Monarch Services provides advocacy and resources to community members affected by violence. Services include court accompaniments, restraining order assistance, counseling, emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis line, outreach, education and support groups.

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