Archaeology Day scheduled at Castro Adobe

WATSONVILLE — Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks will host its first Public Archaeology Day at Castro Adobe State Historic Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free event features hands-on science methods and findings, excavation tours, interactive exhibits and science activities from findings at Castro Adobe State Historic Park.

Public Archaeology Day marks the conclusion of an eight-week partnership between Friends, UC Santa Cruz, California State Parks and Albion Environmental, Inc., in which students from the UC Santa Cruz Archaeological Field Methods anthropology class have been working at the Castro Adobe to identify and map buried resources within Castro Adobe State Historic Park using a variety of technologies, techniques and methods.

“This unique partnership is helping us better understand how the people lived on this land through the ages. The information we obtain from the researchers will be added to the interpretive displays created for this new State Historic Park,” said Bonny Hawley, executive director of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. “We are grateful for the students’ efforts and excited to share more of this important history with the public.”

UCSC students will give tours of the adobe grounds and their excavations, showcase interactive exhibits about archaeological methods and feature the students’ archaeological findings. There also will be activities for kids of all ages and a talk about careers in science.

Tacos by Taquitos Gabriel will be available for purchase (cash only).

Castro Adobe State Historic Park is located at 184 Old Adobe Road in Watsonville. Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged. For information, visit


Senior Center offering evening bingo

WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville Senior Center, 114 East Fifth St., is holding evening bingo on the first Tuesday of every month.

Dinner is served between 4-6 p.m., with bingo taking place from 6-9 p.m.

Bingo is also held every Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. at the Senior Center.


Four-week parenting group set to begin

WATSONVILLE — Triple P will begin a new four-week parenting group, “Preventing and Managing Disobedience,” on June 6 from 5-7 p.m. at La Manzana Community Resources, 18 West Lake Ave., Suite E in Watsonville.

Parents are invited to attend this free workshop to learn why children may be uncooperative, how to give instructions in a way that increases a child’s cooperation and how to respond calmly and consistently when a child refuses to follow directions.

The class meets once a week every Tuesday for four weeks and will be taught in Spanish. 

Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call 465-2217 or visit


Bus driver training classes to begin

WATSONVILLE — Pajaro Valley Unified School District is offering free school bus driver training classes.

Instructors will provide training to qualify for a commercial driver’s license and school bus driving certificate.

An orientation will be held on June 30 from 10 a.m. to noon, with classes held Monday through Friday, July 5-21, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

To be considered, an applicant must have:

• Classified Application

• H6 DMV printout (obtained within the last 30 days)

• Form 1080(B) (attached with application)

• Valid California Driver’s License

All application materials must be received in the Human Resources Department by 4:30 p.m. on June 21. To obtain the required Classified District application, visit the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Human Resources at 294 Green Valley Road in Watsonville, call 786-2145, or visit to apply through Edjoin.

Successful candidates offered permanent employment typically start on the first step and receive full medical benefits. Salary ranges from $13.95-$17.85 an hour.


$620K in tax refunds secured for families

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Serving 560 working families, Santa Cruz Community Ventures (SCCV) was able to help low and moderate income households receive $620,000 in federal and state refunds.

SCCV offered free tax preparation services as one of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) partners in Santa Cruz County. This year, SCCV expanded evening and weekend hours, continued to offer free application support for those in need of an individual tax identification number (ITIN), and increased the number of bilingual volunteers and interpreters to better serve the Pajaro Valley. 

“Our goal is to provide a welcoming and professional service to working families,” said Brando Sencion, SCCV program coordinator. 

“Tax refunds can be a key way to provide financial stability to families, especially in high cost of living communities, like Santa Cruz,” said Maria Cadenas, SCCV executive director. “For many families their tax refund is the largest check they will see all year and most will use that tax refund towards savings, food and rent.”

For information, visit or email [email protected].


Power of Acknowledgement introduction set

SANTA CRUZ — An introduction to “The Power of Acknowledgement” program will take place Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1818 Felt St. in Santa Cruz.

The purpose of the Power of Acknowledgement is to give participants the experience of greater esteem, personal power and ability that comes from acknowledging oneself and others.

The program will be presented by Dr. John Orlando, D.M.A and Cynthia D. Spillman.

Orlando is a devotee of spiritual teacher Baba Hari Dass and has participated in more than 100 spiritual retreats and personal growth seminars. He was trained in the POA process by the originator, Michael J. Wyman, in New York City in the 1970s.

Spillman has been a practitioner in pursuit of truth since 1990. She is an Enlightenment Intensive Master, and founder of Into Clarity, a therapeutic modality.

For information, visit

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