Elks Lodge holding holiday event

WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville Elks Lodge, 121 Martinelli St., will hold its 22nd annual Holiday Boutique Friday through Sunday.

The free admission event will run Friday from 1-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lunch will be available beginning at 11 a.m.


AHP’s monthly event celebrating Thanksgiving

WATSONVILLE — The Agricultural History Project will present its monthly Second Saturday on the Farm on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave. in Watsonville.

This month’s theme is “Thanksgiving on the Farm,” featuring a puppet show, apple tasting, “Pin the Tail on the Turkey,” and a craft project sponsored by students from Monte Vista Christian School.

Other activities include cow milking, tractor driving, crafts and more.

Admission is free and donations are accepted.


Adopt a Family project opens

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Community members are invited to be the difference this winter and share the spirit of the holiday season by adopting a family less fortunate.

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, in partnership with 22 fellow nonprofits, invites individuals, families, businesses, clubs or churches to adopt one of the 450 families in need. 

There are number of ways to support the program. Individuals can call the adoption line to select a family or complete the online adoption form on the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County website. Family packages include food gift certificates, clothing for the children and adults, a small toy for each child, and may include household items such as blankets, towels or sheets.

Additionally, community members can make individual contributions of items, gift certificates or cash that will be blended with others to fulfill the wishes of a family.

Donations can be made online at www.scvolunteercenter.org or can be mailed to the Volunteer Center at 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA. 95062.

Finally, individuals can provide support by volunteering for the project. Individuals and groups can register for a variety of volunteer positions online at www.scvolunteercenter.org. 

“This program has been maintained for over 20 years due to the generous support of our local businesses, community members, and willing volunteers. We are so thankful to be a part of a community that comes forward each year to make the holiday brighter for those in need and we look forward to the launch of another successful year,” said Volunteer Center Executive Director Karen Delaney. 

Volunteers will be at the Adopt a Family Phone Line through Dec. 14 in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. For information, call the Volunteer Center Adopt a Family Project at 722-2364 in Watsonville or 457-9834 in Santa Cruz.

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