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Scotts Valley play to begin

The Scotts Valley High School drama department will put on “Ladies of the Jury: A comedy in 3 acts” by Fred Ballard, starting Nov. 29.

The play, set in a small town in 1929, follows an eccentric and colorful cast of characters during the proceedings of jury as they decide the fate of a woman who is on trial. The comedy proceeds through two days of jury room deliberations.

The show will run Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-8 at the Scotts Valley High School Student Union, 555 Glenwood Drive. All shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults and available at the door or through


Parenting workshops offered

Santa Cruz County’s Positive Parenting Program will host three workshops in early December.

The first, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, is titled “Surviving and Enjoying the Holidays.”

It will give tips on how to handle parenting challenges during the holidays. It will be held at United Way Santa Cruz County, 4450 Capitola Road, Ste. 106 in Capitola.

The second, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 10, will help balance work and family by addressing problems parents face juggling work and family responsibilities. It will be held at Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9 in Felton.

The third is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13, also at Mountain Community Resources. A Spanish language workshop, titled Entendimiento Déficit de Atención Hiperactividad, will guide Spanish speakers to recognize and handle attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity.

For information or to register: Stephanie Bluford, 465-2217 or


SLV to host charter school information night

San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District will hold an informational night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 to provide information about the district’s charter school program.

The program blends home, community and campus-based learning and gives students the opportunity to have a personalized educational plan that’s determined by their learning style.

The district offers support where students are connected with a credentialed teacher who facilitates home school education. Options are available for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The informational night will be held at the SLV Middle School library, 7155 Highway 9 in Felton. For information: 336-8527 or 335-0932.


Valley Churches to hold gala

Valley Churches United Missions will hold its annual Holiday Gala at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Scopazzi’s Restaurant. The annual dinner will include live music, an auction and the annual angel awards to recognize volunteers for their work. The evening will benefit Valley Churches. The cost is $55 in advance or $60 at the door.

For information: 336-8258


Santa Cruz woman a plaintiff in massive class-action settlement

 Ten LCD flat-screen manufacturers have agreed to pay an unprecedented settlement of $1.1 billion in the largest antitrust consumer class-action lawsuit in history.

The manufacturers are: Au Optronics, Chimei, Chunghwa, Epson, Hannstar, Hitachi, LG, Sharp, Samsung, and Toshiba.

The companies were accused of conspiring to fix prices and maintain high prices of LCD screens of all kinds.

Californians who purchased an LCD screen between January 1999 and December 2006 are eligible to receive a payment from the settlement fund. The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 6, 2012.

One of the original plaintiffs in the suit was Santa Cruz resident Shelley Peck, who bought nearly $5,000 worth of flat-screen products.

To file a claim, visit The process, as agreed upon in the settlement, does not require proof of purchase or receipts.

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