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Candidate filing for November election gets underway


The Santa Cruz County Elections Department announced that candidates interested in running for any of the school or special districts or city council seats up for election on the Nov. 4 election could begin to file candidate papers on Monday, July 14.

The deadline to file is Friday, Aug. 8 unless the incumbent (who is not termed out) does not file. In that case, filing will be extended until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

A complete list of offices on the ballot are available online at

Interested persons can also look up their address to see which districts they reside in at


Santa Cruz Public Libraries, friends to host summer reading festival


The Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries invite Santa Cruz County families to their annual family picnic, “The Festival of the Book.”

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 27 at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz.

Children who have earned at least one Book Buck during the library's summer reading program will receive their lunch – provided by the Scotts Valley Rotary Club and the Friends – for free.

Other family-friendly activities include puppet-making, face painting, an opportunity to read to one of the Tales to Tails dogs, and a performance by the Fratello Marionettes.

The Friends will be running a special book sale of used children’s books nearby in the Harvey West Clubhouse.

For more information, email or call 427-7717.


SLV Museum seeks volunteers for community BBQ


The San Lorenzo Valley Museum is looking for volunteers to help at its 11th Annual Community Barbecue, scheduled to be held on Sunday, July 21, between 3 and 7 p.m. at the museum, located at 12547 Highway 9 in Boulder Creek.

Volunteers to help with the barbecue and silent auction, as well as set-up and clean-up.

Those wishing to volunteer should call Lynda Phillips at 338-8382.


Teddy bear drive seeks donations


The Santa Cruz Public Libraries is collecting teddy bears at all its branches on behalf of the local non-profit organization, Teddy Bears with Heart.

Teddy Bears with Heart provides new and gently used bears to police officers, firefighters, hospitals and agencies that work with children in crisis.

There is a collection barrel at every library branch location. All bears are accepted, but most needed are 7 to 9-inch bears.

Direct money donations to Teddy Bears with Heart to help purchase bears can be made by visiting their website

According to a press release, there is a need in the Santa Cruz County area for 60,000 bears this year.

For more information, contact or call 427-7717.

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