Ageless Art Project - Artists and craftspeople: share your artistic talent! Volunteer to make creative expression possible for residents of care facilities by leading an art group. Ongoing. 831.459.8917. Family Service Agency of the Central Coast, 104 Walnut Ave #208, Santa Cruz, 831.459.9351 x206.
Insight Santa Cruz - Meditation sits, talks and discussions every day of the week. Learn the formal practice of meditation and engage with a community dedicated to reducing suffering by cultivating compassion. Visit www.insightsantacruz.org for specific times and more information. Ongoing. 831.425.3431. Insight Santa Cruz, 1010 Fair Avenue, Suite C, Santa Cruz, 831.425.3431.
Grief Support - A lunchtime drop-in support group for adults grieving the death of a family member or friend. Tues. 6-7pm at 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos; Fri. noon-1pm at 5403 Scotts Valley Dr. Ste. D, Scotts Valley. free, 831.430.3000. Various sites, NA, Santa Cruz.
Touched by Adoption Group - Adoptive families, adult adoptees, families waiting to adopt and birth parents meet monthly to connect in a safe, confidential setting; childcare available with a week's notice. Last Saturday of every month, 10am-12pm. Free, 866.219.1155. Adoptive families, adult adoptees, families waiting to adopt and birth parents meet monthly to connect in a safe, confidential setting. Last Saturday of every month, 10am-12pm. Free., 1.866.219.1155. Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1438 Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz.
Wharf Wildlife Tours - Free eco-tours of the wharf by the Seymour Discovery Center. Saturdays, Sundays, 1 & 3pm Continues through Dec. 31. Free. Santa Cruz Wharf, Beach Street, Santa Cruz.
Bellydance Showcase - Different belly dancers each week on the garden stage. Presented by Helene. www.thecrepeplace.com. Saturdays, 1:30pm. 831.429.6994. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.429.6994, Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-midnight.
Dog Hikes - Santa Cruz International Dog Owner's Community hosts a weekly one-hour, easy hike along the beach for dog lovers and their pets. www.newdogsintown.com Mondays, 8:45-9:45am. Free. Aptos Beach staircase, 1049 Via Palo Alto, Aptos (Santa Cruz).
Storytime - Former Shakespeare Santa Cruz actress Billie Harris and Book Cafe manager Jill Rose perform animated readings of children's stories. Mondays, 11am. 831.462.4415. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola (Santa Cruz), 831.462.4415, www.capitolabookcafe.com.
Beginning Acting Workshop - Manuel Montez will teach students principles of the Stanislavski method and Butoh theater, as well as exercises he developed himself. Mondays, 7-9pm. $50 per month; $130 for 3 months. Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz.
Figure Drawing - Weekly drawing from a live model, facilitated by Open Studio artist Richard Bennett. Mondays, 7-10pm. $16, 831.426.5787. Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, 831.426.5787, Wed-Sat, noon-5pm, Sun noon-4pm.
Qigong Flow - Led by Bonnie Eskie, MFT. Tuesdays, 10-11am. $10-$12, 831.515.4144. Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.6177.
Baby Feeding Circle - A chance to relax, feed your baby and chat with other new mothers. Open to all mothers and babies. Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30pm. free, 831.325.2620. Luma Yoga & Family Center, 1010 Center St., Santa Cruz.
Life Drawing - Drop-in life drawing class featuring a different model each week. Telephone Julie for more information. Tuesdays, 7-9:15pm. 831.335.5000. Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, 9341 Mill St, Ben Lomond (Santa Cruz), 831.336.4273, Wed-Sun, noon-6pm.
Postpartum Health Circle - A weekly community circle offering support and information about postpartum changes for mothers. Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30pm. $5-$10 donation, 831.325.2620. Luma Yoga & Family Center, 1010 Center St., Santa Cruz.
The Speaker's Gym - Instructor Noel Murphy provides leadership coaching and public speaking skills every week. www.thespeakersgym.com. Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm. 831.238.1234. Discovery Gym, 75 Mt. Hermon Rd., Scotts Valley (Santa Cruz).
Beat Sanctuary - A dance class for exploring authentic movement as connection, exercise, prayer and spiritual practice. Wednesdays, 7:30-9:15pm. $15. A weekly class for exploring exercise and spirituality through dance. Wednesdays, 7:30-9:15pm. $15, 585.278.0080. Santa Cruz Yoga, 402 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz, 831.227.2156.
The Comedy Cooperative - A weekly night of stand-up comedy run as a cooperative by a group of comics. Wednesdays, 8:30-10pm. $1-$10 donation. Art Bar & Cafe, 1060 River St., Santa Cruz.
A Course In Miracles Study Group - A weekly meeting on learning how to forgive and live in peace. Drop-ins are welcome. Thursdays, 7-9pm. 831.272.2246. The Barn Studio, 104b Park Way South, Santa Cruz.
Miracle Working - Spiritual teacher Dominique Free leads a weekly class on cultivating the consciousness to heal, overcome, succeed and create miracles. Thursdays, 7-8pm. 831.359.0423. Conscious Lounge, 1651A El Dorado Av @ Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz.
Comedy Open Mic - A rotation of the best up-and-coming stand-up comedy acts from the Bay Area. Thursdays, 8:30pm. Free, 831.423.7717. Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.7117.
Free First Friday - View the exhibits for free every first Friday of the month. Docent tours at noon. First Friday of every month, 11am-6pm. Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964, Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon.
Queer Movie Night - A monthly event featuring an LGBTQ-themed film plus snacks and socializing. First Friday of every month, 6pm. 831.425.5422. Diversity Center, 1117 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.425.5422.
Spotlight Tours - Bringing the artists' voices directly to visitors. Go behind the scenes and museum-wide exhibitions. Third and First Saturday of every month, 11:30am-12:30pm. Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964, Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon.