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.
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.
Computer Class - Led by Computer Dave, this beginner-friendly class lets group participants pick the topics themselves. Third Wednesday of every month, 4-5:30pm. free, 831.427.7717. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5700.
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.
Book Discussion Group - A discussion of a new book each month, with copies available at the branch circulation desk. Email email@example.com for more information. Third Thursday of every month, 1pm. Free, 831.427.7700x7616. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5700.
Felton Community Song Circle - The acupuncture company hosts, and Glenn Smith leads, this monthly "Vocal Voyagers" singing circle using with melodies and rhythms and some words mostly created in the moment. No experience needed. Third Thursday of every month, 6:45-8pm. Free. Felton Community Acupuncture, 6227 Hwy 9, Felton (Santa Cruz), 831.335.9690.
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.
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.
Family Living History Day - Learn about life on the ranch with a different activity each month. Third Saturday of every month, 11am-3pm. Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, 831.426.0505.
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.
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.
Computer Coaching - Basic computer help for adults: Emailing, searching the internet, creating passwords and more. Sign up for 30-minute sessions at the front desk. First and Third Sunday of every month, 1-4:30pm. Free, 831.427.7700x7635. Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, 831.420.5700.
Irish Jam Sessions - Slow Speed. Join us as we play slow and easy in a supportive atmosphere. Third Sunday of every month, 2-4pm. UCSC Marine Science Campus, 110 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz.
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.