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.
Fatherhood Class - A monthly dads' class supporting men in taking an active hand in parenting babies and children. First Monday of every month, 7-8pm. $5-$10 suggested donation, 831.325.2620. Luma Yoga & Family Center, 1010 Center St., 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.
NAACP General Meetings - The NAACP fights discrimination, promotes cultural understanding and awards scholarships to worthy students in Santa Cruz County; meetings occur the first Monday of each month, the public is welcome and admission is free. First Monday of every month, 7:30pm. Free, 831.429.2266. Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 517 Center St, Santa Cruz.
NAACP Santa Cruz Membership and Leadership Outreach Effort - Members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend meetings of the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch #1071. First Monday of every month, 7:30pm. Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 517 Center St, Santa Cruz.
Body Image Anonymous - A support group for those suffering from negative body image identification, obsessions or BDD. Third and First Tuesday of every month. 831.212.5576. Dominican Education Center, 1555 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, 831.462.7709.
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.
Dog Training for People - This drop-in group offers coaching in training newly adopted dogs and overcoming their challenging behaviors and common problems. For people; please leave dogs at home. First Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm. Free, 831.475.1580. Santa Cruz SPCA, 2685 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.465.5000.
Free Dog Coaching - These sessions are for people, so please leave your dogs at home. Jumping up, barking and pulling on the leash, etc., come naturally to dogs and we're here to help you learn what to do. First Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm. Free. Dog Behavior Coaching, 2701 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.475.1580.
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.
Autism/Aspergers Support Group Meeting - Special Parents Information Network (SPIN) sponsors this monthly meeting of parents seeking support, networking and information; for details call SPIN at 831.722.2800. First Tuesday of every month, 7:30pm. Free. Porter Memorial Library, 3050 Porter St, Soquel (Santa Cruz), 831.475.3326.
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.