News and events

Peace Chorale update:
Anyone interested in joining the Santa Cruz Peace Chorale, September rehearsals are open enrollment. We especially need sopranos, but everyone is welcome. No auditions required. Everyone can sing with some dedication and commitment, and the quality of performances is amazing! Come to a rehearsal. They are open every Thursday evening in September at 7:30 at Mt. Calvary Church off Park Ave. in Aptos.

And another September offering:
The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is small but full of treasures and offers great opportunities to learn and volunteer. A docent training begins September 13 and continues for four Monday mornings from 10:00 to 1:00. You can participate in tide pool collecting for the touch tank, lead school tours at the museum, or guide classes of children through Neary Lagoon. Sign up at the web site.

Good news for would-be composters:
Ana Maria Rebelo, environmental education coordinator at the county has taken on the composting program to keep it alive in this period of time when the county has had to discontinue hiring Ecology Action to run the program. There won’t be any Master Composter trainings, but there will be workshops where county residents can learn how to compost, and can receive a free bin. I’ll be leading one on November 13 at the Live Oak Grange. More on this later.

And for you writers:
I continue to follow Nathan Bransford’s blog. He is a literary agent with Curtis Brown, Ltd. He’s had some great posts this past week. One is on how to write a novel, another is how to write a query letter, and just today he posted on the services publishers provide to authors and how that is changing. Check him out. Subscribe to his blog.

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