Zoom Social Gatherings

We love the TV commercial where the guy walks into his patio wearing a button down shirt and his tighty whities, thinking his scheduled meeting is on Zoom, only to find out it’s in person.

Yeah, we are getting Zoomed Out...But, more and more locals are putting on important and interesting events that you will want to Zoom in on. Here are some for this week. 
Want to see What Goes on Behind the Scenes in Schools?

Check out the great Inside Education program put on by the County Office of Education. This year is a trade off: you miss visiting the schools, as they have done in past years, but you get a wealth of information without leaving your desk. Growing Up is covering it monthly.

Protect Your Home from Wildfires

Author and Realtor Seb Frey, whose column runs in Growing Up, will present a free webinar on how to protect your home and recover from the current disaster.

While the smoke has cleared locally, the state has seen 4.1 million acres burned and over 8,600 structures lost to wildfires just this year.

Frey is working with the FireSafe Council on the webinar which will be by ZoomThursday, October 29 at 4 PM.

Great Library Bookshop is Back

We love the Capitola Friends of the Library Branch Bookstore at the Capitola Mall, but don’t tell our friends those books that look sparkling new and expensive are used, but in fine condition and very affordable.

TheBookstore is now open in a new location next to The Hallmark Store. It's much larger, so they not only have more room for books, but lots of room to spread out. 

It’s open now only Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4 with more days coming soon.

If you have books, CDs or DVDs in good condition to donate, please email for pickup.

Eliminate Holiday Mess

If you are like us, you have spent way too much time under the house looking for holiday decorations. Are they in that box? That bag? Is that Christmas, Hanukkah or Halloween?

We’ve got some important tips here to keep some reason in the season and take the stress from the mess. 
Parenting in Difficult Times:
A holiday season Hand in Hand Parenting Class

These are challenging times for parents and care-givers. Heading into the holidays we must navigate a season that emphasizes togetherness in the face of a global pandemic. Get support and build skills for navigating difficulties peacefully, even playfully, while staying calmer and better-connected during the holidays. Receive weekly instruction, build community with other parents and gain five practical Hand in Hand tools you can use to create connection and build joy in your family. 

This class meets online, weekly, for six weeks (no class the week of Thanksgiving). 

You can choose one meeting option:

Sundays from 10-11:30 am, 11/1- 12/13 (no class 11/29)

Wednesdays from 7-8:30 pm, 11/14- 12/16 (no class 11/25)

To enroll email It costs $250 on a sliding scale.
Fun Activities for the Family This Month:
October Tech Talks Kick Off with the Library's Mobile App
Own Your Data: Leverage privacy apps and settings to reduce your digital footprint on October 29.
Register HERE
Weekends October 3 - November 1
Harvest Faire at Roaring Camp

Welcome Fall with the Harvest Faire at Roaring Camp! Take the Redwood Forest Steam Train to the Bear Mountain. Pick a pumpkin from the town pumpkin patch. Have fun with Covid-safe children's heritage activities like 'Make & Take' Scarecrow, Blacksmith, Print Shop, Trick or Treat chute stations, Jack-o-Lantern Face Mask Decorating and Gold Panning (call to reserve). Costumes encouraged!
Pumpkins come free with a children's train ticket or can be purchased for $5.
Gold Panning Reservations: $25 gets you four gold pans w/ paydirt, quick lesson and 30 mins at your own sanitized gold trough to pan in. (water will be changed and bleached after each session along with table and all equipment). Limited availability. Reserve by calling 831-335-4484 and add to your booking.

Saturday, October 31
Halloween at the Boardwalk

Looking for alternative activities this Halloween?
Get in the mood with Boardwalk fun, all planned with COVID-safety in mind on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 AT 12 PM PDT – 7 PM PDT
Trick-or-Treat • Noon to 7pm
$10 Trick-or-Treat Package Includes:
Collectible Boardwalk Candy bag- Fill your bag with candy from all participating food and shopping locations on the Boardwalk.
$8 MyBoardwalk Card- Play fun outdoor midway or arcade games (Cards do not expire- you can save the card for a later date!)
Entry into Costume Contest- Stop by the Neptune's Stage to get your photo taken and enter the costume contest.
Peace of Mind- Enhanced safety and health guidelines are enforced on the Boardwalk
Tickets available at the Season Pass/Guest Services Office See Less
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