Event highlights for the week of April 5, 2017
Jennifer Ackerman ‘Genius of Birds’
Did you know that crows can remember human faces? Birds are astonishingly intelligent, and according to new research some are even more so than primates and humans! This Wednesday, April 12, award-winning science writer Jennifer Ackerman presents her latest work The Genius of Birds for a look into the cutting-edge frontiers of research and the exceptional talents of our winged neighbors. Ackerman’s book immerses readers in the unique science of ornithology with a surprising look into the inner life of birds through a mixture of travelogue and scientific investigation.
INFO: 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-0900. Free.
‘Hall of Fashion’ Runway Show
Take a seat and enjoy the latest local creations as they (and their wearers) promenade the catwalk at R. Blitzer Gallery this Saturday, April 8—from wearable art pieces to cutting-edge hand-made garments and concept-driven wearables. “Hall of Fashion” is the latest from Pivot: The Art of Fashion, which showcases the work of local designers such as fan favorites I.B.Bayo, Ellen Brook, Kathleen Crocetti, Rachel Riot, Rose Sellery and so many more. This year, 14-year-old high school freshman Adam Wormhoudt, winner of the Pivot Visionary Award, will join their ranks with his latest creations. This runway show coincides with the R. Blitzer Gallery’s “Fiber Selections: Shared Dimensions.”
INFO: 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8.
For many veterans, transitioning back to civilian life is the single biggest challenge they will face. That’s why the Veterans Board of Trustees, United Veterans Council and Veterans Services Office have teamed up with other local organizations to present their first veterans job fair. Held by professionals who understand how to translate a DD-214 to civilian work experience, the fair will offer guidance and resources to veterans from all backgrounds. There will also be a resume workshop on April 4 and a mock-interview on April 5 at the Veterans Memorial Building to improve interview presentations. Twenty employers will be present at the fair, which is open to all vets, their friends and family.
INFO: 1-4 p.m. Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front St., Santa Cruz. Free.
Many people living with Parkinson’s Disease suffer from weak or quiet speech because of the disease’s affect on the muscles of the face, mouth and throat. In order to strengthen those muscles, Santa Cruz Cruz County offers an ongoing singing group for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. The group is usually self-led, cooperatively supported by the St. John’s Parkinson’s project and Ease PD Inc., and made up of people who enjoy singing a mixture of musical styles together every Thursday.
INFO: 1-2:30 p.m. Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 125 Canterbury Drive, Aptos. easepd.org/singing. Free.
Friday 4/7 – Sunday 4/9
Ever wanted to be one of those people who whips out a cool trick at a party and wows everyone with their sleight of hand? How about juggling with not only your hands, but with your feet as well? Now is your chance to hone those Cirque du Soleil skills with the ninth annual juggling convention at UC Santa Cruz. Free workshops will run all weekend long, featuring all sorts of circus arts for various skill levels in addition to the Saturday night gala with a host of juggling masters.
INFO: 4 p.m. OPERS UCSC 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. 360-820-2306. $10.