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Things To Do in Santa Cruz: Jan. 12-Jan. 18

The Runaway Grooms, The Stinkfoot Orchestra, Virtual Music Meditation and Relaxation for Caregivers and more

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ARTS AND MUSIC

CELTIC TEEN BAND PROGRAM Teenage musicians ages 12-19 play in an ensemble, developing musicianship, flexibility and musical creativity. Participants work on music from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Norway, Sweden and the United States, in addition to modern and more quirky pieces. Instruments welcomed: fiddle, viola, flute, tin whistle, pipes, cello, upright bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, ukulele, Celtic harp, accordion and percussion. Students must have at least two years of experience on their instrument and must be able to read sheet music and chord symbols. The group meets with fiddle teacher John Weed twice per month on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5pm at the London Nelson Center. $10 per session (or free, based on a sliding scale). Potential students are welcome to try it out and see if they like it—there’s no obligation. For more information, visit communitymusicschool.org/teenband. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 3:30pm. London Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz.

THE RUNAWAY GROOMS LIVE AT MOE’S ALLEY Jam, funk, psych-rock hot shots from Colorado join San Francisco funk-rock favorites at Moe’s Alley for a truly unforgettable night! Born from the rich culture of the Colorado mountains, the Runaway Grooms are advancing the musical sounds of the high country into a diverse blend of Americana tones melded with a refreshing take on contemporary jam band music. With pocket grooves, expansive tones and syncopated rhythms, the Runaway Grooms capture elements of funk and psychedelic rock while still celebrating the traditional songwriting roots of Americana. Dueling guitar solos, the fullness and raw power of a screaming lap steel guitar and three-part harmonies combine to create a soundscape that offers audiences an unforgettable experience. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 9pm. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz.

THE STINKFOOT ORCHESTRA FEATURING NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK This 15-piece tribute to Zappa pulls no punches, delivering Frank’s music with power, authenticity and musical prowess. Founded by a 35-year veteran of the South Bay music scene, Nick Chargin, the Stinkfoot Orchestra has spent the last two and a half years honing their craft and are finally taking their long-awaited show to the stage to rave reviews. Friday, Jan. 14, 8pm. Felton Music Hall, 6275 CA-9, Felton.

COMMUNITY

VIRTUAL FUNGUS FAIR The Fungus Fair is going virtual this year. There will also be two-hour local forays; two per day at 9am and 1pm on Jan. 8, 9, 15 and 16 ($5; free for children under 12 accompanied by a paying adult). 30-person limit/foray. Mushroom identification and culinary events follow each foray. The exact location will be emailed to registered participants. There will also be free discussions on Zoom led by mushroom experts at 7pm, Jan. 10-14. Visit ffsc.us for Zoom meeting links and more information. 

VIRTUAL MUSIC MEDITATION AND RELAXATION FOR CAREGIVERS Does a 30-minute music meditation to lift your spirits and provide relaxation sound good? This experiential session features the musical stylings of board certified music therapist Anya Ismail, who weaves together poetry, singing, spoken word and unique instruments, like the shruti box, to create a beautiful and calming experience. Open to all individuals caring for a loved one. Hosted by Hospice of Santa Cruz County. For more information, visit hospicesantacruz.org or call 831-430-3000. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 10-10:30am. 

GROUPS

COMMUNITY PILATES MAT CLASS Come build strength with the popular in-person community Pilates Mat Class in the big auditorium at Temple Beth El in Aptos. Please bring your own mat, small Pilates ball and theraband if you have one. You must be vaccinated to attend the indoor class. Suggested donation: $10. Thursday, Jan. 13, 10am. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 10am. Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos.

ENTRE NOSOTRAS GRUPO DE APOYO Entre Nosotras support group for Spanish speaking women with a cancer diagnosis. Meets twice monthly. Registration is required, please call Entre Nosotras at 831-761-3973. Friday, Jan. 14, 6pm. WomenCARE, 2901 Park Ave., Suite A1, Soquel.

WOMENCARE ARM-IN-ARM WomenCARE Arm-in-Arm Cancer support group for women with advanced, recurrent, or metastatic cancer. Meets every Monday, currently on Zoom. Registration is required, call WomenCARE at 831-457-2273. Monday, Jan. 17, 12:30pm. 

WOMENCARE TUESDAY SUPPORT GROUP WomenCARE Tuesday Cancer support group for women newly diagnosed and through their treatment. Meets every Tuesday currently on Zoom. Registration required, call WomenCARE 831-457-2273. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 12:30-2pm.

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