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Evening Events

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Shake the Square: Salsa Night

Thu, Sep 21, 2017, 7–9 pm

Learn a little bit of salsa (and timba and bachata and cha-cha and cumbia) for free in this class by Itziar Santos in Abbott Square to a mix of world beats dance tunes. All experience levels welcome. There will be 20 minutes of dance instruction and 40 minutes of free style. ABOUT SHAKE THE SQUARE Get moving in a series of free wellness and movement classes in Abbott Square. Think yoga one week, salsa another, and tai chi the next.…

Friday Night Live: Rivervale

Fri, Sep 22, 2017, 6:30–9 pm

Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square. This week: Rivervale Rivervale is a fun, eclectic group of Santa Cruz and Soquel friends formed to play Jug Band, Old Timey, Country Blues, Originals and String Jazz. With guitars, mandolins and vocals, sterling harmonies and original tunes, plus intricate and beautiful guitar leads on acoustic jazz guitar and tube driven Telecaster, backed by upright bass, you’re sure to get moving and grooving to this lively crew.   This program was…

Hands on History: An Immigration Story with Joaquín Barreto

Fri, Sep 22, 2017, 7–8 pm

Joaquín Barreto, author of El Otro Lado (The Other Side) An Immigration Story, will play some live music and invite you to share your immigration story and experience. Joaquin will speak about assimilation, discrimination, living in the US with a label of “illegal alien” and the consequences of that. About the book and author: El Otro Lado is a very personal narrative on immigration, overcoming cultural shock and assimilating into the U.S. Through music and stories, the author takes you…

Friday Night Live: Charmas

Fri, Sep 29, 2017, 6:30–9 pm

Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square. This week: Charmas. Charmas Trio performs traditional Celtic and Afro-Carribean sea chanteys, Celtic boat songs, maritime folk rock from the Eastern U.S./Canada, and instrumental water music. This program was made possible by Premier Sponsor, Kaiser Permanente.

Community Rental: Freedom Within Prison Project Fundraiser

Sat, Oct 7, 2017, 5–7:30 pm

Please join us for this special fundraiser in support of Freedom Within Project, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to “reducing recidivism and decreassing crime and violence in our communities, prisons and jails by facilitating the transformation of incarcerated men and women.” Freedom Within Project has been facilitating programs for incarcerated men and women in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties for years. This event will feature guest speakers from the community, a silent auction with wonderful items from great local businesses…