FREEDOM

'Ageless art' on exhibit; volunteers needed

Art created by residents of Valley Heights in Watsonville will be on exhibit through Feb. 28 at the Freedom Branch of Watsonville Public Library, 2012 Freedom Blvd., at Airport Boulevard.

The exhibit was organized by the Ageless Art Project of the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast. Volunteers are needed to help residents in care facilities by leading small art or craft groups.

For information, call 831-459-8917, ext. 208.

SANTA CRUZ

Bay View in the running for $10K

A third-grader at Bay View Elementary School is trying to help his school win $10,000.

Vince Golder entered a video explaining why he thinks "trees rock" into a contest by www.scottiestreesrock.com. His video is one of 12 finalists in the contest. The deadline to vote is Friday.

People can go to the site to view and vote for their favorite video. Top prize is $10,000 and a tree planting event at the winner's school.

If he wins, Golder would get $5,000, a tablet computer and five-day, four-night trip to the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park.

SANTA CRUZ

Fashion & Digital Art Night Friday

UCSC's Digital Arts & New Media students and alumni artists will showcase digital art and technology 5-9 p.m. Friday at Fashion & Digital Art Night at the Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St.

There will be audio visual performances, live video mixing, interactive games, iPad story making, mechatronics, multimedia performances, interactive art installations, video projections, photography, digital puzzles and live music.

A runway show will wind through the atrium at 6:30 p.m. featuring work by local fashion artists and designers Rose Sellery, Tobin Keller and Barbara Bartels, Angelo Grova, Rachel Riot of Manic Designs, IBBayo, Sally Esposito, Andrea Graziosi, Christina Morgan Cree, Kathleen Crocetti, The Great Morgani, Charlotte Kruk, Caroline Webster, Sarah Lesher, Caitlin Slay and teen fashion artists.

Attendees are welcome to bring a T-shirt and silk screen it with Notorious Teaze.

Cost is $5 and $3 for students and seniors, and free to museum members and those younger than 12.

SANTA CRUZ

Staff of Life cutting carbon

Staff of Life Natural Foods has created Cut Ur CO2, a carbon reduction program that the market says is the first of its kind in the Santa Cruz area.

Customers can offset their carbon emission to and from Staff of Life by purchasing "Cut Ur CO2" credits for each mile traveled. All funds benefit Ecology Action's "Boltage Program" encouraging DeLaveaga and Gault students to bike, scoot, or walk to and from school. Boltage tracks the students' carbon savings along with calories burned, miles traveled and sustainable trips made for the student and for the entire school.

To celebrate the second anniversary of Staff of Life's certified green building, the market will match all Cut Ur CO2 credits purchased on Friday.

For information, contact Kathleen Williford, event coordinator, at 831-423-8632, ext. 107, or go to www.staffoflifemarket.com.

SANTA CRUZ

Talk about health care Feb. 22

The Democratic Women's Club of Santa Cruz presents Health Care for Low Income Individuals, Kids, and Seniors with Alan McKay, executive director of the Central California Alliance For Health, at noon Feb. 22 at Garfield Park Meeting Room, 721 Bay Ave.

There are big changes coming to the local health care system as the federal Obama Care Act is implemented in California. The largest impacts in our area will be on low-income individuals, kids, and seniors. McKay will discuss the coming changes and how they will impact individuals and families in Santa Cruz County. Bring your questions and concerns.

Cost is $8 with RSVP or $10 at the door. To RSVP, call 831-688-2981.

For information on the event, contact Carol Fuller at fulkins@cruzio.com or 831-423-2356.

APTOS

Cabrillo Stage hosts auditions

Cabrillo Stage will hold open auditions for its 2013 Summer Repertory Season 10 a.m. March 2 and 6 p.m. March 3 at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive.

This summer, Cabrillo Stage will produce three musicals: "La Cage Aux Folles," July 12-Aug. 11; "Oklahoma," July 26-Aug. 18; and "Escaping Queens," July 25-Aug. 18.

Anyone who auditions must attend both the vocal and dance audition calls. Vocal call is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dance call is 3-6 p.m. both days.

For information, call 831-479-6429 or go to www.cabrillostage.com.