Sheriff to present fireworks plan Monday
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart will meet with constituents at 7 p.m. Monday to present a plan to contain illegal fireworks. The meeting takes place at the Sheriff's Office headquarters, 5200 Soquel Ave., Live Oak.
A community group has been working with law enforcement agencies across the county to tamp down on fireworks, especially in Live Oak, Pleasure Point and near the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor around the Fourth of July. >
League of Women Voters hosts forum
The League of Women Voters will moderate all five candidates for the 20th Congressional District at 7 pm May 24 at the Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St.
This event is sponsored by the Santa Cruz Chapter of Women's International League for Peace & Freedom and Palestine Israel Action Committee.
The candidates include: Independent Jack Digby, independent Barbara Honegger, Republican Casey Lucius, Democract Jimmy Panetta along with Peace and Freedom Party candidate Joe Williams. Del Mar Theater to screen festival films
The 2016 Animal Film Festival, held each year in Grass Valley, is bringing several of this year's films to the Del Mar Theater, 1124 Pacific Ave., 7-10 pm Special guest Justin Zimmerman, the director of the multi-award winning film SMART will take the stage after his film screens for a discussion and Q & A.
This event is hosted by the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and the Center for Animal Protection and Education. Information: animalfilmfestival.org.
UCSC presents 'The Defender' at museum
UC Santa Cruz presents "The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America," a public conversation with Ethan Michaeli, author of The Defender, and David Anthony, UCSC professor of history, at 6 pm Wednesday
A reception and book signing to follow the talk at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & amp; History, 705 Front St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Information: ihr.ucsc.edu.
Groundwater hosts meeting Thursday
The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency will hold its next board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Simpkins Family Swim Center, Live Oak Community Complex, A & B Community Room, 979 17th Ave.
At the meeting, a public hearing will be held to receive public input on the formation of the Groundwater Sustainability Agency. After the meeting, the groundwater agency will inform the state of its intent to manage the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin as its groundwater sustability agency.
Written comments must be received by 4 pm, Thursday at Soquel Creek Water District, 5180 Soquel Drive, Soquel. Questions: Sierra Ryan, water resource planner, 831-454-3133. Information: midcountygroundwater.org.
Educators of year honored Thursday
This year's four Educators of the Year for Santa Cruz County will be honored during the Santa Cruz County Office of Education at 4 pm, Thursday, at 400 Encinal St.
Award recipients include administrators: Les Forster, Principal, Cypress Charter, Live Oak; Mary Gaukel Forster, Delta Charter School, Santa Cruz City Schools. Classified employee: Ana Martinez, counseling secretary, Soquel High, Santa Cruz City Schools. Teacher: Jane Wong, teacher, Mintie White, Pajaro Valley Unified School District.
These were selected from 44 applications. Honorees will receive a plaque recognizing their service to the county and their photographs will be highlighted in the office's annual report.
CASA information training starts Thursday
Informational sessions are:
• 2-3 p.m. Thursday at The Buttery, 702 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz.
• 10-11 a.m. May 24 at CASA, 813 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville.
Information: 831-761-2956 or www.tinyurl.com/CASAworks.
Sentinel staff report