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Summer Youth Camps in Watsonville

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This summer we are excited to offer several classes at our Watsonville Center (click HERE for a map and directions), and at the El Pajaro CDC Kitchen Collaboration in Watsonville (click HERE for information about the El Pajaro Community Development Center, and for map and directions to the center).

If you have questions about classes or registration, please call (831) 479-6331.

For a calendar of all Summer Youth Programs: Click here!


 

 

 

Teen Chef: Farm to Table Healthy Cooking (ages 11-15)

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Perfect for budding foodies, gardeners, and future chefs. Food affects every step of our life, the way we relate to our community, and what we eat truly does matter! Students learn where food is sourced, why it is important to support local farmers, how-to incorporate foods with the 6 Essential Nutrients into their diet, and the importance of sustainable farming. Essential kitchen skills are covered with a focus on food safety practices, knife handling, food sourcing, and career paths in the food world. Students work with an abundance of fresh summer ingredients to make fresh pesto, proper vinaigrettes, seasonal fruit desserts, and transforming plain vegetables into beautifully seasoned dishes. Is your mouth watering yet?

TWO SESSIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:

Mon. - Fri., July 17–21
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
El Pajaro CDC Kitchen Collaboration in Watsonville, 412 East Riverside Dr.
Register by June 5: $245
Register after June 5: $295
Plus $35 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 

 

Mon. - Fri., July 24–28
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
El Pajaro CDC Kitchen Collaboration in Watsonville, 412 East Riverside Dr.
Register by June 5: $245
Register after June 5: $295
Plus $35 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 

Aleah True is the Culinary Arts Teacher at Aptos Jr. High School. She is a former Cabrillo College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management student who grew up on a local farm. She enjoys sharing the value of eating locally and seasonally.

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Future Scientists Camp (ages 6-10)

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Perfect for those curious nature explorers! Immerse yourself in science and nature experiences in this five day camp. Students discover different areas of science through hands-on experimentation and exploration. We will investigate several fields of study including physics, geology, and biology (plants and bugs and birds, oh my!) as well as collaborative citizen science initiatives.

Citizen scientists, while not formal scientists (yet!) are general public members who aid researchers in collecting data and gathering observations. Each day involves exploring a field of study through a short presentation, an experiment, and citizen science exploration plus fun games and crafts so students can delve deeper into the world of science. Every student in this camp makes observations, asks questions, and collects data in nature.

You’ll definitely walk away with a fascination for the natural world around you and the skills to become a future scientist (and citizen scientist) – all you need is curiosity!

Mon. – Fri., June 26-30
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Watsonville Center, Room: C108
Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195
plus $15 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 

Ariel Hunter, B.S., is the Field Program Coordinator at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History where she facilitates K-12 outdoor explorations. She believes anyone curious about the world around them can be a scientist.

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Mandala Mural Painting (ages 13-17)

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Mandalas weave stories representative of a circle, community or connection designed with intention and interlaced color, line, and texture. This camp is perfect for beginning and intermediate artists looking to work individually and also collaboratively on both small scale and large scale mural paintings.

Artists receive step-by-step instruction from the beginning of drawing out the template, creating and apply design ideas to canvas, and then the final stages of painting and sealing. Individual art projects will incorporated into a collaborative group mandala mural. Join us as together we paint something much bigger than ourselves!

Mon - Fri., June 26–30
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Watsonville Center, Room: D101
Register by June 5: $135
Register after June 5: $150
Plus $15 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 

Paul De Worken is a graduate of Cabrillo and transferred to CSUMB, where he received his BA in Visual and Public Art and Arts Education. He is the owner of Monterey Bay Murals, and teaches art and mural painting in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District and also through Arts Council Santa Cruz County Mariposa’s Arts program. Please visit his site to learn more about murals and mandala painting: www.montereybaymurals.com

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Youth Speaks: Rap, Poetry, and Spoken Word (ages 12-17)

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From a whisper to a roar! Join a group of brave new voices to use interactive tools and learn techniques to write and perform your own poems and written works. Students strengthen their writing and speaking voice by learning key poetry techniques like rhyme, rhythm, cadence, metaphor/simile, and repetition. Individuals and groups will write, review, and edit pieces. Join us for this week long exploration of discovering your inner voice.

This camp creates a safe and fun space that allows teens to find, develop, express, and apply their voice.

No experience with writing or performing is necessary.

Mon. - Fri., June 19–23
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Watsonville Center, Room: A180
Register by June 5: $135
Register after June 5: $150

register online

 

Emmanuel Garcia is a Watsonville based hip hop artist and spoken word poet who has been working as an educator for over 8 years. They see the arts as transformative tools for youth empowerment and social justice.

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Introduction to Guitar (ages 9-17)

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No experience necessary for this beginning guitar camp!

The week starts with an introduction to melody, chords, and learning notes on the guitar strings. Over the course of the week, students sing and perform traditional as well as popular songs. Learn to play both as a soloist and also communicate with other musicians.

Learn to read music in guitar tablature and standard notation while also exploring rhythm and ear training. This is a great environment to comfortably play melodies, begin to strum songs you enjoy, and gain an appreciation for music and the guitar.

Classes offered in Watsonville and Aptos. Please check ages, dates and locations carefully before registering.

Ages 9-12
Mon. - Fri., June 19–23
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Watsonville Campus Room A130
Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195
Plus $10 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 

Ages 13-17
Mon. - Fri., June 12–16
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Watsonville Campus Room A130
Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195
Plus $10 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 

Jerad Fox – see bio below

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Intermediate Guitar (ages 10-17)

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Mastered guitar basics and ready for a more advanced camp? This camp focuses on learning the most common chords used in contemporary music as well as an introduction to scales, modes, improvisation, and finger style guitar. Discover common song forms like blues, pop, and jazz by playing together as a group.

We will study rhythm guitar charts as well as reading single note lines and melodies. Music theory and ear training is explained and explored in a way that makes sense to young guitarists.

Mon. - Fri., June 26 – 30
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Watsonville Campus, Room A130
Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195
Plus $10 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 

Jerad Fox is a guitar player from Santa Cruz with over 20 years of musical experience. As a former Cabrillo music student, he went on to receive his B.A. in Music & Guitar Performance from the Musicians Institute. He currently teaches for the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County.

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Mexican Folk Dance / Baile Folclórico (ages 8-12)

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Learn about Mexican culture through its music and dance! The basic steps to learn two different styles of dances from regions of Mexico will be taught. Folclórico dancing is a great way to exercise and learn about Mexican culture through its music.

Mon. - Fri., July 3–7 (No class on July 4)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Watsonville Center Room: A130
Register by June 5: $75
Register after June 5: $88

register online

 

Mon. - Fri., July 10–14
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Watsonville Center Room: A130
Register by June 5: $95
Register after June 5: $110

register online

 

Ruby Vasquez has been dancing Mexican folkloric dance since the age of 5. She is currently the assistant director of the adult Mexican folk dance company, Esperanza del Valle and the instructor of Estrellas de Esperanza, the kids/youth dance group.

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Urban Hip Hop Dance (ages 7-17)

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Hip Hop style is urban, it is street, it is diverse. Join Luis Sanchez to learn the foundational basics of hip hop choreography and begin to create your own free style movements. Students learn and understand musicality along with the rhythm and movement. Throughout the week, students develop and teach their own choreography. This is a safe and inclusive environment for students to express themselves and boost confidence through dance.

The end of the week culminates with a hip hop show for friends and family that is not to be missed!

Ages 7-12
Mon. - Fri., July 17-21
9:00 am – 12:00 Noon
Watsonville Center Room: A130
Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195

register online

 

Ages 13-17
Mon. - Fri., July 17-21
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Watsonville Center Room: A130
Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195

register online

 

Luis Sanchez has been dancing in the Bay Area for over 15 years. He eventually came back to his roots in Watsonville to attend Cabrillo College and pursue his dream of dancing and teaching hip hop. Luis has been teaching hip hop and urban dancing for over 10 years in local school districts and through Mariposa’s Arts. He has been featured in several music videos and on “So You Think You Can Dance?”

 

 

 

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