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Diving into Santa Cruz Chinese American history

Prepare to embark on an immersive journey through Chinese American history in Santa Cruz as the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL), Flex Kids Culture Exchange, and the 418 Project proudly present the “Chinese Gold Multimedia Book Discussion.” 

This event will take place Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10am-12:30pm, at Chinatown Downtown Santa Cruz, 418 Project (155 S River St.).

The insightful event features author Sandy Lydon, a historian emeritus at Cabrillo College, renowned for his work in Asian and Asian American History. Join Sandy Lydon in conversation with George Ow (Chinese-American businessman in Scotts Valley, philanthropist, and a Santa Cruz native), as they delve into the captivating narrative of “Chinese Gold,” a groundbreaking local history that uncovers the stories of Chinese Americans in Santa Cruz.

Rui Li, an artist and educator, will bring a multimedia experience to the book discussion, and this event will also feature a treasure trove of images from the old Chinatown, enriching the audience’s understanding of the history and culture being explored.

Copies of “Chinese Gold” will be available for purchase in both English and Chinese, allowing attendees to delve further into the remarkable stories presented.

English copies of the book are available from the Santa Cruz Public Libraries via

Santa Cruz Noir Mystery Author lecture

The Santa Cruz Noir Mystery Author lecture at the Felton Library, with authors Susie Bright, Jessica Breheny, Elizabeth MacKenzie, Micah Perks, Seana Graham, Jon Bailiff and Jill Wolfson, is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, from 3-4:30pm. 

October is Mystery Month at SCPL. Meet the authors for a panel discussion, join in on a Q&A, and get ready for an afternoon of mystery.

Saving garden variety seeds

Learn how to save seeds with Karla DeLong of Beeline Blooms Flower Farm at the Felton Library on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 4:30-5:30pm.

Learn what plants to select seeds from; how to cure seed heads and process seeds; how to package and store seeds. Please allow one plant of each type in your garden to go to seed in order to start this fall. Save seeds for yourself and/or to donate to the brand new Felton Seed Library.

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