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Worldwide Candle Lighting: Sunday December 9, 2018 

Held annually on the second Sunday in December, The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting® unites family and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, creating a virtual wave of light, hundreds of thousands of people commemorate and honor children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries.

Annual Summer Pot Luck 

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 3:00-6:00, the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Compassionate Friends is hosting their 6th annual Anniversary Potluck Barbeque. This provides a chance for us to get together with each other, family and friends, in a relaxed and beautiful environment. The event is held at Delaveaga Park in Santa Cruz - Forty Thieves Picnic Area in the George Washington Grove on Branciforte Drive. We'll have the big grill hot. Please bring a dish to share (labeling ingredients is always appreciated) and something to put on the grill if you wish. We will provide plates, cutlery, napkins, cups, and some juice and water. 
News and Events 
The Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting ceremony will take place on December 9, 2018, at our regular meeting place at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz. Please plan to be there by 6:45 p.m. Bring photos of your children to place on the memory boards if you like. The event will include poetry readings by Chapter members, and will be followed by refreshments and fellowship.

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Monthly Meetings

The Compassionate Friends of Santa Cruz meet on the 2nd Monday of each month, from 7:00 to approximately 8:30 p.m. for regular chapter meetings. Meetings are held at the Quaker Meetinghouse located at 225 Rooney Street in Santa Cruz. The Chapter holds a number of additional special events each year.
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Third Wednesday Spring and Fall Pot Luck Dinners

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, and on Wednesday September 19, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 pm, we will be hosting a potluck dinner in the Fellowship Hall of our regular meeting place (Santa Cruz Quaker Meetinghouse located at 225 Rooney Street in Santa Cruz). This is an opportunity to enjoy each other's company is a casual and unstructured setting. Friends and family (including small children) are welcome. Please bring a dish and/or beverage to share. We will provide plates, cutlery, napkins, cups and some drinks. Hope to see you there!
Third Wednesdays in 2018

New in 2018! On the third Wednesday of each month we will host some kind of special event in the Fellowship Room of the Quaker Meetinghouse, generally from 7:00-9:00 pm. Ideas so far include:  speakers, book sharing, collage, guided meditation, or just a simple social hour to share tea and cookies. As plans firm up for each month's activity we will post them here, but we encourage you to join our mailing list so that you get notification for what is planned. If you have an idea for a Wednesday activity, please contact us.