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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 Potluck BBQ

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.

The Santa Cruz Chapter of The Compassionate Friends produces a 
quarterly* newsletter highlighting information on events, helpful articles,
and personal writings by chapter members. If you wish to be placed
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We also welcome submissions of original writing,
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[*There were gaps in publication, during periods when the volunteer position of Newsletter Editor was vacant. Please note that email contact information in older newsletters may be obsolete.]
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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Spring and Fall Potluck Dinners

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (and on Wednesday September 19, 2018, from 7:00-9:00 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!
New for 2018: 3rd Wednesdays in the Fellowship Room, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
(time is unless otherwise specified). The primary focus is company and conversation among bereaved individuals and their families and/or support people; join in the themed activity if you wish. For more details on any activity, please email us.

January 17: Scrapbook Night
February 21: annual Pizza Social (optional fundraising materials to send 
March 21: Writing workshop
April 25 (4th Wed), 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Potluck Dinner (see above)
May 16: Book Night - bring a book to share that you found helpful; see books that have helped others
June 20: Button night! Bring a photo of your loved one to use with our color copier and button machine.
July 18: Healing breathing/relaxation workshop:  Somato Respiratory Integration with Tiffany Fullmer, DC
August 15: Film showing
September 19, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Potluck Dinner (see above)
October 17: TBA
November 21: TBA
December 19: TBA
Links to past Newsletters
   February 2018 
   November 2017 
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   May 2015