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Worldwide Candle Lighting: Sunday December 8, 2019 

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 BBQ Picnic

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 3:00-6:00, the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Compassionate Friends is hosting their 7th 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 8, 2019, 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
on the newsletter electronic mailing list, please email us by clicking the 
"contact us" button to the right. 
We also welcome submissions of original writing,
and suggestions of material to include.

[*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. 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. There is never a charge for meetings nor for most special events. 

Donations are always welcome as we are entirely volunteer run and rely on contributions for covering our expenses.
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Family Potluck Dinners

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, from 6:30 - 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!
Social 3rd (or 4th**) Wednesdays in the Fellowship Room
A time to get together for informal company and conversation, and sometimes an opportunity to participate in a grief/remembrance oriented activity. Start time is 6:30pm. For details on listed activities or if you have an activity or speaker to suggest, please email us.
January 23**, 2019:  Winter Potluck. Please bring a dish to share, and spend time with folks who understand.
February 20, 2019: speaker: Alexandra Kennedy, local grief therapist and author of books HONORING GRIEF and THE INFINITE THREAD
March 20, 2019:  "Art for Healing" Workshop with Wendy Traber; 25 years experience bringing healing via the art process. No experience necessary, materials provided. Bring photos of your loved one(s) if desired.
April 17, 2019: TBA
May 22**, 2019: TBA
June 19, 2019: TBA
July 17, 2019:  TBA
August 21, 2019:  TBA
September 18, 2019: TBA
October 23**, 2019:  TBA
November 20, 2019:  TBA
December 18, 2019: TBA