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Worldwide Candle Lighting: Sunday December 13, 2020 

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 3:00-6:00p.m., the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Compassionate Friends is hosting our 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. Young children welcome! The event is held at Delaveaga Park in Santa Cruz - Forty Thieves Picnic Area in the George Washington Grove on Branciforte Drive (pass the main park entrance and continue another 0.3mi). Please bring a dish to share if you are able (labeling ingredients is always appreciated); beer and wine are also permitted. We will provide some grilled protein options, as well as plates, cutlery, napkins, cups, and some juice and water... plus a croquet set!
News and Events 
The Compassionate Friends of Santa Cruz Candle Lighting ceremony will take place on December 13, 2020, at our regular meeting place at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz. Please plan to be there by 6:45 p.m. You may bring a photo of your loved one to place on the memory table. The ceremony includes readings and music, and will be followed by refreshments and fellowship. To include your deceased child, grandchild, or sibling in the photo slideshow, please email image to the chapter by Dec 9th.

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. Bereaved parents, grandparents, and adult siblings are welcome. The Chapter holds a number of additional special events each year. There is never a charge for meetings nor for most special events. 

NEW:  Sibling Group
A special group exclusively for bereaved siblings. Adults and teens 14 and older welcome. 
Meets 6:30-8pm on Tuesdays: Feb 25, March 17, and April 28, 2020, at the Quaker Meetinghouse as above. More dates TBA.

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, April 22, 2020, 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 in 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 22**, 2020:  Sibling/Parent Panel - discussion, questions, and sharing of our different experiences
February 19, 2020: Craft Night - button-making (bring photos of your loved one), and Soul Collage 
March 18, 2020: SPECIAL EVENT!!! Concert by Alan Pedersen "Angels Across the USA"
April 22**, 2020:  Spring Potluck Please bring a dish to share, or just yourself if that's what you can manage (there is always plenty of food). Details below.
May 20, 2020:  back by popular demand! Writing Workshop with our Newsletter Editor, Katie Lueders
June, 2020: Summer BBQ; no 3rd Wednesday event
​July 22**, 2020: TBA
August 19, 2020: Ice Cream Social - bring your child/sib's favorite ice cream &/or toppings to share.
September 23**, 2020: Fall potluck. 
October 21, 2020: Pizza Night and Fundraising Letter campaign
November 18, 2020: TBA 
December 16, 2020: NO EVENT due to Candle Lighting December 13, 6:30pm (details below)