Dormant fruit tree pruning class

Learn how to prune your prune your fruit trees with hands-on training at the Guadalupe River Park and Garden’s Historic Orchard. Professional landscaper Sean McGrail will be teaching techniques. January 22 from 9:30am to 11:30am. For more information visit http://www.grpg.org/Education.shtml

Register for 10th Annual / 2011 Math Enrichment Summer Program at Leland High School

photo: Math Enrichment Summer Program in Almaden Valley

Photo by Stuart Pilbrow

Registration for the 10th Annual / 2011 Math Enrichment Summer Program at Leland High School begins on February 1, 2011.

Discounts for early registration and families will be available, so check the program website early.

Unfortunately, the program’s website does not yet have information about the upcoming 2011 program. But you can learn a little about it by reading our article covering last year’s program.

If you have questions now, you can contact the program director at 408-667-9277 or info@mathenrichment.net.

Updated on February 6, 2011: The program information for 2011 is now available.

Winter 2011 Open House Schedule for Almaden Valley Child Development Centers (CDCs)

logo: Almaden Valley Child Development CentersAlmaden Valley Child Development Centers (CDCs) are holding open house for the new year. CDC programs offer before and after school educational and recreational opportunities for school age children.

Child Development Centers aim to enrich the lives of children through quality, accredited child development programs that support emergent curriculum based on the child’s learning style, temperament, and needs. CDCs put children at the center of an interconnected circle of families, teachers, and the community.

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Winter 2011 Open House Schedule for Almaden Valley Private Schools

At the beginning of every year the private schools in Almaden Valley hold open house and open enrollment for prospective and returning students.

Almaden Valley is home to a number of private schools for students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school. Following is the Winter 2011 Open House Schedule for Almaden Valley Private Schools:

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SeniorNet Learning Center of Almaden – Winter 2011 Registration and Courses

logo: SeniorNet Learning Center of Almaden ValleySeniorNet Learning Center of Almaden has released its Winter 2011 Course Schedule.

Choose from a number of different computer, Internet, and software application courses, including an Introduction to Google and Introduction to Facebook. Download the Winter 2011 Session Brochure.

Registration for the Winter 2011 Session is at the Almaden Community Center on Saturday, January 8, 2011, at 11:30am. Classes are also at the Almaden Community Center, and begin January 10, 2011 and end March 7, 2011. (Most of the courses are one day a week for two hours, and last from four to eight weeks.)

The price for an annual membership to SeniorNet is $40. The annual renewal fee for existing members is $30. Individual courses range from $10 to $20 each.

Lifeways of the Ohlone Indians

The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy offers a wide variety of fascinating educational opportunities. On Wednesday, September 29th Santa Cruz District Archaeologist Mark Hylkema will be presenting a learning experience on the Lifeways of the Ohlone Indians, one of the tribes that inhabited our area. For more information and registration, see http://www.grpg.org/Education.shtml#Ohlone

Pioneer High School 2010 / 2011 E-Waste Collection Events

Logo: Pioneer High School Education FoundationPioneer High School Education Foundation is now holding its e-waste collection events on the first Saturday of each month throughout the 2010/2011 academic year. All proceeds benefit Pioneer High School’s academic and technology programs.

Discard your old computers, TVs, monitors, printers, cell phones, entertainment equipment, tools, small appliances, and any other electronic and battery-powered devices. Just drive up and volunteers will unload for you.

Businesses with large quantities of e-waste can have them picked up by contacting 1st Choice Recycling at support@1stchoicerecycling.com or 877-715-5515.

The event is at the Pioneer High School student parking lot, the first Saturday of each month, beginning September 4, 2010 and ending on May 7, 2011, from 9am to 4pm.

2010 Los Alamitos Silent Auction in Almaden Valley

Photo: Los Alamitos Elementary School signSupport the 2010 Los Alamitos Silent Auction. All proceeds benefit Los Alamitos Elementary School’s award winning music, art, and science programs. Approximately $154,000 is needed for classroom supplies, programs, and events.

Bid on a number of fantastic items, including sporting events, concert tickets, restaurant gift certificates, hotel stays, vacation rentals, rounds of golf, and home décor. Also bid on premium items such as a guitar autographed by the members of U2, and a record album autographed by Michael Jackson. You can also support Los Alamitos by making a donation or by volunteering for the auction.

The auction is at Los Alamitos cafeteria on Saturday, September 25, 2010, from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

SeniorNet Learning Center of Almaden – Summer 2010 Registration and Courses

SeniorNet Learning Center of Almaden ValleySeniorNet Learning Center of Almaden is offering more than a dozen different computer and software application courses this Summer.

SeniorNet is a national non-profit membership organization dedicated to building a community of computer-using seniors (ages 50 and over).

Courses range from an introduction to computers (no computer knowledge required) to intermediate and advanced courses in various software applications.

A sampling of the courses available this Summer include Windows operating systems, search engines, word processing, spreadsheets, photo editing, photo albums, and digital music.

Most of the courses are one day a week for two hours, and last from four to eight weeks. All classes are held at the Almaden Community Center.

The price for an annual membership to SeniorNet is $40. The annual renewal fee for existing members is $30. Individual courses range from $10 to $20 each.

Registration for Summer 2010 is at the Almaden Community Center on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 11:30am.

See the Summer 2010 brochure and registration form for further details on the courses being offered by SeniorNet Learning Center of Almaden.

Pre-Kindergarten Open House at Holy Spirit School in Almaden Valley – April 21, 2010

{photo: pre-k boy} Holy Spirit School in Almaden Valley is holding Open House for its Pre-Kindergarten Program.

The program is designed to prepare your child for kindergarten by promoting social, emotional, and cognitive development. The curriculum focuses on phonics, science, writing skills, social science, problem-solving, music & movement, art, literature, cooking, and math.

The pre-k teacher/student ratio is 3:26. Holy Spirit School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The event is at Holy Spirit School in Almaden Valley on April 21, 2010 from 6-7pm.