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Beach Flats Community Center

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General Agency Information
Name:Beach Flats Community Center
Alternate Name(s):Centro Comunitario De La Playa
Address:133 Leibrandt Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-426-8232
Email Address:reyna@beachflatscommunitycenter.org
Website:www.beachflatscommunitycenter.org
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:By Appointment
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Description:Call for program times.
The Beach Flats Community Center is a family resource center in the heart of the Beach Flats neighborhood. The Community Center has built a bridge between Beach Flat residents and City of Santa Cruz services and social service agencies, provided a neighborhood and community public gathering space in the new Community Center facility as well as facilitating classes and events.

ELIGIBILITY: Primary focus families living in the Beach Flats neighborhood. Open to City of Santa Cruz residents.

AREAS SERVED: Beach Flats Neighborhood, City of Santa Cruz
Programs:IMAGINE
stands for "Inspiring and Motivating Academic Growth In our Neighborhood through Education."
and provides quality tutoring for K-12 students in the Beach Flats and Lower Ocean.

BEACH FLATS FAMILY SCHOOL CO-OP
In collaboration with Santa Cruz Adult Education we designed and implemented a family coop preschool inside the Beach Flats Community Center.

WIC AND HEALTH RESOURCES
provides nutrition education classes, gardening opportunities using our local Beach Flats Community Garden and Poet's Park, access to fresh vegetables via the Homeless Garden Project's CSA program, Food What!? CSA, and the Beach Flats Community Garden and Neighborhood Healthy Habits Initiatives.

BARRIOS UNIDOS KIDS CLUB is all about giving kids an alternative to joining gangs.

SANTA CRUZ PUBLIC LIBRARY'S partnership provides Bookmobile visits every other week, fostering lifelong learning and library use and families learn to get information from the bookmobile, from branch libraries and online. Outreach staff has provided a variety of programs over the years including: Stories and crafts at the annual Thanksgiving dinner, Dia de Los Ninos and other community events. Monthly selection of books for the preschools and the homework centers. Regular storytimes, Summer reading programs, visits to the Central Branch Library, Training workshops for homework center volunteers and cooperating on a First 5 grant and producing a CD of stories, songs and sayings.

NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY:
neighbors come together to organize Community Cleanups, to build parks and plan celebrations, the Community Center has invited the police to participate.
One of the many activities that the center has promoted over the years is participation in the Spanish Citizens Policy Academy to teach people both their rights and responsibilities as engaged citizens.

PROJECT B.I.K.E.
Project (Believe In Kids' Exercise) is a grassroots movement to give children without a bike, a bicycle of their own for those whose families do not have the financial ability to purchase a bike. Parents who want to participate in the program so a bike can be donated to their child must contact the Bike Dojo. Children must be 5-15 years old to participate.

FAMILY FRIDAY is a chance for families to hang out together in the park, do art, have fun and be creative throughout the summer.

THE BEACH FLATS COMMUNITY GARDEN is open to all City of Santa Cruz residents interested in gardening. Priority is given to community members from Beach Flats and Lower Ocean neighborhoods.

FOOD WHAT!? is a youth empowerment program of Life Lab using food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for bringing about personal growth and transformation.

RAICES DE SANTA CRUZ artistic director, Francisco Jasso of the Mexican Folkloric Ballet is composed of 25 students and Beach Flats residents who practice native dances of Mexico.

EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS: Day of the Dead Community Alter, Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner, Las Posadas and Day of the Child
Facilities:Call for meeting room information.
Volunteer Info:The Beach Flats Community Center provides many recreational, cultural, and community events and activities to the Beach Flats neighborhood and City of SC. Contact Reyna Ruiz 426-2322 or volunteer@beachflatscommunitycenter.org Also, visit our website: www.beachflatscommunitycenter.org
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within Two Blocks
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Fees:None
Areas Served:See Description Notes
 
Related Agencies
Parent Agency:Community Bridges
 
Subject Headings
 Adult Education
Children
Community Gardening
Community Groups
Facilities/Community Centers
Homework Help Programs
Meeting Space
Multipurpose Centers
Neighborhood Multipurpose Centers
Preschools
Recreation Centers
Recreational Activities/Sports
Recreational Facilities
Recreational/Leisure/Arts Instruction
Special Events
Tutoring Services
Volunteer Opportunities
Young Adults
Youth
This record last modified May 16, 2013

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