Lectures & Workshops
The Monterey Bay Aquarium seeks volunteer guides and invites those interested to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Bilingual speakers are encouraged to attend. Information: montereybayaquarium.org.
The Bridge Center of Monterey at Fort Ord offers its ongoing series of lessons aimed at new and returning players. Cost: $5; first lesson is free. Registration, dates and times or directions: Jill (831) 625-4421, Lyde (831) 646-4796, Bridge Center (831) 384-7800.
Employment Law & Leadership Conference
Learn about human resources, talent acquisition, leading people and organizations, and the impact of the 2012 election, at the 9th annual Employment Law & Leadership Conference, Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Monterey Bay, 1441 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Seaside. Tickets and information: tpohr.com.
Extreme Self Care
Working hard? Feeling stressed? Burning the candle at both ends? And putting personal needs last? Join holistic health counselor, Audrey Fontaine’s Extreme Self Care workshop, Friday, Feb. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel. Suggested donation: $10. Information: (831) 624-7404, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authentic Relating Games Night is offered the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel. The AR games are interactive group exercises that explore ways of seeing, connecting and appreciating through interpersonal relationships. Requested donation: $15 per night. Information: integralsanghaofmontereybay.com.
An introduction to mindful meditation is offered Mondays from 5:30-7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel. The class includes chanting, two guided sessions, discussion, feedback and instruction. Suggested donation: $5-$10, however, no one is turned away. Information: (831) 624-7404.
Join the ongoing weekly spiritual practice session on Wednesdays from 8-9 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel. Practice walking and sitting meditation with journaling after each session. All are welcome. Information: (831) 375-6164.
The SPCA for Monterey County
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Monterey provides a wide variety of programs and services to pets and people all made possible by donors. Services include sheltering all animals in need, pet adoptions, lost and found, Foster Friends, low-cost spay and neuter services, vaccination and microchip. As well as classes and free expert advice. Information: (831) 373-2631, (831) 422-4721, www.spcamc.org.
What Are the Risks?
Learn how to protect your business from hijacking and viruses, and what can happen to destroy your operations if your business isn’t secure. Our expert panelists offer advice you can use immediately to stay ahead of the threats. Feb. 1, 8-10 a.m., Center for Advanced Technology, Hartnell College, Alisal Campus Rm. C212, Salinas. Information: bit.ly/sbdcworkshops.
Women’s Discussion Group
Retirement age women and others who are free the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 2-4 p.m. are invited to join the ongoing group for its wide-ranging programs about books, travel, personal enthusiasms and more. All women are welcome. Free. Information: (831) 647-8283, email@example.com.
Santa Cruz County
Family Art Days
Bring the children and enjoy this family oriented art-making workshop at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. Led by professional artists, the workshop is offered on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Information: (831) 429-1964, santacruzmah.org.
Managing Human Resource Issues
Paychex will present an informational session to discuss the various human resource issues affecting today’s employees, Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 9-11 a.m. at the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, 44 Brennan St., Watsonville. Two free continuing professional education credits are available. Space is limited. Registration: (831) 212-2751.
The Passionate Readers Book Discussion Group meets monthly on the fourth Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to discuss contemporary fiction and make selections based on the members’ preferences at the La Selva Beach Branch Library, 316 Estrella Ave., La Selva Beach. Information: (831) 427-7710.
Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Tysseling will present a workshop on effective project management, Monday, Feb. 28 from 3:15-5 p.m. at the Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. Cost: $15/members, $25/nonmembers. Book: “Bare Bones Project Management,” $10. Registration: (831) 457-3713.