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  • Back to School Computer Store Sale

    jpg flier for eblast 1Pick up a completely refurbished dual-core desktop computer with MS Windows 8.1 installed, keyboard and mouse for just $125! (while supplies last, with student ID, sale ends 9/20/14)

  • Fix it at the Repair Cafe

    Saturday, October 11, 10am-2pm. Bring in your broken appliance, toy, lamp, small furniture item, clothing, bike, etc. on October 11 to the Grey Bears Repair Cafe and receive guidance from Fix-It Coaches. Learn how to disassemble, diagnose, and hopefully fix the problem and go home with a working item. Don’t have anything that needs fixing or sewing? Have a refreshment while you watch and learn – and shop the 1/2-Off Sale at our Thrift Store and Computer Electronics Store that same day. Everyone (middle school age children and older) is invited.

    GB_repair_cafeRepair Cafe at Grey Bears
    Saturday, October 11
    10am to 2pm
    2710 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95065

    Things to bring:

    Your non-working thing (carry-in only)
    Any tools you already own that might be helpful
    Any knowledge or advance research you have done on the issue
    Boxes, bags and/or small containers to carry away parts. Muffin tins are great for holding tiny bits and pieces while you work.
    Whether you fix your item or not, you will learn more about how your item was manufactured and how things work.

    The Grey Bear sewing team will make small alterations to your clothes.

    If you are handy and can help as a fixit coach, please contact the Grey Bears office by calling 831-479-1055 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required. Enjoy coffee and a pastry while you wait for a clinic coach. Don’t have anything that needs fixing? Stop by and watch – and have a refreshment too!

    Have questions? Click here for answers to FAQs.

  • Recycling Event at Westside New Leaf

    new_leafSaturday, August 23 from 11am-3pm. New Leaf Community Market and Grey Bears team up for a neighborhood recycling drop off a their westside Santa Cruz store, 1101 Fair Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95060 (click here for a map).

    Neighbors are invited to drop off all working or non-working electronics, computers, printers, monitors, TVs, cables, phones, audio/video gear, appliances (big or small, anything with an electric cord), scrap metal, aluminum, water heaters, etc. We’ll also gladly accept household items for our thrift store – clothing, small furniture, kitchen items, clothing and accessories, books, CDs, DVDs, garden items, textiles, and medical equipment, bikes and more.

    All proceeds benefit the Grey Bears Brown Bag Program, delivering shopping bags of healthy produce and staples to 4,500 Santa Cruz County seniors each week. Grey Bears partners with E-Steward certified processor ECS Refining.

  • 41st Annual Harvest Picnic is Sept 23

    IMG_1216Join us at the Grey Bears 41st Annual Harvest Picnic on Tuesday, September 23, 11:30am at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz (click here for a map). Come visit with friends under the redwoods and canopy covered seating. Enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch (with veggie options), coffee from Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting, juices by Odwalla, live music, dancing, a raffle, and an all around good time. Admission is free for everyone age 55+.

    Carpooling is encouraged and additional parking is available at Portuguese Hall with van shuttle to and from parking and picnic areas. Those interested in volunteering at this year’s Harvest Picnic are invited to call 831-479-1055 ext. 0, or email email hidden; JavaScript is required. See you there!

  • Micah Posner, Brown Bag Assembler

    micah3Santa Cruz City Councilmember, Micah Posner, is a big supporter of Grey Bears. An avid cyclist and former director of People Power, Micah showed his commitment to helping distribute healthy produce to seniors by working the Grey Bears brown bag line this morning. “I’m keeping up,” he said. “Just ask my two partners on both sides.” A HUGE bear hug to Micah and the entire Santa Cruz City Council for their longstanding support!

  • A volunteer’s thoughts on Grey Bears

    rainbowI love Grey Bears!! As a volunteer with this organization and as one of its newer members, I not only see the benefit to others in my community but to my family as well. Grey Bears is a unique and local organization that takes the stuff that most cities throw away and resurrects it into: meals, products, funds, compost, and most importantly, meaningful and fulfilling roles that sustain our citizens, our community and our earth.

    As a resident of Scotts Valley, I have come to rely on the Brown Bag grocery program to supplement my weekly groceries. Personally, I drop off bags for over 40 other families in Scotts Valley. And I have witnessed and participated in Grey Bear’s brilliant food program where they offer a conduit for the “day old” products and produce to fill stomachs instead of dumpsters. In addition to working with grocery retailers, the gleaning program with local farms also provides an avenue for produce that may not be cosmetically “market worthy” to find very grateful consumers.

    Before “Green” was a thing, Grey Bears set up systems for reusing and recycling that are models for other communities. They are a great example of a creativite and future-visioned business model.

    I encourage you to directly support Grey Bears as your contribution remains local, vital and easily witnessed — and we have added and continue to add more households to the program. And if you’ve never seen the Grey Bear campus – get yourself over there on a Brown Bag morning and be amazed. And don’t forget the Thrift Store, it’s the best one in Santa Cruz County.

    Ruth Poe