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  • Check out our Fall 2014 Newsletter

    Tunisian stewOur latest newsletter is out featuring the latest on the thrift store fire, upcoming events including our annual Harvest Picnic on Sept 23 and Repair Cafe on Oct 11, volunteer news and opportunities, restaurant donor partners Main Street Cafe and Hula’s, a healthy recipe and more. Read more >>>

  • Volunteer of the Month

    Beverly Beams - September 2014. “I research and list books for sale on Grey Bears amazon.com page and ship orders. Books are endlessly fascinating.”

    Born: June 11, 1948 in Herford, TX. “My family moved to Medford OR when I was 3 years old.” Age 66. Lives in: Soquel
    Favorite color: blue

    Why Santa Cruz: “When my dad passed away in 1973, I moved my mom with me to Santa Cruz to be closer to my sister.”

    Bev_Beams1Career: “I worked with mental health clients at Community Connection, and then with Lifespan as the senior office clerk for 16 years.”

    Why Grey Bears: “After I retired I looked for volunteer opportunities and resonated with Grey Bears. I found my niche in the online book program, which I just love. I research and list books for sale on amazon and ship orders. Books are endlessly fascinating.”

    On volunteering: “I’ve upgraded my computer skills exponentially. I continue to meet interesting people and feel fulfilled that my work supports weekly food deliveries to seniors. I’ve noticed that the quality and quantity of the food in the bags has improved a lot in just the past two years.”

    Hobbies: “Beach walks, reading, sewing and listening to music. I’ve always enjoyed Elvis since I was a kid – the younger pre-bloated, Vegas jumpsuit-stage Elvis. I’ll visit Graceland someday.”

    Best part of aging: “I feel free to speak my mind, to express what I believe without worrying what anyone else thinks.”

    Best advice: “If you’ve recently retired and are looking for a place to contribute, Grey Bears is amazing.”

    Best bookstore find: “Two civil war books that inspired me to research my great-great grandfather who fought for the Union Army. It’s always special to find old books on cooking and sewing, and children’s books from the 1930s and 40s. We received a mint copy of Herb Caen’s autobiography signed by the author. That one went really well.”

  • 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!