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Welcome to Village Santa Cruz
a non-profit, grassroots membership organization.  We are a network of Santa Cruz city and county residents with a vision of aging as an active, empowering time of growing and learning, as important and meaningful as any other time of our life.

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Our goal is a vibrant, caring community, neighbors of all ages helping each other, so we can stay in our homes and engaged in our community, through all the transitions of aging.


FOREST (for a thousand years...)
by renowned Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, is an epic 28-minute sound installation outdoors in the redwood grove of UC Santa Cruz's Arboretum and Botanic Garden that you can enjoy through June 30, 2018.  To experience the piece, you follow a path through a densely forested redwood grove. Branches crunch under your feet until you reach a small clearing populated by tree stumps. . . . .

For more information see the event calendar or this SF Chroncle review.

Enjoy a fun summertime afternoon of Prohibition Era music from the 20s and 30s performed by the Plateau Jazz Band, 1-3 PM on Saturday, June 23 at the Food Lounge, 1001 Center Street in downtown Santa Cruz.

This music is great for swing dancers!
  There is a patio, and plenty of inside seating, so come early to choose your spot. There is no cover charge and you are welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks.

All members invited to join us for an evening of good food, company, and conversation. This month we're trying Tramonti Restaurant (Italian food with organic, local produce).

See the June 25, 2018 event calendar for details and RSVP information.


Each year the Administration for Community Living (ACL) publishes a Profile of Older Americans, a compilation of the latest statistics on the older population based on data primarily from U.S. Census data. 

The profile provides data on changes in demographics of the population over age 65, including 15 topical areas (such as population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving). Click here for the ACL’s 2017 Profile of Older Americans.

Very little history, imagery or understanding of transgender older adults exists in the public sphere. The stories that circulate are often sensationalized, come from a lens of voyeurism or focus on celebrity figures.

Next Avenue is a website from PBS stations that inspires America’s 50+ generation to live the most meaningful, vibrant life possible. The site has posted a very informative article about To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults, a photography and interview project by photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre that provides a level of representation previously unseen for this community.


Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito counties:
Summaries from the October 2017 Solutions Summit


Physical activity is an important part of healthy aging. To help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life, the National Institute on Aging created the Go4Life campaign. Go4Life offers free, evidence-based resources for older adults in one convenient place.


December 12, 2017 - NPR explores the Village Movement.  Listen to this first of 3 reports about villages in Boston, Chicago and California.  The "village movement" coordinates crucial services for the elderly, allowing many to age in their homes. It's now expanded to 200 spots around the U.S., as advocates adapt the model to different communities.

December 13, 2017 - second report about villages in Chicago..

December 14, 2017 - final report about a village in rural California.

Click on the image to the left to watch a Tedx Talk about the history of the Village movement and its key components.

"Were they going to wait for the government to create a better way for them to age? Absolutely not."

August 30, 2017 - Good Times article featuring Mary Howe.

Village Santa Cruz:  Creating Community and Support for Seniors, Aging Boomers

Marin Villages exemplifies a "hub and spoke" village model that serves members county-wide and yet serves needs on a local or neighborhood basis. This is accomplished by providing vetted-volunteers who assist members with local rides, household help, pet care, tech support, office organization, companionship, and more. Click on the photo at left to view video about Marin Villages.




Village Santa Cruz

1740 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz CA  95062

(831) 824-2404        

Thanks to 
Community Foundation logo   and Volunteer Center logo for your support!