OLLI Colleges Nine and Ten Events


OLLI is fortunate to have a home on the UCSC Campus at Colleges Nine and Ten. We have a wonderful meeting space for our monthly general meetings in the Multipurpose Room. Moreover we have the opportunity to participate in Colleges Nine and Ten campus activities like the Alternative Spring Break.

In 2017-18 there will be many events that will be highlighted here that will be of interest to OLLI members.


2018 Alternative Spring Break


What is Alternative Spring Break?

Colleges Nine and Ten’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program is a student led week of service learning with a focus on the Watsonville community. As part of OLLI’s ongoing partnership with Colleges Nine and Ten, we are again invited to participate.

The dates are Saturday, Sunday and Monday March 24-26. A team of up to twelve OLLI members will work together with a team of students for the ASB. ASB activities include a community mural painting project, a free flea market for Oaxacan farmworker families, a dinner with the students at a farmworker family’s home, and school based projects. There are readings and discussions of the issues facing farmworkers in our county. Last year’s OLLI team found the experience deeply rewarding.

Student Co-Facilitators, Dana Padilla and Cynthia Rafael, spoke at our January General Meeting. They warmly recalled OLLI’s participation in last year’s ASB. Dana and Cynthia are supported by Colleges Nine and Ten’s Service Learning Coordinator, Abbey Asher.

Mark Gordon and Mary Male will be this years OLLI ASB Co-Facilitators.




How can OLLI members participate in ASB?

1. Be part of the OLLI ASB Team. Meet and work together with ASB students in learning activities and projects in Watsonville. OLLI team members will receive readings supporting the work of the week. There will be two meetings in February to get to know the ASB students in advance of the ASB week.

If you would you like to be part of this year’s OLLI ASB team, or have questions about it please call or email Mark Gordon (408) 314-4802 or mgordon@cruzio.com

2. Support the ASB Free Flea Market for Oaxacan farmworker families.

Gently used clothing or small household items like lamps or toasters in working condition, as well as children’s books in English will be collected at our February OLLI General Meeting on Sunday, February 18. Items can also be dropped off at the home of Mary Caravalho, 129 Los Altos Court, on the Westside of Santa Cruz. There will be a box on her porch where items can be left.

3. Donate to the Farmworker Family Diaper Fund. Farm worker families have urgently requested help in obtaining diapers. Diapers are single use these days and they are expensive. OLLI has therefore established a Diaper Fund. Last year OLLI members generously filled our special OLLI Farmworker Family Diaper Bag with member donations. We’ll bring the diaper bag back at our February 18th meeting and hope to fill it with cash for diapers. Because of the complicated way the university handles checks, cash donations are preferred. Of course, we will accept checks, too. They should be made out to “UC Regents” and in the memo section please write "ASB Diaper Fund."
Diaper Fund donations can also be mailed to:
OLLI, c/o Mary Caravalho,
129 Los Altos Court
Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

4. Attend the Watsonville Community Leaders Panel. The Panel will be held on Saturday, February 24, from 2:00-4:30 PM in the Namaste Lounge (behind the Multipurpose Room on campus). All OLLI members are invited to attend the panel discussion and join in the Q&A after the panel presentations.

We are looking forward to an exciting season of ASB activities.