When the school day is over and it's time for homework, some students hunker down for grueling solo sessions of math equations and sentence structure. But that's not the only way. In and around Watsonville, pupils can go to Youth N.O.W.'s student center, an educational haven where they can work on their assignments with tutors, credentialed teachers, and peers. There they can complete their homework, eat healthful snacks, use on-site computer labs, and volunteer to help other youth, weaving the net of community support that Youth N.O.W. strives for.
As part of the center's comprehensive tutoring services, students can attend homework-help sessions, engage in independent study, or schedule personal tutoring at least twice a week. The tutors maintain a learning plan with progress reports and individual goals to help students who need to bring their grades up above a C-. The center also helps to provide free access to resources such as printing, computer programs, and project or homework supplies. Yet the student center isn't focused on academics alone. Volunteers also program recreational activities and summer enrichment classes such as photography and printmaking to help students grow into well-rounded individuals.
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The Chinese dumplings that arrive at Zen Dumpling's tables are like small, edible treasure chests. Inside awaits a bounty of savory fillings: veggies, pork, chicken, and beef, all hidden within the dumplings' soft dough exterior. Along with serving food, the staff also enjoys sharing their knowledge of Chinese cuisine. If asked, they may recount how dumplings––which traditionally symbolize wealth––are often served around holidays, potentially indicating gifts of good fortune or durable socks. Their culinary expertise extends to other types of Chinese cuisine, as they also cook chow mein, fried rice, and hot soups filled with the likes of beef tenderloin or spicy fish.
The folks at Kayak Connection outfit visitors with sea kayaks and standup paddleboards before leading them on guided tours or sending them out to explore Santa Cruz Harbor and Elkhorn Slough on their own. Tours vary from romantic sunset paddles to trips designed for families and include one tailored to getting glimpses of local birds. Intermediate and advanced paddlers can head out onto open waters to paddle past the Golden Gate Bridge, Point Lobos State Marine Reserve, and Monterey Bay Crossing.
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Since 1994, Wingstop's franchise locations—more than 600 currently operating or in the works—have cooked up and served more than 2 billion wings, and amassed a considerable following. Whether regular or boneless, these modern-day game-day staples come in one of the shop's 10 signature flavors: Louisiana rub and hickory-smoked barbecue have a classic spicy kick, whereas tanginess prevails in the lemon pepper, Hawaiian, and teriyaki.
Because the wings are always made to order, they derive their heat from their seasonings and their recent stay inside the fryer, rather than from heat lamps or tiny, individual Snuggies. The same amount of care goes into the Wingstop's housemade sides, which range from fries that are cut daily at each shop to the bourbon baked beans. Even the honey mustard, blue cheese, and ranch dipping sauces are mixed onsite.