Dangerous Beauties Presents: Warrior Women – March 9th

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE “Warrior Women” unveils the captivating world of complex female archetypes, both real and imagined, through the mesmerizing medium of dance. From the legendary bravery of Joan of Arc to the captivating allure of Cleopatra, the fierce strength of the Amazons, and the contemporary resilience embodied by Sinead O’Connor, this performance artfully weaves together tales of powerful women who have left an indelible mark on history.

The dancers, with artistry and grace, bring to life the multifaceted stories of these warrior women, exploring the nuances of their strength, courage, and resilience. The event transcends time and culture, delving into the essence of what makes these iconic figures stronger than diamonds – a metaphor for their enduring and unyielding strength. Through the transformative power of dance, “Warrior Women” promises to be a celebration of feminine strength, a captivating journey that leaves audiences inspired by the indomitable spirit of these remarkable women. Come celebrate WOMENS’ HISTORY MONTH with us!

2 performance workshops presented by Amy Sigil and Kamala Almanzar – workshop info at www.dangerousbeautiesproductions.com

Dangerous Beauties: Warrior Women March 9th and 10th Dance Workshops!

Join us for a special weekend featuring dance workshops from internationally-acclaimed performers. Learn several genres of belly dance as well as performance skills. There will be 2 performance opportunities to dance alongside Kamala Almanzar and Amy Sigil! A unique makeup workshop hosted by Emmy award-winning artist Devilla of Los Angeles and a mini photo workshop to capture it all hosted by Maharet Hughes, known as the dance photographer. Take one class or take them all! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!!

Meet your New Trustees!

On Tuesday August 22nd in the evening we held a Town Hall meeting with twenty eight Ben Lomond residents in attendance. Three nominations were made for our three trustee positions and the town of Ben Lomond voted to elect Mikala Clements, Heidi Costanza, and Michael Laurin.

Mikala Clements is a Santa Cruz native and has lived in Ben Lomond since 2000.  She received her BS from San Jose State in Business Management. Working at 2 small businesses in Santa Cruz she eventually made her way back to working with her sisters and cousins in their family business, Scarborough Lumber.  Mikala is looking forward to learning about Park Hall and how she can add value as a trustee. 

Heidi Castagna has called Ben Lomond home for 20 years and is a lifelong Santa Cruz County resident. She’s intrigued by the narratives of Ben Lomond’s past, and by the positive force of community that makes this town so special.  Heidi’s professional career is in technology, having led teams at Seagate for nearly two decades and serving as the Senior Director of Global Education Services at NVIDIA for the past 7 years. Her academic journey led her through Chico State University for a Bachelor of Science degree, and the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University for her graduate degree. Known for her knack for innovation, connecting people, and being a driving force for positive change, Heidi is excited to apply her skills and experience for the betterment of Park Hall

Michael Laurin and family have lived in Ben Lomond for 20+ years, with family ties to the San Lorenzo Valley dating back some 50+ years.   His three adult children grew up and attended schools in Ben Lomond and the larger San Lorenzo Valley area.  Michael’s professional career as a Director of Collaboration Solutions for AVI-SPL has spanned the past 15 years.  During those 15 years he has developed and obtained business knowledge which he has applied at previously held Board Positions and will bring this knowledge of navigating Park Halls Needs, Challenges and Opportunities to his new position as a trustee.   Michael has a BS Degree from Saint Mary’s College and played Division I College Soccer for four years.  He has been the Technical Director for Little Peoples Reparatory Thater for the past 15 years, which has exposed him to many aspects/elements/infrastructure elements of Park Hall.  He is excited to bring his past experiences, knowledge, and new(or even old) ideas to the community via the Park Hall Trustees position and services/offerings available at Park Hall.   

We had 28 Residents of Ben Lomond – here is our Meeting Agenda / Meeting Minutes.

Town Hall Meeting

Ben Lomond Park Hall
Election of New Trustees
WHERE: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond,
WHEN: Tuesday, August 22nd, 5:00pm
WHO: Those adult persons in attendance, living within a mile and one half of Park Hall, are eligible to vote for the current vacant positions of Park Hall Trustee. The election committee will verify each person’s residence or ownership prior to issuing
a ballot.
CANDIDATES: Nominations for the position will come from the floor during the meeting. The nominated persons will each be given five minutes to address those in attendance before the secret ballot is taken.

Three new Trustees are to be added to the existing Board. Please attend and help select the newest Park Hall leaders that will guide Park Hall on your behalf.

August 12 – Andre Thierry/Park Hall Fundraiser and Centennial Celebration!

Historic Park Hall in Ben Lomond is celebrating 100 years of community and is ringing in their Centennial with Grammy-nominated Andre Thierry and local favorites Moonshine Crossroads! Join us for a spectacular event and help us raise funds to keep Park Hall a treasured resource serving our San Lorenzo Valley. Enjoy amazing music, meet your neighbors and build community! Buy tickets HERE!!!!!

Aug. 5th – Santa Cruz World Dance Showcase!

All ages appropriate dance show in Santa Cruz county showcasing dance styles from all over the world. All ages, all genders, all dance styles, all welcome! The event will be held at historic Ben Lomond Park hall on August 5th, 2023 from 2pm – 9pm. $15 general admission (door), $10 for seniors and students, children under 12 are free. Bazaar featuring local artisans with wares, jewelry, crafts and more. Support your local artists and artisans! email any questions to SCWorldDanceShowcase@gmail.com

WED July 19th – Snowdo White and the Fellowship of the Mirror

You are invited to grab those who are precious to you and come and join the cast of Little People’s Repertory Theater on an epic journey across Little Earth as (LPRT) presents: Snowdo White and the Fellowship of the Mirror, an original rock musical by Janinne Chadwick. This mash-up of beloved fairy tales and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the rings, imagines Snow White as Snowdo a righteous young hobbit who sets off from the Shire, with a fellowship of characters to the tower of Mordor to free the enslaved spirit of the magic mirror, who is imprisoned in the castle of the wicked queen. On their journey, The Fellowship encounters the Giant of Isengard, Gollum, a big bad wolf, elves, frogs and more! The show features over 20 parodies of classic rock, pop and contemporary hits. Opening Night at Ben Lomond Park Hall is Wednesday, July 19th. Tickets will sell out! Get tickets and showtime info online at lprt.org

For over 40 years, LPRT has the reputation of alternative children’s musical theatre at its best! Directed by Daria E. Troxell, with music direction by Gabe House, and choreography by Whitney James Heskett and Haley Clarke. “Snowdo White and The Fellowship of the Mirror”” is presented at Park Hall in Ben Lomond July 19-30, 2023. Tickets and specific show time information is available online at lprt.org.

Now Playing!!!

May 19 – June 11, 2023


by Mark Edward Smith
Directed by Peter Gelblum

When he died, Chester Dumbrosky had a lot to be sorry for in his relationships with his wife and children. But he didn’t let death stop him – he appears at his own wake to try to make amends and heal old wounds. The ensuing uproarious laughter turns serious as his dysfunctional family seeks to resolve conflicts that everyone will recognize if they can stop laughing long enough.

Come join the fun at the Bay Area and Central Coast premiere of a show that is both “heartfelt” and has audiences “rolling with laughter in the aisles.”  (The Willits News.)  The cast features MCT veterans David Leach, Steve Capasso, Hannah Eckstein, Dave Halper, Tracy Smith, and Scott Kravitz, as well as actors new to MCT, Martin Kachuck and Mo Corleone.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.  Tickets are $20 for Seniors and Students and $25 for everyone else. May 20 is Community Night when all tickets are two for $25.

There will be a champagne reception after the show on Opening Night, May 19, and a talk-back with the cast and director after the show on June 4.

Mountain Community Theatre is currently celebrating its 41st year of bringing quality entertainment to Santa Cruz County. Masks are recommended, but not required.  Buy Tickets HERE

Santa Cruz County History Fair

Ronnie Trubek and Lyle Troxell set up a booth for Park Hall at the May 13th, 2023 Santa Cruz County History Fair.

Since Ronnie became our newest Trust member she has dove head first into the history of our beloved community center and written The Exciting Story of How Park Hall Came to Be.

The booth consists of a wonderful collection of early photos of Ben Lomond and a detailed narrative of how the building came to be what it is now.