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Overnights at the Zoo
From dusk until dawn, groups will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zoo
Every day (Sep 2-Sep 3)
Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map

 Family Overnight 

Experience one of our award winning Family Overnights on August 19-20 or September 2-3. 

 

Overnight adventures include guided sunset and sunrise walks through the park, quality time with a Zoo Keeper and a delicious pizza dinner. After a night under the stars, enjoy a continental breakfast and watch the animals begin their day.  Learn more and register today!

 

Group Overnights
Child (8 - 17 years): $60 each
Adult: $70 each
Minimum group size: 30


Family Overnights
Members: $90 per person
Non-members: $100 per person
Get $10 off each ticket when purchasing 5 or more Family Overnight tickets.

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Auditions: Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
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Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
Youth Symphony Auditions on August 20
Date: Every day (Jul 27-Aug 20)
Ages: Up to age 20 Admission Fees: Auditions are free

(0 July 2017) SantaCruzCountyYouthSymphony.jpgCalling all young musicians! Take your playing and enjoyment to the next level.

 

Musicians up to age 20 are invited to audition for the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony. Led by inspiring conductor Nathaniel Berman, the Youth Symphony performs three public concerts during the school year.

 

Auditions are August 20, 2017. Weekly rehearsals begin in September at Kirby School.

 

The Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony is dedicated to making it possible for all young musicians to participate in our program. Tuition assistance is available.

 

Learn more and sign up to audition at sccys.org.


Location: UC Santa Cruz, Music Center, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 239-0442 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Blast from the Past
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SLV Museum
Learn about the great explosion of 1898!
Date: Every day (Feb 18-Oct 8)
Admission Fees: free, donations appreciated
Special Instructions: Opening Reception: February 25, 2017 2-4pm

(0 Feb 2017) SLVMuseum_BlastfromPast.jpgBlasts from the Past - The Explosive Story of the California Powder Works

February 18, 2017 - October 8, 2017
Opening Reception: February 25, 2017 2-4pm 

 

"California Powder Works was the first American explosive powder manufacturing company west of the Rocky Mountains. When the outbreak of the Civil War cut off supplies of gunpowder to California's mining and road-building industries, a local manufacturer was needed. Originally located near Santa Cruz, California, the company was incorporated in 1861 and began manufacturing gunpowder in May 1864. For fifty years, it was a major employer in the county, employing between 150 and 275 men. The powder works was located on a flat adjacent to the San Lorenzo River, three miles upstream of Santa Cruz " Wikipedia

 

Sponsors: Funded in part by donations in memory of Henri Raab, and with the support of Bay Photo Labs.

 

 

 


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
National Night Out
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Capitola Police
Date: 08/01/2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm


 

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Popup Picnics
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State Park Mission
Delish!!! Join us at the park for catered picnics & good company
Date: Every day (Jun 15-Aug 17) from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Items to eat $2 - $10

Popup Picnics will take place every Thursday from June 15 through Aug. 17 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park in downtown Santa Cruz

 

Taquitos Gabriel, a favorite from the 2016 PopUp Picnics in the Park series, will serve food at the first picnic on Thursday, June 15. The menu will include three tacos ($5), taco plates ($8), burritos ($8), cheese quesadillas ($3), meat quesadillas ($8), and watermelon and horchata aguas frescas ($2).

 

Future PopUp Picnics in the Park food vendors will include:

Aug 10                  Jolie Mole - tamales

Aug 17                  Taquitos Gabriel  -tacos, burritos, quesadillos

 

Items for purchase will range from $2 to $10. Vendors will donate 5 percent of their proceeds back to Friends on behalf of the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park to fund education and restoration projects at the park.

 

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is home to the oldest building in Santa Cruz County. Built between 1822 and 1824 by local Ohlonean and Yokuts Indians, the park's signature adobe is the only remaining structure from Mission Santa Cruz, founded in 1791. One of just four adobe buildings left in Santa Cruz County - and sometimes confused with the nearby replica mission chapel - it is the only building of its kind preserved as a museum in the State of California. The adobe served as housing for Neophyte families who lived and worked at the Mission, which operated until 1834 when it was secularized.  After decades of private ownership, the adobe was sold to the State of California, extensively restored and finally opened in 1991 to the public as the Santa Cruz Mission SHP. The park celebrated its 25 th year in 2016.

 

Sponsored by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-425-5849 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Sack Puppet Saturdays
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The Puppetry Institute
Date: Every Tues from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Sack Puppet Saturdays 10-11:30am. Every Saturday starting April 22nd. This class is an introduction to basic puppetry design and construction that kids of all ages will enjoy!


Location: The Octagon, 118 Cooper St , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-440-7319 •websitecreate a direct event link
La Selva Beach Preschool Story Time
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Tues from 10:30am to 11:30am
Ages: 3-6

La Selva Beach Preschool Story Time (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
 
A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books and make a simple craft.


View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes, Programs for Kids, Programs for Families

 


Location: Aptos Boulder Creek Branciforte Capitola Downtown Felton Garfield Park La Selva Beach Live Oak Scotts Valley Bookmobile Other Resources: Library Phone Directory SC County Genealogy Library SC Coun, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Salvador Dali Museum
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Dali17 Museum
The exhibition will be the largest collection of Dali’s art on the West Coast and will feature over 300 originals.
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Call for hours

Dali17 Museum is Open

(A July) Dali_TimeSlithering.jpgDali17 Museum will open to the public on Friday, July 8 at 10am!

 

The new museum is a permanent exhibition of original etchings, mixed media, lithographs, and rare sculptures by one of the twentieth century's most celebrated surrealist artists, Salvador Dali.

 

This is the first permanent Dali exhibition on the West Coast and the second largest private collection in the United States. Previously, this collection has only been exhibited in Spain and Belgium.

 

will feature over 300 originals. Did you know that Monterey was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and worked? The exhibition will reintroduce Dali’s local history and will be the only museum to showcase photographs from Dali’s fundraiser Surrealistic Night at Del Monte.

 

(A July) Dali.jpgMonterey was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and worked. While the Nazis stormed across Europe, Dali and his wife Gala fled to the U.S. and in July 1941 found refuge at the Hotel Del Monte. While living in the Monterey area, he was heavily involved with the arts. Dali exhibited vintage sourced photographs as an early member of the Carmel Art Association and every May he participated as a juror for the local high school art competition.

 

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Location: Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-372-2608 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Calendar Contest
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Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40/Member $35)

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

Calling all photographers!
The Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) is excited to announce an open call for photos for use in our 2018 wall calendar! Images must be taken in the Elkhorn Slough watershed and may feature diverse subject matter including landscapes, wildlife, plants, and people.

Winning entries will be featured in our full-color, 8.5″ x 11″, 2018 Elkhorn Slough Foundation calendar. All proceeds of the calendar benefit ESF's work to conserve and restore the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed.

 

General guidelines:
Photos may feature any appropriate content, provided the photo is taken in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. The watershed encompasses Moss Landing Harbor, the slough channel and the Reserve, as well as the surrounding hills and upland habitats. We encourage you to submit diverse subject matter. Ideally photos will have been taken within the past two years. Minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable.

 

Resolution:
Photographs must be submitted in digital format. For the contest, please only submit a small JPEG of your image NO LARGER THAN 1MB file size. If we select your image for possible use in the calendar, we will contact you to request a larger version suitable for printing (8.5″ x 11″ inches at a resolution of at least 300 dpi). If your photo is selected, but you are unable to supply it in at 300 dpi or higher, we may not be able to include your photo in the calendar.

 

(0 July 2017) ElkhornSloughPhotoContest2017.jpgImage selection:
Images selected by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) will be featured in ESF's 2018 calendar. Photographers of selected images will receive photo credit and a copy of the calendar, but no monetary compensation.

 

During the selection process, the cover photo will be chosen by a public vote. Four photos will earn special prizes for their photographers: the top two entries will win a special tour of Elkhorn Slough and annual passes to the Reserve; two additional runners-up will win annual passes to the Reserve.

 

Entrant agrees to grant ESF irrevocable perpetual, nonexclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in ESF's 2018 calendar as well as in other materials produced by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. If your image is selected and includes identifiable people, signed photo releases will be required.

 

Photographers:
We encourage anyone with a great slough shot-amateur or professional- to enter. Each entrant may submit up to 5 photos. By submitting a photo, entrant agrees to all contest regulations.
ESF is now accepting photos! Deadline to enter is September 18, 2017.


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers
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Positive Discipline Community Resource
Learn great tools for teaching your toddlers problem-solving skills, cooperation, and respectful and emotionally-honest communic
Date: Every Tues from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: 18 and over Admission Fees: $80.00
Special Instructions: Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare will be provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.

Learn great tools for teaching your toddlers problem-solving skills, cooperation, and respectful and emotionally-honest communication -- and all without the use of punishment or rewards!

 

Limited scholarships are sometimes available.  Childcare will be provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Art Classes
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Santa Cruz Art League
The Santa Cruz Art League has a wide variety of classes: drop-in, weekend, series...
Date: Every day (Aug 1-Dec 15)


2017 Art Classes

The Santa Cruz Art League has a wide variety of classes at a variety of times. Is your week too hectic for our series classes? Consider taking one of our Weekend Workshops. Already have some skills and looking for a place to draw after work? Consider popping by our weekly, drop-in life drawing session (see description below).

2017 Art Classes

 

Please note: When you sign up for a class you will get a "receipt" from Presto Biz (that does not mean you are in the class.) PrestoBiz then sends the request to us and we process your payment here at the Art League if there is room in the class.


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 1:30-5:30 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr Year-round
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Young Writers Contest
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Enter the young writers contest
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Oct 1)


Bookshop Santa Cruz is celebrating the talents of young writers in our community with a contest designed for writers ages 6-17. First-, second-, and third-place winners from each age group will receive Bookshop Santa Cruz gift certificates. Plus the winning entries will be published together in a collection this November.


E N T R Y   R U L E S
1. Entries may be on any subject in any genre-including fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, mystery, humor, science fiction or fantasy.
2. Each entry must be an original work, submitted in the appropriate age group: 6-9, 10-13, or 14-17.
3. Word count limit: 2100 words.
4. Entries can be submitted online or at the store. Those entries submited in hard copy must have a copy of the entry form attached to the story. We're sorry, entries cannot be returned.
5. Employees of Bookshop Santa Cruz and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the contest.
6. All entries must be received no later than Sunday, October 9, 2016.

Download an Entry Form

 

Submit an Entry Online

 


Location: 1540 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones!
Date: Every day (Aug 1-Aug 31)
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free

Big Basin Nature Club
August 1-20: EVERY Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 4:30 pm;
Sunday, August 13 at 9:30 am and Sunday, August 20 at 9:30 am; Wednesdays at 1:30 pm
(no programs August 21 through August 31)
This fun program is designed for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Nature Lodge.

Connect with Nature Program
Friday, August 4 at 10:30 am
Friday, August 11 at 10:30 am
Friday, August 18 at 10:30 am
Join a Big Basin Interpreter in our Visitor Center (next to Park Headquarters) for a 30-minute kids' program on what makes Big Basin special. Family friendly.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline - 8 weeks
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline
Date: Every Tues from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: parents of children ages 5-12 Admission Fees: $80.00

8-week Positive Discipline parenting class series for you to learn effective tools to help your school-age child(ren) (age 5-12) make positive contributions to their home and school environments while you as a parent learn to balance kindness with firmness and model what mutually respectful relationships look like. Childcare is available at $10/child/class session.

 

Limited scholarships are sometimes available.  Childcare will be provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every day (May 27-Sep 3)

Special Instructions: Located on Highway 35, just 2.5 miles southeast of the junction with Hwy 9

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
 
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1 mile loop; elevation gain 300 feet    
Ascend through Douglas-fir, madrone, and tanoak to see the park’s imposing namesake peak—a good spot for bouldering and roped climbs. The surrounding smaller rocks are a great playground for children. 
   
Castle Rock Falls
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1.3 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 320 feet.   
Meander downhill to 75-foot Castle Rock Falls, which gushes after rains, but may be a trickle during drought. Either way, the views to the west are spectacular. 
   
MODERATE HIKES 
Ridge/Trail Camp Loop 
Trailhead: main parking lot, 5.15 miles, elevation gain 1,190 feet
Hike through the forest and past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the San Lorenzo River Valley and glimpses of Monterey Bay. Learn about history, wildlife, and habitats at the Interpretive Shelter. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter.  
  
Skyline/Loghry Woods/Saratoga Gap Loop
Trailhead: main parking lot; 6.1 miles roundtrip; elevation gain 750 feet 
Head through the forest past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Lorenzo River with glimpses across to Monterey Bay if there’s no fog. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water, and a rain shelter. 
  
STRENUOUS HIKES  
Middle of the Park from the Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap; 9 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,530 feet. 
This challenging hike or run through the forest takes you past mountain and valley views with some glimpses of Monterey Bay on a clear day. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter. Begin at Saratoga Gap and either go down Saratoga Toll Road Trail or across Skyline Trail (Bay Area Ridge Trail). Close the loop on the Loghry Woods and Travertine Springs trails.
   
Gap to Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap or Waterman Gap; 16.4 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,860 feet
A good workout for strong trail runners and hikers. You can also backpack and stay overnight at the Waterman Gap Trail Camp (reservations required). Trails are mostly wooded, with occasional views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 
   
Skyline to the Sea Trailhead: dropoff at Saratoga Gap or park at main parking lot, pickup at Waddell Beach, 25.2–28.2 miles; elevation from 1,660–2,130 feet. 
One of the region’s most rewarding backpack options. Start on the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains and descend to the ocean in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Camp at trail camps along the way. Two to four days of backpacking or four to eight hours of trail running.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Take the Dogs Out!
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SPCA
Hang out with adoptable dogs
Date: Every day from 9:00am to 3:00pm


(0 May 2017) SPCA_ThreeGuysSixDogs.jpgSanta Cruz SPCA Just three guys and their adoptable fur-iends hanging out in the shade on a beautiful day! Our lucky pups get to bound around on the beach and parade through the park every week because of our wonderful volunteers. During these outings, not only do the dogs have tons of fun, but they attract a lot of adoption attention/interest with those bright yellow adopt-me leash flags! An out of shelter field trip has led to more than a few forever homes :)

Wanna become a volunteer? We've got orientation dates open in June and July! Get yourself signed up online :)
https://spcasc.org/events/general-volunteer-orientation/

#VolunteersRock #HangWithDogs #PlayWithCats #WorkThatMatters #BeachBounding #ParkParading #AdoptMe #Volunteer #Orientation #SCSPCA #SantaCruzSPCA


Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Amazing Cardboard
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Exploratorium
An ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception—a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.
Date: Every day (Jun 17-Sep 4) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Pier 15, which is on the Embarcadero at Green Street

"People will be surprised by what can be done with cardboard. The closer they get, the more they'll find... I hope people leave from this with their own ideas of what they can do." - Jesse Wilson, Cardboard Institute of Technology

This is only the beginning. Come see how these artists bring this everyday material to life at #WelcomeToWildcard, June 17 through Sept. 4.

 

More info: https://www.exploratorium.edu/wildcard

 


Location: Pier 15, San Francisco Map
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JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY
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Scotts Valley Police
Provides students with alternatives to drugs, violence, and other illegal activities through exciting events and educational pro
Date: Every day (Jun 19-Aug 4)


Our Junior Police Academy is accepting registration for our three upcoming summer sessions in June, July, and August. The classes are filling up, so if you want your middle school aged child to participate in these week long sessions please download the form and turn it in at the police department as soon as possible.

 

for Boys & Girls entering 6th, 7th & 8th

JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY

Junior Police Academy dates for 2017 are currently scheduled for June 19-23, July 10-14 and July 31-Aug 4.  Click here to download a registration form and liability waiver.

 

The Scotts Valley Police Departments Junior Police Academy functions as the department's in-house PAL (Police Activities League) program. It provides students with alternatives to drugs, violence, and other illegal activities through exciting events and educational programs.

 

Our Junior Police Academy has been running since 2000. We offer three week-long sessions, each with room for twenty students. Our program reaches out to students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

 

If you would like to receive more information on the department's Junior Police Academy please contact the Investigations Unit by email or call Juvenile Detective Mike Birley at (831) 440-5656.


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FREE Daily Entertainment
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Beach Boardwalk
FREE Daily Entertainment June 20 - August 14, Noon - 6pm
Date: Every day (Jun 19-Aug 18) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: FREE shows noon - 6pm

FREE Daily Entertainment

 

Boardwalk

Engaging performers invite you to be a part of the show!

World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.

Neptune's Stage located next to Pirate Ship.
Cave Train Stage located near Cave Train.

The Entertainers

Bob at Large Bob's act might make you a little nervous, but his Rolla Bolla balancing, juggling, and unicycle skills are top notch. Entertainer Website 
Greg Frisbee This funny guy has a few tricks up his sleeve like fire juggling, a straight jacket and a rubber chicken! Entertainer Website 
Kevin Armour Acrobatics, hand-balancing, and contortion. 
Marcus Raymond Hysterical comedy, amazing juggling feats & extraordinary escapology. 
Mike Goudeau Professional entertainer and juggler with many years experience working alongside other professionals such as Lance Burton and Penn & Teller. Entertainer Website 
Ryan Kane Award-winning magic show! Entertainer Website 
Scotty & Trink This pair's hilarious combination of comedy and juggling, unicycles and bad judgment will keep you laughing. Entertainer Website

Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-2053 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
2017 Open Houses Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pájaro Valley’s past.
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road

(AAA_Feb 2015) Castro-Adobe.jpgOpen Houses, Castro Adobe State Historic Park

 

Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted. Parking is extremely limited, so carpooling is encouraged. The two-story Castro Adobe in Watsonville is currently undergoing a multi-year restoration process lead by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, a local non-profit, and partnering with California State Parks.

 

Built from 1848 to 1849, this is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. The Castro Adobe State Historic Park is located at 184 Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road, in northern Watsonville. The Castro Adobe is an active construction site and is accessible currently by appointment only except during the Open House Days. To follow progress on the restoration effort, visit www.ThatsMyPark.org/projects/castro-adobe.

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

Enjoy traditional hot chocolate, make tortillas, stroll through the historic garden while exploring romance during the Rancho period. Learn about courting and marriage during that era - including the Bolcoff-Castro marriage and the Castro Adobe-Wilder Ranch historical connection - as well as concepts of race and intermarriage during in Alta California, the perception of the Rancho Period as a "golden age" compared to what historical and archaeological record show, and the loving relationship between a vaquero and his horse.

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

January 21
Febraury 11
March 18
April 22
May 13
June 17
July 22
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 18
December 9

Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret the site and is partnering with California State Parks to open the adobe as a State Historic Park. It is Santa Cruz County's second State Historic Park and the first non-beach state park in the Pajaro Valley. 

Located in Larkin Valley, near Watsonville, the two-story Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Open House visitors will be able to tour the property including the restored cocina (kitchen) and the Potter-Church Garden. The garden is a unique outdoor space originally created by then-owners Elizabeth and David Potter (1968 to 1972), in consultation with noted landscape architect Thomas Church.

The Castro Adobe is open on a limited basis for special events, such as Open House Days. Parking is extremely limited, so carpooling is encouraged. Learn more on our website.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

FREE First Friday 11am-4pm. Enjoy the Museum for FREE with your family on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit". Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
"STEM" Summer Camps
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Learn to Discover
Summer Camps - virtual reality, robotics, LEGO building, digital art, programming and much more...
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th and Fri (Jun 12-Aug 11)
Ages: 6-18
Special Instructions: Camps in Aptos, Santa Cruz & Watsonville

We are offering numerous summer camps at 3 sites: Aptos, Watsonville and Santa Cruz. Kids can learn about topics such as virtual reality, robotics, LEGO building, digital art, programming and much more.


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Kids Week Downtown Santa Cruz
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Join us all week long for fun activities and specials downtown - just for kids!
Date: Every day (Jul 29-Aug 6)


HIGHLIGHTS

Sat 7/29  -  Kick off Party at The MAH in Abbott Square 11 - 1:00 - Grab a giant wand and make massive bubbles in Abbott Square with Santa Cruz bubble-maker extraordinaire Rachel Smith. Or, grab a hula hoop and twist and shout to your heart's content!


Sun 7/30 - FREE Bike Workshop at Spokesman Bikes 11  -  A FREE family friendly class on bicycle safety and minor maintenance so bikes are kept happy and working smoothly!

Tues 8/1 - Crafternoon: Sun Prints at the MAH in Abbott Square 3 - 5:00

Wed 8/2  -  Library Craft Day 10 -4:00  -  Come out to the Downtown Santa Cruz Public Library for a variety of events this upcoming Wednesday, August 3rd, from 10-4pm!
We will have a variety of crafts available for kids and their families or caregivers. Drop in and expect to get messy as we often use permanent markers and paint that will NOT come off clothes! Come and enjoy the fun!

  • Origami: fold a simple paper creation, or try something more difficult.
  • Fun with wood: make a creature, robot, or anything you can dream, with wood, hardware, and baubles.
  • Paper bag puppets: create a paper bag puppet and put on a show for your friends and family.
  • Collage: create a collage to take home, or contribute to a collage mural we're making for display at the library.

Thu 8/3  - Shake the Square: Family Yoga in the Secret Garden in Abbott Square with Luma Yoga 11-11:45  -  Luma's Family Yoga is an experience you won't want to miss! Each class combines love + laughter-filled yoga activities and games for families. Class is specially designed for social interaction, movement, and play! No yoga experience required. Open to families with kids of all ages.

Fri 8/4  - Ballooniverse: A Brain Bending Exhibition Opening at the MAH 5-9:00 pm

Sat 8/5  - BHODY Free temporary tatoos, Junior Artist Area, Canvas Bag Painting and more 12-5:00

Sat 8/5 and 8/6  - Church Street Fair Kids Activity Zone 11-5:00

Sun 8/6  - Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Free Family Concert at the Civic Auditorium 1-2


SPECIALS ALL WEEK

Petroglyph Ceramics and Glow Candle Lounge
- 1 Free 1.5 inch tile at Petroglyph, 1 Free votive at Glow

Ohana Gymnastics - 1 free hour of Gymnastics Camp for kids ages 5-12 during kids week (Monday - Friday) between the hours of 12-3p. 1 hour per kid per week additional hours available at $15/hour...limited to space available - first come first serve.

Exit Santa Cruz - For Kids Week we will be running a special 30-minute escape room suitable for kids age 8 and up (and their families). People can book through our normal website: http://exitsantacruz.com/book-now.

Spokesman - We'd like to offer 20% off kids bike for kids week and also a free kids bike repair class.

World of Stones and Mystics - If you are under 10 years old and you visit World of Stones and Mystics, you will receive one stone for each year of your life for FREE.
It will be my pleasure to have you visit as a guest.

99 Bottles:
Enjoy a free kid's meal for your guest 12 and under with the purchase of any regularly priced adult meal.

Kiantis - FREE Kids meal with the purchase of an individual or family size entree.

Pono Hawaiian Grill
- Pono Hawaiian Grill would like to participate in Kids Week again this year.
We will offer our "Keiki Eat Free" discount during Kids Week Downtown from July 29 through August 5. Children 10 years and younger who dine with at least ONE paying adult may select a free item from Kaleo's Corner (kids menu) from the following dishes:
Chicken fingers (served with fries)
Keiki quesadilla (served with steamed veggies)
Macaroni & cheese (made from scratch)
The free meal must be as advertised on the menu board, without substitutions (which will incur a charge).


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Sack Puppet Saturdays
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The Puppetry Institute
Bring yourself and the kids to this free introduction to puppetry
Date: Every Tues from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Sack Puppet Saturdays 10-11:30am. Every Saturday starting April 22nd. This class is an introduction to basic puppetry design and construction that kids of all ages will enjoy!


Location: The Octagon, 118 Cooper St , Santa Cruz Map
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San Francisco Botanical Gardens
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Escape to a unique 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, showcasing over 8,000 differen
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: 2nd Tuesday is FREE DAY

Second Tuesday of every month is free!

 

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.

 

Free Admission Day Every second Tuesday of the month

Regular cost: $7/adults; $5/youth and seniors; $2/children; free/4 years and younger

 

Docent-led Tours: Join us for daily tours through the Botanical Garden led by trained docents or explore on your own with special features designed to enhance your next visit.

Free Tours Daily; 1:30pm at Main Gate

 

LOCATED In Golden Gate Park, with entrances at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way (Main Gate) & at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse

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Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

 

Hours
Open daily, starting at 7:30 am. The Garden closes one hour after last entry. Last entry changes seasonally:

Last entry: Fall & Winter

  • October through early November: Last entry at 5 pm.
  • 1st Sunday in November through January: Last entry at 4 pm.
  • February through 2nd Saturday in March: Last entry at 5 pm.

From a reviewer: 9/12/2016

"I've been to botanical gardens around the US and other countries, and this one is truly world class. I can't believe I've lived here for years and had never gone. I was worried that there might not be many things blooming since it's September, but there were so many amazing flowers packed together, that I can't even imagine what it's like in the spring. The ratio of plants-to-walking is really excellent. Every square foot of the garden seems carefully planned to pack in more wonderful things to see, all meticulously labeled and growing vigorously."


Location: Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco Map
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Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
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Conservatory of Flowers
Experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries
Date: The 1st Tues of every month


Conservatory of Flowers

 

The Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries.  Opened in 1879, the wood and glass greenhouse is the oldest existing conservatory of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

 

Free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month.

 

Normal costs are:

General public:

$8.00 for Adults
$5.00 for Youth ages 12-17, Seniors age 65 & over, and College Students with ID
$2.00 for Children ages 5-11
Free for Children ages 4 and under


Location: Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., San Francisco Map
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Cabrillo Music Festival
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Cabrillo Music Festival
The HERE and NOW of contemporary music for a world-class orchestra!
Date: Every day (Jul 30-Aug 12)


The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, even at a seasoned 55 years old, is all about the new-the here and now of contemporary works for orchestra. To quote Financial Times music critic Allan Ulrich, "...in the surf mecca of Santa Cruz, 75 miles south of San Francisco, the Cabrillo Festival has made the contemporary repertoire sound urgent, indispensable and even sexy."

 

2017 Season Details

 

During the first two weeks of August each year, audiences are joined by both preeminent and emerging composers, an orchestra of dedicated professional musicians, and renowned guest artists from across the globe to give voice to works which are rarely more than a year or two old, and sometimes still wet on the page. The opportunity for composers to work with musicians skilled and enthusiastic about bringing these new works to life, in the beautiful coastal, college-town of Santa Cruz, California, makes this an artistic paradise. With a professional training workshop for early career conductors and composers, open rehearsals almost daily, educational programming for all ages, the Church Street Fair showcasing Santa Cruz County performers and artists, and much more, the Cabrillo Festival has dozens of opportunities for meaningful engagement.

 

March 13 - 2017 Season Announcement
Early May - Order tickets by mail (get the best seats in the house: join our mailing list!)
May 31 - Priority Seating Deadline
June 13 - Order tickets online, by phone and in person at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
July 29 - Donors Concert (for donors $250 and above -
July 30 - First Open Rehearsal
July 30-August 6 - Cabrillo Festival Week One (concerts, open rehearsals, talks)
August 4 - Opening Night
August 5-6 - Church Street Fair (local music, dance, art, food, wine and family activities)
August 6 - Free Family Concert (with a Tour of the Orchestra!)
August 7-12 - Cabrillo Festival Week Two (concerts, open rehearsals, talks)


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Retro Nights
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Beach Boardwalk
Special weeknight prices for locals!
Date: Every Mon and Tues (Jun 19-Aug 22) at 5:00pm


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Retro Nights

 

Mondays & Tuesdays after 5pm

 

June 19 to August 22, 2017

 

Not valid July 3rd or 4th.

 

Enjoy $1.50 rides and old-school prices throughout the park!

 

Enjoy additional Retro Night Specials at participating locations:

 

 

 

 

 

Boardwalk Rides and Restaurants

  • $1.50 Rides
  • $1.50 Pepsi Fountain Drinks
  • $2 Cotton Candy
  • $2 Hot Dogs
  • $2.75 Chili Dogs
  • $3 Red Candy Apples

Boardwalk Games and Arcades

  • $9.95 Unlimited Attractions (unlimited access to Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Miniature Golf, and the NEW Fright Walk)
  • $2 Select Games
  • 50% off Airbrush Tattoos

Surf City Grill

  • $2.75 Chili Dogs, Kraut Dogs or Nacho Dogs

Beach'N (near Double Shot)

  • $1 Key Chains and Magnets

Sun Shops (near Pirate Ship) and Octopus' Garden (near Haunted Castle)

  • 50% off Select Stickers
  • $3 Puka Shell Necklaces (regularly $7.98)
  • $2 select Puka Anklets (regularly $4.98)

Some specials may be subject to tax.

Purchase a MyBoardwalk Card for $1.50 rides at any Boardwalk Ticket Booth or MyBoardwalk Kiosk.

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Location: Main Beach, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Exploring Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes
Date: Every Tues from 9:00am to 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Exploring Big Basin
EVERY Tuesday at 9 am
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Starts up in October

Animal Advocates Afterschool Club

Youth Service Clubs at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter


The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter provides after-school clubs for two age groups (1st - 5th & 6th - 12th grades), encouraging and supporting the young animal lovers in our community to learn and grow as compassionate stewards. Membership is required and space in the Clubs is very limited so sign-up today!

 

If there are fewer than four registrations for any month, there will be no Club and refunds will be issued. All registrations must be completed the week before Club for that month begins. Refunds are only offered is Club is canceled.  


Kids Animal Advocates (1st - 5th graders)

What: Students learn about animals and do projects to help the Shelter pets.

When & Where: Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm, at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month

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Youth Animal Advocates (5th - 9th graders)

What: Youth volunteers learn about animals and animal welfare, help pets during their stay at the Shelter, and earn Service Hours.

When & Where: Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 pm, at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month

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If you have further questions, please call 831-454-7235 or email jen.walker@santacruzcounty.us


Location: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Mind Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Tues from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: free

Minecraft.Edu

Thursday 3:00  - 5:00

Ages 8-18.  Space limited.  First come - first served

Directed Mindcraft play begins again on October 6th!  It will continue through November 3rd.

 

 

 


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STEAM in Nature
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Fine Motor Skills, Art through various mediums, Natural Science Exploration
Date: Every Wed from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 0-12 Admission Fees: Free with museum admission or membership. Admission is $7 adults, $5 for children 2-17. Children under age 2 are free.

Create STEAM-based nature art while learning about the science of our natural environment in this weekly class with educator Sue Creswell.

 

Sue Creswell has been a primary teacher, with an emphasis on environmental education, for 26 years.

 

Program Goals: Fine Motor Skills, Art through various mediums, Natural Science Exploration.

 

Program Description: The STEAM fields of study are all intertwined in nature. Children, at all levels, will benefit from exploring and experimenting with a variety of natural, recycled, and art materials. This program might use nature's mathematical patterns of geometry, symmetry, fractals, and Fibonacci spirals. Thematic science, art, technology, and engineering from MOD's exhibits might inspire this program's open-ended projects.

 


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
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Drop-In Style Afternoon Apple Roasting
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State Park Big Basin
Roast apples or marshmallows and listen to tunes
Date: Every Wed (Aug 2-Aug 16) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All

Drop-In Style Afternoon Apple Roasting
Wednesday, August 2 from 3:30-5 pm
Wednesday, August 9 from 3:30-5 pm
Wednesday, August 16 from 3:30-5 pm
Drop by anytime between 3:30-5 pm at our historic campfire and enjoy roasting ranger apples and marshmallows, listening to tunes and making some fun crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals.


Location: the Old Lodge, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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From the Tall to the Small
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The Unique Coast Redwoods in Big Basin
Date: Every Su, Mon, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 3-Sep 10) at 7:00pm


SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE!
From the Tall to the Small-The Unique Coast Redwoods in Big Basin
Friday, August 25 at 7 pm
Marshmallow roasting: 7 pm, Program 7:30 pm
Zane Moore, a redwood researcher, will speak about Big Basin's tallest tree in the world south of San Francisco, and then discuss the extremely rare albino redwoods, considered by some to be the redwood's biggest mystery. And join Zane for a walk on Saturday, August 26 at 12:30 to see how scientists measure these, tall, tall trees!


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Evening Campfire Programs
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EVERY Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 pm for an evening of song and story
Date: Every Su, Mon, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 3-Sep 10) at 7:00pm


Evening Campfire Programs
EVERY Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 pm
(programs start Saturday, June 3, so no programs June 1 and June 2)
Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7 pm; program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
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Capitola Village
Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax.
Date: Every Wed (Jun 7-Aug 30) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Capitola by the Sea Summer Music

Twilight Concerts  on  Wednesdays, June  - August,  6 to 8 p.m.

Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax. No alcohol or glass bottles permitted.
 

The Capitola Summer Concert Series are held at the Esplanade Park Bandstand, with one of the largest dance floors around. Bring a picnic, pickup dinner, or dine at one of the nearby restaurants, many of whom sponsor the concerts. Seating is on the lawn, seawall, benches or the beach. Please bring low back chairs or picnic blankets. Warm jackets suggested for cool evenings.  No alcohol or dogs in the park or on the beach. Concerts are 6 - 8pm every Wednesday though Aug 30.

 

Date Band Type of Music
June 7 Mambo Tropical  Latin 
June 14 Todd Morgan & The Emblems  Pop/Rock 
June 21 Big City Revue All Hits 70's until today
June 28 Tsunami Rock 
July 5 The Shanks  Classic Rock
July 12 Joint Chiefs  R&B, Funk & Soul
July 19 Extra Large Funky Fun
July 26 Mark Russo & The Classy Cats  Big Band/Jazz/Latin 
August 2 Johnny Mahalo & The Wild Coconuts Rock, R&B, Feel Good Music
August 9 Sage R&B/Dance
August 16 Robin Anderson Big Band Big Band Swing 
August 23 Delta Wires Big Band Blues
August 30 Digbeats Rock

Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
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Free Movies at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
Date: Every Wed (Jun 21-Aug 16) at 9:00pm


FREE Movies on the Beach
Wednesday Nights - June 21-August 16, 2017- Admission FREE!


There's nothing quite like watching a classic movie on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper Rollercoaster lights twinkling overhead and the smell of Kettlecorn, hot dogs, and salt water taffy filling the air!


Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!

 

Each movie will include a 15 minute intermission.

Seating is first-come, first-served.

Smoking is not permitted on the beach or Boardwalk. Alcohol and glass are prohibited on the beach.

A limited number of assistive listening devices (ALDs) are available for check-out at the Guest Services office near the Haunted Castle.

If you require other special accommodations or would like to request Closed Captioning, please contact the Manager on Duty at least 48 hours in advance of the movie at (831) 423-5590.

 

 

 


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Preschool Adventures at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
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Sanctuary Exploraiton Center
Free Storytime with Crafts and Show and Tell
Date: Every Wed from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-5 Admission Fees: FREE

Come enjoy weekly preschool adventures at the Sanctuary Exploration Center with ocean themed book readings, show-and-tell, and crafts!
Wednesdays 10am-11am
FREE
Starting October 12th


Location: 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Kid's Week Craft Day
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Arts & Crafts with your Child!
Date: 08/02/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: None

Kid's Week Craft Day is coming up so get ready for some family fun at the Downtown Santa Cruz Library! With our various art supplies, you and your child will undoubtedly create a creative piece of art that will serve as a memento in the future. Do be warned though -- dress appropriately, as it will get fun and messy!


Location: Downtown Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P 8-Week Group for Families with Children 2-12 years old
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
8-Week Group for Families with Children 2-12 years old
Date: Every Wed (Jul 12-Aug 30) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

This free support group provides in-depth parenting information and assistance for families with children 2-12 years old. Attendees will learn what Positive Parenting is and how to incorporate it into their families. This class meets once a week every Wednesday for eight weeks. This class will be taught in Spanish.

 

Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings.


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave., Suite E, Watsonville Map
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Junior Rangers & Little Rangers
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State Park Henry Cowell
Fun in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: Every Su, Mon, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 3-Sep 3) from 11:00am to 12:15pm
Ages: 7-12
Special Instructions: Jr 7-12 & Little 3-6 ~ Note different times

Junior Rangers
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 10:30am
Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Meet at Campfire Center, in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

Little Rangers
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 9:30am
This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at Campfire Center, in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 


Location: Campfire Center, 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Campfire Programs
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sing songs, play games, hear stories and learn all about our unique and beautiful park
Date: Every Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 30-Sep 3) at 8:00pm

Special Instructions: (not July 22, and July 29)

Campfire Programs

Join us in our campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Campground entrance is located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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Triple P 8-Week Group for Families with Children 2-12 years old
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
8-Week Group for Families with Children 2-12 years old
Date: Every Th (Jul 13-Aug 31) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

This free support group provides in-depth parenting information and assistance for families with children 2-12 years old. Attendees will learn what Positive Parenting is and how to incorporate it into their families. This class meets once a week every Thursday for eight weeks.

 

Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings.


Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Hwy. 9, Felton Map
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Beauty and the Beast
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Cabrillo Theater
A heartwarming performance of a classic!
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 21-Aug 13)
Admission Fees: $18 to $45

Disney's Beauty & The Beast

Cabrillo Stage Summer Music Festival sets the stage for their presentation of this family favorite story about acceptance and true love. Opening night is Friday at 7:30 pm.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a beautiful story with some of Disney's most popular and well-loved music. It is a love story that transcends first impressions and appearance, reveals the danger and weakness in boastful pride and bullying, and brings redemption to the agony of a long punishment for past arrogance. 

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will play July 20th through August 13th.

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Location: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
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Adventure Sports Youth Scuba
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Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Love the water? Scuba for kids!
Date: Every Fri (Aug 4-Aug 25)


Aloha Swim Families,

Adventure Sports Youth Scuba  We live in one of the most prized ocean environments in the world, the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. Adventure Sports Unlimited (ASU), through our acclaimed Swim School, has been teaching the children of Santa Cruz to play and succeed in the art of swimming.

 

Our SCUBA School is also renowned for its in preparing and introducing people to the magnificence of our water wilderness. We would like to introduce our budding aquanauts to a  unique space of the Monterey Bay.

 

Through a series of guided pool adventures for our children using SCUBA (PADI Bubble Maker and Seal Team programs) and surface air-supplied snorkeling for youth (SASY), using the unique ASU approach.

 

After which we invite all of our participating families to join us on summer outing to explore the splendor of a pool-like lagoon in the sanctuary.

 

June-July: June 16th, 23rd, 30th, July 7th

August: August 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
You can find more information and register for this program by clicking here or give us a call at 831-458-3648.


Location: 303 Potrero St #15, Santa Cruz Map
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State Park Big Basin
Date: Every Fri (Aug 4-Aug 18) at 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Guided Nature Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Enjoy the natural beauty of Big Basin while learning about our redwoods, animals, early park settlers and more
Date: Every Fri (Aug 4-Aug 18) at 11:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $15 for campers/$25 non-campers

Guided Nature Walk
Friday, August 4 at 11:30 am
Friday, August 11 at 11:30 am
Friday, August 18 at 11:30 am
Take a guided walk with one of our Park Interpreters! Enjoy the natural beauty of Big Basin while learning about our redwoods, animals, early park settlers and more. These walks are suitable for all ages and abilities and are generally less than 1 mile long. We occasionally offer longer hikes for those looking for more of a challenge. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Boardwalk 2017 Concerts
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Beach Boardwalk
Come on down for free Friday night concerts
Date: Every Fri (Jun 16-Sep 1)
Admission Fees: Free

2016 Concert Season Line Up TWO FREE SHOWS EACH FRIDAY!

 

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach Every Friday,
mid-June -August, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand!
Rock out to Top 40 bands from the '70s, '80s, and early '90s FREE on the beach bandstand.

 

Accommodations for guests with disabilities at the Friday Night Concerts are provided on a "first come first served" basis in two locations. One section is reserved for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing. The other section is reserved for mobility-impaired guests plus one companion. If you require other special accommodations, please contact the Manager on Duty at least 48 hours in advance of the concert at (831) 423-5590.

 

Concert Information and Etiquette
For the comfort and safety of all our guests, please note the following:

Access to the prime seating area begins at 4 p.m.; no blankets or chairs are permitted in the roped off areas before 4 p.m. The line formed on the beach will be given first priority at prime area seating.

 

Please limit blanket size to 3x5 feet per person, about the size of a beach towel. Only low-back chairs are allowed; High-back chairs will be required to move to the back of the beach area. Please allow others space and a good view.

 

Smoking is not permitted on the beach or Boardwalk. Alcohol and glass are prohibited on the beach. Recording of concerts is not allowed.

 

Please keep walkways & stairs clear; dancing permitted in front of the stage only.

ENJOY THE SHOWS!

 

June 16 Eddie Money  "Two Tickets to Paradise"
June 23 Bad Company former lead singer Brian Howe  "Can't Get Enough"
June 30 Great White  "Once Bitten, Twice Shy"
July 7 Quiet Riot  "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)"
July 14 Blue Öyster Cult  "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
July 21 Eric Burdon And The Animals  "The House Of The Rising Sun"
July 28 Los Lobos  "La Bamba"
Aug 4 Y & T  "Summertime Girls"
Aug 11 Pablo Cruise  "Love Will Find A Way"
Aug 18 Gin Blossoms  "Hey Jealousy"
Aug 25 Band To Be Announced 6/18  
Sept 1 Papa Doo Run Run  "(Santa Cruz) Beach Party"

Location: Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Shakespeare Summer
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Santa CruzShakespeare
The 39 Steps, Measure for Measure, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Sep 23)
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: vary

Santa Cruz Shakespeare Announces 2017Summer Festival Productions featuring a co-­â€production with Cal Shakes, classic Shakespeare, and the outrageous comedy/Hitchcock spoof The 39 Step.

 

Show Dates  ~   Tickets   Get Directions

 

Santa Cruz Shakespeare is thrilled to announce ts 2017summer season, with repertory performances beginning July 7 and running through August at its new home in DeLaveaga Park. For its second season in the company's new outdoor venue, The Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park,

 

SCS will kick off summer performances with the hilarious comedy, The 39 Steps,adapted by Patrick Barlow. The 39 Steps opens July 8, featuring the entirety of the 1935 Hitchcock adventure film to be played by only four actors.

 

Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's treatise on the balance of justice and mercy opens July 21in a co-­â€production with California Shakespeare Theater(Cal Shakes). The production will be performed first in Santa Cruz and then move to CalShakes' Bruns Amphitheater for performances in September and October.

 

The final mainstage production of the season opens August 4 with The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare's sexy comedy of young love, infidelity, and friendship. All three shows run in repertory after opening.

 

Plus, Santa Cruz Shakespeare continues the tradition of showcasing the season's intern acting company with its celebratory Fringe production. Tickets go on sale May 15, 2016 with a Santa Cruz ShakespeareMember pre-­â€sale starting May 1, and can be purchased online at santacruzshakespeare.org.

 

Santa Cruz Shakespeare will once again offer a "Free Youth Ticket"to one of its productions, a program initiated in 2015 to encourage the introduction of Shakespeare to the next generation. This year, those 18 and under accompanied by a paying adult will receive a free groundling ticket to The Two Gentlemen of Veron.


Location: DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 460-6399 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Connect with Nature Program
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State Park Big Basin
30-minute kids' program on what makes Big Basin special. Family friendly
Date: Every Fri (Aug 4-Aug 18) at 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Connect with Nature Program
Friday, August 4 at 10:30 am
Friday, August 11 at 10:30 am
Friday, August 18 at 10:30 am
Join a Big Basin Interpreter in our Visitor Center (next to Park Headquarters) for a 30-minute kids' program on what makes Big Basin special. Family friendly.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time!
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Date: Every Fri and Sa from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 3-12 Admission Fees: $15/hr
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time! Fridays and Saturdays. 3-6pm. Come create and play at Kaiwa's magical art studio, play space, and gallery! For $10 per child, you have unlimited access to all of Kaiwa's quality materials and 1-on-1 interaction with certified art teacher Keara Connor, MAEd. What are you inspired to create today? Kaiwa Art and Play Space, 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz. 316-0918 www.kaiwaspace.org

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Full Moon Madness Astronomy Night
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State Park Henry Cowell
Enjoy the moon phases and a talk by a NASA scientist
Date: 08/04/2017 at 6:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Full Moon Madness
full moon

Experience Henry Cowell in a completely new way. at night! This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family. We will have kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer guest speaker. To wrap
up the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing.

 

Event is in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell, located off Hwy 9 in Felton.


6-8pm Live Music - Steve Abrams Trio
6:30pm Guided Redwood Hike
7pm Guided Redwood Hike
8pm Engaging Presentation - The Solar System: A New Look at a Familiar Subject
9pm Guided Night Redwood Hike
9pm Star Gazing with the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Day Out with ThomasTM
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Roaring Camp
A train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,TM temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 28-Aug 6)
Admission Fees: $20 - $24
Special Instructions: July 28-30 & Aug 4-6

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Day Out with ThomasTM

JULY 28 - 30 & AUGUST 4 - 6

Join Thomas the Tank EngineTM for the Friendship Tour 2017 through the Big Trees. Your ticket includes a fun-filled day of activities: a train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,TM temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling, bubble making, live entertainment, train play tables, and more! So bring the family, come early, and enjoy the day.

Purchase tickets here

 

Tickets are $20; $24 for peak times (Saturdays and Sundays 10:30am 2:30pm)
Day of ticket sales are $24.


Location: Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Campfire & Music
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State Park New Brighton
Campfire & Music Saturdays through Labor Day
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Sep 3) at 7:30pm


New Brighton State Beach

The park is located in Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz.

Visitor Center Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am to 4pm | Phone (831) 464-5620

 

Campfire Programs

Friday nights at 7:30pm

Join us in our campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of the park while relaxing under the night sky. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Summer Concert Series

Saturday Nights at 7:30pm

Join California State Parks in welcoming New Brighton beaches weekly outdoor concert series. Every Saturday in July, we will be featuring a local musician at our campfire center. Performers include Watsonville Taiko Drummers, Western Sing-a-long with Michelle Kiba, Designated Drivers, Indonesian Gamelan, and Simmons Family Band. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

If you have a park pass, the parking is free, if not it's $10.


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Our Coastal California in Pastels
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
First Friday, Sandra Cherk uses soft pastels to capture scenes of our much-loved shorelines, foothills, mountains and forests
Date: 08/05/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Ages

August: Our Coastal California 
Pastels by Sandra Cherk

Sandra Cherk uses soft pastels to capture scenes of our much-loved shorelines, foothills, mountains and forests. Learn more about Sandra here.

 


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Mission Living History Programs
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State Park Mission
Gain insight into Mission life through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
Date: Every Sa (Jun 3-Aug 19) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

LIVING HISTORY DEMONSTRATIONS
Gain insight into Mission life through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.


1-2 pm
June 3   Archeology Demonstration
June 17 Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
June 24  Building Methods
July 1  Hides & Tallow
July 15  Skill & Luck
July 29  Mission Cooking
August 5   Hymns and Chants:
August 19  Wool, Spinning & Weaving


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


ADOPTION FAIR!
EVERY SATURDAY​
Come visit our adoptable animals from 12-4pm! 
(weather permitting)

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Wildcat Weekend
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San Francisco Zoo
Experience amazing felines from bobcats to tigers and...
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Wild Cat Weekend Join us for Wild Cat Weekend on August 5-6 as we highlight our amazing felines, from bobcats to tigers and everything in between!  Come learn about all our amazing cats and what you can do to ensure a future for wild cats during our special Keeper Talks.   Don't forget to get your tickets today for Breakfast with the Big Cats,  on August 6!


Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same!

 

Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. 335-7077


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Guided Redwood Grove Walks
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su and Sa at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday and Sunday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell off of HWY 9, at 101 N. Big Trees Park Road in Felton.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Wilderness Workshop & Mixer
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Create tools and learn skills to prepare yourself for life in the wilderness!
Date: 08/05/2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Ages

Create tools and learn skills to prepare yourself for life in the wilderness. Create insect repellent from native plants, learn which knot to tie for any given situation, create a paracord bracelet, AND MORE! All while mixing and mingling with fellow nature enthusiasts over beer, wine, and snacks. Walk home with plenty of handmade items to take with you into the wilderness.

Price: $15 General | $10 Children | $5 Off Museum Members
Tickets at santacruzmuseum.org
All-Ages. No Host Bar.


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Star Stroll
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State Park Henry Cowell
The cosmos, river, trees, bats, hear owls and other nocturnal wildlife
Date: Every Sa (Aug 5-Aug 26)

Special Instructions: Note different start times

Star Strolls
Saturday, August 5 at 8:30pm
Saturday, August 12 at 8:30pm
Saturday, August 19 at 8pm
Saturday, August 26 at 8pm
Join us for a stroll to the Observation Deck to listen to stories, serenade the glittering stars, and discover the night sky. Meet at the Campfire Center in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

 


Location: 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Free 2 Be a Kid
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Live Oak Grange
Bring what you can. Take what you need.
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $2/family

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Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Guided Walks
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State Park Butano
Join Naturalist Interpreter Eleanor for a 2-hour stroll
Date: Every Sa (Aug 5-Sep 2) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Guided Walks

Saturdays at 1 pm
Join Naturalist Interpreter Eleanor for a 2-hour stroll along the .... Meet at .... Bring water, snacks, and binoculars. All ages welcome. No pets.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2040 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Aug 5-Aug 27)
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Read carefully for exact dates/times

Meteor Trail Hike
Saturday, August 5 at 10:30 am
Friday, August 25 at 2 pm
Sunday, August 27 at 10:30 am
Join a Big Basin Docent on one of our most diverse hikes-by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You'll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Kids Event 2017
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Bhody
Light Refreshments for kids and parents, a coloring area, painting on tote bags and free temporary tattoo's!
Date: 08/05/2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: Free

Light Refreshments for kids and parents, a coloring area, painting on tote bags and free temporary tattoo's!


Location: Bhody, 1526 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)800-1626 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
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Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula
Pipe bands, Drum Major and Solo and Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, Sheepdog Herding and...
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 9:00am to 6:00pm


This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance, food and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. 

 

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This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance, food and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County.

The Festival features fun activities for the whole family, including wonderful games for the wee ones. Travel to Scotland, Ireland and England without leaving the Monterey Peninsula at this unique annual event.

The Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with the thrilling sights and sounds of the massed pipe bands on parade featuring hundreds of pipers and drummers, including many award-winning California-based pipe bands. The event includes talented Highland, Country and other types of costumed dancers, special entertainers, athletes, dozens of clans, two very popular whisky tasting seminars, delicious Celtic food, beautiful jewelry and crafts, fun and interactive children's games with prizes, sheepdog and duck herding and much more.  This fun event for all ages is a celebration full of demonstrations, performances and musical entertainment related to many fascinating aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.

 

The Children's Glen hosts a number of activities for the little ones. Children of all ages can participate in downsized, mini athletic events (such as caber toss, pillow over the bar and braemar stone putt.) There are also a number of Celtic craft projects and the ever-popular Celtic Quest: hunting for various sites throughout the Festival and returning for a prize.

 

Living History A historical re-enactment portraying life in 16th century Scotland. Performers will entertain and educate you though the medium of living history.

 

Sheep Dogs Watch as these intelligent and highly skilled dogs gently herd sheep and ducks, under their handlers every command. Introduced to livestock as puppies so they "imprint" on the animals these animals are always able to get their ducks in a row! Don't miss this demonstration of instinct combined with careful training and

 

Tickets: Advance discount presale Monterey Scottish Festival tickets are on sale at www.montereyscotgames.com. Advance tickets are available through midnight August 5th and at the gate during both days of the Festival. 


Location: Monterey County Fair & Event Cen, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 682-2022 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Natural Bridges Children's Center Open House
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Natural Bridges Children's Center
Inspiring Children, Creating Community, Building Bridges
Date: 08/05/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Preschool

(0 July 2017) NBCC_KarynAllieJonnie.jpgBring the family and come join us in celebrating our Grand Opening-Open House Saturday August 5th from 10-12pm.

 

Preview our Play & 'Inquiry Based Learning' preschool a block from West Cliff Drive on the iconic site of the previous Natural Bridges Elementary School.

 

We look forward to sharing our Mission, Vision, & Philosophy and to watching the children play, smile, & explore to their hearts content.


Location: Natural Bridges Children's Cente, 255 Swift St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-6222 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Walking Tour Fisherman's Wharf
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Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf Association
Walk and talk: History of Sardine Fishing
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 10+ Admission Fees: $15-20

Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf Association Continues "Wharf Walks - Walking Tours at Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf"

The Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Association continues to team up with noted Monterey Bay Fisheries Historian and author, Tim Thomas, who is offering monthly "Wharf Walks - Walking Tours at Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf" (www.montereywharf.com) on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM - Noon.

 

Tours meet at the head of Old Fisherman's Wharf (near the pink "Harbor House" store, #1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey. Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email timsardine@yahoo.com.

 

The tour is for ages 10-adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and kids are $15 (10-15 years).  Group Rates are also available.


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Church Street Fair
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Cabrillo Music Festival
Non-stop world and ethnic music and dance on the outdoor Church Street Stage, and dozens of premier artists and craftspeople
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 11:00am to 8:00pm

Special Instructions: Church Street in front of Civic Auditor

Church Street Fair

 

Saturday 8.5 & Sunday 8.6, 2017 | 11am - 8pm


The Church Street Fair offers an inspiring immersion into the famously vibrant cultural scene of Santa Cruz, California, as expressed through music, dance, art, food, and wine. Non-stop performances from global traditions will keep your spirits high as you select from a variety of local food purveyors, vintners and brewers, and explore the work of dozens of regional artists and craftspeople. We are thrilled to welcome Emcee Brett Taylor back to the Fair this year!

 

Free activities for children and their families include the Creativity Tent for Kids and the Cabrillo Festival's Free Family Concert with Tour of the Orchestra. Held in August in front of the Civic Auditorium in downtown Santa Cruz, the 26 year-old Church Street Fair is treasured as the quintessential summertime festival.

 

Creativity Tent for Kids - Saturday 8.5 & Sunday 8.6, 11am – 5:30pm

The Creativity Tent for Kids offers two full days of fun art workshops for youngsters, held during the Church Street Fair in a big white tent on the lawn of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Each year MusicalMe, Inc., opens our activities with a sweet Saturday morning Music Together circle time for your littlest ones. For the rest of the weekend, kids and their families enjoy drop-in hands-on workshops taught by professional local artists, inspired by a wide variety of mediums and traditions. All workshops are free for children and their families! Special thanks to Mariposa’s Art at Arts Council Santa Cruz for assistance in curating our artist workshops!

 

 

2017 CHURCH STREET STAGE PERFORMANCES

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 (11:15am-7:45pm)

11:15-12:00 COASTAL PRAIRIE BAND (American Folk Music)

12:15-12:45  SANTA CRUZ BALLET THEATRE (European Dance)

1:00-2:00    KUZANGA (Marimba Band)

2:15-3:00     SHAKTI BHAKTI ENSEMBLE (Classical Indian Dance)

3:15-4:00     GAMELAN ARTHA NEGARA (Balinese Music)

4:15-5:00     DESERT DREAM MUSIC AND DANCE (Middle Eastern Dance)

5:15-6:15      FLOR DE CANA (Carribean/Latin Music)

6:30-7:45     BROKEN ENGLISH (Carribean/Latin Music)


SUNDAY, AUGUST 6
(11:15am-7:45pm)

11:15-12:00 GREAT MORGANI (Costumed Accoridionist)

12:15-12:45 EL SISTEMA SANTA CRUZ (Elementary School Music Program)

1:00             FREE FAMILY CONCERT (inside the Civic)

2:30-3:15     WATSONVILLE TAIKO (Japanese Drumming)

3:30-4:00    RAIZES DO BRASIL (Capoeira)

4:15-5:00     THE FIRE (Scottish Band)

5:15-6:15     PAPIBA AND FRIENDS (Brazilian Bossa Nova)

6:30-7:45     POST STREET RHYTHM PEDDLERS (New Orleans Brass)


Location: Street in front of Civic Auditor, Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Learn about the exotic plants from around the world
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free with admission

Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!

The first Saturday of each month, the Arboretum offers a docent or staff-led tour of the Arboretum.

 

Sometimes you will see New Zealand, South Africa, or California and Australia. Sometimes you might see combinations of several gardens or the developing World Conifer Collection or Rare Fruit Garden. Tour length varies depending on what's in bloom and what the participants request.

Meet at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop at the Arboretum at 11:00am to begin the tour.

 

The tour is free with paid admission to the Arboretum. Admission to the gardens is $5 for adults, $2 for those between 6 and 17 years. Arboretum members are admitted to the Arboretum free.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough
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Elkhorn Slough
Go on a guided bird hunt, begin or add to your list of sitings
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 8:30am

Special Instructions: Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada

Birding
Elkhorn Slough supports 346 diverse species of resident and migratory birds. On a recent ESF member birding walk, participants spotted more than three dozen species in a short time frame. It's no surprise that the slough is recognized as a globally important birding area. Keep track of your sightings by downloading a bird sightings list from our website.

 

Tour with professional birder Rick Fournier, one of our volunteer docents. Day use fee of $4.00 for each visitor, 16 years and older. Tour begins promptly and lasts 2-3 hours.

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
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Redwood Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 and 2

Redwood Grove Loop Walk
How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

August
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Monday, August 7 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Thursday, August 10 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Friday, August 18 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Wednesday, August 23 at 11 am and 2 pm


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Flat Fixing Class

 

Spokesman offers this great (and FREE) flat-fixing class. Check it out to learn how you can most efficiently change your own flat whether you're in the middle of a ride or just wanting to bust out your bike from your garage but the tires are flat.

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

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Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Summer Concert Series
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State Park New Brighton
Campfire concerts. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!
Date: Every Sa (Jul 1-Aug 27) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm


Summer Concert Series

Saturday Nights at 7:30pm

Join California State Parks in welcoming New Brighton beaches weekly outdoor concert series. Every Saturday we will be featuring a local musician at our campfire center. Performers include Watsonville Taiko Drummers, Western Sing-a-long with Michelle Kiba, Designated Drivers, Indonesian Gamelan, and Simmons Family Band. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

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Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Hymns and Chants: Music of the Mission
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State Park Mission
Living History Demonstration of music of the missions
Date: 08/05/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free!

Hymns & Chants
From dawn until dusk music could be heard at the missions.  Bells indicated daily events, congregations sang masses, and indigenous rhythms were heard. Then, as now, music expressed beliefs, culture, and identity. We'll share these stories and songs as we explore a day of music at the mission. Rain or shine.

 

Saturday, August 5 from 1pm to 2pm
Discover how people have expressed their beliefs, culture, and identity through music at the Santa Cruz Mission.


Location: end of School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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A Walk in the Past
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State Park Big Basin
What makes good food in the forests?
Date: 08/05/2017 at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 4-5 miles Admission Fees: free

A Walk in the Past
No Safeway? No Home Depot? No Pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Take a walk with docent Eva Fewel and learn about some of the plants the Ohlones used for food, tools and medicine. This is a 4-mile, 3.5-hour walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 338-8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

 With more than 300 plant species, ranging from Santa Cruz natives to rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest, the Arboretum is the place to see a variety of flora, fauna, birds and more. Meet at Norrie's Gift Shop.

 

Come and see native flora from around the globe, including California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Chile. The Arboretum offers many rich opportunities for casual visitors, researchers, students, members, and friends. You can find more information by visiting our About page.


1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.  The Arboretum is open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. (Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.) Directions and information about admission can be found here.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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City of Watsonville
Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

The Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay is in downtown Watsonville.

 

The festival offers activities and contests for all ages,family-friendly atmosphere,arts and crafts and a variety of entertainment including:

 

"Strawberry lovers will unite for one of Watsonville's premier outdoor events at the Annual Monterey Bay Strawberry Festivalin the historic downtown plaza.

The multi-faceted celebration will serve up a menu of delectable strawberry delights, non-stop live community entertainment for young and old on two stages, gooey contests for berry lovers of all ages, arts and crafts, a special children's area with strawberry projects, Strawberry Carnival, and much, much more.

From fresh strawberries to strawberry tamales, you'll be able to satisfy your strawberry appetite.

 

Other food items available include tacos, pepper steak sandwiches, Falafels, Greek delicacies, barbecued sandwiches, pizza, sausage, kettle corn and hot dogs."

 

 


Location: Downtown Plaza, Main St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3240 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Sunday Art & Music at the Beach
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Capitola Village
Music and art
Date: Every Su (Jun 25-Aug 20) from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 25; July 2, 16 & 30; August 6 & 20

Sunday Art & Music at the Beach 2017

 

Art at the Beach event.Capitola Village, Esplanade Park
Six Sundays through out the summer:

 

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  June 25; July 2, 16 & 30; August 6 & 20
Presented by the Capitola Art & Cultural Commission

Please visit Sunday Art & Music at the Beach this summer at Esplanade Park overlooking Capitola Beach and the Monterey Bay.

 

View and purchase quality artwork from local artists including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media and enjoy live music on the Esplanade Stage 2-4 p.m.

 

June 25

Ron Kaplan (Jazz) 

July 2

Simple Creation (Reggae, Roots & Dub) 

July 16

Singing Wood Marimba (World Music) 

July 30

Samba Cruz (Brazilian) 

August 6

Speak Easy 3 (Swing) 

August 20

Kuzunga (World Music) 

 


Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
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Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(A June) Seymour_Crafts3.jpgSunday Seaside Crafts -make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share.

 

For example, find out what gray whales eat by creating a bright sun catcher for your window, or create a fancy fish with paper, paint, and color.

 

Build a seal or sea lion puppet decorated with your own special seal nose, complete with whiskers!

 

Join the fun in the crafts room every Sunday from 1-3 PM for hands-on fun.

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Littlle Rangers & Junior Rangers
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State Park Butano
Slow paced walk with time to discover and identify plants, flowers and animals
Date: Every Su (Jul 1-Sep 3)


Little Rangers

Saturdays & Sundays at 10 am
This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This 30 minute program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Campfire Center.

Junior Rangers

Saturdays & Sundays at 11 am
Play games, hike, and explore the redwood forest during this 1 hour program for kids’ ages 7 to 12. Sorry parents, this is a kid’s only program! Meet at the picnic area.

Junior Rangers gather at more than 70 California State Parks. Recieve your logbook and badge after completing your first program, and begin your Junion Ranger journey.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2040 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Best Laid Plans
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The Murder Mystery
Murder Mystery Dinner Party
Date: 08/06/2017 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: $60

The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in areas throughout the United States. Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller!


Location: Best Laid Plans, 51 N San Pedro St, San Jose Map
Phone: 888-643-2583 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
Guided Adobe Tour!
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State Park Mission
Tours of the 180 year old mission
Date: 08/06/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Special Instructions: Sundays 6/11, 8/6, 8/27

Guided Adobe Tour at the Santa Cruz Mission
Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about

 

GUIDED TOUR ADOBE TOUR:
Learn about the many people who have called this 190 year old building home.
1:00-2:00 pm.
Sunday 6/11
Sunday 8/6
Sunday 8/27


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-425-5849 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Twilight Adaptation Adventure
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State Park Big Basin
Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk
Date: Every Su (Aug 6-Aug 13) at 7:30pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

Twilight Adaptation Adventure
Sunday, August 6 and Sunday, August 13 at 7:30 pm
Twilight marks the end of day and the beginning of night. Animals who come out at night have special adaptations to survive. Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(A June) Seymour_Crafts3.jpgSunday Seaside Crafts -make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share.

 

For example, find out what gray whales eat by creating a bright sun catcher for your window, or create a fancy fish with paper, paint, and color.

 

Build a seal or sea lion puppet decorated with your own special seal nose, complete with whiskers!

 

Join the fun in the crafts room every Sunday from 1-3 PM for hands-on fun.

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Open Bluegrass Jam
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Crepe Place
Summertime brings warmer weather and a more relaxed pace, perfect for sitting outside on the porch and playing/listening to musi
Date: Every Su (Jun 25-Sep 24) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Open Bluegrass Jam

Summertime brings warmer weather and a more relaxed pace, perfect for sitting outside on the porch and playing music with friends. If you're a picker yourself, or maybe you just want to enjoy the show, come on down to the garden stage located in the lush outdoor patio of the Crepe Place for the open bluegrass jam! It's open to the public and happens every Sunday through the Summer until October.

 


Location: 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-6994 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Young Makers Club
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Library Central
The Santa Cruz Young Makers Club brings together a community of young people with a mentor and a space to make.
Date: Every Su from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free

Santa Cruz Young Makers Club

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The Santa Cruz Young Makers Club brings together a community of young people with a mentor and a space to make. Participants design, create, and ultimately exhibit a self-chosen project aimed towards exhibiting at a showcase event like Maker Faire. Materials for projects are provided by SCPL. Ages 8 - 18.

 

Next up on March 26: Make a small car!

 

Upstairs Meeting Room

 

Our mentor Sasha has participated in the Maker Ed program. She has been on panels at Intel, Pearson Learning, Pixar and Bay Area Maker Faire, and Young Makers. She has won awards at Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship and Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair. S

 

he was recently published in National Geographic Magazine January 2017 issue. Visit the her Santa Cruz Young Makers website at santacruzyoungmakers.wordpress.com.

 

What is a Young Makers club?

A club for bringing together a community of young people, ages 8-18, with mentors and a space to make. We meet every Sunday 3:00pm -4:30 pm at the Santa Cruz Downtown Library.

https://www.facebook.com/santacruz.youngmakers.1

Participants design, create, and ultimately exhibit a chosen project aimed towards exhibiting at a showcase event like Maker Faire. For More information please visit Maker Ed website:

 http://makered.org/youngmakers/

 

 


Location: Downtown Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Evening Campfire Programs
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State Park Butano
Marshmallow roasting, songs, trivia, and a slideshow
Date: Every Su (Aug 5-Sep 2) at 7:30pm


Evening Campfire Programs, Saturdays at 7:30 pm

Join your campground neighboors around the campfire for an hour of activities about the natural and cultural history of the park. We will have marshmallow roasting, songs, trivia, and a slideshow. Meet at the Campfire Center. Well behaved dogs on 6 foot leash are welcome.

 


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2040 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Pop-Up Campfire!
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State Park Big Basin
Bring your camp chair-we'll bring the marshmallows, songs and stories!
Date: Every Mon and Wed (Aug 7-Aug 14) at 7:00pm


Pop-Up Campfire!
Monday, August 7 and Monday, August 14 at 7 pm

AT CAMPSITE 73 IN HUCKLEBERRY CAMPGROUND
Bring your camp chair-we'll bring the marshmallows, songs and stories! Sit around the campfire, roast marshmallows, sing some songs and hear stories about Big Basin. If possible, please walk to the campfire, as parking is limited to disabled parking.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Calling all Archeology Enthusiasts
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State Park Mission
Summer Archeology Project Mondays from June 26 through August 21 from 10 am to 2 pm
Date: Every Mon (Jun 26-Aug 21) from 10:00am to 2:00pm


Calling all Archeology Enthusiasts

Summer Archeology Project
Mondays from June 26 through August 21 from 10 am to 2 pm
 
Join Santa Clara University in partnership with California State Parks in gaining hands on experience in treatment and identifying archeological artifacts. Volunteers are needed to sort and process artifacts from the 2-year archaeological excavation at the Mission Santa Clara, conducted by Santa Clara University. Volunteers will receive formal lab training and will gain a clear understanding of California Mission life, based upon this latest research. Lab work will occur at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. For more information, contact Erik Hylkema with the Mission Santa Cruz State Historic Park (831) 425-5849 or email erik.hylkema@parks.ca.gov.

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Little Rangers Programs for 3-6 year olds with an adult
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State Park Natural Bridges
Fun for the little ones
Date: Every Mon (Jun 12-Sep 4) at 10:30am
Ages: 3-6 with an adult Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Also 2pm

  Little Rangers children's programs
 Mondays 10:30 to 11:30 am from Mid-June through Labor Day.

During the summer season, hour-long children's programs are offered in the Visitor Center. These nature programs are for children ages 3-6 and their caregivers.

 

Weekly topics and themes vary. Previous themes have included: birds, frogs, secrets of sand, plant detectives, and many others!

 


Location: West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Seacliff History Tour
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State Park Seacliff
Travel back in time to the cultural beginnings of Seacliff State Beach
Date: Every Mon (Aug 6-Aug 13) at 1:00pm


 

Learn the history of Seacliff and surrounding Aptos in this one-hour, half-mile history walk. Led by docent Pete Wang, the tour focuses on the Ohlone, Raphael Castro, Claus Spreckels, Aptos Landing Wharf, the development of Seacliff Park - including Paul Woodside, "the Madman of Seacliff" - and the Concrete Ship.

 

Tours are free; parking at Seacliff State Beach is $10 and supports the park.

 

Meet at the Visitor Center. Rain cancels. 

 


Phone: (831) 688-4143 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Linoleum Block Print Art Show
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Melissa West's work explores the fine line between comfort and menace in our most common stories and shared experiences.
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th and Fri (Aug 8-Sep 27)


(0 Aug 2017) SCCParks_BlockPrints.jpgMelissa West's linolium block prints will be on exhibition August 15 through mid-October at the Simpkins Family Swim Center/Parks Dept. offices, 979 17th Ave. in Live Oak.

 

Melissa West's work explores the fine line between comfort and menace in our most common stories and shared experiences. The place where they meet is sometimes fraught with tension, some-times filled with magic. West's prints depict the characters who populate myths, legends, and fairy tales, but transplanted into a modern or neutral setting. The tension thus created helps viewers see these familiar tales anew, and think about the ways they remain relevant to the modern world.

 

Many of the prints in this show were originally created as illustrations for the book "Witchcraft: A Handbook of Magic Spells and Potions", written by Anastasia Greywolf and published by Wellfleet Press, 2016.


Location: 979 17th Ave, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 454-7901 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Aptos Movie In The Park
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Megan Archer
Movie in the Park
Date: 08/08/2017 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 0-65 Admission Fees: Schools supply or book donations

Come out to support our Back-To-School Movie Night, a local community event at Aptos Village Park, on Tuesday, August 8th. The event will coincide with a book & school supplies drive benefiting the school(s) of your choice & the Live Like Coco Foundation. Event starts at 6:00pm. The movie will begin at dusk.

 

Ate3One Food Truck

DJ -Sound & Style Productions

Face Painting

Balloon Artist

Book & Bake Sale

Photo Booth

 


Location: Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)359-6139 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Movies at the Park
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City of Aptos
Ate3One Food Truck, Face Painting, Balloon Artist, Book & Bake Sale, Photo Booth
Date: 08/08/2017 at 6:00pm
Admission Fees: school supplies or book

Come out to support our Back-To-School Movie Night, a local community event at Aptos Village Park, on Tuesday, August 8th. The event will coincide with a book & school supplies drive benefiting the school(s) of your choice & the Live Like Coco Foundation. Event starts at 6:00pm. All ages welcome! There will be two movies for both the younger and older kids. The movies will begin at dusk.*

 

Admission Per Person: school supplies or book

Ate3One Food Truck

Face Painting

Balloon Artist

Book & Bake Sale

Photo Booth

*Please bring your own blanket for movie

 

RSVP on our website by 8/1/17 and earn 5 tickets for raffle prizes

 

RSVP and more details: Visit http://www.aptosevents.com/ Come out to support our Back-To-School Movie Night, a local community event at Aptos Village Park, on Tuesday, August 8th. The event will coincide with a book & school supplies drive benefiting the school(s) of your choice & the Live Like Coco Foundation. Food trucks, bake sale, face painting, balloon twister, photo booth, crafts, popcorn and 2 movies for the the young and older kids. The movies


Location: Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd, Aptos Map
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Perfume Creation Workshop
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The Perfumers Apprentice
Learn how to create perfume!
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month (Jun 13-Jul 13) from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: 10-14 Admission Fees: $125

Put your nose to the test! Come and learn the fundamentals of perfumery. Get real hands on Perfume creation experience and extraction method demonstrations. Each student gets a workbook and goes home with the fragrance they make during each class.
To inquire about exact dates, give us a call!

 

Please come prepared with own lunch.
Please note: we will be working with very aromatic materials.


Location: The Perfumers Apprentice, 200 Technology Circle, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-346-7234 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Animal Detectives Campfire
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State Park Big Basin
Be a detective: look at the signs (tracks, scat, sounds) of Big Basin animals, and see if you can figure out who left the clues!
Date: Every 2 weeks on Tues (Jun 13-Sep 27) at 5:00pm


Animal Detectives Campfire
Tuesday, June 13 at 5 pm
AND Tuesday, June 27 at 5 pm
Marshmallows: 5-5:30, Campfire: 5:30-6:30
Can you guess an animal by the signs it leaves? Be a detective: look at the signs (tracks, scat, sounds) of Big Basin animals, and see if you can figure out who left the clues! All are welcome, but this earlier campfire will be geared toward a younger audience. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 5 pm; program begins at 5:30 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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“My Mother Thinks I’m a Great Artist”
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Pajaro Valley Arts Council
Each artist is presenting their childhood artwork, reflecting on their own past and process, and how it relates to their contemp
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th and Fri (Aug 9-Sep 24) from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Aug. 9 - Sept. 24 Reception: Aug. 13 2-4pm

(0 Aug 2017) MyMotherThinks.jpgPajaro Valley Arts Council exhibit opens Aug. 13

 

 

Pajaro Valley Arts Council presents “My Mother Thinks I’m a Great Artist.”  The show features 20 established local artists explore the history of their own creative development. Each artist is presenting their childhood artwork, reflecting on their own past and process, and how it relates to their contemporary work. This exhibit, curated by Janet Fine, illuminates the importance of art education and supporting creative practice for all children.

 

Aug. 9 - Sept. 24

 

Reception: Aug. 13 2-4pm

Pajaro Valley Gallery Hours
Wednesday through Sunday
11:00am to 4:00pm

Free admission — Wheelchair accessible


Location: 37 Sudden St, Watsonville Map
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ADHD Parent Support Group
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Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay ADHD Support Group
Support for Parents of Children and Teens with ADHD
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Donation welcome!
Special Instructions: Additional parking available at Mar Vista Elementary

The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay ADHD Support Group is run by kind and helpful volunteers and hosts monthly support group meetings for Parents of children and teens with ADHD on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Please join us at our next monthly meeting for more information and support or just come and share with those who understand.


Location: Aptos Fire Station Conference Ro, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 684-0590 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Nature's Supermarket Campfire
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State Park Big Basin
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago?
Date: 08/10/2017 at 7:00pm


SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE!
Nature's Supermarket Campfire
Thursday, August 10 at 7 pm
Marshmallow roasting: 7 pm, Program 7:30 pm
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago? No supermarkets, no stoves, not even pots and pans.... Join Ranger Alex Tabone to find out how as we take a look at Nature's Supermarket and make dinner the way it was done by the native Ohlone people 500 years ago! You even get to taste our creation!

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Whales in Our Watershed
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Elkhorn Slough
Marine biologist and naturalist Dorris Welch, co-owner of Sanctuary Cruises, dives into the natural history of the whales that f
Date: 08/10/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 Aug 2017) Whale5.jpgWhales in Our Watershed

Marine biologist and naturalist Dorris Welch, co-owner of Sanctuary Cruises, dives into the natural history of the whales that frequent Monterey Bay, and discusses  her encounters with the marine giants that live just beyond our estuary.

Click here for a map to the Reserve.

Elkhorn Slough Reserve and ESF welcome you to Evenings at the Estuary, a series of community events concerning conservation issues that impact our community. Events in the series are free and open to the public, held at the Reserve after regular operating hours. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to capacity. We invite you to join us at the Visitor Center at 5:30 pm before each event for conversation or a brief walk.

No RSVP required. For more information, call (831) 728-2822 or (831) 728-5939.

 

Humpback whales near Moss Landing, (photo by Joe Platko)


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
AAT presents "Singin' In The Rain Jr, the Musical"
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All About Theatre
Tap your toes and sing along in this splashy adaptation of the world's most celebrated movie musical.
Date: Every day (Aug 11-Aug 13) from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Ticket Prices: Students & Seniors $13.00 General Admission $16.00 Reserved Seating $20.00 Under 6 are free

All About Theatre is excited to present a youth performance of "Singing In the Rain Jr." performed by an extremely talented cast of 10-16 year olds and directed by the one and only Matt Taylor, currently starring as the Beast in Cabrillo Stage "Beauty and the Beast", choreographed by the incredibly talented Mandy Madoc and musically directed by the amazing Ruby Cook.

Singin' in the Rain JR. has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline - the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes, things aren't always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina's squeaky voice might be the end of her career in "talking pictures" without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin' in the Rain JR. a guaranteed good time for all. The talent of this young cast will astound you. This is one you won't want to miss!

The Louden Nelson Center Theatre seats around 180 persons, so we expect to have full seats for kids in the general admission section. Tickets for supervising adults can be purchased in advance at SeatYourself. 

Performances: August 11th, 12th, 13th
Performances held at Louden Nelson Center - 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz


Location: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Food Truck Friday at Skypark
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Enjoy a delicious beverage from the beer and wine garden and some of the best eats our local food trucks have to offer. Vintage
Date: 08/11/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Celebrate Summer with your friends & family! What a great way to end the week and start the weekend with delicious food & cold beer!

Food Truck Friday at Skypark

Always a great way to end the week and kick off the weekend, Food Truck Friday returns to Skypark with lots of food trucks and lots of fun! 

 

Enjoy a delicious beverage from the beer and wine garden and some of the best eats our local food trucks have to offer, including Aunt Lali's, Ate3One, Holopono, Saucey'z, G's Mexican Tacos, and Lindsey's Palate Pleasures.

 

Vintage VW buses, The Bourbon Band

 


Location: Skye Park, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Beer Festival
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California Beer Festival
Craft beers Fri & Sat -for parents of course! Sunday offers family fun with entertainment!
Date: Every day (Aug 11-Aug 13) from 12:30pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 – $99

CALIFORNIA BEER FESTIVAL

Join the California Beer Festival as we shine a light on the craft beer movement and celebrate great beer with 85 craft breweries to choose from! On Friday, start your weekend off at CBF's Food and Beer Pairing Competition. If you are looking for an opportunity to reward your taste buds with an abundance of flavor and delights, then this is the event for you! Saturday is Craft Beer Heaven! Craft beers on tap, mouth watering food, and entertainment by DJ Cue. Revisit the park on Sunday for Sunday Funday! Beer Available for purchase (12 ounce).

 

Bring the family, blankets, and chairs for Sunday Funday in the Park. This event will feature great food, Craft Beer and an amazing live entertainment lineup and a kid zone! Space is very limited. Kids 12 and under are Free. Take the Free Shuttle to the park! There will not be parking at the park on Saturday or Sunday. A free shuttle will be provided at Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003. Shuttle times are from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM sharp!

 

Aptos Village Park
100 Aptos Creek Road
Aptos, CA 95003
805.628.9588


There is NO beer sampling on Sunday, beer and food will be available for purchase.


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Location: Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos Map
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Free Story Time and Craft Time
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Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 10:30am


Free Story Time and Craft Time 10:30am. Join us on the second Friday of each month for free story time and craft time. Great for toddlers and preschoolers. All are welcome! Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources,


Location: 4101-B2 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
Phone: 831-316-7261 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Come and see what's in bloom
Date: 08/11/2017 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley
Friday, August 11 at 10am
Join docent botanist Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of Waddell Valley’s plants within Rancho del Oso’s seven diverse habitats. Observe the monthly change of the ecosystems. Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux! This walk takes a leisurely pace that is great for learning the native habitat we are experiencing. Bring lunch, questions and curiosity! Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center.


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike
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State Park Big Basin
We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest.
Date: 08/11/2017 at 10:30am


Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike
Friday, August 11 at 10:30 am
Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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Santa Cruz Art League
California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
Date: Every day (Aug 11-Sep 10)


87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

For almost nine decades, the Santa Cruz Art League's Statewide Landscape Exhibition has showcased the work of artists across the Golden State who depict California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions.

 

  • Exhibition: August 11, Friday, to September 10, Sunday - 2017
  • Reception: August 19, Saturday   3:00pm - 5:00pm

Above artwork "Bellagio" by juror Frank Galuska


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Dog-friendly walk on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Aug 6-Aug 27)

Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

The Road Less Traveled-A Dog-Friendly Walk
Sunday, August 6 at 9:30 am
Saturday, August 12 at 10:30 am
Sunday, August 27 at 9:30 am
On this dog-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with a Docent. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Park Headquarters. (Wheelchair and stroller friendly too!)

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00

Everyone is welcome! Partners and dancing experience are not necessary. Each of the dozen or so dance forms during the evening are taught and prompted (except for the waltz and hambo).

 

Beginner's Workshop:  dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner's lesson at 5:40. Regular dancing begins at 6:00 (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).

 

Admission: Suggested admission donation is $12 regular, $8 for full-time students w/student ID card. Discounts for volunteers.

 

Wear: Comfortable, non-marking shoes to protect your feet and our floors - a separate pair of dance shoes works best. You'll be more comfortable in loose-fitting light-weight clothing.

 

Please note that many dancers are very sensitive to fragrances and body odor and that our dances are fragrance-free events.

 

This is an all-ages event.  Bring your joyful enthusiasm along with a sensibility toward care and consideration for your fellow dancers.

 

More information about upcoming dances in our area is online at the links below:

 

Contra dances in Santa Cruz County: http://santacruzdance.org/drupal/

English Country Dance in Santa Cruz County: http://www.englishcountrydancing.net/

Contra dances in Monterey: http://montereycdc.webs.com/


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Old Fashioned Camp Fire
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State Park Mission
We'll gather around the campfire for dinner, songs, skits, and stories
Date: 08/11/2017 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm


Old Fashioned Campfire
Friday, August 11 from 5:30pm to 8pm
Bring your picnic dinner and lawn chairs. Make a fresh tortilla on the comal as we enjoy live music. Then we’ll gather around the campfire for songs, skits, and stories. What a great way to relax into summer with the best views of Santa Cruz!

 

Bring: Picnic dinner, lawn chairs or blankets tortilla toppings to share

5:30 -6:45 dinner tortilla making on the comal and live music by: Robby & Friends

6:45 - 8 pm we will gather around the campfire for songs, skits, and stories.


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-425-5849 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Wildflower Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Yes! Wildflowers are still here!
Date: 08/12/2017 at 9:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles Admission Fees: free

Wildflower Hike
Saturday, August 12 at 9 am
There are many less-famous yet still beautiful plants in the redwood forest. Join Docents Kathy Willott and Glenn Joy on this 4-mile, 3-4-hour hike and meet some hidden gems of Big Basin! Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: Rancho del Oso Gate, Wadell Creek Map
Phone: 427-2288 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: 08/12/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
Saturday August 12, 11 am to 3 pm
Saturday September 16, 11 am to 3 pm
Saturday November 11, 11 am to 3 pm
Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations vary each month and may include: butter churning, ice cream making, branding, cooking, roping skills, wagon rides, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Photography Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sunlight filtering through the redwoods, a glistening river, and breathtaking views make this hike ideal for photography
Date: 08/12/2017 at 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Photography Tour

Beginners to advanced photographers and nature enthusiasts alike are invited on a 3-mile hike through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits discovering panoramic views along the way. Please bring a camera, water, layered clothing, snacks, and hiking shoes. We will be discussing the natural history of the park in addition to compositional elements.

 

Meet at the Campfire Center in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, and California State Parks.


 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Musical Saw Festival
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Listen to the world's greatest saw players ...and learn how to play a saw!
Date: Every day (Aug 12-Aug 13)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free Admission - Parking at Roaring Camp is $10

Musical Saw Festival

8/12 2:00 Scribner Statue  &  6:30 Roaring Camp

8/13 Roaring Camp 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Not just any festival of saws, but a celebration of musical saws and a family event you won't want to miss. This fun event includes a musical saw contest and a workshop to teach you how to play a musical saw.

 

 

Festival Information 2017, 40th Annual

SATURDAY - AUGUST 12th, 2017 - 2:00pm at the SCRIBNER STATUE, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA - Jam

SATURDAY - AUGUST 12th, 2017 - 6:30pm at ROARING CAMP in Felton, CA - Potluck & Jam

SUNDAY - AUGUST 13th, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm at ROARING CAMP in Felton, CA - Festival/Contest www.roaringcamp.com

CONTEST:   SUNDAY - AUGUST 13th, 11:00am

WORKSHOP:   SUNDAY - AUGUST 13th, 4:00pm to 4:30pm

The Saw Festival is free and takes place at Roaring Camp in Felton, California. The first festival was in 1978.

We have had participants in this festival from all over the United States, and from Canada, China, Japan, Czechoslovakia, England, France, New Zealand, and Australia.

 

There will be a gathering of sawplayers at 3pm on Saturday near Tom Scribner's statue at the Pacific Mall, near 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.

 

On Saturday evening until 10pm there will be a jam in the Roaring Camp Parking lot (free overnight parking for self-contained RV's)


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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Fiesta de Artes
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Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos
Artists booth, food, wine, beer, and live music. And bring the kids and treat them to snow cones and a jump house.
Date: Every day (Aug 12-Aug 13)


Please join us at the 2017 Fiesta de Artes on
Saturday and Sunday, August 12th and 13th during our new extended times!

 

We are excited to announce this year's Fiesta will be held right in downtown Los Gatos! For the first time ever, the festival will be held on North Santa Cruz Avenue and the Los Gatos Town Plaza, bringing together the town and Fiesta. All your favorite features will be there, but with even more artists booth, food, wine, beer, and live music. And bring the kids and treat them to snow cones and a jump house.

 

Join 20,000 of your friends at the annual Fiesta de Artes, sponsored for 21 years by the Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos. Don't miss the town's one and only art and wine festival.

The Fiesta is free and open to the public

 

Music
Saturday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Artist Booths
Saturday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm


Location: Los Gatos Town Plaza, North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos Map
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Ancestry Workshop
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Library Scotts Valley
Find census, birth, marriage, death, and military records with Ancestry.com.
Date: 08/12/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Find census, birth, marriage, death, and military records with Ancestry.com. Bring your laptop or share one of ours for this workshop learning how to use this popular and useful genealogy tool given by Mike Epperson GSSCC member.


Location: Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the parks less traveled backcountry,
Date: Every Su and Sa (Aug 12-Aug 27) at 12:00pm
Ages: All

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
Saturday, August 12 at noon
Sunday, August 13 at noon
Saturday, August 26 at noon
Sunday, August 27 at noon
Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be tailored to the group's interests. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we'll choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Candle Dipping
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State Park Mission
Hand-dip a wax candle!
Date: 08/12/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Drop In Family Craft - Candle Dipping at the Santa Cruz Mission


Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can hand-dip a wax candle in our garden courtyard. The event is FREE.  Rain Cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information. 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Bug Fair
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San Francisco Zoo
Come learn about bugs and why they are crucial components of our ecosystems at San Francisco Zoo's Bug Fair
Date: 08/12/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm


Bug Fair
Cockroaches and spiders and bees, oh my! Did you know that bugs make up over 80% of the animals on Earth? Come learn about bugs and why they are crucial components of our ecosystems at San Francisco Zoo's Bug Fair on August 12 from 10 am - 3 pm.  All activities are free with paid Zoo admission and will take place in front of the Insect Zoo.  

 

Participants:

  • Don Bugito
  • Chapul
  • San Francisco Forktail Damselfly Project
  • San Mateo County Mosquito Abatement 
  • Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Project
  • Insect Sciences Museum of CA
  • Backyard Biodiversity Project
  • San Francisco Microscopical Society
  • Xerces Society
  • Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society
  • ZomBee Project
  • Pollinator Partnership
  • Love a Bee

Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Give Back Bash
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Santa Cruz Socialites
Enjoy live entertainment, henna tattoos, photo booth and activities for kids.
Date: 08/12/2017 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $10

Give Back Bash

GET YOUR TICKET!

This is a community event for the whole family! Bring them all...

Thank you to our SPONSORS: Alayna Nathe Real Beauty, Real Change; Bunny's Home and Garden; American Hat Makers

 

Henna Tattoos with Rica Smith of Sacred Mud Henna Blessings
Photo Booth (A trip to Paris Theme) provided by Cosmo Chic SC

 

 

3-5 Art activates for the kiddos with Linda of Watershed Art Studio

3-4 Ariel Arts with Jeanette Bent of Stellaria Entertainment & Production
4-5 DJ Shae with Line Dancing and hula hoop fun with Hoopla & Hulabaloo
5-6 Marimba performance with Singing Wood Marimba
6-7pm Beat Street 80's Band
7pm Samba Dancers
7-9pm DJ Batwing


Location: Tannery Art Center, 1010 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 440-8259 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Snake Park Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Learn about the fascinating world of snakes from a snake expert
Date: 08/12/2017 at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Snake Park Saturday
Saturday, August 12 at 2pm
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Discover reptile adaptations while observing native snakes on display. Meet at the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station.

 

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center: Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017. Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm and Labor Day. Call (831)427-2288 for more information or to schedule a group.


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Historical Aircraft Display
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Young Eagles
Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Dec 2016) WatsAirport_SecondSatHistorical.jpgWatsonville Municipal Airport hosts a Historical Aircraft Display every second Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  

 

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft.

 

The pilots displaying their aircraft can top off at our self service island at the lowest fuel prices from 0800 Saturday morning until 0800 Sunday morning!

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Young Eagles - Kids Fly Free
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Young Eagles
Kds fly free EAA airplane rides, on the first Saturday of every month between January and April and then again between September
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 8 yrs - 17 yrs Admission Fees: Free

(Special Event Images / Graphics) WatsonvilleAirport.jpgExperimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 119 flew over 400 children in 2009, and has safely flown over 4500 kids since starting to hold Young Eagle Rallies in 1992. The program consists of an explanation of how airplanes fly and a flight of approximately 20 minutes around the Watsonville - Santa Cruz area. After the flight, each child receives a certificate commemorating the experience. Parents / Guardians are required to sign a registration form. The program is open to kids 8-17.

 

The rallies are held at the Watsonville Aviation Education Center (WAEC), sign-up is between 10:00am and 12:30pm on the day of the rally at the airport, we do not have pre-registration. Flying is from 11:00am to 3:00pm, weather permitting. Participants should expect to spend 1-2 hours at the airport during the event.  See us on Facebook below and on Twitter status is provided by searching for #EAA119.

 

For more information, contact: Tom Hail  Young Eagles Coordinator, EAA Chapter 119, Watsonville
831-531-8440


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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August Potluck Picnic
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Weston Price Health and Freedom Santa Cruz County
ALL are invited to our monthly potluck 4 pm to 7 pm SUNDAY August 13.
Date: 08/13/2017 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm


ALL are invited to our monthly potluck 4 pm to 7 pm SUNDAY August 13.

We will be at Anna Jean Cummings (Blue Ball) Park in Soquel

You are encouraged to bring a dish made with real food, raw or cooked:

Organic vegetables
Organic fruits
Grassfed organic beef, lamb, bison, etc
Organic pastured pork, poultry, eggs
Grassfed organic dairy

Organic grains, properly prepared (soaked, sprouted, sourdough)
Organic legumes, soaked before cooking

Include good fats in your dish where appropriate:
Grassfed butter
Extra virgin olive oil
Lard from organic pastured pigs
Tallow from organic grassfed animals
Organic coconut oil

No GMOs, vegetable oils.

Please list ALL ingredients in your dish so others know exactly what they are consuming.

Please bring your own table setting.

Questions? Contact Jean at 831-761-3765(home) or jalysonh@yahoo.


Location: Ann Jean Cummings (Blue Ball) Pa, 461 Old San Jose Rd, Soquel Map
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Garden Railroad Open
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Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad
Our little railroad will have lots of trains running and we will be featuring the start of our new logging branch line
Date: 08/13/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


(0 Aug 2017) FernCreekandWesternRR-August2017.jpgThe Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad is open to the public for a running session. All are welcome to come and watch trains run around the garden. Our little railroad will have lots of trains running and we will be featuring the start of our new logging branch line (still under construction). The many scenic points and constant flow of trains on the FC&W is sure amaze people old to young. We hope to see you there!


You can join the event through the Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/359214540921968/

Tell your friends and family to join in the fun and we hope to see you there!


Location: 419 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)-435-9042 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Berry Creek Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Join us for a moderate to strenuous 11 mile loop hike to the 65 foot falls
Date: 08/13/2017 at 9:30am


Berry Creek Falls Hike
Sunday, August 13 at 9:30 am
Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 12-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin—65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Docent Bill Rhoades will guide you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Nature Wanders
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Come and see what's in bloom
Date: 08/13/2017 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Nature Wander
Sunday, August 13 at 1pm
Find out what is growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world.  Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center.

 

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center: Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017. Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm and Labor Day. Call (831)427-2288 for more information or to schedule a group.

 

 


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group
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SPIN, Special Parents Information
Become a Support/Mentor Parent or just a ˜buddy'
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Summer meetings will be held the second Monday of the month.

 

Aptos/La Selva Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos, next door to Mar Vista Elementary School.

 

For more information contact Judy Brenis at jbbrenis@comcast.net or 818-9619.

 


Location: Aptos/La Selva Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Secret Garden Storytime en espanol
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Storytime in Spanish
Date: 08/14/2017 at 5:30pm


Come with your child for stories and songs in Spanish!


Location: Abbott Square , 118 Cooper Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Secret Garden Storytime en espanol
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Library Santa Cruz
Spanish Storytime
Date: 08/14/2017 at 5:30pm


Come for Spanish stories and songs!!


Location: Abbott Square , 118 Cooper Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Invisible / Alienated Grandparent Support Group
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Alienated Grandparents Anonymous
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Invisible / Alienated Grandparent Support Group 4-5:30pm. Monthly 2nd Monday. Do you get to see your grandkids as often as you like? Are you estranged or alienated from an adult child? Want to release negative energy about family circumstances beyond your control? Do you "know in your bones" what ideas, memories and values you'd like to pass on? Led by Dr. Pat Hanson author of Invisible Grandparenting: Leave a Legacy of Love Whether You Can Be There or Not this will be a safe structured environment for sharing stories if you so choose, and learning healthy ways to deal with separation from anyone. 

 

Co-sponsored by Alienated Grandparents Anonymous http://www.aga-fl.org/ a national organization that provides information and support to grandparents who feel alienated or estranged from access to their grandchildren. Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos.


Location: Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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TedX Merit
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Rio Theater
Many of our TEDx speakers have developed exciting programs doing ProjectMERIT to solve problems that our government and corporat
Date: 08/14/2017 at 7:00pm


(0 July 2017) TedXMerit.jpgMerit Academy is a unique private school that offers all classes one-on-one with curriculum designed to intrigue, inspire, and innovate. With individualized accelerated curriculum, our students advance quickly and develop strong academic skills. All students engage in one long-term project that builds commitment and leadership, and ultimately becomes the cornerstone of their college applications.

 

Many of our TEDx speakers have developed exciting programs doing ProjectMERIT to solve problems that our government and corporations have not.

Speakers:

Joe Jordan "The Sky's the Limit: Pathways to Solutions"

Pascal Costa "How to stop overpopulation before we reach 10 billion people on Earth"

Mas Hashimoto "Japanese Incarceration vs Muslim Racism"

Tim Niemier "How we can stop the flow of plastic pollution into our oceans?"

Allen Green "Redreaming Democracy -- from Plato's Cave to Folktopian Visions"

David Vasquez "What if there actually IS an energy 'magic bullet'?"

Hannah Faris "Creating a grassroots movement to inspire change"

Martin Gaskell "Supermassive black holes: the most powerful objects in the universe"

Logan Conover "Can individual people reduce CO2 enough to ward off climate change?"

Gregory Gavin "What if you build a river in a classroom?"


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Storytime at Abbott Square
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Library Central
SCPL is bringing storytimes outside to this fantastic new community space
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month (Jul 10-Sep 11) at 5:30am

Special Instructions: Spanish

Storytimes at Abbott Square

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In Celebration of the New Abbott Square, SCPL is bringing storytimes outside to this fantastic new community space.

English language storytimes will be held at 10:00am on the last Thursday of the month in June, July, and August, replacing our regular weekly Thursday storytime at the Downtown Branch for that week. Those Thursdays fall on June 29th, July 27th, and August 31st.

 

We'll also have Spanish storytimes at 5:30pm on the second Monday of the month in July, August, and September. These events will replace our weekly Live Oak Branch storytime, Cuentame un Cuento for that week. These Mondays fall on July 10th, August 14th, and September 11th.

 

Cuentame un Cuento será presentado en Abbott Square el segundo lunes del mes en julio, agosto y septiembre.

Abbott Square is located at 118 Cooper Street, next to the Santa Cruz Musuem of Art and History. We hope you'll join us.

Family storytimes are a great way to bring people together while promoting literacy for young children. The library system holds regular weekly storytimes for toddlers and preschool age children, as well as a weekly family storytime in Spanish. Visit santacruzpl.org/calendar for locations and times.


Location: Abbott Square, 118 Cooper St, Santa Cruz Map
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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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Musical Me, Inc. Offers Music Together
Join us every 3rd Tuesday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

Being a new mom is the best thing that has just happened to you. But, you have to admit, it can be isolating at times. Would you like to meet and mingle with new mothers just like you, share parenting ideas and make music together alongside your babies (birth to 12 mos.) while learning lifelong parenting tips? Join the new New Mommy Musical Meet-Up where we support you in your new life adventure in a musical way. Bring your baby and enjoy meeting other mommies, free refreshments, and drawings for prizes while a certified Music Together® teacher leads a short music making session geared specifically to babies. Look for us under "New Mommy Musical Meetup" @ Meetup.com.

Join us every 3rd Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:30pm in our Santa Cruz classroom - 239 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

CONTACT: MusicalMe, Inc.
Call: 831-438-3514 or Text: 831-332-9002
registrar@musicalme.com
PO Box 66438, Scotts Valley, CA 95067
MusicalMe.com


Location: Various Santa Cruz County Locati, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Movie Club
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 8-10

Movie Club

 

Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month from 1:00 to 2:00

 

For information on upcoming movies to discuss call 831-427-7710

 

 

 

 


Phone: 661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Kidpower Safety Workshop
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KidPower
Protect your child from harm and gain valuable tools for building better relationships.
Date: 08/16/2017 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: for ages 6-12 with their adults

Kidpower Safety Workshop for ages 6-12 with their adults

"Our family had fun, and we use what we learned every day!"
Protect your child from harm and gain valuable tools for building better relationships. Children together with their adults learn age-appropriate Kidpower "People Safety" skills and how to practice them as a team. We introduce skills that children can use every day to feel safer and more confident in dealing with people at home, on the playground, and out and about in the world. 

Using games, role-plays, and stories relevant to children, we'll practice skills to:

  • Be and act aware and confident
  • Check with adults if anything seems unsafe
  • Move away from possible problems
  • Follow Stranger Safety rules
  • Stay safe from hurtful words
  • Use voice as a safety tool
  • Set clear boundaries• Make safety plans so outings are more fun
  • Say "No" or "Stop" clearly and respectfully
  • Deal with other kids poking, pushing, grabbing, etc.
  • Use safety plans if you're lost in a store, park, or library
  • Get help from busy adults - and persist!

Workshop Fee: $60/child (includes accompanying adults with that child)
Pre-registration is required as there is limited space. 

This workshop is not appropriate for infants or children younger than 6 years old.
Please arrange child care prior to the workshop.
 

Donations over the amount of workshop fees are tax-deductible. We do not turn anyone away from our public workshops for lack of money. Scholarship information is available on our website.


Location: Police Station, 155 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Fall Creek Hike
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover a redwood shaded trout stream while visiting the sites of a historic barrel mill and lime kilns
Date: 08/16/2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Fall Creek Hike

Discover how the Bay Area was built on this 4-mile, 3-hour moderate hike through a 100 years young forest. Please bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and hiking shoes. Sorry, pets are not allowed in Fall Creek. Meet at the Fall Creek parking lot, approximately 0.5 miles up Felton Empire Road, from the Highway 9 intersection.

 

 


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Triple P Workshop: Creating a Safe Home Environment
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Triple P
Tips for making your home and yard safe for your child
Date: 08/17/2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Triple P Workshop: Creating a Safe Home Environment 7-8:30pm. Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop at Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us to learn: How a safe home environment allows children to learn and explore; Tips for making your home and yard safe for your child; How to do a room-by-room safety check of your home. This Triple P Workshop is free and open to the public. Please note: child care is not available at this location.

 

Presented in English by: Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources.

 

To register: Call First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or contact Rosemarie Sanchez, Baby Registry Supervisor at Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us (831) 479‐4296 or  5843.Registry@toysrus.com


Location: Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us,, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz Map
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White Shark Research
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Migration, behavior and conservation status of white sharks, amazing footage and documentation of the pups in a rookery group an
Date: 08/17/2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: $12 General | $6 Child | Members 50% off
Special Instructions: Pre-registration highly recommended.

 

White Shark Research: Long Term Monitoring Study in Monterey Bay

 

August 17 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Registration open soon
$12 General | $6 Child | Members 50% off
Location:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History


Talk will begin at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

 

About the talk:
Pelagic Shark Research Foundation founder and executive director will give lecture presentation summarizing and highlighting their findings and documentary and observatory studies at Ano Nuevo Island, Monterey Bay and Big Sur coast. He will discuss migration, behavior and conservation status of white sharks while sharing amazing footage and documentation of the pups in a rookery group and as well predatory behavior involving adults and elephant seals as well as masses of info we have gathered during our 1990 thru 2017 study seasons. This lecture includes all original photos, slides and videography including work from the island, from boats, aircraft and with aerial drone cameras.

 

About the speaker:
Sean Vansommeran, director and founder of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation has over 30 years of field research experience; he observed his first white shark predation on an elephant seal in Monterey Bay regionas a pre-teen and built a career upon that childhood experience. The PSRF has tagged and tracked over 160 white sharks and over 80 basking sharks and thousands of other species of sharks, fish and marine mammals since establishing the PSRF in 1990. The PSRF is a small independent local organization and is the world's first shark-specific conservation, protection and research organization ever established (1990).

 

With vast local experience, the Santa Cruz County-based PSRF has also worked in Central and South America, Gulf of Mexico, Central Eastern Pacific, Asia, Australia and South Africa. PSRF has been featured on National Geographic, BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet and Sharkweek as well as CNN, ABC, NBC and BBC news casts.

 


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
White Shark Research: Long Term Monitoring Study in Monterey Ba
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Join us to learn about sharks
Date: 08/17/2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: $6 - $12

White Shark Research: Long Term Monitoring Study in Monterey Bay

August 17 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Click HERE to Register
$12 General | $6 Child | Members 50% off
Location:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Talk will begin at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

About the talk:
Pelagic Shark Research Foundation founder and executive director, Sean Van Sommeran will give a lecture presentation summarizing and highlighting their findings and documentary and observatory studies at Ano Nuevo Island, Monterey Bay and Big Sur coast. He will discuss migration, behavior and conservation status of white sharks while sharing amazing footage and documentation of the pups in a rookery group and as well predatory behavior involving adults and elephant seals as well as masses of info we have gathered during our 1990 thru 2017 study seasons. This lecture will include all original photos, slides and videography including work from the island, from boats, aircraft and with aerial drone cameras.

About the speaker:
Sean Van Sommeran, director and founder of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation has over 30 years of field research experience; he observed his first white shark predation on an elephant seal in Monterey Bay region as a pre-teen and built a career upon that childhood experience. The PSRF has tagged and tracked over 160 white sharks and over 80 basking sharks and thousands of other species of sharks, fish and marine mammals since establishing the PSRF in 1990. The PSRF is a small independent local organization and is the world's first shark-specific conservation, protection and research organization ever established (1990).

With vast local experience, the Santa Cruz County-based PSRF has also worked in Central and South America, Gulf of Mexico, Central Eastern Pacific, Asia, Australia and South Africa. PSRF has been featured on National Geographic, BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet and Sharkweek as well as CNN, ABC, NBC and BBC news casts.

 


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Best Laid Plans
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The Murder Mystery Company in San Francisco
Iinteractive murder mystery dinner show
Date: 08/17/2017 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: $60

The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in areas throughout the United States. Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller!


Location: The Old Spaghetti Factory, 51 N San Pedro St, San Jose Map
Phone: (888) 643-2583 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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SPIN
'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group for any parent of a child with any type of disability
 
Meets the third Sunday of every month. From 2:00-4:00pm @ Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center
2900 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz
NOTE: Child care will NOT be provided at these meetings.
Contact Nancy Winans at 423-7713 to RSVP or for more info.


Location: Sutter Maternity and Surgery Cen, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Food Trucks in San Lorenzo Park — Aloha Theme!
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Hawaiian music, food and fun!
Date: 08/18/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


 

(0 June 2017) Bluegrass_FoodTrucks.jpgFood Trucks in San Lorenzo Park — Aloha Theme!

 

Join us for LOTS of Food Trucks and LOTS of fun! Choose from a wide selection of delicious and unique food truck menus plus beer and wine garden sponsored by Friends of Parks and Recreation (FOPAR).

 

The theme for August is Aloha! Celebrate Hawaiian and surf culture. Bring your ukulele and wear your favorite Island attire.

Aug 18  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz
137 Dakota Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

 


Location: San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave , Santa Cruz Map
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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family
Special Instructions: AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

On the third Friday of every month, Grange member and Professional Dance Caller Andy Wilson hosts a family-friendly barn dance.  Join us for a potluck supper at 6:00 before the dancing starts at 6:30.  We knock off around 8:00 to let everyone get home and have a good night sleep.  Live music featuring Deby's Ginormous String Band.


$10 per person
$15 for two people
$20 per family



Musicians (young or old) are welcome to join the band on stage.

 

AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED, SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Story Time Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
Date: 08/19/2017 from 1:00pm to 1:30pm


Story Time Walk
Saturday, August 19 from 1-1:30 pm
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time! Starting at Park Headquarters, we'll walk through ancient redwoods while reading a story about an animal, forest, bird, insect-who knows? We'll stop and read one page, walk a bit then read the next page until we finish the story. We'll end up at the historic campfire circle and gather for Nature's Reading Room, where you can choose from a wide variety of books about trees, animals, birds, bugs and more for the whole family to read together. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
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State Park Mission
Follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt...spin your own wool
Date: 08/19/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving at the Santa Cruz Mission
How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. You will have the chance to try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. Rain or Shine.


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Nature's Reading Room
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State Park Big Basin
Come sit under our ancient family circle of redwoods, nature's reading room, and choose a book or two to read with your family
Date: 08/19/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $15 for campers/$25 non-campers

Nature’s Reading Room
Saturday, August 19 from 1:30-3 pm
Come sit in our beautiful campfire center, under ancient redwoods—nature’s reading room—and choose a book or two to read with your family. Drop by anytime between 1:30-3:00 and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy. Nature’s Reading Room is at our campfire center, across from Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.338.8018 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Hike to Ocean View Summit
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State Park Big Basin
Six-mile loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast
Date: 08/19/2017 from 10:00am to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Hike to Ocean View Summit
Saturday, August 19 from 10-2:30
Escape the crowds on this 6-mile loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast. Join Docent Steve Stolper as we climb the Meteor Trail through the trees, gaining 600 feet before emerging at Ocean View Summit. After a relaxed lunch we descend back into the forest and return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Dinosaurs in the Redwoods?
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and...dinosaurs?
Date: 08/19/2017 at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Dinosaurs in the Redwoods?
Saturday, August 19 at 10:30 am
This fun program about plant and animal survival through the ages is for school age kids and parents, but anyone who can make the fairly flat 1-mile walk is welcome! Docents Micki Downs and Maura McNamara share child-friendly redwood information and activities on this beautiful trail. Free play time in an awesome redwood fairy ring will give the adults a chance to explore deeper forest issues. Dinosaurs will be highlighted! Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Overnights at the Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo
From dusk until dawn, groups will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zoo
Date: Every day (Aug 19-Aug 20)

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

 Family Overnight 

Experience one of our award winning Family Overnights on August 19-20 or September 2-3. 

 

Overnight adventures include guided sunset and sunrise walks through the park, quality time with a Zoo Keeper and a delicious pizza dinner. After a night under the stars, enjoy a continental breakfast and watch the animals begin their day.  Learn more and register today!

 

Group Overnights
Child (8 - 17 years): $60 each
Adult: $70 each
Minimum group size: 30


Family Overnights
Members: $90 per person
Non-members: $100 per person
Get $10 off each ticket when purchasing 5 or more Family Overnight tickets.


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 753-7080 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
Yellow Submarine Singalong
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Rio Theater
Sing along with Ben Jammin & Arndam Krishna Das
Date: 08/19/2017 at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $10

Ben Jammin, Arindam Krishna Das

Fight the Blue Meanies with a sing-a-long to Yellow Submarine lead by the magnificent Ben Jammin and Arindam Krishna Das. All You Need is Love! Prizes for best costumes!


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10
Advance tickets: santacruzperformingarts.org
Event website: santacruzperformingarts.org

 
Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Scotts Valley Art, Wine & BeerFestival
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Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Come enjoy fine art, wine & beer tasting, great food, and live entertainment in an open park setting
Date: Every day (Aug 19-Aug 20) from 10:00am to 6:00pm


The Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce and Scotts Valley Arts Commission invite you to attend the 16th Annual Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival. Come enjoy fine art, wine & beer tasting, great food, and live entertainment in an open park setting at Skypark.

 

Voted as Scotts Valley's favorite Community Event the Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival has grown bigger and even better this year. Over 100 artists from around California and surrounding areas will be displaying their juried art. There will be a variety of painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, glass art, sculpture, etching, digital works, textile art and much, much more. The artistic displays will include an array of functional and fine art to suit every taste and style.

 

The festival also features some of the area's most prestigious wineries and award-winning microbreweries pouring their best. Wineries last year included Bargetto Winery, Chaucer's Cellars, Heart O' The Mountain, Bruzzone Family Vineyards, Hallcrest Vineyards, Poetic Cellars, Dancing Creek Winery, Odonata Wines, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Wargin Wines, 37th Parallel Winery, MJA Vineyards, and Mica Cellars. Be sure to bring your ID to enjoy the tasting fun.

 

Complementing your wine and beer tasting experience will be the great food in the Fabulous Food Court. The BBQ pit will be filled with the aroma of hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Add to that Pizza, Stuffed Artichokes, Tacos, Kettle Corn, Fruit Smoothie drinks, coffee drinks, pretzels, Frozen Fruit treats, and YUMMY - the Food Court awaits you!

 

There is also fun for the kids. This year the Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival will feature a "Kids Korner" where a Local Artist will guide children through their very own art project.Along with the art project there will be a booth to have their faces painted by local artist Melissa Garcia. It will be great fun for all. Of course there will be Live music to entertain you. The entertainment stage features a variety of entertainment. There is sure to be a style you will enjoy.


Location: 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Tour - Shorebirds Walk
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Watsonville Wetlands
Learn how to identify shorebirds with an expert
Date: 08/19/2017 from 7:45am to 11:00am


Tour - Shorebirds Walk          On Saturday, August 19th, join local birding expert Bob Ramer on a walk exploring the shorebirds on the last mile of Watsonville Slough at Pajaro Dunes. This will be the start of fall migration and we will expect to see many species of water birds, both migrant and resident.   

 

This tour, hosted by the Watsonville Wetlands Watch, is from 8 to 11 a.m. Expect to walk about 2 miles on flat ground. Meet at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center, at the top of the Pajaro Valley High School campus, by 7:45 a.m. to carpool to the walk site. Click for map/directions.   The tour is free, but you must register here.   For information, email wetlandscoordinator@gmail.com.


Location: Fitz Wetlands Educational Resour, 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
San Francisco Mineral & Gem
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SF Gem & Mineral Society
Don't miss Far East gems & minerals show
Date: Every day (Aug 19-Aug 20) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Adults $10.00, Seniors & Students with ID $8, 12& under FREE! (with paid adult)

Featuring Exhibits of Amazing Rocks, Gems & Minerals From The Far East and Around the World.

 

And Including Fantastic Door Prizes

Childrens Activities

Independent Dealers Offering...

Gems and Gem Rough

Mineral Specimens and Collectables

Lapidary Rough

Cut and Polished Rocks

Fossils

Finished Jewelry

Jewelry Making Supplies

AND MORE

 

Adult Admission is $10.00, $2.00 off for Seniors & Students with ID., CHILDREN UNDER 12 - FREE! (with paid adult)

 

A printable $2.00 discount coupon is available for adults:


Location: San Francisco County Fair Buildi, Ninth Ave. & Lincoln Way, San Francisco Map
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Science Sunday - Seafood Bait and Switch
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
THE BAIT AND SWITCH: A Discussion of Seafood Fraud in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz
Date: 08/20/2017 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: 10+ Admission Fees: $6-$8

 
SCIENCE SUNDAY

Hayley Nuetzel, Ph.D. Student
Ocean Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

 

Seafood is a global commodity with a worldwide consumption rate that consistently strains supply. High demand, paired with the complex nature of the seafood supply chain, has allowed for seafood fraud, or the mislabeling of seafood, to go relatively undetected for years.

 

Now, scientists across the globe are using genetic technologies to reveal high incidences of seafood mislabeling.

 

Join Hayley Nuetzel as she communicates her findings using these techniques to reveal occurrences of seafood fraud in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz. She will also discuss patterns in mislabeling and actions consumers can take to combat this threat to fisheries stability.


Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.

Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.

Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.

Lectures are one hour long, including time for a few questions at the end. Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Free ADMISSION for Seymour Center Members and UC Santa Cruz Undergraduates with valid Student ID.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
DROP IN FAMILY CRAFT- Papel Picado
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State Park Mission
Enjoy papel picado
Date: 08/20/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

DROP IN FAMILY CRAFT
We begin crafting at 1:00 and you can start a project at anytime up until 3:30. Different crafts require varying skill levels. Children may need assistance.


Sun., August 20: Papel Picado


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Fun with Succulents
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Join Master Gardeners Simon Stapleton and Sue Proctor for an afternoon of learning to develop miniature succulent gardens.
Date: 08/20/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 10 & up Admission Fees: $3.00 per person

Succulent plants like cactus are fun to grow and make attractive additions to gardens. Join Master Gardeners Simon Stapleton and Sue Proctor for an afternoon of learning to develop miniature gardens. This class is ideal for those who have limited gardening space. Feel free to bring a special container that has a drain hole and succulents. Supplies will be available. Enrollment is limited; register in advance to reserve your space! Presented in cooperation with Monterey Bay Master Gardeners. Please sign up in advance by calling (831) 335-9348.


Location: Quail Hollow Ranch, 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Science Sunday
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist
Date: The 3rd Su of every month at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

(A Dec) Seymour_ScienceSunday3.jpgJoin us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist, who presents current research and topics in an entertaining and easy-to-understand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion. Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them.

 

  • Lectures take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.
    • Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.
    • Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
    • Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.

Lectures are one hour long, including time for a few questions at the end. Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Free ADMISSION for Seymour Center Members and UC Santa Cruz Undergraduates with valid Student ID.


Location: La Feliz room, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Within These Walls: Ghosts of the Past at Quail Hollow Ranch
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Learn about the fascinating history of the Ranch House
Date: 08/20/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $2.00 per person

Do you enjoy looking through old buildings, learning about their stories? Join Park Docent, Richard James, on a tour through the Quail Hollow Ranch house. Learn about its history from the Watermelon King to Sun-Kissed Ranch, Sunset Magazine, and beyond. This informative tour will give you the opportunity to find out about four of the families who made the ranch their business, home, and haven. All ages are welcome to attend. Sign up in advance by calling 831-335-9348.


Location: Quail Hollow Ranch, 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Aloha Celebrity Races & Polynesian Festival
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City of Santa Cruz
Discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing, taste of the tropics- fresh flower leis, Hawaiian shaved ice, Maori face pain
Date: 08/20/2017 from 8:00am to 5:00pm


Aloha Polynesian Festival and Outrigger Races - Sunday August 20

Outrigger Races 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Polynesian Festival 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for the 25th Anniversary of the Aloha Polynesian Festival and Outrigger Races! A fun day to cheer on friends in the Outrigger Races, delight in island-style music and Polynesian dancing and enjoy a taste of the tropics with "shaved ice" and festive drinks. Vendors line the Wharf with unique items perfectly catered to the Polynesian theme. 

 

Sponsored by the Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club. This annual event is a Santa Cruz classic. FREE!

Applications for booth space are available to vendors, exhibitors, Polynesian cultural groups and ocean-related organizations. Applications are due by Friday, August 4 at 5:00 pm to the Parks and Recreation Office. 

 

Enter a team in the Outrigger Races! There are two divisions: Open and Co-Ed. Co-Ed teams must have at least two women per team. Entry forms are due by Friday, August 4 at 5:00 pm to the Parks and Recreation Office. 

NEW this year, the team with the most spirit wins the Aloha Spirit Award! Teams will be judged on creativity and collaboration between team members. Teams will be judged 8:30 - 9:00 am at the Team Registration Booth. Who will be the first team to win this award? 


Location: Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe C, Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5273 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Birding for Beginners
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State Park Henry Cowell
A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: 08/20/2017 from 8:00am to 10:00am


Birding for Beginners
Sunday, August 20 at 8am


Meet in the Campground - entrance is located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.


Join us for a 2-mile morning stroll to discover the wildlife of the Santa Cruz Sandhills. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes. Event is free; parking is $10. Please no pets.

 


Location: Campground, Graham Hill, Felton Map
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SPIN Family Support Meeting
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SPIN
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Special Parents Information Network, SPIN

Invites ALL parents of children with any type of disability to the All Disabilities* Parent Support Group

 

Get emotional and informational support from special speakers and from parents who are parenting special needs children with similar disabilities

 

RSVP's are ideal to make enough handouts (but not required) contact Nancy for RSVP, to add you to our email list, or for more info, at nwinans@spinsc.org OR call us at 423-7713

Child care will not be provided at these meetings.


See you soon! Nancy Winans, SPIN Mentor Program Coordinator

 

*autism, developmental delays, physical or medical disabilities, learning disabilities, neurobehavioral disabilities such as: TS, OCD, ODD, NVLD, AD/HD, or Bi-polar) and other conditions


Location: Sutter Maternity and Surgery Cen, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Paws in the Park Series
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Coastal Wattershed Council
Paws in the Park is organized to encourage people and pets to exercise at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, a city park along the lower
Date: The 3rd Su of every month (May 21-Sep 24) from 10:00am to 11:30am


(0 May 2017) PAWSinthePark_DogsPeople.jpgJoin Coastal Watershed Council, Woofpack and BirchBark Foundation in the kickoff event of Paws in the Park dog walk series. In it's third year, the Paws in the Park is organized to encourage people and pets to exercise at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, a city park along the lower San Lorenzo River in downtown Santa Cruz.

 

Walks will occur on the third Sunday of each month May through September. The meeting location is along the Riverwalk at Gateway Plaza by PetSmart on River St. in Santa Cruz. Walks begin at 10:00 a.m. with rules, directions and free training advice from Woofpack.

 

Participants will then walk a 1.5 mile loop around the Riverwalk at a leisurely pace. All dogs must be well behaved and on 6 foot leashes in compliance with park rules.


Location: Riverwalk, Gateway Plaza by PetSmart, Santa Cruz Map
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Measuring Tall Trees
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State Park Big Basin
Learn how tall trees are measured!
Date: 08/20/2017 at 12:30pm
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles Admission Fees: free

Special Guest!
Measuring Tall Trees
Saturday, August 20 at 12:30 pm
How do you measure the tallest trees in the world? Join Zane Moore, a redwood researcher, to learn about measuring these tall, tall trees. Zane will show you how scientists determine the height, size and ages of these trees. We'll look at the history and future directions of tree measurement from cameras to lasers to drones. This 1-mile, 90-minute walk will take us to where technology and trees meet. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: Rancho del Oso Gate, Wadell Creek Map
Phone: 427-2288 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Triple P Workshop: Preventing & Managing Tantrums
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Triple P
How to prevent tantrums and encourage positive behavior; Learn how to help your child calm down quickly; Understand effective wa
Date: 08/24/2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Triple P Workshop: Preventing & Managing Tantrums 5-6:30pm. Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: How to prevent tantrums and encourage positive behavior; Learn how to help your child calm down quickly; Understand effective ways to manage tantrums. This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

 

Presented in English by: Liliana Zamora, Community Bridges, La Manzana Community Resources. 

To register: Contact Liliana Zamora at (831) 724-2997 x212 or  lilianaz@cbridges.org or register online at www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

 


Location: Community Bridges, 236 Santa Cruz Ave, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 724-2997 x212 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Sempervirens Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Three-hour, 2.5-mile hike
Date: 08/25/2017 at 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Sempervirens Falls Hike
Friday, August 25 at 10:30 am
This beautiful hike takes you by Sempervirens Falls, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin and more! Join Docent Hal Anjo on this 4-mile, 3-hour hike. Bring water and snacks. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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From the Tall to the Small
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State Park Big Basin
Listen to a talk Big Basin's tallest tree in the world in our area, and then discuss the extremely rare albino redwoods, conside
Date: 08/25/2017 at 7:00pm


SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE!
From the Tall to the Small-The Unique Coast Redwoods in Big Basin
Friday, August 25 at 7 pm
Marshmallow roasting: 7 pm, Program 7:30 pm
Zane Moore, a redwood researcher, will speak about Big Basin's tallest tree in the world south of San Francisco, and then discuss the extremely rare albino redwoods, considered by some to be the redwood's biggest mystery. And join Zane for a walk on Saturday, August 26 at 12:30 to see how scientists measure these, tall, tall trees!


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Lego: Not-So-Simple Machines
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 4th Fri of every month at 11:00am
Ages: 9-18

Lego: Not-So-Simple Machines

No Session 11/24

Create Lego devices with gears, levers & pulleys, then motorize them.

Children and Teens ages 9-18.  Limited to 16 participants.

For information call 831-427-7717 or 831-427-7710

 


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Garden Plant Exchange
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Live Oak Grange
Bring anything from your garden to trade with like minded gardeners
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

The Grange Garden Exchange

 

(0 July 2017) GrangeGardenPhotowSquash.jpgGardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots. You need not bring anything in order to take something. For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com Tell and bring your friends!

 

The Grange Garden Exchange is held on the 4th Saturday of the month from 8-9am in the Live Oak Grange Parking Lot
Gardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots.  You need not bring anything in order to take something.

 

For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com  Tell and bring your friends!

 

 


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Snakes Alive!
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State Park Big Basin
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like?
Date: 08/26/2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All

Snakes Alive!
Saturday, August 26 from 12-3 pm
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Stop by anytime to meet the snake and talk to Diane.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Guided Hike of the Pogonip
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Guided hike through Pogonip park led by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 08/26/2017 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: $15 Adult | $10 Children | 50% off for Museum Members

(0 Aug 2017) pogonip-guided-hike.jpgJoin Museum guides on a 2-mile hike through Pogonip Park.

 

Explore the natural communities in this park including Redwood Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, and Prairie while identifying native plants, spotting animals, and learning the natural and cultural history that has shaped the landscape.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Details and meeting location will be shared upon registration.


Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Science Saturday: Fossils
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Decorate a fossil necklace, dig for real fossils, create casts, and more
Date: 08/26/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free and open to all

(0 July 2017) fossils.jpgScience Saturday is back!

Decorate a fossil necklace, dig for real fossils, create casts, and more. Spend the day learning about the animals and plants that lived on earth before humans. The Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society have partnered to lead Science Saturday this month, and they will have their private fossil collections on display.

 

Check out real fossils, take history home with you, and discover creatures millions of years old!

The Museum is located blocks from the beach and a minute drive from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in beautiful historic downtown Pacific Grove.


Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
Phone: 831-648-5716 •website Pacific Grovecreate a direct event link
Introduction to Positive Discipline
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Learn the core concepts, theories, and practices of Positive Discipline
Date: 08/26/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00
Special Instructions: Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.

Learn the core concepts, theories, and practices of Positive Discipline, and how it differs greatly from the mainstream positive parenting approaches.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Storytime at Abbott Square
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Library Central
SCPL is bringing storytimes outside to this fantastic new community space
Date: The last Sa of every month (Jun 29-Aug 31) at 10:00am

Special Instructions: English

Storytimes at Abbott Square

SCPL News

In Celebration of the New Abbott Square, SCPL is bringing storytimes outside to this fantastic new community space.

English language storytimes will be held at 10:00am on the last Thursday of the month in June, July, and August, replacing our regular weekly Thursday storytime at the Downtown Branch for that week. Those Thursdays fall on June 29th, July 27th, and August 31st.

 

We'll also have Spanish storytimes at 5:30pm on the second Monday of the month in July, August, and September. These events will replace our weekly Live Oak Branch storytime, Cuentame un Cuento for that week. These Mondays fall on July 10th, August 14th, and September 11th.

 

Cuentame un Cuento será presentado en Abbott Square el segundo lunes del mes en julio, agosto y septiembre.

Abbott Square is located at 118 Cooper Street, next to the Santa Cruz Musuem of Art and History. We hope you'll join us.

Family storytimes are a great way to bring people together while promoting literacy for young children. The library system holds regular weekly storytimes for toddlers and preschool age children, as well as a weekly family storytime in Spanish. Visit santacruzpl.org/calendar for locations and times.


Location: Abbott Square, 118 Cooper St, Santa Cruz Map
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Guided Adobe Tour!
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State Park Mission
Tours of the 180 year old mission
Date: 08/27/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Special Instructions: Sundays 6/11, 8/6, 8/27

Guided Adobe Tour at the Santa Cruz Mission
Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about

 

GUIDED TOUR ADOBE TOUR:
Learn about the many people who have called this 190 year old building home.
1:00-2:00 pm.
Sunday 6/11
Sunday 8/6
Sunday 8/27


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Aromas Day in the Country
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City of Aromas
Aromas Day is a day of fun for everyone with live music all day, wonderful food, lots of goodies to find in our vendor booths an
Date: 08/27/2017 from 7:00am to 4:00pm


Picture Aromas Day is a day of fun for everyone with live music all day, wonderful food, lots of goodies to find in our vendor booths and Art in front of the park with wonderful artworks by the Aromas Hills Artisans.

The day starts with a Grange country-style breakfast featuring eggs, pancakes, ham & sausage from 7 - 11am. Enjoy pony rides, games for kids and the petting zoo.  See classic cars and scale the climbing wall. There's a mix of acts on the main stage offering free entertainment all day long; the highlight of the day is the parade through town at 2 pm.

Admission Free!    Beinvenidos a Todos!
All Day Downtown - 9 AM to 4 PM

 

Enjoy an easy drive on Highway 129 from Hwy 1 or 101 to Rogge Lane. Follow signs to the off-site donation parking on Markus and catch a free wagon ride into town. Aromas Day is a free, family-friendly party you don't want to miss. 277-8194


Location: Aromas Grange, Rose and Bardue, Aromas Map
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Triple P Workshop: Riding the Roller Coaster of Teenage Emotions
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Triple P
Gain tools for handling your teenager's emotions in a calm and loving way
Date: 08/30/2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Triple P Workshop: Riding the Roller Coaster of Teenage Emotions 6:30-8:30pm. Does your teen's moodiness, unpredictable emotions or outbursts make you feel like you're riding a wild roller coaster? You're not alone. Come to this Triple P-Positive Parenting Program workshop to gain tools for handling your teenager's emotions in a calm and loving way. These positive parenting strategies will help your teen learn healthy ways to manage their emotions. This Triple P Workshop is offered through the Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) and is open to the public. Cost is $30 per person. Please note: child care is not available at this location.

 

Presented in English by: Dr. Lourdes Barraza, Clinical Psychologist.

 

Register through Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) at least two days prior to the workshop by phone (831) 457-7099 or register online at www.dignityhealth.org/dominican/pep. Dominican PEP is unable to accommodate walk-ins.


Location: Dominican Rehab Solarium, 610 Frederick St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 465-2217 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Abbott Square Opening
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MAH
Grand Opening weekend with salsa dance lessons, music night, boogie & bubbles
Date: Every day (Aug 31-Sep 3) from 4:00pm to 8:00pm


Salsa NightOpening Events
Aug 31 Salsa Night

Kick off Abbott Square Aug. 31

Grand Opening Weekend with a free salsa class and tissue paper flower making. 

 


Aug 31, 2017 First Friday: Community Night Sep 1 First

 

Friday: Community Night

Celebrate a grand opening five years in the making with food, live music in the streets, an epic ball drop, free art exhibitions, and t-shirt giveways. 

 


Sep 1, 2017 Music Night Sep 2 Music Night

Dust off your dancin' shoes for a night of all local, all live music.

 


Sep 2, 2017 Boogie & Bubbles Sep 3 Boogie & Bubbles

Blow 'em up and pop 'em down! Elevate your energy with big bubbles, little bubbles, bubble prints and more during a day of frolicking fun for the young and young at heart.

 

 

 


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831 763 4047 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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