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River Health Day
Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
The 2nd Sa of every month (Jul 23-Dec 8) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 107 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz Map

Every second Saturday of the month you can join the Coastal Watershed Council in improving habitat conditions along the lower San Lorenzo River.

During these River Health Days, we will be planting and watering beneficial native seedlings, as well as removing invasive plants along the river to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity.

Events occur along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Equipment, gloves and refreshments are provided.

All ages and abilities welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/events/ to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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Bilingual Learn & Play
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Watsonville PAL
WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.
Date: Every Th from 10:30am to 11:30am


(0 A February 2019) WatsPAL_BilingualLearnAndPlay.jpgLet's keep the streak going...
WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.

Bilingual Learn & Play will start February 21st on Thursdays at our PAL Gym - 130 Rodriguez St 10:30 - 11:30am.

More than just a play group, Learn & Play is offered as a free resource to provide early childhood education through a structured circle time followed by play based learning activities and opportunities for social connection.

We are so excited to bring this fun and interactive program to our community!

Please feel free to call us if you have any questions (831) 763-4147


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Location: PAL Gym, 130 Rodriguez St, Watsonville Map
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Free Open Rehearsals
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Cabrillo Music Festival
You're invited to discover what increasing numbers of Festival fans have already realized-Open Rehearsals are a dynamic precurso
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Aug 9)
Admission Fees: free

(0 A July 2019) open-rehearsals-banner.jpgOpen Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, downtown Santa Cruz.

You're invited to discover what increasing numbers of Festival fans have already realized-Open Rehearsals are a dynamic precursor to the concerts themselves.

 

As the community of conductors, musicians, and composers sculpt pieces for performances, you have the chance to watch the music come to life. Wondering what to expect at an Open Rehearsal? Simply enter the auditorium and select your favorite seat!

 

The atmosphere is relaxed, you are free to come and go, but please endeavor to be as quiet as possible, even when the artists are simply talking to each other. The orchestra appreciates your support during these important working sessions! Food and drink are not allowed in the Auditorium, outside of spill-proof water containers. Thank you!

 

2019 REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
A detailed schedule is available on our online calendar and is posted at the Civic Auditorium. A printable PDF can be downloaded here.

 

Mornings [10am-12:30pm]: July 30, 31; Aug 8, 9


Afternoons [2:30-5pm]: July 29; Aug 1, 7, 9

[4-6:30pm]: July 31 (Conductors Workshop)


Evenings [7-9:30pm]: July 28; Aug 1, 6, 7

 

Rehearsal times and program order are subject to change without notice.


Location: Santa Cruz Civic, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz County Map
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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


(AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

 

Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

 

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

 

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


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Pride and Prejudice
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Santa Cruz Shakespeare
Fast-paced, off-beat, and irreverent!
Date: Every day (Jul 9-Aug 31)


Pride and Prejudice

By Kate Hamill, adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, Directed by Paul Mullins

 

Jane Austen's most famous story is retold by eight actors playing multiple roles. Fast-paced, off-beat, and irreverent, Kate Hamill's adaptation will wriggle its way into your heart.  

 

Before the Play Begins...

With four unmarried daughters and with the family property entailed to a male heir, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet live in a rural society with few eligible bachelors. But a Mr. Bingley has just rented a nearby estate . . .

 

Come early and enjoy the full Glen experience! Bring your own picnic, or food, beverages, and desserts are available for purchase at the Glen from Hoffman's Downtown.

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Location: Upper DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz Map
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Comedy of Errors
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Santa Cruz Shakespeare
One of Shakespeare's earliest works, this youthful and exuberant play pairs two sets of identical twins, matching physical comed
Date: Every day (Jul 23-Sep 1)


The Comedy of Errors By William Shakespeare, Directed by Kirsten Brandt

One of Shakespeare's earliest works, this youthful and exuberant play pairs two sets of identical twins, matching physical comedy with mistaken identity for maximum hilarity.  

 

Before the Play Begins...

Egeon and his wife are separated in a shipwreck at sea, each carrying one of their identical twin daughters and one of their daughters' two servants (also identical twins). Egeon, his daughter Antiphola, and her servant Domia end up in Syracuse. Thirty-three years later, however, they unwittingly converge with their long lost family members at Ephesus,a port town at war with Syracuse.
Egeon is captured and led to jail...

 

Come early and enjoy the full Glen experience! Bring your own picnic, or food, beverages, and desserts are available for purchase at the Glen from Hoffman's Downtown.

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Location: Upper DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz Map
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PopUp Picnics in the Park
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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Enjoy tacos on the terrazza!
Date: Every Th (Jun 13-Aug 16) from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Ages: All

PopUp Picnics in the Park return to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for the fourth summer in a row, taking place Thursdays from June 13 through August 15 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. (except for July 4). Take a break to enjoy tacos on the terrazza, with food by Taquitos Gabriel available for purchase. The full menu includes tacos, plates, burritos, quesadillas and drinks with occasional specials, such as mole. Prices range from $2 to $10, and Taquitos Gabriel will donate a portion of their proceeds back to Friends of Santa Cruz State Park. Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is at 144 School St. in Santa Cruz. Learn more at www.thatsmypark.org.


Location: Santa Cruz Mission State Histori, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Summer in the Libraries
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This year's theme, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, was chosen to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves,
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Aug 10)


The Santa Cruz Public Libraries' (SCPL) Summer Reading Program, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, begins June 1st and runs through August 10th. Our entire program has been revamped this year in order to be more inclusive and to put an even greater focus on reading. Studies have shown that reading just 5 books over the summer can significantly reduce Summer Slide - a term for the learning loss experienced over the summer.

 

This year's theme, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, was chosen to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story. It also celebrates the richness of perspectives that arise when we include stories from diverse people. And finally, we celebrate 50 years of space exploration and the anniversary of the lunar landing.

 

We are excited to present 3 SUMMER READING KICKOFF EVENTS to celebrate the beginning of the new program. Bring your picnic blankets, chairs, and lunches for these free family events:

  • A Universe of Stories with Nikki Borodi   Start summer off on Sunday June 9th 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Duck Island Stage in San Lorenzo Park. Nikki Borodi is a performance artist, singer, song-writer, ukulele player and acrobat! She brings her acrobatic musical storytelling to Santa Cruz with bubbles, balloon animals, magic, and acrobatics to delight all ages.
  • Coventry & Kalusa  Join us for some fun in the sun and sign-up for summer reading while playing with bubbles, hula hoops and more on Saturday June 15th at Anna Jean Cumming Park (AKA Blueball Park) from 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. From 12-1 p.m. enjoy a special performance by award winning circus artists Coventry and Kaluza. They will be juggling, hula hooping, playing music, doing some comedy and more.
  • Percussion with James Henry   Sign-up for summer reading while playing with bubbles, hula hoops and more on Sunday June 16th from 12 - 3 p.m. at Highlands County Park in Ben Lomond. From 1 - 2 p.m. enjoy a special performance by James Henry, master percussionist. Expect to dance, sing, be involved and be transported to many areas of the globe through the sounds of drums and percussion!

How to Participate

To sign up, visit santacruzpl.org/srp or visit any branch library, the Bookmobile, or a Summer Reading Kickoff event. Signups begin June 1st and participants have until August 10th to sign out of the program and receive their rewards. Participants of all ages are encouraged to read books 5 books of their own choosing, listen to audio books, or be read to.


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Day Out with Thomas
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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, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 26-Aug 4)
Admission Fees: $25
Special Instructions: July 26-28, July 31-August 4

(0 A July 2019) RoaringCamp-DayOutThomas2019.jpgA Day Out With Thomas

July 26-28, July 31-August 4

Join Thomas the Tank EngineTM for the 2019 Steam Team Tour through the Big Trees. Your train ticket includes a fun-filled day of activities.

Thomas Train  25 mins  See Departures

Activities

  • Photos With Thomas
  • Face Painting
  • Bounce House
  • Storytelling
  • Train Play Tables
  • Sir Topham Hatt

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What is Day Out With ThomasTM?

Day Out With ThomasTM is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank EngineTM at regional heritage railroads across the country.

 

Who is Thomas the Tank Engine?

Since Thomas the Tank Engine left the depot more than 65 years ago, this Really Useful Engine and his Island of Sodor friends have chugged their way into the hearts of preschoolers and grownups worldwide. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories authored by a father who loved trains and wanted a shared experience with his son, Thomas & FriendsTM is a rite of passage that inspires the imagination while teaching the life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation.


Location: Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Junior Rangers Program - New Brighton
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State Park New Brighton
An opportunity to earn prizes while learning about birds, sea life, and local park animals, playing games, and doing arts and cr
Date: Every Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Aug 1-Aug 31) at 11:00am
Ages: 7-12
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Junior Rangers Program

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 11am

This fun one-hour program offers kids, ages 7 to 12, an opportunity to earn prizes while learning about birds, sea life, and local park animals, playing games, and doing arts and crafts. 

 

Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Preschool Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Downtown Preschool Story Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
 
Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
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Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Citizen Science
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A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717

 

December

This month our Citizen Science series offers a discussion about the various ecological and social solutions for living with fire on the Central Coast. Our presenter, Dr. Lee Klinger leads a movement aimed at using ecologically-based techniques to address the problem of oak mortality in California and elsewhere.

 

Dr. Klinger is a tree care practitioner living in Big Sur, California. Since 2005 he has served as director of Sudden Oak Life. He has over 30 years of academic experience in the environmental sciences and has held scholarly appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, the University of Oxford, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Geological Society of London.

 

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Movies at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us!
Date: Every Wed and Th (Jun 19-Aug 14) at 5:00pm


(0 A May 2019) BoardwalkMovies2019.jpgFREE Movies on the Beach

Wednesday Nights at 9pm

June 19 - August 14, 2019

 

There's nothing like watching your favorite movies right on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper roller coaster lights twinkling overhead and the smell of Kettlecorn, corn dogs, and salt water taffy filling the air!

 

Admission FREE!

Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us!

 

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.


2019 Movies Schedule

June 19 The Lost Boys
June 26 School of Rock

July 3 The Sandlot
July 10 Jurassic Park
July 17 Book of Life
July 24 The Outsiders
July 31 The Wedding Singer
Aug 7 Bumblebee (2018)
Aug 14 The Goonies

 


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Big Trees Art Exhibit
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Beautiful big trees - art by local artists
Date: Every weekday (Aug 1-Aug 31) at 8:00am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: M-F

(0 A July 2019) SLV-BigTreesExhibit.jpgOn display at the Santa Cruz County Government Office Community Wall on the first floor will be an exhibition by local artists entitled "Big Trees" - Pictorial images of trees in the San Lorenzo Valley and surrounding area.

 

Painting by Anne Locatelli


Location: County Government Center, 701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz Map
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Pinocchio!
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Little People's Repertory Theatre
Though he's just a puppet from a poor family, Pinocchio and his band of champions will rock you beyond your wildest expectations
Date: Every day (Jul 24-Aug 4)


(0 A July 2019) Pinocchio_LPRT.jpgPinocchio A Bot-Treemian Rhapsody (2019)

Written by Janinne Chadwick
Directed by Daria E. Troxell
Performed at Park Hall

 

In retro-futuristic Italy, the poor country woodcarver Geppetto carves a puppet from an enchanted log from the very last tree in the forest.

 

While in the city, the greedy Stromboli family make robot toys and games as their factory pollutes the water and destroys the forests.The puppet Pinocchio must resist temptation to join the lazy children in their endless gaming, and help the Green Fairy and her magical forest friend the Loraxini.

 

Though he's just a puppet from a poor family, Pinocchio and his band of champions will rock you beyond your wildest expectations.


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Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill St, Ben Lomond Map
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Shark Science Week
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Come explore your ocean!
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Aug 3) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Members FREE

(0 A June 2019) SeymourJune2019.jpgFor a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes.

 

Come explore amazing shark adaptations including their extraordinary senses, the unique ways in which they reproduce, and so much more. Shark touching pool open every day!


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Loneliness: Weíre Still Here
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There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before,
Date: Every day (Apr 5-Sep 22)


MAH LONELINESS EXHIBITION -- BY AND ABOUT SENIORS -- OPENS APRIL 5th

There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before, too.

 

Loneliness and social isolation affect 1 in 3 seniors in Santa Cruz County. Many seniors contact just one person a week; some said they see a visitor less than once a month. Because of this, people 60 years and older who reported feeling lonely saw a 45% increase in risk of death.*

 

Opening April 5th, "We're Still Here: Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation" sheds light on this local crisis and gives visitors the tools to help. It also shares solutions to loneliness from different cultures and families around the world. It's not your typical exhibition; over 180 seniors, advocates, and organizations created this show themselves in partnership with the MAH.

 

"When we learned about this growing issue affecting senior health and well being, we felt the MAH was in a unique position to address it," said Stacey Marie Garcia, Director of Community Engagement at the MAH. "We're all about creating connections and hope to ignite stronger links between seniors and the larger Santa Cruz County community through this exhibition."

 

(0 A 0 March) Loneliness.jpgTheir Story, Told Their Way

To tell this story, the MAH used a simple- but non-traditional- strategy: give seniors the power to design this exhibition themselves. For many museums, this is not how exhibition design operates. Typically, there is strict curatorial control over decisions big and small, from the themes of the exhibition to the title itself.

 

That's not how it worked for "We're Still Here: Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation" (a title brainstormed by the group.) From the beginning, it was a fiercely democratic process. Last September, the MAH reinvigorated the Creative Community Committee (C3), an action-oriented gathering of 186 seniors, advocates, and organizations that live this issue every day. Over the course of seven months, the group brainstormed big ideas, worked with local artists to creatively articulate the issues, and talked about ways the public can help. This was the second incarnation of C3 for this purpose; the first was in the 2017 exhibition Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and the Foster Youth Museum which gathered 100 voices from the local foster youth community for an exhibition of similar structure.

 

Among the big themes of "We're Still Here", one thread is clear: Santa Cruz needs to know about this problem, step into what it feels like, and even take actions to help.


Transforming Empathy into Action

With a topic so heavy, it can be easy to walk away feeling disempowered and sad. That's why We're Still Here dedicates an entire wall to actions the public can take to help.

 

Drive a senior to go grocery shopping. Translate written materials into Spanish for a monolingual elder. Donate an iPod for entertainment. If you have a special skill, offer it. If you just want to give money, you could do that too. These actions were developed with the dozens of organizations participating in C3, among them The County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department, Seniors Council of Santa Cruz County, and Community Bridges.

 

Visitors can explore 45 actions on a wall of business cards that contain ways to follow up and contact information. If one action resonates with them, they can take a card home to complete it.


Telling Stories Through Art

To help translate senior stories, the MAH connected the C3 group with five local artists: Wes Modes, Gina Orlando, Ry Faraola, Cid Pearlman, and The Pajaro Valley Quilt Association. They built relationships with the seniors, understood their stories, and transformed them into visual, audio, and performative experiences for the exhibition.

 

Wes Modes met with seniors to create 'Words of Wisdom', an audio piece recording their stories. Visitors can hear twenty different stories by picking up a telephone and listening in.

 

Gina Orlando empowered seniors with photography. She gave each senior a camera and worked with them one-on-one to capture words and images from their daily lives.

 

Choreographer Cid Pearlman asked seniors to describe what social isolation looked like to them. Inspired by their imagery, she created three physical rooms in the exhibition: a bedroom, a kitchen, and a "room of the mind." During this exhibition, dancers will be periodically activating these rooms with movement.

 

We're Still Here opens April 5th through September 22nd, 2019. This exhibition was made possible by the following sponsors: Visiting Angels, Care from the Heart, County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department, Community Foundation Santa Cruz, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Bay Photo, Canyon View Capital, Anonymous, In Memory of Al Killingsworth, and MAH Members.

 

Open
Sun - Thurs 10AM - 7PM  ~  Fri 10AM - 8PM  ~  Sat 10AM - 3PM

 

Admission Fees

$10 General Admission

$8 Students

Free for MAH members and children under 5.

Free on the First Friday of each month


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Campfire Programs Henry Cowell
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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 Su, Mon, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Aug 31)

Special Instructions: See varying days & times

Evening Campfire Program


August 1 through 18:

Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 8pm & Saturdays at 6pm


August 19 through 31: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm


Gather beneath the Ponderosa Pines at our campfire center for a family friendly evening of song, story, and education. Campfire treats will conclude our evening of discovery! Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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Into The Woods
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
WINNER OF 5 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, OUTSTANDING LYRICS & BOOK!
Date: Every day (Jul 25-Aug 18)


Into The Woods

 

WINNER OF 3 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST BOOK AND ORIGINAL SCORE!

WINNER OF 5 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, OUTSTANDING LYRICS & BOOK!  BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

 

THE PLAY

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

INTO THE WOODS follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.


Location: Cabrillo Stage, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Evening Campfire Program - Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story + marshmellows
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th and Sa (Aug 1-Aug 17) at 7:00pm


Evening Campfire Program

August 1 through 17: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 7pm

Saturday, August 31 at 7pm

 

Join us at 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 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek 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 1-Aug 31)
Ages: 7-12
Special Instructions: Jr 7-12 & Little 3-6 ~ Note different times

Junior Rangers

Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 10am

Saturdays at 10:30am

Do you have a 7 to 12 year old child? This 1-hour program inspires children like yours to be stewards of the redwood forest with games, songs, and activities. They will become a Junior Ranger and earn prizes while learning how to help preserve Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park! Make sure they bring water, a backpack, and hiking shoes. Meet at the campfire center. Parents must sign-in and sign-out their junior rangers. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Little Rangers

Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 9am

Saturdays at 9:30am

Do you have a 3 to 6 year old child? This 30-minute program hour program children like yours to love and connect to nature with games, songs, activities, and goofiness. Meet at the campfire center. Adult supervision is required and participation is greatly encouraged! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Campfire Center, 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Mothersong with Joya
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Mothersong Santa Cruz
A multi-cultural sing-a-long for families with babies
Date: Every Wed and Th at 9:15am
Ages: Babies 0-3 with parents Admission Fees: Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free
Special Instructions: Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30

(0 A November 2018) Joya.jpgMothersong Santa Cruz with Joya Winwood

Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30
Every 1st Sunday of the Month: 10:30-11:30


Directions:  Leaving town on River St, cross Hwy 1. Turn right into the driveway after all the red buildings. The sign says 1060 on it. Park in labeled Guest Parking places.   Walk between the big red buildings on the right.  Look for #111.  There's a ramp for strollers.  Enter the metal gate.  Follow signs.  Art Bar Cafe is next door.

 

All classes are one hour long.  Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free


Location: Tannery World Dance, 1060 River St #110, Santa Cruz Map
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Stuff the Bus Fundraiser
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Can We Count On You This Year To Stuff The Bus?
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 2)


Can We Count On You This Year To Stuff The Bus?  


 Click here for collection drive locations 


It's More Than A Backpack

School Supply Collection Drive: July 1 - August 2
Stuff-A-Thon @ Kaiser Permanente Arena: Aug 3


United Way of Santa Cruz County is proud to partner with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education to collect and distribute NEW backpacks and school supplies to ensure students start school ready to learn with the tools they need to succeed! 


Last year, more than 3,000 Santa Cruz County students were experiencing homelessness and/or extreme hardships - community members like you stepped in and collected 2,200 new backpacks with supplies that were distributed to youth in time for the first day of school...THANK YOU!


With 3,000 K-12 students in need of new school supplies and backpacks, you can make a difference and help a student start the first day of school ready to learn! Your business or organization can sponsor this year's Stuff The Bus - various sponsorship levels include a pop-up school bus for display at your location, marketing materials that include your company logo and social media posts.


Click here to download the 2019 Stuff The Bus Corporate Sponsorship form and/or contact our UW team should you have questions - campaign@unitedwaysc.org


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Helping Children Understand Limits
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Triple P
Attend this 4-week Brief Group to learn:Positive ways to teach your child to accept limits and cooperate with you ...
Date: Every Th (Jul 18-Aug 8) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: Phone: (831) 724-2997 x211

4-Week Triple P Brief Group: Helping Children Understand Limits
Thursdays, July 18 - August 8, 6 - 8 pm
The Triple P - Positive Parenting Program offers simple, practical tools to help families raise happy, healthy children. Attend this 4-week Brief Group to learn: Common reasons why children may be uncooperative or refuse to follow instructions; Positive ways to teach your child to accept limits and cooperate with you; How to respond calmly and consistently when your child refuses to follow
Directions.

This Triple P Brief Group is free and open to the public. Register to reserve your spot and receive free child care. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Presented in English by Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville
To register: Contact Sandra Rodelo at (831) 724-2997 x211 or sandrar@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville Map
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SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Sssnakesss!
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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: Every 2 weeks on Th (Aug 1-Aug 15) at 7:00pm
Ages: All

SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Sssnakesss!

Thursday, August 1 at 7pm

Thursday, August 15 at 7pm

Meet a snake! Learn how they hunt, how they move, and why they're so important. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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POP-UP CAMPFIRE!
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story + marshmellows
Date: Every Fri (Jun 14-Aug 16) at 7:00pm


POP-UP CAMPFIRE!

Fridays at 7pm

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. Meet at Campsite 73 in Huckleberry Campground. If possible, please walk to the campfire, as parking is limited to disabled parking. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Big Basin Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
Pretend, play, sing, and explore!
Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sa at 4:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See different times

Big Basin Nature Club

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 4:30pm

This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 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 campfire center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Junior Rangers Half Moon Bay
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State Park Half Moon Bay
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Aug 1-Aug 31) at 3:00pm
Ages: 7 and older Admission Fees: free

Half Moon Bay State Beach

95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay

(650) 726-8819 | HMBParksVolunteer@parks.ca.gov

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Junior Rangers Program

Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm

We welcome all visitors aged 7 to 12 to discover local natural history of the coastline through hands-on activities and games, all while earning their Junior Ranger badge and logbook. Meet at the visitor center at Francis Beach-Half Moon Bay State Beach. Free event. For more information, call (650) 726-8814. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks

 


Location: Pescadero State Beach, Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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Watsonville Certified Farmers Market
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Watsonville Farmers Market
Fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from 2:30 to 6:30 PM from May to November.
Date: Every Fri from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) WatsFarmersMkt_Mariachi.jpgAn enchanting farmers market with a "mercado" feel. Lots of wonderful produce and prepared foods.

 

The Watsonville Farmers' Market is a member of the California Federation of Certified Farmers' Markets.

 

The Market provides fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from May to November.

 

Mariachi California de Javier Vargas will play every first Friday of the month from 5-6pm (May-October) at the Watsonville city Plaza


Location: Main St/At the Plaza, Watsonville Map
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Little & Junior Rangers Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Little Rangers: Saturdays and Sundays at 10am; Junior Rangers: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1pm
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa


Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

All 3 to 6 year olds and their families are invited to learn, play, and laugh together at this 30 minute program. Activities, songs, stories, and silliness will help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Junior Rangers

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1pm

This 1-hour, kids-only program for 7 to 12 year olds inspires the next generation to be stewards of the redwood forest with games, songs, and guided hikes. Become a Junior Ranger and earn prizes while learning how to help the forest! Bring water, backpack, and hiking shoes. Sign-ups begin 30 minutes before the program starts in the visitor center and programs fill up fast! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Watsonville
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Tues and Fri at 10:30am


(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: Storytime Room, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Junior Rangers - History
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State Park Mission
Learn about the major products and culture of early mission life
Date: Every Fri (Aug 1-Aug 15) from 11:00am to 12:15pm
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: free

Junior Rangers - Mission Foodways: Tortilla Science

Thursday, August 1 at 11am

Prepare and taste some of the new foods the Spanish brought with them to Alta California. We'll use chemistry and botany skills as we harvest, grind, chop, grill, and eat during this fun STEM activity! Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 to 12 year olds. Space is limited. Register by calling (831) 425-5849 or online. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Junior Rangers - Mission Art: Walls of Color

Thursday, August 8 at 11am

We'll study the design elements used in the mission churches and examine their roots in Spanish and Indigenous cultures. Then we'll paint our own "walls," incorporating historical motifs. Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 to 12 year olds. Space is limited. Register by calling (831) 425-5849 or online. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Junior Rangers - Archeology: Clues to the Past
Thursday, August 15 at 11am

Artifacts offer clues to daily life in the past. Use the tools and clues that archaeologists use to sort, identify, and sketch these "puzzle pieces" of history. Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 to 12 year olds. Space is limited. Register by calling (831) 425-5849 or online. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Variety Pack Guided Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 11:00am


Variety Pack Guided Hike

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am

Explore the many beautiful trails at Portola Redwoods State Park! Each hike will offer visitors a greater sense of park history and a deeper connection to the natural world. Hikes will vary in difficulty, so please check the signboard at the visitor center for the daily hike schedule. Generally, afternoon hikes will be more strenuous than morning hikes. Bring closed toe shoes, water, snacks, and a camera. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Friday Night Bands 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 bands!
Date: Every Fri (Jun 14-Aug 30)

Special Instructions: TWO FREE SHOWS ē 6:30pm & 8:30pm

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach  -  TWO FREE SHOWS • 6:30pm & 8:30pm

June 14 - August 30, 2019   -    Printable Schedule

 

Date

Artist

Hit Song

Jun. 14

The English Beat

Save It For Later

Jun. 21

Smash Mouth

All Star

Jun. 28

Everclear

Santa Monica

Jul. 5

Pride & Joy

Soul/Motown Party

Jul. 12

Foghat

Slow Ride

Jul. 19

Taylor Dayne

Tell it to My Heart

Jul. 26

Brian Howe (Bad Company)

Can't Get Enough

Aug. 2

Y&T

Summertime Girls

Aug. 9

Living Colour

Cult of Personality

Aug. 16

10,000 Maniacs

Because the Night

Aug. 23

Steve Augeri (Journey)

Don't Stop Believin'

Aug. 30

Papa Doo Run Run

(Santa Cruz) Beach Party


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Junior Rangers - Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
We'll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile round trip walk
Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sa (Aug 1-Aug 18) at 4:30pm

Special Instructions: See times and dates

Big Basin Nature Club

August 1-August 18: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at 4:30pm (No program on Wednesday, August 14)

Sunday, August 25 at noon

Saturday, August 31 at 4:30pm

 

This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 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 campfire center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Preschool Storytme
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Preschool Storytime @ Aptos Library
Join us for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We will read books, sing songs and make a simple craft. For 3-6 year olds.


Kids 3-5 years

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Guided Hike
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State Park Butano
Join Naturalist Interpreter Eleanor for a 2-hour stroll
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 31) at 1:30pm


Guided Hike

Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30pm

Join a State Park Interpreter for a 1.5-hour exploration of the park to learn about the local ecology and history of Butano Canyon. Topics discussed on the hikes will range from redwood forest ecology to the historical role of humans in shaping the modern landscape. Spend a wonderful afternoon outdoors while discovering a deeper sense of stewardship for the flora and fauna of Butano State Park. Meeting locations vary; consult the whiteboards at the front kiosk or campground for starting location.

 

Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.

 


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
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Old Tree Trail Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old,
Date: Every Fri and Sa at 2:30pm

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Old Tree Trail Hike

Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30pm

On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old, discover the banana slug's vital role to this flourishing forest, and learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Meet outside the visitor center. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 

From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd. Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding (650) 948-9098.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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The Winter's Tale
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Two kings, two kingdoms, and terrible jealousy set the stage for tragedy. But what happens next? Weaving fairy-tale elements i
Date: Every day (Aug 2-Sep 1)


(0 A July 2019) WintersTale.jpgThe Winter's Tale By William Shakespeare, Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges

 

Two kings, two kingdoms, and terrible jealousy set the stage for tragedy. But what happens next? Weaving fairy-tale elements into one of his late romances, Shakespeare explores the magic of healing and redemption.


Before the Play Begins...

Leontes, King of Sicilia, is hosting his childhood best friend, King Polixenes of Bohemia, for a visit of several months. Leontes is married to Hermione; they have a young son, Mamillius, and Hermione is pregnant with their second child.

 

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Location: Upper DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz Map
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Storytime with Author Joyce Oroz
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Storytime with Author Joyce Oroz, "Annie Gets A Brother"
Date: 08/02/2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Families, ages 0-10 Admission Fees: Free

Local author and illustrator, Joyce Oroz, will read from her children's books Annie Gets Her Bounce and Annie Gets a Brother. She will also talk about writing and illustrating books. This is a special program for families with children preschool through second grade. Friends of the Scotts Valley Library are co-sponsoring this event and will have the author's books for sale.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (May 3-Aug 31) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Vehicle day-use fee is $10
Special Instructions: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11am and 2pm

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 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes.

 

Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Campfire Programs Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Fri and Sa at 8:00pm


Campfire Programs

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

Come for the fun and stay for the science! Each night's program will cover a different topic of life in the redwoods. After a long day of hiking, unwind around the campfire while expanding your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our wonderful state park. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Pigeon Point Light Station Guided Tour
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
History walks of the lighthouse
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

Guided History Tour

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, Pescadero, CA

Guided half-hour history walks of the lighthouse grounds are available 10am - 4pm Fridays through Sundays, except on rainy days.


Location: Guided Tour, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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2019 Season Subscription
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Mountain Community Theater
Theater at its delightful best in Ben Lomond!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Mar 15-Dec 15)
Ages: 12+

2019 Season Subscription

2019 SEASON TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE - THROUGH BROWN PAPER TICKETS OR BY CALLING 800-838-3006, THEIR 24/7 CUSTOMER SERVICE NUMBER.

Here's a list of the shows in our 2019 season. All performances are at Park Hall in beautiful downtown Ben Lomond.

 

March 15 - April 7
FOUR OLD BROADS
By Leslie Kimbell
Directed by Kathie Kratochvil
Four Old Broads is a new comedy featuring four sassy, smart, and savvy older women who are living at the Magnolia Place Assisted Living home. With fast-paced and quick-witted dialogue, it has been called "a laugh-out-loud hysterical play with a whole lot of heart." The play revolves around retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton who desperately needs a vacation, but NOT another trip to see that "precious little German village for the umpteenth time." She dreams of a trip through the Caribbean on a "Sassy Seniors Cruise," but encounters obstacles along the way, including the evil Nurse Pat Jones. Much laughter ensues as the gals try to solve a mystery at Magnolia Place by going under-cover. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all.


May 17 - June 9
RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
By Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Peter Gelblum
 A Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama.  Also called "one of the top 10 plays of 2012" by Entertainment Weekly and "intensely smart and immensely funny" by the New York Times.  After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs - the prize being Gwen's husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.


August 16-18
NEW WORKS WEEKEND
Produced by Alaina Boys
We will again be staging our New Works Weekend in August, featuring a staged reading of a new play by a local playwright. Each performance will feature a talk back with the cast and playwright.


September 20 - October 20
MAMMA MIA
By Catherine Johnson, with music by ABBA
Directed by Kathie Kratochvil

Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! The sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless 1970's hit songs, non-stop laughs, and explosive dance numbers propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.


November 22 - December 15
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Bill Peters

Chekov's masterpiece tells the story of an aristocratic Russian landowner who returns to her family estate just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage, and her increasingly desperate attempts to save the property.  The play's brilliance lies in its use of a critical historical moment - the aftermath of the abolition of serfdom in Russia - to explore and provide deep insights into families and relationships, all done with humor and intense drama.


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
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Tales to Tails La Selva Beach
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Fri from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) LibraryLaSelva_TalestoTails_.jpgTales to Tails @ La Selva Beach from 3:00pm-3:30pm!

 

Have you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

 

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Campfire Programs
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State Park Butano
Marshmallow roasting, songs, trivia, and a slideshow
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 31) at 7:00pm


Campfire Program

Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm

Celebrate the summer with a State Park Interpreter at our campfire program. We'll roast some marshmallows, play trivia and other games, sing campfire songs, and feature a short presentation on an important nature topic. Come prepared to participate in the show, laugh, learn, and win prizes. It's a great time for one and all! Meet at the campfire center next to the Ben Ries Campground. Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
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Toddler Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Toddler Time @ Downtown (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)


Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let's play and learn together!

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Evening Campfire Program - New Brighton
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State Park New Brighton
S'mores at 7:00pm and group activities at 7:30pm. Hear local lore about New Brighton State Beach and learn about the Monterey Ba
Date: Every Fri (Aug 2-Aug 30) at 2:00pm


Evening Campfire Program

Fridays at 7pm

Join us for s'mores at 7:00pm and group activities at 7:30pm. Hear local lore about New Brighton State Beach and learn about the Monterey Bay with lots of singing, stories, games, and prizes for all ages. Meet at the group picnic area next to the ramada. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. 

 


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Little and Junior Rangers
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State Park Butano
Summer kid ranger programs
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 31)

Special Instructions: Littles 10am, Juniors 11am

Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

Any and all 3 to 6 year olds are invited to play games, listen to stories and songs, and learn about nature! Activities and games vary from week to week, but always cover a topic relevant to Butano State Park. Smiles, laughter, and good times abound at this program, and it’s a fantastic way to begin your morning in the park. Meet at the campfire center next to the Ben Ries Campground. Parents are required to stay and encouraged to help facilitate the fun and games.

 

Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.

 

Junior Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am

All visitors aged 7 to 12 have the opportunity to become a Junior Ranger with this program. Junior Rangers learn about the importance of nature and our heritage through exploration, games, and various activities and earn prizes for their participation.

 

Meeting locations vary; consult the whiteboards at the front kiosk or campground for program location. Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
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Mission Cooking Demonstration
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State Park Mission
Presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno
Date: 08/03/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Mission Cooking Demonstration

Saturday, August 3 at 1pm

Experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked at Santa Cruz Mission over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a comal, and baking in our horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Castle Rock Loop
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State Park Castle Rock
Join us on a 2-mile, 2-hour hike to Castle Rock and Castle Rock Falls
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Castle Rock Loop Hike

Saturdays at 11am

On this 1-mile, 1-hour interactive journey we will discuss the various park ecosystems, Ohlone history, Black Oak ecology, wildfire, and more. Bring water, closed toe shoes, snacks, and a camera. Meet at kiosk. No pets. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $8. Parking is limited so please try to arrive early. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (831) 291-8273 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Experience
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
With the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Date: Every Sa (Jun 1-Aug 24) from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2019) SeymourLogoMay.jpgCome learn more about Monterey Bay, from a vantage point half-mile out to sea, without ever leaving land! The Santa Cruz Wharf extends a half-mile out to sea in a dynamic and truly marine environment. Scientists from the University of California, Santa Cruz utilize this easy access to ocean ecosystems to conduct research in sustainable energy, biological oceanography, harmful algal blooms, and marine mammals.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center volunteers are available to answer your marine science questions Saturdays from noon to 3 PM, May 25 to August 24, 2019.

Look for us near the end of the wharf! Volunteers will be wearing uniforms of khaki pants and navy blue Seymour Center shirts.


Location: Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Old Growth Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Do It Yourself Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.


Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Felling the Giants
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State Park Big Basin
Logger stories and demonstration
Date: 08/03/2019 from 11:30am to 12:30am


Felling the Giants

Saturday, August 3 at 11:30am

How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a logging camp? What tools did they use? Join docent Paul Fewel as he tells stories of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants-without chainsaws! You get to use some tools too! Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Reading In the Redwoods
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Library Felton
Join our monthly book club!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) LibraryFelton_ReadingInRedwoods.jpgReading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday at 6:15 pm.

 

Copies of the book are usually available at the Felton branch library.

For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch.

 

To be added to the book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturdays at noon

Sunday, August 4 at noon

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level, and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Old Growth Classic
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Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz
Sept. 14: A 55-mile mixed terrain race, two nights of camping, live music, delicious catered meals, and more summer camp fun. As
Date: Every Sa (Jul 10-Sep 14)
Admission Fees: $170 - $200
Special Instructions: Registration open now

(0 A July 2019) OldGrowthClassic.jpgMountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) is proud to partner with Ibis Cycles to present the second annual Old Growth Classic on September 14, 2019. This event is a full weekend experience featuring a 55-mile mixed terrain race, two nights of camping, live music, delicious catered meals, and more summer camp fun. As always, a significant portion of the proceeds will go directly to State Parks. 

 

New this year, there are two event packages to choose from, a Full Weekend Package and a Race Day Only Package (more details below), and 500 total spots are available. This event will sellout fast, so be ready to register tonight at 7:00pm!

 

We'd love everybody to join us for the full weekend, but we know some of you need to get back home. That's why we have a limited number of Race Day Only Packages available this year, in addition to our classic Full Weekend Package. 

 

Full Weekend Package ($200, limit 425) includes:

- Professionally timed bike race
- High quality commemorative race number plate
- Two nights of camping at Little Basin Campground
- Four meals (Saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner, Sunday breakfast snacks)
- Reusable cup/plate/utensils

- Event koozie
- Free coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters
- Two free drinks from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery or Venus Spirits
- Event t-shirt

 

Race Day Only Package ($170, limit 75) includes:

- Professionally timed bike race
- High quality commemorative race number plate
- Two meals (Saturday lunch/dinner)
- Reusable cup/plate/utensils
- Event koozie
- Free coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters
- Two free drinks from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery or Venus Spirits
- Event t-shirt

 

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Location: Big Basin, 21700 Little Basin Road, Boulder Creek Map
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Tinkergarten Summer Classes
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Tinkergarten (local leader: Kelsey Eiland)
Outdoor Classes for Kids
Date: Every Tues and Sa (Jul 13-Aug 27)
Ages: 3-8 Admission Fees: $105/6 classes
Special Instructions: Please visit the Tinkergarten website at https://tinkergarten.com/classes/all/95064?seasons[0]=19 in order to sign up for summer classes! Input your zipcode and look for classes led by Kelsey Eiland.

In each session of our summer series, Tinkergarten Leader, Kelsey, will facilitate a different expert-designed play lesson, welcoming children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. All of our summer play lessons are inspired by a single play theme-Camping! Parents and caregivers will also learn about how children develop through play and how to support play at home. The Tinkergarten program progresses to meet each child's needs, season after season. This Summer, the curriculum for 3-8 years will support kids in developing a range of cognitive, social/emotional and physical skills, which every lesson will put special emphasis on our season's focus skill-Communication. Come join us outdoors to connect and learn through play this summer!
Location: De Laveaga Park, 855 Branciforte Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-5270 •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 3-Aug 17) at 9:00pm


Star Walk

Saturday, August 3 at 9pm

Saturday, August 10 at 9pm

Saturday, August 17 at 9pm

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

 


Location: 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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 3-Aug 4) from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Church Street in front of Civic Auditor

The CHURCH STREET FAIR celebrates Santa Cruz's vibrant cultural scene with free non-stop performances from diverse global traditions, delicious fare from local food purveyors, vintners and brewers, and vendor booths filled with the work of regional artisans.

 

Free activities for children include hands-on workshops in the Creativity Tent for Kids, and the Cabrillo Festival's Free Family Concert.

 

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 28 year-old Church Street Fair is treasured as the quintessential summertime festival. The Church Street Fair is a collaboration between the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the City of Santa Cruz' Civic Auditorium.


2019 STAGE LINEUP 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3

11:00am QI GONG WITH LEWIS LEE REGEN

11:45am THOMAS SPEARANCE MUSICAL SAW

12:15pm SANTA CRUZ BALLET THEATRE

1:00pm ARGENTINE TANGO WITH JOHN & NANCY LINGEMANN

1:15pm ÁGUA DOCE DANCE

1:45pm ELIE MABANZA & ANNE STAFFORD

2:45pm PLAN B ORGAN TRIO

4:00pm DESERT DREAM MUSIC AND DANCE

5:15pm TAMMI BROWN


SUNDAY, AUGUST 4

11:15am THE GREAT MORGANI

12:15pm EL SISTEMA SANTA CRUZ

1:00pm FREE FAMILY CONCERT inside the Civic Auditorium

2:30pm WATSONVILLE TAIKO

3:30pm RAÍZES DO BRASIL

4:15pm FLOR DE CAÑA

5:30pm THE INCITERS


Location: Street in front of Civic Auditor, Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Strawberry Jam Fun Run 1K and 5K
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Friends of Watsonville Parks and Community Services
FRIENDS OF WATSONVILLE PARKS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES ANNOUNCES THE"STRAWBERRY JAM FUN RUN" AUG 3RD.
Date: 08/03/2019 from 7:45am to 10:00am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: Fun Run is $5

THE STRAWBERRY JAM 1K AND 5K FUN RUN KICKS OFF THE WATSONVILLE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL ON SAT, AUG 3 STARTING AND FINISHING AT RAMSAY PARK IN WATSONVILLE. THIS SCENIC AND MODERATELY HILLY COURSE CAN BE RUN OR WALKED. BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND GO TO THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. REGISTER AT ACTIVE.COM OR AT THE WATSONVILLE PARKS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES OFFICE.


Location: Ramsay Park, 1301 Main St, Watsonville Map
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We Bring the Sandhills to You!
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills formation -its fossils, its unique plants and animals, and how fire plays a role in preserving
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

We Bring the Sandhills to You!

Saturday and Sundays from 11am to 2pm

Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills formation-its fossils, its unique plants and animals, and how fire plays a role in preserving this special habitat -at our Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center in the parking lot next to the Nature Store. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077.

 

Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Old-Growth Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Explore the redwoods!
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Old-Growth Redwood Tour                                                                                  

Saturdays at 11am and 2pm

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Free event.

 

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


Location: Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

Monterey Country Dance Community holds contra dances most first and third Saturdays (in December, our dances may vary due to the holiday season) at the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, at 600 Camino El Estero in Monterey, unless otherwise noted in our schedules and calendars.  Come alone or bring a friend - beginners are always welcome!  If you'd like to support MCDC, please consider becoming a Member (a minimum $25/year sponsorship helps us to continue these wonderful dances).

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

  • $12 for nonmembers (of any sister organization)
  • $10 for members of MCDC or sister organization (including BACDS & CDSS)
  • $5 for full-time students and active military, with ID

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


Not sure what Contra Dance is?
See videos and learn more by checking out our About Contra Dance page. If you're feeling nervous about learning how to contra dance, we even have links to beginning dancers' training videos on YouTube - they are a wonderful help, though nothing replaces dancing as a way to learn.
Please be aware that some of our dancers are sensitive to fragrances - we respectfully request that everyone please be thoughtful and not use products with fragrance prior to a contra dance.  Thank you!


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey Map
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Ohlone Plant Use
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State Park Big Basin
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago?
Date: 08/03/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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Ohlone Plant Use

Saturday, August 3 from 10am to noon

 


No Safeway? No Home Depot? No pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Docent Eva Fewel will have plant samples and tools that the local Native Californians used.

Learn how they collected, processed and used the local plants. Stop by our visitor center any time during this drop-in program. Free event.

 

Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks. 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed
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State Park Big Basin
Come to the visitor center, next to park headquarters, to get answers!
Date: Every Su and Sa (May 4-Sep 1) from 11:00am to 1:00pm


Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed

Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 1pm

Do you have questions about Big Basin? Want trail information? Information about the plants and animals you see? Come to the visitor center, next to park headquarters, to get answers! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
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 Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm

 

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 may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, 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. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)


Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Little Rangers Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su and Sa at 10:00am


Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

All 3 to 6 year olds and their families are invited to learn, play, and laugh together at this 30 minute program. Activities, songs, stories, and silliness will help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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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 3-Aug 4) 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.


Location: Monterey County Fair & Event Cen, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 682-2022 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Open House 2019
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State Park Castro Adobe
"Thanks for the Memories" is a chance for history buffs, locals and Castro family descendants to visit
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 6-Dec 29) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

Located at 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville,  the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret Pajaro Valley's first State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks.

 

2019 Castro Adobe Open House events

Opened on a limited basis, the park will be open to the public one weekend day each month in 2019:

  • Sunday, Jan. 27
  • Saturday, Feb. 9
  • Sunday, March 10
  • Saturday, April 6
  • Sunday, May 19
  • Saturday, June 8
  • Sunday, July 14
  • Saturday, Aug. 10*
  • Sunday, Sept. 15
  • Saturday, Oct. 19
  • Sunday, Nov. 17
  • Holidays on the Rancho, Saturday, Dec. 7

The open houses will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the exception of the August event, which is 6-9 p.m. All events are free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

Learn more about how you can help create California's newest State Historic Park.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Story Time Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
Date: Every Sa at 10:30am


Story Time Walk

Saturdays at 10:30am

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. We'll stop and read one page, walk a bit, then read the next page until we finish the story. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Old Cove Landing Trail Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.
Date: Every Sa (Jun 1-Aug 31) from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: 4/6, 20, 27

Old Cove Landing Trail

Saturday, August 3 at 11am

Saturday, August 17 at 11am

Saturday, August 24 at 11am

Saturday, August 31 at 11am

On this 2.5 mile, 2-hour family friendly walk, we'll explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, layered clothing, and binoculars if available. Meet at the interpretive center. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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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 Sa at 11:00am

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

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
  Sat 11am
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.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have.

 

Meet at the visitor center. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


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Book Sale at Church Street Fair
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Library Central
Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
Date: Every day (Aug 3-Aug 4) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A July 2019) BookSaleAtChuchStFair2019.jpg A Friends Book Sale featuring our excess lobby books at very inexpensive prices!


This will be on the corner near the downtown library entrance on Church Street.

 

You'll find children's books, popular fiction, vintage books, and more!

The Friends of the Library Book Sale proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
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Arboretum
Free guided tour with paid admission, $3
Date: Every Sa

Special Instructions: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6

Join staff & docents on a tour of what's in bloom.

Free Guided Tour, 1st Saturday, every month, Free with your Arboretum admission. 

 

Admission to the Arboretum

  • The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is open from 9:00 to 5:00 every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. A visit is worthwhile any time of the year.
  • $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6.
  • Free to those going only to shop at Norrie's.
  • Free to UCSC students
  • Free to Friends of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum members and Arboretum volunteers
  • Free to members of gardens participating in the American Horticulture Society (AHS) Reciprocal Admissions Program
  • Free on first Tuesday of each month, Community Day.
  • Docent-lead tours can be arranged by advance request. The $10 per person cost includes admission to the Arboretum.

 


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder
Tour Wilder Ranch!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 5-Dec 29) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event free. Day use parking fee is $10.  Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Scottish Games
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The Scottish Society
Come out and celebrate Scottish culture, traditions, athletic competitions and entertainment - fun activities for the whole fami
Date: Every day (Aug 3-Aug 4) at 9:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Enter Gate 5

(0 A July 2018) MontereyScottishBagpipers.jpgThis 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 an array of games for the wee ones. Travel to Scotland, Ireland and England without leaving the Monterey Peninsula. Come out and celebrate Scottish culture, traditions, athletic competitions and entertainment.  

 

Enjoy delicious tastes of the British Isles including an array of meat pies from Heritage Meat Pies/Sunblest Foods (New! Jalapeno, Bacon, Mac and Cheese Pie, Mac and Cheese Pie, and Chicken Chili Verde Pie plus great favorites such as Steak and Mushroom Pie, Steak and Vegetables Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Lamb Curry Pie, and Sausage Rolls (see details below) plus British favorites from vendor Taste of Britain serving Fish and Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage plus Kids Specials such as Chicken Tenders and Corn Dogs. New to the Festival this year is Murphys Mustard Company ("It's Just Plain Sassy!") Enjoy lots of sweet treats from Brown's handmade English Toffee and Welsh Shortcakes. (See list below)

 

On both days, there will be the popular whisky tasting seminars. This year, two seminars will take place at both 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and one seminar on Sunday at 2:30 pm for a separate fee of $30. Participants will learn much more about the long history of whisky, how it's distilled, its many tasting characteristics of fine single malt whiskies. There will be lots of Guinness Beer and many other beverages as well.

 

The Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with exciting massed pipe bands on parade, including many award-winning California-based pipe bands, thrilling Drum Major Competitions, talented Highland and Country dancers, special entertainers, athletes competing in the famous Caber Toss and more, dozens of clan tents, whisky tasting seminars, delicious Celtic food, great jewelry, swords, kilts, crafts and more, sheepdog and duck herding, forging demos, kids games and much more. In addition to traditional pipes and drums, dancing, and a variety of exciting athletic competitions, the Festival is a celebration full of demonstrations, performances and musical entertainment related to many fascinating aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.  

 

Research your own history by visiting the Avenue of the Clans featuring over two dozen very hospitable and informative clan booths.  A historical re-enactment portraying life in 16th century Scotland includes performers who entertain and educate attendees though the medium of living history. Historical reenactors, including Mary Queen of Scots and her beautifully costumed court, Sjorvaldar Vikings (new this year), Clan Galbraith, SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism). Vaden Forge (forging demos kids love) allow attendees to step back in history. Festival-goers will enjoy experiencing and learning more about the fascinating Celtic culture and their own heritage. 


Location: Monterey County Fargrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-372-5863 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Summer Concert Series
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State Park New Brighton
Campfire concerts. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!
Date: Every Sa (Jul 6-Aug 31) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm


Summer Concert Series

Saturdays from 7:30 to 8:30pm

Enjoy a free concert every week this summer! Great local groups with lots of talent! Visit the kiosk for performing artists' information. Meet at the ramada for concert. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. 

 

Saturday Nights in July at 7:30pm

7/1-Watsonville Taiko Drummers
7/8- Western Sing-a-long with Michelle Kiba
7/15- Designated Drivers (Americana & Classic Rock)
7/23- Indonesian Gamelan
7/29- Simmons Family Band

Saturday Nights in August, 7:30pm

8/3

8/10

8/17

8/24



Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Santa Cruz Makers' Market
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Santa Cruz Mountain Makers Market
Over 40 local artists and crafters hosting a beautiful variety of handmade goods + Live music all day
Date: The 1st Su of every month from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A January 2019) MakersMarket_Downtown.jpgTime to get your shopping on! Bring the whole family and shop local at the Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market on Pacific Ave. between Water & Locust Streets.

 

10am-5pm

Over 40 local artists!
Live music ALL day
FREE Admission!

The Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market happens on the first Sunday of the month! Come on out and #supportthelocals !


See the full line-up of artists at www.scmmakersmarket.com/markets


Location: N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join the hands-on fun at the crafts table every Sunday from 1-3 PM.
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(0 AB November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.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. Free with admission to the Seymour Center.

 

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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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 4-Sep 1) at 7:00pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

Twilight Adaptations Walk

Sundays at 7:30pm

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, half-mile, 1.5 hour walk. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Art & Music at the Beach
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Capitola Art & Cultural Commission
Music, Art, the Beach... come visit
Date: Every Su (Jun 23-Aug 18) from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

Sunday Art & Music at the Beach 2019

Six Sundays throughout the summer from 11am-5pm

Projected 2019 dates: 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 8/4 & 8/11 

Live music from 2 pm-4pm on the Esplanade Park stage   

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola at the Sunday Art & Music at the Beach event taking place six Sundays throughout the summer at Esplanade Park overlooking the Monterey Bay. View and purchase quality artwork including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media from local artists and enjoy live music on the Esplanade Stage. This family friendly event is free and open to the public. 

Call to artists: Check back to download an application. Applications are accepted April 1 - August 1, 2019. Access Artist Requirement information below.

 


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Redwoods and Climate Change
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State Park Henry Cowell
Walk through the ancient old-growth forest with a docent and discuss our relationship with the forest and the prospective futur
Date: Every Su and Sa (Aug 4-Aug 18) at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Redwoods and Climate Change

Sunday, August 4 at 2pm

Sunday, August 11 at 2pm

Sunday, August 18 at 2pm

How have coast redwoods adapted to the natural environment? Can they adapt to a human-altered environment? How can we make a difference? Answer these questions and more during a Sunday saunter. Walk through the ancient old-growth forest with a docent and discuss our relationship with the forest and the prospective future. Meet at the visitor center. Recommended for age 12 and older. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) LibraryFeltonCraft1.jpgCome join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts. It's every Sunday from 2-4:30pm.

 

Bring something portable that you are working on or come prepared to have fun!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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DIY Crafts
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(1:00 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun with DIY crafts every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 4:30 pm! Come and create a self-directed craft.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Nature's Supermarket
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State Park Big Basin
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago?
Date: Every Su (Jul 11-Aug 25) at 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Nature's Supermarket

Thursday, August 8 at 7pm

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! Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm.

 

Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Mountain Makers' Market in Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz Mountain Makers Market
Over 40 local artists and crafters hosting a beautiful variety of handmade goods + Live music all day
Date: The 1st Su of every month from 1:00pm to 7:00pm


July 7 - Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market
Pacific Ave. between Water St. & Locust St. - Santa Cruz
- 1-7pm -
Over 40 Local Artists!
Free concert by AJ Lee & Blue Summit!


FREE admission!www.scmmakersmarket.com/markets
to see the full line up of artists.


Location: N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Corralitos Farm & Garden Market
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Corralitos Valley Research & Education Association (CVREA)
We have the tastiest fruit, veggies and baked treats!
Date: Every Su from 11:00am to 3:00pm


 

The Farm & Garden Market is a small, friendly, open air market made up of local farmers and gardeners who grow within about a five mile radius of Corralitos.

 

Seasonally we have the tastiest strawberries, blueberries, cherries, lemons, tomatoes, herbs, squash, potatoes, carrots, peas, beets, and avocados, as well as a variety of other fruits, vegetables, lettuces and salad greens.

We have bakers that offer wonderful treats, along with a table full of beautiful potted flowers.

 

You may find expertly handmade natural soaps, and homemade jams and preserves.

 

The market is open to all of our friends and neighbors who grow anything from a garden to a good back yard fruit tree.

 

For a booth we request a $5 donation to the CVREA, the non-profit who maintains the Corralitos Cultural Center.

Farm & Garden Market (including vendor inquiries)
Contact Wayne Miller:  wayne@catalyst2001.com  / (831) 724-1332

 


Location: Corralitos Cultural Center, 127 Hames Road, Corralitos Map
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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: 08/04/2019 at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturdays at noon

Sunday, August 4 at noon

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level, and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Family Concert
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Cabrillo Music Festival
Come to the Civic Auditorium and make music with us! Perfect for all ages, this rousing experience begins with an up close Tour
Date: 08/04/2019 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Church Street in front of Civic Auditor

Free Family Concert

 

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This year's Free Family Concert offers É Gol!, a brand-new interactive work by Brazilian composer/pianist/vocalist Clarice Assad! Originally inspired by "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls," Assad wanted to share a tale of empowerment, daring, and possibility. She chose as her heroine female Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva, arguably the best female footballer of all time! The work explores moments of Vieira da Silva's life, culminating with a soccer match soundtrack finale Assad will lead the audience to sing along with the amazing Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, conducted by Cristi MńÉcelaru. Come to the Civic Auditorium and make music with us! Perfect for all ages, this rousing experience begins with an up close Tour of the Orchestra, and happens during the Church Street Fair.


Location: Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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ESL Conversation
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Library Central
Date: Every Mon from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

ESL Conversation Group (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)

Volunteer guided ESL conversation group for people who want to practice their English. We'll use real life situations and tasks to help people get more comfortable with using English in everyday life. Grupo de conversacion ESL dirigido por un voluntario para participantes que desean practicar su inglés. Utilizaremos situaciones de la vida diaria para ayudar a la gente a sentirse más cómodo usando el ingés en la vida cotidiana.

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Baby Bunch
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Temple Beth El
... social time and support for babies and their parents...
Date: Every Mon at 11:00am
Admission Fees: free

Hang out with other moms and dads with babies.


Location: 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos Map
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BOARD IN THE LIBRARY
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Library Scotts Valley
Board Games for adults!
Date: Every Mon from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


(0 A February 2019) Library_BoardGames2.jpgBOARD IN THE LIBRARY


WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 6:30-8:30 p.m.


ADULTS need playtime too! Come play with us for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games.

 

No prior gaming experience is necessary.


Some of the titles we carry are:

Settlers of Catan
Disney Monopoly
Deadwood Studios, USA
Star Trek: The Interactive VHS Board Game
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
Unspeakable Words
Candy Land
Pandemic
Battleship
Apples to Apples
Elder Sign
Bananagrams
Lord of the Fries
Ticket to Ride
King of New York

D&D Basic Board Game
Shogi

Dead of Winter
7 Wonders
Elysium
Disney Scene It
Flick 'Em Up
Vikings on Board
Last Night on Earth
Imhotep
Flash Point
Dixit
Risk: Marvel Cinematic Universe Edition
Star Trek: Attack Wing
Kill Doctor Lucky (Board game and card game)
Paris Connection
Dominion

chess, backgammon, and checkers

Codenames
Stuff and Nonsense
Tak
Exploding Kittens
Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Turbulence
Braiiiins!
Zombie DIce
Fluxx
Black Market Warehouse
Evil Baby Orphanage
Give Me the Brain!
Unexploded Cow
Brawl
The Star Wars Game
Clue
Whodunit
and more!

Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Toddler Story Time
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Mon from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: toddlers & parents Admission Fees: Free

Toddler Time @ Live Oak (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Location: Live Oak Branch
Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Join us for early literacy practices involving music, movement, stories, rhymes and more for your child and you.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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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 1-Sep 2) 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 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
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Tales to Tails Aptos
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Mon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Library_LaSelva_TalestoTails.jpgHave you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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National Night Out
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City of Watsonville
Activities, information and food!
Date: 08/06/2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Special Instructions: See 17 different locations

National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 6th, neighborhoods throughout the City of Watsonville will join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “36th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.

 

The Parks and Community Services Department and the Watsonville Police Department are sponsoring our 21st year of neighborhood unity against crime. In all, over 37.1 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”

 

The goals of National Night Out are to increase crime and drug prevention awareness; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships.

 

It is expected that 17 neighborhoods throughout the City will host this event. (see attached list) Festivities include block parties, BBQ’s, DJ’s, activities for children and dance contests. Everyone is invited to come out and visit their nearby National Night out event.

 

Local government representatives, police officers and City staff will attend the different events to talk with neighbors about ways to promote a safe, healthy and environmentally friendly community. Fire department crews will also visit most of the sites on their fire engines.

 

Registration is free to all interested groups who wish to participate. If you wish to hold a future NNO event in your neighborhood or for more information regarding this year’s event, please contact Darío León with Parks and Community Services at 768-3291 to receive more information on how to make your event a fun filled day for your neighborhood.

 

NEIGHBORHOODS PARTICIPATING


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Anime Club
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Library Watsonville
Join our Anime Club!
Date: The 1st Tues of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6-12 grades

Anime Club

The Anime Club is open to all students in 6th - 12th grades. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the Month 4:00 p.m - 5:30 p.m.. If you are 13 or younger, but still in 6th grade, you will need to bring a signed Anime Club Permission Form (PDF) with you to the meeting.

 

All about Manga & Anime


The History of Manga from NMP International Blackmoon's Anime and Manga Glossary to his
Anime Companion Books Mechademia: A journal of all things anime, manga, games and pop-culture about Japan.


Some Fun Links to Enjoy

 

  • Create a fun manga style avatar with Mangatar!
  • Real Kana: Where you can practice your hiragana and katakana.
  • Daily Sudoku: Where you can puzzle over more Sudoku.

Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
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Capitola National Night Out
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City of Capitola
Meet your neighbors and grow community...enjoy free BBQ, jump house, petting zoo, K9 demonstrations, plus meet local officers an
Date: 08/06/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All

(0 A July 2019) CapitolaNightOut_Square.jpgMeet your neighbors and grow community...enjoy free BBQ, jump house, petting zoo, K9 demonstrations, plus meet local officers and the Chief of Police...

 

It's National Night Out! Join Capitola Police for this community building event on August 6 from 5-7 PM.

 


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Open House
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Santa Cruz Police
Activities for kids and adults, station tours, and live demonstrations. Plus, the Santa Cruz Police Officers Association will ha
Date: 08/06/2019 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm


The Santa Cruz Police Department is celebrating for National Night Out with a free community Open House event at police headquarters located at 155 Center Street on Tuesday, August 6 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The Open House is an opportunity for the Santa Cruz Police Department to say thank you to residents for having an active partnership to improve our community.

The open house features activities for kids and adults, station tours, and live demonstrations. Plus, the Santa Cruz Police Officers Association will have a booth passing out free cotton candy!

"We are very pleased to open the doors of our facility and family to the community. We want everyone to get an up-close and personal look at how our Department serves their city," said Police Chief Andrew Mills. "We're extremely grateful to our residents for supporting the Department and allowing us to provide community-oriented policing in Santa Cruz."

Meet the Chiefs, Officers, CSOs, Rangers, and professional staff and learn what goes into policing a City of 65,000 residents and millions of annual visitors. Join us for Open House activities including:

  • Tours of the Police Department
  • K-9 Demonstration
  • Hop in, take a closer look at our Police Vehicles
  • Crime Scene Investigation Interactive Activity
  • Equipment Displays & Demos - Try It On!
  • Police Motorcycle Skills Demonstration
  • Learn about Police Careers & Volunteering
  • Crime Prevention Information
  • Refreshments, Giveaways & Much More!

FREE parking provided at Depot Parking Lot 107 Center Street and bike valet at SCPD for Open House attendees on Tuesday, August 6 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Family-friendly FREE Open House event, SCPD invites everyone to bring your friends and families for a fun night at police headquarters.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement to encourage a sense of community. It provides an excellent opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under favorable circumstances. 

For more information or questions about SCPD Open House event for National Night Out, please call (831) 420-5844 or email jblaschke@cityofsantacruz.com.


Location: Santa Cruz Police Community Room, 155 Center Street, Santa Cruz County Map
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SLVNew Parents Support Group
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Birth Network
Date: Every Tues from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Parents and their newborns are welcome! Led by postpartum doulas, lactation counselors and an AMFT.

Make friends.

Get answers to questions.

Find reassurance!


Location: Mountain Community Resurces, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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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 Tues of every month from 9:00am to 5:00pm
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.

 

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
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Felton Farmers Market
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
Produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists
Date: Every Tues (May 1-Nov 26) from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

The Felton Certified Farmers Market offers produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists.

 

    Felton Certified Farmers' Market provides a community marketplace offering fresh seasonal produce sold by those who grow it, a variety of nonagricultural products and  creates a lively, educational and informative meeting place for the entire San Lorenzo Valley. The market offers fresher food at prices normally lower than retail. We carry a wonderful variety of produce, plants, flowers, bread, deserts, fish, prepared foods and there's always fun to be had.


Location: Hwy 9, St. John's Church parking lot
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Baby Laptime
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Library Freedom
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Wed at 10:30am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
Phone: (831)768-3420 •website Freedom create a direct event link
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 5-Aug 28) 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.

 

The 2019 Twilight Concerts will be held Wednesdays from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. June - August. The Concerts are held at the Esplanade Park Bandstand, with the one of largest dance floors around.  Bring a picnic or dine at one of our many area restaurants, many of whom sponsor our concerts.  Seating is on the lawn, seawall, benches or the beach. Please bring your low back chairs or picnic blankets. Warm jackets suggested for cool evenings.  No alcohol or dogs in the park or on the beach.

 

If you are interested in applying to be a performer for the 2020 Twilight Concerts or the Sunday Art and Music at the Beach event, the updated applications will be available on this page in August 2019.  The deadline for submissions will be December 2019. 

 


Date


Band


Genre


Band website

June 5

Live Again

Soul, Funk & Rock

www.liveagainband.com (link is external)

June 12

Glory

Tribute, Pop, R&B & Rock

www.glorytributes.com (link is external)

June 19

The Inciters

Soul

www.facebook.com/theinciters (link is external)

une 26

Tsunami Band

Classic Rock, 60's, 70's & More

www.tsunami-rocks.com (link is external)

July 3

Todd Morgan & The Emblems

Pop & Rock

www.toddmorganmusic.com (link is external)

July 10

The Joint Chiefs Band

R&B, Funk & Soul

www.thejointchiefsband.com (link is external)

July 17

Mike Hammar & The Nails

Contemporary Blues

www.mikehammarandthenail.com (link is external)

July 24

Extra Large

Original Funky Fun

www.extra-large.net (link is external)

July 31

Long Train Runnin'

Classic Rock Doobie Brothers Tribute

www.longtrainrunnin.com (link is external)

August 7

The Houserockers

Rock & Soul

www.svhouserockers.com (link is external)

August 14

Everyday People

Classic Latin Rock

www.everydaypeopletheband.com (link is external)

August 21

Mambo Tropical

Salsa

 

August 28

The Digbeats

Oldies

 


Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
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Family Story Time
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Library Boulder Creek
Date: Every Wed from 11:00am to 12:00pm


Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Family Storytime @ Boulder Creek from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Stories and songs, art activities, games and play for families with children of all ages.


Location: Friends of the Santa Cruz Public, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Lego: EV3 Robotics
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Library Live Oak
Create advanced mechanical devices and program motors with Lego Mindstorms
Date: Every Wed (Jun 5-Aug 7) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Ages 10 -17 Admission Fees: Free

Create advanced mechanical devices and program motors with Lego Mindstorms. Open to ages 10 to 17.

Class will meet weekly on Wednesdays at the Live Oak Library at 3:00pm - 4:30 pm from June 5th to August 7th.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register online at santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5387915 or contact us at 831-427-7717.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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STEAM
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Library Watsonville
Join us for STEAM!
Date: Every Wed at 3:00pm
Ages: 8-12

(0 A November 2018) Wats-STEAM.jpgSTEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) in the Library will be for ages 8-12.

Participants will learn about and make (electronic) creations from Little Bits kits with the help of staff from the Environmental Science workshop.

This is an ongoing program and the kits will be re-used every time - creations will be photographed and displayed. Then projects will be taken apart and used to create something else the following week- unfortunately children will not be able to take their creations home. You can purchase a set from the official Little Bits website.

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library Children Room


Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
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Be Red Cross Ready + Hands-only CPR
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Be Red Cross Ready + Hands-only CPR
Date: 08/08/2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

American Red Cross and Santa Cruz Public Libraries have teamed up to bring FREE emergency preparedness workshops to our communities. In this workshop you will learn how to prepare for a variety of emergencies and natural disasters, what to keep in your emergency bag, and get instruction in hands-only CPR*.

This workshop is done in conjunction with Epicenter: The Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary Oral Histories Project

*This is not a CPR certification class.


Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Crux Map
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Be Red Cross Ready + Hands-Only CPR
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Library Central
Learn how to prepare for a variety of emergencies and natural disasters, what to keep in your emergency bag, and get instruction
Date: 08/08/2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: 18 yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

Be Red Cross Ready + Hands-Only CPR

American Red Cross and Santa Cruz Public Libraries have teamed up to bring FREE emergency preparedness workshops to our communities. In this workshop you will learn how to prepare for a variety of emergencies and natural disasters, what to keep in your emergency bag, and get instruction in hands-only CPR*.

*This is not a CPR Certification Class.

This workshop is done in conjunction with Epicenter: The Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary Oral Histories Project.

 

Thursday, August 8th, 6:30-8:00pm
Downtown Library: Upstairs Meeting Room • 224 Church St.


Location: Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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The Secret Life of Pets
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Bring your low-back chairs and blankets. Arrive early to get your spot and some food - the movie will start after 8PM.
Date: 08/08/2019 at 7:00pm

Special Instructions: Pups welcome!

Santa Cruz County Parks Department6 hrs ·

It's Doggie Date Night! Bring your pup to Brommer Street Park this Thursday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m. for movie, "The Secret Life of Pets." Admission is free, but the memories you make with your furrever friend will be priceless!

 

Bring your low-back chairs and blankets. Arrive early to get your spot and some food - the movie will start after 8PM. Beer from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing and Sante Adairius, and food from Tacos El Chuy, will be available for purchase. This event is sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and Santa Cruz County Parks Department.

 

In addition to the movie, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Officewill be on hand, providing child ID packets to families and serving popcorn. Santa Cruz County Mosquito Abatement and Vector Control will provide mosquito-replant wipes, and Woofpack831 will join us also, with free Puppuccinos for the pups!


Location: Brommer Street Park, 2701 Brommer St, Santa Cruz Map
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Cabrillo Registration Fair
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Cabrillo College - Watsonville
information about affordable and FREE adult education classes throughout Santa Cruz County, including: English as a Second Langu
Date: 08/08/2019 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm


Thinking of going back to school?

Join us Thursday, August 8 for our Registration Fair! We will help you register for classes so you can get ahead. We'll have information about affordable and FREE adult education classes throughout Santa Cruz County, including:
- English as a Second Language
- Job Training & Certificates
- GED and Citizenship

See you Aug. 8 at Cabrillo College Watsonville Campus.

Questions? Call 831-400-8128 for more information. Se habla español!
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Acompáñanos Jueves, 8 de Augusto para Feria de Inscripción! Para obtener más información llama al 831-400-8128.

 

Follow the signs to the top of campus. Please park in parking lots F & G just off the upper perimeter road and take the shuttles up the hill. Purchased plants may be picked up with your vehicle at the designated hold areas.

 

 


Location: 318 Union St, Watsonville Map
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Feast of Beams
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Santa Cruz City Arts
Feast of Beams, Keepers of Light refers to Escobarís fascination with the lighthouse and all it symbolizes.
Date: 08/08/2019 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Feast of Beams, Keepers of Light is an evening of performances and processions guided by vocalist and composer Carmina Escobar, Indexical's 2019 Artist-in-Residence. Join us on August 10th from 7:00-8:30pm at Lighthouse Point Park on West Cliff Drive where the performances and processionals will converge. Escobar explores the lighthouse as a beacon that brings Santa Cruz's diverse sub-communities together to form a holistic sense of communitas.

 

The event is free and open to the public.

The processionals will be led by visiting and local artists including: experimental guitarist and composer Josh Gerowitz, vocalist and composer Micaela Tobin (AKA White Boy Scream), scholar and musician Gabriel Saloman Mindel, dancer Paola Escobar, legendary local street performer The Great Morgani, multi-instrumentalist and composer K.C.M. Walker, and composer and co-curator Laura Steenberge.

 


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Full Moon Madness
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State Park Henry Cowell
This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer gu
Date: 08/09/2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Full Moon Madness

Friday August 9 from 6 to 9pm

Experience Henry Cowell in a completely new way... at night! This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with 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. Meet in the day use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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Stripes Ride
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SC Bike Party
It takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! Join this fun bike ride.
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


(0 A January 2019) BikePartyStripes.jpgIt takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! So many different types, so little time! From zebra to tiger, rainbow to candy cane, where's waldos to fashionistas, and beyond!

SC Bike Party loves your creativity and building community on bicycles. Come join us for our January ride. Costumes encouraged, but definitely not required.

Santa Cruz Bike Party is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Rides are 7-10 miles long with music and dance breaks along the way. Rides move at a relatively slow pace and no one is left behind. Each ride has a theme and riders are encouraged to wear costumes or decorate their bikes to fit the theme. But cha don't gotta...

SC Bike Party starts and ends outside the Bike Church at 703 Pacific Ave downtown. The route is not the same every time, but each month organizers will post the route online ahead of time in case anyone misses the start and wants to catch up.

Once per month,
all year long. We meet at 7pm every second Friday of the month. Rides usually leave about 7:15 and last about 2 hours.


Guidelines

The atmosphere of the SC Bike Party is fun, friendly, welcoming, and safe. Our goal is to celebrate cycling and build community, not to cause conflict with car drivers. Please help us maintain a positive and safe atmosphere by keeping in mind the following guidelines:
- Stay to the Right / Stop at Lights - This is not Critical Mass. Please stay to the right on 2-lane roads, or in the right lane on larger roads.
- Ride Straight - Please help avoid crashes by riding predictably, without any sudden turns or stops.
- Don't Hate - Please roll past any conflict that might present itself during the ride.
- Pack your Trash - Bike partiers aspire to leave party stops in better condition than we found them.
- Don't Get Smashed - Riding while inebriated poses a danger to yourself and others. Don't ruin the fun for everyone else by overdoing it.

Bring
Lights - Rides are at night, so let's make sure to be visible.
Locks - No bikes have been stolen from the SC Bike Party, but during breaks better to be safe than sorry.
Layers - As we all know Santa Cruz evenings can get damp and chilly.
Water, snacks - Our stops are not always near stores, so best to bring what you need.
Tube, patch kit, pump, tools - The ride is unsupported; please come prepared.


Location: Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Book Group
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Library Live Oak
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

Live Oak Library Book Group (2:00 PM-3:00 PM)

The Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction. Check with the front desk staff for the current month's book selection.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Snake Park Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Learn about the fascinating world of snakes from a snake expert
Date: 08/10/2019 at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Snake Park Saturday

Saturday, August 10 at 2pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and 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. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley! Park at Waddell Beach and walk 0.4 miles past the yellow gate along the Skyline to the Sea Trail to the ranger station. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 427-2288 Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Evenings on the Rancho
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State Park Castro Adobe
Castro Adobe Open House
Date: 08/10/2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

This event is free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 226-9669 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
2nd Saturday with Guest Dogs
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Ag History Project
Looking forward to having the Monterey Bay Dog Training Club with us. They have some great demonstrations scheduled.
Date: 08/10/2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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
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Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate 2 mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife
Date: 08/10/2019 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Saturday, August 10 at 8am
Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate 2 mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning. Please RSVP to jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov. Meet at the deck in front of the nature center. Free event. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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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
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Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Like old planes? Come visit us!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Saturday and Sunday

(0 A November 2018) Wats_HistoricalAircraftDay.jpgSecond Weekends @ Watsonville Airport

Historical Aircraft Display every second weekend Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am – 4pm.


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Drawing for the Love of Nature
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature - from leaf to watershed
Date: 08/10/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) rancho-drawing.jpgJoin Judy Sears, California Naturalist, for a 1.5 hour nature drawing session. If the weather is pleasant, the group will stay outside to discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature - from leaf to watershed.

 

No drawing experience necessary. Just bring a notepad with a rigid back, a pencil, and your curiosity. You may also wish to bring a chair or pillow so you can sit comfortably on the ground.

 

For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Highway One, Davenport Map
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Guided Adobe Tour
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State Park Mission
Gain insight into the oldest building in Santa Cruz
Date: 08/10/2019 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Guided Adobe Tour

Saturday, August 10 at 1pm

Join us for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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River Health Day
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Coastal Watershed
Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Jul 23-Dec 8) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Every second Saturday of the month you can join the Coastal Watershed Council in improving habitat conditions along the lower San Lorenzo River.

During these River Health Days, we will be planting and watering beneficial native seedlings, as well as removing invasive plants along the river to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity.

Events occur along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Equipment, gloves and refreshments are provided.

All ages and abilities welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/events/ to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.


Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 107 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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Sempervirens Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Three-hour, 2.5-mile hike
Date: 08/10/2019 at 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Sempervirens Falls Hike

Saturday, August 10 at 10:30am

This beautiful hike takes you by Sempervirens Falls, old-growth redwoods, 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. Free event.

 

Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Wilder Ridge Loop
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State Park Wilder Ranch
On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike weíll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills
Date: 08/10/2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Wilder Ridge Loop

Saturday, August 10 at 9am

On this challenging 3-hour hike, we'll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch. This hike includes several descents and ascents. Bring water, lunch, and hiking shoes. Meet in parking lot. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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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: 08/11/2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free Admission - Parking at Roaring Camp is $10

Musical Saw Festival


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.

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.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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Coffee Talk and Crafts
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State Park Big Basin
Introduction to the park and figuring out the right trail for you!
Date: 08/11/2019 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See different times

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, August 3 from 9:30am to12:30pm

Saturday, August 10 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Sunday, August 11 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Come to the Sempervirens Room next to park headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. Docents will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Pancake Breakfast & Potluck
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Market Street Senior Center
Hot breakfast $8
Date: 08/11/2019 from 8:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: $8

(0 A August 2019) SundayBreakfast.jpgSCO provides a low cost hot breakfast for the community the second Sunday of each month from 8:30 AM – Noon at our facility at 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz, CA. 


Breakfast Dates

May 12                    Pancake Breakfast                                8:30-12:00 pm
June 9                     Pancake Breakfast                                8:30-12:00 pm
July 14                    Pancake Breakfast                                8:30-12:00 pm
August 11                Pancake Breakfast                                8:30-12:00 pm


Potluck Dates

June 7                     Friday Potluck                                       12:00 noon
July 5                      Friday Potluck                                       12:00 noon
August 2                  Friday Potluck                                       12:00 noon
September 6            Friday Potluck                                       12:00 noon


Location: 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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: 08/11/2019 at 9:30am


Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, August 11 at 9:30am

Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 11-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. Free event.

 

ehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Drop-In-Craft: Tule Mats
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State Park Mission
Create a tule mat like the ones that the Ohlones had many uses for
Date: 08/11/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Drop-In-Craft: Tule Mats

Sunday, August 11 from 1 to 3:30pm

Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Create a tule mat like the ones that the Ohlones had many uses for. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Jays and Murrelets Demonstration
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State Park Big Basin
Birds with Bracelets? Come watch our Jay researchers as they set up their nets to capture and band the Stellerís Jays.
Date: 08/12/2019 from 8:00am to 8:30am


Birds with Bracelets?: Jays and Murrelets Demonstration

Monday, August 12 at 8am

Friday, August 16 at 8am

Come watch our jay researchers as they set up their nets to capture and band the Steller's jays. Find out what they're learning about these clever birds at this one-hour program. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Grupo de Triple P de 8 Sesiones: para familias con adolescentes
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Triple P
Aprender estrategias sencillas que le ayudarn a: Construir relaciones positivas con su adolescente ...
Date: Every Tues (Aug 13-Oct 1) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free, Gratis
Special Instructions: (831) 724-2997 x220. En Espaol

Grupo de Triple P de 8 Sesiones: para familias con adolescentes
Cada martes, del 13 de agosto al 1 de octubre, 6 - 8 pm
Asista a este Grupo de Triple P de 8 semanas para conocer a otras familias con adolescentes y aprender estrategias sencillas que le ayudarán a: Construir relaciones positivas con su adolescente; Entender y reconocer las influencias diarias en el comportamiento de su adolescente; Responder a los retos de crianza con calma y consistencia; Enseñarle a su adolescente cómo resolver problemas y hacer frente a situaciones de riesgo; Tener más confianza sobre la crianza de su adolescente.

Este Grupo es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por: Gladys Gómez, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: Ceiba College Prep Academy, 260 W. Riverside Dr, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Gladys Gómez al (831) 724-2997 x220 o gladysg@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Ceiba College Prep Academy, 260 W. Riverside Dr., Watsonville Map
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: next to Nickelodeon Theater

Autism Spectrum Support Group
Support is crucial to thriving as parents of children on the autism spectrum. This group is by and for parents to share space with each other and to problem solve challenges we might be facing... together!


No judgements here, just support We are LBGTQ FRIENDLY and parents on the spectrum who are parenting kids also on the spectrum.


We meet the second Tuesday of each month.
Support group is from 7-9pm and share resources 9-9:30pm


Questions? Contact Ali at: alihayes2003@yahoo.com


Location: 220 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
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TACO TUESDAYS RETURN TO FELTON
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Food Truck A Go Go
Hang out and dine on the lawn or picnic tables or stop by and take dinner home!
Date: 08/13/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm


TACO TUESDAYS RETURN TO FELTON
Taco Tuesdays return to the Felton Covered Bridge Park in Felton! Join us for the kick-off event on June 18, from 5-7:30pm. These monthly Summer dinners are presented by Food Trucks A Go Go and the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce.


G's Mexican Tacos, El Buen Taco and Union will be serving tacos, along with their other signature dishes. The Chamber will also be hosting the Beer & Wine Garden.   There is plenty of green grass and open space for people to spread out and for kids and dogs to run around. People are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Bring your appetites, friends, co-workers and family! Follow @foodtrucksagogo for more information or go to the event page.


The next Taco Tuesdays in Felton will be held on July 23 & August 13.


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Helping With Homework
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Triple P
How to help your child develop a good homework routine.
Date: 08/13/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x212

Triple P Workshop: Helping With Homework
Tuesday, August 13, 5:30 - 7 pm
Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: Why homework time is a struggle in many families; How to help your child develop a good homework routine; Tools to decrease stress for you and your child during homework time.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Register to reserve your spot. 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
Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville
To register: Contact Liliana Zamora at (831) 724-2997 x212 or lilianaz@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville Map
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Red Cross Ready for Kids
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Library Scotts Valley
Red Cross Ready for Kids - the basic tenets of emergency preparedness
Date: 08/14/2019 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Families with Kids ages 4-7 Admission Fees: Free

This workshop for kids ages 4-7 is a fun way to introduce them to the idea of being prepared for emergencies like home fires. Participants and their families will get American Red Cross trained professionals guiding them through preparing for an emergency and fun coloring sheets that teach them the basic tenets of emergency preparedness.

This workshop is done in conjunction with Epicenter: The Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary Oral Histories Project


Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Natural History Ink Journaling Workshop on the California Scrub
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Learn to illustrate the California scrub jay in ink with artist Hajra Meeks at SCMNH!
Date: 08/15/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: $20 General | $15 Museum Members

(0 A August 2019) SCMusInkJournaling-4-300x169.jpgBirder or not, you've likely met the familiar and fascinating California scrub jay. Get to know this Santa Cruz native in a special ink journaling workshop at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural history on Thursday, August 15. Participants will explore the jay's natural history through ink illustrations of its form, nests and eggs. Artist Hajra Meeks will lead, helping participants to build their artistic skills for future journaling.


The California Scrub Jay is a familiar bird in Santa Cruz, frequenting our open habitats, oak woodlands, and chaparral, as well as backyards, pastures, and orchards. During this workshop, participants will gain an appreciation for this jay and explore its natural history through ink illustrations of its form, nests, and eggs. In addition to learning about the California Scrub Jay, participants will gain skills in the artistic process of inking. To Hajra Meeks, few things are as satisfying as inking a pencil drawing with luscious, black ink. Explore the process yourself while learning inking techniques and layout tips. Space is limited.

 

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Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, 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

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.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Food Truck Summer Series
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Brothers Promotions
Each month will showcase local artisans, dance troupes, local bands and musicians. This will be a family friendly event with fun
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month (Jun 21-Aug 17) at 5:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: North end of Pacific Avenue between Locust and Water

2019 Food Truck Summer Series

June 21, July 19, August 16, September 27, and October 25
Downtown Santa Cruz, 5:00-9:00 pm


Join us for an exciting, new addition to Downtown Santa Cruz, a Food Truck Street Fair. There will be music, local artisans, family fun activities, and of course FOOD TRUCKS!!! The fun will be located on the north end of Pacific Avenue between Locust and Water Streets.


Food Trucks: Drunk Monkey, Nomad Momo, Rogue Pye, Scrumptious Fish and Chips, Shockwave and Union Foodie Truck.


  • June 21 Music by The Cement Ship and Battle Mountain String BandPerformance by Desert Dream Belly Dancers 5:30-6:00
  • July 19 Music by Coastal Greeting and Singing Wood Marimba Band
  • August 16 Music by Sasha's Money Band and Devil Sliders
  • September 27 Music by Singing Wood Marimba Band
  • October 25 Music by Simply Put

Each month will showcase local artisans, dance troupes, local bands and musicians. This will be a family friendly event with fun and games for the kids.


The Food Truck Summer Series is a Brothers Promotions Event and sponsored by
Santa Cruz County Bank.


Location: North Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Ridges to Redwoods Backpacking Trip
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State Park Castle Rock
Ridges to Redwoods - Hike spectacular ridgelines, old growth redwood forests, with our knowledgeable team of backcountry natural
Date: Every day (Aug 16-Aug 18) from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: 18+ and 13-17 with parent Admission Fees: $225-300

Who better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Three backpacking trips are offered from June through August 2019 ranging from two to three nights, offering options for every experience level. Hike spectacular ridgelines, old growth redwood forests, and sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists. Native plant teas, trail desserts, skills demonstrations, campfire stories, and jokes are added bonuses!

This program is truly unique, the only such program led by California State Park staff. Participation is open to adults 18 or over and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, email backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 335-1743. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Waddell Creek Association, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and California State Parks.

Trip Options:

Skyline to the Sea: Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach
$300; Thursday June 20 through Sunday June 23, 2019

A Trek through Time: Butano State Park to Waddell State Beach
$225; Friday July 19 through Sunday July 21, 2019

Ridges to Redwoods: Castle Rock State Park to Portola Redwoods State Park
$225; Friday August 16 through Sunday August 18, 2019


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Old Fashioned Campfire
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State Park Mission
Bring your picnic dinner and lawn chairs. Make a fresh tortilla on the comal as we enjoy live music.
Date: 08/16/2019 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm


Old Fashioned Campfire

Friday, August 16 from 5:30 to 8pm

The entire family is invited to make a fresh tortilla on the comal as we enjoy live music by Mosaic World 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 your picnic dinner and lawn chairs. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Jays and Murrelets Demonstration
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State Park Big Basin
Birds with Bracelets? Come watch our Jay researchers as they set up their nets to capture and band the Stellerís Jays.
Date: 08/16/2019 from 8:00am to 8:30am


Birds with Bracelets?: Jays and Murrelets Demonstration

Monday, August 12 at 8am

Friday, August 16 at 8am

Come watch our jay researchers as they set up their nets to capture and band the Steller's jays. Find out what they're learning about these clever birds at this one-hour program. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Free Family Movie Night
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Santa Cruz County Parks
A series of free outdoor movie events Incredibles 2
Date: 08/16/2019 from 8:45pm to 11:45pm


Join us for FREE family-friendly movie night under the stars at Felt St Park. The movie will begin at 8:45 p.m. (or dusk). Low back chairs, blankets and jackets recommended. Come early (6:30 p.m.) and bring a picnic to enjoy.

Heart of Soquel Park - 1st Fridays June/July/August
Felt St. Park - 3rd Fridays June/July/August
Movies start 8:45PM (or dusk)

 

 


 


Location: Felt StreetPark, 1805 Felt St, Santa Cruz Map
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Back to School Camp
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Watsonville PAL
PAL has partnered with Camp Hammer to offer this FREE retreat, which is designed to encourage youth to stay focused on the new s
Date: Every day (Aug 16-Aug 18)
Ages: 6th - 10th grade Admission Fees: free

Watsonville Police Activities League (PAL)

 

Watsonville Police Activities League (PAL) is looking for students in 6th through 10th grade wanting to attend a two-night camping trip in Boulder Creek.

 

PAL has once again partnered with Camp Hammer to offer this FREE retreat, which is designed to encourage youth to stay focused on the new school year, to feel confident and thrive.

 

This year's trip is scheduled for August 16-18 and is open to all youth.

 

To register and get more information, please call 831-763-4147 or email watsonvillepal@gmail.com


Location: 37 Davis Ave, Watsonville Map
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Who's Got Me?
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Mountain Community Theater
A new musical, is a nod to the "golden age" Broadway musicals of the 1930s and 40s.
Date: Every day (Aug 16-Aug 18)
Admission Fees: $8

Who's Got Me?  
A New Musical by Jeffrey Scharf
Directed by Alaina Boys
Music Direction by Ben Dorfan

"Who's Got Me", a new musical, is a nod to the "golden age" Broadway musicals of the 1930s and 40s.  A classic "play within a play", the story concerns the Alexanders, a family of small-town cabaret performers, who attract the interest of famous but overworked Broadway producer Preston Fadham with their musical comedy, "Who's Got Me?", about a family of cabaret performers who attract the interest of a big-time Broadway producer. 

 

The Alexanders arrive in New York, expecting their dream show to be put on the stage, but they find Preston Fadham and his director Lindsay Walden actually call the shots. Darcy Fadham, Preston's talented but untested daughter, is cast in the lead role, which frustrates the Alexanders. Did they do the right thing by bringing their family musical to the Broadway stage?

 

Meanwhile, Darcy is trying to prove to everyone that she is worth her role, and her father, Preston, desperately, absolutely needs a break from work. Will Darcy be able to nail the lead? Will Preston ever get a break? Will the Alexanders' musical go off without a hitch?  Join us for this funny, heartwarming show full of laughter, a bit of romance, and tons of toe-tapping musical numbers that will leave you humming!

 

In a nod to the throwback feel of our musical, Mountain Community Theater is excited to announce this production will be held at the 1930s Art Deco Chris G Matthews Hall in the historic Veteran's Memorial Building in downtown Santa Cruz. We are proud to be bringing you this fun-filled staged reading in a building that has been a vital part of downtown Santa Cruz's art and music history for more than 50 years.

 

Make sure to stick around after the show for a special talk back every night with the playwright, directors and cast!


TICKETS  HERE


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
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Roaring Camp
Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
Date: 08/17/2019 at 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $56/person
Special Instructions: July 20, August 17, September 14, October 5

Moonlight Train Dinner Party
This is the one folks. Head out into the woods for some good ol' fashioned fun! Your night begins at the town of Roaring Camp with a delicious BBQ dinner. After dinner, board the historic steam train and head to the top of the mountain for campfire music and hot cider. End the night back at Roaring Camp with live music and hot, just-like-Grandma-made-it apple pie.

 

Treat yourself to an evening of fun and relaxation at Roaring Camp's Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party. Start with a hearty barbecue chicken and steak dinner followed by a leisurely train ride aboard vintage railway cars. The steam train stops atop Bear Mountain to a glowing campfire, hot cider and musical entertainment. Upon returning to Roaring Camp, hot apple pie and line dancing await you. Get into the swing of things with our line dance instructor Wendy, then two-step the rest of night away under the stars.Vegetarian options available.


Rates
Adult (Ages 13 and up) - $56
Child (Ages 2-12) - $41
Infants under 2 are welcome to ride for free!

Forest Train 4 hrs 6:00 pm

Activities

  • Hearty BBQ Dinner
  • *Vegetarian Options Available
  • Campfire
  • Live Music
  • Line Dancing

Reserve Tickets


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Skill and Luck: Games of the Mission
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State Park Mission
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Date: 08/17/2019 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

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Skill and Luck: Games of the Mission

Saturday, August 17 from 1 to 2pm

What kind of games did the Ohlone play? When the Spanish came did they bring games? Did the Ohlone still play their games during the missions?

 

Come and find the answers to these questions about games at the mission. Make a game to take home!

 

Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849.

 

Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Community Poetry Circle
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 3rd Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

Monterey Country Dance Community holds contra dances most first and third Saturdays (in December, our dances may vary due to the holiday season) at the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, at 600 Camino El Estero in Monterey, unless otherwise noted in our schedules and calendars.  Come alone or bring a friend - beginners are always welcome!  If you'd like to support MCDC, please consider becoming a Member (a minimum $25/year sponsorship helps us to continue these wonderful dances).

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

  • $12 for nonmembers (of any sister organization)
  • $10 for members of MCDC or sister organization (including BACDS & CDSS)
  • $5 for full-time students and active military, with ID

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


Not sure what Contra Dance is?
See videos and learn more by checking out our About Contra Dance page. If you're feeling nervous about learning how to contra dance, we even have links to beginning dancers' training videos on YouTube - they are a wonderful help, though nothing replaces dancing as a way to learn.
Please be aware that some of our dancers are sensitive to fragrances - we respectfully request that everyone please be thoughtful and not use products with fragrance prior to a contra dance.  Thank you!


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey Map
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Sequoia Audubon Trail
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State Park Burleigh Murray Ranch
Enjoy an easy 1-mile hike along the California coast into the Pescadero Marsh with popular spots for good bird watching
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Aug 4-Aug 18) at 10:00am

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Sequoia Audubon Trail

Sunday, August 4 at 10am

Sunday, August 18 at 1pm

Enjoy an easy 2-mile hike along the California coast into the Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve with popular spots for good bird watching. Bring water and snacks. Close toed shoes, layered clothing, sunscreen, and binoculars recommended.  

 

Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot on Highway 1, 0.25 miles north of Pescadero Creek Road.

 

Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. No pets. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, please call (650) 726-8814 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

 


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Glimpses of World History with Robert W. Strayer
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Library La Selva Beach
Glimpses of World History with Robert W. Strayer
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Apr 2-Aug 17) from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Adults & teens Admission Fees: Free

Series of illustrated talks dealing with various themes, topics, and periods of time in World History. Robert W. Strayer (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) brings wide experience in world history to the writing of Ways of the World.

3th Saturday of the month 1:00pm to 2:30pm. April to August 2019.

April 20: In the Beginning: 95% of the Human Story (The Paleolithic Era)
May 18: The Breakthrough to Agriculture: Catastrophe or Progress?
June 15: The Rise of World Religions: Origins, Spread, and Adaptation
July 20: The Columbus Connection: 1492 and the Joining of Two Worlds
August 17: The Rise and Fall of World Communism in the 20th Century


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer Festival
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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 17-Aug 18) from 10:00am to 6:00pm


The Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce and Scotts Valley Arts Commission invite you to attend the 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: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Aloha Outrigger Races and 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: 08/18/2019 from 8:00am to 5:00pm


Santa Cruz honors its Hawaiian connections at the Annual Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival. 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 "shave ice" and festive drinks. Vendors line the Wharf with unique items perfectly catered to the Polynesian theme. Sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation department and Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club. This annual event is a Santa Cruz classic. FREE!

 

Outrigger Races: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Polynesian Festival: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Polynesian Festival Performance Line-up

11:00 am -  Ho'onani Hula Club

11:45 am -  Kilani Tahitian Dancer & Drummer Duo

12:30 pm - Kuhai Halau O Mehana

1:15 pm -  Nate Kan'ae  &  Friends

1:45 pm - Outrigger Race Results

2:30 pm -  Ha'a Hula / Te Reva O Te Manu  

3:30 pm - Ho'omana Hawaiian Band

4:15 -  Victor Ohana Band


Location: Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe C, Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz Map
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Science Sunday: A New Age of Dinoflagellates
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Using AI and Robots to Study Harmful Algal Blooms
Date: 08/18/2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 & older Admission Fees: Event is included with admission to the Seymour Center: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Membe

(0 A July 2019) SeymourLogoJuly2019.jpgMonterey Bay is subject to intense blooms of dinoflagellates, a type of algae that can sometimes produce harmful toxins.

 

Between 2004 and 2007, these blooms were so dominant that it was known as the "age of dinoflagellates."

 

Throughout 2018 and 2019, after a decade of absence, an abundance of dinoflagellates was detected by an autonomous robot at the Santa Cruz Wharf.

Join Alexis Fischer to learn about what causes harmful algal blooms, and see how new technologies are informing decision-making for seafood safety.

Alexis Fischer, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Cruz


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
When Species Collide!
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Explore topics like natives vs. non-native invasives, and adaptations.
Date: 08/18/2019 at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Saturdays, October 21 ~ November 18 ~ December 16 10 am

When Species Collide
Sunday, August 18 at noon
Join docent Ken Koll (kenneth_koll@yahoo.com) for a four-mile hike on the beautiful Skyline to Sea Bypass Trail. Along the way we will pass through the varied habitats of the Waddell Valley and explore topics like native vs. non-native plants, invasive species, and adaptations. Bring water, snacks, and sturdy footwear. Park at Waddell Beach and walk through the entrance gate (yellow gate across from Waddell Beach parking lot) 0.25 miles to the ranger station. Free event. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport 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 3 weeks on Tues at 9:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9:30am

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with docent Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. Meet at park headquarters. Rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Tequila & Taco Music Festival
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Tequila & Taco Music Festival
Family Day on Sunday vating delicious tacos, all while enjoying a great music lineup
Date: Every day (Aug 24-Aug 25) from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $10- $60
Special Instructions: Children under 12 free

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California's Largest Traveling Tequila & Taco Music Festival is coming back to Downtown Santa Cruz at San Lorenzo Park!

 

Join us for TWO days of fun in the sun on Saturday, and Sunday! Saturday will showcase top-shelf Tequila sampling, while you enjoy THE BEST gourmet tacos! Enjoy Live Music, Margaritas, Craft Beer, and Art Vendors to shop from!

All ticket holders both days will have access to Food Vendors, Craft Beer, Margarita Booths, and Live Music.
Tequila Sampling:11:30 am - 3:30 pm SATURDAY ONLY
NO Tequila Sampling on Sunday.

Sunday is Mas Margaritas! Enjoy an afternoon sipping on an assortment of Margaritas, eating delicious tacos, all while enjoying a great music lineup! There is no Tequila Sampling on Sunday, but there will be drinks available for purchase!

 


Location: San Lorenzo Park, 701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz Map
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Introduction to Positive Discipline 2-Hour workshop
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Will YOU Advocate to bring Positive Discipline to your campus this year?
Date: 08/24/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults

Introduction to Positive Discipline 2-Hour workshop

What: This 2-hour workshop for parents of children of all ages provides a great introduction to the core theories, concepts, and tools of Positive Discipline.

When: Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 10am-12pm

Where: Live Oak Community Resources,1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA  95062

Who: Bret Smith, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Performance Consultant

Cost: $20 per person

Contact: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for group rates, couples specials, scholarships, and other info.

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Location: LO Community Resources, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Positive Discipline for Children of All Ages
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
This 2-hour workshop for parents of children of all ages provides a great introduction to the core theories, concepts, and tools
Date: 08/24/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $20 per person
Special Instructions: No Childcare Available

Introduction to Positive Discipline 2-Hour workshop

This 2-hour workshop for parents of children of all ages provides a great introduction to the core theories, concepts, and tools of Positive Discipline.

 

Bret Smith, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Performance Consultant

 

Call 831-476-7284 x107 for group rates, couples specials, scholarships, and other info.

 


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Parks & Rex POOL PARTY
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Santa Cruz County Parks
A fundraiser event for County of Santa Cruz youth recreation programs and the Animal Shelter!
Date: 08/24/2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Entry is first-come, first-served

Parks & Rex POOL PARTY: A fundraiser event for County of Santa Cruz youth recreation programs and the Animal Shelter!

 

Join Santa Cruz County Parks and the Animal shelter for the 5th annual Parks & Rex "Pool Party" FUNdraiser on August 24 from 12-4 p.m, at the Simpkins Family Swim Center.  All proceeds will benefit County Parks youth programs and Animal Shelter programs.   Everyone will have a blast at this end-of-summer summer celebration - bring the whole family, including your dog!   Come enjoy local craft beer, wine, great food (including bbq pizza - vegetarian options available), Marianne's Ice Cream, games, music, and fun in the pool for adults, children, and your dog, too! Dog registration forms will be available for printing after July 1.

Get your tickets for the August 24 Pool Party early, and save!


Adult (age 18+)  / Kid (age 17 & under)

Raffle tickets for the big-prize raffle are available now!  Call 454-7941 from 9AM-4PM

 

Monday-Friday to purchase one or more tickets using your Visa or Mastercard.   Only 250 tickets will be sold! 1 in 22 chance (or better) of winning one of the fabulous prize packages - more to come!  


The 50-meter pool will host a variety of activities for adults and children, including inner tubes, Wibit (inflatable play apparatus), Walk-on-Water Balls, stand-up paddle boards, water slide, a climbing wall, and of course - swimming! Adults will have a chance to win some great prizes in the amazing raffle, or enjoy a massage.  Dogs willl be invited for a dip in the warm-water pool, take part in some pampering at the doggie day-spa (featuring mani-pedi services), and chow down on some ice cream!

 

Tickets on the day of the event will be available at the door - $17 for adults and $7 for anyone under age 18. Kids ages 3 and under, as well as dogs, get in free!   Don't miss this fun day in the sun benefitting local kids and shelter animals.

 

 Free swim days are very popular, with over 800 attending last year. Get here early! First-come, first-served!


Location: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Dahlia Show
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Monterey Bay Dahlia Society
Hundreds of Dahlias and help growing them
Date: Every day (Aug 24-Aug 25) from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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Free Seminars at the Show (both days):

2pm:  Dahlia Arranging Demonstration.

3pm: Basics of Growing Dahlias.


Raffle:  There will be a free raffle after each seminar.


Free Photo Op: Take your picture with a GIANT Dahlia.

 

Free admission, seminars, discussions, raffles

 

 


Location: MAH, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: 08/24/2019 at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, August 24 at 10:30am

Join a Big Basin docent on one of our most diverse hikes-by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral, and redwoods. We'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. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Music at Sky Park
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Scotts Valley Kiwanis
GREAT Lineup for our 2019 CONCERTs and they're FREE!
Date: The last Su of every month (Jul 28-Sep 29) from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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We've already signed bands for July, kicking off the series on July 28th with The Joint Chiefs and Extra Large!

 

So excited to welcome back these awesome musicians who are so willing to support our cause: sustaining the music programs in our schools!

 

Mark your calendars, bring your blankets and chairs, and come thirsty!

 


Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
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National Parks
ee-free days make national parks accessible to more people.
Date: 08/25/2019


Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2019, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates in 2019:

  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday Celebrate the National Park Service's 103rd birthday
  • September 28: National Public Lands Day Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and general health.
  • November 11: Veterans Day  Many national parks have direct connections to the American military-there are dozens of battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate and honor the service of American veterans. In addition, every national park is part of our collective identity that defines who we are and where we came from as a nation. They are tactile reminders of the values, the ideals, and the freedoms that our veterans protect.

The majestic landscapes, natural wonders, and patriotic icons that we cherish as a society have also inspired military members through the years. The Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, the USS Arizona Memorial, and the Statue of Liberty are just a few of the national parks that have served as reminders of home to those stationed abroad. On Veterans Day, or any day, honor those who have served and sacrificed for our country with a visit to a national park.


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Old Time Music Jam
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Toneway Project
Play, listen, dance! Ocean View Park
Date: The 4th Su of every month at 1:00pm


Bring yourselves out to the 4th Sunday Old Time Music Jam under the trees and in the fresh air at Ocean View Park in Santa Cruz! An all-ages, dog-friendly gathering for experts, learners, and lovers of American old time music. Featuring fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, mountain dulcimer and other traditional acoustic instruments, this welcoming gathering keeps alive a rich American musical tradition. Don't be shy. Bring your instruments and come play!

 

Free. Bring a sweater, a folding chair, and a snack to share.

 

Looking for music and ideas for getting started? Check out the ToneWay Project: https://toneway.com/

In the event of rain or cold, the jam moves inside at a private home near the park.


Location: Ocean View Park, 102 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Birding for Beginners
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State Park Henry Cowell
A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: 08/25/2019 at 9:00am


Birding for Beginners

Sunday, August 25 at 8am

Join birder extraordinaire Jim Williams for a tranquil morning filled with our little flying friends! Learn about the birds in our park, receive a Henry Cowell RSP birding brochure, and begin your career as an energized birder! Make sure to bring water, comfortable footwear, and a keen eye and/or ears! Meet in the parking lot of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park campground, located off Graham Hill Road. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Campground, Graham Hill, Felton Map
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Burleigh Murray Ranch Guided Walk
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State Park Burleigh Murray Ranch
Take a journey back in time along Mills Creek and learn about the early pioneers and farming families
Date: 08/25/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park

Sunday, August 25 at 10am

Join us on a leisurely 2.5-mile, 2-hour hike along Mills Creek at Burleigh H. Murray Ranch State Park. Enjoy one of our area's hidden treasures as you learn about the lives of the first pioneers and farming families. Bring water, good walking shoes, and dress for the weather.

 

Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot, located on Higgins Canyon Road 1.5 miles from Highway 1 intersection. Rain cancels. Free event.

 

For more information, please call (650) 726-8814 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 


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Bird Watching for Beginners
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Join us for a 1.5-hour stroll over uneven surfaces to view the many birds, plants, and scenery of Wilder Ranch State Park.
Date: 08/25/2019 at 9:30am


Bird Watching for Beginners

Sunday, August 25 at 9:30am

On this 1.5-hour walk, be prepared to hike two miles on uneven surfaces, with many stops to view the many birds, plants, and scenery along the way. You will help each other spot and identify birds! Bring your binoculars if you have them (binoculars are available to borrow), clothes for variable weather, and good walking shoes. Meet at the interpretive center. Everyone is welcome, but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adults. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Money Mondays
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Library Central
Learn how to make money work for you!
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (May 13-Nov 25) from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Lisa Bennett wants the next generation to rule the world financially! Come gain understanding of the importance of your personal money mindset, financial planning, credit, insurance, and the necessary education you need to make money work FOR you!


Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
Date: Every Tues (Aug 27-Oct 15) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $100 per person and $10 per child per class session for childcare

Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) intensive class series

What: This 8-week (8-hour) class series (tailored specifically for parents of preschoolers) provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include early child brain development, social emotional learning, belonging and significance as innate social needs, the essential nature of long-term positive parent-child relationships, mutual respect, modeling behaviors, authoritative parenting styles that use kindness and firmness at the same time, connection before correction, the criteria for effective discipline, agreements and follow-through, non-violent communication, family meetings, routines, and the internal locus of control that guides parents and children alike to practice self-regulation.  

  
Facilitated by Colleen Murphy, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, ECE co-op teacher with over 16 years of ECE teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator.


Contact: Call 831-476-7284 x107 group rates, couples specials, scholarships, and other info.

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Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Hidden Gems Film Club
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Library Aptos
Not your ordinary film club!
Date: The 4th Tues of every month at 6:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries invite you to an evening of cinema. Come enjoy these "hidden gems." Every 4th Tuesday, see foreign films, documentaries, independents and even some mainstream movies you might have missed! If you wish, bring a snack to enjoy, and participate in the discussion!

 

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‚Äč6:00PM Screening

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HIDDEN GEMS FILM CLUB: NOT YOUR ORDINARY FILM CLUB!

Pop-up screenings of foreign language, arthouse, independent and documentary films hosted by the Santa Cruz Public Library branches - a celebration of cinema


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Taller de Triple P: Lidiando con el estrs
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Triple P
Las causas comunes del estrs y cmo el estrs afecta la crianza ...
Date: 08/27/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free, Gratis
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x212. En Espaol.

Taller de Triple P: Lidiando con el estrés
martes, el 27 de agosto, 5:30 - 7 pm
Los talleres de Triple P ofrecen consejos prácticos y estrategias para manejar las preguntas y desafíos de crianza específicas. Los padres pueden asistir a tantos talleres sobre cualquier tema que se interese.

Asista a este taller de crianza para aprender: Las causas comunes del estrés y cómo el estrés afecta la crianza; Cómo reconocer las señales del estrés; Formas saludables para reducir y controlar el estrés de la vida diaria.

Este taller es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por: Liliana Zamora, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Salón E, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Liliana Zamora al (831) 724-2997 x212 o lilianaz@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Saln E, Watsonville Map
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Monterey County Fair
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Monterey County Fair
Shake your tail feathers! Entertainment, Livestock Competition, Special Free Days
Date: Every day (Aug 29-Sep 2)


 

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Fair Hours

Thurs - Sun.............. 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Monday.................. 12:00pm to 10:00pm


Special Days

Thursday -  Senior Day
62 and better FREE from 11:00am - 11:00pm

 

Friday - Military and Veteran Appreciation Day
Military & Veterans FREE with Valid ID

 

Saturday- Junior Livestock Auction

 

Sunday - Fiesta Day

 

Monday - Kids' Day
Kids under 12 FREE all day

 

Online Tickets $5 - $25


Location: 2004 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey 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: 08/31/2019 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, August 31 from noon to 3pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at park headquarters, meet docent Diane Shaw and her snake, and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Free event.

 

Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Evening Campfire Program - Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story + marshmellows
Date: 08/31/2019 at 7:00pm


Evening Campfire Program

August 1 through 17: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 7pm

Saturday, August 31 at 7pm

 

Join us at 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 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm.

 

Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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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: 08/31/2019 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Hike to Ocean View Summit

Saturday, August 31 at 10am

Escape the crowds on this 6-mile, 4.5-hour 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. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Junior Rangers - Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
We'll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile round trip walk
Date: 08/31/2019 at 4:00pm

Special Instructions: See times and dates

Big Basin Nature Club

August 1-August 18: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at 4:30pm (No program on Wednesday, August 14)

Sunday, August 25 at noon

Saturday, August 31 at 4:30pm

 

This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 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 campfire center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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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: 08/31/2019 at 10:30am

Special Instructions: Sept 20 and 30

Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike

Saturday, August 31 at 10:30am

Join Docent Hal Anjo on a 6-mile, 3.5 hour moderate 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. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and good hiking shoes.

 

Meet at park headquarters.Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Gardens of Time
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State Park Mission
Tour the native plant beds, neophyte kitchen garden, and memories of Victorian Nearyland. Take home history in a seed
Date: 08/31/2019 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Gardens of Time

Saturday, August 31 at 1pm

Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds, and Victorian "Nearyland." Take home history in a seed. Rain cancels. Free event.

 

For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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