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Special Needs Walk
Learn about the many parenting styles of the redwoods, the dedicated parenting of the endangered marbled murrelet, the extended
08/26/2018 at 1:00pm
Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map

Special Needs Walk

Sunday, August 26 at 1pm

On this wheelchair and special needs accessible hike, Docent Nan Singh-Bowman will cover a wide range of subjects including plants, animals and the history of Big Basin. The hike will be paced for non-traditional kids, but everyone is welcome! Please wear comfortable shoes/clothing and bring water, snacks, hat and sunscreen. Be prepared for very warm weather but bring a light jacket or sweater as well. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

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THE PRODUCERS
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that took Broadway by storm
Date: Every day (Jul 26-Aug 19)


THE PRODUCERS
JULY 26 - AUGUST 19, 2018

A New Mel Brooks Musical, Book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan, Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Original Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman

WINNER OF 12 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL & BEST ORIGINAL SCORE!

WINNER OF 11 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL & OUTSTANDING BOOK & LYRICS!

A COMBINATION OF UNSTOPPABLE LAUGHTER AND SHEER HAPPINESS!

THE PLAY

Based on Mel Brooks' much loved Academy Award-winning movie, The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that took Broadway by storm, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards.Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway's greatest scam. They aim to produce the worst show ever and run away with millions, but they soon learn that show business can kick you in the teeth.The Producers may be the funniest Broadway musical of all time.


Location: Cabrillo Stage, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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Santa Cruz Art League
California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
Date: Every day (Jul 6-Aug 5)


(0 April 2018) MoonriseAtHarkinsSlough.jpgAnnual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

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

 

    Friday, July 6 - Sunday, August 5, 2018
    Reception: July 6, First Friday, 6-8pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Become a Watsonville Wetlands Docent
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join us for docent training in January
Date: Every Wed and Sa


Docent Training Starts THIS MONTH!

There is still time to sign-up for docent training. While there are a variety of ways to volunteer with us here at the Wetlands Watch, becoming a docent is a great way to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the wetlands, youth, and community! It is a fun and interesting way to learn about the natural and cultural history of the wetlands from experts. Docent trainees are treated to an inside look at the Pajaro Valley and its wide network of wetlands. Local experts share the ecology, history, and restoration of the wetlands during the 7-week program.


The interactive sessions include Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday morning field trips, visiting sites not normally seen by the public. Join our dedicated team of trained docent volunteers who help with field trips, lead wetland tours, participate in special events, work in the greenhouse and native plant demonstration garden and a whole host of other things. No previous teaching or wetland experience is necessary - beginners are welcome.  

 

Come join us - the wetlands are calling!    For more information, contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Ria Mukerji at 909-680-9872 or email at  ria@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
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Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

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Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups.

 

These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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Cabrillo Music Festival
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
Each summer Cabrillo Festival brings together music lovers, community members, professional orchestra players and extraordinary
Date: Every day (Jul 29-Aug 12)


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Each summer Cabrillo Festival brings together music lovers, community members, professional orchestra players and extraordinary composers for an inspired gathering that offers a musical experience like no other.

 

For the 2018 season, Music Director Cristi Măcelaru has summoned voices from around the globe and across diverse cultural backgrounds to present 18 contemporary works that reflect the human spirit and the stories we tell, the grandeur of the planet, and the vastness of the cosmos. You're invited to journey deep into the creative process through our open rehearsals, talks and the intoxicating experience of live performance. Cabrillo Festival delivers spectacular musicianship, coupled with a warm and welcoming environment for listeners at all levels, plus that famously special Santa Cruz vibe. It's a rare thrill, and you're invited!

 

So much is new in 2018!

  • New pay-what-you-can Community Night Concert This new event welcomes the wider community to experience just how fun new music can be.
  • Earlier concert times All our evening concerts now begin at 7pm!
  • New $20 Youth tickets Invite your favorite young person (age 6-25), and inspire a future Festival fan!
  • New Prix Fixe Dinner on our Grand Finale night.

EVENTS (MOST ARE FREE)

Donors Concert  July 28 @ 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

A pre-season chamber concert and reception free for donors of $250 or more.

 

First Open Rehearsal (Aural Histories) July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Come to the Civic Auditorium to watch Cristi and the Festival Orchestra play the first notes of the 2018 season! Open Rehearsals continue nearly every weekday through August 10. Today's rehearsal program: Huang RUO: Folksongs for Orchestra Dan DEDIU: Grana Zosha DI CASTRI: Dear Life (with Mary Mackenzie, soprano) Pande SHAHOV: Piano Concerto (no soloist)


Open Rehearsal (After Dixieland)  July 30 @ 2:30 am - 5:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free - Today's rehearsal program: Gabriela Lena FRANK: Walkabout, Concerto for Orchestra Vivian FUNG: Dust Devils Kristin KUSTER: Rain On It

 

Open Rehearsal (After Dixieland)  July 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Gabriela Lena FRANK: Walkabout, Concerto for Orchestra Kristin KUSTER: Rain On It William BOLCOM: Concerto in D for Violin (with Philippe Quint, violin)

 

In The Works Orchestra Concert  July 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

A special free concert featuring new works by three young composers conducted in rotation by six emerging conductors, the culmination of the prestigious Conductors/Composers Workshop. No tickets required.

 

Open Rehearsal (Aural Histories) August 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Pande SHAHOV: Piano Concerto (with Simon Trpceski, piano) Huang RUO: Folksongs for Orchestra Dan DEDIU: Grana Zosha DI CASTRI: Dear Life (with Mary Mackenzie, soprano)

 

Open Rehearsal (Conductors Workshop)  August 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free

The culmination of the Conductors Workshop, the program features standard repertoire performed by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra led in rotation by emerging conductors.


Open Rehearsal (Aural Histories)  August 2 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Dan DEDIU: Grana Huang RUO: Folksongs for Orchestra Pande SHAHOV: Piano Concerto (with Simon Trpceski, piano) Zosha DI CASTRI: Dear Life (with Mary Mackenzie, soprano)


Pre-Rehearsal Talk with Prue Ashurst  August 2 @ 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

Prue Ashurst is an educator, choral director and lecturer. Prue has made the pilgrimage from her native Australia to the Festival for many years, and this year we are thrillled that she will give us a Pre-Rehearsal Talk on the After Dixieland concert program!

 

Open Rehearsal (After Dixieland) August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Vivian FUNG: Dust Devils William BOLCOM: Concerto in D for Violin (with Philippe Quint) Gabriela Lena FRANK: Walkabout, Concerto for Orchestra Kristin KUSTER: Rain On It


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One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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Library Aptos
A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

One-on-One Tech Tutoring


Trying to play with technology and getting frustrated? A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services: How to use free downloadable content available from your library in a number of formats (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming video) Introduction to SCPL databases (i.e. Consumer Reports, Community Information, etc...) Creating an email account Downloading and attaching files Word processing direction and support.

 

Drop-in weekly appointments, 20 minute slots available. To best support learning, please bring the following items: devices (i.e., laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones), necessary passwords (Google Play, App Store), and library card!

 

First-come, First-served. FREE


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Play & Talk! Play Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Toddlers 18-30 months & Parents

Toddlers (18-30 months) & Parents Support Classes combine the elements of a playgroup, support group and a chance to learn more about your child's development.  Come meet other parents and children, observe and discuss child development and build confidence in your parenting skills.  Enjoy seeing your child interact with other children and explore an environment set-up with them in mind.  Classes are facilitated by experienced and friendly teachers.


Location: 1740 17th Av, Capitola Map
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

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

 

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

 

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

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 2:30-6:00 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr April - October
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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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 6-Aug 29) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Capitola by the Sea Summer Music

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

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

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


Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
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Junior Rangers at Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones!
Date: Every day (Jun 16-Sep 1) at 10:00am
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See varying dates, times

Junior Rangers

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm (No programs August 25, 28, 29)

Wednesdays at 10amSpecial two-hour program (No program August 29)

Explore, hike and play games as you learn about plants, animals, and more. This 1-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12 only. Please register your child at the Nature Museum 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Half Moon Bay State Beach
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State Park Half Moon Bay Beach
Junior Rangers, Campfire Programs, Guided walks
Date: Every day (Jun 29-Aug 31) from 11:00am to 3:00pm


Junior Rangers

Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm

Discover the fascinating secrets of the beach! Explore, practice outdoor skills, and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child 15 minutes before the program begins at the Francis State Beach Visitor Center. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, and California State Parks.

 

Campfire Program

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm

Join us in our new campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about beach ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of the park while relaxing by the beach. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Guided Walk: Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park

Sunday, July 22 at 10am 

Journey back in time to discover the lives of early pioneers on this two-mile stroll along Mills Creek at Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Appropriate for children age seven and older accompanied by parent. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: Sequoia Audubon Trail

Sunday, July 1 at 10am

Sunday, July 15 at 1pm

Join us for a one-mile stroll along the California Coast into the Pescadero Marsh, a popular bird watching location.  Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot located on Highway 1, one-quarter mile north of Pescadero Creek Road in Pescadero. Bring water, and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, sunscreen and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. No pets. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: McNee Ranch, Montara State Beach

Saturday, July 14 at 10am

Join us for a two-mile stroll along the California coast and enjoy stunning views, remnants of the long-gone Ocean Shore Railroad and WWII era bunker. Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach Parking Lot on Highway 1 just south of Devil's Slide. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. All pets must be on leash. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov


Location: 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Map
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Family Discovery Walk
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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: 08/01/2018 at 1:00pm


Family Discovery Walk

Saturday, August 18 at 1 pm

Join Docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin's redwood forest! We'll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile roundtrip walk that lasts about 1.5 hours. Bring water, a snack and an adventurous spirit! Rain cancels. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY
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Scotts Valley Police
Provides students with alternatives to drugs, violence, and other illegal activities through exciting events and educational pro
Date: Every day (May 1-Aug 3)

Special Instructions: June 18-22, July 9-13, July 30-Aug 3

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Registration is now open for all three of our 2018 Junior Police Academy sessions!

 

Dates are currently scheduled for June 18-22, July 9-13 and July 30-Aug 3

 

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

 

Registration, cost and further information can be found at the link below, or by calling Det. Mike Birley at 831-440-5656.


https://www.scottsvalleypd.com/juvenile-programs


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Summer Reading
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Read and earn fun rewards!
Date: Every day (May 18-Sep 5)


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Our popular summer reading program for young readers (going into grades K-12) will run May 18th through September 5th this year. We are challenging kids to read 6 books--at least 3 from our recommended reading list (see below) and up to 3 of their choice. Complete the challenge and not only will you have read some terrific books, but you'll earn excellent rewards: A $5 Bookshop gift card, a free scoop from the Penny Ice Creamery, a free slice from Pizza My Heart, and a special prize from the Santa Cruz Warriors!

 

How to get started: Come to Bookshop Santa Cruz to pick up a summer reading bookmark for your age level or download one of the pdfs listed below starting on Friday, May 18th. You are going to want to hang onto this because it's also your reading tracking form that you're going to use all summer and turn back into us before school starts. Pick out your first book and start reading!  All summer reading books are on display at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

 

Download the bookmark for:
Grades K-2 · Grades 3-4 · Grades 5-6 · Grades 7-8


What you get to read: We have put together a great list of 6 - 8 recommended paperbacks per age group. To complete the challenge, read at least three of these recommended titles and up to three books of your own choosing (for a total of 6 great books) over the summer. Click on the links below to see the complete list of summer reading selections for your age group.


Location: 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Apple Roasting! Snake! Crafts! Games! Skulls and Pelts!
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State Park Big Basin
Roast apples or marshmallows and listen to tunes
Date: Every Wed (Jul 4-Aug 29) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All

Apple Roasting! Snake! Crafts! Games! Skulls and Pelts!

Every Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm (No program August 29)

Drop by anytime between 3:30-5 pm at our historic campfire and enjoy roasting ranger apples and marshmallows, playing games, listening to tunes and making some fun crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals, and meet a snake.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Free Movies at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
Date: Every Wed and Fri (Jun 15-Aug 31)


FREE Movies on the Beach
Wednesday Nights - June 20-August 15, 2018- Admission FREE!


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


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

 

Each movie will include a 15 minute intermission.

 

June 20 The Lost Boys
June 27 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
July 4 No movie - Happy 4th of July!
July 11 Legally Blonde
July 18 Ferris Bueller's Day Off
July 25 Hairspray
Aug 1 Jumanji (1995)
Aug 8 Ghostbusters (1984)
Aug 15 Raiders of the Lost Ark

 

Seating is first-come, first-served.

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

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

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


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Wilder Things - Welcome To The Jungle Book (2018)
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Little People's Repertory Theatre
Dorothy lives in a cupboard below the porch of her aunt and uncle's farmhouse. One day an owl arrives with an invitation for Dor
Date: Every day (Jul 25-Aug 5)


Wilder Things - Welcome To The Jungle Book (2018)

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

Strange things have been happening in a small California town. A group of kids desperate to find a friend-gone-missing, find an old Jungle Book themed board game. With a roll of the dice they find themselves sucked into an up-side-down version of a classic children's tale. In the jungle, not only do they find their friends, they find some missing Castaways, friendly village people and more!

 

Little People's Repertory Theatre provides affordable opportunities for theatrical performance to youth ages 3 to 18. Using original scripts and contemporary themes, knowledgeable, trained staff facilitate a developmentally appropriate and positive social environment through mentorship, creative collaboration, skill building and instruction, wherein children, teens and community members work together to create high-quality, original works of art.

 

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Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill St, Ben Lomond Map
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Free Daily Entertainment
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Beach Boardwalk
World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.
Date: Every day (Jun 18-Aug 17) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm


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

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

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

The Entertainers and the Schedule



Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Coca Cola Nights
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring a Coca-Cola product and enjoy unlimited rides for only $14.95+tax!
Date: Every Wed and Th (Jun 20-Aug 16) at 5:00pm


Coca-Cola Nights

 

Not valid July 4

 

Bring a Coca-Cola product and enjoy unlimited rides for only $14.95+tax!

You can also enjoy unlimited access to Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Miniature Golf, Climb 'N Conquer, and Fright Walk for only $9.95.

 

Exchange your empty Coca-Cola can/bottle or a receipt with proof of purchase at the Coca-Cola redemption tables (located near each ticket booth) to receive your discount ride coupon.

 

Any size Coca-Cola product will be accepted including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Pibb Xtra, Barq's Root Beer, SmartWater, or Dasani.

Some specials may be subject to tax.

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


Location: 400 Beach Street, 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 day (Jun 1-Sep 30)

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

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
  Sat & Sun 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.

Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike  Saturdays at 2:30pm

Join us on a 3-mile, 2.5-hour hike to Castle Rock, Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook. We’ll discuss Castle Rock’s unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. Please bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, snacks, a camera, and binoculars if you have them. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $8. Meet at the kiosk. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 
   
MODERATE HIKES 
Ridge/Trail Camp Loop 
Trailhead: main parking lot, 5.15 miles, elevation gain 1,190 feet
Hike through the forest and past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the San Lorenzo River Valley and glimpses of Monterey Bay. Learn about history, wildlife, and habitats at the Interpretive Shelter. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter.  
  
Skyline/Loghry Woods/Saratoga Gap Loop
Trailhead: main parking lot; 6.1 miles roundtrip; elevation gain 750 feet 
Head through the forest past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Lorenzo River with glimpses across to Monterey Bay if there’s no fog. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water, and a rain shelter. 
  
STRENUOUS HIKES  
Middle of the Park from the Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap; 9 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,530 feet. 
This challenging hike or run through the forest takes you past mountain and valley views with some glimpses of Monterey Bay on a clear day. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter. Begin at Saratoga Gap and either go down Saratoga Toll Road Trail or across Skyline Trail (Bay Area Ridge Trail). Close the loop on the Loghry Woods and Travertine Springs trails.
   
Gap to Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap or Waterman Gap; 16.4 miles round trip, elevation gain 1,860 feet
A good workout for strong trail runners and hikers. You can also backpack and stay overnight at the Waterman Gap Trail Camp (reservations required). Trails are mostly wooded, with occasional views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 
   
Skyline to the Sea Trailhead: dropoff at Saratoga Gap or park at main parking lot, pickup at Waddell Beach, 25.2–28.2 miles; elevation from 1,660–2,130 feet. 
One of the region’s most rewarding backpack options. Start on the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains and descend to the ocean in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Camp at trail camps along the way. Two to four days of backpacking or four to eight hours of trail running.

 

Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike

Saturdays at 2:30pm

Join us on a 3-mile, 2.5-hour hike to Castle Rock, Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook. We'll discuss Castle Rock's unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. Please bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, snacks, a camera, and binoculars if you have them. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $8. Meet at the kiosk. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Nature Club
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This fun program is designed for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore!
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 31)
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying hours

Big Basin Nature Club

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30pm (No programs August 25, 28)

Wednesdays at 1:30pm (No program Wednesday, August 29)

This fun program is designed for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park Nature Museum. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Hikes & Rangers
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every day (Aug 1-Aug 31)


Portola Redwoods State Park
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. 

 

Old Tree Trail Hike

Saturdays at 2:30pm

Meet at the Portola Redwoods State Park Visitor Center for a stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old. On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll discover the banana slug's vital role to this flourishing forest, learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet, and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. 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.

 

Guided Hikes

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2:30pm

Explore the myriad of beautiful trails at Portola Redwoods State Park and learn about the natural and cultural history of this rich landscape. Each hike will have a central theme to give visitors a greater sense of the history in the park and help them find a deeper connection to the natural world. Hikes will vary in difficulty, so please check the signboard at the Visitor's Center for the daily hike schedule. Generally, afternoon hikes will be more strenuous than morning hikes. Please bring closed toe shoes, water, snacks and a camera, and meet at the Visitor's Center. Event is free; parking is $10.

 

Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

All 3-6 year old park visitors are invited to learn, play and laugh together. The themes change every week, but there will always be activities, songs, stories and silliness that help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. The program is 30 minutes long and filled with both fun and educational content. Parental supervision is required for the duration of the activities, and participation is encouraged. All campers and day use visitors are welcome to attend this free program, which begins outside the Visitor's Center. Event is free; parking is $10.

 

Junior Rangers

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Park visitors aged 7-12 have the amazing opportunity to become official California State Parks Junior Rangers by participating in this 1-hour program. This free, kids-only program is structured around an educational lesson relevant to Portola Redwoods State Park and aims to inspire the next generation to be stewards of the redwood forest. Games, songs and interpretive hiking will all be included in the program. All participants receive a Junior Ranger Badge and Logbook, as well as the official stamp of Portola Redwoods State Park and other prizes. Water bottles, backpacks and hiking shoes are encouraged for participants. Sign-ups begin 30 minutes before the program starts in the Visitor's Center and programs fill up fast! Event is free; parking is $10.

 

Campfire Programs

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm

Portola Redwoods State Park is proud to host these campfire programs based on all of the amazing components of the redwood ecosystem. Come for the fun and stay for the science! Each night's program will cover a different topic of life in the redwoods, so campers and visitors are encouraged to check out each one. After a long day of hiking, come and unwind around the campfire while expanding your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our wonderful state park. Food and drinks are permitted, and audience participation is highly encouraged! Event is free; parking is $10.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Capitola Mall
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 April 2018) FamilyFunNightCapMall.jpgJoin us at Capitola Mall for 1ST Wednesday Family Fun!

Enjoy many fun activities, including:
Entertainment with Happily Ever Laughter
Family Friendly Crafts
Music and More!

We will also be giving away a Family Fun Membership to Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to one lucky family!

$5 Donation per Child benefits Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services!


Location: 1855 41st Ave, Capitola Map
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Summer Camp: Can You Dig It? (Entering Grades K+1)
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Join the Museum as we unearth the fossils, rocks, and ancient history of Santa Cruz!
Date: Every day (Jul 30-Aug 3) from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: Entering grades K and 1 Admission Fees: $265
Special Instructions: Scholarships and member discounts available

We will spend a week exploring the many surprising things you can learn from digging into the ground. Campers will build friendships while investigating artifacts, dissecting fossils, playing games, and building awesome crafts!

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is proud to present a camp all about rocks, stones, and dinosaur bones! Campers entering grades K-1 are welcome to join us as we explore the soils and sands of Santa Cruz, discovering the buried mysteries they hold. Spend five days immersed in nature, unearthing fossils, finding ancient artifacts, and exploring the many things you can learn from digging!

Our experienced staff will promote meaningful experiences in nature and positive social interactions as we set out on exploratory expeditions. Each day will involve outdoor nature exploration, hands on learning, and related games and crafts.

Camp will run from 9AM-3PM each day, with drop-off from 8:30-9 and pickup from 3-3:30. Member discounts and limited scholarships are available. More information at santacruzmuseum.org/camp


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

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

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

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

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


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Half Moon Bay Hikes & Junior Rangers
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State Park Half Moon Bay
Date: Every day (Aug 1-Aug 31)
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

Facebook @HalfMoonBayStateBeach | Instagram @HalfMoonBaySB

 

Junior Rangers

Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm

Discover the fascinating secrets of the beach! Explore, practice outdoor skills, and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child 15 minutes before the program begins at the Francis State Beach Visitor Center. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, and California State Parks.

 

Campfire Program

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm

Join us in our new campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about beach ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of the park while relaxing by the beach. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Guided Walk: Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park

Sunday, August 26 at 10am 

Journey back in time to discover the lives of early pioneers on this two-mile stroll along Mills Creek at Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Appropriate for children age seven and older accompanied by parent. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: Sequoia Audubon Trail

Sunday, August 5 at 10am

Sunday, August 19 at 1pm

Join us for a one-mile stroll along the California Coast into the Pescadero Marsh, a popular bird watching location.  Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot located on Highway 1, one-quarter mile north of Pescadero Creek Road in Pescadero. Bring water, and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, sunscreen and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. No pets. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov


Location: Pescadero State Beach, Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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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

Citizen Science

 

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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Campfire Programs
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sing songs, play games, hear stories and learn all about our unique and beautiful park
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Aug 2-Aug 31)

Special Instructions: See varying hours

Evening Campfire Programs

Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 8pm

Saturdays at 7:30pm

Join us in our campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Good dogs welcome. The campfire center is located in the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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Evening Campfire Programs
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Th and Sa (Aug 1-Aug 31) at 7:00pm


Evening Campfire Programs

Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 7pm (No campfires August 25, 27-30)

Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Spanish Conversation Group @ Aptos Branch Library
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Spanish Conversation Group @ Aptos Branch Library
Date: The 1st Th of every month (Jun 1-Dec 30) from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Trying to work on your Spanish? Want to improve your vocabulary and Spanish speaking skills? The Aptos Branch Library is now hosting a Spanish conversation group. Facilitator-led discussion and activities. All levels are welcome, including beginners.

Meetings are every first and third Thursday of the month.

For more information contact Ivan Llamas at llamasi@santacruzpl.org or 831-427-7702


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7702 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Introduction to Thinking Maps
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Library Scotts Valley
Thinking Maps are a series of structures which allow a writer organize thoughts and information into meaningful, predictable Map
Date: 08/02/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Tweens/Teens, Parents,Educators Admission Fees: Free

Our brains see information in pictures. Thinking Maps are a series of structures which allow a writer organize thoughts and information into meaningful, predictable Maps. These tools help writers' organization and help communicate understanding of knowledge in easy to create structures. These tools can be used as an assessment tool for educators. Program presented by Jennifer Mead, local parent and teacher. Program is for Tweens, Teens, Parents, and Educators. For more information contact Jeanne O'Grady at ogradyj@santacruzpl.org


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Uniquely Beautiful & Beautifully Unique Parents Support Group
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Support group for parents and loved ones of children with special needs
Date: The 1st Th of every month (May 3-Sep 6) from 8:00pm to 9:30pm


Uniquely Beautiful & Beautifully Unique Parents Support Group

First Thursdays 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

 

The Uniquely Beautiful and Beautifully Unique group is a support group for parents and loved ones of children with special needs. We will meet at the Boulder Creek Library on the first Thursday of the month. Join us to discuss the joys and stresses of parenthood.

 


Location: Boulder Creek Branch Library Amp, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
Note: Special Theme: Film and Television
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Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Circus Vargas is in Town!
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Circus Vargas
Dreaming of pirates and fun!
Date: Every day (Aug 2-Aug 6)

Special Instructions: Visit MOD for fun and receive free circus tickets

(0 A Aug 2018) CircusVargasFreeTicket.jpgThe CIRCUS is coming to town! Circus Vargas will be at the Capitola Mall from August 2 - 6 only.

 

MOD (Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery) has the very first (and possibly only) FREE child's admission ticket.

 

Come in to the museum this and next week, play, learn, and snatch up your ticket before they're gone! circusvargas.com

 

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Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave, Capitola Map
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Aliens in our Kelp Forests!
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Library Central
Aliens in our Kelp Forests! The mysterious life of CA Moray Eel
Date: 08/02/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A July 2018) california-moray-eel.jpgSCPL is partnering with the Children's Museum of Discovery (MOD), UCSC and The Natural History Museum to present a science series for adults and teens. Meetings will be held on the 1st Thursday every month at 6:30pm at the Downtown Library.

Katherine Dale and Dr Rita Mehta will present current research into the life history of the California Moray Eel from the Catalina Islands.

Katherine is a second-year PhD student in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department at UC Santa Cruz. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Miami in 2015. Katherine is interested in the early life history of fishes, especially what environmental or biological factors influence how little baby fish disperse from their point of hatching to the juvenile locations. She is especially passionate about diadromous species such as salmon, eels, and sturgeon which spend part of their lives in both freshwater and saltwater.

Dr. Mehta is an associate professor in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department at UC Santa Cruz. Her research seeks to understand morphological, physiological, and behavioral evolution. She has a special interest in studying the mechanisms guiding diversification in vertebrate clades whose members have evolved an elongate and limb-reduced (or complete loss) body plan such as snakes, anguilliform fishes, and other eel-like vertebrates. She is also interested in the evolution of morphological and behavioral innovations in organismal design.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Family Camp
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Family Camp at Monte Toyon in the Redwood Forest
Date: 08/02/2018
Ages: All ages! Admission Fees: $350 per Family (2-5 person) 4 days/3 nights
Special Instructions: Relax in the Redwood Forest!

There are still spaces available at Family Camp located at Monte Toyon. Get out of the city and into the Redwood Forest with your family! Camping is for 4 days/3 nights at $350 per family (2-5 persons). Family Camp provides the campsite at Monte Toyon, which is in Aptos Redwood Forest, along with dinner on Friday and Saturday night and dessert every night! Family Camp also includes Naturalists on site for guided hikes and Adventures!

Dates still available for Family Camping:

July 19 - 22
July 26 - 29
August 2 - 5


Location: Monte Toyon, Cloister Lane, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 684-0148 •website Aptos create a direct event link
PopUp Picnics in the Park
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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Enjoy Tacos With a View
Date: Every Th (Jun 14-Aug 16) from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free (tacos not free)

(0 A June 2018) PopUp-Picnic2018.jpgThe community is invited to enjoy tacos on the terraza from 11:30 am- 1:30 pm, and take in the view of downtown Santa Cruz at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park (144 School Street, Santa Cruz).

 

Taquitos Gabriel will be providing the food, and a portion of the sales will benefit the park.


Location: Mission State Park, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Bangladesh: Armchair Travel Adventure
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Library La Selva Beach Branch
Stories to elebrate women and goddesses who inspire, tickle, and delight the heart, the senses, and the funny bone
Date: 08/02/2018 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) Librarybangladesh.jpgArmchair Travel AdventureGo on a journey to Bangladesh without leaving your seat!


Armchair Travel at La Selva Beach Library invites local residents to share their travel adventures. Program includes photos and personal travel logs. This month journey to Bangladesh!

 

Join us for local photographer Chelsea George's photo journey to Dhaka and surrounding areas.

 

All ages invited. Always Free.


 

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Nature's Supermarket Campfire Program
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State Park Big Basin
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago?
Date: Every Th (Aug 2-Aug 23) at 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Nature's Supermarket Campfire

Thursday, August 2 at 7pm

Thursday, August 9 at 7pm

Thursday, August 23 at 7pm

How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin Redwood State Park 500 years ago? No supermarkets, no stoves, not even pots and pans.... Join Ranger Alex Tabone to find out how to cook a hot meal in a basket 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! Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Mindfulness For Teens
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Rebecca Roth
Mindfulness for Teens Summer Drop-in Classes
Date: Every Th (Jul 12-Aug 16) from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Ages: 14-19 Admission Fees: $25/class, or pay what you can
Special Instructions: entrance off parking lot

(0 A July 2018) RebeccaRoth.jpgTeens will learn and practice techniques to help them experience more calm, compassion, and connection.


Location: 200 wshington st.#105, s Map
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Old Tree Trail Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Jun 2-Sep 29) at 2:30pm


Portola Redwoods State Park
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. 

 

Old Tree Trail Hike

Saturdays at 2:30pm

Meet at the Portola Redwoods State Park Visitor Center for a stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old. On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll discover the banana slug's vital role to this flourishing forest, learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet, and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. 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.

 


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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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, Fri and Sa (Jul 27-Aug 5)
Admission Fees: $20 - $24
Special Instructions: July 28-30 & Aug 4-6

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Day Out with ThomasTM

JULY 27 - 29 & AUGUST 1 - 5

Join Thomas the Tank EngineTM for the Big Adventures Tour 2018 through the Big Trees. Your ticket includes a fun-filled day of activities: a train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham HattTM, temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling, bubble making, live entertainment, train play tables, and more! So bring the family, come early, and enjoy the day.

 

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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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Pop-up Campfire Program
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State Park Big Basin
Bring your camp chair-we'll bring the marshmallows, songs and stories!
Date: Every Fri (Jun 15-Aug 4) at 7:00pm


POP-UP CAMPFIRE!

Every Friday in July at 7 pm

AT CAMPSITE 73 IN HUCKLEBERRY CAMPGROUND

Bring your camp chair—we’ll bring the marshmallows, songs and stories! Sit around the campfire, roast marshmallows, sing some songs and hear stories about Big Basin. If possible, please walk to the campfire, as parking is limited to disabled parking.

 

 

 


Location: CAMPSITE 73 IN HUCKLEBERRY CAMPG, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek 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 15-Aug 31)

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

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

June 15 - August 31, 2018   -    Printable Schedule


June 15 Berlin starring Terri Nunn  "Take My Breath Away"
June 22 The Motels  "Only the Lonely"
June 29 Los Lobos  "La Bamba"
July 6 Rose Royce  "Car Wash"
July 13 Smash Mouth  "All Star"
July 20 Los Lonely Boys  "Heaven"
July 27 The Fixx  "One Thing Leads to Another"
Aug 3 Y & T  "Summertime Girls"
Aug 10 To Be Announced June 15
Aug 17 The English Beat  "Save It For Later"
Aug 24 Starship featuring Mickey Thomas  "We Built This City"
Aug 31 Papa Doo Run Run  "(Santa Cruz) Beach Party"

Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Folk Dancing!
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Cabrillo Folk Dancers
Check out these folk dancing events! Balkan, Israeli, International
Date: Every Tues and Fri from 7:30am to 11:00pm


(0 April 2018) FolkDancing.jpgTHE HELLADELICS at Live Oak Grange, Santa Cruz CA
Time: 8:00-11:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30)
Cost: $15.00 (sliding scale) + tips for the band.
Bring: Snacks to share--finger food only, please.Dancing in Santa Cruz for 48+ years.


Join us on Friday evenings...
at: MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER
222 MARKET STREET, SANTA CRUZ

 

Live music parties will usually happen at the Live Oak Grange in Santa Cruz--depending on availability of the facility and bands. Occasionally we will party at Park Hall in Ben Lomond or at our regular venue, Market Street Senior Center.

Questions? Send email to: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net
(Be patient--answers may take a few days... Thanks!)

 

LOCAL CLASSES:
FRIDAY: Cabrillo Folk Dancers--Balkan & International


TUESDAY: Alan Rothchild's Israeli Dance class


FRIDAY: BALKAN-INTERNATIONAL DANCE
Time: Friday, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
(Dancing starts about 7:45...)
EVERY Friday, except on (or near) national holidays. For the health and comfort of members with asthma and allergies, the class is "fragrance-free".
Any schedule changes will be announced on this web site, whenever possible.
Cost: $7.00
MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER, 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz, CA

In a residential neighborhood, on the surrounding streets. Please be considerate of the neighbors, and don't block driveways.

New to folk dancing or haven't danced in 10-40 years?
Come at the beginning of class, when easier dances are taught.

LIVE MUSIC: Check the Calendar of Events page for the schedule of live music parties and other parties/events of interest.

Questions? Email: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net - (answers may take a couple of days...)


TUESDAY--Alan Rothchild's ISRAELI DANCE CLASS
This class has been taught by Alan Rothchild for over 25 years.
Every Tuesday evening, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
$7.00
Peace United Church of Christ (formerly First Congregational, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz

 

For more information email: rothdance@hotmail.com


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Star programs for chldren
Date: Every Fri at 5:30pm
Admission Fees: $4

Hartnell College Planetarium's Children's Show is geared towards local families looking for an educational and fun evening out.

Show Times

Fridays at 5:30 PM, doors open at 5:15 PM, runs 30-40 min

Tickets

Buy Tickets Here $4 Person Tickets also available at the door Do not be late!   You can also purchase tickets at the door. We accept cash, card, and NFC (android/applepay).

 

Season Schedule

December - Stars 8

About our shows

Stars - Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.


Location: 411 CENTRAL AVE S-101, Salinas Map
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Girls Night Out
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Art Factory
Treat yourself to some time with the girls, wine and cheese and a create evening. Call Yvette for schedule!
Date: Every Fri from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Friday Night Girl's Night Out!

 

Bring friends, make friends! Join us on a Friday evenings to learn the art of needle felting, miniature fairy/succulent gardens, painting/collage or to create a vision board to launch you into the next phase of your life. These inspiring evenings will provide you with detailed instruction, delightful company and an art piece to take home with you!

 

If you would like to book a private GNO with your group of 5 or more, please call The Art Factory to make arrangements. We will cover any of the mediums listed above or will customize the project to your request.

 

Call Yvette at The Art Factory for more information and to reserve space! 831-688-8862


Location: Redwood Village #15, 9099 Soquel Drive, Aptos 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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Discover the Sandhills
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile stroll to the observation deck
Date: Every Su and Sa (Aug 4-Aug 12) at 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills

Saturday, August 4 at 3pm

Sunday, August 5 at 3pm

Saturday, August 11 at 3pm

Sunday, August 12 at 3pm

Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile stroll to the observation deck. Meet at the Campfire Center, in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

Santa Cruz Sandhills.

 

 


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Church Street Fair
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Cabrillo Music Festival
Non-stop world and ethnic music and dance on the outdoor Church Street Stage, and dozens of premier artists and craftspeople
Date: Every day (Aug 4-Aug 5) from 11:00am to 8:00pm
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.

2018 CHURCH STREET STAGE PERFORMERS
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 (11:15am-6:45pm)

11:15-12:00 COASTAL PRAIRIE BAND (American Folk Music)
12:15-12:45 SANTA CRUZ BALLET THEATRE (European Dance)
1:00-1:45 GOURD MUSIC PLAYERS
2:00-2:30 TBA
2:45-3:45 DANCE AROUND MOLLY (Celtic Music)
4:00-5:00 AZA (Moroccan Music)
5:15-6:45 THE JOINT CHIEFS (Soul/Funk Music)


SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 (11:15am-6:45pm)

11:15-12:00 GREAT MORGANI (Costumed Accoridionist)
12:15-12:45 EL SISTEMA SANTA CRUZ (Elementary School Music Program)
1:00 FREE FAMILY CONCERT (inside the Civic)
2:30-3:15 WATSONVILLE TAIKO (Japanese Drumming)
3:30-4:15 SHAKTI BHAKTI ENSEMBLE (Classical Indian Dance)
4:30-5:15 DESERT DREAM MUSIC AND DANCE (Middle Eastern Dance)
5:30-6:45 SAMBADA (Brazilian Samba/Latin/Caribbean )


Location: Street in front of Civic Auditor, Church St, Santa Cruz 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 and Sa
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying hours

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 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 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Coast Nature Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs
Date: Every Sa (Aug 4-Aug 25) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking
Special Instructions: 7/7, 21 & 28

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, August 4 at 11am

Saturday, August 18 at 11am

Saturday, August 25 at 11am

On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Rain cancels. 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: Wilder Ranch , Santa Cruz Map
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Origami Club with Japanese Cultural Fair
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Library Aptos
performances
Date: The 1st Sa of every month (Apr 7-Dec 1) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 March 2018) OrigamiClub.jpgOrigami Club at Aptos Public Library
1st Saturday of every month (unless otherwise announced)
Starts April 7, 2018!

FREE fun for all ages. Bring a project, try a design from one of our books, or just come to hangout and fold whatever strikes your fancy. All skill levels are welcome. Origami paper will be provided or bring your own if you prefer a certain type. Drop-ins welcome.

Interested in volunteering, message us! (^_^)

Presented by the Japanese Cultural Fair - Santa Cruz, in partnership with the Aptos Public Library.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831- 427-7700 ext. 7665 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Street Smarts Back-to-School Traffic Safety Blast
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Santa Cruz Police
Family-friendly booths with free games and prizes plus bike safety obstacle course
Date: 08/04/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


SAVE THE DATE: Street Smarts Back-to-School Traffic Safety Blast on Saturday, Aug. 4, welcomes you to 12 family-friendly booths with free games and prizes plus bike safety obstacle course.

Enter a free raffle with 25 prizes including new bike, helmets and safety gear.

We hope to see you at Laurel Park, 301 Center St., from 10 am to 12 pm.


Location: Laurel Park, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Mar 3-Feb 17)

Special Instructions: See different times

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, March 3 from 10am to 12pm

Saturday, March 17 from 1pm to 3pm

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: 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

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. 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
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Elegant Flea Market
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Inner Light Ministries
Free entry, bargain prices for elegant goods
Date: 08/04/2018 from 7:00am to 2:00pm


(0 A Aug 2018) FleaMarketelegant.jpgShop a variety of new and/or gently used items at bargain prices while helping Inner Light Ministries at this annual fundraising event.

 

Visit the unique indoor Jewelry Boutique and join in the free family fun with a bounce house and childcare activities while you shop.

 


Location: 5630 Soquel Dr, Soquel Map
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Evening Art Program
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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


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Aug 4-Aug 18) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Event is free; parking is $10.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop

Saturday, August 4 from 10am to 12pm

Saturday, August 18 from 10am to 12pm

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton 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 4-Aug 5) 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
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POP-UP $1 BOOK SALE
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Library Central
Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries POP-UP $1 BOOK SALE
Date: 08/04/2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Pop-Up $1 Book Sale

All Hardcovers: $1 & Paperbacks: 2 for $1

At Downtown Library (Upstairs Meeting Room)


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Ranch History Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the natural and cultural history of Wilder Ranch State Park
Date: Every Su and Sa (Aug 4-Aug 26)
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10parking

Ranch History 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. 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: Highway 1 two miles north of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Su and Sa
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays 11am and 2pm, Sundays 1pm

Redwood Tours
Saturdays at 11am and 2pm
Sundays at 1pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Family Nature Program
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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones!
Date: Every Sa (Jun 16-Sep 1) at 10:00am
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free

Family Nature Program

Saturdays at 10am

Join a Big Basin Interpreter for a 30-minute kids’ nature activity. Family friendly. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Nature Museum.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Meet the Artist: Brad Burkhart
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Sierra Azul Nursery
Beautiful sculpture amidst beautiful gardens
Date: 08/04/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Get to know Sculpture IS artist, Brad Burkhart,
who will hold a special, focused session about his artwork at Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens. Brad will bring his sketches and discuss the evolution of his work, creation process, and naming sessions he developed for his sculptures. This is a great opportunity to get a closer understanding of the inspiration for his work while fueling your own creativity and vision. Please arrive on time to get the full benefit of the presentation. This event is free.


Location: 2660 E. Lake Ave (Hwy 152), Watsonville Map
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Jays and Murrelets Demonstration
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State Park Big Basin
Come watch our Jay researchers as they set up their nets to capture and band the Steller’s Jays.
Date: 08/04/2018 at 8:30am


Jays and Murrelets Demonstration

Saturday, August 4 at 8:30am

Birds with bracelets? Come watch our Jay researchers as they set up their nets to capture and band the Steller’s Jays. Find out what their learning about these clever birds. 1 hour. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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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 and Sa 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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Kid's Tool Workshop
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Home Depot
Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12 Admission Fees: Free

(A Oct) Home-Depot-Kids2.jpgDesigned for kids ages 5-12, these free workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while instilling a sense of accomplishment.

 

Offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and noon at The Home Depot.

 

Watsonville, 355 S. Green Valley Rd, (831)786-9877
Capitola, 2600 41st Ave, (831)462-5650

Salnas, 1890 N. Davis Road

 

 


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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: Every 4 weeks on Sa (Aug 4-Aug 25) at 10:30am

Special Instructions: Sept 20 and 30

Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike

Saturday, August 4 at 10:30am

Saturday, August 25 at 10:30am

Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek 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 4-Aug 5) 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. 

 

Popular Irish singer/songwriter Seamus Kennedy, LA Fife and Drums will be returning to perform at the Festival. Cockswain, a high energy Celtic rock band and AnGry Brians, a band performing Celtic classics, will both make their debut at the Monterey event this year. (Note: Previously listed in press releases, Scott McDonald will not be joining us after all due to health challenges this year.)

 

In addition to dozens of solo piping and drumming competitions, there will be WUSPBA-accredited competition pipe band performances from the Grade 4 bands: MacIntosh Band, Silicon Valley Band (formerly Stewart Tartan), Prince Charles Pipe Band, and the Grade 5 bands: Emerald Society, Silicon Valley Band and Irish Pipers of San Francisco. Another popular competition is the Drum Major Competition where drum majors toss their mace expertly high up in the air and catch it accompanied by a pipe band.The two-day athletic competition features fan favorite events like Caber Toss, Hammer & Stone Throw, Weight for Distance & Height, and the Sheaf Toss.   Over two days, multiple classes, age groups, and even youth games showcase the best each athlete has to offer in endurance, strength, and skill. Scottish Heavy Athletics provide all athletic supervision and registration.

 

ON SATURDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 4TH...


On Saturday evening, "A Piping Hot Dinner and Ceilidh Party" will be held again this year at Britannia Arms, 444 Alvarado St. in Monterey, with bagpipe performances by members of the award-winning Monterey Bay Pipe Band from 7 to 9 p.m. People who attend the festival that day can bring in their programs or ticket stubs to receive 20 percent off their dinners on Saturday, August 4th between 6:00 and 9:30 pm.

 

Festival Tickets: 

Advance Discount Presale Monterey Scottish Festival tickets are on sale at www.montereyscotgames.com.  Tickets (regularly priced) will be available at the gate during both days of the Festival. 

 

Ticket Prices:

Adult One-Day - Presale [$15.00]  - At Gate [$20.00]

Senior (65+) One-Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]

Military One-Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]

Child (9-15) One Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]

Adult Two-Day - Presale [$20.00] - At Gate [$30.00]

Senior (65+) Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]

Military Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]

Child (9-15) Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]

Children 8 & under free


Location: Monterey County Fargrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-372-5863 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Star Stroll
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The cosmos, river, trees, bats, hear owls and other nocturnal wildlife
Date: Every Sa (Jul 7-Sep 8) at 9:00pm


Star Stroll

Saturdays 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 in Scotts Valley. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks Volunteers, 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
Nature's Reading Room
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State Park Big Basin
Come sit under our ancient family circle of redwoods, nature's reading room, and choose a book or two to read with your family
Date: 08/04/2018 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $15 for campers/$25 non-campers

Nature’s Reading Room

Saturday, August 4 from 1:30pm to 3pm

Come sit in our beautiful campfire center, under ancient redwoods—nature’s reading room—and choose a book or two to read with your family. Drop by anytime between 1:30-3:00 and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy. Nature’s Reading Room is at our campfire center, across from Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.338.8018 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

Get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: Every Sa (Jul 7-Aug 4) at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturday, August 11 at noon

Sunday, August 20 at noon

Saturday, August 25 at noon

Sunday, August 26 at noon

Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be tailored to the group’s interests. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we’ll choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Felling the Giants
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State Park Big Basin
Logger stories and demonstration
Date: 08/04/2018 at 11:30pm


Felling the Giants (Logging Demonstration!)

Saturday, August 4 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! Rain cancels. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Story Time Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
Date: 08/04/2018 from 1:00pm to 1:30pm


Story Time Walk

Saturday, August 4 from 1pm to 1:30pm

Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time! Starting at Park Headquarters, we’ll walk through ancient redwoods while reading a story about an animal, forest, bird, insect–who knows? We’ll stop and read one page, walk a bit then read the next page until we finish the story. We’ll end up at the historic campfire circle and gather for Nature’s Reading Room, where you can choose from a wide variety of books about trees, animals, birds, bugs and more for the whole family to read together. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
La Selva Beach Summer Fair
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Library La Selva Beach
Buy books, brews, baked good and listen to live music on the lawn with Toby Gray Highway Buddha, Jane Medith Daugherty, Girls &
Date: 08/04/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) BooksAndBrewsLaSelvaBeach.jpgArts & crafts fair, book sale, bake sale, food truck, local microbrews, face painting, and kids' crafts! Live music on the lawn with: Toby Gray Highway Buddha, Jane Meredith Daugherty, Girls & Company, Barnyard Birds, and Honeytone.

 

Event sponsored by La Selva Beach Improvement Association & Friends of the La Selva Beach Library.

 

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Adobe Tour
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State Park Mission
Gain insight into the oldest building in Santa Cruz
Date: Every 4 weeks on Su and Sa (Aug 4-Aug 26) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Adobe Tour

Saturday, August 4 at 1pm

Sunday, August 26 at 1pm

Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information.

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

 

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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A Walk in the Past (Native Plant Uses)
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What makes good food in the forests?
Date: 08/04/2018 at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 4-5 miles Admission Fees: free

A Walk in the Past

Saturday, August 4 at 10am

No Safeway? No Home Depot? No Pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Take a walk with Docent Eva Fewel and learn about some of the plants the Ohlones used for food, tools and medicine. This is a 4-mile, 2.5-hour walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Ranch Tours
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History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

(0 Oct 2017) Wilder_Baking2.jpgRanch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours.

 

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: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Su and Sa (Aug 4-Aug 18)
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays 11am and 2pm, Sundays 1pm

Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturday, August 4 at 11am and 2pm

Saturday, August 11 at 11am and 2pm

Saturday, August 18 at 11am and 2pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton.

 

Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
Date: Every day (Aug 4-Aug 5) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) StrawberryFestWats2018.jpgThe Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay is in downtown Watsonville.

 

The Watsonville Strawberry Festival traces its roots to the Watsonville Strawberry Dessert Festival that was founded in 1995 to help downtown Watsonville recover from the Loma Prieta earthquake. The Festival now exists to:

 

  • Provide a safe, family-friendly experience  in downtown Watsonville;
  • Recognize the largest and most valuable crop in the Pajaro Valley; and
  • Provide non-profit organizations the opportunity to raise funds and public awareness of their work and how their work makes Watsonville a better place for everyone.

2018 Main Stage Schedule


Check out all of the great performers and contests on the corner of Main and Beach.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

MAIN STAGE

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Sams school of rock

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

12:30PM -1:30PM

Fiera Nortena

1:30PM -2:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

2:00PM -3:00PM

The Ville Band

3:00PM -3:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

3:30PM -4:30PM

Sun Gun Jones

4:30PM -5:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

5:00PM - 6:00PM

Chicano All Stars

 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

MAIN STAGE

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Victory Lane

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Impacto 5

1:30PM - 2:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Harping Jonny and The Groovehounds

3:00PM - 3:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

3:30PM - 4:30PM

Tributo Dinamita con Rumba Cafe

4:30PM - 5:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

5:00PM - 6:00PM

BANDA PELIGRO

 


Location: Downtown Plaza, Main St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3240 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Seek and Find: Smartphone Quest
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State Park Big Basin
Bring your smartphone and kids ages 5 and up for a 1-hour adventure walk.
Date: Every Su and Mon (Jul 3-Aug 28) at 11:30am
Admission Fees: free

Seek and Find: Smartphone Quest

Mondays at 11:30am

Bring your smartphone and kids ages 5 and up for a 1-hour adventure walk. We’ll use a free app called Seek to identify plants and animals here, and you can continue the adventure at home! Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, 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 3-Aug 19) from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

(0 A July 2018) CapitolaArtBeach2018.jpgArt and Music At The Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village.

Live Music is featured on the Esplanade Stage and local artists display their work in Esplanade Park overlooking Capitola Beach and the Monterey Bay.
More Info - https://www.capitolavillage.com/event/art-and-music-at-the-beach/

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, July 29
Sunday, August 5
Sunday, August 19.

 

 


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The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Dog-friendly walk on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic
Date: 08/05/2018 at 9:30am

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The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk

Sunday, August 5 at 9:30am

On this dog-, stroller- and wheelchair-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with Docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Drop in Family Craft
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State Park Mission
Enjoy an informal afternoon creating and crafting at this hidden jewel
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su (Aug 5-Aug 19) from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz.

Drop In Family Craft

Sunday, August 5 from 1pm to 3:30pmTule Mats

Sunday, August 19 from 1pm to 3:30pmLuminaria

Spend an informal afternoon at one of Santa Cruz’s hidden jems. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information. Events made possible by California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School St, 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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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 (Jun 3-Sep 2) at 7:30pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

Twilight Adaptation Walk

Every Sunday 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, 1-hour, half-mile walk. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Seek and Find: Smartphone Quest
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State Park Big Basin
Bring your smartphone and kids ages 5 and up for a 1-hour adventure walk.
Date: Every Mon (Jul 31-Aug 27) at 11:30am
Admission Fees: free

Seek and Find: Smartphone Quest

Mondays at 11:30am

Bring your smartphone and kids ages 5 and up for a 1-hour adventure walk. We’ll use a free app called Seek to identify plants and animals here, and you can continue the adventure at home! Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek 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 11-Sep 3) at 10:30am
Ages: 3-6 with an adult Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Also 2pm

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

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

 

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

 


Location: West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Age Well, Drive Smart
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Library Aptos
Age Well, Drive Smart
Date: 08/06/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Seniors Admission Fees: Free

(0 A June 2018) AgeWellDriveSmart2.jpgThe California Highway Patrol is offering a traffic safety program for seniors. The Age Well, Drive Smart Program is designed to provide mature drivers with the keys to driving safer and driving longer.

 

Topics will include: How to tune up driving skills, refreshing knowledge of the rules of the road, learning about normal, age related physical changes and how to adjust them, when it may be time to limit or stop driving.

 

ge Well, Drive Smart classes are free. Reserve a spot in the class by calling: 831-662-0511.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Retro Nights
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Beach Boardwalk
Enjoy old-school prices throughout the park with these Retro Night specials
Date: Every Mon and Tues (Jun 18-Aug 14) at 5:00pm


Retro Nights

 

Enjoy old-school prices throughout the park with these Retro Night specials:

Some specials may be subject to tax.

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


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Knitting @ the Library
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

Learn to knit or bring your knitting and enjoy a friendly visit with other knitters. If you are new to knitting, please bring: needles (size 8 10" straight needles or a 24" circular needle) and one skein of worsted weight yarn in your favorite color. Ages 8-108


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Live Oak Knitters
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Knit, chat, learn, make new friends
Date: Every Mon from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Get together with other knitters to knit, chat, and make new friends. No registration required. The group meets every Monday from 11am- 1pm. Call 427-7711 for more information.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Library Mixed Use Project Open House
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Library Central
We invite you to learn more at this mixed use project open house
Date: 08/06/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A July 2018) Library_MixedUse.jpgWe invite you to attend the City's Project Open House to learn more about the purposed Library Mixed-Use Project. This project will serve as a catalyst for important downtown improvements led by:
•A new modern library with the space, technology, and amenities that residents have requested
•Consolidation of surface parking lots into one structure, enabling better uses for the lots, including housing
•A permanent, dedicated home for the Downtown Farmers' Market on Front Street
•Additional office, retail, and affordable housing uses in our downtown

Our Downtown is always changing. Numerous recent improvements and positive trends are changing Downtown Santa Cruz for the better. The purposed Downtown Library Mixed-Use project would build on the trend of increasing vitality in the downtown area. Central to the project is a focus on smart growth planning principles that are aligned with the City's commitment to addressing climate change.

We invite you to learn more at this project open house on August 6th 5-7pm at the Downtown Library 2nd Floor Community Room


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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What's That Bird?
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State Park Big Basin
Learn from a pro. Add to your collection of bird sightings!
Date: Every Mon (Jul 3-Aug 27) at 9:30am


What's that Bird? Walk

Every Monday at 9:30am

This easy, 1-mile stroll introduces you to the birds of the redwood forest. Beginner birders are welcomed! Bring binoculars if you have them–but they’re not required. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

Birds of Big Basin State Park
Check list and guide for discovering birds at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Many of these birds can be found near the campgrounds and headquarters, but you'll need to search more than one of the park's major habitats to find them all.


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
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National Night Out
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City of Watsonville
Activities, information and food!
Date: 08/07/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Special Instructions: See 15 different locations

 

We're gearing up for another successful National Night Out. Come out, meet our officers and chat with them about how we can all work together to make our neighborhoods safer. What makes Watsonville so unique is that we have 16 neighborhoods across the city participating simultaneously in National Night Out.

¡La Noche Nacional de Salir está a la vuelta de la esquina! Salgan y conozcan a nuestros oficiales y platiquen con ellos sobre cómo podemos trabajar para que nuestros vecindarios sean más seguros. Watsonville es un lugar único, ya que somos anfitriones de 16 sitios que participan a la misa vez esa noche.

1. Callaghan Park Cultural Center
225 Sudden Street
5 pm-10 pm

2. Carey Davis Neighborhood
37 Davis Avenue
5 pm-8 pm

3. Downtown Watsonville Plaza at Gene Hoularis &Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center
30 Maple Avenue
5 pm-8 pm

4. First United Methodist Church
229 Stanford Street (back parking lot at end of Montecito Street)
5 pm-7:30 pm

5. Miles Lane Estates
Between 221-225 Kimberly Lane
6 pm-8 pm

6. Las Brisas Neighborhood/Park
1028 Nueva Vista Avenue
6 pm- 8 pm

7. Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
115 Brennan Street
6 pm-8 pm

8. Portola Heights
1007 Freedom Boulevard
4 pm-7 pm

 

9. Stonecreek Apartments
300 Bree Lane
5 pm- 9pm

10. Vecinos Unidos de Mona Lisa
26 West Front Street
5:30 pm- 8 pm

11. Abode Resetar
15 West Lake Avenue
4 pm-6 pm

12. Clifford Manor
240 Clifford Avenue
3 pm-7 pm

13. Sunny Meadows Apartments
220 Ross Avenue
5 pm-7pm

14. Corralitos Creek Apartments
125 Pajaro Cirlce
4 pm-6pm

15. YWCA of Watsonville
340 East Beach Street
5 pm- 8 pm

16. Pajaro Park
24 San Juan Road
5 pm- 8 pm

 


Location: YMCA, 340 East Beach St, Watsonville Map
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Tuesday Talks on Emergency Preparedness
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Library Boulder Creek
Get together and stay prepared
Date: Every Tues from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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Emergency Preparedness

Get together and stay prepared

• 7:00pm - 8:30pm • Boulder Creek


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Sewing Class
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Art Factory
Sewing Classes
Date: Every Tues (Jan 16-May 22) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6-12 Admission Fees: $105/month

This class is for students who love to sew and create mixed media art with textiles as the main component. As students progress, there will be occasional machine sewing. Projects include art pieces, wearable art, functional objects and more.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Free Ice Cream with Police
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Santa Cruz Police
Free ice cream and talk with a cop --for kids!!
Date: 08/07/2018 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Special Instructions: free ice cream

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Bring the kids by for a free ice cream cone and an awesome opportunity to get to know our local police officers!

 

 

Thanks Marini's Candies & Santa Cruz Police!


Location: Marini's, 1308 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-5844 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Homeschool Art and Science
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Art Factory
Homeschool Art and Science, Tues 1:30 - 3:00pm or Weds 10:30am - 12:00pm
Date: Every Tues (Jan 16-May 22) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 5-7 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

Students enjoy this fun, positive & relaxed environment where they can explore materials, follow their creativity, naturally deepen their concentration and enhance their visual perception of the world around them. The subject matter in this class is Biology-based, with in-depth studies of plant life, animals, insects, fish & humans. Mediums include, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media collage.

A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Weds 10:30am - 12:00pm


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
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 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
Phone: 425-3331 •website Felton create a direct event link
Workshop: Promoting Positive Behaviors at School
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Practical tips and strategies for handling specific parenting questions and challenges.
Date: 08/07/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm


Workshop: Promoting Positive Behaviors at School

Triple P Workshops cover practical tips and strategies for handling specific parenting questions and challenges.


Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn:

  • Common reasons why behavior problems occur at school
  • How to involve your child in improving their behavior at school
  • Tips for working with your child's teacher to promote positive behaviors


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This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Please note: child care will not be available at this class.

Presented in English and Spanish by: Rosa Reyes, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources


Location: Scotts Valley Civic Center, Comm, 101 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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WESTERN WEDNESDAY
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The Crepe Place
A night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music AND dancing!
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 ($7 with cowboy boots :-)
Special Instructions: EARLY SHOW!!!! 8PM

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a night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music
Every 2nd Wednesday at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA
one touring band vs. one local band

5/9 - WESTERN WEDNESDAY # 27
Laura Benitez and the Heartache
Earnest Tubb Time Machine

LAURA BENITEZ AND THE HEARTACHE - Country/ Rockabilly from the Bay Area, CA
website: www.laurabenitezandtheheartache.com
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSAeNYiYvAg
Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood ("Me or the Baby") to mean drunks ("Don't Wake the Devil"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. Frank Gutch Jr of No Depression calls Laura Benitez & the Heartache "... Original, as good as it got and as good as it gets," and Stephan Rapid of Lonesome Highway says, "Her tight and focused band play country music with a view to the past and an ear for the future."

EARNEST TUBB TIME MACHINE - Old Time Party Country from Santa Cruz, CA
The Earnest Tubb Time Machine from Santa Cruz are the best band for drinking and dancing and more drinking!


Location: 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Parent Support Group for Parents of Teens
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Learn effective tools to help teenagers
Date: The 9th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Parking and entrance are in the back.

Parent Support Group for Parents of Teens

This is a monthly meeting where parents of teenagers can share their challenges, concerns, problem solve together, and find support. The group is open to parents of teens all throughout Santa Cruz County. These groups are based on the principles of Positive Discipline but will be led in a support group format versus an instructional class.

 

Facilitated by Stephanie Tam Rosas, MA who is PDCR's Board VP and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent and Teacher Educator. She currently works with youth in Santa Cruz County and has worked closely with teen moms, foster youth, and domestic violence survivors. Visit tamrosas.com for more info.


FREE
Just drop-in. Call Stephanie at 831-920-4589 or email tamrosas@gmail.com with questions, flyer here


Location: Branciforte Small Schools Campus, 840 N. Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


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2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-8621 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Step Parents Support Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role.
Date: The 2nd Th of every month at 6:30pm


Step Parents Support Group 6:30pm. Join us on the second Thursday of each month for a free, drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role. We meet at Live Oak Family Resource Center. Contact mailto: 1notsoevilstepmom@gmail.com for more information


Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-2769 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Shake the Square: Merengue
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MAH
Get moving in a series of free movement classes in Abbott Square.
Date: 08/09/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All

(0 A Aug 2018) MAH_Meringue.jpgGet moving in a series of free movement classes in Abbott Square. This week's dance will be Merengue with Peggy Pollard.

Merengue- the national dance of the Dominican Republic and Haiti - an easy, stepping in place dance to fast 2-count rhythm with Cuban motion hip, suitable for small crowded dance floors, with lots of creative arm moves.

 

Great dance for beginners that is used in many social dance venues.

All experience levels welcome.

This event is FREE.

Made possible in part by Nordic Naturals and MAH Members.


Location: 740 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Meet and Greet with Westside Police
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Library Garfield Park
Meet and Greet with Westside Police
Date: Every 2 weeks on Th (Jun 28-Nov 30) from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All

Lt. Arnold Vasquez of the Santa Cruz Police Department's Lower Westside Neighborhood Policing Team (NPT) will be inside the Garfield Park Library for a community meet & greet. The Team intends to get to know the residents in our neighborhood better and to share safety tips.

 

The Lower Westside Policing Team will visit the library every other Thursday starting June 28, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM.

The NPT program was designed to address the distinct needs of each community. The plan brings together community engagement, crime data, and police services to implement unique and ongoing strategies to serve the designated communities.


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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: 08/10/2018 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm


Old Fashioned Campfire
Friday, August 10 from 5:30pm to 8pm

Bring your picnic dinner and lawn chairs. Make a fresh tortilla on the comal as we enjoy live music. Then we'll gather around the campfire for songs, skits, and stories. What a great way to relax into summer with the best views of Santa Cruz! Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz.

 

Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information. Events made possible by California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

 

 


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-425-5849 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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Arboretum
Patterns in Nature will take you on a journey through the gardens in search of naturally occurring patterns.
Date: Every Fri (Aug 10-Aug 17) from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: Ages 12 and up Admission Fees: $45 (members), $55 (non-members) + $10 materials
Special Instructions: Class limited to 15

(0 A Aug 2018) Arboretum_Thierman.jpgMembers only Nature Art classes with Ann Thiermann, MFAFriday, August 10,  5pm-7pm. Patterns in Nature will take you on a journey through the gardens in search of naturally occurring patterns. The class is designed for beginners and those that want to have a fun experience alongside other budding creatives. Pre-registration is required.

 

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden
is excited to announce two classes intended for current members

Friday, 8/10 5pm - 7pm: Patterns in Nature.
Patterns in Nature will take you on a journey through the gardens in search of naturally occurring patterns. Ann will guide you on how to locate these designs and illuminate them on paper. The class is designed for beginners and those that want to have a fun experience alongside other budding creatives.

Friday, 8/17, 5pm - 7pm: Capturing the Character of Trees.
Capturing the Character of Trees will inspire awe towards trees here in the Arboretum. Ann will take you on a walk into a genuinely spectacular grove and share drawing techniques specific to the rendering of trees. By the end of the class, you will be able to honor a tree's magnificence by drawing it true to its shapes and unique qualities.
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These two classes are FREE for members, as well as the materials. To create opportunity for as many interested participants as possible, we request that you register for one of the two classes.

A list of materials:
Oil pastels
Paper
Drawing boards
Sitting stool

Ann Thiermann, MFA is an experienced and accomplished nature muralist and art educator. She has a deep connection to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden as a UCSC alumna with a Bachelors in Art and years of painting in the gardens throughout the seasons. She is a constant in our county's beloved Open Studios held every year in the fall. She is preparing for a show, Pathways through our Parks, opening in October 2018 at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. The paintings spark joy and a sense of privilege to be living in Santa Cruz. Her journeys through Santa Cruz parks will be published as a companion book, meant to be treasured and shared with friends and family.

If you want to include a second member on your account, please contact Amber Burke, Development Director, at aburke1@ucsc.edu or (831) 502-2303. All membership levels higher than Poppy are eligible to have up to two members named on the account.

Not a member?!?!? Become one today by visiting us on the web!
https://arboretum.ucsc.edu/support/associates/index.html


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Thoroughly Modern Millie
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All About Theatre
A high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing
Date: Every day (Aug 10-Aug 12)
Admission Fees: $13 - $20
Special Instructions: Suitable for young audiences and families.

(0 A Aug 2018) Millie.jpgThoroughly Modern Millie is a high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston. It's the zany new 1920's musical that has taken Broadway by storm!

 

Taking place in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself.

 

It's a New York full of intrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever.

 

Based on the popular movie, the stage version of Thoroughly Modern Millie includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers.

 

BUY TICKETS

Performances August 10, 11 & 12

Fri, August 10 - 7pm
Sat, August 11 - 2pm
Sat, August 11 - 7pm
Sun, August 12 - 2pm

Ticket Prices

$13 - Student and Senior admission

$16 - General admission seating

$20 - Reserved seating

Children under 5 free (sit on lap only)


Location: Louden Nelson Theater, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Backpacks
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Watsonville PAL
Support, free backpacks, BBQ and The Lion King!
Date: 08/10/2018 from 6:30am to 10:00pm


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BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY:

 

This Friday, Watsonville PAL will be giving away backpacks AND school supplies to the first 150 parents who make it to our PAL building on Rodriguez Street.

 

In order to get a backpack, you will need to bring your child with you.

But wait, it gets better... PAL will also have a BBQ and show the movie The Lion King.


Location: Muzzio Park/PAL Building, 130 Rodriguez St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-763-4147 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Reach for the Stars: Star Types & Light Pollution
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Library Boulder Creek
Star Types & Light Pollution
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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Tuesday, June 26

Reach for the Stars (6:30 PM-8:30 PM)
Location: Boulder Creek Branch

Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families. Whether you're an experienced astronomer or someone who doesn't know the difference between a comet and an asteroid, this program is for you! Topics will vary month-to-month.


Note: Boulder Creek Library: Star Types & Light Pollution

 

In conjunction with the Reach for the Stars program series, we're launching a new service so you can check out a telescope with your library card! The telescopes will be subject to the same rules as most library materials, except they will not be renewable. To make it even more interesting, we're inviting the community participate in a telescope naming contest between May 16th and May 31st. Anyone may enter the contest by submitting up to 3 name suggestions either in person at any branch library or via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter by tagging us @santacruzpl and using the hashtag #ReachfortheStars.


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder reek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Aug 10-Aug 24) at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Meteor Trail Hike

Friday, August 10 at 10:30am

Saturday, August 18 at 10:30am

Friday, 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. You'll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, 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: 08/11/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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
Wild, Wild, West Fundraiser
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Castlewood Ranch Foundation
Get ready for a fun day of activities and music hosted by the Castlewood Ranch Foundation benefiting companion Animal and Livest
Date: 08/11/2018 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm


(0 A July 2018) CastlewoodRanch.jpgGet ready for a fun day of activities and music hosted by the Castlewood Ranch Foundation benefiting companion Animal and Livestock Rescue. DJ SCOTTY will be spinning your favorite Country tunes. CRUZ PATROL will be our headliner band.

 

Pre-sale tickets are $20 per adult, and $10.00 per child 12 & under until July 31, 2018. Starting August 1, 2018 tickets are $25.00 per adult. Buy tickets on Pay Pal to Kelly.Klett@yahoo.com. The Pay Pal link is below. Pick the Friends and Family payment option please. Food and beverage included in ticket price.

 

Raffles, Silent Auction, Petting Zoo, Pony & Tractor Rides, Bounce House, Corn Hole, Bocce Ball and an Apple Bobbing Contest for Kids with Prizes for winners! "The onsite Cowgurl Collective Non-Profit Store will also be open.

 

DRESS UP in your favorite Western attire and come have fun with us! No onsite Parking for cars. All parking will be along Nunes Road in the assigned areas. Carpooling encouraged. Limited onsite parking for Motorcycles.

 

Please... leave your dog at home for this event. Looking forward to seeing EVERYONE!


Location: 150 Nunes Road, Aptos Map
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Hides & Tallow
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State Park Mission
Learn about the major products of the mission especially leather and tallowl
Date: 08/11/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Hides and Tallow

Saturday, August 11 from 1pm to 2pm

Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 1800's. We will look at some of the major products of the mission; leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information. Events made possible by California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Hidden Gems of Big Basin: Wildflowers and Other Beauties Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Yes! Wildflowers are still here!
Date: 08/11/2018 at 9:30am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles Admission Fees: free

Hidden Gems: Flowers of Big Basin!

Saturday, August 11 at 9:30 am

There are many less-famous, yet still beautiful, plants in the redwood forest. Join Docents Kathy Willott and Glenn Joy on this four-mile, three-hour walk and meet some of the hidden gems of Big Basin! Bring water and lunch. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 


Location: Rancho del Oso Gate, Wadell Creek Map
Phone: 427-2288 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Bringing the Harvest Home: Preserving Tomatoes
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Mountain Feed
Learn a recipe designed for large quantities of staple foods; Canned Tomatoes, and Hard Apple Cider.
Date: 08/11/2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: $60.00

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Bringing The Harvest Home
These classes are a new format for us this year, though we will bring the same old-fashioned knowledge and clear explanation to bear on the process.

 

The goal of these classes will be to facilitate relationships between farmers, markets, and home-preservers, as well as fill local pantries with peak local produce for use all year long. Participants in the new class series, called Bringing The Harvest Home, will receive discount pricing on flats of farm-fresh produce, as well as equipment and supplies necessary for preserving in bulk; think flats of jars and canning kettles, carboys and airlocks for fermentation. These are longer classes, lasting 2 hours, and will be held on-site at Mountain Feed and Farm Supply.

 

On the day of the class, we will demonstrate a recipe designed for large quantities of staple foods; Canned Tomatoes, and Hard Apple Cider. The Farmer's Market will deliver flats of fresh produce to the site on the day of class, so that each participant goes home empowered with a recipe, a flat of produce, and the tools and skills they need to preserve the bounty of the season in bulk. Whether you're gifting jars of jam for the holiday season, these classes will launch you confidently towards a season of preservation and food security. Each class is $60.00, and pre-registration is required. Sign up early, as space is limited.

Preserving & Canning Tomatoes
11am-1pm
This class will walk participants through the basics of canning whole tomatoes, from blanching to remove skins, salt and acid parameters, and the water-bath canning method, as well as discussion of food safety and alternative tomato recipes such as soup, tomato paste, ketchup and tomato sauce.


Location: 9550 Highway 9
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Sempervirens Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Three-hour, 2.5-mile hike
Date: 08/11/2018 at 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Sempervirens Falls Hike

Saturday, August 11 at 10:30 am

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 Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Wilder Back Country Tour
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State Park Wilder Ranch
On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike we’ll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills
Date: 08/11/2018 at 9:00am


Backcountry Tour

Saturday, August 11 at 9am

This challenging guided three-hour hike will explore the natural and cultural history of the backcountry of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch State Park parking lot. Bring good walking shoes, lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels. 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 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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Art Book Sale
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Library Central
Unique sale of art books supports a worthy cause
Date: Every day (Aug 11-Aug 12) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Special Instructions: $7.00 per bag from 3:00-5:00pm Sunday

(0 A Aug 2018) Library_ArtBookSale_Aug2018.jpgCome to the Felix Kulpa ll Art Gallery at 209 Laurel Street in Santa Cruz and purchase art books from the Friends of Santa Cruz Public Library.

 

Proceeds will benefit SCPL's Community Corrections Facilities (CCF) program, which brings library services and programs to people housed in all Santa Cruz county corrections facilities.

 

Saturday • August 11th • 12:00-5:00pm

 

Sunday • August 12th • 12:00-5:00pm

$7.00 per bag from 3:00-5:00pm Sunday

 


Location: Felix Kulpa ll Art Gallery, 209 Laurel Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Volunteer in California's Oldest State Park!
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State Park Big Basin
We need volunteers!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Volunteer with the Trail Crew Saturdays

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
River Health Day at Chinatown Bridge
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Coastal Watershed Council
River Health Day - Make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
Date: 08/11/2018 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Base of Chinatown Bridge across from Trader Joe's. Park along River Street.

Make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!

Join Coastal Watershed Council staff in making a difference in the lower San Lorenzo River. Volunteers will help with caring for native plants as they grow and create habitat along the river. While you are at the river, take a closer look at the willows, alders, evening primrose and mugwort native to the watershed. Listen to the calls of bushtit and warbler over the babble of the lower river. And learn about this unique river ecosystem.

 

During this special River Health Day, you will help CWC and City staff revitalize the Chinatown Bridge that connects San Lorenzo Park with River Street. This bridge marks the last site of Santa Cruz's Chinatown. At this site, past volunteers have planted natives plants like sticky monkey flower, black safe and coffee berry. Mugwort, a native with numerous medicinal uses also grow prolifically in this area.  Now we need to return to the site to maintain plants and weed, water and mulch the garden.

 

We recommend that all volunteers dress in comfortable gardening clothes, include long pants, socks and sturdy shoes. Bring sun protection or rain layer depending on the weather and be sure to bring a reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

This event will take place next to the Chinatown Bridge on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk across from Trader Joe's. You can see the exact location here on Google Maps. Parking is available on River Street. Call 831 464 9200 for any questions about the event.


Location: Chinatown Bridge, 129 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Open House - Evening at the Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us to tour this hidden jewel in Pajaro Valley
Date: 08/12/2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Open House - Evening at the Adobe
Sunday, August 12 from 6pm to 9pm

Join us for a unique opportunity to view our newest State Historic Park. This hidden jewel in the Pájaro Valley is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
A Cinematic Summer in Aptos
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Movies in the Park
Come early for food and music.
Date: 08/12/2018 at 7:00pm
Ages: All ages. Admission Fees: free, donations to Coco welcome!

(0 A June 2018) MovieInParkAptos.jpgWe're back for our second annual season of Movie In The Park! Come out and enjoy a movie in the park with your neighbors at Aptos Village Park.

Admission is free, spare change donations requested for the Live Like Coco Foundation.

Come early for food and music. Hope to see you there!

 

6/24  8:30pm Coco

7/15  8:30pm Wrinkle in Time

8/12  8:00pm The Greatest Showman


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Tween/Teen Line Dance
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The Discovery Learning Center
Slip into your jeans and cowboy boots (if you have them), then come on over to the Discovery Learning Center in Scotts Valley an
Date: 08/12/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: teens & tweens

(0 A Aug 2018) LineDance.jpgSlip into your jeans and cowboy boots (if you have them), then come on over to the Discovery Learning Center in Scotts Valley and learn how to line dance!

Homeschooling mom, Amber Blavin, will be teaching tweens and teens the basic moves and then leading the line dance with some of her helpers.

Two nice things about a line dance:
1) You'll know what to do because we'll teach you!
2) You don't need a partner, because we'll be dancing in a line!
(But do bring friends, dancing with friends is super fun!)

If you just want to come and listen to music, hang out with friends, or play some board games in the foyer... no problem, and no pressure. Though we hope everyone will give the line dancing a try!

We will have themed refreshments... TBA


Location: 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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NEW Redwood Valley 4-H Club Meeting
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4-H Club Officers
Join 4-H Now!
Date: 08/12/2018 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 5-8 Admission Fees: 0

(0 A Aug 2018) 4-H_PowerofYouth.jpgVisit our club meeting to learn about upcoming events, projects, and enrollment information.


Location: SV Boys & Girls Club, 5060 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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Til Death Do Us Part
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The Murder Mystery Company in San Jose
Interactive murder mystery - a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food
Date: 08/12/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: 60

(0 A June 2018) til-death-do-us-part-300.jpgThe Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in San Jose and surrounding areas throughout California.

 

Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller!


Location: The Old Spaghetti Factory, 51 N San Pedro St, San Jose Map
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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: 08/12/2018 at 9:30am


Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, August 12 at 9:30 am

Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 12-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin-65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Docent Bill Rhoades guides you on this 7-hour hike. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

(0 February 2018) MT_baby.jpgMeet and mingle with new mothers just like you, share parenting ideas and make Music Together® alongside your babies while learning lifelong parenting tips at the monthly New Mommy Musical MeetUp (Daddies and other loving adults are welcome too!).

 

Bring your baby (under a year old) and enjoy making friends and drawings for prizes while a certified Music Together teacher leads a short music making session geared specifically to babies.

 

Join us every 2nd Monday @ 239 High Street, Santa Cruz. 

 

https://www.meetup.com/New-Mommy-Musical-Meetup/events/246692123/

Questions?  831-438-3514 or sky@musicalme.com


Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
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SPIN
Meet with other parents for support, networking and information
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
This group is for parents to share space with each other, to support each other and to problem solve challenges together!


Meets the second Tuesday of each month at Hope Services- 220 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Email Heidi at hlister@spinsc.org for more information.

 


Location: Hope Services, 220 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
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Fall Creek Hike
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover a redwood shaded trout stream while visiting the sites of a historic barrel mill and lime kilns
Date: 08/15/2018 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Fall Creek Hike

Wednesday, August 15 at 9am

Hike through a 100 years young forest to examine evidence of the logging history and discover how the Bay Area was built on this 4-hour, 4-mile hike. Join us at one of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Parks hidden treasures and explore the beauty of Fall Creek. Meet at the Fall Creek Parking Lot, approximately 0.5 mile up Felton Empire Road from the Hwy 9 Intersection in Felton. Please no pets. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 

 

 


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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Genealogy Research Group
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Library La Selva Beach
Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Genealogy Research Group

 

This new group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month to explore genealogy related research topics. Learn how to use the resources paid for by the library as well as other online sources to find all kinds of genealogical information. Laptops are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own as well.

 

Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for hands-on research using the library's databases and internet resources. We will have laptops available for your use.


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Homeschool Moms Stitch Night
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Heddi Craft
Monthly get together for homeschool moms offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself
Date: The 16th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 April 2018) HomeschoolSttchNight.jpgJoin other homeschool moms for a monthly stitch and chat get together. Bring your favorite handwork (it doesn't have to be stitching, any kind of creative task is great!) and a snack to share. We'll provide the coffee and tea! This monthly get together offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself. Third Tuesday of every month from 7-9pm.

This free event is hosted by long time homeschooling mom Heddi Craft at Knit Sew Make, located in the former sanctuary area of the building at 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz.


Location: Knit Sew Make, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
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Origami for Peace with Nate and Drew
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Library Central
Origami for Peace with Nate and Drew
Date: Every 2 weeks on Th (Aug 5-Nov 30) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st and 3rd Sundays

(0 A July 2018) Library_origamipeace.jpgCome learn to fold origami out of recycled paper or just come to hone your skills with Drew Glover and Origami Master Nathaniel Kennedy. Folding instruction will be centered around the crane, but other styles will be available for people to learn once they master the crane fold.

 

Join community members the first and third Sundays of the month as we gather to share our intentions of compassion, unity and peace in our world. This event is all ages and free to the public.

This on-going event repeats every 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. The location for 1st Sundays is the upstairs meeting room. The location for 3rd Sundays is a table on 1st floor area.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Ssssssnakes Campfire!
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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: 08/16/2018 at 7:00pm
Ages: All

 

Ssssssnakes Campfire!

Thursday, August 16 at 7pm

Meet a snake up close and learn more about these misunderstood animals. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Historic Campfire Center. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.

 

Note: Special Theme: Film and Television


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Practicing Thinking Maps
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Practicing Thinking Maps - Program is for Tweens, Teens, Parents, and Educators.
Date: 08/16/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Tweens/Teens, Parents,Educators Admission Fees: Free

Our brains see information in pictures. Thinking Maps are a series of structures which allow a writer organize thoughts and information into meaningful, predictable Maps. These tools help writers' organization and help communicate understanding of knowledge in easy to create structures. These tools can be used as an assessment tool for educators. Program presented by Jennifer Mead, local parent and teacher. Program is for Tweens, Teens, Parents, and Educators. For more information contact Jeanne O'Grady at ogradyj@santacruzpl.org


Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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: 08/16/2018 at 7:00pm
Ages: All

 

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, August 25 from 12pm to 3pm

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

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Free Back to School Motivational Retreat
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Watsonville PAL
Free Camp Hammer Retreat for kids -motivation to have a strong, focused school year
Date: Every day (Aug 17-Aug 19)


(0 A Aug 2018) WatsonvillePAL_CampforKids.jpgATTENTION PARENTS: Watsonville PAL is gearing up for its Camp Hammer Retreat in Boulder Creek.

 

The 2-day trip is designed to motivate your kids to start strong and stay focused throughout the school year.

 

There will be tons of outdoor activities like swimming, rides, bonfires and much more. But here's the kicker... it's absolutely FREE.

 

The retreat is scheduled for Friday, August 17- Sunday, August 19 and is open to students in grades 6 -10.

 


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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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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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Scotts Valley Art, Wine & BeerFestival
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Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Come enjoy fine art, wine & beer tasting, great food, and live entertainment in an open park setting
Date: Every day (Aug 18-Aug 19) 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: 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm


(0 April 2018) PieRanchDance.jpgBARN DANCE

 

6:00pm / Potluck Dinner followed by music and dancing (7:00 pm)
Reservations and information

The potluck brings a few dozen people out, each with a dish they’ve brought to share.

Cost for the dance is $15–20 per person on a sliding scale; everyone contributes what they can! PLEASE NOTE THAT AN RSVP IS RECOMMENDED but not required and is helpful for our own planning purposes. Nobody will be turned away.

The 7pm Dance lasts 3 hours and features the County Line Pickers (Jim Davies, bass; Joni Davies, guitar; Hide Kawatsur, mandolin; Ken Clarkson, banjo; Luke Abbott and Nancy Vail, fiddle) with caller Andy Wilson to lead the do-si-dos and more!

To encourage a friendly family atmosphere and encourage safe driving on Hwy 1, the potluck and barn dance are alcohol-free events. Please register using the "Sign Up" button at the top of this page and note that we can only accommodate groups of 10 or less. Our office is closed on Saturday and Sunday so the latest RSVP we can accept is the Friday before the barndance, by 3pm.


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
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All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm


'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group for any parent of a child with any type of disability
Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm at 820 Bay Ave. Capitola
Like our Facebook page and receive info. on up coming meetings.


For more info or to RSVP, please call and leave a message at 423-7713 or email Heidi Lister at hlister@spinsc.org


NOTE: Child care is NOT provided at these meetings.


Location: 820 Bay Ave, Capitola Map
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Summer Gathering of Mountain Men
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Roaring Camp
Live history! Visit Roaring Camp's summer gathering of wild and woolly mountain men.
Date: Every day (Aug 18-Aug 19)


(A Aug) RoaringCampblacksmith.jpgRelive history by traveling back to the time of Isaac Graham, the mountain man who settled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the 1830s. Visit Roaring Camp's summer gathering of wild and wooly mountain men.

 

Wander through the wilderness encampments, as the colorful and hardy lifestyles of early trappers are re-created.

 

Watch frontiersmen perfect their skills while you chow down on a Chuck Wagon Barbecue lunch from noon to 3 p.m.

 


Location: Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
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Evenings with the Fresnel Lens
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky
Date: 08/18/2018 from 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Evenings with the Fresnel Lens

Saturday, July 21 from 8pm to 9pm
Saturday, August 18 from 8pm to 9pm

 

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival
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Pescadero Festival
Aquaint gathering of artists and artisans, locals and out-of-towners alike, showcasing their creativity and enjoying a down home
Date: Every day (Aug 18-Aug 19) from 10:00am to 6:00pm


(0 A Aug 2018) PescaderoFestival300.jpgPAFF is Going Green!

This year, we've teamed up with the local chapter of Heirs to Our Oceans (H2OO), a youth-driven organization dedicated to changing how we see and use single-use products that negatively impact our oceans and our future.

 

Welcome to the Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival, a quaint gathering of artists and artisans, locals and out-of-towners alike, showcasing their creativity and enjoying a down home, country good time. Founded in 1991 by a group of local artists seeking an outlet for the local community of talent, the Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival was born, and has grown to become the event of the year for locals and longtime visitors.

 

Don't be fooled however by the abundance of artists in our midst (though we do seem to have more than our fair share). PAFF has become far more than just a festival showcasing local talent; thanks in large part to the dedication and generosity of the people behind PAFF, it is also a major player in promoting its local youth and programs. Whether its granting funds to programs within the schools, or scholarships to local seniors, you will find the influence of PAFF in many nooks and corners of the community.


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Book Sale at Aptos Library
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Library Aptos
Support your libraries by coming to the Aptos Book Sale and finding new life-changing books
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

Monthly Book Sale @ Aptos Branch: 3rd Saturday of every month, 11 AM - 3 PM

Come browse a wide ranging collection from fiction to children's books, audio books to CD's. Our non-fiction covers subjects from A-Z: cookbooks, gardening, health & well-being, poetry, and travel among a myriad of other subject areas. Join us on Saturdays in the Aptos Library meeting room as the Aptos Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (Aptos FSCPL) hosts monthly book sales throughout the year (January-July and September-October). The books and media sold are selected from library donations.

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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Save Our Shores
Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!

Visit our Cleanup & Events Calendar to find the next volunteer opportunity

 

(0 March 2018) SunnyCove.jpgMonthly beach cleanups are a fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It's easy to participate - just meet us at the check-in table where you'll sign a waiver form and receive your cleanup materials and data cards. Volunteers are encouraged to Bring Your Own buckets, gloves, and reusable bags to decrease trash. Beach cleanups demonstrate how individuals of all ages can protect the marine environment by keeping our coastlines free from harmful pollution and debris.

 

Locations rotate each month.  Monthly beach cleanups occur every 2nd Saturday of the month in Monterey County every 3rd Saturday of the month in Santa Cruz County.

All monthly beach cleanups are held from 10am to Noon.

Beach Cleanup Waiver Forms: All participants must sign a waiver form to participate in a SOS cleanup. SOS will provide waiver forms at all public cleanups. Volunteers under 18 participating without a legal guardian will need to bring a printed and signed waiver form with them. *Download the English Cleanup-Waiver-form here. *Download the Cleanup-Waiver-form_Spanish here.

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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Evenings with the Fresnel Lens
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Jul 21-Aug 18) from 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All

Evenings with the Fresnel Lens

Saturday, July 21 from 8pm to 9pm
Saturday, August 18 from 8pm to 9pm

 

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero 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: 08/18/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Gardens of Time

Saturday, August 18 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. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information. Events made possible by California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

 

 

Event is free. Rain Cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Apr 21-Dec 15) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2018) MadeInMountains2018.jpgIt's back!! The sidewalks will be filled with art and crafts again on the 3rd Saturday of the month. And we're adding music to the event! So, come out, enjoy the incredible spring weather and load up on art and joy!

 

I can't wait to see what creativity the winter months brought out in all of the artists' work!

We're continuing the "Spend $50, get $100" game, too! The Boulder Bucks program works like this - if you spend $50 or more at any local business during the Made in the Mountains event (buying groceries, getting a mani/pedi, buying pizza for the kids' baseball team, .... ) just take your receipt to Emelia at Air & Fire before the event is over. Your name will be added to the drawing that will happen within the week after the event. You could be the one that wins $100 in the form of a gift certificate to spend at a local business of your choice! You can also split the $100 into 2 gift certificates to different businesses.

 

So, getting the kids pizza could turn into a free necklace for yourself! Or the tools bought at the hardware store could get you a free mani/pedi for after the yardwork is done and some Chinese food for dinner! Nice, right!?

 

See ya out there!

 


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Nature Craft Workshop: Plant Based Salves
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Arboretum
Gain hands-on experience with seed saving, learn strategies for habitat restoration, and explore the life cycle of select native
Date: 08/19/2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: Ages 12 and up Admission Fees: $45 (members), $55 (non-members) + $10 materials
Special Instructions: Class limited to 15

"Seed Nature Craft Workshop"


Instructors: Vincent Waring and Melody Overstreet
Sunday, August 19th from 10 am-2 pm
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden

(Cost $45 members/$55 non-members) plus $20 materials fee
 includes cotton bandanas, soil, seeds, and compostable planting cups
Ages 12 and up. Class size is limited to 15

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Come gain hands-on experience with seed saving, learn strategies for habitat restoration, and explore the life cycle of select native plants.

Participants will:

- observe and make field sketches of plants in the garden
- learn how to winnow seeds (separating seed from chaff)
- print a silkscreen image on a seed-collecting bandana that shows the life cycle of four select native plants
- take home a collection of native seeds to start a garden

Vincent Waring is a California Naturalist and maker based in Santa Cruz, CA.  His art explores ecology  of wild and intentional spaces through imagery by utilizing printmaking, painting, and drawing. His extensive skills include working with wood, textiles, and plants.

Melody Overstreet is a local artist, poet, California Naturalist, and educator. Her work has  been exhibited locally as well as internationally with a recent exhibit in Macau, China. She offers nature-craft workshops through Cabrillo College extension, the UCSC Arboretum, and Kids in Nature that emphasize the importance of our connection to place, community, and seeds.

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The number of participants for this workshop is limited to 15. So payment must be made at the time of registration to secure your place in the workshop.

Go to the online registration form and then go to the payment page.



Elena Staley is an interdisciplinary artist, naturalist, and community organizer who grew up in Coast Miwok territory of the Bay Area. She studies land tending, stewardship, and forestry techniques. Elena currently works doing oak tree restoration and teaching in Santa Cruz and the greater Bay Area.

Nicole Wong was drawn to the wild lands of Santa Cruz where she came to attend UCSC in 2003. Her exploration of her curiosity led her to study plants at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. She helped begin Stone Cabin Collective which runs an herbal clinic on the Diné (Navajo reservation). She runs a small herbal medicine business called Braided Relations Botanicals. She currently lives and makes medicine in the Santa Cruz mountains.
To register, visit: https://arboretum.ucsc.edu/news-events/events/nature-crafts.html


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz 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: 08/19/2018 from 8:00am to 5:00pm


Santa Cruz honors its Hawaiian connections at the 26th 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


Enter to Race in the Aloha Outrigger Races

Outrigger application period June 25 - August 15 ;(Early bird discount due August 3)

Two divisions: Open and Co-Ed (Co-Ed must have at least two women per team)
Dress in your festive best and win the Outrigger Aloha Spirit Award.

Register to race online or submit a Race Entry Form (PDF).


Performance Line Up 

11:00 AM -  Kalae Miles Davis  &  Ladies of Mehana
12:00 PM -  Nate Kanae  &  Friends
1:00 PM - Mango Kingz
1:30 pm - Outrigger Race Results
2:30 PM -  Ho'omana Band  &  Ha'a Hula / Te Reva O Te Manu
3:50 PM - Victor Ohana Band  &  Te Hau Nui

 


Location: Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe C, Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5273 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
LitWits Poetry Writing Camp
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LitWits Workshops
NEW! Because poetry is important.
Date: Every weekday (Aug 20-Aug 24) from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 8+ Admission Fees: $295
Special Instructions: Sibling discount $20 each

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The act of writing poetry teaches writing skills that apply in all genres, as well as the art of concise diction, careful speaking and listening, and most importantly, empathy. It's also mysterious, beautiful, and FUN!

In PoetryWriting Camp, poets ages 8+ will learn a classic form of poetry each day, each originating in a different part of the world. To build and embellish those forms, we'll help kids learn:

-how to condense a powerful visual into a single word or simple phrase
-the importance of rhythm and rhyme to tone and meaning; scansion skills
-the emotional and literal connotations of fresh metaphors and similes
-how to convey emotion and a physical description in a single word-image
-the significance of objects in a poem; how symbols work
-the power of their own voices
important poetry terms and their applications (put into practice)
We inspire young writers in creative, kinetic ways:

• sensory props to vivify some of the world's best poems
• inspiring excerpts by masterful poets, for appreciation, study, and emulation
• fun activities that show why certain techniques work
• engaging art projects that connect us to our own poems' themes

(0 A July 2018) LitWitsLadies3.jpgInstructors: Becky and Jenny, sisters and LitWits founders. Jenny has a BA in English literature and an MFA in creative nonfiction and poetry writing. She's been a K-6 teacher and a K-12 language arts tutor, and her scholarship, essays, and poems have appeared in several journals. Becky is a literature-based homeschool teacher and a journalism major who spent four years as a staff writer for The Register Pajaronian. Both Becky and Jenny are currently writing creative biographies of two fascinating Bay Area women of history.

Hours: 9am - 12pm, Monday through Friday

Ages: 8 and up. Our activities are geared to accommodate a range of ages simultaneously.

Cost: The cost of each camp includes all supplies; children bring their own no-nuts snack. LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School and Inspire Charter Schools. Charter parents, please enter promo code CHARTER-C to register, then request a purchase order or enrichment certificate.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the event, you can choose a refund or makeup; within 30 days, you'll get a makeup. (Use promo code MAKEUP to re-register, and please remind us, in the Notes field, which event you missed.) There are no refunds or makeups for no-shows. We hope that makes sense and seems fair!


Location: Vintage Faith Church, 350 Mission Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Chris Hall Art Reception
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Library Boulder Creek
Come meet the painter and ask her about her techniques and inspirations.
Date: Every 2 weeks on Mon (Aug 11-Aug 25) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Show will be up for the entire month of August

Chris Hall: Art Show and Artist Receptions

The Boulder Creek Library will feature the work of local artist Chris Hall during the month of August. Hall will be showing acrylic paintings, plus photographs with painted mats. Chris, a self-taught artist, paints landscapes inspired by her travels throughout the U.S., including seascapes, deserts, historic buildings and barns.

 

As part of the show, a reception for the artist will be held twice during the month of August. Come meet the painter and ask her about her techniques and inspirations. Punch, ice tea and homemade cookies will be served.

 

First Reception

Saturday

· August 11th • 1:00-4:00pm

Boulder Creek Library • 13390 W Park Ave, Boulder Creek

 

Second Reception

Saturday

· August 25th • 1:00-4:00pm

Boulder Creek Library • 13390 W Park Ave, Boulder Creek


Show will be up for the entire month of August in the Boulder Creek Meeting Room/Gallery.


Location: 13390 West Park Ave, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Ocean's Edge Food Truck & Artisan Fair
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Bring your appetites, friends, co-workers and family!
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month (May 15-Sep 18) from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: All

TACO TUESDAY SCHEDULE ROLLS OUTWITH FOOD TRUCKS AT TWO LOCATIONS
Food Trucks A Go Go is rolling out their Taco Tuesday schedule at two locations with rotating food trucks serving tacos, along with their unique, signature dishes.


Back at Anna Jean Cummings Park in Soquel,
for the third year, Taco Tuesdays will resume on May 22nd and continue on the fourth Tuesday of every month.


A new location has been added at the Felton Covered Bridge Park in Felton. These monthly dinners, starting on May 15th, will be held on the third Tuesday of every month and are co-sponsored by the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce and Food Trucks A Go Go. The premiere Taco Tuesday will be a Chamber Mixer with a 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.


Taco Tuesdays run from 5 - 7:30pm at both locations. Bring your appetites, friends, co-workers and family! Follow @foodtrucksagogo for more information.


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The Future of Agriculture with Clint Cowden
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Focus is on agricultural technology
Date: 08/22/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $10: Non-member online, $5: member online, $15: at the door.

(0 A Aug 2018) FutureofAgriculture.jpgHardcore Natural History Series: The Future of Agriculture with Clint Cowden

 

Please join us to discuss the future of agriculture with Clint Cowden of Hartnell College. Mr. Cowden will be focusing on his area of expertise, agricultural technology, as he discusses how world population, consumer trends and the environment will change the way we grow our food in the Salinas Valley and the rest of the Monterey Bay area. Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2sE9717


$10: Non-member online, $5: member online, $15: at the door. #pgmuseum


Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
Phone: 831-648-5716 •website Pacific Grovecreate a direct event link
English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 4th Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-8621 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
MAKERSPACE LEARNING AT DLC'S OPEN HOUSE!
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The Discovery Learning Center
The Discovery Learning Center invites you and your mini-makers to visit our annual Open House for an exploration of Makerspace L
Date: 08/24/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: teens & tweens

(0 A Aug 2018) DiscoveryLC_OpenHouse.jpgMAKERSPACE LEARNING AT DLC'S OPEN HOUSE!

The Discovery Learning Center invites you and your mini-makers to visit our annual Open House for an exploration of Makerspace Learning!

Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage deeply in science, engineering, art and tinkering.  Makerspace learning is student-driven, creative, collaborative, and views mistakes as valuable steps on the road to learning. 

Many of the adjectives that describe the Makerspace movement aptly describe the DLC as well:  creative; collaborative; hands-on; and playful.  We hope to include more Makerspace events at the DLC in the future, so please come join us and get involved!
At our Open House, children and youth will be able to engage in some cool Makerspaces, including: 

  • Craft Creation Station;
  • Back-to-School Fashion Repurposing;
  • Make Your Own Book; and
  • DIY Back-to-School Pictures.

In addition, our popular Entrepreneur Row is back, where kids can sell their own creations. 

While your kids are busy making, you can fill your own cup by attending two workshops led by educator Heddi Craft: "Exploring Homeschooling" (10-11 am) and "Goal Setting for Your Homeschool" (1-2 pm).

Lunch will be available for purchase.


Location: 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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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: 08/24/2018 at 6:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Full Moon Madness
Friday August 24; 6pm

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. Event is in the day use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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Through the Eyes of a Farmer
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Live Earth Farm
Learn about herbal medicinals, native plants and Pickling & Jarring
Date: The last Sa of every month (Jul 30-Sep 24) from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Ages: 10 and up Admission Fees: $75 per person

Through the Eyes of a Farmer

 

Through the eyes of a farmer is our Sunday Tour series throughout summer!

 

July 29th: Herbal Medicinals Workshop: Salve making, oil infusions, seed & herb gathering!

 

August 26th: Native Plant Workshop: Learn about native plants in our area, make medicine, cloth dyes, and go home with seeds to start a flowering native garden!

 

September 30th: Pickling & Jarring what summer bounty we have for fall...

 

(0 A July 2018) LiveEarthFarm_Jessica.jpgWhat I'll provide Agua Fresca & Infusions. We will make a seasonal beverage together during your visit. We will provide everything you need to complete and take home an example of the day's project.
farm fresh and seasonal

 

Please wear closed toe shoes. We recommend a hat, sunscreen and water bottle.You will be visiting a working organic family-farm overlooking the Pajaro Valley. We grow 50 different fruits and vegetables for a CSA and farmers markets in a patchwork of cultivated and wild spaces. We have pygmy milking goats, laying hens, a pregnant Jersey cow and ponies.

 

When do you want to go?

Sun, Jul 29, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM · $75 per personSun, Aug 26,10:30 AM - 1:30 PM · $75 per personSun, Sep 30,10:30 AM - 1:30 PM · $75 per person


Location: 1275 Green Valley Road, Watsonville 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 25-Aug 26) 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, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th! 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!


Tickets: 

Premiere Two Day Pass $60
Saturday Tequila Sampling $40,

Saturday Tasting 11:30am-3:30pm
Saturday General Admission $10
Sunday General Admission $10

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TOP-SHELF TEQUILA SAMPLING, GOURMET STREET TACOS, CRAFT BEER, ARTS & CRAFT VENDORS, LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY, AWARD WINNING MARGARITAS

Location: San Lorenzo Park, 701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz Map
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Parks and Rex Pool Party!
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Santa Cruz County Parks Department
Pool party for doggies and humans(separate) raises funds!
Date: 08/25/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A Aug 2018) SimpkinsPoolParty2.jpgParks and Rex Pool Party!
August 25, 2018
It's that pup-tastic time of the year when your doggy gets to enjoy dog paddling in a warm water swimming pool, being pampered at a doggie-day spa and help raise money for the SC County Animal Shelter and kids' recreation programs.

Buy advance tickets at a discount!
$15 for adults (over 21 years of age)
$5 for anyone under 21
Kids under 3 years of age and all dogs get in free!
Day of the Event:
$17 for adults
$7 anyone under 21.
Kids under 3 years of age and all dogs get in free!
Check-in on the event day at the door.
Your donation is tax deductible.

A dog-free pool for people will have inner tubes, Wibit (inflatable play apparatus), Walk on Water Balls, stand-up paddle boards, a climbing wall and waterslide.

Eats: freshly made grilled pizzas and pop up food trucks with vegetarian options;
Doggie eats include ice cream;
For adults: Beer & wine from local breweries and wineries.


Location: Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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"Pool Party" FUNdraiser
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Activities for adults and children, including inner tubes, Wibit (inflatable play apparatus), Walk-on-Water Balls, stand-up padd
Date: 08/25/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Everyone will have a blast at this end-of-summer summer celebration, which will include with local craft beer, wine, great food (vegetarian options available), bbq pizza, Marianne's Ice Cream, games, music, and fun in the pool for adults, children, and your dog, too! Join Santa Cruz County Parks #SCParksDept and the Animal Shelter #scanimalshelter for the 4th annual Parks & Rex "Pool Party" FUNdraiser on August 25 from 12-4 p.m, at the Simpkins Family Swim Center. All proceeds will benefit County Parks youth programs and Animal Shelter programs.

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 available now at scparks.com. Tickets on the day of the event will be available at the door - $17 for adults and $7 for anyone under age 21. 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.


Location: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Rockin' Pop Up
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
The Geology Gents are ready to ID your local (or not-so-local) geologic finds, as well as show off a rotating collection of spec
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Apr 28-Aug 25) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free with admission, $4 General | $2 Students/Seniors
Special Instructions: Bring your rocks!

(0 April 2018) SCMus_rocks.jpgHave a rock that needs identifying? Want to learn more about the geology of Santa Cruz? Like digging for fossils? Join Gavin and Graham-also known as our "Geology Gents"-for our monthly rock-talk days. Every fourth Saturday of the month, these PhD students from UC Santa Cruz will be at the Museum, ready to ID your local (or not-so-local) geologic finds, as well as show off a rotating collection of specimens. So get ready to talk shop with these rock jocks!

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Great for all ages | Free with admission: $4 General | $2 Students/Seniors | FREE 18 & Under

About our Geology Gents:
Graham Edwards and Gavin Piccione are PhD students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz.

"I use the scientific tools of geochronology-the study and measurement of time in geologic materials- to answer geologic question about the ages of glaciers, the cooling of Earth's crust over billions of years, and the earliest stages of our solar system when rocky meteorites formed." -Graham Edwards

"My decision to become a geologist comes from a deep interest in how the Earth has changed through time and why it has evolved the way it did. My primary research interest is to reconstruct timelines of geologic events by finding the age of rocks. Much like a historian traces events and creates a timeline of human, I seek to use age measurements of rocks to trace the evolution of the Earth."-Gavin Piccione


Location: 1305 EastCliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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: 08/25/2018 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All

 

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, August 25 from 12pm to 3pm

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

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Special Needs Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about the many parenting styles of the redwoods, the dedicated parenting of the endangered marbled murrelet, the extended
Date: 08/26/2018 at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: 11 am and 2 pm

Special Needs Walk

Sunday, August 26 at 1pm

On this wheelchair and special needs accessible hike, Docent Nan Singh-Bowman will cover a wide range of subjects including plants, animals and the history of Big Basin. The hike will be paced for non-traditional kids, but everyone is welcome! Please wear comfortable shoes/clothing and bring water, snacks, hat and sunscreen. Be prepared for very warm weather but bring a light jacket or sweater as well. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Music at Sky Park
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Scotts Valley Kiwanis
GREAT Lineup for our 2nd CONCERT of the summer season! Downbeat at 2:30 ~ and it's FREE!
Date: 08/26/2018 from 2:30pm to 6:00pm


The free community-wide "Music at Skypark" concert series benefiting the music programs in local public schools returns for its 10th summer season on the last Sundays of July, August and September.  All concerts run from 2:30 to 6:00 pm at Skypark in Scotts Valley.

 

Two bands will perform at each concert, and local businesses will offer food and other concessions for sale, with all net proceeds going to the schools. Again this year: entertainment for kids!

 

8/26 The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men and opening band The Elizabeth...

Our 2nd FREE CONCERT is comin' up! AUGUST 26th!!! and ONCE AGAIN promises to be a great one! Don't put those lawn chairs away just yet people ! Remember - Bands start at 2:30! - with GiniLu Robinson, Richard King, Darshana Croskrey, Linda Benko, Mike Stewart, Michelle Gardner, John A. Stevens and The Coffis Brothers.

 

9/30  Extra Large and the opening band The Joint Chiefs


Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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AWARE: The Science and Practice of Presence
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1440 Multi University
From the New York Times best-selling author of Brainstorm and Mindsight comes an in-depth look at the science that underlies med
Date: 08/26/2018 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm


(0 A Aug 2018) BookshopSC_Siegel.jpg"With warmth and humanity, Dr. Siegel gives us a brilliant summary of the new sciences of the mind that is fascinating, sometimes jaw-dropping, and always wonderfully useful."

- Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Resilient


1440 Multiversity welcomes back renowned psychiatrist and mindfulness expert Dan Siegel, MD, for a discussion of his new book, Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, followed by a book signing, in partnership with Bookshop Santa Cruz.


From the New York Times best-selling author of Brainstorm and Mindsight comes an in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation's effectiveness. In Aware, Dan Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness to focus attention and cultivate kind intention can help you:

  • Grow a healthier brain

  • Reduce fear and anxiety

  • Manage stress

  • Feel more energized and emotionally resilient in the face of everyday challenges.

Aware is a hands-on guide for experienced meditators and those new to the practice.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, thanks to Bookshop Santa Cruz! Get your copy signed by Dr. Dan Siegel after this enlightening talk.

 

Your event ticket includes dinner at Kitchen Table, the heart of sustenance and connection on campus (where you'll find plentiful options to meet a variety of dietary needs). Relax by the cozy fireplace or dine al fresco on our patio overlooking the lush redwoods.

Kitchen Table open for dinner: 5:30 - 7:00 pm.

Want to add an R&R overnight stay to your experience? Reserve your room here.

 

Daniel Siegel, MD, is an award-winning educator, renowned child psychiatrist, and the internationally acclaimed author of Mindsight, Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child, and more. He speaks internationally to teachers, mental health and healthcare professionals, business leaders, and the general public. He is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute and a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.

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This is an offsite and ticketed event at 1440 Multiversity.


Location: 800 Bethany Drive , Scotts Valley Map
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Taco Tuesdays
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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: The 4th Tues of every month (Jun 26-Oct 23) from 5:00pm to 7:30pm


(0 A June 2018) TacoTuesday_2018.jpgTaco Tuesdays are happening at Anna Jean Cummings Park / Blue Ball Park every 4th Tuesday of the month! Food trucks will be serving specialty tacos plus their signature dishes. Bring your family and meet your friends! Hang out and dine on the lawn or picnic tables or stop by and take dinner home!


Location: Anna Jean Cummings Park , 461 Old San Jose Road, Aptos Map
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Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.)
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting
Date: Every Mon and Tues (Aug 28-Oct 16) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: $80 per person and $10 per child per class session for childcare

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

This 8-week (16-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 or email steve@pdcrcc.org for scholarships and other info

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Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz 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 30-Sep 3)


Concerts & Entertainment

Main Stage Concerts
Special Contests
Stage Entertainment
Grounds Entertainers

 

Exhibits

Daily Schedules

 

(0 A Aug 2018) MontereyCountyFair2018Vertical.jpgSpecial Days

Aspire Health Plan Senior Day Thursday, August 30
62 and better FREE from Noon - 3:00pm

 

Military and Veteran's Appreciation Day & Kids' Day Friday, August 31
Military & Veterans FREE with Valid ID

 

Junior Livestock Auction Saturday, September 1

 

Fiesta Day Sunday, September 2

 

Kids Day Monday, September 3
Kids under 12 FREE all day

 

Fair Hours:

Thur - Sun: 12:00pm-11:00pm

Monday: 12:00pm-10:00pm

 


Location: 2004 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey Map
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Fiddle Extravaganza
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Valley of the Moon Fiddle School
A must see! Alasdair Fraser and the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School present its 35th annual concert at the Santa Cru
Date: 08/31/2018 at 8:00pm


Fiddle Extravaganza

 

Alasdair Fraser and the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School present its 35th annual concert at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

Join Indie Award-winning Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and 180 musicians, dancers, and singers from Valley of the Moon Fiddle Camp as we celebrate another joyous week of music in the Redwoods! Featured artists are: Nordic Fiddlers Bloc‘s Anders Hall, Boston-based fiddle diva Laura Cortese, percussive dancer Nic Gareiss, cellist Natalie Haas, vocalist Moira Smiley, pianist Cali McKasson, plus Hanneke Cassel, Deby Grosjean, Laura Risk, Janette Duncan, Colin Cotter, Adam Johansson, Valerie Thompson, Eric Wright, Duncan Wickel, Jens Linell, Galen Fraser, Jenna Moynihan, Erik Hoffman, and Ryan McKasson.

 

Seating is General Admission- first come, first served.

Buy early and save! Ticket prices increase by $2 the day of show.

Advance Ticket Prices (service charge included): $25.50 Adult; $21.50 Student* / Senior 65+ / Child 9-17
Children 8 and under are FREE!
*Current student ID required for Student Discount

 

10+ Group Discount (service charge included) $14.50 each
Advance purchases only - group discount not offered day of show.


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Day of Show Ticket Prices (service charge included): $27.50 Adult


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz Map
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Ultimate Science Fair
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MAH
Come to the MAH and embrace your inner scientist by playing with experiments!
Date: 08/31/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All

(0 A July 2018) MAH_ScienceFair.jpgDo you want to make a volcano explode, or do physics tests by dropping things off the balcony? Well come to the MAH and embrace your inner scientist by playing with experiments!

We will have stations with different science fair type activities!

This event is free, all ages and drop in.


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