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International Games Week
Special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family
Every day (Oct 30-Nov 4)
Location: 251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map

International Games Week Brings Community Together to Read, Learn and Play!

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will join over a thousand libraries around the world during International Games Week as they transform their libraries with play October 29th through November 4th.

Like many other libraries across the country and around the world, SCPL will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.

Magic the Gathering Train and Play,
Epic Adventure Games hosts this all ages training camp for the popular game. Monday, October 30th 3:00-5:00pm

Mario Kart Tournament, A bracketed tournament for all ages.  Tuesday, October 31st 3:00-5:00pm

Tabletop Night,  An adults only evening program featuring wacky games like Exploding Kittens.
Wednesday, November 1st 6:30-8:30pm

(0 Oct 2017) GamesWeek_IGA.jpgThrowback Thursday, Classic games such as chess, checkers, Monopoly, and The Game of Life. All ages are welcome. Thursday,November 2nd All day.

Friday Night Trivia, A community event hosted by SCPL, Friends of the Scotts Valley Library, Epic Adventure Games, and Steel Bonnet Brewing Company. All ages are welcome. Friday, November 3rd 6:30-8:00pm

Board in the Library Game-A-Thon, Lancelot's Merry Band of Gamers all-day gaming marathon. Adults only please. Saturday,November 4th 10:00am-5:00pm

 

International Games Week is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, Nordic Game Day and L'Associazione Italiana Biblioteche.

 

For more information on International Games Week please visit the Games in Libraries blog http://games.ala.org/ For more information on the events at the Scotts Valley Library, please contact Jennifer Hooker at 831-427-7712.

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

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

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

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

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


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Apple Gleaning
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Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Projec
Please join us in gleaning apples!
Date: 10/01/2017 at 10:00am


Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project

 

Dear apple lovers,


On Sunday, October 1st we'll be gleaning apples from a well-tended orchard in Corralitos. Event will start at 10am, and if anyone is interested to press juice you are welcome to join Steve at his house in Santa Cruz afterwards.

 

We've gleaned this orchard many times and the apples are beautiful and a mix of varieties, but we'll be mostly or entirely picking from the groundfall so these are best used soon for applesauce, baking, or juicing (and for juice, maybe OK fresh but recommended pasteurized or fermented).

 

If interested, please contact Steve at fruittreesc@gmail.com.

 

Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project

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The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
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Great GlassPumpkin Patch
Glass pumpkins and autumnal fruits and vegetables, glass-blowing demonstrations...
Date: Every day (Sep 26-Oct 1)
Ages: Children are welcome! Admission Fees: Free

The 22nd Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® 
2017 Event Dates
Exhibition: September 26 - 29
Sale: September 30 & October 1

 

Live Glassblowing Saturday and Sunday! Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. You'll have a chance to see your favorite artists blow pumpkins right before your eyes. So come enjoy some hot molten glass every half hour between 11am and 4pm Saturday and Sunday. 


Largest Glass Pumpkin Patch in Northern California; Sale to Benefit Arts Nonprofits

 

(0 Sept 2017) Pumpkins_Glass.jpgThe Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at the Palo Alto Art Center will celebrate its 22nd consecutive year as the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in Northern California Sept. 26-Oct. 1 with a huge selection of colorful pumpkins and gourds, glass-blowing demonstrations, and more.

During the free family-friendly autumn celebration, visitors are invited to wander through an outdoor installation of more than 10,000 unique glass pumpkins. The glass pumpkins will be on exhibit from Sept. 26-29, and will be available for purchase Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.  at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

"This year's Great Glass Pumpkin Patch promises to be a great experience for longtime collectors and families," said Damon Gustafson, Executive Director of the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI). "Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. Members of the public will have a chance to see their favorite artists blow pumpkins right before their eyes, every half hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on September 30 and October 1."

This is the only sale of glass pumpkins that supports the presenting local arts and nonprofit organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute; Palo Alto Art Center; and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, as well as participating artists.


Location: Palo Alto Art Cente, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto Map
Phone: 650.329.2366 •website Palo Altocreate a direct event link
San Francisco Botanical Gardens
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San Francisco Botanical Garden
Escape to a unique 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, showcasing over 8,000 differen
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: 2nd Tuesday is FREE DAY

Second Tuesday of every month is free!

 

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

 

Free Admission Day Every second Tuesday of the month

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

 

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

Free Tours Daily; 1:30pm at Main Gate

 

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

Navigating t! he Garden

 

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

 

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

Last entry: Fall & Winter

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

From a reviewer: 9/12/2016

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


Location: Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 661-1316 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
Mr. Limoncello's Great Library Escape Game
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Library Central
Are you clever enough to escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library?
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 24)
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Escape Game


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Are you clever enough to escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library?

Kids aged 7 and up are invited to join us for a fun and challenging scavenger hunt, similar to the one depicted in the exciting book, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library.

 

Kids search for clues in the library and solve the puzzle, then enter your completed puzzle in the raffle drawing at Bookshop Santa Cruz. The Scavenger Hunt will be in the upstairs kids room at the Downtown Branch starting October 1st going through October 24th.

 

Author Chris Grabenstein will be appearing at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Oct. 24th at 4:00pm, and raffle prize winners will be chosen at the event. Join the fun and meet one of our favorite authors!

 


Location: Upstairs Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Halloween Scary Boo! & Spooky Zoo
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Gilroy Gardens
Trick'r Treating for the kids through our four "Boo Zones". Collect clues and get a goodie bag
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 6:00pm


Scarecrow Alley on Sycamore Bridge - Community Scarecrow displays brought to you by local charities and businesses. Groups who are chosen to decorate receive complimentary tickets to Gilroy Gardens for their organization.


Trick'r Treating for the kids through our four "Boo Zones". Collect clues and get a goodie bag at our Welcome Center! (Children in costume welcome, no adult costumes please.)

  • Kiddie Hay Maze - just for the little ones with friendly ghosts.
  • Pinnacles Scary Maze - the twists and turns reveal Halloween scenes.
  • Spider's Lair - come see what's happened to Monarch Garden!
  • Spooky Zoo - Our Petting Zoo becomes spookified! For the Faint of Heart-one side of the zoo is still the cute and cuddly animals you love. But for the Brave of Heart-enter if you dare! The creepy critter side has reptiles and spooky creatures you can get up close and personal with. See snakes, lizards, toads, dragons, tarantulas, giant bugs and more! Additional charge for Petting Zoo-Adults FREE with paying Child. $5 per Child. (Not included with Membership or Park Admission.) All proceeds go to Pony Up! for the care of the animals.

And visit our Pumpkin Patch...featuring our very own PARK-GROWN pumpkins!


Location: 3050 Heckler Pass, Gilroy Map
Phone: (408) 840-7100 •website Gilroy create a direct event link
Thriller Dance Classes!
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City of Santa Cruz
Classes on Saturdays so you can Dance the Thriller on Halloween
Date: Every day (Sep 16-Oct 21) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

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Get your zombie make up ready! FREE Thriller dance classes at the Louden Nelson Community Center begin Saturday Sept 16 at 10:00 am.

 

Drop in!

 

 

BIG THRILLER DANCE EVENT OCT. 28

 


Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Blast from the Past
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SLV Museum
Learn about the great explosion of 1898!
Date: Every day (Feb 18-Oct 8)
Admission Fees: free, donations appreciated
Special Instructions: Opening Reception: February 25, 2017 2-4pm

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Art Classes
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Santa Cruz Art League
The Santa Cruz Art League has a wide variety of classes: drop-in, weekend, series...
Date: Every day (Aug 1-Dec 15)


2017 Art Classes

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

2017 Art Classes

 

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


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Pumpkins near the Beaches
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Crystal Bay Farm
Family-friendly afternoon on the farm
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 29)


Crystal Bay Farm If you haven't already, get this one on your radar. From what we've heard, there are farm animals to visit, live music on the weekends, a movie night, and the location ain't to shabby-in between Sunset and Manresa State Beaches.


 


Location: 40 Zils Rd, Watsonville Map
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Fall Harvest Festival at the UCSC Farm
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UCSC Farm
Music by the Down Beets, Makru, and Ancestree Reggae, along with kids' crafts, great food, an apple pie baking contest, hay ride
Date: 10/01/2017 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $5 - $30

Fall Harvest Festival at the UCSC Farm

 

Join us on the 30-acre UCSC Farm on Sunday, October 1 from 11 am - 5 pm to celebrate the fall harvest season! Enjoy live music by the Down Beets, Makru, and Ancestree Reggae, along with kids' crafts, great food, an apple pie baking contest, hay rides, workshops, farm tours and more!

If you're a baker, enter your apple pie creation in the pie contest! See the contest rules at https://casfs.ucsc.edu/news-events/events/index.html

 

Location: UCSC FarmAdmission: Admission RequiredAdmission details: 

$5 general admission; free for kids 12 and under, UCSC students with ID, and Friends of the Farm & Garden members

 

UCSC Farm • Sunday, October 1, 2017 • 11 am to 5 pm


MAIN STAGE - MUSIC
11:15 - 12:30 The Down Beets

12:45 - 2:00 Makru
2:15 - 3:30 Ancestree Reggae


3:45 - 5:00 WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES
Farm & Garden Produce & Plant Sales

11:00 - 5:00 Apple Variety Tasting
11:30 - 4:30 Seasonal Salsa Making
12:00 - 1:00 Food System Working Group, Apple Pie Contest Bake-Off (entry deadline)

12:30 UCSC Farm Tours (4pm tour includes Hay Barn)
12:30 and 4:00 Sourdough 101: Sourdough Bread Making
1:15 - 2:15 Melissa Ott, CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship, Herb Talk & Walk through the Garden
2:00 - 3:00 Darren Huckle, Western/Chinese herbalist & licensed acupuncturist, Growing & Making Cut Flower Bouquets -
3:00 - 4:00 A Hands-on Workshop, Kendra Dosenbach, CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship,
Seed Saving Workshop
4:00 - 5:00 Demeter Seed Library


Plus hay rides, kids' crafts, face painting, yummy food, treats from
Penny Ice Creamery, UCSC Farm organic produce & flowers,
fresh-squeezed apple juice, bike smoothies, "Food, What?!"
sunflower fundraiser, and more!


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: Phone (831) 459-3240 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Art in the Arboretum
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with en
Date: Every day (May 20-Nov 17)
Admission Fees: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6
Special Instructions: open from 9:00 to 5:00, except July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 25-26 & 30-31, and January 1-6.

Opening for next Art in the Arboretum Exhibit: 
Environmental Installations.
Saturday, May 20, 3-6pm
Watch an introductory video on
Environmental Installations


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Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations

May 20 to November 17, 2017
Opening reception May 20 from 3 to 6 pm
Free Event for Members; Free with Admission Fee to Public; Free Parking

Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with enormous steel leaves, a series of walk-through concentric circles inspired by the Protea flower, and more. Read more on the exhibit.

 

For more information  contact:
Jennifer Macotto, Arboretum Director of Development  831.502.2303 / jmaccotto@ucsc.edu
Susana Arias, Curator 831.566.6607 / susanaariasarts@gmail.com

 

  • The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden is open from 9:00 to 5:00, except July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 25-26 & 30-31, and January 1-6. A visit is worthwhile any time of the year.
  • $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6.
  • Free to those going only to shop at Norrie's.
  • Free to UCSC students

Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Open Studio Preview
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Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
The Cultural Council's Open Studios Art Tour brings artists and art enthusiasts together--from the redwoods to the sea
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 30-Oct 22)


Open Studio Preview

Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Reception: October 1, Sunday 3:00pm - 6:00pm

In partnership with the Santa Cruz County Arts Council, the Open Studios Preview Exhibition will offer a sneak peak of the great art of over 300 Santa Cruz County artists participating in the Open Studios Art Tours in the first three weekends in October.

For details, please visit the Santa Cruz Arts Council's site, www.artscouncilsc.org/open-studios/

 


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Young Writers Contest
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Enter the young writers contest
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Oct 1)


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


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

Download an Entry Form

 

Submit an Entry Online

 


Location: 1540 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Open Studio Preview
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Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
The Cultural Council's Open Studios Art Tour brings artists and art enthusiasts together--from the redwoods to the sea
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 30-Oct 22)


Open Studio Preview

Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Reception: October 1, Sunday 3:00pm - 6:00pm


In partnership with the Santa Cruz County Arts Council, the Open Studios Preview Exhibition will offer a sneak peak of the great art of over 300 Santa Cruz County artists participating in the Open Studios Art Tours in the first three weekends in October.

 

For details, please visit the Santa Cruz Arts Council's site, www.artscouncilsc.org/open-studios/


Location: Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Take the Dogs Out!
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SPCA
Hang out with adoptable dogs
Date: Every day from 9:00am to 3:00pm


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

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

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


Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Calendar Contest
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Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40/Member $35)

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Usegi Farm for Fall Fun
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Uesugi Farms
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins for Sale
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31)
Admission Fees: free to enter, fees for ticketed rides

Ride the Pumpkinville Railroad!  Take a nostalgic ride aboard our Allan Herschell Iron Horse or our blue and yellow Arrow Streamliner trains. Visit Morgania, where our scarecrows live.

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Get Lost in Kayla's Korn Maze.  Try to find your way out of this 2 acre corn maze with interactive trivia cards.  Fun for the whole family.

 

(0 Sept 2017) hayjump.jpgHay Jump  Have the kids jump on this gianormous jumper made of giant haybales. What a great way for the kids to burn some energy!

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pete's Enchanted Hayride  Meet Pumpkin Pete and travel through some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring lands of Uesugi Farms. Visit Pumpkinland, our gorgeous Sunflower Gallery, and the spectacular Marigoldland, filled with over 100,000 hand-sown flowers. This one of a kind hayride is completely narrated and complimented with charming music. It's a must see!

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

The Cow Train  This may be the silliest fun you have all year! A favorite with the kids!

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Pumpkin Blasters
Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun... at 90mph. What a blast!!  Safe for all ages.


Pumpkins for Sale

We have tons of pumpkins to choose from.  All sorts of sizes, shapes and varieties.  We also sell haybales, corstalks, indian corn, different squashes, gourds and flowers.

 

Butterfly Valley  Take a stroll along this path and learn about the fascinating lives of butterflies through interactive storyboards.

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

Bootsie The Bee  Follow the corn path to discover all of Bootsie’s colorful, textured friends, and learn fascinating ‘bee-facts’ too. Be sure to visit Bootsie at night. All the storyboards are lit up with blacklights.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

(0 Sept 2017) pumpkinpyramid.jpgCarousel  Everyone can remember riding a carousel as a youngster, and this one rivals the best.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Blasters  Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun… at 90mph.
What a blast!! Safe for all ages.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pyramid  It takes over 4000 pumpkins to cover our pyramid. A splendiferice site of epic proportions. Have your picture taken while sitting in our king or queen thrones.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Fees


Location: 14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin Map
Phone: 408-778-7225 •websitecreate a direct event link
Arata Farm Hay Maze
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Arata Pumpkin Farm
Hey everyone, it's that time of year again! Come on out to the farm and enjoy the world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, or
Date: Every day (Sep 25-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 7:00pm


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You can lose yourself in our 6 acre corn field and pumpkin river. Try to challenge yourself intellectually and physically in our 2 acre world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze. Take a walk on the wild side and adventure into our Haunted Barn. Relax and enjoy yourself on our Hay Ride.

 

Or you can let the kid's play in our Play Land playground with Miniature Hay Maze, on the Children's Train Ride or have fun with our animals in the Petting Zoo. We also have many picnic areas throughout the farm, at Arata Pumpkin Farm we have something for everybody.

 

We also have dozens of varieties of pumpkins and sizes. We have a special pumpkin for everyone in your family! Feel free to give us a call, send us an email or just come to the farm. We would love to see you.

 

Our Hours
Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday 9am - 8pm

 

Family Package $15 per Adult ~ $20 per Child Attraction
A minimum of one paid adult and one paid child, age 10 and under are required to qualify for this package


Location: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay Map
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Voices of the River
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Coastal Watershed Council
Enjoy poetry readings by the river
Date: 10/01/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Call (831) 464-9200 for exact location

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Celebrate Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate Robert Sward at the 3rd annual Voices of the River: a Poetry Reading along the San Lorenzo River. Enjoy poetry from: Barbara Bloom, Chuck Atkinson, Robert Sward, Len Anderson, Rosie King and Wilma Chandler, featuring California Poet Laureate Emeritus Al Young and singer songwriter Armando Alcaraz.

Admission is free to this family friendly event. Call (831) 464-9200 or visit sanlorenzoriver.org for more information.

Voices of the River is made possible by generous sponsors Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Bookshop Santa Cruz and Poetry Santa Cruz.


Admission is free to this family friendly event. Call (831) 464-9200 or visit sanlorenzoriver.org for more information


Location: San Lorenzo River Park, 137 Dakota Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Measure S Talks
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Libraries
Measure S projects are heating up!
Date: Every day


Measure S Building Projects

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Catch up on all Measure S projects in one place: https://www.santacruzpl.org/measure_s/

 

On February 11, 2016, the SCPL Facilities Financing Authority placed a $67 million bond measure (later designated Measure S) on the June, 2016 ballot. With 70% approval, voters agreed to fund Measure S. These funds are intended to improve each and every facility in the SCPL system, with new buildings slated for Capitola and Felton and a major renovation or new build under consideration for Downtown Santa Cruz.

 

We encourage you to keep up to date with these building projects and to participate in the planning process. These are YOUR libraries, so lets imagine the future together.

 


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"9 to 5" MUSICAL
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Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 21)
Admission Fees: $25
Special Instructions: Community Afternoon is Sunday, November 29. Tickets are 2 for $20.

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Mountain Community Theater is proud to present 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick. 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL is directed by Daria E. Troxell, with music direction by Nicki Kerns and choreography by Whitney James-Heskett.

 

The production opens at Ben Lomond's historic Park Hall on Friday, September 22, and continues on weekends through Saturday, October 21.

 

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. on October 1, 8, and 15.

 

General Admission tickets are $25.00; student and senior tickets are $20.00. There will be a champagne reception after the show on opening night. "Ladies' Night" is Thursday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m., with two tickets for $22.00. There will also be a special "Talk Back with the Cast and Director" after the Sunday matinee on October 1. Tickets are available at http://mct9to5.brownpapertickets.com/

 

Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture, and set in 1979, this musical comedy of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical and bigoted boss, Franklin Hart, Jr. In a turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee manage to kidnap Hart and trap him in his own house, while assuming control of his department. The women work together to help improve both their personal and professional situations. But just how long can they keep him tied up?

 

This show is rated PG-13. Some content may not be appropriate for young children. The show is directed by MCT veteran Daria E. Troxell, with music direction by Nicki Kerns and choreography by Whitney James-Heskett. More information regarding the creative staff is available at: https://mctshows.org/press-release/

 

The cast features MCT favorites as well as new faces that we are proud to present to MCT audiences for the first time: MarNae Taylor (Violet Newstead), Sandi Lewandowski (Judy Bernly), Morgan Peters (Doralee Rhodes), W. Scott Whisler (Franklin Hart, Jr.), Sarah Marsh (Roz Keith), Maxwell Björk (Josh), Benjamin Canant (Joe), Bobby Gerbode (Dwayne), Phillip Heskett (Dick), Mary Ann LoBalbo (Missy Hart), Shannon Marie Kerr (Kathy), Amanda Payne (Maria), Jennie Edwards (Margaret), Jackson Wolffe (Tinsworthy), and ensemble members Kate Cunningham, Dave Halper, Mary Hanrahan, Scott Kravitz, Hayley Mears, Sally Munro, Alexie Sadri and Cassandra Stipes.

 

Mountain Community Theater (MCT) is the longest-running community theater in Santa Cruz County, started in 1982 by a collective of actors. MCT is a member-run non-profit organization that relies on support from its performances, season subscribers, and royalties from its own company-created script, "Miracle on 34th Street, the Play." For more about MCT and its "Miracle," visit https://mctshows.org/our-miracle/.

 


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond 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 1:30-5:30 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr Year-round
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Pumpkin Patch, You Pick Pumpkins
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Rodoni Farms
Great local place to pick your pumpkin right from the field and have fun in the corn maze!
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 31)

Special Instructions: 4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1

Pumpkins are HERE!!

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Pumpkins and fun are what it's all about! Come roam through the fields of pumpkins. There are so many varieties to choose from! We have hay bales, scary cutouts, and a 5 acre corn maze! We also have fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk, artichokes, corn stalks, and gourds.
**Pumpkins are priced by size, not weight.

 

Choosing your pumpkin:
There are two methods of choosing your pumpkin to carve. The first way is my favorite. As you stroll through the pumpkin patch a certain individual pumpkin will jump out at you! That's the ONE! The other method is to have a pattern or face in mind and look for a pumpkin that will work with your design. Usually a large stem makes a nice addition to the pumpkin.
Remember!. The more unusual the better!

 

  • Bring your camera! There are many fun photo spots!
  • Come spend the day by the California coastline and hand pick your Halloween pumpkin!
  • We are open every daily, 9 AM - 6 PM from October 1st through Halloween. After Halloween we will remain open on the honor system until Christmas.
  • We are dog friendly. We kindly ask that you keep them on a leash at all times and pick-up after them, if need be.
  • CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE.

To schedule Pumpkin Patch field trips click here


Directions:
Our Pumpkin Patch, U Pick Em Pumpkins, is located at 4444 Coast Rd. (Hwy 1)

4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1. Take Mission Street through the center of town and continue on to Hwy. 1 towards San Francisco/ Halfmoon Bay. We are on the right side just after Dimeo Lane.


Location: 4444 Coast Rd. , Santa Cruz Map
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Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Starts up in October

Animal Advocates Afterschool Club

Youth Service Clubs at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter


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

 

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


Kids Animal Advocates (1st - 5th graders)

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

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

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

Click here for further information and to register!



Youth Animal Advocates (5th - 9th graders)

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

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

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

Click here for further information and to register!


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


Location: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Friends' 4th Edition Gala
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Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: Every day (Sep 16-Oct 21) at 10:00am


Are you brave enough to join Carol P. of Santa Cruz at the Friends' 4th Edition Gala? She's bringing some of the world's scary creatures with Penny Clarke.

Share with your Friends some wild stories at this year's Gala! Reserve your space here: http://fscpl.org/2017-friends-gala/

 


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Harvest Faire & Steam Festival
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Roaring Camp
Admission is FREE for the whole family October 4-5 and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from ou
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 1)
Admission Fees: Adults: $45 ~ Children: $35 (ages 2-12)

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Harvest Faire & Steam Festival

 

Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Welcome Fall with heritage children's activities like scarecrow making, pumpkin patch picking, candle making and gold panning. Behold a variety of steam and belt-powered equipment on display.

 

Admission is FREE for the whole family September 30th and October 1st and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from our Harvest Pumpkin Patch on Bear Mountain.

 

Harvest & Steam themed activities include 'Make & Take' Scarecrows, Blacksmith and Print Shop demonstrations, gold panning, candle making and much more.

 

Purchase Steam Train Tickets Here.


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Renaissance Faire Weekends
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Northern California Renaissance Faire
Pageantry, Revelry, Crafts and Romance
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 30-Oct 15) from 10:00am to 6:00pm


Theme Weekends

September 16th & 17th
Opening Weekend

New this year! Opening weekend special is now available for purchase online. No waiting in line at the Box Office to use your coupon. This year buy your opening weekend individual one day General Admission ticket online at the low price of $18 (a $10 savings!) plus processing fee.Online purchase only. Click here!
September 23rd & 24th
Pirate Invasion
Beware of pirates invading the village of Willingtown. The Queen's Royal Guardsmen are on the look out for pillaging Privateers and ne'er do well seafarers. Children 7 and under can meet the Queen in our annual wee pirate costume contest.
September 30th & October 1st
Heroes & Warriors
We honor our military and invite you to celebrate as your favorite hero. Be it a knight in shining armor, or an Amazon Princess, all warriors are welcome.
October 7th & 8th
Oktoberfest
The Saint Hubertus German Mercenaries and their camp followers have arrived in the village to meet with the Queen. Kick off the Harvest season and raise a mug of Willingtown ale along side of them as they celebrate Oktoberfest.
October 14th & 15th
Fantasy Forever
Join the fun and find your fantasy in our lively, little village as we welcome curious creatures and fantastical folk born from the imaginations of our guests. From ancient mystical creatures to Shakespearean fairies to futuristic time travelers, all are welcome.

 

Fantasy Costume Contest, Saturday!
Adults and children can register at the Centre Stage in the Food Court and be presented to the Queen. Times and details to be determined.

 

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Location: Casa De Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister Map
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Halloween@Night
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Gilroy Gardens
Discover a whole new kind of magical, mystical Halloween adventure this fall!
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 6:00pm


Halloween@Night

Discover a whole new kind of magical, mystical Halloween adventure this fall!

September 29 - October 29, 2017 | Friday-Sunday, 7pm-10pm


A Mysterious Glow...

As the sun goes down, the park will light up with a mysterious glow...and there will be scares and dares, tricks and treats, and plenty of spooky-but-not-too-scary night-time fun for all ages!

Rides will not be in operation during Halloween@Night.


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The Marketplace

Stop by The Marketplace for specialty food & drink, games & crafts for all ages.  Little ones can wear their costumes and begin their Trick-or-Treating adventure around the park here.

 

 

Spooky Entertainment!

Snuggle up around the fire for Halloween stories, take a ride and search for spooks hiding in the South County Backroads, then sit down for an episode of The Addams Family, Bewitched, or The Munsters at the amphitheater!  

 

There's lots of spooky fun for the whole family!

 


Location: 3050 Heckler Pass, Gilroy Map
Phone: (408) 840-7100 •website Gilroy create a direct event link
Art Exhibition - From Fog to Flood
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Pictorial images of Water in the San Lorenzo Valley and surrounding area.
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31)


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Date: October 1 - 31, 2017

On Exhibition At: Community Wall, Santa Cruz County Government Building, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz.

 

Cunningham Creek


Location: Santa Cruz County Government Bdg, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz Map
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2017 Open Houses Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pájaro Valley’s past.
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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

 

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

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

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

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

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

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

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

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Free Music Together Preview Classes!
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The Joy of Family Music
Date: Every day (Sep 17-Oct 14) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 0-6 with parent/cargiver Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: Schedule online www.musicalme.com or call 831 438 3514

MusicalMe, Inc./Music Together offers 45 minutes of peace, love and musical development with
FREE music classes.
Celebrating our 20th year with over 50,000 families served!

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA - Ongoing from September 17-October 14: Do you know anyone who is musical and wishes that they weren't?!? Learn how to nurture your young child's musicality at a free preview class of Music Together® - an early childhood music and movement program for infants, toddlers, and preschool children and their parents or caregivers. Join us to discover why our family classes are not only fun but also highly-acclaimed, and bring so much music-making enrichment into the lives of our students. A musical life begins at home - we teach you why and how! Please call 831-438-3514 or email registrar@musicalme.com to register. Due to the size limit of our classes, preregistration is required before attending.

Where:
Ben Lomond - Campbell -- Cupertino - Cupertino - Los Gatos- Saratoga
Santa Cruz- Scotts Valley - Watsonville - MOD in Capitola - Marina - Monterrey

As the original parent-child music program, Music Together® has enriched the lives of families around the world for over twenty years. Since its founding in 1987, Music Together has communicated its basic philosophy - that all children are musical - through developmentally appropriate, research-based classes for children ages birth through kindergarten and their parents and caregivers. Hundreds of thousands of families have come to love Music Together classes - and music! Music Together classes nurture the inherent music lover in us all through play. Participate in a FREE preview class with your young ones and discover why everyone you know loves Music Together®. Experience first-hand just how fun learning and playing musically with your child can be. We'll teach you how to take music out of the box and put it into the hearts and hands of your young children, and you!


CONTACT: MusicalMe, Inc.
831-438-3514
PO Box 66438, Scotts Valley, CA 95067
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Location: Various Santa Cruz County Locati, 239 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

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

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

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

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


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Fall Carnival
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Holy Cross School
Date: 10/01/2017 from 10:00am to 1:00pm


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Location: 150 Emmet Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Big Sur Camping Trip!
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Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Camp, hike the mountains of the south coast, repose in flowing streams, hunt for jade and jasper, surf, boogie board, and play .
Date: Every day (Oct 2-Oct 5)
Ages: Ages 3 and up Admission Fees: $40/day

Big Sur Camping Trip!
We live in some very wonderful environments on the central and north coasts of California. A wilderness that is right in our back yard is Big Sur. 2 ½ hours away we are thrust into coast line perched over a deep clear sea. It seems we are thrust back in time to early survivalist USA. There are several camp sites that are right on the cliffs that we can reserve for our trek to this most awesome experience.


Our objective will be to camp, hike the mountains of the south coast, repose in flowing streams, hunt for jade and jasper, surf, boogie board, and play in the tide pools of this beautiful water space.  Every day we will play and divers will hunt for ingredients for our evening gourmet meal.  This is a Family Style Adventure (FSA) in which everyone gets into the logistics of the outing to help it
run -the essence of synergy in which the whole is more than the sum of its parts. 

 

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Being part of the venture is special and you may learn new ways to prepare a camping gustatory experience. At the end of the evening we will fire up the Indian Sweat lodge to envelop ourselves in the ultimate Big Sur experience.


Big Sur Camping
* Logistics * Kitchen * Showers * Indian Sweat * Camp Fees * October 2nd - 5th * $40/ day


Location: 303 Potrero St #15, Santa Cruz Map
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Sack Puppet Saturdays
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The Puppetry Institute
Bring yourself and the kids to this free introduction to puppetry
Date: Every Tues from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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


Location: The Octagon, 118 Cooper St , Santa Cruz Map
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Exploring Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes
Date: Every Tues from 9:00am to 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Cybersecurity in Today's World
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Libraries
By practicing strong and safe online habits, you can better protect your identity and the networks you use at home, at work and
Date: Every day (Oct 3-Nov 4)

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Stop. Think. Connect.

SCPL News

Cybersecurity is stronger when we all do our part to keep the internet safe. Whether you are a business owner, a parent, child, teacher, student, or senior, YOU have an impact on cybersecurity. By practicing strong and safe online habits, you can better protect your identity and the networks you use at home, at work and anywhere you log on.

 

Join a Library IT expert in one of several cybersecurity workshops designed to help you connect online safely. These workshops are a partnership between the national STOP THINK CONNECT initiative and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Our current set of classes are specifically tailored for Older Community Members, Business Owners, Kids, Teens and their parents.

 

Cybersecurity in Today's World

Cybersecurity for Parents

Cybersecurity for Older Americans

Cybersecurity for Kids (5 - 10)

Cybersecurity for Middle Schoolers (11 - 14)

Cybersecurity for High Schoolers (15 - 18)

  • Friday OCT 6
    • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Drive

Keep Your Business Safe Online

More resources to keep you secure online are available at stopthinkconnect.org

 


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Sack Puppet Saturdays
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The Puppetry Institute
Date: Every Tues from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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


Location: The Octagon, 118 Cooper St , Santa Cruz Map
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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

NEW!TUESDAY TALKS: Emergency Preparedness Get together and stay prepared • 7:00pm - 8:30pm • Boulder Creek


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Navigating the Teen Years with Positive Discipline
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
6 week series through which you will understand the changes in the teenage brain
Date: Every Tues (Oct 3-Nov 14) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $80.00
Special Instructions: $120 for couples, $40 for refresher. Limited scholarships available. No childcare available.

6 week series through which you will understand the changes in the teenage brain, learn to communicate with dignity and respect, develop your teen's internal locus of control and ability to self regulate,practice listening in new ways, make agreements and follow-through with kindness and firmness, and celebrate and guide you unique child.


Location: 319 La Fonda Avenue Room 5, Santa Cruz Map
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La Selva Beach Preschool Story Time
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Tues from 10:30am to 11:30am
Ages: 3-6

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


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

 


Location: Aptos Boulder Creek Branciforte Capitola Downtown Felton Garfield Park La Selva Beach Live Oak Scotts Valley Bookmobile Other Resources: Library Phone Directory SC County Genealogy Library SC Coun, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Mind Craft
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Date: Every Tues from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: free

Minecraft.Edu

Thursday 3:00  - 5:00

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

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

 

 

 


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Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
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Conservatory of Flowers
Experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries
Date: The 1st Tues of every month


Conservatory of Flowers

 

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

 

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

 

Normal costs are:

General public:

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


Location: Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., San Francisco Map
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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
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Robo Sumo
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Try your hand at the not-so-ancient-art of building Sumo wrestling robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Jan 10) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 7 to 18

Robo Sumo

Try your hand at the not-so-ancient-art of building Sumo wrestling robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited to 20. E-mail pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831.427.7717 to register. For ages 7 to 18.

 

This is a twelve week series. NOT A DROP-IN PROGRAM. Registration begins August 1st 2017.


Location: Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831.427.7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Code Combat Club
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Learn basic coding skills easily
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Dec 13) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time!


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CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game. Our courses have been specifically playtested to excel in the classroom, even for teachers with little to no prior programming experience.

 

 


Location: Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Code Combat
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Learn basic coding skills easily
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Dec 14) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time!


Additional Information

CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game. Our courses have been specifically playtested to excel in the classroom, even for teachers with little to no prior programming experience.

 

 


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707x7648 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Meet Patience
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Date: 10/04/2017 at 6:30pm


Patience Munjeri is one of the very few Zimbabwean women who grew up playing mbira regularly in traditional ceremonies, a role more commonly held by men in Shona culture.

 

Learn more about Patience's life in Zimbabwe here: http://www.mbira.org/patiencemunjeri.html

And come meet her next Wednesday at the Scotts Valley Branch Library. Wed., Oct 4th at 6:30 pm.

 


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 210-6551 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Dav Pilkey, Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Author Dav Pilkey celebrates the release of his new book, Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties, and the 20th anniversary of Captain Un
Date: Every Wed at 10:00am
Admission Fees: $10.89

 Dav Pilkey, Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and the Santa Cruz Warriors welcome worldwide bestselling author Dav Pilkey to celebrate the release of his new book, Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties, and the 20th anniversary of Captain Underpants! Join us for a "supa-epic" event with live drawing and presentation by Dav Pilkey, lots of giveaways, prizes, and photo-ops with Captain Underpants and Dog Man! All books purchased at Bookshop Santa Cruz will be signed by Dav Pilkey. Due to time constraints, there will be no personalization.

This ticketed event will take place at the Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front Street, Santa Cruz, and WILL BE ticketed. Please find ticket information and purchasing below.


He was the best of dogs... He was the worst of dogs... It was the age of invention... It was the season of surprise... It was the eve of supa sadness... It was the dawn of hope... Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, hasn't always been a paws-itive addition to the police force. While he can muzzle miscreants, he tends to leave a slick of slobber in his wake! This time, Petey the cat's dragged in a tiny bit of trouble -- a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust these furballs and remain top dog!

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at pilkey.com.

 

TICKET PACKAGES: Ticket packages are $10.89 and include two tickets to the event and one copy of Dog Man: A Tale of Two KittiesWhen you purchase a ticket package you can also buy one additional child ticket for $5 for a child within your family to attend with you. Part of the proceeds from additional child ticket sales will be used to buy copies of Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties for schools and to give to children who want to attend the event but who would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial limitations. Additional child ticket is only available once a ticket package is purchased and only at the time of purchasing the ticket package. Tickets are available for purchase at Bookshop Santa Cruz, via phone (831-423-0900) or here on our website below.

Ticket packages purchased online will be held for pick-up at Bookshop Santa Cruz under your last name until 3:00 pm on September 27th. After that, tickets will be available at Will Call at the Kaiser Arena starting at 5:00 pm on September 27th. Dav Pilkey's book talk and drawing demonstration will take approximately 30 minutes, with activities and games available for kids during the signing line, along with concessrions. Your position in the signing line will be determined by the number on the back of your ticket; in & out privileges will apply during the signing line, but we cannot guarantee the signing line will still be going when you return. Photos during the signing line will be permissable. Please e-mail info@bookshopsantacruz.com with additional questions!

DAV PILKEY BOOK AND TICKETS PACKAGE

$10.89 SKU: PILKEY2FOR1

 

 

 

 

 


Location: Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Preschool Adventures at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
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Sanctuary Exploraiton Center
Free Storytime with Crafts and Show and Tell
Date: Every Wed from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-5 Admission Fees: FREE

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


Location: 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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STEAM in Nature
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Fine Motor Skills, Art through various mediums, Natural Science Exploration
Date: Every Wed from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 0-12 Admission Fees: Free with museum admission or membership. Admission is $7 adults, $5 for children 2-17. Children under age 2 are free.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
Phone: (888) 424-8035 •website Capitola create a direct event link
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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Bike to Work/School Day
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Ecology Action
Bike/Walk to School Day as part of Bike Week
Date: 10/05/2017 from 6:30am to 9:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Locations Across Santa Cruz County

(A Oct) BiketoSchoolFallKids.jpgFor nearly 30 years, Ecology Action has been organizing the Bike To Work program in Santa Cruz County. The program happens every May and October and now represents the largest sustainable transportation event in the region and serves a combined total of over 13,000 residents every year.

 

Check out our Breakfast Site page for info on all your favorite stops across the County and our 45+ school sites!

 

Get ready Santa Cruz! Ecology Action has a fun-packed Bike To Work/School Day planned just for you!


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Citizen Science: Environteers
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Learn about ways to preserve our naturalresources.
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Citizen Science: Environteers

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We can all have an impact on preserving our natural resources. This month, Citizen Science invites you to learn about ways to do just that. Led by Andy Carman of Environteers, a local group dedicated to promoting environmental organizations in Santa Cruz County and connecting people with volunteer opportunities, our discussion will also give participants a chance to talk about their favorite project.

 

Presenter Andy Carman is Chief Instigator of Environteers, is a psychologist, and is committed to full participation in restoring our environment and global reforestation to help reverse climate change.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Rocks and Waves Members Reception
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Celebrate the opening of Rocks and Waves at the Museum with food, drink, and mingling.
Date: 10/06/2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: For all active Museum Members| 50% off for Museum Members

(0 Sept 2017) MusNatHist_Rocks-and-Waves-Opening.jpgRocks and Waves Members Reception 

For all active Museum Members

Celebrate the opening of Rocks and Waves at the Museum with food, drink, and mingling. Most everyone has seen the stone bridge at Natural Bridges State Beach. It is just one of over a dozen natural arches and bridges that have come and gone along West Cliff Drive during the past century and a half.  The ocean waves act like a giant sculptor, chiseling away the sandstone and mudstone, creating natural works of art.  They are ephemeral features-just as nature creates them, nature takes them away.  Fortunately, photographers have been recording these features since the 1870s, preserving for us a record of how the coastline has changed. Come and explore the natural and cultural history of these changes through the exhibition, Rocks and Waves

 

Join, renew, or upgrade your membership today to attend this and other Member Events.


Location: 1305 EastCliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Seymour Community Free Days
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Free Community Day...Come visit us!
Date: 10/06/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

Community Free Days

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is open to the community free of charge on the following days:

 

2017

September 8
October 6
November 3

Sponsored by:
www.montereybayseaglass.com / Nancy Allen

 

Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. Our exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz
a! nd around the world. Visit us and explore the fascinating world of marine science and conservation. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a self-supporting part of the University of California, Santa Cruz. At the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, you can visit exhibit halls, aquarium, and touch pools as part of a working marine laboratory. Take tours to the marine mammal research overlook, visit the Ocean Discovery Shop, and delight in unsurpassed vistas of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

 

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Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Game Day
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Featuring dodgeball, giant volleyball, badminton, cornhole, and a pop-up playground with huge building blocks and activity table
Date: 10/06/2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All-ages playground, Admission Fees: free

(0 Sept 2017) MAH_GameDay.jpgCome out and play with us in the street! Cooper Street in Santa Cruz will be closed off for an all-ages playground, featuring dodgeball, giant volleyball, badminton, cornhole, and a pop-up playground with huge building blocks and activity tables for kids! The fun continues as darkness falls and activities are illuminated with LED & glow elements. Prizes will be awarded for the best light-up outfits in a contest at 8:00 p.m. Also, be prepared for dancing in the street with tunes provided by a live DJ!


Location: MAH, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Friday Night Recess
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All-ages playground, featuring dodgeball, giant volleyball, badminton, cornhole, and a pop-up playground with huge building bloc
Date: 10/06/2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm


Come out and play with us in the street! Cooper Street in Santa Cruz will be closed off for an all-ages playground, featuring dodgeball, giant volleyball, badminton, cornhole, and a pop-up playground with huge building blocks and activity tables for kids!

 

The fun continues as darkness falls and activities are illuminated with LED & glow elements. Prizes will be awarded for the best light-up outfits in a contest at 8:00 p.m.

 

Also, be prepared for dancing in the street with tunes provided by a live DJ!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Rocks and Waves Walk-Through with Curator Frank Perry
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Join Rocks and Waves curator Frank Perry for an intimate walk-through of this exhibition prior to the members' opening
Date: 10/06/2017 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: Limited to 20 participants.| 50% off for Museum Members
Special Instructions: For active Pat & Kirk Smith Club and above Members, Business Partners, and Lifetime Members

(0 Sept 2017) MusNatHist_RocksWaves.jpgRocks and Waves Walk-Through with Curator Frank Perry
October 6 | 5:00-6:00 PM


Pre-registration required. Limited to 20 participants. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


For active Pat & Kirk Smith Club and above Members, Business Partners, and Lifetime Members

The exhibition Rocks and Waves explores the natural features and cultural history of coastline along West Cliff Drive and how it has changed over the decades. Join Rocks and Waves curator Frank Perry for an intimate walk-through of this exhibition prior to the members' opening. Frank will share his unique insights about the changing coastline and the 35 years of research that led to this exhibition. This walk-through is a free benefit for Pat & Kirk Smith Club and above Members, Business Partners, and Lifetime Members.

 

Join, renew, or upgrade your membership today to attend this and other Member Events.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time!
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Date: Every Fri and Sa from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 3-12 Admission Fees: $15/hr
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

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

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Friday Night Live: Rivervale
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Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square.
Date: Every Fri (Sep 22-Nov 25) from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Special Instructions: Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park

Friday Night Live: Rivervale

Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square. This week: Rivervale Rivervale is a fun, eclectic group of Santa Cruz and Soquel friends formed to play Jug Band, Old Timey, Country Blues, Originals and String Jazz. With guitars, mandolins and vocals, sterling harmonies and original tunes, plus intricate and beautiful guitar leads on acoustic jazz guitar and tube driven Telecaster, backed by upright bass, you're sure to get moving and grooving to this lively crew.   This program was...

 


Location: Abbott Square, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1964 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Full Moon Madness Astronomy Night
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State Park Henry Cowell
Enjoy the moon phases and a talk by a NASA scientist
Date: 10/06/2017 at 6:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Full Moon Madness
full moon

A special event!
Full Moon Madness
Friday, October 6 starting at 6pm
Experience Henry Cowell Redwoods in a completely new way… at night! This astronomy-based evening, held in the day-use area off Highway 9, is perfect for the whole family. We will have kids’ crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer guest speaker. To wrap up the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing.


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
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Live Oak Grange
Bring what you can. Take what you need.
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $2/family


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Native Plant Sale
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Watsonville Wetlands Watch
Free Fun Kids' Activities - live animals, Kids Zone
Date: 10/07/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Outdoor Festival, dress accordingly

Native Plant Sale 2017

Please join us on Saturday October 7th for our 5th Annual Native Plant Sale. The sale will feature plants local to the natural wetlands in Watsonville and guests will be able to tour a display of native plants (many of which are the same as those available for purchase) in the Resource Center.


In addition, community members will be able to interact with live snakes, turtles and newts and there will be educational games for children.

 

Have questions? Contact Ria at ria@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org or (909) 680-9872

 


Location: Wetlands Educational Resource Ce, 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
PADRES BBQ Youth Fundraiser
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Corralitos Padres
Join us for bbq to support youth
Date: 10/07/2017 from 3:00pm to 9:00pm


The Fifth Annual Corralitos Country BBQ hosted by the Corralitos Padres will be held at the Community Center, 35 Browns Valley Rd, on Saturday, October 7th, 2017. The event runs from 3 pm to 9 pm, is designed for the entire family, benefits local programs including the Boy Scouts, the 4-H Club and various youth athletics groups.

This years BBQ will feature food catered by the Padres along with wine from Alfaro Winery and Nicholson Vineyards as well as beer from Corralitos Brewery. There will be local artisans, event t-shirts and a silent auction. For the kids there will be a bounce house, face painting, ping pong, pumpkin painting and non alcoholic beverages.

Live Music will again be featured with Gary Blackburn, UTURN and The Rayburn Brothers. Influenced by artists from James Taylor to Dwight Yokum, Gary Blackburn brings together his smooth vocals and stylized guitar picking to form his own unique sound. The rocking rhythms, soild grooves and all out sincere fun are what puts UTURN in the drivers seat when it comes to getting the party started. While The Rayburn Brothers have been described as having "a rough-hewn sound that evokes the wild vistas of the West". It promises to be a great day of music.

Adult tickets are $30.00 and children (12 and under) are $10. Tickets can be purchased at Corralitos Market or Davis Auto Parts in advance or at the door the day of the event.


Location: Community Center, 35 Browns Valley Rd, Watsonville Map
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Walking Tour Fisherman's Wharf
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Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf Association
Walk and talk: History of Sardine Fishing
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 10+ Admission Fees: $15-20

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

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

 

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

 

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


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Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Branciforte Library Hosts 50th Jubilee Celebration
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Library Branciforte
Santa Cruz Public Libraries Invites Community to "Come as You Were" to This Festive Event
Date: 10/07/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Branciforte Library Hosts 50th Jubilee Celebration

 

Santa Cruz Public Libraries Invites Community to "Come as You Were" to This Festive Event

 

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL), has announced a Jubilee Celebration in honor of 50 years of library service at the Branciforte Library, located at 230 Gault Street in Santa Cruz.

 

A library has served the Eastside neighborhood since early in the 20th century, with a Carnegie building in Seabright and later in 1921 at Triangle Park. That facility served the Eastside well for more than 40 years, but the community needed a new and larger facility. In November 1964 voters approved a bond measure that included funds to build a new library on Gault Street. The new library opened Oct. 8, 1967 during the Branciforte Days festival. It was at that time that the name was changed from Eastside Branch to Branciforte Library.

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "It's a wonderful time to celebrate the Branciforte Library's 50th birthday as we head into the Measure S building projects for the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. We're excited to look back at the 50-year history of this library as we look forward to what it will be in the future."

 

The Jubilee celebration, to be held on Saturday October 7th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, will feature live music by The Rhythm Rangellers, Circus Arts by Rock Lerum, a proclamation by the Mayor, speeches, stories, a children's craft, facepainting, Tales to Tails therapy dogs, refreshments, and a 1967 themed photo booth. Attendees are invited to "come as you were," in your 1960's attire.


Location: Branciforte Library, 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Open Studios
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Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
The Cultural Council's Open Studios Art Tour brings artists and art enthusiasts together--from the redwoods to the sea
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 7-Oct 22) from 11:00am to 5:00pm


Welcome!

 

The 2017 Open Studios Artist Guide is now available! The FREE Artist Guides are being distributed by our partner, Good Times – find your copy alongside the Good Times in all of their delivery locations – click here for a list of their major distribution points in Santa Cruz. Guides will be replenished in late September and early October.

 

Artist Guides are also available at businesses throughout Santa Cruz County and beyond. Click here for a list of outlets.

 

The FREE Open Studios App is in the final test stages and will be ready September 25th on iTunes & GooglePlay.

 

This year’s tour features 302 artists… This year’s cover features an image of Taylor Reinhold, Artist #208, in his Soquel studio.

 

Like the Arts Council on Facebook – Open Studios artist profiles are underway and our daily Fab Four posts started on September 1st. The profiles are a great way to learn more about our artists and what they have in store for you this year!

 

This year’s Visitor Survey will be available starting Monday, October 9th. Everyone who submits a survey will be entered for a chance to win $100 in Open Studios Art Bucks. Visitors who fill in the optional “Buzzy Bee Count” at the end of the survey will be entered for a second chance to win $100 in Open Studios Art Bucks. See page 81 in the Artist Guide for more details!Dates for 2017 Tour:

 

  • October 7th & 8th  North County
  • October 14th & 15th  South County
  • October 21st & 22nd  All County

Studios open 11:00AM to 5:00PM.


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Holi Festival of Colors
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Holi Festival of Colors
There will be non stop live music from great bands, yoga, mantras, dance, cuisine, and the throwing of colors!
Date: 10/07/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


Come enjoy the Holi Fest of Colors

 

Interactive Dance, Live Mantra Bands, DJ's, Yoga Teachers, Cuisine, Free Hugs, Lotsa Love

 

  • The dry powders supplied by the temple may stain hair & clothes, so festival goers are cautioned not to wear their "Saturday best." To avoid and/or minimize stain, vigorously shake out all dry excess powder before stepping into a shower, or throwing your clothes in the wash. Once the caked dry colors get wet, it is hard to get out. However, if one can shake as much as possible out while dry, there is a good chance of not having pink hair for the next month.
  • Do not throw colors into people's eyes or mouth. It is even more fun to rub the colors, into the hair, back of the neck, and cheeks. If anyone gets irritants in their eyes, go to the clearly marked first aid tent where EMTs will give you an eye rinse. We'll always have on hand bandanas, sunglasses, and dust mask for covering eyes and mouth...recommended.  Anyone with asthma or any other breathing issues should avoid color events, or at least wear a mask and stay well away from the center of action. Same advice if you happen to be allergic to corn starch.
  • Do not wear contacts to a color event!
  • Do not purchase colors from illegal vendors as they will be confiscated. Every bag should have the temple label, and must be in Temple approved packaging.
  • Those who would rather observe than participate in the throwing of the colors may stay back and watch from a distance, but there is no guarantee. Good idea to bring plastic seat covers for the drive home. That or bring a change of clothes and a plastic bag for your festival clothes. Be courteous of local businesses and do not leave messes in their bathrooms.
  • Do not throw colors on any passing cars, or on any performers, musicians, and especially not on the uniforms of any firemen or police. If you do the latter, you might get arrested.

Festival goers are advised to think twice before going into the middle of the crowd when the colors are first thrown. If you have not been before or have asthma, being smack in the middle of the crowd will be a challenge. Stay to the edges, and have a cloth to cover your nose and mouth for the first three minutes. We will have dust masks for sale at .25 cents. Under no circumstances should small children be in the middle of the crowd, unless high on the shoulders of their fathers, and wearing the right protection.


Location: San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Respectful Parenting Symposium With Janet Lansbury
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You are invited to join Janet Lansbury and Lisa Sunbury for an interactive afternoon discussion about Magda Gerber's respectful
Date: 10/07/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: $35

Respectful Parenting Symposium With Janet Lansbury

You are invited to join Janet Lansbury and Lisa Sunbury for an interactive afternoon discussion about Magda Gerber's respectful parenting approach. During this intimate two hour Q & A we will be answering your questions (general or personal) and offering advice about how these simple, profound ideas can bring clarity to your parenting journey and help to forge deep and lasting relationships with your children.

 

I am so excited and honored to be teaming up with Janet Lansbury to offer an afternoon question and answer symposium in Santa Cruz, CA , on October 7, 2017. I hope some of you will be able to join us. It is sure to be a lively discussion! Tickets are available now, and you can purchase by clicking on the link below.

 

Each  paid ticket will also be entered into a drawing to win prizes such as signed copies of Janet's bestselling books, Elevating Childcare and No Bad Kids, a personal phone consult with Janet or me, a free parent/infant class, and a infant toy basket.

 

 


Location: Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Respectful Parenting- A Question and Answer Symposium
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Special Event With Janet Lansbury, Respectful Parenting Symposium With Janet Lansbury
Date: 10/07/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: 35.00
Special Instructions: Tickets Available Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/respectful-parenting-a-question-and-answer-symposium-tickets-36949600249

You are invited to join Janet Lansbury and Lisa Sunbury for an interactive afternoon discussion about Magda Gerber's respectful parenting approach. During this intimate two hour Q & A we will be answering your questions (general or personal) and offering advice about how these simple, profound ideas can bring clarity to your parenting journey and help to forge deep and lasting relationships with your children.


Also, every ticket puchased will be entered into a raffle for prizes that include signed copies of Janet's bestselling books, a free phone consultation with Janet or Lisa, a free parent infant class, and a free toy basket.

 

Tickets Available Here.


Location: Pacific Cultural Center , 1307 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


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

 

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Free 2 Be a Kid
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Live Oak Grange
Bring what you can. Take what you need.
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $2/family

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Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Music of the Spheres
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
Music of specific and sacred place, reflective of the harmony within ourselves and within the universe
Date: Every day (Oct 7-Oct 8)
Ages: all
Special Instructions: Sat at Civic ~ Sun at Mello

Music of the Spheres

 

We open our 60th Anniversary season with music of specific and sacred place, reflective of the harmony within ourselves and within the universe. Beginning with Vivaldi's immortal rendering of The Four Seasons, featuring our renowned concertmaster Nigel Armstrong, we will then present Holst's equally famous and fantastical suite of astrological archetypes, The Planets.

 

The Four Seasons is a group of four violin concerti by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, each of which gives a musical expression to a season of Earth's year. The four concerti each has 3 short movements, and the whole collection lasts approximately 42 minutes. Sections of this piece have been used in numerous movies, TV shows and commercials, most notably the 1981 film The Four Seasons with Alan Alda. Even today, Vivaldi's work continues to inspirecontemporary soloists and composers. 

 

The Planets is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrologicalcharacter as defined by Holst. Earth was not included because it is based on astrological, not astronomical, planets. Pluto was not included because it had not yet been discovered. The complete composition lasts approximately 49 minutes. 


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Center, 307 Church St, Aptos Map
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Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Learn about the exotic plants from around the world
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free with admission

Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!

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

 

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

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

 

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


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

Special Instructions: Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada

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

 

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

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
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What They Wore
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State Park Mission
What the clothing meant to the people who wore it
Date: 10/07/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

What They Wore
Saturday, October 7 from 1pm to 2pm
Color, cloth, & cut – the clothing worn by people in the Mission wasn’t all about style – it was about identity, status, and different roles in the community. We’ll demonstrate the apparel you may have seen here in the early 19th century, and learn what the clothing meant to the people who wore it. Event is free; rain or shine.

 

This event is FREE. Rain or Shine.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Flat Fixing Class

 

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

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

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Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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 (Oct 7-Oct 21) from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, October 7 from 10am to noon
Saturday, October 21 from 10am to noon
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. Class begins at 10am and fills on a first-come basis. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Scottish Gathering and Highland Games
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Highland Rogue Productions
Immerse yourself in the sites, sounds, and the tastes of an ancient Scottish culture
Date: 10/07/2017 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $0 - $17

It is with great honor and anticipation that I invite you to join us as the clans once again gather in the highlands of the Santa Cruz Mountains!

 

(AAA July 2015) PipesandDrums.jpgIn 1830 Isaac Graham a mountain man of Scottish descent settled here and soon after the Mexican authorities named his wild settlement Roaring Camp. In 1842 near this very location Graham founded a distillery and the first saw mill west of the Mississippi. Fortunately the Big Trees here were spared the woodsman's axe and thus we are fortunate to have this beautiful and befitting location to celebrate and carry on the Scottish highland traditions of our ancient Celtic culture.

 

This year's gathering and games will feature all the wonderful activities you have come to know and love, the details of which you will find on this website. So bring your family and friends and for a day immerse yourself in the sites, the sounds, and the taste of an ancient culture kept alive in the hearts and by the hands of its proud descendants.

 

 

Sláinte!

Jeff Simpson, Chief

 

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Location: Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
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Join the Monarch Butterfly University!
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State Park Natural Bridges
Learn to interpret the park, lead tours, host the visitor center and monarch butterfly grove, maintain the butterfly garden and
Date: Every Sa (Sep 16-Oct 14)

Special Instructions: Located at the end of West Cliff Drive

Volunteer Training - Natural Bridges State Beach

Starts Saturday September 16

Wednesday evening and half-days on Saturdays, through Saturday October 14

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you feel a strong sense of giving to the community, promoting conservation and stewardship, and sharing knowledge with others? You can join our team of dedicated docent's at Natural Bridges and help connect park visitors to the natural and cultural resources. You will learn to interpret the park, lead tours, host the visitor center and monarch butterfly grove, maintain the butterfly garden and landscape, and more. For more information, please contact (831) 423-4609 or email NaturalBridgesStateBeach@gmail.com.

 


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Felling the Giants
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State Park Big Basin
Logger stories and demonstration
Date: 10/07/2017 at 11:30pm


Felling the Giants (Logging Demonstration!)
Saturday, October 7 at 11:30 am
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 Park Headquarters.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Sa (Oct 7-Oct 21) from 11:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

Redwood Tours                                       
Saturday, October 7 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, October 14 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, October 21 at 11am and 2pm
Meet at the Visitor Center (day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton)
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.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

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

 

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


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


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Corralitos Open Farm Tours
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Corralitos Farm Tours
Tour the farms at your own pace and learn what is involved in growing our food and how important sustainable farming methods are
Date: 10/08/2017


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Welcome to year four of the Corralitos Open Farm Tours! Eleven family owned farms are participating in this year's tours. All farms implement sustainable agriculture practices and are within a 10 mile radius of each other. Tour the farms at your own pace and learn what is involved in growing our food and how important sustainable farming methods are to the health of the Earth and our community. Click on the menu bar above for a complete listing of all participating farms.

 

 

  • Self-guided tour of 11 Corralitos area organic family-run farms.
  • Market Place with local food & wine, live music and a kids activity area.
  • Free demonstration of tomato canning, fermentation & food preservation.
  • Engaging kid friendly farm activities, farm animals and more.

Marketplace at Alladin Nursery

We are partnering with Alladin Nursery for this year's Marketplace. Stop by for a fantastic BBQ lunch of Corralitos Sausages, Corralitos area wine and drinks, pizza cooked in a wood burning oven from the folks at "Fired Up Fresh", Mexican fare from My Mom's Mole, local food&nbs! p;artisans from the El Pajaro CDC Commercial Kitchen Incubator and much more! Check the events schedule for our food preservation demo times. Listen to live music while enjoying artisan food and wine, all in the beautiful surroundings of Alladin Nursery.

 

Register Online!

When you register to attend the tours online you are automatically entered into our drawing with chances to win a FREE lunch at the Market Place and more! Making a suggested donation of $10.00 or more helps support the tours & will get you a FREE beverage of choice form our lunch booth at the Market Place. Click on the "Register Here" icon at the left for more details.

 

Open Farm Tours Dinner & Dance Fundraiser!

Join us on Sunday, Sept. 17th for an evening of inspiring presentations by Dave Blume & Carolyn Rudolph, Cuban food, Latin DJ music and dancing! We're cooking up an explosion of Cuban flavors to kick off our fourth year of tours! Come celebrate the sustainable farms and businesses that contribute so much to the health and well-being of our community. Click on the Eventbrite button to the left to purchase tickets. Support sustainable agriculture and get your salsa on!

Connecting Food, Farms & Families


2017 Corralitos Farm Tour Locations

 

Thomas Farm

1690 Pleasant Valley Road Aptos, CA. 95002

Blue Heron Farm

219 Merk Rd. Corralitos, CA. 95076

Lonely Mountain Farm

161 Pioneer Rd., Corralitos CA 95076

New Natives Organic Nursery

1255 Hames Rd., Aptos CA 95076

Prevedelli Farms

375 Pioneer View Rd., Corralitos CA 95076

Live Earth Farm

1275 Green Valley Rd., Corralitos CA 95076

Terra Sole Nursery

240 Pioneer View Rd., Corralitos CA 95076

Blossoms Biodynamic Farm

358 Merk Road, Corralitos, CA. 95076

Dos Aguilas Farm

1855 Pleasant Valley Road Aptos, CA. 95002

Stone Meal Farm

109 Browns Valley Rd. Corralitos, CA. 95076

Whiskey Hill Farm

371 Calabasas Rd. Watsonville, CA. 95076

 


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Coffee Talk and Crafts
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State Park Big Basin
Introduction to the park and figuring out the right trail for you!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 8-Oct 28) from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See different times

Coffee Talk and Crafts
Saturday, October 7 from 9-noon
AND Saturday, October 21 from 9:30-12:30
AND Sunday, October 22 from 9:30-12:30
AND Saturday, October 28 from 9:30-12:30
Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. A Docent will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity!


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Fireworks Extravaganza
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Monte Foundation
Enjoy the wonder, awe and majesty of the Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza
Date: 10/08/2017 at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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Santa Cruz Open Streets
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City of Santa Cruz
Enjoy a fun family event
Date: 10/08/2017 from 9:00am to 2:00pm


We are so excited to announce the 5th annual Open Streets Santa Cruz on West Cliff Drive.

Thank you City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz City Council, and Mayor Cynthia Chase for their continued essential support.
A bay-side celebration

 

For five years, Open Streets Santa Cruz has filled beautiful West Cliff Drive with music, games, a place to stroll, and a wide-open bike-way. The road will once again be closed to cars between Lighthouse Field and Natural Bridges--and open to bikes, wheelchairs, dogs (on leashes), dog walkers, and neighbors!

 

 


Location: West Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Sempervirens Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Three-hour, 2.5-mile hike
Date: 10/08/2017 at 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Sempervirens Falls Hike
Sunday, October 8 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 Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Welcome Back Monarchs
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State Park Natural Bridges
Habitat hikes, active games and crafts for children, face painting, butterfly garden tips, along with live music
Date: 10/08/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


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Welcome Back Monarchs Day
 
Sunday October 8, 2017 from 11 am to 4 pm

Join us for this joyful, monarch-filled day and welcome the monarchs back to this park, their over-wintering habitat.  Participate in numerous activities including arts & crafts, active games for kids, music by the 5M’s (the mostly mediocre musical monarch mariposas), hand-cranked ‘monarch’ ice cream (pumpkin), information and action booths as well as more about monarch butterflies and how-to’s for a butterfly garden. This event is appropriate for all ages.

 


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Town Hall Meetings
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Santa Cruz Police
SCPD seeks community input into public safety priorities. ALL are welcome!
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed and Th (Oct 9-Oct 25) from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: See varying dates, times, places

Santa Cruz Police Town Hall Meeting Series Start Monday, October 9th - Come to the Meeting thatbest suits your schedule.

 

 

SCPD kicks off a series of Town Hall meetings this week to get input and outline public safety priorities from the community. The first community forum takes place Monday, October 9th, from 6-7 p.m. at Westlake Elementary at 1000 High Street. Attendees will engage with police staff in group workshop-style discussions regarding concerns in their neighborhood.


The meetings are designed to allow neighborhoods, community stakeholders, and police to discuss problems and to engage in the problem-solving process. Feedback in Town Hall meetings will play an essential role in future citywide public safety strategies.


All five SCPD Town Hall Meetings held throughout the city are open to the public.


Not sure which meeting to attend? Come to the Town Hall Meeting that best suits your schedule. 


Upper West Side/Mission Hill
Monday, October 9th - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
WESTLAKE ELEMENTARY, 1000 High Street

East Side (Emeline/Market/ Upper Ocean)
Thursday, October 12th - 6:00 pm - 7:00pm
MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER, 222 Market Street

Downtown/Lower Ocean /Beach Hill
Tuesday, October 17th - 11:00 am-Noon
SANTA CRUZ POLICE COMMUNITY ROOM
155 Center Street

East Side/ Midtown
(Branciforte/Seabright/ Lower Ocean /Prospect Heights)
Monday, October 23rd 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
DELAVEAGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1145 Morrissey Blvd, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Lower Westside/ Beach Flats
Wednesday, October 25th 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
BAYVIEW ELEMENTARY 1231 Bay Street

"These town hall meetings are a great opportunity to influence the future of public safety in your neighborhood. Join us! We wa

 


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Triple P Brief Group: Building Children's Communication and Prob
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
parenting class
Date: 10/09/2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm


The Triple P - Positive Parenting Program offers simple, practical tools to help families raise happy, healthy children. Attend this 4-week Brief Group to learn: How to teach children communication skills by talking, reading, singing & playing; How to teach your child to express emotions in healthy, appropriate ways; Tips for teaching children problem-solving skills.

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

Presented in English by Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges, La Manzana Community Resources
Location: Community Bridges Conference Room, 236 Santa Cruz Ave, Aptos
To register: Contact Sandra Rodelo at (831) 724-2997 x211 or sandrar@cbridges.org or register online at www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Community Bridges Conference Roo, 236 Santa Cruz Ave, Aptos Map
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Nature Wanders
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley
Date: The 1st Mon of every month (Oct 8-Dec 10) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Nature Wander

Sundays, October 8 ~ November 12 ~ December 10 at 1 pm

Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately one mile, one-hour-plus guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. Ann will share information about the plants and habitats of Rancho del Oso, as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the remaining five distinct populations of Monterey Pine left in the world. Hike starts at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center.

 


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Invisible / Alienated Grandparent Support Group
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Alienated Grandparents Anonymous
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm


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

 

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


Location: Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Storytime at Abbott Square
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Library Central
SCPL is bringing storytimes outside to this fantastic new community space
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month (Jul 10-Sep 11) at 5:30am

Special Instructions: Spanish

Storytimes at Abbott Square

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


Location: Abbott Square, 118 Cooper St, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group
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SPIN, Special Parents Information
Become a Support/Mentor Parent or just a ˜buddy'
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: Aptos/La Selva Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831.818-9619 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Make A Holiday Video Greeting
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Library Central
Delight your family and friends with a personal video greeting this Holiday Season!
Date: Every Tues (Oct 10-Nov 7) from 10:30am to 11:30pm


(0 Sept 2017) Video.jpgDelight your family and friends with a personal video greeting this Holiday Season!

In this 5 - week series, you'll engage in planning, recording and producing a Holiday memory using a smart phone. The series covers video best practices, including: sound and lighting equipment and tips that make the video more professional, as well as creating your own YouTube Channel. Week 5 is Showtime! We'll watch our creations and celebrate. Presented by Karen 'KC' Carlson.

 

This series is great for people new to technology. Pre-Registration is required. Call 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org to register.

 

Tuesdays, 10:30am - 11:30am, October 10 through November 7

 

About Karen KC Carlson
After multiple careers in environmental protection and non-profit organizations, Karen (KC) Carlson's passion for creating video stories fired up five years ago while she was working to protect seabirds and mammals. It was then that she saw the power of visual story telling.

 

Since then, she has produced every type of video from a "How To" for her rowing club, recording non-profit community events, interviews with local leaders and PSA's for commercial television as well as speaking and social media visuals for entrepreneurs. But she found her true video passion in helping active seniors turn their stories into family keepsakes.


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Brown Bag Biz Lunches
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Library Central
Monthly Meetings: Ebay for Beginners I & II, LinkedIn to Grow Sales
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month (Sep 13-Nov 8) at 6:30pm
Ages: teens - Adults Admission Fees: Free

2017 Small Business Brown Bag Seminar Series

The Small Business Brown Bag Series is a collection of free, hour-long workshops designed to support small businesses. Bring your lunch and join us in the upstairs meeting room at the Downtown Branch Library for these great seminars.

 

Download a printable flyer for the 2017 Small Business Brown Bag Series.

Upcoming Small Business Workshops - Register Now!

Click the "Register" link for the workshop you would like to attend. You must register for each workshop separately.

  • eBay for Beginners, Presented by Barbara Mason, eBay Power Seller
    Wednesday, September 13 (12:00 PM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Register!
  • eBay Part II, Presented by Barbara Mason, eBay Power Seller
    Wednesday, October 11 (12:00 PM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Register!
  • Using linkedIn to Grow Sales, Presented by Dianthe Harris Skurko, Social Media Consultant
    Wednesday, November 8 (12:00 PM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Register

Location: Downtown Branch, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Film Festival
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Santa Cruz Film Festival
Ten days of entertaining and enlightening cinema and events
Date: Every day (Oct 11-Oct 15)
Admission Fees: Single screening for $10 or Festival pass $50

We don't just watch films, we experience them. Pulling from the varied creative talents of our community we enhance each film screening by making it a unique event that cannot be replicated. You don't come here to see a film, you come to remember it.

 

These are amazing films!  Please read the descriptions! You will want to attend at lease several if not all of them!

 

CLICK FOR THE 2017 FESTIVAL PROGRAM

 

https://www.santacruzfilmfestival.org/events-example/


Location: Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Workshop: Promoting Positive Behaviors at School
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
parenting class
Date: 10/11/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: Common reasons why behavior problems occur at school; How to involve your child in improving his/her behavior at school; Tips for working with your child's teacher to promote positive behaviors.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Presented in English by: Gladys Gómez, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville
To register: Contact Gladys Gómez at (831) 724-297 x220 or gladysg@cbridges.org or register online at www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


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Triple P Workshop: Promoting Positive Behaviors at School
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
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Date: 10/11/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: Common reasons why behavior problems occur at school; How to involve your child in improving his/her behavior at school; Tips for working with your child's teacher to promote positive behaviors.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Presented in English by: Gladys Gómez, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville
To register: Contact Gladys Gómez at (831) 724-297 x220 or gladysg@cbridges.org or register online at www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville Map
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ADHD Parent Support Group
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Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay ADHD Support Group
Support for Parents of Children and Teens with ADHD
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Donation welcome!
Special Instructions: Additional parking available at Mar Vista Elementary

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


Location: Aptos Fire Station Conference Ro, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group
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SPIN, Special Parents Information
We provide information, resources, and support about ADHD in a safe environment where everyone can feel understood.
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group (C.H.A.D.D.)
The Parents of Children with ADHD Support Group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Adults with ADHD meet every 4th Wednesday) from 6:30-8pm.

 

We provide information, resources, and support about ADHD in a safe environment where everyone can feel understood. For more information contact Judy Brenis, jbbrenis@comcast.net , call 831-818-9619 or visit our website: http://www.chadd.net/436.


Location: Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Grupo de Triple P: Para familias con adolescentes (8-Week Triple
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
parenting class
Date: Every Mon and Th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Cada martes, del 10 de octubre al 28 de noviembre, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (pre-orientación de grupo obligatorio: sábado, 7 de octubre, 10 am - 12 pm)
Asista a este Grupo de Triple P de 8 semanas para conocer a otras familias con adolescentes y aprender estrategias sencillas que le ayudarán a: Construir relaciones positivas con su adolescente; Entender y reconocer las influencias diarias en el comportamiento de su adolescente; Responder a los retos de crianza con calma y consistencia; Enseñarle a su adolescente cómo resolver problemas y hacer frente a situaciones de riesgo; Tener más confianza sobre la crianza de su adolescente.

Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

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


Location: Ceiba College Prep Academy, 260 West Riverside Drive, Watsonville Map
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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
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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Story Time and Craft Time
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Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 10:30am


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


Location: 4101-B2 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
Phone: 831-316-7261 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Oktoberfest
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Catholic Community of San Agustin
Date: 10/13/2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm


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Okoberfest!

6:30-9:00pm


$15 per person (get tickets after mass or parish office)


Come enjoy good food, authentic homemade pretzels, and German beer. Arms worth of raffle tickets for $5 with prizes!

 


Location: 257 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-438-3633 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
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Roaring Camp
Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 14-Oct 29)
Admission Fees: Adults: $45 ~ Children: $35 (ages 2-12)

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Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party

OCTOBER 14 - 15, 21 - 22 & 28 - 29

 

ANNOUNCING THE TOUR'S MOST EXCITING YEAR EVER AS MATTEL DEBUTS TALKING THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE AND THOMAS' BEST FRIEND PERCY!


Little engineers won't believe their eyes-or their ears! Percy will be joining Thomas the Tank Engine on the rails! Also, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans!


Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family.

 

Activities include: Temporary Tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, Pick a Pumpkin (small pumpkins for little ones), Cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas store and entertainment.


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Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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World Pumpkin Celebrates The Great Gourd
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Half Moon Bay
It's Pumpkin Time in Pumpkin Town! Get Your Orange On! Annual Art & Pumpkin Festival
Date: Every day (Oct 14-Oct 15) from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Main Street (between Miramontes and Spruce Streets)

47th Annual HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL, Oct. 14-15.

 

The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous/heavyweight champion pumpkins, smashing entertainment with four stages of stellar live music, the home-spun Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, boo-tiful harvest-inspired crafts, tasty homestyle foods, premium wines, seasonal craft beer, pumpkin-infused ales, pumpkin-flavored artisanal cocktails.

 

Expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpz monster pumpkins into amazing one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  Photos with the Goliath grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun, the world's largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture that measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds by artist Peter Hazel.

 

"Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands", the Comcast Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, wild and wacky waterballerz, a 24' rock climbing wall, ultra thrilling bungee jump, selfies and fun with the delightfully rotund, playful and mischievious Pumpkin Festival mascot "Gourdy", and the Sunday-only "Made on the Coast" local artists block with art and live music.

 

Festival admission is free. Pets are not allowed. Presented by the non-profit Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee which has raised several million dollars for community service organizations and civic improvements in its 47 year history.

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF

 

SMASHING ENTERTAINMENT ON FOUR STAGES


FABULOUS FOOD & DRINK

 

FUN-FILLED EVENTS AND CONTESTS
Pancmpkins: Battle of the Bands" (Saturday and Sunday, 3 PM), Pumpkin Run & Stroll (Sunday, 8 AM), Pumpkin Carving for fun/no judging (Sunday, 10 AM).

 


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Location: Main Street, Half Moon Bay Map
Phone: 650-726-9652 •website Half Moon Bay create a direct event link
San Benito Olive Festival
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San Benito Olive Festival
Enjoy the San Benito Olive Festival -wonderful tastes, drinks and entertainment
Date: 10/14/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $0 - $35
Special Instructions: Discounted tickets available until Nov 14, 2017

It's an Olive Date! Foodies and Families are all invited to enjoy local harvest and culinary delights at the fourth annual San Benito Olive Festival. This Gourmet Celebration is happening on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the charming San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, CA, just south of Hollister.

San Benito Olive Festival is a fresh culinary celebration with innovative creators and delectable pairings.

- Come taste award-winning olive oils, artisanal foods and fine chocolates
- Discover world-class wines and craft beers
- Become inspired by celebrity chef cooking demos
- Mingle with local growers and creators
- Create an olive wreath, a flower bouquet and paint an olive masterpiece
- Enjoy live music, local harvest and much more

The San Benito Olive Festival (SBOF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to promote awareness and appreciation of the region's world-class culinary agriculture, premier artisans and to help support community causes with festival proceeds.


Location: San Benito County Historical Par, 8300 Airline Highway (Hwy 25), Tres Pinos Map
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Beliefs Behind Behaviors
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Beliefs Behind Behaviors
Date: 10/14/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00
Special Instructions: Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare will be provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.

A misbehaving child is a discouraged child, so let's discover the beliefs children's behaviors to help them regain their sense of belonging, significance, and contribution.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
"Earthquakes and the Adobe"
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
How historical earthquakes affected our adobe and the people who lived here, the monumental work done to reconstruct our adobe s
Date: 10/14/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted. Parking is extremely limited, so carpooling is encouraged.

Our adobe's story should have ended with 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, but the right choices at the right times kept our story alive. Please join us for a snack from our restored cocina, a look at how historical earthquakes affected our adobe and the people who lived here, the monumental work done to reconstruct our adobe since Loma Prieta, and the efforts underway right now to ensure our story continues after our next big earthquake.

 

Join us at Castro Adobe State Historic Park for an open house event, "Earthquakes and the Adobe." Located in Larkin Valley, near Watsonville, the two-story Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Open House visitors will be able to tour the property including the restored cocina (kitchen) and the Potter-Church Garden. The garden is a unique outdoor space originally created by then-owners Elizabeth and David Potter (1968-72), in consultation with noted landscape architect Thomas Church.

Parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged.

 


Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Capitola Book Sale
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Hardbacks $2 and paperbacks $1
Date: 10/14/2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Oct 2017) capitola-librarybooksale.jpgTime to stock up on some books for fall reading. Come and browse through hundreds of donated books in many genres at this fundraising event. While there, learn more about the new Capitola Library, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Location: 2005 Wharf Road, Capitola Map
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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Come join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts
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 with this week's craft: Leaf Painting!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Leatherback Turtle Day and Talk
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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
FREE family-friendly event celebrating California's state marine reptile!
Date: 10/14/2017
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: across from the Santa Cruz Wharf

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Public · Hosted by Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

 

Join us for this FREE family-friendly event celebrating California's state marine reptile! This critically endangered species is the largest of the marine turtles, travelling upwards of 7000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Indonesia to just off our shores in search of their food - jellyfish!

From 10am-5pm:

- Premiere of a new leatherback sea turtle film
- Leatherback costume dress up
- Live plankton viewing
- Enjoy leatherback artwork and kid activities

From 6-7:30PM:

Join us for an upcoming 25th anniversary speaker series "Sea Below the Surface" that will present the status and trends of key species, habitats, and resources of our sanctuary over the past 25 years. This four part series will feature local marine scientists and highlight our incredibly valued research partnerships that help to inform science conservation and resource protection within the sanctuary. Scott Benson (Marine Ecologist, NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Moss Landing Marine Labs), will present, "The Pacific Leatherback Turtle: Ocean Ambassador with an Uncertain Future."

 


Location: 35 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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The Smithsonian Is Coming!
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Hometown Teams explores the deep roots of sports in American culture, and shows how we engage in and watch sports to have fun, b
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Oct 14-Nov 26)


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Hometown Teams explores the deep roots of sports in American culture, and shows how we engage in and watch sports to have fun, build up our communities, and support each other.

 

Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.


Opening Reception Oct 14, 2-4pm

 

 


Location: 12547 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek Map
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Historical Aircraft Display
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Young Eagles
Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Lobster Feed Fundraiser
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Mountain Parks Foundation
Imagine! Eating lobsters under the redwoods in support of State Parks!
Date: 10/14/2017 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: General Tickets: $75

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Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser
Saturday, October 14 from 4:30 pm to 8 pm
General Tickets: $75
Online: www.mountainparks.org
By phone: (831) 335-3174

In person: Mountain Parks Foundation office (adjacent to the Nature Store in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park)


Twinkling lights under a canopy of stars, the delightful sounds of live music floating through the air - it's that time of year again! Join us for our annual Lobster Feed Fundraiser at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Enjoy a full dinner featuring a 1.5 pound fresh Maine lobster served with crisp salad, steaming corn-on-the-cob, warm garlic bread, wine and beer, coffee, and dessert. The bluegrass sounds of Highway One will add their own special magic to the evening.

 

Proceeds go to support environmental and cultural education programs at Henry Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. For more information, please call (831) 335-3174, or email redwoods@mountainparks.org.


Location: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

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

 

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

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

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Arboretum Fall Plant Sale
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Get some dazzling color for your home garden
Date: 10/14/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Annual Fall Plant Sale

Hope to see you at the 2017 Fall Plant Sale scheduled for Saturday, October 14, from 10am-noon Members Only, Noon-4pm Open to the Public.


The information below pertains only to the Fall 2016 Plant Sale. The information will be updated for 2017.

Thank you to all our staff, volunteers, members and patrons who supported the 2016 Fall Plant Sale. It was a great success!

 

Ever wonder where gardeners and landscapers in-the-know purchase their plants? They flock to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Fall Plant Sale. The sale is in the Arboretum's Eucalyptus Grove, on High Street and the entrance is across from Western Drive, on the edge of the UC Santa Cruz campus.

 

Hundreds of varieties are carefully chosen to conserve California native plants and to introduce Australian, New Zealand, African and other beauties bred for water tolerance and pest control. The fall is a great time to get new plantings established in the garden.  The days are getting shorter, and soil and air temperatures begin to cool down. 

 

In partnership with the California Native Plant Society, the sale offers high quality, regionally-friendly plants from both groups at great prices.  Not a member of the Arboretum or California Native Plant Society and want to get in on the early bird selections from 10 am until noon? Memberships for both organizations will be available at the gate on the day of the sale.

 

 


Location: Arboretum Eucalyptus Grove, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Snake Park Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Learn about the fascinating world of snakes from a snake expert
Date: 10/14/2017 at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Snake Park Saturday
Saturday, October 14 at 2pm
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Discover reptile adaptations while observing native snakes on display. Meet at the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station.

 

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


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Harvest Dinner
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St. Andrew's Church
Date: 10/14/2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


You Are Cordially Invited to Attend Our Annual Harvest Dinner

 

Please RSVP so that we can reserve you a table! Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board by the office. This year we will be doing a potluck so check the board to see what you might want to bring. See you there!

 

Guest speaker: Lynn Robinson, Director of Valley Churches United Missions

 

It is amazing how much we can accomplish with all our hands joined together. Come see what your gifts of time, talent and money can accomplish.

 


Location: 101 Riverside Ave, Ben Lomond Map
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Bellies, Birth & Babies
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Birth Network of Santa Cruz County
Learn from birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, birth photographers, midwives, fitness and yoga teachers about pr
Date: 10/14/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Free Family Event • Saturday, October 14, 2017

Preregistration encouraged.

  • Pop-up Marketplace: Childish - children's clothing, toy& gifts, Primrose & Lace - maternity & nursing-wear, Sutter Lactation - nursing needs, Tiny Tot's - diapering needs
  • Over $1000 in Door Prizes! (Must be present to win!)
  • Hands-on Demos - Learn from birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, birth photographers, midwives, fitness and yoga teachers about pregnancy, birth and postpartum topics.
  • Baby Wearing Information - Check out a variety of baby carriers!
  • Community Resources - Pick up useful information on community resources, classes and meetings.
  • Drop in for a visit - Don't have the whole afternoon free? You are welcome to just pop in.
  • Workshops - This event includes the option of participating in workshops to learn more about specific topics, as well as ongoing activities in the main hall throughout. Preregistration reserves a spot in the workshops of your choice.

Choose only one workshop per time block
2:40-3:10 workshops:

101 - Mother-Friendly Birth Choices: Minimizing routine interventions during birth
102 - Your Core and More: Strengthening and Healing: Acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, fitness.


4:00-4:30 workshops:

201 - Coping with Labor Pain: Exploring your options - Labor coping techniques and more
202 - Baby's Here, It Takes a Village: Sharing tips & local community resources - feeding, sleeping, thriving!

 

Connect with other expecting and new parents.

Meet with Birth Network's professional members and service providers.

Learn something new!

 

(If you are a birth network professional who would like to attend the event you must register here: www.bbb-professionals-fall2017.eventbrite.com)


Location: Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Young Eagles - Kids Fly Free
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Young Eagles
Kds fly free EAA airplane rides, on the first Saturday of every month between January and April and then again between September
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 8 yrs - 17 yrs Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Spooky or Not Spooky!
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State Park Big Basin
A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. Geared for young chi
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Oct 14-Oct 28) at 11:30am


(0 Sept 2017) Spiderweb2.jpgSpooky or Not Spooky?


Saturday, October 14 at 11:30 am
AND Saturday, October 28 at 11:30 am


A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. We'll examine cobwebs, burls, holes and other mysterious natural features from a different perspective, asking the question, "Is it Spooky or Not Spooky?"

 

Depending on how you look at things, the answer may change! Come along if you dare! Geared for young children, this is a one-hour easy walk.

 

Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Berry Creek Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Join us for a moderate to strenuous 11 mile loop hike to the 65 foot falls
Date: 10/15/2017 at 9:30am


Berry Creek Falls Hike
Sunday, October 15 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 11-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin—65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Docent Bill Rhoades will guide you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike
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State Park Big Basin
We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest.
Date: 10/15/2017 at 10:30am

Special Instructions: Sept 20 and 30

Outlook from Mt. McAbee
Sunday, October 15 at 10:30 am
Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Science Sunday
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist
Date: The 3rd Su of every month at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

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

 

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

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

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


Location: La Feliz room, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Global Sea Level Rise
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Tim Stanton, Ph.D. will share insights into potential impacts on global sea level rise.
Date: 10/15/2017 at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

Join us Sunday for our monthly science lecture series: Global​ ​Sea​ ​Level​ ​Rise: The​ ​Influence​ ​of​ ​Antarctic​ ​Ice Shelves
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 1:30 PM


Tim Stanton, Ph.D., Research Professor, Naval Postgraduate School


Come learn about a recent four-year field program to the remote Pine Island Ice Shelf in Western Antarctica. Over the years, scientists drilled a series of 1500-feet-deep holes through the 30-mile-long ice shelf, lowering ocean instruments into the space below.Instruments were then left in place, reporting data about ice melting and ocean mixing rates back to the lab in Monterey by satellite.
Join Tim Stanton as he describes an overview of the massive Antarctic ice sheets, their floating ice shelves, and the processes that control their melting. He will also share insights into potential impacts on global sea level rise.

 


Location: La Feliz room, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Underwater Robotics Workshop
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Date: 10/15/2017 from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: Students in grades 5-12
Special Instructions: three 90-minute sessions starting at 9:30 AM, 11:45 AM, or 2:00 PM.

Underwater Robotics Workshop                                                                 for Students (Grades 5-12), Teachers & Parents

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Workshop Sessions: 9:30AM-11:00AM, 11:45AM-1:15 PM, or 2:00PM-3:30PM

FOX_1839_smallJoin the Seymour Center and Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center of Monterey Peninsula College for a workshop designed to teach students in grades 5-12, and their teachers or parents, how to build underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Learn how to incorporate marine science, technology, and physical science concepts into your curriculum by spending a day at the pool building an ROV!

The workshop will introduce participants to the MATE Center's ROV program and explain how students can participate in the annual ROV contest held each spring. Students and adults will also have the opportunity to design, build, and test their own ROV using simple, affordable materials.

The workshop will be held at the on-campus swimming pool at UC Santa Cruz. We will be offering three 90-minute sessions starting at 9:30 AM, 11:45 AM, or 2:00 PM. There is no fee to attend, however, reservations are required.

Location:
Each workshop session will be held at the on-campus swimming pool at UC Santa Cruz.

 

Cost:
There is no fee to attend; however, advanced registration is required.

To register: Complete this Google Form to register for a workshop session: Workshop Registration.


For more information on the Underwater Robotics Workshop and MATE Center ROV Contest, contact workshop instructor Kim Swan at (831) 402-9014 or kswan@marinetech.org.

 


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Wharf's 172nd Birthday Ceebration
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Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf Association
Come in a pirate or sailor costume
Date: 10/15/2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Birthday bites available for purchase

Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf to hold 172nd Birthday Celebration on Sunday, October 15, 2017 during the Monterey History Fest weekend

 

The Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Association will sponsor and hold Monterey's Old  Fisherman's Wharf 172nd  Birthday Celebration at Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California. The special celebration will take place during the Monterey's History Fest weekend of activities.


This free family-friendly event will feature:

  • Live entertainment by The Anthony Lane Band from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Master of Ceremonies David Marzetti will host the event and conduct Wharf free prize drawings every half hour.
  • Meet the Mayor: Meet & Greet with City of Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson at 3:00 p.m. and he will cut the first slice of Wharf Birthday cake at 3:30 pm
  • Free Wharf Birthday Cake at the Wharf Tent in front of Abalonetti Bar & Grill at 3:30 pm. Enjoy a free slice of the delicious whale-theme birthday cake donated by Fisherman's Wharf Association.

•            Meet Monterey Police, Fire & Local Heroes.

•            Enjoy the Face Painter, Stilt Walker and Balloon Artist.

  • The community is invited to bring their historic Wharf photos and photo albums to Share Your Wharf Memories between 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Wharf Tent.
  • Free one-hour "Wharf Walks" with Fisheries Historian Tim Thomas at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm starting at the head of the Wharf.
  • To celebrate the birthday event, many Wharf restaurants will also feature many "Wharf Birthday Bites" for purchase.***
  • The event will commemorate the Argentine sailor pirate Hippolyte Bouchard who raided and occupied Monterey in 1818. Attendees are invited to come in a pirate or sailor costume and take "selfies" with pirate statues on the Wharf.

More informationwww.montereywharf.com or call (831) 238-0777.


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SuperKid Triathlon
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Finish Line Productions
A swim, bike and run course for kids!
Date: 10/15/2017


 

SuperKid Triathlon and Splash & Dash

 

SuperKid has always been about building strong bodies and healthy kids. This means getting them off the couch, away from the TV, phones, video games, and outside for some healthy physical activity. It doesn't matter if your child is already an athlete or is just starting to engage in sports and outdoor activity. This is a great event for the whole family and gives your children the opportunity to be active and healthy. With a swim, bike and run course, real transition area, body markings and fun prizes for participants, you can help your child gain the self esteem that comes from doing their personal best. Not to mention a cool finisher medal and matching shirt.

Once final results are posted you'll be able to download an official finisher certificate with event info, age group, total time and place to remember the event.

 

THE BIKE COURSE IS SUITABLE FOR FAT TIRE, MOUNTAIN BIKES, AND CYCLECROSS BIKES. No road bikes or skinny tires!

For 2017 we will also be participating in USAT's Splash & Dash Series, just swim and bike, for ages 7 - 15. There will be one Splash & Dash wave start for each course configuration. See Wave Starts for course times.

 

Triathlon Relay Teams for ages 7 - 15. Please read the information about teams here.

Registering by October 1 guarantees that we will have your child's t-shirt size. We try and guess sizes based on age for everyone who registers after we need place the shirt order but we don't always hit the mark!

 

2017 Pricing for SuperKid Triathlon

Pricing is inclusive of credit card processing fees. The price listed is the price you will pay on Run Sign Up (plus USAT if applicable)

 Ages 6 and Under    
FROM TO PRICE
Dec 1 Mar 31 $25.00
April 1 June 30 $30.00
July 1 Sept 30 $35.00
After October 1   $40.00
     
 Ages 7 to 15    
FROM TO PRICE
Dec 1 Mar 31 $30.00
April 1 June 30 $35.00
July 1 Sept 30 $40.00
After October 1   $45.00
     
Relay Team Pricing
   
Dec 1 Mar 31 $85.00
April 1 June 30 $90.00
July 1 Sept 30 $95.00
After October 1   $100

 

Kids 6 and under may have assistance or floatation devices to get across the pool! We always have safety swimmers in the pool, but kickboards, noodles, and arm floaties are just fine too.

 

All kids who participate will receive a finisher's medal a t-shirt, swim cap, and other special sponsor gifts.


Location: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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SPIN Family Support Meeting
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SPIN
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Special Parents Information Network, SPIN

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

 

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

 

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

Child care will not be provided at these meetings.


See you soon! Nancy Winans, SPIN Mentor Program Coordinator

 

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


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


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

 

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

 

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


Location: Riverwalk, Gateway Plaza by PetSmart, Santa Cruz Map
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SPIN Fun Fundraiser
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SPIN
Date: The 3rd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm



Location: Sutter Maternity and Surgery Cen, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Flowers and Festivals!
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Santa Cruz CRAFT
Learn about flower production and make your own dried flower wreath
Date: 10/15/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 Sept 2017) FlowersandFestivals.jpgFlowers and Festivals!

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2-5pm Camp Joy Gardens, 131 Camp Joy Rd. Boulder Creek

 

Camp Joy is a 4.5 acre non-profit organic farm, founded in 1971 as a place to learn and practice a diversified, restorative agriculture, which combines beauty, productivity, and ecological health. At our annual Open House and Harvest Celebration we sell many beautifully made products straight from the farm: we offer dried flower wreaths, garlic and onion braids, candles, honey, and other goodies for sale as well as yummy treats to sample.


In this workshop, you will learn about flower production and have the opportunity to make your own dried flower wreath (materials will be provided). We will also share some lessons learned from 40 years of holding successful community events on our farm.

 

Space is limited, RSVPs will be taken through the Santa Cruz CRAFT mailing list at the beginning of October, with priority given to Santa Cruz County apprentices.


Location: Camp Joy Garden, 131 Camp Joy Rd, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-3651 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop: Coping with Stress
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
parenting class
Date: 10/17/2017 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm


Stepping Stones Triple P offers parenting support for families with children with special needs, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Stepping Stones Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues.

Attend this FREE workshop to learn: Common causes of stress, and how stress affects parenting; How to recognize signs of stress; Healthy ways to reduce and manage everyday stress.

This Stepping Stones Triple P workshop is offered as part of the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Community Advisory Committee's monthly meeting. No registration required. Light snacks provided. Please note: child care will not be available at this event.

Presented in English by: Stella Lauerman, Triple P Practitioner
Location: San Lorenzo Elementary School Library, 7105 Highway 9, Felton
For questions, contact the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Office at (831) 466-5700 or visit www.nsccselpa.org


Location: San Lorenzo Elementary School Li, 7105 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Santa Cruz Young Makers Club
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Library Central
The Santa Cruz Young Makers Club brings together a community of young people with a mentor and a space to make.
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month (Oct 10-Dec 12) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free

Santa Cruz Young Makers Club

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

 

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

 

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

 

What is a Young Makers club?

A club for bringing together a community of young people, ages 8-18, with mentors and a space to make. The Santa Cruz Young Makers Club brings together a community of young people with a mentor and a space to make on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Led by Sasha, a young Makers Ed Mentor, projects inspire creativity, imagination, and support learning. Materials for projects are provided by SCPL. Ages 8 - 18.

 

Our mentor Sasha has participated in the Maker Ed program. She has been on panels at Intel, Pearson Learning, Pixar and Bay Area Maker Faire, and Young Makers. She has won awards at Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship and Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair. She was recently published in National Geographic Magazine January 2017 issue. Visit the her Santa Cruz Young Makers website at santacruzyoungmakers.wordpress.com.

 

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Participants design, create, and ultimately exhibit a chosen project aimed towards exhibiting at a showcase event like Maker Faire.

 

For More information please visit Maker Ed website:  http://makered.org/youngmakers/


Location: Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz Map
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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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Musical Me, Inc. Offers Music Together
Join us every 3rd Tuesday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

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

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

CONTACT: MusicalMe, Inc.
Call: 831-438-3514 or Text: 831-332-9002
registrar@musicalme.com
PO Box 66438, Scotts Valley, CA 95067
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Location: Various Santa Cruz County Locati, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Movie Club
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 8-10

Movie Club

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 


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Campus Tour
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Mount Madonna School
Come visit Mount Madonna School
Date: 10/18/2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All with school-age children Admission Fees: Free

Small classes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring hands-on science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology studies on Catalina Island, buddy program, visual and performing arts. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonna.org


Location: Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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"Maker Night"
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Participants can spend the evening learning about gears, putting the project together, and decorating it - just in time for Hal
Date: 10/19/2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome! Admission Fees: $30
Special Instructions: Only 10 spots available!!

Kaiwa is excited to host a very special Halloween-themed "Maker Night" from the creative masterminds at Steamy Tech! Greg & Lora Price design whimsical and functional kinetic art pieces using gears. They sell finished products as well as kits.

 

Check out Steamy Tech's Website!

 

Bonus: Use the code KaiwaMaker to receive 5% off their fun subscription "Box of Making" service!!

 

Steamy Tech has developed a special project for the Kaiwa community they are calling "The Great Pumpkin Tombstone." Turn the pumpkin to see the ghost! Participants can spend the evening learning about gears, putting the project together, and decorating it - just in time for Halloween! Only 10 spots are available, so get your tickets today!

 

Only 10 spots available!!
Get Tickets Now!

 

Kaiwa Art and Play Space, 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz. 316-0918 www.kaiwaspace.org

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Seminario de Triple P para familias con adolescentes: Criando Ad
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
parenting class
Date: 10/19/2017 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Los seminarios de Triple P ofrecen consejos para padres generales que se pueden utilizar en una amplia gama de situaciones. Este seminario es el primero en una serie de tres para familias con adolescentes 13 - 16 años. Puede asistir a uno, dos o los tres de los seminarios de la serie.

Criando adolescentes responsables ofrece estrategias crianza para ayudar a los adolescentes a: Participar en las decisiones familiares; Ser respetuoso y considerado; Ser involucrarse en las actividades familiares; Desarrollar un estilo de vida saludable; Ser confiable; y Ser asertivo.

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

Presentado en español por Sandra Rodelo, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: Primero 5 del condado de santa cruz, 4450 Capitola Road, Suite 106, Capitola
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Sandra Rodelo al (831) 724-2997 x211 o sandrar@cbridges.org
o vea el calendario en www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: 4450 Capitola Road, Suite 106,, Capitola 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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Triple P Seminar: The Power of Positive Parenting
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
parenting class
Date: 10/19/2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Triple P seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in a wide range of situations. This seminar is the first in a series of three for families with children birth - 12 years old. You can attend one, two or all three of the seminars in the series.

The Power of Positive Parenting provides an introduction to the Triple P program and positive parenting strategies. Attend this free seminar to learn how to: Provide positive learning environments for children; Use assertive discipline; Have realistic expectations and take care of yourself.

This Triple P Seminar is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults.

Presented in English by: Heather N. Thomsen, PhD
Location: Boulder Creek Elementary School Library, 400 W. Lomond St, Boulder Creek
To register: Contact Dr. Heather Thomsen at (831) 336-9859 or drheatherthomsen@gmail.com or register online at www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: 400 W. Lomond St, Boulder Creek Map
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13 Halloween Days on the Wharf
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City of Santa Cruz
Show up for entertainment, tricks or treats on the wharf!
Date: Every day (Oct 19-Oct 31) from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

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Little witches, goblins, ghosts, and their parents can enjoy safe and sane trick-or-treating at the Parks and Recreation Department's Halloween celebration on the wharf. Treats for kids provided at wharf businesses. A children's costume contest on the wharf stage will add to the fun! 

 

Join us for 13 days of frightful fun on the Santa Cruz Wharf October 19 - 31!

Kick Off - October 19, 4:30 - 7:00 pm at the Wharf stage
FREE hot apple cider and games
The Great Morgani delights with festive music (and another fabulous outfit). 4:30 - 5:30 pm!
Wharf Specials for the Haunting Hours 5:00 - 7:00 pm!
Photo booth unveiling

Zombie Night on the Wharf - October 28, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Thriller Zombie Dance 5:00 pm at the Wharf stage
Apocalypse Wharf Specials 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Ghostly fun at the Wharf stage

The Great Pumpkin Hunt - All 13 Days: Find 5 hidden pumpkins on the Wharf each with a unique Wharf trivia question and answer. Submit your answers to one of the businesses below and win a prize! Splash, Vino Prima, Riva's, Bonnie's Gifts, Stagnaro Bros, Marini's, The Sock Shop, Made in Santa Cruz and the Wharf Headquarters

Trick-or-Treating - October 31, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Meet and take photos with Spiderman, Princess Elsa and Moana, Treats from Wharf businesses

Photo Booth on the Wharf Stage
- All 13 Days: Snap a festive photo with your family with the scenic Monterey Bay and Lighthouse as your backdrop.

Wharf Specials - All 13 Days: Enjoy fabulous, unique specials from restaurants and gift shops perfectly catered to the Halloween theme.


Location: Santa Cruz Wharf, 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz Map
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All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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SPIN
'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group for any parent of a child with any type of disability
Meets the 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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ENTERTAINMENT WITH AN EDGE: The Suspense in Mystery Writing
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Library Central
What is suspense? How do we love playing on our readers' nerves, and how do we build a story where suspense is one element of ma
Date: 10/19/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

ENTERTAINMENT WITH AN EDGE: The Suspense in Mystery Writing

What is suspense? How do we love playing on our readers' nerves, and how do we build a story where suspense is one element of many?

 

Writers, readers, and mystery buffs will love this panel led by Laurie R. King (Lockdown) and featuring Katherine Hyde (Arsenic with Austen), Gigi Pandian (Michelangelo's Ghost), John Burley (The Forgetting Place),and Heather Haven (The Dagger Before Me).

 

Mystery Writers of America NorCal Chapter celebrates Mystery Week with talks and panels by local MWA members on topics related to mysteries all over the Bay Area. Visit mwanorcal.org to find out about other events being held during Mystery Week.

 


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family
Special Instructions: AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

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


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



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

 

AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED, SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Thriller Bike Ride
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Bike Church
Families welcome...caution, best for teens and up
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


(0 Oct 2017) ThrillerRide2017.jpgIt's close to midnight and something evil's lurking In the dark
Under the moonlight you see a bike that almost stops Your heart
You try to scream (Bike Party!), but terror takes the sound before You make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
You're paralyzed
'Cause this is thriller, THRILLER RIDE!
Friday the 13th, 7pm at the Bike Church!

...Darkness falls across the land
The 7pm hour is close at hand
Creatures ride in search of jams
To cruise through y'all's neighborhood!

Santa Cruz Bike Party is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Rides are 7-10 miles long with music and dance breaks along the way. Rides move at a relatively slow pace and no one is left behind. Each ride has a theme and riders are encouraged to wear costumes or decorate their bikes to fit the theme.


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

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

The atmosphere of the SC Bike Party is fun, (zombie) friendly, welcoming, and safe. Our goal is to celebrate cycling and build community, not to cause conflict with car drivers. Please help us maintain a positive and safe atmosphere by keeping in mind the following guidelines:


Guidelines
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Stay to the Right / Stop at Lights - This is not Critical Mass. Please stay to the right on 2-lane roads, or in the right lane on larger roads.
- Ride Straight - Please help avoid crashes by riding predictably, without any sudden turns or stops.
- Don't Hate - Please roll past any conflict that might present itself during the ride.
- Pack your Trash - Bike partiers aspire to leave party stops in better condition than we found them.
- Don't Get Smashed - Riding while inebriated poses a danger to yourself and others. Don't ruin the fun for everyone else by overdoing it.

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


Location: 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Elephant Seal Walks Start Dec 15
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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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Outrageous Outgrowns
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Outrageous Outgrowns
Bay Area's Largest Children's Consignment Event
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Oct 22) from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: $5 parking show paking pass found on our website www.outrageousoutgrowns.com, the the gate attendant using a mobile device

Outrageous Outgrowns is the Bay Area's largest Children's and Maternity consignment event. We have thousands of gently used items at a fraction of retail!! Everything you need from Maternity to Teens all neatly arranged just like your favorite store!


Location: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd., San Josse Map
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Haunted House Ben Lomond
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Ben Lomond's Cat House Haunt
We cant wait to scare you all this Friday on opening night!
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Nov 2) from 6:30pm to 10:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_BLCatHouseHaunt.jpgWe cant wait to scare you all this Friday on opening night!

Located off of Highway 9 in Ben Lomond, we are a FREE Haunted House for all ages! Kid friendly, adult scary.

 

We will be open every night between October 20th and November 2nd between 6:30pm and 10:30pm. We stay open later on the weekends and until the line ends on Halloween night.

 

9649 Highway 9 Ben Lomond

We also can still use more monsters so if you'd like to volunteer please send us a message!


Halloween Night - 6:30pm - 12:00am or until the line ends!

 


Location: 9649 CA-9, Ben Lomond Map
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HILLARIOUS HALLOWEEN COMEDY!
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Santa Cruz Performing Arts
Call Ben Jammin for more information
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Oct 31)


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Two FREE comedy showcases this week - one today at Kristy's School of Dance in Aptos, and one on Wednesday at Tierra Pacifica Charter School. Showtime is at 3:30 and the performance lasts about 40 minutes.

 

 

Hilarious Halloween is a multi-generational review that features humor of the macabre - Addams Family, etc. You'll be sure to laugh your head off! Bwahahaha!

 


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Wildflower and Nature Hike
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Oct 13-Dec 8) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley


Fridays, October 13 ~ November 10 ~ December 8

10 am

 

Join docent botanist Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of Waddell Valley's plants within Rancho
del Oso's seven diverse habitats. Observe the monthly change of the ecosystems. Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux! This walk takes a leisurely pace and is great for learning the native habitats. Bring lunch, questions and curiosity! Hike will begin at the yellow gate across from the Waddell Beach parking lot.


Rancho del Oso, Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport. 427-2288


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Archeology Demonstration
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State Park Mission
Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities
Date: 10/21/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Archeology Demonstration
Saturday, October 21 from 1pm to 2pm
How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told by the artifacts. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Archeological Society. Event is free; rain cancels.

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Wildflowers and Other Plants Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Yes! Wildflowers are still here!
Date: 10/21/2017 at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles Admission Fees: free

Hidden Gems of Big Basin: Wildflowers and Other Plants Hike
Saturday, October 21 at 10 am
There are many less-famous yet still beautiful plants in the redwood forest. Join Docents Kathy Willott and Glenn Joy on this 4-mile, 3-4-hour hike and meet some hidden gems of Big Basin! Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: Rancho del Oso Gate, Wadell Creek Map
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Snakes Alive!
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State Park Big Basin
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like?
Date: 10/21/2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All

Snakes Alive!
Saturday, September 23 from 12-3 pm
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Old Lodge, across the street from the Nature Lodge/Museum, meet Docent Diane Shaw and hear stories 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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SPIN Fun Fundraiser
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SPIN
Date: 10/21/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


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Location: Alladin Nursery, 2905 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville Map
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Make-A-Vase Workshop
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Annieglass
You make it, they glaze it, a beautiful vase...
Date: 10/21/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: $60

Make-A-Vase Workshop

popouts1742-Make-A-VaseYou make it, they glaze it. Join Good Life ceramics in making your very own slab vase while sipping a glass of wine. Sculpt your vase, attach the bottom by slip-and-scoring, chose your glaze, then pick up the finished piece a few weeks later.

 

This is the ideal workshop for creating a one-of-a-kind holiday gift with all of the tools and materials provided.

 

Quinta Cruz winemakers will be pouring wine, and snacks will be included.


INFO: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Annieglass, 310 Harvest Drive, Watsonville. annieglass.com. $60.


Location: 310 Harvest Drive, Watsonville Map
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Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
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Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Sep 16-May 19) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
Start to develop a better understanding of how to manage your personal finances. Learn about a different topic on the 3rd Saturday of each month with George Haas and Anthony Rovai, financial advisers at Money Concepts Capital Corporation. Start getting your personal finances in shape. The series starts on September 16th and runs through May.


Note: Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg

 


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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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Pumpkin Plunge
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Pattullo Swim Center
Grab your pumpkin in the pool, haul it out and decorate it!
Date: 10/21/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: $7 per pumpkin

(0 Sept 2017) PumpkinPlunge.jpgTake a Pumpkin Plunge at the Pattullo Swim Center in Seaside. Kiddos can hunt for their perfect pumpkin in the pool and then decorate it! 1148 Wheeler Street, Seaside. Free event, $7 per pumpkin.

 


Location: 1148 Wheeler Street, Seaside Map
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The Missing Arm
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State Park Big Basin
Experience the haunted tale of Big Basin's last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear!
Date: 10/21/2017 at 6:30pm


SPECIAL EVENT: "THE MISSING ARM"
Saturday, October 21 at 6:30 pm
Experience a haunted tale of Big Basin's last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear! Celebrate the forest in autumn with this spooky and slightly silly half-mile theatrical guided walk through the redwoods at night. Ranger apples cooked around the campfire round out this festive family event. The trail is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Registration begins at 6:30 pm. Parking is $10.00 per vehicle. Bring a flashlight. Register at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Annual Santa Cruz Band Review
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Beach Boardwalk
Great fun watching teen bands march and play!
Date: 10/21/2017 from 9:00am to 2:00pm


(0 Sept 2017) BeachBoardwalk_BandReview7.jpgEnjoy the colorful parade as junior high and high school bands hit the streets for the ONLY marching band competition with warm sand, cool surf and hot rides!

55 school marching bands from all over Northern California will be judged in categories such as music, showmanship and marching.

 

Come early and cheer for your hometown favorites, all Boardwalk rides are open from 11am to 7pm!

 

Note: There will be some restricted street parking and minor detours near the Boardwalk during the Band Review, but all Boardwalk parking lots will be open.

 

Parade Route

The entire parade route is now in the area adjacent to the Boardwalk with easy bus drop-off and more time for students to enjoy the Boardwalk.

2015 Parade Route Map

 

More Downloads

Parking Guidelines

 

 

 


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Heritage Harvest Festival & Rare Apple Tasting
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Celebrate! The harvest is in. See tractor, draft horse and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and ...R
Date: 10/21/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: $10 parking

Heritage Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 21, 11 am to 4 pm

Celebrate! The harvest is in! See tractor, draft horse, and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and participate in harvest-time activities.  The even

 

Rare Apple Tasting hosted by the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21

Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

$5 for individuals with discounts for families and couples

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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BikeAbout
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San Francisco Zoo
It's sure to be a "wheely" fun time!
Date: 10/21/2017
Admission Fees: free - $23
Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

(0 Oct 2017) SFZoo_BikeAbout.jpgJoin us on October 21st for the last Family BikeAbout of the year; it's sure to be a "wheely" fun time! You'll have the exclusive opportunity to pedal through the Zoo with a knowledgeable guide before we open for the day. You may find a tiger yawning and stretching, a bear bathing or monkeys bounding through the branches for their morning exercise.

 

Pre-registration required, bikes not provided by the SF Zoo. Learn more here: (photo: Marianne Hale)

 

Fees
SFZS Members: $18 per peddler
Non-Members: $23 per peddler

Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free.

* Pre-registration required.

Buy Tickets Online

Cancellation Policy: No refunds on cancellations received less than 7 days before the event.

 


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Oct 8-Dec 9) at 8:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
Saturdays, October 14, November 11, December 9 at 8 am

 

Join Interpretive Specialist Jeremy Lin, for an approximate two mile hike to observe, listen, and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp fall morning in Waddell Valley. We will meet at the deck in front of the Nature Center.

 

Rancho del Oso - Coastal Section of Big Basin Redwoods State Park

The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is open to the general public.

The Center is located 2 miles south of Año Nuevo (or 16 miles north of Santa Cruz) just off Highway 1. Turn at the first road south of the Waddell Creek bridge and follow the signs. Extreme weather may cancel events; please call ahead. For more information or to register for events, call 831 427-2288 or email jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov. Go Green!

 

If you would like to go paperless, please send your full name and email to judybugg46@yahoo.com.
Rancho del Oso News is published quarterly by the Waddell Creek Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Fall Harvest Festival
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Live Earth Farm
Join us for the Farm Discovery's annual Harvest Festival
Date: 10/21/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $15-$20 sliding scale per car in advance or $20 “at the door”, supports our education programs. *Free passes available for under

Farm Discovery Harvest Festival @ Live Earth Farm

 

Featuring:

  • Face Painting
  • Apple Cider Pressing
  • Pumpkin Decorating Activities
  • Sausages and Beer from Nubo Brewery
  • Live Music from the Down Beets
  • Tractor Rides (weather permitting)
  • Ice Cream from the Penny
  • Delectable drinks from Hidden Fortress Coffee
  • And more!

All proceeds will support Farm Discovery's farm-based nutrition and food systems education programs; nurturing diversity, personal, environmental, economic, and community health.


Location: 172 Litchfield Lane, Watsonville Map
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Spooky Halloween High Tea Time
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Buttercup Cakes
Date: Every Su (Oct 22-Oct 29) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: $24/guest

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_SpookyHighTeaButtercup.jpgEnjoy afternoon tea Halloween-style. Dress code: costumes.

 

Tea sandwiches? Nah.

 

Feast on Witch's Brew and Melted Jack'O'Lantern soup paired with Bruised Blue and Purple Tea.

 


Location: 1411 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 466-0373 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Free Day!
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Exploratorium, Pier 15
Experience the Exploratorium at Pier 15. Join us for free day
Date: 10/22/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

The Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception-a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.

 

Call museum to verify free day: (415) 528-4444

 

Annual Free Days
General Admission is free to everyone five days a year. Here are our upcoming Free Days:

 

  • Mother's Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017)
  • Free Community Night (after 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 23, 2017)
  • Free Community Day (Saturday, September 23, 2017)
  • Free Community Day (Sunday, October 22, 2017)

On free days, museum entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St), San Francisco Map
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Floating Pumpkin Patch
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Catch a pumpkin, games, prizes, and a waterslide!
Date: 10/22/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $8.00 adults/$6.00 children & seniors. Swim for a pumpkin – $4.00/pumpkin

(A A Sep 16) floating-pumpkins-2.jpgWe're putting a fun spin on the tradition of pumpkin picking by creating a patch in the pool just for you!

 

In addition to pumpkins, we've got plenty of other fun activities planned for the day, including games, prizes, music, popcorn, and pumpkin decorating, and the waterslide will be open!

 

Costumes are encouraged. Bring your suit and towel, your friends and family, and make a day of it! This is a drop-in, rain or shine event; pre-registration is not required.

 

Please note: The floating pumpkin patch opens at 1:30. Don't miss this fun fall family event at the Swim Center!


Location: Simpkin Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 454-7946 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Triple P Workshop: Building Children's Self Esteem
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
parenting class
Date: 10/23/2017 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop at Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us to learn: Why it is important for children to develop healthy self-esteem; How to encourage healthy self-esteem in your child; Tools to help your child cope with feelings and solve problems.

This Triple P Workshop is free and open to the public. Please note: child care is not available at this location.
Location: Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz (in furniture section)
To register: Call First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or contact Rosemarie Sanchez, Baby Registry Supervisor at Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us (831) 479-8208;4296 or 5843.Registry@toysrus.com


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Lecture: Coho Salmon
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Ken Norris Memorial Lecture: Coho Salmon Saving a Species Living on the Edge
Date: 10/24/2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Recommended for 12+ Admission Fees: Free

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Coho Salmon
Saving a Species Living on the Edge

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:30-8:00 PM


Join us for a lively and informative panel discussion about coho salmon, an iconic local species on the precarious edge of survival.

Central California coast coho salmon are a federally listed endangered species--and Santa Cruz County is at the southern end of their range. As dramatic fluctuations occur from wetter winters to prolonged droughts, what will changing conditions in our local streams mean? Come learn about this local salmon species struggling for survival on the edge of its range.

The 2017 Ken Norris Memorial Lecture will be moderated by Kate Roberts, President of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, and will host a panel of fisheries experts:

  • Joe Kiernan, NOAA Fisheries Research Ecologist
  • Kristen Kittleson, Santa Cruz County Fishery Resource Planner
  • Mark Galloway, Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project Hatchery Manager

Hosted by Pete Raimondi, Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

The Ken Norris Memorial Lecture is free. Recommended for ages 12 and older.
Seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

No late seating (no entry after 6:30 PM)
Doors open to the lecture hall at 6:00 PM
Seymour Center opens to the public, with lecture passes available at 5:30 PM

Sponsored by Naomi Kirschenbaum


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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 at 7:00pm
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
Phone: (831)722-2800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Triple P Workshop: Riding the Roller Coaster of Teenage Emotions
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Come to this Triple P-Positive Parenting Program workshop to gain tools for handling your teenager's emotions in a calm and lovi
Date: 10/25/2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Does your teen's moodiness, unpredictable emotions or outbursts make you feel like you're riding a wild roller coaster? You're not alone. Come to this Triple P-Positive Parenting Program workshop to gain tools for handling your teenager's emotions in a calm and loving way. These positive parenting strategies will help your teen learn healthy ways to manage their emotions.

This Triple P Workshop is offered through the Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) and is open to the public. Cost is $30 per person. Please note: child care is not available at this location.

Presented in English by: Dr. Lourdes Barraza, Clinical Psychologist
Location: Dominican Rehab Solarium, 610 Frederick St, Santa Cruz
Register through Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) at least two days prior to the workshop by phone (831) 457-7099 or register online at www.dignityhealth.org/dominican/pep. Dominican PEP is unable to accommodate walk-ins.


Location: 610 Frederick St, Santa Cruz Map
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Taller de Triple P: Ayudar a los adolescentes a lidiar con la an
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
parenting class
Date: 10/25/2017


Los talleres de Triple P ofrecen consejos prácticos y estrategias para manejar las preguntas y desafíos de crianza específicas. Los padres pueden asistir a tantos talleres sobre cualquier tema que se interese. Asista a este taller GRATIS de crianza para aprender: Causas comunes y señales de ansiedad en los adolescentes; Qué hacer si su adolescente es ansioso; Consejos para ayudar a los adolescentes a desarrollar habilidades saludables para sobrellevar la ansiedad.

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

Presentado en español por: Gladys Gómez - Puentes de Comunidad, La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La Montaña Recursos Comunitarios, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Gladys Gómez al (831) 724-2997 x220 o gladysg@cbridges.org
o vea el calendario en www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


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Art & Play in Pre & K!
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Mount Madonna School
Preschool and Kindergarten Fun Activities
Date: 10/25/2017 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: Toddlers, preschool & kinders Admission Fees: Free

Parents of toddler, preschool and kindergarten age children are invited to come for a morning of activities
and fun experiences with your child(ren) at the Mount Madonna School Preschool and Kindergarten.


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group, Adults
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SPIN, Special Parents Information
We provide information, resources, and support about ADHD in a safe environment where everyone can feel understood.
Date: The 4th Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group (C.H.A.D.D.)
The Parents of Children with ADHD Support Group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Adults with ADHD meet every 4th Wednesday) from 6:30-8pm.

 

We provide information, resources, and support about ADHD in a safe environment where everyone can feel understood. For more information contact Judy Brenis, jbbrenis@comcast.net , call 831-818-9619 or visit our website: http://www.chadd.net/436.


Location: Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Seminario de Triple P: Criando Adolescentes Competentes
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
parenting class
Date: 10/26/2017 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Los seminarios de Triple P ofrecen consejos para padres generales que se pueden utilizar en una amplia gama de situaciones. Este seminario es el segundo de una serie de tres para familias con adolescentes 13 - 16 años. Puede asistir a uno, dos o los tres de los seminarios de la serie.

Criando adolescentes competentes ofrece estrategias crianza para ayudar a los adolescentes a: Desarrollar auto-disciplina; Resolver los problemas; Establecer rutinas; Ser involucrarse en actividades escolares; Seguir las reglas escolares; y Tener amigos que los apoyan.
Este seminario es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por: Sandra Rodelo, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: Primero 5 del condado de santa cruz, 4450 Capitola Road, Suite 106, Capitola
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Sandra Rodelo al (831) 724-2997 x211 o sandrar@cbridges.org
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Triple P Seminar: Raising Confident, Competent Children
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
parenting class
Date: 10/26/2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Triple P seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in a wide range of situations. This seminar is the second in a series of three for families with children birth - 12 years old. You can attend one, two or all three of the seminars in the series.

Attend Raising Confident, Competent Children to get tips for helping your children: Learn how to treat others with respect; Develop good communication and social skills; Develop healthy self-esteem.

This Triple P Seminar is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults.

Presented in English by: Heather N. Thomsen, PhD

To register: Contact Dr. Heather Thomsen at (831) 336-9859 or drheatherthomsen@gmail.com or register online at www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: 400 W. Lomond St, Ben Lomond Map
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Day of the Dead Family Crafts 6th Annual
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Library Watsonville
Day of the Dead Family Crafts
Date: 10/26/2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: free

Community members and families come together to create art, follow traditions, or create new traditions. We decorate sugar skulls, color, make paper flowers and small altar boxes. Thursday night October 26 at the Main Library 4th floor Community Room 6-8 pm. Saturday October 28 at the Freedom Branch 1-3 pm


Location: Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Scotts Valley Haunted House
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Scotts Valley High School
Quite scary haunted house put on by students for ages 10+
Date: Every day (Oct 26-Oct 28) from 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 10 and up Admission Fees: Cost: $9 or $32 for group of 4

The annual Scotts Valley High School haunted house is built and run by teens.  Recommended for people ages 10 and up.

 

Proceeds benefit charities.

 

Scream for a good cause! Scotts Valley High School will raise the hair on the back of your neck while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year's theme: Area 51. Not recommended for children under 10.

 

 

 

 


Location: 555 Glenwood Dr, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831.439-9555 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Food Truck Friday at Skypark
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Family night with food and movie, Hocus Pocus
Date: 10/27/2017 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm


Food Truck Friday at Skypark

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When: 10/27 Dinner 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm; Movie 6:30 pm 
Where: Skypark


Cost: Free entry; Canned good donations accepted


Kick off Halloween weekend with a fun family night at Skypark. Enjoy food truck fare, a beer and wine garden, live music, and a Halloween movie staple, Hocus Pocus. Costumes encouraged and bring some canned goods to donate to Valley Churches United.

 


Location: Skye Park, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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TEACHING PARENTING THE POSITIVE DISCIPLINE WAY
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Positive Discipline Resources
This 2-day Positive Discipline Training and Certification is designed for: Parents, Family Service Providers, Social Workers, Me
Date: Every day (Oct 27-Oct 28) from 8:30am to 4:30pm


TEACHING PARENTING THE POSITIVE DISCIPLINE WAY

 

Friday AND Saturday, October 27 AND 28, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education

319 La Fonda Avenue, Classroom 5, Santa Cruz, CA  95062

 

This 2-day Positive Discipline Training and Certification is designed for:

Parents, Family Service Providers, Social Workers, Medical Professionals, & Therapists

13 Hours of CE (Continuing Education) Offered for Professional Development

Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (developed by Lynn Lott and Jane Nelsen) is a research-based parent education program that provides a step-by-step approach to starting and leading experientially based parenting groups. This program stands alone or offers significant enhancement to any program. It provides experiential activities that reach the heart to inspire deeper understanding and change. Research has demonstrated the importance of social and emotional learning, even above academics.


Participants in this workshop will:
1.  Learn research based effective tools and techniques for teaching parents how to use discipline that is kind and firm at the same time (non-punitive, non-permissive).
2.  Learn how to facilitate a parent class from the position of a non-expert.
3.  Gain practice with experiential exercises that help parents go beyond intellectual understanding to be able to respond in empowering ways that teach children.
4.  Learn how to use materials and activities in group settings, parenting classes and individual work with families.

 

Facilitated by: Jane Weed-Pomerantz, Positive Discipline Association Certified Lead Trainer

 

Registration is $375 (includes materials, certification fee, and 13 hours of CE). Scholarships available.

Register at www.pdcrcc.org/classes-workshops/workshops/

Call PDCR at 831-476-7284 x107 or Jane at 831-239-5543 for more information.


Location: Classroom 5, 319 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Movie & Dinner in the Park
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Valley Churches United Missions Holiday Projects
Canned goods get you "Food truck fare, a beer and wine garden, and a holiday themed movie for the kids, “Transylvania 2.”
Date: 10/27/2017 from 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 Oct 2017) HocusPocus.jpgWhen: 10/27 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm


Cost: Free


Kick off Halloween weekend with a fun family night! Enjoy food truck fare, a beer and wine garden, and a holiday themed movie for the kids, “Transylvania 2.”

 

Costumes encouraged and bring some canned goods to donate to Valley Churches United.

 

 

 


Location: Scotts Valley Community Center, 253 Mt. Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Training to become a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator!
Date: Every day (Oct 27-Nov 3) from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $375.00
Special Instructions: Scholarships Available -- call for details

2-day Training and Certification with 13 CE's offered! Materials and certification fee are included in the price.

Participants will:

♥ Learn evidence-based, effective tools and approaches for teaching parents how to use discipline that is kind and firm at the same time (non-punitive, non-permissive).

♥ Learn how to facilitate parenting classes from the position of a non-expert with reference materials and additional resources.

♥ Gain practice with experiential exercises that help parents go beyond intellectual understanding to be able to respond in empowering ways with their children.

♥ Have materials for group settings, parenting classes, and homes visits with families.


Location: Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adu, 319 La Fonda Avenue Room 5, Santa Cruz Map
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Trunk or Treat
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Santa Cruz County Sheriffs
Join us for an enjoyable, safe trick-or-treating kickoff to Halloween at the Sheriff's Office!!
Date: 10/27/2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm


 On October 27th from 4 to 6 pm, the parking lot at our Sheriff's Office Headquarters will come alive with vehicles decorated for Halloween! Bring your little ones in costume and join us for an enjoyable, safe trick-or-treating kickoff to Halloween at the Sheriff's Office!!

Sheriff's Office 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat


Location: 5200 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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88 Keys Spooky Music Concert
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Cabrillo Music Festival
Delightful family spooky music concert!
Date: 10/27/2017 at 12:40pm
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: Free event but tickets are required

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No tricks, just treats in the form of a spooky, family-friendly Halloween concert put on by the music students at Cabrillo College. Costumes welcome!

 


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Maze of Horror
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City of Watsonville
See if you are brave enough to face the horrors on your own..."
Date: Every day (Oct 27-Oct 31) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: 10-22
Special Instructions: October 27, 30 and 31 -- 6-8pm

HALLOWEEN MAZE OF HORROR

October 27, 30 and 31 -- 6-8pm

"Dare to enter a maze full of suspense and darkness that will have you trembling with fear and excitement at every turn. This maze will be so spooky and creepy that you might need to hold on to your friends the entire way through. Or, you can try and see if you are brave enough to face the horrors on your own..."

 


Location: Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodrigue, 30 Maple Ave, Watsonville Map
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Marine Masquerade
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us for Halloween fun!
Date: 10/27/2017 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: $8 Adults, $6 Kids, Children 2 and under FREE
Special Instructions: Members Free

Marine Masquerade


Joins us for a magical mystery marine masquerade adventure.

Kids - dress up if you wish, be a seal or a fish - and bring your parents for a night of scavenger hunts, creature crafts, flashlight tours to a whale of a skeleton, a shipwreck story, costume parade, music, and more.

 

Public: $8 adults, $6 kids, Children 2 and under FREE
Members: FREE

 


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314593799 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Lego: Not-So-Simple Machines
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 4th Fri of every month at 11:00am
Ages: 9-18

Lego: Not-So-Simple Machines

No Session 11/24

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

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

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

 


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Fright Night with The Wild Side
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Twin Lakes Church
Come join the fun and dress up!
Date: 10/27/2017


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Witches Ball
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Boulder CreekRec
Dance till you drop!
Date: 10/28/2017 from 9:00pm to 1:00am
Ages: 15 years and older $15

When: 10/28 from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am
Where: Boulder Creek 
Cost: $15


Dance the night away to the Naked Bootleggers and DJ Tara. There will be a photo booth, munchies and witches brew, costume and witches hat contests with a cash prize, plus you can't beat free broom parking around back.

 

Come celebrate Halloween and honor the witches of the woods. Live music by Naked Bootleggers. Dance till you drop, enjoy some witches "brews" or "Divine from the Vine" love potion, and enjoy the evening with your neighbors. So much spooky fun. Upstairs at the Oddfellows Hall at 152 Forest Street in downtown Boulder Creek. Tickets available in advance at Air and Fire in Boulder Creek and Mountain Spirit in Felton.

 

Live Music

Witches Brew

Costume Contest $100 cash prize

Best Hat Contest

Photo Booth

 

Tickets 15 years and older $15

Available at
Air & Fire ~ Boulder Creek
Loch Dogs ~ Boulder Creek
Mountain Spirit ~ Felton

Or purchase online


Location: Odd Fellows Hall, 152 Forest Street, Boulder Creek Map
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Day of the Dead Family Crafts 6th Annual
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Library Freedom
Day of the Dead Family Crafts
Date: 10/28/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: free

Community members and families come together to create art, follow traditions, or create new traditions. We decorate sugar skulls, color, make paper flowers and small altar boxes. Thursday night October 26 at the Main Library 4th floor Community Room 6-8 pm. Saturday October 28 at the Freedom Branch 1-3 pm


Location: Freedom Branch Library, 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
Phone: (831) 768-3420 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch
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Live Oak Grange
Beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local artist Cris Johnson
Date: Every day (Oct 28-Oct 29)


(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_glass-pumpkin-5.jpgSanta Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch And now for something totally different...head to the Live Oak Grange on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 & 29, for beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local artist Cris Johnson.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Museum of the Macabre
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Imbibe cauldron-concocted cocktails, feast on freakish foods, and explore the world of bones, skeletons, and ancient fossils
Date: 10/28/2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: 21 + (IDs required at the door) Admission Fees: $15 General | $10 Museum Members
Special Instructions: Come in costume

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Location: Museum of Natural History
$15 General  | $10 Museum Members | Buy Tickets
21 + (IDs required at the door) No Host Bar

An Evening of Bones, Beasts & Brews
Come in costume and explore the mysteries of the Museum after dark. Imbibe cauldron-concocted cocktails, feast on freakish foods, and explore the world of bones, skeletons, and ancient fossils at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.

 


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Garden Plant Exchange
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Live Oak Grange
Bring anything from your garden to trade with like minded gardeners
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

The Grange Garden Exchange

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Thrill the World Santa Cruz 2017
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Louden Nelson Center
Thriller Dancing!
Date: 10/28/2017 at 3:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_ThrillerDance.jpgThrill the World Santa Cruz 2017

 

Every year, on the Saturday before Halloween, night creatures call and the dead start to walk in their masquerade. So basically, a zombie flash mob Thriller dance. There are plenty of opportunities to learn the dance all month and participate in a world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance at various venues throughout the county. Family and zombie-friendly!

 

*** Zombie dancers, PLEASE ARRIVE AT 2PM TO REGISTER (free) so you can be counted in the world record numbers!!!! Must be in costume.

3pm (sharp) - Performance at Louden Nelson Center

This is your chance to participate in the world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance, which happens every year on the Saturday before Halloween!!! Zombie flash mobs gather in cities across the globe to "Thrill The World" in celebration of community, fun, friends, and to support local charities (please donate to Youth N.O.W. at http://youthnowcenter.org/give). Learn the dance and join the mob!!


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Carmel Parade
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Carmel-by-the-Sea
Costumed residents, dancers, musicians, vintage cars and premier floats
Date: 10/28/2017 at 10:30am


Did you know the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea was incorporated on Halloween? This year they spend their 101th birthday in style with a Halloween Parade down Ocean Avenue at 11am. Following the parade, the Sunset Center will host an after-party with a hot dog lunch and birthday cake. Ocean Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event.

 


Location: Ocean Ave, Carmel Map
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Batik Haunted Houses
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New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU)
Create a spooky haunted house with watercolor, paper, and wax crayons; the vivid painted backgrounds will make your house look
Date: Every day (Oct 28-Oct 29) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $6 materials
Special Instructions: Free with admission

MakerSpace Open Studio  |  Batik Haunted Houses

Saturday + Sunday October 28-29|  12pm - 4pm  |  $6 Materials Fee*


Create a spooky haunted house with watercolor, paper, and wax crayons; the vivid painted backgrounds will make your house look even scarier!

 

Every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create. Ages 4+, no new entry after 3:30pm. All children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 


Location: 106 E. MAin St., Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 354-2646 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Halloween Downtown Santa Cruz
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Halloween fun for children downtown
Date: 10/28/2017 from 2:30am to 5:30am
Ages: All

Downtown Santa Cruz Trick-or-Treat

Bring the kids, the neighbors, and even the dog for this annual free family friendly event in Downtown Santa Cruz.

 

Pacific Avenue will be closed to traffic, and the downtown merchants will be handing out treats to costumed kids.

 

Whether you're spooky or sparkly, creepy and crawly, or cute and cuddly, wear your most creative costume and bring your camera to this fun, safe and free annual community celebration.


Location: Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.429.8433 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Fall Festival
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City of Watsonville
Games, raffle, face painting, selfies with cGruff, food, costume contest 7 more
Date: 10/28/2017 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm


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Location: Callagan Park, 225 Sudden St, Watsonville Map
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Annual Gault Elementary Halloween-Da de los Muertos Parade
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Gault Elementary School
Celebrate Fall at the Annual Gault Elementary Halloween - Da de los Muertos Parade & Carnival
Date: 10/28/2017 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

Gault Elementary School invites all of Santa Cruz to put on costumes and join us for our annual fall celebration. Festivities begin with a Costume Parade down Soquel Avenue and culminate with a fun-filled Carnival on the school grounds of Gault Elementary. Carnival will feature games, food, prizes, music, and trophies for the best home-made costumes! Come join us for good old-fashioned spooky fun!

9:00 a.m. Costume Parade Participants (all are invited to march in parade!) assemble at the corner of N. Branciforte & Soquel in front of The Buttery

9:30 a.m. Costume Parade begins at the corner of N. Branciforte & Soquel, turns right on Seabright, and ends at Gault Elementary School

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Carnival: Games, face painting, cakewalk, sugar skull decorating, & more!


Location: Gault Elementary School, 1320 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-3856 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Building Methods at the Mission
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State Park Mission
Get your hands dirty and make your own mini adobe brick
Date: 10/28/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Building Methods
Saturday, October 28 from 1pm to 2pm
Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their homes and then at the materials used by the Spanish to build Mission Santa Cruz. You will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make your own mini abode brick. Event is free; rain cancels.

 

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Children with Special Needs
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Learn effective strategies for children with Special Needs
Date: 10/28/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00

Learn effective strategies for encouraging children with developmental disabilities, psychiatric illnesses, pronounced emotional issues, physical and temperamental hypersensitivities, and other special needs.

 

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


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Boo at the Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo
Make plans to join us for a "not-too-spooky" Halloween family festival where you can trick-or-treat around the Zoo and see the
Date: Every day (Oct 28-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free (inder3) to $15

Boo at the Zoo 2017

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Dress up in costume for one of San Francisco Zoo & Garden's most popular family Halloween events, "Boo at the Zoo", on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 & 29

 

Trick-or-treat at multiple stations throughout the Zoo and watch animals gobble up gourds and enjoy Halloween-themed enrichment treats during the Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp.  Brave the Haunted Nature Trail, decorated especially for the occasion with not-so-scary ghosts, goblins and more!  Have a creepy, crawly critter adventure at the Insect Zoo, teaming with more than a thousand multi-legged bugs.

 

The last weekend of October is also the final opportunity to catch "ZOOtoberFest" with entertainment for all ages.  Located near the Lion Fountain, "Harvest Hallow" houses San Francisco's largest Hay Maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure built with 600 bales of straw!  There's ample seating, pumpkins, and festive fall décor for a family photo op! 

 

The "Zoo Brew Haus" at The Depot Grill is pouring a great selection of specialty beers in a keepsake mug.  Choose from a full menu of German-inspired dishes, like beer-braised bratwurst with Guinness mustard and Sauerkraut!  During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. You might even want to get up and dance!  Grab a seat and stay for three musical performances from 12:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

All activities are free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens.


*Masks are not permitted

 


Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Dance Party and Celebration
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Tannery Arts Center
4 hours of supernatural dance performances, monstrous dance mash-ups, hair raising aerial artists and unearthly spinner, DJ Dadd
Date: 10/28/2017 from 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Ages: All ages

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_Dance.jpgSet off your Halloween once again with an otherworldly bash..." Night of the Living Dance, Part VI

Halloween starts at the Tannery with 4 hours of supernatural dance performances, monstrous dance mash-ups, hair raising aerial artists and unearthly spinner, DJ Daddy SPLEECE.

Dress to impress for our costume catwalk and contest, get life with a VOGUE and SOUKOUS( African Rumba)class to walk the catwalk with flare.

Devi Pride Photography will be there with her annual photo booth!

$15 gets you in the door to the portal to the underworld
Tickets on sale now at: tanneryworlddance.com
Kids under 16 yrs FREE


Location: 1050 River St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 621-6226 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
All Saints Day Children's Celebration
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St. Joseph's Church
Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Saint, angel or bible hero!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


All Saints Day Children's Celebration

AN ANNUAL FAMILY EVENT AT ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH IN CAPITOLA

Join us for our

FREE FAMILY EVENT AT ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH IN CAPITOLA

19TH ANNUAL ALL SAINTS DAY CHILDREN'S CELEBRATION!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

 

"It is truly a spectacular family faith extravaganza!"

"The best Catholic kids event all year!"


Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Saint, angel or bible hero!

11am Mass & Saint Procession (All children are invited to be in the opening procession!)

12:30 - 4pm.  Lunch is provided & Celebration in the hall

For our Costume Ideas see the link on the right. Check out our gallery too!


Last year's highlights:

  • Search for Treasure with St. Anthony
  • Decorate Crowns in St. Elizabeth's Castle
  • Visit St. Kateri in her Tipi
  • Go Fishing in St. Peter's Boat
  • Carve Saintly Symbols in St. Isidore's Pumpkin Patch
  • Be a Missionary with St. Therese
  • Stop over at St. Eude's Candy Barrel
  • And much more...

More info: lisamarieflynn@hotmail.com.

Donations welcomed.

Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Meet other families , have fun, discover many amazing things about the holy heroes of our faith and how to live more like them! We can be Saints too!


Location: 435 Monterey Ave, Aptos Map
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Capitola Village Halloween Parade
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Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce
A haunting we will go!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Line-up begins at 1:30pm in the Beach & Village Parking Lot above Capitola City Hall. Parade begins at 2pm.

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_capitola-village2017.jpgGhosts, goblins, boys and ghouls...join us for the annual Capitola Village Halloween Parade! Line up begins at 1:30pm in the Beach & Village Parking Lot above Capitola City Hall.

 

Parade begins promptly at 2pm.

 

Trick-or-treat bags, balloons and refreshments at Esplanade Park. Trick-or-treating at Capitola Village shops following parade.


 Line up in the Beach & Village Parking Lot above Capitola City Hall at 1:30pm. Parade begins at 2pm. Parade will head down Capitola Avenue ending at Esplanade Park. Trick or Treat bags and refreshments at Esplanade Park. View a Map


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Woofpack's Halloween Costume Parade
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Wolfpack
Join the dogs in costume parade with or without your dog!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm


(A A Oct 2016) Wolfpack.jpgOn Sunday, October 29th from 5-7PM, we'll be hosting Barktoberfest at Sante Adairius! All proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Last year we raised $2665.00. THis year we hope to hit $3000!!

Bring your canine best friend to Sante Adairius where you can enjoy the best beer in the county (4 POURS come with admission), and you can both enjoy LIGHT SNACKS and a COSTUME CONTEST.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED! Hurry and get yours today!

BRING YOUR BIKE and we'll give you an EXTRA DRINK on the house!

People without dogs are welcome too. One of the brewery dogs will happily adopt you
for the evening!

***ALL WELL BEHAVED OWNERS AND DOGS WELCOME***

RULES:
*6 foot leashes maximum
*Please ask owners first if dogs can meet
*No nose to nose interactions
*Please give ample space to those whose dogs are in training including our large packs and service animals
*Pick up after your dog, there are trash bins throughout the trail
*Make certain to step aside for those not part of our group to pass

 


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Birding for Beginners
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State Park Henry Cowell
A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: 10/29/2017 from 8:00am to 10:00am


Birding for Beginners
Sunday, October 29 at 8am
Meet at the Campground (entrance located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley)
Join us for a 2-mile stroll to discover the wildlife of the Santa Cruz Sandhills. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes. Please no pets. Heavy rain cancels.

 

 


Location: Campground, Graham Hill, Felton Map
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Halloween Party!
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Kennolyn Camp
Come celebrate Halloween at Kennolyn Camps!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm


Come celebrate Halloween at Kennolyn Camps!
Sunday, October 29 2-5pm

Trick or Treating at 4:30pm

Come and decorate cookies & pumpkins, get a free family photo and of course enjoy Trick or Treating!

Come in costume, free trick or treat bags for all!

Questions? Call 831-479-6714 or email camps@kennolyn.com

 

Join us for a wonderful family event.


Location: Hilltop Hacienda, 8205 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel Map
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International Games Week
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Library Scotts Valley
Special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family
Date: Every day (Oct 30-Nov 4)


International Games Week Brings Community Together to Read, Learn and Play!

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will join over a thousand libraries around the world during International Games Week as they transform their libraries with play October 29th through November 4th.

Like many other libraries across the country and around the world, SCPL will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.

Magic the Gathering Train and Play,
Epic Adventure Games hosts this all ages training camp for the popular game. Monday, October 30th 3:00-5:00pm

Mario Kart Tournament, A bracketed tournament for all ages.  Tuesday, October 31st 3:00-5:00pm

Tabletop Night,  An adults only evening program featuring wacky games like Exploding Kittens.
Wednesday, November 1st 6:30-8:30pm

(0 Oct 2017) GamesWeek_IGA.jpgThrowback Thursday, Classic games such as chess, checkers, Monopoly, and The Game of Life. All ages are welcome. Thursday,November 2nd All day.

Friday Night Trivia, A community event hosted by SCPL, Friends of the Scotts Valley Library, Epic Adventure Games, and Steel Bonnet Brewing Company. All ages are welcome. Friday, November 3rd 6:30-8:00pm

Board in the Library Game-A-Thon, Lancelot's Merry Band of Gamers all-day gaming marathon. Adults only please. Saturday,November 4th 10:00am-5:00pm

 

International Games Week is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, Nordic Game Day and L'Associazione Italiana Biblioteche.

 

For more information on International Games Week please visit the Games in Libraries blog http://games.ala.org/ For more information on the events at the Scotts Valley Library, please contact Jennifer Hooker at 831-427-7712.


Location: 251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Hands on History: Halloween!
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MAH
Date: 10/31/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

We’ll be handing out candy and sharing local history. Who was Dr. Cureton? Also get in the Halloween mood with spooky piano tunes with musical performance by Kylan DeGhetaldi.


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Halloween Carnival
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Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz
The night includes family-friendly games and activities, tons of costumes and food. And it's all FREE.
Date: 10/31/2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_BoysandGirlsClub.jpgOur Halloween Carnival is open all families and children in Santa Cruz County looking for a safe space to celebrate Halloween!

The night includes family-friendly games and activities, tons of costumes and food. And it's all FREE.

If you have any old children's costumes that need a new home please bring them to our Downtown or Live Oak Clubhouses.


Location: 543 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-3138 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Boulder Creek Halloween Events
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Boulder Creek Parks & Rec
Party and Haunted House
Date: 10/31/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: Free

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Many ghost hunters and researchers have found that sunset is one of the best times to communicate with the dead; they are known to have more energy then. Downtown Boulder Creek will be filled with all sorts of ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes this Halloween, Tuesday, October 31st from 5-7 PM. Come join the fun!

Every year the BCBA encourages businesses to stay open late to pass out treats to kids who will be trick or treating all through the downtown. To help our commuters, we ask that you stop handing out treats at 7 PM so that traffic can return to normal.

Volunteers are needed to help keep kids safe in the crosswalks. Please contact the Boulder Creek Business Association to lend a hand: cncurrier@sbcglobal.netJoin the fun at Boulder Creek's annual downtown Trick-or-Treat!


Downtown Trick or Treating 5-7pm, Open House Party and Haunted House, BC Recreation 6-8pm


HALLOWEEN PARTY NIGHT October 31st

Trick or Treat in downtown 5-7pm

Party at the Recreation Center 6-8pm

Thriller performance 7:30pm

Jump House, Haunted House - put on by Troop 623 Boy Scouts, Crafts, Games, Music

 

 

 


Location: 13333 Middleton Ave., Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-2727 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Pumpkin Pandemonium
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Del Monte Shopping Center
Trick or treating, balloon art and a pumpkin patch
Date: 10/31/2017 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm


It's Pumpkin Pandemonium today at the Del Monte Shopping Center.

 

Celebrate Halloween with the whole family with trick or treating, balloon art and a pumpkin patch. 2:30pm-4:30pm.

 

1410 Del Monte Boulevard, Monterey. Free event.

 

 


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Trick or Treating
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Capitola Mall
Trick or Treating!
Date: 10/31/2017 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween-CapitolaMall2017.jpgOn October 31st from 4pm to 7pm Capitola Mall is hosting a FREE trick-or-treating extravaganza!

 

Retailers will be handing out candy, providing a safe and fun place for your children to trick-or-treat!

 

Make sure to check out the signs in the store windows to see which stores are participating!

 


Location: 1855 41st Ave , Capitola Map
Phone: (831) 476-9616 •website Capitola create a direct event link
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