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Take the Dogs Out!
Hang out with adoptable dogs
Every day from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map

(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

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Chicken Fun
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Glaum Egg Ranch
Buy eggs and get a bonus, an animated chicken show
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 6:00am to 8:00pm


(A June) GlaumChickensDancing.jpgGlaum Egg Ranch

Marvin's most talked about invention is the Egg Vending Machine. Customers can come up to the ranch, insert money and receive a flat of eggs. As the years progressed, so did the vending machine - today, when you insert the money you get to enjoy an animated chicken show as well.

 

The costumes on the chicken show are designed, created and changed seasonally by Sherrie. Every season/holiday is a different scene - the customers love to come and see what's new each time.

 

Glaum Egg Ranch Machine Hours

Vendor open "Only" when main bottom gate is open on Monday thru Saturday 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. Closed on Sunday. $4. Bring 4 Crisp One Dollar Bills

 

100% Cage Free & Organic California Family Farm Eggs

 

Ranch Store Hours

Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday, 8:00 am-10:30 am
Closed on Sunday


Location: 3100 Valencia Rd, Aptos 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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

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

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

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

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

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

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Salvador Dali Museum
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Dali17 Museum
The exhibition will be the largest collection of Dali’s art on the West Coast and will feature over 300 originals.
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Call for hours

Dali17 Museum is Open

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Location: Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-372-2608 •website Monterey create a direct event link
The Art of Nature
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Come see the art of California artists who bring science to life through art in our beloved annual Art of Nature exhibit
Date: Every day (Apr 8-Jun 18)
Admission Fees: $12 General | $6 Children | Members 50% off

The Art of Nature

April 8 – June 18th

Member-only Opening Reception | April 7, 6-8pm

Now in its 29th year, the Museum is proud to showcase California artists who bring science to life through art in our beloved annual Art of Nature exhibit. The exhibit highlights the work of several artists whose work illustrates science in a variety of media with a wide range of subjects, including: insects, plants, birds, mammals, landscapes and microorganisms. We invite you to dive into the beautiful world of illustration yourself and test your skills while drawing museum specimens at our Illustration Station.

First Friday Art Tour – Live artist demos
May 5 & June 2 | 5-8 p.m. | Free Admission
Experience scientific illustration first-hand with local artists featured in the exhibit

 

Exhibit Artists: 

Krista Anandakuttan, G. Lee Boerger, Sondra Cohelan, Maria Cecilia Freeman, Megan Gnekow, Jaye Hays, Erin E. Hunter, Martha Iserman, Monica Jurik, Molly Keller, Mattias Lanas, Vance Lawry, Calene Luczo, Glenda Lee Mahoney, Elizabeth Romanini, Stephanie Rozzo, Anne Scott-Chambers, Emily Underwood, Sophie Webb and Ben Witzke.


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
Evergreen Cemetery Weekly Clean Up
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Volunteers make a difference in our community, discover history, and create a vibrant place for learning.
Date: Every Mon from 9:30am to 12:00pm

Special Instructions: Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park

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149th Annual Memorial Day Remembrance

Monday, May 30, 2016 11:00am

Evergreen Cemetery

<near Harvey West Park

Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History along with local military and veterans organizations to commemorate Santa Cruz's 149th Memorial Day.

The Observance is held in the quiet Grand Army of the Republic plot at Evergreen Cemetery. This traditional remembrance features musical and spoken tributes from local community leaders, veterans and military including Chuck Woodson and the Defense Language Institute Active Personnel and ACWA 2nd Wisconson Infantry, Co. "H" and SVR's 89th California Infantry Company C. The National Anthem will be sung.

This year's Keynote Speaker will be Dean Kaufman, Veteran Advocate for the County Veterans Services Office (VSO).  In his position at the VSO, Dean Kaufman has worked with hundreds of local veterans to connect them with the services they need.  He is a veteran himself from the first Gulf War and worked as a technician for many years after leaving the service in 1993.  He as been the Veteran Advocate for the VSO since July of 2010 and will talk about local veteran led initiatives and programs designed to help veterans in SC County and beyond.

Before and after the Remembrance, we will have a Pop Up Museum that honors those who have served our country.  We encourage you to bring an object, memorabilia, or photograph to share with the public that honors your memory of a loved one, family member or friend who has served or is serving our country's armed forces.  We will ask you to write a brief label about the object and the person are honoring.

Pop Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up to participate. It works by choosing a theme and location, and inviting people to bring something on topic to share. This Pop Up Museum invites you to share your story with others to connect, share and collectively honor Memorial Day. 

Thank you to all those who are part of this Remembrance Day: Chuck Woodson, Evergreen Cemetery Volunteers and Docents.

After the hour-long program, enjoy a BBQ luncheon at the Portuguese Hall hosted by Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 10110. Cost: $5/person.

Thank you Portugese Hall for donating your space for the BBQ. If you're interested in renting the Portuguese Hall space please go to their website here.

 


Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1964 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Blast from the Past
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SLV Museum
Learn about the great explosion of 1898!
Date: Every day (Feb 18-Oct 8)
Admission Fees: free, donations appreciated
Special Instructions: Opening Reception: February 25, 2017 2-4pm

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Triple P Group for Families: Managing Disruptive Behavior
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Group for Families with Children with Special Needs
Date: Every Mon (Apr 10-May 8) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: All Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent&#8208;trainings.

Attend this free workshop for families raising children with special needs to learn how to react calmly and consistently when your children refuse to follow directions; what to do if your child is aggressive with other children; and how to teach children with special needs to get care positively and appropriately. This class meets once a week every Monday for four weeks and will be taught in Spanish. There is no class on April 24.


Location: Head Start, 225 Westridge Drive, Watsonville Map
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Monet: The Early Years
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Legion of Honor Museum
This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Monet's mastery before Impressionism, and includes paintings
Date: Every day (Feb 25-May 29)


(0 Feb 2017) Monet_GardenPicnic.jpgMonet: The Early Years

Monet: The Early Years will be the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet's (French, 1840-1926) career. Through approximately sixty paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist's development during the formative years of 1858 to 1872. In this period the young painter developed his unique visual language and technique, creating striking works that manifested his interest in painting textures and the interplay of light upon surfaces.

 

This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Monet's mastery before Impressionism, and includes paintings that are profoundly daring and surprising. Depictions of moments both large and small, with friends and loved ones, in the solitude of forests and fields and in the quiet scenes of everyday, offer new revelations about an artist that many consider to be ubiquitous.

 

With a selection of works gathered from some of the most important international collections - the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other public and private collections worldwide - Monet: The Early Years authoritatively demonstrates the artist's early command of many genres, not only the landscapes for which he has become so renowned but also still lifes, portraits and genre scenes.

 

This exhibition follows the Legion of Honor's strong history of showing highly important moments in French Impressionism. By following Monet before Impressionism, visitors can see the emergence of his style and how he helped shape the movement. Monet: The Early Years will be on view at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco from February 25 through May 29, 2017. 

 


Location: 100 34th Avenue and Clement Street, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 750-3600 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
High School Art Show
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Santa Cruz Art League
Come see some pretty amazing art by local high school students
Date: Every day (Apr 28-May 21) from 9:00am to 3:30pm


62nd Annual High School Show

Since 1955 the Santa Cruz Art League's High School Show has been providing one of the only professional gallery exhibitions for high school age artists in our county. Students from local public, private, charter, home and at -risk schools are invited to benefit from the Art League's state-of-the-art space and give the audience a preview of the next generation of local artists.

  • Exhibition: April 28, Friday to May 21, Sunday - 2017
  • Reception: May 6, Saturday   3:00pm - 5:00pm

 

 


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
AFE Information Night
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Alternative Family Education
Public homeschool program has openings
Date: 05/01/2017
Ages: K-12
Special Instructions: Fill out the application form on the website in order to receive more information

Alternative Family Education, Santa Cruz City Schools' homeschool program, has openings for fall. They are having upcoming info nights - fill out an enrollment inquiry form to get more details. http://bssc.sccs.net/home


Location: Alternative Family Education, Branciforte Small Schools Campus, Santa Cruz Map
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Sondheim’s Into The Woods
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All About Theatre
Wishes have consequences...
Date: Every day (Apr 28-May 6)
Admission Fees: $13-$20

Sondheim's Into The Woods

April 28th-May 6th. 2pm / 7pm. 6 shows only.

 

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. This musical is performed by over 30 talented youth from all over the County.

 

Tickets $13-$20. Don't wait to purchase your tickets!

Tickets

(831) 345-6340

Lindsey@allabouttheatre.org


Location: Louden Nelson Theater, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-8209 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Recruiting Exhibit Guides
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Train to be an exhibit guide. Teens welcome!
Date: Every day (Apr 24-May 7) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: k-12 Admission Fees: $10

Exhibit Guides | RECRUITING NOW

Exhibit Guide Information Sheet * Exhibit Guide Training FlyerDocents
Next Training: May 2017 | Application Deadline May 1

Exhibit guides come on board twice a year and assist visitors at the touch pools, and interpret the aquarium and exhibit hall. Working alongside experienced docents, exhibit guides increase their knowledge of marine science, gain valuable public speaking skills, and provide important connections with our visitors.


Training: Five sessions; late September/early October or mid-May
Ongoing time commitment:

  • Fall, winter and spring - a minimum of one 4.25-hour shift every other week: Minimum commitment: Six months after completion of training.
  • Summer - a minimum of one 4.25-hour shift every week for three months after completion of training, or one 4.25-hour shift every other week for six months after completion of training.

Who can apply: Teens (ages 15 and up) and adults. Spanish speakers encouraged to apply.


Download a volunteer application.


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Story Time
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Date: Every Mon and Fri from 10:30am to 10:45am
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.

Join us for story time!

 

Free with Museum admission and for MOD Members.


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
Phone: (888) 424-8035 •website Capitola create a direct event link
New Textile & Fiber Arts Class
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Check out our new textile & fiber arts class
Date: Every Mon and Wed (Mar 6-Jun 26) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 3-12

Kaiwa is excited to announce a NEW Textile & Fiber Arts class on MONDAYS starting March 6th!  The Wednesday class has been in such high demand I have decided to extend the fun to Mondays from 3:30-5 pm! 

 

Here is the description: Sewing, felting, weaving, dyeing fabric, knitting, and more - experience the diverse world of textile and fiber arts at Kaiwa! In a curriculum that balances traditional skill-building with child-led design and creative expression, children will design and sew clothing, accessories, or stuffies, felt unique creations using wet felting & needle felting, learn shibori dyeing, batiking, and silk painting techniques, weave on a loom, knit, and more!  Ages 5-13

 

I am not aware of any other class like it!  Don't wait - register today before it fills up!

Sign Up!

 

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

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 316-0918 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Kirby Shadow Days
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out
Date: Every Mon (Jan 2-May 29)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out. We will pair your student with a student host with similar interests. Together they will experience a "day in the life" at Kirby. They will attend classes together, hang out with other Kirby students, and enjoy lunch with their host and some of their friends.

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen by our executive chef, Tracy Landry.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202 or use the link below.

Schedule


Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0658 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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
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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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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 :)
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Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Day of the Child Stories
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Library Live Oak
Date: 05/01/2017 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: Families Admission Fees: Free

Acompáñanos mañana 4:30-6:30 en la biblioteca de Live Oak a celebrar el Día del Niño con actividades de STEAM (ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería, arte y matemáticas), cuentos y canciones en español y una presentación especial de folklórico. Nuestro tema de "Diseñadores del Futuro" intenta motivar a nuestros jóvenes a convertirse en los próximos investigadores creativos y creadores colaborativos de nuestro mundo.

 

" join us tomorrow 4:30-6:30 in the library of live oak to celebrate the day of the child with activities of steam (Science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics), stories and songs in Spanish and a special presentation of folk. Our theme of "designers of the future" tries to motivate our young people to become the next researchers creative and collaborative creators of our world.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7711 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Word Lab for Young Writers
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Volunteer mentors welcome! Students will work on their writing with the assistance of community writing mentors
Date: Every Tues from 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: 831-466-5829

(0 Nov 2016) wordlab.jpgAnd Opening October 3:

THE WORD LAB: Young Voice, Big Ideas

Funded in part by a grant from the National Writing Project

An after-school writing center at The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 2:30-5:00.

 

The Word Lab opens Oct. 3 at 2:30 at the Museum of Art & History. Funded in part by a $20K grant from the National Writing Project's LRNG Challenge Grant, The Word Lab will offer students in local middle and elementary school an extended day program where they will work on their writing with the assistance of community writing mentors.

 

Open Monday-Wednesday from 2:30 to 5:00, The Word Lab will serve Gault and Bay View Elementaries and Branciforte Middle School during its first year, with plans to extend the program to other schools in following years.


Volunteers are needed to work with students in The Word Lab. A commitment of one day a week, two hours a day is asked.

 

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Robin Estrin at 831-466-5829 for more information.


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
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Conservatory of Flowers
Experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries
Date: The 1st Tues of every month


Conservatory of Flowers

 

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

 

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

 

Normal costs are:

General public:

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


Location: Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., San Francisco Map
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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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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
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Chartwell Open House
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Chartwell School
Learn about how we help students with learning challenges, like dyslexia, in grades 2-12
Date: 05/02/2017 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Chartwell School provides literacy programs and college-prep curriculum custom designed for students with learning challenges, like dyslexia, in grades 2-12. Visitors tour the campus, visit students in classes and meet school representatives to learn about summer and fall programs and the application process.


Location: 2511 Numa Watson Road, Seaside Map
Phone: (831) 394-3468 •website Seasidecreate a direct event link
Tuesday Nature Hikes with Docents
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State Park Big Basin
Fun, varied hikes every week
Date: Every Tues at 9:00am
Ages: All

Tuesday Nature Hikes with Docents
Every Tuesday, leaving at 9 am SHARP (except no walk Tuesday, March 22)
Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw lead these fun, varied hikes every week. 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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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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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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Sack Puppet Saturdays
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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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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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Triple P: Improving Children's Nutrition & Physical Activity
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Lifestyle Group: Improving Children's Nutrition & Physical Activity
Date: Every Wed (Apr 12-Jun 14) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: All Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent&#8208;trainings.

Attend this free workshop to learn guidelines for healthy eating, making healthier food choices, and being active. This class meets once a week every Wednesday for 10 weeks and will be taught in Spanish.


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave., Suite E, Watsonville Map
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R.E.A.D.: Reach Every Amazing Detail
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Wed (Oct 5-May 25) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 8-10

R.E.A.D.: Reach Every Amazing Detail @ La Selva Beach (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)


Individualized reading comprehension instruction with a California credentialed teacher. Open to students grades 2nd to 12th. Appointment required.

 

For more information or to schedule a 30 minute session, contact Programs 831.427.7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach 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
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Preschool Adventures at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
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Sanctuary Exploraiton Center
Free Storytime with Crafts and Show and Tell
Date: Every Wed from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-5 Admission Fees: FREE

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


Location: 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Plein Air Painting Class
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Quail Hollow Ranch
8-session outdoor class will focus on creating small works in three hours, and applying this work to larger studio paintings
Date: Every Th (Apr 6-May 25) from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free class, advance registration is required to attend

Plein Air Painting Class
Join Gabriel Coke for plein air painting on location at Quail Hollow Ranch. This 8-session outdoor class will focus on creating small works in three hours, and applying this work to larger studio paintings. All experience levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced! Instructor: Gabriel is a full time instructor and program director of NUMU Atelier in Los Gatos, CA. A strong form painter who has created several large-scale landscape works, he also loves the simple goal of capturing a small painting in a few hours. After registration, Gabriel will contact you with a materials list and other information.


*Please note: although this is a free class, advance registration is required to attend; drop-in students cannot be accommodated.
Register in advance online at www.scparks.com, or call 831-454-7941 M-F, 9AM-4PM.

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 18+
Thurs 4/6-5/25 10 AM-1 PM FREE* #17643


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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STAR WARS DAY
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Library Central
Visit the library for an adventure in learning - Dodging Stormtroopers and Mandalorian Mercenaries along the way
Date: 05/04/2017 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: Adult Admission Fees: Free

STAR WARS DAY

Visit the library for an adventure in learning - Dodging Stormtroopers and Mandalorian Mercenaries along the way!

 

STEAM into the Galaxy (4:00 PM-7:00 PM)
Location: Downtown Branch then Atlantis

In a library very nearby, young people will go on an adventure, exploring possibilities to be found, dodging stormtroopers and Mandalorian bounty hunters along the way. Beware Vader's Fist! Members of the Golden Gate Garrison 501st Legion of costumed volunteers will be invading the downtown library and Atlantis Fantasyworld on Star Wars Day. Come down to the library for STEAM activities, get a look at our Star Wars LEGO display and search for the missing Jedi Master Kevin. all the while dodging stormtroopers and Mandalorian bounty hunters along the way. Cosplay (dressing as Star Wars characters) is encouraged!

 

Beware Vader's Fist!  Members of the Golden Gate Garrison will be invading the Downtown Library for STEAM into the Galaxy. The purpose of this event is to demonstrate the wide array of STEAM programming happening throughout the library system during the school year AND during the Summer Reading program.

"Star Wars is the perfect example of STEAM thinking- creativity, critical thinking, storytelling, and the technological know-how to take us all to a new galaxy," said Laura Whaley, Librarian.

"Events such as "STEAM into the Galaxy" allow us to partner with the community and expand our mission of Bad Guys Doing Good," said Kyle Beagle, Commanding Officer of the Golden Gate Garrison.


ABOUT THE GOLDEN GATE GARRISON

The Golden Gate Garrison is a unit of the 501st Legion assigned to cover northern California.  The main area of operations for the group is the greater San Francisco Bay area.  The Legion is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to re-creating movie-accurate costumes such as Stormtroopers and Darth Vader.  As Bad Guys Doing Good, members of the Legion have helped raise millions of dollars for charity.  For more information, contact info@goldengategarrison.com.


 

 

The last stop on your galactic tour will be Atlantis Fantasyworld where you will get a FREE Star Wars give away while supplies last!

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!


Location: Downtown Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Color Your Stress Away
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Th from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Color Your Stress Away (5:30 PM-6:30 PM)

Take time from your busy schedule and spend a relaxing hour in the library coloring. Designs and pencils provided - or take the time to draw your own design. This program for adults takes place every Wednesday at the Branciforte branch and every Thursday at the Live Oak branch, 5:30-6:30.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Adults, Arts & Crafts

 


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Open Rehearsals
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
Opportunity to see musicians rehearsing ahd interacting prior to a performance
Date: 05/04/2017 from 7:30am to 10:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

Our final program of the season features one of Verdi's supreme masterpieces, the Messa da Requiem, featuring Michelle Bradley, soprano, Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano, Stuart Neill, tenor, PeiXin Chen, bass, and the wonderful Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus under the direction of Cheryl Anderson.

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Our Open Rehearsals are from 7:30 - 10:00 pm at the Santa Cruz Civic
Auditorium. The 2017 schedule is: Thursday, May 4 and Friday, June 23

 

"The best thing about attending the rehearsals is hearing, seeing, and feeling the focus and cooperation of Maestro Stewart and the musicians as they perfect the repertoire I have studied in school." (Cabrillo college student)

"One thing I've learned from this experience is when the conductor has a particular sound in mind and isn't getting it, changing what he does with his hands is often significantly more effective than what he says." (Home schooled student)

Location: Santa Cruz Civic Center, 307 Church St, Aptos Map
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Triple P Workshop: It's Time for Potty Training
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
It's Time for Potty Training
Date: 05/04/2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.

Attend this free parenting workshop to learn how to decide if your child is ready for potty training, how to prepare your child to begin potty training and how to make potty training a positive experience for you and your child. Contact Toys "R" Us to register: (831) 479-4296 or 5843.Registry@toysrus.com


Location: Toys "R" Us, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Workshop: Preventing & Managing Disobedience
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Preventing & Managing Disobedience
Date: 05/04/2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent&#8208;trainings.

Attend this free workshop to learn why children might be uncooperative or refuse to follow directions; how to give instructions to facilitate your child's cooperation; and how to respond calmly and consistently when your child refuses to follow directions. This class will be taught in Spanish.


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave., Suite E, Watsonville Map
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Adventure Sports Youth Scuba
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Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Love the water? Scuba for kids!
Date: Every Fri (Apr 7-Aug 25)


Aloha Swim Families,

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

April: April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
June-July: June 16th, 23rd, 30th, July 7th

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


Location: 303 Potrero St #15, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Bike to Work/School
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Ecology Action
Let's bike to school and work!
Date: Every day (May 5-May 12)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Locations Across Santa Cruz County

Ecology Action’s Spring Bike To Work program is coming up from May 5-12. Check out our Bike Week Schedule page and our Breakfast Site page for all the juicy details!

Breakfast Sites:

 

For questions or to request more info contact Kira Ticus at kticus(at)ecoact.org.


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dis/connected
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Radical Movement Factory
An original circus creation
Date: Every day (May 5-May 7) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $25, kids 10 and under $20

As today's youth are coming of age in a digital world, they are dealing with a variety of new and challenging factors when it comes to developing a sense of identity, creating community, and socializing with peers. Aeraflux's new show "dis/connected" deals with teen identity development and relationship-building where smart phones and social media play a huge roll for better or worse.

Directed by Allie Cooper and Rose Calucchia, "dis/connected" is performed by 9 teen girls from Santa Cruz. Using aerial dance and acrobatic floor work, "dis/connected" illustrates the importance of trust, collaboration, and real-time relationships.


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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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
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Let's Play Math
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Foothill College
Come and play fun Math tools and activities, and observe interesting mathematical facts behind them
Date: 05/06/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ages: For elementary and middle schoo Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: El Monte exit off Hw 280

Register at link below before space fills up. There is a parking fee of $3.

 

The Foothill College Mathematics Department and Math Club invite local elementary and middle school students and their families to join in the eighth annual Let's Play Math event. Come and play fun Math tools and activities, and observe interesting mathematical facts behind them in this free event.


Would you like to find your body's golden ratio as you measure your height? Why is a honeycomb hexagon-shaped? Which ball on the four slides will reach the bottom first if each ball starts rolling at the same time? What happens when you play pool on an elliptical table or a rectangular table?

Come and explore the answers to these questions and others. Guests will have the opportunity to play with mathematical toys and experience how fun math can be. Other activities include tangrams, origami, linker cubes, challenging math-related games, and more.

To make a reservation (limited space available), please visit the website at: https://sites.google.com/site/letsplaymathatfoothill/

If you register for the event, you will receive a reminder email about a week before the event day.


Location: Foothill College, Buildings 5500, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Map
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Join us at our Hiring Fair!
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Beach Boardwalk
Hiring for ages 16+ for summer
Date: Every day (May 6-May 7) from 8:00am to 1:00pm


Join us at our Hiring Fair!

Saturday-Sunday, May 6  + 7 from 8am-1pm

 

 Boardwalk's Human Resources Office

We're Hiring

 

What to Expect:

  • On-the-spot interviews
  • Free Parking
  • Hiring for ages 16 +
  • All applicants will receive 5 FREE rides!
  • Located at 605 Beach Street in Santa Cruz, across from the Boardwalk

Don't forget to check the Current Openings and fill out an application before the Hiring Fair!

The Santa Cruz Seaside Company offers a variety of work opportunities.

We own and operate the famous Boardwalk amusement park, the Boardwalk Bowl family bowling center, and two inns by the beach - the Sea & Sand Inn and Carousel Beach Inn.

Check our listings regularly for current openings

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Location: Human Resources Office, 400 Beach Street, 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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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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Messiah Lutheran Spring Carnival and Silent Auction
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Messiah Lutheran Church and Preschool
Spring Carnival and Silent Auction
Date: 05/06/2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 2-100

Messiah Lutheran Church and Preschool will be hosting their annual school fundraiser from 12:00-3:00 on May 6th, rain or shine. Join us for games, jump houses, circle bikes, cakewalks, duck races, face painting, carnival crafts, water balloon toss, dancing, live music, tumbling with Barry and a Silent Auction with items from over 30 local businesses. Food and Dippin' Dots will be available for purchase. Facility #44002994 Information: 831-428-2441.


Location: 801 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Vaqueros on the Rancho
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Cowboys on the Ranch
Date: 05/06/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Tickets are $25 each and additional donations are gratefully accepted to support the opening of Castro Adobe State Historic Park

Learn about and celebrate the vaquero traditions at Vaqueros on the Rancho, a fundraiser to support the creation of Castro Adobe State Historic Park. Get tickets!

At 2 p.m., two traditional vaquero-style horsemen on horseback will share aspects of early vaqueros along with how and why the culture is maintained today. Jeffery Mundell and Victor "Buddy" Montes will demonstrate the gear along the art of using a 60-70 foot rawhide riata for "big loops." Learn how the traditional vaquero's knowledge of land comes into play today with grassland conversation programs.

The event also will include:

Light refreshments
Artisan and craftsmen wares on display and for sale
Tours of the Castro Adobe
Western dress is encouraged. Parking is extremely limited; please carpool. The event is hosted by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and sponsored by Vaquero Heritage Times Journal.

Tickets are $25 each and additional donations are gratefully accepted to support the opening of Castro Adobe State Historic Park. All donations and ticket sales will be matched 1:1 toward the opening of the park - up to $317,920 - by the James & Carol Toney Fund.

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vaqueros-on-the-rancho-tickets-9481506441


Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville 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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Snapshot Day
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Coastal Watershed Council
Snapshot Day is the oldest and largest single-day annual water quality monitoring event in California. Volunteer!
Date: 05/06/2017 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: none
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Snapshot Day is the oldest and largest single-day annual water quality monitoring event in California.

On the first Saturday in May each year hundreds of volunteers join the Coastal Watershed Council and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary staff to take a "snapshot" of the health of rivers and streams flowing into the Sanctuary.

 

This favorite event draws people of all ages from all over California's Central Coast to collect scientifically valid water quality data and to learn more about their local watersheds. Data from field measurements and lab analysis are collected and analyzed to determine the biggest threats to water quality and best management practices to address them.

 

A family tradition

Since 1999 volunteers have been testing water quality for Snapshot Day. That's nearly two decades of water quality monitoring that gives Santa Cruz and surrounding counties a look into what's affecting the health of rivers, creeks, streams and the Monterey Bay. Over the years, volunteers have signed up time and time again to participate in this beloved event.


Location: 345 Lake Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 464-9200 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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 (May 6-May 20) from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop

Meet at the Visitor Center (day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton) 

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryle VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. No experience

 

 

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 and 2

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

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Tide Pool Tours
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State Park Natural Bridges
Discover the amazing plants and animals that make their home in the intertidal habitat.
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su and Sa (May 6-May 21)

Special Instructions: See varying times

Join us for a walk through the tide-pools at Natural Bridges, where we will be looking for local ocean crustaceans and critters.  Discover our ocean-side critters on this one-hour docent-led tour. Meet at the Natural Bridges Visitor Center.

 

Tide Pool Tours
Saturday, May 6 at 1pm
Sunday, May 7 at 2pm
Saturday, May 20 at 11:30am 
Sunday, May 21 at noon

 

 

 


Location: End of West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Mayfaire
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Join us for a joyous celebration of Mayfaire
Date: 05/06/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: None

Join us for a celebration of Mayfaire with the traditional Maypole Dance at noon plus children's games, crafts, model train layout, wholesome food and silent auction

 

Free shuttle ride to the campus from Peace United Church, 900 High St.  $15 limited parking at school.


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314250519 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Japanese Cultural Fair Family Fun Day
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Japanese Cultural Fair
Learn traditional Japanese games
Date: 05/06/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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Location: Library Central, 224 Church 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
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Coastal Watershed Council Snapshot Day
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Coastal Watershed Council
Annual Snapshot Day Event
Date: 05/06/2017 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: none
Special Instructions: n/a

Snapshot Day is the oldest and largest single-day annual water quality monitoring event in California.

On the first Saturday in May each year hundreds of volunteers join the Coastal Watershed Council and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary staff to take a "snapshot" of the health of rivers and streams flowing into the Sanctuary.

 

This favorite event draws people of all ages from all over California's Central Coast to collect scientifically valid water quality data and to learn more about their local watersheds. Data from field measurements and lab analysis are collected and analyzed to determine the biggest threats to water quality and best management practices to address them.

 

 

A family tradition

Since 1999 volunteers have been testing water quality for Snapshot Day. That's nearly two decades of water quality monitoring that gives Santa Cruz and surrounding counties a look into what's affecting the health of rivers, creeks, streams and the Monterey Bay. Over the years, volunteers have signed up time and time again to participate in this beloved event.


For information, call the Coastal Watershed Council at (831) 464-9200 or visit us online at www.coastal-watershed.org.


Location: Cosatal Watershed Council, 345 Lake Avenue, Santa Cruz 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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Vaqueros on the Rancho
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Vaqueros on the Rancho
Date: 05/06/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $25

Learn about and celebrate the vaquero traditions at Vaqueros on the Rancho, a fundraiser to support the creation of Castro Adobe State Historic Park. Get tickets!

At 2 p.m., two traditional vaquero-style horsemen on horseback will share aspects of early vaqueros along with how and why the culture is maintained today. Jeffery Mundell and Victor "Buddy" Montes will demonstrate the gear along the art of using a 60-70 foot rawhide riata for "big loops." Learn how the traditional vaquero's knowledge of land comes into play today with grassland conversation programs.

The event also will include:
-Light refreshments
-Artisan and craftsmen wares on display and for sale
-Tours of the Castro Adobe

Western dress is encouraged. Parking is extremely limited; please carpool. The event is hosted by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and sponsored by Vaquero Heritage Times Journal.

Tickets are $25 each and additional donations are gratefully accepted to support the opening of Castro Adobe State Historic Park. All donations and ticket sales will be matched 1:1 toward the opening of the park - up to $317,920 - by the James & Carol Toney Fund.


Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, 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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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the parks less traveled backcountry,
Date: Every Su, Mon and Sa (May 6-May 29) at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: 5/6, 13, 21, 29

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
Saturday, May 6 at noon
AND Saturday, May 13 at noon
AND Sunday, May 21 at noon
AND Monday, May 29 at noon
Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we'll choose from the many trails that explore our most scenic areas. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

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

 

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


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


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Building Methods at the Mission
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State Park Mission
Get your hands dirty and make your own mini adobe brick
Date: 05/06/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Building Methods at the Mission

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.

 

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
"Soil Prep For Your Vegetable Garden"
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UC Master Gardeners
The basics of soil science and why it's important to the success of your vegetable garden
Date: 05/07/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

UC Master Gardeners Classes

The UC Master Gardeners of Monterey Bay offers two free classes this week for home gardeners who garden in the ground or in raised beds, of any gardening level.


On Sunday, May 7, they'll host "Soil Prep For Your Vegetable Garden" at their demonstration grounds in Watsonville. Master gardener Delise Weir will discuss the basics of soil science and why it's important to the success of your vegetable garden.

 

UC Master Gardener Delise Weir will discuss the importance of soil as the starting point for your seasonal garden in the Monterey Bay region. We'll begin with a little soil science to explain why organic matter, pH and soil structure are important to soil health. Then we'll talk about fertility and soil nutrition. We'll end with practical techniques for converting hard or sandy untouched dirt into fertile, rich garden beds. Then, we'll move out the demo garden and put our skills and knowledge into action. 

Things to bring:

  • A sample of your soil ~1 cup in a mason jar with a lid.
  • Bring garden gloves if you plan to help with preparing beds in the demo garden.
  • Hat, sunscreen, layered clothing for the outdoor portion

 Preview the presentation here UCMG Soil prep-for pdf

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On Saturday, May 13, they will present their annual Smart Gardening Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Jewell Park in Pacific Grove. Participants can enjoy presentations, demonstrations, vendor booths on butterflies, landscape design, and propagation methods.

 

Info: 10 a.m.-Noon, UC Master Gardeners Watsonville Demonstration Garden, 1430 Freedom Boulevard, Watsonville. mbmg.org. Free.

 


Location: Watsonville Demonstration Garden, 1430 Freedom Boulevard, Watsonville Map
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Band Concert & Auction
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santa Cruz High Marching Band
Come on out to Harvey West for free concerts on the lawn and auction
Date: 05/07/2017 at 1:00pm


Music in the Park: Santa Cruz High Band Concert & Auction
You like Santa Cruz High Marching Band

Music in the Park! Great auction items, good eats, and fabulous music. Come on out to Harvey West for free concerts on the lawn, and all bidding, donations, and food sales benefit our high school band. See you there!


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World® Cultural Festival
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Rotary Club of Monterey
Enjoy dozens of exciting international performances and unique cultural activities
Date: 05/07/2017 from 10:30pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: free

3rd Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival in Monterey, CA Announces Special Performers for 2017 Event

 

Monterey. Save the date!  Enjoy dozens of exciting international performances and unique cultural activities at the free 3rd Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival 

 

Scheduled for this year's 3rd Annual Festival are an outstanding array of performers including

Estampa De Las Americas, performing music and dance of the ancient Americas Continent (Mexico/Spanish);

Om Shanti Om, a dance group performing songs and dances from popular Bollywood films (India); Azhar Flamenco de Monterey, performing traditional songs and dances of Southern Spain (Spanish); Presidio of Monterey Dragon Dance Team, featuring a long dragon, a symbol of good fortune (Chinese);

MCBA Chinese Dance Group, performing Yangge, a Chinese folk dance developed in the Song Dynasty;

Chiffon Fu Gu-Zheng Ensemble from San Jose, playing a Gu Zheng, a traditional Chinese zither instrument with a 2500-year history (Chinese);

Emily Zhang and Isaac Lin, two 7 year old children performing a piano duet (Chinese);

Van Tho from San Jose, performing Vietnamese folk dances, a magic show and a fashion show with traditional and modern clothing (Vietnamese);

New Star Dance Group performing traditional Vietnamese dances and drumming (Vietnamese); Monsori Korean Drum Group, a percussion quartet comprised of traditional barrel and hourglass-shaped drums and two gongs (Korean), and more groups to be announced.

 

More information: www.lcowfest.com


Location: Custom House Plaza, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 649-6544 •website Monterey 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.
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

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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 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Mountain Makers Market
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SCM Makers Market
Come out and join us as fellow makers of the mountains and as customers who support the hidden artistry in our community! Suppor
Date: 05/07/2017


We are super excited for the first SCM Makers Market of the year coming up on Sunday, May 7! There will be an amazing variety of local artists and crafters, a delicious gourmet food vendor and an awesome lineup of music for the day! Check out all of the details at www.scmmakersmarket.com!

 

The Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market is dedicated to supporting the community by giving local artists, crafters, culinary creators, and musicians a venue to showcase and sell their goods in the mountains while also financially benefiting a local non-profit, Mountain Community Resources (MCR).


SCM Makers Market
May 7 - Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Hwy 9, Felton
July 9 - Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Hwy 9, Felton
November 25 - Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy 9, Felton


Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Hwy 9, Felton Map
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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.
Date: Every Su from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free

Santa Cruz Young Makers Club

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

 

Next up on March 26: Make a small car!

 

Upstairs Meeting Room

 

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

 

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

 

What is a Young Makers club?

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

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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: Downtown Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike
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State Park Big Basin
We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest.
Date: 05/07/2017 at 10:00am


Outlook from Mt. McAbee
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.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Touch a Truck!
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Scotts Valley Educational Foundation
Interactive event where boys and girls of all ages can come and explore trucks and vehicles of all shapes and sizes
Date: 05/07/2017 from 10:30am to 3:00pm


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Spend the day exploring vehicles of all kinds from dump trucks and diggers to fire trucks and city buses, while also enjoying a variety of Santa Cruz's best food trucks, a well-stocked beverage garden, a Kid Zone where kids can build, climb, jump and create, and listening to one of Santa Cruz's best bands.

 

Touch-A-Truck is fun for kids and families to explore big trucks of all kinds, including emergency, construction, agriculture, transportation, and other unique vehicles. If you have additional suggestions that would be of interest to kids, let us know.

 

A bunch of cool, giant trucks will be together in a large field for the kids to explore. They can sit in the driver's seat and honk the horn. These events have become a big draw throughout California and we are the first to host one in Santa Cruz County in a safe and friendly park environment.

 

More than 25 vehicles will be parked on the old airport field adjacent to Skypark from 10:30 am-3 pm.


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Survivor—Big Basin!
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State Park Big Basin
Imagine yourself way, way back in the time of the dinosaurs...
Date: 05/07/2017 at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Survivor-Big Basin!

Imagine yourself way, way back in the time of the dinosaurs. It's easy on this walk where we'll see some of the very same plants that lived on earth during the time of the dinosaurs. We'll discuss what survived from the distant past and why. This one-hour program is designed for school age kids and their adults, but anyone who can make the fairly flat one-mile walk is welcome!

 

Docents Micki Downs and Maura McNamara will share child-friendly redwood information and activities along this beautiful trail. Then, some free play time in an awesome redwood fairy ring will give the adults a chance to explore deeper forest issues such as history, logging, climate change, redwoods and glaciers. We end the program with a short but fun tribute to the dinosaurs (who didn't win in the survivor game). Meet at Park Headquarters

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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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Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group
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SPIN, Special Parents Information
Become a Support/Mentor Parent or just a ˜buddy'
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: Aptos/La Selva Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Badass at Making Money
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises... how to makemoney
Date: 05/10/2017 at 7:00pm


#1 New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero will join us for a book talk and signing of her new book, HOW TO BE A BADASS AT MAKING MONEY. Hate talking money? Don't worry! This is a refreshingly entertaining how-to guide where Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

 

"All life is either moving forward and evolving or shrinking back and dying. If you want to evolve in your own life, you have to push through the obstacles instead of running from them. Obstacles and challenges are the agents of growth."

 

Join us for this fun and inspirational evening! http://ow.ly/QpIN30brqxs

 


Location: 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Use Facebook to Boost Profits
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Boost Your Profits
Date: 05/10/2017 at 12:00pm
Ages: 18 yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

Small Business Brown Bag  --  Boost Your Profits

Facebook is a must-have in your business marketing arsenal. Learn how to boost your profits with Facebook from a local expert. Dianthe Skurko-Harris presents.

 

Dianthe currently consults as a senior marketing writer for software companies in the Bay Area and is passionate about all things marketing.

 

The Small Business Brown Bag Series presents a monthly line-up of free, hour-long workshops designed to support small businesses. Bring your lunch every 2nd Wednesday of the month and join us in the upstairs meeting room at the Downtown Branch Library for these great noontime seminars.

To see a list of future seminars and to register online: santacruzpl.org/brownbags

 

Bring your lunch every 2nd Wednesday of the month and join us in the upstairs meeting room at the Downtown Branch Library for these great noontime seminars.


Location: Meeting Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
ADHD Parent Support Group
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Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay ADHD Support Group
Support for Parents of Children and Teens with ADHD
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Donation welcome!
Special Instructions: Additional parking available at Mar Vista Elementary

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


Location: Aptos Fire Station Conference Ro, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 684-0590 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Triple P 8-Week Group for Families with Children 2-12 years old
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Group for Families with Children 2-12 years old
Date: Every Th (May 11-Jun 29) from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave., Suite E, Watsonville 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.

 

Upcoming Dances

 

 

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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SPRING PLANT SALE
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Cabrillo College Horticulture Department
Date: Every day (May 12-May 14)


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Location: 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831.427-2255 •website Aptos create a direct event link
"Monterey Pop": Step back in time to 1967's "Summer of Love"
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Monterey Pop Festival
A ground-breaking film, blending music and film, capturing the visions of the era and the event held 50 years ago
Date: 05/12/2017 at 7:15pm
Admission Fees: $16

"Monterey Pop":  Step back in time to 1967's "Summer of Love"

 

The Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967 marked a special time in cultural history.  And filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker's documentary, "Monterey Pop," is regarded a ground-breaking film, blending music and film, capturing the visions of the era and the Monterey County Fairgrounds event held 50 years ago.  Pennebaker has been hailed as the visionary of modern music videos. 

 

On May 12 you can step back in time to the Monterey International Pop Festival.  The Monterey County Film Commission will screen Pennebaker's film at this "groovy" evening at the Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St. in Monterey.  Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and refreshments will be available for purchase in the lobby. The program begins at 7:15 p.m. and includes a short talk by Carmel's professional photographer Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal, whose rock and roll photos from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival launched his career.

 

At 8 p.m. "Monterey Pop" will be shown.  Musical icons of the 60s who appeared at the landmark festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds will be seen again....on the big screen: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, John Phillips and Mama Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas, Pete Townshend of The Who, Johnny Rivers, Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield, Simon and Garfunkel, Otis Redding, Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar and Paul Butterfield and more.

 

"The Hippie Dictionary" by John McCleary will be available for purchase, as well as postcards with Monterey Pop musicians photographed by Arellano.  And, a benefit raffle will be set up for a Monterey County Film Commission "Summer of Love" gift basket. 

 

"Wear flowers in your hair, grab your beads, come in 60s style, and join the fun while reminiscing with many who attended the original festival," said Karen Seppa Nordstrand, Monterey County's film commissioner. "It's an educational opportunity, too, with insights on the photographers at the original festival and behind-the-scenes stories."  (On June 16-18, the 50th Anniversary Monterey International Pop Festival will be held at the same dates and venue as in 1967).

 

Go to www.goldenstatetheatre.com for tickets. Special student tickets for $5 can be obtained by advance arrangement at 831-646-0910.

 

For more information contact the film commission at 831-646-0910 or info@filmmonterey.org.


Location: Golden State Theater, 417 Alvarado St, Monterey Map
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Values in World Thought
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Mount Madonna School
A presentation by Mount Madonna School's 12th grade students about their recent experiences in India, interviewing social action
Date: 05/12/2017 at 9:30am
Ages: All, with school-age children Admission Fees: Free

 

Friday, May 12

Values in World Thought 9am reception, 9:30am presentation. A presentation by Mount Madonna School's 12th grade students about their recent experiences in India, interviewing social action leaders, visiting schools and service work experiences. Free, public invited.


Location: Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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Outdoor Day
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Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day
Bring your children to the fairgrounds so they can enjoy the dozens of activities we have to offer
Date: Every day (May 12-May 13) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Friday for Schools, Saturday for Everyone

(AAA_Feb 2015) MontereyBayYouthOutdoorDay2.jpgMonterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth about the countless outdoor activities available in our area. All of us involved with MBYOD have the same goal for the children of today...

 

Hello Friends! This year, by popular demand, we have decided to have the Youth Day on 2 days! Friday May 12th we invite the local schools to bring classes to participate for free and learn valuable survival skills and have lots of fun. Then on Saturday May 13th we invite families to come back and enjoy a full day of events.

 

Our goal is simple, lets get our youth back outside and active! We believe that we live in a unique and amazing region and because of that it is important to teach our children to cherish it. We are looking to encourage youth to be healthy through outdoor activities and build a better place for the future.

 

 


Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 840-5547 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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
Kelp Pickling
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Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Learn about kelp forests and get a great reward in the form of a delicious treat
Date: Every Su and Fri (May 12-May 14)
Ages: Adults and Children 10+
Special Instructions: Friday and Sunday

Our kelp pickling class is a wonderful endeavor for the whole family. It foretells the times of community gatherings to provide food for all. Since early times, home canners have enjoyed the art of pickling foods. It is one of the oldest known methods of preserving food. The Chinese were fermenting vegetables as early as the third century B.C and the Romans were pickling by the first century A.D.

 

Pickles even followed the colonist to America and now picked kelp is coming to Santa Cruz! What a great way to be one with our kelp forest and get a great reward in the form of a delicious treat. We will pick a beach noted for a variety of succulent sea vegetables. Here we will search for our in tide pools and by boogie board. We will then return to Adventure Sports to pickle as only a family group can do-the pool will be open for fun.

 

This is a wonderful activity for everyone in your family and will instill an ethos of community for one and all. We will have an evening of planning on Friday followed by a morning of collecting and pickling on Sunday. Finishing touches for the feast will be assigned to students.

 

10-17 year olds are encouraged to attend but must have an adult/guardian take the class with them and must be willing to use a boogie board in the ocean. No license is required for collecting.

Private group outings are also available, call (831) 458-3648 for details.


Location: 303 Potrero St #15, Santa Cruz Map
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DeLaveaga 24th Annual Spring Carnival
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DeLaveaga Elementary School Spring Carnival
Date: 05/12/2017 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

The community is invited to an all-ages Spring Carnival on Friday, May 12 from 4-8p.m. at Delaveaga Elementary School (1145 Morrissey Blvd, Santa Cruz).

The carnival will feature games for kids of all ages, karaoke, live performances, bounce house, Z-Balls, dunk tank, face painting and new this year, a portable Planetarium. Food will include tacos, pupusas, BBQ, pizza, cotton candy, popcorn and more.

An Art Auction will feature class projects as well as pieces donated by local artists. A raffle will have more than 100 prizes including Disneyland tickets.

For more information, call 831-429-3807.


Location: DeLaveaga Elementary School, 1145 Morrissey Blvd., Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day
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Monterey Bay Youth
Let's Get Our Kids BAck Outside!
Date: 05/13/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day is a totally free event open to the public. Our focus is to get kids interested in the many outdoor activities that are right here in our back yard. With over forty different organizations represented, there is something for everyone!


Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 840-5547 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
10th Annual Eat Like A Greek Food Faire
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Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
Eat Like A Greek - Authentic Greek Food, Spirits and Live Music!
Date: Every day (May 13-May 15)
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

Join us for the 10th Annual Greek Food Faire, May 13, 14 and 15, in downtown Santa Cruz!

This popular three-day event features a huge array of authentic Greek food and desserts, including crowd pleasers like moussaka, spanakopita, grilled marinated lamb souvlaki and handmade pastries like diples (delicate fried pastries dipped in honey and dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar) and kataifi (a shredded wheat pastry saturated with honey and spices).

At the Kafeneio (coffee shop), authentic hand-whipped Greek frappes will be available - you won't find this delicious drink stateside! Or, quench your thirst at the Taverna (bar), featuring Greek and American beer, wine and traditional Greek spirits. Entertainment includes live Greek music.

All ages welcome, FREE admission! Please, no pets.

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Location: 10th Annual Eat Like A Greek Foo, 223 Church Street, 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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Kids in Nature: The Art of Exploration
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Discover a variety of edible and medicinal plants growing in our own backyard through the art and personal tales of students.
Date: 05/13/2017 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Kids in Nature: The Art of Exploration

Kids in Nature

 

Discover a variety of edible and medicinal plants growing in our own backyard through the art and personal tales of students.

 

This event is the culmination of a year-long natural history immersion-based after school program in which students have been discovering, observing and documenting natural resources of  cultural importance.

 

There will be a reception following this special exhibit.

 


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Family Meetings -- Positive Discipline 2-hour parenting workshop
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Family Meetings -- Positive Discipline 2-hour parenting workshopine
Date: 05/13/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00
Special Instructions: Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.

2-hour workshop for you to learn effective parenting tools to help your child(ren) make positive contributions to their home and school environments while you as a parent learn to balance kindness with firmness and model what mutually respectful relationships look like.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2017
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join local birding experts for a walk in the wetlands
Date: 05/13/2017 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: free

  Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2017

Join Watsonville Wetlands Watch for free bird walks on Saturday, May 13th, when we celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2017! Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-migratory-bird-day-celebration-tickets-33058398560 .

 

When birds migrate between nesting and wintering sites, they don't just stop anywhere; they rely on a handful of resource-rich and strategically located sites where they may double their body weight as they acquire the energy-rich fat stores needed to fly thousands of kilometers across continents and oceans. These places are known as stopover sites. The wetlands along the Central Coast, including Watsonville Wetlands, provide crucial habitat for migrating and resident birds.

 

Watsonville Wetlands Watch is hosting two bird watching walks on Saturday, May 13th, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Nanci Adams' walk along the paved East Struve Slough trail is wheelchair accessible. Hugo Ceja's walk across Department of Fish and Wildlife lands to West Struve Slough requires walking over some uneven terrain. Both trips meet at Fitz Wetlands Education Resource Center located at Pajaro Valley High School at 500 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville. Wear layers, bring binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and water.


Location: Fitz Wetlands Education Resource, 500 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Huge Garage Sale
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Twin Lakes Church
Are you going to Twin Lakes Church's World's Biggest Garage Sale this weekend?! Don't miss it!
Date: 05/13/2017 from 8:00pm to 2:00pm


Saturday, May 13, 8AM-2PM

All proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and Teen Challenge Monterey Bay.

 

SHOP!

 

 


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Juntas Familares -- Disciplina Positiva - taller en espanol
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Juntas Familiares -- Disciplina Positiva - taller en espanol
Date: 05/13/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00
Special Instructions: Becas Limitadas para la Clase y/o para el Cuidado de Nios (normalmente $10/cada nio)

Aprenda maneras efectivas para ayudar a su hijo/a a hacer contribuciones positivas a su hogar y escuela mientras usted usa amabilidad y ternura al mismo tiempo para modelar lo que es una relacion mutuamente respetuosa.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Blues Festival
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Monterey Bay Blues Festival
The greats in the blues world perform
Date: 05/13/2017 at 12:00pm


Annual Monterey Blues Festival

Blues lovers will kick off the summer with daily world renowned performers that are not to be missed. You will not find this level of talent assembled anywhere in California! All shows will Sell Out!

 

Featuring Charlie Musselwhite with Mike Schermer, Taylor P. Collins, John Broadway Tucker Trio

Saturday, May 13 · Doors 11:00 AM / Show 12:00 PM at Monterey County Fair & Event Center


 


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Faairground Rd, Monterey Map
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Women of the Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Please join our celebration of the role of women in our state-park-to-be and enjoy food, flowers, and fun with the special women
Date: 05/13/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Women of the Castro Adobe

 

Without working women out in front and behind the scenes, our adobe would have fallen apart ages ago. From the first indigenous woman to light the fire in the cocina, to the architectural historian who began picking up the pieces of her home after the Loma Prieta earthquake, to the project manager of our current reconstruction efforts, we honor them all this weekend.

 

Please join our celebration of the role of women in our state-park-to-be and enjoy food, flowers, and fun with the special women in your life.

 

Free admission (donations gratefully accepted). Limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site, open only during scheduled events like this.

 

Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Old Cabin Classic Ride
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Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz
Pre-ride April 10, Registration April 13, Ride May 13 Mountain Biking fun & Rodeo for Kids
Date: 05/13/2017 at 7:30pm
Admission Fees: donations for spectators
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Old Cabin Classic Pre-ride with Emma!  April 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 

Old Cabin Classic Registration Opens! April 13 @ 7:30 am

 

Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic May 13

 

Race Day Activities

The Old Cabin Classic isn't just for racers. We are planning a fun day for the whole family. Come on out for a knee slapping good time.

 

Local Artisans

The Old Cabin Classic is not just a showcase for mountain biking, we are inviting local artists out to show their wares as well. Check out neat stuff from custom bike bags to woodcuts, a portion of all purchases will go towards MBoSC's trail building fund!

 

Complimentary Beverages from Verve Coffee Roasters

Verve Coffee Roasters is a mainstay of the Santa Cruz cafe scene. They are also longtime supporters of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz. They have been fueling our events for years now, from the Mountain Bike Festival to our Volunteer Dig Days. So of course they jumped at the opportunity to come out to the Old Cabin Classic. They will be serving coffee and fancy drinks all day! For free! Get buzzed!

 

Vintage Bike Museum

We are channeling racing of years past with this event. There has not been a race at Wilder Ranch in nigh on twenty years. To give a nod to those that have come before we will be displaying some notable vintage bikes. On display will be bikes from local frame builders, local bike companies, and local characters. If you have a bike you would like to display, let us know! Email info@mbosc.org

 

Kids' Rodeo

Introduce your kids to mountain biking or encourage them to improve their skills. Bring a bike, sign a waiver, strap a helmet on them, and watch them try their skills and tackle obstacles in a challenging but safe environment. This is a great confidence builder! The Kids' Rodeo will be run by Trips for Kids Santa Cruz, a volunteer non-profit which provides positive outdoor experiences for at-risk kids through mountain biking. A special thank you to Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) for the use of their bike skills obstacle course.

 

Camping
We are excited to offer primitive camping at the event. While the accommodations are rustic, the panoramic ocean views are second to none. A limited number of spaces are available during registration.

 

Beer Garden

Come out and enjoy a cold beverage and know that every time you drink one, you are helping to build more trails in Santa Cruz County. Spectators will receive a beer in exchange for each $5 donation to MBoSC's trail building funds. Our friends at New Bohemia Brewing Co are donating beer for the race! They are even brewing an Old Cabin IPA specifically for this event! Yum! Racers and volunteers can enjoy a couple of beers gratis.

 

Tasty Food

We are bringing more food options to the Old Cabin Classic this year If you've been to any of MBoSC's events, you know we take food almost as seriously as singletrack and beer. Racers and volunteers all get a plate on us, and food will be on sale to spectators. And of course there will be vegetarian options.


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Human Race Fundraiser
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Human Race
Walk, run, entertain or cheer in the Human Race
Date: 05/13/2017 at 8:00am


Race Day Information

On Satuday May 13th, nonprofits, local businesses, school groups, chruches, volunteers and over 2,000 walkers will come together for an exciting morning honoring our community's fundraising achievements. By donating or fundraising at least $35 to the cause of their choice, individuals will celebrate together while enjoying a breakfast, lunch, free t-shirt, live music, family friendly activities and a beautiful ocean walk along West Cliff Drive. Sign up now to support your favorite cause!


Date & Time:

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Rain or shine!
Registration: 8 am - 8:45 am
Run: 9:00 am
Walk: Immediately after runners


Location & Route:

The 5 mile course takes participants on a fun route through one of Santa Cruz's most iconic paths. The beautiful walk starts at 2300 Delaware Ave, and continues along West Cliff Drive to the Light House Park, ending back at 2300 Delaware where a BBQ lunch awaits you.

Click here to view the 5 mile course map (downloadable PDF).
Entertainment:

Enjoy festive live music throughout the morning.


Location: 2300 Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Calenda/Procession & Cooper Street Fiesta
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MAH
Free community dance and music celebration, featuring Senderos' Centeotl Danza y Baile and Ensemble
Date: 05/13/2017 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: ALL

Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetz  CALENDA & STREET FIESTA

Cooper Street Fiesta - 5:00-7:30pm - Free community dance and music celebration, featuring Senderos' Centeotl Danza y Baile and Ensamble Musical joined by visiting Banda de Viento (wind band) student musicians from Centro de Integracíon Social (CIS #8), San Bartholeme, Zoogocho, Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxacan food for sale to benefit Senderos - memelas, tamales, tejate beverage.

Authentic Oaxacan food on sale to benefit Senderos.


Location: Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 457-8208 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
VINTAGE AIR COOLED VW CAR SHOW
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Shoreline Middle School
Enjoy raffles, silent auction, prizes, live music and food trucks while checking out the vintage VWs
Date: 05/13/2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm


VINTAGE AIR COOLED VW CAR SHOW
Santa Cruz Air Cooled Car Club invites you to a free, family friendly, fun day. Enjoy raffles, silent auction, prizes, live music and food trucks while checking out the vintage VWs

 

 


Location: 855 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.475.6565 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Hymns and Chants: Music of the Mission
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State Park Mission
Living History Demonstration of music of the missions
Date: 05/13/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free!

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


Location: end of School Street, Santa Cruz 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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Historical Aircraft Display
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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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Aromas Country Garden Tour
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Aromas Grange
For garden lovers and folks who want to learn more about drought resistant plants and landscaping
Date: 05/13/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


Aromas Country Garden Tour 10am-4pm. The Aromas Country Garden Tour is for garden lovers and folks who want to learn more about drought resistant plants and landscaping. The day before Mother's Day - Wouldn't your mother love to see ten beautiful gardens ranging from small cottage to large farm style? Artists will be stationed along the paths working on and showing their art. The 4H will be selling their jams, jellies, potted plants and box lunches at the Aromas Grange.

 

Tour tickets may be purchased at the Aromas Grange, corner of Rose and Bardue.


Location: Rose Ave & Bardue St, Aromas Map
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Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Experience the wildlife and natural beauty of Younger Lagoon.
Date: The 2nd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 10 years of age and older. Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(Photos General) Seymour_youngerlagoonresevetour.jpgThis 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California's rare coastal lagoons. A tour is offered on selected Thursdays and Sundays of each month beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free with admission and open to the public. Space is limited to 12 participants. Advance reservations and advance payment required.


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz Map
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33rd Annual Mother's Run/Walk for Shelter
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Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
Together we can OUTRUN family homelessness!
Date: 05/14/2017 from 7:00am to 10:30am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: 1K Kids' Fun Run $20 after 5/5 $25; 5K & 10K $40 after 5/5 $50

PVSS' Annual Mother's Day Run for Shelter Fundraiser would not be possible without the support of our community race participants. Register today for this family-friendly and community-centric 1K Kid's Run, 5K Walk/Run, or 10K Run. Together we can OUTRUN family homelessness! Visit pvshelter.org for more information.


Location: Ramsay Park, 1301 Main Street, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-5649 •website Watsonville 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: 05/14/2017 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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Mother's Day Walk: Women of Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Honor spirited women of the park
Date: 05/14/2017 at 1:00pm


Mother's Day Walk: Women of Big Basin
Sunday May 14, 2017 at 1 pm
Celebrate Mother's Day in the park by honoring the spirited women who lived in, worked in and fought for Big Basin throughout its history.  Living history reenactments bring you back in time where you will meet pioneer homemaker Alice Maddock; Josephine McCrackin, the "Savior of the Redwoods" and Harriet "Petey" Weaver, the first female Ranger. Stroll through the magnificent redwoods on this 0.5 mile, 1 hour guided walk. Meet at Park Headquarters. This walk is wheelchair and stroller accessible.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Movie Club
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 8-10

Movie Club

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 


Phone: 661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Young Writer's Showcase
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
End-of-year reading for the Young Writers Program.
Date: 05/16/2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: 10+ Admission Fees: FREE

Join us Tuesday, May 16th for a reading from some of our talented local young writers, at the Young Writers Program 4th annual End-of-Year Reading!

Co-sponsored by Santa Cruz Arts Council and Santa Cruz County Office of Education, the Young Writers Program brings community volunteers into grade 4-12 classrooms to work on teacher-initiated writing projects. Student writing is then professionally published and made available at Bookshop Santa Cruz and other local bookstores.

http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/event/young-writers-showcase


Location: Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0900 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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Musical Me, Inc. Offers Music Together
Join us every 3rd Tuesday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

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

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

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


Location: Various Santa Cruz County Locati, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Workshop: Preventing & Managing Tantrums
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Preventing & Managing Tantrums
Date: 05/17/2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.

Attend this free parenting workshop to learn common reasons why children have tantrums; strategies to prevent tantrums from happening; and how to stay calm and handle tantrums if they do occur. Contact Toys "R" Us to register: (831) 479-4296 or 5843.Registry@toysrus.com


Location: Toys "R" Us, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Abalone Camping Adventure Sonoma Coast
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Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Camping and abalone diving/feasting... what could be better?
Date: Every day (May 18-May 21) at 3:00pm
Ages: Ages 3 and up

Abalone Camping Adventure Sonoma Coast


Adventure Sports Unlimited (ASU) has orchestrated family camping trips that involve wonderful environments that deliver sumptuous seafood for great gourmet gatherings forever.  We got too constrained with life and the retirement of certain venues and put these ventures on hold.  Last year we decided they were just too fun to leave out of our adventure program.  

 

As a forager, you are aware that Northern California is home of one of the world's most exotic seafood treats-giant snails-the Red Abalone.  Now there are abalone throughout the planet but none you can produce into steaks. Imagine succulent snail steaks!  We can coat them and cook them in garlic butter with a hint of lemon or make crepes filled with lobster-yum!  

 

And the place where it is legal to forage is on the picturesque California north coast with redwoods perched on granite crags abutting the rugged coast.  ASU will orchestrate camping at Ocean Cove situated on the cliffs of this most magnificent seascape, provide a kitchen worthy of gourmet preparations, and provide staff to aid in the sequester of succulent snail.  

 

We term the venture a Family Style Adventure (FSA) in which all work together to make epic things happen.  Your job is to bring camping paraphernalia, be responsible for personal camping fees & licenses, abalone foraging stuff, work in groups to create splendid meal, and luxuriate by firelight in this most beautiful space.  This venture will be one your whole family will cherish and leave you with your sole refreshed!

 

  Kitchen * Dining Area * Indian Sauna * Fireside Chats * Foraging Guides * Gourmet Coaches * Beautiful North California Seascape * $25/person/day


Location: 303 Potrero St #15, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 458-3648 •websitecreate a direct event link
9th Annual Health & Lifestyle Expo for Women
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My Santa Cruz Doctor
Date: 05/18/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


 

 

Santa Cruz County women - you deserve to feel good in your body, mind and soul. Do you want to invite improved health, more activity, better nutrition, and increased overall wellness into your life? You can be a healthier you! Ladies, grab your friends and family. Moms, take the night off. This event is all about you. Additionally, there will be wellness presentations, local exhibitors and fun giveaways! Register at: http://www.mysantacruzdoctor.org/registration-for-2017-womens-expo/


Location: Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


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


Location: Sutter Maternity and Surgery Cen, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
New Member Sunset Walk
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Elkhorn Slough
This event is for new members of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. If you joined last year or this year, please join us for this f
Date: 05/19/2017 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40/Member $35)

New Member Sunset Walk

his event is for new members of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation.  If you joined last year or this year, please join us for this free walk.   This is a special thank you and welcome to our newest members.  Especially for our newest supporters, please join us for a wonderful introduction to an Elkhorn Slough Foundation property as we enjoy a walk and snacks while watching the sunset over the slough.


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
EAT LIKE A GREEK Food Faire
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Greek Orthodox Church
Enjoy authentic, handcrafted Greek Food and Desserts
Date: Every day (May 19-May 21)
Admission Fees: Free admission

Eat Like a Greek Food Faire 2017

Come Enjoy our 11th Annual Greek Food Faire

Please join us for our annual Eat Like a Greek Food Faire, a three-day celebration of Greek culture, delicious food, and live music on May 19, 20, and 21 at the Mediterranean courtyard at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, located at 223 Church Street, downtown Santa Cruz. Visitors will have a chance to taste many Greek specialties.

Enjoy live Greek music performed by The Spartan Band throughout the three-day event. Bring friends and family, sit in the sunshine in the courtyard, and relax Greek style! Our Greek taverna features imported Greek spirits, wine, and beer, as well as local selections. Feel like dancing? Push a few chairs aside and enjoy yourself! New this year - FREE Wi-Fi will be available throughout the event!

Come live and Eat Like a Greek for a weekend!

 

1st Day May 19, 5 pm to 10 pm
2nd Day May 20, 11 am to 10 pm
3rd Day May 21, 12 pm to 7 pm


Location: Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Chu, 223 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.429.6500 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Endangered Species Weekend
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San Francisco Zoo
Did you know SF Zoo has dozens of threatened and endangered animals? We're celebrating all of them and raising awareness about E
Date: Every day (May 19-May 21)

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

Endangered Species Weekend

 

What do black rhinos, tigers, and lowland gorillas have in common? They're all endangered species and animals you can find at SF Zoo!  Did you know SF Zoo has dozens of threatened and endangered animals? We're celebrating all of them and raising awareness about Endangered Species Day (Friday, May 19) from Friday-Sunday. Conservation is at the heart of the Zoo's mission and you're invited to learn the importance of protecting endangered species as well as everyday actions you can take to help protect them. 

 

There are many opportunities to learn about conservation at the Zoo! 

 

Print the "Endangered Species Resource Guide" (coming soon) with a listing of endangered animals at SF Zoo and go around to visit them all.  Stop and listen to Keeper Talks taking place throughout the day.  Learn through touch and ask questions of an expert at one of the many biofacts stations displaying animal bones, skulls, furs and more. 


Pick up endangered species informational cards with animal fun facts. 


Keeper Talks

  • 10:15: Red Panda
  • 11:00/2:30: Big Cats
  • 12:00: Fishing Cat (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • 12:00 Greater one-horned rhino (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • 12:30: Black rhino (Friday only)
  • 12:45: Sifaka
  • 3:00: Chimpanzee

Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 753-7080 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
"Annie jr."
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Santa Cruz Performing Arts
Influential companies and speakers from the world of aerial robotics and commercial drones
Date: Every day (May 19-May 21)

Special Instructions: May 19th - 7pm, May 20th - 2pm or 7pm, May 21st - 2pm

 

"Annie jr." Tickets on Sale Now!

Annie - WIDE

Annie tickets on sale now

Performance Dates:
May 19th - 7pm,   May 20th - 2pm or 7pm,   May 21st - 2pm

Location:
Santa Cruz Veterans's Memorial Building, 846 Front St., Santa Cruz, CA

 


Location: Veterans's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (408) 438-0012 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
A Stellar Experience - Star Gazing at Quail Hollow
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Star gazing with the pros!
Date: 05/19/2017 from 8:00pm to 11:59pm


A Stellar Experience - Star Gazing at Quail Hollow

Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. - midnight and Friday, May 19, 8:00 p.m. - midnight Some people promise the stars; the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club delivers! Come to Quail Hollow Ranch where, gazing up at the night skies, you'll travel through space to see images like the earth's moon and all its craters and mountains, Jupiter and its moons, and the rings of Saturn. Bring your own telescope or just stop by and look through member's telescopes.Dress warmly. Rain or cloudy skies cancels the program. Free! All ages are welcome to attend

 

 


Location: Quail Hollow Ranch, 800 Quail Hollow Rd, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 454-7941 •website Felton create a direct event link
Triple P Workshop: Preparing Your Child for a New Baby
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Preparing Your Child for a New Baby
Date: 05/19/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: To register, contact the PEP office at (831) 457-7099 or register online at www.dignityhealth.org/dominican/pep

This Triple P Workshop is offered through the Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP). To register, contact the PEP office at (831) 457&#8208;7099 or register online at www.dignityhealth.org/dominican/pep


Location: Dominican Rehab Lifestyle Educat, 610 Frederick St., Santa Cruz Map
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Annual Spring Yard Sale
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Santa Cruz Montessori
Savvy shoppers will be able to bag bargains at Santa Cruz Montessori's Spring Yard Sale
Date: 05/20/2017 from 8:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

Savvy shoppers will be able to bag bargains at Santa Cruz Montessori's Spring Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017. Montessori parents are hosting the event at the school's main campus at 6230 Soquel Drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


All proceeds from the sale will go to support the school's financial aid program. "Fifty percent of our families receive scholarships to our school," says SCM Director Kim Saxton. "Santa Cruz Montessori is committed to supporting a diverse student body through its financial aid program - and our annual yard sale raises critical funds for this program."


Last year, the successful Spring Yard Sale raised much needed funds for the program. This year organizers are hoping to surpass last year's amount. In addition to high quality children's clothes and toys, shoppers will find a wide selection of strollers, bicycles, kitchen appliances, electronics, books, sporting goods, tools, furniture, men's and women's clothing - and one of-a-kind items.


For more information about the sale, or to donate items, call 831-476-1646. Santa Cruz Montessori is a non-profit school founded in 1964. It currently serves 290 students from preschool through junior high.


Location: Santa Cruz Montesorri School, 6230 Soquel Drive , Aptos Map
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Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series
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State Park Rancho del Oso
A four-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and intermediate artists.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Feb 18-May 20) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and

 

Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series

 

Joyce Rosenstiel will be leading a four-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and intermediate artists. Students will focus on watercolor basics, assembling your painting kit and fundamentals for landscape and nature painting. Learn to assemble a 6- by 9-inch sketch & paint travel kit for summer adventures.

 

From Rancho del Oso to the Grand Canyon, capturing the essence of unique landscapes through your art will stay with you for many years, often more profoundly than a photograph.

 

 This is a hands-on learning class. We will look at a scene together, then figure out a number of ways to sketch it out, and to mix the colors best needed to capture it on paper. You don't need to bring anything to the first class but curiosity and a wish to learn more. You can mix any color in nature from red, yellow and blue paint!

 

 

Saturday, February 18 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m.


This is a four-part series and preregistration is required; there is no fee. Call or email the Rancho Del Oso Docents to reserve a spot. This is a small group class; space is limited.

 


Location: Waddell Valley, 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
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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Seahorse Swim School's Free Swim Lessons
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Seahorse Swim School
Free Swim Lessons
Date: 05/20/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2017) seahorsefreeswimMay20.jpgParents are invited to bring their children to Seahorse Swim School's free swim lessons at the Seascape Sports Club.

 

This is a good opportunity for kids to "get their feet wet" or improve their swimming skills.

 

It is also a great opportunity for parents to learn more about Seahorse Swim School's Spring and Summer classes, including the Junior Guard program and meet the certified instructors and owner, Tiffany Harmon.


Location: Seascape Sports Club, Aptos, 1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-1993 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Getting to know Arana Gulch: Guided Hike
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Learn more about organic farming practices and current science behind organic products
Date: 05/20/2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: $15 General | $10 Children | 50% off for Museum Members

Getting to know Arana Gulch: Guided Hike

Pre-registration required. Click Here to register
Arana Gulch Park is a beautiful green space and rare sanctuary for coastal terrace prairie. On this guided hike learn about recent efforts to restore and conserve this unique habitat from restoration ecologists, and meet the flora and fauna of this rich landscape. This is a family-friendly hike and will include hands-on activities, tools for exploration, and a fun craft to celebrate spring!

 

Registration is required-the meeting location will be shared in your confirmation email. This is a 1.25 mile long walk along a mostly paved or packed trail. Please wear sturdy shoes. We recommend that you bring layers, sun protection, and water.


Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Work, Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month at 2:00pm


WORK DAY & BARN DANCE

Next is Saturday, July 16th

 

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2:00pm / Work Day

What kind of activities will you do? The farm projects change every week and each day with the passing of the season, but these tips will help prepare you:

  • Parking is behind the Roadside Barn for you and the other farm hands.
  • Check-in at the Roadside Barn where everybody will join up to start.
  • Please leave dogs at home. (We love them too, but this isn't a good event for them!)
  • For comfort bring bottles of water to stay hydrated, layers of clothing to adapt to unpredictable weather, sunscreen and sun hats to shade you, and wear closed-toe shoes to protect your feet!
  • To pitch in, bring work gloves to protect your hands, gardening tools for working the soil and cutting plants, and plenty of enthusiasm! (We have backup gloves and tools in case you forget, so don't fret!

4:00pm / Optional Farm Tour ~ Cost is $12-20 per person.

Our tour discusses our sustainable agricultural practices, ranges over the entire 27 acres of the farm, takes folks in to peek at the historic Steele Ranch buildings, visits the goats, cows, chickens, and pigs and when possible, includes sampling from the fields.


6:00pm / Potluck Dinner followed by music and dancing!

Cost for the dance is $12-20 per person on a sliding scale; everyone contributes what they can! PLEASE NOTE THAT AN RSVP is recommended but not required and is helpful for our own planning purposes. Nobody will be turned away.

 

The potluck brings several dozen people out, each sporting a dish they've cooked up to share.

The dance features the County Line Pickers (Jim Davies, bass; Joni Davies, guitar; Josh Lane, mandolin; Ken Clarkson, banjo; Jon Young and Nancy Vail, fiddles) with caller Andy Wilson to lead the dosey-does and more!

 

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


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-0995 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
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State Park Mission
Follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt...spin your own wool
Date: 05/20/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Goat Hill Fair
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Goat Hill Fair
Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!
Date: Every day (May 20-May 21) from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 at the door

Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!  

 

What better way to spend some time than road tripping to a vacation destination? Head west to the coast of Central California -}  stop in for a full day of vintage hunting, and then cruise a couple miles to the sand 'n sun of Santa Cruz (and environs). Great way to treat yourself! Special girls-getaway! Memorable Mother's Day gift! Delightful couple quality time!

 

One month from now ~ on May 20th & 21st ~ the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds gates will be open to our guests. Still time to cure some wanderlust! Make a plan.... mark the calendar and head to our website to grab some Early Goat tickets! There are a limited number available.

 

See you soon.. with those happy, relaxed looks of vacationing joy on your faces!

 

Early Goat Tickets


Location: Santa CruzCounty Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 221-5054 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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Coastal Watershed Council
Join us for service demos, live music, food, games, prizes and more
Date: 05/20/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Join the Coastal Watershed Council in celebrating the 8th anniversary of Santa Cruz Core Fitness + Rehab. With a location right along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk and a team of friendly, talented staff that love the San Lorenzo River, we couldn't be more thrilled to invite you to celebrate this local business.

 

Join us for service demos, live music, food, games, prizes and more on Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Santa Cruz CORE at 317 Potrero St. Suite C, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

 

Benefits from the party will support the Coastal Watershed Councils' work to reconnect a healthy San Lorenzo River watershed to a vibrant community. Join us and enter the raffle for a chance to win a year of free massage and so much more.

 


Location: CORE, 317 Potrero St., Santa Cruz Map
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Movie at the Mission: Disney's "The Brave Little Toaster"
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State Parks Mission
Movie at the Mission: Disney's "The Brave Little Toaster"
Date: 05/20/2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks kicks off summer special events with Movie at the Mission featuring Disney's "The Brave Little Toaster".

"The Brave Little Toaster" is the story of a group of outdated appliances whose home is about to be sold to new owners. Led by the loyal toaster, they embark on a journey in search for their original owner. The appliances battle the wildness of swamps, city streets and junkyards, and, in the process, learn that they are worth more than their rusty parts.

Doors for this free event open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8:30 p.m. Families are invited to come early with a picnic to enjoy before the show. Please bring low chairs or blankets to sit on. There will be a cash-only snack bar offering popcorn, cookies, hot apple cider, lemonade and a toast bar, complete with toppings. Proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz Mission.

The movie is suitable for all ages. Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is at 144 School St. in Santa Cruz.


Location: Mission State Park, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •websitecreate 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 Shaffer Rd., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Hike4Peace
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Tara Redwood School & Land of Medicine Buddha
Inaugural Hike4Peace - Come together for positive action and interaction!
Date: 05/21/2017 from 11:00am to 4:30pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: FREE

Tara Redwood School will host its Inaugural Annual Hike 4 Peace and Community Gathering at our beautiful Land of Medicine Buddha. The entire event is FREE and everyone is invited to join. This is a community event intended to bring the entire community together for positive action and interaction! We believe it is important, now more than ever, to create opportunities for people to come together in a positive way. Our intention is to gather as a community to generate peace and compassion for all.
We hope you will join us in creating a peaceful and powerful day.


Location: Hike4Peace, Land of Medicine Buddha 5800 Prescott Rd, Soquel, CA 95073, Soquel Map
Phone: (831) 475-0201 •website Soquel create a direct event link
Watsonville Open Streets
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Open Streets Santa Cruz County
Enjoy a fun event with family friendly activities on the streets
Date: 05/21/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Brennan/Union St. from Callaghan Park (Freedom Blvd.) to the City Plaza

Open Streets Watsonville will be held in the historic downtown Watsonville on Brennan/Union St. from Callaghan Park (Freedom Blvd.) to the City Plaza. Come out and enjoy the car-free Pop-up Street Park with free activities and performances!

Open Streets Santa Cruz County's mission is to promote alternative transportation and healthy communities. Interested in sponsoring or hosting an activity? Email julia@bikesantacruzcounty.org.

 


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


Special Parents Information Network, SPIN

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

 

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

 

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

Child care will not be provided at these meetings.


See you soon! Nancy Winans, SPIN Mentor Program Coordinator

 

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


Location: Sutter Maternity and Surgery Cen, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
12th Annual VIVE OAXACA GUELAGUETZA
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Harbor Hgh
An authentic cultural festival with food, music, dance, music, and crafts
Date: 05/21/2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: ALL

Come spend a day in Oaxaca!

12th Annual VIVE OAXACA GUELAGUETZA

 

The Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza is an authentic cultural festival with food, music, dance, music, and crafts presented the third Sunday each May at Harbor High School. This local festival is like the traditional fiestas celebrated each July in Oaxaca, Mexico. Guelaguetza is a Zapotec word that means "a commitment of sharing and cooperation." Guelaguetza is a celebration that honors the gods for sufficient rainfall and a bountiful harvest.

 


Location: La Fonda, Santa Cruz Map
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Open House at Cherryvale Art Farm
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Cherryvale Art Farm
Open house, art in a country setting
Date: 05/21/2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm


(A April 2016) CherryvaleArtFarm_Goat.jpgOpen House at Cherryvale Art Farm 2-3pm. Come visit our inspirational environment, meet our sweet farm animals and pick up a paintbrush!

 

Cherryvale Art Farm, 4900 Cherryvale Ave. Soquel. 462-2524. www.CherryvaleArtFarm.com

 


Location: 4900 Cherryvale Ave, Soquel Map
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Paws in the Park Series Kickoff
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Coastal Wattershed Council
Enjoy the sweet sounds of Pat Hull, The Painted Horses and The Monets
Date: 05/21/2017 from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: $10

Paws in the Park Series Kickoff

 

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join 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.

 


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Goal-Setting for Sanity: Easing the transition to adulthood
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Art Factory
Learn to set goals with your pre-/teens to make a smooth transition to adulthood
Date: 05/22/2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: Adult Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Please register: http://bit.ly/2p42SRB

In this free parent workshop, writer and teacher Suki Wessling will lead parents through the preparatory steps of setting up a goal-setting system with their teens/pre-teens.

 

Why goal-setting? We all know that raising teens can be stressful. Academically, emotionally, and socially they are in a time of huge transition and growth. Parent/teen interactions can become minefields where teens inevitably feel that they are misunderstood, and parents find themselves pushing buttons they didn't know were there.

 

Helping teens learn about goal-setting offers new vocabulary and strategies for avoiding or resolving these conflicts. In this workshop, we will identify problems in our households, talk about the basics of goal-setting, and explore how this approach can help improve parent/teen relationships during the time of transition.

 

This workshop will be geared to both homeschooling and schooling families.

 

Please register: http://bit.ly/2p42SRB


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Drive #15, Aptos Map
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Bicycle Traffic Safety and the Law
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Santa Cruz Police
Find out who has the right of way
Date: 05/22/2017 at 6:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Discussion Topic: Laws relevant to cyclists on the roadways

Particular attention will be given to auto, bicycle and pedestrian right of way issues, sidewalk riding and direction of travel.  The presentation will also include animations of collisions and right of way issues.


Location: 155 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Workshop: Preventing & Managing Disobedience
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Preventing & Managing Disobedience
Date: 05/23/2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent&#8208;trainings.

Attend this free workshop to learn why children might be uncooperative or refuse to follow directions; how to give instructions to facilitate your child's cooperation; and how to respond calmly and consistently when your child refuses to follow directions.


Location: Community Bridges, 236 Santa Cruz Ave., Aptos Map
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Alice in Wonderland
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Los Gatos Ballet
We are excited about our brand new full-length production of Alice in Wonderland, a whimsical journey down the rabbit hole to Wo
Date: Every day (May 26-May 28)


We invite you and your students to the whimsical production of Alice in Wonderland.  Join Alice on her journey down the rabbit hole to Wonderland where she meets Tweedle Dee & Dum, Woodland Creatures, the Mad Hatter, the mischievous Cheshire Cat and many more fanciful characters.  It is an adventure not to miss!


Our Mission is to inspire and cultivate an appreciation and love of dance by providing quality educational and training programs, superb performances, and collaboration with other arts organizations.  Los Gatos Ballet is a 501(c)3 organization.

Choreography:  Raul Salamanca

 

Tickets: LosGatosBallet.org

Pre-Sale Tickets: April 10 to 12
Public Sales Begin: April 13

 


Location: West Valley College Theater, 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga Map
Phone: 408.399.7577 •website Los Gatos create 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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Spring Book Sale!
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Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
BIG Booksale!
Date: Every day (May 26-May 27)
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: free admission
Special Instructions: See varying times

(0 May 2017) Library_SpringBookSale2017.jpgCome to the Spring Book Sale at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium! Over 10,000 books, most $1 - $3, will be available to purchase. All proceeds will go toward helping your local public libraries!

Friday, May 26th: Library Supporters Night (Annual Donors $50+), 5 - 8 PM.
Saturday, May 27th: Open to Everyone, 10 AM - 1:30 PM, 2 - 4 PM ($5/bag).

To learn more about the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, visit our website http://fscpl.org/


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium , 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Hike to Buzzard's Roost
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State Park Big Basin
Moderate two-mile climb going out, easy return, not recommended for small children
Date: 05/27/2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Hike to Buzzard's Roost
Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5-mile round trip to Buzzard's Roost. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hike to a dramatic rock formation with a commanding view of the park. We gain 1,200 feet in elevation on the way up. After a relaxed lunch on the rocks, we return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Truth Circle For Mamas
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Circle Of Changes (Martina Lin)
Connection, Inner Peace, Support
Date: 05/27/2017 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: donation: $10-$20

The Truth Circle For Mama is a sanctuary for women walking the challenging and rewarding path of motherhood.

It is a safe place for us to open up and to reconnect with the deep well of resources within, to find a safe, supportive and inspiring sisterhood with other mothers.

In the circle,

. Learn meditation techniques or tools to reconnect to the inner peace within.
. Explore how to integrate parenting, motherhood, feminine, transformation and spirituality.
. Share challenges, celebrations and dreams and hope.


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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: 05/27/2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All

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


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Science Saturday: All About Birds!
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Meet a live great horned owl, meet the wild bird rehab team from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and learn about condors
Date: 05/27/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Science Saturday: All About Birds  Science Saturday: All About Birds

Join us for a day of feathered fun as we fly into the wonderful world of birds. Learn about the California Condor with experts from the Ventana Wilderness Society, talk to the wild bird rehab team from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and meet a LIVE great horned owl with Master Falconer Antonio Balestreri. Come for free and educational family fun, and leave with a bird craft to take home!


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Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
Phone: 831-648-5716 •website Pacific Grovecreate a direct event link
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 day (May 27-May 28) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Ages: All

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, May 27 from 9:30-12:30
Sunday, May 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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What They Wore
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State Park Mission
Brand new Living History Demonstration!
Date: 05/27/2017 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
Brand new Living History Demonstration!
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.

 

This event is FREE. Rain or Shine.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz American Music Festival
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Santa Cruz American Music Festival
A mix of country, Americana and good ole rock 'n' roll,
Date: Every day (May 27-May 28)
Admission Fees: $25 - $190

Get ready for some house rockin' Blues, Americana, and Country Music as we kick the summer into high gear at the 2nd Annual Santa Cruz American Music Festival on Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the beginning of summer vacations, family fun, and great musical experiences shared with both old and new friends.

For more than 24 years Aptos Village Park has been the host to a rich and storied history of great music that brings us all together.


This festival will continue to honor the diverse nature of Traditional American Music by bringing world-class artists together for two fun-filled days of LIVE music in this exceptionally beautiful park, featuring a state-of-the-art sound system for your enjoyment. We hope you will join us as we pay tribute to some of the finest musical talents around!

 

  • Two full days of top talent in a variety of Traditional American Music genres at Aptos Village Park, a natural amphitheater of oaks and redwoods surrounding a beautiful sunny grass meadow near the Monterey Bay.
  • Featuring a state-of-the-art sound system and open-air staging.
  • Merchandise booths for all the new Santa Cruz American Music Festival gear.
  • Easy access to the artist's booth where you can meet some of the artists, purchase their merchandise and get autographs.
  • Food & drink booths with BBQ, Asian, Mexican, wraps, pizza, organic fare, New Orleans style, gourmet hot dogs, kettle korn, frozen fruit bars, smoothies, desserts, water, non-alcoholic beverages, beer & wine. Use your Festival Bucks here!
  • Children's area with face painting and balloon twisting.

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Location: Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos Map
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Felton Covered Bridge Festival
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Felton Business Assoc
A day of fun! Entertainment, food, parade, music, kids activities craft vendors
Date: 05/27/2017
Admission Fees: free

A MEMORIAL DAY TRADITION IN FELTON

 

The Felton Remembers Parade & Covered Bridge Festival

The Felton Remembers Parade is an annual parade held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, to honor the lives of the brave men and women who died while serving in our country's armed forces. The parade also pays tribute to surviving veterans and families of fallen soldiers.

 

The Covered Bridge Festival is in its 29th year! The festival has been held on memorial day weekend every year since 1989. The original purpose of the festival was to raise funds for to repair the Felton Covered Bridge. Now that the bridge has been restored, funds raised from the festival are used to put on other community events in the town of Felton, including the Felton Remembers Parade, the annual Tree Lighting ceremony, etc.

 

The Parade

Expect to see: Fire Engines, Marching Bands, Horses, Military Veterans, Antique Autos, Military Vehicles, maybe a Tank (A Tank??)  Or perhaps you'd rather be in the parade.. It's great fun! Click here to learn more

 

The Festival

The festival features Live Music, A variety of Food, Arts&Crafts Vendors, Children's Activities, and much more. Follow the links below to find out more!

 

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The Covered Bridge Festival is a kid-friendly event. There will be plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained!  Giant Balloons! Face Painting  Bounce House  Arts & Crafts

 

Music

We have a great musical lineup for the 2017 Covered Bridge Festival! Music will start at 11 and continue throughout the day. There will be hay bales to sit on, and plenty of open space to dance or spread out a blanket and enjoy the show.

 

Food at the Festival

We have a great lineup of food vendors for the 2017 festival. We tried to provide a variety of choices, including some vegan and vegetarian options.

Saucyez -Sauceyz is a popular local food truck. Their passion with food runs deep; They focus on low and slow smoked meats, awesome burgers, amazing fried dishes, killer tacos, and delicious salad wraps. They create a high quality meal using locally sourced whenever possible.

Efis DUTCH-INDO -Efi's (pronounced Afee's) is Dutch-Indo cuisine w/ a contemporary twist.

Outlaw -A local Felton vendor, offering Philly Cheese Steaks and other delectable treats

Steve's Shave Ice - A Covered Bridge Festival Tradition! What summer festival would be complete without shave ice!

 

History of the Bridge

Construction was completed on The Felton Covered Bridge in September of 1892. For roughly 40 years, the bridge served as the main crossing of the San Lorenzo River, carrying horses, bicycles, and automobiles to and from Scotts Valley and beyond. In 1937, construction began on a new concrete bridge, which made the covered bridge obsolete. Thanks to the efforts of many dedicated individuals, the bridge has been preserved ever since. 


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Evening Campfire Programs
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State Park Big Basin
Join us for evening campfire programs
Date: Every day (May 27-May 28) at 7:00pm


Campfire Programs
Saturday, May 27 at 7 pm
Sunday, May 28 at 7 pm
Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallow roasting (we provide the marshmallows and sticks!) starts at 7 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Meet at the Campfire Center.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Family Discovery Walk
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State Park Big Basin
We'll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile round trip walk
Date: 05/27/2017 at 1:00pm


Family Discovery Walk
Join Docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin's redwood forest! We'll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile roundtrip walk that lasts about 1.5 hours. Bring water, a snack and an adventurous spirit! Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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The Secrets of Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: 05/27/2017 at 9:30am

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

The Secrets of Castle Rock 9:30am. Castle Rock State Park is known for its expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities, yet there are many more secrets to share with you! Meet at the kiosk at 9:30am to explore the many sides of Castle Rock. This 2.5-mile hike will last about two hours, so bring plenty of water and dress in layers.

 

Contact 291-8273 for more information. Program is free, parking is $8. Rain cancels. Castle Rock State Park, Located at 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos.

 


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest.
Date: Every day (May 27-May 29)

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Big Basin Nature Club
Saturday, May 27 at 4:30 pm
Sunday, May 28 at 4:30 pm
Monday, May 29 at 10 am
This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Nature Lodge.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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36th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment
Date: Every day (May 27-May 28)


Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes. Experience the sights and sounds of cavalry charges, musket fire and artillery shells in one of the longest-running historic reenactments in the West.

 

Ride an 1880s "iron horse" through an ancient redwood forest and witness skirmishes as the steam train ascends Bear Mountain. Glimpse a soldier's daily life as he cooks meals over a campfire, cleans his musket and prepares for the day's campaign. Then chow down on a Chuck Wagon Barbecue and take in the camp. See you at Roaring Camp for this fun family event on Memorial Day Weekend!

 

 Admission is $5 per person. Get a $2 discount off Roaring Camp Train Tickets by showing admission ticket


Location: Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
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Santa Cruz LongBoard Contest
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City of Santa Cruz
Great chance to see longboard surfing in action at Steamer Lane
Date: Every day (May 27-May 28) at 8:00am


Santa Cruz Longboard Union Memorial Day Invitational

Considered “the best longboard contest in the US,” this invitational attracts 200 surfers from all over and provides for some riveting entertainment for spectators. You can even enter a raffle for a chance to win a handcrafted surf board of your own. Vendors selling locally-made clothing, jewlery, wetsuits, and more will be set up Saturday and Sunday

 

 

 

 


Location: Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz Map
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Lumberjack Breakfast
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Corralitos Padres
Join us for breakfast to support youth
Date: 05/28/2017 from 6:00am to 12:00pm


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Story Time Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
Date: 05/28/2017 from 1:00pm to 1:30pm


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

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Music & Art Festival
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Boulder Creek Recreation & Parks
Date: 05/28/2017 from 11:30am to 7:00pm


When: 5/28 from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm
Where: Junction Park
Cost: Free Admission


Bring the whole family to enjoy this Memorial Weekend fundraiser for Boulder Creek Recreation Programs. There will be kid activities, art vendors, and plenty of music including JnJ Dynamite, Dead Men Rocking, and Mofongo. BBQ and beer provided by Boulder Creek Brewery and more.

 

 


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Story Time Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
Date: 05/28/2017 from 1:00pm to 1:30pm


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

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Guided Adobe Tour!
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State Park Mission
Tours of the 180 year old mission
Date: 05/29/2017

Special Instructions: Call to confirm!

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

 


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: 05/29/2017
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 and 2

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

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Summer Kick-off Swim!
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Santa Cruz County Parks
If you love swimming and music bring your bathing suits, smiles and the whole family
Date: 05/29/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: regular admission fees

Summer Kick-off! Swim on Memorial Day - Monday, May 29, from 1-4 PM.

 

Bring your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of swimming, games, food, and music.

 

All of the summer recreation swim options will be available, including the water slide, aqua climb wall, deep-end inner tubes, and the Wibit inflatable fun course!

 

This event is rain or shine, and regular admission fees apply. Please check the Parks website for the schedule of activities and admission information..


Location: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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