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Conversations for Change Tackles Power
Discussion with others around local and national issues - learn something new, make friends, understand others perspectives
06/25/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map

Conversations for Change Tackles Power

Conversations for Change are designed to foster greater understanding among individuals who may have different viewpoints.

 

Project Connect and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries invite you to explore "Power:  Responsibilities, Misunderstandings & Assumptions." 

 

In a nation with differing experiences or perceptions about power and the abuse of power, how do we navigate situations where there is a potential for misunderstandings?  This Conversation for Change will deal with unequal status, privilege and power, and the ways we deal with the differences. 

 

Participants in these small group conversations, guided by a trained host, practice being open and curious about all perspectives, with a focus on learning from one another. The discussions are free, but registration and review of the conversation agreements is required. To register and view the agreements, visit santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5455402.


Project Connect is a group of actively engaged citizens who care about bridging divides in our community as a means of preserving our democratic republic and the flourishing of our country. It is a Finding Common Ground team associated with Santa Cruz Indivisible.

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Evening Campfire Programs
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Th and Sa (Jun 1-Jun 8) at 7:00pm


Evening Campfire Programs

Saturday, June 1 at 7pm

Saturday, June 8 at 7pm

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 7pm from June 10 to June 30

Join us at our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


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

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


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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The Pirates of Penzance
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UCSC Theater Arts Department
UCSC singers and orchestra come together to present a fully-staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.
Date: Every day (May 30-Jun 2)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

The Pirates of Penzance

 Thursday, May 30, 2019 to Sunday, June 2  Recital Hall, Music Center (UCSC)Presented by: Music Department

 

UCSC singers and orchestra come together to present a fully-staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.


The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is a comic operetta in two acts with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from a mistaken apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Difficulties ensue when Frederic swears it his duty to erase piracy from the face of the earth, only to discover that, as his birthday falls on February 29th (on leap-year), his apprenticeship is not yet over because he is legally only 5.

 

The Pirates of Penzance features the well-known "I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major-General" (the tune of which many know as "The Elements Song" by Tom Lehrer).

 

The production features costume design in collaboration with Academy of Arts University, sets and lighting by Dave Dunning and Legend Theatrical, hair and makeup by Santa Cruz Shakespeare's Jessica Carter, with choreography by Makenna Bantillo.

 

Bruce Kiesling conducts the UCSC Orchestra and singers. Sheila Willey directs. Sung in English, with English supertitles.

Performances:
May 30-June 2
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 PM
Sunday at 3:00 PM


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CEMENT SHIP Street Fair
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Seacliff Improvement Association
Celebrate with live music, magicians, kid-friendly activities, local vendors of crafts, history, ice cream, pizza, and food truc
Date: 06/01/2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

Join us for the SS Palo Alto Centennial CEMENT SHIP Street Fair!

Downtown Seacliff

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 11:30am - 4pm.

The Seacliff Improvement Association and the Seacliff Business Partnership are excited to host the SS Palo Alto Centennial Street Fair in Seacliff. In conjunction with celebratory activities at Seacliff State Beach, the inaugural Seacliff Cement Ship Street Fair will take place on Broadway between Santa Cruz and Center Avenues to celebrate our local floating icon and feature live music, magicians, kid-friendly activities, local vendors of crafts, history, ice cream, pizza, and food trucks. Admission is Free!

 

  • Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the cement ship
  • Food Trucks including Ate3One (American style food) and Choke Coach - artichoke focused with Filipino inspired dishes
  • STEVEN GRAVES BAND - West Coast Americana Roots Band - Soaring Harmonies... Crafty Lyrics and Irresistibly Danceable Beats!
  • Magician Doug Hofkins
  • Local Crafts, Wares, and Food

Founded in 1948, the Seacliff Improvement Association works toward civic betterment, improvement of public works, environment beautification and conservation of our natural resources. The newly-formed Seacliff Business Partnership is a merchant organization promoting the Seacliff Village retail district.


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Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Experience
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
With the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Date: Every Sa (Jun 1-Aug 24) from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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

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

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


Location: Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Summer in the Libraries
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This year's theme, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, was chosen to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves,
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Aug 10)


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

 

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

 

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

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

How to Participate

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


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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

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

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


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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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 at 11:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm

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


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Big Basin Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
Pretend, play, sing, and explore!
Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sa at 4:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See different times

Big Basin Nature Club

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

This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing, and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the campfire center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Local History Series
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History matters. History is all around us. Come explore local history with us!
Date: Every Sa (Apr 27-Jun 1)
Ages: 6-12 year olds Admission Fees: Free

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will kick off its Spring 2019 Local History Series at the Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Rd. on Saturday April 6th from 11 a.m. to noon.

 

Relive the 1940's to the 1970's with Jay Topping, who will offer a lively presentation on Scotts Valley in the days of Santa's Village, Lost World, and Hocus Pocus, the TV clown remembered by thousands of kids. Jay Topping is the historian of the Scotts Valley Historical Society. As the Ambassador at the Chamber of Commerce he is very active in promoting Scotts Valley's rich 160-year history.

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "History matters. History is all around us. It connects us with sense of place, shared experience, and shared culture. Making local history accessible to the community is one of the most important ways libraries can connect people with each other and the world." The Spring Local History series brings local historians of note specializing in different geographic areas of the county for lively discussions, classes on doing your own research, plus Q & A.

 

Upcoming events in the series include:

 

· Tales of Old FeltonApril 27th 1 - 2:30 p.m. • The Satellite, Felton, 6265 Highway 9

 

· Research the History of Your House with Digital Tools, Sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz, Historic Preservation Commission • May 4th 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Downtown Library, 224 Church St.


· Imagining and making a University Campus at Santa Cruz, Sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz, Historic Preservation Commission • May 25th 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Downtown Library, 224 Church St.

 

· Seabright: Santa Cruz Cultural Hub in the Early 20th Century June 1st 11 a.m. - noon • Branciforte Library, 230 Gault St.

 

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries will also participate in the Santa Cruz County History Fair on May 18th noon to 4 p.m. at the Capitola Community Center, 4400 Jade St. Capitola. Come and find out how you can learn more about our local history.


Location: Scotts Valley Branch, 251 Kings Village Rd
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Old Growth Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

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


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

We Bring the Sandhills to You!

Saturday and Sundays from 11am to 2pm

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

 

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


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Open House 2019
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State Park Castro Adobe
"Thanks for the Memories" is a chance for history buffs, locals and Castro family descendants to visit
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 6-Dec 29) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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

 

2019 Castro Adobe Open House events

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

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

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

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm

 

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturdays 12pm

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

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
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Arboretum
Free guided tour with paid admission, $3
Date: Every Sa

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

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

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

 

Admission to the Arboretum

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

 


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Junior Rangers
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State Park Big Basin
We'll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile round trip walk
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Jun 30)

Special Instructions: See times and dates

Junior Rangers

Sunday, June 2 at 11am
Daily (except Thursdays) at 3pm from June 8 to June 30

Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the campfire center 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

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

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

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

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


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


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey Map
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Old-Growth Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Explore the redwoods!
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Old-Growth Redwood Tour                                                                                  

Saturdays at 11am and 2pm

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

 

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


Location: Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Pacific Voices 25th-Anniversary Spring Concert
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Pacific Voices
70-voice community chorus that specializes in preservation and innovation of an extremely broad range of folk music from culture
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Jun 2) at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: $15-$20
Special Instructions: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Pacific Voices 25th-Anniversary Spring Concert

Pacific Voices is celebrating its quarter-century anniversary with a special concert. A Santa Cruz treasure, the local nonprofit is a 70-voice community chorus that specializes in preservation and innovation of an extremely broad range of folk music from cultures, languages and traditions around the world across eight centuries.

 

This concert in particular includes poems from Jelaladdin Rumi and Emily Dickinson, stories of Harriet Tubman and Ellis Island, nods to Barbershop, Zen and Broadway and a wide range of songs with roots in Africa.


Location: Samper Recital Hall, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Old Cove Landing Trail Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.
Date: Every Sa (Jun 1-Jun 29) from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: 4/6, 20, 27

Old Cove Landing Trail

Saturday, June 1 at 11am

Saturday, June 15 at 11am

Saturday, June 22 at 11am

Saturday, June 29 at 11am

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


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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Do It Yourself Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


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


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

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Old Tree Trail Hike

Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30pm

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

 

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

 

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


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Reading In the Redwoods
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Library Felton
Join our monthly book club!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


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

 

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

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

 

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


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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2019 Season Subscription
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Mountain Community Theater
Theater at its delightful best in Ben Lomond!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Mar 15-Dec 15)
Ages: 12+

2019 Season Subscription

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

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

 

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
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Campfire Programs Portola
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Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Fri and Sa at 8:00pm


Campfire Programs

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

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


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

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

 

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


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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every Sa at 11:00am

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

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
  Sat 11am
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1 mile loop; elevation gain 300 feet    
Ascend through Douglas-fir, madrone, and tanoak to see the park’s imposing namesake peak—a good spot for bouldering and roped climbs. The surrounding smaller rocks are a great playground for children.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Loneliness: We’re Still Here
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MAH
There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before,
Date: Every day (Apr 5-Sep 22)


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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


Transforming Empathy into Action

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

 

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

 

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


Telling Stories Through Art

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Admission Fees

$10 General Admission

$8 Students

Free for MAH members and children under 5.

Free on the First Friday of each month


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

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


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

 

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


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


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Zumba! y Feria de Salud
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Zumba! y Feria de Sald en Live Oak
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Jun 1-Jul 13) from 9:00am to 10:30am
Ages: Families and all ages Admission Fees: Free

VENGAN LISTOS PARA BAILAR, COMER, Y HABLAR DE SALUD CON TODA LA FAMILIA EN ESTE PROGRAMA GRATIS.

Instructora de Zumba Catalina nos acompañará para empezar nuestros días con baile. Después habrá arte y actividades para niños y distribución de alimentos de parte de Second Harvest Food Bank.

Para registrarse llame a 831-427-7717 o Regístrese Aquí. Seleccione el número de participantes, haga un clic en Begin.

Tendrá que proveer su primer nombre (first name) y apellido (last name). Correo electrónico (email) y numero de teléfono (phone number) son opcionales.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Pigeon Point Light Station Guided Tour
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
History walks of the lighthouse
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

Guided History Tour

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, Pescadero, CA

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


Location: Guided Tour, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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Variety Pack Guided Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 11:00am


Variety Pack Guided Hike

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am

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


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder
Tour Wilder Ranch!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 5-Dec 29) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed
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State Park Big Basin
Come to the visitor center, next to park headquarters, to get answers!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm


Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed

Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 1pm

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


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Tchaikovsky Spectaclar!
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Santa Cruz Symphony
Experience the fireworks and cannons of the 1812 Overture inside the Civic! Join us for a evening of Spectacular Tchaikovsky mus
Date: 06/01/2019 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: all

Tchaikovsky Spectacular!

Experience the fireworks and cannons of the 1812 Overture inside the Civic! Join us for a evening of Spectacular Tchaikovsky music with a Light Show!

 

We will start the evening off with our annual Street Party at 6:00 in front of the Civic, featuring Watsonville Taiko. We will have food and drink available to purchase, plus a chance to peruse the various auction items we will be presenting at the intermission to help raise money for our Music Education programs.

 

Fun for the whole family! Bring a group of 10+ and get a discount of 25%. A great way to kick off the summer!

PROGRAM

 

TCHAIKOVSKY             

Onegin Polonaise

Swan Lake Scene 1

Trepak - conducted by the 2018 Baton Winner!

--- Intermission and auction ---

Marche Slav 

Sleeping Beauty Valse

1812 Overture 


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Street Party          Saturday June 1, 2019, 6:00 pm, in front of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium with entertainment by Watsonville Taiko, plus food and drink available for purchase.


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Center, 307 Church St, Aptos Map
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DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


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


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Artichoke Festival
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Castroville Artichoke Festival
Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup and much more!
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Jun 2)
Admission Fees: $5-$60

The Artichoke Festival is a commemoration of all things artichoke. The event has artichoke cooking demos, tours of artichoke farms, artichoke-themed art and souvenirs (and a contest to make art out of actual artichokes!), an artichoke parade, artichokes (and other vegetables) for sale at the farmers' market, a race through the artichoke fields, a classic car show, a wine exposition, and of course artichokes prepared in every way imaginable.

 

A tradition for over half a century, the Artichoke Festival takes place every June. Open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday, the Artichoke Festival features foods and events all centered around one of Monterey County's favorite thistle.

 

Artichoke Festival Parade & Car Show

The Castroville Artichoke Festival Parade marches through the streets of Castroville and officially kicks off the festivities. The entries are fighting for top prize, and the competition is fierce! Large floats, performing entertainment acts such as marching bands and baton corps, cheerleaders, classic cars, equestrians and more will all participate in the Castroville Artichoke Festival Parade.

 

Live Music

The Artichoke Festival hosts live acts including performances from great bands. There's something for everyone with everything from rock & roll, country, swing, to mariachi.

 

Other Events

Throughout the weekend, check out the various children's activities including games, face painting and live shows. Sample award-winning wines from throughout the state. Admire three-dimensional sculptures built from fruits and vegetables in the Agro Art competition. Learn the many ways you can prepare artichokes at cooking demonstrations throughout the festival. A farmers' market, arts and crafts vendors and food stands selling artichokes prepared in every way assure you won't go home hungry or empty-handed.

 

Tickets and Schedule

Tickets are $5 - $60


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
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Little & Junior Rangers Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Little Rangers: Saturdays and Sundays at 10am; Junior Rangers: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1pm
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa


Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

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

 

Junior Rangers

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1pm

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


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival
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Bonny Doon Elementary School
Help fund science and arts programs and grow the Bonny Doon School Future Fund.
Date: 06/01/2019 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Advanced $55.00 + fee; Day of $75.00 +fee

17th Annual Bonny Doon Art Wine & Brew Festival

The Bonny Doon Community School Foundation presents their 17th annual fundraising event for Bonny Doon Elementary School. Celebrate the local community and enjoy wine and craft brew tastings, artisan vendors, live music, a wine pull and food trucks! There's even a live auction as well as an online auction. Must be 21 or older to attend.

 

https://www.bonnydoonartandwinefestival.com/ Please Join us on June 1 at the seventeenth annual Bonny Doon Art Wine & Brew Festival where authentic local hospitality, community celebration, outstanding wines & brews, and of course fundraising for our little local school will once again make this "the best party in the Santa Cruz Mountains". 

 Your ticket price includes an afternoon of WINE & CRAFT BREW TASTINGS from 17 exceptional local wineries and breweries with LIVE DANCE MUSIC by new headliner SambaDa.

The LIVE AUCTION is the highlight of the afternoon with local auctioneer-extraordinaire John West returning to entertain and get the crowd bidding on another great collection of amazing trips, experiences, and unique items!  Our ONLINE AUCTION will be returning as well with details to be posted on our website soon.

Participate in the WINE PULL, shop LOCAL ARTIST AND ARTISAN VENDORS and dine from OUTSTANDING LOCAL FOOD TRUCKS.


Location: Bonny Doon Equestrian Park, 3675 Bonny Doon Road, Bonny Doon Map
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Castle Rock Loop
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Join us on a 2-mile, 2-hour hike to Castle Rock and Castle Rock Falls
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Castle Rock Loop Hike

Saturdays at 11am

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


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Friends of the SCPL Kids Book Sale
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Library Central
Friends of the SCPL Kids Book Sale
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Jun 2) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

This 2-day sale is to kick-off the Santa Cruz Public Library's 2019 Summer Reading Program. A Universe of Stories!

Free book to children ages 0 to 18 who sign up for Summer Reading!

Saturday, June 1st; Sunday, June 2nd from 1pm - 4pm at the Downtown Library upstairs meeting room.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Seabright History
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Library Branciforte
Learn about female artists, architects, and activists who made Seabright a dynamic cultural hub and tourist mecca
Date: 06/01/2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Teens and Adults

Discover how early 20th century female artists, architects, and activists made Seabright a dynamic cultural hub and tourist mecca. Building on this culture of activism, 1960's environmentalists ensured the creation of Seabright beach. This is the final program in the spring local history series.

Traci Bliss, a fifth generation Santa Cruzan, is an award-winning emerita professor of education. She co-authored the popular Arcadia book Santa Cruz's Seabright and writes about women in California's environmental history.


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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The Venardos Circus
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Venardos Circus
Animal-free circus features a cast of aerialists, acrobats, comedians, jugglers, contortionists and daredevils hailing from arou
Date: Every day (May 24-Jun 9)


The Venardos Circus is coming to San Lorenzo Park along the Riverwalk in Santa Cruz CA, May 24th - June 9th.

This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning!

Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos, this animal-free circus features a cast of aerialists, acrobats, comedians, jugglers, contortionists and daredevils hailing from around the world. The Broadway-style opening and closing singing and dancing add another level of storytelling and magic to the experience.

An interactive pre-show party takes place one hour before show time with opportunities to meet the cast, snap selfies and play games so be sure to come and get your seats early!

The main event lasts approximately 90 minutes, with a brief intermission. Attendees are encouraged to stay after the show to mingle with the performers and take group photos on stage with the cast for no additional charge.

Tickets are $5 more at the door than prices shown online, so save time and money and buy online in advance. When we sellout online there are no tickets available at the door.

Keep an eye out for our special Opening Night and Early Bird Pre-Sale discounts! 🐣


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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: Every Sa at 10:30am


Story Time Walk

Saturdays at 10:30am

Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time! Starting at park headquarters, we'll walk through ancient redwoods while reading a story. We'll stop and read one page, walk a bit, then read the next page until we finish the story. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Redwood Mountain Faire
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Valley Women's Club
Dance the day away to live music with your friends and family while enjoying tasty locally made food, cold beer, cider, and wine
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Jun 2) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $5 - $45
Special Instructions: Parking: $5

(0 January 2018) RedwoodMountainFaireDancers.jpgJoin us for a weekend-long, family-friendly music festival with over 20 bands and arts & crafts. This festival benefits local nonprofit organizations. The Faire features live music on two stages, kids' area, locally made food, beer, cider and wine in an open field surrounded by redwoods in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. Kids 12 and under FREE!

 

TICKET PRICING

Adults: $25 per day (door $29). Two-day Pass $45.
Teens (13 - 17): $20 each (door $24). Two-day Pass $35.
Seniors (65+): $20 each (door $24). Two-day Pass $35.
Kids 12 and under FREE with parent or legal guardian.
Parking $5

 

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Location: Roaring Camp Railroads, Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Little Rangers Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su and Sa at 10:00am


Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

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


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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A Century of the Concrete Ship
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State Park Seacliff
Cut a rug with dancing historical re-enactors or just enjoy the old-timey music, history talks, kids' crafts and games, environm
Date: 06/01/2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm


Cement Ship Centennial

Saturday, June 1 from 10am to 2pm

Celebrate 100 years of everyone's favorite concrete ship, the SS Palo Alto! Cut a rug with dancing historical re-enactors or just enjoy the old-timey music, history talks, kids' crafts and games, environmental art and info booths, food, and prize raffle. Don't miss the historic plaque dedication ceremony and cake at 2pm! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 685-6444. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Seacliff State Beach, 721-729 State Park Dr, Aptos Map
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DIY Crafts
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Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(1:00 PM-4:30 PM)


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


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Open Streets Watsonville 2019
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Open Streets SC County
Bike, dance, picnic, stroll in the street. Learn about local non-profit groups, listen to live music, and experience the joy of
Date: 06/02/2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A May 2019) OpenStreetsWatsonville.jpgA day of play in the streets on downtown Watsonville -bike, dance, picnic, stroll in the street. Learn about local non-profit groups, listen to live music, and experience the joy of open, safe, spacious public space.

www.scopenstreets.org

Open Streets returns to downtown Watsonville returns Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 on Brennan/Union Street between Callaghan Park and the City Plaza from 11 am to 4 pm. For the fourth year, this popular car-free community event will create a "pop-up park" where people can walk, bike, skate, dance, and play in the street with this stretch of road temporarily closed to cars. Open Streets Watsonville is completely free and open to all. Join us for exercise, family-friendly activities, art, live music, educational resources, or to just play in the street!

Open Streets Watsonville 2019 will feature dozens of local organizations, agencies and businesses hosting outreach booths where participants can receive educational resources, participate in interactive games and activities, receive prizes and giveaways, and more! Last year's participating organizations included CASA of Santa Cruz, FoodWhat?!, Yoga For All Movement, Current eBikes, Project Bike Tech, Santa Cruz Fiber, Sierra Club, PAPÁS, Cabrillo College, Jacob's Heart, Friends of the Rail & Trail, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Annieglass, Community Traffic Safety Coalition, Encompass Head Start, Santa Cruz CORE Fitness + Rehab, Kruz Kids Summer Day Camp, Santa Cruz METRO, Santa Cruz Permaculture, Bike Santa Cruz County, Pediatric Medical Group of Watsonville, Jovenes SANOS, Santa Cruz County Nutrition Program, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, Salud Para La Gente, and more!

Based on the Ciclovía movement, founded by Gil Penalosa in the 1970s in Bogotá, Colombia, Open Streets closes public roadways to automobiles and opens them to people. It's all about celebrating public space, recreation, healthy lifestyle choices, and joining together in in community. Open Streets Santa Cruz County was founded by Saskia Lucas in 2012.


Location: Brennan St, Watsonville Map
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The Road Less Traveled: A Dog-Friendly Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Dog-friendly walk on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic
Date: Every Su (May 5-Jun 30) at 9:30am

Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

The Road Less Traveled: A Dog-Friendly Walk

Sunday, May 5 at 9:30am

Sunday, May 19 at 9:30am

Sunday, May 26 at 9:30am

On this dog-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun and easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water.

 

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


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Santa Cruz Makers' Market
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Santa Cruz Mountain Makers Market
Over 40 local artists and crafters hosting a beautiful variety of handmade goods + Live music all day
Date: The 1st Su of every month from 10:00am to 5:00pm


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

 

10am-5pm

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

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


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


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

(0 AB November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.jpgSunday Seaside Crafts -make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share.

 

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

 

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

 

Join the fun in the crafts room every Sunday from 1-3 PM for hands-on fun. Free with admission to the Seymour Center.

 

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


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

 

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

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Beatles Songs by Talented Kids
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Bobbie Hosfeldt-Ward
Come listen and enjoy, as young vocalists sing their versions of many classic Beatles hits!
Date: 06/02/2019 from 5:45pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $5

(0 A May 2019) PerformanceVocalBeatles.jpgCome listen and enjoy, as young vocalists sing their versions of many classic Beatles hits!

 

Tickets are $5.00 at the door.


Location: San Lorenzo Valley High, 7105 Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Corralitos Farm & Garden Market
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Corralitos Valley Research & Education Association (CVREA)
We have the tastiest fruit, veggies and baked treats!
Date: Every Su from 11:00am to 3:00pm


 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 


Location: Corralitos Cultural Center, 127 Hames Road, Corralitos Map
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ESL Conversation
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Library Central
Date: Every Mon from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

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

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

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Tales to Tails Aptos
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Mon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

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

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


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Baby Bunch
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Temple Beth El
... social time and support for babies and their parents...
Date: Every Mon at 11:00am
Admission Fees: free

Hang out with other moms and dads with babies.


Location: 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos Map
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Toddler Story Time
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Mon from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: toddlers & parents Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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BOARD IN THE LIBRARY
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Library Scotts Valley
Board Games for adults!
Date: Every Mon from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


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


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


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

 

No prior gaming experience is necessary.


Some of the titles we carry are:

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

D&D Basic Board Game
Shogi

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

chess, backgammon, and checkers

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

Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Felton Farmers Market
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
Produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists
Date: Every Tues (May 1-Nov 26) from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 9, St. John's Church parking lot
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Baby Laptime
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Library Watsonville
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Tues and Fri at 10:30am


(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


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

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

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

 


Location: Storytime Room, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Music Together MusicalMe Special Storytime
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Library Scotts Valley
Music Together MusicalMe Special Storytime
Date: 06/04/2019 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Experience first-hand just how fun learning and playing musically with your child can be. We'll teach you how to take music out of the box and put it into the hearts and hands of your young children, and you!

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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SLVNew Parents Support Group
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Birth Network
Date: Every Tues from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: free

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

Make friends.

Get answers to questions.

Find reassurance!


Location: Mountain Community Resurces, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Anime Club
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Library Watsonville
Join our Anime Club!
Date: The 1st Tues of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6-12 grades

Anime Club

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

 

All about Manga & Anime


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


Some Fun Links to Enjoy

 

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

Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3400 •website Watsonville 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 Tues of every month from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

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

 

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


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


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-502-2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Grupo Estila de Vida Triple P
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Triple P
Guas para saber cmo comer saludable, tomar decisiones saludables y ser activos.
Date: Every Tues (Apr 9-Jun 11) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission, Gratis
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x211. En Espaol.

Grupo Estila de Vida Triple P
Cada martes, del 9 de abril al 11 de junio, 6 - 8 pm
El programa Estila de Vida Triple P ofrece herramientas para ayudar a padres y niños a llevar una vida más saludable y activa. Asista a este grupo de crianza de 10 sesiones GRATIS para aprender: Guías para saber cómo comer saludable, tomar decisiones saludables y ser activos; Maneras fáciles y simples para enseñarle a los niños a ser más activos; Cómo establecer límites cuando se trata de video juegos, celulares, computadoras y televisión; Maneras para hacer cambios saludables como familia.

Este Grupo es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños GRATIS. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos. ¡Asista cada semana para participar en una rifa para ganar un premio!

Presentado en español por: Gladys Gómez y Sandra Rodelo - Puentes de la Comunidad, La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Salón E, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Sandra Rodelo al (831) 724-2997 x211 o sandrar@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Saln E, Watsonville Map
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Lego: EV3 Robotics
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Library Live Oak
Create advanced mechanical devices and program motors with Lego Mindstorms
Date: Every Wed (Jun 5-Aug 7) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Ages 10 -17 Admission Fees: Free

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

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

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


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Mothersong with Joya
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Mothersong Santa Cruz
A multi-cultural sing-a-long for families with babies
Date: Every Wed and Th at 9:15am
Ages: Babies 0-3 with parents Admission Fees: Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free
Special Instructions: Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30

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

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


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

 

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


Location: Tannery World Dance, 1060 River St #110, Santa Cruz Map
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Pruning!
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Live Oak Grange
Come learn and practice the fundamentals of winter fruit pruning
Date: Every Wed from 11:30pm to 12:30pm

Special Instructions: All are welcome!

CA Rare Fruit Growers will be doing the annual pruning in the Live Oak Grange orchard on
Saturday, February 16th from 1 until 4 pm or so.

 

Come learn and practice the fundamentals of winter fruit pruning, as we maintain the orchard at the Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange. This is a hands-onworkshop: bring your cleaned and sharpened pruning shears, loppers, and pruning saws.

 

No need to register, just show up ready to learn and help, and bring a friend!

 


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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STEAM
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Library Watsonville
Join us for STEAM!
Date: Every Wed at 3:00pm
Ages: 8-12

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

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

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

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


Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
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Music Together MusicalMe Special Storytime
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Music Together MusicalMe Special Storytime
Date: 06/05/2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Experience first-hand just how fun learning and playing musically with your child can be. We'll teach you how to take music out of the box and put it into the hearts and hands of your young children, and you!

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Freedom
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Wed at 10:30am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


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

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

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

 


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
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Family Story Time
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Library Boulder Creek
Date: Every Wed from 11:00am to 12:00pm


Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

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

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


Location: Friends of the Santa Cruz Public, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
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Capitola Village
Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax.
Date: Every Wed (Jun 5-Aug 28) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Capitola by the Sea Summer Music

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

 

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

 

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

 


Date


Band


Genre


Band website

June 5

Live Again

Soul, Funk & Rock

www.liveagainband.com (link is external)

June 12

Glory

Tribute, Pop, R&B & Rock

www.glorytributes.com (link is external)

June 19

The Inciters

Soul

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

une 26

Tsunami Band

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

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

July 3

Todd Morgan & The Emblems

Pop & Rock

www.toddmorganmusic.com (link is external)

July 10

The Joint Chiefs Band

R&B, Funk & Soul

www.thejointchiefsband.com (link is external)

July 17

Mike Hammar & The Nails

Contemporary Blues

www.mikehammarandthenail.com (link is external)

July 24

Extra Large

Original Funky Fun

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

July 31

Long Train Runnin'

Classic Rock Doobie Brothers Tribute

www.longtrainrunnin.com (link is external)

August 7

The Houserockers

Rock & Soul

www.svhouserockers.com (link is external)

August 14

Everyday People

Classic Latin Rock

www.everydaypeopletheband.com (link is external)

August 21

Mambo Tropical

Salsa

 

August 28

The Digbeats

Oldies

 


Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
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READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
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READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
Date: Every Wed (Oct 3-Jul 24) from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: Grades 2 to 12 Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Library_READ.jpgREAD is the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12. Students receive 25 minutes of individual instruction from a California credentialed teacher.

 

Appointments available very Wednesday from 3 pm to 5 pm. Runs Oct 2, 2018 - July 25, 2019. Program will have holiday breaks. Check library online calendar.

By appointment only. Please, no drop-ins! To make an appointment contact us at 831- 427-7717 or pro@santacruzpl.org


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Citizen Science
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Library Central
A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) CitizenScience22.jpgCitizen Science

 

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

 

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

 

December

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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8-Week Triple P Group: for Families with Teens
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Triple P
Build a positive relationship with your teen ...
Date: Every Th (May 2-Jun 20) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 335-6600, ext 6605

8-Week Triple P Group: for Families with Teens
Thursdays, May 2 - June 20, 2019, 6 - 8 pm

Attend this 8-week Triple P Group to meet other families and learn simple strategies to help you: Build a positive relationship with your teen; Understand and recognize everyday influences on your teen's behaviors; Respond to parenting challenges calmly and consistently; Teach your teen how to solve problems and deal with risky situations; and Become more confident about raising a teenager.

This Triple P Group is free and open to the public. Child care will be provided if requested during registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults.

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600, ext 6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-6600 •website Felton create a direct event link
Preschool Story Time
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Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Downtown Preschool Story Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
 
Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Seminar: Raising Responsible Teens
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Raising Responsible Teens offers parenting strategies you can use ...
Date: 06/06/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 335-6600, ext 6605.

Triple P Seminar: Raising Responsible Teens
June 6, 6 - 7:30 pm
Triple P Seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in a wide range of situations. This seminar is the first in a series of three for families with teens 13 - 16 years old. You can attend one, two or all three of the seminars in the series.

Raising Responsible Teens offers parenting strategies you can use to encourage teens to: Participate in family decisions; Be respectful and considerate; Be involved in family activities; Develop a healthy lifestyle; Be reliable; Be assertive.

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

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600, ext 6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Citizen Science: Dark Matter, Black Holes, and all that...
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Learn about "dark matter"
Date: 06/06/2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: free

Dark Matter, Black Holes, and all that... with Ben Lehmann

Humanity’s progress is marked by our mastery of the building blocks of the natural world: molecules, atoms, and sub-atomic particles. But most of the universe isn’t made of anything like that! About 80% of all matter is a mysterious, invisible substance we call “dark matter”. Dark matter is hard to study directly, but new tools in astronomy and astrophysics have created fresh opportunities for us to work out its properties.

 

One particularly exciting development is the advent of gravitational wave astronomy. Gravitational waves give us a whole new way of looking at the universe. In recent years, this advance has sparked new ideas about the black holes that make gravitational waves, and about possible relationships between black holes and dark matter. In this presentation, Lehmann will explain what we know about dark matter and black holes, what we don’t know about them, and how these two mysterious components of our universe can shed some light on one another.


Join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Let's connect, inspire and inform each other! For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717.


Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Music Together Musical Me Special Storytime
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Music Together MusicalMe Special Storytime
Date: 06/06/2019 from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Experience first-hand just how fun learning and playing musically with your child can be. We'll teach you how to take music out of the box and put it into the hearts and hands of your young children, and you!

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Bilingual Learn & Play
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Watsonville PAL
WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.
Date: Every Th from 10:30am to 11:30am


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

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

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

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

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


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Location: PAL Gym, 130 Rodriguez St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-763-4147 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Last Day of School Party
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Last Day of School Party
Date: 06/06/2019 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

The last day of school party is a celebration of summer. With so many children using the library throughout the year for school work and to gather for projects, this is their opportunity to have some fun and unwind!

Join us after school at the Boulder Creek Branch for a Last Day of School Party full of fun activities!

(0 A May 2019) Library_rootbeer-float2.jpg-FREE Root Beer Floats 12:30 - 2:30 pm
-Bubble Fun and Paper Airplane making 12:30 - 4:00 pm
-Do-it-yourself crafts 3:00 - 4:30 pm
-LEGO club 3:30 - 5:00 pm

This is an opportunity to sign up for the Summer Reading Program!

This event sponsored by: Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Preschool Storytme
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Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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


Kids 3-5 years

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831.427.7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
All About Roses
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Birdsong Orchards
Learn all about buying, planting & growing roses organically as well as arranging rose bouquets
Date: 06/07/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 14 and up Admission Fees: $45

All About Roses

Nadine Schaeffer grows the most exquisite roses imaginable with fragrances that are out of this world!

Come visit Birdsong Orchards, an organic farm located in Watsonville to learn all about buying, planting & growing roses organically as well as arranging rose bouquets. All guests will have the opportunity to make and take home their own rose bouquet.

Who doesn't love a beautiful rose? Honored throughout history and poetry as one of the loveliest flowers, roses are easy to grow in California, perfect for home gardens, patios or simply to enjoy in a bouquet. Most roses sold commercially are a tiny subset of the thousands of cultivars grown around the world. Nadine grows many varieties not commonly found, chosen for their spectacular blooms, colors, shapes and fragrances.

This workshop will start with a brief overview discussing sourcing and growing roses in your own home garden. Next, we will take you on a tour of roses growing in our field to see different varieties in their full glory and different stages of plant maturity. Finally, we will gather round to create gorgeous bouquets to take home. All of the roses, filler foliage and vases are provided as part of the workshop as well as a light lunch and beverages.

Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle, gloves, garden clippers and sun hat.


Location: 613 Lakeview Rd, Watsonville Map
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The Art of Nature
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy watching select artists perform their craft in-person during our April and May First Fridays
Date: The 1st Fri of every month (Apr 5-Jun 2)


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The Art of Nature

Open March 30 - June 2, 2019

Every year the Museum is proud to showcase Bay Area artists who bring science to life through art in our beloved annual exhibit, The Art of Nature.

 

The exhibit highlights the work of over 30 artists whose work illustrates science in a variety of media with a wide range of subjects, including: insects, plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and geology.

 

Enjoy watching select artists perform their craft in-person during our April and May First Fridays, all while enjoying free snacks, wine and admission. From watercolor fungi to highly detailed, digital prints of buzzing bees and colorful crustaceans, this year's show will feature wondrous organisms from almost all branches of life.

 

Exhibit Events

March 29, 5-6pm:
VIP Artist Walkthrough. Learn More.

March 29, 6-8pm:
Members-only Opening Reception

 

April 5, 5-7pm
FREE First Friday - Live Demos of Science Illustration
Featuring: Patricia Larenas, Logan Parsons, Hannah Caisse, Yvonne Byers.

 

May 3, 5-7pm:
FREE First Friday - Live Demos of Science Illustration
Featuring: Sondra Cohelan, Terra Dawson, Julia Beery, Elizabeth Romanini.

 

Exhibit Artists

Anne Easely, Benjamin Witzke, Brett Bell, Chelsea Kintz, Diana Moll, Elizabeth Romanini, Erin Hunter, Emily Underwood, G. Lee Boerger, Hannah Caisse, Jean M. Witzke, Jessica Bender, Julie Beery, Kathy Kleinsteiber, Kevin Wiseman, Linda Valdes, Logan Parsons, Marcia Sivek, Mari Stauffer Howard, Maria Cecelia Freeman, Mariana Alwell, Megan Gnekow, Patricia Larenas, Sofia Vermeulen, Sondra Cohelan, Stephani Martin, Stephanie Rozzo, Terra Dawson, Tina Curiel, Vance Lawry, Yvonne Byers.

 

Full run of show Apr 5, 2019 - Jun 2, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
The MAKE Lab
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Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come
Date: Every Fri (Mar 8-Jul 26) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Teens 12-18 years

The MAKE Lab

Santa Cruz Public Libraries' very own makerspace offers a variety of tools and materials for STEAM-based projects! Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come in to learn, explore, and have fun! 

 

Tools include:

  • FlashForge CreatorPro 3D printer
  • Silhouette Cameo 3 vinyl cutter
  • Walnut Hollow woodburning tool
  • Walnut Hollow versa/soldering tool
  • American Button Machines 1.5" pinback button machine
  • Fellowes thermal book binding machine
  • Oculus Rift virtual reality set
  • MakeyMakey circuit pack
  • Botley the Coding Robot
  • MakeDo cardboard construction kit
  • Brother sewing machine
  • screenprinting kit
  • glass etching kit
  • wire wrapping and jewelry making supplies
  • book upcycling/repurposing projects

Tools are limited in quantity and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Introductory materials and training will be available onsite--elaborate projects or special materials will need to be brought by participants. Kids 13 and under will need parental permission and supervision. Staff will be available to help answer questions and train patrons on more difficult tools. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.


Friday, March 8
Friday, March 22, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Friday, May 3, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
Friday, May 31, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019
Friday, July 12, 2019
Friday, July 26, 2019


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Tales to Tails La Selva Beach
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Date: Every Fri from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Ebb & Flow River Arts Festival
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Coastal Watershed
A day of revelry, art making, and free family fun
Date: 06/07/2019 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm


An annual FREE celebration of the San Lorenzo River, Ebb & Flow River Arts Festival is back for another year of all things aquatic. Launched in 2015 as a collaborative project between arts and environmental groups, this year's festival will primarily focus on the river segment around the Tannery Arts Center and how our backyard estuary helps the ecosystems of hundreds of wildlife species from the mountains to the ocean.

Think of it as an eco-conscious block party for the river, highlighted by some fantastic artists, including a special outdoor installation by Jayson Fann, an exhibit by Shay Church at Radius Gallery, videos by Wes Modes and performances:

*Pre-event procession with Estrella Mariachi Band from Felker Street - all river neighbors are invited! Meet on Felker Street at 4:30pm.*

5:30PM Kat Factor
5:50PM Iman Lizarazu
6:10PM Poet Dina El Dessouky
6:12PM Molly Katzman & Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center
6:20PM Senderos
6:40PM Loubayi
7:30PM Post Street Rhythm Peddlers
9:00PM Close

Family-friendly activities including face painting, photo booth, a river treasure hunt and watershed games.

Food trucks and beer round out the evening's offerings. Come for First Friday, grab a nibble, and enjoy Ebb & Flow with family and friends.


Location: Tannery Arts Center, 1010-1070 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Toddler Story Time
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Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

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


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

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Watsonville Certified Farmers Market
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Watsonville Farmers Market
Fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from 2:30 to 6:30 PM from May to November.
Date: Every Fri from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Main St/At the Plaza, Watsonville Map
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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

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

 

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

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

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Like old planes? Come visit us!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Saturday and Sunday

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

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


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Sempervirens Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Three-hour, 2.5-mile hike
Date: 06/08/2019 at 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Sempervirens Falls Hike

Join us on a 4-mile hike to visit Sempervirens Falls, old-growth redwoods, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin and more! Bring water, snacks, and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Japanese Cultural Fair
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Japanese Cultural Fair
Explore traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, crafts and food!
Date: 06/08/2019 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: None
Special Instructions: Japanese Theme

Japanese Cultural Fair celebrates its annual fair.

 

Live taiko performances from: San Francisco Taiko Dojo & Watsonville Taiko!

 

Mission Plaza overflows with the celebration of Japanese music, traditional dance, food and crafts at this popular annual festival. Powerful drummers thrill the audience, along with storytellers, martial arts demonstrations and healing arts vendors. Sushi, noodles and green tea ice cream are always favorites.

 

Free shuttle service between County Building parking lot and Mission Plaza. Two shuttle buses are running every 15 minutes and their stops are: County Building(Ocean & Water St.), Civic Auditorium (Church St.), Mission Plaza Park


Location: Mission Plaza Park, 103 Emmett St, Santa Cruz Map
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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Summer at San Andres
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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Join us for a unique opportunity to view our newest State Historic Park.
Date: 06/08/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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

 

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 226-9669 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
World Oceans Day 2019
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Sponsored by: Monterey Bay Kayaks
Date: 06/08/2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Event is included with admission to the Seymour Center: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Membe

(0 A May 2019) SeymourLogoMay.jpgCelebrate World Oceans Day at the Seymour Center! Created in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Oceans Day is the perfect time to learn how to protect the 71 percent of our planet that's blue. Come get empowered to make a lasting difference for the future: take the "Better Bag Challenge" and decorate/make a reusable tote bag, make an ocean promise, and create a special ocean-themed craft. World Oceans Day is celebrated on June 8 each year.

 

Sponsored by: Monterey Bay Kayaks


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: 06/08/2019 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Saturday, June 8 at 8am

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

 

 


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Gerbera Festival
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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Join us for the 10th annual Gerbera Festival
Date: 06/08/2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All

Join us for the 10th annual Kitayama Brothers Farms Gerbera Festival on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kitayama Brothers Farms is located at 481 San Andreas Road in Watsonville (next to Sunset State Beach). All proceeds from the Gerbera Festival benefit Kids2Parks, an innovative park-equity program of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks to bring students from Title 1 schools on State Park field trips.

The Gerbera Festival features free greenhouse tours, potted Gerbera plants and cut flowers for sale, kids' activities, flower arranging demonstrations, a farmers market, food and Corralitos Brewing Co. beer for sale, and a PopUp ParkStore. The Festival is part of the Monterey Bay Greenhouse Growers Open House, a daylong event on June 8 featuring guided tours of five Monterey Bay greenhouses, including Kitayama Brothers. Go to www.montereybayfarmtours.org for more.


Location: Kitayama Brothers Farms, 481 San Andreas Road, Watsonville Map
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Summer Open House at the Castro Adobeof the Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Come on down to the Castro Adobe for a taste of summer on the San Andres!
Date: 06/08/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Open House at the Castro Adobe: Summer at San Andres

Saturday, June 8 from 11am to 3pm

Come on down to the Castro Adobe for a taste of summer on the San Andres! The season really brings out the beauty of the Rancho, and is a great chance to explore a historic local treasure. Kids out of school? No problem - bring the whole family! This hidden jewel in the Pájaro Valley is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events. Free event. Limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site, open only during scheduled events like this. For more information, call (831) 226-9669. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every 4 weeks on Sa (Jun 8-Jun 29) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Event is free; parking is $10.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop

Saturday, June 8 from 10am to noon

Saturday, June 29 from 10am to noon

Participate in a marvelous family workshop learning how to make a basket from local ponderosa pine needles. No experience necessary. The class capacity is 20; please arrive on time to reserve your seat. Meet at the visitor center. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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San Lorenzo River Adventures!
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Coastal Watershed
The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Feb 23-Jun 22)


The Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History are teaming up in 2019 to bring you your favorite nature tour series: Exploring the San Lorenzo River. This spring, connect with local naturalists, geologists, mycologists, historians, and artists through unique explorations of the San Lorenzo River. Bring the whole family and learn about birds, mushrooms, floods, and rocks. Take a tour in the upper San Lorenzo River on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Check out the lower San Lorenzo River and Santa Cruz Riverwalk on the 4th Saturday of each month.


Faults, Floods, and Fossils Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.

Explore the geologic history of the San Lorenzo Valley, how to identify the different kinds of rocks, river processes, faults, floods, and fossils. We are looking forward to this repeat of Frank Perry's popular walk, described here.


Field Journaling along the San Lorenzo River Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.

Explore Coastal Watershed Council's San Lorenzo River Habitat Enhancement site with local artist Melody Overstreet. Learn about the ecological community at the San Lorenzo River through observation, plant care, drawing and guided reflection. We will develop our naturalist eye through the practice of drawing plant species and the landscape.


Indigenous People in the San Lorenzo Valley Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.

Learn about the first people to live in the Santa Cruz Mountains. How did they interact with the abundant natural resources? What evidence do we have to learn about their lifestyles? Where are they now? More information on the tour to be announced soon.


Bilingual Bird Walk - Camino Bilingüe Sobre Los Aves Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.

Walk along the San Lorenzo River and discover the different families of birds that live here. Learn to observe birds who come from near and far to the San Lorenzo River. Local bird enthusiast Nanci Adams, will lead the bilingual walk. This tour is great for all ages!

 

Camine a lo largo del río San Lorenzo y descubre las diferentes familias de aves que viven allí. Aprender a observar las aves que vienen de cerca y lejos a nuestro Río. Nanci Adams, una entusiasta de aves, conducirá el paseo bilingüe. La caminata es una gran oportunidad por todas las edades!


Location: 440 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Pickwick Book Club
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Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations ...
Date: The 2nd Su of every month (Jan 13-May 12) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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Pickwick Book Club Discussion


Brought to you by the Dickens Project at UCSC & Santa Cruz Public Libraries.


The Santa Cruz Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly September-June to discuss a nineteenth century novel. Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations to help us contextualize our readings.

 

January book: Our Mutual Friend (Book IV) by Charles Dickens


February-June book: Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

 

2nd Sundays: January 13th, February 10th, March 10th, April 14th, May 12th and June 9th

2:00 - 4:00pm


Questions? Visit dickens.ucsc.edu or call 831/459-2103


Location: Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Summer Reading Kickoff: A Universe of Stories with Nikki Borodi
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Summer Reading Kickoff: A Universe of Stories with Nikki Borodi
Date: 06/09/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2019) NikkiBorodi.jpgPerformance artist, singer, song-writer, ukulele player and acrobat Nikki Borodi brings her acrobatic musical storytelling to Santa Cruz. Bubbles, balloon animals, magic, and acrobatics will delight all ages at this free community event.

This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program. Free and all ages invited!


Location: San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Drop-in Family Crafts: Lumnaria
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State Park Mission
Date: 06/09/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Dec 8, 16, 24

Drop-In Family Craft – Luminaria

Sunday, June 9 from 1 to 3:30pm

Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can fashion a tin lantern in our garden courtyard. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Summer Reading Kickoff Event: A Universe of Stories with Nikki
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Summer Reading Kickoff Event: A Universe of Stories with Nikki Borodi
Date: 06/09/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Join us for some fun in the sun as we celebrate the start of Summer Reading and sign-up for summer reading while enjoying a special performance by Nikki Borodi.Nikki Borodi is a performance artist, singer, song-writer, ukulele player and acrobat! She brings her acrobatic musical storytelling to Santa Cruz. Bubbles, balloon animals, magic, and acrobatics will delight all ages at this free community event. Location: San Lorenzo Park in Downtown Santa Cruz
Location: San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Camp Counselor Position
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Santa Cruz Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Camp Counselor In Training Opportunity
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th and Fri (Jun 10-Aug 10) from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: 16+ Admission Fees: None
Special Instructions: Email posted address to express interest

(0 A 0 April 2019) SPCALogoApril.jpgThe Santa Cruz SPCA seeks a camp counselor-in-training to work in our 8 weeks of summer camp (not including the week of July 4th) for students going into 1st through 7th grade.

 

This animal intensive experience consists of games, crafts, and guest presenters as well as hands on time with numerous types of live animals.

 

Topics of focus will range from responsible pet ownership to safety around wildlife encompassing all kinds of animals both wild and domestic.

 

The counselor can expect to assist with the set up/implementation/clean up of all planned activities alongside SPCA humane education staff. CITs will also help care for the animals in the space and the supervision of both the campers and the camp space.


Location: Capitola Mall , 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
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ScienceTellers: Aliens! Escape from Earth
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Action-packed and educational alien adventure using science experiments for special effects
Date: 06/11/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Don't miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure using science experiments for special effects. It's totally out of this world! Audience participation!


Location: 6299 Gushee St, Felton Map
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: next to Nickelodeon Theater

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


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


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


Questions? Contact Ali at: alihayes2003@yahoo.com


Location: 220 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
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Taller: Cmo Hablar Con Adolescentes Sobre El Uso De Drogas
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Triple P
Consejos para hablar con los adolescentes y ensear a ellos a resistir la influencia de sus compaeros a usar drogas ...
Date: 06/12/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission, Gratis
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x220. En Espaol.

Taller de Triple P: Cómo hablar con adolescentes sobre el uso de drogas
el 12 de junio, 6 - 7:30 pm
Los talleres de Triple P ofrecen consejos prácticos y estrategias para manejar las preguntas y desafíos de crianza específicas. Los padres pueden asistir a tantos talleres sobre cualquier tema que se interese.

Asista a este taller de crianza para aprender: Cómo reconocer las señas de alerta que su adolescente quizás esté usando drogas; Consejos para hablar con los adolescentes y enseñar a ellos a resistir la influencia de sus compañeros a usar drogas; Pasos a tomar si usted cree que su adolescente está usando drogas.

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

Presentado en español por: Gladys Gómez, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Salón E, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Gladys Gómez al (831) 724-2997 x220 o gladysg@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Saln E, Watsonville Map
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Family concert with Jos-Luis Orozco
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Family concert with Jose-Luis Orozco
Date: 06/12/2019 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Join in the fun as celebrated author Jose Luis Orozco encourages children to sing and play in Spanish and English through a mix of Latin American songs, rhymes, stories and games.

Únase a la diversión mientras el célebre autor José Luis Orozco anima a los niños a cantar y tocar en español e inglés a través de una mezcla de canciones, rimas, historias y juegos latinoamericanos.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Triple P Seminar: Raising Competent Teens
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Triple P
Seminar participants will learn ways to help teens: Develop self-discipline; Develop problem solving skills; Establish routines
Date: 06/13/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 335-6600, ext 6605.

Triple P Seminar: Raising Competent Teens
June 13, 6 - 7:30 pm
Triple P Seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in a wide range of situations. This seminar is the second in a series of three for families with teens 13 - 16 years old. You can attend one, two or all three of the seminars in the series.

Attend this FREE parenting seminar to learn strategies to encourage your teen to become a confident, competent young adult. Seminar participants will learn ways to help teens: Develop self-discipline; Develop problem solving skills; Establish routines; Get involved in school activities; Follow school rules; and Develop supportive friendships.

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

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600, ext 6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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PopUp Picnics in the Park
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Enjoy tacos on the terrazza!
Date: Every Th (Jun 13-Aug 16) from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Ages: All

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


Location: Santa Cruz Mission State Histori, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Map Your Neighborhood
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Map Your Neighborhood
Date: 06/13/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Map Your Neighborhood is dedicated to helping community members gather and prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies.

In this workshop you will learn to:

- form a Map Your Neighborhood group in your community

- create a map of your neighborhood with gas and water shutoffs

- learn what emergency preparedness tools to keep on hand

- get to know your neighbors


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



For more information visit: https://santacruzcountycert.org/resources/myn/


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Chasing the Moon: Clip Screening and Discussion
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Get a sneak peek of the documentary of one of the most historic moments in America
Date: 06/13/2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A June 2019) LibraryChasingMoon.jpgJoin us for a screening and discussion of this 49 minute clip of part 2 from the upcoming American Experience documentary celebration of the lunar landing, Chasing the Moon, airing on PBS on July 8.

 

Get a sneak peek of one of the most historic moments in America.

 

Part of our 2019 Summer Reading Program: A Universe Of Stories: santacruzpl.org/srp.


Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Food Truck with the Derby Girls
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Food trucks and gorgeous weather with the Derby Girls... What could be better?
Date: 06/14/2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All

(0 A June 2019) FoodTruckAGoGo-DerbyGirls.jpgThe Derby Girls are back with Food Trucks A Go Go for an evening of deliciousness, excitement & fun!

Come hungry for these Food Trucks & let's give a warm welcome to Nomad Momo as they make their Scotts Valley Go Go debut!
Holopono Food Truck
Saucey'z
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El Buen Taco
NomadMomo
Aunt LaLi's Mobile Cafe

Come thirsty for Steel Bonnet Brewing Company at the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) Beer & Wine Garden!

We'll see you there...


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POP-UP CAMPFIRE!
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story + marshmellows
Date: Every Fri (Jun 14-Aug 30) at 7:00pm


POP-UP CAMPFIRE!

Fridays at 7pm

Bring your camp chair-we'll bring the marshmallows, songs and stories! Sit around the campfire, roast marshmallows, sing some songs and hear stories about Big Basin. Meet at Campsite 73 in Huckleberry Campground. If possible, please walk to the campfire, as parking is limited to disabled parking. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Stripes Ride
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SC Bike Party
It takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! Join this fun bike ride.
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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


Guidelines

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

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


Location: Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Cinderella
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Agape Dance
Cinderella and Petite Cinderella...this should be awesome and adorable!
Date: Every day (Jun 14-Jun 16)


Join us for the fabulous iconic Cinderella performances by Agape Dance Academy.

 

Featuring Prokofiev's unbelievable score with a backdrop of beautiful dancers, choreography, costumes, scenery and more!  

 

World class ballet meets this age old story of a dream come true is the  chance in a lifetime to see  come to life right in your own town!

 

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Junior Rangers
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State Park Mission
Learn about the major products and culture of early mission life
Date: Every Fri (Jun 13-Jun 27) from 11:00am to 12:15pm
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: free

Junior Rangers - Ohlone Science: Pigments & Paint 

Thursday, June 13 at 11am

In this fun STEM activity, we'll explore the pigments and binding agents traditionally used by local indigenous people. Experiment with color and chemistry. Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 to 12 year olds. Space is limited. Register by calling (831) 425-5849 or online. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Junior Rangers - Ohlone Economy: Trade Network Game

Thursday, June 20 at 11am

Native Californians participated in a vast network of trade. Your tribe will trade with others to obtain resources, develop relationships, and attain status in this fun simulation game. Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 to 12 year olds. Space is limited. Register by calling (831) 425-5849 or online. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Junior Rangers - Ohlone Science: Botany

Thursday, June 27 at 11am

Get to know three California native plants and how to use them. We'll work with soap root, tule reeds, and oak trees to discover how to make food, tools, and toys to take home! Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 to 12 year olds. Space is limited. Register by calling (831) 425-5849 or online. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Friday Night Bands at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic bands!
Date: Every Fri (Jun 14-Aug 30)

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

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

June 14 - August 30, 2019   -    Printable Schedule

 

Date

Artist

Hit Song

Jun. 14

The English Beat

Save It For Later

Jun. 21

Smash Mouth

All Star

Jun. 28

Everclear

Santa Monica

Jul. 5

Pride & Joy

Soul/Motown Party

Jul. 12

Foghat

Slow Ride

Jul. 19

Taylor Dayne

Tell it to My Heart

Jul. 26

Brian Howe (Bad Company)

Can't Get Enough

Aug. 2

Y&T

Summertime Girls

Aug. 9

Living Colour

Cult of Personality

Aug. 16

10,000 Maniacs

Because the Night

Aug. 23

Steve Augeri (Journey)

Don't Stop Believin'

Aug. 30

Papa Doo Run Run

(Santa Cruz) Beach Party


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Book Group
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Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

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

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


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Summer Reading Kickoff Event: Coventry & Kalusa!
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Summer Reading Kickoff Event: Coventry & Kalusa!
Date: 06/15/2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

Award winning circus artists Coventry and Kaluza presents: juggling, hula hooping, acrobatics, music, comedy and more! Get ready, because the circus is coming to town!

Location: Anna Jean Cummings County Park, 461 Soquel San Jose Rd, Soquel, CA

This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program. Free and all ages invited!


Location: Anna Jean Cummings County Park, 461 Soquel San Jose Rd, Soquel Map
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Pirate Party
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Northern California Pirate Festival
Avast Mates! Come join us pirates for non-stop entertainment, hearty food and drink, unique shopping and lively games and activi
Date: Every day (Jun 15-Jun 16) from 10:00am to 6:00pm


FAST FACTS:

The first and only event of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Northern California Pirate Festival is pleased to return to the Vallejo Waterfront for another year of piratical mischief and good times.

 

TICKETS: $12 at the gate children 12 and under are free. Early Bird Ticket sale begins March 25th, 2019


Vallejo Waterfront Park, 298 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, California 94590  lot and street parking available.


Saturday, June 15 and Sunday (Father's Day) June 16, 2019 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

No Pets Allowed

Free Street Parking and paid parking in lots. Click HERE for official info.

 

An event for the whole family, the festival is a 360° waterfront experience offering non-stop entertainment as well as hearty food and drink, unique shopping and lively games and activities. Highlights include:

• Four stages with pirate and nautical themed music, magic and comedy acts

• World-famous songwriter and musician Tom Lewis

• Black powder cannon and antique firearms demonstrations

• A ship to shore cannon battle featuring the 72 foot schooner Aldebaran each day at 2 p.m.

• 150 Maritime inspired vendors and craftspeople

• Children's costume contest

• An adult as well as child's Scavenger Hunt with prizes

New this year:

• Serpent Sirens Swords - Exotic and mysterious pirate bellydancers

• Hawkeye Harris - children's pirate storyteller from England

• The Anne Bonney and Jack Rackham School of Piracy for the young and Impressionable

The Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum with tales and tidbits from "Treasure Island"


Location: Vallejo Waterfront Park, 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo Map
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Community Poetry Circle
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Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

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


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Here Comes the Sun: Look through a Solar Telescope!
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State Park Big Basin
You'll see sunspots, solar prominences, and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the sun and how i
Date: 06/15/2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm


Here Comes the Sun: Look through a Solar Telescope!
Saturday, June 15 from 11am to 1pm

Come to the campfire center and look through a solar telescope at the sun. You'll see sunspots, solar prominences, and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the sun and how it shines. There will be sun-related activities for the kids. Conducted by Steve Widmark of the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks. 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Elkhorn Slough Bioblitz
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Elkhorn Slough
Grab your camera and join our naturalists on a scientific survey of the Reserve's biodiversity.
Date: 06/15/2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Elkhorn Slough Bioblitz

 Grab your camera and join our naturalists on a scientific survey of the Reserve's biodiversity. We will walk a two-mile trail, stopping to document and identify as many organisms as we can. Who knows what marvels we'll uncover!

 

Can't make the Bioblitz? Our Microscope Discovery Lab will be open to the public from 1-3pm. Browse live specimens of invertebrates and plankton, and discover a whole new ecosystem under a scope! No registration is required to attend the microscope lab.


All observations will be submitted to the citizen science network 'iNaturalist' to help scientists catalog biodiversity. WiFi connection in the field is limited, so participants are invited (but not required) to join an 'uploading' session in our Conference Room after the walk.


Registration Required

Special Notes:

  • Please bring a camera or mobile device to take photos.
  • If able, create your iNaturalist account ahead of time, and download the app onto your mobile device.
  • Feel free to contact the Outreach Coordinator, Ariel Hunter, at ariel.hunter@wildlife.ca.gov with question

Location: 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
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Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

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

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

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

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


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


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey Map
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Juneteenth Celebration
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City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Come acknowledge the Emancipation Proclamation on June 16th
Date: 06/15/2019 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

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Santa Cruz Juneteenth 2019

June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come honor the Emancipation Proclamation on June 15th at Laurel Park behind the Louden Nelson Community Center and the 400th anniversary of the first slaves landing in America.

 

Enjoy music, poetry, dance, delicious soul food, arts & crafts, basketball skills contest and the annual sack race!

 

Basketball Skills Contest - SC High basketball coach, Stan White II along with Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids 10 and under for fun basketball skill-oriented games. Prizes will be provided by the Santa Cruz Warriors!

 

  • 3-Point Shoot Out
  • Skills Challenge
  • Shot Competition

Background on Juneteenth - On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with the news the Civil War had ended and enslaved were now free. 150 years later, we celebrate this remarkable event at Juneteenth celebrations across the country. A long-held tradition among African Americans, Juneteenth is a fun and special day for anyone who believes in freedom and equality for all people.


Location: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Measuring Tall Trees
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State Park Big Basin
Learn how tall trees are measured!
Date: 06/15/2019 at 12:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Measuring Tall Trees

Saturday, June 15 at 12:30pm

How do you measure the tallest trees in the world? Join Zane Moore, a redwood researcher, to learn about measuring these tall, tall trees. Zane will show you how scientists determine the height, size and, ages of these trees. We'll look at the history and future directions of tree measurement from cameras to lasers to drones. This 1-mile, 90-minute walk will take us to where technology and trees meet.

 

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

 


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Summer Reading Kickoff Event: Coventry & Kalusa!
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Summer Reading Kickoff Event: Coventry & Kalusa, juggling, hula hooping, playing music, doing some comedy and more
Date: 06/15/2019 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Join us for some fun in the sun as we celebrate the start of Summer Reading! Come sign-up for summer reading while playing with bubbles, hula hoops and more.

Special performance by award winning circus artists Coventry and Kaluza. They will be juggling, hula hooping, playing music, doing some comedy and more. Get ready, because the circus is coming to town!

Coventry and Kaluza are performing from 12-1pm

Location: Anna Jean Cummings County Park, 461 Soquel San Jose Rd, Soquel, CA


Location: Anna Jean Cummings County Park, 461 Soquel San Jose Rd, Soquel Map
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Building Methods at the Mission
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State Park Mission
Get your hands dirty and make your own mini adobe brick
Date: 06/15/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Building Methods at the Mission

Saturday, June 15 from 1 to 2pm

Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their homes and then at the materials used by the Spanish to build Mission Santa Cruz. You will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make your own mini abode brick. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Glimpses of World History with Robert W. Strayer
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Glimpses of World History with Robert W. Strayer
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Apr 2-Aug 17) from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Adults & teens Admission Fees: Free

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

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

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


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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San Lorenzo Valley Community Band Concert
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A selection of music from Stage and Screen by a 30-member orchestral band
Date: 06/15/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Bring the whole family and enjoy an evening of band music in the Boulder Creek Library Amphitheater. A selection of music from Stage and Screen by a 30-member orchestral band conducted by Dan Lingenfelter This event is sponsored annually by the Boulder Creek Library Friends.


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Summer Reading Kickoff Event: Percussion with James Henry!
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Summer Reading Kickoff Event: Percussion with James Henry!
Date: 06/16/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

James Henry, master percussionist, has traveled the world with this program and brings to everyone pieces of cultural wisdom from every area of the globe. Expect to dance, sing, be involved and be transported to many areas of the globe through the sounds of drums and percussion!


This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program. Free and all ages invited!


Location: Highlands County Park, 8500 CA-9, Ben Lomond Map
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Summer Reading Kickoff Event: Percussion with James Henry!
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Summer Reading Kickoff Event: Percussion with James Henry!
Date: 06/16/2019 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Join us for some fun in the sun as we celebrate the start of Summer Reading! Come sign-up for summer reading while playing with bubbles, hula hoops and more.

Special performance by James Henry, master percussionist. Expect to dance, sing, be involved and be transported to many areas of the globe through the sounds of drums and percussion!

James Henry is performing from 1-2pm

Location: Highlands County Park, 8500 CA-9, Ben Lomond, CA


Location: Highlands County Park, 8500 CA-9, Ben Lomond Map
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Father's Day: Men of Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Honor founding men of the park
Date: 06/16/2019 at 1:00pm


The Men of Big Basin-A Father's Day Special Event

June 16, 1 pm

Celebrate Father's Day by honoring some of the remarkable men who lived in, worked in and fought for Big Basin. Living history re-enactments bring you back in time where you'll meet pioneer settlers, Big Basin founders and early park rangers. Stroll through the magnificent redwoods on this half-mile, 1.5-hour walking play. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Hike to Ocean View Summit
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Six-mile loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast
Date: 06/16/2019 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Hike to Ocean View Summit

Sunday, June 16 at 10am

Escape the crowds on this 6-mile, 4.5-hour loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast. Join docent Steve Stolper as we climb the Meteor Trail through the trees, gaining 600 feet before emerging at Ocean View Summit. After a relaxed lunch we descend back into the forest and return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Science Sunday-Cephalopods Are the New Dinosaurs
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
A Squid's-Eye View of the History of Life
Date: 06/16/2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 & older Admission Fees: Event is included with admission to the Seymour Center: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Membe

(0 A May 2019) SeymourLogoMay.jpgBefore there were mammals on land, there were dinosaurs. And before there were fish in the sea, there were cephalopods-Earth's first truly substantial animals and the ancestors of modern squid. With dozens of tentacles and formidable shells, they presided over an undersea empire for millions of years.

Join scientist and writer Danna Staaf, Ph.D. for a reprise of last year's popular talk, complete with the latest news about "alien octopuses" and ancient ammonites trapped in amber. Stay for a signing of Staaf's book Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, which was named one of the best science books of 2017 by NPR Science Friday.

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Join the Seymour Marine Discovery Center 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 are one hour long and 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 include time for a few questions at the end.
-Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Science Sunday is free with membership or admission to the Seymour Center. UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students receive free admission with valid student ID.


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Father's Day - Hats Off to Dad
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Roaring Camp Railroads
As guests ride at branch level through a virgin forest by steam train, fascinating information about the California coastal redw
Date: 06/16/2019 from 11:00am to 3:30pm
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Father's Day - Hats Off to Dad

June 16

Take a ride on the infamous Steam Train for Father's Day or take the Beach Brew Train from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Hat's off to Dad Steam Train
Salute Dad on Father's Day by treating him to a ride on a steam train and lunch.

Is there anything better than BBQ & Beer? Spicy chicken wings, specialty sausages, tri-tip sandwiches, and lots more will be available at the Chuckwagon BBQ. In addition, Santa Cruz's Humble Sea Brewing Company, Shanty Shack Brewing, and Cider from Santa Cruz Scrumpy Cider will be pouring the best local brew at Roaring Camp.

Dad will receive a complimentary engineer's cap with the purchase of a train ticket and any BBQ platter meal. All dads will be entered into a drawing to ride up front with the engineer!

BBQ. Humble Sea Brewing Co., and Santa Cruz Scrumpy Hard Cider booths will be open from 12 PM - 3 PM.

Steam Train Departures:
11 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM

Hat's off To Dad Steam Train Ticket Prices
$32 Adults
$23 Children ages 2-12 years.

Steam Train Tickets and information:
https://www.roaringcamp.com/events#fathers_Day


NEW THIS YEAR!
Father's Day Brew Train

Take a trip from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to Roaring Camp Railroads on the Father's Day Beach Brew Train!

Enjoy a live band while Humble Sea Brewing Company pour tastes of some of their favorite beers as you ride the rails from the seas to the trees.

Once you arrive at Roaring Camp join in on the festivities with a great BBQ lunch, live music, and more beer for sale by the Santa Cruz Famous Humble Sea Brewing Company, and Cider from Santa Cruz Scrumpy Cider.



Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Twilight Adaptation Adventure
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State Park Big Basin
Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk
Date: Every Su (Jun 16-Jun 30) at 7:30pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

Twilight Adaptations Walk

Sunday, June 16 at 7:30pm

Sunday, June 23 at 7:30pm

Sunday, June 30 at 7:30pm

Twilight marks the end of day and the beginning of night. Animals who come out at night have special adaptations to survive. Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, half-mile, 1.5 hour walk. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Kids Summer Art Camp
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The Painted Cork Santa Cruz
Let's Get Creative in Summer Art Camp
Date: Every weekday (Jun 17-Jun 21) from 9:45am to 12:45pm
Ages: 7 to 17 Admission Fees: varies on classes
Special Instructions: more information online at www.paintedcork.com

Join us in our Family Room for KIDS ART CAMP! This transaction is a discounted price for a WHOLE WEEK of ART FUN June 16-21! Sign up for the whole week and save by registering your child below.

 

If you'd like to sign up for just a couple of the classes, please go back to the calendar so you can pick and choose individual classes to suit your schedule!

 

Your child will enjoy amazing art projects for 3 hours a day and 5 days in a row and they will come home with a total of 8 amazing Art pieces created by them! This Art Camp is for ages 7 to 17 and seats are limited! No experience necessary and all art supplies are included! All classes are taught step by step!

 

Guests are encouraged to bring a lunch and they may bring in any food beverages to enjoy throughout the class! This class is open to anyone ages 7-17. You may drop off and leave your child at the studio, however you must leave all contact information with our staff in case of an emergency.

 

Pick up is at 12:45pm. Parents who wish to stay and watch the class must stay in the adjacent studio to allow for more room in the family room and to allow their children to create freely without judgment, interruptions or distractions. :)


Location: The Painted Cork, 1129 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 471-8939 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Workshop: What to Do When Your Teen Is Rude and Disrespectful
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Triple P
How to encourage positive communication with your teenager...
Date: 06/18/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x211

Triple P Workshop: What to Do When Your Teen Is Rude and Disrespectful
June 18, 6 - 7:30 pm
Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: How to encourage positive communication with your teenager; How to handle rude or disrespectful behavior; Tips for being calm, consistent and fair with your teen.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Register to reserve your spot. FREE child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults, teens, and children.

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


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville Map
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TACO TUESDAYS RETURN TO FELTON
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Food Truck A Go Go
Hang out and dine on the lawn or picnic tables or stop by and take dinner home!
Date: 06/18/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm


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


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


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


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Exploring Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes
Date: Every 3 weeks on Tues at 9:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9:30am

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


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Positive Discipline for Children of All Ages
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Intensive 3-week Positive Discipline Parenting Class Series for Children of All Ages
Date: Every Wed (Jun 19-Jul 3) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $50
Special Instructions: No Childcare Available

This intensive 3-week (6-hour) class series provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.

 

Some of the prominent themes include child and adolescent brain development, social emotional learning, belonging and significance as innate social needs, the essential nature of long-term positive parent-child relationships, mutual respect, modeling behaviors, authoritative parenting styles that use kindness and firmness at the same time, connection before correction, the criteria for effective discipline, agreements and follow-through, non-violent communication, family meetings, routines, and the internal locus of control that guides parents and children alike to practice self-regulation.

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


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santiago the Magician
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Santiago the Magician brings together the beauty of historical wizardry and modern day conjuring in an undeniable mix that will
Date: 06/19/2019 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Santiago is a Modern Day Medieval Magician, based in Santa Cruz, California, who brings together the beauty of historical wizardry and modern day conjuring in an undeniable mix that will amaze and delight you.

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: Boulder Creek Branch Library, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Stars of Poetry
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Library Central
Join this free series of workshops to explore poets, poem-making, and performance
Date: Every 2 days (Jun 19-Jul 31) from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Are you a star of poetry? If not, you can easily become one this summer! Join this free series of workshops to explore poets, poem-making, and performance.

 

In each of these four workshops we will consider the lives of a prestigious poet, including Naomi Shihab Nye and Juan Felipe Herrera, reflecting on how their lives inform their work.

 

We will write poems, receive guidance and feedback from poets in the community and perform our work out loud, sharing our stories together. No experience necessary. Come with an open heart and mind. Co-facilitated by Magdalena Montagne and poets from the Legendary Poetry Collective, as well as poets from the library's Community Poetry Circles.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Fall Creek Hike
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State Park Henry Cowell
Hike through a young, 100 year old forest to examine evidence of the logging history and discover how the Bay Area was built
Date: 06/19/2019 at 9:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Fall Creek Hike

Wednesday, June 19 at 9am

Hike through a young, 100 year old forest to examine evidence of the logging history and discover how the Bay Area was built on this 4-mile, 4-hour hike. Join us at one of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park's hidden treasures and explore the beauty of Fall Creek. Bring water, warm clothing, and a snack. Meet at the Fall Creek parking lot, approximately 0.5 mile up Felton Empire Road from the Highway 9 Intersection in Felton. Rain cancels. No pets. Free event. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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Robo Sumo
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Build and program robots
Date: Every Wed (Jun 13-Jul 25) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8-17 Admission Fees: Free

Come compete in the not-so-ancient art of Robo-Sumo. Kids ages 8-17 will work in groups of two to build a competition

Lego robot to battle on the last day of class for a Lego prize. They will build and program their robots to knock the other team's robots out of the circle.

Register online at https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5383539


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Movies at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us!
Date: Every Wed and Th (Jun 19-Aug 14) at 5:00pm


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

Wednesday Nights at 9pm

June 19 - August 14, 2019

 

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

 

Admission FREE!

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

 

Each movie will include a 15 minute intermission. Seating is first‑come, first‑served.

 

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

 

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

 

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


2019 Movies Schedule

June 19 The Lost Boys
June 26 School of Rock

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

 


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Traveling Lantern Theater: My Mother The Astronaut
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Traveling Lantern Theater: My Mother The Astronaut
Date: 06/19/2019 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

My Mother The Astronaut: To the moon and beyond! Aquarius' mom is an astronaut and today is "Take your child to work day." Aquarius can't wait to go to NASA and find out what it's like to be in space!

Travelling Lantern Theater brings stories and adventure to children across the USA. Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Family concert with Jos-Luis Orozco
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Jose Luis Orozco encourages children to sing and play in Spanish and English through a mix of Latin American songs, rhymes, stor
Date: 06/19/2019 from 10:30pm to 11:30am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Join in the fun as celebrated author Jose Luis Orozco encourages children to sing and play in Spanish and English through a mix of Latin American songs, rhymes, stories and games.

Únase a la diversión mientras el célebre autor José Luis Orozco anima a los niños a cantar y tocar en español e inglés a través de una mezcla de canciones, rimas, historias y juegos latinoamericanos.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Seminar: Getting Teens Connected
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Triple P
Attend this parenting seminar to learn strategies to encourage your teen to form positive connections with others.
Date: 06/20/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 335-6600, ext 6605

Triple P Seminar: Getting Teens Connected
June 20, 6 - 7:30 pm
Triple P Seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in a wide range of situations. This seminar is the second in a series of three for families with teens 13 - 16 years old. You can attend one, two or all three of the seminars in the series.

Attend this parenting seminar to learn strategies to encourage your teen to form positive connections with others. Seminar participants will learn ways to help teens: Be confident; Develop social skills; Plan ahead; Keep their commitments; and Take care of others.

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

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600, ext 6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Percussion with James Henry
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Percussion with James Henry
Date: 06/20/2019 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

James Henry, master percussionist, has traveled the world with this program and brings to everyone pieces of cultural wisdom from every area of the globe. Expect to dance, sing, be involved and be transported to many areas of the globe through the sounds of drums and percussion!

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Percussion with James Henry
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Percussion with James Henry
Date: 06/20/2019 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

James Henry, master percussionist, has traveled the world with this program and brings to everyone pieces of cultural wisdom from every area of the globe. Expect to dance, sing, be involved and be transported to many areas of the globe through the sounds of drums and percussion!

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.​


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Behind-the-Scenes Tour with the Seymour Center
Date: 06/20/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 & older Admission Fees: Free

(0 A June 2019) SeymourJune2019.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 10:30 AM.

Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free and open to the public. Space is limited to 14 participants. Advance reservations highly recommended; call 831-459-3800. Tours are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Water and weather protection is strongly suggested.


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Skyline to the Sea
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Amazing Skyline to the Sea Backpacking Trip
Date: Every day (Jun 20-Jun 23) from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: 18+ and 13-17 with parent Admission Fees: $300

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

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

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$300; Thursday June 20 through Sunday June 23, 2019


A Trek through Time: Butano State Park to Waddell State Beach

$225; Friday July 19 through Sunday July 21, 2019

Ridges to Redwoods: Castle Rock State Park to Portola Redwoods State Park

$225; Friday August 16 through Sunday August 18, 2019


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Music Together MusicalMe Special Storytime
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Music Together MusicalMe Special Storytime
Date: 06/20/2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

​Experience first-hand just how fun learning and playing musically with your child can be. We'll teach you how to take music out of the box and put it into the hearts and hands of your young children, and you!

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Percussion with James Henry
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Percussion with James Henry
Date: 06/20/2019 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

James Henry, master percussionist, has traveled the world with this program and brings to everyone pieces of cultural wisdom from every area of the globe. Expect to dance, sing, be involved and be transported to many areas of the globe through the sounds of drums and percussion!

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.​


Location: 6299 Gushee St., Felton Map
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The Pillowcase Project
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Workshop for kids age 8-11 and their families to teach them how to be prepared for an emergency and what to keep in their emerge
Date: 06/21/2019 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: Ages 8-11 Admission Fees: Free

American Red Cross brings this fun, interactive program to the Santa Cruz Public Libraries! The Pillowcase Project is an immersive workshop for kids age 8-11 and their families to teach them how to be prepared for an emergency and what to keep in their emergency bag. Participants will get their own pillowcase to decorate and instructions for what to keep in it for disasters.


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


Location: Boulder Creek Branch Library, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Woodies on the Wharf
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More than 200 stylish, pre-1952 wood-bodied cars. Plus music, woodie goodies, prize drawings and a parade!
Date: Every day (Jun 21-Jun 23) from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Saturday on the Wharf!

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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Woodies on the Wharf, bigger and better than ever! Come see the more than 200 "woodies," gorgeous, pre-1950s cars that feature wood bodies, line the Santa Cruz Wharf.

 

Stroll the Wharf and enjoy dozens of shops and restaurants and stellar coastal views while you soak up the sun and beauty of Northern California's premier woodie show.

 

FREE!

This year's highlights:
Get your 2019 WOW poster and have it signed by the artist!
Music, t-shirts, and memorabilia
Raffle prize drawings
Talk with Superheroes of the Sanctuary, local non-profits protecting our ocean environment.
Get a photo crusin' in the woodie photo booth.
Challenge your friends to a game of bocce or corn hole. 
Woodies Parade off the Wharf at 3:30 pm.

 

Getting there:
Special Santa Cruz Beach - Downtown Trolley hours for the event - 9:00am to 8:00pm. Park downtown and take the trolley to the Wharf. Only 25 cents.
Ride your bike! FREE Bike Valet on the Wharf.

Presented by Santa Cruz Woodies, Santa Cruz Wharf and City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department. FREE!


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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

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


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


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


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Annual Pleasure Point Street Fair
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Free, blockbuster entertainment for families!
Date: 06/22/2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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Pleasure Point will be buzzing as the community takes to the street to enjoy the Pleasure Point Street Fair on Saturday, June 22, 2019. The event will be held on Portola Drive between 41st and 38th Avenues, Santa Cruz, from 11 am - 5 pm with bike parking available, and admission is free.

 

We are pleased to announce that some of the proceeds will be donated to the Live Oak Education Foundation.

 

Great Music: A total of eight local bands will perform a variety of styles of music on two stages including Americana, Blues, Rock, Reggae and Surf Music.

 

Fun for Kids: The kid's zone will feature a variety of activities provided by local organizations including crafts, face painting and henna.

 

Skateboard Contest: Watch talented and daring kids compete in the contest run by the Santa Cruz Boardroom.

 

Vendors: Close to 100 vendors will sell arts, crafts, local services, food and beverages.

Beer Garden: Featuring New Bohemia Brewing Company's lagers, wine, mimosas and spirits.

Great Food: Enjoy lots of food choices again this year including street tacos from Pleasure Point Business Association, Conscious Creations, Pono, Ate3One, Rogue Pye by Artisan Hand Food and Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine.

 

Band Lineup:

Nordic Naturals Street Stage

11:00 - Shoreline Summer Band
11:30 - Lauren Wahl & Simply Put
12:30 - Moshe Vilozny -75 minute set
2:00 -  Restless Souls - 75 minute set
3:30 -  Crooked Branches - 75 minute set

NuBo Beer Garden Stage

12:00 - Wanni Punani
1:45 -  Spazztics
3:15 -  Rock City

 

Your Participation Supports the Live Oak Education Foundation
The Live Oak Education Foundation is based on a strong belief in equity and that all kids, no matter their race, socio-economic background, or neighborhood deserve every opportunity afforded to their peers. This local nonprofit was established to raise money to ensure that students in the Live Oak School District have enriching opportunities in the visual and performing arts, the "STEM" fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and positive play. For more information, visit www.liveoakedfoundation.org.


Location: Pleasure Point, Portola Drive between 41st and 38th Avenues, Santa Cruz Map
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Photography Walk
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Arboretum
In partnership with naturalist and photographer Bill Bishoff, the UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden will be offering two different
Date: 06/22/2019 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Ages: All

(0 A May 2019) Arboretum_PhotoClass.jpgIn partnership with naturalist and photographer Bill Bishoff, the UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden will be offering two different photography walks to take gorgeous pictures that capture sunset lighting and enhance the element of shadow.

 

These sessions will be Saturday, May 18 and Saturday, June 22 from 4:30 pm - 6 pm.

 

Sign up on the events page on our website to reserve your spot.

https://arboretum.ucsc.edu/news-events/events/photowalk.html


Location: The Arboretum at UCSC, High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Summer Kick Off
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Come help us kick off summer with music, art and live animals!
Date: 06/22/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free museum entry

(0 A June 2019) SummerKickOff2.jpgEnjoy free admission to the Museum and outdoor festivities! Celebrate and learn with live animals from Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center and Sky Patrol, live music from the Banana Slug String Band, food trucks, nature crafts, science activities, and more (program below)! It promises to be a day of nature-filled family fun - both out in the sunshine and within our Museum galleries.

 

Program Schedule

  • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  |  Play, create, and explore with our family fair of organizations listed below! Enjoy free admission to the Museum. Explore Museum collections, make sun prints, and talk rocks with our "Geology Gents."
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  Live music from the Banana Slug String Band
  • 1-2 p.m.  Live owl presentation with Sky Patrol
  • 2-2:30 p.m. | Join Nancy and Chris for sing-alongs and storytime inside the Museum
  • 2-3 p.m.  |  This wonderful live animal program presented by Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center introduces students to the similarities and differences between mammals, birds and reptiles. Characteristics of each type of animal are examined through hands-on materials.

Location: Tyrell Park, 1305 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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San Lorenzo River Adventures!
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The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Feb 23-Jun 22)


The Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History are teaming up in 2019 to bring you your favorite nature tour series: Exploring the San Lorenzo River. This spring, connect with local naturalists, geologists, mycologists, historians, and artists through unique explorations of the San Lorenzo River. Bring the whole family and learn about birds, mushrooms, floods, and rocks. Take a tour in the upper San Lorenzo River on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Check out the lower San Lorenzo River and Santa Cruz Riverwalk on the 4th Saturday of each month.

Fungus Amongus Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m.

 

Join us for a morning of mushroom hunting in Sycamore Grove, Henry Cowell State Park. Learn from Phil Carpenter of the Fungus Federation about mushrooms: how they grow, how to identify common species and what we know and don’t know about this magic family of organisms. While exploring the area learn about the history and ecology of Sycamore Grove from City of Santa Cruz Park Rangers. Sign up.

 

Fungus, Flora, Fauna  Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.

As winter shifts to spring, nature stirs! Explore a beautiful and unique part of the San Lorenzo watershed, and see the late fungus and early flowers that welcome the first migratory birds to our area. This tour will be led by local naturalist Christian Schwartz and will take place in Quail Hollow Ranch County Park located at 800 Quail Hollow Road in Felton.


Levees and Climate Change Resilience Saturday, March 23, 1:00 p.m.

How will climate change affect the City of Santa Cruz and the San Lorenzo River? Flooding, fire and drought are predicted to impact our community. Learn about steps the City is taking to address vulnerable areas like the San Lorenzo River and what actions you can take to prepare ourselves. This tour will take place on the Riverwalk and will be led by Tiffany Wise-West, the City of Santa Cruz Sustainability and Climate Change Manager. This tour is part of the 5th Annual State of the San Lorenzo River event occurring on March 23.


Crawling Critters Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.

In this exploration of creatures thriving on and along the San Lorenzo River, we'll look toward the ground to find the scaled, fanged, barbed, and spineless creatures that often spook and surprise us. Though they may seem alien to some, many of these animals hold amazing adaptations, like neurotoxic tissues or heat-sensing faces.

 

San Lorenzo River 2019 BioBlitz! Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m.

On Earth Day and World Fish Migration Day 2019, you're invited to join the Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for the 3rd Annual BioBlitz along the San Lorenzo River at the Tannery Arts Center. This is the culminating event of the Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series. What better way to put your new knowledge of the San Lorenzo River ecosystem and wicked identification skills to use. Work with fellow naturalists, nature enthusiasts, scientists, and volunteers to study and record the biodiversity along the lower San Lorenzo River.

 

Landscapes and Activism Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.

Learn about the history of the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz from 1955 to 2005 and how transformations of the river landscape impacted the local ecology and human history. Check out old photos of the levees and surrounding downtown. During the tour, we will walk the Santa Cruz Riverwalk taking frequent breaks to take in the modern landscape and discuss how it came to be.

The tour will start at the Museum of Art and History.


Faults, Floods, and Fossils Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.

Explore the geologic history of the San Lorenzo Valley, how to identify the different kinds of rocks, river processes, faults, floods, and fossils. We are looking forward to this repeat of Frank Perry's popular walk, described here.


Field Journaling along the San Lorenzo River Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.

Explore Coastal Watershed Council's San Lorenzo River Habitat Enhancement site with local artist Melody Overstreet. Learn about the ecological community at the San Lorenzo River through observation, plant care, drawing and guided reflection. We will develop our naturalist eye through the practice of drawing plant species and the landscape.


Indigenous People in the San Lorenzo Valley Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.

Learn about the first people to live in the Santa Cruz Mountains. How did they interact with the abundant natural resources? What evidence do we have to learn about their lifestyles? Where are they now? More information on the tour to be announced soon.


Bilingual Bird Walk - Camino Bilingüe Sobre Los Aves Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.

Walk along the San Lorenzo River and discover the different families of birds that live here. Learn to observe birds who come from near and far to the San Lorenzo River. Local bird enthusiast Nanci Adams, will lead the bilingual walk. This tour is great for all ages!

Camine a lo largo del río San Lorenzo y descubre las diferentes familias de aves que viven allí. Aprender a observar las aves que vienen de cerca y lejos a nuestro Río. Nanci Adams, una entusiasta de aves, conducirá el paseo bilingüe. La caminata es una gran oportunidad por todas las edades!


Location: 440 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Gardens of Time
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State Park Mission
Tour the native plant beds, neophyte kitchen garden, and memories of Victorian Nearyland. Take home history in a seed
Date: 06/22/2019 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Gardens of Time

Saturday, June 22 from 1 to 2pm

Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds, and Victorian "Nearyland." Take home history in a seed. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Car Seat Check
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Free car seat check at the Santa Cruz Police Department for anyone who needs help transitioning their child from a rear facing t
Date: 06/22/2019 from 9:00am to 1:00pm


The Safely Home program is offering a free car seat check at the Santa Cruz Police Department for anyone who needs help transitioning their child from a rear facing to a forward facing car seat. The event will take place Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 155 Center Street.

 

During the event, certified child passenger safety technicians will offer the following assistance to parents and caregivers:

 

  • Ensure that their child's car seat has not been recalled.
  • Advise on how to choose an age, height and weight appropriate car seat.
  • Instruct and demonstrate how to install and use the appropriate car seat in the vehicle.
  • Instruct and demonstrate how to correctly place a child in the appropriate car seat.
  • Answer any questions parents or caregivers may have regarding child passenger safety.

 

Anyone who is interested in attending the free event needs to register here for a car seat appointment. Appointments are 1 hour long; up to two car seats per appointment.

If you are unable to reserve an appointment, you can find other free car seat fitting stations with the car seat fitting resource list.


Location: 155 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Medicine Budha Festival & Cultural Fair
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Land of Medicine Budha
Procession, music, dance, information and healing booths, food and drink, Lunch, Puja and performances - all free
Date: 06/22/2019 from 10:00am to 4:30pm
Admission Fees: Free, donations welcome

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Annual Medicine Buddha Festival & Cultural Fair

  • Free - Everyone is welcome!
  • Join in the 11 AM procession escorting the large Medicine Buddha Thangka to the Festival site
  • Music and dance performance offerings
  • Information and healing booths
  • Unique gift booths
  • Food and drink

 


Location: 5800 Prescott Road, Soquel Map
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Old Time Music Jam
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Toneway Project
Play, listen, dance! Ocean View Park
Date: The 4th Su of every month at 1:00pm


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

 

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

 

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

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


Location: Ocean View Park, 102 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Westside Summer Festival
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Santa Cruz Mountains Makers' Market
Food and artistin support of Shared Adventures!
Date: 06/23/2019 from 11:00am to 6:00pm


(0 A June 2019) WestsideSummerFestival.jpgJoin the fun at the 1st Westside Summer Festival!

Santa Cruz Mountains Makers' Market and Food Trucks A Go Go are collaborating to bring you an eclectic mix of food vendors and artists -- to celebrate Summer and to raise money for our friends at Shared Adventures!

This free event is 100% local -- with all vendors based here in Santa Cruz County! And what better place to have the Westside Summer Festival than at the Old Wrigley Building parking lot, from 11a-6p on Sunday, June 23rd.

Participating food vendors include:
Holopono Food Truck
Mattia Pizza Truck Santa Cruz
UNION foodie truck
India Gourmet
Areperia 831
Efi's Dutch-Indo
Aunt LaLi's Mobile Cafe
Beer: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Wine: Stockwell Cellars

More than 40 local artists will be selling their goods! You'll find a great variety of handmade jewelry, clothing, body products, ceramics, fine art, textiles, chocolates, jams, glass work, henna, paper crafts & more! See the full line-up of artists at www.scmmakersmarket.com/markets.

Thank you to our sponsor!
www.renewalbyandersen.com & www.zephyrpfo.com for creating our beautiful poster graphic!


Location: The Old Wrigley Building, 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Art & Music at the Beach
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Capitola Art & Cultural Commission
Music, Art, the Beach... come visit
Date: Every Su (Jun 23-Aug 18) from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

Sunday Art & Music at the Beach 2019

Six Sundays throughout the summer from 11am-5pm

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

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

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

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

 


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Money Mondays
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Learn how to make money work for you!
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (May 13-Nov 25) from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Michael Stroud - Magician!
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Michael Stroud - Magician!
Date: 06/25/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Michael Stroud is a 12-time award-winning magician, consultant, inventor, author and lecturer in the art of magic. He blends comedy, audience participation, circus skills and many surprises with special effects in his performances. The most amazing magic and variety show in the Bay Area since 1998!

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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NorCal Bats
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Live bats will be presented along with a slide show geared to dispel myths and prejudices against bats
Date: 06/25/2019 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

NorCalBats is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of bats throughout Northern California. Live bats will be presented along with a slide show geared to dispel myths and prejudices against bats that can lead to the destruction of their roosts and colonies.

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Living on Rural Properties
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Santa Cruz County
Join us for a FREE workshop to get tips for improving your property and our natural resources
Date: 06/25/2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Is your private road a rough ride? Do you want to improve drainage or reduce erosion? Do you need to prepare for the fire season? Or improve the longevity of your well and septic system? Want to understand how to help the environment around your property?

Join us for a FREE workshop to get tips for improving your property and our natural resources.

  • Best Practices for Managing Rural Roads
  • Understanding Drainage and Erosion
  • Protecting your Property from Fire
  • Managing Wells and Septic Systems

SPACE IS LIMITED, so please register!


http://www.rcdsantacruz.org/event/9-rcd-meetings/2019/06/21/642-living-on-rural-properties

 

Light snacks (gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options available) and beverages will be provided.

Please contact Angie Gruys if you have questions. Email or 831-464-2950 x22


Location: Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy 9, Felton Map
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NorCal Bats
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Live bats will be presented along with a slide show geared to dispel myths and prejudices against bats
Date: 06/25/2019 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

NorCalBats is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of bats throughout Northern California. Live bats will be presented along with a slide show geared to dispel myths and prejudices against bats that can lead to the destruction of their roosts and colonies.

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Michael Stroud - Magician!
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Michael Stroud - Magician!
Date: 06/25/2019 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: free

Michael Stroud is a 12-time award-winning magician, consultant, inventor, author and lecturer in the art of magic. He blends comedy, audience participation, circus skills and many surprises with special effects in his performances. The most amazing magic and variety show in the Bay Area since 1998!

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Michael Stroud - Magician!
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Michael Stroud - Magician!
Date: 06/25/2019 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Michael Stroud is a 12-time award-winning magician, consultant, inventor, author and lecturer in the art of magic. He blends comedy, audience participation, circus skills and many surprises with special effects in his performances. The most amazing magic and variety show in the Bay Area since 1998!

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: 316 Estrella Ave, La Selva Beach Map
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Taller de Triple P: Enseando a los nios a compartir
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Triple P
Asista a este taller de crianza para aprender: Cmo ensear a los nios pequeos a compartir y tomar turnos ...
Date: 06/25/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission, Gratis
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x211. En Espaol.

Taller de Triple P: Enseñando a los niños a compartir
el 25 de junio, 6 - 7:30 pm
Los talleres de Triple P ofrecen consejos prácticos y estrategias para manejar las preguntas y desafíos de crianza específicas. Los padres pueden asistir a tantos talleres sobre cualquier tema que se interese.

Asista a este taller de crianza para aprender: Cómo enseñar a los niños pequeños a compartir y tomar turnos; Consejos para prevenir problemas sobre compartir; Maneras de ayudar a los niños a resolver conflictos sobre compartir.

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

Presentado en español por: Sandra Rodelo, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Salón E, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Sandra Rodelo al (831) 724-2997 x211 o sandrar@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Saln E, Watsonville Map
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Hidden Gems Film Club
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Not your ordinary film club!
Date: The 4th Tues of every month at 6:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

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

 

​5:30PM Doors Open
​6:00PM Screening

Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Programs: 831-427-7717

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HIDDEN GEMS FILM CLUB: NOT YOUR ORDINARY FILM CLUB!

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


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Conversations for Change Tackles Power
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Discussion with others around local and national issues - learn something new, make friends, understand others perspectives
Date: 06/25/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Conversations for Change Tackles Power

Conversations for Change are designed to foster greater understanding among individuals who may have different viewpoints.

 

Project Connect and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries invite you to explore "Power:  Responsibilities, Misunderstandings & Assumptions." 

 

In a nation with differing experiences or perceptions about power and the abuse of power, how do we navigate situations where there is a potential for misunderstandings?  This Conversation for Change will deal with unequal status, privilege and power, and the ways we deal with the differences. 

 

Participants in these small group conversations, guided by a trained host, practice being open and curious about all perspectives, with a focus on learning from one another. The discussions are free, but registration and review of the conversation agreements is required. To register and view the agreements, visit santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5455402.


Project Connect is a group of actively engaged citizens who care about bridging divides in our community as a means of preserving our democratic republic and the flourishing of our country. It is a Finding Common Ground team associated with Santa Cruz Indivisible.


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Writer's Open Mic Night
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Writer's Open Mic Night
Date: The 4th Wed of every month (May 22-Oct 23) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Open to Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Calling all writers! This open mic night offers you an environment to read your works aloud either just to have them heard or to receive critiquing from your peers. Poets, novelists, short story writers, scriptwriters, essayists, writers of memoir, nonfiction, and children's storybooks--plus friends, fans, and readers who want to hear something new--are all welcome!

Writers can sign up for a 5- or 10-minute reading slot on a first-come, first-serve basis. Extra time can be requested for critiquing.


Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Free Book Giveaway
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Come one come all and take the books so that we can clear room for more useful books. Come find some treasures!!
Date: 06/26/2019 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm


The Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries receive so many books that we are giving away the books we aren't able to sell. Some gems, some books only eclectic lovers of discards would like. Come one come all and take the books so that we can clear room for more useful books. Come find some treasures!!

 

Free Book GiveAway is located outside, to the right of the Main Downtown Public Library Branch entrance.
* Weather Permitting! *

 


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Family concert with Jose-Luis Orozco
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Family concert with Jos-Luis Orozco
Date: 06/26/2019 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Join in the fun as celebrated author Jose Luis Orozco encourages children to sing and play in Spanish and English through a mix of Latin American songs, rhymes, stories and games.

Únase a la diversión mientras el célebre autor José Luis Orozco anima a los niños a cantar y tocar en español e inglés a través de una mezcla de canciones, rimas, historias y juegos latinoamericanos.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Food Truck Party
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Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and spread out on the green grass. Plus play corn hole, giant Jenga and other games!
Date: 06/27/2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Santa Cruz Food Truck Parties ...... On The Move The next Santa Cruz Food Truck Party is rolling into the beautiful Mission Plaza on Thursday, June 27, 5-8pm.


The food vendors include: Holopono, Saucey'z, G's Mexican Tacos, Nomad Momo & Aunt LaLi's.
Bring your food truck pint glass for a discount from our featured beer from Discretion and wine from Birichino. The glasses are also available for purchase at the event.


The event is presented by City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation, FOPAR and Food Trucks A Go Go.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and spread out on the green grass. Plus play corn hole, giant Jenga and other games!


For more info, follow @foodtrucksagogo and go to the event page.


The next Santa Cruz Food Truck event is on July 18th at Garfield Park.


Location: Mission Plaza, 103 Emmett St, Santa Cruz Map
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Into The Woods
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
WINNER OF 5 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, OUTSTANDING LYRICS & BOOK!
Date: Every day (Jun 27-Jul 14)


Into The Woods

 

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

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

 

THE PLAY

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

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


Location: Cabrillo Stage, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Triple P Workshop: Helping Teens Cope With Depression
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Triple P
Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: What to do if you think your teen is depressed...
Date: 06/27/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 335-6600, ext 6605

Triple P Workshop: Helping Teens Cope With Depression
June 27, 6 - 7:30 pm
Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: Common causes and signs of depression in teens; What to do if you think your teen is depressed; Tips for helping teens develop healthy coping skills.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Register to reserve your spot. FREE child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults, teens, and children.

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600, ext 6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Music Together MusicalMe Special Storytime
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Music Together MusicalMe Special Storytime
Date: 06/27/2019 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Experience first-hand just how fun learning and playing musically with your child can be. We'll teach you how to take music out of the box and put it into the hearts and hands of your young children, and you!

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Food Truck Party
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City of SC Parks & Rec
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and spread out on the green grass. Plus play corn hole, giant Jenga and other games!
Date: 06/27/2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Santa Cruz Food Truck Parties ...... On The Move The next Santa Cruz Food Truck Party is rolling into the beautiful Mission Plaza on Thursday, June 27, 5-8pm.


The food vendors include: Holopono, Saucey'z, G's Mexican Tacos, Nomad Momo & Aunt LaLi's.
Bring your food truck pint glass for a discount from our featured beer from Discretion and wine from Birichino. The glasses are also available for purchase at the event.


The event is presented by City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation, FOPAR and Food Trucks A Go Go.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and spread out on the green grass. Plus play corn hole, giant Jenga and other games!


For more info, follow @foodtrucksagogo and go to the event page.


The next Santa Cruz Food Truck event is on July 18th at Garfield Park.

  • Mission Plaza: 103 Emmett Street, Santa Cruz

Location: Mission Plaza, 103 Emmett St, Santa Cruz Map
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Skill and Luck: Games of the Mission
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State Park Mission
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Date: 06/29/2019 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

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Saturday, June 29 at 1pm

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

 

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

 

For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free.

 

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


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Scotts Valley Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale
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Summer Book Sale
Date: 06/29/2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: None

Gently used books, cds, dvds, and audio books will be sold. Many children's books as well as train/railroad books and vintage books. Kids, come use your free book coupon from the summer reading program! Little libraries, come stock your shelves! All proceeds benefit the Scotts Valley Library.


Location: Friends of Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Rd., Scotts Valley Map
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Birding for Beginners
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join birder extraordinaire Jim Williams for a tranquil morning filled with our little flying friends!
Date: 06/30/2019 from 8:00am to 10:00am


Birding for Beginners

Sunday, June 30 at 8am

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


Location: Campground, Graham Hill, Felton Map
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