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Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
Every Tues (Aug 27-Oct 15) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map

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

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

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


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

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Monthly Meeting Genealogy Society
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Library Central
Stop by the "Californiana Room" to get genealogy searching tips
Date: The 1st Th of every month


Santa Cruz Public Library, Central Branch, - Genealogy Society of Santa Cruz

First Thursday of the Month

 

The organization's mission is to serve the community with the knowledge and tools to make family researching more fulfilling. Stop by the "Californiana Room" at the Central Branch, or call 420-5794

 

February Meeting

Learn how the discovery of a box of 100 year old letters from her mother's closet helped Gail Chaid uncover her family history. Despite the challenges of researching records in Bulgaria, Gail persevered and with a new strategy, was able to unlock the secrets of her story.


For more information, please call the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (831) 427-7707 extension 5794.

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Ice Skating by the Bay
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Ice Skating by the Bay
Spend the dayice skating in a winter wonderland right by the Bay.
Date: Every day (Nov 19-Jan 8)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Adults: $13, Children 12 & under: $11 Skate Rental Fee: $3 Season Pass: $75 for the entire season. (Skate rental not included)

 

Ice Skating by the Bay - 11/19/16- 1/8/17

Celebrate the holidays amidst the scenic coastline at Ice Skating by the Bay's seasonal ice skating rink located in Custom House Plaza behind Portola Hotel & Spa.

 

Skaters can spend the day in a winter wonderland right by the Bay.


OPEN DAILY
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm to 8:00pm, Including Holidays

 

ADMISSION

Adults: $13, Children 12 & under: $11 Skate Rental Fee: $3

Season Pass: $75 for the entire season. (Skate rental not included)

 

Group Rates

GROUPS OF 20-49 SKATERS
$1 OFF ADMISSION 
Must have reservation at least 24 hours in advance in order to qualify for the discount rate. Skate rental is not included. A deposit is not required for this group amount.

 

Directions to the Custom House Plaza

Ice Skating by the Bay is located in the Custom House Plaza near Historic Old Fisherman's Wharf. Parking is available at the Waterfront Parking Lot (Two Hours Free Parking for Locals Monday - Thursday - 939 ZIP Code only). Enter at the intersection of Del Monte Avenue and Washington Street, Monterey. Additional parking is available at the East and West Parking Garages located at Del Monte Avenue and Tyler Street, Monterey.

Exit on Del Monte Avenue. Stay in the left lane. Continue straight on Del Monte (do not exit through tunnel). Proceed until Tyler Street, turn left and enter either garage (one on left, the other on right).


Location: Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-649-4511 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Support Group for Moms with Mood Disorders
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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Support Group for Moms with Mood Disorders 3-5pm. 2nd Saturday of each month. Join a free, confidential support group for moms with mood disorders including bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety affiliated with the new Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA of Santa Cruz County. Make new friends in a positive atmosphere where we encourage one another and have fun! Ease Mountain Yoga & Wellness in Ben Lomond.

 

For more information email dyane@baymoon.com.

 

To join visit the Meetup link: http://www.meetup.com/Medicated-Moms-with-Mood-Disorders-Support-Group/


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Start with Yourself
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Start with Yourself
This workshop is appropriate for anyone wishing to approach the new year in a more mindful way.
Date: 01/14/2017 from 9:00am to 10:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Please come to the Start with Yourself workshop this Saturday at 9am. This workshop is appropriate for anyone wishing to approach the new year in a more mindful way. This interactive workshop will help you thoughtfully set your intentions for 2017. You will leave with clarity, focus and a wildfire of motivation! To learn more, visit our event page.


Start With Yourself - Reach Your Goals in 2017 Saturday, January 14th9-10:30am
Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building 846 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Munching with Mozart Concert
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Library Central
Bring your lunch and enjoy a concert, great midday interlude
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 12:10pm to 12:50pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: To make a reservation for your class or other large group contact

(0 July 2017) MozartMunching.jpgMunching with Mozart and Friends is a free monthly noontime concert series at the Santa Cruz Downtown Branch. Join us at 12:10 on the third Thursday of every month to hear local musicians play your favorite classical pieces. Munching With Mozart and Friends is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the Santa Cruz County Branch of the Music Teachers' Association of California.

To inquire about performing, contact Carol Panofsky • 831-426-3238 • panofsky@cruzio.com

 

For more information about the series, to make a reservation for your class or other large group contact Carol Panofsky • 831-426-3238 • panofsky@cruzio.com

 

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Story Time at Garfield Park Library
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Mon from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6

Join us at the Garfield Park 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: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Scotts Valley Preschool Story Time
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Library Scotts Valley
Join us for Preschool Story time!
Date: Every Mon from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 3-6 year olds Admission Fees: Free

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Join us for Preschool Story time! Every Tuesday 10:30 to 11:30 - A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds.

 

We will read books, sing songs and make a simple craft.

 

Come and join the fun!

 

FREE

 


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Kids Craft- Downtown
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Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Kids Craft- Downtown (3:00 PM-4:30 PM)
random and ever changing crafts for kids - those three and under will need adult assistance.
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Families, Arts & Crafts

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Famed Geologist Walter Alvarez: A Most Improbable Journey
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Date: 01/24/2017 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: $12 - $20

(0 Jan 2017) Book_Alvarez_ImprobableJourney.jpgOne in a million doesn't even come close.
Not when we're talking about the odds that you would happen to be alive today, on this particular planet, hurtling through space. Almost 14 billion years of cosmic history, more than 4 billion years of Earth history, and a couple million years of human history, has led to you.


This panoramic viewpoint has captured the imagination of historians and scientists alike, and together they've created a new field-big history-that studies the entire known past of our universe to give context to our very existence.


Famed geologist Alvarez is best known for the impact theory explaining dinosaur extinction. His unique expertise and infectious curiosity gives us a new appreciation for the incredible occurrences-from the Big Bang and beyond-that have led to our improbable place in the universe.


Location: Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Map
Phone: (408) 280-5530 •website Palo Altocreate a direct event link
Capitola Book Discussion Group
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Date: Every Wed from 9:30am to 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Capitola Book Discussion Group (9:30 AM-10:30 AM)


We will be discussing Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, and starting to read Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. The Capitola Book Discussion Group meets every 1st Wednesday of the month at 9:30am. All adults are welcome. For more information, call (831) 427-7705.
View similar upcoming events: Book Groups-Adult, Programs for Adults, Literacy

 

 

 

 

 


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Lego & Duplo Fun!
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Library Boulder Creek
Date: Every Wed from 1:00pm to 2:30pm


Join us on Wednesday afternoons for some building fun! Children learn through play and blocks provide a wonderful link between structure, patterns and imagination. Let's build and learn together!


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Minecraft at Garfield Park Library
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Wed from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 8-18

Minecraft @ GP (2:00 PM-3:30 PM)

Minecraft with a purpose. Learn how to find and use resources, build, and survive in the world of Minecraft. Open to ages 8 to 18. LIMITED TO THE FIRST 10 PLAYERS.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

 

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Tales to Tails at Garfield Park Library
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Tales to Tails - Garfield Park (4:00 PM-5:30 PM)

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: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Scotts Valley Toddler Time
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 year olds Admission Fees: Free

Scotts Valley Toddler Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)

A 60 minute program for children, 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers. Join us for music, stories & play!


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

 


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Boulder Creek Family Crafts
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Library Boulder Creek
Date: Every Th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Boulder Creek Family Crafts (3:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Join us at the Boulder Creek Library on Thursday afternoons for our Family Crafts program! Our projects are often messy so please dress accordingly. Let's get creative together!
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Families, Programs for Teens, Arts & Crafts

 


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Chess Instruction - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

 

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Whalefest
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Monterey Wharf
Date: Every day (Jan 28-Jan 29)


(0 Jan 2017) Whalefest.jpgThis free fun and educational, interactive family event for all ages celebrates the migration of the gray whales! The event also benefits many local and national marine ! organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

 

 The Monterey Old Fisherman's Wharf Association will sponsor and hold the 6th Annual Whalefest MontereyTM at and around Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California, The Whale Watching Capital of the WorldTM on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 

The event celebrates the migration of the gray whales, and benefits the many local and national marine organizations that build awareness about the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary - they educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect it.

Among the highlights will be a symposium with lectures and documentaries related to ocean and marine life conservation presented at the Museum of Monterey at the Stanton Center (MoM) Auditorium and the Wharf Theatre, musical and theatrical performances with a maritime theme, and many educational displays by participating organizations. Thousands of attendees are expected again this year that range from local families and school children who want to learn more about our maritime environment to visitors from near and far who want to explore the annual whale migration.

 

Whale watchers come from around the world to view hundreds of whales, orcas, dolphins and pelicans who continue to feast on a "krill and anchovy buffet" in the Monterey Bay ! National Marine Sanctuary. Throughout the year, this Whale Watching Capital of the World offers sightings of 15 species of whales, 10 species of dolphins, 2 species of porpoise, 6 species of pinnipeds and 1 species of Fissiped (sea otter).

 

Weather permitting, whale watching tours, fishing, sailing and glass bottom boats (for a fee) will be operating from the Wharf, and Wharf restaurants will be serving lunch and dinner. Wharf shops will also be featuring marine-themed merchandise.

 

The two-day event will feature a wide array of fun and informative activities including:

A 60-foot model whale - Humphrey the Humpback W! hale (attendees can climb inside), will be on site to honor the migration of his friends, the gray whales. There will be squid dissection by scientists from the Hopkins Marine station and interactive displays from the Shark Research Center.  Learn more about the Web Entanglement Team coordinated by Marine Life Studies that help rescue the increasing number of entangled whales.


Location: Old Fisherman's Wharf, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
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Tours of the Monarch Grove
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State Park Natural Bridges
Tour the monarch groves with a docent, 11am or 2pm
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 15-Jan 31) at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Also 2pm

Monarch Tours
 mid-October through January; Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm 
Meet at the visitor center for a guided tour of the monarch grove.  Monarch migration is variable, to find out the current population, or to arrange a tour for groups of 10 or more, call (831) 423-4609.


Location: West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Highlights from the NUMU Permanent History Collection.
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New Museum
Date: Every day (Jan 7-Jan 29) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create. Ages 4+, no new entry after 3:30pm. All children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

*No new entries to MakerSpace after 3:30pm.

Activity Descriptions for January

Tunnel Books
Sat & Sun January 7th & 8th

Explore the world of 3D art by making your own tunnel book. Come with an idea that you'd like to turn into a multi-layered paper picture, and then see it come to life in 3D with paper, scissors, and glue.

Snowy Day Art
Sat & Sun January 14th & 15th

Celebrate winter like The Snowy Day author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats by using puff paints to create long paintings of your favorite snowy day activities.

Constellation + Moon Phase Mobiles
Sat & Sun January 21st & 22nd

Take the night sky home with you! Use blues, purples, and greens to paint beautiful images of the galaxy, and then make your own mobiles with the constellations in our galaxy, as well as the different lunar phases. Take the night sky home with you!

Tin Foil Sculpture
Sat & Sun January 28th-29th

Use cardboard shapes, sharpies and aluminum foil to create beautiful sculpted art pieces, inspired by Mexican tooling art techniques. The process includes working a rounded tool on the back side of of soft metal or aluminum foil to create a beautiful piece of raised art, traditionally called Repujado.

MakerSpace Program Founding Sponsor: The Michael and Alyce Parsons Foundation
Program Sponsors: Scott McDonald, Loann Nguyen, and Ceres Foundation / The Flick Family

Cost

Payment required - $5 Material Fee for kids | Museum Admission price applies to adults. General Admission is $10 FREE for members and visitors under 18 years of age $6 Seniors, military and students with valid ID

Links

MakerSpace Open Studio Info | Facebook Event

 

Museum Hours
Wednesday 1pm-5pm
Thursday 11am-8pm
Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

 

General Admission is $9
FREE for members and visitors under 18 years of age
Seniors, military and students are $6 with valid ID
Members also receive free admission to select Programs and Events. See what is coming up and consider joining us.


Location: 106 E. Main Street, Los Gatos Map
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Minecraft at Garfield Park Library
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Mon from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 8-18

Minecraft @ GP (2:00 PM-3:30 PM)

Minecraft with a purpose. Learn how to find and use resources, build, and survive in the world of Minecraft. Open to ages 8 to 18. LIMITED TO THE FIRST 10 PLAYERS.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Teens, STEAM

 

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
The Teen Readers Guild - Felton
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Date: Every 2 weeks on Tues and Th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 13-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays

The Teen Readers Guild - Felton (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)
 
Book club for teens! Meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month, from 3:30-4:30 at the Felton Branch. Open to teens 13-18.


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Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Aptos Youth Chess Club
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Date: Every Tues from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

Aptos Youth Chess Club (3:30 PM-4:30 PM)

Learn from a master and practice with your peers! Ages 6-18 yrs.
View similar upcoming events: Library Classes, Programs for Kids, Programs for Families, Programs for Teens

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Animal Art Classes
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Watershed Art
Animal Art Classes at the Tannery Arts Center
Date: Every Tues and Th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6-13 Admission Fees: $10

Tuesday/Thursday - Animal Art - Drop-In and Ongoing. We draw all kinds of creatures in their wonderful habitats from our watershed. This session we will be working on larger format work, exploring more media and techniques.
Watershed Art Studio #116

for children ages 6-13 yrs.


Location: Watershed Art Studio #116, The Tannery, Santa Cruz Map
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Thursday Classic Films
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Nickelodeon Theater
Coming to the Nickelodeon Thursday evenings in January and February 2017: a micro festival of pioneering classics revived on the
Date: Every Th (Feb 6-Feb 16) at 7:00pm


(0 Feb 2017) Nickelodeon_PalmBeachStory.jpg  7:00 PM,
The Palm Beach Story,The screwiest of all screwball comedies, an untouchably thrilling mashup of antic goings-on and serenely off-kilter performances

 

The odds are against most screen comedy aging well. Changing times & tastes tend to render what once had audiences rolling in the isles quaint, or at best just amusing. Too often, the magic seems to have gone missing.

 

Luckily for us, Preston Sturges' _The Palm Beach Story_ is on that short list of classic comedies where the magic is fully present, and maybe even richer and quirkier. This film's enduring charm (and its modernity) is rooted in its scope: it's a romantic comedy, a comedy of manners, a screwball farce & an anarchic romp, sometimes within the same scene. Between the Weenie King, the Ale & Quail club, Rudy Vallee's crooning and Mary Astor's Oscar Wilde-ish quips, you've got something so sublimely silly that for ninety minutes it feels like you've been beamed aboard the mothership in which advanced aliens brought us modern comedy.

 

We have to throw in a word for how utterly great Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea are in this film. Colbert is so sexy and fun here as to make one lament how generally bored and cold poached she seemed the rest of the time. And Joel McCrea has a handsomeness and a presence that would give leading men of today a run for their money.

 

We're going to show it this Thursday, 2/9, @ 7pm at the Nickelodeon in Santa Cruz. Come join us! We can pretty safely say you'll love it. Advanced tickets available online, or at the door! https://www.landmarktheatres.com/.../fi.../the-palm-beach-story...


Location: 210 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
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Mushroom Hunt!
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State Park Big Basin
Come join Ranger Emily Bertram as she hunts for mushrooms. Learn of the important role they play in the forest, who eats them an
Date: Every Su and Sa (Feb 12-Feb 25) at 11:00am


Big Basin is home to many different species of fungi. Some look like our traditional pizza mushrooms, but others are wildly colored, strangely shaped, very small, smelly or slimy. Come join Ranger Emily Bertram as she hunts for mushrooms. Learn of the important role they play in the forest, who eats them and how to identify them. This is a family friendly, easy 1.5-hour walk. (Picking mushrooms in a state park is illegal, so we'll just be looking.) Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Ragtime Festival
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Santa Cruz Ragtime
If you love the sound of ragtime, you can catch sidewalk ragtime acts throughout the weekend...corner of Pacific and Cooper
Date: Every day (Feb 24-Feb 26) at 7:30pm
Admission Fees: free and $25/concert or day pass; $90 "all events" pass
Special Instructions: Friday, February 24th, with performances continuing until Sunday at 4:00PM.

(0 Feb 2017) Ragtime2.jpgIf you love the sound of ragtime, Downtown Santa Cruz is the place to be, specifically on the corner of Pacific and Cooper where you can catch sidewalk ragtime acts throughout the weekend.

 

The festivities commence at noon on Friday, February 24th, with performances continuing until Sunday at 4:00PM.

The following venues will feature live music throughout the weekend:

Calvary Episcopal Church

Calvary Parish Hall (Ticket Sales & Information)

Cooper St (at Pacific Ave - Friday & Sunday)

Soquel Ave (at Pacific Ave - Saturday)

Lúpulo Craft Beer House

Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Woodstock's Pizza


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History of Fishing Monterey Bay
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Monterey Wharf
The History of Fishing for Sardines, Abalone, Calamari, Salmon, Crab and More on the Monterey Bay."
Date: 03/04/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults and Children 10+ Admission Fees: $20 for adults and kids are $15 (10-15 years)

Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf Association Continues "Wharf Walks - Walking Tours at Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf"  --- "From Sea to Table: The History of Fishing for Sardines, Abalone, Calamari, Salmon, Crab and More on the Monterey Bay."


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

 

Wharf Walks will be held on May 6th and the topic will be: "From Sea to Table: The History of Fishing for Sardines, Abalone, Calamari, Salmon, Crab and More on the Monterey Bay." Tours meet at the head of Old Fisherman's Wharf (near the pink "Harbor House" store, #1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey. Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email timsardine@yahoo.com.

 

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


Location: Old Fisherman's Wharf, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
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Rummage Sale for Charity
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Santa Cruz Elks Lodge 824
Shake off the rain and come rummaging at the lodge!
Date: Every day (Mar 4-Mar 5) from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

Please join us for a two-day rummage sale at the Elks Lodge on Saturday, March 4th (9am-5pm) and Sunday, March 5th (9am-3pm). A portion of proceeds benefit Elks charities. A baked goods table and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase as well. Come visit the Lodge and find some treasures!


Location: 150 Jewell Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Screenagers
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Monterey Coast Preparatory
Open House - MCP Middle & High School is a private nonprofit school in Scotts Valley that serves students who learn differently
Date: 03/07/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: middle and high school

 2 days ago Our children are emotionally and psychologically impacted by the technology they were born into. Join us in March for our second screening of Screenagers to learn how and why.


Location: 125 Bethany Drive, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 458-9800 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair
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Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Come see youth's science projects
Date: 03/11/2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm


Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair 5-7pm. Public Viewing of the Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair is a regional academic Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades K-12. This annual event promotes high quality student research in science and engineering in Santa Cruz County schools, and provides opportunities for advancement of finalists to state and international science and engineering competitions. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.


Location: Fairgrounds, 2601 Eastlake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Campus Tour
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Tara Redwood School
Please join us for a Campus Tour and Q & A
Date: 03/22/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: FREE

CAMPUS TOUR
From 10am to 11:00am @ The Village/Elementary Campus
4746 Soquel Drive, Soquel CA 95073

Join us for a guided tour around our Village Campus. We will briefly observe each class in session followed by a thirty minute Q&A. This event is for parents only. Please arrive at the campus by 10 am. Space is limited so please RSVP at 462.9632

 

Tara Redwood School provides a curriculum and environment that nurtures the innate positive qualities within each child. The school strives to stimulate an intense interest in and joy of learning and an opportunity for each child to fully explore their particular area of interest.

We provide a program that addresses not only our students' various talents but, just as importantly, their emotional and inner development. Our school strives to develop the 'whole child:' mental, physical and spiritual.

 

The approach we use is an integration of Montessori and Creating Compassionate Cultures.


Location: 4746 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Crawler + Me Tuesdays
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Keep your yoga practice going and engage your little mover
Date: Every Tues (Feb 21-Mar 28) at 9:30am
Admission Fees: $90

Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery

Crawler + Me Tuesdays @ 9:30 Starts February 21! with Megan Hawk
Is your baby on the move? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to keep your yoga practice going and engage your little mover.   Crawler + Me yoga class enables the parent or childcare provider to practice yoga in a supportive environment. Squirmy, exploring babies are incorporated into the class through interactive exercises and songs. It only sounds impossible, we promise! This 55-minute class is appropriate for any level of yoga experience.
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Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Suite C10, Capitola Map
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Kids Yoga (ages 3-5 yrs.)
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
A creative mix of yoga, music, art, literature, non-competitive games, and appreciation of nature.
Date: Every Tues (Feb 21-Mar 28) at 9:30am
Ages: 2-12 Admission Fees: $90

Kids Yoga (ages 3-5 yrs.) Tuesdays @ 10:30 Starts February 21! with Megan Byers
These classes offer a creative mix of yoga, music, art, literature, non-competitive games, and appreciation of nature. Classes are age-appropriate and encourage the development of the whole child. Classes include guided visualizations and deep relaxation to promote a sense of calm and well-being.


By learning how to use yoga to both relax + energize themselves, students gain a sense of empowerment in their bodies. 
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Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Suite C10, Capitola Map
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Toddler + Me
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Tot-centric songs, poses, and activities that enhance a fun-loving relationship
Date: Every Wed (Feb 24-Apr 7) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: $90

Toddler + Me Fridays @ 10:00 Starts February 24! with Lynda Meeder
This series of toddler yoga classes is designed for parents and their little ones ages 1-3. Here's a great opportunity to have fun with your energetic little one!


These classes offer tot-centric songs, poses, and activities that enhance a fun-loving relationship. Parents model the use of music with movement which encourages and supports toddlers' mobility and exploration. During class, early walkers playfully practice yoga postures while sitting, standing, crawling, walking, and jumping. Parents also get to do a little yoga. No yoga experience required. Register + Details!

 


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
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Preschool Storytime
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Mamoura Slike reads to toddlers and pre-schoolers
Date: Every Wed from 10:00am to 10:30am
Ages: toddler and pre-school aged chil

Bookshop Santa Cruz invites any toddler or pre-school age children (with parental supervision) to listen to
stories read by Mamoura Slike. Mamoura is a wonderful reader and she will be sharing fantastic books!


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Family Yoga
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Luma Yoga and Family Center
Come stretch, play & explore!
Date: Every Su at 1:30pm
Ages: 4+ Admission Fees: $14 drop in (class cards + memberships also available)

Family Yoga: Ages 4+

Family Yoga is now offered EVERY Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm! This class offers a unique approach by blending yoga and family bonding! Laughter and love fill each class and are sure to inspire and nurture the entire family's relationship. This class works best for children who can follow instructions and participate and is designed for parents and little ones ages 4 and up.

 

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Location: Luma Yoga and Family Center, 1010 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Kids Food Fest
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Kids FoodFest
Come celebrate eating healthy food
Date: 04/22/2017 from 11:00am to 12:30pm
Admission Fees: $5

Kids Food Fest
FUN, FUN, FUN! Come celebrate eating healthy food: face painting, preparing food, art projects, music, photo booth, roaming veggies, prizes. Charlie Hong Kong is partnering with Life Lab, promoting childrens love of learning healthy food and nature through garden based education.

 

 

 


Location: Charlie Hong Kong, Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Volunteer for Boys & Girls Clubs Downtown Comcast Cares Day
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Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz
Volunteer for Comcast Cares Day
Date: 04/22/2017 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

On Earth Day, Comcast California will be partnering with us for a clean-up and beautification day, and you're invited to join us.

It's all part of Comcast Cares Day, the company's annual day of service when Comcast employees, families, and friends partner with local organizations nationwide on projects that benefit the communities where they live and work.

Comcast will be working on a variety of projects to clean, repair, and beautify 16 schools and non-profit organizations-and our Downtown Clubhouse is one of them! Some of the projects we'll be tackling are:
-Cleaning up the garden and repairing the cabinets
-Repainting the main room of the Downtown Clubhouse
-Adding bark to the front planter areas

To sign up email Alexandra at alexandra@boysandgirlsclub.info and fill out our Waiver Form, found on our website. Forms will also be available day-of event.

We hope you'll join us for this special day of volunteer work with Comcast for Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County.


Location: Downtown Clubhouse, 543 Center St., Santa Cruz Map
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Chicks in the City, Hens in the Hood
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Learn all about chickens before bringing them home
Date: 04/23/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $2/person

Chicks in the City, Hens in the Hood

Thinking of raising chickens at home? There are many decisions to be made: Do you want large or small birds; white, brown, or blue/green eggs; fancy feathered birds; full grown hens or baby chicks; or rescue birds from the Animal Shelter? Candice McLaren will talk about local city codes, types of feed, where to place the coop, predators, and when to expect that first egg! Before you bring those baby chicks home you'll want to know how to prepare their new home, how to keep chicks warm, what to feed them, and how to make their transition from a warm house (yours!) to their new chicken coop outside. You'll also find out why Sunset Magazine calls the chicken coop the new doghouse. For ages 8 & up. Fee: $3.00 per person.

 

Sign-up in advance to reserve your space by calling 831-335-9348

 


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Sea Otter Classic
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Sea Otter Classic
Competitive cycling for pros and amateurs and special fun for kids
Date: Every day (Apr 20-Apr 23)


Join us for the World's #1 Bicycle Festival

Enjoy four days of biking, camping, hiking, yoga, activities for all ages, international food and an expo with more than 450 exhibitors at the Subaru Sea Otter Classic powered by SRAM.

 

This "Celebration of Cycling" also offers loads of free stuff to do, including a kids' carnival, Sea Otter Egg Hunt, kids' bike races and bicycle playground. Admission is free for kids 12-and-under.

 

Sea Otter is coming to Monterey April 20-23, 2017.
1-800-218-8411  |  SeaOtterClassic.com

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Location: Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, Hwy 68, Monterey Map
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Kirby School Presents: "9 to 5, The Musical"
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
9 to 5 The Musical Presented by Kirby School
Date: 04/23/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $12 children, students & seniors / $15 adults

This hilarious comedy about three unlikely friends who take control of their office and learn there's nothing they can't do will be presented on April 20th at 7pm, April 21st at 7pm, April 22nd at 7pm, and April 23rd at 2 pm.


Location: Louden Nelson Community Theater, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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For Mom: Feel Good Friday Radio
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Lorraine Pursell and Dee James
Weekly Mom Uplift: Ask Your Future Self
Date: Every Wed
Ages: All

Moms need nurturing, TOO!
When you tap into your Future Self you access the power of your success that encourages you to keep going forward to your desires.

Women's Empowerment Coach, Lorraine Pursell, joins Dee James at KEYZ am radio with powerful topics, tips and tools for uplifting your life while you're raising your quiver-full.

Use these great tips to set you on higher ground. Live the happy life you deserve while raising your family well and thriving in life's daily challenges.

Get Lorraine's FREE e-Books at http://www.3KeysToSelfLove.com and http://www.StopYellingAtYourKids.com


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THURSDAY ART MARKET
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Tannery Arts Center
The Market features live music, artist demonstrations and guest chefs with rotating menus. In addition, the Artbar and Cafť will
Date: Every Th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Special Instructions: at the intersections of Highways 1 and 9

The Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz County's first-in-the-nation arts community that provides a sustainable, accessible and vibrant home for the arts in Santa Cruz County, announced today its year-round Thursday Art Market has new hours for spring and will feature Open Studios Art Tour artists each week.

 

Thursday Art Market, held rain or shine in at the Tannery, will be 4-7 p.m. weekly. The Market features live music, artist demonstrations and guest chefs with rotating menus. In addition, the Artbar and Café will serve a full menu of food and drinks.

 

As part of the Thursday Art Market, seven Working Studios located in two historic Tannery buildings covering 25,000 square feet, will also be open for tours. The Working Studios serve as the headquarters to professional artists, educators and businesses. Studios open for Thursday Art Market will include:

  • Apricity Gallery (Sarah Bianco)
  • Camp Tannery Arts (Linda Cover)
  • Jewelry Toolery (Angela Gleason)
  • Printmakers at the Tannery, also know as PATT (Jane Gregorius, Hedwig Heerschop, Frank Trueba and more)
  • Radius Gallery (Ann Hazels)
  • Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center (Cat Willis)
  • Cosmo Chic Designs (Sonia Le)

About Tannery Arts Center

The Tannery Arts Center is a first-in-the-nation arts community that provides a sustainable, accessible and vibrant home for the arts in Santa Cruz County, offering visitors a dynamic cultural destination. The Tannery is home to Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Jewel Theatre Company and the Colligan Theater, Radius Gallery, the Tannery Lofts, the Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center and Tannery Working Studios, which provides 27 separate studio spaces for professional artists to create, display and sell their art. The Tannery Arts Center is located at 1050 River St. in Santa Cruz. Learn more at www.tanneryartscenter.org or www.facebook.com/tanneryartscenter.


Location: 1050 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Hike to the Lime Kilns
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park
Date: 04/29/2017 at 9:00am

Special Instructions: 6 mile, challenging hike

Hike to the Lime Kilns
Saturday, April 29 at 9am
On this challenging 6 mile hike we will explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, lunch, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Rain cancels.

 


Location: Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Trek to the Forbidden Sandhills
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Take a rare tour of the sandhills
Date: Every Su and Tues (Apr 2-Apr 30) from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: 16+

Springtime is the best and only time to visit the flower-covered hills of the sand parkland habitat at QuailHollow. For just a few weeks you'll have a brief opportunity to join a guided tour to see and learn aboutthe many rare species that make this special place their home. Bring good walking shoes, sun protection,drinking water and optional camera. Open to all flower lovers who can walk a mile and can read. Dueto the sensitive nature of the area, the group size is limited to 15; sign-up in advance to reserve your space by calling 831-335-9348

Prepare ahead. Read about the geology of the Sandhills.

 


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Band Concert & Auction
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santa Cruz High Marching Band
Come on out to Harvey West for free concerts on the lawn and auction
Date: 05/07/2017 at 1:00pm


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

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


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"Monterey Pop": Step back in time to 1967's "Summer of Love"
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Monterey Pop Festival
A ground-breaking film, blending music and film, capturing the visions of the era and the event held 50 years ago
Date: 05/12/2017 at 7:15pm
Admission Fees: $16

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Golden State Theater, 417 Alvarado St, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 649-1070 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day
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Monterey Bay Youth
Let's Get Our Kids BAck Outside!
Date: 05/13/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Aromas Country Garden Tour
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Aromas Grange
For garden lovers and folks who want to learn more about drought resistant plants and landscaping
Date: 05/13/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


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

 

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


Location: Rose Ave & Bardue St, Aromas Map
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Old Cabin Classic Ride
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Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz
Pre-ride April 10, Registration April 13, Ride May 13 Mountain Biking fun & Rodeo for Kids
Date: 05/13/2017 at 7:30pm
Admission Fees: donations for spectators
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Old Cabin Classic Pre-ride with Emma!  April 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 

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

 

Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic May 13

 

Race Day Activities

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

 

Local Artisans

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

 

Complimentary Beverages from Verve Coffee Roasters

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

 

Vintage Bike Museum

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

 

Kids' Rodeo

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

 

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

 

Beer Garden

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

 

Tasty Food

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


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

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


Location: Ramsay Park, 1301 Main Street, Watsonville Map
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10th Annual Eat Like A Greek Food Faire
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Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
Eat Like A Greek - Authentic Greek Food, Spirits and Live Music!
Date: Every day (May 13-May 15)
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

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

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

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

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

Dates and Hours:

May 13, 5pm - 10pm

May 14, 11am - 10pm

May 15, 12pm - 7pm




Location: 10th Annual Eat Like A Greek Foo, 223 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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EAT LIKE A GREEK Food Faire
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Greek Orthodox Church
Enjoy authentic, handcrafted Greek Food and Desserts
Date: Every day (May 19-May 21)
Admission Fees: Free admission

Eat Like a Greek Food Faire 2017

Come Enjoy our 11th Annual Greek Food Faire

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

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

Come live and Eat Like a Greek for a weekend!

 

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


Location: Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Chu, 223 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Plein Air Painting Class
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Quail Hollow Ranch
8-session outdoor class will focus on creating small works in three hours, and applying this work to larger studio paintings
Date: Every Th (Apr 6-May 25) from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free class, advance registration is required to attend

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


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

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


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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36th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment
Date: Every day (May 27-May 28)


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

 

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

 

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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: 100 34th Avenue and Clement Street, San Francisco Map
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Garage Sale Weekend
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City of Santa Cruz
Hold a sale at your homehome or go garage sale shopping. Register your sale
Date: Every day (Jun 3-Jun 4)


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The City of Santa Cruz sponsors Garage Sale Weekend to promote reuse, repair, and resale opportunities in our community.

 

The City of Santa Cruz will publicize the event, encouraging residents to either hold a sale at their home or go garage sale shopping. 

 

Santa Cruz Garage Sale Weekend is June 3 & 4, 2017. The City of Santa Cruz sponsors Garage Sale Weekend once a year to promote reuse, repair, and resale opportunities in our community. The City of Santa Cruz will publicize the event, encouraging residents to either hold a sale at their home or go garage sale shopping. 

 

 Sellers: 

REGISTRATION opens May 1 for Santa Cruz Garage Sale Weekend 2017.                                             Note: Registration closes,Thursday June 1 at 5 pm.

Your sale address and description will be listed on our Online Treasure Map

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 Shoppers:    

Use the Garage Sale Treasure Map to plan your garage sale shopping route! You can sort the sales by neighborhood or search for specific items such as tools or antiques. Shop for great deals at the Santa 
Cruz Garage Sales listed HERE. Click on red bubbles to view individual sale information.      


Call: 

831-420-5591 
For more information or to receive a Free Garage Sale Kit:
three big yellow garage sale signs, a Great Tips booklet and labels. 


Great Tips for a Better Garage Sale [PDF]

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs [PDF]

Please note: The County of Santa Cruz and the Cities of Watsonville, Capitola or Scotts Valley  DO NOT participate in Santa Cruz Garage Sale Weekend.


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Emerging Choreographers Showcase
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Santa Cruz Ballet
Entertainment right here in our own community.
Date: 06/08/2017


Emerging Choreographers Showcase

 

A popular event which showcases tomorrow's choreographers.  In conjunction with The Studio School of Classical Ballet Student Demonstration.

 

Saturday, June 8
Time TBA
Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center

 

 


Location: TAC Colligan Theater, 1010 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Great American Backyard Campout
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National Wildlife Federat ion
You ARE camping out in the backyard, right!
Date: 06/22/2017 at 6:00pm


The Great American Backyard Campout

Thousands of families across the country will be pitching a tent on June 22, 2013 for the 9th annual Great American Backyard Campout, organized by the National Wildlife Federat

ion. This yearly event is part of a larger movement, Be Out There, which encourages families to reconnect with nature.

 

"Whether camping in the great outdoors or in their own backyard, the Great American Backyard Campout is the perfect way for families to make lasting memories and will give them a better understanding of why it's called the great outdoors," says Karoline Hurd, senior manager of events for National Wildlife Federation.

 

Be sure to check out the website which has great information such as packing lists, recipes, wildlife guides, games, Campouts by state (if you are looking for a large group to join), and more. Families will need to register on the site, and can even opt to raise funds for NWF and the Be Out There campaign.

 

Whether you're a seasoned camping family or using the Campout for the first time to test out how your family likes the camping experience, it's a way to slow down busy family schedules, enjoy being together, and appreciate the simple joys only nature can deliver.

 

The Great American Backyard Campout is especially important for kids because, for the first time in our country's history; we have an entire generation that is growing up disconnected from nature. Spending time outdoors, like Campout, makes kids happier and healthier.

 


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STARS: Down on the Farm
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St. Joseph's Ministry with People with Disabilities
A Fun Event for those with Disabilities, their Family and Friends!
Date: 06/23/2017 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: None
Special Instructions: Please RSVP to Paching at 662-3212 or nonipaching@yahoo.com

St. Joseph's Ministry with People with Disabilities invites you to join the STARS: Down on the Farm

(0 June 2017) AndyWilson.jpgBarnyard Animal Petting Zoo
Dinner
Barn Dancing with Professional Dance Caller, Andy Wilson
Free, all are welcome

Special thanks to Andy Wilson of www.andywilsondancecaller.com, C. Miller, and the McLoughlin Family of Scotts Valley 4H for their generous spirit.


Location: St. Joseph's Church Hall, 435 Monterey Avenue, Capitola Map
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Restoration Saturday
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Watsonville Wetlands
Fun-filled day sprucing up the wetlands
Date: 06/24/2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm


Restoration Saturday June 24th, 9am - 12 noon


It's summer solstice this week and these longer days and ripening fruit signal the time for harvesting. Join us this Saturday to collect and harvest native seed to be used on restoration projects throughout the Watsonville slough system. We'll visit and collect native seed from restored grasslands and wetlands around Hanson Slough, Struve Slough, and Watsonville Slough.

Local wild collected seed have many benefits especially for restoration projects. The plants that grow in the Pajaro Valley watershed are specially adapted to the very specific conditions in which they grow making them well-suited to survive and thrive in the restoration areas where we will be seeding and planting them out These local plants then grow on to provide the important habitat for many different species of wildlife living in the slough system. We'll be collecting Blue Wild Rye (Elymus glaucus), Meadow Barley (Hordeum brachyantherum), Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and many others.

Join us this Saturday and learn about the various habitats of the Watsonville slough system and be a part of the ongoing restoration efforts!

Bring your friends and family! We will meet at the Fitz Wetlands Education Resource Center located on the top of the Pajaro Valley High school campus (500 Harkins Slough Rd.) at 9am. All tools, supplies, and gloves will be provided. Contact Mary for more information at 831-566-4938 or mary@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org


Location: p of the Pajaro Valley High scho, 500 Harkins Slough Rd., Watsonville Map
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Deep in the Redwoods Music Fest
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Camp Cruz
Escape to the Santa Cruz Mountains for a music filled weekend Deep in the Redwoods!
Date: Every day (Jun 23-Jun 25) from 3:00pm to 12:00am
Admission Fees: $30-$90

Deep in the Redwoods Music Festival

Join us at the first Deep in the Redwoods Music Festival on June 23 & 24!
Escape to the Santa Cruz Mountains for a music filled weekend Deep in the Redwoods!

Featuring, Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Marty O'Reilly, Naked Bootleggers, Hank & Ella with the Fine Country Band, Bobcat Rob Armenti, Billy Manzik, Jesse Daniel and the Slow Learners, Taylor Rae, Bent with Honey, Tom Vanden Avond and more amazing musicians in this fun two day music and camping festival.

Designed as a small boutique festival, Deep in the Redwoods will be a festival experience you won't easily forget! Camping on site is limited so get your tickets now! Join us for this brand new music festival down by the river and hidden the redwoods!

Tickets on Sale Now!
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Cost: Payment required - 30.00 to 90.00

Categories: Concerts & Tour Dates | Festivals

Links:

Facebook Event | https://www.deepintheredwoods.com/tickets

 


Location: 2015 Eureka Canyon Rd, Watsonville Map
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Bluegrass and Food Trucks at San Lorenzo Park
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Enjoy lively bluegrass music and choose from lots of food trucks
Date: 06/30/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Bluegrass and Food Trucks at San Lorenzo Park

 

Join us for LOTS of Food Trucks and LOTS of fun! Choose from a wide selection of delicious and unique food truck menus plus beer and wine garden sponsored by Friends of Parks and Recreation (FOPAR).

 

The theme for June is Blue Grass! Enjoy the sounds of twangy folks songs or bring your own instrument for a community blue grass jam session.

June 30  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz
137 Dakota Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

 


Location: San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave , Santa Cruz Map
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SurvivoróBig Basin!
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State Park Big Basin
Imagine yourself way, way back in the time of the dinosaurs...
Date: 07/02/2017 at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Survivor-Big Basin Walk: Dinosaurs in Big Basin?
This fun program about plant and animal survival through the ages is for school age kids and parents, but anyone who can make the fairly flat 1-mile walk is welcome! Docents Micki Downs and Maura McNamara share child-friendly redwood information and activities on this beautiful trail. Free play time in an awesome redwood fairy ring will give the adults a chance to explore deeper forest issues. Dinosaurs will be highlighted! Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Scotts Valley 4th of July
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City of Scotts Valley
Real fireworks!!
Date: 07/04/2017 at 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $6 in advance, $8 day of event, Kids 4 and under are free

Community 4th of July Parade - Scotts Valley Drive. Parade entry forms at Parks & Recreation Office. Fireworks Celebration with entertainment, games & food @ Skypark. Tickets will be available in June.

 

Funds raised support parks, services, children's programs and our community as well as continuing this great family event.

 

3pm Parade on Scotts Valley Dr.
4pm Food, Music & Games at Skypark
9:15pm Fireworks Show


Phone: (650) 906-6714 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Saratoga Independence Day
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Parade, Sing-alongs, band, free popsicles and flags for children...
Date: 07/04/2017 at 9:30am


An all-volunteer event first organized in 2003, the Saratoga July 4th program is an annual, old-fashioned Independence Day celebration honoring our nation's birthday with a patriotic family program intended to unite our diverse community, and to remind us of our founders and freedoms.

 

Activities will include:

 

  •  Color Guard presenting the flag
  •  McCartysville Volunteer Band playing patriotic tunes
  •  Actors in costume as American historical characters
  •  Youth chorus and sing-alongs of patriotic tunes
  •  Children's/Family parade
  •  Free popsicles for all and flags for children
  • Montalvo Arts will host a crafts table for the youth.
  • The local branch of Bank of America will host an area where kids and adults can draw pictures and write letters to our troops, to be forwarded to military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan by
         OPERATION: CARE AND COMFORT
  • Donations will also be accepted. For a list of needed items, click here: OCC - Shopping List

The band wants more musicians! Share this link with your instrumentalist friends: www.villageband.com


An all-volunteer event first organized in 2003, the Saratoga July 4th program is an annual, old-fashioned Independence Day celebration honoring our nation's birthday with a patriotic family program intended to unite our diverse community, and to remind us of our founders and freedoms.

 

The budget is kept small, thanks to donations of time, services, and funds by area residents and organizations, but the event typically hosts 800 to 1000 guests, including civic leaders, veterans, seniors, families, children, and new citizens.

 

Attendees are reminded of the sacrifices and patriotic leadership that created this nation, as we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, that announced our freedom from tyranny, and that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

 

The program includes stirring patriotic songs, a community band, recognition of our military, a few short speeches, community group participation, ceremonial ringing of the liberty bell, and concludes with a short, old‚Äźfashioned parade around the park.

 

Come and celebrate the birth of America and our freedoms. Everyone is encouraged to wear patriotic colors and carry a flag. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes and pets with red, white, and blue. Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms.


Location: Kevin Moran Park, 12415 Scully Avenue, Saratoga Map
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4th of July Events in Monterey County
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Monterey County
Celebrate Independence Day (and your day off) this year where California was first born! Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-
Date: 07/04/2017


4th of July Events in Monterey County

Celebrate Independence Day (and your day off) this year where California was first born! Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Salinas are each throwing their own hometown bashes. Which one will you be attending?

 

4th of July Events in Monterey County

Celebrate Independence Day (and your day off) this year where California was first born! Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Seaside are each throwing their own hometown bashes. Which one will you be attending?

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Beginning at noon Devendorf Park on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea turns red, white and blue for a day packed full of live music, food, fun and games! Pack a lunch, bring a blanket and chill out to classic rock jams.

Monterey

Downtown Monterey shows off their patriotism with multiple events throughout the day! The holiday kicks off at 7am with a pancake breakfast followed by a spectacular 4th of July parade which marches down Alvarado and Calle Principal at 10am. Afterwards stick around for the annual lawn party on the grass in front of Colton Hall on Pacific Street from 11am to 4:30pm. The entire family will love the BBQ, non-stop live music, carnival games, face painting and food booths.

Still need more? Head over to the Golden State Theatre in Oldtown Monterey where the Monterey County Pops put on a free patriotic concert. The doors open at 6pm and the program begins at 7pm.

Pacific Grove

"America's Last Hometown" goes big with a BBQ and live entertainment at Caledonia Park on the 4th of July. Pacific Grove welcomes guests for live music and kids activities. Don't miss the old-fashioned BBQ which includes chicken or hot dogs, baked beans, garlic bread, salad and dessert. The event also includes live musical entertainment. The party runs 11am-3pm.

Seaside

Nothing says that it's 4th of July quite like a fireworks show. For the first time ever the City of Seaside hosts an incredible Fireworks Celebration at Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course. The party begins at 4:30pm with an array of family activities including pony rides, carnival games, arts and crafts, food vendors and live music. Be on the lookout for the fireworks display at 9:30pm!


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July 4th Evening Cruise
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Stagnaros
View the beach fireworks from the bay
Date: 07/04/2017 at 7:00pm


Come aboard with Stagnaro Charter Boats on their annual 4th of July Cruise and witness the Santa Cruz locals as they shoot off their always impressive Fireworks display on beautiful Monterey Bay!


On this special, holiday 3-hour event, you will enjoy:

  • The best spot in town to take in all the Independence Day excitement
  • Complimentary beverages (soda, water, coffee, cocoa and tea)
  • A complimentary hors d' oeuvres spread
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • A standard cash bar (wine + beer)

We will cruise calm coastal beaches and enjoy the summer sunset. There is truly no better vantage point as we watch the colorful holiday lights sparkle on the glimmering sea around us.

This event is perfect for the whole family. Be sure to book quickly, as this trip is in high demand!


Location: Eaton and 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
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City of Saratoga
Patriotic songs, speeches, and parade
Date: 07/04/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All

 

Independence Day July 4th Celebration 2018: Saratoga

 

Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Kevin Moran Park, 12415 Scully Ave., Saratoga, CA

From the volunteer organizers:

"The City of Saratoga's 2018 Independence Day Celebration will be held at Saratoga's Kevin Moran Park 

"The McCartysville Volunteer Band  will begin playing promptly at 9:30 am.

 

"Activities will include:

  •  Color Guard presenting the flag
  •  McCartysville Volunteer Band playing patriotic tunes
  •  Actors in costume as American historical characters
  •  Youth chorus and sing-alongs of patriotic tunes
  •  Children's/Family parade
  •  Free popsicles for all and flags for children
  • Kids and adults can draw pictures and write letters to our troops, to be forwarded to military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan by     OPERATION: CARE AND COMFORT      Donations will also be accepted. For a list of needed items, click here: OCC - Shopping List

 


Location: Kevin Moran Park, 12415 Scully Avenue , Saratoga Map
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Chicken Fun
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Glaum Egg Ranch
Buy eggs and get a bonus, an animated chicken show
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 6:00am to 8:00pm


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

 

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

 

Glaum Egg Ranch Machine Hours

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

 

100% Cage Free & Organic California Family Farm Eggs

 

Ranch Store Hours

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


Location: 3100 Valencia Rd, Aptos Map
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Sunset Stroll
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile evening hike to the observation deck.
Date: 07/08/2017 at 8:00pm
Ages: All

Sunset Strolls

Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile evening hike to the observation deck. Meet at the Campfire Center, in the campground off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

 


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Boomeria Organ Extravaganza!
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Rare opportunity to see Boomeria organ in action and raise funds for SC Baroque! Worth it!!
Date: 07/08/2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $50 in advance, $60 at door

Boomeria Organ Extravaganza

The grounds of Boomeria are full of surprises, including a castle, catacombs, and a wonderful pipe organ inside the Chapel Royal! Listen to hours of music performed in the beautiful surroundings of the Bonny Doon forest. Adventurers are invited to crawl through the organ's insides.

 

Enjoy local and organic snacks with vegan and gluten-free options, along with an assortment of drinks, wine and beer. Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the continued operation of the Baroque Festival's annual concert season.


Location: 60 Verde Dr, Bonny Doon Map
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Annual Hot Rods on the Green
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Twin Lakes Church
Come on by to check out the coolest customs, sedans, hot rods, street rods, rat rods, motorcycles, muscle cars, tractors, trucks
Date: Every day (Jul 8-Jul 9)


The11th Annual Hot Rods on the Green will take place on July 8th and 9th. Come on by to check out the coolest customs, sedans, hot rods, street rods, rat rods, motorcycles, muscle cars, tractors, trucks, VWs and works-in-progress from around the Bay Area (and further)!

 

Twin Lakes Church is an alcohol and drug free zone.  Please respect the car owners by not bringing anything that would scratch the cars such as dogs, tents, BBQ's, skateboards or bicycles.  As always, safety is a main concern. Therefore, no exhibition of speed or reckless driving will be allowed.

 


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Emergency Plan Workshop
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Watsonville Police
Emergency plans for the office
Date: 07/27/2017 from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: $35 for Pajaro Valley Chamber members, $40 for non-members

DO YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN?

What will your office do if there is a fire? What is your plan if an active shooter or violent person comes into your office? Do employees know what to do in an earthquake? (This is not IF - it's WHEN it strikes)

 

Being prepared will prevent chaos and save lives.
Make your reservation today for this informative presentation
by the Watsonville Police Department.

Your ticket also includes a fabulous lunch by Five Star Catering.
Thursday, July 27, 11:30am-1:00pm
$35.00
Questions? Call 724-3900
REGISTER HERE

 

Cost: $35 for Pajaro Valley Chamber members, $40 for non-members. RSVP: 831-724-3900.

Santa Cruz


Location: Watsonville Elks Lodge, 121 Martinelli St., Watsonville Map
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Soquel Pioneers Potluck Picnic
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Soquel Pioneer & Historical Assoc
Participants come early to meet and greet old and new friends and to enjoy the photos and scrapbooks provided by the pioneers.
Date: 07/29/2017 at 12:00pm

Special Instructions: Call for details

Annual Picnic 
Saturday, ‚ÄčJuly 29, 2017

Each year, the Pioneers sponsor a potluck picnic for the community on the last Saturday in July.
The picnic begins at 12:00 noon. Participants come early to meet and greet old and new friends and to enjoy the photos and scrapbooks provided by the pioneers. We hold a raffle featuring items donated by local merchants. The highlight of the afternoon has always been a talk by a local historian.
Please bring a potluck dish.
Admission of $5.00 per adult helps defray the costs associated with the picnic.

Picture This year our speaker will be Stanley D. Stevens.
‚ÄčHis topic will be: F.A.Hihn's connection to Soquel.
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Stanley Stevens is a Librarian Emeritus at University of California-Santa Cruz. He was the founding head of the University Library Map Collection, 1965-1993.

 

He is ‪an amateur historian whose primary work focuses on German immigrant Frederick Augustus Hihn, a Santa Cruz capitalist about whom more is available by reference to Stevens' essay on the website of the German Historical Institute: http://www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org/entry.php?rec=23


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March of the Penguins
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San Francisco Zoo
Watch our adorable adolescent Magellanic penguins waddle through the Zoo to their new home on Penguin Island as part of the
Date: 07/29/2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm


March of the Penguins

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March of the Penguins
Saturday, July 29


One of our most popular annual events, March of the Penguins, returns this Saturday! Come watch our 5 adorable Magellanic penguin chicks waddle through the Zoo to their new home on Penguin Island. This morning event celebrates the chicks' graduation from "Fish School" where they lose their fluffy down, learn to eat whole fish, swim and accept food from their human keepers. Members can come into the Zoo early at 9:30 am to get a great seat and will have the opportunity to submit a name suggestion in a raffle for one of the chicks! After the ceremony, stay as long as you'd like for the Penguin Party! 

 

9:30 am Zoo opens early for Members and Guardians 10 am Zoo opens to the public

10:15 am    Penguin March!

10:30 - 12 Penguin Party with crafts for kids, educational materials, photo ops with a penguin character and more!

3:30 pm Penguin Keeper Talk


Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Wildcat Weekend
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San Francisco Zoo
Experience amazing felines from bobcats to tigers and...
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Wild Cat Weekend Join us for Wild Cat Weekend on August 5-6 as we highlight our amazing felines, from bobcats to tigers and everything in between!  Come learn about all our amazing cats and what you can do to ensure a future for wild cats during our special Keeper Talks.   Don't forget to get your tickets today for Breakfast with the Big Cats,  on August 6!


Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Perfume Creation Workshop
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The Perfumers Apprentice
Learn how to create perfume!
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month (Jun 13-Jul 13) from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: 10-14 Admission Fees: $125

Put your nose to the test! Come and learn the fundamentals of perfumery. Get real hands on Perfume creation experience and extraction method demonstrations. Each student gets a workbook and goes home with the fragrance they make during each class.
To inquire about exact dates, give us a call!

 

Please come prepared with own lunch.
Please note: we will be working with very aromatic materials.


Location: The Perfumers Apprentice, 200 Technology Circle, Scotts Valley Map
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Salvador Dali Museum
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Dali17 Museum
The exhibition will be the largest collection of Daliís art on the West Coast and will feature over 300 originals.
Date: Every day

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Dali17 Museum is Open

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Location: Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
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"STEM" Summer Camps
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Learn to Discover
Summer Camps - virtual reality, robotics, LEGO building, digital art, programming and much more...
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th and Fri (Jun 12-Aug 11)
Ages: 6-18
Special Instructions: Camps in Aptos, Santa Cruz & Watsonville

We are offering numerous summer camps at 3 sites: Aptos, Watsonville and Santa Cruz. Kids can learn about topics such as virtual reality, robotics, LEGO building, digital art, programming and much more.


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Kidpower Safety Workshop
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KidPower
Protect your child from harm and gain valuable tools for building better relationships.
Date: 08/16/2017 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: for ages 6-12 with their adults

Kidpower Safety Workshop for ages 6-12 with their adults

"Our family had fun, and we use what we learned every day!"
Protect your child from harm and gain valuable tools for building better relationships. Children together with their adults learn age-appropriate Kidpower "People Safety" skills and how to practice them as a team. We introduce skills that children can use every day to feel safer and more confident in dealing with people at home, on the playground, and out and about in the world. 

Using games, role-plays, and stories relevant to children, we'll practice skills to:

  • Be and act aware and confident
  • Check with adults if anything seems unsafe
  • Move away from possible problems
  • Follow Stranger Safety rules
  • Stay safe from hurtful words
  • Use voice as a safety tool
  • Set clear boundaries• Make safety plans so outings are more fun
  • Say "No" or "Stop" clearly and respectfully
  • Deal with other kids poking, pushing, grabbing, etc.
  • Use safety plans if you're lost in a store, park, or library
  • Get help from busy adults - and persist!

Workshop Fee: $60/child (includes accompanying adults with that child)
Pre-registration is required as there is limited space. 

This workshop is not appropriate for infants or children younger than 6 years old.
Please arrange child care prior to the workshop.
 

Donations over the amount of workshop fees are tax-deductible. We do not turn anyone away from our public workshops for lack of money. Scholarship information is available on our website.


Location: Police Station, 155 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Fun with Succulents
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Join Master Gardeners Simon Stapleton and Sue Proctor for an afternoon of learning to develop miniature succulent gardens.
Date: 08/20/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 10 & up Admission Fees: $3.00 per person

Succulent plants like cactus are fun to grow and make attractive additions to gardens. Join Master Gardeners Simon Stapleton and Sue Proctor for an afternoon of learning to develop miniature gardens. This class is ideal for those who have limited gardening space. Feel free to bring a special container that has a drain hole and succulents. Supplies will be available. Enrollment is limited; register in advance to reserve your space! Presented in cooperation with Monterey Bay Master Gardeners. Please sign up in advance by calling (831) 335-9348.


Location: Quail Hollow Ranch, 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Fun with Succulents
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 08/20/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 10 & up Admission Fees: $3.00 per person


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Adventure Sports Youth Scuba
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Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Love the water? Scuba for kids!
Date: Every Fri (Aug 4-Aug 25)


Aloha Swim Families,

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

June-July: June 16th, 23rd, 30th, July 7th

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


Location: 303 Potrero St #15, Santa Cruz Map
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Aromas Day in the Country
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City of Aromas
Aromas Day is a day of fun for everyone with live music all day, wonderful food, lots of goodies to find in our vendor booths an
Date: 08/27/2017 from 7:00am to 4:00pm


Picture Aromas Day is a day of fun for everyone with live music all day, wonderful food, lots of goodies to find in our vendor booths and Art in front of the park with wonderful artworks by the Aromas Hills Artisans.

The day starts with a Grange country-style breakfast featuring eggs, pancakes, ham & sausage from 7 - 11am. Enjoy pony rides, games for kids and the petting zoo.  See classic cars and scale the climbing wall. There's a mix of acts on the main stage offering free entertainment all day long; the highlight of the day is the parade through town at 2 pm.

Admission Free!    Beinvenidos a Todos!
All Day Downtown - 9 AM to 4 PM

 

Enjoy an easy drive on Highway 129 from Hwy 1 or 101 to Rogge Lane. Follow signs to the off-site donation parking on Markus and catch a free wagon ride into town. Aromas Day is a free, family-friendly party you don't want to miss. 277-8194


Location: Aromas Grange, Rose and Bardue, Aromas Map
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Grizzly Bear Festival
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Come to Rancho del Oso for a day of commemorating the once-abundant predator that roamed this "Ranch of the Bear."
Date: 09/02/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: 17 mo north of Santa Cruz

Grizzly Bear Festival
Saturday September 2, 2017 from Noon to 4 pm
Come to Rancho del Oso for a day of commemorating the once-abundant predator that roamed this "Ranch of the Bear." Discover what they ate, how they lived, and what made this area famous for its grizzly population.  Throughout the day there will be crafts and activities for all ages. Come visit the Nature and History Center to hear stories about this powerful animal! This free event is appropriate for all ages. Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. Rancho del Oso is the coastal portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and is not accessible by vehicle from Big Basin Headquarters off of Highway 236. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.ranchodeloso.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. Rancho del Oso is the coastal portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and is not accessible by vehicle from Big Basin Headquarters off of Highway 236. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov.

 


Location: 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport Map
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Overnights at the Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo
From dusk until dawn, groups will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zoo
Date: Every day (Sep 2-Sep 3)

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

 Family Overnight 

Experience one of our award winning Family Overnights on August 19-20 or September 2-3. 

 

Overnight adventures include guided sunset and sunrise walks through the park, quality time with a Zoo Keeper and a delicious pizza dinner. After a night under the stars, enjoy a continental breakfast and watch the animals begin their day.  Learn more and register today!

 

Group Overnights
Child (8 - 17 years): $60 each
Adult: $70 each
Minimum group size: 30


Family Overnights
Members: $90 per person
Non-members: $100 per person
Get $10 off each ticket when purchasing 5 or more Family Overnight tickets.


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
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Littlle Rangers & Junior Rangers
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State Park Butano
Slow paced walk with time to discover and identify plants, flowers and animals
Date: Every Su (Jul 1-Sep 3)


Little Rangers

Saturdays & Sundays at 10 am
This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This 30 minute program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Campfire Center.

Junior Rangers

Saturdays & Sundays at 11 am
Play games, hike, and explore the redwood forest during this 1 hour program for kids’ ages 7 to 12. Sorry parents, this is a kid’s only program! Meet at the picnic area.

Junior Rangers gather at more than 70 California State Parks. Recieve your logbook and badge after completing your first program, and begin your Junion Ranger journey.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
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2017 Garden Tour
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UC Master Gardeners of Monterey & Santa Cruz
This tour offers access to hidden gardens large and small in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.
Date: 09/07/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Tickets $25 in advance / $30 day of tour.

(0 Aug 2017) UCMasterGardenerTour2017.jpgGarden Tour 2017

 

Start at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History You are in for a treat! This tour offers access to hidden gardens large and small, whose owners have generously opened their garden gates to benefit the UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.

 

Though you may begin your tour at any of the garden locations, we recommend you visit the Garden Tour Headquarters at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Here we will have a plant sale with hundreds of plants propagated by our dedicated team of Master Gardeners, garden talks by members of our Speakers Bureau, a raffle with great prizes, and the museum itself is a classic, originally built as a Carnegie Library. Come see the impressive Pilkington Creek restoration effort completed by the museum's dedicated corps of volunteers.

 

For descriptions of the gardens, visit http://mbmg.org/garden_tour_2017

 

Tickets $25 in advance / $30 day of tour.  Buy now.

Garden & Event Details & Maps - click here!

Events at the Museum


Bringing Nature Back to Tyrrell Park featuring Nancy Lenz 11am-noon   Learn how a handful of neighbors teamed up with the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and city's Parks and Recreation Department to transform a creekside jungle of invasive ivy, blackberry and mattress wire vine into a pollinator and California native plant haven. Discover how they revitalized an overgrown tangle into a natural learning garden.


Creating Wildlife Friendly Gardens featuring Tai Moses 1pm - 2pm   Tai Moses is a Santa Cruz author and editor whose work focuses on the connection between humans and animals. Her book, Zooburbia: Meditations On The Wild Animals Among Us, examines "the extraordinary, unruly, half-wild realm where human and animal lives overlap." Tai is at the vanguard of the movement to protect native wildlife in our communities and has recommendations for how to make your garden a safe habitat for our wild neighbors.   More speakers throughout the day!

 

 

 

Plant Sale

The anticipated attendees of the illustrious garden sale will be:

  • Salvias: Spathacea, Pozo Blue, Wendy's wish, Ember's wish, and Leucantha (mexican sage).
  • Three types of Aeonium and Sedum.
  • A gardeners' staple, Achillea millefolium, as well as it's more showy sister Achillea 'colorado mix'.
  • Two kinds of Buddleia: Black knight and Buzz lavender.
  • Tried and true favorites like: Pelargonium, Alstromeria, Epilobium, Aloe, and Digitalis!
  • Lovely combo succulent pots as well as a limited number of larger pots with butterfly bushes and mints!
  • And many more surprises . . .

 

Raffle

Participate in a chance to win fun and useful gardening tools, supplies and plants.


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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History, Nature and Scenic Views: A Tour of the Grey Whale Ran
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History, Nature, and Scenic Views: A Tour of the Grey Whale Ranch Area
Date: 09/09/2017 at 9:00am
Admission Fees: $10 parking fee

History, Nature, and Scenic Views: Backcountry Hike
Saturday, September 9 at 9am
This challenging guided three-hour hike will explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch parking lot.  Bring good walking shoes, lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels.

 


Location: 2 miles North of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Map
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Skypark Music Festival
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Scotts Valley Kiwanis
Free music in the park -supports music in schools
Date: 09/14/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 July 2017) ScottsValley_MusicSkyPark.jpgSkypark Music Festival 2:30-6:00 pm, FREE, all proceeds go to music programs at local schools, food and drinks available

 

July Music at Skypark 7/30  The House Rockers and the Johnny Neri Band

 

August Music at Skypark 8/27 The Coffis Brothers, Los High Tops with Chantilly Lace Vincent

 

September Music at Skypark 9/24  Extra Large and the Joint Chiefs

 

All profits from the concessions will be donated to the Music Programs of the schools.

 

For more information call Joe Miller at 831-438-4506 or email svjoem@comcast.net.


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Coastal Trail Walk
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Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast
Suicide Prevention, Walk
Date: 09/16/2017 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All

Suicide Prevention Service is proud to announce our 11th Annual Coastal Trail Walk on
Saturday, September 16, 2017!

The annual Coastal Trail Walk offers community members a chance to join together in a celebration of life, in remembrance of loved ones, and in support of the services of Suicide Prevention. The walk begins at Window on the Bay Park in Monterey and continues on to just past the Monterey Bay Aquarium, then returns to the Park for announcements and prizes.

The event follows the commemoration of World Suicide Prevention Day and is a family-friendly event. If you have kids, pets, friends, neighbors-bring them all!

Schedule
9 am-Registration begins*
10 am-Walk begins promptly
11:45 am-Acknowledgements/Raffle prize giveaway

*Online registration ends Friday, September 15, at 5:00 pm.
Event day walk-up registration: cash or check only, please.


Location: Monterey Bay Kayaks - Parking, 701 Del Monte Ave, Monterey Map
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A Trek Through Time
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State Park Butano
Starting in Butano State Park, this 3 night, 4 day trip explores relatively unknown portions of the backcountry in the Santa Cru
Date: Every day (Sep 14-Sep 17) from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $300

A Trek Through Time

Butano State Park to Big Basin Redwoods State Park to Waddell State Beach

Thursday, September 14 at 9am through Sunday, September 17 about 3pm

Cost: $300

Starting in Butano State Park, this 3 night, 4 day trip explores relatively unknown portions of the backcountry in the Santa Cruz Mountains before touring the iconic, must see spots of Big Basin accompanied by California State Park Naturalists. Adventurers will travel through chaparral-covered ridgelines, moss-lined waterfalls and lush old-growth redwood groves.  An extra night at Sunset Trail Camp with a strenuous day hike to Mount McAbee rewards you with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.

 

For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, or email Backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 335-1743. California State Parks Backpacking is made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and Waddell Creek Association.

 

www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking | Email: Backpacking@parks.ca.gov | Phone: (831) 335-1743


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
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Julia Robinson Math Festival
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X Academy
Explore the joys and power of mathematics with other kids and older mentors
Date: 09/23/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: Open to kids grades 5-8
Special Instructions: Note times carefully

Julia Robinson Math Festival

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals inspire students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative, creative problem-solving.

 

A comfortable familiarity with mathematical concepts enriches an individual's experiences in the world just as the ability to read opens the mind to unlimited possibilities.

 

JRMF's vision is to inspire a life-long curiosity for mathematics by instilling a genuine interest in creative problem-solving from an early age. The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals allow young people to develop their talent for mathematics by providing problems, puzzles, and activities that are intriguing and accessible. Our focus is on creating a collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere to explore the joys and power of mathematics. JRMF aspires to reach a diverse audience with the goal of broadening society's appreciation and support of mathematics.

 

We believe that developing students' interest in mathematics and enjoyment of problem solving will broaden their outlook and enhance their contributions to society, whatever their chosen career path.

The Festival introduces kids to the beauty of mathematics by providing interesting, inspiring, engaging, thought-provoking problems.

 

5th - 8th graders are invited to experience the beauty of mathematics through hands-on, collaborative activities designed to hone problem-solving skills and have fun!


2 Sessions Choices:
Session 1: 10 am -12 noon
Session 2 :1 pm - 3 pm

Register online today!


Location: Horticltural Building, 6500 Soquel, Aptos Map
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Kidrageous Carnival
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Jacob's Heart
It's all about the kids! It's all about the love! Now, all we need is you!
Date: 09/23/2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free entertainment, WATSONVILLE CITY PLAZA WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA Sunday, September 24, 2017 12 to 5PM Live Entertainment is

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JACOB'S HEART PRESENTS
THE 20TH ANNUAL KIDRAGEOUS CARNIVAL


It's all about the kids! It's all about the love! Now, all we need is you!

 

The 20th Annual Kidrageous Golden Carnival at the Watsonville City Plaza is an amazing day of fun for your entire family. Carnival fun fills the day with music, dance, magicians, costumed characters, arts and crafts, SLIME, bounce houses, face painting, an amazing raffle, pony rides, petting zoo, live entertainment and much more.

 

Every booth and activity at Kidrageous is in honor of or in memory of a local child with cancer, and your attendance supports Jacob's Heart families.

 

Pre-purchase your unlimited activity wristband by clicking on the gold "buy tickets" button. The Unlimited Activity Wristband ($15) covers most activities. Food, beverage, some activities, and raffle tickets are sold separately. Activity wristbands can also be purchased at the event.

 

Celebrate family at the Kidrageous Golden Carnival.

 

KIDRAGEOUS ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT

Watsonville Taiko
Bounce Houses (Batman, Castle)
Surfing Magician

Dunk Tank
Pizza Spinning
Ate3One | Carmona's BBQ
Warriors Mascot
Shave Ice
Super Raffle
Arts & Crafts
Special Activity Booths
Pizza

Make Slime
Sack Races + Games

Alex's Juice Party
Bath Salt Decoration

Popcorn

Face Painting
Superheroes
Pony Rides
Petting Zoo
Beauty Station + Nail Art
Poppa Bear's BBQ Tri-tip
Pacific Cookie Company
Jenga and Legos
Famous Fish Tacos
Hot Dogs + Hamburgers

Balloon Twisting
Strawberry Science Fun
Watsonville Community Band
Watsonville High Cheerleaders

Alex's Juice Party

 

Marianne's Ice Cream
Caricature Art
Paint-A-Rock
Tie Dye
Artichoke Food Truck
Martinell's Apple Juice
Paint-A-Pot

Grupo Folklorico Los Mejicas
Dancers from Pacific Arts Complex
Batting Cage
Toddler Zone

Costumed Characters
Collage Art
Bubbles
Velcro Wall
Seraphina's Cupcakes


Location: Watsonville City Plaza Park, 358 Main Street, Watsonville Map
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Star Wars and Food Trucks
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Dress as your favorite Star Wars character and come for the fun
Date: 09/29/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Bluegrass and Food Trucks at San Lorenzo Park

 

Join us for LOTS of Food Trucks and LOTS of fun! Choose from a wide selection of delicious and unique food truck menus plus beer and wine garden sponsored by Friends of Parks and Recreation (FOPAR).

September's theme is Star Wars! Dress as your favorite Star Wars character and may the "forks" be with you! Bring your own utensil and turn to the "green" side.

Sept 29  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz
137 Dakota Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

 


Location: San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave , Santa Cruz Map
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Fall Fest Walnut Avenue
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Walnut Ave Women's Center
Live music, food, beer, wine and activities for kids. Funds raised will support this important community organization.
Date: 09/30/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Sept 2017) FallFestWalnutAve.jpgWelcome to Fall Fest 2017!

Food Trucks/Beer and Wine Garden, Live Music, Farmer's Market and Street Fair, Center Tours and Family Fun & More!

 

Join the center for their annual festival in the street in downtown Santa Cruz. This street fair will be held in the middle of Walnut avenue and will feature live music, food, beer, wine and activities for kids. Funds raised will support this important community organization.


Location: 303 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Thunderbirds on the Wharf
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Monterey Bay Classic Thunderbird Club
Come see classic Thunderbirds from all over the west.
Date: 09/30/2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

The Monterey Bay Classic Thunderbird Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of classic Thunderbirds. Our members enjoy showing and driving their Thunderbirds in Car Shows and on club outings.

 

We are the host of the annual event "THUNDERBIRDS ON THE SANTA CRUZ WHARF", featuring the classic 1955-1957 and the 1958-1965 vintage Thunderbirds. Each year about 100 Thunderbirds and hundreds of people participated in the show. Spectators from throughout the area come to view the classic Thunderbirds, join in the events and participate in the raffles. Additionally, Thunderbird clubs from all over California and Nevada caravan to the wharf in Santa Cruz to participate. Many stay the weekend. The ocean, the mountains, the wharf, the restaurants, and the retail stores all create a powerful attraction.

 

We encourage car buffs of every age to come out and enjoy our cars. If you are interested in more information about our club, want to join, or have general questions, please feel free to contact us.

 


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Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
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Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
Great local artists, wineries, breweries, musicians, games, hayrides and crafts
Date: 09/30/2017 from 11:00am to 6:30pm


(0 Sept 2017) MtnHarvestFest2017.jpgSanta Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival is located in Boulder Creek Ca. This event aims to help raise money for local non-profits as well as contributing money towards other like minded organizations & local companies.

 

The SCM Harvest Festival works with local farms, artists, musicians, downtown BC Merchants and local non-profits. We hope you will come and support your local friends and get involved if you are interested. The event is run through our local Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District and Foundation. Visit our website to see what we do in the community. www.bcrpd.org

 

Hardware Store Parking lot at Forest Street


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Fall Carnival
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Holy Cross School
Date: 10/01/2017 from 10:00am to 1:00pm


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Location: 150 Emmet Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
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Conservatory of Flowers
Experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries
Date: The 1st Tues of every month


Conservatory of Flowers

 

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

 

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

 

Normal costs are:

General public:

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


Location: Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., San Francisco Map
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Free 2 Be a Kid
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Live Oak Grange
Bring what you can. Take what you need.
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $2/family

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Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Scottish Gathering and Highland Games
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Highland Rogue Productions
Immerse yourself in the sites, sounds, and the tastes of an ancient Scottish culture
Date: 10/07/2017 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $0 - $17

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Sláinte!

Jeff Simpson, Chief

 

TICKETS

 


Location: Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
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Respectful Parenting- A Question and Answer Symposium
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Regarding Baby
Special Event With Janet Lansbury, Respectful Parenting Symposium With Janet Lansbury
Date: 10/07/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: 35.00
Special Instructions: Tickets Available Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/respectful-parenting-a-question-and-answer-symposium-tickets-36949600249

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


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

 

Tickets Available Here.


Location: Pacific Cultural Center , 1307 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Native Plant Sale
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Watsonville Wetlands Watch
Free Fun Kids' Activities - live animals, Kids Zone
Date: 10/07/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Outdoor Festival, dress accordingly

Native Plant Sale 2017

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


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

 

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

 


Location: Wetlands Educational Resource Ce, 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville Map
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Fireworks Extravaganza
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Monte Foundation
Enjoy the wonder, awe and majesty of the Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza
Date: 10/08/2017 at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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San Benito Olive Festival
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San Benito Olive Festival
Enjoy the San Benito Olive Festival -wonderful tastes, drinks and entertainment
Date: 10/14/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $0 - $35
Special Instructions: Discounted tickets available until Nov 14, 2017

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

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

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

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


Location: San Benito County Historical Par, 8300 Airline Highway (Hwy 25), Tres Pinos Map
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San Francisco Botanical Gardens
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San Francisco Botanical Garden
Escape to a unique 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, showcasing over 8,000 differen
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: 2nd Tuesday is FREE DAY

Second Tuesday of every month is free!

 

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

 

Free Admission Day Every second Tuesday of the month

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

 

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

Free Tours Daily; 1:30pm at Main Gate

 

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

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Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

 

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

Last entry: Fall & Winter

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

From a reviewer: 9/12/2016

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


Location: Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco Map
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Pumpkin Plunge
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Pattullo Swim Center
Grab your pumpkin in the pool, haul it out and decorate it!
Date: 10/21/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: $7 per pumpkin

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

 


Location: 1148 Wheeler Street, Seaside Map
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Open Studio Preview
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Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
The Cultural Council's Open Studios Art Tour brings artists and art enthusiasts together--from the redwoods to the sea
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 30-Oct 22)


Open Studio Preview

Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

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


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

 

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


Location: Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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All Saints Day Children's Celebration
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St. Joseph's Church
Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Saint, angel or bible hero!
Date: 10/28/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


All Saints Day Children's Celebration

AN ANNUAL FAMILY EVENT AT ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH IN CAPITOLA

Join us for our

FREE FAMILY EVENT AT ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH IN CAPITOLA

19TH ANNUAL ALL SAINTS DAY CHILDREN'S CELEBRATION!

 

"It is truly a spectacular family faith extravaganza!"

"The best Catholic kids event all year!"


Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Saint, angel or bible hero!

11am Mass & Saint Procession (All children are invited to be in the opening procession!)

12:30 - 4pm.  Lunch is provided & Celebration in the hall

For our Costume Ideas see the link on the right. Check out our gallery too!


Donations welcomed.

Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Meet other families , have fun, discover many amazing things about the holy heroes of our faith and how to live more like them! We can be Saints too!


Location: 435 Monterey Ave, Aptos Map
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Woofpack's Halloween Costume Parade
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Wolfpack
Join the dogs in costume parade with or without your dog!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm


(A A Oct 2016) Wolfpack.jpgOn Sunday, October 29th from 5-7PM, we'll be hosting Barktoberfest at Sante Adairius! All proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Last year we raised $2665.00. THis year we hope to hit $3000!!

Bring your canine best friend to Sante Adairius where you can enjoy the best beer in the county (4 POURS come with admission), and you can both enjoy LIGHT SNACKS and a COSTUME CONTEST.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED! Hurry and get yours today!

BRING YOUR BIKE and we'll give you an EXTRA DRINK on the house!

People without dogs are welcome too. One of the brewery dogs will happily adopt you
for the evening!

***ALL WELL BEHAVED OWNERS AND DOGS WELCOME***

RULES:
*6 foot leashes maximum
*Please ask owners first if dogs can meet
*No nose to nose interactions
*Please give ample space to those whose dogs are in training including our large packs and service animals
*Pick up after your dog, there are trash bins throughout the trail
*Make certain to step aside for those not part of our group to pass

 


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Pacific Rim Film Festival
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Pacific Rim Film Festival
Free films offering global glimpses of life
Date: Every day (Oct 25-Oct 29)
Admission Fees: Free for 16 films
Special Instructions: 10/25 - 10/28 at 7:30 pm and 10/29 at 3:00 pm

Pacific Rim Music Festival

Come and enjoy 40 new works in a series of concerts written by award-winning composers and performed by master musicians from the United States and Korea. The year's festival theme is "From the Root to the Living Tradition."

 

We are funded completely by the support of our community and are especially indebted to Ow Family Properties, whose gracious beneficence has allowed us to carry on our mission each year. We welcome and appreciate your support in any way that you feel inspired and able. Check out our 'We Want You' page for suggestions.

 

Schedule

 

 All concerts are FREE and open to the public.No tickets required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes before advertised start time.

 
Parking permit required. You may purchase a permit from an attendant at the event. $4

 


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Halloween Party!
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Kennolyn Camp
Come celebrate Halloween at Kennolyn Camps!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm


Come celebrate Halloween at Kennolyn Camps!
Sunday, October 29 2-5pm

Trick or Treating at 4:30pm

Come and decorate cookies & pumpkins, get a free family photo and of course enjoy Trick or Treating!

Come in costume, free trick or treat bags for all!

Questions? Call 831-479-6714 or email camps@kennolyn.com

 

Join us for a wonderful family event.


Location: Hilltop Hacienda, 8205 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel Map
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Kaiwa Halloween Party
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Drop by Kaiwa Halloween day from 2-5 pm for free games, art making, & snacks!
Date: 10/31/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm


3rd Annual Halloween Party at Kaiwa!

Happy Halloween little ghosts and ghouls of Santa Cruz!! 

 

Drop by Kaiwa Halloween day from 2-5 pm

for free games, art making, & snacks!

 

Bonus: See my baby Ayla in her first Halloween costume!! :)

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Halloween Party
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Junebug's Gym
Party with us before going trick or treating!
Date: 10/31/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 3+ Admission Fees: ost is $6/hr with open gym punchcard for $60 (with paid membership)

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_Junebug.jpgDon’t forget to swing by the gym on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 11-3 to party with us before going trick or treating!

 

We are celebrating our 9th Anniversary with festive activities, fun games, and refreshments.

 

Come in costume and let’s all have a blast! (Price: $6/hour— half the price of regular open gym 😮 and you get entered in a raffle to win prizes.)

 


Location: 3910 Portola Drive Ste. 2 &3, Santa Cruz Map
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Preschool Adventures at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
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Sanctuary Exploration Center
Free ocean themed storytime with crafts and show & tell
Date: Every Wed from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-5 Admission Fees: FREE

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


Location: 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Hot Rods at the Beach
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Santa Cruz Police Officers Association
Love hot rods?! Join us!
Date: 11/04/2017 from 8:00am to 5:00pm


Welcome To Hot Rods At The Beach

The accomplishments of the Hot Rods at the Beach Car Show over the last nineteen years are amazing! Our first car show in 1998 raised money to rebuild a 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne Nostalgic Police Vehicle for the Santa Cruz Police Department. The vehicle can be seen at local parades, festivals, and at every Hot Rods at the Beach Car Show.

Our Show in 2001 raised over $20,000.00 which was donated to the Silver Shield Foundation, (a scholarship program for the children of firefighters and police officers who lost their lives on September 11th in New York). As well as the previously mentioned donations, the Santa Cruz Police Officers Industrial Arts Scholarship fund has awarded over $75,000.00 in youth scholarships over the last nineteen years!

 

The Santa Cruz Police Officers Association & The Hot Rods at the Beach Event Staff would like to thank the local business owners and members of the community who generously support the Hot Rods at the Beach Car Show. The event, held in November each year, features over 300 classic and hot rod vehicles and raises over $6,000.00 to donate to the Industrial Arts Scholarship Fund.

 


Location: Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival
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Santa Cruz Seaglass Festival
The romance of sea glass on display and for sale!
Date: Every day (Nov 4-Nov 5) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $5, Kids under 6 free

(0 Nov 2017) Seaglass_2017.jpgSanta Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival

Admission is $5 of which 10% is donated to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary!  Admission includes an entry for the amazing FREE hourly raffle for a chance to win dozens of amazing wares from our artists.

Started in 2009 the Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival features genuine sea glass and artist-made creations, while benefiting our local marine environment.

 

Since 2009, Santa Cruz Sea Glass is honored to have raised over $10,000 in donations to local ocean conservation, supporting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary which is dedicated to educating people about the preservation and conservation of our amazing Oceans.  Last year we had a record breaking attendance to see the work of over 40 amazing artists coming from all over the world.

 

The event is INDOORS at the historic Coconut Grove ball room, plenty of great parking, food & full bar!
We hope you can join us!


Payment  - $5 entry includes a chance to win an amazing raffle basket. Four will be given away each day! Part of the proceeds from the entry fee is donated to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary - protecting the oceans we love!

 

For more information, visit http://www.santacruzseaglass.com/festival.html


Location: Cocoanut Grove , Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 332-7188 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Veteran's Day Exposition
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Pajaro Valley Historical Association
See up-close a wide array of authentic military uniforms, photography, and artifacts.
Date: 11/11/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome

In honor of all men and women who have served, or are currently serving in the American armed forces, the Pajaro Valley Historical Association will be hosting an exposition of vintage American military uniforms from past wars. Come and visit us on Veterans Day at the Bockius-Orr House and Borina Archive to see up-close a wide array of authentic military uniforms, photography, and artifacts.

The Pajaro Valley Historical Association is located just two blocks down the street from the Veteran's Memorial Building on East Beach St. in Watsonville, and will be the open in conjunction with other events taking place in the downtown area on Veterans Day.

We look forward to seeing you!


Location: Bockius-Orr House , 332 East Beach St, Watsonville Map
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Natural Bridges Children's Center Open House
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Natural Bridges Children's Center
Inspiring Children, Creating Community, Building Bridges
Date: 11/11/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Preschool

(0 July 2017) NBCC_KarynAllieJonnie.jpgBring the family and come join us in celebrating our Grand Opening-Open House Saturday November 11th from 10-12pm.

 

Visit our Play & 'Inquiry Based Learning' preschool a block from West Cliff Drive on the iconic site of the previous Natural Bridges Elementary School.

 

We look forward to sharing our Mission, Vision, & Philosophy and to watching the children play, smile, & explore to their hearts content.

 

Our team of experienced & loving educators have been committed to, and working in the field of early childhood education for over three decades. We have studied with the many legends before us who have paved the way for children's rights and for preschool teacher advocacy. We carry this torch with a deep passion. Our love of child development and of building community drives our belief that all human beings can grow, learn, & prosper, and that we can all live peacefully in this world.


Informed by brain research, we understand that deep learning begins in the early years and it is during these years that compassion for self and others, growth mindsets for learning, and a respect for mother earth are cultivated.


Our team is dedicated to helping young learners develop a love for the environment, a sense of empathy, and the appropriate skills to navigate through any challenge! With these foundations, all academic learning can flourish.


We specialize in creating a caring and inclusive environment where families and children support one another. It is our hope that through the building of bridges between home, school, the community, and local and state agencies, we can create a ‘safe village' to raise healthy and happy children!


We invite you to share in our joy.


Location: Natural Bridges Children's Cente, 255 Swift St, Santa Cruz Map
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Goat Hill Fair
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Goat Hill Fair
Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!
Date: Every day (Nov 11-Nov 12) from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 at the gate or early access $25

Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!  (0 Nov 2017) GoatHillNov2017.jpg

The friendly vendors are spread across three buildings at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Here you will find unique treasures, beautiful displays and excellent food. This is Goat Hill's sixth year and as it grows, the selection, style and creativity does as well.

 

We are so thrilled to spend the day with you and want you to have the chance to be an early "goat." We are selling a limited number of tickets for $25.00 each.

 

On Saturday you will have access to the event and vendors before General Admission. They will also give full general admission access on Sunday.

 

Early Access to the event on Saturday - 8:30 am
The gates for parking and lineup will start around - 7:45 am
Tickets give you access to the event for the weekend but early access is only on Saturday
Children under 12 can enter for free
Please no dogs, unless it's a service animal
All ticket sales are final. Sorry, no refunds.

 

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

 

Early Goat Tickets


Location: Santa CruzCounty Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Fall Book Sale
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Library La Selva Beach
Purchase great-quality, gently-used books at the La Selva Beach Branch Library
Date: 11/18/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


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 Purchase great-quality, gently-used books at the La Selva Beach Branch Library

 


Location: Library La Selva Beach, 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Persimmon Gleaning
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Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Projec
Please join us in gleaning persimmins!
Date: 11/19/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project

(0 Nov 2017) persimmons.jpgDear persimmon lovers,

 

It's truly amazing how many persimmon trees there are in Santa Cruz. It is perhaps the most abundant fruit in town, and certainly the most abundant fruit that ripens quickly and produces so much that many residents can't keep up.

 

This Sunday we're offering another persimmon harvest on the east side, starting at 1pm. To RSVP, contact Sandy at chrkdvis@cruzio.com.

 

IF YOU ARE NOT COMMITTED TO SHOWING UP AT THE EVENT, DO NOT RESERVE A SPOT!

 

It takes a lot of (volunteer) work to maintain this organization and plan the events. When people flake, it's disrespectful of our time, and demoralizing. It's also disrespectful to those on the waiting list who would have liked to come in your place.

Also some people have been asking what kind of persimmons we'll be picking.

 

Most persimmons in town including at our events are hachiya, i.e. the squishy kind. If you get lucky we might pick some fuyu, but not confirmed at this time. If you don't like the squishy texture, wait until they're totally gooey and weird, and freeze them for a sorbet-like treat. They're also great dried, and you can dry them before they're totally wet and they dry faster and still taste fine. Also for one of the best desserts ever, look up "boozy persimmon pudding".

 

See you out there.

 

 

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

Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project

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Lady Washington Comes to Monterey
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Lady Washington
Now's your chance to sail on the tall ship Lady Washington!
Date: Every day (Nov 8-Nov 20)

Special Instructions: Monterey, CA-November 8 to November 20 (Nov. 18, BATTLE OF THE PRESIDIO) (Lady Washington)

(0 Nov 2017) LadyWashingtonatSailV.jpgLady Washington, the official tall ship of the State of Washington, will vist Monterey on November 8-November 21 and take part in a special re-enactment of the Bouchard’s attack on Monterey. This re-enactment will include a cannon duel with the Presidio, a beach landing of privateers, a lowering of the Spanish and raising of the Argentine flag, with dramatic presentations by actors portraying the principle characters, City official will also make presentations.


Schedule: November 8-20, 2017

November 8 (Wednesday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 9 (Thursday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 10 (Friday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 11 (Saturday) Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($42-$49)

November 12 (Sunday) Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($42-$49)

November 13 (Monday) Closed

November 14 (Tuesday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 15 (Wednesday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 16 (Thursday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 17 (Friday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 18 (Saturday) Tours: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (One hour only) ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. ($42-$49) Stand on the deck of the Lady Washington and be a part of the Battle of Monterey festivities

November 19 (Sunday) Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 2 p.m. to 2 p.m. ($42-$49)

November 20 (Monday) Closed

November 21 (Departure)


Location: 84 Fisherman's Wharf Dock #1, Monterey Map
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Movie Club
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 8-10

(0 A Aug 2018) Library_LaSelvaMovie.jpgMovie Club

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 


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Lego: Not-So-Simple Machines
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 4th Fri of every month at 11:00am
Ages: 9-18

Lego: Not-So-Simple Machines

No Session 11/24

Create Lego devices with gears, levers & pulleys, then motorize them.

Children and Teens ages 9-18.  Limited to 16 participants.

For information call 831-427-7717 or 831-427-7710

 


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Thanksgiving in the Parks!
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Turn Black Friday green! This Thanksgiving weekend, Friday November 24 through Sunday November 26, California State Parks i
Date: Every day (Nov 23-Nov 26)


Thanksgiving Weekend, November 24-26, in area California State Parks

 

Turn Black Friday green! This Thanksgiving weekend, Friday November 24 through Sunday November 26, California State Parks is encouraging people to connect with the outdoors. Spend the weekend celebrating family and friends outside.

 

Instagram Contest - Every Adventure has a Story. November 24 through November 26

To encourage people to connect with the outdoors, California State Parks is hosting an Instagram contest Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-26. To participate, visit your favorite California State Park and tell us your story of why this park is important to you. Post to Instagram a 60-second video or a photograph with the story in the caption using the hashtag #InventYourAdventure, #EagleCreek, and tag @CAStateParks. The most creative stories will be chosen as the six grand prizewinners. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/inventyouradventure.

 

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Facebook: @HenryCowellRSP/ | Instagram: @Henry.Cowell.Redwoods.SP  Located in Felton | (831) 335-7077

 

Life among 2000-Year-Old Giants Friday, November 24 at 11am

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton for this free 0.8-mile tour. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Habitat Hike Friday, November 24 at 1pm

Join us for an approximately 5-mile loop through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits, discovering panoramic views along the way. Please bring water, layered clothing, snacks, and hiking shoes. Meet at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Visitor Center, located off Highway 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, and California State Parks.

 

Birding for Beginners Sunday, November 26 at 8am

Join us for a 2-mile stroll to discover the wintertime birds of Henry Cowell. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes. Please no pets. Heavy rain cancels. Meet in the main day-use parking lot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, in front of the Nature Store. Day-use area entrance is located off Highway 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Wilder Ranch State Park Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1 (831) 426-0505  Facebook: @WilderRanchStatePark

 

Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walks Saturday, November 25 at 11am

On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Ranch Tours Saturday, November 25 at 1pm, Sunday, November 26 at 1pm

History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Natural Bridges State Beach 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Facebook @NaturalBridgesStateBeach

 

Monarch Butterfly Tours Saturday, November 25 at 11am and 2pm Sunday, November 26 at 11am and 2pm

Meet at the visitor center for a free 1-hour guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Vehicle day-use pass is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Año Nuevo State Park 1 New Year's Creek Road, Pescadero, CA 94060 | (650) 879- 2025

Facebook: @Ano.Nuevo.State.Park | Instagram: @anonuevostatepark |

Snapchat: anonuevosp | Twitter: anonuevosp

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

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

 

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

 

Castle Rock State Park Located on Highway 35, 2.5 miles southeast of the Hwy 9 junction. (408) 867-2952

 

Castle Rock Trail Loop Saturday, November 25 at 1pm

Discover the natural phenomenon that creates the Castle Rock sandstone formation on this 1.5-mile guided hike. Please bring hiking shoes, sun protection, water, snacks, and layered clothing. Meet at the Castle Rock parking lot kiosk. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $8. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Saratoga Gap Guided Hike Friday, November 24 at 9am

Meet at Saratoga Gap Area for a 3-hour guided hike that will explore the less traveled parts of Castle Rock State Park. Former Ranger Miles Standish will take you on a journey to explore the early pathways of the native peoples, park history, redwood ecology, and a secret trail. Bring you camera, hiking shoes, water, and food. Event is free. The Saratoga Gap Parking Area is located at the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 35 in Los Gatos. Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and layered clothing. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Castle Rock Guided Hike Friday, November 24 at 10am

Join us at the Castle Rock State Park parking lot for a 3-mile guided hike along the Saratoga Gap Trail. Discover the history of the area, from Ohlone times through the attempts at farming here, until the present day. Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and layered clothing. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $8. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Portola Redwoods State Park From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Rd., go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd. (650) 948-9098

 

Portola Redwoods Guided Hike Friday, November 24 at 8:45am

Join us for a 3-hour guided hike on the Slate Creek Trail and discover the secrets of the redwoods. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Please no pets. Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and layered clothing. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Big Basin Redwoods State Park Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236(831) 338-8883 | www.parks.ca.gov/bigbasin/activities Facebook @BigBasinRedwoodsSP

 

Redwood Grove Loop Walk Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving at 1pm, Friday, November 24 Green Friday at 11am and 2pm, Saturday, November 25 at 11am and 2pm, Sunday, November 26 at 11am and 2pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Outlook from Mt. McAbee Friday, November 24 at 10:30am

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

 

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Saturday, November 25 at noon Sunday, November 26 at noon

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is 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. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Snakes Alive! Saturday, November 25 from noon to 3pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room/Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park144 School Street, Santa Cruz, CA  95060 | (831) 425-5849Hours: Mondays,Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays from 10am-4pm; Sundays from 12pm-4pm.Closed Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving

 

Mission Building Game Friday, November 24 at 11am

Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep's knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Mission Cooking Demonstration Saturday November 25 at 1pm

Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. Rain cancels. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


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Teens Helping Homeless Pets
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SPCA
We've still got room in our November PAWS volunteer group for ages 9-11 yrs
Date: Every Wed (Nov 1-Nov 29) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 9-11

(0 Nov 2017) SPCA_TeenVolunteers.jpgGot an animal loving pre-teen with some extra time on their hands? Put them to work for homeless dogs and cats!

 

We've still got room in our November PAWS volunteer group for ages 9-11 yrs.

 

This group will meet Wednesdays (Nov. 8th, 15th, and 29th) from 3:30pm - 5:30pm.

 

More info here! https://spcasc.org/humane-education/youth-volunteer/

 


Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Leo's Haven Benefit
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Santa Cruz Playground Project
Benefit Concert for LEO's Haven, a Tribute to Johnny Cash Come Walk the Line to support LEO's Haven, the first inclusive playgro
Date: 12/01/2017 at 5:30pm


Benefit Concert for LEO's Haven, a Tribute to Johnny Cash Come Walk the Line to support LEO's Haven, the first inclusive playground in Santa Cruz County for children of all abilities.

5:30 Doors Open
6:00 Santa Cruz's own Rye Dawn starts the party
7:00 The show is ON

Award winning wines generously provided by Alberti Vinyard.

The amazing James Garner's Tribute to Johnny Cash will provide an evening of toe tapping entertainment in support of LEO's Haven.

For the past 10 years, Garner and his band have faithfully recreated Cash's biggest hits with stunning accuracy in this not-to-be-missed musical event. From special concert airings on PBS stations to shows at Folsom and San Quentin Prisons, its easy to see why this is the premier tribute to the Man in Black. The show is a trip down memory lane honoring Johnny Cash's life and music, and the boom-chicka-boom sound of his longtime backing band, the Tennessee Three.

Opening will be Santa Cruz's own Rye Dawn, featuring the haunting voices of Patrick Maguire and Lauren Wahl with "LEO's haven at Chanticleer Park's" Mariah Roberts on fiddle.
 
Come celebrate and enjoy for an amazing cause!

Huge thanks to all our project sponsors, the participating artists and businesses. We are humbled by the goodness of this community.


Location: Chanticleer Park, 1500 Green Hills Rd, Ste 101, Scotts Valley Map
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Annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas & Holidays Parade
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Los Gatos Recreation
This is a great parade!
Date: 12/02/2017 at 11:00am


(0 Dec 2016) LosGatosHolidayParadeSanta.jpg Annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas & Holidays Parade

 

Rain or shine.

 

The Annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas/Holidays Parade is sponsored by the Los Gatos Lions Club & LGS Recreation, in cooperation with the Town of Los Gatos and Los Gatos High School.

 

Huge parade!

 


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Old-Fashioned Christmas Tea
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Pajaro Valley Historical Association
Date: 12/03/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Old-Fashioned Christmas Tea

 

Step back in time and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas tea while taking in the history of the diverse cultures that shaped California. The house will be filled with sweet treats, beautiful clothing and objects of art, and there will be a wonderful slide show to enjoy.

 


Location: 332 East Beach St, Watsonville Map
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Winter Art Market
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Tannery Arts Center
Enjoy ornament making, holiday gift show, art demonstrations, stocking making, live music, caroling, and more. Free and open to
Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 3)
Ages: All ages

(Photos General) Tannery_PaintingofBuilding.jpgHoliday gifts, caroling, ornament making, and seasonal art activities for all ages!


The lighting of Griswoldia also kicks off the Tannery's Winter Art Market, a four-day shopping celebration of locally made arts, crafts, and goods.

The Winter Art Market will feature over 50 artists who work in ceramics, glass, textiles, printmaking, illustration, painting, jewelry and sculpture, as well as food vendors and music.


Art Market hours

Thursday 4-7
Friday 6-9
Saturday & Sunday 12-5

 

Winter Art Market

Shop local this holiday season!  50+ artists exhibit and sell their work.

  • Hands-on activities for all ages
  • Card making
  • Ornament making
  • artist demonstrations
  • FREE!

Location: 1050 River St, Santa Cruz Map
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Mind Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Tues from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: free

Minecraft.Edu

Thursday 3:00  - 5:00

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

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

 

 

 


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Free Story Time and Craft Time
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Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 10:30am


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


Location: 4101-B2 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
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Historical Aircraft Display
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Young Eagles
Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Invisible / Alienated Grandparent Support Group
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Alienated Grandparents Anonymous
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm


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

 

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


Location: Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

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


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

 


Location: Hope Services, 220 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
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ADHD Parent Support Group
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Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay ADHD Support Group
Support for Parents of Children and Teens with ADHD
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Donation welcome!
Special Instructions: Additional parking available at Mar Vista Elementary

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


Location: Aptos Fire Station Conference Ro, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Step Parents Support Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role.
Date: The 2nd Th of every month at 6:30pm


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


Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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CHANUKAH EXTRAVAGANZA
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Temple Beth El
First Night of Chanukah
Date: Every day (Dec 12-Dec 15)
Ages: all

CHANUKAH EXTRAVAGANZA IS BACK!


First Night of Chanukah Candle Lighting
Sunday, December 12

6:30 PM ~ First Night of Chanukah Candle Lighting
Families please bring your menorah and candles
Jelly doughnuts will be served and there will be Israeli Dancing

 

Friday, December 15

5:45 PM   Dinner
We have a treat this year. Our Chanukah meal will include a wide range of wonderful food provided and prepared by Zeena, the Sisterhood and of course, the Brotherhood's famous latkes. Assorted beverages will be included as well. You're welcome to bring wine to enjoy with dinner. And as we always ask, please bring a dessert to share with 12 people or more. (Fruit and gluten free goodies are always welcome.) Reservations are required for dinner. Please remember to reserve early as we usually have to turn folks away due to our limited space. The RSVP Deadline is Tuesday, December 12. The cost: $18.00 per adult, $10.00 per child ages 6-13. Please use the attached registration form.

7:00 PM   Rock of Ages
Our inspiring service with the Rock Shabbat Band and the Junior Rock Shabbat Band will include traditional and brand new Chanukah music. There will also be childcare in the library. If you wish to, please bring your Menorahs! No reservations are required for those attending only the service.

For questions contact Richie Solomon at (831) 336-1642 or solomonzoo@comcast.net.


Location: Temple Beth El Jewish Community , 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos Map
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Book Sale at Aptos Library
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Library Aptos
Support your libraries by coming to the Aptos Book Sale and finding new life-changing books
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: January-July and September-October

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

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

 


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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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SPIN
'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm


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


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


NOTE: Child care is NOT provided at these meetings.


Location: 820 Bay Ave, Capitola Map
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Information Night
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Alternative Family Education
Learn(AFE) about an independent home study school provided for kindergarten through twelfth grade students and families who pref
Date: Every day (Dec 14-Dec 17)


Please let your friends know about our upcoming event. We want more awesome families like you to join our community!!!

 

We are hosting an information night for interested families on Wed. 2/20, 7-8:30pm, in Room 2.

185 Benito Ave. on the Branciforte Small Schools Campus.

 

Help us spread the word in your friend and family groups, social media, etc.

 

Alternative Family Education (AFE) is an independent home study school provided for kindergarten through twelfth grade students and families who prefer an individualized approach to education, combined with the support of school district resources. See the About AFE page for more information. AFE is part of the Santa Cruz City Schools district.

 

Resource Center Phone & Hours: (831) 429-3898 / Monday-Thursday, 10:00-3:00.


Location: Branciforte Small Schools Campus, 185 Benito Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


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

 

Note: Special Theme: Film and Television


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Urban Farm Day
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Live Oak Grange
Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy worksho
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All

(0 A May 2018) UrbanFarmDay.jpgJoin us to celebrate local urban farming! Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy workshops and live music, demos, and a tour of the Grange. There's something for the whole family!

You'll find the veggie and flower starts you need for your garden, both well-loved favorites and unique heirlooms, as well as local arts, crafts, gems and flea market items.

Enjoy organic nachos with farm fresh toppings raised and grown by Grange members, local drinks, coffee and deserts.

Play with baby goats! Goat milking demo!

Workshops:
Raising Backyard Chickens: 11:00am
Home Composting Workshop: 11:00am and 1:00pm
Pollinator/Butterfly Garden Workshop: tbd

Take a tour of the gardens, orchard and chicken coop at the historic Live Oak Grange

Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions!

Funds raised will benefit the community gardens, which preserve local tradition and provide opportunities for urban farming, and our Hall Renovation Fund to preserve our 80+ year old Grange Hall!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Fantasy of Lights
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County of Santa Clara Parks
Magical wonderland of thousands of colorful twinkling lights, exciting, animated displays and favorite holiday music
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 30) from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: Tickets available NOW!
Special Instructions: OPEN DECEMBER 2-30

Fantasy of Lights is a spectacular 1.5 mile Drive-thru extravaganza of Holiday Lights and Displays for the entire family.

Enjoy a magical evening in the warmth of your vehicle as you drive through large animated
displays while listening to Holiday music on your car radio. See the sights and sounds of
an erupting volcano in the dangerously fun Dinosaur Den, cheer on Santa shooting hoops,
wave at a pen of playful penguins, watch blazing Pirate Cannons and sail through tunnels
of moving lights. Over 50 themed displays and a 90-foot twinkling tree will have you
"oohing and aahing" throughout your adventure.

 

(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_FantasyWalk.jpg Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2 ONLY!  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm, ADMISSION WITH PRE-PAID TICKETS ONLY! -- ON SALE NOVEMBER 1!


  • $10 - adult (13 & up)
  • $5 - child (4 thru 12)
  • FREE - 3 years old or younger

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  • $20 - PER VEHICLE (up to 12 people)
  • $50 - oversize vehicles (capacity 13+)

IMPORTANT NOTE!
There is NO event parking at Vasona County Park! Free parking & shuttle available at NETFLIX, 121 Albright Way. We HIGHLY encourage ridesharing with LYFT or UBER.  Please respect our neighbors! Event cancelled ONLY with heavy rains or unsafe conditions.


Location: Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Dr, Los Gatos Map
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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

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

 

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

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

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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New Year's Noon for the Children!
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Kid-Syle New Year!
Date: 12/31/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 0-12 Admission Fees: Free for members, $10 for kid + adult

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Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
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Farley's Christmas Wonderland
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Farley's Christmas Wonderland
Visit an elaborate Christmas-themed oasis
Date: Every day (Nov 23-Dec 31) from 5:45pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Donations accepted

Farley's Christmas Wonderland

untitled-design-37Tucked away in Seabright is a one-of-a-kind local neighborhood attraction: Farley's Christmas Wonderland.

 

Pat Farley, a local Seabright resident, creates an elaborate Christmas-themed oasis each year in his front yard and opens it up for the public to walk through and view.

 

If you're looking for a uniquely local Christmas experience to share with family then consider stopping by Farley's Christmas Wonderland.

 

Visit the Farley's Christmas Wonderland website or Facebook page for more information.

 


Location: 108 Seaview Ave., Aptos Map
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Knitting @ the Library
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Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
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Live Oak Knitters
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Library Live Oak
Knit, chat, learn, make new friends
Date: Every Mon from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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Library Aptos
A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

One-on-One Tech Tutoring


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

 

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

 

First-come, First-served. FREE


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Play & Talk! Play Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Toddlers 18-30 months & Parents

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


Location: 1740 17th Av, Capitola Map
Phone: 831.476.7284 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Preschool Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Downtown Preschool Story Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
 
Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
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Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
Note: Special Theme: Film and Television
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Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Citizen Science
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A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(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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Sgt. Peppers/ Magical Mystery Tour 50th birthday
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Rio Theater
"...the best local symphonic musicians, from the SF symphony, to Santa Cruz symphony to make this a memorable event"
Date: 01/05/2018 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Admission Fees: $25 or $40

(0 January 2018) WhiteAlbumEnsemble6guys2013.jpgSgt. Peppers/ Magical Mystery Tour 50th birthday

Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and its companion piece, Magical Mystery Tour were both released in 1967, 50 years ago. Sgt Peppers is the most popular rock album of all time, a groundbreaking shift in pop music, as the Beatles quit touring, and became serious recording artists.

 

Many songs of the same sessions, like "I Am the Walrus", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Penny Lane" though thought of as "SPLHCB" were actually on "MMT"- so they make perfect companion pieces.

 

The White Album Ensemble, who have performed sold out live recreations of Beatles music sine their first weekend at the Rio in 2003, are known for using brass, strings, sitars, whatever it takes to do it right, in this case using the best local symphonic musicians, from the SF symphony, to Santa Cruz symphony to make this a memorable event.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tix.com and streetlight records santa cruz
Event website: www.whitealbumensemble.com
Artists website: www.facebook.com

 


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, 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
Phone: (831) 588-7366 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Flat Fixing Class

 

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

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

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


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


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

 

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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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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Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
‚Äč  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Guided Redwood Grove Walks
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su and Sa at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

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

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
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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Do It Yourself Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


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


Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
The Beggar Kings
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Rio Theater
"...selected songs from all the records from 1965's Rubber Soul, through the final Abbey Road..."
Date: 01/06/2018 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Admission Fees: $25 or $40

(0 January 2018) BeggarKings2018.jpgThe Beggar Kings

The WAE have been selling out concerts since 2003, at the Rio, with their post touring era (the serious music) Beatles Album recreations. They did all the records from 1965's Rubber Soul, through the final Abbey Road, and the attention to detail has raised eyebrows and drawn praise from all who've witnessed.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.whitealbumlive.tix.com
Artists website: www.whitealbumensemble.com
Artists website: www.beggarkings.com

 


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

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


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Pescadero Marsh Guided Hike
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State Park Pescadero Marsh
Discover the natural and cultural history of the Pescadero March
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su (Jan 7-Jan 21)

Special Instructions: Sun 1/7 at 10 am Sun 1/21 at 1 pm

Pescadero Marsh Guided Hike

Sunday, January 7 at 10 am

Sunday, January 21 at 1 pm

Discover the natural and cultural history of the Pescadero March on this 1-mile, 2-hour stroll along the Sequoia Audubon Trail. Please bring walking shoes, layered clothing, binoculars, and water. Meet at the central Pescadero Creek State Beach parking lot located off Highway 1, approximately 0.25 miles north of Pescadero Creek Road. Event is free; rain cancels. For more information, please call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBParksVolunteer@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Event is free; rain cancels. For more information, please call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBParksVolunteer@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Pescadero State Beach, Hwy 1, Pescadero 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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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Libraries
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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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

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

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

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

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


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

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


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


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

 

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

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Ranch History Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

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Ranch History Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Monday, September 3 at 1pm

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

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

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

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


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
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