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Girls Who Code
3rd-5th grade girls will build sisterhood, read and reflect on the Girls Who Code book, and complete various challenges over a
Every Th (Jan 17-Mar 21) from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map

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Girls Who Code (GWC) is a program meant to bridge the gender gap in the field of tech.


In Session A, 3rd-5th grade girls will build sisterhood, read and reflect on the Girls Who Code book, and complete various challenges over a 10-week course.

 

Every Thursday

    January 17th-March 21st- 3:30pm - 4:30 p.m

 

Space is limited and attendees MUST register.

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Toddler Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

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


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

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Star programs for children
Date: Every Fri at 5:30pm
Admission Fees: $4

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

 

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

 

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

 

(0 A January 2019) Hartnell_EarthMoonSun.jpgSeason Schedule

Jan 11 & 18 - Larry Cat

 

Jan 25 & Feb 21 - Earth, Moon and the Sun

 

Feb 8 & 15 - Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

 

Feb 22 & Mar 1 - The Little Star That Could

 

Mar 8 & 15 - Astronaut


Location: S-101 S Building, 411 CENTRAL AVE, Salinas Map
Phone: (831) 755-6979 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Financial Fridays with Jennipher Lommen
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Financial Fridays with Jennipher Lommen
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Oct 12-Jan 12) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively. Every 2nd Friday of the month at 1:00pm - 2:00pm; No class in December.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •websitecreate a direct event link
Baby Laptime
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Library Watsonville
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Tues and Fri at 10:30am


(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


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

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

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

 


Location: Storytime Room, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Archeology Demonstration
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State Park Mission
Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities
Date: Every Fri (Feb 2-Feb 9) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Archaeology Demonstration
Saturday, February 2 & 9 at 1pm
How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archaeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told by the artifacts. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Archeological Society.

 

Event is free; rain cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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
Stripes Ride
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SC Bike Party
It takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! Join this fun bike ride.
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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


Guidelines

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

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


Location: Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Birding for Beginners
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Join us for a 1.5-hour stroll over uneven surfaces to view the many birds, plants, and scenery of Wilder Ranch State Park.
Date: 02/08/2019 from 9:30am to 10:30am


Bird Watching for Beginners

 

On this one and a half hour walk, be prepared to hike two miles on uneven surfaces, with many stops to view the many birds, plants and scenery along the way. You will help each other spot and identify birds! Bring your binoculars if you have them (binoculars are available to borrow), clothes for variable weather, and good walking shoes. Everyone is welcome, but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adults. Meet at the interpretive center. Rain cancels. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event free. Day use parking fee is $10. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Live Oak Book Group
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Library Live Oak
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

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

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


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Code Combat at Downtown Public Library
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Library Central
Game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Sep 14-Mar 8) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

(0 A Aug 2018) CodeCombatImage.jpgCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before!

 

Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Ages 8-18.

 

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Tales to Tails La Selva Beach
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Fri from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Sep 14-Mar 8) at 10:30am
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday, 10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers retirement by design in October, preparing for the unexpected in November, and estate planning in December.

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 1390 West Park Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Folk Dancing!
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Cabrillo Folk Dancers
Check out these folk dancing events! Balkan, Israeli, International
Date: Every Tues and Fri from 7:30am to 11:00pm


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


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

 

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

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

 

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


TUESDAY: Alan Rothchild's Israeli Dance class


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

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

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

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

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


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

 

For more information email: rothdance@hotmail.com


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Guided Walk: McNee Ranch
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State Park McNee Ranch
Easy 2 mile hike along Gray Whale Cove Trail
Date: 02/09/2019 from 10:00am to 12:45pm


Guided Walk: McNee Ranch

Join us for an easy 2-mile hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail. Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites like a World War II bunker and evidence of the long-gone Ocean Shore Railroad. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather.

 

Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of the Devil's Slide. For more information, please call (650) 726-8814.

 

Event free.


Location: Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Hwy 1, Pacifica Map
Phone: (650) 726-8819 •website Half Moon Bay create a direct event link
Ohlone Plant Use
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State Park Big Basin
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago?
Date: 02/09/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Ohlone Plant Use

No Safeway? No Home Depot? No pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Docent Eva Fewel will have plant samples and tools that the local Native Californians used. Learn how they collected, processed and used the local plants. Visit our campfire center any time during this drop-in program. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Day use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Castle Rock Loop
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State Park Castle Rock
Join us on a 2-mile, 2-hour hike to Castle Rock and Castle Rock Falls
Date: Every Sa (Feb 2-Feb 23) from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Join us on a 2-mile, 2-hour hike to Castle Rock and Castle Rock Falls. During this trip, we will discuss Castle Rock's unique geology, plant diversity, human impacts, and various important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. Bring water, closed toe shoes, camera, and snacks. Meet at kiosk. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (831) 291-8273 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Open House at the Castro Adobe: Romance on the Rancho
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State Park Castro Adobe
Life in California before the Gold Rush wasn't all-Zorro, all-the-time, but it did have its share of romantic charm and exciteme
Date: 02/09/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Life in California before the Gold Rush wasn't all-Zorro, all-the-time, but it did have its share of romantic charm and excitement.

 

Step into the Pájaro Valley's past with this sneak peek into our future state park. Bring your sweetheart, or meet somebody over traditional hot chocolate in our Mexican-era adobe's restored kitchen; we'll provide the fire, you bring the "spark." Who knows what may blossom while you stroll through our historic garden and orchard?

 

If the close relationship between California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks can bring this jewel from our rancho past back to life, anything's possible with a bit of love! Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site, open only during scheduled events like this.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 226-9669 •website Watsonville 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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Felling the Giants
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State Park Big Basin
Logger stories and demonstration
Date: 02/09/2019 from 11:30am to 12:30am


Felling the Giants

11:30am

How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a logging camp? What tools did they use? Join docent Paul Fewel as he tells stories of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants-without chainsaws! You get to use some tools too! Meet at park headquarters. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Drawing for the Love of Nature
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Join Judy Sears, California Naturalist, for a 1.5 hour nature drawing session.
Date: 02/09/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) RanchoDelOsoDrawing.jpgDrawing for the Love of Nature

Join Judy Sears, California Naturalist, for a 1.5 hour nature drawing session. If the weather is pleasant, the group will stay outside to discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature - from leaf to watershed.

 

No drawing experience necessary. Just bring a notepad with a rigid back, a pencil, and your curiosity. You may also wish to bring a chair or pillow so you can sit comfortably on the ground.

 

For more information, call (831) 427-2288.

 

Event free.

 

Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: Waddell Valley, 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Like old planes? Come visit us!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm


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

Historical Aircraft Display every second weekend from 10 am – 4pm.


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Snake Park Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Learn about the fascinating world of snakes from a snake expert
Date: 02/09/2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Snake Park Saturday

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley! Park at Waddell Beach and walk 0.4 miles past the yellow gate along the Skyline to the Sea Trail to the ranger station. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Rain cancels.

 

For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Rain cancels. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks. https://www.thatsmypark.org/event/snake-park-saturday/2019-02-09/


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Hides and Tallow
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State Park Mission
Journey back to the 19th century!
Date: 02/09/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Hides and Tallow
Saturday, February 9 at 1pm
Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 19th century. We will look at some of the major products of the mission, leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. Rain cancels. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Wilder Ridge Loop
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State Park Wilder Ranch
On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike we’ll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills
Date: 02/09/2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Wilder Ridge Loop

On this 7-mile challenging hike, we'll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch. This hike includes several descents and ascents. Bring water, hiking shoes, and sun protection. Meet in parking lot. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


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

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


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


Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Old Growth Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

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


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

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

 

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

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

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Photography Hike
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sunlight filtering through the redwoods, a glistening river, and breathtaking views make this hike ideal
Date: 02/09/2019 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Photo Hike for Beginners

2pm

Discover the park through the lens of your camera and render its marvels and phenomena into an artistic language! During this four hour saunter, you will explore the functions of your camera, create beautiful photographs, get to know the park better, and become part of a wonderful community!

 

Make sure to bring your camera, water, proper recreational shoes, a sense of adventure, and your imagination. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Old-Growth Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Explore the redwoods!
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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

 

Meet at the visitor center. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is
$10.


Location: Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Volunteer in California's Oldest State Park!
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State Park Big Basin
We need volunteers!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Volunteer with the Trail Crew Saturdays

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


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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"San Francisco: Still Wild at Heart,"
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NATIVE ANIMAL RESCUE
A film about coexisting with the coyotes in our cities, towns, farms, and ranchlands.
Date: 02/09/2019 at 6:00pm


NATIVE ANIMAL RESCUE PRESENTS "San Francisco: Still Wild at Heart," a film about coexisting with the coyotes in our cities, towns, farms, and ranchlands. This film and guest speaker Camilla Fox, the founder of Project Coyote, will give you new insights into this resilient animal.

 

Saturday, February 9, 7:00 PM, at the Rio Theatre. Advance tickets: Adults $15, kids 12 and under $10. At the door: Adults $20.

 

(0 A February 2019) Coyotes2.jpgSan Francisco: Still Wild at Heart - a film by Melissa Peabody

This intriguing film tells the story of the return of coyotes to San Francisco and other American cities. Scientists provide insights into how coyotes impact city ecosystems and how we can coexist with them safely. We learn how ranchers in Marin County are using a combination of humane, non-lethal predator-control methods to protect their livestock and reduce conflicts with coyotes.

Whether you love them, hate them, or just want to learn more about them, this entertaining and informative film will shed light on the unique ability of coyotes to rebound from all attempts to remove them from our midst.

 

Following the film, guest speaker Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote, will share her knowledge and wisdom about coexisting with coyotes and other carnivores in our midst. Questions are welcome.

 

Bring your kids to this family-friendly film. View trailer here

 

Proceeds will benefit Native Animal Rescue, the Santa Cruz County non-profit dedicated to the protection, rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured, sick, and orphaned native wildlife.


San Francisco: Still Wild at Heart, a film by Melissa Peabody, and featuring guest speaker Camilla Fox, founder of Project Coyote


Doors open: 6:00 PM, the film begins at 7:00 PM

Advance tickets are available, Adults $15 and Kids 12-and-under $10:

-online until midnight on Friday, February 8
-at Native Animal Rescue, 1855 17th Ave., Santa Cruz

At the Door of the Rio Theatre, tickets will be available on Saturday, February 9 at 6:00 PM . Adults $20, Kids 12 and under $10

 

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY


Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

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

 

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


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32nd Annual Migration Festival
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State Park Natural Bridges
Celebrate the migration of whales, butterflies, birds and the many creatures that travel.
Date: 02/09/2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


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Fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike, or drive as you migrate to Natural Bridges State Beach for a full day of activities that celebrate the migration of whales, butterflies, birds and the many creatures that travel.

 

The park will host migratory animal talks, active kids' games, crafts, skits, live music by the nature-loving 5M's Band, over 20 organizations' educational booths and displays, and a "migration passport" that you can complete at the festival!

 

Food and beverages will also be available. For more information, call (831) 423-4609 x 8. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10.

 


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Art Journaling - Tricks of the Trade FREE DEMO
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Lenz Arts
Free Demo at Lenz Arts - Art Journaling - Tricks of the Trade with Ruth Korch
Date: 02/09/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Teens & Up Suggested Admission Fees: FREE

DEMO INFO: Having taught multiple classes on Art Journaling, led field trip paint-alongs, and completed stacks of her own Art Journals, Ruth Korch is a wealth of information on Art Journaling. A passionate lover of letterforms, she loves to help people incorporate words onto their journal pages. She also loves helping people realize that there are multiple ways to enjoy Art Journaling and to help them find the way that works best for them.

Ruth will be demonstrating an Art Journaling page, not only done in a number of different styles, but in a variety of different mediums. She'll be answering questions like "What do I do if I want to put something in my journal, but only have a few minutes because I'm traveling with someone?," "What kinds of hand lettering work well on Art Journaling pages?," and "How in the world do I begin to capture a vast complicated scene in front of me on a small journaling page?"

Come learn some insider tips and tricks for enjoyable Art Journaling, browse through her journals, ask questions and ultimately get inspired for creating your own unique Art Journals.


(0 A February 2019) RuthKorch_Lake.jpgARTIST INFO:
Ruth Korch is a local professional artist, calligrapher and art coach. She relishes the variety and continually changing combinations that these roles provide. You may have taken one of her classes in her home or at the Santa Cruz Art League, visited her studio during Open Studios, or seen her artwork on past years' posters of the Capitola Begonia Festival. Her medium choices are varied, but most often she finds expression in watercolor. She especially enjoys the pairing of text and image, and the endless possibilities of combining the power of words with the impact of visual imagery. One of her very favorite ways to do this is with her Art Journaling - capturing every day moments in life and adding beautiful hand lettering to record and remember. She recently traveled with her husband across France, filling her art journal with scenes and moments to treasure and revisit.

In addition to her own studio work, she finds great fulfillment in teaching and coaching others in the creative process. She has created ART SPA - "A unique day filled with art, gourmet food and nurturing the creativity within you." Ruth has an on-going calendar of classes in Art Journaling, calligraphy and watercolor. She also teaches group creativity events. You can see her work at www.ruthkorch.com

Lenz Arts • 142 River Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 • (831) 423-1935
Always free parking!


Location: 142 River St., Santa Cruz Map
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Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: 02/09/2019 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

 

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

 


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every Sa at 11:00am

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

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

 


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

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


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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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DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


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


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join the hands-on fun at the crafts table every Sunday from 1-3 PM.
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

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

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


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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Guided Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
Elephant seals galore! 3 mile hike to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Mar 31) from 8:45am to 2:30pm
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

 

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Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Vehicle Day use fee is $10. For more information, call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227, or visit www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo.


For reservations, please call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.
These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

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

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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Berry Creek Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Join us for a moderate to strenuous 11 mile loop hike to the 65 foot falls
Date: 02/10/2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm


Berry Creek Falls Hike

Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 11-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin-65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch, and wear layers. Docent Bill Rhoades will guide you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Park Headquarters. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Dog-friendly walk on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic
Date: Every Su at 9:30am

Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

The Road Less Traveled: A Dog-Friendly Walk

Sundays at 9:30am

On this dog-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun and easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water. Meet at park headquarters. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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DIY Crafts
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(1:00 PM-4:30 PM)


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


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Open House 2019
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State Park Castro Adobe
"Thanks for the Memories" is a chance for history buffs, locals and Castro family descendants to visit
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 6-Dec 29) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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

 

2019 Castro Adobe Open House events

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

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

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

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


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

 

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

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Corralitos Farm & Garden Market
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Corralitos Valley Research & Education Association (CVREA)
We have the tastiest fruit, veggies and baked treats!
Date: Every Su from 11:00am to 3:00pm


 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 


Location: Corralitos Cultural Center, 127 Hames Road, Corralitos Map
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Pickwick Book Club
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Library Central
Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations ...
Date: The 2nd Su of every month (Jan 13-May 12) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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Pickwick Book Club Discussion


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


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

 

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


February-June book: Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

 

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

2:00 - 4:00pm


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


Location: Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Plan Ahead for Summer Backpacking
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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Backpacking Trips June, July and August
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 19-May 26)
Ages: 18+ and 13-17 with parent Admission Fees: $225

(0 A January 2019) Backpacking_Parks2019.jpgWho better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Three backpacking trips are offered from June through August 2019 ranging from two to three nights, offering options for every experience level. Hike spectacular ridgelines, old growth redwood forests, and sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists. Native plant teas, trail desserts, skills demonstrations, campfire stories, and jokes are added bonuses!

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

Trip Options:

Skyline to the Sea: Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach
$300; Thursday June 20 through Sunday June 23, 2019

A Trek through Time: Butano State Park to Waddell State Beach
$225; Friday July 19 through Sunday July 21, 2019

Ridges to Redwoods: Castle Rock State Park to Portola Redwoods State Park
$225; Friday August 16 through Sunday August 18, 2019


Location: Castle Rock State Park, 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder
Tour Wilder Ranch!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 5-Dec 29) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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We Bring the Sandhills to You!
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills formation -its fossils, its unique plants and animals, and how fire plays a role in preserving
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

We Bring the Sandhills to You!

Saturday and Sundays from 11am to 2pm

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

 

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


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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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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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: Every Su and Sa (Feb 3-Feb 24) from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

2/3, 9, 10, 24

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


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek 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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Pigeon Point Light Station Guided Tour
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
History walks of the lighthouse
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

Guided History Tour

 

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, Pescadero, CA

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

 


Location: Guided Tour, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Pathways Through Our Parks
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Ann Thiermann's series of pastel and acrylic paintings o local parks
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jan 12-Apr 7) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free,donations accepted

(0 A December 2018) SLVMuseums_PathwaysWide.jpgOn exhibition from January 12 - April 7, 2019 will be a selection of artwork from Ann Thiermann's series of pastel and acrylic paintings.

 

This series invites the viewer to linger visually over the flora and fauna along the pathways of Santa Cruz's extraordinarily diverse park system.

 

Here, state parks, open spaces, land trust easements, and both county and city parks offer pathways from meandering river to pounding surf, sandy chaparral to cool redwoods, and meadow lands to conifer forests. Ann examines the beauty of these regional parks in a variety of seasonal and weather conditions.

 

A companion book, which will be available through the Museum bookstore, includes 60 paintings, an inclusive map, historical anecdotes, and an overview of the artistic process for creating each work.

 

Opening reception on Sunday January 13, 2019, at 2pm. Refreshments provided. Cost free, donations appreciated.


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: 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
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Open Enrollment Westside Daycare/Preschool
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Tender Blossoms Preschool
Play Based Preschool/Daycare currently enrolling!
Date: Every day (Feb 6-Mar 5)
Ages: 1-5 Admission Fees: None
Special Instructions: Call 831-239-0117 to schedule a private tour

Come tour our sweet home based Preschool and Daycare for ages 1-5. Garden centered, serving organic, farm to table meals, circle time and yoga daily, arts and crafts, and music abounds! High quality infant, toddler and pre school age care in a home like environment. Call to schedule a private tour!


Location: 116 Trescony st., Santa cruz Map
Phone: (831) 239-0117 •websitecreate a direct event link
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