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Small Business Saturday
Show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses.
11/24/2018

(0 A November 2018) SmallBusinessSaturday2018.jpgWe're happy to be participating in Small Business Saturday again this year! If you're a subscriber to our weekly email newsletter, you'll get 25% off all used items! If you're not, just sign up on the spot and we'll give you the discount. Shop local and help your community prosper!

Small Business Saturday is a day to show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses. By shopping with locally owned, independent businesses, you make a much greater positive impact on the local economy than when you shop online or in big chain stores.

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Living History Days
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San Juan Bautista State Park
Bring the family and enjoy our 1st Saturday Living History Days
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: The cost for entrance to the museum, stables and buildings is only $3 each for anyone over 16 .

Living History Days, 1st Saturdays

Step back to the early days of San Juan and meet mountain men, Civil War soldiers, Victorian ladies, and more. (Even One-Eyed Charley has been spotted a few times.) Watch games, crafts and cooking demonstrations. Enjoy an old-fashioned soda in the historic Plaza Hotel Saloon. See historic horse-drawn vehicles inside the Plaza Stables as well as Victorian furnishings in the Plaza Hotel and Zanetta family home.

There is much to do and see for FREE.
The cost for entrance to the museum, stables and buildings is only $3 each for anyone over 16 years of age. (So kids are FREE.)

 

The park includes several structures built in the 1800s. The four main historic museums are the Plaza Hotel, the Zanetta House/Plaza Hall, the Plaza Stables, and the newly reopened Castro-Breen Adobe. Many of the interiors are arranged as furnished vignettes or with colorful and informative exhibits that help create a unique learning environment for people of all ages. The park also features a blacksmith shop, theh istoric jail, and an early American settler’s cabin.

 

Tours
The park is open Tuesday through Sunday for self guided visits and also offers guided walking tours by advanced reservation. The park is closed on Mondays. Call 831-623-2753 for information.


Location: Second St, San Juan Bautista Map
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Boulder Creek FLEA MARKET
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St. Michaels Catholic Church
Find or sell treasures!
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 8:00am to 3:00pm


Flea Market. This is a charity event and takes place the first Saturday of every month in Boulder Creek behind St. Michaels Catholic Church parking lot on the corner of Oak and Harmon.

 

Call us at 831-332-6321 for more information. Sellers please call. Vendors welcome. $15 a space.

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Location: Oak St, Boulder Creek Map
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Hummingbird Days
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The Arboretum at UCSC
Two days of birds and the plants they love... tours, crafts, plant sales. Children's craft activities 10-4.
Date: 03/02/2013 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $5 for adults, 17 and under free

Saturday, March 2, 10am - 4pm  &  Sunday, March 3, 10am - 4 pm


Two days of birds and the plants they love...tours, crafts, plant sales.  Children's craft activities 10-4.  Tours to see hummingbirds or plants that attract hummingbirds - every hour.  Watercolor show and sale by the Santa Clara Watercolor Society.


Lunch available from Cruz N Gourmet


Location: The Arboretum at UCSC, High Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Pay What you Wish Day
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Cartoon Art Museum
First Tuesday "Pay What You Wish" Day
Date: The 1st Tues of every month


Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday "Pay What You Wish" Day
Hours 11am to 5pm

 

The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms. This unique institution houses approximately 6,000 original pieces in its permanent collection; a complete volume research/library facility is located on the museum's premises. In addition to seven major exhibitions a year, the museum has a classroom for cartoon art and a bookstore.

 

Normally $6 admission, the first Tuesday of every calendar month is "Pay What You Wish" Day.

 

 

 


Location: 655 Mission St, San Francisco Map
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Antique Street Fair
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City of Santa Cruz
Come browse, ask questions and find a treasure!
Date: The 2nd Su of every month from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Please join us in Beautiful Downtown Santa Cruz on the second Sunday of every month (Weather Permitting) for an outdoor Antique Faire featuring 50 dealers from all over the Central Coast and Bay Area selling everything from Estate Jewelry to Vintage Fashion to Furniture and everything in between. Something for every budget. See you there!

 

Free Admission! For more info call Bonnie @ (831) 476-6940 and visit our facebook page Santa Cruz Antique Faire

 


Location: Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
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Nature Walks
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City of Watsonville
Bring the peace and beauty of nature into your life!
Date: Every Su at 1:30pm


Guided exploration walk in the wetlands. Meet at the Nature Center. Binoculars provided. Great for all ages! Weather permitting. FREE


or Learn While You Walk

Thirteen interpretive trail signs have been installed along the Wetlands of Watsonville. These trail signs teach about the natural and cultural history of our wetlands and address local conservation issues. Several more will be developed to convey litter, pet waste and environmentally friendly car wash practices.

 


Location: Wetlands of Watsonville, 30 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831.768.1622 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Family Chess Day
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Library Central
Learn chess with local expert Gjon
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Family Chess Day

All levels, including beginners are invited to attend. Students who have never played chess are asked to contact Gjon before joining the class. Please e-mail Gjon at coach@santacruzpl.com or call 425-7835 for more information. 2-2:45 ages 8 years and younger and their families 3-4pm ages 9-18 years and their families

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Mountain Community Resources Playgroup
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Mountain Community Resources
Date: Every Wed from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: Babies - Preschool Admission Fees: free

MCR Playgroup

Mountain Community Resources sponsors this wonderful "FREE" playgroup. Crafts, play dough, music, story time, snacks. Perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. ** Call to check location - group now meets in Felton on Highway 9, across the street from Rite Aid.


Location: Redwood Community Church, Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Parents of Children of Special Needs Support Group
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San Andreas Regional Center
Support group for families with special needs
Date: The 2nd Th of every month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


The San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) is a community-based, private nonprofit corporation that is funded by the State of California to serve people with developmental disabilities as required by the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act. San Andreas is one of 21 Regional Centers throughout California serving individuals and their families who reside within Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties.

 

Learn more about this great local resource from SARC Director Jim Collins at EMFP's September support group gathering. The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) works with military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, medical, educational and personnel services to families with special needs.

 

Its Parent Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month in the Army Community Service Gold room. FREE child care is provided.


Location: Army Community Service Gold room, 4260 Gigling Road, Fort Ord Map
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Monterey Bay Farmers Markets
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Monterey Bay Farmers Markets
You will find an unmatched selection of locally grown fresh produce, flowers & artisan products.
Date: Every Su, Tues, Fri and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets, Serving the Central Coast for over 36 years!


Locals, chefs and tourists love to shop at our four markets in Aptos, Monterey, and Carmel - the premier farmers markets on the Central Coast.

 

You'll appreciate the unmatched selection of top quality produce, flowers, specialty foods, and the opportunity to connect with the people who produce our food. Our farmers markets are ranked in the top ten farmers markets in California. Meet old friends and make new acquaintances - come to the markets and become a part of our friendly community!

 

Aptos Farmers Market  Saturdays, 8am - 12pm, Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Year-round

Upbeat and relaxed atmosphere, a great way to start your weekend! 80 farmers and vendors and many special events.


Monterey Farmers Market   Fridays, 10am - 2pm  Monterey Peninsula College, 930 Fremont St, Monterey   Year-round

A bustling market with a bountiful selection of produce and specialty items, flowers and plants.


Carmel Farmers Market  Tuesdays, 9 am - 1 pm The Barnyard Shopping Village, Carmel  May - September

Take a scenic drive to this intimate market nestled in the charming Barnyard Shopping Village just off Hwy 1


Del Monte Farmers Market   Sundays 8 am - 12 pm The Del Monte Shopping Center, 1410 Del Monte Center, Monterey  May through October

Enjoy the easy relaxed pace of this friendly Sunday market - feast your eyes on beautiful produce, flowers, and plants and...


Location: Cabrillo College , 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 728-5060 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Wilder Ranch Farm Animal Program Volunteers Needed
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State Park Wilder Ranch
We're looking for volunteers to help feed and tend to the resident animals. Families are welcome!
Date: Every day


Wilder Ranch Farm Animal Program Volunteers Needed!

Do you love Wilder Ranch and have a big heart for animals? Then do we have the opportunity for you! The Wilder Ranch Farm Animal Program is looking for volunteers to help feed and tend to the resident animals.

  Families are welcome! Children between the ages of 6-18 are encouraged to volunteer as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian while volunteering.

This is a long term volunteer position as the animals grow very fond of their caretakers, with the minimum commitment being 6 months. There are several shifts available with morning and afternoon feedings.

Prior animal experience is a plus, but you will be thoroughly trained by Animal Program Coordinator Sunny Schacher on your duties as a caretaker, and introduced to the goats, sheep, chickens and other animals that reside on the ranch.

 

For more information, please contact Sunny at the
Wilder Ranch Visitor Center at (831) 426-0505.

If there is nobody available to pick up the phone, please leave a message for Sunny and she will return your call as soon as she is able.

 


Location: Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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