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

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

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


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


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


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Homeschool Moms Stitch Night
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Heddi Craft
Monthly get together for homeschool moms offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself
Date: The 16th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 April 2018) HomeschoolSttchNight.jpgJoin other homeschool moms for a monthly stitch and chat get together. Bring your favorite handwork (it doesn't have to be stitching, any kind of creative task is great!) and a snack to share. We'll provide the coffee and tea! This monthly get together offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself. Third Tuesday of every month from 7-9pm.

This free event is hosted by long time homeschooling mom Heddi Craft at Knit Sew Make, located in the former sanctuary area of the building at 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz.

 

Check to confirm for location and date.


Location: Knit Sew Make, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz 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.

 


Phone: (831) 462-5660 •websitecreate 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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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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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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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
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm


(0 April 2018) PieRanchDance.jpgBARN DANCE

 

6:00pm / Potluck Dinner followed by music and dancing (7:00 pm)
Reservations and information

The potluck brings a few dozen people out, each with a dish they’ve brought to share.

Cost for the dance is $15–20 per person on a sliding scale; everyone contributes what they can! PLEASE NOTE THAT AN RSVP IS RECOMMENDED but not required and is helpful for our own planning purposes. Nobody will be turned away.

The 7pm Dance lasts 3 hours and features the County Line Pickers (Jim Davies, bass; Joni Davies, guitar; Hide Kawatsur, mandolin; Ken Clarkson, banjo; Luke Abbott and Nancy Vail, fiddle) with caller Andy Wilson to lead the do-si-dos and more!

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


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-0995 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Calling All Citizen Scientists! Hikers! Families! Students! Educ
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Arboretum
Phenology Walk: Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Jan 19-Mar 16) from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: $5 for Adults

(0 A January 2019) Arboretum_2019Phenology.jpgCalling All Citizen Scientists! Hikers! Families! Students! Educators!

Do you enjoy watching plants change through the seasons? Would you like to help researchers study the effects of climate change? Join our phenology walk and workshop ! We will teach volunteers to monitor and gather data on when native plants leaf out, flower, form fruit and other seasonal changes through hands-on training. No experience necessary. Data collected will be submitted to USA-NPN databases.

 

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Phenology Workshop


The Science of the Seasons, Instructor, Karen Tanner

Please check-in at Norrie's Gift Shop; Free with your admission to the Arboretum. Meeting locations:

Saturday Jan 19: picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop

Saturday Feb 16: picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop

Saturday Mar 16: picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop

Calling All Citizen Scientists! Hikers! Families! Students! Educators!

 

For details about the Arboretum's Phenology Walk, visit the Phenology Walk http://arboretum.ucsc.edu/education/phenology-walk/

 

Spots are limited, so be sure to sign up in advance here.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
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
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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Community Poetry Circle
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

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


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

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

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

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

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


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


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey Map
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Old Cove Landing Trail Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Feb 2-Feb 16) from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: 2/2, 16, 22

Old Cove Landing Trail

2/2, 16, 22

On this 2.5 mile, 2-hour family friendly walk, we'll explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, and layered clothing. Meet at the interpretive center. For more information, please 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
Phone: (831) 421-0139 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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
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.


Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Science Sunday-Sea Otter Palm Reading
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
How do sea otters find enough food to survive each day? Which senses are used to locate food? How are decisions made about what
Date: 02/17/2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 & older Admission Fees: Event is included with admission to the Seymour Center: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Membe

(0 A February 2019) Seymour_SeaOtterPalmReading.jpgSea otters are in a race against time. To survive, they hunt for clams, crabs, urchins, snails, mussels, and abalone down to 100 feet deep. Otters must work quickly since they can hold their breath for only 1-3 minutes per dive, and their prey are often found in rocky crevices or under heavy sand. How do sea otters find enough food to survive each day? Which senses are used to locate food? How are decisions made about what to eat and what to ignore? Scientists have discovered that sea otters are fast decision makers-with the help of their ultra-sensitive paws and whiskers.

Join the Seymour Marine Discovery Center to explore why the sense of touch may be useful to a hungry sea otter, as well as how researchers work cooperatively with animals to learn how they perceive the world.
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Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them.

(0 AB November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.jpg-Lectures are one hour long and take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.
-Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.
-Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
-Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.
-Lectures include time for a few questions at the end. --Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members.
-Recommended for ages 10 and older.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
When Species Collide!
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Explore topics like natives vs. non-native invasives, and adaptations.
Date: 02/17/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Saturdays, October 21 ~ November 18 ~ December 16 10 am

When Species Collide

Join docent Ken Koll for a 4-mile hike on the beautiful Skyline to Sea Bypass Trail. Along the way we will pass through the varied habitats of the Waddell Valley and explore topics like native vs. non-native species, invasive species, and adaptations.

 

Meet at the Rancho del Oso entrance gate (yellow gate across from Waddell Beach parking lot). Bring water, snacks, and sturdy footwear. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free.

 

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


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
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
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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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Salamander Safari
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover some of the secretive salamanders that live in the redwood forest!
Date: 02/17/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Salamander Safari

Discover some of the secretive salamanders that live in the redwood forest! Learn all about salamander life cycles, behaviors, adaptations, and the current threats facing these astounding amphibians on a 2 mile excursion to Eagle Creek. This fantastic, educational, and free safari will meet at the visitor center.

 

Make sure to bring water, proper hiking shoes, an immense sense of adventure, and enthusiasm! For more information, please call (831) 335-7077.

 

Event is free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 101 North Big Trees Park Road , Felton Map
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Beginning Birding
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Open to anyone interested in birds and their antics.
Date: 02/17/2019 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Ages: All ages

Join Jim Williams, President, Friends of Quail Hollow Ranch and an avid birder, for a leisurely hike through Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, in search of our fine, feathered friends. No previous birding experience is necessary; open to anyone interested in birds and their antics. Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring binoculars and a field guide (if you have them), and some drinking water. Open to anyone interested in birds and their antics.

 

 


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., 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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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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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
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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

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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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Sequoia Audubon Trail
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State Park Pescadero Marsh
Easy 2-mile hike along the California coast into the Pescadero Marsh
Date: 02/17/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A January 2019) PescaderoMarsh_DadKids.jpgEnjoy an easy 2-mile hike along the California coast into the Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve with popular spots for good bird watching.

 

Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather.

 

Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot on Highway 1, approximately 0.25 miles north of Pescadero Creek Road.

 

For more information, please call (650) 726-8814. Event free.

 


Location: Half Moon Bay State Beach, 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Map
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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
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Friendship Day
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MAH
Come to the MAH and make friends --all ages!
Date: 02/17/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All

Friendship Day

 

Celebrate friendships, old and new! Bring a friend, or make a friend, and enjoy making friendship bracelets, writing letters, and hanging out in a friendship fort-sounds like the perfect Sunday afternoon activity.

 


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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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
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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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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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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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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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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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
Pigeon Point Light Station Guided Tour
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
History walks of the lighthouse
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

Guided History Tour

 

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, Pescadero, CA

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

 


Location: Guided Tour, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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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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Great Backyard Bird Count
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Audubon Society
Be a bird counter... for just 15minutes
Date: Every day (Feb 15-Feb 18) from 6:00pm to 7:00pm


(0 A January 2019) GreatBackyardBirdCount2019.jpgThe 2019 Great Backyard Bird Count runs from February 16-19. It's an easy way to help the birds you see everyday!

 

With just 15 minutes of your time, you can help scientists better understand birds.

 

Learn more and sign up today: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/


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