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River Health Day
Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
The 2nd Sa of every month (Jul 23-Dec 8) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 107 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz Map

Every second Saturday of the month you can join the Coastal Watershed Council in improving habitat conditions along the lower San Lorenzo River.

During these River Health Days, we will be planting and watering beneficial native seedlings, as well as removing invasive plants along the river to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity.

Events occur along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Equipment, gloves and refreshments are provided.

All ages and abilities welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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A Raisin in the Sun
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UCSC Theater Arts
A Raisin in the Sun takes a courageous look into how the "American Dream" excluded and marginalized African-Americans in our soc
Date: Every day (Mar 2-Mar 11)
Admission Fees: $8 - $18

(0 February 2018) RaisinInSun.jpgThe Theater Arts Department and the Cultural Arts and Diversity Resource Center present the groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by UCSC lecturer Don Williams, featuring drama students from the UCSC African-American Theater Arts Troupe, and guest starring as Mama, award-winning actor and UCSC alumna Adilah Barnes* (Erin Brockovich, Roseanne, Cold Case, Prime Suspect...).


Considered a significant turning point in American theater because it addresses crucial racial and cultural concerns during the 1950s in the United States, A Raisin in the Sun takes a courageous look into how the "American Dream" excluded and marginalized African-Americans in our society.


Influenced by Hansberry's own experiences, it also tackles head-on, various hot-button issues that remain relevant today, including discrimination, cultural identity, feminism, and abortion - topics that were considered off-limits when the play originally debuted in 1959.


Presented by the UCSC Theater Arts Department in conjunction with the Cultural Arts and Diversity Resource Center, the African American Theater Arts Troupe, and the UCSC Arts Division.


* Ms. Barnes appears through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

photo: Adilah Barnes as "Mama" (Steve DiBartolomeo)


Advance tickets available online only
Reserved seating.
Doors open 30 minutes before curtain.
Please be in your seat by the advertised start time.

"A Raisin in the Sun" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

March 2-3-4 and 8-9-10-11
Thu-Sat at 7:30PM, Sundays at 3:00PM

$18 adult
$10 senior (62+)
$10 student w/ ID
$8 youth/child/infant
$8 UCSC student (UCSC undergrads eligible for one $0 complimentary ticket per production)
$8 UCSC staff/faculty (2 tickets)
$8 UCSC alumni assoc. member (2 tickets)

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Women by Women Film Series
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Watsonville Film Series
Join us for a series of powerful films by and about women!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Mar 8-Jun 14) at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Tickets $8 at the door, unless otherwise noted. Youth under 18 free

Join us for a series of powerful films by and about women!

Each screening will feature community discussions with special guests. All films presented at Appleton Event Lounge, 410 Rodriguez St., Watsonville, at 7PM on the second Thursday of each month, March through June.

Tickets $8 at the door, unless otherwise noted. Youth under 18 free.

Thursday March 8, International Women's Day
Community conversation on local women's history & current issues led by special guests. Free screening, donations accepted.
This must-see documentary film resurrects the buried history of the courageous & outrageous women who founded the modern Feminist Movement from 1966 to 1971. The documentary takes us from the founding of NOW, to the emergence of more radical factions of women's liberation. Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

Thursday, April 12

Special Guest: Director Sadia Halima
"A girl's life is cruel... A woman's life is very cruel," notes Sampat Pal, the protagonist of PINK SARIS. Sampat was married as a young girl into a family that made her work hard and beat her. But she fought back, leaving her in-laws and eventually becoming a champion for young women in Uttar Pradesh. These young women, frightened and desperate, reach out for their only hope: Sampat Pal and her Gulabi Gang, India's vigilantes in pink. A film by Sundance award-winning director Kim Longinotto.

Accompanying Short Film: LAAL PARI (The Red Fairy)
Laal Pari is a self-motivated, self-taught, elected village council leader in Bihar, India, who is fighting to change the playing field for women's participation in politics.

Thursday, May 10
NO MÁS BEBÉS (No More Babies)

Special guest: Director Renee Tajima-Peña
In NO MAS BEBES, Oscar® nominated Director Renee Tajima-Peña reveals the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who were pushed into sterilizations while giving birth at Los Angeles County Hospital during the 1960s and '70s. Alongside an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and a young, whistle-blowing doctor, the mothers mounted a landmark civil rights lawsuit that is seminal to the movement for reproductive justice.

Thursday, June 14, Monterey Bay Premiere:

Special Guest: Director Laurie Coyle
The discovery of forgotten photographs prompts a search for an unsung heroine: Maria Moreno, a migrant mother with twelve children who led a movement for farmworker rights years before Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta launched the UFW. ADIOS AMOR tells a personal story with national resonance about the migrant workers who put food on our tables, and explores enduring questions about whose lives we remember, record and recognize.

Location: Appleton Event Lounge, 410 Rodriguez St, Watsonville Map
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Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration
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Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery
Koch is one of the world's most accomplished naturalist painters around. Exquisite detail!
Date: Every Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jan 24-Mar 16) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Art Seen

Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration

popout1804-maryjoMaryjo Koch doesn't overlook the little things. When it comes to painting birds nests and honeybees, every little twig and hair matters. With acute attention to detail and precision, Koch is one of the world's most accomplished naturalist painters around.


Her hyperrealistic specimens are often found in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where Koch works. She has illustrated 18 books, and her work has been featured across the globe.


Tuesday-Saturday 12 PM-5 PM
Holidays and campus breaks observed.

Location: 11 Cowell Service Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Avenue Q School Edition
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Tony Award Winning puppet-filled comedy (PG)
Date: Every day (Mar 8-Mar 18)
Admission Fees: $7 & $10

Avenue Q School Edition

3/8-3/10 & 3/15-3/17 @ 7:00 pm and 3/11 & 3/18 @ 2:00 pm


PVHS/WHS Drama present their performance of this Tony Award Winning puppet-filled comedy about a recent college grad who moves into an apartment in a neighborhood that's a bit out of the ordinary. This play has been adapted for high school performances and is rated PG13.


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A Night at the Museum
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Explore MCP
Fun night out plus your admission is a tax-deductible donation to help kids with special learning needs
Date: 03/24/2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: Adult Admission Fees: $75

Enjoy live jazz, gourmet food and local wines and beers while exploring the galleries and wonders of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History-all included in the price of admission. Rare auction purchase opportunities will be featured thanks to many kind donations.

Prints on display during the event guests are invited to explore California's coastal edge through prints by woodcut artist Tom Killion alongside poems selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Gary Snyder. A print donated by Killion will be auctioned at the event.

Silent and live auction opportunities include 40 yard-line tickets for the San Francisco 49ers, one week stay at a breathtaking beachside home in Maui, gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses and more!

A tax-deductible donation of $75 per person is requested. Tickets available at Proceeds benefit kids with special learning needs.

Location: Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Harp Festival
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Community Music School
Santa Cruz Harp Festival - modern and historic music from all over the world on harps of all kinds
Date: 03/25/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: donations gratefully accepted

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Community Music School and the Museum of Art and History present the Santa Cruz Harp Festival in it's 13th concert event, exploring modern and historic music from all over the world on harps of all kinds.

Soloists include: Harp Festival director Jesse Autumn, returning from New Orleans to play double harp and vocals; Santa Cruz County's 2017 Artist of the Year Shelley Phillips, on Celtic harp and woodwinds; premier classical harpist of Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay, Jennifer Cass; and Community Music School alumni harpist/singer-songwriter Heather Monahan, celebrating the release of her first EP of original songs, "The High School Demo Tape".

Also performing: the all-ages Community Music School Harp Orchestra, playing traditional and new music from England, Ireland, Zimbabwe and New Orleans.

A harp "petting zoo" will be available at intermission for curious concert-goers.

The MAH will offer a free interactive harp art project from 11am-1pm, with the concert beginning at 2pm.

Admission is free - donations are greatly appreciated and support Harp Festival artists and teachers. Community Music School is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization.


Location: MAH, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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