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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra dancing for beginners and experienced dancers
Date: The 1st Su of every month at 7:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $6-$10

Our Next Dance!

Erik Hoffman (caller)

Erik Hoffman calls to tunes played by Luke Abbott and Daniel Steinberg.

Luke Abbott (fiddle) and Daniel Steinberg (piano)

 

About Our Contra Dances

Everyone is welcome! Partners and dancing experience are not necessary. Each of the dozen or so dance forms during the evening are taught and prompted (except for the waltz and hambo).

 

Beginner's Workshop:  dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner's lesson at 5:40. Regular dancing begins at 6:00 (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).

 

Admission: Suggested admission donation is $12 regular, $8 for full-time students w/student ID card. Discounts for volunteers.

 

Wear: Comfortable, non-marking shoes to protect your feet and our floors - a separate pair of dance shoes works best. You'll be more comfortable in loose-fitting light-weight clothing.

Please note that many dancers are very sensitive to fragrances and body odor and that our dances are fragrance-free events (read more).

 

Dances coming up:

  • Thursday, April 19.  Dancing in the Street, downtown Santa Cruz, ~7:30. Dancers needed for a 10-minute public contra dance demo! Email tdscnews@gmail.com or see Deb McArthur at the April 8 dance.  
  • Friday, April 27, 7-10, Live Oak Grange. Jean Gibson-Gorrindo calls to the music of BLAM! (Marta Lynch, Bob Silberstein, Elizabeth Todd). 
  • Sunday, May 13, 6-9, Veterans Memorial Building.  Andy Shore calls to the music of Pat and Possom (Charlie Waldon, Pat Plunkett).

Nearby dances

 

More information about upcoming dances in our area is online at the links below:

Contra dances in Santa Cruz County: http://santacruzdance.org/

English Country Dance in Santa Cruz County: http://www.englishcountrydancing.net/

Contra dances in Monterey: http://montereycdc.webs.com/


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Easter at the Civic
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Civic Center
Join us for an Easter celebration of song, Scripture and an incredible story of hope!
Date: 04/01/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Kids programs for ages 0-3; all Admission Fees: free

In the midst of life's ups and downs, there's one thing that every person on the planet longs for - the hope of an unending life; the hope that death is not the end. The writer Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 that, "Death has been swallowed up in victory... Where, O death is your sting... Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Join us for an Easter celebration of song, Scripture and an incredible story of hope!

Doors at 10:00am; gathering at 10:30am

Kids programs for ages 0-3; all other ages invited to join in the gathering


Location: 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Canta y Baila Conmigo® with MusicalMe, Inc.
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Musical Me, Inc. Offers Music Together
CyBC enhances children's learning in multiple domains, increases family engagement and adds richly to each family's "toolbox."
Date: Every day (Feb 23-Apr 1)
Ages: 0-6 years
Special Instructions: Locations in Los Gatos, Pleasure Point & Westside Santa Cruz

Canta y Baila Conmigo® with MusicalMe, Inc.

Locations in Los Gatos, Pleasure Point & Westside Santa Cruz

831.438.3514  or  Text: 831.332.9002

 

(0 February 2018) MM_CantaYBaila_TwoFigures.jpgNow offering the new and exciting Spanish language music & movement immersion program - Canta y Baila ConmigoTM.  For beginners and native speakers alike, CyBC brings the highest quality music and movement experiences to young children and the adults who love them, with a playful, interactive atmosphere that integrates language learning naturally and organically in the musical experience.

 

Our curriculum fosters the integration of music into everyday life - regardless of adults' music ability. CyBC enhances children's learning in multiple domains, increases family engagement and adds richly to each family's "toolbox."

 

Siblings are welcome, especially infants who attend free if they are 8 months or under. Classes are now offered in Los Gatos, Pleasure Point & Westside Santa Cruz.

 

Contact us now to attend a class for free!

FREE Demo Classes

 

Join us for a FREE Demo Class of our newest offering:  Canta y Baila Conmigo! 

Friday, March 16th, 2018 @ 9:30am and 10:30am

Los Gatos Rec. Department, 123 E. Main Street, Los Gatos, CA - ROOM C

REGISTRATION REQUIRED:  Click Here to Register

 

QUESTIONS:  831-438-3514 or sky@musicalme.com

SPACE IS LIMITED!  REGISTER TODAY!

 

PREVIEW A CLASS - FOR FREE!

If you have never experienced a Music Together class and want to see first-hand why everyone raves about this incredible program, please join us for a FREE class.  These are classes currently in progress.  Schedule yours TODAY!


Location: 325 Marion Ave, Room 29, Ben Lomond Map
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Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Hunt for thousands of chocolate candy eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny in a redwood forest and win prizes
Date: Every day (Mar 31-Apr 1)
Ages: All

(0 March 2018) EasterRoaringCamp2018.jpgDEPARTS FROM ROARING CAMP IN FELTON

Hop on Board! The Easter Bunny makes a stop at Roaring Camp. After riding Roaring Camp's real 1880s Steam Train under the majestic Redwoods, over Indian Creek Trestle and through the Santa Cruz Mountains, your kids are going to have the time of their lives scavenging for chocolate eggs at the top of Bear Mountain.

The magic of trains, mixed with the magic of the Easter Bunny. It's... it's... EGGSTRAORDINARY!

 

Remember to bring a basket!


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831/ 335-4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
Tide Pool Docent Training
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State Park Natural Bridges
Join our team of dedicated docent volunteers who interact with visitors, provide tours and nature walks, participate in special
Date: Every Wed and Sa

Special Instructions: Located at the end of West Cliff Drive

Tide Pool Docent Training

Begins Saturday, March 24

4-week duration, Wednesday evenings and Saturdays

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you want to share knowledge with others and promote conservation and stewardship? This is your opportunity to join our team of dedicated docent volunteers who interact with visitors, provide tours and nature walks, participate in special events, and in general contribute to the inspiration, education, and enjoyment of park visitors. Student internships are available. Training begins Saturday, March 24 and lasts 4 weeks. Training is held on Wednesday evenings and half-days on Saturdays. For more information and an application, please call (831) 423-4609 ext. 8 or email NaturalBridgesStateBeach@gmail.com.

 


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Citizen Science:
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A Brief Prehistory of Time: Art in Paleolithic Ice Age Europe
Date: 04/05/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Takes place in the upstair meeting room

(0 April 2018) citizen-science_prehistoricart.jpgCitizen Science Presents: A Brief Prehistory of Time: Art in Paleolithic Ice Age Europe


Join local artist and archaelogist Mark Holsapple for this visual treat exploring artistic masterpieces of Paleolithic Ice Age Europe. Go back in time 40,000 years to review images of rare, preserved artworks created by these ancient artists including cave paintings, engravings, and sculptures as well as mobile art and tools including Venus figurines, batons, and spear throwers. For an extra tactile experience, on hand will be spear throwers, darts, and cast replicas of a few of the most ancient sculptures and tools (the originals are sadly unavailable).


Mark Holsapple is a Santa Cruz artist and photographer who studied Archaeology at the University of New Mexico under Dr. Lewis Binford, an innovative thinker who stressed the importance of interdisciplinary scientific methodology. As an artist, Mark's archaeological focus has primarily been on Paleolithic Ice Age Europe and the glorious art our ancient Cromagnon ancestors created. Mark has visited many of the French Ice Age cave sites, and has been involved in multiple archaeological field site projects including the Manis Mastodon site (~13,000 year old Native American butchery site), a Polynesian excavation in American Samoa, and multiple Santa Cruz area historical excavations.

 

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (SCMNH), the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717


Location: Santa Cruz Library Downtown Bran, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Citizen Science
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Library Central
A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Citizen Science

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Scotts Valley
21+ trivia on tap
Date: The 1st Th of every month (Feb 15-May 17) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: 21+ Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month

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


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company, 20 Victor Square B, Scotts Valley Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
Note: Special Theme: Film and Television
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Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Spring Camp: The Art and Science of Nature
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Calling young artists and scientists curious about nature!
Date: Every day (Feb 2-Apr 6) from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: 5-6 Admission Fees: $265 - April 2-6, 8:30-3:30
Special Instructions: Discounts for members and siblings, limited scholarships available

(0 February 2018) SCMus_SpringCamp2018ArtandSceinceofNature.jpgThe Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is proud to present an inspiring week of nature exploration.

Campers draw inspiration from nature through exploration and hands-on investigation! They make new friends at this day camp featuring walking field trips, Museum exploration, science projects, and nature-inspired art.

We invite kindergartners and first graders to come observe, explore, and appreciate the wonders of the natural world here in our backyard as well as in the Museum's collection. With the inspiration of our spring "Art of Nature" exhibit, we will explore what nature reveals to us everyday through a variety of individual and collaborative art projects. Every camper will create artwork to take home, make scientific discoveries, and most importantly, create memories, friendships, and a personal connection to the unique nature of the Santa Cruz coast.

Each of the five days will focus on a different theme that will guide a variety of art projects, science investigations, supervised explorations, and games. "Leave no trace" ethics and safety in nature will be emphasized throughout the week so that campers will leave equipped with a better understanding of how to responsibly interact with the natural world.

Join us to build connections to nature and stewardship for our world. ENROLLMENT WILL OPEN FEB 2 at 9 am.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Summer Activity Fun Fair
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Meet instructors at City Parks and Rec Fun Fair
Date: 04/06/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


(0 March 2018) CityParksRecFunFair.jpgCome to the Parks and Recreation Summer Activity Fun Fair at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on First Friday, April 6, 5:00 - 8:00 pm!

 

The fair is an opportunity to learn about our programs and to ask questions prior to summer registration on Saturday, April 14.

 

Meet summer camp leaders, junior guard and class instructors. Participate in hands-on activities and view demonstrations of our class offerings.

 

Ensure your Parks and Recreation account is up-to-date and ready to roll for "Super Saturday" registration. Check out the lifeguard tower at our beach photo booth. PLUS enter a raffle drawing for some great prizes. Let Parks and Recreation help you plan a fantastic summer for your family.

Connect with us at the Activity Fair!
Summer Camp leaders with fun craft activities
Junior Guard instructors
Senior program staff from Louden Nelson Community Center
Teen internship program coordinators
Santa Cruz Teen Center staff
Parks and Recreation Administration staff
Pacific Edge Climbing Gym staff
World Cup Soccer staff, giveaways and shooting wall
Kidz Love Soccer staff and giveaways
Beach Volleyball instructor Liz Fowler
SUP Shack
Lairds Academy of Martial Arts
Oak Strong Martial Arts
IAD dance staff with mini classes
Knitting instructor Heddi Craft with simple, how-to-knit activity
Play-Well Technologies staff with LEGO activity
Aerial Arts performance
Science Camp instructor
Art Camp art exhibit
Let's Cook for Kids instructor Cindy Hart with sample recipes
Dream Sharing instructor Carol Malady


Location: Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

 With more than 300 plant species, ranging from Santa Cruz natives to rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest, the Arboretum is the place to see a variety of flora, fauna, birds and more. Meet at Norrie's Gift Shop.

 

Come and see native flora from around the globe, including California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Chile. The Arboretum offers many rich opportunities for casual visitors, researchers, students, members, and friends. You can find more information by visiting our About page.


1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.  The Arboretum is open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. (Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.) Directions and information about admission can be found here.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


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

 

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Flat Fixing Class

 

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

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

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Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Origami Club with Japanese Cultural Fair
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Library Aptos
performances
Date: The 1st Sa of every month (Apr 7-Dec 1) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 March 2018) OrigamiClub.jpgOrigami Club at Aptos Public Library
1st Saturday of every month (unless otherwise announced)
Starts April 7, 2018!

FREE fun for all ages. Bring a project, try a design from one of our books, or just come to hangout and fold whatever strikes your fancy. All skill levels are welcome. Origami paper will be provided or bring your own if you prefer a certain type. Drop-ins welcome.

Interested in volunteering, message us! (^_^)

Presented by the Japanese Cultural Fair - Santa Cruz, in partnership with the Aptos Public Library.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Kid's Tool Workshop
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Home Depot
Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12 Admission Fees: Free

(A Oct) Home-Depot-Kids2.jpgDesigned for kids ages 5-12, these free workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while instilling a sense of accomplishment.

 

Offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and noon at The Home Depot.

 

Watsonville, 355 S. Green Valley Rd, (831)786-9877
Capitola, 2600 41st Ave, (831)462-5650

Salnas, 1890 N. Davis Road

 

 


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Mission Cooking Demonstration
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State Park Mission
Presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno
Date: 04/07/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Mission Cooking Demonstration

Saturday, April 7 at 1pm

Experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked at the Santa Cruz Mission over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal, and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. Event is free. 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: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Teen Career Conference
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Bay Area Teen Science
Meet & discuss your interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with undergraduate and graduate studen
Date: 04/07/2018 from 8:30am to 2:30am
Ages: 8th -12th grade students Admission Fees: free

(0 March 2018) BATSCartoon.jpgAll Bay Area 8th -12th grade students are invited to join us for our annual Teen Career Conference! This event is the perfect opportunity to meet and discuss your interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and STEM industry and education professionals. You'll also gain valuable insights and tips about college and career preparation.

 

Registration is open for the 2018 BATS Teen Career Conference. You can find more details here: http://bayareateenscience.org/TeenCareerConference

 

2018 B.A.T.S. Teen Career Conference

 

  • Saturday, April 7, 2018 8:30am - 2:30pm
  • San Francisco Zoo & Gardens
  • Registration is FREE for Students!
  • Includes Free Zoo Admission and Lunch!

SCHEDULE

8:30a-9:00a: Check-In

9:00a-9:30a: Welcome and Keynote Presentation

9:45a-11:15a: Morning Workshops

11:30a-12:15p: Lunch

12:30p-2:00p: Afternoon Workshops

2:15p-2:30p: Wrap Up and Sponsor Recognition

2:30p: Explore Zoo At Your Leisure!


Location: San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Dahlia Sale!!
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Monterey Bay Dahlias
Show up early for the best selection.
Date: 04/07/2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am


Annual Dahlia Tuber Sale

(0 April 2018) DahliaPnk.jpgThere are few low-maintenance flowers that yield as stunning results as the dahlia, but you have to do the work to get there. Dahlia plants bloom from tubers, which look like little magical sprouting potatoes you put in the ground.

 

After planting the tuber, you can expect dahlias to bloom around eight weeks later, but try to refrain from watering immediately after planting, since tubers can be prone to rot.

 

These perfectly symmetrical little poms come in beautiful fiery hues perfect for a mid-summer bloom.

 mbdahlias.org. Free.


Location: Red Apple Cafe, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd # 15, Aptos Map
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Concert Three: The Musical Offering - J. S. Bach
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Bach, High Baroque "classic rock" style
Date: 04/08/2018 at 3:00pm
Ages: all ages welcome

(0 February 2018) BaroqueApril8_2018.jpgThe Musical Offering - J. S. Bach


In 1747 J.S. Bach visited Potsdam, where the Emperor Frederick challenged him to prove his musical ability by immediately improvising on a theme composed by the Emperor himself. Bach's genius prevailed, and this collection of canons and fugues are the result.

 

This intricate music exemplifies the counterpoint nature of the challenge, with notes choreographed against one another in the "classic rock" style of High Baroque.

 

This concert includes other works of Bach, and invites you to step into the heart of the dark, dramatic challenge of an Emperor.

 

Edwin Huizinga, Baroque violin
Lars Johannesson, traverso flute
Adaiha McAdam Somer, viola da gamba
Linda Burman-Hall, harpsichord

 

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DATENIGHT: Coming of Age
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Jewel Theatre Co
This serious comedy by Kate Hawley (COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL) is an exploration of love and renewal.
Date: Every day (Mar 14-Apr 8)
Admission Fees: $42/$48

Ian is returning from a book tour to visit his elderly father John, a renowned Dickens scholar, and most recently, a grief stricken widower. Ian is alarmed to find John confused and disoriented. He has forgotten Ian was coming, and in fact, seems anxious to get rid of him, not withstanding Ian's 3 hour drive from Manhattan.

 

Has John been having little strokes? Has he deteriorated in the six weeks Ian has been gone? And yet, the house seems strangely tidy. And John is wearing a new tie. This serious comedy by Kate Hawley (COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL) is an exploration of love and renewal.

 

3/16 & 3/17 @ 8:00 pm & 3/18 @ 2:00 pm (runs through April 8)

 

 


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Hike, Observe, Draw, Repeat.
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Grab your sketchbook and join scientific illustrator Fiona MacLean for a nature journal outing out in the Pogonip.
Date: 04/08/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2018) MAH_HikeObserveDraw.jpgGrab your sketchbook and join scientific illustrator Fiona MacLean for a nature journal outing out in the Pogonip. Take in views from one of Tom Killion's famous prints of downtown Santa Cruz from this scenic spot. Whether you are new to nature journaling or experienced, we'd love to have your company, curiosity, and knowledge on this field trip.


Nature Hike & Sketch Checklist

Required: Journal & Pencil

Recommended: Sun protection, Layers, Water, Something to share for a picnic lunch (we'll break towards the end to eat, share food, questions, and techniques.)

Optional: Any other portable mediums you like to work with (optional), Watercolors and paintbrush, Colored pencil, Markers, Pen, Binos, Camp chair, flora/fauna guides.

 


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Nature Wander
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley
Date: 04/08/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Nature Wander

Sunday, April 8 at 1pm

Find out what's growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world.

 

This free hike starts at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway 1 at Waddell Creek at 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport, CA 95017. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Events made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Pickwick Book Club
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Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations ...
Date: The 2nd Su of every month (Jan 14-May 13) at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 January 2018) PicwickBookClub.jpgThe Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly to discuss a nineteenth-century novel, beginning this January with Charles Dickens's "Little Dorrit".

 

Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations to help us contextualize our readings.

SECOND SUNDAYS OF THE MONTH
JANUARY-MAY 2018 AT 2:00 PM
MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY

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


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Dogs of Democracy
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SPCA
The stray dogs of Athens and the people who take care of them.
Date: 04/08/2018 at 7:00pm
Ages: 9-11 Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2018) DogsofDemocracy.jpgDogs of Democracy is a documentary about the stray dogs of Athens and the people who take care of them. Filmmaker Mary Zournazi explores life on the streets through the eyes of the dogs and peoples' experience.

 

Shot on location in Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the documentary is about how Greece has become the 'stray dogs of Europe', and how the dogs have become a symbol of hope for the people and for the anti-austerity movement. A universal story about love and loyalty and what we might learn from animals.

 

Free screening - Dogs of Democracy with a discussion to follow with Director, Mary Zournazi and Santa Cruz SPCA staff, Lisa Krigsman


When: Sunday, April 8th - 7:00 PM

Tralier:https://www.epfmedia.com/dogs-of-democracy
Contact Santa Cruz SPCA for more information;
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831-465-5000

 


Location: 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz Map
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Julius Caesar
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Mountain Community Theater
An uncompromising examination of how a society, faced with an internal drift to tyranny, can slip into civil war, and revert ove
Date: Every day (Mar 15-Apr 8)

Special Instructions: Community Night, Thursday March 15th - 2 for $20!

(0 February 2018) JuliusCeasar.jpgMCT Presents William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

Tickets Available at Brown Paper Tickets:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3086396

Some scholars believe Shakespeare chose to open his new Globe Theatre with Julius Caesar. The play is an uncompromising examination of how a society, faced with an internal drift to tyranny, can slip into civil war, and revert overnight to barbarism. A tragedy without clear-cut villains and heroes, Julius Caesar is as fresh today as it was on that opening night over 400 years ago.

Much of the work of Director Bill Peters over the past fifteen years has centered on directing the works of Shakespeare. His MCT production of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors – both the last time MCT presented Shakespeare and the last time Bill directed for MCT – was named Best Comedy of 2003 by the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

The cast comprises both MCT favorites and newcomers to MCT, including David Leach as Caesar, Nat Robinson as Antony, Peter Gelblum as Brutus, Andrew Davids as Cassius, Ann McCormick as Calpurnia, Scott Kravitz as Casca, Rick Kuhn as Cinna, Robin Aronson as Portia, Tom Goldrup as the Soothsayer, Rita Wadsworth as Artemidorus, April Bennett as Decius, Jocelyn McMahon as Lucia, Ward Willats as Trebonius, and Sam Richie as Octavius.

Special dates: Community Night, Thursday March 15th - 2 for $20!
Post-show champagne reception Friday, March 16th
Director & Cast Talk Backs Sunday March 25th & Sunday April 1st.


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond Map
Phone: 831.336.4777 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
Play with Tech - Coding!
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Santa Cruz Teen Entrepreneur Challenge
Introduction to coding
Date: 04/08/2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

Join this introduction to coding event put on by The Santa Cruz Teen Entrepreneur Challenge and Code Naturally team. This is an all ages, drop in activity.

 

All experience levels are welcome. We will have intro to programming logic board games for the whole family and the resources to help you code anything from your first animation to an advanced interactive game.

 


Location: MAH, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Vaqueros y Bandidos
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State Park Castro Adobe
Connect to the time when cattle ranching was king on the coast, and learn a bit about the Adobe's historic connection to the in
Date: 04/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Vaqueros y Banditos

Sunday April 8 from 11am to 3pm

 

Before the cowboys of the Old West, there were the vaqueros of California. Connect to the time when cattle ranching was king on the coast, and learn a bit about the Adobe's historic connection to the infamous local bandit Tiburcio Vasquez.

 

While you're here you can check out our traditional vaquero-style saddle and wooden stirrups and even practice a bit of roping with the reata (lasso). Other activities include tours of the rancho, fresh tortilla making in the restored cocina, and kids crafts and games. Feel free to bring a plus-one or the whole family!

 

The Castro Adobe is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired, and is open only during scheduled events. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). For more information call 831-226-9669. Heavy rain may cancel. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Primordial Winds
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Watsonville Taiko
Like Watsonville Taiko? Then you will not want to miss this 27th Anniversary concert!
Date: Every day (Apr 7-Apr 8)

Special Instructions: Friday and Saturday Evenings 7:30pm Sunday Matinees 2:00pm

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Saturday April 7, 2018 at 7:00pm

Sunday April 8, 2018 at 2:00pm

Cabrillo College Crocker Theater

WIND is the movement of the earth's energy from one pole to the other, across tide and time, from the past to the present.

Taiko drumming awakens the winds of a distant time to stir the PRIMORDIAL world of our imagination.

 

Join us for the Spring Celebration of energy and power of taiko.




Location: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 479-6152 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Spring Break at Boardwalk
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Beach Boardwalk
Enjoy rides, free magic shows, costumed characters, arcade happy hours and more!
Date: Every day (Mar 24-Apr 8)
Admission Fees: $69.95 per person

Ditch the books and hit the beach!

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Boardwalk rides are open daily during Spring Break!

All rides open, weather and maintenance permitting.

Check the operating calendar for ride hours.

 

Arcade Happy Hours!

After the rides close, stick around and enjoy all of your favorite arcade games for 1/2 the price!

Arcade Happy Hours start when rides are scheduled to close, daily during Spring Break. Includes video games, mini golf, laser tag and pool. Excludes redemption games.

 

FREE Photo FUN with Nickelodeon stars!Take a selfie with SpongeBob and Patrick at the Main Entrance!

Monday-Friday

  • 12pm-12:30pm
  • 1pm-1:30pm
  • 2pm-2:30pm
  • 4pm-4:30pm
  • 5pm-5:30pm

Magic Shows with Doug Hofkins, a.k.a. the "Surfing Magician"

You'll be amazed by the Surfing Magician's funny magic show!

Mondays-Fridays

March 26 - April 6

  • 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm- Neptune's Stage (by the Pirate Ship)
  • 1:30pm & 3:30pm - Cave Train Stage

Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-5590 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Young Makers Club
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Library Central
Newcomers welcome!
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month (Feb 13-May 29) from 3:45pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

A flexible club bringing together a community of young people with mentors and a space to make. Participants work together to design and create a youth-chosen project. The club is lead by Sasha, a young maker mentor, who has been on panels at Intel, Pearson Learning, Pixar and Bay Area Maker Faire, and Young Makers.

 

She has won awards at Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship and Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair. She was recently published in National Geographic Magazine January 2017 issue. Club meets the second Tuesday of each month, February through May. Registration required. Call 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org.


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
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SPIN
Meet with other parents for support, networking and information
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

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


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

 


Location: Hope Services, 220 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)722-2800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY
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
PINK SARIS & LAAL PARI

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:
ADIÓS AMOR

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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English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-8621 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Club Kanopy 'East Side Sushi'
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Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz Library, Club Kanopy
Date: 04/12/2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: N/A

Club Kanopy is a movie club that screens quality films directly from Kanopy Streaming Video: SCPL's hottest movie platform. Join us monthly for fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward. March's movie is "East Side Sushi" Rated PG.


Location: 13390 West Park Ave, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 417-7717 •websitecreate a direct event link
Step Parents Support Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role.
Date: The 2nd Th of every month at 6:30pm


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


Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Club Kanopy
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Library Boulder Creek
Fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Jan 14-Jun 14) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Club Kanopy is a movie club that screens quality films from SCPL's hottest movie platform, Kanopy. Join us monthly for fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward.

 

Starts January 11 • Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 5:30 - 7:30pm

 

January 11- Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Watch Trailer here: https://youtu.be/n8Xvsjy57X0
February 8- Mother of George (2013) (rated R)
March 8- Gold (2014)
April 12- East Side Sushi (2015)
May 10- The Beautiful Fantastic (2016)
June 14- Almost Adults (2017)

Can't make it to the club? Stream Kanopy movies anytime with your library card and PIN/Password from home!


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Wildflower Hike
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux!
Date: 04/13/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Wildflower Hike

Friday, April 13 at 10am

Join docent botanist Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of Waddell Valley’s plants within Rancho del Oso’s seven diverse habitats. Observe the monthly change of the ecosystems. Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux! This walk takes a leisurely pace that is great for learning the native habitat we are experiencing. Bring lunch, questions and curiosity! Meet at the yellow gate across from the Waddell State Beach parking area. Event is free. For more information, please email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 

Rancho del Oso, Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport. 427-2288


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Live Oak Library Book Group
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Live Oak Library
Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction.
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) BookGroup.jpgThe Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 1:00 pm - 2:00 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.

 

In November, we will be discussing The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Stop by the circulation desk to pick up a copy.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Art & Play in Pre & K: Teddy Bear Day
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Mount Madonna School
Preschool and Kindergarten Fun Activities
Date: 04/13/2018 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: Toddlers, preschool & kinders Admission Fees: Free

Parents of toddler, preschool and kindergarten age children are invited to come for a morning of activities and fun experiences with your child(ren) at the Mount Madonna School Preschool and Kindergarten.


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Crab Feed is Back
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Boulder Creek Fire Station
Proceeds go towards the purchase of Rescue and Medical equipment.
Date: 04/13/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All

Crab Feed is Back, Feb. 25th!

Crab Feed is Back, Feb. 25th!

 

Our "annual" crab feed is happening again! Join us Saturday, February 25th, 6:00-8:30pm.

The cost will be $45 per person, paid at the door the night of the event. That will get you some fresh crab, pasta, bread, and salad. Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. All proceeds go towards the purchase of new rescue and medical equipment.

 

Please RSVP no later than February 17. Send an email to events@bcfd.com and include your name, phone number, and how many people will be in your party. We look forward to another great event and a chance to meet and greet everyone!

 


Location: 13230 Central Ave, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-7222 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Thriller Bike Ride
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Bike Church
Families welcome...caution, best for teens and up
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


(0 Oct 2017) ThrillerRide2017.jpgIt's close to midnight and something evil's lurking In the dark
Under the moonlight you see a bike that almost stops Your heart
You try to scream (Bike Party!), but terror takes the sound before You make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
You're paralyzed
'Cause this is thriller, THRILLER RIDE!
Friday the 13th, 7pm at the Bike Church!

...Darkness falls across the land
The 7pm hour is close at hand
Creatures ride in search of jams
To cruise through y'all's neighborhood!

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.


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.

The atmosphere of the SC Bike Party is fun, (zombie) 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:


Guidelines
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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: 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Grand Opening of Joe & Linda Aliberti Clubhouse
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Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz
Grand Opening - 12:00p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Bouncy House, 4-H Club petting zoo, family games and activities and youth bands and da
Date: 04/14/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ANNOUNCES OPENING OF JOE & LINDA ALIBERTI CLUBHOUSE TO SERVE KIDS AND TEENS IN SCOTTS VALLEY AND SAN LORENZO VALLEY COMMUNITIES


Community Invited to April 14 Grand Opening

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA - Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County (BGCSCC) today announced the Joe & Linda Aliberti Clubhouse, located at 5060 Scotts Valley Drive, will open officially on April 14, 2018, with a free, family friendly community event from 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. The event will feature an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting, clubhouse tours, youth bands, dance groups, petting zoo, bouncy house, games and youth activities, as well as information on programming and annual memberships.  Annual membership cost is $75 per year.

Full after school programming will begin on April 16 from 2:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. (M, T, Th, F) and 12:30p.m. - 7:00p.m. on Wednesdays (minimum days). Summer programs will take place 7:30a.m. - 6:00 p.m. weekdays beginning June 11, 2018.

"The Joe & Linda Aliberti Clubhouse will be an important community resource and asset for Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley families," said Bruce McPherson, Santa Cruz County 5th District Supervisor. "Now working parents and families will have an affordable, safe, fun and supported option for their children during out of school time."

Grand opening schedule 4/14:
11:00a.m. - Dedication Ceremony
12:00p.m. - Red Ribbon Cutting
12:00p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Bouncy House, 4-H Club petting zoo, family games and activities and youth bands and dance troupes.

Food and goodies for event attendees are being donated by Togos, Pacific Cookie Company and Dippin' Dots.

The Joe & Linda Aliberti Clubhouse features a 3,000 sq. ft. building and large outside play area. A "walking bus," with Club staff escorting students from Vine Hill Elementary School and Scotts Valley Middle School to the Club, will be available each day after school. Clubhouse programs and activities will include homework help and tutoring, computer and technology programs, arts and crafts projects, sports games and activities. Special program opportunities are also planned for youth 13 years and over.

"We're thrilled that Joe and Linda Aliberti's vision to provide a safe and supportive place for kids and teenagers is now a reality. Their unwavering belief in the project and what it will mean for kids has been inspirational," said BGCSCC Executive Director Bob Langseth. "We're looking forward to positively impacting the lives of children and the community throughout Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley."

For more information call 423-3138 or visit www.boysandgirlsclub.info.


Location: Joe & Linda Aliberti Clubhouse, 5060 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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Arboretum Spring Plant Sale
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Looking for drought-tolerant plants? Come to the Arboretum's Spring Plant Sale!
Date: 04/14/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Looking for drought-tolerant plants? Come to the Arboretum's Spring Plant Sale!

10 am to noon - Presale Open to Arboretum members and CNPS members
Noon to 4 pm - Open to the general public

In partnership with the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), the Arboretum's Spring Plant Sale will offer quality, regionally-friendly plants from both groups at great prices. 

 

Not a member of the Arboretum or CNPS and want to get in early? Join the Friends of the Arboretum on our website. Memberships for both organizations will be available at the gate on the day of the sale.

Knowledgeable Arboretum curators and staff will be on hand to assist customers with their plant selections, growing advice, and landscape design assistance.  You will find plenty of California natives and unique varieties found no other place. This is the year to replace a lawn with an attractive low maintenance low water usage landscape.

 

"Valet Wheelbarrow Service" will be available to assist shoppers in transporting their purchased plants to the parking area.

 

This year the sale offers colorful, water-wise succulents, small trees, and plentiful other plants from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and California. Many of the featured plants attract birds, particularly hummingbirds, and most of these can't be found at local nurseries or elsewhere in the state.

 

Not a member of the Arboretum or CNPS and want to get in early?  Join the Friends of the Arboretum on our website. Memberships for both organizations will be available at the gate on the day of the sale


Location: Arboretum Road, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz 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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Love Wins! 5K
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Live Like Coco
Kids 12 and under can participate in a free 1K, and earn a free book for finishing!
Date: 04/14/2018 at 9:00am


(0 March 2018) Live-Like-Coco_1K5K.jpgRegister now for Love Wins! , our third annual 5K run/walk/hike at Pinto Lake County Park in Watsonville. Kids 12 and under can participate in a free 1K, and earn a free book for finishing!

 

This event helps us fundraise for the Live Like Coco Foundation as well as 15 other local non-profits, such as CASA , Digital Nest , Jacob's Heart and more.

 

Join us for a beautiful run/walk or hike. Plus, food from Teen Kitchen Project, stick yoga, face painting, music from Morgen Smith and more! Family and friends can register for group discounts!


Register Now!

 


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Kite Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Come fly a kite Saturday!
Date: 04/14/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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
Wilder Back Country Tour
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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: 04/14/2018 at 9:00am


Wilder Backcountry Tour

Saturday, April 14 at 9am

On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike we'll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch parking lot. Bring good walking shoes, lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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All Means All: Positive Discipline for Children w/Special Needs
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
All Means All: Positive Discipline for Children w/Special Needs
Date: 04/14/2018 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $40

Co-sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Cabrillo College ECE Department, and the Infant Development Association of California, this conference features Keynote Speaker and Author Steven Foster, 4 workshops facilitated by professionals in the field, and a discussion panel -- all to support those caring for or working with children with a variety of special needs, learning differences, exposure to trauma, and challenging behaviors. Call Steve at 831-476-7284 x107 for more information.

 

FREE for Full-time Cabrillo Students and Cabrillo Faculty, FREE for Monterey County Service Providers.  $25 for UCSC Students and Cabrillo College ECE Alumni


Location: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive , Aptos 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: 04/14/2018 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Saturday, April 14 at 8am

Join Park Interpreter Jeremy Lin on a two-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.

 

This free event meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway 1 at Waddell Creek at 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport, CA 95017. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Events made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Coastal Wilflower Day
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State Park Francis
Live music, dance performances, food truck, artwork, games and educational activities for youth, guided nature walks, resources
Date: 04/14/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


The fifth annual Coastal Wildflower Day marks the start of California Native Plant Week, celebrating the native wildflowers of the San Mateo coast with activities for the whole family. Discover more about the seaside survivor's unique beauty and special features that help them thrive in a windy, sandy, salty environment. Events and activities include live music, dance performances, food truck, artwork, games and educational activities for youth, guided nature walks, resources to help you grow your own native plants, and a native plant sale.

Event is at Francis State Beach located at 95 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay, and another plant sale location at Venice Beach at the end of Venice Blvd. from 10 am to 2 pm. Event is free; parking is $10. Waling or bicycling is encourage. Heavy rain cancels.

For more information and a schedule of events please visit www.CoastalWildflowerDay.org or call (650) 726-8814, or e-mail HMBParksVolunteer@Parks.ca.gov

 

Event is made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, California Native Plant Society Santa Clara Valley Chapter, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.


Location: Francis State Beach, 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay 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: Every Su and Sa (Apr 8-Apr 14) at 9:30am


Berry Creek Falls Hike

Saturday, May 12 at 10:30am
Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 12-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 Kurt Leal will guide you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters.

 

Event is free; day use fee for vehicles 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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River Health Day
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Coastal Watershed Council
Revitalize river habitat in the heart of Santa Cruz at Coastal Watershed Council's monthly volunteer event.
Date: 04/15/2018 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: none

(0 April 2018) san_Lorenzo_Rver.jpgAs a volunteer you will enhance the ecosystem that surrounds the San Lorenzo River by planting beneficial native plants and removing invasive plant competitors. You will explore and learn about the riparian, or riverside, ecosystem. Join us in making the San Lorenzo River ecosystem better for the fish, birds and bugs, and for our community.

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


Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, Front St., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 464-9200 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Phenology Walk
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Arboretum
Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.
Date: 04/15/2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6

Phenology walks are back! Free with admission.

Please meet at Norrie's Gift Shop.

Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.

Phenology: nature's calendar: phenology is the timing of life cycle events, for example: when plants first bloom, birds migrate, and insects hatch.

Monitoring phenology is important: changing phenology is a key indicator of climate change. It is a hot topic in climate change research. You may have even observed phenology change without realizing it, like if you noticed plants in your garden blooming earlier during warm years.

YOU can collect phenology data and contribute to climate change research: The Garden Phenology Walk gathers data on seasonal changes in plants including when they leaf out, flower and form fruit. Help us monitor 18 permanently marked California native plants while touring the beautiful Native Plant Garden. Your data will be uploaded to the USA National Phenology Network's (link to USANPN) database for use in research, policy and land management.

Help us collect data:Come to a workshop: Phenology researcher Karen Tanner provides hands-on data collection training.

Note: New time slot for sessions. Space is limited, advanced registration is recommended. (eventful link)


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Kids Day 2018
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Downtown Association
A fun day of performances, activities, face painting, treasure hunts, and more!
Date: 04/15/2018 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Visit downtown info kiosk for questions

The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz presents Kid's Day 2018!
Kid's Day is a revival of a beloved Downtown annual celebration that will take place on April 15th, 2018 from 11am-5pm. Exhibitors will line the sidewalks of Pacific Ave. from Water St. to Cathcart St. with fun activities and resources for the youth in our community. Many downtown businesses will be offering discounts and specials for kid's. Join us for a fun day of performances, activities, face painting, treasure hunts, and more!


Location: 1134 Pacific Ave. , Santa Cruz Map
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Secret Film Festival
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Del Mar Theater
Runs from midnight until noon with screenings of only Santa Cruz premiere films
Date: Every day (Apr 14-Apr 15) from 11:59pm to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Spend the night in the theater! The 13th Annual Secret Film Festival runs from midnight until noon with screenings of only Santa Cruz premiere films. Titles are not revealed until each screening begins. What will they be this year? Get your jammies and bunny slippers ready for a movie night experience like no other.

 


Location: 1124 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Quilt Show
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Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild
Date: Every day (Apr 13-Apr 15)
Admission Fees: $7 for all three days

Annual Quilt Show! A Do Not Miss Event!

(0 April 2018) MontereyPeninsulaQuiltersGuild.jpgMonterey Bay Quilt Show: April 13-15.

 

And if you come to our show, don't miss out on the "Wild Flowers Through the Eyes of Quilter" at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History next door -- between the show and Back Porch Fabric.


Location: Chautauqua Hall, 16th St at Central, Pacific Grove Map
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30th Annual Santa Cruz Bonsai
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Santa Cruz Bonsai
Come and see club members' trees on display at the 30th annual bonsai show
Date: Every day (Apr 14-Apr 15) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all

(0 April 2018) bonsai.jpgThe Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai is a local club devoted to promoting and teaching bonsai as an art form. The beautifully exhibited trees may be seen from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days and are the product of many years of horticultural development and artistic creativity. A bonsai is actually a living sculpture and an art form that dates back at least 3000 years.


For 29 years, members of the Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai have showcased their trees at the annual show. This year will be the 30th event in this grand tradition, an amazing legacy for the Santa Cruz community at large.

 

The exhibition will feature live demonstrations by Jonas Dupuich and Sensei Katsumi Kinoshta. There will be Taiko drummers, tree sales and raffles on both days.

 


Location: MAH, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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The quilts are back!
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Beautiful quilts on exhibit!
Date: Every day (Dec 11-Apr 15)
Admission Fees: Free - $5

(0 Dec 2017) Quilt-Flowers.jpgThe quilts are back!
The Museum has partnered with the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild for a new temporary exhibit, "Wildflowers Through a Quilter's Eyes," beginning with an opening reception on Monday, December 11th, from 6-8 p.m. This temporary exhibit will be on display through mid-April.


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Pictured are quilts from last year's reception.
#Quilts #Quilters #Monterey #PacificGrove

 


Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
Phone: 831-648-5716 •website Pacific Grovecreate a direct event link
Science Sunday
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Masters of Concealment, secretive cougars
Date: 04/15/2018 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: ALL Admission Fees: General Admission Fees apply

(0 April 2018) Seymour_CougarKitten.jpgColby Anton, Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Studies, UCSC
Biologist, Yellowstone Cougar Project

In honor of Earth Day, we take a special look at our country's first national park.

What does it take to track down one of the most elusive species in some of America's harshest winter environments? For many years, biologists in Yellowstone National Park have been searching the backcountry for signs of wild cougars. Like most predators in western North America, cougars suffered widespread population declines following intensive predator eradication in the early 1900s. Despite this, cougars persisted due to their secretive behavior and the inaccessibility of the vast wilderness in the Yellowstone area.

Join Colby Anton on a visual journey to Yellowstone National Park where scientists have been at the forefront of large carnivore conservation for decades.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Homeschooling Parent Support Group
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Discovery Learning Center
Get the support you need
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No children except nursing babies

Homeschool Parent Support Group 7-9 pm. Free. New Location!

 

Ongoing support group for parents who are homeschooling, 2nd Monday of every month. This is an adults and babies in arms event. Prospective homeschool families welcome, too!

 

Discovery Learning Center


Location: Discovery Learning Center, 224 Walnut, Santa Cruz Map
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School Day Tours at Gateway School
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Gateway School
Come and learn how our teachers use innovative teaching informed by research to inspire a love of learning.
Date: 04/17/2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: K-8

We hope you will join us for our March School Day Tours to experience first hand our dynamic classrooms in action. Tour our K-8th grade and specialist classes in action. Come and learn how our teachers use innovative teaching informed by research to inspire a love of learning. Meet parent ambassadors, students and Head of School.


Gateway School is an independent K-8 academically challenging Progressive school. Our education is rooted in play, creativity, and critical thinking. During their time at Gateway, students develop self-confidence, communication and collaborative skills. We value a love of learning and encourage our students to become compassionate and responsible citizens. Gateway has long been a leader in innovative learning techniques - it was the first school in Santa Cruz to establish a Life Lab, the first to build a Maker's Space, and the first to institute a mindfulness program.


Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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Robo Sumo
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Library Garfield Park
Build and compete with Sumo wrestling robots
Date: Every Tues from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 7 to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

(0 January 2018) sumorobots.jpgTry your hand at the not-so-ancient-art of building Sumo wrestling robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS.

 

NOT A DROP-IN PROGRAM: pre-registration is required for this twelve week series for youth ages 7 to 18.

 

Class size is limited to 16.

 

E-mail pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831.427.7717 to register.


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Does your child enjoy art? Science?
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Library Scotts Valley
Kids ages 6-10 are invited to craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science.
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month (Jan 17-May 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Peer Led STEAM

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Does your child enjoy art? Science?

CASE stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive

Kids ages 6-10 are invited to craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science. The goal is to involve kids in art using their own creativity. Parents are welcome to observe and learn but the art is for the kids.

Starts January 17

  • Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Scotts Valley Library • 251 Kings Village Rd.

 

At the first class kids will experiment with Zentangle Snowflakes. Every class will involve art and the science behind the art.

 

Anna is a junior at Scotts Valley High School. She has fond memories of the art and craft classes at Scotts Valley Library when she was younger and wants to replicate those memories for other Scotts Valley kids.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 210-6551 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
CASE Art, stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive
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Library Scotts Valley
Kids in art by using their own creativity while learning about the relationship between art and science
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month (Jan 17-May 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-10

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) has announced a new ongoing STEAM program for kids set to begin on January 17th, 2018 and continue every third Wednesday of the month from 2:00pm - 4:00pm through May at the Scotts Valley Library.

 

The program, called CASE Art, stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive. This new monthly class for ages 6-10 involves kids in art by using their own creativity while learning about the relationship between art and science. Parents are welcome to observe and learn, but the art is for the kids.  At the first class kids will experiment with Zentangle Snowflakes. Every class will involve art and the science behind the art.

 

"Learning about the relationship between art and science at an early way is a great way to get young children on the path to academic success," says Library Director Susan Nemitz. "And we have noticed that kids really enjoy learning from other kids."

 

The class is led by Scotts Valley High School student Anna, who is in her junior year. She has fond memories of the art and craft classes at Scotts Valley Library when she was younger and wants to create similar memories for other Scotts Valley kids.


Location: 251 Mount Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Genealogy Research Group
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Library La Selva Beach
Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Genealogy Research Group

 

This new group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month to explore genealogy related research topics. Learn how to use the resources paid for by the library as well as other online sources to find all kinds of genealogical information. Laptops are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own as well.

 

Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for hands-on research using the library's databases and internet resources. We will have laptops available for your use.


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Campus Tour
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Mount Madonna School
Come visit Mount Madonna School
Date: 04/18/2018 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All with school-age children Admission Fees: Free

Small classes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring hands-on science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology studies on Catalina Island, buddy program, visual and performing arts. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonna.org


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


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

 

Note: Special Theme: Film and Television


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
Date: 04/19/2018 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: 10 and older Admission Fees: General Admission Fees apply

"This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California's rare coastal lagoons. A tour is offered on selected Thursdays and Sundays of each month beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are open to the public and free with paid admission to the Seymour Center. They are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Children (ages 10-16) receive free admission for these special tours. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Water and weather protection is strongly suggested. Space is limited to 14 participants. Advance reservations and advance payment required. Call 831-459-3800."


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Art Reception for Native Son by Ed Penniman
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pin Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative
Meet the artist, mingle with fellow community members, enjoy local wines, and snack on small bites. Artwork on display is for sa
Date: 04/19/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm


(0 April 2018) EdPenniman.jpgSanta Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative invites you to join us for an art reception celebrating Native Son by Ed Penniman! Meet the artist, mingle with fellow community members, enjoy local wines, and snack on small bites. Artwork on display is for sale and all proceeds from art sales go directly to the artist.

About the artist:
Born in the artistic community of Santa Cruz & mentored by his grandmother, Lenora N. Penniman, who was one of the "Santa Cruz Three" famed women landscape painters of the 1920-40s, Penniman is a graduate of Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles.

His familiarity with the coastal landscape of Santa Cruz inspired his first oil painting at the age of twelve. Familiarity alone can't account for the dreamlike vibrancy & spirituality that radiates from his landscapes. They are, in many important respects, inner vignettes that transmit the deep appreciation for life of a man who has been to the brink of death & made a comeback. Penniman is an artist living out his second life: a life infused with humility, awe & gratitude.

The exhibition is curated by Mary Anne Carson, Director of the Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative, and Janet Silverglate, and will be on display through November 2, 2018.


Location: 720 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Walk Through the Grades
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Come See Why Waldorf Works
Date: 04/19/2018 from 8:30am to 10:30am


Join us for a guided tour through the grades classrooms followed by time for questions. Adults only please.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students' individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
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Fashion Teens
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Fashion Teens
Teens show off their fashion creations, many of them from upcycled materials
Date: 04/20/2018 at 7:30pm


(0 April 2018) FashionArt_Teens.jpgSanta Cruz photographer r.r. jones, adjusts the lighting on Simone Evenson during an all-day photo shoot of the winning entries for FashionTEENS 2018.

 

Evenson's dress, which she created with Audrey Pierson in their art class at Mission Hill Middle School, features photos of her parents' wedding across the skirt and collar, and a bodice pattern created from slides of her parents' childhood.

 

FashionTEENS is an annual spring fashion show at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, created by local artist and teacher Kathleen Crocetti. Teens compete to participate, and many of the submissions use upcycled materials.

 

This year's event takes place Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. One hundred and twenty teens from sixteen Santa Cruz County Middle Schools and High Schools will model fashions they designed and constructed.

 

Tickets are available at santacruztickets.com. More information at fashionteensantacruz.com. (Crystal Birns - Contributed)

 


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Cinderella
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Aptos High
'80s themed, with some seriously big hair and totally tubular costumes-think Cinderella meets an '80s workout video
Date: Every day (Apr 13-Apr 21)


Aptos High Presents 'Cinderella'

popouts1815-cinderellaEveryone knows the story of Cinderella, so Aptos High School has a bit of a twist to keep things interesting. The musical production will be '80s themed, with some seriously big hair and totally tubular costumes-think Cinderella meets an '80s workout video.

 

Few things sound more entertaining than Cinderella right out of a John Hughes movie. The musical is directed by drama teacher Stacy Aronovici and Aptos High student Quinn Youngs, and features more than 50 students in the cast and crew.

 

Puppetry and a full orchestra will add a bit more enchantment to the evening.

 

INFO: Opens 7 p.m. Friday, April 13 and runs through Saturday, April 21. 

$10/$11 general admission. $8/$9 students and seniors. TICKETS

 

Friday, April 13 @ 7 PM

Saturday, April 14 @ 7 PM

Sunday, April 15 @ 2 Pm

Friday, April 20 @ 7 PM

Saturday, April 21 @1: 30 PM AND 7 PM

Online Reserved tickets available now at:

<a href="http://aptos.seatyourself.biz">Click here to purchase tickets</a>

$10 Adults, $8 Students, Seniors, Educators; $6 Kids 12 & under

 

At Door (subject to availability): $11, $9, $7

Doors and box office open 1/2 our before curtain.


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Earth Day Bioblitz
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Coastal Watershed Council
Learn about, identify and record all the living species within an ecosystem
Date: 04/21/2018 from 9:00am to 10:30pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 Ads Camp 2018) Earthday_Bioblitz.jpg BioBlitz is community science event where people learn about, identify and record all the living species they can identify within an ecosystem. A BioBlitz provides a snapshot of the biodiversity and can be used as a tool for residents and researchers to learn about their biotic community.

On Earth Day and World Fish Migration Day 2018, you're invited to join the Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for the 2nd Annual BioBlitz along the San Lorenzo River at the Tannery Arts Center. During the event we will apply our naturalist skills and learning from the Exploring the San Lorenzo River series to identify the life around us. Work with fellow naturalists, nature enthusiasts, scientists, and volunteers to study and record the biodiversity along the lower San Lorenzo River.

All ages and experience levels are welcome. If you are a biologist or a wiz at identifying birds, plants, bugs, or fungi, you can join us as an expert! Email education@santacruzmuseum.org to learn how you can help.


Location: Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St, Santa Cruz Map
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Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Pictorial images of Water in the San Lorenzo Valley and surrounding area.
Date: 04/21/2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 April 2018) Apricots2.jpgJoin Robin Chapman, author and former TV news anchor, for a presentation on the history of the apricot in Silicon valley from the Mission Period to the post WWII subdivision of family orchards.

Copies of her book will be available at the talk.


Location: Highlands Park Senior Center, 8500 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond Map
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Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
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State Park Mission
Follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt...spin your own wool
Date: 04/21/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving

Saturday, April 21 at 1pm

How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. Try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. Event is free. 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
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Earthday Rver Cleanup
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Save Our Shores
You're needed for Earthday River cleanups
Date: 04/21/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


(0 April 2018) EarthDay_RiverCleanup.jpgJoin us this Earth Day to keep the San Lorenzo River Levee clean before the Earth Day Festivities in town! Sign ups are required for this cleanup.


MEET UP LOCATION

Meet us at the Mimi de Marta Park parking lot.

SIGN UPS

Sign ups are required for this event. Please go here to do so.

MORE DETAILS
We recommend that all volunteers dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a filled reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

 

All of Save Our Shores cleanups happen rain or shine. As always, if you have any questions please contact emma@saveourshores.org

See you on the river,

 

 

April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Where: Mimi de Marta Park
119 Broadway
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
USA
Contact: Emma Chiaroni 8314625660 ext 2

 

 


Location: Mimi de Marta Park, 119 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Earth Day at State Parks
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California State Parks
Celebrate Earth Day working in a state park!
Date: 04/21/2018 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 April 2018) StatePark_Welcome.jpgSave the date for our 20th Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup

On Saturday, April 21, thousands of volunteers throughout California will construct and update structures for ADA compliance, clear trash and clean graffiti, remove invasive plants and replace them with native species, renovate campgrounds, maintain trails, and more in celebration of our 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

 

With the help of grant funds and many volunteers, 40 state parks will get support to complete special projects and needed maintenance on this day of service.

 

Participating parks

Santa Cruz
Lighthouse Field State Beach

Natural Bridges State Beach

Seabright State Beach

 

Monterey State Beaches
Panther
Rio Del Mar
4 Mile
New Brighton
Asilomar
Monterey
Sea Cliff
Carmel River

 

Volunteer registration will begin in early March.


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Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Learn about the river during the 2nd Annual Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series!
Date: Every Sa (Feb 3-Apr 21) at 10:00am

Special Instructions: See varying meet locations

(0 January 2018) SanLorenzoRiverExploring.jpgThe San Lorenzo River watershed is home to you and me, AND all sorts of birds and bugs, fish and fungus, plants and amphibians. Learn about the wildlife that lives in and along the river during the 2nd Annual Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series!

Join expert birders, wildlife specialists, and fisheries biologists on guided walks along the river, to learn and connect with this beautiful natural resource in our own backyards. At the culmination of these walks we will celebrate Earth Day with a citizen science "BioBlitz" to capture biodiversity data along the river.

The following tours alternate between locations in the upper and lower watershed:

February 3 - Becoming Naturalists. Great for families!
February 10 - Birds of the lower San Lorenzo River. Great for families!
February 17 - The River through Time
February 24 - Fungus Among Us
March 3 - TBD
March 10 - Amphibians and Climate Change
March 17 - Salmon Spawning and Life Cycles*
Following the State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium.
March 24 - TBD
March 31 - San Lorenzo Salmonid Habitats
April 7 - NO WALK - Spring Break
April 14 - Bringing Stickleback!
April 21: Special Earth Day Bio Blitz

This FREE tour series is hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Coastal Watershed Council and is sponsored by the San Lorenzo Valley Water District and ClifBar Family Foundation.


Location: San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz Map
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World® Cultural Festival
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Rotary Club of Monterey
Enjoy dozens of exciting international performances and unique cultural activities
Date: 04/21/2018 from 10:30pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival in Monterey, CA

 

Save the date!  Enjoy dozens of exciting international performances and unique cultural activities at the free Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival 

 

(0 April 2018) LanaguageFestival2018.jpgIt's a fantastic feast for the senses - sights, sounds, flavors, colors and more! Bring your family and friends to enjoy dozens of exciting international performances and unique cultural activities at the free 4th Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Convenient (paid) parking is available in the City of Monterey Waterfront, East Garage and West Garage parking lots.

 

Held in the heart of historic Old Monterey, adjacent to Downtown Monterey and Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf in the Custom House Plaza, the 4th Annual "Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival" highlights Monterey's rich language, culture, and international affairs capabilities, as well as its Sister City relationships.  

 

Fun for all ages, the free Festival features hundreds of performers of dances and authentic music from a variety of international cultures that represent many different languages. The Festival offers an array of ethnic crafts, interactive exhibits from the flagship foreign language and culture institutions of higher learning, as well as many language and culture mini-lessons. There will be delicious international food offered by many vendors from around the world.

 

Attendees will be treated to an array of fabulous international dances, music and colorful costumes. Festival performances this year will include:

Russian Folk Group Kalinka (Russian)

Om Shanti Om Indian Bollywood Dane Group (Indian)

Dragon Dance (Chinese)

Korean Monsori Samulnori Band (Korean),

Fil-Am Community Cultural Dancers (Philippine)

Viet Entertainment Group (Vietnamese)

MBCA Chinese Falk Dance Group (Chinese)

Afghan Bacha Khani (Afghane)

Azahar Flamenco de Monterey (Spain)

Chinese Day Camp at TheLyceum.org (Chinese)

Korean Fan Dance Group (Korean)

Monterey Bay Healing Tao Taiji Qigong (Chinese).

 

More information: www.lcowfest.com


Location: Custom House Plaza, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
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Hike to Buzzard's Roost
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State Park Big Basin
Moderate two-mile climb going out, easy return, not recommended for small children
Date: 04/21/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Hike to Buzzard’s Roost

Saturday, April 21 at 10am

Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5-mile round trip to Buzzard’s Roost. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hike to a dramatic rock formation with a commanding view of the park. We gain 1,200 feet in elevation on the way up. After a relaxed lunch on the rocks, we return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free. Day-use vehicle fee 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
Earth Day Santa Cruz
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City of Santa Cruz
Activities for all ages, delicious food and live music!
Date: 04/21/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(A April 2016) Earth-Day-SC_Children2.jpgSanta Cruz Earth Day, a fun celebration of the environment and the San Lorenzo River for all age groups, is presented by the City of Santa Cruz, the County of Santa Cruz, Ecology Action and the Coastal Watershed Council. The festival will be held at San Lorenzo Park Benchlands behind the County Government Center. In case of rain, the event will be held in the County Government Center parking lot.

 

Earth Day  will feature over 90 educational and green retail booths, many kids' activities, an electric vehicle showcase, live music, delicious food, a beer garden and much more.

 

The Kids' Zone will feature an arts and crafts activity area, face painting and tumbling/gymnastics. A free rock climbing wall is open to all ages. Students from four local schools will display their Environmental Classroom Challenge projects with winners announced onstage at noon.

 

Main Stage Entertainment

  • Live Music from SambaDá
  • Recycled Fashion Show
  • Environmental School Challenge Awards

 

 

Kid Friendly Activities

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Gymnastics/Tumbling Area
  • Climbing Wall
  • Face Painting
  • Music with Mothersong

 

Some Other Highlight

  • Upcycled Art DIY Worshop with Chris Allen
  • Electric Vehicle Showcase- test drive a TESLA
  • Delicious Vegetarian Food
  • Beer Garden
  • Photo Booth

 


Location: San Lorenzo Park Benchlands, 137 Dakota Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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SPIN
'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm


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


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


NOTE: Child care is NOT provided at these meetings.


Location: 820 Bay Ave, Capitola Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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WPENS Open House
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Westside Parent Education Nursery School
Open House - Wpens is not just a preschool its a family!
Date: 04/21/2018 from 10:00am to 11:30pm


We are enrolling for Fall, ages 2 to 5. Meet the teachers and talk to parents to find out why WPENS is their school of choice. Wpens is a nonprofit parent coop preschool with positive discipline and parent education seminars. Join our community. Wpens is not just a preschool its a family!


Location: WPENS, 1231 Bay Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314293995 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Love is a Four-Legged Word
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Santa Cruz SPCA
Images of the winning posters will be made into an awesome calendar!
Date: 04/21/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


(0 Ads Camp 2018) SPCA_PosterContest.jpgCalling all young artists! Ready to put your creativity to work for the animals of the Santa Cruz SPCA? Each year, we honor "Be Kind to Animals Week" - the first week in May - with a themed poster contest open to any student in grades K-12.

 

This year's theme is "Love is a Four-Legged Word," and we want our youth to show us what loving our four legged friends looks like. Images of the winning posters will be made into an awesome calendar! Visit the "poster contest" tab on our Humane Education page for more deets! ---> https://spcasc.org/humane-education/

 


Location: 2685 Chanticleer Av, Santa Cruz Map
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Paint This! El Capitan
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Palace Art & Office Supply
We're super excited to be hosting a very special one-day art workshop
Date: 04/21/2018 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $65/person

(0 April 2018) Palace_ElCapitan.jpg"Moonrise El Capitan," by California Impressionist John Marshall Gamble, is our subject for this new Paint Along workshop. It's a great lesson in dynamic use of color and creative brushwork.

Toaa Dallo will guide you with step-by-step instructions, making this workshop ideal for beginners and anyone who loves to create art. The cost is just $65 and includes all the materials, canvas, and paints.

This workshop is brought to you in partnership with Gamblin Oil Colors.

Reserve your space today. Call/Text Toaa at (831) 332-9532, or email him at toaadallo@sbcglobal.net.


Location: 41st Avenue, Capitola Map
Phone: 831-332-9532 •website Capitola create a direct event link
Book Sale at Aptos Library
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Library Aptos
Support your libraries by coming to the Aptos Book Sale and finding new life-changing books
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

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

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

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
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Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Sep 16-May 19) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
Start to develop a better understanding of how to manage your personal finances. Learn about a different topic on the 3rd Saturday of each month with George Haas and Anthony Rovai, financial advisers at Money Concepts Capital Corporation. Start getting your personal finances in shape. The series starts on September 16th and runs through May.


Note: Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg

 


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way - Training/Cert.
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way
Date: Every day (Apr 20-Apr 21) from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $135
Special Instructions: $135 for those living/working in Santa Cruz County. Free for Monterey County Service Providers.

This is the Positive Discipline Association's official 2-DAY (13 hour) training that certifies people as PD Parent Educators so that they can professionally instruct PD parenting classes. Continuing Education credit, a PD Book, and a PD Facilitator Manual all included. Call Steve at 831-476-7284 x107 for more information.


Location: Watsonville Community Hospital, 75 Nielson Street , Wa Map
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Exploring the San Lorenzo River: Earth Day BioBlitz
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Exploring the San Lorenzo River: Earth Day BioBlitz
Date: 04/21/2018 from 9:00am to 10:30am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free event
Special Instructions: Registration encouraged.

(0 April 2018) BioBlitz2.jpgThe San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and funghi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem during the 2nd Annual Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Coastal Watershed Council. Learn from local naturalists, scientists and artists during this FREE weekly series, held at a different location along the river every Saturday now through April 21.

Saturday, April 21: Earth Day BioBlitz

A BioBlitz is a period of biological surveying where people photograph and record all the living species they can identify within a designated area. A BioBlitz provides a snapshot of the biodiversity and can be used as a tool for further study by scientists and researchers who would like to learn more about the population size and distribution of certain organisms.

On Earth Day 2018, you're invited to join the Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for the 2nd Annual BioBlitz along the San Lorenzo River. This is the culminating event of the Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series. What better way to put your new knowledge of the San Lorenzo River ecosystem and wicked identification skills to use. Work with fellow naturalists, nature enthusiasts, scientists, and volunteers to study and record the biodiversity along the lower San Lorenzo River.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/event/exploring-san-lorenzo-river-bioblitz/ to register for this free event and to find out the exact meeting location.


Location: Tannery Arts Center, (Riparian corridor behind Tannery Bldg.), Santa Cruz Map
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Earth Week
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Earth Week 2018 - Iit's a beautiful bike ride through the fields to Seymour Center at the edge of the ocean!
Date: Every day (Apr 17-Apr 22) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: ALL Admission Fees: FREE

Each April, our Earth Week celebration includes free admission for anyone arriving via people power (bicycle, walking, etc.) or via public transportation. Learn more about the big blue planet called Earth. The Seymour Center thanks you for doing your part to reduce your carbon emissions!


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Drop in Family Craft
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State Park Mission
Sunday, November 5 Luminaria; Sunday, November 19 Ramillettas
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su (Apr 8-Apr 22) from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz.

Drop In Family Craft

Sunday, April 8 from 1pm to 3:30pm Papal Picado

Sunday, April 22 from 1pm to 3:30pm Paper Poppies

Enjoy an informal afternoon creating and crafting at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Event is free. 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: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
Date: 04/22/2018 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: 10 and older Admission Fees: General Admission Fees apply

"This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California's rare coastal lagoons. A tour is offered on selected Thursdays and Sundays of each month beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are open to the public and free with paid admission to the Seymour Center. They are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Children (ages 10-16) receive free admission for these special tours. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Water and weather protection is strongly suggested. Space is limited to 14 participants. Advance reservations and advance payment required. Call 831-459-3800."


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Earth Day/Day of the Child
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City of Watsonville
Activities, information and food!
Date: 04/22/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Earth Day/Day of the Child 

Join us for the Annual Watsonville Earth Day - Day of the Child on at the historic Watsonville City Plaza. Over 6 sponsors, 9 City Divisions, and 50 organizations join to offer free kids activities and information on services available to local families. This festival is such a special opportunity for the community since local kids can perform on stage and have tons of fun while learning about our town in Spanish and English! Earth Day and Day of the Child are perfect holidays to celebrate as one. Earth Day is the day we should all consider how to help protect our environment and the resources we use for the future.

 

Day of the Child is a Latin American holiday dedicated to the wonderful young children. We are "Together for a beautiful and healthy Watsonville" now and for the future. 

2018 Earth Day/Day of the Child Flyer


Location: Watsonville City Plaza, 358 Main St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3107 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Explore California's Wild Edge Prints by Tom Killion
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MAH
This exhibition invites you to explore California's coastal edge through prints by woodcut artist Tom Killion
Date: Every day (Jan 12-Apr 22)


Explore California's Wild Edge, Prints by Tom Killion

 

California's Wild Edge; Prints by Tom Killion: Jan 12 2018 - April 22 2018

Natural Bridge, Tom Killion, woodblock print

"The edge where the Sea meets land, the coast, is where we face true wilderness." - Tom Killion


This exhibition invites you to explore California's coastal edge through prints by woodcut artist Tom Killion alongside poems selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Gary Snyder. 

 

Tom Killion was born and raised in Mill Valley, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. Since childhood, he was moved by the rugged scenery of Marin County and Northern California.  Tom creates landscape prints using linoleum and wood, strongly influenced by the traditional Japanese Ukiyo-ë style of Hokusai and Hiroshige. This exhibition will feature a series of woodblock prints Tom made in honor of Santa Cruz County's breathtaking landscapes. From Natural Bridges to Wilder Ranch, visit your favorite Santa Cruz coastal and woodland sanctuaries through Tom's exquisite line work and crisp colors.

 

This exhibition is made possible through generous sponsorship from the following organizations and individuals: Scharf Investments, Nordic Naturals; UC Santa Cruz Arts; UC Santa Cruz Alumni; Julie Packard; Robert Stephens; Sarah Stephens; Terry, Asha, and Val Cole; the Aceves-London Family Fund; Wayne Palmer & Earleen Overend, and MAH members like you.


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831 763 4047 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: Every Su (Apr 7-Apr 28) at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 4/7, 21, 28

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, April 7 at 10:30am

Saturday, April 21 at 10:30am

Saturday, April 28 at 10:30am

Join a Big Basin Docent on one of our most diverse hikes-by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You'll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free. Day-use vehicle 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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Film: Race to Nowhere
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SANTA CRUZ HIGH SCHOOL
Race to Nowhere continues to be an enduring touchstone for parents and educators seeking to make change in their school communit
Date: 04/22/2018 at 4:00pm


(0 April 2018) race-to-nowhere.jpgThe enlightening film, 'Race to Nowhere' will be presented by Santa Cruz High School. The film's Director, Vicki Abeles will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening. Please reserve a seat here if you're interested in the Sunday, April 22nd showing from 4:00 PM to 6:15 PM

 

Race to Nowhere is a film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. The film has become the centerpiece of a nationwide, grassroots movement for the transformation of education. Seven years after its initial release, Race to Nowhere continues to be an enduring touchstone for parents and educators seeking to make change in their school communities.

 


Location: Santa Cruz High School Auditori, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 925 310 4242 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Our Town
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Center Stage
"We all know that something is eternal. And it ain't houses and it ain't names, and it ain't even the stars. There's something w
Date: Every day (Apr 6-Apr 22)


(0 March 2018) OurTown.jpgOUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder

This is an invitation to re-discover a beloved classic of the American theater, Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN, coming to the stage in Santa Cruz in early April.

 

OUR TOWN is set in the idealized small town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire in the early years of the 20th century. Life was simpler then, to be sure, and the play invites reflection on how our country has changed in the past century. But Wilder's "Our Town" is more, much more, than a nostalgic look at an earlier time, for Grover's Corner is also our own town, our own life. We too, like the families in the play, make breakfast, go to work, celebrate birthdays, get sick, get drunk, get married, raise children, and endure trouble, and yes, we also die. The play is less about a particular time than about time itself, the passing ephemeral quality of all life.

 

And beyond this, the play evokes and celebrates the luminous, extraordinary, even the sacred, quality of our everyday life in every time and every place. As the Stage Manager, whose folksy commentary moves the play along, puts it: "We all know that something is eternal. And it ain't houses and it ain't names, and it ain't even the stars. There's something way down deep that's eternal about every human being."

 

Now more than ever, amid the vulgarity, fears, turmoil and divisions of our public life, OUR TOWN lifts up that larger sense of perspective or context that gives significance and meaning to our individual lives and relationships. We too dwell, as young Rebecca reminds us, in "the United States of America... the Earth... the Universe, and the Mind of God."

 

Performance Information:

  • Performances take place at Center Stage (previously Actor's Theatre), 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz three weekends in April 2018: 6-8, 13-15, 20-22.
  • Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM; Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM.
  • Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets OR, if available, at the door: General Admission $25; Reduced Price $10 (teachers/students/anyone of limited means)
  • For further information, contact Suzanne Sturn, director: suzansturn@sbcglobal.net or (831) 662-2238

 

 


Location: 1001 0center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Young People's Chess Club
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Library Central
Newcomers welcome!
Date: Every Tues (Feb 13-May 29) from 3:45pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

Chess for Young People at the Library


Aptos Branch Library ~ Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm


Downtown Branch Library ~ 2nd, 3rd, 4th Saturdays from 2-3:30pm


For more information, email pro@santacruzpl.org or call
(831)427-7717


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Homeschool Art and Science
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Art Factory
Homeschool Art and Science, Tues 1:30 - 3:00pm or Weds 10:30am - 12:00pm
Date: Every Tues (Jan 16-May 22) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 5-7 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

Students enjoy this fun, positive & relaxed environment where they can explore materials, follow their creativity, naturally deepen their concentration and enhance their visual perception of the world around them. The subject matter in this class is Biology-based, with in-depth studies of plant life, animals, insects, fish & humans. Mediums include, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media collage.

A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Weds 10:30am - 12:00pm


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library La Selva Beach
Connect | Inspire | Inform
Date: Every Tues (Feb 13-May 22) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park.

 

The program takes aSpring break: March 30 to April 9, 2018 (resuming April 10, 2018)


Location: 316 Estrella Ave, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: (831) 427-7710 •websitecreate a direct event link
Sewing Class
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Art Factory
Sewing Classes
Date: Every Tues (Jan 16-May 22) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6-12 Admission Fees: $105/month

This class is for students who love to sew and create mixed media art with textiles as the main component. As students progress, there will be occasional machine sewing. Projects include art pieces, wearable art, functional objects and more.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Tuesday Talks on Emergency Preparedness
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Library Boulder Creek
Get together and stay prepared
Date: Every Tues from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 February 2018) EmergencyPreparedness.jpgNEW!TUESDAY TALKS:

 

Emergency Preparedness

Get together and stay prepared

• 7:00pm - 8:30pm • Boulder Creek


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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Library Aptos
A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

One-on-One Tech Tutoring


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

 

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

 

First-come, First-served. FREE


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Code Combat
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Library Central
Learn basic coding skills easily
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Dec 14) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

SCPL'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!


Additional Information

CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game. Our courses have been specifically playtested to excel in the classroom, even for teachers with little to no prior programming experience.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707x7648 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
The Buzz About Local Santa Cruz Bees
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Explore ongoing research focused on local bee diversity.
Date: 04/25/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $12 General | $6 Child | Members 50% off

(0 April 2018) Bees_Workshop.jpgThe Buzz About Local Santa Cruz Bees

April 25 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Click HERE to Register

Location:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Talk will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

About the talk:

There are many kinds of bees busily pollinating plants around Santa Cruz. Explore ongoing research focused on local bee diversity. Why are bee populations declining and how can community members support bees with home gardens? Learn about bee diversity and enjoy some bee-inspired poetry and art from UC Santa Cruz undergraduates concerned about bee decline.

 

About the speaker:

Hamutahl Cohen is a Ph.D. Student in the Environmental Studies Department at the UC Santa Cruz. Her research looks at how agricultural intensification and urbanization impact threatened bee populations. Hamutahl conducts most of her research in urban gardens and farms along the Central Coast of California, including Santa Cruz. She works with domesticated honey bees and mason bees but is also fascinated by the diversity of native bee pollinators in California.

 

**Love bees? On April 14 we will host a science illustration workshop focused on California's bees! CLICK HERE to learn more.

 


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
5 Steps to Connect: Become the CEO of your Reactions
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Allison Livingston
Learn the Biology of Parenting
Date: Every Wed (Mar 28-May 2) from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: Parents adults Admission Fees: $100 for 5 sessions
Special Instructions: Bring a friend, split the cost

Inviting all Santa Cruz Parents! (Especially ones with challenging kids!) Starts this Wednesday 9:30am-11am 3/28 (skip 4/4) for 5 sessions. The benefit is to learn the Biology of Parenting so we don't direct our upset AT our kids when we get stressed, frustrated and overwhelmed. Instead learn the 5 Steps to Connect tools to become the CEO of our reactions so we can notice and work with them, THEN teach and connect. To Register: allison@5StepsToConnect.com
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Location: 5 Steps To Connect, 145 Riviera Dr, Aptos Map
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Play & Talk! Play Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Toddlers 18-30 months & Parents

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


Location: 1740 17th Av, Capitola Map
Phone: 831.476.7284 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 4th Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-8621 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Free Homework Help
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Library Garfield Park
Connect | Inspire | Inform
Date: Every Wed and Th (Feb 14-May 23) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

 

The program takes Spring break: March 30 to April 9, 2018 (resuming April 10, 2018)


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7709 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Better Choices, Better Health
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 12:30pm


Better Choices, Better Health Workshop (10:00 AM-12:30 PM)

A free 6-week series of educational workshops in partnership with The Health Trust offers peer counseling and support for persons living with the challenges of ongoing health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol. Learn about stress management, dealing with pain and fatigue, weight management and decision-making.

 

Workshops are designed to be engaging and fun. For more information call 408-961-9877 or email bcbh@healthtrust.org Pre-registration required

 


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Girls Night Out
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Art Factory
Treat yourself to some time with the girls, wine and cheese and a create evening. Call Yvette for schedule!
Date: Every Fri from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Friday Night Girl's Night Out!

 

Bring friends, make friends! Join us on a Friday evenings to learn the art of needle felting, miniature fairy/succulent gardens, painting/collage or to create a vision board to launch you into the next phase of your life. These inspiring evenings will provide you with detailed instruction, delightful company and an art piece to take home with you!

 

If you would like to book a private GNO with your group of 5 or more, please call The Art Factory to make arrangements. We will cover any of the mediums listed above or will customize the project to your request.

 

Call Yvette at The Art Factory for more information and to reserve space! 831-688-8862


Location: Redwood Village #15, 9099 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Drawing Class Ages 7-12
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids ages 7-12
Date: Every Fri (Jan 12-May 25) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

This class is for students who want to deepen their ability to draw what they see. Learning to look is the foundation of this drawing class, set in a positive & relaxed environment. Confidence soars when visual connections are made and renderings improve. A "Drawing Sketch Book" is provided.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Star programs for chldren
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).

 

Season Schedule

December - Stars 8

About our shows

Stars - Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.


Location: 411 CENTRAL AVE S-101, Salinas Map
Phone: (831) 755-6979 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Homeschool Sewing
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Art Factory
Sewing Classes for homeschoolers
Date: Every Fri (Jan 12-May 25) from 10:00am to 11:30am
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: $105/month

This class is for students who love to sew and create mixed media art with textiles as the main component. As students progress, there will be occasional machine sewing. Projects include art pieces, wearable art, functional objects and more.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Art 1 and 2
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids
Date: Every Wed, Th and Fri (Jan 11-May 24)
Ages: 5-7; 8-12 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

Art 1: We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, colored pencil, watercolor, tempera and sculpture as a group with simple instruction. A great art foundation starts here! A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.

Art 2: Created for returning students or students with 1 to 2 years prior art experience. Students will find more freedom in their practice as they are familiar with studio materials and basic techniques. We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, sculpture, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic and tempera paint. A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.

 

Wed (Jan 10-May 23) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Th (Jan 11-May 24) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Fri (Jan 12-May 25) from 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Annual Ducky Derby
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Omega Nu of Santa Cruz
Race your Duck for prizes and charity at the 27th Annual Ducky Derby
Date: 04/28/2018 from 10:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 April 2018) DuckyDerby2018.jpgCome join the fun at the Ducky Derby and Carnival. Admission is free.

 

The ducks will race rain or shine.

 

If you adopt a duck, you will have a chance to win over 100 prize packages.

 

Fun for the whole family.

 

Adopt at duck at www.duckyderbysantacruz.org


Location: Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Coast Nature Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs
Date: Every Sa (Apr 7-Apr 28) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking
Special Instructions: 4/7, 21 & 28

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, April 7 at 11am

Saturday, April 21 at 11am

Saturday, April 28 at 11am

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


Location: Wilder Ranch , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Sa from 11:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Redwood Tours                                                                                   

Saturdays 11am

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Garden Plant Exchange
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Live Oak Grange
Bring anything from your garden to trade with like minded gardeners
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

The Grange Garden Exchange

 

(0 July 2017) GrangeGardenPhotowSquash.jpgGardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots. You need not bring anything in order to take something. For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com Tell and bring your friends!

 

The Grange Garden Exchange is held on the 4th Saturday of the month from 8-9am in the Live Oak Grange Parking Lot
Gardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots.  You need not bring anything in order to take something.

 

For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com  Tell and bring your friends!

 

 


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Art 1
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids
Date: Every Sa (Jan 13-May 26) from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-7 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, colored pencil, watercolor, tempera and sculpture as a group with simple instruction. A great art foundation starts here!

A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Garden Planting and Wool Day
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Garden Planting & Wool Day
Date: 04/28/2018 from 10:30am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Imagine yourself at Wilder Ranch in the early part of the 20th century and help plant the heirloom vegetable garden as it would have been circa 1900. Observe composting demonstrations, gardening information and participate in garden crafts. Find out how wool is processed from "sheep to shawl" in a sheep shearing demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Craft activities and games are from 11:00 am to 3:00 p.m. The event is held on the grounds of the Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve.

The park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on the coast side of Highway 1 at 1401 Coast Road Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. This event is appropriate for all ages. Bring yourself, family, friends, plus a pair of gardening gloves and a picnic lunch. Snacks, drinks, tools and seedling will be provided. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505.


Location: Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Become a Watsonville Wetlands Docent
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join us for docent training in January
Date: Every Wed and Sa


Docent Training Starts THIS MONTH!

There is still time to sign-up for docent training. While there are a variety of ways to volunteer with us here at the Wetlands Watch, becoming a docent is a great way to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the wetlands, youth, and community! It is a fun and interesting way to learn about the natural and cultural history of the wetlands from experts. Docent trainees are treated to an inside look at the Pajaro Valley and its wide network of wetlands. Local experts share the ecology, history, and restoration of the wetlands during the 7-week program.


The interactive sessions include Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday morning field trips, visiting sites not normally seen by the public. Join our dedicated team of trained docent volunteers who help with field trips, lead wetland tours, participate in special events, work in the greenhouse and native plant demonstration garden and a whole host of other things. No previous teaching or wetland experience is necessary - beginners are welcome.  

 

Come join us - the wetlands are calling!    For more information, contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Ria Mukerji at 909-680-9872 or email at  ria@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Hides & Tallow
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State Park Mission
Learn about the major products of the mission especially leather and tallowl
Date: 04/28/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Hides and Tallow at the Santa Cruz Mission

Saturday, April 28 at 1pm

Discover how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 1800’s. 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. 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
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Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

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

 

 

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Mar 3-Feb 17)

Special Instructions: See different times

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, March 3 from 10am to 12pm

Saturday, March 17 from 1pm to 3pm

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Dance Week
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Motion Pacific
Enjoy the dancing!
Date: Every day (Apr 19-Apr 28)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 April 2018) DanceWeek_Night.jpgMotion Pacific is pleased to announce the 11th annual Santa Cruz Dance Week :: April 19 - 28, 2018

Dance Week will be a vibrant celebration, with an anticipated 300+ free events including classes, performances, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations, and the annual Dancing in the Streets kick off event - Downtown Santa Cruz, April 19th.


DANCING IN THE STREETS - THURSDAY APRIL 19
The streets of Downtown Santa Cruz come alive with dance and music as dancers take to the streets to kick off Santa Cruz Dance Week. Three Hours, Three stages, hundreds of dancers! This years event brings together dancers from across the county. Line up will be announced soon!

The event will kick off 5:30pm on Pacific & Cooper streets. Three stages of dancers will continue throughout the evening.

OPEN CLASSES - APRIL 23 - 28
Over one hundred dance classes of all levels and genres open to the public for the week in local studios and community centers. Belly dance, Samba, Ballet, Contemporary. We got it all! For just $10! That's right, $10 for an all-class pass! All proceeds go to benefit Santa Cruz Dance Week

DANCE IN UNLIKELY PLACES - APRIL 20 - 22

Dance will be popping up everywhere, as dancers take to the streets, restaurants, cafes, and bookshops and beyond. Keep your eyes open. Participating artists include: Julie Oak-Real Play, Stellaria Productions Raízes do Brazil Capoeira Santa Cruz, Synergy, Vargas Academy of Gymnastic Arts

More about this local and national celebration...

Santa Cruz Dance Week has become an annual centerpiece of the local dance repertoire, in it's 11th year, showcasing all forms of dance throughout the county and encouraging participation in and appreciation of dance, through accessible performances, public exhibitions and free classes. Partnering with several dance studios and instructors, plus the literal hundreds of performers, SC Dance Week is a one of a kind community experience.

There are few other places that have more diverse and exciting dance opportunities than right here in Santa Cruz. Motion Pacific is proud to celebrate this expansive art form as part of National Dance Week!


Location: Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Apr 6-Apr 30)
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying dates, times

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm

Friday, April 6 at 11am and 2pm

Friday, April 20 at 11am and 2pm

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


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Do It Ourselves Fest
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Camp Krem
Music festival to raise funds for Camp Krem programs
Date: Every day (Apr 27-Apr 29)


 

This April DIO is turning six years old - seeing this community of artists, do'ers, and givers grow and change continues to inspire us.

We are so grateful to be able to work with an expanding community, bringing DIO Fest to life each year and contributing to Camping Unlimited, Camp Krem and their music enrichment program as part of that mission.

(0 April 2018) DoItOurselves.jpgWe're excited about what the future holds, and we hope you'll join us. 

 

The festival grounds are located about 15 miles north of Santa Cruz, nestled near the summit of a redwood-forested mountainside. Beyond the music and art, you'll find a swimming pool, several hiking trails, a running creek through lower campgrounds, and panoramic views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

 

We're proud to be a family friendly event, with children 12 and under getting free admission.

 

From the artists who contribute their art and expression, to the self-less intentions of our volunteers, to the tireless souls who make Camp Krem what it is each and every day, we're all beyond grateful to have each other. We're more ecstatic than ever to see where it all leads. DIO not only creates beauty for all who attend, it also leaves a lasting impact on Camp Krem throughout the year - they're always excited to see the DIO crew return every April!

 

Come and join us at Do-It-Ourselves Fest sometime, and see what Camp Krem is all about for yourself!


Location: 102 Brook Ln, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-3210 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Harvesting Our Heritage
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SLV Museum
Bite-sized looks at the history of agriculture and food ways here in Santa Cruz county.
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Feb 24-Apr 30) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Donation of $5 per family is requested

(0 January 2018) SLVMuseum_HarvestHeritage.jpgJoin us to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Harvesting Our Heritage.

 

This exhibition, based on the research project and book of the same name, takes some bite-sized looks at the history of agriculture and food ways here in Santa Cruz county.

 

Wednesday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
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Concert Four: Trading Gifts – Iberia & the Arab World
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Spanish and Moorish music, from Martinetes to Sevillanas and Fandangos
Date: 04/29/2018 at 7:30pm
Ages: all ages welcome

(0 February 2018) BaroqueApril29_2018.jpgConcert Four: Trading Gifts – Iberia & the Arab World

Spanish and Moorish music, from Martinetes to Sevillanas and Fandangos. Featuring classical preludes by the Tunisian master Jassar Haj Youssef (viola d'amore) and Algerian master Mustafa Skandrani (fortepiano) and a Rococo sonata by Domenico Scarlatti played on viola d'amore with harpsichord.

 

Leslie Hirsch, 7-string viola d'amore
Linda Burman-Hall, harpsichord and fortepiano
Carlitos de Santa Cruz, cante flamenco
El Duquete, guitar

 

 

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Phone: (831) 459-2159 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

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

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

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

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


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Touch a Truck!
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Scotts Valley Educational Foundation
Interactive event where boys and girls of all ages can come and explore trucks and vehicles of all shapes and sizes
Date: 04/29/2018 from 10:30am to 3:00pm


(0 April 2017) TouchATruck_digger.jpgExperience Touch-A-Truck Santa Cruz

Spend the day exploring vehicles of all kinds from dump trucks and diggers to fire trucks and city buses, while also enjoying a variety of Santa Cruz's best food trucks, a well-stocked beverage garden, a Kid Zone where kids can build, climb, jump and create, and listening to one of Santa Cruz's best bands.

 

Touch-A-Truck is fun for kids and families to explore big trucks of all kinds, including emergency, construction, agriculture, transportation, and other unique vehicles. If you have additional suggestions that would be of interest to kids, let us know.

 

A bunch of cool, giant trucks will be together in a large field for the kids to explore. They can sit in the driver's seat and honk the horn. These events have become a big draw throughout California and we are the first to host one in Santa Cruz County in a safe and friendly park environment.

 

More than 25 vehicles will be parked on the old airport field adjacent to Skypark from 10:30 am-3 pm.


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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 1:30-5:30 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr Year-round
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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Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and 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. 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.

 

Call (831) 426-0505 for more details.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

(0 Oct 2017) Wilder_Baking2.jpgRanch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours.

 

Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505.

 

Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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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

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. 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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Open House Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pájaro Valley’s past.
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 27-Dec 9) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

(AAA_Feb 2015) Castro-Adobe.jpgOpen House, Castro Adobe State Historic Park

 

Join us for a unique opportunity to view our newest State Historic Park. This hidden jewel in the Pájaro Valley is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Built from 1848 to 1849, this is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. The Castro Adobe State Historic Park is located at 184 Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road, in northern Watsonville. The Castro Adobe is an active construction site and is accessible currently by appointment only except during the Open House Days. To follow progress on the restoration effort, visit www.ThatsMyPark.org/projects/castro-adobe.

 

Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Romance in the Redwoods
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Romance in the Redwoods



 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek 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 and Sa 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
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(A June) Seymour_Crafts3.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.

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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A Perfect Day for an Albatross
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
A Perfect Day for an Albatross
Date: 04/29/2018 from 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Ages: ALL Admission Fees: $6-$8

Albatrosses spend nearly all of their lives over open ocean, traveling thousands of miles to find food. Instead of flapping their immense wings, they dynamically soar above the sea. This, coupled with their formidable wingspan, grants albatrosses the ability to fly hundreds of miles every day at sustained speeds of 50-60 miles per hour. Their commitment to their mates and care of their young make them an extraordinary species.


Author and artist Caren Loebel-Fried fell in love with albatrosses while spending five weeks on Midway Atoll, where approximately three-quarters of the world's Laysan albatrosses make their nests. She was captivated by this mysterious bird, inspiring her to write the new beautifully illustrated children's book, A Perfect Day for an Albatross.


Loebel-Fried is here in Santa Cruz from her home in Hawaii for a special afternoon-behind the scenes with this exciting project. The afternoon includes a presentation, book and art signing, book reading, and art-making demonstration. She has also re-created the colorful, tradition-style art from the book as a new exhibit, which will open for the first time that Sunday in the Seymour Center.

1:30 Presentation - La Feliz Room
2:30 Book and Art Signing - Exhibit Hall
3:00 Book Reading - La Feliz Room
3:30 Art-Making Demonstration - Exhibit Hall


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Knitting @ the Library
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
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Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest
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Save Our Shores
Get excited about our 3rd annual Waves and Wildlife photo competition! We'll start accepting entries THIS Sunday, April 1 and wi
Date: Every day (Apr 1-May 31)


(0 March 2018) SaveOurShores-PhotoContest.jpgGet excited about our 3rd annual Waves and Wildlife photo competition! We'll start accepting entries THIS Sunday, April 1 and will continue to do so until Thursday, May 31.

 

Each year, Save Our Shores encourages amateur photographers to submit their best shots from state marine protected areas (MPAs) along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to our Waves and Wildlife competition. The best images are then displayed in a month-long exhibit at the Sanctuary Exploration Center. Save Our Shores aims to raise awareness and appreciation of our local marine protected areas by highlighting these locations and the amazing wildlife and ecosystems within them. Below are some of our top submissions from the 2017 Waves and Wildlife photo competition.


Winners will be announced in mid-June and the best photos will be displayed throughout July in an exhibit at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center - Unofficial!

Go to saveourshores.org/wavesandwildlife to learn more about the #wavesandwildlife competition!


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Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
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

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

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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 is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

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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Shelf to Shore Passes to Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
visit any Santa Cruz Public Libraries branch or bookmobile stop to request your shelf to shore pass. A valid library card is req
Date: Every day (Jan 18-May 29) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Shelf to Shore Passes to Monterey Bay Aquarium

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The Santa Cruz Public Libraries is a proud partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Shelf to Shore Program, which provides free access to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for low income families. The program, created for families who otherwise could not afford to go, admits up to six family members for a visit. Just visit any Santa Cruz Public Libraries branch or bookmobile stop to request your shelf to shore pass. A valid library card is required. Limit one pass per year per adult library card holder. For free admission to the Aquarium, you must present the ticket with your matching library card at the Aquarium's Main Entrance.

 

 

The Shelf to Shore program runs from the day after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day. Currently, a pass is valid from September 5, 2017 through May 25, 2018 and cannot be used on the following dates:

  • February 17-19, 2018
  • March 24-April 8, 2018
  • April 29, 2018

Who is Eligible?
You can get a Shelf to Shore Aquarium pass if you are 18 years old or older and have a valid Santa Cruz Public Library card. Passes are intended for low income families, so if you qualify for Free School Lunch, WIC, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, or other similar services, this program is definitely for you.


Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map
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Live Oak Knitters
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Mon from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Kirby Shadow Days
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out
Date: Every Mon (Nov 1-May 1)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out. We will pair your student with a student host with similar interests. Together they will experience a "day in the life" at Kirby. They will attend classes together, hang out with other Kirby students, and enjoy lunch with their host and some of their friends.

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202.

Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Art 3 Drawing for Teens
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Art Factory
Art for Teens Ages 12 and Up
Date: Every Mon and Wed (Jan 10-May 21)
Ages: Teens Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Mon 4-5:30pm Weds 3:30-5pm

Art 3 Drawing for Teens

Mon 4-5:30pm or Weds 3:30-5pm

Created for returning students or students with 1 to 2 years prior art experience. We will focus on technique development and the creative process through a variety of studio art mediums, including science illustration, watercolors, acrylic painting, mixed media collage, printmaking and sculpture over the course of the school year. This class provides a wonderful opportunity for students to expand on school-related projects associated with reports and special presentations, as an alternative to the planned lessons. A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
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