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Teacher Open House
Learn all about our school programs
09/28/2018 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: Boulder Creek Library, 13390 W Park Ave, Boulder Creek Map

(0 A September 2018) SLVMuseum_TeacherOpen.jpgJoin us at the Museum to learn all about our school programs in 2018 and 2019.

 

Come learn about the new trunks we have available for off-site programs and meet with the instructors for our on-site programs.

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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
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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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 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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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
Phone: (831) 417-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Summer Activity Fun Fair
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Santa Cruz City Parks and Recreation
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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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
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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MÚSICA CLÁSICA EN LA MISIÓN
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Senderos
Cinco de Mayo history, Mission tours, crafts, Mexican food Outdoor Concert
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

(0 April 2018) SenderosGirls.jpgMÚSICA CLÁSICA EN LA MISIÓN
Saturday, May 5, 2-5:30pm - FREE

 

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, School Street, Santa Cruz

Cinco de Mayo history, Mission tours, crafts, Mexican food
Outdoor Concert / Concierto al aire libre - 3:30pm

 

Banda del Centro de Integración Social (CIS #8), Zoogocho, Oaxaca, México

 

 


Location: Mission State Park, 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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
Phone: 831- 427-7700 ext. 7665 •website Aptos create a direct event link
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

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz 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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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
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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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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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
Pickwick Book Club
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MAH
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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Iris Farm Show and Sale
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Brook Lomond Iris Gardens
Bearded Irises smell and look amazing, and are drought tolerant, as well as deer- and gopher-resistant. What more could you ask
Date: Every day (Mar 14-Apr 8)


(0 A May 2018) IrisFarm.jpgIris Farm Sale and Show

Bearded Irises smell and look amazing, and are drought tolerant, as well as deer- and gopher-resistant. What more could you ask for from a little plant? Brook Lomond Iris Gardens is opening their doors to the public for two weekends, and will be selling them along with other certified organic irises and holding demonstrations on plant care. This is prime blooming season for bearded irises, so if you don't have any Mother's Day plans (or forgot about it altogether) grab your mama and head on down.

 

INFO: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 5 and 12, Sunday May 6 and 13. Brook Lomond Iris Farm.


Location: 10310 California Drive, Ben Lomond 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;
www.scspcs.org
831-465-5000

 


Location: 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz Map
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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

(0 January 2018) Taiko_Bigconcert.jpgComing in April. Tickets on sale now!

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
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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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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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
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
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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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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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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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!


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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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CASE Art, stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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
Special Instructions: January-July and September-October

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
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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
Phone: 831.425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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

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Location: Cathcart Street, 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
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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Free Homework Help
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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
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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
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Felton Farmers Market
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
Produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists
Date: Every Tues from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

The Felton Certified Farmers Market offers produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists.

 

    Felton Certified Farmers' Market provides a community marketplace offering fresh seasonal produce sold by those who grow it, a variety of nonagricultural products and  creates a lively, educational and informative meeting place for the entire San Lorenzo Valley. The market offers fresher food at prices normally lower than retail. We carry a wonderful variety of produce, plants, flowers, bread, deserts, fish, prepared foods and there's always fun to be had.


Location: Hwy 9, St. John's Church parking lot
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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
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
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
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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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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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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
Preschool Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Downtown Preschool Story Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
 
Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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COME DANCE!
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers
Date: 04/27/2018 from 6:40pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: Donation for dancers is $12, ($8 students)

(0 April 2018) Contra_Blam.jpgCOME DANCE!


Friday, April 27, 7:00-10:00 , (introductory workshop at 6:40).


Admission donation for dancers is $12, ($8 students
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Cash or check (no credit card)


Music by BLAM!

Marta Lynch (fiddle), Elizabeth Todd (flutes, bodhran, harmonica and more) and Bob Silberstein (piano)


(0 April 2018) Contra_Jean.jpgCalling by Jean Gibson-Gorrindo


Please share our dances on Facebook.

 

Dances coming up:

  • Sunday, May 13, 6-9, Veterans Memorial Building.  Andy Shore calls to the music of Pat and Possom (Charlie Waldon, Pat Plunkett).
  • Friday, May 25, 7-10, Live Oak Grange.  Erik Hoffman caller.  Band TBD.  

For more info: www.santacruzdance.org


Please

 

  • Bring soft-soled, non-marking shoes to help protect the floor

  • Keep our dances fragrance free for the comfort of all

  • Bring a snack to share if you have one.

  • Help support our community -- invite a new friend to experience contra dancing!

Nearby dances

 


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, 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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Watsonville Certified Farmers Market
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Watsonville Farmers Market
Fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from 2:30 to 6:30 PM from May to November.
Date: Every Fri from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) WatsFarmersMkt_Mariachi.jpgAn enchanting farmers market with a "mercado" feel. Lots of wonderful produce and prepared foods.

 

The Watsonville Farmers' Market is a member of the California Federation of Certified Farmers' Markets.

 

The Market provides fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from May to November.

 

Mariachi California de Javier Vargas will play every first Friday of the month from 5-6pm (May-October) at the Watsonville city Plaza


Location: Main St/At the Plaza, Watsonville Map
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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
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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Free Swim Lessons with Tiffany
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Seahorse Swim School
Free swim lessons with Tiffany, rain or shine!
Date: 04/28/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: April 28, May 5 and June 2

Learning to swim is a critical part of every child's life. Drowning is one of the main causes of accidental death-an average of 10 children drown every day according to the Center for Disease Control. But many parents don't put their kids in swimming lessons because they are often time-consuming and expensive. In light of this, Seahorse Swim School is offering free swimming lessons for anyone and everyone this spring.

 

The lessons happen rain or shine and if you can't make it to this one, there will also be more free lessons on May 5 and June 2.

 

1-3 p.m. Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd. Aptos. 476-7946. seahorseswimschool.com. Free.

 


Location: Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos Map
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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
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Dia de Los Ninos
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Branciforte Small Schools
Wonderful community celebration including presentations of multicultural dance and music, children's activities, crafts, book gi
Date: 04/28/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm


(0 April 2018) dia-de-los-ninosBranciforte.jpgPlease join us for a wonderful community celebration including presentations of multicultural dance and music, children's activities, crafts, book give-away, food and beverages.

 

All funds raised support public education at the Branciforte Small Schools Campus (Ark, AFE, Costanoa and Monarch)!

 

Come join the fun!

 

For more information, call (831)429-3898 ext. 213

 


Location: 840 N Branciforte, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Urban Farm Day
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Live Oak Grange
Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy worksho
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All

(0 A May 2018) UrbanFarmDay.jpgJoin us to celebrate local urban farming! Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy workshops and live music, demos, and a tour of the Grange. There's something for the whole family!

You'll find the veggie and flower starts you need for your garden, both well-loved favorites and unique heirlooms, as well as local arts, crafts, gems and flea market items.

Enjoy organic nachos with farm fresh toppings raised and grown by Grange members, local drinks, coffee and deserts.

Play with baby goats! Goat milking demo!

Workshops:
Raising Backyard Chickens: 11:00am
Home Composting Workshop: 11:00am and 1:00pm
Pollinator/Butterfly Garden Workshop: tbd

Take a tour of the gardens, orchard and chicken coop at the historic Live Oak Grange

Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions!

Funds raised will benefit the community gardens, which preserve local tradition and provide opportunities for urban farming, and our Hall Renovation Fund to preserve our 80+ year old Grange Hall!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Do It Yourself Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


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

 

 


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Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)


Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Summit for the Planet Earth Day Celebration
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Mount Madonna School
Join us for an amazing Learning Expo & fun-filled day!
Date: 04/28/2018 from 9:00am to 1:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: none

an eco-carnival and e-waste event

"The annual Summit for the Planet connects the MMS school community with local area organizations and businesses supporting the environment and teaching young people the importance of stewardship," commented MMS Head of School Mary Supriya McDonald. "The walk-a-thon is a way for our school to raise funds and awareness, and a day of play and fun for families and all the visitors who join us on the mountaintop."

 

(AA Summit) SummitBlast_RunningBuddies.jpgHosted by Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. Registration and information at SummitforthePlanet.org

 

(Schedule subject to change)

9:30 - 10:00am: Registration
Students Perform

Students Perform
9:45 am: Walkers Stretch

10:00 am: Walk-a-thon begins

10:30-11:00: Walkers Return

11:05 pm: Songs by the MMS student choirs

11:15 pm: Award Ceremony and Sponsor Recognition

11:30 pm: Carnival Opens!
Trash Fashion Show

Trash Fashion Show
11:35 pm: Solar Car Race

12:00 pm: Trash Fashion Show

12:20 pm: Entertainment
(Live music, dancers, and more)

1:30 pm: Event Concludes


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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Spring Festival, Coastal Community Preschool
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Coastal Community Preschool
Join us for a Circus! themed day of family fun! at our annual Spring Festival
Date: 04/28/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: 1-5 Admission Fees: $15 per child - $25 per family
Special Instructions: Adults are free

Join us for a Circus! themed day of family fun!
Proceeds from this fundraiser will help our Big Yard improvements project. Invite your family and friends!
• Petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, puppet show, art projects and so much more!
• Don't miss our famous raffle with fabulous prizes from local businesses
• Hot dogs, lemonade, bake sale


Location: 900 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 462-5437 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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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Jazz!!! on the Wharf
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City of Santa Cruz
You are invited to listen to Jazz on the Wharf
Date: 04/28/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 April 2018) Jazzonwharf.jpgINTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY at SANTA CRUZ WHARF

An extension of International Jazz Day (worldwide), the City of Santa Cruz joins the global celebrations of Jazz concerts at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. The daylong festivities are in part by supported by Santa Cruz Mayor, David J. Terrazas and Martine Watkins, Vice Mayor and the Arts Council of Santa Cruz. Promoting jazz music's strong positive values, which include peace, intercultural dialogue and cooperation between nations,


Saturday's concerts will headline:
World renowned Jazz Steel Drummer, ANDY NARELL - 3pm to 5pm

Andy's band will consist of:
Murry Low on Piano, David Flores on Drums, Gary Brown on Bass and Jesus Diaz on Percussion.


Santa Cruz Jazz Allstars - 12:00 to 2PM
The band will consist of:
Sundra Manning on Organ, Calvin Keys on Guitar, Geechi Taylor on Trumpet, Dawan Muhammad on Tenor Sax and Prince Lawsha on Drums.
Special Intermission Guest: Tara Firezi - Tap Dancer and Duo


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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
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Open House
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Moss Landing Marine Landing Lab
Live animal touch tanks, tours, presentations and children’s activities are all part of the annual Open House event at Moss Land
Date: Every day (Apr 28-Apr 29) at 9:00am


(0 April 2018) MossLandingimageinbottle.jpgLive animal touch tanks, tours, presentations and children’s activities are all part of the annual Open House event at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

 

Open House Events

  •   Seminar talks presented by MLML researchers
  •   Tours of wetlands, birds, and aquaculture facility
  •   Fun activities for kids of all ages: invertebrate touch tank, fish printing, button-making, our infamous puppet show, and more!
  • Learn about the different facets of marine science by walking through different labs
  • Explore how science is conducted via our research boat and SCUBA diving gear 
  • Support graduate students via a raffle, silent auction, and retail store

Lab Activities:

  • Icythyology Lab (incl. Fisheries & Conservation Lab) Activities: Fishing & Fish ID Game, Fish Printing
  • Pacific Shark Research Center Activities: Shark Quiz Board, What do Sharks Eat? Coloring and Toy Station, Shark Artifacts
  • Invertebrate Ecology Lab Activities: Invertebrate touch tank
  • Benthic Ecology Lab Activities: Explore an Ice Hole, Native Wetland & Estuarine Plants, Specimen display
  • Vertebrate Ecology Lab Activities: Whale Rescue/Tagging, Animal Karaoke, Specimen display, Energy Game
  • Phycology Lab Activities: Seaweed Ice Cream, Get in the (Intertidal) Zone, Diving in the Kelp Forest, Algae Up-Close & Personal
  • Biological Oceanography Lab Activities: Bioluminescence demo, Design a Phytoplankton
  • Chemical Oceanography Lab Activities: Benthic Flux Chambers
  • Physical Oceanography Lab Activities: Plot my Cruise, Internal Wave Station, Experience the Pressure of the Depths, Thermohaline Circulation, Wave Tank display
  • Geological Oceanography Lab Activities: Identify that rock!, What is sand, really?, Class Project Videos, Marine Sediment Cores, How do you categorize sediments?

Puppet Show, Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, & 3:00 PM

This year's much anticipated Annual Puppet Show will be all about the deep sea! This year's puppet show committee promises a show unlike any other that is full of adventure, educational songs, and of course, some fun and lovable PUPPETS!

Take a look at puppet shows from previous years here.

**This list reflects 2017 scheduled events and will be updated to match those projected for the 2018 events.**


Location: 8272 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing Map
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Annual Santa Cruz Gem and Mineral Show
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Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society
Rockin' Gem, Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry, and Lapidary Show
Date: Every day (Apr 28-Apr 29) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $6
Special Instructions: Print and bring announcement for $1 off

(0 April 2018) MineralGEM2018Spring.jpgRocks, Minerals, Crystals, Gems, Jewelry, Fossils, Lapidary, Demonstrations, Lectures, and Exhibits! Come to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium for a terrific show hosted by the Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society (SCMGS).

 

67th Annual Mineral, Gem, Fossil and Jewelry Show
Wizards, Crystals & Treasures

Sat & Sun · April 28 & 29 • 10 am - 5 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Lecture Daily

Activities for All Ages: Gold Panning, Kids crafts, Rocks that GLOW Treasure Hunt (score wizard crystals treasure!) and Geode Cutting

Demos: Cabochon making, Arrowhead Knapping and Hands on Soapstone Carving

$6 Admission, Children under 12 & Scouts in Uniform Free

$1 Off With A Printout Of The Flyer (Click Here)

The family-friendly event will feature all sorts of fun geoscience activities, displays, and sellers of quality rocks, minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, and treasures from the earth. Expert lectures will take place at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm each day.


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz 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
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
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying hours

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 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 Redwood State Park Headquarters.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Su and Sa
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays 11am and 2pm, Sundays 1pm

Redwood Tours
Saturdays at 11am and 2pm
Sundays at 1pm

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
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

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

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


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


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

 

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

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm

 

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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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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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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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
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Ranch History 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

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Ranch History Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Monday, September 3 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: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Reading In the Redwoods
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Library Felton
Join our monthly book club!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) LibraryFelton_ReadingInRedwoods.jpgReading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday at 6:15 pm.

 

Copies of the book are usually available at the Felton branch library.

For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch.

 

To be added to the book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Da de los Nios con Cuntame un Cuento
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Library Live Oak
SCPL, Live Oak, Storytime
Date: 04/30/2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

Acompáñanos para celebrar el Día de los Niños. Tendremos cuentos, música, pinta-caritas, manualidades y actividades para toda la familia. Join us to celebrate the Day of the Child. We will have stories, music, facepainting, crafts, and activities for the entire family.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Tre Workshop
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Live Oak Grange
TRE is a simple, gentle and profound technique that facilities the lengthening and relaxation of the psoas muscle and the releas
Date: 04/30/2018 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: $5 suggested donation

We will have the Tre Workshop next Monday April 30th. This is a participation class so dress for yoga and come prepared to attend the class. Hope to see you there! I have included the info below:

Suggested donation to hall renovation fund $5.00

What is TRE® (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises®)

TRE is a simple, gentle and profound technique that facilities the lengthening and relaxation of the psoas muscle and the release of physical and emotional tension and stress. The TRE exercises tire the legs, triggering an involuntary shaking and trembling response, which begins in the legs and often spreads throughout the body. This natural response is the nervous systems way of discharging long-held tension and unconscious body contraction (due to everyday stress and traumatic life experiences), in order to restore the body to wholeness.

Some of the reported benefit of TRE are:

Healing of symptoms of sciatica and fibromyalgia, release of deep chronic tension and anxiety, better sleep, increase of overall energy and stamina, shake loose of unconscious muscle contraction, improved circulation and flexibility, relief from chronic lower back, neck and shoulder pain.

TRE was developed by Dr. David Berceli, a bio-energetic therapist and social worker, who used it successfully worldwide working with soldiers, firefighters, police officers and survivors of war, natural disasters and other traumatic circumstances to help alleviate the many symptoms of post-traumatic stress. TRE is taught in over 60 countries worldwide.

This workshop is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. The exercises can be modified to accommodate any body's need.

For more information about TRE please visit www.TREcalifornia.com

If you have any questions or concerns please contact maria@TREcalifornia.com

About the teacher: Maria Alfaro - TRE® and Neurogenic YogaTM Certification Trainer & Provider

Maria is a native Italian living in Santa Cruz, California. She has 30 years yoga experience and a background in Chinese martial arts and massage. Since 2004 she taught TRE to thousands of people in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and she assisted Dr. Berceli in numerous trainings in the US, in South Africa and in Brazil. She is also one of two lead instructors for Neurogenic YogaTM a sister technique of TRE. Maria facilitates workshops and trainings globally while maintaining a private practice in Santa Cruz.

For more information, please visit www.TREcalifornia.com and www.NeurogenicYoga.com


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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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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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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
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
West Side Story
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San Lorenzo Valley High School
Classic with elaborate dance numbers and emotionally-charged songs
Date: Every day (Apr 26-May 6)
Ages: 13-14 Admission Fees: $9 - $15

(0 April 2018) WestSideStory_SLV.jpg"San Lorenzo Valley High School is proud to present West Side Story.The high school's upcoming production of West Side Story is filled with elaborate dance numbers and emotionally-charged songs that have more rawness to them than any musical theater lover could imagine.

 

The cast members of West Side Story have put tremendous effort into realizing the characters in the story, from the toughness of Riff, the boldness of Anita, the fervor of Tony, and the dreamlike modesty of Maria. The show's tension between the two major gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, keeps an audience riveted throughout the performance.

 

The show is action-packed, heart-wrenching, crude, and tragically romantic all at once. West Side Story juggles themes of race and class, and awakens the spirit with classic Broadway songs that are forever etched in the American musical theater repertoire.

 

Performances run from the 26th of April to the 6th of May at the SLVHS Performing Arts Center, where tickets will be sold at the box office or online at hs.slvusd.org. The production has mature themes, but all ages may attend. Ticket prices range from $9-$15. There will also be an available donation center to help support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico." Kayla Penny, Press Banner

 


Location: 7105 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Live Oak Knitters
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Library Live Oak
Knit, chat, learn, make new friends
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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
High School Art Show
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Santa Cruz Art League
Come see some pretty amazing art by local high school students
Date: Every day (Apr 27-May 20) from 9:00am to 3:30pm


Annual High School Show

Since 1955 the Santa Cruz Art League's High School Show has been providing one of the only professional gallery exhibitions for high school age artists in our county. Students from local public, private, charter, home and at -risk schools are invited to benefit from the Art League's state-of-the-art space and give the audience a preview of the next generation of local artists.


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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