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Matilda the Musical
The power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life
Every Fri and Sa (Oct 18-Oct 26) from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: Rio theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A September 2019) matilda.jpgInspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however - the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $18 Gen, $28 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.allabouttheatre.org
Event website: www.allabouttheatre.org

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Reach for the Stars: Galaxy Clusters
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Library Live Oak
Reach for the Stars: Galaxy Clusters
Date: 04/02/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A 0 March) Library_ReachfortheStars.jpgJoin Joe Burchett from Lick Observatory in this fascinating lecture about galaxy clusters: the most massive structures in the universe!

 

After the lecture stay for a virtual reality tour of the universe and some stargazing (if weather permits.)

 

Don't forget to check out our lendable telescope program!


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Anime Club
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Library Watsonville
Join our Anime Club!
Date: The 1st Tues of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6-12 grades

Anime Club

The Anime Club is open to all students in 6th - 12th grades. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the Month 4:00 p.m - 5:30 p.m. If you are 13 or younger, but still in 6th grade, you will need to bring a signed Anime Club Permission Form (PDF) with you to the meeting.

 

All about Manga & Anime


The History of Manga from NMP International Blackmoon's Anime and Manga Glossary to his
Anime Companion Books Mechademia: A journal of all things anime, manga, games and pop-culture about Japan.


Some Fun Links to Enjoy

 

  • Create a fun manga style avatar with Mangatar!
  • Real Kana: Where you can practice your hiragana and katakana.
  • Daily Sudoku: Where you can puzzle over more Sudoku.

Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3400 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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 Tues of every month from 9:00am to 5:00pm
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.

 

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: 831-502-2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
!st WednesdayFamily Fun
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Capitola Mall
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 April 2018) FamilyFunNightCapMall.jpgJoin us at Capitola Mall for 1ST Wednesday Family Fun!

Enjoy many fun activities, including:
Entertainment with Happily Ever Laughter
Family Friendly Crafts
Music and More!

We will also be giving away a Family Fun Membership to Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to one lucky family!

$5 Donation per Child benefits Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services!


Location: 1855 41st Ave, Capitola 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

(0 A November 2018) CitizenScience22.jpgCitizen 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

 

December

This month our Citizen Science series offers a discussion about the various ecological and social solutions for living with fire on the Central Coast. Our presenter, Dr. Lee Klinger leads a movement aimed at using ecologically-based techniques to address the problem of oak mortality in California and elsewhere.

 

Dr. Klinger is a tree care practitioner living in Big Sur, California. Since 2005 he has served as director of Sudden Oak Life. He has over 30 years of academic experience in the environmental sciences and has held scholarly appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, the University of Oxford, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Geological Society of London.

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Jewish FilmFestival
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Jewish Film Festival
Really great Jewish films!
Date: Every day (Mar 30-Apr 4)
Admission Fees: Suggested donation $20 per person, $35 per couple, includes all movies and reception. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Established in 2000, the Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival was inspired by the mutual love of Jewish film and baseball. We began with a single film, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, about the first Jewish ballplayer in the major leagues.

 

With support from sponsors, community partners, volunteers, and patrons, the SCJFF has blossomed into a highly regarded cultural event. The festival is operated under the 501(c)3 charter of the Santa Cruz Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth El of Aptos.

 

Mission

Our mission is to bring high quality Jewish-themed independent films to Santa Cruz. We proudly share the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience through the magical lens of film.

We seek to increase awareness of Jewish culture, history, and identity while building bridges across the spectrum of humanity.

 

We seek to entertain our audiences with globally diverse, award-winning feature and documentary films that encourage dialogue among people and promote empathy with the Jewish experience.

We respect all peoples and cultures and do not advocate or promote any political position or religion.

 

Film Trailers

Schedule

Venues


Location: Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos Map
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The Art of Nature
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy watching select artists perform their craft in-person during our April and May First Fridays
Date: The 1st Fri of every month (Apr 5-Jun 2)


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The Art of Nature

Open March 30 - June 2, 2019

Every year the Museum is proud to showcase Bay Area artists who bring science to life through art in our beloved annual exhibit, The Art of Nature.

 

The exhibit highlights the work of over 30 artists whose work illustrates science in a variety of media with a wide range of subjects, including: insects, plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and geology.

 

Enjoy watching select artists perform their craft in-person during our April and May First Fridays, all while enjoying free snacks, wine and admission. From watercolor fungi to highly detailed, digital prints of buzzing bees and colorful crustaceans, this year's show will feature wondrous organisms from almost all branches of life.

 

Exhibit Events

March 29, 5-6pm:
VIP Artist Walkthrough. Learn More.

March 29, 6-8pm:
Members-only Opening Reception

 

April 5, 5-7pm
FREE First Friday - Live Demos of Science Illustration
Featuring: Patricia Larenas, Logan Parsons, Hannah Caisse, Yvonne Byers.

 

May 3, 5-7pm:
FREE First Friday - Live Demos of Science Illustration
Featuring: Sondra Cohelan, Terra Dawson, Julia Beery, Elizabeth Romanini.

 

Exhibit Artists

Anne Easely, Benjamin Witzke, Brett Bell, Chelsea Kintz, Diana Moll, Elizabeth Romanini, Erin Hunter, Emily Underwood, G. Lee Boerger, Hannah Caisse, Jean M. Witzke, Jessica Bender, Julie Beery, Kathy Kleinsteiber, Kevin Wiseman, Linda Valdes, Logan Parsons, Marcia Sivek, Mari Stauffer Howard, Maria Cecelia Freeman, Mariana Alwell, Megan Gnekow, Patricia Larenas, Sofia Vermeulen, Sondra Cohelan, Stephani Martin, Stephanie Rozzo, Terra Dawson, Tina Curiel, Vance Lawry, Yvonne Byers.

 

Full run of show Apr 5, 2019 - Jun 2, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Theater Spring Break Camp - All About Adventure
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WEST Creative Performing Arts
Around the world theater - Spring Break Adventure!
Date: Every day (Apr 1-Apr 5) from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 5-12 Admission Fees: $75/day

Join us on a trip around the world over spring break. Each day, a different country, culture and story adventure. Play theatre games, act out stories, myths and mini-plays, experience sample foods and art projects from each country. Learn what life is like for kids your age all around the world. Of course THEATRE GAMES are played throughout the day, every day.

 

Sample activities are listed and there is much more...

JAPAN - MONDAY, April 1

Story: The Drums of Noto Hanto

  • Japanese Myths & Haiku games
  • Introduction to Origami
  • Hanging Koi Fish Craft
  • Make your own mini Japanese Garden
  • Design and make a Kabuki Mask
  • Theatre Games and interactive stories based on Japanese foklore

IRELAND - TUESDAY, April 2

Story: Finn McCoul Giant Tales

  • Scavenger Hunt for Gold
  • Make Handprint Rainbows
  • Build Rainbow Mobile
  • Give characters to a Blarney Stone and a Potato Head
  • Create Shamrock Chains
  • Theatre Games and interactive stories based on Celtic foklore

(0 A 0 March) HowMusicCameToTheWorld.jpgMEXICO - WEDNESDAY, April 3

Story: How Music Came To The World

  • Make a piñata
  • Make your own Maracas
  • Tissue Flower craft
  • Limbo
  • Pin the tail on el Burro
  • Theatre Games and interactive stories based on Mexican foklore

CHINA - THURSDAY, April 4

Stories: Dragon Dancing & Seven Chinese Brothers (we also have Seven Chinese Sisters)

  • Make Chinese lanterns
  • Create a Dancing Dragon
  • Create a colorful Good Luck Goldfish
  • Build Decorative Paper Fans
  • Welcome Good Luck & Abundance with a Lucky Door Hanger
  • Panda Paper Bag Puppets
  • Theatre Games and interactive stories based on Chinese foklore

GHANA - FRIDAY, April 5

Story: Anansi and the Magic Stick

  • Design kente cloth
  • Make a djembe drum
  • African dancing
  • Make Ghanan desserts
  • African jewelry making
  • Theatre Games and interactive stories based on West African foklore

Location: Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway , Santa Cruz Map
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Vaqueros y Bandidos
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State Park Castro Adobe
Get to know the tools of the cattle trade; listen to cowboy songs and tales of infamous bandits; relax in the beauty of our ga
Date: 04/06/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Round up your family and drop in to our celebration of California's Rancho Era, when cattle was king, bandits roamed the countryside, and the Castro Family built their one-of-a-kind home on a hill at the height of their power.


Get to know the tools of the cattle trade; listen to cowboy songs and tales of infamous bandits; relax in the beauty of our garden and grounds with spring in full spring. We'll skip rounding up the calves and go straight to the celebration with you as our guests. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site, open only during scheduled events like this.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 226-9669 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
"Imaginarium!"
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The Puppetry Institute
This round of creature-dwelling will be full of white rabbits, red queens and tea parties, oh my! Notice a pattern here?
Date: 04/06/2019 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 0-12 Admission Fees: Free

(0 A 0 March) MODBIGpuppet.jpgThe Puppetry Institute is celebrating a amazing 2 years in the Santa Cruz community with our new monthly event, "Imaginarium!" a gathering of Imaginations at the Capitola Mall! We're inviting Puppets/Puppeteers, Cosplayers, Fur Folk, Steampunks, and Fantasy Artists Designers, and Makers to join us in showing off the diversity and craftsmanship in what we do with our imaginations…

This Months Theme is Wonderland!
For our part we'll be bringing White Rabbit Puppet Craft, Costume Characters, Dr Mecurio's Mythical Marvels will be displaying a Jabberwocky as well as a lovely Jub Jub bird! He also assures us that there will be an appearance by the Cheshire Cat who will doing Face Painting (for a small fee) and Alice herself, as well as other Cosplay and Costume characters, will be on hand for pictures in our Selfie room! Imaginarium is a Free Family Friendly event in the Courtyard at the Capitola Mall. We invite everyone to come and celebrate the last 2 years of making the world a cooler place one puppet at a time! If you're a Fantasy Artist or Performer, or Group interested in taking part in the event or interested in becoming a sponsor feel free to message me or email at the.puppetry.institute@gmail.com

 

Check out #SCCMOD in this edition of #ImaginariumEvent with The Puppetry Institute at the Capitola Mall on Saturday, April 6 from 4 - 6 pm!

 

This round of creature-dwelling will be full of white rabbits, red queens and tea parties, oh my! Notice a pattern here? πŸ˜‰

 

Oh yeah, almost forgot the best part; it's FREEE!

 

You don't have to "register," but if you'd like us and the rest of the world to know where you'll be rocking your costume, click the FB link: https://www.facebook.com/events/492082434650124/ πŸ™ƒπŸ§œ‍β™€οΈπŸ§š‍β™€οΈπŸ§ž‍β™‚οΈπŸŽ©πŸ°πŸŒˆπŸŽ‰


Location: MOD, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola 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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Santa Cruz VegFest
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Santa Cruz VegFest
VegFest will feature local restaurants, free food samples, cruelty-free fashion and beauty products, non-profit orgs and kid's a
Date: 04/06/2019 from 11:00am to 7:00pm


(0 A January 2019) VegFest.jpgVegFest will feature local restaurants, free food samples, cruelty-free fashion and beauty products, non-profit orgs and kid's activities!

VegFest is a free event and will bring the local community together to celebrate and learn about a plant-based, cruelty-free, and environmentally-sustainable lifestyle.

Speakers will discuss the latest in health and nutrition, environmentalism, and animal welfare and compassion.

 

VEGFEST INFO

  • VegFest brings the local community together to celebrate and learn about a plant-based, cruelty-free, and environmentally-sustainable lifestyle.
  • Restaurants, food exhibitors, and free food sampling!
  • Cruelty-free fashion and beauty exhibitors
  • Notable speakers to discuss topics in health and nutrition, environmentalism, and animal welfare and compassion
  • Kids' activities
  • Get involved with non-profit organizations

Location: Beach Boardwalk Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

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

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

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

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


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


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey Map
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Deep Dive into Conscious Parenting
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1440 Multiversity
The premise of Conscious Parenting is that our children are born to us to create deep internal transformation within us.
Date: Every day (Apr 5-Apr 7)


Deep Dive into Conscious Parenting

Almost every family and parent-child relationship is first conceived with the intention of love and respect. And although we think, as parents, that it is our responsibility to mold and shape our children's future, the reality is often far more complex and multi-layered. The premise of Conscious Parenting is that our children are born to us to create deep internal transformation within us.

 

Join Dr. Shefali, the groundbreaking author of this revolutionary approach to raising families, for an immersive weekend workshop on a topic close to your heart and critical to your well-being. Come away with a profound understanding of Dr. Shefali's philosophies and key concepts and how to apply them in your life to create deeper connection with your children.

 

April 5 - 7, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

 

  • Tuition
  • Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)
  • Shared or Private Accommodations
  • Signature classes and wellness offerings

Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.


Location: 800 Bethany Dr., Scotts Valley Map
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Spring Monterey Home and Garden Expo!
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Monterey Home & Garden Expo
Discover the best of the best of home, kitchen and garden!
Date: Every day (Apr 6-Apr 7) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Enter through Gate 3 on Garden Rd.

Home & Garden Expo of Monterey

 April 6th & 7th, 2019  at the Monterey County Fairgrounds!

Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

 

  • Meet local experts to complete your projects!
  • Discover new products and services!
  • Get ideas for your home!
  • Educate yourself on all your options!
  • Bring your Pinterest Board and find the expert to make it yours!
  • FREE admission!

Home expo exhibitors include general contractors, flooring, landscapers, kitchen and bath, cabinets, closet organizers, landscape designers, painters, countertops, tile, granite, appliances, solar energy, fireplaces, and much more all from around Monterey County!


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey Map
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Santa Cruz Makers' Market
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Santa Cruz Mountain Makers Market
Over 40 local artists and crafters hosting a beautiful variety of handmade goods + Live music all day
Date: The 1st Su of every month from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A January 2019) MakersMarket_Downtown.jpgTime to get your shopping on! Bring the whole family and shop local at the Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market on Pacific Ave. between Water & Locust Streets.

 

10am-5pm

Over 40 local artists!
Live music ALL day
FREE Admission!

The Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market happens on the first Sunday of the month! Come on out and #supportthelocals !


See the full line-up of artists at www.scmmakersmarket.com/markets


Location: N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre In Concert
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Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre
We are excited to present the premiere of Mosque Mirage, a new work by Ron Cunningham at the Crocker Theater April 6 and 7 -- Co
Date: Every day (Apr 6-Apr 7)
Ages: all

(0 A 0 April 2019) SCBT2019-In-Concert-April.jpgSanta Cruz Ballet Theatre In Concert


Our annual mixed-repertory concert features a wide range of dance idioms, from classical to contemporary styles.  

 

This season features a world premiere by illustrious American Choreographer Ron Cunningham, a new piece by our own award-winning Robert Kelley, the elegant "La Volonta" by guest choreographer Debra Pearse Rogo and the return of Philip Jerry's poignant "Our Town" to music by Aaron Copeland.  

Junior and Petite Companies will also perform.  

 

Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7

 

 

 


Location: Crocker Theater at Cabrillo Coll, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Docent-Led Farm Tour
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UCSC Farm
Thriving examples of organic agriculture and tour horticulture on both a hand-worked garden scale and medium-sized, tractor-work
Date: The 1st Su of every month (Apr 7-Nov 3) from 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Farm and Garden Tours

Perched above Monterey Bay on the UC Santa Cruz campus, the Center's Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden offer thriving examples of organic agriculture and horticulture on both a hand-worked garden scale and medium-sized, tractor-worked farm scale. Whether you're a gardener interested in what plants do well in the Central Coast region, a farmer looking for production information, or you just want to take a walk and enjoy the views, the Farm & Garden have much to offer.

 

Both the 30-acre Farm and 2-acre Alan Chadwick Garden are open to the public daily from 8 am to 6 pm, with a self-guided tour brochure available at the Farm entrances. Groups can sign up for docent-led tours using the tour request form (see details below), and docents lead a free tour the first Sunday of the month from April through November (see below).

During their tours, visitors can see first-hand how to build fertile soil and control pests, recycle yard and kitchen waste, conserve water, and encourage biodiversity. You'll also learn about the latest research and education projects taking place at the sites.

 

Tour Schedule

  • Free, docent-led tours of the UCSC Farm are offered the first Sunday of the month from April through November, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. No reservations necessary; meet at the Hay Barn, adjacent to the Farm (directions). Free parking is available on weekends.
  • Specialized tours for professional groups, farmers and researchers, master gardeners, visiting students, and other groups are available by arrangement (5 person minimum and depending on the availability of docents/staff). Please submit your tour request at least 2 weeks ahead of your preferred tour date using the tour request form. Call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu with questions. Note that a nominal fee may apply. Minimum tour length is 1 and a half hours.
  • Kids Tours, which include hands-on activities in the Life Lab Garden Classroom, are offered during the school year by Life Lab. Call 831.459-4035 to schedule a tour for your class or other children's group, or see the Life Lab web site.

For directions to the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden, call 831.459-4140 (pre-recorded; press 6), 459-3240, or see Directions. For information on upcoming events, email casfs@ucsc.edu, call 831.459-3240 or see the Events and Workshops page.


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
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31st Annual Santa Cruz Bonsai
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Santa Cruz Bonsai
Come and see club members' trees on display at the annual bonsai show
Date: Every day (Apr 6-Apr 7) 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 highlight of each day's show will be at 2:00 pm when Bonsai Masters, Mike Pistello (Demonstrator for Saturday) and Sensei Katsumi Kinoshita (Demonstrator for Sunday) will demonstrate the techniques of creating an artistic tree from common nursery stock.

 

The newly created bonsai tree will then be offered in a raffle drawing along with other trees and items donated by club members. These trees have been cared for, designed, wired, and potted in bonsai pots so individuals winning the trees can begin enjoying this art form immediately.

 

Other activities:

Saturday: Watsonville Taiko performance, 11:00 a.m. at the corner of Pacific and Cooper.

Sunday: The Nori Project performance, 11:00 a.m.

Carolyn Fitz, calligraphy and Sumi-e ink painting artist, and Lesley Hasegawa, origami artist, will demonstrate Sumi-e ink painting and origami throughout both days.

 

Additionally, there will be sales of bonsai and pre-bonsai trees. Sales area will have new trees each day. Also featured are door prizes as well as free tea, coffee, and cookies.

 

Entrance to the Museum and the bonsai show is $5.00 per person - HALF OFF the normal Museum entrance fee.


Location: MAH, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Sequoia Audubon Trail
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State Park Pescadero Marsh
Easy 2-mile hike along the California coast into the Pescadero Marsh
Date: 04/07/2019 at 10:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: Half Moon Bay State Beach, 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Map
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Turn Selling Secondhand Stuff Online Into a Superpower
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Learn how you can sell just about anything online using platforms like eBay, Poshmark, Mercari, Facebook, and Letgo.
Date: 04/09/2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Got Stuff? All of us could probably use a little less stuff and a little more cash. Learn how you can sell just about anything online using platforms like eBay, Poshmark, Mercari, Facebook, and Letgo. Once you have the power - your secondhand fashion items, Christmas gifts, books, or household items could be the key to getting out of debt quicker, saving up for a vacation, or upgrading your wardrobe without spending a dime. Also, attendees will get early access to the Beta version of the SellHound Posting app!

Register today for this FREE workshop at 2019sellingonline.eventbrite.com

Presented by Alicia Earle. Alicia is the Director of Marketing at SellHound, a local Santa Cruz tech startup devoted to the reselling space, as well as a reseller of fashion and antiques herself. She strongly believes reselling is a democratizing tool and a superpower that virtually anyone can learn.

About SBDC: As part of our ongoing commitment to the profitability and development of small businesses in Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Small Business Development Center at Cabrillo College offers our Build Your Business Seminars and NextTalk Series workshops on a rotating schedule, covering a range of topics from business plans and recordkeeping, to social media, marketing, and selling online. NextTalk sessions are free and open to the public.

About NextSpace: In the heart of Santa Cruz, California, NextSpace Coworking + Innovation, now powered by Pacific Workplaces, is a collaborative coworking community of freelancers, independent professionals, and remote workers across California. NextSpace provides office and cafe space as well as meeting and conference rooms.

NextTalk: Turn Selling Secondhand Stuff Online Into a Superpower Tuesday, April 9, Noon to 1:00pm I NextSpace Coworking & Innovation, 101 Cooper Street, Santa Cruz.

Cost: FREE and open to the public thanks to the generosity of Bay Federal Credit Union. Seating is limited.

Register now at 2019sellingonline.eventbrite.com


Location: NextSpace Coworking Santa Cruz, 101 Cooper Street , Santa Cruz Map
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: next to Nickelodeon Theater

Autism Spectrum Support Group
Support is crucial to thriving as parents of children on the autism spectrum. This group is by and for parents to share space with each other and to problem solve challenges we might be facing... together!


No judgements here, just support We are LBGTQ FRIENDLY and parents on the spectrum who are parenting kids also on the spectrum.


We meet the second Tuesday of each month.
Support group is from 7-9pm and share resources 9-9:30pm


Questions? Contact Ali at: alihayes2003@yahoo.com


Location: 220 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
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Turning Selling Secondhand Stuff Into A Superpower
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Got Stuff? All of us could probably use a little less stuff and a little more cash. Learn how you can sell just about anything o
Date: 04/09/2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A 0 March) SellStuff.jpgTurn Selling Secondhand Stuff Online Into a Superpower

Got Stuff? All of us could probably use a little less stuff and a little more cash. Learn how you can sell just about anything online using platforms like eBay, Poshmark, Mercari, Facebook, and Letgo. Once you have the power - your secondhand fashion items, Christmas gifts, books, or household items could be the key to getting out of debt quicker, saving up for a vacation, or upgrading your wardrobe without spending a dime. Also, attendees will get early access to the Beta version of the Sellhound Posting app!

Presented by Alicia Earle. Alicia is the Director of Marketing at SellHound, a local Santa Cruz tech startup devoted to the reselling space, as well as a reseller of fashion and antiques herself. She strongly believes reselling is a democratizing tool and a superpower that virtually anyone can learn.

About SBDC: As part of our ongoing commitment to the profitability and development of small businesses in Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Small Business Development Center at Cabrillo College offers our Build Your Business Seminars and NextTalk Series workshops on a rotating schedule, covering a range of topics from business plans and recordkeeping, to social media, marketing, and selling online. NextTalk sessions are free and open to the public.

About NextSpace: In the heart of Santa Cruz, California, NextSpace Coworking + Innovation, now powered by Pacific Workplaces, is a collaborative coworking community of freelancers, independent professionals, and remote workers across California. NextSpace provides office and cafe space as well as meeting and conference rooms.

NextTalk:
Turn Selling Secondhand Stuff Online Into a Superpower Tuesday, April 9, Noon to 1:00pm I NextSpace Coworking & Innovation, 101 Cooper Street, Santa Cruz.

Register now at 2019sellingonline.eventbrite.com


Location: NextSpace Coworking Santa Cruz, 101 Cooper Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Do you want to see more bike facilities in Watsonville?
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MBOSC
Learn about the future of cycle based recreation and transportation in Watsonville
Date: 04/10/2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Do you want to see more bike facilities in Watsonville? Trails? Pumptracks? We sure do. The Watsonville Parks Department has begun work on several planning processes that will lay out the future of cycle based recreation and transportation in Watsonville, and they are asking the public what they would like to see. MBOSC has submitted a proposal to build a pumptrack at Ramsay Park, and we need the public to speak-up in support of it through this process to make it happen. Please attend one of the following meetings and speak-up for cycling access and facilities!


Interactive Workshops
These general workshops will gather input on the Strategic Plan and Master Plans.

  • Thurs, Feb 28, 6-8pm at Civic Plaza Community Room 
  • Sat, March 2, 12-2pm at Civic Plaza Community Room
  • Thurs, March 7, 6-8pm at Ramsay Park Family Center

Ramsay Park/Strategic Plan Specific Workshop

  • Wed, April 10, 6-8pm at Ramsay Park Family Center

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WESTERN WEDNESDAY
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The Crepe Place
A night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music AND dancing!
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 ($7 with cowboy boots :-)
Special Instructions: EARLY SHOW!!!! 8PM

(0 April 2018) CrepePlace_DanceWeds.jpgWESTERN WEDNESDAY IS BACK!!!

a night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music
Every 2nd Wednesday at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA
one touring band vs. one local band

5/9 - WESTERN WEDNESDAY # 27
Laura Benitez and the Heartache
Earnest Tubb Time Machine

LAURA BENITEZ AND THE HEARTACHE - Country/ Rockabilly from the Bay Area, CA
website: www.laurabenitezandtheheartache.com
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSAeNYiYvAg
Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood ("Me or the Baby") to mean drunks ("Don't Wake the Devil"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. Frank Gutch Jr of No Depression calls Laura Benitez & the Heartache "... Original, as good as it got and as good as it gets," and Stephan Rapid of Lonesome Highway says, "Her tight and focused band play country music with a view to the past and an ear for the future."

EARNEST TUBB TIME MACHINE - Old Time Party Country from Santa Cruz, CA
The Earnest Tubb Time Machine from Santa Cruz are the best band for drinking and dancing and more drinking!


Location: 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Youth Art
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Palace
Amazing kids art show! Join us please.
Date: Every day (Mar 22-Apr 10) at 6:30pm


Palace is a proud sponsor of the Youth Art Exhibit. See over 300 pieces from classrooms across the county on exhibit at the County Government Center from March 22nd through May 10th!


Location: County Government Center, 701 Ocean 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 2nd Th of every month from 7:30pm 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 Thursday of the month, from 7:30—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
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Stripes Ride
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SC Bike Party
It takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! Join this fun bike ride.
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


(0 A January 2019) BikePartyStripes.jpgIt takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! So many different types, so little time! From zebra to tiger, rainbow to candy cane, where's waldos to fashionistas, and beyond!

SC Bike Party loves your creativity and building community on bicycles. Come join us for our January ride. Costumes encouraged, but definitely not required.

Santa Cruz Bike Party is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Rides are 7-10 miles long with music and dance breaks along the way. Rides move at a relatively slow pace and no one is left behind. Each ride has a theme and riders are encouraged to wear costumes or decorate their bikes to fit the theme. But cha don't gotta...

SC Bike Party starts and ends outside the Bike Church at 703 Pacific Ave downtown. The route is not the same every time, but each month organizers will post the route online ahead of time in case anyone misses the start and wants to catch up.

Once per month,
all year long. We meet at 7pm every second Friday of the month. Rides usually leave about 7:15 and last about 2 hours.


Guidelines

The atmosphere of the SC Bike Party is fun, friendly, welcoming, and safe. Our goal is to celebrate cycling and build community, not to cause conflict with car drivers. Please help us maintain a positive and safe atmosphere by keeping in mind the following guidelines:
- Stay to the Right / Stop at Lights - This is not Critical Mass. Please stay to the right on 2-lane roads, or in the right lane on larger roads.
- Ride Straight - Please help avoid crashes by riding predictably, without any sudden turns or stops.
- Don't Hate - Please roll past any conflict that might present itself during the ride.
- Pack your Trash - Bike partiers aspire to leave party stops in better condition than we found them.
- Don't Get Smashed - Riding while inebriated poses a danger to yourself and others. Don't ruin the fun for everyone else by overdoing it.

Bring
Lights - Rides are at night, so let's make sure to be visible.
Locks - No bikes have been stolen from the SC Bike Party, but during breaks better to be safe than sorry.
Layers - As we all know Santa Cruz evenings can get damp and chilly.
Water, snacks - Our stops are not always near stores, so best to bring what you need.
Tube, patch kit, pump, tools - The ride is unsupported; please come prepared.


Location: Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Book Group
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Library Live Oak
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

Live Oak Library Book Group (2:00 PM-3:00 PM)

The Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction. Check with the front desk staff for the current month's book selection.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Fashion Teens
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Santa Cruz City Schools
Teens show off their fashion creations, many of them from upcycled materials
Date: 04/12/2019 at 7:00pm


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Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Friday, April 12, 7:00pm
Presented by Santa Cruz City Schools


Please join us for an evening of boundless joy, celebrating the creativity and enthusiasm of our artistic youth. One hundred and twenty teens from sixteen Santa Cruz County Middle Schools and High Schools will model fashions they themselves designed and constructed.

Sponsored by the Arts Council Santa Cruz, Goodwill, Pivot, Santa Cruz City Schools, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, PVUSD and the City of Santa Cruz.

Advance ticket sales end 2 hours prior to the event. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door.

 

 


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UCSC Community & Arts Festival
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UCSC Community & Arts Festival
Performance with comedians, a cappella choirs, jazz ensembles, dancers and more
Date: 04/13/2019 from 8:30am to 4:00pm


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On Saturday, April 13th from 11 AM - 3 PM the UC Santa Cruz Good Neighbor Initiative will be hosting the UCSC Community and Arts Festival in Abbott Square at the Museum of Arts & History, in downtown Santa Cruz.

 

This is a FREE event which will feature diverse student performance groups that include comedians, a cappella choirs, jazz ensembles, dancers and more.  This event is organized by students who are excited to share their talents with the community.

 

The UCSC Arboretum will also be presenting a hands-on activity for kids that will result in taking home a free succulent and tips on how to grow these plants.

 

For more information please contact the Good Neighbor Initiative at gnintern@ucsc.edu

 


Location: Abbott Square, 118 Cooper St, Santa Cruz Map
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Paint Poppies!
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Palace Art & Office Supply
Toaa Dallo will guide you with step-by-step instructions, making this workshop ideal for beginners and anyone who loves to creat
Date: 04/13/2019 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $65

(0 A 0 April 2019) Palace_Wildflowers.jpgTry your hand at plein-aire style painting -- in the comfort of our classroom! Paint a spectacular California "Super Bloom" landscape.

 

You'll learn all about color, depth, and the painterly approach, while you create a beautiful work of art to bring home with you.

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 and M. Graham and Co.

 

Call or text Toaa at (831) 332-9532, or send him an email at toaadallo@sbcglobal.net


 


Location: 1501 41st Ave, Capitola Map
Phone: (831) 464-2700 •website Capitola create a direct event link
San Lorenzo River Adventures!
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Coastal Watershed
The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Feb 23-Jun 22)


The Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History are teaming up in 2019 to bring you your favorite nature tour series: Exploring the San Lorenzo River. This spring, connect with local naturalists, geologists, mycologists, historians, and artists through unique explorations of the San Lorenzo River. Bring the whole family and learn about birds, mushrooms, floods, and rocks. Take a tour in the upper San Lorenzo River on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Check out the lower San Lorenzo River and Santa Cruz Riverwalk on the 4th Saturday of each month.


Faults, Floods, and Fossils Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.

Explore the geologic history of the San Lorenzo Valley, how to identify the different kinds of rocks, river processes, faults, floods, and fossils. We are looking forward to this repeat of Frank Perry's popular walk, described here.


Field Journaling along the San Lorenzo River Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.

Explore Coastal Watershed Council's San Lorenzo River Habitat Enhancement site with local artist Melody Overstreet. Learn about the ecological community at the San Lorenzo River through observation, plant care, drawing and guided reflection. We will develop our naturalist eye through the practice of drawing plant species and the landscape.


Indigenous People in the San Lorenzo Valley Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.

Learn about the first people to live in the Santa Cruz Mountains. How did they interact with the abundant natural resources? What evidence do we have to learn about their lifestyles? Where are they now? More information on the tour to be announced soon.


Bilingual Bird Walk - Camino Bilingüe Sobre Los Aves Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.

Walk along the San Lorenzo River and discover the different families of birds that live here. Learn to observe birds who come from near and far to the San Lorenzo River. Local bird enthusiast Nanci Adams, will lead the bilingual walk. This tour is great for all ages!

 

Camine a lo largo del río San Lorenzo y descubre las diferentes familias de aves que viven allí. Aprender a observar las aves que vienen de cerca y lejos a nuestro Río. Nanci Adams, una entusiasta de aves, conducirá el paseo bilingüe. La caminata es una gran oportunidad por todas las edades!


Location: 440 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Spring Eggstravaganza!
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Egg Hunts and Lions Club Spring Fling Flea Market
Date: 04/13/2019 from 8:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: $5 per child

(0 A 0 April 2019) Eggstravaganza.jpgDid some bunny say EGG HUNT? Your local community realtors at Team House Hunter and lender at Sierra Pacific Mortgage are back at it again!

Bring your baskets & come out to support this local community event at Aptos Village Park on April 13.

12:30PM Ages 0-4 Egg Hunt
12:40PM Ages 5-8 Egg Hunt
12:50PM Ages 8 and up Egg Hunt

 

The event will benefit Live Like Coco and coincide with the Lions Club Spring Fling Flea Market (8am-2pm).

 

The event will feature an Egg Hunt, Photos With Bunny, Face Painting, and Food Trucks. Hope to see you there!


Admission is $5 per child and includes egg hunt plus digital photo with the Easter Bunny.

 

Eventbrite charges a processing fee of $1.77 per ticket.

 

All proceeds to be donated to Live Like Coco.


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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
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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San Lorenzo River Adventures! Crawling Critters
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Coastal Watershed
The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
Date: 04/13/2019


The Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History are teaming up in 2019 to bring you your favorite nature tour series: Exploring the San Lorenzo River. This spring, connect with local naturalists, geologists, mycologists, historians, and artists through unique explorations of the San Lorenzo River. Bring the whole family and learn about birds, mushrooms, floods, and rocks. Take a tour in the upper San Lorenzo River on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Check out the lower San Lorenzo River and Santa Cruz Riverwalk on the 4th Saturday of each month.

Crawling Critters Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.

In this exploration of creatures thriving on and along the San Lorenzo River, we'll look toward the ground to find the scaled, fanged, barbed, and spineless creatures that often spook and surprise us. Though they may seem alien to some, many of these animals hold amazing adaptations, like neurotoxic tissues or heat-sensing faces.


Location: 440 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Spring Plant Sale
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Arboretum
Discover great plants at great prices.
Date: 04/13/2019


Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 13, 2019
10 am to 12pm - CNPS and Arboretum Members Presale
12pm to 4 pm - Open to the Public, Silent Auction: 11am-1pm 

 

Run, don't walk, to the Arboretum's ever-popular Spring Plant Sale! Gardeners in the know can find hundreds of varieties of plants that are well-suited to the central California Coast. Featured plants are from California, Australia, and South Africa. Visit the Arboretum's website, one week prior to the sale for a list of available plants. Curators and knowledgeable volunteers will help you choose extraordinary plants during the sale.

Valet Wheelbarrow Service volunteers assist shoppers in transporting their purchased plants to the parking area.

 

Discover great plants at great prices. The California Native Plant Society is also on hand with their plant selections. Yes, two giant sales in one!


Come early for the best selection. Not yet a member of the Arboretum or CNPS and want to get in early? Memberships are available at UCSC Arboretum Memberships, or at the entry on the day of the sale


The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a favorite destination for those who love  plants, birds and natural beauty. The Arboretum inspires stewardship of the world's biodiversity through research, education, and the conservation of rare and extraordinary plants.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Like old planes? Come visit us!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Saturday and Sunday

(0 A November 2018) Wats_HistoricalAircraftDay.jpgSecond Weekends @ Watsonville Airport

Historical Aircraft Display every second weekend Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am – 4pm.


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Coastal Wildflower Day
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State Park Half Moon Bay Beach
Come see some glorious flowers!
Date: 04/13/2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm


The mission of Coastal Wildflower Day is to inspire stewardship of diverse, interconnected ecosystems that support thriving coastal wildflower habitats, and to celebrate the vital role of volunteer community restoration efforts at our Coastside State Parks, now and in the future.


Location: 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Map
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Run Sweat Love
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Mini Mermaid & Young Tritons
Race, music, art displays, food vendors, and family activities
Date: 04/13/2019 at 9:30am
Admission Fees: $10-$35

(0 A 0 April 2019) RunSweatLove.jpgThis fun family race benefits the Mini Mermaid Running Club and the Young Tritons Running club for kids.

 

Get your running shoes on and support these young athletes! Stay after the race for music, art displays, food vendors, and family activities.

 

Runners, walkers and strollers are all welcome to this accessible event.

Get more info here.

 


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Pickwick Book Club
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Library Central
Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations ...
Date: The 2nd Su of every month (Jan 13-May 12) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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Pickwick Book Club Discussion


Brought to you by the Dickens Project at UCSC & Santa Cruz Public Libraries.


The Santa Cruz Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly September-June to discuss a nineteenth century novel. Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations to help us contextualize our readings.

 

January book: Our Mutual Friend (Book IV) by Charles Dickens


February-June book: Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

 

2nd Sundays: January 13th, February 10th, March 10th, April 14th, May 12th and June 9th

2:00 - 4:00pm


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


Location: Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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Santa Cruz Art League
California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
Date: Every day (Mar 1-Apr 14)


(0 A March) LandscapeExhibit.jpgAnnual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

For almost nine decades, the Santa Cruz Art League's Statewide Landscape Exhibition has showcased the work of artists across the Golden State who depict California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions.

 

    Friday, March 1 - Sunday, April 14, 2019

Location: 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Workshop: Helping Teens Cope With Depression
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Triple P
Common causes and signs of depression in teens; What to do if you think your teen is depressed.
Date: 04/15/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x220

Triple P Workshop: Helping Teens Cope With Depression
April 15, 5:30 - 7 pm
Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: Common causes and signs of depression in teens; What to do if you think your teen is depressed; and Tips for helping teens develop healthy coping skills.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Register to reserve your spot. FREE child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults, teens, and children.

Presented in English by: Gladys Gómez, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville
To register: Contact Gladys Gómez at (831) 724-2997 x220 or gladysg@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville Map
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Homeschool Moms Stitch Night
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Heddi Craft
Monthly get together for homeschool moms offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself
Date: The 16th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


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

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

 

Check to confirm for location and date.


Location: Knit Sew Make, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
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Volunteer Birders Needed!
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Elkhorn Slough
Great introduction to the Reserve
Date: 04/16/2019

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Volunteer Birders Needed!

Teams of volunteer birders will be counting waterbirds within defined areas along the main channel (by boat), and at four walk-in estuarine sites.  Walk-in sites will take a total of about 2 hours to complete (North Marsh will take 3-3.5 hours); plan for a 3-4 hour outing for the boat trip.We particularly need help from expert birders (i.e. those that can readily identify the various species of waterbirds and shorebirds), but also welcome novices to count easily identified species. 

 

Please RSVP if you can join us, and list your first and second choice locations:

 

TUESDAY April 16th 
Main channel boat survey 1:30-5:00pm
North Harbor (Jetty Road) 2:00-3:30pm
Parsons Overlook 2:00-4:00pm

North Marsh 8:30-11:30am


(0 A 0 April 2019) Elkhorn_WaterbirdCount.jpgWe need at least two members for each team (at least one superb birder to do identifications and counts and at least one person familiar with the protocol and datasheets to take notes).  More birders to help with identifications and counts are preferred, especially for the boat trip, and more novices to help with counts of easy species and with note-taking are welcome. Please feel free to invite friends, bird club members, etc. to join in - there is really no upper limit on sizes of teams.

 

Please let us know if you can help, and if so, your preferred sites.  We will then compile a master list and contact you a week before the monitoring to tell you which team you're on and where to meet.

To RSVP please email Susie Fork, Research Biologist, Elkhorn Slough Reserve at skfork@gmail.com.

Photo by Bob Levy

 

Regular Reserve and Visitor Center hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Reserve and Visitor Center are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. When the Reserve is closed you cannot access the trails, restrooms, visitor center, or bookstore.


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Preview Day at Kirby School
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Kirby Preparatory School
See our teachers and students in action.
Date: 04/16/2019 from 11:15am to 1:15pm
Ages: Parents/Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A 0 April 2019) KirbySchool_Logo.jpgJoin us on Preview Day from 11:15am-1:15pm for a close-up look at Kirby School.

 

Choose from a menu of classes in middle and/or high school to visit in and enjoy a homemade lunch.

 

Explore our campus and learn more about our caring, student-centered approach to education.


Location: Kirby School , 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0658 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Family Day & Egg Hunt
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Triple P - Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Come join the fun! Triple P positive parenting tips, participate in a Spring Egg hunt, do face painting, and color eggs and pict
Date: 04/17/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 335-6600, ext 6605

Triple P Family Day & Egg Hunt
April 17, 10 am - 12 pm


Hosted by Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources at the Felton Covered Bridge Park (corner of Graham Hill Road and Mount Hermon Road).

 

Come join the fun! Get Triple P positive parenting tips, participate in a Spring Egg hunt, do face painting, and color eggs and pictures with your kids!


Location: Felton Covered Bridge Park, corner of Graham Hill Road and Mount Hermon Road, Felton Map
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Pleasure Point Third Thursdays
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Pleasure Point Community
Come down to Pleasure Point, check out all of our fantastic new shops, support and meet local artisans and have a good time!
Date: The 3rd Th of every month (Sep 20-May 16) at 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st Peak Park to the Hook

(0 A September 2018) PleasurePointThursdays.jpgPleasure Point has a new and exciting event to share! Every Third Thursday of the month from 5-8 pm, businesses will stay open for our community and feature local artists and makers. We will feature musicians and food trucks to create a lively atmosphere for families to enjoy. Come down to Pleasure Point, check out all of our fantastic new shops, support and meet local artisans and have a good time!


Phone: (831) 464-7748 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Soupline
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Homeless Services Center
Fundraise- Enjoy gourmet soups served by local celebrities with new soups every hour, as well as fresh salads, artisan breads, d
Date: 04/18/2019 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $50

(0 A 0 April 2019) Soupline.jpgThe 20th annual Soupline, a fundraiser to help end homelessness in Santa Cruz County, will feature more than 30 top local restaurants. Enjoy gourmet soups served by local celebrities with new soups every hour, as well as fresh salads, artisan breads, delicious desserts and a no-host wine bar.

Soupline will be held 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Cocoanut Grove. Tickets are available at the door or on Eventbrite: early bird $40 through March 15 and $50 after.

 

Kids 12 and younger are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

 

Soupline supports the Homeless Service Center's work to help families and individuals in our community find permanent homes.

 

Learn more and buy tickets at www.soupline.org.


Location: Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-5590 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Bookbinding Class
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MAH
Fun for all ages, come drop-in to start creating your own books everywhere you go.
Date: 04/19/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All

(0 A 0 March) MAH_BookbindingNight.jpgLearn how to do basic bookbinding and leave with an awesome booklet to hold your drawings, paintings, or notes.

Fun for all ages, come drop-in to start creating your own books everywhere you go.

Make Nights include museum admission. Pop upstairs to explore three floors of interactive exhibitions. Get hands-on every Friday at Make, a series of drop-in craft nights for all ages.


Location: 740 Front St, Santa Cruz 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: 04/20/2019 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
    • And more!

Kid Friendly Activities

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

 

Some Other Highlight

    • Electric Vehicle Showcase
    • Delicious Vegetarian Food
    • Beer Garden
    • Photo Booth

 


Location: San Lorenzo Park Benchlands, 137 Dakota Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

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


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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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Friends' Book Sale @ Earth Day Santa Cruz
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Friends' Book Sale @ Earth Day Santa Cruz
Date: 04/20/2019 from 12:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries will have a book sale at Earth Day Santa Cruz, San Lorenzo Park.

We will have very reasonably priced Earth Day themed books for adults and children!


Location: San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Eggstravaganza
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Boulder Creek Rec & Park District
FREE community egg hunt
Date: 04/20/2019 at 11:15am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A 0 April 2019) BoulderCreekEggstravaganza.jpgEggstravaganza is fun for all ages!
Join the Boulder Creek Recreation & Parks District for our FREE community egg hunt (donations encouraged)

Over 3000 eggs will be hidden!

Easter Bunny will be present for pictures ($5)
We will also have:
Petting Zoo ($1 to feed the animals)
Face Painting
Food Truck
Bake Sale
Local Non Profits
Bounce House

 

11:15am - 11:45am  Egg hunt by age groups
12:00pm - 1:00pm  Field egg hunt for everyone


All proceeds benefit the Boulder Creek Recreation & Parks District with making the necessary repairs needed to continue to let our community thrive at both of our locations.


Phone: 831-338-4144 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm


(0 April 2018) PieRanchDance.jpgBARN DANCE

 

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

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

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

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

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


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-0995 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Glimpses of World History with Robert W. Strayer
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Glimpses of World History with Robert W. Strayer
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Apr 2-Aug 17) from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Adults & teens Admission Fees: Free

Series of illustrated talks dealing with various themes, topics, and periods of time in World History. Robert W. Strayer (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) brings wide experience in world history to the writing of Ways of the World.

3th Saturday of the month 1:00pm to 2:30pm. April to August 2019.

April 20: In the Beginning: 95% of the Human Story (The Paleolithic Era)
May 18: The Breakthrough to Agriculture: Catastrophe or Progress?
June 15: The Rise of World Religions: Origins, Spread, and Adaptation
July 20: The Columbus Connection: 1492 and the Joining of Two Worlds
August 17: The Rise and Fall of World Communism in the 20th Century


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Easter Eggstravaganza & Egg Hunt
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Watsonville PAL
STEAM is back at PAL with some holiday fun.
Date: 04/20/2019 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 2-5 & 2-7 Admission Fees: $10/class

(0 A 0 April 2019) WatsPALEaster.jpgEaster is right around the corner🐰🌼

We will be celebrating with our fellow city departments!

Come by Pinto Lake City Park next Saturday, April 20th, 1pm-5pm

  • Our friend Bunny... yeah we said it. The Easter Bunny will be there! 🤩
  • Photos with Easter Bunny
  • Food trucks, activities, egg hunt and so much more
  • It's going to be EGGciting 🤣

We crack ourselves up!


Location: Pinto Lake City Park, 451 Green Valley Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-763-4147 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

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

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

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

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


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


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey Map
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Aromas Eggstravaganza!
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Aromas Community Center Foundation
Aromas Eggstravaganza! Come enjoy outdoor games, a petting zoo, live children's music, and a visit with the Easter Bunny!
Date: 04/20/2019 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: 1-12 Admission Fees: $8 advance purchase, $10 at event

The Aromas Sports Park is hosting an egg hunt fundraiser on April 20th! Come enjoy outdoor games, a petting zoo, live children's music, and a visit with the Easter Bunny! Food concessions provided by Aromas Soccer Club to support the new soccer field. Event is from 11 am to 2 pm, hunting starts at 11:30 for the youngest kids. Bring your own baskets or purchase one at the event. $10 per child. Advanced tickets available at Marshall's Grocery for $8.


Location: Aromas Sports Park, 300 Aromas Road, Aromas Map
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Easter Egg Hunt
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Kennolyn Camp
Annual Easter Egg Hunt FREE event for the entire family
Date: 04/20/2019 at 10:30am

Special Instructions: FREE (but please RSVP)

Kennolyn Camps Easter Egg Hunt


Morning Event: Gate Opens at 10am, Egg Hunts from 10:30-11:00am
Afternoon Event: Gate Opens 1pm, Egg Hunts from 1:30-2:00pm

FREE (but please RSVP)


Kennolyn has designed this event so that all kids can have a fun and successful time spread out across large, open spaces. Count on this event being entirely free for parking, coffee, snacks, crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny, and the Easter Egg Hunt. The whole family can enjoy the event together on this beautiful, peaceful site in the Santa Cruz Mountains. There are two separate egg hunts at 10:30 - 11:00 AM and 1:30 - 2:00 PM. Toddlers will have their own sheltered area to explore for eggs. For kids of other ages, they can explore in different search areas, which will be temporarily closed and replenished as soon as the eggs run out, so the hunt can continue!

 

Following the Egg Hunts around 12:00 PM or 3:00 PM you can join us for a tour of our summer camp properties. The Easter Egg Hunt is our biggest community wide event. Hope to see you there.


Location: Hilltop Hacienda, 8205 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel Map
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Community Poetry Circle
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

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


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Capitola Village Easter Egg Hunt
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Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce
Easter Egg Hunt on the beach!
Date: 04/20/2019 from 11:00am to 11:30am
Ages: Children 12 and under Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Hunt begins at 11:00am SHARP! Please limit 3 eggs per child so there will be plenty for everyone.

(Holidays) Easter_Capitola_HappyEasterBunny.jpgHop on down to Capitola Village for an Easter Egg Hunt on the beach!

 

Bring the kids (12 and under) to hunt for candy-filled eggs hidden in the sand, and a visit with the Easter Bunny!

 

Please limit 3 eggs per child so there will be plenty for everyone. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the fun! Hunt begins at 11am sharp...don't be late!


Phone: (831) 475-6522 •website Capitola Villagecreate a direct event link
NOCHE OAXAQUEΡA
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Senderos
Enjoy delicious Oaxacan food and beverages and support Senderos. Music by Senderos Ensamble Musical
Date: 04/20/2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


(0 A 0 April 2019) Senderos_Dance-Week.jpgYou are invited...


Enjoy and celebrate the colors, flavors and sounds of Oaxacan culture with traditional food and beverages, and live music. Feast on famous Oaxacan treats with mole sauce and wash it all down with chocolate con leche, cafe con olla, or jamaica!

 

Proceeds go to Senderos, a community organization that provides free after-school and weekend activities to local Latinx kids promoting cultural enrichment and connection, bi-lingual literacy, pride and new skills.

 

- NOCHE OAXAQUEÑA - fundraising event for Senderos at Harvey West Scout House. Enjoy delicious Oaxacan food and beverages and support Senderos. Music by Senderos Ensamble Musical


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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 (Apr 20-Apr 21)
Ages: All

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Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt

APRIL 20 - 21

DEPARTS 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!

 

Egg Hunt available for Easter Steam Train only. There is no Easter Egg Hunt on the Beach Train.

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831/ 335-4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
COME DANCE!
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Santa Cruz Dance
Come dance with us! Live music * easy to learn * high energy * great community!
Date: The 2nd Su of every month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12 (general), ($20 supporters, $8 students), Cash, check, or Paypal only

Come dance with us!

Live music * easy to learn * high energy * great community!

 

Upcoming Dances -

This is a traditional New England style of folk dancing, in which each dance is taught and prompted by a caller. What makes it "contra" dancing is that during one 5-to-10-minute dance, each couple "progresses" up or down the hall, eventually dancing with everyone else in the line.

No dancing experience is necessary! It's easy to learn; just follow the instructions. Bringing a partner is NOT required, but do invite your friends!

 

Beginner's Workshop:  dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner's lesson20 minutes before the regularly-scheduled dances (5:40 or 6:40). Regular dancing begins on the hour (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).

Dances feature gender-neutral dance roles (larks/ravens).

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


Location: Veteran's Hall, 846 Front St, 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
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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
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Stepping Stones Triple P: Teaching Children Self-Care Skills
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Triple P
Attend this FREE workshop to learn tools for teaching children with special needs self-care skills.
Date: 04/23/2019 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission

Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop: Teaching Children Self-Care Skills
April 23, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Stepping Stones Triple P offers parenting support for families with children with special needs, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Stepping Stones Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues.

Attend this FREE workshop to learn tools for teaching children with special needs self-care skills, such as: personal hygiene, brushing teeth, getting dressed, and following morning and bedtime routines.

This Stepping Stones Triple P workshop is offered as part of the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Community Advisory Committee's monthly meeting. No registration required. Light snacks provided. PLUS: FREE admission to the MOD all day and a Special Education Resource Fair from 3 - 6 p.m. hosted by the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Community Advisory Committee. Please note: child care will not be available at this event.


Presented in English by: Stella Lauerman, Triple P Practitioner
Location: Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (MOD), 1855 41st Ave #10, Capitola (inside the Mall)
For questions, contact the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Office at (831) 466-5700 or visit www.nsccselpa.org


Location: Santa Cruz Children's Museum of , 1855 41st Ave #10 (inside the Mall), Capitola Map
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Hidden Gems Film Club
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Library Aptos
Not your ordinary film club!
Date: The 4th Tues of every month at 6:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries invite you to an evening of cinema. Come enjoy these "hidden gems." Every 4th Tuesday, see foreign films, documentaries, independents and even some mainstream movies you might have missed! If you wish, bring a snack to enjoy, and participate in the discussion!

 

​5:30PM Doors Open
​6:00PM Screening

Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Programs: 831-427-7717

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HIDDEN GEMS FILM CLUB: NOT YOUR ORDINARY FILM CLUB!

Pop-up screenings of foreign language, arthouse, independent and documentary films hosted by the Santa Cruz Public Library branches - a celebration of cinema


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
The Power of Positive Parenting
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Triple P
The Power of Positive Parenting provides an introduction to the Triple P program and positive parenting strategies.
Date: 04/23/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: (831) 724-2997 x212

Triple P Seminar: The Power of Positive Parenting April 23, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Triple P Seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in a wide range of situations. This seminar is the first in a series of three for families with children birth - 12 years old. You can attend one, two or all three of the seminars in the series.

The Power of Positive Parenting provides an introduction to the Triple P program and positive parenting strategies. Attend this free seminar to learn how to: Provide positive learning environments for children; Use assertive discipline; Have realistic expectations and take care of yourself.

This Triple P Seminar is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults.

Presented in English by: Liliana Zamora, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: Nueva Vista Community Resources, 711 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz


To register: Contact Liliana Zamora at (831) 724-2997 x212 or lilianaz@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Nueva Vista Community Resources, 711 E. Cliff Dr., Santa Crux Map
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Parent Education Night: Opioids and Youth
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SafeRX Santa Cruz County
Date: 04/23/2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Parent Education Night: Opioids and Youth

 

  • What are opioids?
  • Recent Opioid Trends in Our Comunity
  • Ways to Educate and Support Youth
  • Prevention and Intervention Strategy
  • Q & A

 

 

 


Location: Harbor High, 300 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Youth Rock Concert at Woodstock's Pizza
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Be Natural Music
Youth Rock, Concerts, Teen Bands, Kid Bands, Rock Bands, Real Rock Bands, Be Natural Music
Date: 04/23/2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Family Friendly Admission Fees: Free

Tuesday, APRIL 23, Live music from 6 - 8PM: Woodstock Pizza Fundraiser! Pizza proceeds go to the BNM Scholarship Fund, so tell them you're "here for the event" at the register! Six youth rock bands will be performing: MEH., Broken Octave, Flatline, Common Cents, FUZZ & Shattered

Entry: FREE


Location: Woodstock's Pizza, 710 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 515-8369 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
STEAM
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Library Watsonville
Join us for STEAM!
Date: Every Wed at 3:00pm
Ages: 8-12

(0 A November 2018) Wats-STEAM.jpgSTEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) in the Library will be for ages 8-12.

Participants will learn about and make (electronic) creations from Little Bits kits with the help of staff from the Environmental Science workshop.

This is an ongoing program and the kits will be re-used every time - creations will be photographed and displayed. Then projects will be taken apart and used to create something else the following week- unfortunately children will not be able to take their creations home. You can purchase a set from the official Little Bits website.

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library Children Room


Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3400 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Free Homework Help
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Library Garfield Park
Date: Every Wed (Oct 11-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.

 

No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

 

Dates: Weeks of October 11 to May 22

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7709 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Teen Job Fair
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Louden Nelson Center
Like games? Join us with your favorite board game.
Date: 04/24/2019 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

The Teen Job Fair is back! Local employers want to hire YOU! *Paper applications are available for businesses that hire teens
*Staff on hand to help you complete paper and online applications
*Access2Employment will offer Resume Reviews and Interview Tips
*Earn raffle tickets by visiting employer booths or participating in job skills activities
Prizes raffled off throughout the event. Must be present to win. Refreshments for teen job seekers.

Local employers who will be present:
*City of Santa Cruz, Parks & Recreation: Summer Camps
*Santa Cruz Teen Center: City of SC Teen Internship Program
*SunShops
*Whiting's Foods
*The Santa Cruz Seaside Company
*YMCA Camp Campbell
*Santa Cruz Outdoor Science School, COE



Location: 301 Center St. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6177 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Family Story Time
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Library Boulder Creek
Date: Every Wed from 11:00am to 12:00pm


Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Family Storytime @ Boulder Creek from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Stories and songs, art activities, games and play for families with children of all ages.


Location: Friends of the Santa Cruz Public, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Freedom
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Wed at 10:30am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
Phone: (831)768-3420 •website Freedom create 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
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Apoyando a su pareja
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Triple P
Cmo cuidar de su relacin en pareja y crear una vida familiar positiva.
Date: Every Th (Apr 11-May 2) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission, Gratis
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x211. En Espaol.

Grupo Breve de Triple P: Apoyando a su pareja
Cada jueves, del 11 de abril al 2 de mayo, 6 - 8 pm

Asista a este grupo breve de cuatro semanas para aprender sobre: Temas de crianza que pueden causar desacuerdos entre las parejas; Cómo cuidar de su relación en pareja y crear una vida familiar positiva; Herramientas para ayudar a las parejas a apoyarse mutuamente y trabajar en equipo.

Este grupo breve es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por: Sandra Rodelo, Puentes de Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Salón E, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Sandra Rodelo al (831) 724-2997 x211 o sandrar@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Saln E, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 724-2997 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Bilingual Learn & Play
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Watsonville PAL
WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.
Date: Every Th from 10:30am to 11:30am


(0 A February 2019) WatsPAL_BilingualLearnAndPlay.jpgLet's keep the streak going...
WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.

Bilingual Learn & Play will start February 21st on Thursdays at our PAL Gym - 130 Rodriguez St 10:30 - 11:30am.

More than just a play group, Learn & Play is offered as a free resource to provide early childhood education through a structured circle time followed by play based learning activities and opportunities for social connection.

We are so excited to bring this fun and interactive program to our community!

Please feel free to call us if you have any questions (831) 763-4147


#watsonville #watsonvilleyouth #policeactivitiesleague #watsonvillepal #californiapal #nationalpal #mothertoddlerprogram


Location: PAL Gym, 130 Rodriguez St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-763-4147 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Mothersong with Joya
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Mothersong Santa Cruz
A multi-cultural sing-a-long for families with babies
Date: Every Wed and Th at 9:15am
Ages: Babies 0-3 with parents Admission Fees: Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free
Special Instructions: Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30

(0 A November 2018) Joya.jpgMothersong Santa Cruz with Joya Winwood

Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30
Every 1st Sunday of the Month: 10:30-11:30


Directions:  Leaving town on River St, cross Hwy 1. Turn right into the driveway after all the red buildings. The sign says 1060 on it. Park in labeled Guest Parking places.   Walk between the big red buildings on the right.  Look for #111.  There's a ramp for strollers.  Enter the metal gate.  Follow signs.  Art Bar Cafe is next door.

 

All classes are one hour long.  Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free


Location: Tannery World Dance, 1060 River St #110, 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
Phone: (831) 588-7366 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Dance Week
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Motion Pacific
Enjoy the dancing!
Date: Every day (Apr 18-Apr 26)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 April 2018) DanceWeek_Night.jpgMotion Pacific is pleased to announce the annual Santa Cruz Dance Week :: April 19 - 26, 2019

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 18
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
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

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,  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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Toddler Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Toddler Time @ Downtown (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)


Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let's play and learn together!

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
STEAM - Make & Explore
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
We provide materials to explore creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries.
Date: Every Fri (Mar 29-May 24) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 0-12

(0 A 0 March) Library_STEAM.jpgJoin your Santa Cruz Public Libraries Friday afternoons to make something creative or make a new discovery from 2pm-4pm!

 

Your library is partnering with the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to offer this weekly program. We will be in their Tinkerlab room. The program is free, and most suitable for 6-12 year olds.

 

Parents will need to remain available throughout the program, and will be helping children under 6. We provide materials to explore creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries. Usually they will be able to take their creations home. Sometimes they will be building something for that day only. Please join us and have some fun!

 

Program Description: The STEAM fields of study are all intertwined in nature. Children, at all levels, will benefit from exploring and experimenting with a variety of natural, recycled, and art materials. This program might use nature's mathematical patterns of geometry, symmetry, fractals, and Fibonacci spirals. Thematic science, art, technology, and engineering from MOD's exhibits might inspire this program's open-ended projects.


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
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The MAKE Lab
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Library Scotts Valley
Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come
Date: Every Fri (Mar 8-Jul 26) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Teens 12-18 years

The MAKE Lab

Santa Cruz Public Libraries' very own makerspace offers a variety of tools and materials for STEAM-based projects! Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come in to learn, explore, and have fun! 

 

Tools include:

  • FlashForge CreatorPro 3D printer
  • Silhouette Cameo 3 vinyl cutter
  • Walnut Hollow woodburning tool
  • Walnut Hollow versa/soldering tool
  • American Button Machines 1.5" pinback button machine
  • Fellowes thermal book binding machine
  • Oculus Rift virtual reality set
  • MakeyMakey circuit pack
  • Botley the Coding Robot
  • MakeDo cardboard construction kit
  • Brother sewing machine
  • screenprinting kit
  • glass etching kit
  • wire wrapping and jewelry making supplies
  • book upcycling/repurposing projects

Tools are limited in quantity and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Introductory materials and training will be available onsite--elaborate projects or special materials will need to be brought by participants. Kids 13 and under will need parental permission and supervision. Staff will be available to help answer questions and train patrons on more difficult tools. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.


Friday, March 8
Friday, March 22, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Friday, May 3, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
Friday, May 31, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019
Friday, July 12, 2019
Friday, July 26, 2019


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Preschool Storytme
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Preschool Storytime @ Aptos Library
Join us for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We will read books, sing songs and make a simple craft. For 3-6 year olds.


Kids 3-5 years

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831.427.7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Tales to Tails La Selva Beach
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Fri from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) LibraryLaSelva_TalestoTails_.jpgTales to Tails @ La Selva Beach from 3:00pm-3:30pm!

 

Have you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

 

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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West Side 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 Sa from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All

The Westside Farmers' Market takes place every week, year round at the corner of Hwy 1 and Western Drive, situated on the northern edge of Santa Cruz's greenbelt. This market serves the communities of the west-end of Santa Cruz including Bonny Doon, the North Coast and the UCSC Campus. It is just a hop, skip and a jump from Downtown.


Foodies Unite

Going into its eleventh year this market is proud to have been named best market by the Santa Cruz Metro's, "Peoples Poll" multiple times. The market showcases a great selection of 100% certified organic produce, artisan foods, wine, body products, tinctures, sustainable seafood, pasture raised meats, flowers and eggs along with cook-to-order cuisine, live local music and full espresso bar operated by up-and-coming Santa Cruz-based roaster 11th Hour Coffee.

With easy access and an abundance of free parking, this market makes for a convenient and celebratory Saturday morning outing.

 

2019 Pop-Up Breakfast Series - Ticket Sales Announced

The 2019 Pop-Up Breakfast Series is coming our way! Once again the Westside Farmers' Market will host three of these farm-to-table, ticketed events. With a great chef line up and a solid reputation, these pop-ups will sell out. Stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter to get your first pick at tickets when they go on sale. Learn more about the events HERE.

 

Market Match

Market Match offers farmers' market customers a dollar for dollar match up to $10 on their CalFresh (food stamp) cards at the Felton market.  If a customer swipes their CalFresh card for $7, they get $7 of Market Match for free, swipe $10, you get $10. The goal of this project is to encourage CalFresh (EBT/SNAP) recipients to take advantage of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. SCCFM will be offering the Market Match program for the 2019 season. By offering an incentive that lowers the price of fresh produce, we are helping shoppers stretch their food dollars while keeping their families healthy. Locate the information booth and the market manager to redeem EBT coins and to take advantage of the Market Match incentive.


Location: Mission St. Ext. and Western Dr., Santa Cruz Map
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Aptos Farmers Market
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Aptos Farmers Market
An upbeat and relaxed market with music, many special events to be enjoyed. Market is open year round, rain or shine.
Date: Every Sa from 8:00am to 12:00pm


Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College,

Voted America's Favorite Farmers Market in California


In 2011, 2012, and 2013 our farmers markets were voted "America's Favorite Farmers Market in California." Additionally, Coastal Living Magazine named the Aptos Farmers Market one of "The Coast's Best Farmers Markets."


Market customers appreciate the bountiful selection of top quality produce and specialty foods as well as the opportunity to connect with the farmers and vendors who produce it. Ninety vendors, of which most are certified organic or use sustainable farming methods, offer pastured grass fed meats and poultry, sustainable fish, oysters, handcrafted cheeses, locally produced olive oil, fresh pasta and gourmet sauces, organic juices, handmade sauerkraut, Corralitos smoked sausages and bacon, artisan breads and baked goods, organic honey, mushrooms, sprouts and microgreens, farm fresh eggs, flowers, potted plants, seedlings, herbs, and an unsurpassed selection of certified California grown fruits, vegetables and nuts.

 

Additional Market Attractions
Professional sharpening services are available for knives and gardening tools year round.

 

Market Newsletter and Recipes Blog
Subscribe to free monthly e-newsletter for market updates, featured monthly produce, and upcoming special events. Visit our market's award winning companion website www.edibleparadise.com for delicious seasonal recipes.

 

Market Information

Season: Open year-round, rain or shine
Day and Hours: Open Saturdays, 8 am until 12 pm
Location:  Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
Parking: Lots of free parking, easy access
Map:   Driving directions »
Vendors:  Aptos Farmers and Vendors List »


Location: Cabrillo Parking Lots, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
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FREE swim lessons w. Seahorse Swim School
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Seahorse Swim School
FREE swim lessons w. Seahorse Swim School
Date: 04/27/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: ages 6 months and up Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: no appointment needed , no experience necessary

(0 A 0 April 2019) Seahorse2019FreeSwimLessons.jpgIn an effort to reduce accidental drowning, Seahorse Swim School will offer FREE swim lessons this Spring.


Location: Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos Map
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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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International Children's Festival
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International Children's Festival
Hey, kids and parents of the Bay Area! 10th International Children's Festival will be held on April 27th, 2019. Save the date!
Date: 04/27/2019 from 10:00am to 6:00pm


(0 A 0 March) InternationalChildrensFestival2_300.jpgDiscover the world from San Jose. International Children's Festival unites world cultures in the Bay Area through food, fun and dance. Join us and explore a variety of cultures from your neighborhood!

 

Pony Rides, petting zoo, cultural dances of more than 20 different countries, ethnic foods, and more!

 

FREE with Eventbrite registration

Don't forget to like event Facebook page for promotions.


https://www.facebook.com/kidzfest/

 

Free admission for the first 5000

 


Location: Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose Map
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DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every Sa at 11:00am

Special Instructions: Located on Highway 35, just 2.5 miles southeast of the junction with Hwy 9

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
  Sat 11am
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1 mile loop; elevation gain 300 feet    
Ascend through Douglas-fir, madrone, and tanoak to see the park’s imposing namesake peak—a good spot for bouldering and roped climbs. The surrounding smaller rocks are a great playground for children.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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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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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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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: 04/27/2019 from 11:00am to 1:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free!

(0 A 0 April 2019) Summit19_RunnersinBlue.jpgAn 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."

 

Hosted by Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. Registration and information at SummitforthePlanet.org

 

Schedule of Events

9:30 - 10:00am: Registration
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
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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Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
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Arboretum
Free guided tour with paid admission, $3
Date: Every Sa

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

Join staff & docents on a tour of what's in bloom.

Free Guided Tour, 1st Saturday, every month, Free with your Arboretum admission. 

 

Admission to the Arboretum

  • The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is open from 9:00 to 5:00 every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. A visit is worthwhile any time of the year.
  • $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6.
  • Free to those going only to shop at Norrie's.
  • Free to UCSC students
  • Free to Friends of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum members and Arboretum volunteers
  • Free to members of gardens participating in the American Horticulture Society (AHS) Reciprocal Admissions Program
  • Free on first Tuesday of each month, Community Day.
  • Docent-lead tours can be arranged by advance request. The $10 per person cost includes admission to the Arboretum.

 


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Coastal Community Pre-School Spring Festival!
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Coastal Community Preschool
Fun stop by for a few hours with kiddos
Date: 04/27/2019 from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Ages: 0-12 Admission Fees: $15 per kid, $25 per family
Special Instructions: 11:30-2:30

The Spring Festival is an event that CCP host tons of games and activities for the kiddos: petting zoo, bounce houses, Baby Shark dance party (no you can't escape that song!), bubbles, ice cream and much more! Plus we will have amazing raffle items for adults and kids, food (lunch items and baked goods), and drink (mimosas and beer, anyone?)


Location: Coastal Community PreSchool, 900 High Street , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (617) 834-8966 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Waterwise Garden Pruning & Maintenance Workshop
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Sierra Azul Gardens
Practical and aesthetic ways to prune and shape up your perennials, salvias, grasses, restios, shrubs, trees, proteas and ground
Date: 04/27/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Registration cost: $15 ($10 for Jeff's consult clients)

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Jeff Rosendale will demonstrate practical and aesthetic ways to prune and shape up your perennials, salvias, grasses, restios, shrubs, trees, proteas and groundcovers as they are getting ready to put on lots of growth and new flowers coming out from winter and the late spring. Give your garden a nice new haircut.


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Location: 2660 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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San Lorenzo River Adventures!
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Coastal Watershed
The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Feb 23-Jun 22)


The Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History are teaming up in 2019 to bring you your favorite nature tour series: Exploring the San Lorenzo River. This spring, connect with local naturalists, geologists, mycologists, historians, and artists through unique explorations of the San Lorenzo River. Bring the whole family and learn about birds, mushrooms, floods, and rocks. Take a tour in the upper San Lorenzo River on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Check out the lower San Lorenzo River and Santa Cruz Riverwalk on the 4th Saturday of each month.

Fungus Amongus Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m.

 

Join us for a morning of mushroom hunting in Sycamore Grove, Henry Cowell State Park. Learn from Phil Carpenter of the Fungus Federation about mushrooms: how they grow, how to identify common species and what we know and don’t know about this magic family of organisms. While exploring the area learn about the history and ecology of Sycamore Grove from City of Santa Cruz Park Rangers. Sign up.

 

Fungus, Flora, Fauna  Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.

As winter shifts to spring, nature stirs! Explore a beautiful and unique part of the San Lorenzo watershed, and see the late fungus and early flowers that welcome the first migratory birds to our area. This tour will be led by local naturalist Christian Schwartz and will take place in Quail Hollow Ranch County Park located at 800 Quail Hollow Road in Felton.


Levees and Climate Change Resilience Saturday, March 23, 1:00 p.m.

How will climate change affect the City of Santa Cruz and the San Lorenzo River? Flooding, fire and drought are predicted to impact our community. Learn about steps the City is taking to address vulnerable areas like the San Lorenzo River and what actions you can take to prepare ourselves. This tour will take place on the Riverwalk and will be led by Tiffany Wise-West, the City of Santa Cruz Sustainability and Climate Change Manager. This tour is part of the 5th Annual State of the San Lorenzo River event occurring on March 23.


Crawling Critters Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.

In this exploration of creatures thriving on and along the San Lorenzo River, we'll look toward the ground to find the scaled, fanged, barbed, and spineless creatures that often spook and surprise us. Though they may seem alien to some, many of these animals hold amazing adaptations, like neurotoxic tissues or heat-sensing faces.

 

San Lorenzo River 2019 BioBlitz! Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m.

On Earth Day and World Fish Migration Day 2019, you're invited to join the Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for the 3rd Annual BioBlitz along the San Lorenzo River at the Tannery Arts Center. 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.

 

Landscapes and Activism Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.

Learn about the history of the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz from 1955 to 2005 and how transformations of the river landscape impacted the local ecology and human history. Check out old photos of the levees and surrounding downtown. During the tour, we will walk the Santa Cruz Riverwalk taking frequent breaks to take in the modern landscape and discuss how it came to be.

The tour will start at the Museum of Art and History.


Faults, Floods, and Fossils Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.

Explore the geologic history of the San Lorenzo Valley, how to identify the different kinds of rocks, river processes, faults, floods, and fossils. We are looking forward to this repeat of Frank Perry's popular walk, described here.


Field Journaling along the San Lorenzo River Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.

Explore Coastal Watershed Council's San Lorenzo River Habitat Enhancement site with local artist Melody Overstreet. Learn about the ecological community at the San Lorenzo River through observation, plant care, drawing and guided reflection. We will develop our naturalist eye through the practice of drawing plant species and the landscape.


Indigenous People in the San Lorenzo Valley Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.

Learn about the first people to live in the Santa Cruz Mountains. How did they interact with the abundant natural resources? What evidence do we have to learn about their lifestyles? Where are they now? More information on the tour to be announced soon.


Bilingual Bird Walk - Camino Bilingüe Sobre Los Aves Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.

Walk along the San Lorenzo River and discover the different families of birds that live here. Learn to observe birds who come from near and far to the San Lorenzo River. Local bird enthusiast Nanci Adams, will lead the bilingual walk. This tour is great for all ages!

Camine a lo largo del río San Lorenzo y descubre las diferentes familias de aves que viven allí. Aprender a observar las aves que vienen de cerca y lejos a nuestro Río. Nanci Adams, una entusiasta de aves, conducirá el paseo bilingüe. La caminata es una gran oportunidad por todas las edades!


Location: 440 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Dia De Los Ninos
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Monarch School
Please join the Branciforte Small Schools for a celebration and campus wide carnival.
Date: 04/27/2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: FREE Admission

(0 A 0 April 2019) dia-de-los-ninos2.jpgSo much Family FUN!!!
Food for sale
Zorb Balls
Jumpy House
Face Painting
Games
Pinatas
Art
Activities
Book Giveaway
Live Entertainment
Mega Rummage Sale

Please join the Branciforte Small Schools for a celebration and campus wide carnival. Raise funds for public education in Santa Cruz! All proceeds go to BSSC including Alternative Family Education (AFE), Monarch Community School, Costanoa and The Ark.

Tickets for games/activities available individually or you can purchase All Day wrist bands that cover UNLIMITED games and rides.


Location: 840 N. Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Homesteading Day
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Hidden Villa
Sheep-shearing, fiber arts, food preservation, backyard chicken care, composting, fruit tree pruning and more
Date: 04/27/2019 at 9:30am
Admission Fees: $20 - $30 + free for kids under 2

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Join us as we celebrate the practice of sustainability and self-reliance through home-scale agriculture and the cultivation of culinary and craft skills! Hear from local experts and passionate enthusiasts and learn to use natural resources in your community. With demonstrations and conversations in sheep-shearing, fiber arts, food preservation, backyard chicken care, composting, fruit tree pruning and so much more, you are guaranteed to leave with knowledge and inspiration!

 

9:30am - 11:30am Sheep Shearing                 

Sheep-dog herding demonstrations, hands-on wool activities, and local artisans using wool for their craft

10:30am - 2:00pm Food Trucks Available

12:30pm - 4:00pm Homesteading Afternoon   

Learn how to bring exciting new skills into your home with booths dedicated to beekeeping, winemaking, natural dyes, cheesemaking, wild foods, and more!

 

Expand your skills with presentations and demonstrations on:

  • Fermented Foods
  • Natural Dyes
  • Homemade Mead
  • Fruit Tree Pruning
  • Chicken Care
  • Sheep Shearing
  • Scything
  • Beer Brewing

Meet the folks behind some of the incredible small food and farm businesses that support the Bay Area and discover new ways to shop locally and with intention.  Plus, a special keynote speech by award-winning author, photographer, and champion of edible gardens, Rosalind Creasy.  Stay tuned-- more information to come!

 

Folks are invited to spend the entire day with us, or join us for only the morning Sheep Shearing portion, or afternoon Homesteading Fair.

 

All Day Pass: $30/person     

Sheep Shearing Morning Only: $20/person     

Homesteading Afternoon Only: $15/person

*Children 2 and under are free and do not need to register.

 

We want this opportunity to be accessible for all.  If you are interested in learning about how we can assist in making participation in this event possible for you, please email communityprograms@hiddenvilla.org. And don't miss your opportunity to win a unique door prize from Hidden Villa's farm.  Those who bike, walk, hike, or run to the farm will be entered for a chance to win a Special Hidden Villa item. 


Location: 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills Map
Phone: (650) 949-8650 •website Palo Altocreate a direct event link
FIESTA: Love. Community. Home.
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Research Center for the Americas
You won't want to miss this party!
Date: 04/27/2019 from 8:00pm to 12:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $20 for UCSC students $30 for General Admission $50 for Fiesta Insiders

(0 A 0 April 2019) CalicoBand.jpgWe are throwing a HUGE dance party with Calico, a live band. Proceeds will support student scholarships.

Local Santa Cruz band, Calíco, will get us moving with their Latin-fusion beats and SALSA sets! You will hear lots of Calíco originals plus more known songs from all over the Americas!

Evening highlights:

  • Photo contest winners on display
  • Full Museum Access
  • Lots of desserts
  • Cash Bar with signature drinks from Front & Cooper
  • Photo Booth
  • Awesome Silent Auction prizes
  • Lounge Area
  • SO MUCH MORE

Part of the proceeds will support the Reyna Grande Creative Writing Scholarship and the Wally Goldfrank Research Scholarship.

You can purchase your TICKETS here.


Location: Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Garden Planting and Wool Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Plant a seed , watch shearing and...
Date: 04/27/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Life on the Ranch - Gardening and Wool Day

Saturday, April 27 from 11am to 3pm

Celebrate spring and help us plant the organic heirloom vegetable garden as it would have been circa 1900! Bring the family... all ages are welcome. Children can plant and bring home their own heirloom bean in a paper pot, and everyone can enjoy living history demonstrations, sheep shearing, sheep dogs, spinning, and more. Bring a pair of gardening gloves and a sun hat. Snacks, drinks, tools, and seedlings will be provided. Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz Map
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Old Time Music Jam
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Toneway Project
Play, listen, dance! Ocean View Park
Date: The 4th Su of every month at 1:00pm


Bring yourselves out to the 4th Sunday Old Time Music Jam under the trees and in the fresh air at Ocean View Park in Santa Cruz! An all-ages, dog-friendly gathering for experts, learners, and lovers of American old time music. Featuring fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, mountain dulcimer and other traditional acoustic instruments, this welcoming gathering keeps alive a rich American musical tradition. Don't be shy. Bring your instruments and come play!

 

Free. Bring a sweater, a folding chair, and a snack to share.

 

Looking for music and ideas for getting started? Check out the ToneWay Project: https://toneway.com/

In the event of rain or cold, the jam moves inside at a private home near the park.


Location: Ocean View Park, 102 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Springfest
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Envision831
Join us to sip a cold brew, enjoy a fine glass of wine, jam out, snack on some goodies, and check out local artists!
Date: 04/28/2019 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $15, Kids under 12 free

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Envision831 is hosting local nonprofit Save our Shores for an epic Sunday afternoon full of live music, local beer, wine, and delicious food from Santa Cruz businesses. Come and join us to sip a cold brew, enjoy a fine glass of wine, jam out, snack on some goodies, and check out local artists!

 

Envision831

Founded by the Trowbridge and Tedsen Brothers, both life long multi-generational Santa Cruz locals, Envision831 set out with the goal to connect the local community with local businesses all while supporting a local non-profit. What a better way to accomplish our vision, then getting together for a celebration that showcases what this beautiful town has to offer. So, if you want to meet your new neighbor or try out that fresh new IPA from your local brewery, come check out one of our events throughout Santa Cruz County.


Location: Wrigley Building, 2801 Mission Street, 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: 04/28/2019 from 10:30am to 3:00pm


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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.

 

Tickets on sale now! 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 amazing local high school bands.


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Youth Rock Concert at Bruno's Bar & Grill
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Be Natural Music
Youth Rock, Concerts, Teen Bands, Kid Bands, Rock Bands, Real Rock Bands, Be Natural Music
Date: 04/28/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Family Friendly Admission Fees: Free

Sunday, APRIL 28, from 5PM - 7:30PM: This concert will be at Bruno's Bar & Grill in Scott's Valley! Bruno's is a great venue with a lot of games for the kids and food & drinks for the whole family. Six youth rock bands will be performing: MEH., Flatline, Shattered, Space Monkeys, FUZZ & Broken Octave

Entry: FREE


Location: Bruno's Bar & Grill, 230 Mt Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

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

 

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

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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DIO Fest 2019
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Do-It_Ourselves Fest
DIO Fest is a family friendly event, admission is free for kids 12 and under.
Date: Every day (Apr 25-Apr 28)
Admission Fees: $10-20

Do-It-Ourselves Fest brings unique experiences with music, art, and community to the central coast of California. Nestled near the summit of a redwood-forested mountainside, the festival grounds are located about 15 miles north of Santa Cruz. With 3 intimate stages, a swimming pool, several hiking trails, a running creek through lower campgrounds, and panoramic views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. There's no better setting for a weekend celebration of art and music. DIO Fest is a family friendly event, admission is free for kids 12 and under.


Pre-festival Show Thursday, April 25 8:00pm | Doors at 7:30pm
Tickets: $10-$20 (Sliding Scale)
Limited Seating - Advance Reservations Encouraged.


April 26-28

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Location: Camp Krem, 13160 Central Ave, Boulder Creek Map
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Open House 2019
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State Park Castro Adobe
"Thanks for the Memories" is a chance for history buffs, locals and Castro family descendants to visit
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 6-Dec 29) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

Located at 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville,  the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret Pajaro Valley's first State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks.

 

2019 Castro Adobe Open House events

Opened on a limited basis, the park will be open to the public one weekend day each month in 2019:

  • Sunday, Jan. 27
  • Saturday, Feb. 9
  • Sunday, March 10
  • Saturday, April 6
  • Sunday, May 19
  • Saturday, June 8
  • Sunday, July 14
  • Saturday, Aug. 10*
  • Sunday, Sept. 15
  • Saturday, Oct. 19
  • Sunday, Nov. 17
  • Holidays on the Rancho, Saturday, Dec. 7

The open houses will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the exception of the August event, which is 6-9 p.m. All events are free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

Learn more about how you can help create California's newest State Historic Park.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Little Rangers Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su and Sa at 10:00am


Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

All 3 to 6 year olds and their families are invited to learn, play, and laugh together at this 30 minute program. Activities, songs, stories, and silliness will help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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DIY Crafts
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(1:00 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun with DIY crafts every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 4:30 pm! Come and create a self-directed craft.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Corralitos Farm & Garden Market
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Corralitos Valley Research & Education Association (CVREA)
We have the tastiest fruit, veggies and baked treats!
Date: Every Su from 11:00am to 3:00pm


 

The Farm & Garden Market is a small, friendly, open air market made up of local farmers and gardeners who grow within about a five mile radius of Corralitos.

 

Seasonally we have the tastiest strawberries, blueberries, cherries, lemons, tomatoes, herbs, squash, potatoes, carrots, peas, beets, and avocados, as well as a variety of other fruits, vegetables, lettuces and salad greens.

We have bakers that offer wonderful treats, along with a table full of beautiful potted flowers.

 

You may find expertly handmade natural soaps, and homemade jams and preserves.

 

The market is open to all of our friends and neighbors who grow anything from a garden to a good back yard fruit tree.

 

For a booth we request a $5 donation to the CVREA, the non-profit who maintains the Corralitos Cultural Center.

Farm & Garden Market (including vendor inquiries)
Contact Wayne Miller:  wayne@catalyst2001.com  / (831) 724-1332

 


Location: Corralitos Cultural Center, 127 Hames Road, Corralitos Map
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Guys and Dolls
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Scotts Valley High School
A fun family friendly musical comedy
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Apr 18-Apr 28)
Admission Fees: General - $15.00 Seniors/Students - $12.00

Come support SVHS Theatre for their spring musical production of Guys and Dolls! This is a fun family friendly musical comedy that you will be certain to enjoy! Come support our hard working cast and crew, and enjoy this fabulous production!

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door 30 minutes prior to show start. Online ticket purchase is recommended for guaranteed seats and best seat selection. (Faster entry than pay at the door ticket holders).  https://www.showtix4u.com/events/16415

Show Schedule:
Opening Night: Friday, April 12, 2019 7:30 PM
Show 2: Saturday, April 13, 2019 7:30 PM
Show 3 (Matinee): Sunday, April 14, 2019 2:00 PM
Show 4: Thursday, April 18, 2019 7:30 PM
Show 5: Friday, April 19, 2019 7:30 PM
Show 6 (Matinee): Saturday, April 20, 2019 2:00 PM
Show 7: Saturday, April 20, 2019 7:30 PM
Show 8: Friday, April 26, 2019 7:30 PM
Show 9: Saturday, April 27, 2019 7:30 PM
Closing (Matinee): Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:00 PM


(0 A 0 April 2019) GuysandDolls_ACTORS.jpgAbout Guys & Dolls:

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks and Oliviers. Frequently revived, the show has been done with numerous all-star casts, including productions/concerts featuring Ewan McGregor, Jane Krakowski, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Jessica Biel.

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong. Frank Loesser's brassy, immortal score makes Guys and Dolls a crowd pleaser.


Location: 555 Glenwood Dr, Scotts Valley Map
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Live Oak Farmer's Market
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
Brunch options, live music, cafe seating
Date: Every Su from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Started in 2000, Live Oak Farmers Market has grown to be a weekly event that is loved by the communities of Live Oak, Pleasure Point and Capitola. Now in its eighth season as a year round market, you will find an excellent selection of organic produce from local farms, tree ripened fruits, dried fruit and nuts, baked goods, pastries, seafood, pasture-raised organic meats and more. The market is also the epicenter of the clean food movement, showcasing amazing Sunday brunch offerings like smoked, pastured-raised local pork and egg street tacos and cook-to order custom traditional Michoacan Mexican dishes using fresh organic ingredients. This is your Sunday destination.


Market Match

Market Match offers farmers' market customers a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10 on their CalFresh (food stamp) cards at the Live Oak Market. If a customer swipes their CalFresh card for seven dollars, they get seven dollars in Market Match tokens for free. Swipe $10, you get $10. The goal of this project is to encourage CalFresh (EBT/SNAP) recipients to take advantage of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. By offering an incentive that lowers the price of fresh produce, we are helping shoppers stretch their food dollars while keeping their families healthy. SCCFM will be offering the Market Match program for the 2018 season. Locate the information booth and the market manager to redeem EBT coins and to participate in the Market Match Program.


Location: 15th & Eastcliff Dr, Live Oak Map
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Hand in Hand Parenting
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Hand in Hand Parenting
The Starter Class covers the full set of tools developed by Hand In Hand Parenting to develop, maintain and repair a strong conn
Date: Every Su (Apr 14-May 19) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: $350 per person

The Starter Class covers the full set of tools developed by Hand In Hand Parenting to develop, maintain and repair a strong connection between you and your child or children. These tools will also help you dissolve power struggles, help your child with separation and sleep difficulties, go beyond aggression, release fears and heal from hurts. Most importantly the group will support you with being a parent and give you a tool to off load your own stress so that you can be the parent you want to be.

Join Amy Sheely and Beth Hernandez-Jason, two local moms and certified Hand in Hand parenting instructors, for this 6-week in-person course in Santa Cruz, CA.

To Register: start the process by filling out this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/iFejXuxbWnbRdz0Y2


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Spring Camps in the Redwoods
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YMCA
Family camps!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Apr 5-May 27)
Ages: Families

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The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

 

April 5-7 Spring Family Camp

April 12-14 Women's Wellness

April 14-19Teen Adventure

May 3-5 Mother Daughter Family Camp

May 10-12 Mother Daughter Family Camp

May 24-27 Memorial Day Family

May 24-27 Memorial Day Family Adventure Camp

 


Location: 16275 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


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

 

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

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join the hands-on fun at the crafts table every Sunday from 1-3 PM.
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(0 AB November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.jpgSunday Seaside Crafts -make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share.

 

For example, find out what gray whales eat by creating a bright sun catcher for your window, or create a fancy fish with paper, paint, and color.

 

Build a seal or sea lion puppet decorated with your own special seal nose, complete with whiskers!

 

Join the fun in the crafts room every Sunday from 1-3 PM for hands-on fun. Free with admission to the Seymour Center.

 

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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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BOARD IN THE LIBRARY
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Library Scotts Valley
Board Games for adults!
Date: Every Mon from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


(0 A February 2019) Library_BoardGames2.jpgBOARD IN THE LIBRARY


WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 6:30-8:30 p.m.


ADULTS need playtime too! Come play with us for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games.

 

No prior gaming experience is necessary.


Some of the titles we carry are:

Settlers of Catan
Disney Monopoly
Deadwood Studios, USA
Star Trek: The Interactive VHS Board Game
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
Unspeakable Words
Candy Land
Pandemic
Battleship
Apples to Apples
Elder Sign
Bananagrams
Lord of the Fries
Ticket to Ride
King of New York

D&D Basic Board Game
Shogi

Dead of Winter
7 Wonders
Elysium
Disney Scene It
Flick 'Em Up
Vikings on Board
Last Night on Earth
Imhotep
Flash Point
Dixit
Risk: Marvel Cinematic Universe Edition
Star Trek: Attack Wing
Kill Doctor Lucky (Board game and card game)
Paris Connection
Dominion

chess, backgammon, and checkers

Codenames
Stuff and Nonsense
Tak
Exploding Kittens
Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Turbulence
Braiiiins!
Zombie DIce
Fluxx
Black Market Warehouse
Evil Baby Orphanage
Give Me the Brain!
Unexploded Cow
Brawl
The Star Wars Game
Clue
Whodunit
and more!

Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Tales to Tails Aptos
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Mon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Library_LaSelva_TalestoTails.jpgHave you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831.427.7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
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 (Oct 29-Apr 29)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

A shadow day is an excellent way to experience a day at Kirby and to see if our school is a good fit for your student. We will pair your student with a host who has similar interests. They will spend the day together, attending classes, hanging out with other Kirby students, and enjoying lunch with friends in the renowned Kirby Café.

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled for any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen by our executive chef, Tracy Landry.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202, email admissions@kirby.org, or use the Contact Us link below.
Schedule »

Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0658 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
ESL Conversation
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Library Central
Date: Every Mon from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

ESL Conversation Group (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)

Volunteer guided ESL conversation group for people who want to practice their English. We'll use real life situations and tasks to help people get more comfortable with using English in everyday life. Grupo de conversacion ESL dirigido por un voluntario para participantes que desean practicar su inglés. Utilizaremos situaciones de la vida diaria para ayudar a la gente a sentirse más cómodo usando el ingés en la vida cotidiana.

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Taller de Triple P: Lidiando con el estrs
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Triple P
Los talleres de Triple P ofrecen consejos prcticos y estrategias para manejar las preguntas y desafos de crianza especficas.
Date: 04/29/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission, Gratis
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x220. En Espaol.

Taller de Triple P: Lidiando con el estrés
29 de abril, 5:30 - 7 pm
Los talleres de Triple P ofrecen consejos prácticos y estrategias para manejar las preguntas y desafíos de crianza específicas. Asista a este taller de crianza GRATIS para aprender: Las causas comunes del estrés y cómo el estrés afecta la crianza; Cómo reconocer las señales del estrés; Formas saludables para reducir y controlar el estrés de la vida diaria.

Este taller es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños GRATIS. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por: Gladys Gómez, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitarios, 711 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Gladys Gómez al (831) 724-2997 x220 o gladysg@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitario, 711 E. Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz Map
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Da de los Nios con Cuntame un Cuento
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Library Live Oak
Da de los Nios con Cuntame un Cuento (Spanish Storytime)
Date: 04/29/2019 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Acompáñenos para celebrar el Día de los Niños en la biblioteca de Live Oak. Este año la celebración de Día combinará un tiempo de cuentos y música seguido por estaciones de actividad para explorar temas científicos. Con juegos, actividades/manualidades interactivas y bocadillos lo único que tienen que hacer es llegar listos para explorar y comer.

Join us to celebrate the Day of the Child. We will have stories, hands on activities, music, and crafts for the entire family.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Toddler Story Time
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Mon from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: toddlers & parents Admission Fees: Free

Toddler Time @ Live Oak (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Location: Live Oak Branch
Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Join us for early literacy practices involving music, movement, stories, rhymes and more for your child and you.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Baby Bunch
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Temple Beth El
... social time and support for babies and their parents...
Date: Every Mon at 11:00am
Admission Fees: free

Hang out with other moms and dads with babies.


Location: 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Tues (Oct 2-May 21) 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

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 230 Gault St., Santa Cruz Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Tues (Oct 2-May 21) 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

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 2380 Portola Dr., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7710 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


(AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

 

Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

 

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

 

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


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Loneliness: We’re Still Here
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MAH
There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before,
Date: Every day (Apr 5-Sep 22)


MAH LONELINESS EXHIBITION -- BY AND ABOUT SENIORS -- OPENS APRIL 5th

There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before, too.

 

Loneliness and social isolation affect 1 in 3 seniors in Santa Cruz County. Many seniors contact just one person a week; some said they see a visitor less than once a month. Because of this, people 60 years and older who reported feeling lonely saw a 45% increase in risk of death.*

 

Opening April 5th, "We're Still Here: Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation" sheds light on this local crisis and gives visitors the tools to help. It also shares solutions to loneliness from different cultures and families around the world. It's not your typical exhibition; over 180 seniors, advocates, and organizations created this show themselves in partnership with the MAH.

 

"When we learned about this growing issue affecting senior health and well being, we felt the MAH was in a unique position to address it," said Stacey Marie Garcia, Director of Community Engagement at the MAH. "We're all about creating connections and hope to ignite stronger links between seniors and the larger Santa Cruz County community through this exhibition."

 

(0 A 0 March) Loneliness.jpgTheir Story, Told Their Way

To tell this story, the MAH used a simple- but non-traditional- strategy: give seniors the power to design this exhibition themselves. For many museums, this is not how exhibition design operates. Typically, there is strict curatorial control over decisions big and small, from the themes of the exhibition to the title itself.

 

That's not how it worked for "We're Still Here: Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation" (a title brainstormed by the group.) From the beginning, it was a fiercely democratic process. Last September, the MAH reinvigorated the Creative Community Committee (C3), an action-oriented gathering of 186 seniors, advocates, and organizations that live this issue every day. Over the course of seven months, the group brainstormed big ideas, worked with local artists to creatively articulate the issues, and talked about ways the public can help. This was the second incarnation of C3 for this purpose; the first was in the 2017 exhibition Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and the Foster Youth Museum which gathered 100 voices from the local foster youth community for an exhibition of similar structure.

 

Among the big themes of "We're Still Here", one thread is clear: Santa Cruz needs to know about this problem, step into what it feels like, and even take actions to help.


Transforming Empathy into Action

With a topic so heavy, it can be easy to walk away feeling disempowered and sad. That's why We're Still Here dedicates an entire wall to actions the public can take to help.

 

Drive a senior to go grocery shopping. Translate written materials into Spanish for a monolingual elder. Donate an iPod for entertainment. If you have a special skill, offer it. If you just want to give money, you could do that too. These actions were developed with the dozens of organizations participating in C3, among them The County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department, Seniors Council of Santa Cruz County, and Community Bridges.

 

Visitors can explore 45 actions on a wall of business cards that contain ways to follow up and contact information. If one action resonates with them, they can take a card home to complete it.


Telling Stories Through Art

To help translate senior stories, the MAH connected the C3 group with five local artists: Wes Modes, Gina Orlando, Ry Faraola, Cid Pearlman, and The Pajaro Valley Quilt Association. They built relationships with the seniors, understood their stories, and transformed them into visual, audio, and performative experiences for the exhibition.

 

Wes Modes met with seniors to create 'Words of Wisdom', an audio piece recording their stories. Visitors can hear twenty different stories by picking up a telephone and listening in.

 

Gina Orlando empowered seniors with photography. She gave each senior a camera and worked with them one-on-one to capture words and images from their daily lives.

 

Choreographer Cid Pearlman asked seniors to describe what social isolation looked like to them. Inspired by their imagery, she created three physical rooms in the exhibition: a bedroom, a kitchen, and a "room of the mind." During this exhibition, dancers will be periodically activating these rooms with movement.

 

We're Still Here opens April 5th through September 22nd, 2019. This exhibition was made possible by the following sponsors: Visiting Angels, Care from the Heart, County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department, Community Foundation Santa Cruz, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Bay Photo, Canyon View Capital, Anonymous, In Memory of Al Killingsworth, and MAH Members.

 

Open
Sun - Thurs 10AM - 7PM  ~  Fri 10AM - 8PM  ~  Sat 10AM - 3PM

 

Admission Fees

$10 General Admission

$8 Students

Free for MAH members and children under 5.

Free on the First Friday of each month


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Raising Confident, Competent Children
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Triple P
Attend Raising Confident, Competent Children to get tips for helping your children.
Date: 04/30/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: (831) 724-2997 x212

Triple P Seminar: Raising Confident, Competent Children
April 30, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Triple P Seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in a wide range of situations. This seminar is the second in a series of three for families with children birth - 12 years old. You can attend one, two or all three of the seminars in the series. Attend Raising Confident, Competent Children to get tips for helping your children: Learn how to treat others with respect; Develop good communication and social skills; Develop healthy self-esteem.

This Triple P Seminar is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults.

Presented in English by: Liliana Zamora, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: Nueva Vista Community Resources, 711 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz


To register: Contact Liliana Zamora at (831) 724-2997 x212 or lilianaz@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitario, 711 E. Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz Map
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Student & Community Art Exhibit
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Arts Council Santa Cruz County
Date: Every weekday (Apr 19-May 26) from 9:00am to 5:00pm


Arts Council invites you to the Student Art Exhibit at the County Government Center on Ocean Street! Open NOW - May 13th, be inspired by the talented work of our youngest artists! Over 400 student works on display created through the Sutter Babies Art Days partnership, the Council's art education programs, SPECTRA, & Mariposa's Art.


Check out our website for details: http://www.artscouncilsc.org/exhibits/

 

First Friday Reception
May 6th from 5-8pm


Location: 701 Ocean Street, 1st & 5th floors, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Tues (Oct 9-May 21) 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

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 316 Estrella Ave, La Selva Beach Map
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SLVNew Parents Support Group
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Birth Network
Date: Every Tues from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Parents and their newborns are welcome! Led by postpartum doulas, lactation counselors and an AMFT.

Make friends.

Get answers to questions.

Find reassurance!


Location: Mountain Community Resurces, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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High School Art Show
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Santa Cruz Art League
Come see some amazing art by local high school students... Opening reception May 4, 3-5pm
Date: Every day (Apr 26-May 19) from 9:00am to 3:30pm


(0 A 0 April 2019) SCAL_64thHighSchoolhor.jpgAnnual High School Show

Each year, high school age artists in Santa Cruz county are given space to express themselves and their creativity in a professional gallery setting at the Santa Cruz Art League.

 

This opportunity is to encourage young artists to new heights and support the growing creative community.

 

For over 100 years, the Santa Cruz Art League has proved to be a space for artists to gather, create and display their work. We eagerly look to the future by nurturing and expanding the expression of that vision by supporting these young artists!


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Watsonville
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Tues and Fri at 10:30am


(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: Storytime Room, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Big Trees History Walk and Walk for History
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Call for more information - (831) 338-8382
Date: Every Tues (Apr 2-Apr 30) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A 0 March) SLVMuseum_BigTreesHistoryWalk.jpgIn conjunction with our exhibition "Big Trees" opening in April and to prepare for the five mile Human Race Santa Cruz on May 11, please join us each week for a history walk at different locations in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Follow this link to register to walk with, fundraise for, or donate to the San Lorenzo Valley Museum in the Human Race or just join us for a walk in the redwoods!

https://www.humanracesc.org/organizations/san-lorenzo-valley-museum
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Meet outside the nature store.

TUE 2 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
TUE 9 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
TUE 16 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
TUE 23 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
TUE 30 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Location: Henry Cowell Park, 101 Big Trees Park Rd., Felton Map
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Kids2Parks
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State Parks, Friends of
Park field trips for kids!
Date: Every day (Apr 1-Apr 30)


(0 A 0 March) Kids2Parks.jpgEnsuring State Parks Access For Youth

Mark your calendar! The 2019/20 application period opens at 10 a.m. Monday, April 1


Kids2Parks is an innovative park-equity program to bring students from Title 1 schools on State Parks field trips. The program, a partnership between California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, increases the number of students who have visited a state park or beach by reducing barriers to access.

 

The program offers field trips to select Title 1 schools in Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Find out if your school is eligible for free bus transportation to a field trip!

 

Applications are accepted once a year for transportation. Teachers may apply for as many field trips as they would like (so long as the school is eligible) but will only be selected for one trip. Field trips will be scheduled by State Parks staff for the 2019/20 academic year based on availability. Teachers/schools are responsible for arranging transportation to the park. Funding is available to cover transportation costs.

 

The 2019/20 Kids2Parks application window will be April 1-30. Online registration opens at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 1. Teachers will receive a response from State Parks about the status of their application by May 15.


Field Trips

Registration for the 2019/20 academic year will be April 1-3


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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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Navigating the School Years w/Positive Discipline (5-12 yrs)
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline (5-12 yrs)
Date: Every Tues (Apr 9-May 28) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $80
Special Instructions: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for discounts/scholarships

Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline (5-12 yrs.) class series

What: This 8-week (16-hour) class series (tailored specifically for parents of school-age children) provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include early child brain development, social emotional learning, belonging and significance as innate social needs, the essential nature of long-term positive parent-child relationships, mutual respect, modeling behaviors, authoritative parenting styles that use kindness and firmness at the same time, connection before correction, the criteria for effective discipline, agreements and follow-through, non-violent communication, family meetings, routines, and the internal locus of control that guides parents and children alike to practice self-regulation.    

 

Facilitated by Colleen Murphy, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, ECE co-op teacher with over 16 years of ECE teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator

 

Cost: $80 per person and $10 per child per class session for childcare

Contact: Call 831-476-7284 x107 or email steve@pdcrcc.org for scholarships and other info

 

Register for CHILDCARE

Register for Class


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Grupo Estila de Vida Triple P
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Triple P
Guas para saber cmo comer saludable, tomar decisiones saludables y ser activos.
Date: Every Tues (Apr 9-Jun 11) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission, Gratis
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x211. En Espaol.

Grupo Estila de Vida Triple P
Cada martes, del 9 de abril al 11 de junio, 6 - 8 pm
El programa Estila de Vida Triple P ofrece herramientas para ayudar a padres y niños a llevar una vida más saludable y activa. Asista a este grupo de crianza de 10 sesiones GRATIS para aprender: Guías para saber cómo comer saludable, tomar decisiones saludables y ser activos; Maneras fáciles y simples para enseñarle a los niños a ser más activos; Cómo establecer límites cuando se trata de video juegos, celulares, computadoras y televisión; Maneras para hacer cambios saludables como familia.

Este Grupo es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños GRATIS. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos. ¡Asista cada semana para participar en una rifa para ganar un premio!

Presentado en español por: Gladys Gómez y Sandra Rodelo - Puentes de la Comunidad, La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Salón E, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Sandra Rodelo al (831) 724-2997 x211 o sandrar@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Saln E, Watsonville Map
Phone: 8317242997 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Exploring Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes
Date: Every Tues at 9:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9:30am

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with docent Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. Meet at park headquarters. Rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831)338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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