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STEAM - Make & Explore
We provide materials to explore creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries.
Every Fri (Mar 29-May 24) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map

(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.

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Be Natural Music's BIG Spring Fundraiser
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Be Natural
Date: 05/05/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $3

(0 A May 2018) BeNaturalConcert.jpgBe Natural Music's BIG Spring Fundraiser

 

When: 5/5 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost: $3

An evening of music from some of the county's very talented young musicians.

 

Enjoy food, drinks and raffle prizes while you listen to a lineup of 10 youth rock band performances!

 

Come out and support this very important youth cause.

 


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Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair
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Northern California Bluegrass Society
Come enjoy a day of bluegrass music --a uniquely American genre
Date: 05/06/2018 from 12:00pm to 6:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Brookdale Bluegrass Spring 2019 Festival To Present Blue Summit April 19-21

 

The Spring 2019 Brookdale Bluegrass Festival will present Blue Summit (Santa Cruz).

The gathering is set for the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos on the weekend of April 19-21, 2019.

 

Free camping is included in all weekend tickets. Day tickets are also available.


Here is the Festival Performance ScheduleThe event is staged by Brookdale Bluegrass and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

 

 

For further information, please visit www.SCBS.org!


Location: Duck Stage Pond, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz Map
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West Side Story
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San Lorenzo Valley High School
Classic with elaborate dance numbers and emotionally-charged songs
Date: Every day (Apr 26-May 6)
Ages: 13-14 Admission Fees: $9 - $15

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: 7105 Highway 9, Felton Map
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New World String Project
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New World String Project
This newborn quartet presents extraordinary instruments and joyous music rooted in the Nordic and Celtic traditions.
Date: 05/07/2018 at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $20

The New World String Project - with JOHN WEED, Stuart Mason, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter!

 

The New World String Project is a brand new collaboration featuring John Weed (fiddle), Aryeh Frankfurter (nyckelharpa, Celtic harp) Lisa Lynne (cittern, Celtic harp) and Stuart Mason (guizouki, guitar). This newborn quartet presents extraordinary instruments and joyous music rooted in the Nordic and Celtic traditions.

 

The concert will take place at Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist on Monday, May 7 at 7:30 PM.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and can be pre-purchased online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3387105

 

Science tells us that cross pollination can result in hybrid vigor that transcends the sum of its parts. In a parallel vein, the vibrant West Coast traditional music community has given birth to the New World String Project.

 

New World String Project brings together four mighty players who weave a shimmering sonic tapestry from Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly's Revenge. And Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter, an expert on harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.

 

Their unique hybrid weaves music rooted in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, guizouki, and more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObLi_2hnG60


Location: St. Johns Episcopal Church, 125 Canterbury Dr, Aptos Map
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Women by Women Film Series
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Watsonville Film Series
Join us for a series of powerful films by and about women!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Mar 8-Jun 14) at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Tickets $8 at the door, unless otherwise noted. Youth under 18 free

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 12
PINK SARIS & LAAL PARI

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

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

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

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


Thursday, June 14, Monterey Bay Premiere:
ADIÓS AMOR

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


Location: Appleton Event Lounge, 410 Rodriguez St, Watsonville Map
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Animal Film Festival
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Santa Cruz County Animal
Films about companion animals, wildlife, farmed animals and so much more will be screened during this two-hour event.
Date: 05/15/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 - $15

(0 A May 2018) CAPE_AnimalFilmFestival.jpgCAPE's 5th Animal Film Festival on Tour will bring the best films from the annual Grass Valley event to communities everywhere. The Santa Cruz on Tour event is hosted by the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Films about companion animals, wildlife, farmed animals and so much more will be screened during this two-hour event. All proceeds will benefit animal rescue programs. This is the fifth year in a row that CAPE has brought excellent films from the AFF to the Santa Cruz community. Don't miss it!

 

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Center for Animal Protection & Education (CAPE)

Organizer of Animal Film Festival on Tour Santa Cruz

Established in 1992 in Santa Cruz California, the Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE) is a non profit 501(c) 3 organization. CAPE provides sanctuary for injured, disabled and animals with special needs, foster care and adoption for homeless dogs, humane education programs for children and adults, advocacy campaigns addressing current animal issues, and information for people who have questions or problems concerning animals. The CAPE Animal Sanctuary is located in the Sierra Foothills in Grass Valley, CA.


Location: Del Mar Theater, 1124 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Sanctuary Speaker Series
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Save Our Shores
Strategic plan for SC and key threats regarding climate changes
Date: 05/17/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 A May 2018) SanctuarySpeakerSeries.jpgGet excited for our upcoming Sanctuary Speaker Series on Thursday, May 17!

 

Ross Clark from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories will talk about the strategic plan he's developing for the City of Santa Cruz and the key threats to our community in regards to climate change. It'll be a great evening with Save Our Shores at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing!

 

No RSVPs are required but seating will be limited. Show up early to get a good spot!


Location: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, 402 Ingalls Street #27, Santa Cruz Map
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Shakespeare to Go's Romeo and Juliet
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UCSC Theater Arts Department
Do not miss Shakespeare to Go's Romeo and Juliet
Date: 05/19/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) shakespeare-to-go.jpgShakespeare to Go has been taking Shakespeare on the road since 1984, with a mission to connect with local youth and give back to the community. A Shakespeare to Go team-comprised of a faculty director and student actors, designers, stage managers, assistant directors, and dramaturgs from UC Santa Cruz-work innovatively to bring a Shakespeare play to life by making it relevant to younger audiences.

 

While the new script is shortened, the richness of Shakespeare's language always remains. Each year, a UCSC Theater Arts faculty member creates a 50-minute adaptation of a Shakespeare play, and assembles a cast comprised of UCSC students. This year (Spring 2018), Shakespeare to Go will be performing the classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, adapted and directed by UCSC Theater Arts faculty member Patty Gallagher.

 

Location: Second StageAdmission: FreeAdmission details: 

Performances at 9:00AM and 10:30AM.
FREE and open to the public.
Parking permit required (limited metered spots may be available).


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mahl and the Night Visitors
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UCSC Theater Arts Department
Date: 05/19/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Saturday, January 26, 2019 Music Center Recital Hall Presented by: Music Department

 

UCSC opera students and instrumentalists present Amahl and the Night Visitors, the most beloved of Gian Carlo Menotti's operas. The 50-minute story of the imaginative child, Amahl, and his three royal visitors is sung in English with chamber orchestra. Admission is free for children with a suggested donation of $10 for adults. No one turned away. Nathaniel Berman conducts, Sheila Willey directs. 

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Two performances: 11:00AM and 1:00PM. 
Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. 
Suggested donation $10 for adults (free for children).
Parking $5. 


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Movie: The Horse Boy
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Wisdom Center
The Horse Boy tells the story of a couple that goes to the end of the earth to find a way into their son's life
Date: 05/25/2018 at 7:00pm


(0 A May 2018) HorseBoy.jpgThe Horse Boy does more than chronicle Rowan and his parents' journey across the vast, wild landscape of Mongolia. It delves into the strange world of autism itself, the relationship between humans and animals and between different cultures and different ways of being (autistic vs. normal, or "neuro-typical"), and the nature of healing.

 

Audiences hear the varied theories on autism from the experts in the field, well-known researchers of autism such as Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen of Cambridge University; Dr. Temple Grandin, recovered autist and professor of animal behavior at Colorado State University; and anthropologist and researcher Roy Richard Grinker of George Washington University.

 

Above all, The Horse Boy tells the story of a couple that goes to the end of the earth to find a way into their son's life.

 

Watch the trailer: http://www.horseboymovie.com/Film.php


Location: The Galleria #155, 740 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Neighborhood Block Party
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Food trucks, music, art, and gorgeous weather...what could be better?
Date: 05/25/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All

(0 A May 2018) FoodTruckMay25.jpgFood Trucks are back in San Lorenzo Park!. Join us for the 2018 kick-off event on Friday, May 25, 5:00 - 8:00 pm with a HUGE Santa Cruz Block Party! Whether from Westside, Eastside, Seabright, Beach Hill or Downtown -- come break bread with your neighbors and enjoy fantastic food truck cuisine, local beer from Discretion Brewing and wine from Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery.

PLUS boogie on down to the foot stompin' tunes of local favorites Coffee Zombie Collective.

Connect with your Santa Cruz neighborhood police team at your designated neighborhood spot and let's celebrate the start of Summer together, Santa Cruz!

Bring your lawn chairs & blankets and spread out on the green grass and open space! Meet your friends for a fun & relaxing night in the Park. Great for families -- bring your neighbors!

Presented by City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation, FOPAR and Food Trucks A Go Go.

Here are the participating Food Trucks:
Bruxo Food Truck
G's Mexicantacos
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The Choke Coach
Carmonas BBQ Deli
Aunt LaLi's Mobile Cafe


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Felton Covered Bridge Festival
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A day of fun! Entertainment, food, parade, music, kids activities craft vendors
Date: 05/26/2018
Admission Fees: free

A MEMORIAL DAY TRADITION IN FELTON

 

The Felton Remembers Parade & Covered Bridge Festival

The Felton Remembers Parade is an annual parade held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, to honor the lives of the brave men and women who died while serving in our country's armed forces. The parade also pays tribute to surviving veterans and families of fallen soldiers.

 

The Covered Bridge Festival is in its 29th year! The festival has been held on memorial day weekend every year since 1989. The original purpose of the festival was to raise funds for to repair the Felton Covered Bridge. Now that the bridge has been restored, funds raised from the festival are used to put on other community events in the town of Felton, including the Felton Remembers Parade, the annual Tree Lighting ceremony, etc.

 

The 31st annual Covered Bridge Festival, and Memorial Day Parade commemorates our veterans and community members who have sacrificed for our Community and Nation, and celebrating our local community organizations!
The Memorial Day Parade goes from 10:00-11:30am
The Covered Bridge Festival goes from 11:00-5:00pm
See our website for parade and festival signup info:
http://www.feltonbusinessassociation.com/parade-and-festival-2019.html

 

The Parade

Expect to see: Fire Engines, Marching Bands, Horses, Military Veterans, Antique Autos, Military Vehicles, maybe a Tank (A Tank??)  Or perhaps you'd rather be in the parade.. It's great fun!

 

The Festival

The festival features Live Music, A variety of Food, Arts&Crafts Vendors, Children's Activities, and much more. Follow the links below to find out more!

 

(0 April 2017) FeltonFestival_KidsBubble.jpgKids Activities

The Covered Bridge Festival is a kid-friendly event. There will be plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained!  Giant Balloons! Face Painting  Bounce House  Arts & Crafts

 

Music

We have a great musical lineup for the 2017 Covered Bridge Festival! Music will start at 11 and continue throughout the day. There will be hay bales to sit on, and plenty of open space to dance or spread out a blanket and enjoy the show.

 

Food at the Festival

We have a great lineup of food vendors for the 2017 festival. We tried to provide a variety of choices, including some vegan and vegetarian options.

Saucyez -Sauceyz is a popular local food truck. Their passion with food runs deep; They focus on low and slow smoked meats, awesome burgers, amazing fried dishes, killer tacos, and delicious salad wraps. They create a high quality meal using locally sourced whenever possible.

Efis DUTCH-INDO -Efi's (pronounced Afee's) is Dutch-Indo cuisine w/ a contemporary twist.

Outlaw -A local Felton vendor, offering Philly Cheese Steaks and other delectable treats

Steve's Shave Ice - A Covered Bridge Festival Tradition! What summer festival would be complete without shave ice!

 

History of the Bridge

Construction was completed on The Felton Covered Bridge in September of 1892. For roughly 40 years, the bridge served as the main crossing of the San Lorenzo River, carrying horses, bicycles, and automobiles to and from Scotts Valley and beyond. In 1937, construction began on a new concrete bridge, which made the covered bridge obsolete. Thanks to the efforts of many dedicated individuals, the bridge has been preserved ever since. 


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Tom Sawyer
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Musical adventure, a tale of thrilling escapes, comedy and inspiration for the whole family.
Date: Every day (May 18-May 27)


(0 A May 2018) CYT_TomSawyer2018.jpgThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the irresistible story of a fourteen-year-old boy growing up in the heartland of America, based on the classic novel. Filled with foot-stomping, toe-tapping songs by Don Schlitz ("The Gambler") and with a book by Ken Ludwig, this musical adventure is a tale of thrilling escapes, comedy and inspiration for the whole family.

 

Set in 1840 Missouri, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the tale of young Tom Sawyer and the never ending mischief of which he so often finds himself a part; whether it's matching wits with Aunt Polly, tricking his friends into whitewashing a fence for him or narrowly escaping the clutches of a murderous villain. Along with his best friend, Huckleberry Finn, and his love interest, Becky Thatcher, the greatest Tom Sawyer exploits are plucked from the book and plopped onto the stage.

 

Aside from having one of the most recognizable titles from literary history, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a superb family-friendly show.

 

Tickets

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, May 18th @ 6:00pm
  • Saturday, May 19th @ 1:00pm
  • Saturday, May 19th @ 6:00pm
  • Sunday, May 20th @ 12:00pm
  • Sunday, May 20th @ 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 22nd @ 10:00am
  • Saturday, May 26th @ 1:00pm
  • Saturday, May 26th @ 6:00pm
  • Sunday, May 27th @ 12:00pm
  • Sunday, May 27th @ 4:00pm
  • ( School Days Performances)

Location: Enterprise Technology Center Amp, 100 Enterprise Way, Scotts Valley Map
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Ebb & Flow- Fish Making Workshop
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Watershed Art
Come join us in making Steelhead Trout that will become a "school of fish" for the River March on Saturday June 2.
Date: 05/30/2018 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) EbbFlow_SteelheadTrout.jpgEbb & Flow- Fish Making Workshop

Public · Hosted by Watershed Art Studio

 

FREE! Fish Making Workshop in collaboration with the Ebb & Flow River Art Festival.

 

Come join us in making Steelhead Trout that will become a "school of fish" for the River March on Saturday June 2.


Art, "Fun Facts", snacks & awesome Steelhead Trout tattoos all in one class . Everyone welcome!

 


Location: Tannery Arts Center, 1010 River St, Santa Cruz Map
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