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Full Moon Madness
This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer gu
08/24/2018 at 6:00pm
Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map

Full Moon Madness
Friday August 24; 6pm

Experience Henry Cowell in a completely new way... at night! This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer guest speaker. To wrap up the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing. Event is in the day use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

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GAMBLE - A Mountain Bike Film
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Rio Theater
...talented and charismatic riders outside of the tape, on tracks tailored for madness...
Date: 05/03/2018 at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Registration required

(0 April 2018) Rio_gamble_social.jpgGAMBLE - A Mountain Bike Film

North American premiere of GAMBLE - A Mountain Bike Film.

Priding itself on bringing together Downhill Mountain Biking's most talented and charismatic riders outside of the tape, on tracks tailored for madness; Steel City Media and Creative Concept bring you the much anticipated feature film 'GAMBLE'.

Narrated by the infamous Alan Ford, and with a killer soundtrack featuring the likes of Arctic Monkeys & Boney M... 'GAMBLE' is about going all in. Watch the trailer at wwwgamblefilm.com


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10.00
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com

 


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Citizen Science: A Celebration of Central California Wildlife
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A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics...
Date: 05/03/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Citizen Science

SCPL News

Sky and Sea:
A Celebration of Central California Wildlife

Mark Holsapple, local artist and photographer, will share examples of his wildlife photography. This presentation will emphasize birds (from hummingbirds to raptors), as well as sea otters, seals, and whales.

 

Mark considers his photography a passion, a meditation, and an observation of light, life, composition, and color. Our busy schedules so often prevent us from appreciating nature's magical world. Mark captures and shares these moments in an effort to encourage creativity, trigger emotions, and perhaps allow the viewer to look into the subject instead of just at it.

 

 

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


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

 

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


Location: Upstairs meeting Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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May the 4th be with You
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Library Central
May the 4th be with You
Date: 05/04/2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: FREE

(0 April 2018) 4thBeWithYou.jpgIn a library very nearby, young people will dodge Stormtroopers and Mandalorian bounty hunters as they explore the STEAM programming offered throughout the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Members of the 501st Legion: Golden Gate Garrison will be attendance, a very special droid will be in town, and cosplaying is encouraged.

The Golden Gate Garrison is a unit of the 501st Legion assigned to cover northern California. The main area of operations for the group is the greater San Francisco Bay area. The Legion is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to re-creating movie-accurate costumes such as stormtroopers and Darth Vader. As Bad Guys Doing Good, members of the Legion have helped raise millions of dollars for charity.


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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 Maker Faire
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Gateway School and Cabrillo College
Come to the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2- $40

(0 April 2018) Maker_Critter.jpgThe Annual Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event that celebrates the inventiveness here in the Santa Cruz community.

 

At the Mini Maker Faire, creators and tinkerers showcase their work to the community, while the public enjoys hands-on, interactive experiences, connects with like-minded people, and gets inspired!

 

Maker Faire supports the ideas of passionate innovation, collaboration and joyful connection with others, and hands-on doing as a way of experiencing the world.

 

Santa Cruz has a vibrant maker's scene. The Mini Maker Faire helps makers network with other makers, and provides opportunities for individuals and companies to showcase their innovative nature and new products. If you attend, you'll be inspired and educated by the amazing and creative makers who live and work in our community.

 

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

 

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

 

Glimpse the future and get inspired!

 

Advance tickets discount pricing (Now through April 30th): Lock in the cheapest possible price!

  • Adult $8
  • Child 3 and under free
  • Child age 4-12 $2
  • Seniors (65+) and students (HS/College with ID) $3
  • Family 4-pack (2 adult tickets, 2 child tickets): $19

Early Bird discount pricing (May 1- May 4)

  • Adult $10
  • Child 3 and under free
  • Child age 4-12 $2.50
  • Seniors (65+) and students (HS/College with ID) $3.50
  • Family 4-pack (2 adult tickets, 2 child tickets): $22

Day-of/at the door (May 5)

  • Adult $12
  • Child 3 and under free
  • Child age 4-12 $3
  • Seniors (65+) and students (HS/College with ID) $4
  • Family 4-pack (2 adult tickets, 2 child tickets): $25

Other types of tickets:

  • Maker Faire Supporter (includes a tax-deductible donation to help us inspire makers throughout the Monterey Bay Area, plus an event ticket and a free Mini Maker Faire t-shirt!): $40. 
  • Teachers Get In Free (you must show your current valid teacher ID at the event entry when you arrive to use this ticket): $0.

Location: Vapa Complex at Cabrillo , 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos 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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Resurrection
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
The season concludes with Mahler's awe-inspiring second symphony, a work that established his lifelong view of the beauty of the
Date: Every day (May 5-May 6)


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Santa Cruz Symphony

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Civic Auditorium

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Henry J Mello Center


Regarded by many as the greatest of all symphonic/choral masterpieces, the season concludes with Mahler's awe-inspiring second symphony, a work that established his lifelong view of the beauty of the afterlife and resurrection. This concert continues the Santa Cruz Symphony's long-standing tradition of featuring vocal stars from the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus led by Cheryl Anderson.

 

Mello Concerts: Online/Advance ticket sales for Sunday matinee concerts at the Mello end at 7:30p.m. the evening before the concert. Any remaining tickets available at the door.

Children under 6 not allowed at Symphony concerts.

 

ID required to claim Will Call tickets. If you choose to have your tickets mailed to you and you do not receive them, please contact the Civic Box Office prior to the day of show.

 

Cameras & recorders are not allowed at Symphony concerts. Please review General Event Policies for exclusions. All sales are final. No refunds.  Exchanges can be made between venues for the same concert only, exchange fees may apply.  Any exchanges must be made the Tuesday prior to the concerts.


Wheelchair Accessible and Accessible Companion seats are available in all price zones in the orchestra floor seating.


Tickets are subject to service charge which is included in the Grand Total in the Shopping Cart (after seats are selected).

 

Resurrection-Sat May 05 2018 7:30PM$29.00 - $85.00

Resurrection-Sun May 06 2018 2:00PM$29.00 - $85.00


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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

Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

The Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS)  is a non-profit organization that exists to promote bluegrass music in northern California. The NCBS is member supported and run by volunteers. Its operations are overseen by the board of directors, also volunteers, elected by the membership.

 

The NCBS was founded in 1982 as the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society. Over the years its scope grew to cover more than just the Santa Cruz area, and in 1999 the membership voted to change its name to the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

 

This is a family friendly event and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in beautiful San Lorenzo Park!

 

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


Location: Duck Stage Pond, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz Map
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Samba Samba with James Henry
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn to samba and more with Samba Samba with James Henry
Date: 05/07/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Samba Samba uses music, rhythm, percussion instruments, and drums as tools for capturing the imagination of the participants. This program is suitable for all ages from children to adults.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, 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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Club Kanopy
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Library Boulder Creek
Fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Jan 14-Jun 14) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


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

 

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

 

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

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


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The Serengeti Rules
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Rio Theater
"A master storyteller, Carroll explores the unity of biology from the molecular level to the Serengeti, the rules that regulate
Date: 05/11/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Dr. Sean Carroll-Professor of Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Medical Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and film producer. He is Vice President for Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest private supporter of science education activities in the US, and Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin.

The architect of HHMI's documentary film initiative, Sean has served as executive producer and/or on-screen presenter of more than a dozen films, including including Mass Extinction, Amazon Adventure, and The Farthest, and earned two Emmy nominations. His latest book, The Serengeti Rules, is the basis for a new theatrical film being released in 2018.

 

Tickets: FREE
Advance tickets: TBD


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Concert Five: Eternal Baroque New Music in Old Styles
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Experience how ground-breaking these musical statements once were
Date: 05/12/2018 at 7:30pm
Ages: all ages welcome

(0 February 2018) BaroqueMay2018.jpgConcert Five: Eternal Baroque – New Music in Old Styles

Baroque music is, in some ways, familiar to us all. There are melodies and musical styles that were revolutionary in their time but merely commonplace to our modern ears.

This concert seeks to take these time-honored styles and make them new again, to allow the audience to experience how ground-breaking these musical statements once were.

Original works in High Baroque style by celebrated living composers Nicola Canzano, Martin Gaskell, Willem Ceuleers and others, including the cash prize winners of the Baroque Festival Bach Chorale Competition.

Vicki Melin, traverso flute
Lynn Tetenbaum & David Morris, violas da gamba
Vlada Moran, pipe organ
Nicola Canzano, harpsichord
UCSC Vocal Octet, conducted by Michael McGushin

 

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Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-2159 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Youth Symphony Spring Concert
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Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
Enjoy an afternoon of music on Mother's Day
Date: 05/13/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: Free admission to students 18 and younger; Adults $15; Seniors $10

(0 A May 2018) YouthSymhonyMay13.jpgThe Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony presents its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, at New Brighton Middle School's Performing Arts Center.

 

Virtuoso cellist Yosef Feinberg, 17, is featured in a cello concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns.

 

The one-hour program also includes lively music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Jean Sibelius, and Aaron Copland.

 

Take Mom to lunch in Capitola, then join us for an enjoyable afternoon of music. Budding musicians will be inspired to see and hear kids their age performing at a professional level.


Location: New Brighton Middle School, 250 Washburn Ave., Capitola 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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Tales From the Brink
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
This panel will tell three different tales of recovering species from the brink of extinction.
Date: 05/17/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 April 2018) Rio_TalesFromtheBrink.jpgRecovering Endangered Species in California

Looking out at the Monterey Bay you are likely to see the floating tops of kelp and the furry face of a sea otter (or a few). Now, as their population size reaches record highs in 100 years, it may be hard to believe that 50 years ago there were only a few dozen individuals.

 

The Endangered Species Act was established in 1973 to protect species at risk of extinction as a "consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation." Every endangered species faces a unique set of threats and challenges: hunting, poisoning, habitat loss, and even competing with humans for resources. For each dwindling population, the road to recovery involves the hard work of policy-makers, scientists, conservation groups and individuals working together to better understand, restore, and protect endangered species. 


This panel will tell three different tales of recovering species from the brink of extinction. Southern Sea Otters, California Condors, and Salmon are each at a different point in their journeys toward recovery, and each face a unique set of challenges and solutions. Through this panel we will discover how their survival is in all of our hands. 

Moderator: John Laird, CA Secretary for Natural Resources
Panelists: Charlotte Ambrose, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region
(Salmon)
Lilian Carswell, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Southern Sea Otters)
Kelly Sorenson, Ventana Wildlife Society (California Condors)


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $15 Gen, $30 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.santacruzmuseum.org and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History


Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue, 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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Youth Film Showcase
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Watsonville Film Festival
There will be Red Carpet, Meet & Greet with Student Filmmakers, Popcorn and more!
Date: 05/17/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 A May 2018) WatsFilmFest_YouthCinema.jpgHELP US SPREAD THE WORD! • ¡CORRAN LA VOZ!


The whole family is invited to this FREE, FUN Youth Film Showcase! There will be Red Carpet, Meet & Greet with Student Filmmakers, Popcorn and more!

 

Toda la familia está invitada a este Festival de Cine Juvenil GRATUITO el jueves 17 de mayo a las 6PM en la Escuel

 

a Secundaria E.A. Hall, ubicada en la Avenida Brewington # 201. Presentaremos películas de estudiantes, actividades para aprender cómo se hacen películas, habrá palomitas, Alfombra Roja y más. No se lo pierdan!


Location: E.A.Hall Middle School, 201 Brewington Ave, Watsonville 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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Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza
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Senderos
Dance, music, food, crafts, and community to celebrate the wonderful traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico
Date: 05/20/2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $10.00; free for children 5 and unde

(0 April 2018) OaxacanCulturalFestival.jpgOn Sunday May 20 - Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza brings together dance, music, food, crafts, and community to celebrate the wonderful traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico.
​The ​13th annual ​festival will be held in a​ ​NEW LOCATION AT SAN LORENZO PARK, near downtown Santa Cruz from 9:00am-5:00pm.

 

F​eaturing fabulous music by Banda del Centro de Integration Social #8, Zoogocho, Oaxaca​ ​and colorful dance by Centeotl Danza y Baile. The formal performances will begin with a parade at 11:00am.


The marketplace will be open all day selling Oaxacan food and beverage specialties such as mole, tlayudas, tejate, as well as crafts and souvenirs. Admission is $10.00; free for children 5 and under. Bring blankets and lawn chairs (no seating provided) and be transported to the sights and sounds of Oaxaca!


The Guelaguetza is the major fundraising event for Senderos, an all-volunteer nonprofit in Santa Cruz providing free dance and music classes, tutoring and scholarships for Latino youth.
For more information, call (831) 854-7750 or website: SCSenderos.org


This local festival is like the traditional fiestas celebrated each summer in Oaxaca, Mexico. The word Guelaguetza is derived from the Oaxacan indigenous Zapotec language and signifies "a commitment of sharing and cooperation." Guelaguetza is a celebration that honors the gods for sufficient rainfall and a bountiful harvest.

 

Sponsors include: Santa Cruz City Schools, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, California Arts Council, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Santa Cruz City Arts, the Mexican Consulate of San Jose, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Ow Family Properties, and many local businesses and individuals.


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Persephone in concert at the Capitola Library Closing Sale
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Library Capitola
Jazz, books, and fun!
Date: 05/20/2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: none

Join the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and jazz band Persephone for a sale and celebration of the Capitola Branch's new building.


Location: Capitola Library, 2005 Wharf Road, Capitola Map
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Maker Faire
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Maker Faire
Immerse yourself in Maker culture with over 800 exhibits, 6+ stages, big art and spectacle, hands-on making and learning- all sh
Date: Every day (May 18-May 20)
Admission Fees: $2 - $16

Experience the world-renowned CELEBRATION OF INVENTION, CREATIVITY & CURIOSITY

Immerse yourself in Maker culture with over 800 exhibits, 6+ stages, big art and spectacle, hands-on making and learning- all showcasing the creative and experimental folks who make, play, tinker and hack in areas like:

+ Robotics
+ Future of Food
+ Cosplay
+ STEM & STEAM
+ Craft
+ Science
+ Electronics
+ Tools and Materials
+ Crazy things you've never seen
+ Much much more!

Dates & Hours

- Friday, May 18, 2018: 1 pm - 5 pm; Special Preview Day "FRIDAY@MakerFaire"
- Saturday, May 19, 2018: 10 am - 7 pm
- Sunday, May 20, 2018: 10 am - 6 pm

NEW Ticket Options for 2018: All Access, VIP and Patron tickets!

ALL ACCESS: A four day weekend of full-on Maker Faire! Valid for entry at the Thursday night Maker Faire edition of After Dark@Exploratorium, Friday@Maker Faire and Saturday & Sunday.

VIP ALL ACCESS: Everything "All Access" PLUS
- VIP lounge with Complimentary Beverages
- 3-day event parking

PATRON ALL ACCESS: Everything "All Access" PLUS
- 3-day event VIP parking and Priority Gate Entrance
- Entry into both Patron & VIP lounges, with Complimentary Beverages
- Maker Networking Dinner with entertainment Friday evening
- Limited Edition Maker Faire Swag
- Underwrites the participation of selected Makers

Discounts
View Maker Faire's discounts here. A variety of discounts off the full retail price including a Group/School Discount of 15% off for groups of 15+; Military Discount of $10 off all tickets; and the Sunday Family Pass (5 tickets for $125.00), to name a few. For Group Discounts on ALL ACCESS and VIP ticket levels, please email us at tickets@makerfaire.com.


Location: San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo Map
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Movie: Most Likely to Succeed
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Expedition Academy
Join us for the movie and discussion!
Date: 05/24/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm


(0 A May 2018) Expedition_MostLikelytoSucceed.jpgExpedition Academy Santa Cruz presents: Most Likely to Succeed
Expedition Academy is a new middle school located in Santa Cruz for students in grades 5-8. We are hosting a screening of the critically acclaimed education documentary Most Likely To Succeed (www.mltsfilm.org) for parents interested in learning more about the changing landscape in education.

 

The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the founders. Come meet the founders of Expedition Academy Santa Cruz and discover a new way to learn!


Location: 111 Errett Circle , Santa Cruz Map
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Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Star programs for chldren
Date: Every Fri at 5:30pm
Admission Fees: $4

Hartnell College Planetarium's Children's Show is geared towards local families looking for an educational and fun evening out.

Show Times

Fridays at 5:30 PM, doors open at 5:15 PM, runs 30-40 min

Tickets

Buy Tickets Here $4 Person Tickets also available at the door Do not be late!   You can also purchase tickets at the door. We accept cash, card, and NFC (android/applepay).

 

Season Schedule

December - Stars 8

About our shows

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


Location: 411 CENTRAL AVE S-101, Salinas Map
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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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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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Felton Covered Bridge Festival
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Felton Business Assoc
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 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! Click here to learn more

 

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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California Roots Music & Arts Festival
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California Roots Festival
Three stages on expanded festival grounds with music from around the world, delicious food and unique craft vendors...
Date: Every day (May 25-May 27)
Admission Fees: 12 and under are free
Special Instructions: Children Welcome!

(0 April 2018) CA_Roots.jpgThe California Roots Music & Arts Festival is a 3-day celebration held over Memorial Day weekend at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The Annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival will feature three stages on expanded festival grounds with music from around the world, delicious food and unique craft vendors, as well as a dynamic live art experience.


Children are welcome. Kids ages 12 and under are free. Strollers and/or wagons for carrying kids are encouraged.


The California Roots Music & Arts Festival is a 3-day celebration held over Memorial Day weekend at the beautiful Monterey County Fairgrounds.

 

The Annual California Roots Festival is dedicated to creating a unforgettable festival experience with an emphasis on sustainability and earth-friendly practices including a zero waste plan, water fill stations and a rideshare program.

 

We take great pride in producing the highest quality musical and art experience as well as sharing one of the most beautiful places in the world, Monterey, California!


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
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Odd Couple
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Jewel Theatre Co
Hilarity ensues when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together as The Odd Couple is born.
Date: Every day (May 2-May 27)
Admission Fees: $26/$48

 

(0 A May 2018) OddCouple.jpgTHE ODD COUPLE
by Neil Simon

Directed by Stephen Muterspaugh

Matinee show added
Saturday May 19th at 2pm.

This classic comedy, from beloved playwright Neil Simon, centers on two men. The slovenly Oscar Madison, and the neat freak Felix Unger. The action takes place in the apartment of divorcee Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Felix Unger, fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, has just been separated from his wife, and is looking for a place to stay. Hilarity ensues when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together as The Odd Couple is born. Tony Nominated for Best Play and Winner of Best Author of a Play, 1965.


"A classic American work of comic art" - NY Times


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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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37th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment
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Roaring Camp Railroad
Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes.
Date: Every day (May 26-May 28)


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37th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment

MAY 26 - 28

Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes. Experience the sights and sounds of cavalry charges, musket fire and artillery shells in one of the longest-running historic reenactments in the West.

Ride an 1880s "iron horse" through an ancient redwood forest and witness skirmishes as the steam train ascends Bear Mountain. Glimpse a soldier's daily life as he cooks meals over a campfire, cleans his musket and prepares for the day's campaign. Then chow down on a Chuck Wagon Barbecue and take in the camp. See you at Roaring Camp for this fun family event on Memorial Day Weekend!

See the weekend's full schedule here.

 

NEW EVENT: Night in the Encampments, May 27

New this year, see the event as never before as night falls across the encampments. Tents glow like lanterns, while soldiers huddle around their campfires. Ladies in beautiful gowns head to the ball to waltz the night away.

Night events begin at 6:30 PM with heritage activities, gift shop and special menu at Georgie's Cookhouse. At 8 PM board a steam train for a 90 minute ride through the redwoods and return to see the Grand Ball at Bret Harte Hall. Evening events wrap up at 10 PM.


Location: 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton 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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