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Watsonville World Wetlands Day 2019
Tree planting, educational activities, music and free food. STUDENTS can receive community hours for participating in this event
02/02/2019 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: 30 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville Map

(0 A January 2019) WetlandsDay2019.jpgWatsonville World Wetlands Day 2019

Please join us for our annual World Wetlands Day restoration and celebration event. We will gather at the Watsonville Nature Center at 30 Harkins Slough Road for a morning of volunteer planting, educational activities, food, music, prizes, and more. This is a free, bilingual, and family-friendly festivity.

Wetlands are critical ecosystems that provide our Watsonville community with valuable public health services and astounding recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities. They serve as a natural filter for cleaning our rainwater, offer a buffet for an abundance of local and migratory birds, and provide habitat for plant and mammal species.

See you there! Environmental restoration, music, education, food, prizes, games

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Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire
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Gateway School and Cabrillo College
Come enjoy hands-on, interactive experiences and be inspired by creative makers who live and work in our community.
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free for children 3 and under, $2 for children 4-12 years old, $8 for adults

The Third Annual Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event that celebrates the inventiveness here in the Santa Cruz community. The Mini Maker Faire allows creators and tinkerers to showcase their work to the community, while the public comes to enjoy hands-on, interactive experiences and connect with like-minded people. Attend and you'll be inspired and educated by the amazing and creative makers who live and work in our community.

Location: Cabrillo College VAPA Center, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA Map
Phone: (831) 423-0341 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Origami Club with Japanese Cultural Fair
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Library Aptos
Date: The 1st Sa of every month (Apr 7-Dec 1) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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

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

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

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

Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831- 427-7700 ext. 7665 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Spring Art Market at the Tannery
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Tannery Arts Center
Look for the dragon puppet in the Petting Zoo!
Date: Every day (May 5-May 6) from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

(0 Ads May 2018) DragonPuppet.jpgThe Spring Art Market at the Tannery Arts Center returns in time for Mother's Day! Buy art! Buy local!

Tannery and other local artists showcase and sell their art: painting, prints, ceramics, metal art and jewelry, photography, sculpture, textiles and more!

- 30+ art vendors
- Bistro 112 will be serving brunch
- Live music
- The Great Morgani (Sunday)
- Treasure hunt
- Kids games & bubbles
-Art & Pie, Gallery 125 (Sunday)

Also happening on campus over the weekend:
- Coastal Watershed Council will be planting along the river
- Radius Gallery "Shared Seas" exhibit open to the public
- Dance classes at Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center
- "Odd Couple" at Colligan Theater

Location: 1050 River Street , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 475-9600 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Apr 21-Dec 15) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2018) MadeInMountains2018.jpgIt's back!! The sidewalks will be filled with art and crafts again on the 3rd Saturday of the month. And we're adding music to the event! So, come out, enjoy the incredible spring weather and load up on art and joy!


I can't wait to see what creativity the winter months brought out in all of the artists' work!

We're continuing the "Spend $50, get $100" game, too! The Boulder Bucks program works like this - if you spend $50 or more at any local business during the Made in the Mountains event (buying groceries, getting a mani/pedi, buying pizza for the kids' baseball team, .... ) just take your receipt to Emelia at Air & Fire before the event is over. Your name will be added to the drawing that will happen within the week after the event. You could be the one that wins $100 in the form of a gift certificate to spend at a local business of your choice! You can also split the $100 into 2 gift certificates to different businesses.


So, getting the kids pizza could turn into a free necklace for yourself! Or the tools bought at the hardware store could get you a free mani/pedi for after the yardwork is done and some Chinese food for dinner! Nice, right!?


See ya out there!


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High School Art Show
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Santa Cruz Art League
Come see some pretty amazing art by local high school students
Date: Every day (Apr 27-May 20) from 9:00am to 3:30pm

Annual High School Show

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

Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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 us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(A June) Seymour_Crafts3.jpgSunday Seaside Crafts -make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share.


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


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


Join the fun in the crafts room every Sunday from 1-3 PM for hands-on fun.

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu

Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Washington, D.C. - The Return
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Mount Madonna School
A presentation of Mount Madonna School's Values in World Thought program
Date: 05/31/2018 at 9:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Washington, D.C. - The Return, a presentation of Mount Madonna School's Values in World Thought program


On this day we welcome the special friends and grandparents of our middle and high school students. 
This presentation is an opportunity to hear our 11th and 12th grade students speak about their recent experiences in Washington, D.C., and will feature the skilled videography of Devin Kumar ('06), adding visual spice to the students' narratives.    


Visit the students' 2018 D.C. blog at

Location: Upper Campus, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest
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Save Our Shores
Get excited about our 3rd annual Waves and Wildlife photo competition! We'll start accepting entries THIS Sunday, April 1 and wi
Date: Every day (Apr 1-May 31)

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


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

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

Go to to learn more about the #wavesandwildlife competition!

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