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Popup Picnics
Delish!!! Join us at the park for catered picnics & good company
Every day (Jun 15-Aug 17) from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map

Popup Picnics will take place every Thursday from June 15 through Aug. 17 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park in downtown Santa Cruz

 

Taquitos Gabriel, a favorite from the 2016 PopUp Picnics in the Park series, will serve food at the first picnic on Thursday, June 15. The menu will include three tacos ($5), taco plates ($8), burritos ($8), cheese quesadillas ($3), meat quesadillas ($8), and watermelon and horchata aguas frescas ($2).

 

Future PopUp Picnics in the Park food vendors will include:

Aug 10                  Jolie Mole - tamales

Aug 17                  Taquitos Gabriel  -tacos, burritos, quesadillos

 

Items for purchase will range from $2 to $10. Vendors will donate 5 percent of their proceeds back to Friends on behalf of the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park to fund education and restoration projects at the park.

 

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is home to the oldest building in Santa Cruz County. Built between 1822 and 1824 by local Ohlonean and Yokuts Indians, the park's signature adobe is the only remaining structure from Mission Santa Cruz, founded in 1791. One of just four adobe buildings left in Santa Cruz County - and sometimes confused with the nearby replica mission chapel - it is the only building of its kind preserved as a museum in the State of California. The adobe served as housing for Neophyte families who lived and worked at the Mission, which operated until 1834 when it was secularized.  After decades of private ownership, the adobe was sold to the State of California, extensively restored and finally opened in 1991 to the public as the Santa Cruz Mission SHP. The park celebrated its 25 th year in 2016.

 

Sponsored by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

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WEST Performing Arts
Watch how Ming's embarrassing failure is turned triumphant in this satisfying tale of honesty rewarded.
Date: 06/22/2017 at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Suggested Donation $ 5- $10

GREAT FAMILY THEATRE
A long time ago in China there was a boy named Ming who loved flowers. Anything he planted burst into bloom.

The Emperor loved flowers too. When it was time to choose an heir, he gave a flower seed to each child in the kingdom. "Whoever can show me their best in a year's time," he proclaimed, "shall succeed me to the throne!"

Watch how Ming's embarrassing failure is turned triumphant in this satisfying tale of honesty rewarded.

 


Location: Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Great American Backyard Campout
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National Wildlife Federat ion
You ARE camping out in the backyard, right!
Date: 06/22/2017 at 6:00pm


The Great American Backyard Campout

Thousands of families across the country will be pitching a tent on June 22, 2013 for the 9th annual Great American Backyard Campout, organized by the National Wildlife Federat

ion. This yearly event is part of a larger movement, Be Out There, which encourages families to reconnect with nature.

 

"Whether camping in the great outdoors or in their own backyard, the Great American Backyard Campout is the perfect way for families to make lasting memories and will give them a better understanding of why it's called the great outdoors," says Karoline Hurd, senior manager of events for National Wildlife Federation.

 

Be sure to check out the website which has great information such as packing lists, recipes, wildlife guides, games, Campouts by state (if you are looking for a large group to join), and more. Families will need to register on the site, and can even opt to raise funds for NWF and the Be Out There campaign.

 

Whether you're a seasoned camping family or using the Campout for the first time to test out how your family likes the camping experience, it's a way to slow down busy family schedules, enjoy being together, and appreciate the simple joys only nature can deliver.

 

The Great American Backyard Campout is especially important for kids because, for the first time in our country's history; we have an entire generation that is growing up disconnected from nature. Spending time outdoors, like Campout, makes kids happier and healthier.

 


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Boardwalk 2017 Concerts
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Beach Boardwalk
Come on down for free Friday night concerts
Date: Every Fri (Jun 16-Sep 1)
Admission Fees: Free

2016 Concert Season Line Up TWO FREE SHOWS EACH FRIDAY!

 

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach Every Friday,
mid-June -August, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand!
Rock out to Top 40 bands from the '70s, '80s, and early '90s FREE on the beach bandstand.

 

Accommodations for guests with disabilities at the Friday Night Concerts are provided on a "first come first served" basis in two locations. One section is reserved for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing. The other section is reserved for mobility-impaired guests plus one companion. If you require other special accommodations, please contact the Manager on Duty at least 48 hours in advance of the concert at (831) 423-5590.

 

Concert Information and Etiquette
For the comfort and safety of all our guests, please note the following:

Access to the prime seating area begins at 4 p.m.; no blankets or chairs are permitted in the roped off areas before 4 p.m. The line formed on the beach will be given first priority at prime area seating.

 

Please limit blanket size to 3x5 feet per person, about the size of a beach towel. Only low-back chairs are allowed; High-back chairs will be required to move to the back of the beach area. Please allow others space and a good view.

 

Smoking is not permitted on the beach or Boardwalk. Alcohol and glass are prohibited on the beach. Recording of concerts is not allowed.

 

Please keep walkways & stairs clear; dancing permitted in front of the stage only.

ENJOY THE SHOWS!

 

June 16 Eddie Money  "Two Tickets to Paradise"
June 23 Bad Company former lead singer Brian Howe  "Can't Get Enough"
June 30 Great White  "Once Bitten, Twice Shy"
July 7 Quiet Riot  "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)"
July 14 Blue Öyster Cult  "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
July 21 Eric Burdon And The Animals  "The House Of The Rising Sun"
July 28 Los Lobos  "La Bamba"
Aug 4 Y & T  "Summertime Girls"
Aug 11 Pablo Cruise  "Love Will Find A Way"
Aug 18 Gin Blossoms  "Hey Jealousy"
Aug 25 Band To Be Announced 6/18  
Sept 1 Papa Doo Run Run  "(Santa Cruz) Beach Party"

Location: Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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"STEM" Summer Camps
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Learn to Discover
Summer Camps - virtual reality, robotics, LEGO building, digital art, programming and much more...
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th and Fri (Jun 12-Aug 11)
Ages: 6-18
Special Instructions: Camps in Aptos, Santa Cruz & Watsonville

We are offering numerous summer camps at 3 sites: Aptos, Watsonville and Santa Cruz. Kids can learn about topics such as virtual reality, robotics, LEGO building, digital art, programming and much more.


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STARS: Down on the Farm
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St. Joseph's Ministry with People with Disabilities
A Fun Event for those with Disabilities, their Family and Friends!
Date: 06/23/2017 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: None
Special Instructions: Please RSVP to Paching at 662-3212 or nonipaching@yahoo.com

St. Joseph's Ministry with People with Disabilities invites you to join the STARS: Down on the Farm

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Dinner
Barn Dancing with Professional Dance Caller, Andy Wilson
Free, all are welcome

Special thanks to Andy Wilson of www.andywilsondancecaller.com, C. Miller, and the McLoughlin Family of Scotts Valley 4H for their generous spirit.


Location: St. Joseph's Church Hall, 435 Monterey Avenue, Capitola Map
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Junior Rangers
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State Park Big Basin
Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more.
Date: Every Wed and Fri (Jun 7-Jun 28) at 1:00pm
Ages: All

Junior Rangers
Wednesday at 1 pm (except no program Wednesday, June 21)

Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge Museum 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.

 

Also, EVERY Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Lego: Not-So-Simple Machines
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 4th Fri of every month at 11:00am
Ages: 9-18

Lego: Not-So-Simple Machines

No Session 11/24

Create Lego devices with gears, levers & pulleys, then motorize them.

Children and Teens ages 9-18.  Limited to 16 participants.

For information call 831-427-7717 or 831-427-7710

 


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Sidewalk Sale
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
We'll have an array of discounted and gently shopworn items, including apparel for adults and kids, educational toys, jewelry an
Date: 06/23/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

The ParkStore team will be on Pacific Avenue, right next to Lulu Carpenter's, for the Downtown Santa Cruz Sidewalk Sale. Come by and get a great deal! We'll have an array of discounted and gently shopworn items, including apparel for adults and kids, educational toys, jewelry and housewares.


Location: Downtown Santa Cruz, Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Free Day!
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Exploratorium, Pier 15
Experience the Exploratorium at Pier 15. Join us for free day
Date: 06/23/2017 at 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

The Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception-a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.

 

Call museum to verify free day: (415) 528-4444

 

Annual Free Days
General Admission is free to everyone five days a year. Here are our upcoming Free Days:

 

  • Mother's Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017)
  • Free Community Night (after 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 23, 2017)
  • Free Community Day (Saturday, September 23, 2017)
  • Free Community Day (Sunday, October 22, 2017)

On free days, museum entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St), San Francisco Map
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Workshop: Portrait Painting
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Palace Art & Office Supply
We're super excited to be hosting a very special one-day art workshop featuring Toaa Dallo
Date: 06/24/2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $65

Portrait Painting Workshop June 24th, 11-6 at the Capitola Store
Explore the art of portraiture and paint along to create your own version of this charming portrait by the great American artist John Singer Sargent. Toaa Dallo will provide you with a specially marked canvas to guide you through the early stages, plus step-by-step instructions to help you along and keep you going. Cost: $65, includes all materials

 

Sign up today!

Call or text Toaa Dallo at 831-332-9532 or click here to email him

 

Toaa Dallo has been painting since early childhood. Working primarily in oil on canvas and pencil on paper, Toaa has pursued portraiture as a specialty throughout his art career. In addition, he has developed a unique body of work called Mindscapes-fanciful landscapes that occupy the intersection between classical technique and modern imagination, combining traditional styles of painting with the fun and spectacle of science fiction and fantasy.

 

Visit www.dallogallery.com to see some of Toaa's work.


Location: 41st Avenue, Capitola Map
Phone: (831) 464-2700 •website Capitola create a direct event link
Woodies on the Wharf
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City of Santa Cruz
More than 200 stylish, pre-1952 wood-bodied cars. Plus music, woodie goodies, prize drawings and a parade!
Date: 06/24/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


Eras can often be define by their popular cars.

 

What would the 2000s be without the Hummer, the 80s without sports cars, the 60s without VW Vans?  This is the time of year when Santa Cruzans honor the iconic cars of the pre-60s decades.

That's right, it's time for another Woodies on the Wharf event.

 

(A June) Woodies_2016_Poster.jpgWoodies on the Wharf is exactly what it sounds like - Santa Cruz Woodies, a local chapter of the national Woodies Club, show off their pre-1952 wood-bodied automobiles, and invite others to do the same.  The idyllic location of the Santa Cruz wharf just adds some extra eye candy to the day.

The first Woodies on the Wharf, in 1994, featured around three dozen woodies, already making it the second-largest round-up of woodies in the world.  The event has grown to over 200 woodies, and Santa Cruz Woodies expects the momentum to keep going in the years to come.

 

"We grew up with these cars," Rowland Baker, co-founder of Woodies on the Wharf, has said.  "Many of them were running to the beaches here in the 60's while we were trying to ride our bikes with our longboards under our arms.  When a few of us got together and thought about having a display of old woodies as they related to the Santa Cruz Surf culture, we never thought it would grow into one of the largest gathering of wooden cars in America."

 

The woodies will be displayed in all their glory from 10 am to 4 pm, and it's expected to be one of the busiest days on the Wharf all year.  You could easily spend the whole time checking out classic cars, but that's not all there is to do at Woodies on the Wharf.

 

There's live music, t-shirts and other memorabilia for sale, and the entire 100-year old Wharf to enjoy as well.  There's also a raffle with tons of great prizes.

 

The raffle is representative of how much Woodies as an organization gives back to the community.  This list shows where the proceeds from all those raffle tickets go, and Woodies is also known for supporting state parks and lifeguard programs.

 

But possibly one of the best features of Woodies on the Wharf - after the cars, of course - is the accessibility. Attending the event is completely free, and the Woodies are even smart enough to have a free bike valet service for all the car enthusiast who also love to pedal.  Parking is extremely limited, so if you can't walk or ride your bike then hop on the trolley from downtown for the quaintest 25 cent ride you'll take all year.


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Annual Pleasure Point Street Fair
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Pleasure Point Business Association
Free, blockbuster entertainment for families!
Date: 06/24/2017 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

 

5th Annual Pleasure Point Street Fair Features 8 Bands, Kids' Zone and Beer & Wine Garden - a Benefit for Jay Moriarity Foundation.

Pleasure Point will be the focal point for local entertainment as people take to the street to enjoy the fith annual Pleasure Point Street Fair on Saturday, June 24 2017. The event will be held on Portola Drive between 41st and 38th Avenues, Santa Cruz, from 11 am - 5 pm with bike parking available, and admission is free.

 

A total of eight local bands will perform a variety of styles of music on two stages including Americana, Blues, Rock, Reggae and Surf Music. The kid's zone will feature crafts and activities from local businesses. In addition, close to 100 vendors will sell arts, crafts, local services, food and beverages. An expanded beer garden will offer New Bohemia Brewing Company's lagers along with Mimosas and wine provided by the Pleasure Point Business Association.

 

The nonprofit beneficiary of this year's fair is the Jay Moriarity Foundation, which was created in the spirit of legendary waterman Jay Moriarity to support local programs that improve the quality of life for our community and environment, and educate and assist our youth.

 


Location: Pleasure Point, Portola Drive between 41st and 38th Avenues, Santa Cruz Map
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Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time!
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Date: Every Fri and Sa from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 3-12 Admission Fees: $15/hr
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time! Fridays and Saturdays. 3-6pm. Come create and play at Kaiwa's magical art studio, play space, and gallery! For $10 per child, you have unlimited access to all of Kaiwa's quality materials and 1-on-1 interaction with certified art teacher Keara Connor, MAEd. What are you inspired to create today? Kaiwa Art and Play Space, 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz. 316-0918 www.kaiwaspace.org

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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World Dance Workshop
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Tannery Dance
Music and dance from around the world! Join Antara Bhardwaj for fast footwork, spins, and dramatic story telling through classic
Date: 06/24/2017 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

Tannery World Dance Workshops

Music and dance from around the world! Join Antara Bhardwaj for fast footwork, spins, and dramatic story telling through classical dance. These all ages workshops will inspire!


Location: Library Capitola, 2005 Wharf Rd, Capitola Map
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Chicken Fun
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Glaum Egg Ranch
Buy eggs and get a bonus, an animated chicken show
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 6:00am to 8:00pm


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Marvin's most talked about invention is the Egg Vending Machine. Customers can come up to the ranch, insert money and receive a flat of eggs. As the years progressed, so did the vending machine - today, when you insert the money you get to enjoy an animated chicken show as well.

 

The costumes on the chicken show are designed, created and changed seasonally by Sherrie. Every season/holiday is a different scene - the customers love to come and see what's new each time.

 

Glaum Egg Ranch Machine Hours

Vendor open "Only" when main bottom gate is open on Monday thru Saturday 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. Closed on Sunday. $4. Bring 4 Crisp One Dollar Bills

 

100% Cage Free & Organic California Family Farm Eggs

 

Ranch Store Hours

Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday, 8:00 am-10:30 am
Closed on Sunday


Location: 3100 Valencia Rd, Aptos Map
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Restoration Saturday
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Watsonville Wetlands
Fun-filled day sprucing up the wetlands
Date: 06/24/2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm


Restoration Saturday June 24th, 9am - 12 noon


It's summer solstice this week and these longer days and ripening fruit signal the time for harvesting. Join us this Saturday to collect and harvest native seed to be used on restoration projects throughout the Watsonville slough system. We'll visit and collect native seed from restored grasslands and wetlands around Hanson Slough, Struve Slough, and Watsonville Slough.

Local wild collected seed have many benefits especially for restoration projects. The plants that grow in the Pajaro Valley watershed are specially adapted to the very specific conditions in which they grow making them well-suited to survive and thrive in the restoration areas where we will be seeding and planting them out These local plants then grow on to provide the important habitat for many different species of wildlife living in the slough system. We'll be collecting Blue Wild Rye (Elymus glaucus), Meadow Barley (Hordeum brachyantherum), Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and many others.

Join us this Saturday and learn about the various habitats of the Watsonville slough system and be a part of the ongoing restoration efforts!

Bring your friends and family! We will meet at the Fitz Wetlands Education Resource Center located on the top of the Pajaro Valley High school campus (500 Harkins Slough Rd.) at 9am. All tools, supplies, and gloves will be provided. Contact Mary for more information at 831-566-4938 or mary@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org


Location: p of the Pajaro Valley High scho, 500 Harkins Slough Rd., Watsonville Map
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Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


ADOPTION FAIR!
EVERY SATURDAY
Come visit our adoptable animals from 12-4pm! 
(weather permitting)

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Mission Living History Programs
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State Park Mission
Gain insight into Mission life through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
Date: Every Sa (Jun 3-Aug 19) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

LIVING HISTORY DEMONSTRATIONS
Gain insight into Mission life through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.


1-2 pm
June 3   Archeology Demonstration
June 17 Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
June 24  Building Methods
July 1  Hides & Tallow
July 15  Skill & Luck
July 29  Mission Cooking
August 5   Hymns and Chants:
August 19  Wool, Spinning & Weaving


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same!

 

Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. 335-7077


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Yuja II
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
Yuja is known as one of the world's best performers of classical piano, in part for her ability to perfectly blend technicality
Date: Every day (Jun 24-Jun 25)
Ages: all Admission Fees: $29.00 $85.00
Special Instructions: Sat at Civic ~ Sun at Mello

If you missed Yuja Wang before, don't worry she's coming back to the Santa Cruz Symphony for an encore performance featuring two piano concertos, and it's extra special because it will showcase her world premiere of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1. Yuja is known as  one of the world's best performers of classical piano, in part for her ability to perfectly blend technicality, musical insight and emotional depth into her performances. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance so you are guaranteed a seat to this spectacular, world famous concert experience.

 

6/24, 7:30 pm  Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

6/25, 2:00 pm  Henry J Mello Center
$29.00 – $85.00


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Center, 307 Church St, Aptos Map
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Grizzly Gulch 10 Year Anniversary
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San Francisco Zoo
Help us celebrate our bear sisters, Kachina and Kiona
Date: Every day (Jun 24-Jun 25)


It’s the 10th Anniversary of the Hearst Grizzly Gulch at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens! Help us celebrate our bear sisters, Kachina and Kiona, on June 24-25, and learn the interesting history of bears at SF Zoo. 


Along with the extremely popular and action-packed 10:30 am feeding, animal care staff will be delivering an additional Keeper Talk at 2:30 pm. Hang out around Grizzly Gulch and have your face painted like a bear (or another favorite animal), hone your bear drawing skills and have your picture taken with a bear character. You may even catch a special Storytime Station with a book reading about – you guessed it – bears! 

Did you know that back in the late 1800’s, a grizzly bear named Monarch who lived in captivity in San Francisco, was the inspiration behind creating the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens we know and love today? Read about the historical importance of Monarch, what become of him and how his likeness came to be on the California state flag!

Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

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

 

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

 

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

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 1:30-5:30 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr Year-round
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Etsy Makers Market
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Mandala Holistic Hair and Wellness Studio
Check out the goods of local artisans!
Date: 06/25/2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm


 

Come by Mandala Studio to check out the goods of local artisans! Breathtaking artwork, organic body care, eco-friendly packaging, gorgeous minerals/gems, ethically made woven baskets, hand dyed silk, unique jewelry, amazing textile art and handmade bags.

 

Refreshments and snacks by The Nourish Bowl!

 


Location: 107 River St, Santa Cruz Map
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Sunday Art & Music at the Beach
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Capitola Village
Music and art
Date: Every Su (Jun 25-Aug 20) from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 25; July 2, 16 & 30; August 6 & 20

Sunday Art & Music at the Beach 2017

 

Art at the Beach event.Capitola Village, Esplanade Park
Six Sundays through out the summer:

 

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  June 25; July 2, 16 & 30; August 6 & 20
Presented by the Capitola Art & Cultural Commission

Please visit Sunday Art & Music at the Beach this summer at Esplanade Park overlooking Capitola Beach and the Monterey Bay.

 

View and purchase quality artwork from local artists including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media and enjoy live music on the Esplanade Stage 2-4 p.m.

 

June 25

Ron Kaplan (Jazz) 

July 2

Simple Creation (Reggae, Roots & Dub) 

July 16

Singing Wood Marimba (World Music) 

July 30

Samba Cruz (Brazilian) 

August 6

Speak Easy 3 (Swing) 

August 20

Kuzunga (World Music) 

 


Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
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Farm Dinner
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Route 1 Farms
Join us in our fields and orchards for a series of magical evenings of fine food, drinks, friends and beauty.
Date: 06/25/2017 from 4:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: $95-$120

Farm Dinner @ Rancho del Oso

 

This event takes farm to table to a whole new level! Dine al fresco at Rancho del Oso Farm at Waddell Creek, a half an hour outside of Santa Cruz, where for the eighth year in a row Route 1 Farms gathers the community to indulge in a fresh meal made from local, seasonal ingredients. The evening begins in the late afternoon with a welcome reception followed by a tour of the fields. The guest chef for the night will be Stephen Beaumier of Mutari Chocolate, he has an impressive resume including Cyrus in Healdsburg, Quince in San Francisco, and Noma in Copenhagen to name a few. Wine will flow freely from Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery. Dinner is served family style and your ticket is all inclusive so come hungry!

 


2017 Summer Farm Dinner Series

Join us in our fields and orchards for a series of magical evenings of fine food, drinks, friends and beauty.

June 25 @ Rancho del Oso-SOLD OUT-please email/call us with your name and number of desired tickets to be put on the wait list
                      Chef Stephen Beaumier of Mutari Chocolate in Santa Cruz
                      Richard Alfaro of Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery

August 13 @ Rancho del Oso-
                      Chef Jessica Yarr of Assembly in Santa Cruz
                      Eric Stockwell of Stockwell Cellars
 

September 24 SOLD OUT-please email/call us with your name and number of desired tickets to be put on the wait list
                      Chef Katherine Stern of La Posta in Santa Cruz
                      Denis Hoey of Odonata Wines

2017 Route 1 Farms CSA shareholder tickets are $95 each (see below). General public tickets are $120 each.

This year marks our eighth year of gathering the community to share a meal and evening in our farm fields. Each dinner is a unique experience with local chefs who create menus that are seasonal, creative, mouth watering and straight from our fields. Eating local doesn't get any better or more local than eating in the fields that the produce came from. We also feature a local winery to showcase what these talented folks are creating here in our community.

 

Our guest chef for the first dinner will be Stephen Beaumier of Mutari Chocolate in downtown Santa Cruz. Stephen previously worked at Cyrus in Healdsburg, Quince in San Francisco, Noma in Copenhagen and the start up Din, as well as catering many private events. Though we have known and worked with Stephen for a long time, this will be his first farm dinner with Route 1 Farms and we are excited to welcome him to the farm.

 

Our winemaker will be Richard Alfaro of Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery. We are happy to welcome Richard back to the farm to pour with us again this year. Richard is a great partner for our dinners and we love having him join us.... Read the rest


Location: Rancho del Oso Farm, 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport 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
Santa Cruz Young Makers Club
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Library Central
The Santa Cruz Young Makers Club brings together a community of young people with a mentor and a space to make.
Date: Every Su from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free

Santa Cruz Young Makers Club

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The Santa Cruz Young Makers Club brings together a community of young people with a mentor and a space to make. Participants design, create, and ultimately exhibit a self-chosen project aimed towards exhibiting at a showcase event like Maker Faire. Materials for projects are provided by SCPL. Ages 8 - 18.

 

Next up on March 26: Make a small car!

 

Upstairs Meeting Room

 

Our mentor Sasha has participated in the Maker Ed program. She has been on panels at Intel, Pearson Learning, Pixar and Bay Area Maker Faire, and Young Makers. She has won awards at Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship and Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair. S

 

he was recently published in National Geographic Magazine January 2017 issue. Visit the her Santa Cruz Young Makers website at santacruzyoungmakers.wordpress.com.

 

What is a Young Makers club?

A club for bringing together a community of young people, ages 8-18, with mentors and a space to make. We meet every Sunday 3:00pm -4:30 pm at the Santa Cruz Downtown Library.

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Participants design, create, and ultimately exhibit a chosen project aimed towards exhibiting at a showcase event like Maker Faire. For More information please visit Maker Ed website:

 http://makered.org/youngmakers/

 

 


Location: Downtown Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707 •website Santa Cruz 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
Guided Redwood Grove Walks
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su and Sa at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday and Sunday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell off of HWY 9, at 101 N. Big Trees Park Road in Felton.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Twilight Adaptation Adventure
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State Park Big Basin
Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk
Date: Every Su (Aug 6-Aug 13) at 7:30pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

Twilight Adaptation Adventure
Sunday, August 6 and Sunday, August 13 at 7:30 pm
Twilight marks the end of day and the beginning of night. Animals who come out at night have special adaptations to survive. Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Paint This! Ocean Scene
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Palace Art & Office Supply
We're super excited to be hosting a very special one-day art workshop
Date: 06/25/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: $25

(0 June 2017) PalacePaintThis_OceanBeach.jpgPaint This! June 25th, 1-3:30 at the Capitola Store


Our very own experienced artist will walk you through creating this piece, step-by-step. Paint This is perfect to artists of all skill levels! Register early, space is limited. Cost: $25, includes all materials


Contact the Capitola Store to Signup Call 831-464-2700


Our very own experienced artist will walk you through creating this piece, step-by-step. Paint This is perfect to artists of all skill levels!


Location: 41st Avenue, Capitola Map
Phone: 831-332-9532 •website Capitola create a direct event link
Open Bluegrass Jam
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Crepe Place
Summertime brings warmer weather and a more relaxed pace, perfect for sitting outside on the porch and playing/listening to musi
Date: Every Su (Jun 25-Sep 24) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Open Bluegrass Jam

Summertime brings warmer weather and a more relaxed pace, perfect for sitting outside on the porch and playing music with friends. If you're a picker yourself, or maybe you just want to enjoy the show, come on down to the garden stage located in the lush outdoor patio of the Crepe Place for the open bluegrass jam! It's open to the public and happens every Sunday through the Summer until October.

 


Location: 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-6994 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Redwood Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 and 2

Redwood Grove Loop Walk
How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

August
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Monday, August 7 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Thursday, August 10 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Friday, August 18 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Wednesday, August 23 at 11 am and 2 pm


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Popup Picnics
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State Park Mission
Delish!!! Join us at the park for catered picnics & good company
Date: Every day (Jun 15-Aug 17) from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Items to eat $2 - $10

Popup Picnics will take place every Thursday from June 15 through Aug. 17 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park in downtown Santa Cruz

 

Taquitos Gabriel, a favorite from the 2016 PopUp Picnics in the Park series, will serve food at the first picnic on Thursday, June 15. The menu will include three tacos ($5), taco plates ($8), burritos ($8), cheese quesadillas ($3), meat quesadillas ($8), and watermelon and horchata aguas frescas ($2).

 

Future PopUp Picnics in the Park food vendors will include:

Aug 10                  Jolie Mole - tamales

Aug 17                  Taquitos Gabriel  -tacos, burritos, quesadillos

 

Items for purchase will range from $2 to $10. Vendors will donate 5 percent of their proceeds back to Friends on behalf of the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park to fund education and restoration projects at the park.

 

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is home to the oldest building in Santa Cruz County. Built between 1822 and 1824 by local Ohlonean and Yokuts Indians, the park's signature adobe is the only remaining structure from Mission Santa Cruz, founded in 1791. One of just four adobe buildings left in Santa Cruz County - and sometimes confused with the nearby replica mission chapel - it is the only building of its kind preserved as a museum in the State of California. The adobe served as housing for Neophyte families who lived and worked at the Mission, which operated until 1834 when it was secularized.  After decades of private ownership, the adobe was sold to the State of California, extensively restored and finally opened in 1991 to the public as the Santa Cruz Mission SHP. The park celebrated its 25 th year in 2016.

 

Sponsored by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-425-5849 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Blast from the Past
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SLV Museum
Learn about the great explosion of 1898!
Date: Every day (Feb 18-Oct 8)
Admission Fees: free, donations appreciated
Special Instructions: Opening Reception: February 25, 2017 2-4pm

(0 Feb 2017) SLVMuseum_BlastfromPast.jpgBlasts from the Past - The Explosive Story of the California Powder Works

February 18, 2017 - October 8, 2017
Opening Reception: February 25, 2017 2-4pm 

 

"California Powder Works was the first American explosive powder manufacturing company west of the Rocky Mountains. When the outbreak of the Civil War cut off supplies of gunpowder to California's mining and road-building industries, a local manufacturer was needed. Originally located near Santa Cruz, California, the company was incorporated in 1861 and began manufacturing gunpowder in May 1864. For fifty years, it was a major employer in the county, employing between 150 and 275 men. The powder works was located on a flat adjacent to the San Lorenzo River, three miles upstream of Santa Cruz " Wikipedia

 

Sponsors: Funded in part by donations in memory of Henri Raab, and with the support of Bay Photo Labs.

 

 

 


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Calendar Contest
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Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40/Member $35)

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

Calling all photographers!
The Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) is excited to announce an open call for photos for use in our 2018 wall calendar! Images must be taken in the Elkhorn Slough watershed and may feature diverse subject matter including landscapes, wildlife, plants, and people.

Winning entries will be featured in our full-color, 8.5″ x 11″, 2018 Elkhorn Slough Foundation calendar. All proceeds of the calendar benefit ESF's work to conserve and restore the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed.

 

General guidelines:
Photos may feature any appropriate content, provided the photo is taken in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. The watershed encompasses Moss Landing Harbor, the slough channel and the Reserve, as well as the surrounding hills and upland habitats. We encourage you to submit diverse subject matter. Ideally photos will have been taken within the past two years. Minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable.

 

Resolution:
Photographs must be submitted in digital format. For the contest, please only submit a small JPEG of your image NO LARGER THAN 1MB file size. If we select your image for possible use in the calendar, we will contact you to request a larger version suitable for printing (8.5″ x 11″ inches at a resolution of at least 300 dpi). If your photo is selected, but you are unable to supply it in at 300 dpi or higher, we may not be able to include your photo in the calendar.

 

(0 July 2017) ElkhornSloughPhotoContest2017.jpgImage selection:
Images selected by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) will be featured in ESF's 2018 calendar. Photographers of selected images will receive photo credit and a copy of the calendar, but no monetary compensation.

 

During the selection process, the cover photo will be chosen by a public vote. Four photos will earn special prizes for their photographers: the top two entries will win a special tour of Elkhorn Slough and annual passes to the Reserve; two additional runners-up will win annual passes to the Reserve.

 

Entrant agrees to grant ESF irrevocable perpetual, nonexclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in ESF's 2018 calendar as well as in other materials produced by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. If your image is selected and includes identifiable people, signed photo releases will be required.

 

Photographers:
We encourage anyone with a great slough shot-amateur or professional- to enter. Each entrant may submit up to 5 photos. By submitting a photo, entrant agrees to all contest regulations.
ESF is now accepting photos! Deadline to enter is September 18, 2017.


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Starts up in October

Animal Advocates Afterschool Club

Youth Service Clubs at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter


The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter provides after-school clubs for two age groups (1st - 5th & 6th - 12th grades), encouraging and supporting the young animal lovers in our community to learn and grow as compassionate stewards. Membership is required and space in the Clubs is very limited so sign-up today!

 

If there are fewer than four registrations for any month, there will be no Club and refunds will be issued. All registrations must be completed the week before Club for that month begins. Refunds are only offered is Club is canceled.  


Kids Animal Advocates (1st - 5th graders)

What: Students learn about animals and do projects to help the Shelter pets.

When & Where: Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm, at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month

Click here for further information and to register!



Youth Animal Advocates (5th - 9th graders)

What: Youth volunteers learn about animals and animal welfare, help pets during their stay at the Shelter, and earn Service Hours.

When & Where: Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 pm, at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month

Click here for further information and to register!


If you have further questions, please call 831-454-7235 or email jen.walker@santacruzcounty.us


Location: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-454-7235 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Salvador Dali Museum
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Dali17 Museum
The exhibition will be the largest collection of Dalis art on the West Coast and will feature over 300 originals.
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Call for hours

Dali17 Museum is Open

(A July) Dali_TimeSlithering.jpgDali17 Museum will open to the public on Friday, July 8 at 10am!

 

The new museum is a permanent exhibition of original etchings, mixed media, lithographs, and rare sculptures by one of the twentieth century's most celebrated surrealist artists, Salvador Dali.

 

This is the first permanent Dali exhibition on the West Coast and the second largest private collection in the United States. Previously, this collection has only been exhibited in Spain and Belgium.

 

will feature over 300 originals. Did you know that Monterey was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and worked? The exhibition will reintroduce Dali’s local history and will be the only museum to showcase photographs from Dali’s fundraiser Surrealistic Night at Del Monte.

 

(A July) Dali.jpgMonterey was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and worked. While the Nazis stormed across Europe, Dali and his wife Gala fled to the U.S. and in July 1941 found refuge at the Hotel Del Monte. While living in the Monterey area, he was heavily involved with the arts. Dali exhibited vintage sourced photographs as an early member of the Carmel Art Association and every May he participated as a juror for the local high school art competition.

 

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Location: Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-372-2608 •website Monterey create a direct event link
JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY
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Scotts Valley Police
Provides students with alternatives to drugs, violence, and other illegal activities through exciting events and educational pro
Date: Every day (Jun 19-Aug 4)


Our Junior Police Academy is accepting registration for our three upcoming summer sessions in June, July, and August. The classes are filling up, so if you want your middle school aged child to participate in these week long sessions please download the form and turn it in at the police department as soon as possible.

 

for Boys & Girls entering 6th, 7th & 8th

JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY

Junior Police Academy dates for 2017 are currently scheduled for June 19-23, July 10-14 and July 31-Aug 4.  Click here to download a registration form and liability waiver.

 

The Scotts Valley Police Departments Junior Police Academy functions as the department's in-house PAL (Police Activities League) program. It provides students with alternatives to drugs, violence, and other illegal activities through exciting events and educational programs.

 

Our Junior Police Academy has been running since 2000. We offer three week-long sessions, each with room for twenty students. Our program reaches out to students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

 

If you would like to receive more information on the department's Junior Police Academy please contact the Investigations Unit by email or call Juvenile Detective Mike Birley at (831) 440-5656.


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From the Tall to the Small
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State Park Big Basin
The Unique Coast Redwoods in Big Basin
Date: Every Su, Mon, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 3-Sep 10) at 7:00pm


SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE!
From the Tall to the Small-The Unique Coast Redwoods in Big Basin
Friday, August 25 at 7 pm
Marshmallow roasting: 7 pm, Program 7:30 pm
Zane Moore, a redwood researcher, will speak about Big Basin's tallest tree in the world south of San Francisco, and then discuss the extremely rare albino redwoods, considered by some to be the redwood's biggest mystery. And join Zane for a walk on Saturday, August 26 at 12:30 to see how scientists measure these, tall, tall trees!


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Amazing Cardboard
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Exploratorium
An ongoing exploration of science, art and human perceptiona vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.
Date: Every day (Jun 17-Sep 4) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Pier 15, which is on the Embarcadero at Green Street

"People will be surprised by what can be done with cardboard. The closer they get, the more they'll find... I hope people leave from this with their own ideas of what they can do." - Jesse Wilson, Cardboard Institute of Technology

This is only the beginning. Come see how these artists bring this everyday material to life at #WelcomeToWildcard, June 17 through Sept. 4.

 

More info: https://www.exploratorium.edu/wildcard

 


Location: Pier 15, San Francisco 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 day (May 27-Sep 3)

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

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
 
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. 
   
Castle Rock Falls
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1.3 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 320 feet.   
Meander downhill to 75-foot Castle Rock Falls, which gushes after rains, but may be a trickle during drought. Either way, the views to the west are spectacular. 
   
MODERATE HIKES 
Ridge/Trail Camp Loop 
Trailhead: main parking lot, 5.15 miles, elevation gain 1,190 feet
Hike through the forest and past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the San Lorenzo River Valley and glimpses of Monterey Bay. Learn about history, wildlife, and habitats at the Interpretive Shelter. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter.  
  
Skyline/Loghry Woods/Saratoga Gap Loop
Trailhead: main parking lot; 6.1 miles roundtrip; elevation gain 750 feet 
Head through the forest past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Lorenzo River with glimpses across to Monterey Bay if there’s no fog. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water, and a rain shelter. 
  
STRENUOUS HIKES  
Middle of the Park from the Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap; 9 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,530 feet. 
This challenging hike or run through the forest takes you past mountain and valley views with some glimpses of Monterey Bay on a clear day. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter. Begin at Saratoga Gap and either go down Saratoga Toll Road Trail or across Skyline Trail (Bay Area Ridge Trail). Close the loop on the Loghry Woods and Travertine Springs trails.
   
Gap to Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap or Waterman Gap; 16.4 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,860 feet
A good workout for strong trail runners and hikers. You can also backpack and stay overnight at the Waterman Gap Trail Camp (reservations required). Trails are mostly wooded, with occasional views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 
   
Skyline to the Sea Trailhead: dropoff at Saratoga Gap or park at main parking lot, pickup at Waddell Beach, 25.2–28.2 miles; elevation from 1,660–2,130 feet. 
One of the region’s most rewarding backpack options. Start on the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains and descend to the ocean in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Camp at trail camps along the way. Two to four days of backpacking or four to eight hours of trail running.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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San Francisco Botanical Gardens
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San Francisco Botanical Garden
Escape to a unique 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, showcasing over 8,000 differen
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: 2nd Tuesday is FREE DAY

Second Tuesday of every month is free!

 

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.

 

Free Admission Day Every second Tuesday of the month

Regular cost: $7/adults; $5/youth and seniors; $2/children; free/4 years and younger

 

Docent-led Tours: Join us for daily tours through the Botanical Garden led by trained docents or explore on your own with special features designed to enhance your next visit.

Free Tours Daily; 1:30pm at Main Gate

 

LOCATED In Golden Gate Park, with entrances at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way (Main Gate) & at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse

Navigating t! he Garden

 

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

 

Hours
Open daily, starting at 7:30 am. The Garden closes one hour after last entry. Last entry changes seasonally:

Last entry: Fall & Winter

  • October through early November: Last entry at 5 pm.
  • 1st Sunday in November through January: Last entry at 4 pm.
  • February through 2nd Saturday in March: Last entry at 5 pm.

From a reviewer: 9/12/2016

"I've been to botanical gardens around the US and other countries, and this one is truly world class. I can't believe I've lived here for years and had never gone. I was worried that there might not be many things blooming since it's September, but there were so many amazing flowers packed together, that I can't even imagine what it's like in the spring. The ratio of plants-to-walking is really excellent. Every square foot of the garden seems carefully planned to pack in more wonderful things to see, all meticulously labeled and growing vigorously."


Location: Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco Map
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FREE Daily Entertainment
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Beach Boardwalk
FREE Daily Entertainment June 20 - August 14, Noon - 6pm
Date: Every day (Jun 19-Aug 18) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: FREE shows noon - 6pm

FREE Daily Entertainment

 

Boardwalk

Engaging performers invite you to be a part of the show!

World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.

Neptune's Stage located next to Pirate Ship.
Cave Train Stage located near Cave Train.

The Entertainers

Bob at Large Bob's act might make you a little nervous, but his Rolla Bolla balancing, juggling, and unicycle skills are top notch. Entertainer Website 
Greg Frisbee This funny guy has a few tricks up his sleeve like fire juggling, a straight jacket and a rubber chicken! Entertainer Website 
Kevin Armour Acrobatics, hand-balancing, and contortion. 
Marcus Raymond Hysterical comedy, amazing juggling feats & extraordinary escapology. 
Mike Goudeau Professional entertainer and juggler with many years experience working alongside other professionals such as Lance Burton and Penn & Teller. Entertainer Website 
Ryan Kane Award-winning magic show! Entertainer Website 
Scotty & Trink This pair's hilarious combination of comedy and juggling, unicycles and bad judgment will keep you laughing. Entertainer Website

Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-2053 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Evening Campfire Programs
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State Park Big Basin
EVERY Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 pm for an evening of song and story
Date: Every Su, Mon, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 3-Sep 10) at 7:00pm


Evening Campfire Programs
EVERY Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 pm
(programs start Saturday, June 3, so no programs June 1 and June 2)
Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7 pm; program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

FREE First Friday 11am-4pm. Enjoy the Museum for FREE with your family on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit". Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Junior Rangers
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State Park Big Basin
Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more.
Date: Every Su, Th and Fri (Jun 3-Jun 30) at 3:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: see times

Junior Rangers
EVERY Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm
Wednesday at 1 pm (except no program Wednesday, June 21)
(programs start Saturday, June 3, so no programs June 1 and June 2)
Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge Museum 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Take the Dogs Out!
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SPCA
Hang out with adoptable dogs
Date: Every day from 9:00am to 3:00pm


(0 May 2017) SPCA_ThreeGuysSixDogs.jpgSanta Cruz SPCA Just three guys and their adoptable fur-iends hanging out in the shade on a beautiful day! Our lucky pups get to bound around on the beach and parade through the park every week because of our wonderful volunteers. During these outings, not only do the dogs have tons of fun, but they attract a lot of adoption attention/interest with those bright yellow adopt-me leash flags! An out of shelter field trip has led to more than a few forever homes :)

Wanna become a volunteer? We've got orientation dates open in June and July! Get yourself signed up online :)
https://spcasc.org/events/general-volunteer-orientation/

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Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Young Writers Contest
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Enter the young writers contest
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Oct 1)


Bookshop Santa Cruz is celebrating the talents of young writers in our community with a contest designed for writers ages 6-17. First-, second-, and third-place winners from each age group will receive Bookshop Santa Cruz gift certificates. Plus the winning entries will be published together in a collection this November.


E N T R Y   R U L E S
1. Entries may be on any subject in any genre-including fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, mystery, humor, science fiction or fantasy.
2. Each entry must be an original work, submitted in the appropriate age group: 6-9, 10-13, or 14-17.
3. Word count limit: 2100 words.
4. Entries can be submitted online or at the store. Those entries submited in hard copy must have a copy of the entry form attached to the story. We're sorry, entries cannot be returned.
5. Employees of Bookshop Santa Cruz and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the contest.
6. All entries must be received no later than Sunday, October 9, 2016.

Download an Entry Form

 

Submit an Entry Online

 


Location: 1540 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
2017 Open Houses Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pjaro Valleys past.
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

(AAA_Feb 2015) Castro-Adobe.jpgOpen Houses, Castro Adobe State Historic Park

 

Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted. Parking is extremely limited, so carpooling is encouraged. The two-story Castro Adobe in Watsonville is currently undergoing a multi-year restoration process lead by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, a local non-profit, and partnering with California State Parks.

 

Built from 1848 to 1849, this is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. The Castro Adobe State Historic Park is located at 184 Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road, in northern Watsonville. The Castro Adobe is an active construction site and is accessible currently by appointment only except during the Open House Days. To follow progress on the restoration effort, visit www.ThatsMyPark.org/projects/castro-adobe.

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

Enjoy traditional hot chocolate, make tortillas, stroll through the historic garden while exploring romance during the Rancho period. Learn about courting and marriage during that era - including the Bolcoff-Castro marriage and the Castro Adobe-Wilder Ranch historical connection - as well as concepts of race and intermarriage during in Alta California, the perception of the Rancho Period as a "golden age" compared to what historical and archaeological record show, and the loving relationship between a vaquero and his horse.

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

January 21
Febraury 11
March 18
April 22
May 13
June 17
July 22
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 18
December 9

Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret the site and is partnering with California State Parks to open the adobe as a State Historic Park. It is Santa Cruz County's second State Historic Park and the first non-beach state park in the Pajaro Valley. 

Located in Larkin Valley, near Watsonville, the two-story Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Open House visitors will be able to tour the property including the restored cocina (kitchen) and the Potter-Church Garden. The garden is a unique outdoor space originally created by then-owners Elizabeth and David Potter (1968 to 1972), in consultation with noted landscape architect Thomas Church.

The Castro Adobe is open on a limited basis for special events, such as Open House Days. Parking is extremely limited, so carpooling is encouraged. Learn more on our website.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Deep in the Redwoods Music Fest
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Camp Cruz
Escape to the Santa Cruz Mountains for a music filled weekend Deep in the Redwoods!
Date: Every day (Jun 23-Jun 25) from 3:00pm to 12:00am
Admission Fees: $30-$90

Deep in the Redwoods Music Festival

Join us at the first Deep in the Redwoods Music Festival on June 23 & 24!
Escape to the Santa Cruz Mountains for a music filled weekend Deep in the Redwoods!

Featuring, Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Marty O'Reilly, Naked Bootleggers, Hank & Ella with the Fine Country Band, Bobcat Rob Armenti, Billy Manzik, Jesse Daniel and the Slow Learners, Taylor Rae, Bent with Honey, Tom Vanden Avond and more amazing musicians in this fun two day music and camping festival.

Designed as a small boutique festival, Deep in the Redwoods will be a festival experience you won't easily forget! Camping on site is limited so get your tickets now! Join us for this brand new music festival down by the river and hidden the redwoods!

Tickets on Sale Now!
www.deepintheredwoods.com

Cost: Payment required - 30.00 to 90.00

Categories: Concerts & Tour Dates | Festivals

Links:

Facebook Event | https://www.deepintheredwoods.com/tickets

 


Location: 2015 Eureka Canyon Rd, Watsonville Map
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Color!
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Pajaro Valley Arts
Artful look at agriculture
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 7-Jul 23) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 July 2017) PajaroValleyArts_Hummingbird.jpgCurrent Exhibit: Color!

 

Members' Exhibit 2017

 

June 7 - July 23

 

Reception: Sunday, June 18 2-4pm

 

 

Open Weds - Sun,  11:00a to 4:00p


Location: 37 Sudden St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-763-0939 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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