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11th Annual Pumpkin Carving & Pizza Spooky Night Out!
Includes: pizza, a pumpkin for carving and a spooky project!THIS YEAR WE HAVE ONE FOR THE TEENAGERS TOO!
Every day (Oct 25-Oct 26) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 9099 Soquel Dr. #15, Aptos Map

11th Annual Pumpkin Carving & Pizza Spooky Night Out!
*NEW* THIS YEAR WE HAVE ONE FOR THE TEENAGERS TOO!

It's back... Our annual fall favorite!  Come spend a spooky, skill building, pumpkin carving night at the Art Factory! Pizza, pumpkins and carving tools are included.


Kids love a night out at the studio for lots of fun carving tips and tricks. And the teenagers will dive into drills, chisels and extreme carving tools!


KIDS; Ages 7-12; Fri. Oct. 25, 6:30pm-8:30pm
TEENS; Ages 13-17 Sat. Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30pm
PRE-REGISTER: $45 per student Includes: pizza & a pumpkin for carving 831-688-8862 www.artfactorystudios.com

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POP-UP CAMPFIRE!
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story + marshmellows
Date: Every Fri (Jun 14-Aug 16) at 7:00pm


POP-UP CAMPFIRE!

Fridays at 7pm

Bring your camp chair-we'll bring the marshmallows, songs and stories! Sit around the campfire, roast marshmallows, sing some songs and hear stories about Big Basin. Meet at Campsite 73 in Huckleberry Campground. If possible, please walk to the campfire, as parking is limited to disabled parking. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Live Oak Book Group
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Library Live Oak
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

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

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


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
UCSC Farm & Garden's Market Cart
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UCSC Farm
Music along with kids' crafts, great food, an apple pie baking contest, hay ride
Date: Every Fri (Jun 7-Oct 25) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $5 - $30

Organic vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers are sold weekly at the UCSC Farm & Garden's Market Cart, starting in early June and continuing through late October. The Market Cart is open on Fridays from 12 pm to 6 pm at the base of the UC Santa Cruz campus (corner of Bay and High Streets).

Early-season offerings include strawberries, blueberries, and an array of tender lettuces and other greens. As the growing season progresses, shoppers can look forward to sweet corn, dry-farmed tomatoes, plums, potatoes, an array of sweet and hot peppers, apples, basil, and much more. Flower bouquets are also available weekly.

 

The cart will be open into late October or early November, depending on the length of the growing season. For more information, call (831) 459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu. In 2019, the Market Cart will open on Friday, June 7th (weather permitting). All proceeds benefit the Apprenticeship training program in organic farming and gardening.

 


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: Phone (831) 459-3240 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Watsonville Certified Farmers Market
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Watsonville Farmers Market
Fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from 2:30 to 6:30 PM from May to November.
Date: Every Fri from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) WatsFarmersMkt_Mariachi.jpgAn enchanting farmers market with a "mercado" feel. Lots of wonderful produce and prepared foods.

 

The Watsonville Farmers' Market is a member of the California Federation of Certified Farmers' Markets.

 

The Market provides fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from May to November.

 

Mariachi California de Javier Vargas will play every first Friday of the month from 5-6pm (May-October) at the Watsonville city Plaza


Location: Main St/At the Plaza, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 588-7366 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Preschool Storytme
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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


Kids 3-5 years

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831.427.7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
The MAKE Lab
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Library Scotts Valley
Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come
Date: Every Fri (Mar 8-Jul 26) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Teens 12-18 years

The MAKE Lab

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

 

Tools include:

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

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


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Friday, July 12, 2019
Friday, July 26, 2019


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Teen Glow Night
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City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Come join us at this just-for-teens glow party on Main Beach! There will be activities and opportunities to win prizes, music, r
Date: 07/12/2019 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm


What's better than a glow party? A glow party on the beach!!! Come join us at this just-for-teens glow party on Main Beach! There will be activities and opportunities to win prizes, music, refreshments and plenty of glow-y shwag provided!!


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

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


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

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Baby Laptime
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Library Watsonville
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Tues and Fri at 10:30am


(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


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

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

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

 


Location: Storytime Room, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Mountain of Fun Summer Camp
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Mount Madonna School
Mountain of Fun Summer Camps
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th and Fri (Jul 8-Jul 19) from 9:00am to 3:25pm
Ages: Entering grades K - 5

Each program encourages and promotes creativity, cooperation and community building; and helps to foster kids' self-discovery, empathy and compassion in action. Campers will develop their social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills.

All programs are taught by experienced Mount Madonna School (MMS) teachers. Transportation is available from Soquel, Corralitos, Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Time and location details will appear once you have begun the registration process and selected the week(s) you would like to attend. Transportation will be provided in vans driven by MMS teachers and staff


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
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Friday Night Bands at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic bands!
Date: Every Fri (Jun 14-Aug 30)

Special Instructions: TWO FREE SHOWS 6:30pm & 8:30pm

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach  -  TWO FREE SHOWS • 6:30pm & 8:30pm

June 14 - August 30, 2019   -    Printable Schedule

 

Date

Artist

Hit Song

Jun. 14

The English Beat

Save It For Later

Jun. 21

Smash Mouth

All Star

Jun. 28

Everclear

Santa Monica

Jul. 5

Pride & Joy

Soul/Motown Party

Jul. 12

Foghat

Slow Ride

Jul. 19

Taylor Dayne

Tell it to My Heart

Jul. 26

Brian Howe (Bad Company)

Can't Get Enough

Aug. 2

Y&T

Summertime Girls

Aug. 9

Living Colour

Cult of Personality

Aug. 16

10,000 Maniacs

Because the Night

Aug. 23

Steve Augeri (Journey)

Don't Stop Believin'

Aug. 30

Papa Doo Run Run

(Santa Cruz) Beach Party


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Stripes Ride
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SC Bike Party
It takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! Join this fun bike ride.
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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


Guidelines

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

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


Location: Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Composing Together
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Library Scotts Valley
Composing Together with professional composers and performers
Date: 07/12/2019 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Composing Together brings professional composers and performers directly into schools and public spaces to engage people of all ages, collaborating with them to share, hear and create original works while empowering all of us with the knowledge that our ideas have meaning and value.

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotta Valley Map
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Tales to Tails La Selva Beach
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Fri from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Composing Together
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Library Aptos
Composing Together with professional composers and performers
Date: 07/12/2019 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: Free

Composing Together brings professional composers and performers directly into schools and public spaces to engage people of all ages, collaborating with them to share, hear and create original works while empowering all of us with the knowledge that our ideas have meaning and value.

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)


Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Scotts Valley Farmers Market
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
Join us for a flurry of activities for kids and adults alike.
Date: Every Sa (May 4-Nov 30) from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


The Scotts Valley Farmers' Market

Started in 2009 with the City of Scotts Valley, the market represents farmers and specialty food purveyors along with cook-to-order food. This local market is the place for the the Scotts Valley community to get their fill of fresh, healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. During the summer months, SCCFM music series showcases local music and there is a shaded cafe seating area, along with space for the young ones to hang out and play. The market provides unlimited free parking and is located next to Sky Park and across from the Scotts Valley library.

 

At the Scotts Valley Market over 30 growers and food artisans come out to set up each Saturday, 9am to 1pm. They offer a great mix of fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised eggs and meats and local and sustainably caught seafood in addition to ready to eat cuisine, baked goods and a full coffee and espresso bar.

 

Our 2019 Farm line up: Old House Farm,Sydalyn Hill Farms, Casalegno Family Farm,Billy Bob Orchird, Route 1 Farm, Laurel Canyon, Groundswell, Wild Moon Flowers, Left Coast Grass Fed, Root Down Farm(pork/chicken), Sol Seeker(eggs),  Muddy Boots Farm, Live Earth Farm, Stackhouse Farm, Ken's Top Notch Produce, Violini Asparagus, Madrone Coast, Gypsy Green Girl Farm, Triple Delight Blueberries, Rodoni Farm and Bee Thankful Farm.

 

Fresh local Fish always provided by: H & H Fresh Fish (Santa Cruz Harbor)

Pastries and Breads & Sweets: Companion Bakeshop, Beckmans Bakery, Adorable French Bakery, Gratitude Pastries and local Favorite...Ashbey Confections.
Coffee and Espresso: Hidden Fortress Coffee
Cuisine: Monthly rotating food trucks, Nah Na East African food, El Pajaro Incubator Kitchen.

 

For more information, visit us.


Location: King's Village Dr, Scotts Valley Map
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West Side Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Sa from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All

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


Foodies Unite

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

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

 

2019 Pop-Up Breakfast Series - Ticket Sales Announced

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

 

Market Match

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


Location: Mission St. Ext. and Western Dr., Santa Cruz Map
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Story Time Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
Date: Every Sa at 10:30am


Story Time Walk

Saturdays at 10:30am

Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time! Starting at park headquarters, we'll walk through ancient redwoods while reading a story. We'll stop and read one page, walk a bit, then read the next page until we finish the story. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Here Comes the Sun: Look through a Solar Telescope!
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State Park Big Basin
You'll see sunspots, solar prominences, and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the sun and how i
Date: 07/13/2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm


Here Comes the Sun: Look through a Solar Telescope!

Saturday, July 13 from 11am to 1pm

Come to the campfire center and look through a solar telescope at the sun. You'll see sunspots, solar prominences, and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the sun and how it shines. There will be sun-related activities for the kids. Conducted by Steve Widmark of the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Old Cove Landing Trail Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.
Date: Every Sa (Jun 1-Aug 31) from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: 4/6, 20, 27

Old Cove Landing Trail

Saturday, August 3 at 11am

Saturday, August 17 at 11am

Saturday, August 24 at 11am

Saturday, August 31 at 11am

On this 2.5 mile, 2-hour family friendly walk, we'll explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, layered clothing, and binoculars if available. Meet at the interpretive center. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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Summer Concert Series
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State Park New Brighton
Campfire concerts. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!
Date: Every Sa (Jul 6-Aug 31) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm


Summer Concert Series

Saturdays from 7:30 to 8:30pm

Enjoy a free concert every week this summer! Great local groups with lots of talent! Visit the kiosk for performing artists' information. Meet at the ramada for concert. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. 

 

Saturday Nights in July at 7:30pm

7/1-Watsonville Taiko Drummers
7/8- Western Sing-a-long with Michelle Kiba
7/15- Designated Drivers (Americana & Classic Rock)
7/23- Indonesian Gamelan
7/29- Simmons Family Band

Saturday Nights in August, 7:30pm

8/3

8/10

8/17

8/24



Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Apple Roasting! Crafts! Games! Skulls and Pelts!
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State Park Big Basin
Enjoy roasting ranger apples and marshmallows, playing games, listening to tunes, and making some fun crafts! Touch and learn ab
Date: Every Th and Sa (Jul 4-Jul 18) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm


Apple Roasting! Crafts! Games! Skulls and Pelts!

Thursday, August 1 from 3:30 to 5:30pm

Thursday, August 15 from 3:30 to 5:30pm

Drop by anytime between 3:30 and 5:30pm at our historic campfire center and enjoy roasting ranger apples and marshmallows, playing games, listening to tunes, and making some fun crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals. Free event.

 

Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every Sa at 11:00am

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

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


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Kiddie Kapers Parade
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California Rodeo
Bring your family to Oldtown Salinas and join years of tradition with the Kiddie Kapers and Colmo del Rodeo Parades.
Date: 07/13/2019 at 7:00pm


The theme for the 2019 parade is Every Child is a Rodeo Star!


The 89th Kiddie Kapers Parade, presented by Sakata Seed America, will take place on Saturday July 13th as the lead-in to the Colmo del Rodeo Parade. Kids will line up at the Salinas High School parking lot (726 S. Main Street) and the parade will start at 7:00pm. Children should plan to arrive by 6pm. The children in the parade are grouped into 7 divisions for judging. The divisions are Playground Floats, Cowboys and Cowgirls, Strollers & Wagons, Community Groups, Costumed Kids & Pets, Croup Floats and Rolling Riders (bikes and trikes). Everyone is encouraged to wear western clothing.


Thousands of people line the streets of Old Town Salinas to watch over 1,200 children ride on floats, bikes, in wagons and more as a kick off to Big Week and the California Rodeo Salinas.

 

The California Rodeo's 2019 Colmo del Rodeo Parade, presented by Star Market, will take place on Saturday July 13th at 7:30pm in Old Town Salinas.

 

History of the Colmo del Rodeo Parade

The Colmo Parade will grace the streets of Old Town Salinas and commemorate what was once the greatest parade of the West! As the California Rodeo was first produced in 1911, so was the first informal night parade. The parade was organized by local townsfolk, and included decorated automobiles that would drive down Main Street Salinas to wrap up Big Week festivities. Later in 1913 the parade was formalized. At this time the “Colmo del Rodeo” was recognized as the largest and greatest night-lighted parade west of the Mississippi. Sadly, after the 1985 Big Week, the Colmo was eliminated from Rodeo activities, though a few years later in 1987 it was brought back and was a part of the Saturday horse parade. The parade was such a huge success in 2010 when it was revived for the 100th Anniversary of the Rodeo that we continue to produce it each year.

Location: Oldtown Salinas, Lincoln and San Luis Streets, Salinas Map
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Old Growth Classic
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Sept. 14: A 55-mile mixed terrain race, two nights of camping, live music, delicious catered meals, and more summer camp fun. As
Date: Every Sa (Jul 10-Sep 14)
Admission Fees: $170 - $200
Special Instructions: Registration open now

(0 A July 2019) OldGrowthClassic.jpgMountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) is proud to partner with Ibis Cycles to present the second annual Old Growth Classic on September 14, 2019. This event is a full weekend experience featuring a 55-mile mixed terrain race, two nights of camping, live music, delicious catered meals, and more summer camp fun. As always, a significant portion of the proceeds will go directly to State Parks. 

 

New this year, there are two event packages to choose from, a Full Weekend Package and a Race Day Only Package (more details below), and 500 total spots are available. This event will sellout fast, so be ready to register tonight at 7:00pm!

 

We'd love everybody to join us for the full weekend, but we know some of you need to get back home. That's why we have a limited number of Race Day Only Packages available this year, in addition to our classic Full Weekend Package. 

 

Full Weekend Package ($200, limit 425) includes:

- Professionally timed bike race
- High quality commemorative race number plate
- Two nights of camping at Little Basin Campground
- Four meals (Saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner, Sunday breakfast snacks)
- Reusable cup/plate/utensils

- Event koozie
- Free coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters
- Two free drinks from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery or Venus Spirits
- Event t-shirt

 

Race Day Only Package ($170, limit 75) includes:

- Professionally timed bike race
- High quality commemorative race number plate
- Two meals (Saturday lunch/dinner)
- Reusable cup/plate/utensils
- Event koozie
- Free coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters
- Two free drinks from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery or Venus Spirits
- Event t-shirt

 

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Location: Big Basin, 21700 Little Basin Road, Boulder Creek Map
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Wacky Water Day
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Louden Nelson Community Center
Bring the family for a FREE fun day of water games! Inflatable water slide, dunk tank, water games and more! Kids should wear sw
Date: 07/13/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Bring the family for a FREE fun day of water games! Inflatable water slide, dunk tank, water games and more! Kids should wear swim suits and bring towels and sunscreen.


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DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


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


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Tinkergarten Summer Classes
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Tinkergarten (local leader: Kelsey Eiland)
Outdoor Classes for Kids
Date: Every Tues and Sa (Jul 13-Aug 27)
Ages: 3-8 Admission Fees: $105/6 classes
Special Instructions: Please visit the Tinkergarten website at https://tinkergarten.com/classes/all/95064?seasons[0]=19 in order to sign up for summer classes! Input your zipcode and look for classes led by Kelsey Eiland.

In each session of our summer series, Tinkergarten Leader, Kelsey, will facilitate a different expert-designed play lesson, welcoming children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. All of our summer play lessons are inspired by a single play theme-Camping! Parents and caregivers will also learn about how children develop through play and how to support play at home. The Tinkergarten program progresses to meet each child's needs, season after season. This Summer, the curriculum for 3-8 years will support kids in developing a range of cognitive, social/emotional and physical skills, which every lesson will put special emphasis on our season's focus skill-Communication. Come join us outdoors to connect and learn through play this summer!
Location: De Laveaga Park, 855 Branciforte Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Do It Yourself Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.


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Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
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Arboretum
Free guided tour with paid admission, $3
Date: Every Sa

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

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

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

 

Admission to the Arboretum

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

 


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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McNee Ranch at Montara State Beach
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State Park McNee Ranch
Easy 2 mile hike along Gray Whale Cove Trail
Date: 07/13/2019 from 10:00am to 12:45pm


McNee Ranch at Montara State Beach

Saturday, July 13 at 10am

Join us for an easy 2-mile hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail. Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites like a World War II bunker and evidence of the long-gone Ocean Shore Railroad. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of the Devil's Slide. Rain cancels. Children age 7 and older are welcome, accompanied by parent.

 

All pets must be on leash. Free event. For more information, call (650) 726-8814.

 

Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Hwy 1, Pacifica Map
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Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Like old planes? Come visit us!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Saturday and Sunday

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

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


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Aptos Farmers Market
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Aptos Farmers Market
An upbeat and relaxed market with music, many special events to be enjoyed. Market is open year round, rain or shine.
Date: Every Sa from 8:00am to 12:00pm


Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College,

Voted America's Favorite Farmers Market in California


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

Market Information

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


Location: Cabrillo Parking Lots, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
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Old Tree Trail Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old,
Date: Every Fri and Sa at 2:30pm

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Old Tree Trail Hike

Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30pm

On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old, discover the banana slug's vital role to this flourishing forest, and learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Meet outside the visitor center. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 

From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd. Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding (650) 948-9098.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Hop N Barley Beer Festival
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Hop 'N Barley
Family friendly: music, food, and beer
Date: 07/13/2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Bring the whole family!

This is a dog-friendly, family event. We are requesting all people on the lawn to be wristbanded. This keeps the event safe for families and minors and will keep us from having to fence in the whole event. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Music: 12-5 Main Stage

Mabanza Groove 12:00 - 1:00

Bobcat Rob & The Nightly Howl 2:00 - 3:00

Earl Zero & Soul Syndicate Feat. Fully Fullwood 4:00 - 5:00

Music: 1-4 Stage Two
Bad Bob 1:00 - 2:00
Marty O'Reilly 3:00 - 4:00

 

Something smells good!

  • Garcia's Fish Tacos
  • Holopono Food Truck - Pono Hawaiian Grill
  • Heavenly Gyro
  • H&H Fish
  • Bruno's Bar and Grill
  • Uncie Ro's Pizza
  • Pat's Pit BBQ
  • Full Steam Dumpling
  • The Underdog Grill

Beer: 12-4:30  Enjoy a memorable day of drinking some of the best beers around. 

Your tasting ticket gets you:

  • Access to over 50 Breweries and 12 cider companies
  • A commemorative beer tasting glass
  • Beer games including bean bags & washers

  • Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Valley Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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    Little Women
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    The Western Stage
    Filled with adventure, heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, the struggles of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March to find their own voi
    Date: Every day (Jun 22-Jul 13)


    The Western Stage presents "Little Women: The Broadway Musical"

    Book by Allan Knee, Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

    Mainstage Theater | June 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and July 6, 7, 12, 13 (Join us for ReActions on Sunday, July 7!)

    For tickets, order online: www.westernstage.com/tickets or call our box office: 831-755-6816 (Wednesday - Saturday, 5 - 8 p.m.)

    Filled with adventure, heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, the struggles of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March to find their own voices mirrors the growing pains of a young America.

    Little Women is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

    This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring sign-language interpreters, real-time captioners, or other accommodations should contact the Box Office at least one week prior to the event: 831-755-6816 or westernstage@hartnell.edu


    Location: Performance Art Theater, 411 Central Ave, Salinas Map
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    Campfire Programs Portola
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    State Park Portola Redwoods
    Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
    Date: Every Fri and Sa at 8:00pm


    Campfire Programs

    Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

    Come for the fun and stay for the science! Each night's program will cover a different topic of life in the redwoods. After a long day of hiking, unwind around the campfire while expanding your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our wonderful state park. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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    Food Truck Friday
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    Food Trucks A Go Go
    Great Evening for the Whole Family! Celebrate with delicious dinner, drinks, live music and swing dancing!
    Date: 07/13/2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
    Ages: all Admission Fees: none
    Special Instructions: Dance lessons!

    Food Truck Friday returns! Celebrate with delicious dinner, drinks and live music!
    Join us at the next Food Truck Friday on September 20th!

    Check out this food truck line-up:
    * Drunk Monkeys
    * Pana
    * Nomad Momo
    * El Buen Taco
    * Aunt LaLi's

    Local favorite cover band Cringe will be performing hits from the 70's to the present so get ready to dance!

    SVEF will be at the Beer Garden, pouring Steel Bonnet beers & raising money for our 4 SV public schools!

    This is going to be a great night!

    BIG THANKS to our sponsors: Mari & Ed Rossi and EJR Consulting -- we greatly appreciate you & your support!


    Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
    Phone: (831) 247-1236 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
    Guided Hike
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    State Park Butano
    Join Naturalist Interpreter Eleanor for a 2-hour stroll
    Date: Every Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 31) at 1:30pm


    Guided Hike

    Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30pm

    Join a State Park Interpreter for a 1.5-hour exploration of the park to learn about the local ecology and history of Butano Canyon. Topics discussed on the hikes will range from redwood forest ecology to the historical role of humans in shaping the modern landscape. Spend a wonderful afternoon outdoors while discovering a deeper sense of stewardship for the flora and fauna of Butano State Park. Meeting locations vary; consult the whiteboards at the front kiosk or campground for starting location.

     

    Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.

     


    Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
    Phone: (650) 879-2040 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
    San Lorenzo River Adventures!
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    Coastal Watershed
    The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
    Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Feb 23-Jun 22)


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

     

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


    Location: 440 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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    Castle Rock Loop
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    State Park Castle Rock
    Join us on a 2-mile, 2-hour hike to Castle Rock and Castle Rock Falls
    Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    Castle Rock Loop Hike

    Saturdays at 11am

    On this 1-mile, 1-hour interactive journey we will discuss the various park ecosystems, Ohlone history, Black Oak ecology, wildfire, and more. Bring water, closed toe shoes, snacks, and a camera. Meet at kiosk. No pets. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $8. Parking is limited so please try to arrive early. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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    Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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    State Park Wilder Ranch
    Experience the Victorian era!
    Date: Every Su and Sa
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
    Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

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

     

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

     


    Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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    Little and Junior Rangers
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    State Park Butano
    Summer kid ranger programs
    Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 31)

    Special Instructions: Littles 10am, Juniors 11am

    Little Rangers

    Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

    Any and all 3 to 6 year olds are invited to play games, listen to stories and songs, and learn about nature! Activities and games vary from week to week, but always cover a topic relevant to Butano State Park. Smiles, laughter, and good times abound at this program, and it’s a fantastic way to begin your morning in the park. Meet at the campfire center next to the Ben Ries Campground. Parents are required to stay and encouraged to help facilitate the fun and games.

     

    Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.

     

    Junior Rangers

    Saturdays and Sundays at 11am

    All visitors aged 7 to 12 have the opportunity to become a Junior Ranger with this program. Junior Rangers learn about the importance of nature and our heritage through exploration, games, and various activities and earn prizes for their participation.

     

    Meeting locations vary; consult the whiteboards at the front kiosk or campground for program location. Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.


    Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
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    Campfire Programs Henry Cowell
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    State Park Henry Cowell
    Sing songs, play games, hear stories and learn all about our unique and beautiful park
    Date: Every Su, Mon, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Aug 31)

    Special Instructions: See varying days & times

    Evening Campfire Program


    August 1 through 18:

    Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 8pm & Saturdays at 6pm


    August 19 through 31: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm


    Gather beneath the Ponderosa Pines at our campfire center for a family friendly evening of song, story, and education. Campfire treats will conclude our evening of discovery! Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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    COME DANCE!
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    Santa Cruz Dance
    Come dance with us! Live music * easy to learn * high energy * great community!
    Date: The 2nd Su of every month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12 (general), ($20 supporters, $8 students), Cash, check, or Paypal only

    Come dance with us!

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

     

    Upcoming Dances -

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

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

     

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

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

    Please

    • Bring soft-soled, non-marking shoes to help protect the floor
    • Keep our dances fragrance free for the comfort of all
    • Bring a snack to share if you have one.
    • Help support our community -- invite a new friend to experience contra dancing


    Location: Veteran's Hall, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Loneliness: Were Still Here
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    MAH
    There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before,
    Date: Every day (Apr 5-Sep 22)


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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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


    Transforming Empathy into Action

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

     

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

     

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


    Telling Stories Through Art

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Admission Fees

    $10 General Admission

    $8 Students

    Free for MAH members and children under 5.

    Free on the First Friday of each month


    Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Art & Music at the Beach
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    Capitola Art & Cultural Commission
    Music, Art, the Beach... come visit
    Date: Every Su (Jun 23-Aug 18) from 11:00am to 5:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: free

    Sunday Art & Music at the Beach 2019

    Six Sundays throughout the summer from 11am-5pm

    Projected 2019 dates: 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 8/4 & 8/11 

    Live music from 2 pm-4pm on the Esplanade Park stage   

    Enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola at the Sunday Art & Music at the Beach event taking place six Sundays throughout the summer at Esplanade Park overlooking the Monterey Bay. View and purchase quality artwork including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media from local artists and enjoy live music on the Esplanade Stage. This family friendly event is free and open to the public. 

    Call to artists: Check back to download an application. Applications are accepted April 1 - August 1, 2019. Access Artist Requirement information below.

     


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    Exotic Bird Expo
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    Monterey County Fairgrounds
    1000's of Birds, Toys, Cages, Seeds & so much more at wholesale prices!
    Date: 07/14/2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Admission Fees: ADULT: $10 KIDS 6-12: $5 FREE ADMISSIONS FOR PRESCHOOL CHILDREN!

    Come experience a show like no other and socialize with hundreds of animal enthusiasts! We aim to create a fresh and unique experience for long time pet lovers, while attracting the new interest of clientele through EDUCATION, FUN & PET THERAPY!

    EXOTIC BIRD MART & EXPO
    provide organized shows, related item sales events, huge venues, and fun activities! Our mission is to evoke a desire within individuals to become more interactive with the natural world around them and to become a part of our fast growing group!

    COME JOIN US TO:

    Shop hundreds of Accessories
    Socialize
    Buy, Sell, Advertise, and Market
    Create Contacts and Make Friends
    Grow, Build and Strengthen Your Business
    Get Educated
    Thousands of potential Sellers and Buyers
    Meet with the Influential Individuals in the Industry.
    ​We rescue birds. Our 6k sq.ft facility located in Butte County CA. can provide a safe place for birds that have to be re-homed due to unfortunate situations.


    http://exoticbirdmart.com


    Location: 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey Map
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    Sunday Seaside Crafts
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    Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
    Join the hands-on fun at the crafts table every Sunday from 1-3 PM.
    Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


    Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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    Adult Crafts
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    Library Felton
    Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
    Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


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

     

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

     

     


    Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
    Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
    SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Nature's Supermarket
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    State Park Big Basin
    How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago?
    Date: Every Su (Jul 11-Aug 25) at 7:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Nature's Supermarket

    Thursday, August 8 at 7pm

    How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago? No supermarkets, no stoves, not even pots and pans.... Join Ranger Alex Tabone to find out how as we take a look at Nature's Supermarket and make dinner the way it was done by the native Ohlone people 500 years ago! You even get to taste our creation! Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm.

     

    Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

     

     


    Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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    DIY Crafts
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    Library Live Oak
    Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
    Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

    (1:00 PM-4:30 PM)


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


    Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
    Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
    Live Oak Farmer's Market
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    Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
    Brunch options, live music, cafe seating
    Date: Every Su from 9:00am to 1:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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


    Market Match

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


    Location: 15th & Eastcliff Dr, Live Oak Map
    Phone: (831)454-0566 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
    Reading In the Redwoods
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    Library Felton
    Join our monthly book club!
    Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


    (0 A Aug 2018) LibraryFelton_ReadingInRedwoods.jpgReading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday at 6:15 pm.

     

    Copies of the book are usually available at the Felton branch library.

    For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch.

     

    To be added to the book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.


    Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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    Corralitos Farm & Garden Market
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    Corralitos Valley Research & Education Association (CVREA)
    We have the tastiest fruit, veggies and baked treats!
    Date: Every Su from 11:00am to 3:00pm


     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     


    Location: Corralitos Cultural Center, 127 Hames Road, Corralitos Map
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    The Castro Adobe in the American Era
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    State Park Castro Adobe
    Castro Adobe Open House
    Date: 07/14/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    The Castro Adobe influenced the development of the Pájaro Valley.

     

    Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


    Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
    Phone: (831) 226-9669 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
    Beehive, The 60's Musical
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    Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
    A Cherry Coke With Plenty Of Fizz! "My Boyfriend's Back", "Be My Baby", "Son of a Preacher Man", and "Me and Bobby McGee"
    Date: Every day (Jun 27-Jul 14)
    Admission Fees: $21 - $46

    (0 A June 2019) Beehive.jpgBeehive, The 60's Musical
    JUNE 27 - JULY 14, 2019
    Created by Larry Gallagher

    The Suprise Musical Sensation of the Season!

    A Cherry Coke With Plenty Of Fizz!
    The Audience Devours Beehive Like a Three Foot Hoagie

    - Time Magazine

    A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE WOMEN oF ROCK 1960 - 1970

    THE PLAY

     The 60's Musical is the ultimate celebration of 1960's female empowerment. Featuring such timeless classics as "My Boyfriend's Back", "Be My Baby", "Son of a Preacher Man", and "Me and Bobby McGee", Beehive nostalgically recalls the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power. Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in this enigmatic decade, these young ladies look back on a host of issues ranging from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation - a theme that is even now resonating in the 21st century.

    Songs Include The Name (New) Game, Natural Woman, Deep, Mountain High (Deeman), My Boyfriend's Back, One Fine Day, To Sir With Love, It's My Party, Proud Mary, Where The Boys Are, Make Your Own Kind Of Music


    Location: Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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    Brainfuse - Homework Help
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    Libraries
    Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
    Date: Every day


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

     

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

     

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

     

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


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    Campfire Programs
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    State Park Butano
    Marshmallow roasting, songs, trivia, and a slideshow
    Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 31) at 7:00pm


    Campfire Program

    Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm

    Celebrate the summer with a State Park Interpreter at our campfire program. We'll roast some marshmallows, play trivia and other games, sing campfire songs, and feature a short presentation on an important nature topic. Come prepared to participate in the show, laugh, learn, and win prizes. It's a great time for one and all! Meet at the campfire center next to the Ben Ries Campground. Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.

     

     


    Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
    Phone: (650) 879-2040 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
    Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed
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    State Park Big Basin
    Come to the visitor center, next to park headquarters, to get answers!
    Date: Every Su and Sa (May 4-Sep 1) from 11:00am to 1:00pm


    Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed

    Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 1pm

    Do you have questions about Big Basin? Want trail information? Information about the plants and animals you see? Come to the visitor center, next to park headquarters, to get answers! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
    Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
    Little & Junior Rangers Portola
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    State Park Portola Redwoods
    Little Rangers: Saturdays and Sundays at 10am; Junior Rangers: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1pm
    Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa


    Little Rangers

    Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

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

     

    Junior Rangers

    Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1pm

    This 1-hour, kids-only program for 7 to 12 year olds inspires the next generation to be stewards of the redwood forest with games, songs, and guided hikes. Become a Junior Ranger and earn prizes while learning how to help the forest! Bring water, backpack, and hiking shoes. Sign-ups begin 30 minutes before the program starts in the visitor center and programs fill up fast! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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    Little Rangers Portola
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    State Park Portola Redwoods
    Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
    Date: Every Su and Sa at 10:00am


    Little Rangers

    Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

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


    Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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    Big Basin Nature Club
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    State Park Big Basin
    Pretend, play, sing, and explore!
    Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sa (May 25-Sep 1) at 4:30pm
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: See different times

    Big Basin Nature Club

    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 4:30pm

    This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing, and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest.

     

    Meet at the campfire center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
    Phone: (831) 338-8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
    Stuff the Bus Fundraiser
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    United Way
    Can We Count On You This Year To Stuff The Bus?
    Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 2)


    Can We Count On You This Year To Stuff The Bus?  


     Click here for collection drive locations 


    It's More Than A Backpack

    School Supply Collection Drive: July 1 - August 2
    Stuff-A-Thon @ Kaiser Permanente Arena: Aug 3


    United Way of Santa Cruz County is proud to partner with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education to collect and distribute NEW backpacks and school supplies to ensure students start school ready to learn with the tools they need to succeed! 


    Last year, more than 3,000 Santa Cruz County students were experiencing homelessness and/or extreme hardships - community members like you stepped in and collected 2,200 new backpacks with supplies that were distributed to youth in time for the first day of school...THANK YOU!


    With 3,000 K-12 students in need of new school supplies and backpacks, you can make a difference and help a student start the first day of school ready to learn! Your business or organization can sponsor this year's Stuff The Bus - various sponsorship levels include a pop-up school bus for display at your location, marketing materials that include your company logo and social media posts.


    Click here to download the 2019 Stuff The Bus Corporate Sponsorship form and/or contact our UW team should you have questions - campaign@unitedwaysc.org


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    Junior Rangers & Little Rangers
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    State Park Henry Cowell
    Fun in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
    Date: Every Su, Mon, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Aug 31)
    Ages: 7-12
    Special Instructions: Jr 7-12 & Little 3-6 ~ Note different times

    Junior Rangers

    Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 10am

    Saturdays at 10:30am

    Do you have a 7 to 12 year old child? This 1-hour program inspires children like yours to be stewards of the redwood forest with games, songs, and activities. They will become a Junior Ranger and earn prizes while learning how to help preserve Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park! Make sure they bring water, a backpack, and hiking shoes. Meet at the campfire center. Parents must sign-in and sign-out their junior rangers. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

     

    Little Rangers

    Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 9am

    Saturdays at 9:30am

    Do you have a 3 to 6 year old child? This 30-minute program hour program children like yours to love and connect to nature with games, songs, activities, and goofiness. Meet at the campfire center. Adult supervision is required and participation is greatly encouraged! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

     


    Location: Campfire Center, 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
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    Summer in the Libraries
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    This year's theme, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, was chosen to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves,
    Date: Every day (Jun 1-Aug 10)


    The Santa Cruz Public Libraries' (SCPL) Summer Reading Program, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, begins June 1st and runs through August 10th. Our entire program has been revamped this year in order to be more inclusive and to put an even greater focus on reading. Studies have shown that reading just 5 books over the summer can significantly reduce Summer Slide - a term for the learning loss experienced over the summer.

     

    This year's theme, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, was chosen to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story. It also celebrates the richness of perspectives that arise when we include stories from diverse people. And finally, we celebrate 50 years of space exploration and the anniversary of the lunar landing.

     

    We are excited to present 3 SUMMER READING KICKOFF EVENTS to celebrate the beginning of the new program. Bring your picnic blankets, chairs, and lunches for these free family events:

    • A Universe of Stories with Nikki Borodi   Start summer off on Sunday June 9th 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Duck Island Stage in San Lorenzo Park. Nikki Borodi is a performance artist, singer, song-writer, ukulele player and acrobat! She brings her acrobatic musical storytelling to Santa Cruz with bubbles, balloon animals, magic, and acrobatics to delight all ages.
    • Coventry & Kalusa  Join us for some fun in the sun and sign-up for summer reading while playing with bubbles, hula hoops and more on Saturday June 15th at Anna Jean Cumming Park (AKA Blueball Park) from 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. From 12-1 p.m. enjoy a special performance by award winning circus artists Coventry and Kaluza. They will be juggling, hula hooping, playing music, doing some comedy and more.
    • Percussion with James Henry   Sign-up for summer reading while playing with bubbles, hula hoops and more on Sunday June 16th from 12 - 3 p.m. at Highlands County Park in Ben Lomond. From 1 - 2 p.m. enjoy a special performance by James Henry, master percussionist. Expect to dance, sing, be involved and be transported to many areas of the globe through the sounds of drums and percussion!

    How to Participate

    To sign up, visit santacruzpl.org/srp or visit any branch library, the Bookmobile, or a Summer Reading Kickoff event. Signups begin June 1st and participants have until August 10th to sign out of the program and receive their rewards. Participants of all ages are encouraged to read books 5 books of their own choosing, listen to audio books, or be read to.


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    Variety Pack Guided Hike
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    State Park Portola Redwoods
    Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
    Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 11:00am


    Variety Pack Guided Hike

    Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am

    Explore the many beautiful trails at Portola Redwoods State Park! Each hike will offer visitors a greater sense of park history and a deeper connection to the natural world. Hikes will vary in difficulty, so please check the signboard at the visitor center for the daily hike schedule. Generally, afternoon hikes will be more strenuous than morning hikes. Bring closed toe shoes, water, snacks, and a camera. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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    State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
    Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
    Ages: All

    The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

    * Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


    Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
    Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
    Open House 2019
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    State Park Castro Adobe
    "Thanks for the Memories" is a chance for history buffs, locals and Castro family descendants to visit
    Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 6-Dec 29) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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

     

    2019 Castro Adobe Open House events

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

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

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

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


    Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
    Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
    Pride and Prejudice
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    Santa Cruz Shakespeare
    Fast-paced, off-beat, and irreverent!
    Date: Every day (Jul 9-Aug 31)


    Pride and Prejudice

    By Kate Hamill, adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, Directed by Paul Mullins

     

    Jane Austen's most famous story is retold by eight actors playing multiple roles. Fast-paced, off-beat, and irreverent, Kate Hamill's adaptation will wriggle its way into your heart.  

     

    Before the Play Begins...

    With four unmarried daughters and with the family property entailed to a male heir, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet live in a rural society with few eligible bachelors. But a Mr. Bingley has just rented a nearby estate . . .

     

    Come early and enjoy the full Glen experience! Bring your own picnic, or food, beverages, and desserts are available for purchase at the Glen from Hoffman's Downtown.

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    Location: Upper DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz Map
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