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Overnights at the Zoo
From dusk until dawn, groups will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zoo
Every day (Aug 19-Aug 20)
Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map

 Family Overnight 

Experience one of our award winning Family Overnights on August 19-20 or September 2-3. 

 

Overnight adventures include guided sunset and sunrise walks through the park, quality time with a Zoo Keeper and a delicious pizza dinner. After a night under the stars, enjoy a continental breakfast and watch the animals begin their day.  Learn more and register today!

 

Group Overnights
Child (8 - 17 years): $60 each
Adult: $70 each
Minimum group size: 30


Family Overnights
Members: $90 per person
Non-members: $100 per person
Get $10 off each ticket when purchasing 5 or more Family Overnight tickets.

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July Fridays at MOD
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Stories, Circle Time, Summer Art
Date: Every Fri (Jul 1-Jul 28) from 10:30am to 4:00pm
Ages: 0-12 Admission Fees: Free with museum admission or membership. Admission is $7 adults, $5 for children 2-17. Children under age 2 are free.

 

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Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
Phone: (888) 424-8035 •website Capitola create a direct event link
Guided Nature Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Date: Every Fri (Jun 30-Sep 1) at 11:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $15 for campers/$25 non-campers

Guided Nature Walk
Every Friday at 11:30 am
Take a guided walk with one of our Park Interpreters! Enjoy the natural beauty of Big Basin while learning about our redwoods, animals, early park settlers and more. These walks are suitable for all ages and abilities and are generally less than 1 mile long. We occasionally offer longer hikes for those looking for more of a challenge. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.338.8018 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
"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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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family
Special Instructions: AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

On the third Friday of every month, Grange member and Professional Dance Caller Andy Wilson hosts a family-friendly barn dance.  Join us for a potluck supper at 6:00 before the dancing starts at 6:30.  We knock off around 8:00 to let everyone get home and have a good night sleep.  Live music featuring Deby's Ginormous String Band.


$10 per person
$15 for two people
$20 per family



Musicians (young or old) are welcome to join the band on stage.

 

AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED, SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Phone: (831) 423-5590 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Paint by Catapault
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MAH
Ever painted with a catapult before? Throw brilliant colors onto a canvas at this epic event where engineering and the arts are
Date: 07/21/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: FREE, $5 to build paint launcher

Paint by catapult

Create your very own paint-launching tool with the Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop and Laurel Bushman to spread color onto blank canvas. Work with experienced builders to piece together a paint marker.

 

Enjoy live painting experiences

Delight in live painting by local muralist Elijah Pfotenhauer of Painted Ladder. Learn about public art and how it can engage and uplift a community. Share your story in colors in a paint by numbers community mural.

 

More about Fridays at the MAH

Every Friday, check out new, legendary (and mostly free!) community events at the MAH where you are guaranteed to a) make something awesome and b) meet great people while you're there. Check out the full list of upcoming Fridays at the MAH here.


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831 763 4047 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Community Restoration
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join us to help restore wetlands...
Date: 07/22/2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm


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Volunteers Restore Habitat in the Watsonville Wetlands!

Saturday Restoration Days are a chance to work together and help bring back wildlife habitat in the Watsonville wetlands. Our group gets together every fourth Saturday of the month, but please consult the events calendar because this sometimes changes due to holidays.

 

Join us at 9 a.m. at the Fitz WERC (directions below). We'll work until noon with some time for bird watching or a walk or hike to an interesting wetland location. We recommend that you wear sturdy shoes, layered clothes, a hat, and bring a water bottle. We supply the gloves, tools, and a snack.

 

No experience is necessary for any events, just a desire to help restore wildlife habitat to these amazing wetlands. People of all ages are encouraged, and community service credit is available!

 

Our typical activity changes with the seasons. In the fall months we are most often collecting native seed for propagation, or preparing the ground for the winter. In the winter months we are most often planting at various locations throughout the sloughs. Spring and Summer volunteer days are spent caring for native plants and undertaking a variety of interesting projects on the restoration sites.

 

Throughout the year we work in some of the most amazing parts of the approximately 800 acres of wetlands surrounding Watsonville and experience firsthand what makes these wetlands unique and so worthy of our hard work.

Join us! Feel free to call with questions. 831-728-4106

Directions

The Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center is located at the top of Pajaro Valley High School Campus (500 Harkins Slough Rd.) in Watsonville. Map and Directions.


Location: 500 Harkins Slough Rd., Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Story Time Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
Date: 07/22/2017 from 1:00pm to 1:30pm


Story Time Walk
Saturday, July 22 from 1-1:30 pm
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 about an animal, forest, bird, insect–who knows? We’ll stop and read one page, walk a bit then read the next page until we finish the story. We’ll end up at the historic campfire circle and gather for Nature’s Reading Room, where you can choose from a wide variety of books about trees, animals, birds, bugs and more for the whole family to read together. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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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Photography Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sunlight filtering through the redwoods, a glistening river, and breathtaking views make this hike ideal for photography
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Jul 8-Jul 22) at 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Photography Tour

Beginners to advanced photographers and nature enthusiasts alike are invited on a 3-mile hike through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits discovering panoramic views along the way. Please bring a camera, water, layered clothing, snacks, and hiking shoes. We will be discussing the natural history of the park in addition to compositional elements.

 

Meet at the Campfire Center in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, and California State Parks.


 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Coast Nature Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs
Date: Every Sa (Jul 1-Jul 29) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $6 parking
Special Instructions: 7/1, 7/22, 7/29

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

11am Saturday, July 1;  Saturday, July 22;  Saturday, July 29

On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are now available to borrow.

 Event made possible by California State Parks Volunteers, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Dog-friendly walk on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic
Date: 07/22/2017 at 9:30am


The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
Saturday, July 22 at 9:30 am
On this dog-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with Docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Star Stroll
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State Park Henry Cowell
The cosmos, river, trees, bats, hear owls and other nocturnal wildlife
Date: Every Sa (Jun 3-Jul 31)

Special Instructions: Note different start times

Star Strolls
Saturday, July 1 at 9pm
Saturday, July 8 at 9pm
Saturday, July 15 at 9pm
Saturday, July 22 at 8:30pm
Saturday, July 29 at 8:30pm
Join us for a stroll to the Observation Deck to listen to stories, serenade the glittering stars, and discover the night sky. Meet at the Campfire Center in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

 


Location: 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
The Premiere of "House on Rodeo Gulch"
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Rio Theater
Premiere of drama film with mostly local actors & crew
Date: 07/22/2017 at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 donation gratefully accepted

The Premiere of "House on Rodeo Gulch"

Five years in the making, local filmmaker William Scherer will be showing his exciting drama "House on Rodeo Gulch". Filmed in Santa Cruz and Watsonville, the film uses mostly local actors and crew. The story centers around a step mom and her new teenage daughter who are at odds living together. Moving into their new home in the redwoods of Santa Cruz only adds to their conflict when strange things begin happening. Their only neighbor, a church Reverend, might have something to do with their problems.

 

Admission is free but for those who would like to help pay for rental of the theater, a $10 gift may be made at Brown Paper Ticket


Show time: 6:30 PM
Tickets:
FREE and or a $10 donation
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.Houseonrodeogulch.com


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz 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
Phone: (831) 429-1840. •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Little Dog Meetup
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Social time for little dogs under 25 lbs
Date: 07/22/2017 at 10:00am


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Location: University Terrace Park, 369 Meder St, 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
Phone: (831) 316-0918 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Ice Cream Social
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Live Oak Grange
Support the grange renovation fund by enjoying ice cream and friends
Date: 07/22/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $5 Donation
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

Live Oak Grange Ice Cream Social - Saturday July 22, 1-4pm

Come join us under the Grange Oak Tree for delicious desserts and refreshing drinks. This is an opportunity to socialize with other members, and visit the grange garden. We will have tours of our beautiful gardens, orchard, and chicken coop.

 

There will be a petting zoo of farm animals to enjoy and the chickens will be out in the orchard.

Come enjoy our little urban farm, visit with fellow Grange members, pet some critters, enjoy our beautiful site and eat cool and yummy treats!


Bring family, friends, and folks you would like to introduce to the grange.
This is a fundraiser for the Live Oak Grange Renovation Fund.
Your $5.00 per person donation buys a dessert ticket and entrance to the petting zoo


Menu:
Ice Cream Sundaes with fresh fruit, homemade sauces, and homemade gluten-free waffle cookies.
Strawberry Chia Seed Mousse made with Coconut milk.
Raw Goat's milk keifer with berries, lemonade ...and more!

See you there!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Nature's Reading Room
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State Park Big Basin
Come sit under our ancient family circle of redwoods, nature's reading room, and choose a book or two to read with your family
Date: 07/22/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $15 for campers/$25 non-campers

Nature's Reading Room
Come sit in our beautiful redwood Sempervirens Room (next to Park Headquarters), and choose a book or two to read with your family next to a roaring fire. Drop by anytime between 1:00-3:00 and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.338.8018 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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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Campfire Programs
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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 Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 30-Sep 3) at 8:00pm

Special Instructions: (not July 22, and July 29)

Campfire Programs

Join us in our 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. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Campground entrance is located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Summer Concert Series
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State Park New Brighton
Campfire concerts. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!
Date: Every Sa (Jul 1-Aug 27) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm


Summer Concert Series

Saturday Nights at 7:30pm

Join California State Parks in welcoming New Brighton beaches weekly outdoor concert series. Every Saturday we will be featuring a local musician at our campfire center. Performers include Watsonville Taiko Drummers, Western Sing-a-long with Michelle Kiba, Designated Drivers, Indonesian Gamelan, and Simmons Family Band. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

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Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Campfire & Music
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State Park New Brighton
Campfire & Music Saturdays through Labor Day
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Sep 3) at 7:30pm


New Brighton State Beach

The park is located in Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz.

Visitor Center Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am to 4pm | Phone (831) 464-5620

 

Campfire Programs

Friday nights at 7:30pm

Join us in our campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of the park while relaxing under the night sky. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Summer Concert Series

Saturday Nights at 7:30pm

Join California State Parks in welcoming New Brighton beaches weekly outdoor concert series. Every Saturday in July, we will be featuring a local musician at our campfire center. Performers include Watsonville Taiko Drummers, Western Sing-a-long with Michelle Kiba, Designated Drivers, Indonesian Gamelan, and Simmons Family Band. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

If you have a park pass, the parking is free, if not it's $10.


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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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
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DROP IN FAMILY CRAFTS
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State Park Mission
Enjoy making paper poppies , luminaria, yarn baskets, cascarones, candle dipping or papel picado
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jun 4-Aug 20) from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

DROP IN FAMILY CRAFTS
We begin crafting at 1:00 and you can start a project at anytime up until 3:30. Different crafts require varying skill levels. Children may need assistance.


1:00 - 3:30pm
Sun., June 4: Paper Poppies
Sat.. June 10: Luminaria
Sun., June 18: Yarn baskets
Sun., July 2: Cascarones
Sat., July 22: Yarn Baskets
Sat., August 12: Candle Dipping
Sun., August 20: Papel Picado


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Special “Parents’ Day” Redwood Loop WalksSpecial “Parents’ Day”
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: 07/23/2017
Ages: All
Special Instructions: 11 am and 2 pm

Special “Parents’ Day” Redwood Loop Walks
Sunday, July 23 at 11 am and 2 pm
Join Docent Norm Beeson as he celebrates parents today! Learn about the many parenting styles of the redwoods, the dedicated parenting of the endangered marbled murrelet, the extended family of the acorn woodpecker and more on this fun, informative .half-mile hike. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Beginning Bird Walk
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State Park Henry Cowell
A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: 07/23/2017 from 8:00am to 10:00am


Beginning Bird Walk

Join us for a 2-mile morning stroll to discover the wildlife of the Santa Cruz Sandhills. Meet at the Mountain Parks Foundation Nature Store located off Highway 9 in Felton. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes.

 

Meet at the Mountain Parks Foundation Nature Store, located in the day-use side area of Henry Cowell, located off Highway 9 in Felton. Program is free, parking is $10.

 

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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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
Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike
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State Park Big Basin
We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest.
Date: 07/23/2017 at 10:30am


Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike
Saturday, July 29 at 10:30 am
Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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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Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Sunday Seaside Crafts
Date: Every Su (Jul 2-Jul 30) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $6-$8, free for kids under 3 years old

Sunday 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 create a direct event link
Sempervirens Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Three-hour, 2.5-mile hike
Date: 07/23/2017 at 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Sempervirens Falls Hike
Sunday, July 23 at 10:30 am
This beautiful hike takes you by Sempervirens Falls, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin and more! Join Docent Hal Anjo on this 4-mile, 3-hour hike. Bring water and snacks. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create 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
Littlle Rangers & Junior Rangers
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State Park Butano
Slow paced walk with time to discover and identify plants, flowers and animals
Date: Every Su (Jul 1-Sep 3)


Little Rangers

Saturdays & Sundays at 10 am
This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This 30 minute program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Campfire Center.

Junior Rangers

Saturdays & Sundays at 11 am
Play games, hike, and explore the redwood forest during this 1 hour program for kids’ ages 7 to 12. Sorry parents, this is a kid’s only program! Meet at the picnic area.

Junior Rangers gather at more than 70 California State Parks. Recieve your logbook and badge after completing your first program, and begin your Junion Ranger journey.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2040 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Wharf to Wharf
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Wharf to Wharf
A scenic six-mile race with 35 or more live bands and throngs of festive spectators along the route. The coveted Wharf to Wharf
Date: 07/23/2017 at 8:30am


(Special Event Page Graphics) WharftoWharfEntertainers300.jpgHere comes the annual Wharf to Wharf Race! Are you ready? If you've run this scenic six-mile classic before, you know about the weather, the forty live bands, the throngs of festive spectators and the chance to win the coveted Wharf to Wharf Runner T-shirt, awarded only to race finishers and never sold to anyone, anywhere, at any price.....ever. If you've never run it........... this is the year!

 

It's the best little road race in California. Go for it!

 

The meandering race route along scenic Monterey Bay plays no small part in the popularity of this run. You'll find new inspiration at every turn of the pristine coastline. Cool ocean breezes provide natural air conditioning. If you're coming from someplace hot, you're in for a treat!

 

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Starting at the Santa Cruz Wharf at 8:30am, the race opens with a dash down Beach Street, passing the Ferris Wheel, roller coaster and merry-go-round of the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Runners then cross the San Lorenzo Bridge and loop around the Yacht Harbor to Twin Lakes Beach. Turning inland the course winds through Schwann Lake Wildlife Sanctuary before breaking back to the ocean bluffs at Pleasure Point. From there the way wanders through quaint seaside neighborhoods before dipping down to a festive finish at the Capitola Wharf.

 

From 8:30-10 a.m, the race course will be closed to traffic. The affected streets are Beach Street, Third Avenue, Riverside Avenue, San Lorenzo Boulevard, Murray Street, East Cliff Drive, Seabright Avenue, Lake Avenue, Eaton Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Opal Cliff Drive, Cliff Drive and Wharf Road. Capitola Village will be congested until noon.

 

Race officials at street intersections along the route will permit cars to cross the course during the race for emergency purposes only.


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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
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
Redwood Grove 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.

July
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Monday, July 3 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Tuesday, July 4 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Wednesday, July 5 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Thursday, July 13 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Thursday, July 20 at 11 am and 2 pm


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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

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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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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 Pájaro Valley’s 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
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
Amazing Cardboard
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Exploratorium
An ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception—a 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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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
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
Salvador Dali Museum
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Dali17 Museum
The exhibition will be the largest collection of Dali’s 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
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
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Beauty and the Beast
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Cabrillo Theater
A heartwarming performance of a classic!
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 21-Aug 13)
Admission Fees: $18 to $45

Disney's Beauty & The Beast

Cabrillo Stage Summer Music Festival sets the stage for their presentation of this family favorite story about acceptance and true love. Opening night is Friday at 7:30 pm.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a beautiful story with some of Disney's most popular and well-loved music. It is a love story that transcends first impressions and appearance, reveals the danger and weakness in boastful pride and bullying, and brings redemption to the agony of a long punishment for past arrogance. 

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will play July 20th through August 13th.

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Location: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 479-6154 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Guided Hikes
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su, Mon, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Jul 31) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Hikes
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 1pm
This moderately paced hike is tailored to the group's interests. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we'll choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Meet at the Campfire Center in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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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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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:

July 20                   Homeless Garden Project

Aug 3                     Empire Garden Purveyors

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
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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California Rodeo Salinas
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California Rodeo
2016 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
Date: Every day (Jul 20-Jul 23)
Ages: All Admission Fees: $7-$65

(Special Event Images / Graphics) CaliforniaRodeoPoster2014.jpgKnown for its week-long cavalcade of events, California Rodeo "Big Week" is the largest community event held in Salinas. Parades, barbecues, cowboy poetry, fireworks, concerts, a carnival, and much more.

 

Big Week offers something for every member of the family, and a chance for the entire community to participate in the California Rodeo.

 

The Rodeo itself is designed to operate like a two-ring circus, each Rodeo performance features events that occur in the arena and on the track simultaneously. While the classic event of saddle bronc riding bucks out in the arena, a horse race speeds by on the track.

 

Each year, the Salinas Rodeo ranks in the top 20 of nearly 800 North American rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. For four action-packed days, more the 50,000 spectators pass through our gates to see the country's top professional rodeo athletes compete.

 

Saddle Bronc Riding ~ Bareback Riding ~ Bull Riding ~ Tie-Down Roping ~ Steer Wrestling ~ Team Roping ~ Barrel Racing ~ Bull Fighting

 

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Location: Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 Main Street , Salinas Map
Phone: (831)775-3100 •website Salinas create a direct event link
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 3-Sep 3) from 11:00am to 12:15pm
Ages: 7-12
Special Instructions: Jr 7-12 & Little 3-6 ~ Note different times

Junior Rangers
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 10:30am
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 for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Meet at Campfire Center, in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

Little Rangers
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 9:30am
This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at Campfire Center, in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 


Location: Campfire Center, 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Shark Science Week
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Shark Science Week
Date: Every day (Jul 22-Jul 30) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $6-$8, free for kids under 3 years old

(0 July 2017) SeymourLogoJuly.jpgFor a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Come explore amazing shark adaptations including their extraordinary senses, the unique ways in which they reproduce, and so much more!


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
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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.

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Submit an Entry Online

 


Location: 1540 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Free Music Together Preview Classes!
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MusicalMe, Inc.
The Joy of Family Music
Date: Every day (Jul 9-Jul 31) from 9:30am to 5:30pm
Ages: 0-6 with parent/cargiver Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: Schedule online www.musicalme.com or call 831 438 3514

MusicalMe, Inc./Music Together offers 45 minutes of peace, love and musical development with
FREE music classes.
Celebrating our 20th year with over 50,000 families served!

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA - Ongoing from July 9-31: Do you know anyone who is musical and wishes that they weren't?!? Learn how to nurture your young child's musicality at a free preview class of Music Together® - an early childhood music and movement program for infants, toddlers, and preschool children and their parents or caregivers. Join us to discover why our family classes are not only fun but also highly-acclaimed, and bring so much music-making enrichment into the lives of our students. A musical life begins at home - we teach you why and how! Please call 831-438-3514 or email registrar@musicalme.com to register. Due to the size limit of our classes, preregistration is required before attending.

Where:
Ben Lomond - Campbell -- Cupertino - Cupertino - Los Gatos- Saratoga
Santa Cruz- Scotts Valley - Watsonville - MOD in Capitola

As the original parent-child music program, Music Together® has enriched the lives of families around the world for over twenty years. Since its founding in 1987, Music Together has communicated its basic philosophy - that all children are musical - through developmentally appropriate, research-based classes for children ages birth through kindergarten and their parents and caregivers. Hundreds of thousands of families have come to love Music Together classes - and music! Music Together classes nurture the inherent music lover in us all through play. Participate in a FREE preview class with your young ones and discover why everyone you know loves Music Together®. Experience first-hand just how fun learning and playing musically with your child can be. We'll teach you how to take music out of the box and put it into the hearts and hands of your young children, and you!


CONTACT: MusicalMe, Inc.
831-438-3514
PO Box 66438, Scotts Valley, CA 95067
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Location: Various Santa Cruz County Locati, 239 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Shakespeare Summer
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Santa CruzShakespeare
The 39 Steps, Measure for Measure, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Sep 23)
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: vary

Santa Cruz Shakespeare Announces 2017Summer Festival Productions featuring a co-­â€production with Cal Shakes, classic Shakespeare, and the outrageous comedy/Hitchcock spoof The 39 Step.

 

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Santa Cruz Shakespeare is thrilled to announce ts 2017summer season, with repertory performances beginning July 7 and running through August at its new home in DeLaveaga Park. For its second season in the company's new outdoor venue, The Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park,

 

SCS will kick off summer performances with the hilarious comedy, The 39 Steps,adapted by Patrick Barlow. The 39 Steps opens July 8, featuring the entirety of the 1935 Hitchcock adventure film to be played by only four actors.

 

Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's treatise on the balance of justice and mercy opens July 21in a co-­â€production with California Shakespeare Theater(Cal Shakes). The production will be performed first in Santa Cruz and then move to CalShakes' Bruns Amphitheater for performances in September and October.

 

The final mainstage production of the season opens August 4 with The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare's sexy comedy of young love, infidelity, and friendship. All three shows run in repertory after opening.

 

Plus, Santa Cruz Shakespeare continues the tradition of showcasing the season's intern acting company with its celebratory Fringe production. Tickets go on sale May 15, 2016 with a Santa Cruz ShakespeareMember pre-­â€sale starting May 1, and can be purchased online at santacruzshakespeare.org.

 

Santa Cruz Shakespeare will once again offer a "Free Youth Ticket"to one of its productions, a program initiated in 2015 to encourage the introduction of Shakespeare to the next generation. This year, those 18 and under accompanied by a paying adult will receive a free groundling ticket to The Two Gentlemen of Veron.


Location: DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 460-6399 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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